NCWLIFE Evening News April 1, 2019

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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 Douglas County official says funding for the Wenatchee Landing Sewer Extension project has been included in the proposed State Capital Budget, and, there’s a new candidate for Wenatchee School Board and an incumbent seeking re-election.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A motorcycle accident Friday afternoon left a Wenatchee man with a dislocated arm, brain swelling and six broken ribs.

The accident happened around 3:20 p.m. when 55-year old Scott McClellan was hit by a car at the corner of Chelan and Orondo Avenues in Wenatchee. The driver of the car fled the scene and was later stopped and questioned about the accident. An investigation surrounding the suspect vehicle shows police don’t have enough evidence to charge the 22-year old driver who witnesses say was racing another vehicle at the time of the accident. Captain Edgar Reinfeld with the Wenatchee Police Department says the driver of the car wont be named unless charges are filed but added that charges or citations are possible in the future if additional evidence is discovered. 

For years its been the lack of sewer services that has stymied any plans for economic development North of East Wenatchee near the Odabasian Bridge. But a Douglas County official says funding for the Wenatchee Landing Sewer Extension project has been included in the proposed State Capital Budget. Commissioner Dan Sutton says the one million dollars allotted for the project will be well used . . .

The Wenatchi Landing is the name attached to a large area of land previously referred to as the North End Study plan. The plan is a blueprint to create a regional job center and tourist recreation destination at the north end of the East Wenatchee Urban Growth Area. . .

Sutton says the area’s future development will benefit both sides of the river in terms of additional housing and jobs.

Martin Barron, long-time resident and community volunteer of Wenatchee, announced his decision to run for a position on the Wenatchee School District Board of Directors in the November 2019 election.

He said in a Saturday news release that he will not be opposing Laura Jaecks’ announced candidacy. Barron states, QUOTE, “There is no economic and social endeavor that is more important for the future welfare of our community than the invested effort and resources in K-12 education.

Our Wenatchee community is diverse in many ways and all our students deserve to be treated with equal value, UNQUOTE. He was employed at Pipkin Construction as Chief financial Officer for 19 years. Prior to that he served as Vice-President of Dole Fresh Fruit Company Northwest.

Meanwhile, three-term Eastmont School Board member Michelle Wright announced she will run for a fourth term on the board. Wright was appointed to the board in early 2007 to complete an unexpired term and ran unopposed that fall, a trend that continued in 2011. In 2015, she was challenged by attorney John Brangwin, but won with 64-point-7 percent of the vote.  Of the three board member positions up for election this year, she is the only incumbent planning to run. The official filing period is May 13th-17th. The general election is November 5th.

Coming up next, The irrigation season kicked off today in Douglas County as the network of ditches were filled, and, A rail line that was closed in Adams County following a freight train derailment two week ago has now reopened. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The irrigation season kicked off today in Douglas County. The Greater Wenatchee Irrigation District filled their network of ditches Monday morning. The District serves over 93-thousand acres of land extending from the upper bench of East Wenatchee, Bray’s Landing and Howard Flats areas. Officials noted on the District’s website that due to weather conditions, they are 2 weeks behind normal schedule. They say they hope to have everyone on line by April 30th.

Meanwhile, the Wenatchee Reclamation District has set April 22nd as the date for filling its 34 mile long open canal with water. Crews have been out cleaning winter debris from the district’s system. The Wenatchee Reclamation District maintains over 37 miles of canals extending from Dryden East to the Rock Island area. Over 5 thousand customers are served. The Highline Canal has been supplying water to area orchards for over a century.

In the Upper Wenatchee Valley the Icicle/Peshastin Irrigation District has targeted April 27th as the season start up date. Manager, Tony Jonser (Pronounced YON-sir) says the late start date will enable the district to replace hundreds of feet of old pipeline.

A rail line that was closed in Adams County following a freight train derailment two week ago has now reopened. But, questions remain about the accident and how it was handled by Union Pacific.

A March 14th rock slide caused the 23-car derailment near the town of Hooper. The crash resulted in a fire and chemical spill that shut down the rail line until March 21st. Its reported in the Seattle Times that State Department of Ecology and Adams County Emergency Management officials were not informed by Union Pacific of the sodium chlorate spill until March 16th, two days after the derailment. Union Pacific has come under criticism from the union representing Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen whose members feared the potential for a bigger disaster. They blamed the railroad company for not reporting the spill sooner and failing to inform the locomotive crew about the decision to conduct a controlled burn.

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. . .

In tonight’s feature story we’re taking a look at this week’s NCWLIFE Magazine with producer Kaitlin Hetterscheidt as she profiles three local artists. We start first with woodworker Brogan Kelly of Lake Chelan. . .

And that is a look at your local weather forecast, coming up next, tonight’s sports report with Dan Kuntz and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

The Wenatchee Wild head to Vernon, B.C. tomorrow for Games 3 and 4 of their Interior Division Final playoff series, which is all tied at a game apiece…

It began Saturday, with the Vipers skating away with a 4-3 overtime win in Game 1.  Wenatchee was down 3-nothing in the 2nd period when the Wild mounted a comeback.  PJ Fletcher scored twice within a 4-minute span to cut the lead to one heading into the final frame.

Brian Adams electrified the 27-hundred fans at the Town Toyota Center midway through the third period on his 3rd goal of the playoffs to tie it at 3-3.  Regulation would end tied at 3 but just 26-seconds into overtime, Michael Young silenced the home crowd to put Vernon up 1-nil in the best-of-seven playoffs.

Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

Sunday’s Game 2 would be a much-different affair with neither team scoring in the first period.  Jacob Mobry broke the silence in the 2nd with his first goal of the playoffs to make it 1-nothing.

Matt Gosiewski scored a power play goal in the 3rd to back up a brilliant performance in net by goalie Austin Park.  The netminder from Highlands Ranch, Colorado turned aside all 26-shots that came is way as he notched his 4th playoff shutout as Wenatchee won 3-0.  PJ Fletcher tallied an empty-netter in the final two minutes to make the final score.

Again, Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

So with the series tied at one-one, Games 3 and 4 are in Vernon tomorrow and Wednesday at 7 o’clock.  Game 5 will be back in Wenatchee Friday night, also at 7.

The Gonzaga Bulldog season came to an end Saturday in the Elite Eight, falling to Texas Tech 75-69…

Zach Norvell, Jr’s put-back with 11-seconds remaining closed the gap to 71-69.  Josh Perkins reached over the end line and tipped the ball out of Matt Mooney’s hands and the officials called a technical foul.  Tech made the free throws and iced the program’s first-ever Final Four appearance.

Bulldog Coach Mark Few said he had to give credit to Texas Tech for making the plays down the stretch…

Virginia is the only remaining #1 seed in the Final Four, after the Cavaliers downed Purdue 80-75.  Auburn knocked off Kentucky in overtime 77-71.  And, pre-tournament favorite Duke was upset by Michigan State 68-67.

In six games so far this season, the Mariners have plated 48-runs on 58-hits with 15 home runs.  In six games.  Last year, it took twice as many games to reach 15-home runs as a team, and that was with names like Cano and Cruz in the lineup!

Seattle belted another two home runs Sunday in a 10-8 win over the Boston Red Sox…

The win gave the Mariners 3-wins out of four against the defending World Series Champions and improved its overall record to 6-and-1.

On Sunday, Omar Narvaez (nar-VIE-ehz) went 2-for-5 with a 3-run home run while Dee Gordon went 2-for-4 with 3-RBI’s.  Wade LeBlanc earned the victory, going 5-and-a-third innings while allowing 6-runs on 7-hits with one strikeout. 

The bullpen has been shaky, to say the least, but the offense has been building big leads so far.  Seattle continues its season-opening home stand with the Angels in town for the first of two games tonight at 7:10.  Felix Hernandez will make his season-debut against Los Angeles’ Chris Stratton.

Heading to the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from the weekend, first in baseball…

Wenatchee swept a doubleheader from West Valley Friday at Rec. Park 10-0 and 6-0.  Moses Lake swept a pair from Eastmont 2-0 and 8-0.  And on Friday, Granite Falls nipped Cashmere 7-6. 

Turning to Saturday, Ephrata edged Cashmere 3-2.  Chelan clobbered Cascade in two games 17-2 and 19-3.  And the poor Shockers are still looking for their first run of the season, falling to Brewster 30-to-nothing and 17-zero.

In prep softball Friday…

Moses Lake swept Eastmont 11-9 and 6-2.  Wenatchee traveled to West Valley and managed a split, winning the first game 8-6 but falling in the nightcap 13-3.  And on Saturday, Cascade and Chelan split a doubleheader with the Kodiaks winning the first 13-1 and the Goats taking the nightcap 11-6.

West Valley is atop the Big 9 boys soccer standings after a 2-1 win over Eastmont Friday…

Meanwhile, Sunnyside handed the Panthers its second loss of the season 2-1.  So the Grizzlies are in second place while Eastmont’s in 3rd and Wenatchee 4th.

Coming up on the NCWLIFE Sports Calendar this week…

It begins tomorrow night when the Wenatchee Panthers host the Moses Lake Chiefs in Big 9 boys soccer at the Apple Bowl.  Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen have the play-by-play beginning at 7 o’clock.  Then on Thursday, we’ll feature Game 1 between Wenatchee and Vernon in their Interior Division Final playoff series at 7 o’clock.  Friday is baseball as Eastmont hosts Sunnyside at 7.  Then on Saturday at 7, it’s Game 2 between Wenatchee and Vernon.

Thanks Dan.

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. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.