Evening News October 25, 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, Making Chelan County’s Regional Justice Center more secure is turning into a major budget issue. Grant County PUD Commissioners voiced strong consensus Tuesday for more money in the 2019 budget for fiber-optic network build-out, and, Leavenworth City Council members have approved a recently completed study that will see the addition of paid and timed parking in the resort town.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

This was the scene of a traffic accident last night at the intersection of South Mission and 9th Street in Wenatchee. NCWLIFE’s Eric Granstrom witnessed the crash and reported a  passenger car ran the stop light and rammed into the side of an SUV in the middle of the intersection going west on 9th and then colliding into another car before coming to a rest on the northeast side of the intersection. Eric says A young girl quickly opened the back door of the passenger car and ran to the corner of the intersection, obviously scared and in shock. Two Wenatchee Police Cars were right there, one south of the intersection on Mission, the other east of the intersection on 9th. Both quickly moved into the intersection, blocking traffic and assisting motorists involved in the accident. Airbags were fully deployed in the passenger vehicle that ran the light as well as the SUV.

Making Chelan County’s Regional Justice Center more secure is turning into a major budget issue. County Commissioners were presented this week with a proposed jail budget that calls for a significant increase in staffing. Interim jail director, Bill Larsen is asking for 15 new positions at an estimated cost of 1.3 million dollars over two-years. Larsen reported that the current staff is over-worked and lack proper support through training. His assessment of the jail working conditions mirrors grievances voiced in July by the Jail’s employee union representative, Tom Cash. . .

Jail officials report that the inmate population has changed significantly since the facility was built in 1984.

It currently averages about 230 prisoners a day compared to the 136 when it was built. Officials also say its more dangerous now due to a higher number of felon arrests versus those being held for misdemeanor crimes. The proposed jail business plan also identifies several security risks that need to be addressed including more surveillance cameras, body scanners and special jail doors that allow inmates to be handcuffed before opening the jail cell.

The Grant County PUD will give Crescent Bar leaseholders an additional 15 years to pay back their share of a new $12.5 million sewer system. Representatives of the homeowners association had asked for a 25-year payback rather than 10 years after the project came in much higher than estimated. The original payment plan was part of an agreement that ended years of litigation and gave homeowners new leases through 2047. PUD Commissioner Dale Walker said extending the contract could be a violation of state law, which limits how PUDs can spend money or extend credit. But Commissioner Tom Flint said, considering the higher-than-expected cost, it was the right thing to do.

The leaseholders themselves had estimated the project would cost 3 to 4 million dollars but meeting PUD regulatory requirements pushed the actual cost much higher. The extension passed by a 3-2 vote, with the stipulation the homeowners first pay back more than $20,000 in past-due leaseholder taxes. … In other business, commissioners did not take action but said they support spending more money than budgeted in 2019 to speed up the build-out of the PUD’s fiber-optic network. General manager Kevin Nordt said the PUD could use its reserves to cut the build-out from 10 to 5 years without lowering its bond rating.

 Leavenworth City Council members have approved a recently completed study for improving downtown parking. The council’s action Tuesday night puts into motion a strategic plan that will see the addition of paid and timed parking in the resort town.

The Council also adopted a set of guiding principles that will be the policy guidelines for managing parking within the City limits. The next steps include the creation of an advisory committee and a funding mechanism to pay for the changes. The parking study was commissioned by the City, Chamber of Commerce and the Chelan County Port District. Leavenworth has seen a huge increase in traffic over the past decade due to the success of its Bavarian-themed events and festivals.

Coming up next, Dr. Kim Schrier brings her 8th Congressional District election campaign to Wenatchee tonight. Coming up tomorrow, Representative Dan Newhouse will make three stops in Quincy, and, we will have our weekly Kennel Kameos

Welcome back, and in other news…

Dr. Kim Schrier brings her 8th Congressional District election campaign to Wenatchee tonight. The Democratic candidate will be at the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce office at 7:30 for a reception. Schrier is in a tight race with her GOP opponent, Dino Rossi for the 8th District Congressional seat being vacated by Dave Reichert.

Coming up tomorrow, Representative Dan Newhouse will make three stops in Quincy. From 11:00-12:00, Newhouse will visit Quincy High School to learn about Microsoft’s TechSpark program to foster economic opportunity and job creation in north central Washington.

At 12:30, he will meet with the Quincy-Columbia Basin Irrigation District to receive an update on current and developing projects. The Quincy-Columbia Basin Irrigation District is the largest irrigation district in the Northwest. Newhouse will wrap up his visit at 1:30 with a meeting with Quincy city officials to discuss the progress of an ongoing water re-use project and tour several of the project components.

Time now for our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Today, NCWLife’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Toughly the cat. . .

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Once again the YWCA is bringing the Hallow-Queens Drag Show back to the big stage at the Numerica Performing Arts Center this Saturday. Executive Director Jenny Pratt says the fundraiser is a creative way to grab the community’s attention and raise funds for much-needed programming…

 

Pratt says support for the event has grown each year as the YWCA continues to increase its footprint and help homeless families and empower women throughout the region. Tickets for the Hallow-Queens Drag Show can be purchased online through the Numerica PAC or at the door on Saturday.

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 Wenatchee Wild won a wild, back-and-forth contest in overtime last night over Trail by a final of 5-4 at the Town Toyota Center…

Matt Dorsey lit the lamp 7-minutes into the 1st period to give the home crowd something to cheer about.  Cristophe Tellier and Nathan Iannone (EYE-uh-NONE-ee) helped equalize two trail goals in the second to put Wenatchee up 3-2 heading into the 3rd.  But the Smoke Eaters would try to make Wenatchee eat dust in the final frame, scoring two goals to take a 4-3 lead.

Let’s pick it up from there with Arch Ecker on the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

Lucas Sowder the hero last night as Wenatchee earns the 5-4 overtime win.  The Wild will host Cowichan Valley tomorrow night and Prince George Saturday at 7 o’clock.

Eastmont wraps up the regular season in Big 9 soccer tonight at Moses Lake…

The Chiefs have wrapped up the regular season league title and will be the #1 seed heading into next week’s playoffs.  The Wildcats are trying to secure the #3 seed and host Sunnyside in a District Play-In game Saturday at Wildcat Field.  Eastmont is a game in front of West Valley heading into tonight as the Rams host Davis in their regular season finale.

The volleyball schedule also wraps up its regular season in the Big 9 tonight…

Wenatchee hosts the always-tough West Valley Rams on senior night.  It’s also homecoming week so you can bet there will be a packed gym and the student-section will be loud for the Panthers tonight.  They’ll serve at 7 o’clock.  The Eastmont Wildcats wrap up the season at Davis tonight, also at 7.

The District 5/6 2B Volleyball Tournament gets underway today at Royal High School.  Brewster faces White Swan this afternoon at 4 o’clock while Manson takes on Kittitas at 6.  The loser-bracket games from those two will play a loser-out game tonight at 8.

Today is the first day of three for the District 6 4A Swim and Dive Championships in Moses Lake…

The preliminary swims will start today at 4pm.  The dive prelims are tomorrow with the entire championship settled Saturday.

Today is also the District 6 4A Cross Country Championships…

The boys and girls will begin running at Walla Walla Point Park this afternoon at 3:30.

Big 9 leading Eastmont takes its football season to Moses Lake tomorrow night for its next-to-last game of the regular season.  With a League Championship still in its sights that could be settled next week with the Bridge of Sportsmanship game at Wenatchee, we asked Coach Michael Don if there’s a tendency to look ahead…

For starting outside linebacker Preston Esparza, he’s excited at the opportunity looming next week but says his team has learned from mistakes in the past…

Eastmont and Moses Lake kick off at Lyons Field tomorrow night at 7 o’clock.

Meanwhile, it’s homecoming week for the Wenatchee Panthers…

Dalton Thomas is obviously excited about homecoming week as Wenatchee hosts Walla Walla tomorrow night.  Coaches, meanwhile, are not big fans of homecoming because it’s difficult to keep their team’s focus.  Defensive Backs Coach Jacob Zier (ZIE-ear) says it can be an interesting balance…

 

We’ll have the Panthers and Blue Devils tomorrow night LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel with the pregame beginning at 6:45 with Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson.

Pitching was the story for Game 2 of the World Series last night in Boston, where the Red Sox knocked off the Dodgers 4-2…

David Price and three relievers held Los Angeles to just 2-runs on 3-hits with 8 strikeouts as Boston took a 2-games-to-none lead in the best-of-seven series.  Mookie Betts was the hitting star in the leadoff role, going 3-for-4 with a double and scoring a run.

Game 3 is tomorrow night on Los Angeles with Rick Porcello getting the start for Boston while Walker Buehler goes for the Dodgers.  First pitch is at 5:09pm.

Thanks Eric.

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.