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Evening News May 5, 2018
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, the keynote speaker at this morning’s Chelan County Port District’s breakfast meeting shared a measure of concern for the future, and, The U.S. Forest Service is auctioning six buildings and just under an acre of land known as the Conconully Work Center and it can be yours.
But first, we begin tonight. . .
Traffic was backed up on South Wenatchee Avenue for a time earlier this afternoon following a two-car, injury accident. The vehicles collided in front if Stans Merry Mart in Wenatchee. The accident caused the Geo Tracker to roll. No word yet on the cause of the accident or the condition of those injured in the crash.
As we told you yesterday on the NCWLife Channel, after 32-years in the Wenatchee School District, Superintendent Brian Flones will call it a career at the end of the 2019 school year. In an NCWLife News interview this morning, Flones said the decision to ask for the release of his contract, which runs until 2020, has been in the works for some time. . .

Flones says the failure of the recent Wenatchee High School Bond measure was dissapponting, but was not a factor in his decision to step aside. . .

Flones began his career in Wenatchee as Athletic Director in 1987. He served as Dean of Students at Wenatchee High School before becoming Deputy Superintendent, and then Superintendent.
Windemere Real Estate’s Corporate Economic Analyst, Matthew Gardner has a bullish outlook for Chelan County. But the keynote speaker at this morning’s Chelan County Port District’s breakfast meeting also shared a measure of concern for the future . . .

Gardner remains optimistic that a possible recession will not be as bad as occurred in 2008. Gardner reports wages are increasing across the State but he says the recently approved tax cuts will not help going forward. . .

Gardner reports Chelan County’s population is expected to swell to about 100-thousand residents by 2030. He says future job growth and economic development in Chelan County will be dictated by housing costs and skilled labor both in the technology and trade sectors.

Here’s a chance to own a piece of NCW history. The U.S. Forest Service is auctioning six buildings and 0.78 acre of land known as the Conconully Work Center. Formerly known as the Conconully Ranger Station, the Work Center is on main street in the town of Conconully adjacent to existing residences and commercial properties. The Work Center is surrounded by fence and has six on-site buildings: the former Ranger Station office, a bunkhouse, a warehouse, a barn with adjoined corral and loading chute, a gas and oil house, and a paint storage shed. The land the Work Center sits on was acquired by the Forest Service in 1928. The buildings in existence today were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.
Coming up next, With one of the busiest recreational weekends of the year upon us, Memorial weekend, many outdoor enthusiasts are concerned that with the recent flooding boating may not be a possibility. An East Wenatchee truck driver escaped with only minor injuries after crashing his tractor trailer rig near Cle Elum yesterday, and, we will fill you in on all that’s happening around the area this Memorial Day weekend. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…
With one of the busiest travel and recreational weekends of the year upon us, Memorial weekend, many outdoor enthusiasts are concerned that with the recent flooding and boat launch closures, boating around the Wenatchee area won’t be possible. Here is more on that story. . .

An East Wenatchee truck driver escaped with only minor injuries after crashing his tractor trailer rig near Cle Elum yesterday. A State Patrol report says 65 year old Bill Balcom, towing a tanker containing liquid asphalt, lost control of the vehicle exiting I-90 at the Hwy 84 offramp. The tanker rolled over spilling its load into a ditch. The offramp was closed for several hours for clean-up. Balcom was reportedly treated at the scene for minor scrapes and bruises.
A Monroe man has joined Chelan PUD as a new superintendent in the Parks Department. Kyle Endelman, a parks professional with more than 20 years’ experience, comes to Chelan PUD from Sammamish where he was parks deputy director. Endelman joins the leadership team with fellow Parks Superintendent Ray Heit and Parks Manager Ryan Baker. They work with about 40 seasonal and full-time staff to manage activities and maintain facilities offering trails, sports fields, swimming, boat launches, picnicking and camping. Endelman will oversee PUD parks in Chelan and on the Columbia River above Rocky Reach Dam.

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

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.

 

NCWLIFE Channel’s Eric Granstrom got an exclusive interview yesterday with new Wenatchee AppleSox Owner Jose Oglesby. Eric, Jose and General Manager/CEO Ken Osborne sat down at Paul Thomas, Sr. Field to find out how all this came to be with Jim Corcoran, the founder of the AppleSox, deciding to sell…

Oglesby is a former Microsoft Executive who has lived in Seattle for 20-years. He says he’s familiar with the Wenatchee Valley, even though he has a lot to learn about the West Coast League…

As far as the AppleSox, Jose says he hopes to continue the great traditions began by Jim Corcoran…

One BIG change fans will find at the ballpark this summer while attending AppleSox games…NO MORE GRAVEL!

Wenatchee begins the 2018 season on the road in just 8-days at Victoria with the first home game June 5th against the River City Athletics. We’ll have much more of Eric’s conversation with Jose and Ken on our website and on a future NCWLIFE Magazine.
Let’s head back to the links for the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard…

At the boy’s 4A tournament at Canyon Lakes Golf Course in Kennewick, Eastmont’s Connor Doyle followed up his first-round 76 with a second-round 73 for a two-day total of 149 and tied for 14th. Wenatchee’s Jerrod Bishop shot a second-round 84 and tied for 41st.
At the 4A Girls Tournament at Sun Willows in Pasco…

After an opening-round 75, Wenatchee’s Taylor Takasugi shot a second-round 80 for a 155 total, good enough for a tie for 21st.
Over at the 1A Boys Tournament at Liberty Lake in Spokane…

Chelan’s Miles Grossberg and Cascade’s Tim Wells were very consistent in their scores on Day 2 of the tournament. Grossberg matched his first-round 85 for a two day total of 170 for a tie for 31st. Wells shot a second round 86 for a 171 and tied for 33rd.
Today is the first day of the State Track and Field Championships…

The 2A/3A/4A meet is at Kent-Meridian High School’s Mount Tahoma Stadium. The 1B/2B/1A meet has its first day of competition at Eastern Washington University in Cheney.
The Mariners had their 5-game winning streak snapped in Oakland today as the A’s hung on to win 4-3…

Felix Hernandez got roughed up for four runs in the 1st inning, but he and three relievers retired 21 of the next 22 batters the rest of the game. Jean Segura went 3-for-4 with a run and Kyle Seager delivered an RBI double in the 8th. The Mariners return home to begin a ten-game home stand tomorrow with the first of three against the Twins as James Paxton faces Fernando Romero at 7:10.

Thanks Eric.

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

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…
Windemere Real Estate’s Corporate Economic Analyst, Matthew Gardner has a bullish outlook for Chelan County. But the keynote speaker at this morning’s Chelan County Port District’s breakfast meeting also shared a measure of concern for the future . . .

Gardner remains optimistic that a possible recession will not be as bad as occurred in 2008. Gardner reports wages are increasing across the State but he says the recently approved tax cuts will not help going forward. . .

Gardner reports Chelan County’s population is expected to swell to about 100-thousand residents by 2030. He says future job growth and economic development in Chelan County will be dictated by housing costs and skilled labor both in the technology and trade sectors.

An East Wenatchee truck driver escaped with only minor injuries after crashing his tractor trailer rig near Cle Elum yesterday. A State Patrol report says 65 year old Bill Balcom, towing a tanker containing liquid asphalt, lost control of the vehicle exiting I-90 at the Hwy 84 offramp. The tanker rolled over spilling its load into a ditch. The offramp was closed for several hours for clean-up. Balcom was reportedly treated at the scene for minor scrapes and bruises.

A Monroe man has joined Chelan PUD as a new superintendent in the Parks Department. Kyle Endelman, a parks professional with more than 20 years’ experience, comes to Chelan PUD from Sammamish where he was parks deputy director. Endelman joins the leadership team with fellow Parks Superintendent Ray Heit and Parks Manager Ryan Baker. They work with about 40 seasonal and full-time staff to manage activities and maintain facilities offering trails, sports fields, swimming, boat launches, picnicking and camping. Endelman will oversee PUD parks in Chelan and on the Columbia River above Rocky Reach Dam.

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