Evening News October 16, 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, An overturned tractor-trailer rig forced the closure of a Westbound I-90 on-ramp in Moses Lake yesterday. The Rock Island man accused of bludgeoning his wife to death last summer will stand trial on December 17th, and, Irrigation season is about finished for the Wenatchee area, as the Greater Wenatchee Irrigation district is scheduled to shut down this Friday.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Chelan County Sheriff’s office is investigating a rash of mail thefts in the Sunnyslope area north of Wenatchee. Sheriff Brian Burnett responded Monday to several complaints including a report from a postal carrier who found mail littering the roadway along their route.

The Sheriff says the thefts occurred in the Lower Sunnyslope Road, Easy Street, Sunset, Knowles Road, American Fruit Road, Viewmont and Lovell Road areas. Some of the items have been returned to the effected residents but no suspects have been identified. The Sheriff asks for the public’s help in tracking down those responsible and that would include any residential surveillance video. You can contact the Sheriff’s Office tip-line at 509-667-6845. You can also submit a tip at the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office website.

An overturned tractor-trailer rig forced the closure of the Westbound I-90 onramp from State Route 17 in Moses Lake yesterday. Trooper John Bryant took this photo of the non-injury accident that occurred around 7:00 p.m. last night. The on-ramp was re-opened around 2:00 a.m.

The Rock Island man accused of bludgeoning his wife to death last summer will stand trial on December 17th. 68-year old Ului Teulilo is accused of beating his wife to death in the fifth-wheel travel trailer they were living in near Rock Island on July 26th.

Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the home when 68-year old Peggy Teulilo failed to pick someone up for a ride. The couple reportedly had a history of domestic problems. According to court documents the victim reportedly made at least two prior reports that the husband threatened to kill her. Teulilo remains in custody at the Okanogan County Jail.

Irrigation season is about finished for the Wenatchee area, with the Wenatchee Reclamation District having shut off water last Friday, and the Greater Wenatchee Irrigation district scheduled to shut down this Friday. The Wenatchee Reclamation District operates a 34-mile canal that serves about 9,000 water users from Dryden to Rock Island. The Greater Wenatchee Irrigation District, which serves the upper bench of East Wenatchee, Brays Landing and Howard Flats, will keep the drains open for a week after shutdown Friday to allow the system to drain out.

Coming up next, The Chelan County PUD has proposed a 2019 budget that does not include an electric rate increase for the seventh year in a row. Grant PUD officials, working with the Federal Emergency Regulatory Commission, removed the non-failure emergency condition at Priest Rapids Dam yesterday, and, The Washington State apple industry plans a major promotional campaign next year for the new Cosmic Crisp variety. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The Chelan County PUD has proposed a 2019 budget that does not include an electric rate increase for the seventh year in a row. The proposal also includes paying down another $41 million in debt and expansion of the fiber network. 2019 will see an increase in other PUD service rates, however. . .

Craig Kunz, strategic financial planning manager for the PUD said low prices in the wholesale power market are forecast to continue, but show some modest signs of improving. There also is uncertainty about how much power will be requested for cryptocurrency mining if the PUD adopts new cryptocurrency rates later this year. The draft budget will be reviewed by PUD commissioners November fifth.

Grant PUD officials, working with the Federal Emergency Regulatory Commission, removed the non-failure emergency condition at Priest Rapids Dam earlier today. The dam had been operating under the non-failure emergency condition since March 28th, when leaking water was discovered in the dam’s spillway monoliths during an investigational drilling program. During the past six months, crews have been conducting more drilling to determine the source of the leaking and also relieve pressure in the leaking area. Workers have also been installing more monitoring equipment in the spillway. Through analysis of the spillway in the full operating range of the reservoir, officials have determined the emergency designation is no longer required.

The Washington State apple industry plans a major promotional campaign next year for the new Cosmic Crisp variety. It’s among several new varieties that have generated a lot of excitement among growers. . .

Stemilt Growers President, West Mathison commented at last week’s Chelan Port-hosted panel discussion on the topic of economic development.

Commercial orchards starting planting the new apple last year and they’re scheduled to hit the supermarkets next fall. In the lead-up to that its reported that a 10 million dollar advertising campaign will be launched. The Cosmic Crisp was developed by WSU as a cross between the Enterprise and Honeycrisp apples. The Capital Press reports the University and Proprietary Variety Management of Yakima, The company hired to commercialize the apple, have selected a California-based company as the lead agency for the campaign.

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…

We continue our look at the initiatives on the statewide ballot in November with the case for voting yes on Initiative 1634, a measure that would prohibit local taxes on grocery items, such as the pop tax that was passed by the Seattle City Council. . .

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

The Dodgers left the bases-loaded in the bottom of the 9th and Milwaukee escaped with a 2-1 win in Game 3 of the NLCS last night as we check the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

The Brewer’s Jeremy Jeffress worked out of the bases-loaded jam by striking out the final L-A batters to preserve the victory and a 5-hit shutout.

Milwaukee’s runs came on Ryan Braun’s RBI double in the 1st, a wild pitch in the 6th, and Orlando Arcia’s two-run home run in the 7th.

Game 4 of the NLCS is tonight at 6:09.  Meanwhile, Game 3 of the ALCS is just after 2 o’clock this afternoon as Houston hosts Boston with that series tied at 1-1.

On the Prep Schedule for today…

In girls soccer, it’s a two-dog race in the Caribou Trail League and Cascade can claim at least a share of the regular season title with a win tonight at Okanogan.  The Kodiaks are 6-and-oh in league play with two games left and lead Cashmere by one game in the standings.  The Bulldogs are off today but play Chelan Thursday and wrap up the season at Cascade in Leavenworth a week from today.  Cascade’s game at Okanogan kicks off at 4 o’clock this afternoon.  Chelan hosts Omak at 4:30.

Wenatchee could claim at least a tie for the Big 9 title tonight when Moses Lake comes to Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl.  With two games remaining after tonight, a Panther win would put Wenatchee two-up in the loss column with two games to play.  The kick off tonight has been moved up to 6 o’clock.  The 2nd place Eastmont Wildcats are on the road tonight at 7 playing at Sunnyside.

On a very busy volleyball schedule today…

Cascade Christian is at Wilson Creek while Pateros hosts Entiat at 5:30.  Waterville-Mansfield is home to Lake Roosevelt; Cascade travels to Okanogan; and Chelan hosts Omak tonight at 6:30.  Wenatchee is at Davis tonight at 7 and on the NCWLIFE Channel tonight LIVE at 7, it’s Eastmont hosting Eisenhower.  Eric Granstrom will be joined by Clete Wise with the action as Eastmont also continues its “Cats for a Cure, Breast Cancer Awareness Week”.

The Cross Country schedule today…

Includes Eastmont hosting the rest of the Big 9 for a meet at Walla Walla Point Park this afternoon at 3:30.  Cashmere is at Cascade to run at Enchantment Park starting at 4.

Finally, the man who saved the Seahawks in Seattle, Paul Allen, passed away yesterday.  He had been battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma for years, and it finally got the better of him.  But not before Mr. Allen made a forever impact on the City of Seattle, the State of Washington, and 12’s across the world…

We’ll have more on the story of how Paul Allen saved the Seahawks tomorrow on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley. Thanks to Seahawks dot com for the video.  Paul Allen was 65 years old.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, preparations continue at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center for The Artifact, a live, interactive and spooky trip through the Museum. The producers of the show, Jeff Blackburn and Bill Brown, gave us a behind-the-scenes video tour. .

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.