Evening News September 26, 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, Two local bridge projects will get underway overnight which could impact motorists, and, Tomorrow night, the city of Chelan will hold a town hall meeting which will seek public input on a variety of topics including the possible purchase of land on Chelan Butte.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Chelan Falls-based company that manufactures specialized wildland firefighting equipment received the Entrepreneur of the Year award at today’s GWATA Innovator of the year luncheon. Coaxier (Koe-AX-sher) owners Kevin and Kyle Cox were honored today along with several other award recipients at the well-attended luncheon held at the Wenatchee Convention Center. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair talked to Kevin Cox prior to the award announcement. . .

The Greater Wenatchee Area Technology Alliance hosted the 18th annual event which recognizes companies, individuals, students and teachers for their accomplishments in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Also receiving awards were ISpyFire as the Innovative Technology Business of the Year. Foothills Middle School VEX Robitics Team Coach Brigitte Wiegand won the STEM Educator of the Year award. Porter Lumpkin with Wenatchee Valley College takes home the Problem Solving Innovator of the year honors, and Team FBI, a group of Foothills Middle School students won the Future Technology Leader of the Year award.

Two bridge projects to tell you about tonight that will affect traffic. Beginning tonight at 9:00 p.m., work on the Peshastin Bridge will begin with crews doing repair work to the deck. The work is expected to last until around 6:00 a.m. Thursday morning. Officials ask motorists to avoid the area or plan for traffic delays as the bridge will be one lane with flaggers directing traffic. Also, beginning tomorrow, Washington State Department of Transportation dive team will be performing a bridge inspection on the Sleepy Hollow Bridge. Traffic flow will be affected, but DOT will have flaggers onsite to direct traffic.

Tomorrow night, the city of Chelan will hold a town hall meeting which will seek public input on a variety of topics including the purchase of recreational land and waterfront access, affordable housing and an update on the Woodin Avenue Bridge project. The proposal to purchase 1,000-acres of land on Chelan Butte may be the hot-button issue of the night. The town hall meeting is from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Senior Center in Chelan.

Coming up next, The opening of a new stretch of eastbound I-90 traffic east of Snoqualmie Pass marked the halfway point of the 15-mile highway improvement project. Legislation intended to de-list gray wolves from protection under the Endangered Species Act advanced in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier today, and, the Kittitas County Conservation District gives us tips for slowing the spread of a fire if it should reach your property.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The opening of a new stretch of eastbound I-90 traffic east of Snoqualmie Pass marked the halfway point of the 15-mile highway improvement project. The highway’s wildlife overpass is also nearing completion with some walls, fencing and vegetation left to be installed. Here’s a look at the new traffic lanes and the wildlife bridge. . .

Legislation intended to de-list gray wolves from protection under the Endangered Species Act advanced in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier today.

The legislation, sponsored by Republican Sean Duffy of Wisconsin and Dan Newhouse of Washington, would return management of gray wolves to state control. Management of gray wolves was transferred from the state to the federal level following two 2014 U.S. District Court decisions that reinstated gray wolves under the protections of the Endangered Species Act. Newhouse said the Department of Fish and Wildlife has been asking for the federal delisting since 2013 and says the best available science shows the gray wolf has recovered and is no longer endangered.

With wildfires once again ravaging much of Northcentral Washington this year homeowners are reminded to build a good, defensible space around your house to protect it from wildfire.  This informational video from Kittitas County Conservation District is full of tips for slowing the spread of a fire if it should reach your property. . .

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Lower than desired Salmon runs continue to challenge recovery efforts in North Central Washington. A fisheries biologist with the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board reports that endangered fish populations are falling short of the 30-year goals that were established about 15 years ago. . .

Greer Maier works with the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board which holds its annual meeting in Wenatchee on Thursday. The meeting will provide a status report on recovery efforts within the Upper Columbia River region of Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan Counties

 

And that’s a look at your local weather forecast. Coming up next, your sports update with Eric Granstrom and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues, stay with us.

It was a busy night last night in high school sports around the region.  Let’s start off on the soccer pitch with the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard…

Wenatchee and Eastmont were both victorious last night.  The Wildcats shut out Davis 3-nil to improve to 4-and-1 and remain tied with the Panthers for first in the Big 9 standings.  Wenatchee, meanwhile, got the better of West Valley in the Apple Bowl by a final of 3-to-1.

In the Caribou Trail League, Chelan travelled to Okanogan and earned a 1-nil victory.  Cascade earned its first win of the season, winning at Cashmere 3-1.

On the B-side, Brewster had no trouble shutting out Manson 5-nil.  The Bears are now 3-0-1 in Central Washington 2B play.  Liberty Bell leads the pack at 4-and-oh after an 11-0 win over Oroville.

A big crowd was on hand last night at Eastmont where the Wildcats hosted Wenatchee in a Big 9 volleyball match.

The back and forth contest would go the way of the Panthers in the opener 25-23 as Meghan Wulf would provide the game-winner.

In the second, Eastmont would turn the tables as Britt Vaughn came to life with the kill and the Wildcats won it 25-18.

Vaughn would be serving with the game on the line in the 3rd and it just goes out with Wenatchee winning 25-20.

Eastmont would battle back from behind in the 4th game and surpass Wenatchee to force a fifth and final game by winning 25-20.

So the contest would go to a fifth and deciding game.  Let’s go to game point with Eric Granstrom and Clete Wise on the call here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

 

Eastmont coach Karinne (kuh-RIN) Davis joining us following the hard-fought, 3-games-to-2 win for the Wildcats as they improved to 2-and-1 in Big 9 play.  Wenatchee fell to 2-and-1 with the loss.

In other action last night, it was Cascade shutting out Cashmere 3-games-to-none.  Chelan blanked Okanogan 3-0.  Manson shut down Tonasket 3-0.  And Brewster beat Waterville-Mansfield 3-1.

At the Eastmont YMCA Aquatic Center yesterday, Eastmont hosted Wenatchee in a Big 9 swim meet…

And it was the second swim of the meet that really made the difference as Wenatchee finished 1-2-3 in the 200 freestyle with Brooklyn Dressel winning it in front of teammates Alice Eifert and Katya Kazulina.  The Panthers would hold the lane from there with a 119-67 meet victory.  The Wildcats did come back to win the final swim in the 400 free relay behind Emma Knott, Karlyn Kelly, Rosie Ramos and Olga Murillo.  Wenatchee improved to 4-and-oh on the season with the victory.

The Wenatchee Wild begin a three-game road trip in Canada tonight against the West Kelowna Warriors…

Wenatchee’s off to a 4-and-2 start and is leading the Interior Division of the BCHL.  West Kelowna is 3-and-3.  The teams met just 11-days ago with the Wild coming out on top 4-to-2.

The Mariners used 26-players, 10 of which pitchers, in last night’s game against Oakland.  And it would be the final substitute of the game that would make the biggest difference…

Backup catcher Chris Herrmann hit a walk-off, 2-run home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to help Seattle beat the Athletics 10-8 at Safeco Field.  It was his 2nd homer as a Mariner and 24th of his 7-year Major League career.

Herrmann’s heroics came after a rough start for Seattle’s Mike Leake.  He had his shortest outing of the season, lasting only an inning and a third after being shelled for 6-runs on 8-hits.  Nine guys out of the bullpen held things pretty much in check from there with Alex Colome (COLE-oh-MAY) getting the win by pitching a scoreless top of the 11th.

Nelson Cruz and Jean Segury also went deep for Seattle, who finishes the season-series with Oakland tonight at 7:10 as Felix Hernandez starts against the A’s Edwin Jackson.

Also in the American League West last night…

Earlier in the night, Houston beat Toronto 4-1 behind Alex Bregman’s 2-run home run.  Then the Astros, back in their team hotel, became big Mariner fans to see if Seattle could knock off Oakland to help Houston clinch the American League West…

It was the Astro’s 100th win of the season.

Shohei Ohtani, Taylor Ward and Kaleb Cowert collected RBI’s in a 4-run 6th and the Angels beat Texas 4-1.

Thanks Eric. . .

As we leave you tonight, if you thought the dummy downhill at Mission Ridge or the suicide races at the Omak Stampede are crazy, check out this recreational sport from Alaska, the car jump. . .

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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.