Evening News March 01

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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, Eastmont School District has come up with a unique way to increase armed law enforcement on the schools campuses, and, A 14-year old and two 15-year old suspects have been arrested for burglarizing a home yesterday and stealing guns near Moses Lake High School.

But first, we begin tonight:

Wenatchee High School Principal, Eric Anderson issued a statement last week regarding the investigation into disturbing messages found recently on campus bathroom walls. The messages discovered last Wednesday said, “Don’t come to school on March 2nd”. Anderson says the police department has not identified any persons of interest after pursuing several leads. Superintendent, Brian Flones says the District will continue to rely on police for guidance and support and that school will be in session tomorrow . .

School officials also urge students and parents to share any information that may assist police in solving the case.

Eastmont School District has come up with a novel program that offers free meals for law enforcement at all district schools. The goal is to provide greater armed law enforcement presence on campus. The District does not use campus resource officers. Instead, Superintendent Garn Christiansen has notified District residents about a new program being offered by the District’s food services contractor, Sodexo. The company offers free breakfast and lunch for local and regional police, sheriff, State Patrol and Fish and Wildlife officers. Christensen says the hope is for officers to take advantage of the offer because it helps them better familiarize themselves with the schools and provides the opportunity to develop relationships with students and staff. The offer also extends to times of the day when meals are not served. Officers can stop by for a cup of coffee in the staff breakrooms.

Moses Lake Police report A 14-year old and two 15-year old suspects have been arrested for burglarizing a home yesterday and stealing guns near the high school. The arrests also resulted in the recovery of three firearms. Police say the boys burglarized the house during school hours, taking guns, ammunition and hand tools. They say nothing in the investigation suggests that any of the firearms reached the high school campus. There is also no evidence that there was any plan to hurt anyone at the school or bring the guns to school. All three boys will be booked into Martin Hall on charges of Burglary 1st degree, Theft of a Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 2nd degree.

Following a state competition at Central Washington University last weekend four of nine Foothills Middle School VEX Robotics teams will head to Louisville Kentucky this April for the World Championships according to coach Brigitte Wiegand [wee-gand]. . .

The group is organizing a fundraiser for this Saturday to help fund the trip. . .

Coming up next, The NCW Economic Development District held its 2nd annual NCW Regional Tourism Summit and Workshop earlier today, and, State salmon managers announced yesterday that projected poor returns of several salmon stocks are expected to limit fishing opportunities in Washington’s waters this year. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Earlier today (Thu), the NCW Economic Development District held its 2nd annual NCW Regional Tourism Summit and Workshop. Topics covered included a step-by-step business-planning workshop and how to prepare and respond to unforeseen natural and man-made disasters. Also on hand was a representative of the Okanagan Tourism Association from British Columbia who presented a Route 97 report on how all cities and businesses along Route 97 can work together to increase tourism dollars. Shiloh Schauer, Executive Director of the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce, also presented an update on the state-wide tourism marketing program. . .

The economic development district is a federally-designated economic development district covering Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan Counties as well as the Colville Confederated Tribes.

State salmon managers announced Wednesday that projected poor returns of several salmon stocks are expected to limit fishing opportunities in Washington’s waters this year. Here’s more on that story. . .

Another busy weekend is on tap for the Numerica Performing Arts center beginning Friday night with the 10th annual Mobile Meals Variety Show.   Marky Bowling of Mobile Meals is in charge of recruiting the acts. . .

Tickets are $12 and are available at the Numerica box office.  The Numerica PAC is donating their space not only for the Mobile Meals Variety Show but also for the Living With Autoimmunity seminar Saturday morning at 10.  Pat Quinn-Williams says the gathering is a chance for people with autoimmune diseases to exchange information and show support. . .

The seminar is free but organizers are asking you to pre-register by calling 679-0671.

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

March comes in like a Lion?  More like a Tiger at the State 1B Tournament in Spokane as Entiat defeated Mt. Rainier Lutheran 46-33 as Natalya Paz and Faith Southard led the way in victory…

That’s sports…Grant, back to you!

 

Thanks Eric,

The Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center is hosting the 39th Annual Regional High School Art Show. The art show is not only a great way for students to show off their artwork, it’s also a chance for some artists to earn a college scholarship. . .

The art show opens tomorrow at 10am.

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.

This first weekend of March is filled with fun activities in North Central Washington. Megan McPherson provides us now with our social events calendar. . .

Our big weather change came in the form of almost 3-tenths of an inch of rain at Pangborn Airport last night with more rain in the forecast for today, tonight and Friday. A large area of low -pressure remains positioned just off the coast of Washington that keeps spinning moisture into our state. The large weather system is cut-off from weather patterns to our west so it is very slow moving. We have a 70% chance of rain today, an 80% chance of a rain-snow mix tonight and we will stay with an 80% of a wintry mix on Friday with clearing skies by Friday afternoon. This weekend looks much quieter with partly cloudy skies and light winds expected both days with high temperatures in the mid-40’s. Monday through Wednesday of next week also looks fairly quiet with mostly sunny skies expected on Monday and Tuesday turning partly to mostly cloudy by Wednesday with afternoon high temperatures in the upper-40’s.

New Wenatchee Police Officer Donny Graves went through Taser Certification Training this week and volunteered to take a full charge from the Taser, including probes. . .

Tasers have been a tool for the Wenatchee Police Department for roughly 17 years. Here you can see Officer Graves taking probe hits in his back along with the accompanying shock. To reduce the chance of injury in training, he is supported here by Officers Eaton and Magnussen. The lead Taser instructor, Detective Bakke, is on the more comfortable end of the Taser.

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