Evening News October 10, 2018

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

 

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, Monday was the last day for online voter registration across the country. Chelan County Auditor Skip Moore says online registrations in Chelan County are up significantly, and, Douglas County recently received a credit rating upgrade which now enables the county to achieve interest rate savings for new financing.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The Columbia Basin Herald reports a tentative October 31st trial date has been set for a man charged in the December 2016 death of a Quincy woman.

40-year old Gustavo Tapia Rodriguez is charged with first-degree murder with aggravating circumstances in the death of Jill Sundberg, whose body was dumped along the roadway near George.

Court documents say Sundberg was kidnapped from the Shady Tree RV Park near Quincy in December 2016 after getting into an argument with Tapia Rodriguez. Two other men charged with Sundberg’s murder have pleaded guilty.

With the mid-term general election less than a month away, both political parties have been pushing their constituents to register to vote. Monday was the last day for online voter registration across the country. Chelan County Auditor Skip Moore says online registrations in Chelan County are up significantly. . .

Moore says if you didn’t have the chance to register to vote online, you still have time before the November 6th election. . .

If you are still unsure about who you will vote for in November, don’t forget about NCWLIFE Channel’s live coverage of the 2018 Candidate Forum tonight from the Numerica Performing Arts Center at 7:00 p.m. If you miss tonight’s candidate forum, we will re-broadcast it this Saturday, Sunday and Monday as well as next Wednesday the 10th and next Saturday the 20th.

Douglas County recently received a credit rating upgrade which now enables the county to achieve interest rate savings for new financing. Standard and Poor’s Global Ratings upgraded Douglas County’s credit rating to AA, an improvement from AA-.

S&P’s rating symbols indicate degrees of creditworthiness, ranging from D to AAA, with AA being the third highest designation. The S&P award is a great compliment and evidence of strong county management and financial responsibility. The rating upgrade translates into a lower interest rate and reduced fees associated with the bond, thus saving taxpayer money. The benefit of the county’s improved rating will be felt immediately as the county gets ready to finance the portion of the Law and Justice Facility not paid from existing resources. Douglas County officials say the new rating is attributed to conservative budgeting, careful cost management, entrepreneurial revenue initiatives and recent Board policy reforms reducing barriers to growth.

Coming up next, Owners of the historic Horan House are asking the City of Wenatchee for permission to tear it down. The U.S. Forest Service is reminding people who are venturing into the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest that they should be on the lookout for hazards along roadways, and, Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort has produced a video that explains the plans for expansion of the popular ski hill.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Owners of the historic Horan House are asking the City of Wenatchee for permission to tear it down.

The over 100-year old two-story home was built by Michael Horan on property that had been part of a 130-acre homestead of pioneer Samuel Miller at the confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia rivers. Its current owner, Nevio Tontini has applied for a permit to demolish the residence and its neighboring carriage house. The plans are to level the over-two acre property. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is required to undergo a State environmental assessment before the proposed demolition can go forward. Public comment on the plans are due Monday.

The U.S. Forest Service is reminding people who are venturing into the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest that they should be on the lookout for hazards along roadways, especially fallen trees. During the summer, while fire crews are working, fallen trees are quickly removed. But in the fall, those crews are laid off for the winter. Visitors are encouraged to have a hand saw or chainsaw to remove trees that may be blocking their progress.

Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort has produced a video that explains the plans for expansion of the popular ski hill. General Manager, Josh Jorgenson requests community feed-back on the plans which are currently under environmental review by the U.S. Forest Service. Take a look. . .

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, tonight’s feature story and your complete local weather forecast. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News…

Tonight, we continue our look at the statewide initiatives on the November ballot with the argument in favor of I-1639, a measure that would implement firearm safety measures, including requiring enhanced background checks, waiting periods, and increased age requirements for semiautomatic assault rifles and secure gun storage for all firearms. . .

And that is a look at your local weather, coming up next, Eric Granstrom with sports and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

The Boston Red Sox advanced to the American League Championship Series with a 4-3 win over the New York Yankees last night in Game 4 of their ALDS…

Christian Vazquez’s solo home run in the 4th inning proved to be the difference as the Yankees made a comeback bid in the 9th, scoring two before the final out was recorded on a tough play by Red Sox third baseman Edwardo Nunez.  New York challenged the play but was ruled an out to send Boston to the ALCS against Houston beginning Saturday.

The National League Championship Series begins Friday in Milwaukee with the Brewers hosting the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Wenatchee Panthers hosted the Davis Pirates in a Big 9 soccer match at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl last night and made little doubt that they’d hold on to first place in league.  Wenatchee scored just 4-and-a-half minutes into the contest and was on the run from there, winning 5-nil.

We had the game LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel with Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen on the call…

Wenatchee now prepares for its showdown with Eastmont coming up tomorrow night, which we’ll have LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel.  As we check the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from last night…

Eastmont kept pace with Wenatchee by traveling to Eisenhower and coming away with a 2-1 victory.  The Panthers are in first place at 7-and-1 while the Wildcats are in 2nd at 6-and-2.  In other soccer last night, Cascade cruised past Chelan 6-nil.  Cashmere crushed Omak 14-nil.  And Liberty Bell bombed Manson 8-1.

Checking the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard in volleyball last night…

Eastmont travelled to Moses Lake and blanked the home team 3-games-to-none.  Chelan edged Cascade in a stem-winder 3-to-2.

Here’s a photo of some of the action last night in Cashmere, thanks to Charlie Brown as we see freshman Payton Heyen going up high for the kill.  The Bulldogs earned a 3-1 victory over Omak.

And it went to 5 in Waterville last night where the Shockers eventually fell to Liberty Bell 3-2.

The Seahawks pack up and leave for London today in preparation for their Sunday game against the Raiders at Wembley Stadium.  Coach Pete Carroll says it’s a monumental challenge of logistics for the entire organization…

Seattle comes into the game with a 2-and-3 record while Oakland is 1-and-4.  Carroll says the Seahawks defense will have its hands full with a team on the rise…

Seattle and Oakland kick off Sunday at 10am on FOX.

T hanks Eric.

Owners of the historic Horan House are asking the City of Wenatchee for permission to tear it down.

The over-one hundred year old two-story home was built by Michael Horan on property that had been part of a 130-acre homestead of pioneer Samuel Miller at the confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia rivers. Its current owner, Nevio Tontini has applied for a permit to demolish the residence and its neighboring carriage house. The plans are to level the over-two acre property. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is required to undergo a State environmental assessment before the proposed demolition can go forward. Public comment on the plans are due Monday.

The Alatheia Riding Center of Wenatchee exceeded their expectations at this year’s annual fundraising gala this past weekend. The fundraising goal this year was 200-thousand dollars and the gala Saturday night raised just over 255-thousand dollars to continue to provide therapy to people with special needs through interaction with horses and horseback riding. Alatheia co-founder Nancy Grette commented following the gala. . .

My youngest daughter Sydney rides at Alatheia once a week and I can tell you first-hand what great work they do there and how grateful we are to them and all they do.

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, keep it right here on the NCWLIFE Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.