Evening News September 28, 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, East Wenatchee residents property owners are feeling a bit of sticker shock after receiving their annual property tax notices, and, The Chelan County PUD reports another scam is making its way around the Wenatchee Valley, this time involving text messages.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Chelan County PUD crews were out early this morning responding to a power outage that knocked out electricity to 750 Wenatchee residents. Officials says the outage area was between Western Ave and Elliott Ave, and between Castlerock and 5th Ave. Chelan County PUD crews restored power around 10:00 a.m.

Property owners in the East Wenatchee area are feeling a little sticker shock after receiving their annual property valuation notices. County Assessor, Jim Ruud says the area is experiencing a dramatic uptick in property value and its all being driven by a hot real estate market . . .

Ruud says some land owners are experiencing a 30 percent increase in their valuation . . .

Ruud stresses that the change of value notices you receive in the mail are NOT tax bills and that tax rates will be set at a later date. He says, if you have questions, you can call his office.  Appeals can be filed with the County’s Board of Equalization.

The Chelan County PUD reports another scam is making its way around the Wenatchee Valley, this time involving text messages.

SCAM text messages are being reported by customers demanding immediate payment of their electric bill. The PUD does not text bill notifications. If you receive a similar text, please call the PUD at (509) 663-8121 to report it. The PUD also reminds customers to check your account, and put your mind at ease.

Coming up next, It was a packed Senior Center in Chelan last night for a town hall meeting. Preparations are underway to mitigate possible impacts to watersheds within the area burned by the Cougar Creek Fire, and, Over 400 master gardeners are in Wenatchee this week for the annual Washington State Master Gardener’s Conference.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Nearly 150 citizens turned out for a town hall in Chelan last night to discuss the potential sale of the Chelan Butte, an iconic property for the community. Mayor Mike Cooney says the private owner of the 900-acre property approached the city to discuss possible conservation opportunities. . .

Cooney says the majority of those in attendance held the sentiment to preserve the local icon, with a local trails group volunteering to help develop trails if the city and the Bureau of Land Management makes the purchase…

Cooney says the city is working with the Land Trust to use the Wenatchee Foothills as a blueprint for success on conservation, and will continue to work with the state and the private owner on the issue.

Preparations are underway to mitigate possible impacts to watersheds within the area burned by the Cougar Creek Fire. The fire continues to burn and is currently 79 percent contained but work has begun to identify those areas that are most vulnerable to future storm runoff.

Molly Hanson heads up the US Forest Service Burn Area Emergency Response team which recently completed their survey of the 43-thousand acre burn area. Hansen says the survey found that 98 percent of the soils burned at moderate or lower severity. She discussed those findings at a public meeting in Entiat last night . . .

Hanson cautioned that there are areas of higher burn intensity where they will be focusing on emergency road and trail drainage efforts. Hanson says the survey results are looking favorable and reports seeing intact plant roots and soils that are able to hold water at normal or near normal levels.

Over 400 master gardeners are in Wenatchee this week for the annual Washington State Master Gardener’s Conference. Bonnie Orr with the Wenatchee Master Gardener Foundation talked about it on today’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley program with Host, Dan Kuntz. She says the event includes workshops, exhibits and a Master Gardener Marketplace. . .

The two-day conference runs through Saturday at the Wenatchee Convention Center. Saturday’s sold-out banquet features keynote speaker, Adam Schwerner, Director of Horticulture and Resort Enhancement for Disneyland Resort.

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 NCEWLIFE Evening News…

Time now for NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson to fill us in on some of the events going on this weekend. . .

 

And that is a look at your local weather, Up next, Eric Granstrom with sports and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

We’ll start off with a wrap up on high school sports from last night with the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

In soccer last night, Wenatchee won big over Eisenhower 6-nil.  In fact, it was a night of shutouts as Cashmere blew out Omak 10-nil; Cascade had no trouble with Okanogan 8-nil and Tonasket topped Manson 1-nil.

Eastmont followed up its win over Wenatchee with a sweep in three games over Sunnyside.  Moses Lake handed Wenatchee its second-consecutive loss 3-1.  Cascade blanked Okanogan 3-0 and Cashmere got a win at Omak 3-0.

It’s homecoming week for the Eastmont Wildcats as they host the West Valley Rams tonight at Wildcat Field.  I made my way to practice yesterday and interviewed SECURITY…a.k.a. the offensive line!

The big news for Eastmont is that they’ll be starting backup quarterback Carson Everhart.  Coach Michael Don says Caelen Massey will move out to a wing-back to provide some offensive firepower…

Eastmont and West Valley kick off at 7 o’clock.

The game featured tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel has the Wenatchee Panthers and Moses Lake Chiefs meeting for the 66th time.  Coach Scott Devereaux says he’d like to snap Wenatchee’s three-game losing streak to the Chiefs, and it starts on defense…

Wenatchee comes in after shutting out its last two opponents in Mt. Boucherie and Eisenhower.  Senior starting linebacker Eamon (Amon) Haugan (HOW-gun) says he’s expecting Moses Lake to try to trick the Panthers…

 

We’ll have much more with Coach Devereaux and Eamon tonight during the pre-game show with Eric and Grant Olson, beginning at 6:45 from Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Also on the prep schedule under the lights tonight…

Cascade is on the road at Cheney while Chelan hosts Okanogan and Cashmere’s at Omak in Caribou Trail League play.  The B schedule has Manson at Tonasket while Waterville-Mansfield celebrates homecoming with Pateros in town.

Coming up on the prep schedule Saturday…

Soccer has Wapato hosting Chelan at 1 while Manson takes on Omak at 2.

Watervillve-Mansfield is at the Quincy Invite.  Cascade, Chelan and Wenatchee are in Spokane at Ferris High for the Linda Sheridan Volleyball Classic.  And Manson hosts Wilson Creek at Noon.

The Wenatchee cross country team is in Portland at the Portland Christian Invite…

Eastmont is at Franklin Pierce High School for the Sunfair Invite.  And in prep swimming and diving, Eastmont and Wenatchee are at the Kamiak Invite tomorrow morning at 9am.

The Wenatchee Wild continue their swing through British Columbia tonight and tomorrow…

Wenatchee’s in Vernon to take on the Vipers tonight at 7 o’clock.  Then tomorrow, they’re in Trail to face the Smoke Eaters at 7 o’clock.

On the college football slate this weekend…

Eastern Washington hosts Montana State in Big Sky football at Noon.  Utah’s in Pullman to face the Cougars at 3 on the PAC-12 Network.  Then at 5:30 on FOX, it’s Washington hosting BYU.  Finally at 6, under the lights for the first time ever after a 6-million dollar renovation of Tomlinson Field to include artificial turf and lights.  Central is hosting West Texas A&M.

The Seahawks are in the desert…

In Glendale, Arizona to be exact to face the Arizona Cardinals Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium.  Kickoff on FOX is scheduled for 1:05.

Finally, despite a great final outing of the season by Marco Gonzales, the Mariners fell sleepless in Seattle with a 3-0 loss to the Texas Rangers…

Gonzales allowed just 2-hits in 5-innings of shutout ball with 6 strikeouts.  Seattle’s offense could only muster three hits off Ariel Jurado and three relievers.  Seattle and Texas play again tonight at 7:10 with Martin Perez facing the Mariner’s Wade LeBlanc.

Thanks Eric.

The Wenatchee Pedestrian/Pipeline Bridge will serve as a symbol of unity tomorrow as the community comes together to bring awareness to mental and substance use disorders. The Hands Across the Bridge event is sponsored by Washington Recovery Alliance and the Central Washington Recovery Coalition and will include guest speakers sharing their stories and experiences. The event is being held in conjunction with National Recovery Month.

It starts at Noon Saturday at the West entrance to the walking bridge on the south end of Worthen Street. Organizers plan to form a human chain of supporters holding hands across the bridge. Afterwards everyone meets at Walla Walla Point Park for refreshments and a program of speakers which starts at 2:00 p.m. and is free.

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 Monday 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 weekend.