Evening News December 15

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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—we’ll introduce you to the Apple Blossom Royalty top 25 and you can resume outdoor burning this weekend as the State has lifted a stage one burn ban in Central Washington.

But first, we begin tonight:

A near record apple crop could mean depressed prices for growers in Washington State. But industry officials say there should be less foreign competition that would mean more market demand. The State’s Tree Fruit Association estimates 142.3 million 40-Pound boxes of fruit came off the trees this season. That’s just shy of the all-time record of 143.6 million box crop harvested in 2014. The Capital Press reports Red Delicious apples should see increased overseas sales especially in Asia where the variety is very popular. For now Growers are seeing smaller returns which is considered typical at this early stage in the shipping season. Retired WSU Ag Economist, Desmond O’Rourke says the larger crop, “means marginal downward pressure on prices but exports are doing well.”

The 2018 Washington State Apple Blossom Festival got a kickstart this week with the selection of the top 25 Royal Court candidates. Festival Administrator, Darci Christopherson made the announcement Wednesday on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host, Dan Kuntz . . .

Ten final candidates will be selected from the field of 25 next month. The Apple Blossom Festival starts on April 26th.

You can resume outdoor burning this weekend as the State has lifted a stage one burn ban in Central Washington. Joye Redfield-Wilder with the State Department of Ecology says the high pressure inversion that triggered the ban is exiting the region except for areas to the in Okanogan County . . .

Redfield-Wilder says the ban was successful in helping maintain healthier air quality in North Central Washington. . .

The stage one burn ban restricts all outdoor burning and use of uncertified wood stoves.

A Canadian man has been ordered to pay a large fine for unpermitted development on Palmer Lake near Loomis in Okanogan County.

The Washington State Department of Ecology issued the administrative order and $21,600 civil penalty this morning to Greg Newmarch of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, for unauthorized shoreline construction on Palmer Lake. Without permits or authorization to work on the shoreline, Newmarch removed all vegetation and created a building pad for a new residence by installing fill and retaining walls above and below the ordinary high-water mark on waterfront property he owns on Palmer Lake.

The administrative order requires Newmarch to remove the unpermitted development and restore the lakebed and shoreline of Palmer Lake, and obtain necessary environmental permits before doing so. The order and penalty follow a notice of correction issued back in November of 2016, numerous technical assistance efforts, and site visits. Newmarch has 30 days to file an appeal with the state’s Shoreline Hearings Board.

Coming up next, what impact will the decision regarding net neutrality have on local business and we will let you what upcoming Wenatchee road projects may delay your commute. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced yesterday he intends to challenge the decision by the Federal government to eliminate net neutrality. Ferguson says the FCC’s action will seriously harm consumers, innovation, and small businesses. So, what impacts will the decision have on companies such as LocalTel customers? Company CEO, Dmitri Mandeles commented in a recent interview on Street Talk and Other Stuff with Host Mike Magnotti . .

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to overturn the Obama-era rules that were designed to prevent internet providers from showing favoritism to some websites and apps over others.

Prepare yourself for some traffic revisions in the Wenatchee area due to planned road projects in 2018. Mission Street is scheduled to be repaved. You can also plan for slowdowns next summer on US 97 Blewett Pass as crews replace stream culverts. The DOT’s Central Washington Regional Office manager, Dan Searles (SARLS) says there will be impacts to traffic from both projects . . .

Searles provided an update on the projects at today’s Wenatchee Valley Transportation Council meeting. He also says DOT is scheduled to move into its new office in the Olds Station area next Spring . . .

Searles says construction of two new roundabouts in the East Wenatchee area have been delayed due to funding issues. The traffic features replace the intersection of Valley Mall Parkway and Ninth Street and Ninth Street and Highway 28 Sunset Highway.

One of the nation’s leading healthcare publications, the Becker’s Hospital Review, recently named Confluence Health CEO Dr. Peter Rutherford as one of the 183 Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEO’s to Know in 2017.

The review honors those leading some of the largest, most successful and prominent healthcare organizations in the U.S. Dr. Rutherford has been the CEO of Confluence Health since its inception in 2013 and during that time the organization has grown 60% in the number of employees and physicians, added four new clinic locations and new services and technologies.

Becker’s Hospital Review features business, legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and healthcare systems reaching more than 18,500 healthcare leaders in the country.

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 Thursday…

In girls basketball
Cashmere 89, Okanogan 37
Cascade 35, Manson 26
Waterville-Mansfield 59, Pateros 21 (first time in a long time for the Shockers!)

On the boys hardwood last night…

Cashmere 73, Okanogan 67
Manson 67, Cascade 47
Waterville-Mansfield 58, Pateros 50 (also first time in a long time for the Shocker boys!)

And in girls bowling yesterday…

Eastmont shut out Davis 4-0 as Becca Mains rolled a 214, Rylee Cox a 204 and Alicia Hastings a 202 for the Wildcats, who remained undefeated.

On the Prep Schedule for tonight, first in girls basketball

West Valley at Wenatchee, 5:45pm – watch LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel with Ian Dunn & Mark Miller
Eastmont at Eisenhower, 5:45pm
Omak at Chelan, 5:45pm
Waterville-Mansfield at Bridgeport, 6pm
Brewster at Manson, 6pm
Yakama Tribal at Entiat, 6pm

On the boys schedule for tonight…

Omak at Chelan, 7:15pm
West Valley at Wenatchee, 7:30pm – LIVE on NCWLIFE as part of our doubleheader
Eastmont at Eisenhower, 7:30pm
Waterville-Mansfield at Bridgeport, 7:30pm
Brewster at Manson, 7:30pm
Yakama Tribal at Entiat, 7:30pm

Coming up on the schedule for Saturday…

In girls basketball, Davis is at Wenatchee while Eastmont’s at West Valley and Chelan is on the road at Zillah, all with 5:45pm start times.

In boys basketball Saturday…

It’s the same schedule as the girls with Chelan at Zillah at 7:15pm, Davis at Wenatchee at 7:30pm and Eastmont at West Valley, also at 7:30pm.

On the wrestling mats this weekend…

Eastmont’s on the road in Kitsap for the Hammerhead Tournament today and tomorrow.  Wenatchee grapplers are in Yakima for the Eisenhower Invite.  The big 12-team Cashmere Invite starts tomorrow morning at 10am at Ron Doane Gymnasium.  Chelan is at the 14-team Oroville Invite starting tomorrow at 10am.

The Wenatchee Wild host Salmon Arm tonight and tomorrow night at the Town Toyota Center in BCHL Hockey…

Tonight is Ladies Night as the Wild host the Silverbacks at 7 o’clock.  Then tomorrow is the Teddy Bear Toss, also at 7.  Arch Ecker will be in to preview the weekend series later this morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

The Wenatchee High School AppleEttes Dance Team is hosting its Hip Hop Holiday Mini Camp for kids kindergarten through 5th grade tomorrow at Wenatchee High School.  They had a pre-registration available for children in the Wenatchee school district already but Coach Lynsey Loudon says you can still sign your kids up tomorrow morning…

The culmination of the camp will be a dance for the kids during halftime of the Wenatchee-Davis basketball game tomorrow night.

The Seahawks will have their hands full this weekend when the Los Angeles Rams come calling at CenturyLink Field.  Seattle is in a must-win situation for any chance of making the playoffs while the Rams come in in first place in the NFC West.  Coach Pete Carroll credits Jared Goff as a big reason why LA is so much better this season…

GROWN.”

 

There you see the standings with Seattle trailing LA by a game in the NFC West.  The Hawks and Rams kick off at 1:05 Sunday on FOX TV.  Also Sunday, Arizona has an early kickoff at Washington on FOX and Houston visits San Francisco at 1:25 on CBS.

 

Thanks Eric…

Last Night was the opening for the new star wars movie “The Last Jedi” Jay Seabeck went to Gateway Cinema for the Exclusive Premiere event and met some of the eager fans. . .

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…

A near record apple crop could mean depressed prices for growers in Washington State. But industry officials say there should be less foreign competition that would mean more market demand. The State’s Tree Fruit Association estimates 142.3 million 40-Pound boxes of fruit came off the trees this season. That’s just shy of the all-time record of 143.6 million box crop harvested in 2014. The Capital Press reports Red Delicious apples should see increased overseas sales especially in Asia where the variety is very popular. For now Growers are seeing smaller returns which is considered typical at this early stage in the shipping season. Retired WSU Ag Economist, Desmond O’Rourke says the larger crop, “means marginal downward pressure on prices but exports are doing well.”

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced yesterday he intends to challenge the decision by the Federal government to eliminate net neutrality. Ferguson says the FCC’s action will seriously harm consumers, innovation, and small businesses. So, what impacts will the decision have on companies such as LocalTel customers? Company CEO, Dmitri Mandeles commented in a recent interview on Street Talk and Other Stuff with Host Mike Magnotti . .

 

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to overturn the Obama-era rules that were designed to prevent internet providers from showing favoritism to some websites and apps over others.

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

A mixed bag of precipitation types (snow, sleet, freezing rain) is possible from Wenatchee to Moses Lake and southward, mainly this morning and early afternoon as a weak weather system makes it way through the area. This could lead to slick roads and sidewalks but won’t be enough ice to cause tree or power line problems. The front will slowly exit over southeast Washington and the southern Idaho Panhandle by tonight. Saturday will be a fairly quiet weather day and drier with mostly cloudy skies and high temperatures near 40. Sunday through Tuesday our active weather pattern returns bringing a 30-50% chance of rain, rain mixed with snow or snow throughout that period in the Wenatchee Valley. A cold front slides down from Canada on Wednesday dropping our afternoon high temperatures into the lower 30’s.

We leave you tonight with a video from the host of NCWLife Channel’s, Your Weekly Tech Update, Ray McNeil, who sends us a Christmas wish…all the way from Australia. . .  

 

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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 Monday 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 weekend.