Evening News April 26

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. The 99th Annual Washington State Apple Blossom Festival is underway as Queen Greta Wiersma welcomed everyone to Memorial Park earlier today. We will have complete Apple Blossom coverage coming up a little later on in our newscast.

Before we get to today’s top news stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

 

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, For the second year in a row, Confluence Health was recently named to Becker’s 150 great places to work in healthcare 2018, For a state record 24th time, the Wenatchee High School Sports Medicine program finished in the top four in the state competition, and, in our weekly pet of the week feature we introduce you to Jerry the cat.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

In collaboration with the YWCA, the 4th annual Stand Against Racism event was held earlier today at Wenatchee Valley College. The event featured a host of speakers including WVC President Jim Richardson, Wenatchee Mayor Frank Kuntz and YWCA Executive Director Jenny Pratt, who says the Wenatchee Valley is progressing when it comes to racism but there is still a long way to go. . .

Mayor Kuntz proclaimed today stand against racism day in Wenatchee. The featured speaker at today’s event was New York University Professor Frank Leon Roberts who gave a presentation on the Black Lives Matter movement.

For the second year in a row, Confluence Health was recently named to Becker’s 150 great places to work in healthcare 2018. Confluence Health announced the selection in a press release Tuesday.

Confluence was recognized for its outstanding corporate culture, competitive benefits to employees and clinicians, and most importantly, building a collaborative environment that allows employees to thrive. The 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare list features healthcare provider organizations and other healthcare-specific companies. The winning organizations encourage professional development among their employees and promote tomorrow’s leaders in addition to encouraging volunteering and community engagement.

For a state record 24th time, the Wenatchee High School Sports Medicine program finished in the top four in the state competition. The Wenatchee High School Sports Medicine team placed 2nd in the state, as WHS extended its state record streak of 24 consecutive years of top 4 finishes, with 19 of those finishes in the top 2.

Grant Kolde of WHS was crowned Sports Medicine State Champion at the 24th Annual Washington Career and Technical Sports Medicine Association Championships held in Kennewick last weekend. Kolde was also named the top senior and won the Student Forum presentation contest. The competition featured 50 schools and nearly 900 students. WHS has now qualified to compete at the AACI National Sports Medicine Competition in May.

NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson has our regular feature- the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society’s Pet of the Week. . .

Coming up next, There’s an open seat on the East Wenatchee City Council after a sudden resignation earlier this week, A long-time Chelan County Deputy Prosecutor has announced his candidacy for Chelan County District Court Judge, and A bill to protect the Columbia and Snake River Dams passed the US House yesterday. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

There’s an open seat on the East Wenatchee City Council after the sudden resignation of Sandra McCourt earlier this week. The 75-year old McCourt reportedly made the announcement at her last council meeting. McCourt served for 14 years on the Council and her term was scheduled to expire at the end of next year. She was quoted in the Wenatchee World to say she wants to retire and enjoy the years she has left. McCourt’s husband, former Utility Commissioner, Mike McCourt, was convicted earlier this year for child molestation and is currently serving a four year prison sentence. She reportedly told the World that the sentence was part of the reason she decided to step down. The Council now has 90 days to appoint another council member to serve out the remainder of her term.

Long-time Chelan County Deputy Prosecutor Allen F. Blackmon has announced his candidacy for Chelan County District Court Judge. He is running for the seat left open by Nancy Harmon’s retirement. The 53-year old attorney is a life-long resident of the area having graduated from Wenatchee High School and WVC. He received a Degree in architecture and Urban Planning from the University of Washington and earned Doctorate from the University of Syracuse College of Law. Blackmon was hired as a Deputy Prosecutor in 1996 and has handled over 10-thousand criminal cases in addition to thousands of probation violations and civil infractions. Mr. Blackmon was instrumental, along with Senator Linda Evans Parlette, Confluence Health, and Catholic Charities, in getting the law changed to allow mentally ill clients to be treated locally as opposed to being sent out of our area for commitment.

A bill to protect Columbia and Snake River Dams passed the US House yesterday. The bill introduced by Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers will protect the dams by putting into law the 2014 Biological Opinion, a collaborative agreement on how to manage the river system to protect fish and support clean, renewable energy. Congressman Dan Newhouse also co-sponsored the bill and testified in favor of it in a floor speech . . .

Yesterday’s action is in response to a US District Court order requiring federal agencies to increase spill over the Columbia and Snake River dams. This order, which formally began on April 2nd, is expected to cost taxpayers roughly $40 million. Many scientists contend that spill leads to increased dissolved nitrogen and other gases in the water, actually killing fish.

The 99th annual Apples Blossom Festival isn’t the only event for you to enjoy this weekend. NCWLife’s Megan McPherson fills us in on all that’s happening around the valley this weekend. . .

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

Today is the first round of the NFL Draft.  While all the hype is over quarterbacks and which teams will draft which one, there’s a giant young man from Wenatchee just hoping his name is called… at all.  Cody O’Connell graduated from Wenatchee High School and played at Washington State University as a standout left guard.  Nicknamed “The Continent”, he’s 6’9” and 360-pounds.  He’s an All American and All Pac-12 offensive lineman and an Outland Trophy finalist.  But he wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine and isn’t on a lot of people’s draft boards.  So it’s a waiting game.

Now, if O’Connell does get the call sometime over the weekend, he would be the fourth person EVER who graduated from high school in the Wenatchee Valley to be drafted…

According to our “crack” research staff (Eric), there have been only three.  Dean Derby of Leavenworth was drafted in the 5th round in the 1957 draft by the LA Rams.  Jim Norton of Wenatchee was selected in the 3rd round by the 49ers in the 1965 draft.  And Randy Hall of East Wenatchee was picked in the 13th round by the Baltimore Colts back in the ’74 draft.  Our fingers are crossed for Cody O’Connell.

Let’s get to the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from yesterday…

In tennis Wednesday, the Wenatchee Panthers boy’s and girl’s teams swept cross river rival Eastmont 7-0 and 7-0.

Here’s what we have on tap for the prep schedule today…

In baseball, Manson hosts Bridgeport in a doubleheader with the first game starting at 3 o’clock.  And in Waterville, the Shockers resume a rain-delayed game from earlier this season with Soap Lake in the top of the fourth, Waterville-Mansfield leading 5-0.  That gets underway at 4 o’clock.

The B schools also take center stage in softball today…

Manson hosts Bridgeport in a doubleheader at 3.  Cashmere travels to Brewster for two games with the first beginning at 3:30.  And Waterville-Mansfield is on the road for a twin bill at Pateros starting at 4.

In boys soccer today…

Chelan hosts Okanogan, Cascade is at Omak and Manson travels to Tonasket.  All those matches start at 4:30pm.

On the track today…

Wenatchee and Sunnyside are at Moses Lake at 4 o’clock.  Meanwhile, Eastmont is at West Valley along with Davis and Eisenhower.

The Big 9 Girls have their 5th POD of the season at Three Lakes in Malaga today with a 1:30 shotgun start.  Up in Leavenworth, Cascade hosts Omak at 2:30 while Chelan is at Okanogan.

It’s Hockey Night tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel…

We’re featuring Game 4 of the Fred Page Cup series between Wenatchee and Prince George.  It all gets underway at 7 o’clock tonight.  Coming up tomorrow, we’ll have the Wenatchee vs. Davis soccer match LIVE from the Apple Bowl at 7 with Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen.  Then on Saturday, it’s the Keyes Fibre Youth Parade LIVE at 11 with yours truly and Julie Agens Kuntz here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Seattle came from behind to edge Chicago 4-3 in the final game of the three-game series…

Felix Hernandez surrendered a lead-off home run and a double and two runs in the first, but then settled down to allow just one more run in six innings to earn the victory.  The Seattle offense got going in the 3rd as Jean Segura and Nelson Cruz hit RBI singles to tie the game at 2.  Cruz delivered another RBI single in the 5th to re-tie the game at 3 and then Mike Zunino provided the game winning solo home run in the 6th.  James Pazos and Juan Nicasio held the lead for Edwin Diaz, who struck out two of the three batters he faced in the 9th for his 10th save.  Seattle now heads to Cleveland today for the first of four games with the Tribe as James Paxton faces Mike Cleavinger.

Thanks Eric.

 

In tonight’s feature story, the Chief for a day event is the official kickoff to the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival. Six local kids had their dreams come true as they had the opportunity to spend the day with Sheriffs of our local law enforcement agencies. . .

Thanks again to Local Law enforcement for all their efforts in keeping Apple Blossom safe. Stay tuned to the NCWLIFE Magazine with Jay Seabeck next week to see the full coverage of Chief for a day.

 We’ll be back with your complete local weather forecast right after this.

Welcome back to the NCWLife Evening News…

The large ridge of high pressure will persist over the Inland Northwest today and Friday, bringing unseasonable warmth and dry weather. Winds were light and primarily easterly with a surface high over the Rockies and a thermally induced low pressure trough over western Oregon. However, big weather changes will be happening over the next few days. Low pressure spinning in the Pacific will move inland Friday and press toward Northcentral Washington Friday night with a cold front moving up from the south at the same time. As the weather system moves in Friday night we will see winds pick up out of the southwest and even become gusty in some locations. We will see a sight chance for sprinkles Friday night but that will go up to a 60% chance of rain mainly Saturday morning. We will also have a 40% chance of scattered showers on Sunday. Temperatures will struggle to rise Saturday under the cloud cover and showers, with daytime highs only reaching the mid 50s to mid 60s, some 20 degrees cooler than Friday. Monday will still be cool as the cold front slowly moves through the state but by Tuesday, another area of high pressure returns, bringing sunny skies and warmer temperatures. Here’s your Kwik Lube and Tune Apple Blossom forecast…

Beginning tonight and running every weeknight during the Apple Blossom Festival, NCWLife’s Jay Seabeck will bring us a critique of some of the Apple Blossom food at the food court. Tonight, it’s the Apple Blossom funnel cake. . .

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