Evening News March 09


Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening 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, In an historic vote yesterday, the state legislature passed I-940 and HB 3003, to address police use of deadly force, and, Chelan Fire and Rescue responded Wednesday to its first brush fire of the year in Union Valley.

But first, we begin tonight:

For the first time in several years the State Legislature adjourned its session on time. Lawmakers yesterday passed a supplemental budget that increases state spending on Court-mandated public schools and provides property owners with a one-time tax break. Proponents such as Democratic Representative, June Robinson of Everett spoke in favor…

The 43.7 billion dollar spending plan addresses the Supreme Court’s McCleary ruling to expedite the State’s plan to pay the full cost of teacher pay. Meanwhile, the $391 million tax cut is set to lower property taxes in 2019 from $2.70 per $1,000 in assessed value to $2.40. But the increase in spending is of concern to GOP House member, Jaqueline Maycumber of Republic . . .

Wenatchee Representative Cary Condotta voiced his opposition claiming it fails to address the needs of local government . .

The budget balances out without new taxes because a February revenue forecast showed a strong economy will bring the state $1.3 billion more in taxes through 2021.

In an historic vote yesterday, the state legislature passed I-940 and HB 3003, to address police use of deadly force. Governor Inslee signed the bill this morning. The passed legislation will change the way police officers are trained and educated. Supporters of the Initiative gathered more than 350,000 petition signatures, which were submitted to the Secretary of State. In order for the bill to move forward, De-Escalate Washington leadership and law enforcement sat down to hear each other and listen. Wenatchee Police Chief Steve Crown says the process brought the parties together and paved the way for collaboration and an agreement on I-940. . .

Among other things, the new legislation requires police officers to attend de-escalation and mental health training, requires first-aid training for all officers and require that police render first aid at the earliest safe opportunity. The Bill would also require Police Departments to conduct a completely independent investigation of use of deadly force. We will have more on the passage of House Bill 3003 and with Police Chief Crown on Monday’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

There may be snow on the ground but Chelan Fire and Rescue responded Wednesday to its first brush fire of the year in Union Valley. One flank of the fire bordered snow which bystanders were using in an attempt to put out the flames.

The fire quickly grew to an acre in size before firefighters arrived and were able to extinguish.

Firefighters were surprised the fire was able to grow that much for it only being the first week of March. Where there was no snow cover on the ground, fuels were already dry.

If you live the Manson area you probably saw this column of smoke during the noon hour on Wednesday. Manson Fire Department (CCFD5) was called to a reported structure fire on Wells Ave. in Manson shortly before noon. Responding crews arrived to find a fully involved mobile home.

Chelan Fire & Rescue was also on scene as part of an automatic mutual aid, and assisted in knockdown and water supply efforts. One occupant was reported to be at home, but safely escaped.

A family of three lived in the mobile home and are accepting donations to help met a few of their immediate needs as the structure and one vehicle were a complete loss. Donations can be left for them at Blueberry Hills Farm in Manson from Wednesday until this Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Coming up next, We continue with our report on the possible impacts to our State’s apple industry from US tariffs on Steel and Aluminum, and, The Wenatchee Valley Humane Society will hold a low-income spay/neuter clinic for cats tomorrow at the Wenatchee Community Center. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

We continue with our report on the possible impacts to our State’s apple industry from US tariffs on Steel and Aluminum. Washington Apple Blossom Festival, President Todd Fryhover says we could also be hit with tariffs on apples shipped overseas. But he also acknowledges there are existing trade barriers affecting US Apples sold in Asia . . .

Fryhover reported in his conversation with NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair that foreign trade represents one third of Washington State Apple annual sales. He concedes that increasing domestic sales to make up for that is not doable given the record harvests over the last several years.

Senator Brad Hawkins received full legislative support for his legislation to help Leavenworth respond to a boundary change for Washington’s apple maggot quarantine area. The Senate agreed with changes made by the House of Representatives to Hawkins’ Senate Bill 6055. His bipartisan measure, which now heads to the governor, creates a pilot project that will allow Leavenworth and three other affected municipalities to burn their brush and yard waste four times per year.

It responds to recent adjustments to the quarantine area that prohibit the city from transporting its brush and yard waste toward Wenatchee. Hawkins learned in October during his 12th District listening tour that the boundary change created complications for the City of Leavenworth. Chipping the entirety of the brush is not realistic, and hauling the waste over 100 miles west for disposal is costly and has other disadvantages.

The Wenatchee Valley Humane Society will hold a low-income spay/neuter clinic for cats tomorrow at the Wenatchee Community Center. People planning to bring in cats must pre-register. The clinic will begin at 7:30 a.m.

The clinic is available to those with lower incomes and who are typically unable to afford the surgeries with a regular veterinarian. There is an approval process and this clinic is FREE for all who are approved and registered. For the first time Rabies and Distemper vaccines will be included for all cats and all feral/community cats will be ear-tipped. Contact the front office at 509-662-9577 to begin the application process.

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

The schedule is out for the Wenatchee Wild’s second-round playoff series with Vernon…

It begins next Friday with Game 1 at 7 o’clock and Saturday with Game 2 at 6pm in Vernon.  The series then shifts to Wenatchee for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday, March 20th and Wednesday, March 21st at 7pm.  Game 5, if necessary would be back in Vernon Friday, March 23rd at 7.  Then back to Wenatchee for Game 6, if necessary on Saturday, March 24th at 7.  And if a Game 7 is needed, it would be back in Vernon Monday, March 26th at 7 o’clock.  You can see the whole schedule at Wenatchee Wild Hockey dot com.  Tickets for the home games are just $10 apiece and available at the website or at the Town Toyota Center box office.

Just a reminder that Wenatchee’s first-round series with Merritt is on the broadcast schedule tonight…

Game 3 will be on a 7 o’clock.  Game 4 will air tomorrow night at 7.  In addition, we’ll wet your whistle with some prep spring sports on NCWLIFE this weekend with boys soccer between Wenatchee and Sunnyside Saturday at 2.  Then on Sunday, it starts with Wenatchee lacrosse against Richland at Noon, followed by Wenatchee and Eastmont soccer at 2.  Tune in for Eastmont and West Valley baseball at 5, followed by Wenatchee and Monroe lacrosse at 7.  We’ll resume LIVE games on NCWLIFE next Tuesday with Wenatchee soccer against Quincy.

Here’s what’s coming up this weekend as the spring prep sports season gets underway…

First, in boys soccer today, Wenatchee’s on the road at Shadle Park to start the season at 3:45.  Eastmont is also in the Spokane area to face Central Valley at 6 tonight.  Then tomorrow, Chelan is hosting a jamboree beginning at 11.  Wenatchee plays at Central Valley at 1.  That’s the same start time for Eastmont at Shadle Park and Cascade at Ephrata.

It looks like spring-like weather for some baseball and softball this weekend…

Eastmont and Wenatchee are hosting Mount Vernon and Lake Stevens in a jamboree at Dan White Field and Rec. Park beginning tomorrow morning at 10.  Quincy’s hosting Chelan and Cashmere in a baseball jamboree beginning at 11 Saturday.

In softball, Brewster’s jamboree will see Sumner, Okanogan, Liberty Bell and Chelan in town beginning at 11am.  Also, Eastmont will host Walla Walla at Noon.

They’ll also stretch the legs with a track jamboree tomorrow…

It will take place on the Wenatchee High School track starting at 11 o’clock.

Speaking of the weekend, there are some other items of interest happening…

All the hotels and restaurants will be filled with 4th through 8th grade girls this weekend for the 30th Annual Ron Talbott Memorial AAU Basketball Tournament.  That runs today through Sunday at Wenatchee High School.

If you’re a skier or snowboarder, Mission Ridge is the place to be, especially Sunday, for Arlberg Sports’ Demo Daze.  That will run from 9am to 3pm, but there’s a pre-registration for that, so check in with the gang at Arlberg Sports for more information.

And, former Seattle Seahawk Clint Gresham will be the keynote speaker in the Leavenworth Young Life Spring Dessert Banquet.  That starts at 6 at the Festhalle in Leavenworth.

The Mariners were shut out in Spring Training action yesterday in Peoria…

Five San Francisco pitchers combined on a 4-hit shutout as the Giants won 4-nothing.  Seattle right fielding prospect John Andreoli (AN-DREE-OH-LEE) went 2-for-2 at the plate.  Seattle will be in Scottsdale today for a Noon game with the Giants.  James Paxton will get the start.

We won’t hear from the Seahawks “officially” until next week, but Michael Bennett has been traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for a receiver and a draft pick…

In exchange, Seattle gets receiver Marcus Johnson and a fifth round draft pick.  Bennett took to social media yesterday thanking Seattle fans saying “I am forever grateful for allowing me to grow and evolve in this time that I’ve had with you.  I expanded my family in this city, I had one of my babies here.  This truly was home for us and it’s been such an incredible five years.”  Speculation is still swirling around the potential release of Richard Sherman.  General Manager John Schneider, during the NFL combine, was quoted as saying that the roster could be in for a heavy facelift and that they had no “untouchables.”

Meanwhile, quarterback Russell Wilson struck out in his exhibition game at bat for the New York Yankees last week in four pitches.  ESPN announced today it has struck a deal with Russell to take over for John Gruden in a TV series featuring Wilson working with quarterbacks in this year’s draft class.

The so-called QB2QB debuts April 17th on ESPN and features Wilson schooling Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield; Penn State’s Saquon Barkley; Ohio State’s JT Barrett and Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph.


Thanks Eric,

The 41stAnnual KPQ Home Expo presented by LocalTel kicked off its 3-day run at noon today at the Town Toyota Center. NCWLife’s Dan Kuntz reports. . .

We’ll be back in just a moment with a look at what’s on tap around the Wenatchee Valley for you to enjoy this weekend and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

With winter winding down and spring right around the corner, there are lots of activities around the Valley for you take in this weekend. NCWLife’s Megan McPherson has the details. . .

As the area of low pressure that brought us rain showers over the past couple of days moves east we will saw some windy weather conditions behind it today. The Wenatchee Valley saw wind speeds around 10-15 mph today with locally higher winds in some parts of Northwest Washington. An area of high pressure and associated ridge continued to build over the area during the day today warming us up into the low 50’s this afternoon. The ridge will continue to build just in time for the weekend with sunny skies and light winds with weekend high temperatures in the low to mid 50’s. That will be the beginning of a slow warmup right into the first part of next week with highs on Monday and Tuesday in the mid to upper 50’s. Also by Tuesday, the high pressure ridge over the western U.S. will slide east allowing a large weather trough to move near the west coast bringing us a 40% chance of rain on Tuesday and a 30% chance of rain on Tuesday night with highs remaining in the mid 50’s.

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