NCWLIFE Evening News April 5, 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, Swat team raids on two suspected drug houses in the Wenatchee area resulted in three arrests along with a cache of cocaine, cash and guns. Its two strikes and you’re out for a Moses Lake Woman who was arrested Thursday morning for allegedly dealing methamphetamine for the second time in four months, and, A worker at Priest Rapids Dam was injured yesterday morning while performing maintenance on fish ladder equipment.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A tragedy was averted overnight when two East Wenatchee area residents barely escaped their mobile home after it ignited into flames. The fire at a mobile home park off Highway 28 South of Kirby Billingsly Hydro Park was reported around 12:35 AM. Crews with Douglas County Fire District Two responded and were able to put it out before it spread to neighboring homes. Fire Marshall Kurt Blanchard says it appears to have started outside the trailer on a deck. . .

Blanchard says one of the occupants was transported to Confluence Health with what he described as minor injuries. The Red Cross was also helping the victims find emergency shelter and supplies.

Swat team raids on two suspected drug houses in the Wenatchee area resulted in three arrests along with a cache of cocaine, cash and guns. The Columbia River Drug Task Force (CRDTF) reports on Wednesday that search warrants were served in the 800 block of Malaga Alcoa Highway and the 1500 block of Cashmere Street in Wenatchee.

The warrants were the result of investigations and controlled drug buys conducted by CRDTF detectives. Officials say in a news release The Malaga Alcoa Highway location is approximately nine acres and had several structures on it believed to be occupied which made it a complex area to safely clear and search.

While searching the property, Detectives located and seized approximately two pounds of cocaine, two firearms, packaging material for the distribution of cocaine, and over $80,000 in cash as suspected proceeds from the sale of illegal drugs. The property owner, 52- year old Cesar Mora Sr. of Wenatchee was arrested and booked into CCRJ for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance – Cocaine with Intent to Deliver and Alien in Possession of a Firearm.

Also arrested for Alien in Possession of a Firearm was 54-year old Rene Rodriguez-Rodriguez. Afterwards a SWAT team was relocated to the 1500 block of Cashmere Street to assist Wenatchee Police Department with the service of the related Search Warrant.  Fifty-five year old Jose Valadez of Wenatchee was arrested on existing probable cause for four counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance.

Its two strikes and you’re out for a Moses Lake Woman who was arrested Thursday morning for allegedly dealing methamphetamine for the second time in four months.

According to Moses Lake police, a search warrant was served at a residence in the 1100 block of Hill Street in Moses Lake where 38-year old Sonya Adame was arrested for possession of meth. Adame was originally arrested in early December for possession of meth with intent to deliver near a school zone.

Shortly after her release and while she was awaiting trial, police began receiving complaints that she was selling drugs once again. Moses Lake police said while evidence is still being processed, methamphetamine was located inside the residence. Authorities say additional charges will follow.

A worker at Priest Rapids Dam was injured yesterday morning while performing maintenance on fish ladder equipment. His coworkers provided him with first aid until emergency medical services arrived and transported him to Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, where he was treated and evaluated. He was expected to be discharged late yesterday afternoon. Grant PUD’s Safety Department is investigating the incident.

Coming up next, Despite significant snow in parts of Washington, Governor Jay Inslee is set to declare a drought emergency for parts of Northcentral Washington. Fines paid for water quality violations in Washington over the last few years will fund $331,000 dollars in projects designed to restore local ecosystems, some of those projects right here in Northcentral Washington, and, Chelan PUD released a new report earlier this week looking at public policy areas that can unleash capabilities of hydropower for the next 30 years.      I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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Despite significant snow in parts of Washington, water supply shortages are projected in the Methow, Okanogan and Upper Yakima basins, prompting Governor Jay Inslee to declare a drought emergency in those watersheds.

The Methow is projected at 72 percent of normal, while the Okanogan is expected to be 58 percent of normal. The areas declared in drought emergency are prime agricultural regions and stand to lose valuable crops if faced with water supply shortages this spring and summer. Washington State Department of Ecology Director Maia Bellon says her department has been keeping a close eye on water supplies in North Central Washington throughout the winter and felt it was important to start preparing for potential shortages as soon as possible.  Ecology is requesting $2 million dollars from the state Office of Financial Management for drought response programs.

Fines paid for water quality violations in Washington over the last few years will fund $331,000 dollars in projects designed to restore local ecosystems,  some of those projects right here in Northcentral Washington.

The Department of Ecology has granted 16,900-dollars to the Chelan County Department of Natural Resources to remove about 10,000-pounds of illegally dumped material from Eagle Creek and to support a larger restoration effort to replant a section of bank along Mission Creek in Cashmere.

In Okanogan County, 25,833-dollars has been awarded to the Cascade Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group to restore forest and enhance floodplain conditions along 1-point-6 acres along the Methow River in Winthrop.

The National Hydropower Association (NHA) and Chelan County Public Utility District (Chelan PUD) released a new report earlier this week looking at public policy areas that can unleash capabilities of hydropower for the next 30 years.

Entitled “Reinvigorating Hydropower: A cornerstone of our clean, affordable, reliable electric future” the report describes the value hydropower provides the grid and the recommended governmental and industry policies necessary to fully realize hydropower’s value. The report makes a call to action, identifying six recommendations, covering a range of issues including market design, public policy and regulatory processes.

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.

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In tonight’s feature story, several salmon recovery projects are getting underway in Chelan County this spring. Over the past twenty five years tens of millions of dollars in Federal, State and local funds have been expended in an effort to protect habitat and improve fish passage. Commissioner Bob Bugert, says its going to be a busy summer. . .

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.

It’s must-win time for the Wenatchee Wild as they host Vernon in Game 5 of the Interior Division Finals tonight at the Town Toyota Center…

After Vernon took both games in British Columbia, the Vipers lead the best-of-seven series 3-games-to-1. 

The Wild will have to play tonight without the services of Left Winger Brian Adams.  The left-hander from San Ramon, California was hit hard from behind on Wednesday night by Landon Fuller.  Adams was injured on the play and, after the game, Fuller was suspended by the BCHL.  That means Wenatchee will be without Adams’ four goals and three assists in the playoffs.

Coach Bliss Littler says they’ll have to make some adjustments and probably not be able to play as “loose” as they’d like.

Any way you slice it, the Wild must win tonight to force a Game 6 back in Vernon Sunday.  If Wenatchee can

Cashmere edged Brewster 1-nil.

Coming up on the prep soccer schedule…

Today, Brewster hosts Chelan at 4:30.  The tonight, Wenatchee travels to Davis for an always-tough match against the Pirates at 7.

Tomorrow, Manson hosts Omak in the morning at 11 and later, it’s Meridian at Cascade at 1 o’clock.

On the Prep Baseball Schedule today…

It’s Cascade hosting Meridian at 11.  Cashmere has a doubleheader at Tonasket starting at 3.

Tomorrow, it’s Connell at Chelan for two games starting at 11.  Cascade will host Manson in a twin bill, also at 11.  Wenatchee and Eastmont have a makeup game tomorrow afternoon at Dan White Field at 2 o’clock.

And in a slim softball schedule…

Mt. Baker plays the first of two games at Cascade this afternoon at 1.  Cashmere has a date with Tonasket today at 3.

For Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks fans, it’s deja vu all over again…

The Reno Express are back in town for another Indoor Football game Sunday in the Town Toyota Center.  Wenatchee beat Reno in its inaugural game at the TTC a week ago Thursday 35-21 to improve to 1-and-1.  The Express also come into Sunday’s game 1-and-1.  Kickoff is set for 6 o’clock.

After a rainout yesterday, the Mariners are ready to help Chicago celebrate its home-opener today…

First pitch is set for 11:10 as the Mariners will send Yusei Kikuchi to the mound against the White Sox’ Reynoldo Lopez.  The three game series will continue tomorrow and Sunday.

And, we’ll take another step closer to crowning a Men’s college basketball champion tomorrow in Minneapolis…

The Men’s Final Four tips up with the first game between Auburn and Virginia at 3:09.  The second game features Texas Tech and Michigan State at 5:49.  It’s all being televised on CBS.

Monday’s National Championship tips off at 6 o’clock.

Thanks Dan. Recapping tonight’s top story. . .

A tragedy was averted overnight when two East Wenatchee area residents barely escaped their mobile home after it ignited into flames. The fire at a mobile home park off Highway 28 South of Kirby Billingsly Hydro Park was reported around 12:35 AM. Crews with Douglas County Fire District Two responded and were able to put it out before it spread to neighboring homes. Fire Marshall Kurt Blanchard says it appears to have started outside the trailer on a deck.He adds that one of the occupants was transported to Confluence Health with what he described as minor injuries. The Red Cross was also helping the victims find emergency shelter and supplies.

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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.