Evening News June 08

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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, A major re-paving project on Mission Street is set to begin through downtown Wenatchee in the next couple of weeks. The city of Wenatchee is selling a total of $15 million dollars of tax-exempt bonds next week to help fund a portion of planned sewer utility improvements, and, In a recent presentation and labor market report to area partners, A Regional Labor Economist for the Washington State Employment Security Department says the pace of total non-farm job growth in the Wenatchee Statistical Area accelerated throughout 2017.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Douglas County Fire crews were called out in the Noon hour Thursday to a grass fire burning at Baker Flats, adjacent to SR-2 and the industrial park. Our SkyFi cameras were able to quickly pick up the smoke and flames burning in the vicinity of 4825 NW Cascade Avenue. The flames were being fanned by gusty winds to the north as the SkyFi camera shows people trying to beat the fire down with tree branches.  Fire crews arrived approximately 15-minutes after the fire was toned out and made quick work out of putting the blaze out. There’s no word on how the fire started and it appears there was no damage to any structures. The fire consumed grass in about an acre swath along SR-2.

Chelan Fire and Rescue crews responded to a 2nd alarm fire around 11 p.m. last night on Apple Acres Road. When Engine 71 arrived on scene all family members from the single-story home had escaped safely from the blaze.

Crews initiated a defensive fire attack to contain the fire, calling for a 2nd alarm for additional manpower and water tenders. Because there were no fire hydrants in the area, crews turned to Orondo and Manson for water tenders to help tackle the fire.

Crews had the scene under control an hour after the initial call was received with a total of four engines, three tenders and an air support unit for a total of 20 fire personnel. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

A major re-paving project on Mission Street is set to begin through downtown Wenatchee in the next couple of weeks. The Washington Department of Transportation or WSDOT finalized the contract earlier this week with Central Washington Asphalt, which clears the way for the project. Ethan Rhodes, WSDOT Project Designer says the 2-million dollar paving project will not only include Mission Street but will extend   from Bridge Street in Wenatchee all the way out to Olds Station. . .

The project will also make ADA improvements throughout the corridor and rewire multiple traffic signals. Rhodes says once the project gets underway, it should take around 80-days to complete.

The city of Wenatchee is selling a total of $15 million dollars of tax-exempt bonds next week to help fund a portion of planned sewer utility improvements. Refinancing of previously sold bonds may also be an option for ratepayers for lower interest rates. The city received a “AA-“rating with a stable outlook on the sale from S&P Global Ratings. Brad Posenjak, director of finance said this is an opportunity for residents to invest in local infrastructure and their community with low interest rates and a strong bond rating. The city says if you’re interested in learning more or would like to receive the Preliminary Official Statement, contact the city no later than Monday June 11.

In a recent presentation and labor market report to area partners, Don Meseck, Regional Labor Economist for the Washington State Employment Security Department says the pace of total non-farm job growth in the Wenatchee Statistical Area accelerated throughout 2017.

The local unemployment rate fell from 6.0 percent in 2016 to 5.1 percent in 2017, the lowest average annual reading in the Wenatchee area since electronic records were implemented by our agency in 1990. Total nonfarm employment averaged 44,900 in 2017, up by 800 jobs and 1.7 percent since 2017. Job growth in 2017 was strong in construction (up 8.6 percent) and in health services (up 3.9 percent). But, job growth was negative in trade, transport, and warehousing (down 1.7 percent) and in manufacturing (down 2.0 percent).

Coming up next, Tonight is the night Wenatchee and Eastmont high school seniors will celebrate their hard work throughout their high school careers as commencement ceremonies take place in the Wenatchee Valley. Wenatchee High School Senior Christopher Danko was awarded a National Merit Scholarship. It was a special evening at Sargent Field in Chelan last night as the annual Jerry Isenhart Jr Scholarship Scrimmage was held, and, The annual Pay It Forward event returns this Saturday to the campus of Calvary Crossroads Church on Maple Street in Wenatchee. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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Tonight is the night Wenatchee and Eastmont high school seniors will celebrate their hard work throughout their high school careers as commencement ceremonies take place in the Wenatchee Valley.

NCWLIFE will broadcast both ceremonies LIVE right here starting with Eastmont at 6 p.m. followed by Wenatchee at 8 pm. Next week we will also carry the WestSide High School graduation ceremony on June 14, as well as Wenatchee Valley College’s commencement ceremony on June 15 at 7 p.m. Stay tuned to NCWLIFE.com for the rebroadcast schedule and how to watch the ceremonies on demand.

In an announcement on Tuesday, Wenatchee High School Senior Christopher Danko was awarded a National Merit Scholarship. Danko is one of 3,500 winners nationwide to be awarded a National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. Danko’s scholarship is a National Merit University of Oklahoma Scholarship. Chris Danko says Economics is a possible career field.

It was a special evening at Sargent Field in Chelan last night as the annual Jerry Isenhart Jr Scholarship Scrimmage was held along with the announcement of this year’s scholarship recipient. Teams participating included the Entiat Tigers and the Chelan Goats. The scholarship is a partnership between the Isenhart Family, Chelan Football and Chelan Athletic Boosters to support a local student and perpetuate Jerry Junior’s characteristics and values as he is remembered as the “gentle giant” and a strong leader in the school district. Chelan High School Senior Scott Abel was awarded the $1,000 scholarship in the name of the late Chelan High School Grad who died from brain cancer in 2012. Abel is involved in Chelan Athletics, jazz band and is an Eagle Scout in addition to other volunteer work. He said his plans after high school are to earn a medical degree and join Doctors Without Borders to continue his path to help serve others.

The annual Pay It Forward event returns this Saturday to the campus of Calvary Crossroads Church on Maple Street in Wenatchee.  On a recent visit to Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, event organizer Dale Fields talked about who it benefits and what to expect:

Also on site will be agencies and local resources to provide information on employment, housing, food and general assistance.  Pay It Forward begins at 11 on Saturday morning and there is no charge to attend.

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.

The Wenatchee AppleSox completed its first home stand of the season with an 8-3 win over the Highline Bears last night at Paul Thomas, Sr. Field…

Wenatchee took advantage of five walks by Highline starting pitcher Connor Bensen and chased him after just one inning.  The ‘Sox scored 1 in the first, 2 in the second and three in the third, highlighted by a 2-run double by centerfielder Taylor Poffenroth…

Voice of the AppleSox Joel Norman there with the play-by-play and video courtesy of the SkyFi Network.  On the mound for Wenatchee, Tyson Yamane (yuh-MAHN-ee) earned the victory, going 7-innings and allowing just 1-run on 5-hits with 3 strikeouts.

Wenatchee improved its overall record to 4-and-2 with the win and now hit the road for a seven game trip through Oregon.  They’ll begin tonight in Portland for the first of three with the expansion Portland Pickles.

Also in the West Coast League last night as we turn to the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Yakima Valley downed Victoria 5-2 and Connor Mack’s walk-off, RBI-single in the 11th inning gave Bellingham a 2-1 win over Corvallis.

So the Bells and Lefties share the top spot in the West Coast League’s North Division with Wenatchee a half-game back.  Victoria and Yakima Valley are a game back while Kelowna is 1-and-a-half games out of first.

According to a release from the West Coast League, 72 alums and current players in the WCL were selected in this week’s Major League Baseball Draft.  Former Corvallis Knights infielder Nick Madrigal of Oregon State was the 4th overall pick in the first round, the highest WCL alum selection ever in the MLB June draft.  Wenatchee alum Hugh Smith was taken in the 5th round by the Detroit Tigers.  Also, former AppleSox Drew Rasmussen was selected in the 6th round by the Milwaukee Brewers.  For a complete rundown and to see the seven other AppleSox selected in the draft, go to west coast league dot com.

It got interesting in the 9th, but the Seattle Mariners held on to beat the Tampa Bay Rays last night 4-3 in St. Petersburg, Florida…

Seattle starting pitcher Mike Leake was lights out for 8-innings but gave up a lead-off double in the 9th.  Alex Colome (COLE-oh-MAY) came on in relief and gave up a three-run double before finally coaxing the final out to secure the win.  Leake improved to 6-and-3 with the win, going 8-innings, allowing 2-runs on 8-hits with 3 strikeouts

Denard Span and Mitch Haniger each hit solo home runs to help give Seattle the early lead.  David Freitas (FREIGHT-us) got the start behind the plate to rest Mike Zunino and came through with a hit to continue a 3-run rally in the 3rd.  Seattle and Tampa Bay play again today with Marco Gonzalez going up against Wilmer Font.

There’s plenty going on in the valley on our weekend sports calendar…

It begins with Wenatchee Youth Baseball hosting a tournament for 9U and 10U teams are various sites today through Sunday.

The Grip It & Rip It men’s softball tournament gets underway today and goes through Sunday at Walla Walla Point park.

The Women will be busy at Kirby Billingsley Hydro Park with the Riverball Tournament tomorrow and Sunday.

The Wenatchee Rams are off to a great start in Western Washington Football Alliance play with a 3-and-oh start.  They’ll be hosting the Northwest Hurricanes Saturday night at 6 at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl.

The same venue will turn over to women’s soccer Sunday as the NCW Alliance FC hosts Blackhills FC at 2 o’clock.

Thanks Eric.

Time now for NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson to fill us in on some of the events going on this weekend. . .

We’ll be back with a recap of some of our top stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

Welcome back to the NCWLife Evening News…

Douglas County Fire crews were called out in the Noon hour Thursday to a grass fire burning at Baker Flats, adjacent to SR-2 and the industrial park. Our SkyFi cameras were able to quickly pick up the smoke and flames burning in the vicinity of 4825 NW Cascade Avenue. The flames were being fanned by gusty winds to the north as the SkyFi camera shows people trying to beat the fire down with tree branches.  Fire crews arrived approximately 15-minutes after the fire was toned out and made quick work out of putting the blaze out. There’s no word on how the fire started and it appears there was no damage to any structures. The fire consumed grass in about an acre swath along SR-2.

A major re-paving project on Mission Street is set to begin through downtown Wenatchee in the next couple of weeks. The Washington Department of Transportation or WSDOT finalized the contract earlier this week with Central Washington Asphalt, which clears the way for the project. Ethan Rhodes, WSDOT Project Designer says the 2-million dollar paving project will not only include Mission Street but will extend   from Bridge Street in Wenatchee all the way out to Olds Station. . .

The project will also make ADA improvements throughout the corridor and rewire multiple traffic signals. Rhodes says once the project gets underway, it should take around 80-days to complete.

The city of Wenatchee is selling a total of $15 million dollars of tax-exempt bonds next week to help fund a portion of planned sewer utility improvements. Refinancing of previously sold bonds may also be an option for ratepayers for lower interest rates. The city received a “AA-“rating with a stable outlook on the sale from S&P Global Ratings. Brad Posenjak, director of finance said this is an opportunity for residents to invest in local infrastructure and their community with low interest rates and a strong bond rating. The city says if you’re interested in learning more or would like to receive the Preliminary Official Statement, contact the city no later than Monday June 11.

 

There was quite a stir at Consolidated Pipe and Supply on Walla Walla Avenue in Wenatchee yesterday morning. . .As a momma doe found herself on the wrong side of the fence away from her triplet fawn. Marion Tresch grabbed her phone and snapped these pictures, as the doe tried to figure out how to get back with her fawns. Marion alerted fellow

employee Pat Peterson to help reunite the group as they all looked on. The family was reunited and it was a good thing, because those fawns were hungry. . .

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