NCWLIFE Evening News April 9, 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, Because of the second-worse ocean conditions ever back in 2016, there will be no sockeye or recreational summer chinook salmon fishing on the upper Columbia River up to Chief Joseph Dam, and, Governor Jay Inslee’s responds to his use of the Washington State Patrol during his campaign for President.     

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Link Transit announces a new fleet of diesel-fueled busses to serve riders between  Wenatchee, Leavenworth and Chelan. Twelve new 40-foot long coaches are the first arrivals in a fleet replacement effort that will see about 75% of Link’s buses replaced by the end of 2020.

The new busses replace 2007 and 2008 models some of which have in excess of 700,000 miles on them. They cost about $526,000 dollars each. The purchases were made using sales tax revenue that was saved for that purpose. The busses are powered by clean diesel, and are equipped with the latest in emissions control technology, which makes them significantly cleaner than the busses they replace.

Because of the second-worse ocean conditions ever back in 2016, there will be no sockeye or recreational summer chinook salmon fishing on the upper Columbia River up to Chief Joseph Dam.

State Department of Fish and Wildlife says the ocean conditions were caused by a blob of warm water off the coast of Washington state that devastated salmon populations. Predicted spring chinook salmon returns are down by over 1600 fish compared to last year and the projected sockeye numbers this year are down by over 100,000 fish compared to 2018. There will be some salmon fishing allowed in the mid and lower Columbia River, as well as the Snake River.

Governor Jay Inslee’s is being questioned about his use of the Washington State Patrol during his campaign for President. State law requires State troopers provide security for the Governor.  But critics complain that the extra 3.4 million dollars proposed in the upcoming budget to cover the cost of his campaign travel should not have to be paid by  taxpayers. He was questioned about it on Monday by reporters during a bill signing ceremony. . .

Starting today (Tue) Inslee will be out of the state for seven days with one official duty as governor, attending a global energy summit at Columbia University. The rest of the time he’ll be campaigning, with a televised town hall meeting on CNN Wednesday night. Over the weekend he will be campaigning in Iowa and New Hampshire that hold the first presidential primaries. On Monday he’ll be in South Carolina, which holds the second presidential primary, for another town hall meeting.

Coming up next, Chelan County PUD work to upgrade the electrical system along Shady Pass and Hale Roads will start in mid-April and will close the roadways for about a month. Displays went up outside state Department of Transportation offices Monday, in recognition of National Work Zone Awareness Week, and, The City of Wenatchee will hold a free annual recycling event this Saturday. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Chelan County PUD work to upgrade the electrical system along Shady Pass and Hale Roads will start in mid-April and will close the roadways for about a month.

The project will consist of replacing electrical infrastructure such as power poles, wires and transformers. Some power outages will be needed and affected customers will be notified with details prior to any outage. The PUD urges residents to watch for trucks and equipment along the roadways and flagger-controlled traffic may in place during working hours, which will generally be Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Displays went up outside state Department of Transportation offices Monday, including the Olds Station office in Wenatchee, in recognition of National Work Zone Awareness Week.

The displays in Wenatchee, Ephrata and Okanogan include four barrels in honor of four workers from the region who died on the job.

Those workers were Frank E. Porter, who died in 1950 east of Leavenworth when a car skidded into him; Ray Wittig, who was buried in a snow slide in 1952 in Tumwater Canyon; Ray T. Collie, who died just west of Stevens Pass after being struck by a truck; and Gordon Burlingame, who died in 1992 working on a radio tower at Berne Camp on Stevens Pass when it became unstable and fell on him.

The City of Wenatchee will hold a free annual recycling event 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday at 1745 South Wenatchee Avenue. Personal identification and proof of residence in the form of water, power or telephone bill are required.

Acceptable items for drop-off include automotive batteries, scrap iron, refrigerators, air conditioners, appliances, televisions, laptop, computers and monitors. Do not bring propane or pressurized tanks, liquids, paint or aerosols, hazardous materials, mattresses or furniture, fluorescent bulbs or ballasts, household batteries, printers or peripherals, enclosed barrels or tanks or household garbage. City of Wenatchee residents can also dispose of passenger and light truck tires for free until disposal trailers are full. Rims will not be removed from tires for return to owners.

Items not accepted at the eventy include: propane tanks, pressurized tanks, liquids, paint and aerosols, matresses, furniture, light bulbs, household batteries, printers and household garbage. For yard waste recycling, take items to Stemilt Organic Recycling, 1465 S. Wenatchee Ave. Acceptable items for drop off include brush, tree limbs, branches, grass clippings and yard waste. Free loads limited at two standard-size pickups per household.

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 our feature story tonight we’re taking a peak at the NCWLIFE Magazine airing this week spotlighting the Chelan School of Innovation. The pilot school uses a Big Picture Learning model to bring a new culture to the classroom. . .

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.

Call them the “Crooked Numbers Bunch!”  The Mariners put up 8-runs in the 6th inning, including two home runs in the inning by Edwin Encarnacion, en route to a 13-5 win over Kansas City Monday…

Also going deep for Seattle was Daniel Vogelbach (for the 4th game in a row); rookie Brandon Moore (his first MLB homer); and Jay Bruce (his 6th of the year and 3rd in his past two games).  With its 5-home runs on Monday, the Mariners have now hit a Major League Record 32 home runs in its first 12-games.

25-times in 12 games, the Mariners have put crooked numbers on the board (a crooked number being anything other than a 0 or 1).  They did it another three times on Monday, including 8-runs in the 6th breaking a 4-4 tie.

Seattle starter Felix Hernandez exited with an illness after allowing two runs in the first inning.

The two teams play again today at 5:15 with Marco Gonzales facing the Royals’ Jakob Junis.

Former Washington State Coach Tony Bennett is a National Champion as his Virginia Cavaliers defeated the Texas Tech Red Raiders for the NCAA title last night, 85-77 in overtime…

Deandre Hunter led the way for Virginia with 27-points, including a 3-pointer to help send it into overtime and another 3 in the extra frame to ice the game.  It’s the first National Championship for Virginia in school history.

On the Les Schwab Prep Golf Scoreboard from Monday at Moses Lake Country Club…

The Wenatchee Panthers boys golf team played through cold and difficult conditions to place first in the Big 9 Pod #3 yesterday.  Wenatchee finished with a 349 while Eastmont was second at 372.  Medalist honors went to Davis’ Rae Park with an 80.  Eastmont’s Jacob Birdley was 2nd with an 81 while Wenatchee’s Trey Stegeman was third with an 82.

In boys soccer in Western Washington Monday…

The Wenatchee Panthers won a non-league match at Mt. Si 4-nil.

Coming up on the schedule today, it’s Chelan at Cashmere, Okanogan hosting Cascade and Manson at Tonasket all at 4:30.  Eastmont travels to Sunnyside tonight at 7.

On the prep baseball schedule today…

The Eastmont Wildcats host the Ike Cadets at 4 o’clock at Dan White Field.  The NCWLIFE Channel cameras will be there with Joel Norman on the play-by-play with play back at 7 tonight.

Also today, Chelan hosts Cashmere and Waterville-Mansfield plays at Bridgeport, both at 4:30.

In prep softball today…

Four games start at 4:30, including Soap Lake at Manson; Waterville-Mansfield at Bridgeport; Chelan hosting Cashmere; and Cascade traveling to Omak.  Eastmont plays at Eisenhower tonight at 6.

On the tennis courts this afternoon…

Eastmont’s at Moses Lake while Wenatchee hosts West Valley at 3.  Then at 4, it’s Chelan at Cashmere; Cascade hosting Okanogan; and Oroville plays at Entiat.

In girls golf today…

Wenatchee will host Eastmont and the rest of the Big 9 for their 3rd POD at Three Lakes this afternoon at 1.  The Chelan boys and girls travel to Okanogan at 2:30.

And in a rare, Tuesday track meet…

Entiat, Chelan, Cashmere, Cascade, Tonasket and Omak will gather for the Brewster Relays beginning at 4 o’clock.

Thanks Eric. . .

Finally tonight, as the fishing season approaches, it’s a good time to get some help from Hank Patterson on teaching bait fishermen about fly fishing. . .

You can see more funny fishing videos at Hank Patterson-dot-com.

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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.