Evening News March 22

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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, Over 400 students from throughout the northwest will gather at the Town Toyota Center all day Friday for the 20th annual Mariachi Northwest Festival, and, The Chelan County Excellence Award winners for Wenatchee School District for 2018 were just announced, we will tell you who they are.

But first, we begin tonight:

The NCWLIFE Channel presented a live Town Hall last night to discuss the $120-million construction bond for Wenatchee High School.  Administrators, board members, teachers, students and Citizen Facility Committee members all spoke to a LIVE television audience from within Wenatchee High School’s L-G-I room. A focus of concern, the current conditions of the 45-year old building. . .

Ballots will be in the mail the first week of April with election day set for April 24th. NCWLIFE Channel will re-air last night’s Town Hall throughout next week; Monday at 11:30am; Tuesday at 2:30pm; Wednesday at 3:30pm; Thursday at 8:30pm; Friday at 1:30pm and Saturday at 9am. We will also be posting it and a special, extended Q&A to our website at NCWLIFE dot com.

Alicen Gaytely, Betsy Strean, Lindee Akers and Sandy Ward have been named Chelan County Excellence Award winners for Wenatchee School District for 2018. The Award honors extraordinary educators, and are sponsored each year by North Central ESD and school districts in Chelan, Grant, Douglas and Okanogan Counties. Gaytley and Strean are the certificated award winners, who were nominated through the GEM Award process that recognizes staff for going the extra mile. Alicen Gaytley is an Instructional Coach at Mission View Elementary. Betsy Strean teaches social studies and English Language Arts to 7th graders at Pioneer Middle School. Classified staff winners are Lindee Akers, who works as Superintendent Brian Flones Executive Secretary and Sandy Ward who is employed as a secretary at Westside High School. The award winners will be honored at the 2018 Chelan County Excellence Banquet on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the Wenatchee Convention Center.

Over 400 students from throughout the northwest will gather at the Town Toyota Center all day Friday for the 20th annual Mariachi Northwest Festival. Festival Director Ramon Rivera tells us it’s not only a chance for younger musicians to learn from professional musicians but also a chance to learn about higher education and career choices. . .

The festival concludes Friday night with a gala concert at 7:30. Tickets are on sale at the Town Toyota Center box office.

The Wenatchee Police Department welcomes a new officer to the ranks. On March 15th Officer Natalie BrinJones graduated from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Basic Law Enforcement Academy. Here she is pictured with Chief Steve Crown at the recent commencement event. Officer BrinJones received OUTSTANDING OFFICER out of a Class of 763, a recognition based on the highest overall achievement in all phases of basic training in her class.

Coming up next, Chelan County is among the top ten healthiest counties in the State, and, Governor Inslee signed a bill yesterday sponsored by Senator Brad Hawkins to help Leavenworth. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Chelan County is among the top ten healthiest counties in the State. The rankings  are contained in a National survey conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program.

Chelan County is ranked tenth on the Health Outcomes list with Douglas County coming in at number 13 among the State’s 39 counties. Health outcomes in the County Health Rankings report represent measures of how long people live and how healthy people feel. Chelan/Douglas County Public Health District Administrator, Barry Kling says the study is good news but he cautions there are still problem areas that need attention. . .

The survey ranked Grant and Okanogan Counties 24th and 32nd respectively. The County Health Rankings and Roadmaps report helps communities identify and implement solutions that make it easier for people to be healthy in their neighborhoods.

This past fall Sen. Brad Hawkins listened as city officials spoke of how a boundary change for Washington’s apple maggot quarantine area had limited their disposal options for brush and yard waste.

In a morning ceremony earlier this week some of those city officials attended Gov. Jay Inslee’s signing of Hawkins’ legislation to give Leavenworth the opportunity to burn brush and yard waste four times a year rather than hauling it over a hundred miles to western Washington for disposal. Hawkins’ Senate Bill 6055 won unanimous approval. It will help Leavenworth with an immediate issue but also will allow the state Department of Ecology and other agencies to collect data and help decide whether burning is a long-term option in such situations. The new law will take effect June 7th.

The Tourism Department of the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce has been honored with an American Advertising Award from Spokane’s chapter of the American Advertising Federation for their “This Is How We Do: Cle Elum” television spot from 2017. The 30 second spot produced by DrawKnife Studios, received a Silver Award in the Film, Video and Sound category. The award winning commercial focused on snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and hiking within Cle Elum.

Tourism director, Amy McGuffin said she was excited to receive the recognition for a second consecutive year.

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.

The Wenatchee Wild have come back to tie its 2nd round BCHL playoff series with Vernon at 2-games apiece after a 7-1 victory Wednesday night.  Josh Arnold and Sam Morton both lit the lamp twice as Wenatchee had a sizeable lead heading into the final frame.  That’s when the Vipers got pretty chippie.  Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

Wenatchee now heads to Vernon for Game 5 tomorrow night at 7 o’clock…as we look at the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

No matter what happens tomorrow, there will be a Game 6 Saturday night at 7 at the Town Toyota Center.  We’ll try to hook up with Ecker via Skype tomorrow here on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are back at it in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament…

They’re in Los Angeles tonight at 6:59pm (to be exact) to face Florida State on TBS.  The Zag’s game will be the final of the four being played today.  Loyola Chicago faces Nevada at 4:07 on CBS.  Texas A&M and Michigan are on TBS at 4:27.  Then it’s Kansas State and Kentucky at 6:37 on CBS.  The other four games will be played tomorrow.

Let’s take a look at the Prep Schedule for today…

First, in boys soccer, Cascade hosts Okanogan at 4:30.  Omak is at Cashmere at 4:30.  And Manson travels to Brewster, also at 4:30.

Just a couple softball games on the schedule for today…

Cascade plays host to Cle Elum beginning at 4pm while Brewster’s at Cashmere at 4:30.

Finally on the prep schedule today…

The Wenatchee boys and girls golf teams are up in Chelan today with a 2:30 tee time.

In Tennis, Wenatchee hosts Eisenhower at 3pm.  Eastmont’s on the road at Davis at 3pm.  And, Tonasket plays host to Entiat, beginning at 4pm.

Finally in sports, what a day for Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino…

He went 4-for-4 at the plate in Seattle’s game in Peoria against Milwaukee with 3-home runs and 5 runs batted in!  The one man wrecking crew helped the Mariners to a 7-4 victory.  Mike Leake was the beneficiary on the mound, allowing 4-runs on 10-hits in 6-innings to earn the victory.  Seattle hosts Texas in Peoria today as Marco Gonzalez takes the ball.  First pitch is at 6:40.  We are a week away from Seattle’s home opener against Cleveland at Safeco Field.

 

Thanks Eric,

Time now for tonight’s feature story. As part of her Don’t Wait Project Tour, NCWLife’s Lisa Bradshaw tells us the story of Eastmont Junior High School student Mackenna Schwab, who along with actor Chris Pratt, teamed up to not only raise an unbelievable amount of money for Children’s Hospital of Seattle, she also touched many lives along the way. . .

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

And now a recap of some our top stories. . .

Chelan County is among the top ten healthiest counties in the State. The rankings  are contained in a National survey conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program.

Chelan County is ranked tenth on the Health Outcomes list with Douglas County coming in at number 13 among the State’s 39 counties. Health outcomes in the County Health Rankings report represent measures of how long people live and how healthy people feel. Chelan/Douglas County Public Health District Administrator, Barry Kling says the study is good news but he cautions there are still problem areas that need attention. . .

The survey ranked Grant and Okanogan Counties 24th and 32nd respectively. The County Health Rankings and Roadmaps report helps communities identify and implement solutions that make it easier for people to be healthy in their neighborhoods.

This past fall Sen. Brad Hawkins listened as city officials spoke of how a boundary change for Washington’s apple maggot quarantine area had limited their disposal options for brush and yard waste.

In a morning ceremony earlier this week some of those city officials attended Gov. Jay Inslee’s signing of Hawkins’ legislation to give Leavenworth the opportunity to burn brush and yard waste four times a year rather than hauling it over a hundred miles to western Washington for disposal. Hawkins’ Senate Bill 6055 won unanimous approval. It will help Leavenworth with an immediate issue but also will allow the state Department of Ecology and other agencies to collect data and help decide whether burning is a long-term option in such situations. The new law will take effect June 7th.

Current radar is showing a large swath of precipitation extending from the Wenatchee area eastward through the northern Columbia Basin and then southward toward the Blue Mountains. The cold front passed through the Cascades earlier this afternoon and will shift to the Idaho Panhandle by early evening. We expect to see widespread precipitation develop along and ahead of the front. We will maintain our current flood watch through this evening over the northern third of our forecast area however we suspect that the main threat of flooding will be reserved for Okanogan and Chelan Counties. We have a 70% chance of rain throughout the day ending this evening. By Friday, the entire weather system passes to the east bringing just a chance of a morning shower with partly cloudy skies by afternoon. Sunday through the middle part of next week, a strong ridge of high pressure dominates our weather picture, which will allow for a drying and warming trend for our area. High temperatures by next Wednesday is expected to reach into the low 60’s.

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.