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:
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**Tariff impacts on Tree Fruit- The last thing Washington State tree fruit growers want right now is a trade war. That’s what they fear will happen if the Trump Administration goes forward with plans to impose tariffs on exported Steel and Aluminum. Washington Apple Commission President, Todd Fryhover remains concerned about possible retaliation by countries such as China that are targeted for tariffs. His message to the Trump Administration?
In an exclusive interview with NCWLIFE News, Fryhover reported that foreign trade is critical to the survival of the industry . .
Pear growers are also fearful that they might be targeted for trade sanctions. NorthWest Pear Bureau President, Kevin Moffitt shared his concerns with NCWLIFE News . .
We’ll share more of our interview with Apple Commission President, Todd Fryhover later on in the program.
**Tariff Impacts on NCW- Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) joins 106 Republican colleagues in a letter to President Trump expressing deep concern that broad, global tariffs on aluminum and steel imports could have negative, unintended consequences on U.S. businesses and consumers. The letter states that foreign trade supports jobs in Central Washington, and 40 percent of jobs in the state are tied to international trade,” Newhouse says as recently as 2016, Washington state produced and exported $7 billion worth of food and agricultural goods, making the State one of the largest exporters of food and agriculture in the U.S. He said he support targeting unfair trade practices, but setting off a back and forth through broad, global tariffs can have unintended consequences that are harmful for economies like Central Washington’s.
**Apt Builder Seeks Property Tax Break- Wenatchee City Council is set to consider granting an 8-year property tax exemption to the developer of a new apartment complex along Riverside Drive. Weidner Apartment Homes is seeking the exemption for the 142-unit complex located just North of Columbia Brewing.
The City’s Economic Development director, Steve King estimates that the developer could save more than 150-thousand dollars a year. City codes allow for property tax exemptions in areas of the City that are designated as Residential Target Areas where there’s a lack of multi-family housing. In order to qualify for the tax break the developer is required to set aside 20 percent of the housing project to low and moderate income renters. The apartments are slated to open in the fall of 2019. The City Council meets tonight starting at 5:15 at City Hall.
She was affectionately called the Matriarch of Camas Meadows. Autumn Griffiths died on March first at the log home she and her husband built in the Blewett Pass area.
Autumn married Delbert Griffith in 1942 and settled down in Chelan where Del was a milkman and Autumn raised their four children. Del and Autumn founded the Camas Christian Youth Camp in 1973. It continues to operate to this day.
A funeral service will be held at Telfords Chapel of the Valley today (Thursday) with a potluck get-together tonight at the family’s Camas Meadows home.In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Camas Meadows Bible Camp in Cashmere.
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Classes were back in session this morning in the Soap Lake School District following Wednesday’s school lockdown. The High School/Middle School campus and the Elementary School were placed under precautionary lockdown during the noon hour in response to a threatening message found on a bathroom wall. The message stated, “School shooting soon.” Soap Lake Police investigated and the lockdown was lifted at about 1:40 in the afternoon after Soap Lake Police investigated the incident.
The School District posted this letter to parents on the District’s Facebook page. Superintendent Sunshine Pray said the incident had students angry after feeling unsafe…
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The Wenatchee Wild are celebrating their 10th anniversary this season. And in nine of those years of existence, they’ve never lost a first-round playoff series. Well, add a 10th consecutive year to that record as Wenatchee completed the sweep of Merritt last night in Game 4. After a scoreless first period, the Centennials would strike first. Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…video courtesy of Hockey TV…
So there you have it…
Wenatchee will move on to the second round of the playoffs thanks to goals by Josh Arnold, Matt Dorsey, Jasper Weatherby and Lucas Sowder. Also, it was a great night in goal for Austin Park, who stopped 32 of 33 shots. The Wild advance to play Vernon in the second round of the playoffs most likely beginning next Friday, March 16th and Saturday, March 17th at the Kal Tire Place in Vernon. Both teams have to agree to a schedule fitting each team’s home ice before it can officially be set. The best-of-seven series would shift to the Town Toyota Center for Games 3, 4 and, if necessary, 5 most likely mid-week March 20th through the 23rd.
The #2 seeded Vipers swept their series with Salmon Arm in the first round, as did #1 seed Penticton over Coquitlam. The Vees will face Trail in their second-round series after the Smoke Eaters swept West Kelowna.
If you missed Game 2 of the series between Wenatchee and Merritt last Saturday, we’ll have it tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel…
The puck will drop tonight at 7 during “Hockey Night”. Game 3 will be tomorrow night at 7 and Game 4, Saturday night at 7. We’re throwing in some boys soccer Saturday afternoon in a game from last spring between Wenatchee and Sunnyside. That begins at 2 o’clock. Check our website for a complete listing of sports broadcasts at NCWLIFE dot com.
We won’t hear from the Seahawks “officially” until next week, but Michael Bennett has been traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for a receiver and a draft pick…
In exchange, Seattle gets receiver Marcus Johnson and a fifth round draft pick. Bennett took to social media yesterday thanking Seattle fans saying “I am forever grateful for allowing me to grow and evolve in this time that I’ve had with you. I expanded my family in this city, I had one of my babies here. This truly was home for us and it’s been such an incredible five years.” Speculation is still swirling around the potential release of Richard Sherman. General Manager John Schneider, during the NFL combine, was quoted as saying that the roster could be in for a heavy facelift and that they had no “untouchables.”
Meanwhile, quarterback Russell Wilson struck out in his exhibition game at bat for the New York Yankees last week in four pitches. ESPN announced today it has struck a deal with Russell to take over for John Gruden in a TV series featuring Wilson working with quarterbacks in this year’s draft class.
The so-called QB2QB debuts April 17th on ESPN and features Wilson schooling Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield; Penn State’s Saquon Barkley; Ohio State’s JT Barrett and Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph.
Seattle booted the ball around against Oakland, committing 4-errors en route to a 7-3 loss.
David Phelps had a rough inning on the mound in the 6th for Seattle, surrendering four runs on four hits and three home runs. Robinson Cano went 2-for-3 with a solo home run. Seattle hosts San Francisco today at 5:40 at the Peoria Sports Complex.
For the second consecutive year the Chelan County PUD is offering seniors the chance to visit all three of their dams by bus. Dan Kuntz has the story:
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.
And now for a recap of our top stories…
Wet and windy weather has returned to the Inland Northwest for the remainder of the workweek as a large area of low pressure continues to make its way through the state. After off and on rain showers overnight, today we saw mainly scattered showers with locally heavier amounts in parts of Northcentral Washington. As the weather system passes today, by tonight and on Friday we will see mostly sunny skies but very windy conditions at times. Tonight the wind could gust up to 25 mph with up to 35mph gusts possible for Friday. Drier, calmer and warmer weather will arrive for the weekend and into early next week. Temperatures will slowly warm up with highs on Saturday in the low 50’s, rising into the mid 50’s on Sunday and then upper 50’s to around 60 degrees by early next week..
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