NCWLIFE Evening News May 17, 2019

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Eric Granstrom. Before we get to today’s top news stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

After a rainy night last night it was windy throughout the area today.  We didn’t see nearly as much rain as expected.  Only about 100ths of an inch for Wenatchee.  But boy did they get it East of us, with up to an inch-and-a-half in Spokane.

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Any rain we did see overnight was pretty much wicked away by winds from the west, northwest up to 20-miles per hour.  We’ll have details on your forecast coming up

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, speaking of the weather, we’ll have images from Spokane’s storm from yesterday.  We had a closure of SR-28 today due to some power poles being down.  There will some delays across the George Sellar Bridge starting this weekend.  And, Steve Lacey is giving up his Mayoral seat, but trying for another one.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

In the course of an hour and a half, Moses Lake police responded to two incidents involving guns Thursday evening. In the second, about 7:30 in the Valley Road and North Central Drive area, an unidentified man was shot in the leg during what police are saying was a confrontation between gang members. The gang members had exchanged gunfire during the incident and most had fled by the time police arrived but one man was arrested. Earlier, at about 6 p.m. in the 100 block of West Third Avenue, businesses were placed on lockdown and two suspects were arrested in a suspected armed robbery.

This was the scene in Spokane yesterday as the rainstorm that was slated to hit us here in Central Washington skipped us and smacked the Washington-Idaho Border.  Thanks to our friends at KHQ in Spokane for the video.  Nearly an inch-and-a-half of rain fell in a 90-minute period in parts of the Spokane area.  It was also accompanied by some lightning.

The National Weather Service this morning was still warning folks from Spokane to the Idaho Panhandle to be on the lookout for small stream flooding.

And with more rain in the forecast throughout the day today and into tonight, the Flood Watch continues for Spokane, northeast Washington and norther Idaho through this evening and into the early part of Saturday.  No serious damage has been reported other than a lot of water, mud and debris residents will now have to clean up.

This was the scene captured on our SkyFi camera this morning in the East Wenatchee area. Traffic on Highway 28 South of East Wenatchee was being detoured due to downed power lines. Washington State DOT closed the roadway at Milepost 5 between Quincy Road and Batterman Road around 10 AM.

The highway reopened for about an hour before crews returned about 1:30 to install a new pole and reset the lines.

The incident knocked out power to about 600 Douglas County PUD customers along Rock Island Road but crews had restored services in just over an hour.

The state will be doing what it’s calling some spring cleaning on the George Sellar Bridge over the next few days. The bridge cleaning will begin Saturday morning at 5:30 and continue until 4 p.m. Tuesday. Motorists can expect lane closures and delays and no vehicles wider than 11 feet will be allowed. In addition, the pedestrian path will be closed when the eastbound lane is closed. The Washington State Department of Transportation is encouraging people to use the Odabashian Bridge, if possible.

Steve Lacy may be leaving as Mayor of East Wenatchee, but he’s not ready to retire from public service. Lacy filed this week as a candidate for Commissioner of the Douglas County Sewer District. He will challenge incumbent commissioner, Greg Peterson in the November election. Peterson was appointed last summer to fill the unexpired term of Commissioner Mike McCourt. McCourt resigned the position after he pleaded guilty to child sex abuse charges. Lacy is stepping down after serving as East Wenatchee’s Mayor since 1998. He says he’s ready to move on to a new challenge . . .

The filing period ended today at 5 pm. Log on to ncwlife.com for a full rundown on who’s filed for office in Douglas, Chelan or Grant Counties.

Coming up next, Plans for a new fire station in Plain can move forward.  The newly constructed High School in Leavenworth is dedicated.  And this weekend features Touch a Truck at Wenatchee Valley College and the WVC Foundation Auction.  I’m Eric Granstrom and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

A new fire station for the Plain area is now secured after the Cascade School School Board green lights the sale of over 5 acres of land to Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue. 

The school board awarded the bid to the fire district at Monday’s regular meeting. The property is located off the Chumstick Highway near Beaver Valley Elementary School. Fire Chief Mick Lamar appeared on NCWLIFE News about a year ago to discuss the district’s growth and need for more space . . .

Chief Lamar reported the property acquisition on the District’s Facebook page following Monday’s meeting. he said the planning process for a new fire station will begin immediately with construction targeted to start after the fire season ends.

Cascade School District will formally celebrate the completion of the new high school next week. A dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting are slated for Tuesday evening in Leavenworth. The event will include self-guided building tours.

The $25 million dollar high school expansion and remodel includes the new two-story academic wing, offices, a new kitchen and 500-seat auditorium and upgrades to the existing two gyms and locker rooms. Lydig Construction was the general contractor. The May 21st dedication starts at 6 PM at the high school.

For the tenth year, the Women’s Service League of NCW will be holding its Touch-a-Truck Fundraising event Saturday. The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wenatchee Valley College and tickets are five dollars for adults, two dollars per child, with children under two free. Participants can learn about vehicles and the people who use them, including fire trucks, cement trucks, police cars, heavy equipment, dump trucks and more. L-Bow the Clown will be there, with lots of activities for kids.

Three annual awards will be presented at tomorrow’s (SAT) Wenatchee Valley College Foundation Gala.

This year’s recipients are former foundation board chairman, Terry Sorom and his wife Suzanne as Outstanding Friends of the College. Former foundation board member Ford Barrett will receive the Harvey Award for his longtime support for WVC. North Central Regional Library Executive Director, Barbara Walters will receive the WVC Distinguished Alumni Award. The non-profit group, Cakes for College Scholarships and Roy Ferguson will be presented the two WVC Heroes awards. Ferguson is recognized for his work in support of the college’s Center for Entrepreneurship program. Saturday’s award banquet will be held at the Wenatchee Convention Center. The Wenatchee Valley College Foundation exists to raise financial support for the students, staff and programs of Wenatchee Valley College.

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…

If you walk around Costco in East Wenatchee, you’ll probably see the smiling face of Makenna Schwab on Cheerios boxes.  The East Wenatchee youth who suffers from a rare disease that causes the dislocation of all her joints was selected as one of 10 national ambassadors for the Children’s Miracle Network…

And now a look at our weather almanac

We got up to 64 for our high today in Wenatchee with winds topping out this afternoon at 22 miles per hour.

54 was the overnight low last night with the thermal blanket overhead.

We received 3-one-hundredths of an inch of rain, giving us a grand total of 3.37-inches of rain for the year so far.

The Record High Temperature for today was 96 in 2006

The Record low was 37 in 2011 and 1988

Our sunrise this morning was at 5:22 and sunset tonight at 8:33.

As we put our surface loop in motion, you we’ll see this wind clear things out tonight with a quick little ridge of high pressure building over Eastern Washington.  That will leave us with a nice day tomorrow.  A low pressure system will move in across Washington by Sunday, increasing our clouds and chances of showers.  That low will be centered just east of us Monday and another storm crashes into the coast.  I’m thinking we’ll see heavy rain on Tuesday and another showery day Wednesday before things start to straighten up with high pressure building in by the later part of next week.

Forecast for the Wenatchee Valley…

Today – Windy this afternoon with a high of 62

Tonight- Decreasing clouds, winds becoming light, low 49

Saturday – Mostly Sunny, winds calm with a high of 69

Sunday – Increasing clouds with chance of rain, high 69

Monday – Cloudy and rainy with a high of 69

Tuesday – Clouds and showers with a high of 70

Wednesday – Decreasing cloudiness, a high of 73

Thursday – Mostly sunny and warming, a high of 76

And that is a look at your local weather forecast, coming up next, tonight’s sports report and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

The Mariners could not survive a 7-run 4th inning by Minnesota in falling to the Twins at T-Mobile Park last night 11-to-6.

The two teams combined for 8-home runs, four of which coming off losing pitcher Erik Swanson.  The rookie right-hander had his roughest outing, lasting just 3-innings, allowing 8-runs on 9-hits and four dingers, including a 3-run shot by Byron Buxton in the 4th.

Seattle also got home runs from Malex Smith, JP Crawford, Daniel Vogelbach and Ryon Healy, but it wasn’t enough against the 16-hit onslaught of the Central-Leading Twins.

The two teams meet again tonight at 7:10 with Marco Gonzales going up against Minnesota’s Martin Perez.

Also in the American League West last night, it was Oakland destroying Detroit 17-3 and Texas clobbering Kansas City 16-1.

The Astros were idle but extended their lead over Seattle in the standings to 8-games.  Just a game-and-a-half separates the next four teams in the A-L West.

The Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks will try to snap a 2-game losing streak when they host 1st place Idaho Saturday at the Town Toyota Center…

After some unrest and turmoil following a big loss at Reno and then a forfeit to the Express due to a scheduling issue, I’m told the Skyhawks are raring to go tomorrow. 

The Horsemen come in undefeated at 5-and-oh while the Skyhawks are 2-and-3.  Kickoff tomorrow night is at 7 o’clock.

The post-season continues for area prep teams…

Chelan is at Franklin Pierce High School in Tacoma for the WIAA State 1-A Baseball Tournament.  The Goats will face Hoquiam tomorrow morning at 10.  If they win, they’ll face the winner of Overlake and Bellevue Christian at 4 o’clock.

Part of the State 2-B Tournament is at Ferris High School in Spokane.  The Brewster Bears face Northwest Christian at 10am followed by Tonasket and Colfax at 1.  The winners will face off at 4 o’clock.

Moses Lake will be the site for the 2-B playoffs…

Waterville-Mansfield faces Kittitas tomorrow morning at 10.  Then it’s Brewster and Liberty Christian at Noon.

In the Caribou Trail League and Northeast A League crossover games, Freeman plays at Okanogan at 1.  Cascade plays at Colville and 11am.  The winners go on to State while the loser’s seasons are done.

It’s on to the State Quarterfinals in the 1-A Soccer Tournament…

Cascade hosts Lakeside (9-Mile Falls) tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock.  The winner will advance to the Final Four next weekend at Sunset Chev Stadium and will face the winner of Vashon Island and Connell.

The final day of the District 6 4-A Track Championships is tomorrow in Yakima…

After a wet day at Eastmont yesterday, the tracksters will battle at Zaepfel Stadium tomorrow beginning at 11 o’clock.

Tomorrow is also the final day for the District 6 1-A Tennis Championships…

The Caribou Trail League teams will assemble at Omak’s North Cascades Athletic Club starting at 10am.

The Wenatchee Valley Lady Knights softball team is heading for Spokane this weekend…

The Knights are in the NWAACC Championships and have a 10am game tomorrow morning against Douglas.  They’ll face the winner or loser of Mt. Hood and Spokane at 3 o’clock in the double-elimination tournament.

It’s a busy weekend of Sports on the Calendar this weekend…

Haglund’s Trophies presents the TWIN 55 Lap Pro Late Models tomorrow night at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval.  If that’s not enough, they also have the Thunder Cars, Roadrunners and Northwest Vintage Modifieds at WVSO.  Racing starts at 6 o’clock.  There’s also a free practice tonight up on Fancher Heights.

The Quincy Valley Chamber of Commerce Pikeminnow Derby is this weekend on the Columbia River.  Angles have a chance at big prizes for catching Pikeminnow between Wanapum and Rock Island Dams.

The Raider Rumber men’s softball tournament is tomorrow and Sunday at Walla Walla Point Park.

And the 4th Annual Manson Rad Rod Show is today at 4 and starts tomorrow at 10 in downtown Manson.

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 Eric Granstrom, thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.