Evening News November 8

1933

Good evening and welcome to NCWLIFE News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

 

For those watching on our Facebook, tune in to LocalTel channel 12 or Charter channel 19, or stream us live at NCWLIFE.com for the full evening newscast tonight. And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight—we’ll have election results for you from around the Valley and fire crews were busy this morning with a number of structure fires around the region. But first:

Wenatchee School District voters appear to want a change in leadership on the school board judging from Tuesday’s election night returns.

 

Three candidates running on a shared-platform calling for more transparency and community engagement are leading in the polls. Michelle Sandberg, Sunny Hemphill and Sara Knox are ahead in the polls and appear to be headed for victory.

 

In other contested races in Chelan County, Wenatchee City Council members Ruth Esparza and Keith Huffaker are outpolling their challengers.

 

In Leavenworth political newcomer Clint Strand leads Tibor Lak for a position on the City Council. Carolyn Wilson leads Jason Lundgren and Sharon Faye Waters appears to have beaten Gary Planagan.

 

David Ericksen has been reelected to another term on the Cashmere City Council.

 

In Chelan the race is still pretty tight in the City Council race between Cameron Morehouse and Tim Hollingsworth as well as the seat being contested by Ty Witt and Rachael Goldie.

 

The Entiat City Council races have Robert Anderson  leading Norman Stenberg, but its too close to call in the other contest with only one vote separating John Alt and Ryan McDonald.

 

The Cascade School District has Cindy Puckett outpolling Ellen Beardsly.

 

Ken Brunner appears to have won a seat on the Lake Chelan School board over David Rinehart.

 

Two seats are contested in the Lake Chelan Hospital District Board race. Position one leader, Mary Signorelli has a slim lead over Jeremy Jaech and Phyllis Gleasman appears to have a comfortable lead over Jerry Insenhart. For more election night returns in other Chelan County races go to our website at ncwlife.com.

No big upsets to report in Douglas County Election night returns:

 

In the only contested race on the East Wenatchee City Council Chuck Johnson has held off a challenge by Morgan Fletcher.

 

In the Eastmont School District race incumbent Dave Piepel leads his challenger, John Brangwin by a handy margin.

 

In Rock Island the race for City Council position 1 is a nail-biter with only one vote separating Ray Pearson and Cameron Marchmonte. Position 4 has Mariah Monesmith Kreider leading Jana Howard. For information on the other Douglas County Races log on to ncwlife.com. Douglas County registered a mere 18 percent voter turnout for Tuesday’s general election With Chelan County reporting 25 percent turnout.

A South Wenatchee Avenue house sustained some damage last night in a structure fire that appears to have started outside of the home. Andy Davidson with Chelan County Fire District One tells us what happened. . .

 

Davidson also says about an hour after the fire was extinguished law enforcement officers responded to an aid call to a south end gas station where they found a homeless man who had sustained serious burns. It’s believed the man was living in a tent near the fire and started the blaze to keep warm. The man was transported to Central Washington Hospital–The Wenatchee fire was among several structure fires reported in the Chelan and Douglas County area over the past 24-hours.

 

A second fire was reported on the East Side of the river this morning in the 12th Street area behind the Douglas County PUD Headquarters building. The blaze damaged a garage in the area. Douglas County Fire District Two crews put it out within an hour. The cause was under investigation– A third structure fire engulfed a shop containing several vehicles in the Boyd Loop area near Manson. The large plume of black smoke was visible on both sides of Lake Chelan. Chelan County Fire and Rescue Chief Tim Lemon says the structure was already fully engulfed when fire crews arrived. . .

 

The two-alarm fire also brought in firefighters from Orondo and Entiat to assist Crews from Chelan and Manson.

 

At about the same time the Boyd Road Fire started a fourth fire was being responded to in the Cashmere area in the Brisky Canyon Road near the intersection with Bender Canyon Road. The fire was reportedly at a residence but no other information was immediately available at news time.

Earlier this afternoon, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson spoke to Wenatchee North Rotary Club at the Town Toyota Center. Ferguson spoke about the impact of the opium epidemic in Washington State and how his office is fighting big pharmaceutical companies to prevent over-prescribing.

 

Stay tuned for more on the story tomorrow morning with Steve Hair on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley and see the full speech coming up on the NCWLIFE Magazine with Jay Seabeck.

Coming up, we talk with the city of Wenatchee about a major grant funding opportunity to relieve traffic congestion—a new candidate emerges for the 12th District and we’ll take a look at the Les Schwab Toy Drive. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

The City of Wenatchee is applying for a 150-million dollar Federal Grant to help pay for a major transportation project that will benefit both sides of the river. City Community Development Director, Steve King joined guest host, Steve Hair on today’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley program to describe some of the project’s key elements including a new bypass to relieve congestion on North Wenatchee Avenue . . .

King says the 150-million dollar Federal Grant would be combined with 100-million dollars in local funds to pay for the construction. The City is partnering with Chelan and Douglas Counties, the two Port Districts, WASHDOT, Link Transit, The Wenatchee Valley Transportation Council and BNSF Railroad in applying for grant.

 

Dr. Ann Diamond, a family medicine physician and founder of the Country Clinic in Winthrop has declared her candidacy for Washington’s 12th Legislative District House of Representatives, Position 1. She anticipates running as an Independent and could face Position 1 incumbent Cary Condotta in the next election in 2018. Diamond says she supports universal access and affordable health care and says she also supports keeping public lands public and public schools well-funded and vibrant. The 12th District includes parts of Okanogan and Grant counties plus all of Chelan and Douglas Counties. A Methow Valley campaign kickoff event for Diamond is planned for Friday, November 17th from 7-9 p.m. at the Twisp Grange Hall.

NCWLIFE is teaming up with Les Schwab and various other local businesses for a Community Toy Drive this month.  Area Manager Kirk Moser says donations are already coming in, even though it really hasn’t started yet…

 Moser says it was one of the founding ideas of Les Schwab back in the 50’s to give back to the community…

 

NCWLIFE Channel announced the partnership with Les Schwab on the Bridge of Sportsmanship pre-game broadcast October 27th and Moser says the flood gates of donations started and have been a big boost to begin the toy drive…

Toys will be distributed to needy children through CASA, the Bruce House, and Serve Wenatchee Valley.  Moser invites everyone to go on-line to learn more…

Again, go to the Les Schwab Community Toy Drive Facebook page to see collection events and how you can donate.

Chelan County PUD says a problem with voltage regulators at the Squilchuck Substation forced a short power outage today for around 700 customers in the Wenatchee Heights and Mission Ridge areas. PUD crews detected the problem yesterday and in order to make the necessary repairs, a power outage needed to be taken. Power was out for about 45 minutes.

You’re watching NCWLIFE news. Coming up next, your sports update followed by today’s feature story. That and much more still to come on NCWLIFE News, stay with us.

 

The Apple Bowl lights were glowing bright last night with girls soccer taking center stage. 

 

Wenatchee hosted Chiawana in the first round of the State 4A tournament on a chilly night where the Panthers kept the pressure on the Riverhawks throughout the first half.  But Chiawana was up for the challenge and the two teams went to the locker room knotted at zero.

Coach John Springer told his girls to be prepared for Chiawana to really bring the pressure in the second half…

 

And it would be a defensive exchange that created a chance for the game’s only goal in the 75th minute…

 

Wenatchee will host Kennedy Catholic Saturday after the Lancers edged Lake Stevens last night 1-nil.

Here we take a look at the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard…

 

There you see the finals in the 4-A State playoffs from last night.  It was not such a good night for the Cashmere Bulldogs.  The Ladies were on the road for a first-round 1-A State playoff soccer tilt with LaSalle.  Natalie Munguia (mun-GWEE-uh) scored in the 1st minute for the home team and added another on Kamryn Fiscus’ 28th goal of the season in the 47th minute to down Cashmere 2-to-1.  The Bulldogs only goal came on an own goal by LaSalle in the 76th minute.  Cashmere finishes the season 13-and-6.

In girls bowling yesterday…

 

The Wenatchee and Eastmont girls took part in a jamboree in Moses Lake to get the season started and the Panthers edged the Wildcats by 41-pins.  High rollers for Wenatchee were Hannah Johnson with a 189, Taylor Bitterman with a 188 and Emilee Grothe (growth-ee) with a 171.  Wenatchee will face Sunnyside Monday.

On the prep schedule for tonight…

 

Cascade hopes the Apple Bowl will return another favor for a local team as the Kodiaks being play in the State 1-A tournament against Kiona-Benton.  The Bears come in as a #2 seed after falling to LaSalle in the South Central Athletic Conference District tournament.  Cascade is the #1 seed out of the Caribou Trail League and proudly serves up a record of 17-oh-and-1 on the season.  Tonight’s game kicks off at 5:30.

 

Thanks Eric…

**Lil Mermaid** – Wenatchee High School’s presentation of the Little Mermaid starts tomorrow night. Disney film turned Broadway play, the Little Mermaid is the selected play for this year’s district performance. Tomorrow night is the start of 8 performances at Wenatchee High school running throughout the month of November. NCWLife’s Jay Seabeck spoke with Director Paul Atwood and some of the student stars of the show in the latest episode of the NCWLIFE Magazine. . .

 

Tickets are on sale online through the Numerica Performing Arts Center and are available at the door.

We’ll be back in just a moment with a recap of some of today’s stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

 

Time now for a recap of some of our top stories…

A South Wenatchee Avenue house sustained some damage last night in a structure fire that appears to have started outside of the home. Andy Davidson with Chelan County Fire District One tells us what happened. . .

 

Davidson also says about an hour after the fire was extinguished law enforcement officers responded to an aid call to a south end gas station where they found a homeless man who had sustained serious burns. It’s believed the man was living in a tent near the fire and started the blaze to keep warm. The man was transported to Central Washington Hospital–The Wenatchee fire was among several structure fires reported in the Chelan and Douglas County area over the past 24-hours.

 

A second fire was reported on the East Side of the river this morning in the 12th Street area behind the Douglas County PUD Headquarters building. The blaze damaged a garage in the area. Douglas County Fire District Two crews put it out within an hour. The cause was under investigation– A third structure fire engulfed a shop containing several vehicles in the Boyd Loop area near Manson. The large plume of black smoke was visible on both sides of Lake Chelan. Chelan County Fire and Rescue Chief Tim Lemon says the structure was already fully engulfed when fire crews arrived. . .

 

The two-alarm fire also brought in firefighters from Orondo and Entiat to assist Crews from Chelan and Manson.

 

At about the same time the Boyd Road Fire started a fourth fire was being responded to in the Cashmere area in the Brisky Canyon Road near the intersection with Bender Canyon Road. The fire was reportedly at a residence but no other information was immediately available at news time.

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

 

Those of you at home who are Wazzu Alumni or just Cougar fans in general will like this next video. The brand new Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center has been completed in Pullman, this is the time-lapse video of the construction of the newest building on campus. . .

 

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And that’s going to do it for our newscast tonight. For more on these stories and other news from around North Central Washington, you can find us on Facebook or our website at ncwlife.com.  And, remember, if you see news happening we’d like to hear from you.  You can send us an email at news@ncwlife.com, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). Also, tune in to NCWLife Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with guest-host Steve Hair. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.