NCWLIFE Evening News June 18, 2019

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NCWLIFE Evening News June 18, 2019

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, Chelan County PUD commissioners received some good financial news at their Monday board meeting.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Chelan County Commissioners have declared the county a high fire hazard area, imposing numerous restrictions on county lands and roads.

Among other things, the designation bans the use of fireworks countywide and prohibits fires of any sort. Also banned is the operation of any vehicle off the roadway. Travel on designated county roads has been limited to residents, as well as landowners and leaseholders to perform work on the property. The commissioners took the actions on the recommendation of the Fire Advisory Board based on current and forecast conditions.

Chelan County PUD commissioners received some good financial news at their Monday board meeting. The bond rating firm, Standard and Poors Global, continues to rank the District among the top customer-owned utilities in the nation. The Utility’s Lead Treasury Analyst Heather Irelan said S and P Global called out several “extremely strong” financial positions including a debt ratio of 34 percent and electric rates that are among the lowest in the nation. . .

The PUD has cut its debt in half since 2010. Board President Garry Arseneault says the high bond ratings ultimately keep rates lower for customer-owners. . .

Chelan PUD also has high bond ratings from Fitch Ratings and Moody’s Investor Service.

The Mother of a shooting victim at Sandy Hook Elementary back in 2012 spoke in Wenatchee Monday on School Safety Advocacy. Here with more on the story is NCWLIFE’s Kyle Montgomery.

Coming up next, Retired Wenatchee School District Superintendent, Brian Flones says he’s leaving the district in good financial condition. The director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will hold a digital town hall Thursday for residents of Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan counties, and, BJ Kuntz, former athletic director and current dean of students at Wenatchee High School, has taken a new job, we will tell you about it. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Retired Wenatchee School District Superintendent, Brian Flones says he’s leaving the district in good financial condition. He says its in a better position now than in his first year at the helm. . .

The Wenatchee School Board is currently considering using voter-approved levy funds to restore some staff positions that were cut in the current budget. The Legislature in the last session raised the local levy cap of $1.50 to $2.50 for every $1,000 dollars of assessed value. The cap is part of a levy swap that limits local taxes and increases state school taxes. It’s part of the state’s response to a court mandate to fund basic education.

The director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will hold a digital town hall Thursday for residents of Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan counties.

People can watch and ask questions of Director Kelly Susewind and North Central Regional Director Jim Brown from 5 to 6 p.m. by going to the department’s web site at www-dot-wdfw-dot-wa-dot-gov. Susewind has such town

halls statewide in the past but this will be the first specifically for a region.

They also will be giving updates on drought conditions, a proposed new shooting range in Swakane Canyon and the recent 243 Command Fire in Grant County.

BJ Kuntz, the dean of students at Wenatchee High School, has taken a new job with the Washington Interscholastic Association.

Kuntz will become the assistant director of the WIAA after being with the Wenatchee School District since 1996.

Prior to becoming dean of students, she was the school’s athletic director for 12 years. The WIAA oversees high school interscholastic activities, setting rules and regulations. In addition to her duties at the school, she also has served as a WIAA district director since 2015. Eric Granstrom talked to Kuntz earlier today and will have some of that conversation coming up in sports.

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. . .

This Thursday at 7:00 o’clock,  the NCWLIFE Channel will air a special called, Saving Rae’Ana, an hour long show featuring the heroes who helped save the life of 6-year old girl, Rae’ Ana Rosenburg, who fell into an icy Rock Island pond this past February. In tonight’s feature story, we bring you an extended cut from, Saving Rae’Ana. . .

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.

Wenatchee High Graduate and former Athletic Director BJ Kuntz has been hired by the WIAA as its Assistant Director.  Kuntz says she heard a few months ago that the position was coming open

Kuntz has gained a wealth of experience from her time at Wenatchee where she served in multiple roles since 1996. She was named the Dean of Students at WHS in 2014 after 12 years of Athletic Director experience for the Wenatchee School District, holding the position from 2002-2014.

Kuntz says she knew early on what she wanted to do…

Kuntz says she’s busily wrapping up her job as Dean of Students at Wenatchee High School and preparing to join the WIAA in late July.  We’ll have more on our discussion with BJ Kuntz tomorrow here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

A familiar name has re-emerged in the baseball world locally.  Former Wenatchee Valley College baseball coach Darren Hoff has been hired as the new varsity coach at Eastmont High School…

In a press release yesterday, Eastmont Athletic Director Russ Waterman announced that Hoff would be replacing Brandon Schmitten as the Wildcat’s baseball coach.

Hoff coached the Knights program from 1995 to 2000.  Most recently, he was the baseball coach Walnut High School in California from 2000 to 2012.

For the 14th time this season, Seattle’s bullpen couldn’t hold a lead.  Kansas City scored a run in the 7th, 2 in the 8th and 1 in the 9th to come from behind to beat the Mariners last night 6-to-4…

This time it was Anthony Bass who gave up the lead, and the game, by allowing a 2-run home run in the 8th by Jorge Soler.  The 14 blown saves is 2nd-worst in Major League Baseball behind the 16 from the Met’s bullpen.

The missed opportunity spoiled a good night of pitching by Tommy Milone.  The former AppleSox went 6-and-a-third, allowing 1-run on 3-hits with 6-strikeouts.  Manager Scott Servais says it’s disappointing to give up a game like that…

Tom Murphy continues to deliver as Seattle’s backup catcher.  He went 2-for-4 at the plate with a 3-run home run.

The two teams play again tonight at 7:10 with Yusei Kikuchi getting the start for the Mariners against the Royal’s Homer Bailey.

Also in the American League West last night…

Mike Trout hit one of LA’s four home runs and went 4-for-5 at the plate with 3-RBI’s as the Angels beat Toronto 10-to-5.

Luis Castillo overcame 6-walks and a 52-minute rain delay with 7-strikeouts in 6-innings to lead Cincinnati over Houston 3-2. 

Danny Santana went 2-for-4 with a 2-run home run in Texas’ 7-2 win over Cleveland.  Lance Lynn was also dominant on the mound for the Rangers, going 7-innings and allowing one run on 6-hits with 9-strikeouts.

Mike Fiers won his 7th game of the season, going 6-and-two-thirds with 2-runs on 3-hits leading Oakland past Baltimore 3-2.

The AppleSox will try to make it two wins in a row when they head for Port Angeles tonight to take on the Lefties…

Wenatchee’s coming off a thrilling, come from behind victory over Walla Walla Sunday, handing the Sweets their first loss of the season.  First pitch tonight is at 6:35 and you can hear the game locally on Sunny FM with Joel Norman on the play-by-play.

In the West Coast League Monday…

Tanner Parker went 2-for-5 with a home run and 3-RBI’s to lead Yakima Valley over Kelowna 6-4.

Chase Wehsener’s 2-run home run in the 7th was the difference as Victoria topped Bend 5-3.

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

Chelan County Commissioners have declared the county a high fire hazard area, imposing numerous restrictions on county lands and roads.

Among other things, the designation bans the use of fireworks countywide and prohibits fires of any sort. Also banned is the operation of any vehicle off the roadway. Travel on designated county roads has been limited to residents, as well as landowners and leaseholders to perform work on the property. The commissioners took the actions on the recommendation of the Fire Advisory Board based on current and forecast conditions.

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.