Evening News October 29, 2018

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Eric Granstrom in for the vacationing 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, traffic was snarled on Chelan Avenue in downtown Wenatchee today with an accident; work begins tomorrow on a project in the Chumstick; and Saturday saw a huge turnout of support for Make A Difference Day.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

From a law enforcement standpoint Leavenworth’s Octoberfest was relatively peaceful according to Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett. The annual event which runs for three straight weekends in October resulted in more arrests compared to last year but no major problems. Burnett says the majority of arrests occurred within the City limits with fewer calls from outside the urban core. He attributes that to a larger police presence downtown . . .

Burnett concedes that Octoberfest puts a strain on the Sheriff’s coffers. . .

Burnett said he was still awaiting a final report from the Washington State Patrol for a combined tally of Octoberfest DUI arrests.

Traffic was slowed along Chelan Avenue this afternoon following a three-vehicle crash. The chain-reaction accident between Orondo and Palouse Streets snarled traffic for about an hour but there were no reports of injuries. A police report is pending.

 If you live in the Chumstick Road area, you will want to plan for some possible travel delays this week as road work is planned. On Tuesday a Chelan County contractor begins replacing center pavement markers along the Highway. The three-day project will create some minor traffic delays from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Motorists are advised that traffic will be at one lane, with flaggers and a pilot car directing vehicles. Please avoid the area if you can.

The contractor, Pavement Surface Control of the Tri-Cities, will begin at the northern end of Chumstick Highway (near Highway 207) and work its way south toward Leavenworth. The contractor will replace the reflective pavement markers that are in the center of the roadway. The project costs about $30,000 and is being paid for with county funds. WashDOT also reports possible delays on the Blewett Pass Highway through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., expect delays up to 10 minutes for occasional lane closures and some full road closures when new power lines are being strung over the roadway between the junction with SR 970 and Liberty Road, south of Blewett Pass.

Saturday’s Make a Difference Day was a difference maker in terms of charitable acts performed by hundreds of individuals and groups in the Wenatchee Valley over the weekend.

MacKenna Schwab’s MacSpire project was a huge success collecting back packs and other items for kids at Wenatchee Pediatrics. Here’s a photo the group shared with us on our Facebook page.

Paul Hughs with the Hospitality House shared this shot of a volunteer work party involved in collecting scrap metal. Our favorite project was this one from Wenatchee High School.

Students in Doug Merrill’s engineering class are modifying cars for preschoolers with limited mobility through the Go Baby Go program. This is three-year-old Francisco Garibay who traded in his wheelchair for these hot-wheels which were outfitted with hand controls. Francisco has cerebral palsy and a serious need for speed!

Coming up next…A large number of ballots for next week’s General Election are coming in to local auditors offices; the cost of medical insurance continues to climb in our state; a Department of Commerce Grant will help children in our area; and the Community Foundation is helping 30 non-profits in our area.  I’m Eric Granstrom and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Ballots for the November 6th election are being returned at a brisk rate according to Chelan County Auditor, Skip Moore. . .

As of Monday morning Moore reports about 25 percent of the 44-thousand ballots that were mailed out have been returned. Douglas County Auditor Thad Duvall says voter interest has been high there as well . . .

Ballots must be mailed back and postmarked by November 6th in order to be counted. If you haven’t registered to vote, you’re out of luck. Today was the deadline to register in person.

 The cost of medical insurance continues to climb in Washington state. Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has approved 11 health insurers to sell 74 plans in Washington’s 2019 individual health insurance market. Health insurers requested a 19.44 percent average increase, but Kreidler’s office determined that only 13.57 percent was justified. All 39 counties in the state will have at least one Exchange insurer. Kreidler blames the Trump administration for, in his words, “Sowing uncertainty in the insurance markets and that Congress has failed to address the underlying costs of health care.” The enrollment period for obtaining insurance through the exchange starts November 1st.

 

The Chelan Douglas Child Services Association got a big boost from the state today that will allow it to serve 64 more children. A $800,000 grant from the Department of Commerce will be used to expand the early learning service’s facilities at 1305 Kittitas in Wenatchee. Executive director Christy Walt said the award is especially important as the lease expires on another of their buildings.

The group currently serves about 500 children providing a wide range of pre-kindergarten services.

Walt said details on the $1.2 million expansion are being finalized and they hope to begin work soon on installing modular buildings and making playground improvements.

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded over $240 thousand dollars in grants to 30 nonprofits across the region. The grants were funded by the Regional Impact Grant and Partners in Giving programs (RIG).

RIG is an annual, competitive grant program that supports charitable organizations in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties. Sixty organizations applied for the grant, and 30 received awards. Among the organizations receiving grants are the Alathea Riding Center and Hand in Hand Immigration, both receiving 14-thousand dollars. You can see the full list of grant recipients on our website at ncwlife.com.

 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…

Today’s feature comes to us courtesy of KOMO TV in Seattle and Eric Johnson about his hero, and many of ours…Bob Robertson…

 

Before we get to our forecast, let’s again look out our weather window…thanks to LocalTel’s Sky-Fi Wireless Internet…

We started off the day with nice, calm conditions with mostly sunny skies.  But as you can see now, a cloud cover has moved in with winds gusting earlier near 15-miles an hour.  We’re sitting between two lows which will spin and on again off again weather pattern for the week.

We got up to 56 for our high today after an overnight low of 40.  That’s a little warmer than normal for this time of year as we usually see 53 for today’s high and 37 for the nighttime low.  Our record high was 68 set in 2012.  The low was during that dreaded week-long frigid snap in 1971 of 20 degrees.

We didn’t get any rain today but with our record rain over the weekend, we’re above where we normally are for this time of year…what a difference a couple days make as we’re now at over 5-and-a-half inches of rain this year.  Our sunrise this morning was at 7:40 and sunset tonight at 5:48.  We’ll be losing another 3-minutes of daylight tomorrow.

So let’s see what’s happening here in the northwest…

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.

 

Camden Sirmon threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and the Wenatchee defense came up with three interceptions and a fumble recovery as the Panthers dominated Walla Walla Friday 35-6…

The defensive tone of the night was set on the Blue Devil’s third play from scrimmage when JJ Jelsing intercepted Keldan Swant at Walla Walla’s 35-yard line.  The Panthers scored 7 plays later on a one yard Nate Blauman touchdown run and it would be a great homecoming night from there.

Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

 

Wenatchee improved to 6-and-3 with the win.

Also on the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard in football Friday, Eastmont traveled to Moses Lake and had no trouble with the Chiefs, winning 35-nothing.

So that sets up the showdown this week in the Bridge of Sportsmanship game between Eastmont and Wenatchee at Lee Bofto Field in the Apple Bowl.  The Wildcats are undefeated at 5-and-oh in Big 9 play.  An Eastmont win would be its first Big 9 Title since 2012.  A Wenatchee win, combined with a Sunnyside loss to Moses Lake, and the Panthers would win the Big 9.  If Wenatchee and Sunnyside both win, that would force a tie-breaker, mini-playoff the following Tuesday.

We’ll have LIVE coverage Friday beginning with the Bridge of Sportsmanship Tailgate Show at 6 o’clock, followed by the game at 7 here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

OK, back to prep scores from the weekend…  Entiat clobbered Bridgeport 64-14 and Manson topped Liberty Bell 50-14.  On Saturday night in Chelan, the CTL had a mini-playoff to determine the league’s #2 team heading into the post-season.  In the opener, Okanogan topped Cascade 10-3.  Then in the nightcap, Okanogan shut out Cashmere 3-0, so Okanogan gets the #2 seed heading into the playoffs this week.

On the Les Schwab Prep Soccer Scoreboard, Cashmere and Cascade played for the second time in a week Saturday on a rainy night at the Apple Bowl Saturday, this time for the District Championship…

The teams were deadlocked at a goal apiece at the end of regulation and two overtimes so it went to a penalty kick shootout.  The Bulldogs were one better, outscoring the Kodiaks 5-4 and claimed the District Championship.  They’ll host the winner of Freeman and Colville Saturday at 1 o’clock in a winner-to-state, loser-out contest.

The other game in the Apple Bowl Saturday saw Okanogan end Chelan’s season 2-0.  The Bulldogs will face Cascade tomorrow at 5 for a 2nd place district game.

Eastmont extended its season by downing Davis 3-1 Saturday at Wildcat Stadium.  The win propels the Wildcats into a rematch at Moses Lake tomorrow at 6 in the district semifinals.  The other semifinal will be broadcast LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel when Wenatchee hosts West Valley at 6 o’clock.

The Wenatchee Wild hosted two games over the weekend at the Town Toyota Center…

On Friday, Wenatchee hosted the Cowichan Valley Capitals and after a scoreless first period, the Wild came out firing in the second.  Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

Wenatchee would go on for the 8-1 victory.  Saturday featured a rematch of last year’s BCHL Championship with the Prince George Spruce Kings…

And Prince George would dominate Wenatchee in a 4-1 win.  The wild have a home-and-home with West Kelowna this week, playing at their place tomorrow and then the Warriors come here on Friday.  Wenatchee will also host Powell River Saturday at the T-T-C.

On the Les Schwab College Football Scoreboard from Saturday…

Washington State needed a last-second field goal to come from behind to beat Stanford 31-28 in Palo Alto.

Jake Browning had his worst day as a Husky and Washington fell at un-ranked Cal 12-10.

Eastern Washington had no trouble winning on homecoming over Idaho 38-14.

Cedric Cooper rushed for four touchdowns in Central Washington’s 62-24 win at Humboldt State.

The Seahawks jumped out to a 21-7 halftime lead and went on for a 28-14 win at Detroit yesterday…

Russell Wilson had a perfect quarterback rating of 158.3, completing 14-of-17 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns.  Chris Carson rushed 25-times for 105 yards and a score as the Hawks improved to 4-and-3.  They host the L-A Chargers Sunday at 1:05 on CBS.

And the Boston Red Sox are the World Series Champs…

Boston defeated Los Angeles 5-1 Sunday to take the title 4-games to 1.  It’s the Red Sox first championship since 2004.  Take heart baseball fans, only 114-days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training.

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.