NCWLIFE Evening News September 12

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

 

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight — we’ll have an update from Chelan County Commissioners, Emergency management’s facebook page shares an inappropriate post and an update on the campaign for a direct flight from San Fran. Later on, we’ll have sports, your weather forecast and our feature story today. But first:

**Eastmont School Board-Name Change** –At their regular board meeting Monday night, the Eastmont School Board decided to add the possibility of changing the name of Robert E. Lee Elementary as an agenda item for the October 23rd school board meeting. Eastmont School Board Spokesman and School Superintendent Garn Christensen says the issue of the name change was too important to ignore and now the process begins for a school board decision. . .

 

The name controversy is also swirling around the two candidates running for the Eastmont School Board, John Brangwin and Dave Piepel. Brangwin has already stated he supports changing the name of Robert E. Lee Elementary and Piepel recently released a statement saying the school’s name is not as important as what happens inside the school. Christensen says he can’t predict whether the candidates position regarding the name change will determine who is elected this fall. . .

 

The discussion at the board’s second meeting on October 23rd is at 5:30 at the district’s maintenance facility located at 345 6th Street N.E. in East Wenatchee.    

Chelan County Commissioners continue to review the Shoreline Management Act as mandated by the Department of Ecology. Commissioner Doug England says the board is going over the proposal one step at a time to make sure the act is less restrictive and to make the permitting process much easier.

 

England also commented on the recent water rights agreement between the Chelan County PUD and the Department of Ecology. . .

 

Chelan County Emergency management is receiving backlash after an employee shared a meme on its Facebook page showing protesters getting run over by an SUV. According to a press release from the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, an employee accidentally ‘shared’ the post to the agency’s page on Monday and removed it as soon as staff realized the error.

 

The post was a meme with the caption “All lives splatter. Nobody cares about your protest. Keep your expletive out of the road.” A meme is defined as an image or piece of text that is copied, often with slight variations, and spread rapidly by internet users. Chelan County Emergency Management has made changes in its procedure to quote, “assure nothing like this will occur in the future”.

17 immigrant farm workers remain on strike in Quincy complaining of threats from supervisors, health and safety concerns and retaliatory firings.

 

The Wenatchee World reports that W&L Orchards, operated by Larson Fruit Company in Selah, employs around 25 migrant workers under contract to pick apples from its orchard nine miles southwest of Quincy. The pickers stopped work for a day last week over a list of grievances including having to work with broken ladders, being forced to drink water that’s been in a jar for a week and unclean toilets. The laborers renewed their strike last Sunday after three fellow workers who organized the strike were fired.

 

Most W&L workers are from Mexico and have been employed at the location in Quincy since February under an H-2A contract that provides the laborers with U.S. visas. The Larson Fruit Company has been in the orchard and warehousing business for over 50-years and has orchards in both Quincy and Yakima. Officials with the Larson Firm could not be reached for comment.

Coming up, local police arrest more involved in an ID Fraud ring, the Wenatchee Community Center will host a forum on the DACA program and Chelan County Search and Rescue talks expenses following a busy year in North Central Washington. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

 

Another major arrest related to identity theft and related offenses around the Wenatchee Valley with five California residents in custody for mail theft, forged credit card documents and stolen property trafficking. According to the Wenatchee World, Bonnie Kay Copeland, Edward James Salvador and Brittany Nicole Black, all of Bakersfield, are accused of working in a fraud ring that used stolen mail from local residents to create credit card accounts. East Wenatchee and Wenatchee Police each made arrests in the case and identified more than 115 victims. All five suspects are jailed in either Chelan County Regional Justice Center or Okanogan County Jail.

In the wake of the Trump Administration’s announcement that the DACA Program is being terminated, the Wenatchee Community Center and the Washington Dream Coalition are hosting community forums to help answer DACA recipients and their families’ questions. The forum in Wenatchee is happening tonight at the community center. Stay tuned tomorrow as we bring you coverage of the free community forum right here on NCWLife news at 5.

Chelan County Search and Rescue agencies have had a busy summer this year, nipping at the heels of last year’s record-breaking year for the agency. Chelan County Emergency Management’s Rich Magnussen said funding the rescues can be expensive primarily because the costs are pulled right from the Sheriff’s Office budget…

 

Magnussen said the most common rescues are hikers who find themselves in over their head on the trail…

You’re watching NCWLIFE news. Coming up next, your sports update followed by today’s feature story. That and much more still to come on NCWLIFE News, stay with us.

NCWLIFE CHANNEL SPORTS 

On the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from Monday…

 

Football
Manson downed Lake Roosevelt 14-8 in a smoke-out makeup game from last Friday.

Soccer
Andee Kimes scored two goals as Cashmere beat Liberty Bell 5-nil

Volleyball
Pateros downed Manson 3-1

 

Coming up today on the Prep Schedule…

 

Soccer
Lake Roosevelt at Manson, 4:30pm
Eastmont at Moses Lake, 7pm – Wildcats FINALLY play opener after 2 smoke-outs
Wenatchee at West Valley, 7pm

Volleyball
Cashmere at Kittitas, 6:30pm
Lake Roosevelt at Waterville, 6:30pm
Manson at Entiat, 6:30pm
West Valley at Wenatchee, 7pm LIVE with Eric Granstrom and LeAnne Branam on the NWLIFE Channel
Eastmont at Moses Lake, 7pm
Chelan at Brewster, 7pm

 

Youth of all ages are invited to a fun, free event this Saturday at the NCW Gun Club in East Wenatchee.  The Wenatchee Sportsmen’s Association is hosting the NCW Youth Hunting and Fishing Day.  The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife hosted a similar event last year and Keith Boyd, vice president of the Wenatchee Sportsmen’s Association, says it was something their club felt they had to continue:

 

The free event starts at 10am and runs until 3pm with a raffle drawing for all who attend at 2 o’clock.  There’s also free lunch and a bunch of other free goodies, so take the kids or grandkids up to the NCW Gun Club this Saturday..that’s where Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval is located.  I’ll be there and I hope to see you there.

 

Ariel Miranda had his shortest outing as a professional Monday, which wasn’t good news for the Mariners as they fell to Texas 5-3 in Arlington:

 

Miranda allowed 4-runs on 6-hits in just an inning and a third to take the loss.  The good news was the relief pitching of Andrew Moore, who went six innings, allowing just one run on a solo homer by Delino DeShields in the 4th and struck out seven.  While Manager Scott Servais was disappointed in Miranda’s start, he was pleased with Moore’s finish:

 

Mitch Haniger went 3-for-4 at the plate with a 2-run home run in the 3rd while Kyle Seager hit his 23rd homer in the 2nd but Seattle hitters also struck out 11 times in the game…too many times for their manager:

 

Seattle and Texas play game two of the four game set today at 5:05 as the M’s will send Marco Gonzalez to the mound who’s still looking for his first win.  The Rangers will counter with Miguel Gonzalez who is 7-and-10.

 

So with Seattle’s loss, what does that do to their chase in the Wild Card race?  Let’s check back into the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

 

The Yankees won yet again, downing Tampa Bay 5-1 to extend their lead for the first Wild Card playoff spot to 4-games.  Minnesota was idle and still claims the #2 spot.  The Angels were also travelling Monday and are a game back.  Texas’ win puts the Rangers 2-games back while Kansas City fell to the White Sox 11-3 to drop to 3-games out.  Baltimore also dropped a 4-3 decision to Toronto so they’re 3-and-a-half games behind with the Mariners at 71-and-73.

 

Thanks Eric…

**Tour of Homes** –For 23 years, the Building Northcentral Washington home tour and remodeling expo have been a part of the annual tour of homes. Tina Hofstetter and Robert Guerin of the BNCW joined Dan Kuntz this morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley to talk more about the annual event. . .

 

10 homes will be featured in this year’s 23rd tour, one in Plain, one in Cashmere and the rest in the Wenatchee Valley. The tour of homes takes place September 15th, 16th and 17th.

We’ll be back in just a moment with a recap of some of today’s stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

 

And now a recap of some of our top stories…

**Eastmont School Board-Name Change** –At their regular board meeting Monday night, the Eastmont School Board decided to add the possibility of changing the name of Robert E. Lee Elementary as an agenda item for the October 23rd school board meeting. Eastmont School Board Spokesman and School Superintendent Garn Christensen says the issue of the name change was too important to ignore and now the process begins for a school board decision. . .

 

The name controversy is also swirling around the two candidates running for the Eastmont School Board, John Brangwin and Dave Piepel. Brangwin has already stated he supports changing the name of Robert E. Lee Elementary and Piepel recently released a statement saying the school’s name is not as important as what happens inside the school. Christensen says he can’t predict whether the candidates position regarding the name change will determine who is elected this fall. . .

 

The two candidates in question are John Brangwin, who is in support of a name change, and Dave Piepel, who says the school’s name is not as important as what happens inside the school. The discussion at the board’s second meeting on October 23rd is at 5:30 at the district’s maintenance facility located at 345 6th Street N.E. in East Wenatchee.

Chelan County Search and Rescue agencies have had a busy summer this year, nipping at the heels of last year’s record-breaking year for the agency. Chelan County Emergency Management’s Rich Magnussen said funding the rescues can be expensive primarily because the costs are pulled right from the Sheriff’s Office budget. . .

 

Magnussen said the most common rescues are hikers who find themselves in over their head on the trail. . .

 

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

 

Today was basically our last day of above normal high temperatures for the foreseeable future as a cold front passes through Wednesday. As it moves in, it will bring with it strong gusty Northerly winds with readings between 15-30 mph, which could affect area wildfires. Then, basically just cooler temperatures for the rest of the workweek.

 

The real feature of interest is the large upper low dropping out of the Gulf of Alaska. It will approach the Pacific NorthWest by the end of the weekend. As we jump ahead to Sunday here is a great  look at the huge area of low pressure that will be just off our coast. Rain hits the WA and OR coast Sunday and spreads inland by Sunday night and into Monday. Models diverge quite a bit by Tuesday on how this large feature will evolve but feel confident that the Inland Northwest will see widespread wetting rains from this event into early next week.  

 

As we leave you tonight, the start of the hunting season is underway. Check out this video of two Bull Elk fighting in Western Montana.

 

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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). I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.