NCWLIFE Channel News June 2

NCWLIFE Channel News Director Steve Hair has the latest

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A few of the stories we’re following for you tonight –Officials ID the two bodies found near Lake Wenatchee, a Bridgeport man is sentenced to 41 months in prison after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide, recycling drop-off in Manson comes to a halt and . Later on, we’ll have sports with Eric Granstrom and your weather forecast with Dan Kuntz.

The mystery continues in the deaths of a Texas couple who’s bodies were found two weeks ago in a pickup truck near Lake Wenatchee. The Chelan County Coroner Wayne Harris released the names of 34-year-old Roger Marburger and his wife 22-year-old Sarah Pischke after confirming their identifications from dental records and fingerprints. Family members told authorities they had no explanation for why the couple was in Washington State. Officials say the pickup was found parked along Chiwaukum Creek Road and The bodies were found in the front driver’s and passenger seats and that it appeared someone tried to hide the truck with a blanket, duct tape and brush. The autopsies were inclusive but Harris says there were no signs of foul play. He’s waiting for the results of blood tests for a cause of death. Family members also put out a call for help in locating the couple’s two dogs that apparently got loose.   Pischke’s family has started a GoFundMe account to help pay for funeral expenses.

A Chelan County Superior Court Judge sentenced a Bridgeport man to 41 months in prison after he pleads guilty to vehicular homicide charges in connection with the death of a Brewster teacher.  Judge Leslie Allen handed down the sentence for 22-year-old Jovany Lopez Maciel Thursday. The Bridgeport man struck and killed 50-year-old Gary Lee Knowlton as he was riding a bicycle on Apple Acres Road near Chelan.  Maciel fled the scene and took Knowlton’s bicycle without giving aid to the victim. He surrendered to police about two weeks after the incident. During Thursday’s sentencing Maciel apologized to Knowlton’s family members. Knowlton was a popular elementary school teacher in Brewster where he was also raised.

Beginning June 30th, the recycling drop-off site in Manson will be permanently close. The City of Chelan, which was servicing the bins under an agreement with Chelan County, stated the program is no longer financially sustainable.  The collection bins have become a draw for illegal dumping. As a result, the program has incurred additional costs associated with sorting the bins because people were contaminating recyclables with garbage. In addition, prices paid for recyclable commodities have dropped significantly. Maintaining and servicing the recycling collection bins is costing about $35,000 a year, according to Chelan County Public Works Solid Waste Department.  Zippy Disposal Services, a local business that provides waste disposal service, is currently working on a curbside recycling program for both Manson-area commercial and residential customers for 2018.

Chelan County Public Works reminds residents that work begins Monday on the Chiwawa Loop Phase III road reconstruction project. Motorists can expect to see minor traffic delays next week, as crews will be installing construction traffic control signs along the project area. The five-month-long project includes reconstructing the roadway from Wending Lane to Sumac Lane. In addition to a new roadway base and surfacing, the project will also widen the road from 22 to 30 feet, improve drainage and roadway geometrics, and install guardrail. Motorists should also expect traffic delays on a portion of Stemilt Hill Road next week. Chelan County Public Works will be doing a four-day road repair project on Stemilt Hill Road from milepost 3.52 to milepost 3.54 beginning Monday. Crews and flagging operations will be working from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. The project includes the digging out and reconstruction of the section of road. It also will be repaved. Motorists can expect one-lane, flagger-controlled traffic in the work area. People should plan for up to 20-minute delays at times. Motorists are also encouraged to use alternative routes to avoid the work area.

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded over $82,000 in grants to schools across North Central Washington through its Stronger Schools Grant. Stronger Schools is a competitive grant program that supports enriched student experiences and teacher development opportunities in K-12 public schools Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties. Schools can apply for up to $5,000 for programs and School districts are also eligible to for up to $5,000 to support district-wide needs or initiatives. School Districts receiving grants this year include, Bridgeport, Brewster, Cascade Methow Valley, Palisades, Waterville, and Wenatchee.

Jon Magnus has been named North Central ESD Regional Teacher of the Year for 2017/2018. As a regional winner he will be in the running for Washington State Teacher of the Year, an honor that will be announced in September 2017. Jon is a French instructor at Wenatchee High School, a position he’s held since 2000. He founded Interact club, a youth version of Rotary Club. The club’s accomplishments are impressive, including raising $5,000 for the computer needs of a non-sighted WHS student, raising $5,000 for a Heifer International Ark, raising $10,000 to bring a suicide-prevention program to Wenatchee and raising $22,000 to build a women’s clinic in Gouana, Mali. They have currently raised $37,000 of $50,000 to fund a local Habitat for Humanity home that they will eventually help to build.

In Sports…

The Wenatchee AppleSox open the 2017 summer collegiate baseball season on the road in Walla Walla tonight. After a 19-35 season a year ago, the ‘Sox have a new manager at the helm this year in Kyle Krustangel.  As Wenatchee turns the page on another season in the West Coast League, they’re hoping for a better start than last summer where the AppleSox began oh and 7. Game time for Wenatchee at the Sweets tonight is 7:05 and can be heard on Sunny FM throughout North Central Washington and on KBSN in Moses Lake.

Colorado 6, Seattle 3
It was a costly game for the Mariners Thursday at Safeco Field. Not only did Seattle have its 4-game winning streak snapped in a 6-3 loss to the Rockies, but they also lost Nelson Cruz and Jean Segura in the process.  Cruz was hit on the top of his left hand by a pitch and had to leave the ballgame. Later, Segura twisted his right ankle sliding hard into second base. Manager Scott Servais says it’s a wait and see game for both.  Yovani Gallardo was shelled for five runs on six hits, including two home runs, to take the loss. Servais says it’s a frustrating situation.

Seattle welcomes Tampa Bay into town for the first of a three-game weekend series as Christian Bergman tries to follow up the gem he threw last Sunday in Boston. The Rays will send Jake Dorizzi to the hill. First pitch is at 7:10.

Also in the American League West Thursday…
Cleveland 8, Oakland 0
Minnesota 4, LA Angels 2

Washington 3, Oregon 1
Kirstyn Thomas’ two-run homer in the top of the 7th inning helped Washington defeat Oregon 3-1 Thursday in the Women’s College World Series. Taran Alvelo pitched a complete-game for the Huskies, which advanced to winners’ bracket play today to play Oklahoma. The Sooners advanced to the winners’ bracket with a 6-3 win over Baylor. Game time on ESPN tonight is 6:30.

Wenatchee at South Sound
The Wenatchee Valley Rams are on the road in Sumner tomorrow to take on the South Sound Nighthawks in Western Washington Football Alliance play. The Rams are still looking for their first win of the season after and oh-and-2 start.

Weekend Sports in the Valley

Apple Capital Swim Meet
Nearly 500 swimmers from throughout the Northwest will be in town for this three-day swim meet taking place at the Wenatchee City Outdoor Pool. Hosted by Velocity Swimming, this is one of the largest sports events in the Wenatchee Valley throughout the year.

Apple Century Bike Ride
It’s the 30th Annual Apple Century Bike Ride hosted by Wenatchee Sunrise Rotary. Cyclists can choose from a 100, 50 or 25-mile ride with proceeds to benefit Challenge Scholarships through Wenatchee Sunrise Rotary. It all begins at 7am tomorrow from Pybus Market. A note to motorists…the bike ride route takes them along US 2 to Leavenworth; along the Chumstick Highway to Lake Wenatchee and back.

Bring Down The Hammer Men’s Softball
A new event to the Wenatchee Valley will take place at Walla Walla Point Park tomorrow and Sunday. It’s the “Bring Down The Hammer” softball tournament. Through U Triple-S A, the D, E and Rec division tournament is for men.

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Eric Granstrom
Eric comes to NCWLIFE Channel after a 26-year career in radio, having most-recently served as the Producer of the Seahawks Radio Network; Weekend Sports Anchor on KOMO AM1000 in Seattle; and Program Director of KKRV 104.7FM/KWIQ 100.3FM/KKRT 900AM in Wenatchee and Moses Lake. Eric is an avid outdoorsman, hunting and fishing throughout the northwest, including co-hosting, filming and producing Dave Graybill’s “Fishing Magician TV.” Eric lives in East Wenatchee with his wife, Marion and has one daughter, Gracie (21) and two stepsons Trent (26) and Taylor (21).