Evening News April 13

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News for Wenatchee and North Central Washington. 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, Area residents will have the opportunity to meet a 8th District Democratic congressional candidate this weekend, and, Grant County recorded it’s lowest annual average unemployment rate since electronic records were implemented by the State Employment Security Department in 1990.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Douglas County Commissioners this week appointed former Deputy Prosecutor, Eric Biggar, to replace District Court Judge Judith McCauley.

McCauley announced her retirement in February and Biggar had already filed candidacy papers with the State prior to his being appointed. Biggar graduated from Gonzaga Law School in 1987 and served as Douglas County Deputy Prosecutor from 1991 to 2014. Biggar says his experience in both District and Superior Court gives him the over-all knowledge to sit as District Court Judge. The 56-year old Biggar is scheduled to start May 1st. Commissioners selected Biggar over two other candidates, Attorney’s Byron Moore and Robert Hunter.

Area residents will have the opportunity to meet a 8th District Democratic congressional candidate this weekend. Sammamish pediatrician Kim Schrier will make appearances Sunday in Leavenworth and Wenatchee. The 49-year old Schrier is running for the 8th District House seat being vacated by Representative Dave Reichert. Schrier will meet the public in Leavenworth at O’Grady’s Pantry at Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort, 7375 Icicle Road, from 11 a.m. to noon Sunday. After that, she plans a public listening session at the Teamsters Local 760 hall, 1737 North Wenatchee Avenue in Wenatchee, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Schrier is among five other Democratic candidates vying for the 8th District Congressional seat.

Representative Dan Newhouse spoke on the House floor yesterday in support of a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. Rep. Newhouse is a cosponsor, and the legislation was not approved by the House, falling short of the required two-thirds majority. In his floor speech Newhouse said, “in order for Congress to consistently make the tough decisions necessary to control spending, elected representatives need the external pressure of a balanced budget requirement.”

The bill would mandate that Congress not spend more money than it receives in revenue. This amendment would also require a true majority in both the House and Senate to pass a tax increase, along with a three-fifths supermajority requirement to raise the debt limit.

The annual average unemployment rate of 6.3 percent in 2017 was the lowest annual average rate in Grant County since electronic records were implemented by the State Employment Security Department in 1990. The rate has been shrinking year over year now for 18 consecutive months, since September 2016.

The other good news in the latest report is that Grant County unemployment rate four-tenths of a percent between the Februaries of 2017 and 2018. The downside is that total nonfarm job growth rates locally have lagged statewide job growth rates for the past three years. Non-farm jobs in Grant County saw an annual increase of nine-tenths of a percent compared to a 2-point-5 percent statewide growth.

Coming up next, Construction on Red Apple Road will begin next Monday, April 16th, and, Starting next fall, Central Washington University becomes the first higher education institution in Washington to offer a computer science teaching endorsement. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting personnel from Pangborn Memorial Airport and Douglas County Fire District #2 will be conducting live fire training on the airport starting today and extending into next week. A mobile training prop will be used to simulate the types of fires that emergency crews might encounter in an aircraft crash. All training activities will be inside the airport perimeter fence on the east side of the Airport, but fire apparatus and flames may be visible to area residents and passersby during the training activities.

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded over 61–thousand dollars in grants from its Methow Valley Fund to support 25 nonprofits serving the Methow Valley. The Methow Valley Fund was established in 2006 to assist nonprofit and public organizations in developing programs that contribute to a vibrant community. Among the projects receiving funding are the Methow Arts Alliance for free arts education programs and the TwispWorks Foundation. The Methow Valley Fund grant is a competitive grant offered annually. The grant is made possible by an anonymous donor and contributions to the Methow Valley Fund. The Methow Valley Fund Grant opens December 1st and is due January 31st. For more information visit www.cnfcw.org/methowvalleyfund.

Construction on Red Apple Road will begin next Monday, April 16th. The City of Wenatchee will be constructing new curbs, sidewalks, a water main, lighting and pavement improvements on Red Apple Road between Miller St. and Okanogan Avenue.

A mini-roundabout will also be constructed at the intersection of Red Apple Road and Miller Street. This project will also upgrade pedestrian and bicycle facilities along a route that serves Central Washington Hospital, Lincoln Elementary and Wenatchee High School. Red Apple Road will be closed from Miller Street to Okanogan Avenue. Detours will be in place around the project as well as to the Emergency Department at the Hospital.

Starting next fall, Central Washington University becomes the first higher education institution in Washington to offer a computer science teaching endorsement in more than 20 years. As part of its new science, technology, engineering, and math teaching program, the endorsement allows undergraduates to earn both their bachelor’s degree in computer science and teaching certification at the same time. It opens expanded career choices to them, even beyond classroom teaching. . .

That’s Central Washington University professor Ian Loverro from the department of curriculum, supervision and educational leadership who also says the goal of the program is to help quickly fill the need for more highly trained computer science teachers. . .

Loverro also says the new program will also offer more computer science education options in state classrooms.

NCWLIFE Channel notes the passing of a local Wenatchee Valley legend. Emily Joan Shelton Mason died last Saturday at the age of 96. Mason was a prominent member of the area’s theatrical community and became Nationally known for her work. Mason founded the Wenatchee Civic Ballet in 1951 and helped produce several performances including “The Nutcracker”. A public celebration of her life will be held at the Numerica Performing Arts Center on Sunday, April 22nd from 2 to 4pm.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update with Jay Seabeck and our feature story tonight. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Good Evening everybody, I’m Jay Seabeck for your evening sports news. First a quick reminder we have live high school soccer tonight at 7PM here on the ncwlife channel. Number 1 ranked eastmont takes on Moses Lake at Wildcat Stadium.

Tonight is game 1 of the fred page memorial cup. Head down to the town Toyota center to see the Wenatchee wild host the Prince George Spruce Kings, Puck drops at 7:05. The wild and the kings have already played twice this season, with each team winning a game on their home ice. During their first meeting on Veterans Day, over 3,000 fans attended at the town Toyota center where the wild won that game 3-2.

Than later in the season the wild lost to prince George at rolling mix concrete arena 4-3.

After tonights match up Game 2 is tomorrow night at Town Toyota Center at 7:05.

Taking a look at our sports schedule for the weekend on the ncwlife channel, it starts tonight at 7pm when we go live from wildcat stadium to see Eastmont take on Moses Lake. Eastmont is in good shaped heading into tonights match up as they sit atop the big 9 with 6 wins and 0 losses in league play, they look to continue that streak against the moses lake chiefs as the chiefs have yet to catch a break this season, they sit at 0-7 on the season.

Tomorrow afternoon we have live lacrosse coming up. Wenatchee Boys will be taking on North Central, at the apple bowl, that game gets started at 2 pm.

 Then later in the night it’s a replay of Wild Hockey, Watch game 5 of the Wild’s playoff series against Trail from April 6th as seen at the town Toyota center.

Sunday at noon catch a replay of Wenatchee high schools soccer match against Pasco from April 4th.

Speaking of Wenatchee Soccer, the boys are heading down to Yakima tonight. After falling to Sunnyside on Tuesday night, they hope to bounce back against west valley. Currently Wenatchee is 1 game ahead of West Valley but this is a must win game in order to hold on to the third place spot.

Moving into baseball

Wenatchee is in the middle of a double header tonight at Eisenhower, after defeating the cadets on Tuesday at Recreation Park, Wenatchee hopes to extend its unblemished record in big nine play as they remain undefeated with a record of 7 and 0.

The Seattle Mariners have their first American League West series this weekend, where they will host the Oakland Athletics. That starts tonight at 7:10. The Mariners come into the series at 6 and 4, and the A’s sit at 5-8. Mike Leake will take the hill for the mariners against Andrew Triggs of the A’s. Oakland is coming off a monster performance on Wednesday where they absolutely shelled the Los Angeles Dodgers 16-6, so they Mariners will have their work cut out for them to keep Oakland from heating up their bats.

And of course its not sports news without talking a little bit of NFL and our favorite northwest team the Seahawks. News coming out of Seattle today is they have signed free agent quarterback Stephen Morris. Former University of Miami Quarterback, Morris was signed in Free Agency in 2014 by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Morris has yet to see a regular Season Snap in the NFL but has had a couple promising preseason performances during his tenure with the Indianapolis Colts. Of course this is all coming just a day after Seattle put themselves in the hot seat when they elected to postpone a scheduled workout with former San Francisco 49er’s Quarterback Collin Kaepernick. As some of you may know Kaepernick is the guy that started the phenomena of kneeling during the national anthem, sparking a nationwide movement protesting social injustices. The Seahawks elected to postpone the workout with Kaepernick when he couldn’t answer definitively what his plans were for his protests and lawsuit against the NFL. Seeing as how the Seattle Seahawks are known nationwide as being one of the most if not the most progressive franchises in the NFL, there is little to no reason to assume there was any foul play involved there. Even With the addition of Stephen Morris the Seahawks still have a huge deficit when it comes to back up quarterbacks, most teams operate with 4 quarterbacks during the off season and preseason so look for the Seahawks to make more additions with the NFL Draft coming up next weekend.

And once more don’t forget, tune in tonight for live high school soccer at 7PM. With your evening Sports news on this Friday the 13th I’m Jay Seabeck, Goodnight everybody, back to you Grant!

 Thanks Jay.

With plenty on tap for this weekend in North Central Washington, here’s NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson with a weekend events wrap. . .

We’ll be back with a recap of some of our top stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

Welcome back to the NCWLife Evening News, recapping our top stories tonight. . .

Douglas County Commissioners this week appointed former Deputy Prosecutor, Eric Biggar, to replace District Court Judge Judith McCauley.

McCauley announced her retirement in February and Biggar had already filed candidacy papers with the State prior to his being appointed. Biggar graduated from Gonzaga Law School in 1987 and served as Douglas County Deputy Prosecutor from 1991 to 2014. Biggar says his experience in both District and Superior Court gives him the over-all knowledge to sit as District Court Judge. The 56-year old Biggar is scheduled to start May 1st. Commissioners selected Biggar over two other candidates, Attorney’s Byron Moore and Robert Hunter.

Area residents will have the opportunity to meet a 8th District Democratic congressional candidate this weekend. Sammamish pediatrician Kim Schrier will make appearances Sunday in Leavenworth and Wenatchee. The 49-year old Schrier is running for the 8th District House seat being vacated by Representative Dave Reichert. Schrier will meet the public in Leavenworth at O’Grady’s Pantry at Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort, 7375 Icicle Road, from 11 a.m. to noon Sunday. After that, she plans a public listening session at the Teamsters Local 760 hall, 1737 North Wenatchee Avenue in Wenatchee, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Schrier is among five other Democratic candidates vying for the 8th District Congressional seat.

Construction on Red Apple Road will begin next Monday, April 16th. The City of Wenatchee will be constructing new curbs, sidewalks, a water main, lighting and pavement improvements on Red Apple Road between Miller St. and Okanogan Avenue.

A mini-roundabout will also be constructed at the intersection of Red Apple Road and Miller Street. This project will also upgrade pedestrian and bicycle facilities along a route that serves Central Washington Hospital, Lincoln Elementary and Wenatchee High School. Red Apple Road will be closed from Miller Street to Okanogan Avenue. Detours will be in place around the project as well as to the Emergency Department at the Hospital.

Our weather pattern remains active as one area of low-pressure slides through the state today and then is replaced by another stronger system on Saturday and into Sunday. A warm front moved into Western Washington this morning and crossed the Cascades around noon. Next up, an upper level low-pressure system circulating out in the Gulf of Alaska will slide down resulting in higher precipitation amounts for both Saturday and Sunday. We have a 30% chance of rain today and tonight, a 40% chance on Saturday and a 70% chance of rain on Sunday. The Cascade crest is expected to pick up between 1.25 to a 1.50 over the next 24-48 hours. It will take most of Sunday night and into Monday for this wet frontal weather band to migrate across the forecast area. By Monday afternoon, we will see some improvement as we clear out and dry up. Then by Tuesday, things begin to quiet down with no major weather systems expected during this time period. We will also see gusty winds on Tuesday as the weather systems finally move east. By the middle and end of next week, high-pressure moves in warming us back up in the lower to mid-60’s .

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