Evening News October 3, 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, A victim of theft at a construction site is offering a $5,000-dollar reward for the return of all their equipment and the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for taking it. And, a Looming financial crisis has prompted calls for changes in the way Pangborn Airport is managed and operated.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

If you weren’t aware of the nationwide emergency phone test this morning, then you were probably a little surprised when your cell phone sounded off at 11:18.

The test was part of the Federal Emergency Management Administration’s test of a new wireless emergency alert system. The test was for a Presidential Alert, a type of Wireless Emergency Alert only used for major emergencies that affect the entire country. This was the national version of alert messages like AMBER & weather alerts from your local agencies. The tone, information and vibration lasted for about a minute and ended with , “This is a test”, and No action is needed.”

A victim of theft at a construction site is offering a $5,000-dollar reward for the return of all their equipment and the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for taking it, the Douglas County Sheriff’s office reported.

The equipment was stolen between September 5th and September 10th at a worksite in East Wenatchee near Fourth Street Southeast and South Kansas Avenue. Included in the stolen items were a Kubota RTV, GPS units, a Stihl saw and Prototek Line Finder. Anyone with information can call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 884-0941.

A Looming financial crisis has prompted calls for changes in the way Pangborn Airport is managed and operated. The airports governing board met yesterday to discuss the current joint operating agreement between the Port Districts of Chelan and Douglas Counties.

The current agreement has Chelan County paying 70 percent of the airport’s costs. Commissioners with the Port of Douglas County maintain they can’t afford to continue to contribute their 30 percent share and are considering terminating the agreement. The two boards discussed some possible future financing solutions including Chelan County’s suggestion that Douglas County consider lifting its levy lid. Douglas County Port Commissioner, Jim Huffman was not thrilled with that idea . . .

But Chelan County Port Manager, Patrick Jones says the current agreement is broken and he contends that the tax option isn’t that onerous when you consider the stakes. .

Pangborn’s 10-year capital budget, includes about 10 million dollars of additional needed airport projects between 2019 – 2028 that are not eligible for federal funding and must be financed using local funds. That would require a 6.8 million dollar contribution from Port of Chelan County and 2.9 million dollars from the Port of Douglas County.    Governing Board Chairman, Rory Turner says timing is critical . . .

Tuesday’s board meeting ended with the two entities apparently agreeing to create a task force comprized of local Community and elected leaders to make recommendations on how to proceed.

Coming up next, The Chelan County PUD says power was restored quickly near Springwater and Western in Wenatchee after being out for about 550 customers early this morning. The Wenatchee area recorded its lowest August unemployment rate since electronic records have been kept. To help residents experience the spirit of Fire Prevention Week in their communities, fire officials will be traveling the state including stops in Douglas and Grant County’s, and, we will show you the white start to the day up at Mission Ridge. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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The Chelan County PUD says power was restored quickly near Springwater and Western in Wenatchee after being out for about 550 customers early this morning. Those customers included Newberry Elementary. The PUD says a squirrel was the likely suspect in the outage.

The Wenatchee area recorded its lowest August unemployment rate since electronic records have been kept, the state Employment Security Department reported.

The Wenatchee MSA, which includes Chelan and Douglas counties, recorded a 4.1 percent civilian labor force unemployment rate in August, down from 4.8 percent in August 2017. Unemployment was actually up from July, which was at 3.2 percent. Prior to August, the rate had been dropping every month since February, which had a 7 percent unemployment rate. The department began keeping electronic records in 1990.

October 7th through the 13th is Fire Prevention Week. In collaboration with fire agencies and safety advocates nationwide, the Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office is joining forces with the National Fire Protection Association to educate the public about basic but essential ways to quickly and safely escape a home fire. To help residents experience the fun and spirit of Fire Prevention Week in their communities, fire officials will be traveling the state including stops at Douglas County Fire District 2 on October 13th and two stops in Grant County, one at Fire District 3 in Quincy on October 9th and at Fire District 3 in George on October 11th. The State Fire Marshall’s Office says the number of fires in homes has steadily declined over the last few decades, but, statistics show a significant increase in injuries and loss of life over the same time period.

This is what it looked like the this morning at Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort just after sunrise with a skiff of new snow. It’s the first official snow of the season and over the next week or so, more snow may be on the way. More on that coming up in weather.

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

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News…

This month marks 10 years since the Town Toyota Center opened its doors in Wenatchee. An integral gathering place in North Central Washington, the center has seen everything from sporting events to high profile concerts and special community functions. In tonight’s feature story, to celebrate, the center is hosting an open house this Saturday featuring free ice skating, cake and tours of the building. Jennifer Bushong and Mark Miller joined Dan Kuntz this week on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley to talk more about the commemorative event. . .

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.

Eastmont got off to a slow start but finished strong and held on to beat Moses Lake in Big 9 soccer last night at Wildcat Stadium by a final of 3-to-2…

The visitors scored first in the 18th minute on a goal by Morgan Skone and set the pace with one onslaught after another.  In fact, the Chiefs had outshot Eastmont 10-to-2 through the first 20-minutes of the contest but the Wildcats made their third shot on goal count.

Let’s go to the highlights with Eric Granstrom and Matt Wisen on the call as we broadcast the game LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel…

 

Eastmont improves to 5-and-1 with the victory and moves into a first-place tie with Wenatchee atop the Big 9 standings with the win.  The Chiefs fall to 4-and-2 with the loss.

Also in soccer action last night, Cascade blew out Chelan 10-nil and Manson got by Oroville 1-nil.

Turning to the Les Schwab Prep Volleyball Scoreboard from last night…

Eastmont defended the home court with a 3-games-to-none shutout of Davis.  Wenatchee stumbled on the road, falling to West Valley 3-nil.  Chelan got the better of Cascade 3-0.  Manson shut out Liberty Bell 3-games-to-none.  And, Riverside Christian beat Cascade Christian 3-zero.

In the longest elimination game in Major League Baseball history, the Colorado Rockies out-lasted the Chicago Cubs 2-1 in 13-innings last night to move on to the National League Divisional Series…

And it was an unheralded, backup catch who was hitting .170 and hadn’t had a hit since September 10th who came through in the clutch.  Trevor Wolters delivered a two-out, RBI single on an oh-two pitch to give the Rockies the game-winner.  Scott Oberg struck out the side in the bottom of the 13th to lock up the win and advance Colorado to the next round against Milwaukee.

The American League Wild Card game is tonight in New York where the Yankees host Oakland.  First pitch is at 5:08.

Thanks Eric.

An early morning fire in Rock Island has left three residents without a place to live tonight after the home was completely destroyed. Douglas County Fire District 2 crews along with crews form Chelan County Fire District 1 responded to the blaze around 4:35 this morning on the 200 block of Saunders Avenue. Fire officials said one the occupants of the home believed the fire started in the kitchen area. An SUV parked along the residence was also damaged in the fire.

Winds of more than 35 mph Tuesday caused numerous problems and power outages in Okanogan County last night, including fanning the flames of a fire in a mobile home park outside Elmer City, roughly 4 miles from Coulee Dam.

That fire, first reported at 5:53 p.m., destroyed four mobile homes and damaged three others before jumping State Route 155 and burning about 15 acres of grassland, said Maurice Goodall of Okanogan County Emergency Management. Three of the four homes were occupied but there were no injuries. The highway was closed until 9 p.m. More than 40 personnel from several agencies battled that blaze on Colville reservation land.

Meanwhile, a brush fire between Pateros and Brewster burned about 70 acres. The fire was first reported at 2:50 p.m. by someone who said they saw a power transformer pole catch on fire. Crews worked through the night extinguishing the blaze. Goodall said no cause has been determined on either fire but the strong winds kept crews busy all night. Reports included a trampoline lodged in a power line in Oroville.

A victim of theft at a construction site is offering a $5,000-dollar reward for the return of all their equipment and the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for taking it, the Douglas County Sheriff’s office reported.

The equipment was stolen between September 5th and September 10th at a worksite in East Wenatchee near Fourth Street Southeast and South Kansas Avenue. Included in the stolen items were a Kubota RTV, GPS units, a Stihl saw and Prototek Line Finder. Anyone with information can call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 884-0941.

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.