NCWLIFE Evening News April 2nd, 2021

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to what’s making news, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

And now, here a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, We have video from Grant County Fire District 13 which shows firefighters responding to a trailer fire in the Rimrock community near Palisades./ A Grant County man will likely head to prison for 23 years after pleading guilty to federal child pornography and trafficking charges, and, The Grant County PUD is one of three partners in a plan to develop a commercial nuclear reactor near Richland.     

But first, our top story tonight. . .

A 30-year-old Orondo man was killed and Highway 97 south of Chelan Falls was fully blocked for several hours Thursday afternoon after a collision between a four-wheeler and a livestock trailer.

According to the Washington State Patrol, Jose Villanueva-Manriquez was driving a Honda quad on a dirt road towards the highway, attempted to turn right onto the shoulder of the highway, lost control and crossed the center line where it struck a livestock trailer being towed by 36-year-old Jess S. Darwood of Carlton.

Villanueva-Manriquez was declared dead at the scene, Darwood and a passenger in his truck were not injured.  The accident happened about 1:41 p.m. 15 miles south of Chelan Falls in Douglas County. Villanueva-Manriquez was not wearing a helmet.

A video from Grant County Fire District 13 shows firefighters responding Wednesday to a trailer fire in the Rimrock community near Palisades.

The fire district said significant resources were deployed because of concerns over the high potential for fire growth in that area. The fire destroyed a trailer and about a half-acre of surrounding land but firefighters were able to stop it from jumping a nearby bluff. . .

A Grant County man will likely head to prison for 23 years after pleading guilty to federal child pornography and trafficking charges.

30-year-old Carlos Salgado Velasquez of Warden entered his plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Spokane. U.S. Attorney Joseph Harrington says Salgado solicited, paid and made explicit video recordings of four minor victims. He entered the plea in exchange for a 23-year sentencing recommendation from prosecutors. He’s due to be sentenced by a federal judge in early July.

The Grant County PUD is one of three partners in a plan to develop a commercial nuclear reactor near Richland. The partners say if successful, the advanced reactor would begin producing carbon-free electricity after it comes online in roughly 2027.

Grant PUD chief Kevin Nordt signed an agreement joining the so-called Tri-Energy Partnership on Thursday, with CEOs of Energy Northwest and X-Energy.

Congressman Dan Newhouse lent support to the $2.4 billion project, which will be overseen by the U.S. Department of Energy. The advanced reactor concept uses uranium, carbon and oxygen fuel, and is designed to be immune to overheating and meltdown.

Coming up next, As Wenatchee prepares to reopen the city pool June 12th, Parks Director Dave Erickson says swimming opportunities will still be limited by state restrictions./ The middle school in Leavenworth’s Cascade School district has a new principal, and, Lake Chelan School District band classes put on their spring concert via YouTube this week and when we come back we’ll let you listen-in. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

As Wenatchee prepares to reopen the city pool June 12th, a year after its COVID-19 shutdown, Parks Director Dave Erickson says swimming opportunities will still be limited by state restrictions. Erickson talked with Wake-Up Wenatchee Valley’s Dan Kuntz about how use of the pool will work under current state guidelines. . .

The middle school in Leavenworth’s Cascade School district has a new principal.

James Swanson will join Icicle River Middle School this summer. Swanson replaces principal Mike Janski, who’s retiring at the end of June. Swanson was one of 13 applicants for the position. He’ll come on board July 1st, overseeing about 280 students from the Leavenworth, Plain and Lake Wenatchee areas.

Public school music programs are becoming pretty good at this whole virtual concert thing – just in time for classes hopefully to return to full-time in-person. Lake Chelan School District band classes put on their spring concert via YouTube this week and as we take you to break, here’s a festive sample. . .

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, it’s not every day you can get your lifesaving vaccination from a sitting member of Congress. But yesterday, 8th District Representative Kim Schrier was on hand at the Town Toyota Center mass vaccination site to provide COVID-19 shots for her constituents. NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins was there and has more. . . 

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.

The 53rd meeting between Wenatchee and Eastmont takes place tonight in the annual Bridge of Sportsmanship game at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl…

We’ll broadcast the game live here on the NCWLIFE Channel with Grant Olson and Eric Granstrom on the play-by-play, beginning with our pregame at 6:30.

Eastmont is riding a 4-game winning streak in the series, which Wenatchee would love to break, but the Panthers will have do to it without starting quarterback JJ Jelsing.  Coach Scott Devereaux says the senior went down with a season-ending knee injury against Royal in week 3…

Jelsing was Wenatchee’s entire offense in a 10-7 Eastmont win back on March 12th.  Wildcat coach Michael Don says he expects other players to step up in his absence…

Eastmont comes into tonight’s game with a 3-and-1 record having knocked off Ephrata 30-to-nothing a week ago.  Despite the victory, the Wildcats offense struggled and the team was penalized for over 100-yards.  Coach Don says it’s all about perspective…

Since the Bridge of Sportsmanship trophy came to be in 2007, presented by the Lions Clubs of Wenatchee and East Wenatchee in an attempt to reduce the hostility between the two schools, Wenatchee is 9-4 in those games.  However, the trophy has remained at Eastmont since 2017.

The shortened season and coming off the pandemic just to play has changed coach Devereaux’s approach to the game, no matter the rivalry…

The Bridge of Sportsmanship trophy is on the line tonight when Wenatchee and Eastmont tee it up at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl.  Join us for all the coverage beginning at 6:30 tonight here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

The final weekend of football got underway last night with Liberty Bell beating the Chelan JV 48-nothing and Almira-Coulee/Hartline topped Soap Lake 46-0.

On the schedule for tonight, Moses Lake plays at Royal.  The Battle for the Bronze Shoe is in Cashmere tonight where the Bulldogs host Chelan at 7 with the Caribou Trail League Title also on the line.  Cascade hosts Omak.  Oroville visits Manson.  Brewster will try to wrap up an emotional, undefeated season tonight against Lake Roosevelt.  And Tonasket travels to Okanogan.

On Saturday, Waterville-Mansfield will try to wrap up the season on a winning note against Pateros at 2 o’clock.

There are still some volleyball matches to be played tomorrow…

Wenatchee and Moses Lake will meet at Ephrata beginning at 10am.  Cashmere travels to Warden to face the Cougars and Royal Knights.  Omak will host Lake Roosevelt and Brewster.

A great match will wrap up the season in Quincy tomorrow when undefeated Manson faces the Jackrabbits at 10 followed by the Shockers and Quincy at 2:30.  If both win, the 6:30 match will feature the 12-and-oh Trojans against the 10-and-1 Shockers.  Liberty Bell will also host Pateros and Tonasket.

Cascade ended a difficult season in girls soccer last night with a 4-3 win over Quincy…

Royal also beat Brewster 1-nil.

Coming up tomorrow at 11, Cashmere hosts Okanogan; Chelan entertains Warden; and Manson travels to Tonasket.  At 1 o’clock, Eastmont plays at Moses Lake; Ephrata hosts Wenatchee; and Omak plays at Liberty Bell.

A Wenatchee-based Greco Roman wrestler is in Texas this weekend with a shot at becoming an Olympian.  Austin Morrow’s Mom, Erin Marcuson, says the 27-year old is on the verge of a dream come true…

Marcuson says only those in the wrestling-world would recognize her son, since he began wrestling in Europe in high school as a military brat…

Marcuson says part of the family will be in Fort Worth to cheer him on in-person while the rest will be here in Wenatchee glued to their streaming devices…

If you have the Peacock Network, you can watch the action from Fort Worth, Texas.  Best of luck to Austin Morrow!

If you gave up on the Mariners and went to bed last night, you’re not alone.  Seattle trailed San Francisco 6-1 in the bottom of the 8th inning.  30-minutes and 6-runs later, the Mariners led 7-6 and needed 10-innings to get the 8-7 win…

Jake Fraley walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th, his 3rd walk of the night, to earn the literal walk-off-win.  Mitch Haniger made a game-saving, sliding catch down the right field line in the top of the 10th to give Seattle a chance in the bottom half of the inning.

Seattle and San Francisco play again tonight at 7:10 with Yusei Kikuchi going up against Johnny Cueto (kwei-tow).

Thanks Eric.

Finally on this Friday night, when a SpaceX rocket component broke up over the Northwest on March 25th, it appeared to re-enter harmlessly. But it turns out at least one large piece of the booster did impact the earth.

This composite-overwrapped pressure vessel was recovered this week on private property in southwestern Grant County. Sheriff Tom Jones says a team from SpaceX has reclaimed the item, and his office won’t disclose any further details about where the component was found. No injuries or property damage have been reported from the reentry.

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up Monday morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, 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). I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great Easter Weekend.