NCWLIFE Evening News April 11, 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, There will be a planned 11-hour overnight power outage for residents of Okanogan County beginning tonight, and, some city streets in Cashmere are dark because of a street replacement project.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

State Representative Tom Dent of Moses Lake was taken to a hospital in Olympia late Wednesday after experiencing chest pains. He was on a regular break between votes when the pains came on. In a statement from the floor of the House today Dent said, he did not suffer a heart attack but instead has been fighting a serious case of walking pneumonia. Dent said medical personnel at Providence Hospital ran numerous tests, including a CAT scan which revealed his heart is in good condition. The 69-year-old Dent has been a 13th District legislator since 2015. The 2019 legislative session is scheduled to adjourn on April 28th.

There will be a planned 11-hour overnight power outage from 7:00 p.m. tonight, to approximately 6:00 a.m. Friday. The outage will affect Okanogan County Electric Co-op customers as well as Okanogan County PUD customers in the Loup Loup Ski Hill area. Residents using medical equipment requiring electrical power will need to make provisions. The outage is needed to make repairs and switch Winthrop to the shoe-fly on the Loup transmission line.

You may have noticed that portions of Cashmere are in the dark. The city has recently undertaken a project to upgrade existing streetlights in town to more energy efficient LED technology.

In addition to lights on utility poles, approximately 500 decorative lights were also replaced. When installing the lights, new circuit breakers were also installed. Given the age of the wires directly buried in the ground, it was anticipated that some of the circuits may trip when the new sensitive breakers were installed, and they did. Since installing the new lights, 17 of the new 47 lighting circuits are not holding and at the direction of the electrical inspector have been shut off. That means street lights along portions of Cottage, Elberta, Olive, Chase Washington, Birch and Pioneer are now dark and one of the school crosswalk lights has also been shut off. Cashmere Mayor James Fletcher says some fixes may be relatively simple while others could involve tearing up sidewalks or streets. Fletcher says correcting the electrical problems and restoring lights is a priority for the city.

Coming up next, Former Douglas County Port District Manager, Pat Haley has been hired by the City of Quincy as the town’s new Assistant Administrator. Rae’Ana Rosenburg’s mother Becca Shelton has given birth to a new baby, and, Having dried out sufficiently, Horselake, Burch Mountain and Oklahoma Gulch roads were reopened this morning. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Former Douglas County Port District Manager, Pat Haley has been hired by the City of Quincy as the town’s new Assistant Administrator. Haley will eventually succeed Chief Administrator, Tim Snead when he retires at the end of June. Haley is a native of East Wenatchee. He ran unsuccessfully for Douglas County Commissioner in 2016.

In an interview with the Columbia Basin Herald, Haley said he’d “like Quincy to be one of America’s most livable cities.” Haley will be working out of Quincy’s new City Hall. Funding for the 3.6 million dollar project was made possible from revenue generated by the growth of the area’s data center industry.

After more than a month and a half of being by her daughter’s bedside at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Becca Shelton had to go to a room of her own Wednesday evening to give birth to a baby girl. Elousia was born shortly before midnight. Becca posted before the delivery that she couldn’t stand the thought of not being by her daughter Rae’Ana’s side but said, QUOTE “She is excited that I will be bringing her baby sister back with me.” UNQUOTE.

Meanwhile, 6-year-old Rae’Ana Rosenberg continues her remarkable recovery from spending almost 20 minutes under water after falling in an icy Rock Island pond February 21st. Earlier this week, the girl was moved from the intensive care unit and soon will begin physical therapy.

Having dried out sufficiently, Horselake, Burch Mountain and Oklahoma Gulch roads were reopened this morning, the Chelan County Public Works Department reported. Horselake and Burch Mountain roads in Wenatchee are used to access popular hiking trails in the foothills while Oklahoma Gulch Road is near Entiat. The roads usually open by April 1st but late-season snow left them too soggy and susceptible to damage.

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. . .

Time now for our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Today, NCWLife’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Kyle the cat. . .

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.

In year’s past, the comment “How about them Mariners” was tongue-in-cheek because of one poor season after another.  This year, it’s for real.  How about them Mariners?!  Seattle won for the 6th straight game with a 7-6 decision in 10-innings over the Royals in Kansas City today…

Seattle trailed in this game 4-nothing at one point, but came all the way back with 2 in the 6th, 1 in each of the 7th and 8th, 2 in the 9th and Daniel Vogelbach’s solo home run in the 10th was the difference.

The Mariners have now hit home runs in each of its first 15-games, a Major League record.  Seattle also has 36-homers on the season, tying it with the 2000 St. Louis Cardinals for the most home runs in MLB history in the first 15 games.

Dee Gordon went 3-for-4 with a home run and one of three Seattle triples on a windy day in KC.  Mitch Haniger also delivered a triple, driving in two runs.

Seattle returns home on a six game winning streak to host the Houston Astros tomorrow night at 7:10.  It will be Wade LeBlanc on the mound against Houston’s Wade Miley.

On the Les Schwab Prep Golf Scoreboard from yesterday at Three Lakes…

The Eastmont girls battled through windy conditions to win the Big 9 Pod #3 with a team score of 443.  Davis was 2nd, West Valley 3rd and Wenatchee 4th.  Medalist honors went to Davis’ Cassie Kim with a 76.  Eastmont’s Emilee Wentworth was second with a 98.

Coming up on the golf schedule today…

The Big 9 boys tee off this morning at 11 at Apple Tree Golf Course in Yakima.  Davis is the official host school for the Pod #1 as Wenatchee, Eastmont, West Valley, Sunnyside, Moses Lake and Eisenhower do battle.

Also this afternoon, Chelan hosts Cascade at Lake Chelan Golf Course at 2:30.

The tennis courts will be full this afternoon…

Eastmont hosts Davis while Wenatchee’s at Sunnyside at 3.  Then at 4, it’s Chelan at Quincy; Cascade hosts Omak; and Entiat’s at Liberty Bell.

On the prep soccer schedule…

Cashmere hosts Okanogan.  Omak is at Cascade.  And Manson travels to Oroville.  All three kick off at 4:30.

And on the diamonds today…

Walla Walla Point Park is the sight for a softball doubleheader at 4 o’clock when Wenatchee hosts Ellensburg.  In baseball, Pateros is at Manson at 4:30.  Meanwhile, the Trojan softball team travels to Pateros for a 4:30 start time.

Coming up tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel…

It’s Game 5 of the Interior Division Finals between Wenatchee and Vernon from the Town Toyota Center.  Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

Watch the rest of the game in its entirety tonight at 7.

Coming up tomorrow, it’s the “beautiful game” as the Eastmont Wildcats host the Moses Lake Chiefs in boys soccer.  Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen have the play-by-play beginning at 7 o’clock.

On Saturday, we’ll feature both games of the doubleheader from a few weeks back between Wenatchee and West Valley.  Game 1 will air at 2 with game 2 following at 7.

Then on Sunday, we’ll re-air the Moses Lake/Wenatchee soccer match from April 2nd at 2pm.  And we’ll wrap up our sports weekend with Eastmont and Sunnyside baseball from last Thursday at 7 o’clock Sunday night.

Thanks Eric.

As we leave you tonight, here is NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson to fill us in on some of the events going on this weekend. . .

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.