NCWLIFE Evening News March 29, 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, A Moses Lake company will be showing off some of its most recent and luxurious aircraft interiors in China later this month, and, Next week, upper valley residents will have the opportunity to attend a town meeting called, making Leavenworth fire safe, we will tell you about it.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

This weekend will mark the 10th week of the current flu season and it’s not showing any sign of slowing down.

The Chelan-Douglas Health District says local reports of influenza-like illnesses have contributed to a national and statewide uptick in flu cases. Current numbers show that flu season influenza cases around the state are higher than they were last year. Local schools have reported a 10-percent absenteeism and cases of flu type A have also been reported by two local nursing homes.

Besides the annual flu vaccination, health officials say to avoid close cointact with anyone who is sick, wash your hands often, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and clean and disinfect common everyday surfaces.

A Moses Lake company will be showing off some of its most recent and luxurious aircraft interiors at the Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition in Shanghai, China, in mid-April.

Greenpoint Technologies will be showing off its Lotus custom interior for the Boeing 777X V-VIP (very, very important person) jet modifications it installs in Moses Lake.

Greenpoint also has a scale model of the company’s Boeing 787-9 Azure interior concept during the three-day conference and exhibition, which lasts from April 16th-18th.

Greenpoint specializes in creating very high- end custom interiors for commercial jetliners intended to be used by heads of state and corporate executives. The company, which is headquartered in Kirkland, has production facilities in Washington and Texas, and does most of its customized installations in Moses Lake.

Next week, upper valley residents will have the opportunity to attend a town meeting called, making Leavenworth fire safe.

Hosted by the Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition, the meeting is a chance for local residents to ask questions and hear from fire officials about what projects were recently completed and what is planned for the upcoming wildfire season. The town meeting is next Wednesday, April 3rd at the Icicle Village Resort in Leavenworth from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Coming up next, We have a trailer for the new Apple Blossom documentary premiering next month, and, The 2019 Mariachi Northwest Festival presented by Central Washington University is coming to the Town Toyota Center tonight.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The 100th Washington State Apple Blossom Festival is less than a month away. In honor of a century of Apple Blossom fun, the Festival produced a documentary highlighting its roots and what the Apple Blossom Festival means to those that compete to wear a crown and to those that live here. Here is part of the 100th Washington State Apple Blossom festival documentary. . .

The Apple Blossom documentary will premiere on Saturday, April 20th.

The 2019 Mariachi Northwest Festival presented by Central Washington University is coming to the Town Toyota Center tonight.

Nearly 450 mariachi students will be involved in workshops during the day. Some students will practice playing mariachi music, while others will explore the art of traditional mariachi dancing. Mariachi Wenatchee director Ramon Rivera and master mariachi musician Jose Hernandez from Los Angeles joined Dan Kuntz on this morning’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley. Hernandez says mariachi music is alive and well in Wenatchee. . .

The Mariachi Festival begins at 7:00 tonight at the Town Toyota Center and tickets are 35-dollars at the door.

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Humpty Dumpty would have cringed at the scene last night in the Eastmont Junior High Gym as second grade students participated in the annual egg drop. In tonight’s feature story, we learn more about the event that had these second graders biting their nails. . .

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 Gonzaga Bulldogs are on to the Elite Eight after taking care of Florida State last night 72-58…

Brandon Clarke was dominate once again inside for the Zags, pulling down 12-rebounds and coming up with 5 blocks to go with his 15-points.  Rui Hachimura led four players in double-figures for the Bulldogs as they head to the Elite Eight for the 4th time in school history and will face Texas Tech, after the Red Raiders beat Michigan 63-44.

Also last night, in probably the best game of the tournament so far, Purdue downs Tennessee in overtime 99-94.  And Oregon’s run came to an end, falling to Virginia 53-49.

Coming up today…

It is Michigan State and LSU on CBS to start it off at 4:09.  Then North Carolina and Auburn at 4:29 on TBS.  Of course, all eyes will be on tournament-favorite Duke and Virginia Tech at 6:39 on CBS.  Finally it’s Kentucky and Houston at 6:57 on TBS.

Don’t look now, but the Mariners are 3-and-oh, in first place in the American League West, and beat the defending World Series Champion Boston Red Sox 12-to-4 last night in their home opener…

Tim Beckam treated Boston ace Chris Sale rudely with two home runs in his first two at-bats.  Domingo Santana went 3-for-5 with a home run as the Mariners put 5 over the wall at T-Mobile Park. 

On the mound, former AppleSox Marco Gonzales got the win, going 5-and-a-third innings, allowing 4-runs on 9-hits with four strikeouts.  The two teams play again tonight in Seattle at 7:10 with Yusei Kikuchi facing Nathan Eovaldi.

The Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks evened their record at 1-and-1 with a win over Reno last night at the Town Toyota Center…

The Skyhawks raced out to a 28-6 early lead and held on for a 35-21 victory in front of a small crowd at the Town Toyota Center.  Despite the turnout, NCWLIFE hears it was a good brand of football with lots of interaction with the fans throughout the contest. 

Wenatchee Valley’s off until next Sunday, April 6th for a rematch on the road at Reno.

The Wenatchee Wild begin the Fred Page Cup semifinal series against Vernon tomorrow and Sunday at the Town Toyota Center…

Voice of the Wild, Arch Ecker, was a guest on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley Thursday to preview the series.  He says the Wild will really benefit from the rough and tumble series they survived in the previous round against Cowichan Valley…

The puck will drop at 7:05 tomorrow and Sunday at the Town Toyota Center.  Tickets are just 10-dollars if you’d like to attend.

The Wenatchee Valley Thunder lacrosse team hosted Selah last night at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl and came away with an 11-4 victory…

Several players shared the load with two goals apiece by Mason Dahlbeck, Ben Higley, Triston Ploch and Jake Rhyner.

Rod Higley and Todd Straham had the play-by-play on the NCWLIFE Channel…

The Thunder will be in San Diego over spring break to get some quality time in the sun against some great Southern Californian talent.

On the Les Schwab Prep Soccer Scoreboard…

Cashmere topped Highland 3-1.  Cascade shut out Chelan 2-nil.  And Bridgeport edged Manson 3-2.

Coming up on the soccer schedule for the weekend…

Today in Big 9 play, Eastmont travels to West Valley and Wenatchee is at Sunnyside, both starting at 7 o’clock.  Tomorrow, Cashmere is at Tonasket at 11am while Chelan hosts Naches Valley at 1.

We have some baseball coming your way tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Wenatchee hosts West Valley in a doubleheader this afternoon at Recreation Park.  The game starts at 3 o’clock and you can tune in for our coverage starting at 7pm with Joel Norman providing the play-by-play.

Also today, Eastmont’s at Moses Lake for two games starting at 3 and Cashmere hosts Granite Falls in a single contest at 4:30.

Tomorrow, it’s doubleheader Saturday with Ephrata at Cashmere, Chelan hosting Cascade, Tonasket at Manson and Waterville-Mansfield at Brewster, all beginning at 11 o’clock.

Coming up on the prep softball schedule for the weekend…

Today, Eastmont hosts Moses Lake in a twin bill at 4 while Wenatchee’s at West Valley for two games.  Tomorrow, Chelan hosts Cascade in a doubleheader at 11am.  Brewster plays at Waterville-Mansfield and Manson hosts Tonasket at 11.

Finally, it’s going to be busy day at Eastmont High School…

As the Wildcats host their annual Invitational Track Meet.  The running, relay and field events all get underway at 4 o’clock this afternoon.

Thanks Dan.

As we leave you tonight, here is NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson to fill us in on some of the events going on this weekend. . .

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 Monday morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.