NCWLIFE Evening News April 2, 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, An advisory panel tasked with finding ways to head off a looming financial crisis at Pangborn Airport meets again this week. A recent survey of Chelan County PUD customers shows 62-percent said the proposed consolidation of the Wenatchee-area operations into one location at Olds Station would not affect them, and, The Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council wants the entire community involved as it determines what social services are needed the most in the two-county region.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

It started out early this morning as a small power outage in the Waterville area. About 160 Douglas County PUD customers lost power around 6:00 a.m. from an underground fault at the Orondo substation.

Crews were forced to de-energize the whole service area to make repairs. That expanded the outage area to over 11-hundred customers. As of 11:00 a.m. crews had made the repairs and were in the process of restoring power to the area.

An advisory panel tasked with finding ways to head off a looming financial crisis at Pangborn Airport meets again this week. The Chelan and Douglas County Port Districts are in the process of reviewing their airport joint operating agreement. As the Airport has grown, the operating deficits have grown and capital investment has lagged. . .

Chelan County Commissioner Doug England was appointed to serve on the task force with several other area civic and elected leaders. He says finding a future funding solution will be a challenge. . .

The Port of Douglas County has said it does not currently have the resources needed to fund its 30 percent share of future operating and capital costs into and is considering terminating the Joint Operating Agreement and giving up its management, funding and ownership interest in the Airport.

A recent survey of Chelan County PUD customers shows 62-percent said the proposed consolidation of the Wenatchee-area operations into one location at Olds Station would not affect them.

The survey was the result of a month-long public outreach effort by the PUD to hear from community stakeholders. PUD Shared Service Director, Dan Fraser says the 124-million dollar combined service center is the most cost-effective and long-term least-cost option for the PUD and its customers. PUD General Manager, Steve Wright added that from a funding perspective, the project pencil’s out. . .

PUD staff also is working with the City of Wenatchee and Port of Chelan County to study potential future uses of the PUD’s property at Fifth Street and Wenatchee Avenue. Each of them has committed up to $75,000 for redevelopment planning focused on creating viable options for future use of the property.

The Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council wants the entire community involved as it determines what social services are needed the most in the two-county region.

To that end, the Community Action Council will hold a public forum from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 9th, at the Wenatchee Community Center, 504 S. Chelan Ave., to seek input from residents on the strengths and gaps in the local social-services network. The public forum is one of several ways the Community Action Council is gathering information for the needs assessment, which is required by federal law every three years. Earlier this month, a survey was launched in both English and Spanish, asking residents to identify barriers and challenges they face in accessing services. The effort is being overseen by a steering committee made up of representatives of other social service and government agencies in the two-county area. A final report will be released to the public in May.

Coming up next, Its grand opening time for the new mixed-use residential/commercial complex along Wenatchee’s trendy waterfront, and, The month of April is Autism Awareness Month and today is World Autism Awareness Day, we will tell you more coming up. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Weidner Apartment Homes announces the grand opening of its new mixed-use residential/commercial complex along Wenatchee’s trendy waterfront. The new 312 unit Riverside 600 apartments are located near the corner of Riverside Drive and Ninth Street just west of the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail. The complex consists of eight buildings on about 7 acres. Similar to Weidner’s neighboring Riverside 9 Apartments, This waterfront complex mixes retail with residential.  Units will range in from 498 square feet for a studio to 1,563 square feet for the largest live-work units. Monthly rates start at $1105 for a studio to $1560 for a two-bedroom unit. The complex features include a resort-style swimming pool, climbing wall in fitness center, riverfront trail access, mountain views from your patio/balcony, and retail shops just steps away.

The month of April is Autism Awareness Month and today is World Autism Awareness Day. Each year on April 2nd, people across the world come together in celebration to show support and to increase awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with autism.

It’s now estimated that 1 in 68 children born in the U.S. are diagnosed with autism and 1 in 42 boys. Hal Hunsaker, Clinical Director at the Achieve Center in Wenatchee says the term Autism covers a broad spectrum of disorders. . .

Hunsaker says what people need to understand about individuals with autism is that they are special in many ways. . .

By the way, the girl in the M & M costume is my daughter Sydney, who was diagnosed with autism in 2004.

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 continuing our look at this week’s NCWLIFE Magazine with producer Kaitlin Hetterscheidt as she profiles three local artists. Here is local fiber artist Mary Thresher in her Cashmere studio:

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.

Tim Beckam’s 2-run double capped a 4-run 1st inning for Seattle and Felix Hernandez pitched well on the mound as the Mariners beat the Angels 6-to-3 at T-Mobile Park last night…

For Hernandez, Monday’s win ended a drought going back to last season.  The veteran pitcher went the final three months of last season without a victory.  He had to overcome four errors by his defense to open his 15th Major League season with a win.  He allowed one earned run on seven hits in 5-and-a-third with no walks and four strikeouts.

Seattle improved to 6-and-1 with the win, tying the best start in franchise history with the 1984, ’85 and ’95 clubs.

The home run total jumped to 15 Monday when Jay Bruce hit a two run shot in the 7th to provide some needed cushion.

Seattle and Los Angeles finish the quick, two-game series tonight as Marco Gonzales faces Trevor Cahill at 7:10.

The Wenatchee Wild are hoping to do something for only the second time in this BCHL post-season.  That’s win for the second game in a row…

Wenatchee’s at the Kal Tire Place tonight in Vernon, B.C. for game 3 of their Interior Division Final series with the Vipers.  Not since the final two games of its series with West Kelowna have the Wild been able to put to wins together. 

The series is tied at 1-1 after Vernon edged Wenatchee in overtime Saturday and the Wild came back for the 3-0 shutout on Sunday.  Game time is 7 o’clock for both tonight and tomorrow night in Game 4 in Vernon.  You can watch the action on Hockey TV or listen LIVE with Arch Ecker on 560 KPQ throughout North Central Washington.

Win or lose, the series will definitely come back for Game 5 Friday at the Town Toyota Center.  Tickets are available now for $10 each.

We have one score to pass along on the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from Monday…

The Wenatchee Panthers remained unbeaten in Big 9 play with a 3-2 win over Davis at Rec. Park.

On the baseball schedule today, Cashmere plays at Zillah at 2 o’clock.

On the Prep Soccer Schedule today…

Cashmere is on the road at Royal for a 1 o’clock kickoff.  Eastmont travels to Eisenhower tonight at 7.  And Wenatchee is home tonight at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl for a match against Moses Lake.  We’ll have it LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel with Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen on the play-by-play.  Watch it all on your HOME for local sports, NCWLIFE at 7 o’clock.

It’s spring break for area schools, so the schedule is very light…

So there’s only one softball matchup to tell you about.  It will be in Chelan this morning at 11 with the first of two games between the Goats and Granite Falls.

Again, here’s a reminder of what we have on tap for our TV coverage of sports this week on the NCWLIFE

It begins with soccer tonight.  Then we’ll feature Game 1 of the series between Wenatchee and Vernon in the Division Finals Thursday night at 7.  On Friday, we’ll have Eastmont baseball against Sunnyside at 7.  Then Saturday at 7, it’s Game 2 between the Wild and Vipers from the Town Toyota Center.

Thanks Dan.

A Moses Lake man wanted on an outstanding warrant was arrested Sunday after falling off his bicycle while allegedly fleeing police. A story in The Columbia Basin Herald reports 27-year old Aaron Alvarado had been contacted by officers earlier in the night.

Police say he gave them a fake name and then fled on the bicycle after they confronted him. The Herald reports Alvarado fell off the bicycle after a short distance and was arrested. He was reportedly wanted for escaping community custody related to a charge of Domestic Violence. No information on the getaway bicycle or if it had training wheels.

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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.