NCWLIFE Evening News April 10, 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, Heavy rain sparked flooding in the Palouse on Tuesday night, damaging businesses and homes in Pullman, and, A bill introduced by State Senator Brad Hawkins that will allow PUDs to produce and sell hydrogen has been approved by the full Legislature.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A semi-truck rollover crash near Vantage this (Wed.) morning closed both lanes of I-90 for several hours. The accident happened around 9:00 on Vantage Bridge when a semi pulling a trailer driven by 33 year old Matthew Day of Ellensburg was driving too fast, lost control and rolled over onto the guardrail of the bridge on I-90.

The Department of Transportation responded to the crash-site due to diesel fuel leaking out of the truck. The fuel spill also caused a brief fire in the westbound lane.

The damaged semi was removed from the scene around noon and one westbound lane did re-open around 1:00 p.m. this afternoon. Day was injured in the accident and taken by ambulance to Quincy Valley Medical Center. He was charged with driving too fast for conditions.

Police say a drowsy driver caused a traffic accident this morning in Wenatchee. Captain Edgar Reinfeld says it happened around 9:00 a.m. in the vicinity of Orondo and Stuart Streets. . .

Captain Reinfeld says the driver of the Honda reported that he was drowsy after oversleeping and then rushed out to drive to work.

Heavy rain sparked flooding in the Palouse on Tuesday night, damaging businesses and homes in Pullman, and trapping about two dozen people in businesses until they could be rescued. Pullman measured a record 1-point-21 inches of rainfall yesterday. About 20 people needed rescuing from businesses on the north side of town, most of them along Grand Avenue near Missouri Flat Creek. As of this morning, Grand Avenue was back open and mostly clear, but parking lots along the street were covered in muck. Longtime Pullman residents say this is the worst flooding they have ever seen.

A bill introduced by State Senator Brad Hawkins that will allow PUDs to produce and sell hydrogen has been approved by the full Legislature and now awaits the governor’s signature. Hawkins said Douglas County PUD first came to him with the idea but interest in the new clean fuel technology is not limited to the PUD. . .

Hawkins also told NCWLIFE News that with Democrats in complete control in Olympia there are almost certainly going to be significant increases in taxes and spending.

The House and Senate have both approved budgets, with the House including a capital gains tax and an increase in the business and occupation tax, while the Senate is looking at a real estate excise tax and taxes on purchases by out-of-state shoppers. Both budgets, however, would spend far less than had been sought by Governor Jay Inslee. . .

Coming up next, Wenatchee School Board President Sunny Hemphill has announced she will run for another term on the board. There’s been an increase in the number of people taking advantage of a free tax preparation service at the Wenatchee Valley Senior Activity Center, and, The CASA pinwheels are up in Memorial Park. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Wenatchee School Board President Sunny Hemphill has announced she will run for another term on the board. Hemphill was elected to fill the final two years of a four-year term.

Hemphill says she learned a lot about how the school district operates and says she looks forward to working with new school superintendent Paul Gordon and tackling the school district’s budget crisis. Anyone interested in the school board position cannot officially file until mid-May.

The deadline to file income tax returns is less than a week away. There’s been an increase in the number of people taking advantage of a free tax preparation service at the Wenatchee Valley Senior Activity Center. The service is offered through AARP and the Community Action Council (CAC). Carly Ludlow is the district coordinator for the CAC. She says the service is available to all who need help. . .

Over 700 people have used the service this year. Steve Hair also spoke with retired IRS employee, Ron Kurpis, who is one of the volunteer tax preparers. He says the changes brought about with the new tax law has caused some confusion for those who’ve filed itemized returns in the past . . .

The free tax preparation services are available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday right up until April 15th. You are required to bring your Social Security card and proof of identity when you register.

It’s that time of year, on Monday, the Chelan/Douglas Court Appointed Special Advocates organization, or CASA, put pinwheels in Memorial Park. The annual CASA event happens every April to recognize victims of childhood abuse and neglect. This year, 1,400 pinwheels were planted, one for every child who’s been removed from an abusive situation during the life of the program. The organization will host an information meeting for the public at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18th at 431 Douglas Street in Wenatchee.

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.

The Crooked Number Kids rode again last night, winning their fourth-consecutive game as the Mariners beat Kansas City 6-3…

Seattle scored 2-runs in the 4th to break a 2-2 tie and added two more in the 7th to improve to a Major League best 11-and-2.

Jay Bruce got things going in the 1st with a solo home run, his 7th, as the Mariners continued their long bombs with homers in each of their 13-games.  Dee Gordon was a sparkplug at the bottom of the lineup, going 3-for-4 with 2-RBI’s and a run.  Daniel Vogelbach continued swinging a hot bat, going 3-for-5 with a run.

On the mound, Marco Gonzales improved to a MLB-best 4-and-oh, going 6-innings and allowing 3-runs on 6-hits with 5-strikeouts.

Seattle plays at Kansas City again today at 5:15 with Yusai Kikuchi facing Health Fillmyer, whom the Royals just called up from Triple-A Omaha.

Let’s stay with baseball as we open up the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard…

Eastmont hosted Eisenhower on a windy day at Dan White Field Tuesday and came out on top of a see-saw battle 8-7.  The Cadets built an early 4-nothing lead, scoring a run in each of the first four innings.  But the Wildcats came storming back with 5-runs in the bottom of the 4th.

Joel Norman and Eric Granstrom had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Eastmont finishes the home-stand 3-and-1.  In other baseball action Tuesday, Chelan topped Cashmere 12-2.  And Waterville-Mansfield not only score its first runs of the season Tuesday, but the Shockers plated 16 in a shutout of Bridgeport.

Turning to the Les Schwab Prep Softball Scoreboard…

The Lady Shockers were also victorious, downing Bridgeport 12-1.  Chelan clobbered Cashmere 22-12.  Cascade overwhelmed Omak 22-nothing.  And Eastmont traveled to Eisenhower and picked up a 19-7 victory.

In high school soccer Tuesday…

Cashmere topped Chelan 5-1.  Cascade edged Okanogan 3-2.  Tonasket blanked Manson 5-nil.  And Sunnyside is proving it’s a team to be reckoned with in the Big 9, as the Grizzlies knock off Eastmont 5-3.

On the Les Schwab Prep Tennis Scoreboard…

It was a day of sweeps in windy conditions Tuesday as Eastmont swept Moses Lake 6-1 for the boys and 4-3 for the girls.  Wenatchee took care of West Valley 7-0 on the boy’s side and 6-1 for the girls.  And in Caribou Trail League tennis, the Cashmere boys and girls were victorious over Chelan, both by a score of 4-to-1.

The Seahawks, as well as the rest of the NFL, came out with their pre-season opponents yesterday…

There are a few dates tied to the schedule, but the complete preseason and regular season schedules will come out just before the NFL draft April 25th.

Seattle will host Denver in week one of the preseason somewhere between August 8th and 11th.  The Hawks will then travel to Minneapolis to take on the Viking August 18th.  That game will be televised nationally on FOX.  Then, Seattle will travel to L-A to play the Chargers somewhere between August 22nd to 25th.  They’ll wrap up the preseason against the Raiders at CenturyLink Field August 29th.

Thanks Eric.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .

In tonight’s feature story, we’re continuing our look at the NCWLIFE Magazine airing this week spotlighting the Chelan School of Innovation. The pilot school uses a Big Picture Learning model to bring a new culture to the classroom and tonight, senior Ezequiel Baldovinos shares his story. . .

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

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.