NCWLIFE Evening News October 8, 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 latest report from the State Employment Security Department reveals a mix of good and concerning economic news for the Wenatchee Valley. Yes, it’s early October, but Snoqualmie and Stevens passes were a snowy trek for drivers this morning, and, Nine Wenatchee Heights homes are on a boil water alert after a mouse was found in an old reservoir Monday.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A motorcyclist who allegedly led police on a highway chase from East Wenatchee to Rock Island is suspected of carrying drugs for sale. 19-year old Elian Santillan [San-TEEyan] Cruz, was riding on North Georgia Avenue on Friday night when East Wenatchee police tried to pull him over.

He allegedly fled at speeds up to 85 miles per hour, ran from police when he finally stopped at a Rock island house, and fought with police before they overpowered him with a Taser.

Police said Cruz was carrying a large amount of cash, plus more than eight ounces of methamphetamine and three and a half ounces of heroin. Cruz has one previous conviction for cocaine possession.

The latest report from the State Employment Security Department reveals a mix of good and concerning economic news for the Wenatchee Metro Statistical Area or MSA.

Local monthly unemployment rates have crept upwards during the past nine months from December 2018 through August 2019. but rates this year have still been relatively low when compared with corresponding monthly rates during the past ten years.  The Wenatchee unemployment rate rose one full percentage point between the Augusts of 2018 and 2019, from 4.0 to 5.0 percent. But, rates this year have still been relatively low when compared with corresponding monthly rates during the past ten years.

Year over year, monthly total nonfarm employment growth rates in the Wenatchee MSA have been less robust than monthly growth rates across Washington during each of the past eleven months from October 2018 through August 2019.

Yes, it’s early October, but Snoqualmie and Stevens passes were a snowy trek for drivers this morning. Traction tires were required on Stevens for much of the morning and at about 10 a.m. a stuck semi blocked the eastbound lanes. Shortly after that, chains were required for large rigs. By mid-afternoon, around 4-6 inches of snow had fallen with up to 8 inches possible by tonight.

Meanwhile a Chelan County project near the summit was brought to a halt by the snowstorm. A contractor on the Yodelin Creek Project is replacing two damaged culverts and installing a single-span bridge on little-used Stevens Road.

Nine Wenatchee Heights homes are on a boil water alert after a mouse was found in an old reservoir Monday. Chelan PUD water and wastewater manager Ron Slabaugh said the PUD already was on track to bring a new reservoir online Wednesday.

He said the current reservoir, an old and buried concrete container, was installed by homeowners long before the PUD started providing water service to the area. The PUD purchased a pallet of drinking water it distributed to the residents to tide them over until the new reservoir starts operation Wednesday.

Coming up next, Tomorrow night, the community will have a chance to weigh in on the City of Chelan’s efforts to preserve and protect lakefront access. The Wenatchee Valley housing shortage is having an unexpected consequence: Fewer graduate students are able to take on jobs and study opportunities here, and, National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials were in Okanogan last night to hear from North Central Washington residents about the proposal to introduce grizzly bears into the North Cascades. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Tomorrow night, the community will have a chance to weigh in on the City of Chelan’s efforts to preserve and protect lakefront access. The issue came to a head after the City Council voted to purchase 9.8 acres of property on Spader Bay last month for $400,000.

After numerous citizens voiced objections to the purchase, the city scheduled a town hall for Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the senior center. In addition to the mayor and council members, the city’s consultant, J.A. Brennan and Associates, will be on hand to answer questions about the city’s lakefront access strategy.

The Wenatchee Valley housing shortage is having an unexpected consequence: Fewer graduate students are able to take on jobs and study opportunities here. That’s the finding of a new report by The Bridge Research and Innovation District, a working group looking at regional growth.

Ten educational institutions and employers said right now, they teach or employ an average of 191 students in advanced degree programs each year…but are only able to provide housing for 37 of them. The rest must fend for themselves. Adequate housing in the community could raise the number of students served annually to as many as 263.

National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials were in Okanogan last night to hear from North Central Washington about the proposal to introduce grizzly bears into the North Cascades.

Congressman Dan Newhouse was there and commented on the large turn out which he said demonstrates to the Federal government that, “local communities must be heard, loud and clear.”

Newhouse has come out in opposition to the plans to move up to 200 bears from Montana and British Columbia into the North Cascades in the next ten years. Commissioners in Chelan and Okanogan Counties have expressed concerns over possible conflicts between bears and tourists. The government’s plans are currently undergoing a public review period with the deadline for submitting comments coming up on October 24th.

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, a snippet from this week’s NCWLIFE Magazine with producer Kaitlin Hetterscheidt. This episode takes us inside the non-profit Tierra Village, an organization bringing nature, programming and community to adults living with developmental disabilities. . .

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 Yankees are back in the American League Championship Series…

New York will play in its 16th ALCS after sweeping the Twins 3-games-to-none by winning Game 3 at Target Field yesterday 5-to-1. 

Gleyber Torres went 3-for-4 with 3-runs and a home run while Didi Gregorius was 2-for-4 with 2-RBI’s to lead the Yankees to the sweep.  New York now awaits the winner of Houston and Tampa Bay for a shot at the World Series.

Tampa Bay staved off elimination with a 10-3 win over Houston yesterday in Game 3.  The Rays hit 4 home runs in the game, three of which off Houston starter Zack Greinke.

Game 4 is today at 4:07 on FS-1.

The Astros/Rays game is the only one on the slate today because both National League Division Series will shift to Game 5’s after each series was evened yesterday.

In St. Louis, the Cardinals rallied behind Yadier Molina’s game-tying single in the 8th and his game-winning sacrifice fly in the 10th to knock off Atlanta 5-4.

Marcell Ozuna also went 2-for-5 with 2-home runs and Paul Goldschmidt was 3-for-4 with a homer to help St. Louis even the series at 2-2.  Game 5 is tomorrow in Atlanta at 2:02 on TBS.

Washington worked some home-town magic to even its series with Los Angeles as the Nationals beat the Dodgers 6-1 Monday.

Trea Turner was 3-for-5 with 2-runs while Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-4 with a 3-run home run to lead the Nats.  On the mound, Max Scherzer was dominant, going 7-innings and allowing 1-run on 4-hits with 7-strikeouts.

Game 5 is tomorrow at 5:37 in Dodger’s Stadium on TBS.

Taking a look at the prep soccer schedule for tonight across North Central Washington…

Manson hosts Oroville at 6.  An early battle for the top spot in the CWAC is in Ephrata tonight where the Tigers host Quincy at 6 o’clock.  Cascade will host Chelan at 6:30 while Cashmere has a non-league game against Wenatchee at 7.  Eastmont is also on the road at Moses Lake tonight for a 7 o’clock kickoff.

On the volleyball courts tonight, Cashmere welcomes Wilson Creek at 6.  At 6:30, it’s Chelan at Cascade; Entiat hosts Moses Lake Christian; and Manson’s on the road at Liberty Bell.  Quincy hosts Wapato at 7 while Toppenish is in Ephrata.  And we’ll have Moses Lake and Eastmont on TV tonight at 7 o’clock.

Which leads us into our sports schedule this week on the NCWLIFE Channel.  Eric Granstrom will be courtside at Eastmont’s gymnasium tonight to bring you the Wildcats at Chiefs at 7 with our pregame beginning at 6:45.

Hockey Night Thursday features the Wenatchee Wild and Merritt Centennials from the Town Toyota Center in a game played back in September.

Then Friday Night Lights will feature Eastmont and Davis in the Wildcat’s homecoming game. At 7 o’clock.  Eric and Grant Olson will have the pregame show starting at 6:45.

The Seahawks had a rare opportunity to see its next opponent on TV last night…

The Cleveland Browns looked hapless in a 31-3 shellacking at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football last night.  Coach Pete Carroll said Monday it would be a chance learn more about their upcoming challenge…

So far this season, Seattle’s defense has registered 10-sacks in five games.  Quinton Jefferson has two and Jadeveon Clowney has one.  Coach Carroll thinks the front seven are about to turn in some larger numbers in that regard…

Seattle and Cleveland will kick off from FirstEnergy Stadium at 10 o’clock Sunday morning.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, if you’re taking up too much space in a Wenatchee parking lot, watch yourself, a new Twitter account just might call you out. “Wenatchee’s Worst Parkers” takes photos of parking offenders, and posts them for all the world to see, license plates and all.

The account’s been running since mid-September, and so far it’s netted 10 different instances of poor parking etiquette around the Wenatchee Valley. Consider yourself warned. . .

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.