Evening News January 25

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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–Production has begun on a 100th Anniversary Apple Blossom Documentary—and how the tree fruit industry will be impacted by the new Federal tax law.

But first, we begin tonight:

Ballots go out tomorrow for two measures up for vote in the Cashmere School District. One is a two-year replacement maintenance and operations levy and the other is a bond to help fund technology, safety, security and health related issues at some school facilities. School Superintendent Glenn Johnson says the High School in particular is aging and needs the upgrades. . .

The levy would cost taxpayers $1.50 per $1000 dollars of assessed value. The special election is on February 13th.

Production has started on a film documenting the 100 year anniversary of the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival, thanks to the help of Stemilt Growers. Festival Administrator, Darci Christoferson made the announcement yesterday in a Facebook post. . .

The tree fruit industry will be impacted by the new Federal tax law. But its not yet known what the full extent of those impacts will be. Manson Growers Coop manager and Chelan County Commissioner, Doug England commented on the new law in a recent NCWLIFE interview. . .

While the full impacts to the orchard industry are still being digested, employees will likely see more money in their pay checks and less money being withheld by the Federal Government.

The Washington State Department of Ecology is proposing more than $150 million dollars for clean water projects throughout the state including two projects in Kittitas County, and one each in Douglas and Okanogan County.

One project is in Waterville where the city could get more than $42,000 to repair or replace 3,000 feet of sewer pipe and 10 manholes. Ellensburg could be the big winner and would get more than $2.7 million dollars for storm water runoff work on one of the busiest streets in the city. For the complete project list, visit the Department of Ecology’s website.

Coming up next, Senator Brad Hawkins has new legislation moving forward in the state legislature—and the third annual 2-day regional salmon recovery science conference wrapped up this afternoon at the Wenatchee Convention Center. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Legislation is moving forward in the Washington State Legislature that authorizes the Department of Natural Resources to approve spending on forest fire reduction work. The measure sponsored by Senator Brad Hawkins enables state and federal agencies to partner on forest management and other land-related work. Hawkins says its another example of how the Legislature and DNR recognize the important connection between improving the health of our forests and reducing the risk of mega fires.

Senate Bill 6211 would create an account in the state treasury to process revenues collected under the Good Neighbor Authority agreement entered into last year between the Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service.

The third annual 2-day regional salmon recovery science conference wrapped up this afternoon at the Wenatchee Convention Center. The conference was hosted by the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board with the theme this year, Science of Survival, to reflect the area’s continued focus on science related to salmon recovery. Greer Maier, Fisheries Biologist with the Upper Columbia Recovery Board, says the theme of this year’s conference is really about how salmon survive. . .

Over 350 people attended this year’s conference including research professionals, project sponsors, contractors, elected officials and various agency representatives.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Director, Dr. Jim Unsworth, has resigned. NCWLife’s Eric Granstrom has the story. . You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update followed by today’s feature story. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

NCWLIFE CHANNEL SPORTS        01-25-18

The Washington State Coaches Association is out with its All-State Soccer Selections and in 4-A, Wenatchee’s Jaden Griggs was a 2nd team selection.  For the 1-A’s, Cascade’s Ashley Parton was named a 1st teamer for the Kodiaks along with teammate Lauren Richardson (#1 there).  Also Cascade’s Emily Gaines (#7 here) is a All-State Second Teamer…

And here’s the rest of the list.  Congratulations to Cascade’s Kascia Muscutt and Victoria Driscoll are 1-A honorable mentions.  Cashmere also had four players make All-State.  The Bulldog’s Cami Knishka is a 1st Team selection while teammate Chloe Diaz is a 2nd teamer.  Aimie Martin and Grace Erdman were honorable mentions.

The WIAA is out with its Player of the Week awards…

Ali Hallberg led the Panthers to back-to-back Big 9 League victories over rival Eastmont and West Valley.  She scored 28 points, to go along with 17 boards, 4 steals and 3 assists versus the Wildcats.  Hallberg followed that up with a triple-double (26 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists, and 3 steals) against the Rams.  Congrats to Ali Hallberg, WIAA Player of the Week.

It’s Hockey Night tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel…

As we’ll bring you the Call of the Wild and Clarky’s Corner first at 7, followed by the Wenatchee Wild’s game against Victoria from last Friday at the Town Toyota Center.  Archer Ecker visits with Coach Bliss Littler and asked about lessons learned for his club with having to play from behind…

 

That’s all tonight during Hockey Night, starting at 7 on the NCWLIFE Channel.

On the Prep Schedule for tonight…

Eastmont travels to Wenatchee for Unified Basketball tonight.  Be sure to be there to cheer on the Wildcats and Panthers starting at 7 o’clock.  We’ll be there with the NCWLIFE Channel cameras and Eric Granstrom on the play-by-play.  We’ll broadcast the game this Saturday at 7 right here on NCWLIFE.

Also on the Prep Schedule today…

Eastmont and Wenatchee swimmers will be in Moses Lake today at 4 for the Big 9 Swim Meet.

Also tonight…

In basketball, Cashmere hosts Chelan with the girls at 5:45 and boys at 7:15.  Entiat hosts Moses Lake Christian while Waterville-Mansfield’s on the road at Soap Lake with the girls starting both those games at 6 followed by the boys at 7:30.

Finally, in wrestling, Cashmere will send some wrestlers to Oroville to grapple with the Hornets and Wilbur-Creston at 6pm.

Thanks Eric…

In our feature story tonight, its said that laughter is the best medicine. The Eastmont School District organized an event today that combines health and humor. . .

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 our top stories…

The tree fruit industry will be impacted by the new Federal tax law. But its not yet known what the full extent of those impacts will be. Manson Growers Coop manager and Chelan County Commissioner, Doug England commented on the new law in a recent NCWLIFE interview. . .

While the full impacts to the orchard industry are still being digested, employees will likely see more money in their pay checks and less money being withheld by the Federal Government.

The Washington State Department of Ecology is proposing more than $150 million dollars for clean water projects throughout the state including two projects in Kittitas County, and one each in Douglas and Okanogan County.

One project is in Waterville where the city could get more than $42,000 to repair or replace 3,000 feet of sewer pipe and 10 manholes. Ellensburg could be the big winner and would get more than $2.7 million dollars for storm water runoff work on one of the busiest streets in the city. For the complete project list, visit the Department of Ecology’s website.

Ballots go out tomorrow for two measures up for vote in the Cashmere School District. One is a two-year replacement maintenance and operations levy and the other is a bond to help fund technology, safety, security and health related issues at some school facilities. School Superintendent Glenn Johnson says the High School in particular is aging and needs the upgrades. . .

The levy would cost taxpayers $1.50 per $1000 dollars of assessed value. The special election is on February 13th.

The moisture tap has moved off to the east as a cold front passed through the area overnight and is now affecting weather in the Idaho Panhandle with scattered snow and rain showers. There is also a weak weather trough extending from the Gulf of Alaska down to Northern California that will lead to bands of light to moderate snow showers for late today through most of Friday. By Friday night, a much larger Pacific weather system moves into the Pacific Northwest with widespread snowfall amounts of 1-3 inches likely with heavier amounts in the Cascades, Waterville Plateau, and into the rising terrain just north of the Columbia River around the Brewster area. These locations could see upwards of 3-5 inches. Higher amounts will fall along the Cascade Crest and upper valleys around Lake Wenatchee, Plain and Stehekin. Preliminary snowfall totals suggest the potential for 6-9 inches in those areas. We have a 30% chance of scattered showers today and tonight with partly cloudy skies expected for Friday. The chance for snow goes up to 80% on Friday night and a 100% chance of snow on Saturday. Snow turns to rain on Saturday night and Sunday with a 60% chance of precipitation.  With rain in the forecast along with mild temperatures, we could see significant snow melt and the potential for minor flooding.

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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 and news with Steve Hair. Thanks for joining us and have a great night.