NCWLIFE Evening News March 6, 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, Our Valley Our Future has awarded three grants totaling $13,000 to various Wenatchee groups. Chelan area voters will decide next month if their school district should go ahead with plans to build a new high school, and, The Associated Press reports U.S. wildlife officials plan to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Wenatchee’s Sports and Fitness Outlet store announces a major restructuring that focuses more on the retailer’s online and ski swap sales. Stan Carson, owner of the Sports and Fitness Outlet store says that new world variables have changed retail sales. . .

Carson says the store will have a liquidation sale through March, temporarily close in April and then re-open on a limited basis. Carson says they are reducing the types of products that they offer down to the items they specialize in, which is new and used ski and snowboard gear, wakeboards, water skis and wake surfboards. All other categories are being actively liquidated. 

Our Valley Our Future has awarded three grants totaling $13,000 to a group doing a plant inventory, another studying an indoor sports complex and a third working toward a more sustainable Wenatchee.

The plant inventory at the Horan Natural Area near Confluence State Park is led by the NCW Audubon Society, which will use the $3,000 grant to map existing plants to help determine treatments to remove invasive weeds. The sports complex study received $5,000 with the idea of an indoor soccer facility that would be used for local matches and tournaments. The $5,000 grant to Sustainable Wenatchee will fund workshops and resources designed to reduce human impact on the environment. Our Valley is a community-based effort to build a successful future for the Wenatchee Valley.

Chelan area voters will decide next month if their school district should go ahead with plans to build a new high school. A special election is set for April 23rd on a proposed construction bond totaling 75.5 million dollars. The bond would also be used to remodel Morgan Owings Elementary School and will create a new intermediate school for 4th thru 6th grades from the existing Webster Street high school/middle school campus.

The new high school would be built on land purchased by the District in the 1990’s on North Apple Blossom Drive near the Mountain Goat soccer field. The Lake Chelan School District will host a community conversation and Tamale feed to explain the upcoming bond at the high school on March 11th.

Associated Press reports U.S. wildlife officials plan to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states. Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt was expected to announce the proposal during a speech today before a wildlife conference in Denver. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Spokesman Gavin Shire says the decision to lift protections is based on gray wolves successfully recovering from widespread extermination last century. They received Federal endangered species protections in 1975.

Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife a year ago estimated Washington had a minimum of 122 wolves, grouped in at least 22 packs, and 14 successful breeding pairs. The population now is believed to exceed 200 wolves.

Coming up next, The Wenatchee Downtown Association presented the annual Best of Downtown awards at the merchant group’s February 27th banquet, and, A RiverCom Emergency dispatcher is being recognized for her life-saving efforts. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Twenty Chelan Butte bighorn sheep are now Utah residents. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife, working with Utah wildlife officials and local volunteers trapped the sheep in late February, then relocated them to The Stansbury Mountains in Utah.

The Chelan Butte sheep herd was started in the early ‘90s with 35 transplanted from Yakima County. The herd has grown to about 200, a number Fish and Wildlife would like to maintain. The Utah site had about 60 bighorn sheep before their Washington relatives arrived.

Capturing the sheep involved big traps and lots of bait. Eventually, 40 were eventually captured, with 12 immediately released. The remaining 28 were examined and tested for diseases, then eight were collared and released and the rest sent to their new Utah home.

The Wenatchee Downtown Association presented the annual Best of Downtown awards at the merchant group’s February 27th banquet.

This year’s Downtown’s Best award goes to Firehouse Pet Shop & Grooming.

Downtown’s Best Eating Experience awarded to Iwa Sushi & Grill.

Downtown’s Best New Business awarded to Julie Aynn Photography.

Downtown’s Best Visual Merchandiser awarded to The Gilded Lily.

Downtown’s Best Customer Service awarded to Pickle Papers.

Downtown’s Best Professional Business awarded to Speidel Bentsen LLP. The Heart of Downtown Award went to Jeff & Heather Ostenson for their dedication to downtown. The Spirit of Downtown went to Roger Pollock for his years of dedicated service to the Wenatchee Downtown Association.

A RiverCom Emergency dispatcher is being recognized for her life-saving efforts helping a nine year old girl perform CPR on her grandmother. . .

Kathy Corulli has been selected by the American Red Cross to receive a Hometown Hero award. She answered the 911 call in December from a nine year old girl who found her Grandmother unconscious in their home. Corulli calmly guided the little girl as she performed CPR on the woman until an ambulance crew arrived to take over. The awards are handed out each year by the Red Cross to local individuals or organizations who have done something courageous or exceptional that deserves recognition.

The Red Cross has also selected Grant County Fire District 3 Operations Chief, Tony Leibelt and his wife Carol for their role in helping the University of Washington Marching Band after their bus crashed on I-90 enroute to the Apple Cup game in Pullman. The full list of award recipients is available on our website. The Hometown Heroes awards will be presented during a ceremony at the Wenatchee Convention Center on March 28th.

Snow and slush the cause of a jack-knifed semi-truck this morning on U.S. Highway 97 near Blewett Pass. Washington State Patrol says the accident happened around 10:45 this morning blocking one lane of traffic for about an hour. A Washington department of Transportation road grader was used to move the truck off the roadway into a wider space near the highway. There were no injuries in the accident.  

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,The Washington State Autumn Leaf Festival Association has crowned Charlotte Ley as this year’s “Royal Lady”. Ley is being honored for her work as a festival volunteer and board member since she moved to Leavenworth with her husband Tom 19 years ago. The announcement was made last night in Leavenworth at the Icicle Inn and our own Wendy Habek caught the announcement on camera for NCWLIFE News. . .

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.

The Wenatchee Wild exploded for 4 goals in the second period and beat West Kelowna in Game 3 of their BCHL playoff series 6-2 last night…

The Warriors scored the only goal in the 1st period at the 6:08 mark when Cavin Tilsley rifled a shot home off a face-off in the Wild end. 

But it was all Wenatchee from there as the Wild got goals from PJ Fletcher, Lucas Sowder, Murphy Stratton and Brandon Koch to take a 4-1 lead into the second intermission.

Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network, video courtesy Hockey TV…

The win puts Wenatchee up 2-games-to-1 in the best-of-seven series with Game 4 tonight at 7.  You can hear it live here in the valley on 560 KPQ or watch it on the stream at Hockey TV dot com.

There was supposed to be a boys soccer jamboree with Eastmont, Cascade and Wenatchee right about now in the Apple Bowl…

It has been postponed due to the snowfall today.  I ran up to the Apple Bowl just a little bit ago…

As you can see, snow has once again covered the surface at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl.  Add in a mostly white soccer ball and you can see the kind of trouble that creates.  Plus, there’s no place except piles of snow in the stands for fans to sit upon.

Owen Miller’s two-out, solo home run in the bottom of the 9th for San Diego tied Seattle 7-7, where the game would end in a tie (they don’t play extra innings in spring training)…

Mike Leake got roughed up in his start, surrendering 5-runs on 8-hits, including back-to-back homers in the fourth inning.

Seattle’s offense was sparked by Jacob Fraley, who went two-for-two, including a home run in the top of the third…

Domingo Santana also had a good day at the plate for the Mariners, going 2-for-3 with two-run homer in the 5th

Seattle will host Oakland in Peoria today at 5:40.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight,Washington State Troopers in the Yakima area weren’t sure why the chicken was trying to cross the road, but they knew it was a bad idea on busy Interstate 82. So after a brief standoff, they detained the hen in the freeway median and reported it now is resting comfortably in a warm coop.

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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.