Evening News December 14

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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—an increase in local sales tax to pay for expanded Link bus service is put on hold, and another roundabout is coming to an intersection near you.

But first, we begin tonight:

An over-flow, fired-up crowd packed a small conference room at the Wenatchee Community Center last night to listen to a presentation on the development of the Black Rock Terrace Estates. The plan is to divide 13 acres into 17 home sites about three-quarters of a mile north of the base of Saddle Rock and next to the Jacobson Preserve at the foot of Black Rock near the WRAC. Developer Steven Tramp spent the first 45-minutes of the meeting reading various letters and comments that were sent to the City of Wenatchee by concerned residents and answered by a team of experts that Tramp had assembled. Then, many of those in attendance, angry at what they thought were stalling tactics, became disgruntled and restless wanting to speak their minds. When it WAS their turn, speak their minds they did, with comments regarding slope safety and erosion, fire safety, water runoff and mule deer habitat. . .

Tramp assured those in attendance that the entire planned development has to be approved by the city to proceed and they will follow every guideline the city sets forth. Tramp also left open the possibility of another public meeting in the near future.

Voters in Chelan and Douglas County will not be asked in February for a sales tax increase to pay for expanded public transit services. Link Transit’s board of directors decided this week to cancel the special election previously set for February 13th and instead consider delaying it until later in the year. Link Board Chairman, Kevin Overbay says need more time to plan an informational campaign before asking voters for a phased increase in the sales tax.

Directors had proposed a 2 tenths of one percent increase over the next two years to raise 6 million dollars for more bus routes and increase the frequency of trips on some routes. The board will reconsider the issue in January.

Officials with the City of Wenatchee hosted an open house Tuesday afternoon to explain some planned traffic revisions on the City’s Northside. The open house provided area residents information including maps and illustrations of two projects. The Western Avenue Springwater Street roundabout and Foothills middle school crossing improvements were explained as well as plans to install flash beacons to control speeding in that school zone located on Maple Street. Those projects are on schedule for next Spring.

Coming up next, Chelan and Douglas County consider a regional law library, Eastmont partners with the YMCA for student care and the Navy issues an apology for the obscene skywriting above Okanogan County. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

Chelan and Douglas County Commissioners are talking about partnering up to establish a regional law library in the area. The discussion was part of a joint session of Commissioners from both counties earlier in the week. Chelan County Commissioner, Keith Goehner says they’re exploring how developing a shared facility could save costs. . .

Commissioners also discussed other topics of shared  interest such as regional transportation and the 150- million dollar Federal grant they are applying for. Behavioral Health and the development of the Parkside mental health crisis care center were also on the meeting agenda.

The Eastmont School District and the Wenatchee Valley YMCA are exploring a new partnership to continue to provide student care for Eastmont students. This will be a continuation of the current before care, after care, non-school day care and summer care for school age children that Eastmont has provided for over 20 years.

 

It will now become a program of the YMCA using facilities at Cascade and Grant Schools. The fees will be similar to what is currently offered and participants will be able to continue to remain active and engaged during out-of-school time.

Career Connect NCW, a collaboration of organizations including Wenatchee School District, received full funding of a $854,540-dollar grant to support career connected learning and youth registered apprenticeships.

The grant was awarded by Career Connect, a Washington statewide public-private partnership founded by Governor Jay Inslee that supports career connected learning in order to prepare the workforce with the 21st century skills that employers need. The Career Connect NCW partnership includes organizations in Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Okanogan and Adams counties. The Chelan-Douglas county segment will receive 400-thousand dollars and includes Wenatchee School District, Skill Source, Work Source, Wenatchee Valley College, the Apple STEM Network and Chelan County PUD as the business champion.

Navy officials from the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station admitted yesterday to obscene skywriting on November 16th done by a Navy air crew. The writing upset parents and photos quickly made rounds on social media. Navy spokesperson lieutenant commander Leslie Hubble admitted to the error saying “US Navy air crew, flying an Electronic Attack Aircraft assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron 130 based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island flew an air pattern over Okanogan County on November 16 that left a condensed air trail resembling an obscene image to observers on the ground.” Hubble called the act irresponsible and immature and the Navy will hold the aircrew accountable for their actions.

The Vice Admiral of the US Navy, T.M. Shoemaker issued this formal apology, “As Commander, Naval Air Forces, I have unique authorities to maintain and enforce discipline while promoting and preserving the high standards for the entirety of Naval Aviation. Let me assure you that I personally held the aircrew in question fully accountable for their actions. Furthermore, I have addressed this issue with all of our aviation squadrons in the state of Washington and throughout the force. I impressed upon them that this immature act was counter to our culture which values treating everyone with dignity and respect, and how this aircrew’s actions contrasted directly with the excellence and discipline our aviators and Sailors demonstrate daily in operations around the world.”

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 Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from yesterday in girls bowling…

The Wenatchee Panthers hosted Ellensburg in a non-league affair at Eastmont Lanes and picked up a 3-1 victory.  Maddie Burril and Holly Shipley were high bowlers for Wenatchee, each bowling a 150.

On the prep calendar for today in girls basketball…

Cashmere is on the road in at Okanogan in Caribou Trail League play at 5:45.  Manson and Cascade play in Leavenworth in a non-league tilt at 6 while Waterville-Mansfield hosts Pateros, also at 6.

In boys basketball tonight…

It’s all the same with the boys teams having the later start times.  Cashmere at Okanogan at 7:15.  Manson at Cascade at 7:30 and Waterville-Mansfield hosting Pateros, also at 7:30pm.

Also, in boys swimming and diving…

Wenatchee is on the road at Davis with a swim time of 4 o’clock.

It’s Hockey Night tonight here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Tonight we feature the Wenatchee Wild’s game from last Wednesday at the Town Toyota Center against the Trail Smoke Eaters.  It all starts at 7 tonight with Call of the Wild, where the Voice of the Wild Arch Ecker sits down with Bliss Littler to talk about last week’s games as well as the upcoming opponents this weekend.  Littler admits it felt nice to come out strong against Trail last week…

Also on Clarky’s Corner tonight, assistant coach Chris Clark sits down to get to know Noah Kim…

That’s Hockey Night tonight starting at 7 on the NCWLIFE Channel.  Also, be sure to watch closely for a couple special features during tonight’s pre-game show where the Wenatchee Wild players put together a video inviting ladies out to Lady’s Night tomorrow night at the Town Toyota Center with Salmon Arm in town.  AND, you’ll also see a video promoting Saturday’s Teddy Bear Toss.  And speaking of the Wild, Arch Ecker will be our guest tomorrow morning here on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley to talk about the weekend series with Salmon Arm in town.

The Seahawks continue preparations for their battle with the Los Angeles Rams this Sunday at CenturyLink Field.  Head Coach Pete Carroll says they’ll have to be near perfect in all phases to get the win…

Seattle trails the Rams by a game in the NFC West standings as LA is 9-4 while the Seahawks are 8-5.  Seattle has the advantage in the Division with a 4-and-oh mark while the Rams are 3-and-1, with their one loss coming to Seattle back in week 5 in a 16-10 decision.  Kickoff Sunday on Fox TV is 1:05.

 

Thanks Eric…

As The Les Schwab Community Toy Drive enters its final few days, we’ve been visiting with the organizations that will be distributing your toy donations around the area.  On this morning’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Thom Nees of Serve Wenatchee Valley spoke of how many families benefit and how they receive their toys. . .

According to Nees, the toy drive often leads to bigger and better things. . .

Serve Wenatchee Valley is looking for volunteers to help wrap the toys, you can contact them by going to serve Wenatchee-dot-o-r-g.

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…

Voters in Chelan and Douglas County will not be asked in February for a sales tax increase to pay for expanded public transit services. Link Transit’s board of directors decided this week to cancel the special election previously set for February 13th and instead consider delaying it until later in the year. Link Board Chairman, Kevin Overbay says need more time to plan an informational campaign before asking voters for a phased increase in the sales tax.

Directors had proposed a 2 tenths of one percent increase over the next two years to raise 6 million dollars for more bus routes and increase the frequency of trips on some routes. The board will reconsider the issue in January.

Officials with the City of Wenatchee hosted an open house Tuesday afternoon to explain some planned traffic revisions on the City’s Northside. The open house provided area residents information including maps and illustrations of two projects. The Western Avenue Springwater Street roundabout and Foothills middle school crossing improvements were explained as well as plans to install flash beacons to control speeding in that school zone located on Maple Street. Those projects are on schedule for next Spring.

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

Our weather pattern today marks the return of low clouds and even scattered snow flurries around Northcentral Washington this morning. A very weak weather impulse associated with a larger area of low pressure off the coast brought us the white stuff. That larger storm system will move inland from the Northwest on Friday morning bringing with it increased cloudiness and a chance for scattered showers. By Saturday afternoon the low pressure area amplifies. The weekend will start off drier and cool under a northerly flow aloft and then by Sunday morning through Tuesday, precipitation begins to develop in the form of a rain/ snow mix in Northcentral Washington as a second storm system moves through the state. Not a lot of rain or snow accumulations are expected. Our afternoon high temperatures will also warm up on Monday with highs around 40 degrees.

It’s Christmas Spirit week at Eastmont Schools, a couple of special visitors came to bring the holiday joy to students, Jay Seabeck has the story. . .

 

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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.