Evening News December 5, 2018

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. 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, People who live in the area surrounding last summer’s Cougar Creek Fire will have a chance to hear from experts Saturday, Dec. 15, on what to expect next. The Wenatchee Valley College Foundation Board of Directors has unanimously approved over $478,000-dollars in funding to support Wenatchee Valley College for 2018-19, and, It was the beginning of a new era this week at the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A national survey ranks Wenatchee among the Best small places for Business and Careers. The survey conducted by Forbes magazine ranks Wenatchee number 29 on the list behind Columbus, Indiana and Appleton, Wisconsin. Mt Vernon placed 27th in the survey.

The rankings are based on three main factors: the cost of doing business, job growth, and education. The survey of 200 cities across the Country ranks Wenatchee as Number One in terms of the cost of doing business right ahead of Jacksonville, North Carolina. Wenatchee ranks #11 in Job Growth and 99th in education.

People who live in the area surrounding last summer’s Cougar Creek Fire will have a chance to hear from experts Saturday, Dec. 15, on what to expect next.

The fire, about 20 miles northwest of Entiat, burned more than 40,000 acres. Now, the concern has become flooding and debris flows in the burned areas. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. at the Entiat Fire Hall, 2200 Entiat Way.

Experts from several federal and county agencies will talk about steps property owners can take to prepare for any flooding problems. The lightning-caused fire started July 28 and was not fully contained until late October.

The Wenatchee Valley College Foundation Board of Directors has unanimously approved $478,817-dollars in funding to support Wenatchee Valley College for 2018-19. The approved funding will benefit students, programs, faculty and staff on the Wenatchee campus including over 279,000-dollars in scholarships, almost 47,000-dollars to veteran work-study support and 45,000-dollars for agricultural program support. 30,000-dollars was also awarded as an unrestricted gift to the college to fund new software, faculty and staff training, building maintenance and any other miscellaneous expenses associated with overall advancement of WVC.

It was the beginning of a new era this week at the Grant County Sheriff’s Office. In a Monday morning ceremony new Chief Deputy of Special Operations Dustin Canfield on the left and new Undersheriff Ryan Rectenwald on the right receive their oaths of office from Sheriff Tom Jones. On Friday Retiring Grant County Undersheriff Dave Ponozzo signed out of service at the completion of a 36- year law enforcement career. . .

Coming up next, What would usually be a quiet school night was actually an exciting evening for students and parents at Rock Island Elementary. The Superintendent of the Cascade School District is stepping down, and, After seven years of service, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Hamu has officially retired. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

What would usually be a quiet school night was actually an exciting evening for students and parents at Rock Island Elementary as nearly 100 participants gathered at the library for the national Hour of Code challenge during Computer Science Awareness week. Dozens of schools are opening their doors to students and parents this week to show off their coding skills in Wenatchee, East Wenatchee and Quincy. Harriet Fox, an E-L-L Specialist at Rock Island Elementary School said the night was a partnership between the North Central Educational Service District, GWATA and Microsoft…

For more information on the Hour of Code and other schools participating, head to the NCESD’s website at NCESD dot org.

Bill Motsenbocker is stepping down as Superintendent of the Cascade School District in Leavenworth. He will be retiring in June but the District has already begun the process of finding a replacement. Its reported that the District will work with former North Central ESD Superintendent, Gene Sharratt in that search process. Motsenbocker was hired in 2014 to succeed Steve McKenna who now serves as a Commissioner on the Chelan County PUD.

The school district now invites the community to participate in an on-line survey describing qualities they want to see in a new superintendent. The school board has also scheduled four public meetings to further discuss the search process. Applications are slated to be sent out on December 28th with candidate interviews scheduled to start in March.

After seven years of service, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Hamu has officially retired. Hamu, a Belgian Malinois, began working with the department in July, 2011. He has been with his handler, Deputy Mike Baker from the start. Baker was able to purchase his partner for $1, so Hamu will continue to live in his home during his retirement. Hamu is trained in both tracking of suspects and drug sniffing. In 2015, he was one of 350 police dogs nationwide to receive a ballistic vest through a GROUPON fund-raising event.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, tonight’s feature story and your complete local weather forecast. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

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A public forum will be held tonight  at East Wenatchee City Hall to give residents a chance to learn more about a new Our Valley Our Future housing report that sets out ways the community can add more middle-market housing. The forum runs from 6:00 to 7:30. A 40-member Housing Solutions Group devoted a year researching and developing 18 recommendations to help alleviate a severe housing availability and affordability crunch in Chelan and Douglas counties. Our Valley Our Future Coordinator Steve Maher told Wake Up Wenatchee Valley Host Dan Kuntz this morning, because of limited space in Wenatchee, most future development will happen in East Wenatchee and outlying towns . . .

And that is a look at your local weather forecast, coming up next, tonight’s sports report with Eric Granstrom and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

It was a busy night around North Central Washington in high school sports.  So let’s jump right in with the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard in boys basketball…

The Cashmere Bulldogs played host to the Chelan Goats at Ron Doane Memorial Gymnasium.  Thanks to Charlie Brown, here you see a picture of the sophomore phenom Mason Landdeck…

Landdeck and the rest of the Bulldogs were too much for the Goats, winning it 95-70.  Also in Central Washington B League play last night, it was Manson downing Soap Lake 70-38 and Liberty Bell edged Waterville-Mansfield 46-44.

Turning to the Les Schwab Girls Basketball Scoreboard last night…

Hailey VanLith and the Cashmere girls hosted Chelan in the Caribou Trail League opener for both teams.  Thanks again to Charlie Brown for the nice photo…

And Cashmere went away with the 63-29 victory to improve to 3-and-oh on the season.  It was Okanogan over Cascade 50-37.  Manson stopped Soap Lake 25-23.  And Waterville-Mansfield was a bucket better than Liberty Bell, 45-42.

On the mats last night in High School Wrestling…

Eastmont went on the road to start the Big 9 league season and picked up a 42-30 win at West Valley.  Shyanne Chang wrestled up with the boys and won by pin at 106-pounds.  Nathan Chang pinned at 120 and Thomas Krawcyk (CRAW-chick) pinned at 138.  Max Prazer pulled off the come-from-behind win at 195 by getting a take down and near-fall for five points at the buzzer to win by one.

The Wenatchee Panthers hosted Davis last night here on the NCWLIFE Channel and despite getting out to an early 24-nothing lead, lost 51-30 as the Pirates won by pin in seven consecutive matches.  Eric Granstrom had the call…

And it would be all Davis from there, winning 7 of the next 8 matches by pin to go on for the 51-30 victory.

On the Les Schwab Girls Bowling Scoreboard Tuesday…

Wenatchee beat Selah at Eastmont Lanes 3-1 with a pin count of 2,035 to 1,556.  Top scores for the Panthers were Madie Munro with a personal-best 202; Hannah Johnson with a 198; Jessica Holbrook with a 196 and 183; Kylah Hankins with a 191; and Jaiden Thompson with a 190.

Eastmont was also a narrow winner, downing Moses Lake 3-2.

The Wild will host Penticton at the Town Toyota Center in a battle for first place in the BCHL’s Interior Division Friday.  We ran into Josh Arnold and PJ Fletcher at the Pink at the Rink painting party Monday night and asked about the six game winning streak and if the team is starting to hit its stride…

The Wild and Vees play a home-and-home Friday and Saturday, with the first game here and the second game in Penticton.

Thanks Eric.

A national survey ranks Wenatchee among the Best small places for Business and Careers. The survey conducted by Forbes magazine ranks Wenatchee number 29 on the list behind Columbus, Indiana and Appleton, Wisconsin. Mt Vernon placed 27th in the survey.

The rankings are based on three main factors: the cost of doing business, job growth, and education. The survey of 200 cities across the Country ranks Wenatchee as Number One in terms of the cost of doing business right ahead of Jacksonville, North Carolina. Wenatchee ranks #11 in Job Growth and 99th in education.

We leave you tonight with this, the scene late this morning as the body of fallen Leavenworth soldier Leandro Jasso was transported from Pangborn Airport to Heritage Memorial Chapel. A funeral procession will make its way from East Wenatchee to Leavenworth on Sunday around 9:30 prior to funeral services at Cascade High School at 11:00. Intersections along the route will be temporarily closed as the procession passes. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office says if the public would like to show its respects, the recommended viewing areas are Valley Mall Parkway and along Highway 2 from Riverbend Drive to the Chumstick Highway.

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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, keep it right here on the NCWLIFE Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.