NCWLIFE Evening News April 5th, 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, Highway 243 south of Mattawa was blocked for more than five hours Friday afternoon after a semi that was hauling onions rolled over./ Moses Lake firefighters fought a 40-acre marsh fire on a hillside behind Fairchild Cinemas Sunday afternoon, and, A pair of special Douglas County PUD meetings tomorrow and Wednesday will hear input on the utility’s proposed new rate structures.    

But first, our top story tonight. . .

The House of Prayer Slavic Baptist Church in Soap Lake was completely destroyed by fire early Saturday night.

The fire first was reported about 5:30 p.m. with multiple agencies, including Grant County Fire Districts 7 and 13 responding to find the church fully engulfed.

As firefighters fought the blaze on 5th Avenue, Soap Lake Police had to tell people to steer clear of the scene after someone drove over a water hose. Fire officials say the fire started in the kitchen of the church but the cause remains under investigation.

Firefighters spent about three hours battling the blaze and as they were mopping up Fire District 13 crews had to respond to a vehicle fire in Soap Lake that they were able to quickly extinguish.

Highway 243 south of Mattawa was blocked for more than five hours Friday afternoon after a semi that was hauling onions rolled over. The Washington State Patrol said just before 5 p.m. the semi driver drifted off the roadway, then over-corrected and rolled. Compounding the problem, while pulling the semi from the ditch, a tow truck broke a hydraulic line and fluid spilled all over the roadway. The Washington State Patrol says nobody was injured in the accident.

Moses Lake firefighters fought a 40-acre marsh fire on a hillside behind Fairchild Cinemas Sunday afternoon. Moses Lake Fire and Grant County Fire District 5 responded to the fire off East Wheeler Road at 1:40 p.m. and were able to contain the blaze with no loss of structures and no injuries. The fire department said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

A pair of special Douglas County PUD meetings tomorrow and Wednesday will hear input on the utility’s proposed new rate structures. The PUD’s new schedule of power rates for electricity brought in from outside generators, plus a $3,200-dollar monthly administrative fee, would heavily affect major electrical users like data centers.

Managers forecast a user with a 10-megawatt average load might pay $4.2 million dollars for electricity in the first year. Opponents say those rates would discourage new tech development, like the planned Microsoft center near Pangborn Airport.

The PUD public workshops are scheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday, and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. They’ll be held in-person, so an RSVP is required.

Coming up next, Beginning tomorrow, construction crews will be working near the Apple Capital Loop Trail in Douglas County adjacent to the Odabashian Bridge./ A private contractor will be working in the road near the Pheasant Hills subdivision on Easy Street in Wenatchee where work may take up to two weeks./ The town of Twisp has a temporary town hall while a new civic building gets underway, and, Chelan will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony April 17th to celebrate the sell-out of all eight units in the Emerson Village affordable housing development. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Beginning Tuesday, construction crews will be working near the Apple Capital Loop Trail in Douglas County adjacent to the Odabashian Bridge. Called the Coyote Dunes Natural Area, the property is between the loop trail and the Columbia River.

Chelan County PUD said the crews will be building a small gravel access trail for emergency responders; putting up natural barriers to encourage people to stay on the trails; and putting up interpretive signs about the area’s cultural history. The PUD said the project is expected to continue until April 20th. The Loop Trail is expected to remain open for the duration of the project.

Beginning today, a private contractor will be working in the road near the Pheasant Hills subdivision in Wenatchee. Work may take up to two weeks. Motorists will experience one-lane, flagger-controlled traffic on Easy Street, just past School Street. Plan for minor traffic delays or avoid the area if possible.

Then tomorrow, a utility provider will be removing an overhead phone line over Highway 2 in the area of Hay Canyon Road and the West Cashmere Bridge replacement project. The work will require lane closures in both the westbound and eastbound lanes. The work will be done between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Motorists are advised to expect minor traffic delays on Tuesday in the work area.

The town of Twisp has a temporary town hall while a new civic building gets underway. The town’s administrative services and police department relocated over the weekend to a Second Avenue office space.

The existing town hall is slated for demolition while the new civic building is developed. Twisp officials plan to proceed with the project, even though costs for the planned construction have ballooned past original estimates. The price tag could reach anywhere from $3.5 million to $4.4 million dollars.

Chelan will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony April 17th to celebrate the sell-out of all eight units in the Emerson Village affordable housing development.

The Chelan Valley Housing Trust says all the local buyers purchased the Emerson Village townhouses for $200,000 each after meeting certain income guidelines. Located at 305 North Emerson it is the city’s first attainable housing development.

The townhomes were built thanks to private community donations, a construction loan, the Chelan Chamber of Commerce and grants from the city and county. The ribbon cutting will be from 10 a.m. to noon and include a tour of one of the townhomes and a chance to see preliminary designs for a future affordable housing development on nine acres on Anderson Road that will have 35 to 40 homes.

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. . .

Major wildfire legislation requested by Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz cleared an important hurdle last week. The Senate Ways and Means Committee approved House Bill 1168, which already passed the House and would set aside $125 million annually for wildland firefighting and fire prevention. Here’s how that committee vote went down, with some last-minute wrangling over an oversight amendment. . .

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.

For the 4th-straight time, the Bridge of Sportsmanship trophy will remain with Eastmont after the Wildcats dominated Wenatchee Friday night 38-to-nothing…

Chance Garcia led the game off with an 85-yard kickoff return touchdown and it was all Eastmont from there as the Wildcats racked up 377-yards of offense and held the Panthers scoreless for the first time in 53-meetings between the two schools.

Grant Olson and Eric Granstrom had the call here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

There you have it, Eastmont wins the Bridge of Sportsmanship 38-nothing as Corbin Keys rushes for 115-yards and a touchdown and freshman quarterback Luke Gale completes 5-passes for 116-yards and a touchdown.

In other football action, Royal finished undefeated, downing Moses Lake 41-16.  Cashmere claimed the Bronze Shoe and the Caribou Trail League title with a 15-7 win over Chelan.  Cascade shut out Omak 18-nothing.  Manson topped Oroville 42-8.  Brewster finished unbeaten, downing Lake Roosevelt 46-22.  Okanogan was also undefeated, stopping Tonasket 53-7.  And the Waterville-Mansfield Shockers ended on a positive note, blowing out Pateros 56-6.

The girls soccer season came to an end Saturday around North Central Washington…

Eastmont edged Moses Lake 3-2.  Wenatchee topped Ephrata 2-1.  Cashmere blanked Okanogan 1-nil.  Chelan edged Warden 3-2.  Tonasket mauled Manson 9-nil.  And Omak beat Liberty Bell 4-1.

The volleyball season also wrapped up on Saturday…

Wenatchee swept both Ephrata and Moses Lake 3-0 at Ephrata.  The Tigers concluded the season with a 3-0 win over Moses Lake.  Cashmere took care of Warden and Royal by scores of 3-to-1 at Warden.  Brewster beat both Lake Roosevelt and Omak while the Raiders topped the Pioneers at Omak High School.

And how about the Manson volleyball team?!  The Trojans complete the season unbeaten by downing Waterville-Mansfield at Quincy to finish 13-and-oh, only losing two sets all season! 

Pateros also finished an unbeaten season by downing Tonasket and Liberty Bell on Saturday.

It was high drama in Indy Saturday as Gonzaga’s Jalen Suggs hit a three-pointer at the buzzer in overtime to give the Bulldogs a 93-90 win over UCLA…

Suggs finished with 16-points.  He says you dream of shots like that as a kid, but to have it actually happen is incredible…

Each Gonzaga starter scored in double-figures, led by the 25-points of Drew Timme.  Coach Mark Few says he’s proud to be part of a game like that…

Gonzaga will face Baylor for the National Championship tonight at 6:20 on CBS.  The Bears advanced by dominating Houston Saturday 78-59.

The Mariners took two of three from San Francisco in the opening series of the Major League Baseball season with Saturday’s 4-nothing win…

Ty France and Mitch Haniger each hit solo home runs while Kyle Seager went 2-for-4 at the plate.  Chris Flexin was impressive on the mound, earning the victory by going 5-innings of shutout ball, allowing just 4-hits and striking out 6.

The Mariners host the Chicago White Sox for the first of three games tonight at 7:10 as Justus Sheffield takes to the mound for the first time this season.

Finally, the journey of Wenatchee’s Austin Morrow to reach the Olympic wrestling team came to an end Saturday…

Morrow got by two-time Olympian Ben Provisor in the consolation bracket before falling to Patrick Smith in the semifinals.    

Thanks Eric.

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up tomorrow 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 night.