Evening News May 03

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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, For the first time in months, the Wenatchee area unemployment figures have leveled off, AND, The long-standing issue of parking in the tourist hotspot of Leavenworth was the spotlight at a special meeting last night at the Festhalle.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Sen. Patty Murray’s reintroduced legislation in an attempt to improve disaster recovery programs that are intended to help communities impacted by wildfires. The bill is known as the Rural Disaster Recovery Act of 2018, and it is the second time Murray has attempted to push it through the Senate. She outlined the key elements of the bill in a recent video . . .

The 2018 version of the bill is in the same committee now. The bill died in the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee when she first introduced it in 2016.

Forest fires of the prescribed nature are being conducted on the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forest this week.

You may have seen the drifting smoke from two of the burns in the Entiat Ranger District on Wednesday. Additional work was being conducted on the Cle Elum and Methow Ranger Districts.

Crews are planning more prescribed burns today (Thu) in the Lake Chelan District. Officials say the controlled burns will only occur if the weather and fuel conditions permit.

For the first time in months, the Wenatchee area unemployment figures have leveled off. The Wenatchee Metropolitan Statistical Area showed a 6-point-3 percent unemployment rate for this past March, the same exact rate as in March of 2017. The Wenatchee MSA consists of Chelan and Douglas Counties and for the first time since 2007, a March unemployment rate for the two-county area was lower than 6-point-3 percent. Eleven years ago the rate registered 6-point-2 percent.

Job growth in construction, health services, and leisure and hospitality has been particularly robust recently. In the construction sector alone, job growth from March of 2017 to March of this year was at 26-percent, that compared to statewide figures of 5-percent.

Leisure and hospitality is also outpacing statewide numbers. Over the past year the Wenatchee MSA has seen job growth at 8-point-2 percent, compared to 2-point-3 percent statewide.

The long-standing issue of parking in the tourist hotspot of Leavenworth was the spotlight at a special meeting last night at the Festhalle. The City has partnered with the Chamber of Commerce and the Chelan County Port District to take a look at a comprehensive approach to parking in Leavenworth. The three entities have hired Rick Williams Consulting from Portland, Oregon to work with community stakeholders to develop a downtown parking study. Leavenworth City Administrator Joel Wallinski says the parking problem goes beyond Oktoberfest and the Christmas Lighting. . .

Wallinski says the city has already added over 900 parking spaces in the last 2 years.

Coming up next, No word yet on the cause of a two-car accident yesterday afternoon in East Wenatchee, The Moses Lake Police Department reports that over the last couple of weeks, they have had several firearms (as well as other valuables) stolen from cars in town, AND, Douglas County Deputies arrest a fugitive from Spokane wanted on an escape warrant. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

No word yet on the cause of a two-car accident yesterday (Wed) afternoon in East Wenatchee. The crash happened around 1:00 on Grant Road in front of the Walker’s Furniture store entrance. The accident left one of the cars on its top while the other vehicle came to rest on the opposite side of Grant Road.

It also appears there may have been injuries involved. Crews responded quickly to the wreck, which resulted in only minor traffic delays.

The Moses Lake Police Department reports that over the last couple of weeks, they have had several firearms (as well as other valuables) stolen from cars in town.

All of the cars were unlocked and left unattended at the time of the theft. The Police Department urges everyone to take the steps necessary to avoid leaving guns and other valuables unattended in vehicles.

Vehicle prowls are a big problem in Moses Lake, and officers are working hard to find the suspects, but they say the public can help by not leaving valuables unattended in cars. The press release also said the MLPD are big fans of the Second Amendment, and remind people that leaving guns in a vehicle, while legal, is not a good way to “keep” their arms.

Douglas County Deputies arrest a fugitive from Spokane wanted on an escape warrant.

The arrest was made late Tuesday night at a residence in Bridgeport after Douglas County Deputies received information that 20-year old Morningstar St. Peter of Spokane was hiding there. St. Peter was arrested without incident and transported to the Okanogan County Jail. St. Peter had an arrest warrant out of Spokane for escape from community custody.

While apprehending St. Peter, deputies also noticed drug paraphernalia in the house. After obtaining a search warrant, deputies found two small bags of heroine, one small bag of methamphetamine and four glass pipes. Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal says the investigation continues.

Time now for our weekly pet of the week feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, NCWLife’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Abby the dog. . .

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 Wild will be spending a few more days in the lovely town (we assume) of Spruce Grove, Alberta after falling in Game 4 of the Doyle Cup last night.  Facing elimination and a possible sweep, the home town Saints came out on fire last night at the Grant Fuhr Arena and beat Wenatchee 5-2.  Saints play-by-play announcer Brandon Ewanchyshyn (eh-WAHN-shuh-shin) has the call, video courtesy HockeyTV…

 

Thank you Brandon, so yes, a Game 5 Friday night at 6 as the Wild will again try for the victory and wrap up the Doyle Cup Championship.

By the way, if you want to watch Game 1 of the Doyle Cup, tune in tonight…

It’s Thursday, so that means it’s Hockey Night tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel as Wenatchee hosts Spruce Grove in Game 1 from last Friday at the Town Toyota Center.  That all gets underway at 7 o’clock tonight.  Then, as we look ahead to tomorrow, it’s the Les Schwab Classy Chassis Parade at 6:30.  And on Saturday, the Stemilt Growers Grand Parade at 11am right here.

Turning to the prep schedule for today…

Eastmont and West Valley are at Sunnyside for a track meet at 4.  Wenatchee will host Eisenhower, Davis and Moses Lake for a meet this afternoon, also at 4.

In Tennis, Wenatchee hosts Davis at 3.  Eastmont’s at West Valley at 3.  And Cashmere takes on Ellensburg at 4.

The Wenatchee Valley Thunder lacrosse team has their biggest game of the year tonight in Richland…

Richland is right behind Wenatchee in the standings.  So, if Wenatchee wins or loses by 3-points or less, the Thunder will win the regular season league title and have the #1 seed, and home field advantage in the playoffs beginning May 12th.

On the Les Schwab Scoreboard, the Mariners got an absolute GEM of a performance from James Paxton, and then the bullpen blew it…

Paxton struck out a career-high 16 batters through 7-innings and handed the ball over to the bullpen.  Juan Nicasio gave up a 2-run home run to Jed Lowrie in the 8th and then Edwin Diaz gave up a solo blast to Mark Canha (CAN-uh) in the 9th to lose it as Oakland gets the 3-2 victory.  The two teams will play the rubber match of the 3-game set tonight with Wade LeBlanc getting his first start this season for Seattle against Sean Manaea.  First pitch is at 7:10 at Safeco Field.

 

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…

For the first time in months, the Wenatchee area unemployment figures have leveled off. The Wenatchee Metropolitan Statistical Area showed a 6-point-3 percent unemployment rate for this past March, the same exact rate as in March of 2017. The Wenatchee MSA consists of Chelan and Douglas Counties and for the first time since 2007, a March unemployment rate for the two-county area was lower than 6-point-3 percent. Eleven years ago the rate registered 6-point-2 percent.

Job growth in construction, health services, and leisure and hospitality has been particularly robust recently. In the construction sector alone, job growth from March of 2017 to March of this year was at 26-percent, that compared to statewide figures of 5-percent.

Leisure and hospitality is also outpacing statewide numbers. Over the past year the Wenatchee MSA has seen job growth at 8-point-2 percent, compared to 2-point-3 percent statewide.

The upper level ridge that has been bringing us the beautiful spring weather will continue to build across the Pacific Northwest today with high temperatures up to 5 degrees warmer than yesterday. High temperature in Wenatchee yesterday was 776 degrees. Some high-level cirrus clouds will move over the ridge and into the area today, so a little more cloud cover compared to yesterday. As we move into Friday and the weekend, the mild upper level ridge over the region will begin to flatten and break down during as the next offshore weather trough closes in on the Pacific coast. For the most part Friday will be quiet, with continued mild temperatures and highs in the low to upper 70s around the region. Moisture will begin to become directed into the region with a noticeable increase in high clouds to filter the sun on Saturday. On Sunday, the weather system will move onshore but looks to be weak with only a 20% chance of sprinkles on Sunday. Temperatures this weekend even with the cloud cover and showers will remain well above normal for this time of year. By Monday, the trough moves off to the east and another upper level ridge will develop once again bringing us sunny skies and warm temperatures. The next weather system arrives Tuesday night and lingers into Wednesday with a 20% chance of showers.

Finally tonight, we continue our critique of the food at the Apple Blossom Food Court where its obvious that NCWLife’s Dan Kuntz has never met a bratwurst he didn’t like. . .

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