Evening News December 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— 58 new US Citizens take their oath, state Legislator Matt Manweller is placed on leave from Central Washington University following allegations of sexual misconduct, and Fish and Wildlife investigates two wolf poaching incidents.

But first, we begin tonight:

It’s been a hot-button issue in the Wenatchee Valley for months, should the Eastmont School Board change the name of Robert E. Lee Elementary school in East Wenatchee.

At last night’s (Mon.) regularly scheduled Eastmont School Board meeting, Superintendent Garn Christensen recommended that the school board consider a modification of the school’s name to simply Lee Elementary. Christensen says not only is the name modification a compromise between changing the name completely or not changing it at all, he says a modification is also much more cost effective to the school district than placing it on a general election ballot next year. . .

The school board did not take action Monday night on the recommendation from Superintendent Christensen on the modified name change because board members Annette Eggers and Cindy Wright wanted time to consider it further and get more input from school district residents. Newly elected board President Chris Gibbs favored the change to Lee and went even a step further, proposing that the name of Ulysses S. Grant Elementary also be changed to simply Grant Elementary. New board Vice President Steve Piccirillo maintained his position that the name not be changed in any form. The school board will once again take up the issue at their next regularly scheduled meeting on January 8th at Grant Elementary School.

Last Night at the Numerica Performing Arts Center, 58 former immigrants became naturalized as citizens of the United States. Led by Norma Gallegos and Keith Brown, the event hosted the St. Joseph’s choir and key-note speaker, Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett. Jay Seabeck, along with interpreter Kai-Lee Contreras, spoke with new U.S. citizen Marco Gonzalez. . .

Watch the full naturalization ceremony on next week’s edition of the NCWLIFE Magazine.

State Legislator Matt Manweller has been placed on leave from Central Washington University. The Tacoma News Tribune reported this week that the University has opened a new investigation into complaints of sexual misconduct at Central Washington University where the Ellensburg area lawmaker works as a Political Science professor.

Manweller steadfastly disputes the claims and in an email responded, “as a result of the media frenzy surrounding two 12-year-old unsubstantiated allegations, CWU received a handful of emails and phone calls from ex-students over the weekend. Based on those calls, CWU will be hiring an outside investigator.” The allegations of Manweller’s inappropriate behavior were made public last week. Manweller was elected to the state House in 2012 representing the State’s 13th Legislative District.

In a press release yesterday, The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) said they are investigating two suspected wolf poaching incidents in northeast Washington. One case involves the killing of a female wolf in Ferry County, whose carcass was found December 5th by department personnel about 15 miles southwest of Republic.

The wolf had been wearing a radio collar, attached by WDFW biologists in 2016 when it was a member of the Profanity Peak pack. Biologists said she was not associated with any pack when she was killed.  Rahn said the collar had stopped transmitting location data in early November.

The second investigation stems from the discovery by hunters of a dead wolf on November 12th about 10 miles southeast of Colville in Stevens County. That wolf, a breeding female, was discovered within the range of the Dirty Shirt pack and is presumed to be a member of that pack. Gray wolves are listed as endangered under state law throughout Washington and a conservation group is offering a 10-thousand dollar reward for information leading to convictions in these cases.

Coming up next, we’ll check in with Commissioners on the Chelan County budget, Bruce Transitional Housing is one of three beneficiaries of the first annual Les Schwab Community Toy Drive and a state trooper is rear-ended by a teen under the influence.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

Next year’s budget balances out but Chelan County’s financial future could mean more belt-tightening down the line. Steve Hair has the story…

Bruce Transitional Housing along with the WRC is one of the three beneficiaries of the 1st annual Les Schwab Community Toy Drive. Bruce Transitional Housing Manager Lisa Abel appeared on today’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley and spoke about the need for toys. . .

Also going on is the Ornaments Of Hope campaign where you can adopt a family living at the Bruce House and buy presents on a wish list. . .

Washington State Patrol Trooper Conner Bruchman sustained minor injuries Sunday night when he was rear-ended by an impaired driver on U.S. Highway 97 near Okanogan.

 

At around 6:10p.m. Trooper Bruchman was northbound following slower traffic, when 18-year old Dakota Simpson of Okanogan, also northbound, rear-ended Trooper Bruchman.

 

Trooper Bruchman was treated and released at Mid Valley Hospital in Okanogan and will be recovering at home for the next couple days. Simpson was not injured in the crash and was arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana and depressants. He was booked into the Okanogan County Jail for DUI.

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.

 

On the prep calendar for today, we start with some early afternoon action…

 

In girls bowling, Wenatchee is at Sunnyside at 2pm while Eastmont’s at West Valley at 3.

In boys swimming topday…

 

Eastmont swims at Moses Lake today at 4.

On the wrestling mats tonight, it’s a double dual at Cascade as the Kodiaks welcome Chelan, Okanogan and Cashmere starting at 6 o’clock.  Also tonight, Sunnyside is at Eastmont at 7 and for the first time LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel, wrestling between Wenatchee and Davis beginning at 7 o’clock.

In girls basketball tonight…

 

Chelan at Cle Elum, 5:45pm
Cascade at Cashmere, 5:45pm
Tonasket at Waterville-Mansfield, 6pm
Manson at Lake Roosevelt, 6pm

On the boys side…

 

Chelan at Cle Elum, 7:15pm
Cascade at Cashmere, 7:15pm
Tonasket at Waterville-Mansfield, 7:30pm
Manson at Lake Roosevelt, 7:30pm

Pete Carroll met with reporters Monday at the team’s facility in Renton to discuss Sunday’s 30-24 loss to Jacksonville.  He started off by saying what happened at the end of the game is not tolerable…

 

As far as the game, Carroll said there was the good and the not-so-good and he really felt like they’d come all the way back…

 

Seattle hosts Los Angeles Sunday for a battle for first in the NFC West with a 1:05 kickoff.

Thanks Eric…

A number of local kids received a special hand with their Christmas shopping this year. Area cops paired up with students from the Wenatchee School District and shopped till they dropped to help bring gifts to families who needed an extra hand this holiday season. . .

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.

Time now for a recap of some of our top stories…

It’s been a hot-button issue in the Wenatchee Valley for months, should the Eastmont School Board change the name of Robert E. Lee Elementary school in East Wenatchee.

 

At last night’s (Mon.) regularly scheduled Eastmont School Board meeting, Superintendent Garn Christensen recommended that the school board consider a modification of the school’s name to simply Lee Elementary. Christensen says not only is the name modification a compromise between changing the name completely or not changing it at all, he says a modification is also much more cost effective to the school district than placing it on a general election ballot next year. . .

 

The school board did not take action Monday night on the recommendation from Superintendent Christensen on the modified name change because board members Annette Eggers and Cindy Wright wanted time to consider it further and get more input from school district residents. Newly elected board President Chris Gibbs favored the change to Lee and went even a step further, proposing that the name of Ulysses S. Grant Elementary also be changed to simply Grant Elementary. New board Vice President Steve Piccirillo maintained his position that the name not be changed in any form. The school board will once again take up the issue at their next regularly scheduled meeting on January 8th at Grant Elementary School.

State Legislator Matt Manweller has been placed on leave from Central Washington University. The Tacoma News Tribune reported this week that the University has opened a new investigation into complaints of sexual misconduct at Central Washington University where the Ellensburg area lawmaker works as a Political Science professor.

 

Manweller steadfastly disputes the claims and in an email responded, “as a result of the media frenzy surrounding two 12-year-old unsubstantiated allegations, CWU received a handful of emails and phone calls from ex-students over the weekend. Based on those calls, CWU will be hiring an outside investigator.” The allegations of Manweller’s inappropriate behavior were made public last week. Manweller was elected to the state House in 2012 representing the State’s 13th Legislative District.

Bruce Transitional Housing along with the WRC is one of the three beneficiaries of the 1st annual Les Schwab Community Toy Drive.  Bruce Transitional Housing Manager Lisa Abel appeared on today’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley and spoke about the need for toys. . .

 

Also going on is the Ornaments Of Hope campaign where you can adopt a family living at the Bruce House and buy presents on a wish list. . .

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

The most significant change in our weather pattern over the last week is an upper level disturbance rotating around the northern periphery of the blocking ridge of high pressure. This feature is already spreading some increased high-level clouds over the Cascades. Regardless of the increase in clouds, the strong ridge of high pressure will prevail through Thursday night with widespread low clouds, patchy freezing fog and light winds. The mountains will remain mild as dry conditions continue. A weather pattern change will arrive by Friday morning, a bit later than previous forecast. The ridge of high pressure flattens by a low-pressure trough rolling across southern Canada. A weak frontal boundary limps east of the Cascades with light precipitation for Friday. On Saturday, the storm system moves east giving Northcentral Washington the potential for a wintry mix of precipitation with a slight chance of freezing rain. By afternoon Saturday, temperatures will moderate leading to more valley rain and more mountain snow. The chance for precipitation increases for Sunday and Sunday night with the passage of another weak system across southern BC. By early next week, we dry out with temperatures around 40 degrees.

As we reported yesterday, a number of Eastern Washington Firefighters deployed to California to assist in those epic wildfires, this is the scene many of them are seeing during their battle. . .

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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, make sure you tune in to NCWLife Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.