NCWLIFE Evening News March 26, 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, The Wenatchee Valley appears to be in a good position as far as the outlook for future business and job growth. The average temperature this month at Pangborn Airport is on pace to set an all-time record for the chilliest March in history, and, If you are one of the many Washington motorists who use studded snow tires, you have 5 days to replace them or face a fine.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The man convicted in the 2016 execution-style killing of Jill Marie Sundberg of Quincy has been sentenced to life in prison.

Gustavo Tapia Rodriguez was described by prosecutors as the leader of a drug gang that kidnapped Sundberg from an RV park near George and took her to a remote area along the Old Vantage Highway where she was shot numerous times. Prosecutors said the men thought Sundberg was a drug informant.

Two other men earlier pleaded guilty in the murder and kidnapping and testified against Rodriguez at his trial last month. Rodriguez also faces murder charges in the killing of a 21-year-old man just two weeks before Sundberg’s murder.

Grant County Prosecutor Garth Dano told the Columbia Basin Herald the case represented a QUOTE, failure of our immigration system, UNQUOTE. All the men involved in Sundberg’s murder were in the country illegally.

The Wenatchee Valley appears to be in a good position as far as the outlook for future business and job growth. At least that was the take away from a presentation delivered on the regional economy at a Chelan County Port District-hosted breakfast program earlier today. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair was there and filed this report. . .

For more on today’s program log on to the Chelan County Port District’s website.

The average temperature this month at Pangborn Airport is on pace to set an all-time record for the chilliest March in history. According to the National Weather Service, Wenatchee’s average temperature between the day’s high and the overnight low is at 32-point-5 degrees or 10-point-5 degrees below normal. The coldest March on record was back in 1971 with an average of 37-point-8 degrees. Temperatures from now until March 31st at Pangborn would have to be 10 degrees above normal just to climb into second place.

If you are one of the many Washington motorists who use studded snow tires, you have 5 days to replace them. Motorists using studded tires after the March 31st deadline could incur a fine from law enforcement.

Abrasion from studded tires wears down pavement at a much greater rate than regular traffic. The most visible studded tire damage is the rutting seen on interstate roads with higher speeds and traffic volumes. Studded tires also damage state, county and city roadways with high traffic. The Washington Department of Transportation says each year, studded tires cause around 24-point-5 million dollars in damage to roads and highways.

Coming up next, End of the Rainbow, the Live Nation Memorial Day Weekend music festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre that was to replace Sasquatch has now itself been cancelled. Four local teachers have been named Chelan County Excellence Award winners for Wenatchee School District for 2019, and, Blue Spoon Yogurt in East Wenatchee is holding a fundraiser tonight for 6-year old Rae’Ana Rosenburg, the girl who fell into an icy Rock Island Pond last month and remains at Seattle Children’s Hospital. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

End of the Rainbow, the Live Nation Memorial Day Weekend music festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre that was to replace Sasquatch has now itself been cancelled.

Ticketmaster informed ticketholders Friday that they will receive full refunds for the May 24th-26th festival. The reason for the cancellation was cited as QUOTE, unforeseen complications and key artist cancellations. UNQUOTE.

The band Bassnectar was to have headlined the show, with Young Thug and Vic Mensa among the other performers.

Four local teachers have been named Chelan County Excellence Award winners for Wenatchee School District for 2019. They are: Gabriela Mejia, who is a secretary at Sunnyslope Elementary, Esther Covarrubias, a bilingual educator at Columbia Elementary, Brian Higgins, a language arts teacher at Wenatchee High School and Elissa Johnston, a reading intervention specialist at Foothills Middle School. The Award honors extraordinary educators and is sponsored each year by North Central ESD and school districts in Chelan, Grant, Douglas and Okanogan Counties. The award winners will be honored on at the 2019 Chelan County Excellence Banquet on April 23rd at the Wenatchee Convention Center.

As we go to break, a reminder. Blue Spoon Yogurt in East Wenatchee is holding a fundraiser tonight for 6-year old Rae’Ana Rosenburg, the girl who fell into an icy Rock Island Pond last month and remains at Seattle Children’s Hospital. The fundraiser is from 6:00 to 8:30 and the Blue Spoon will be donating 40-percent of all sales and tips to the family.

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, we continue our look behind the scenes on the NCWLIFE Magazine featuring a local project aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. Cashmere senior Emma Brunner began her collaboration with key community partners including the Wenatchee Police Department, Apple Valley Honda and Digital Media Northwest to produce three local PSAs that will run this Summer in area movie theaters. . .

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.

The Wenatchee Wild will face the Vernon Vipers in the next round of the BCHL Playoffs.  Vernon beat Trail last night in Game 7 of its series 5-to-2…

Game 1 of the Fred Page Cup semifinals will be Saturday at the Town Toyota Center at 7 o’clock.  Game 2 will be Sunday, also in the Wolve’s Den at 7.

The two teams met six times during the regular season with each team winning three games apiece.  Five was the magic number for Wenatchee, with all five wins coming when the Wild scored five goals.  Also, each team played the other tougher on the opponent’s ice with Wenatchee winning 2-of-3 at the Kal Tire Place while the Venom took 2-of-3 at the Town Toyota Center.

These two teams met a year ago in the second round of the playoffs with Wenatchee coming out on top 4-games-to-2.  And who could forget the dramatic fashion in which Game 6 would be determined, in overtime, at the TTC…

Again, games 1 and 2 are Saturday and Sunday at the Town Toyota Center.  Tickets are just $10.

Here is what’s on the prep sports calendar for today…

In boys soccer this afternoon, Chelan travels to Omak while Manson hosts Liberty Bell at 4:30.  We’ll have the crew at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl for Wenatchee and Eastmont at 7.  Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen will have the play by play.

In prep baseball action today…

Wenatchee is at West Valley at 4:30 while Eastmont hosts Moses Lake.  Cashmere welcomes Quincy.  Chelan is at Okanogan and Waterville-Mansfield travels to Manson.  All those games start at 4:30.

In fast-pitch softball today…

Cashmere hosts Granger in a doubleheader at 3.  Cascade plays two at Zillah starting at 3 o’clock.  Chelan hosts Omak for a single game at 4:30.  Waterville-Mansfield is at Manson, also at 4:30.

And in prep tennis today…

Wenatchee hosts Davis at 3.  Eastmont’s on the road at Eisenhower at 3.  Cashmere has a 4 o’clock start time at Okanogan while Omak hosts Chelan.

It’s only exhibition baseball, but the Mariners were 2-hit last night in a 8-nothing white-washing at the hands of the San Diego Padres last night at T-Mobile Park…

Chris Paddack and six relievers combined on the 2-hit shutout, striking out 17 Seattle batters in the process.

Meanwhile, Mariner starter Mike Leake gave up a six-spot in the first inning, surrendering a 3-run home run to Franmil Reyes and 2-run homer to Austin Hedges.

Seattle and San Diego play again today at 1:10 with Matt LeBlanc getting the start for the Mariners.

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

The man convicted in the 2016 execution-style killing of Jill Marie Sundberg of Quincy has been sentenced to life in prison.

Gustavo Tapia Rodriguez was described by prosecutors as the leader of a drug gang that kidnapped Sundberg from an RV park near George and took her to a remote area along the Old Vantage Highway where she was shot numerous times. Prosecutors said the men thought Sundberg was a drug informant.

Two other men earlier pleaded guilty in the murder and kidnapping and testified against Rodriguez at his trial last month. Rodriguez also faces murder charges in the killing of a 21-year-old man just two weeks before Sundberg’s murder.

Grant County Prosecutor Garth Dano told the Columbia Basin Herald the case represented a QUOTE failure of our immigration system UNQUOTE. All the men involved in Sundberg’s murder were in the country illegally.

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.