Evening News May 25

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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, It’s still unknown when and if Pangborn Airport will offer regular commercial air service to San Francisco, and, Douglas County announced that Waste Management has agreed to sponsor the North Central Washington Fair with a donation of $5-thousand dollars per year for the next four years.
But first, we begin tonight. . .

It’s now official. At last night’s Wenatchee City Council meeting, the council voted unanimously in favor of purchasing part of the old Federal Building, now owned by LocalTel Communications, to house its city government operations. LocalTel purchased the building at auction last April and had offered a portion of the building to the city for its space needs. Along with the principal partners of LocalTel Communications, President Dimitri Mandelis commented on the long negotiation process before last night’s council vote. . .

In the agreement, LocalTel will basically occupy the back portion of the old post office while the City of Wenatchee will take up the front end. LocalTel was the high bidder at year’s auction paying 3.9-million dollars for the building. The estimated cost to the City of Wenatchee to purchase space in the fed building is roughly 2.5-million dollars. We will have an exclusive interview with Wenatchee Mayor Frank Kuntz and LocalTel President Dimitri Mandelis regarding the city’s purchase coming up in our next half hour.
**Pangborn Airport Update** -It’s still unknown when and if Pangborn Airport will offer regular commercial air service to San Francisco. The Chelan County Port District’s Executive Director, Pat Jones provided an update on the project at this morning’s breakfast meeting in Wenatchee . . .

Jones also shared the latest news on the Port’s recent purchase of the Executive Flight building and its plans for redevelopment. . .

Jones also updated the audience on the Port’s ongoing Cashmere Mill Site project which is now entering the development stage with plans for constructing two 17-thousand square foot buildings to be marketed for industrial and manufacturing businesses.

In a press release yesterday, Douglas County announced that Waste Management has agreed to sponsor the North Central Washington Fair with a donation of $5-thousand dollars per year for the next four years. The release said, quote, “Waste Management is a true partner in our community, helping to bolster events like this that provide enrichment opportunities for our entire community. This private public partnership represents the strong commitment to community growth, development, and engagement that Waste Management and Douglas County share. We cannot thank Waste Management enough for this support and we look forward to working together to make the NCW Fair even better.”

Coming up next, Memorial Day weekend is one of the country’s favorite time of year to go camping but will campsites still be available, with the recent flooding, boating enthusiasts are worried there will be no boat launches to access around the area, and, A Monroe man has joined Chelan PUD as a new superintendent in the Parks Department. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…
Memorial Day weekend is one of the country’s favorite time of year to go camping. That being said, this weekend is also one of the hardest times of the year to find an available campsite. Robin DeMario, Public Affairs Specialist with the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest says hopefully you planned your trip early and with high-water conditions this year stay alert when camping near a water source. . .

DeMario also reminds campers to please use caution when driving on forest roads. Roads in the upper elevation areas may still have snow on them and the forest service asks visitors to refrain from driving on muddy and snowy roads to avoid damaging them.

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. . .

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.

Veterans groups will be assembling at area cemeteries as part of Memorial Day activities planned in the Wenatchee Valley. Monday’s events calendar starts with a ceremony at the Wenatchee City cemetery on Western Avenue beginning at 9 am. The venue then moves to Evergreen Cemetery in East Wenatchee. That will be followed by the annual wreath laying ceremony located mid-span on the Columbia River Pedestrian/Pipeline Bridge. The day culminates with a special flag raising ceremony at Pybus Public Market.

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.

Let’s get right to a very busy prep sports calendar as the WIAA State Championships for high schools are in full-swing…

We’ll begin with the State 4A Soccer Championships at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup. That’s where the Eastmont Wildcats will play in a semifinal game today against Pasco at 6 tonight. The other semifinal pits Skyline against Sumner at 8. The losers will play for 3rd and 4th tomorrow at Noon. The winners will play for the Championship tomorrow at 5pm.
The Wenatchee Panther’s wait is finally over…

After a thrilling, walk-off, grand slam home run to oust Moses Lake last Saturday in Spokane, Wenatchee is in Pasco today to face Skyview at 1 o’clock in the State 4A semifinals. The other semifinal has Richland taking on Federal Way this morning at 10. The losers will play in the consolation game tomorrow at 10am while the winners will play for the State Championship tomorrow afternoon at 4.
Cashmere is in familiar territory at the State 1A Tournament at County Stadium in Yakima…

The Bulldogs face King’s Way Christian in the semifinals today at 4 o’clock. The other semifinal has Cedar Park Christian taking on Freeman at 7. The playoff for 3rd and 4th is tomorrow at 1 while the Championship game will take place at 7pm.
Brewster is hoping to bring home some hardware at the State 2B Tournament at Centralia’s Wheeler Field this weekend…

The Bears face Adna in one of today’s semifinal games at 7 tonight. The other features Tri-Cities Prep and Kalama at 4 o’clock. Today’s losers play for 3rd and 4th tomorrow morning at 10 while the winners play for the State Title tomorrow afternoon at 1.
Turning to the State 4A Softball Championships at Spokane’s Dwight-Markel Field…

The double-elimination tournament began this morning at with Big 9 Champion Moses Lake Chiefs falling to Camas 12-1. Big 9 #2 team, Eastmont, was also on the losing side today, falling to Central Valley 7-4. Both teams will have to come back through the consolation bracket.
The Cascade Lady Kodiaks are in the Tri-Cities for the State 1A Softball Tournament at Richland’s Columbia Playfields…

And things didn’t go well for Cascade this morning, falling in their first-round game to Elma 15-3. They’re facing Bellevue Christian in the consolation bracket.
Liberty Bell and Brewster represent North Central Washington teams at the State 2B Tournament in Yakima’s Gateway Complex…

The Lady Lions lost to Northwest Christian this morning 9-4. Meanwhile, the Bears went into extra innings before calling to Onalaska 5-4. Liberty Bell and Brewster are now in the consolation bracket.
Local tennis players begin play at the WIAA State Tennis Championships today in the Tri-Cities and Yakima…

The 4A Tournament is at Richland’s Columbia Basin Racquet Club while the 1A Tournament is at the Yakima Tennis Club. The two-day events will wrap up tomorrow.
And the State Track & Field Championships continue today and conclude tomorrow…

The 2A/3A/4A meet is at Mount Tahoma Stadium at Kent-Meridian High School while the 1B/2B/1A meet is at Eastern Washington University in Cheney. Go to WIAA.com to follow all the action.
There’s only one item of interest in sports on the weekend calendar…

The Annual Sterling Invite Girls Softball Tournament is Saturday, Sunday and Monday at Walla Walla Point Park; Kirby Billingsley Hydro Park; and the Sterling Sports Complex.
The Mariners had their 5-game winning streak snapped in Oakland Thursday 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 tonight with the first of three against the Twins as James Paxton faces Fernando Romero at 7:10.

Thanks Eric.
Wenatchee Mayor Frank Kuntz and LocalTel Communications President, Dimitri Mandelis joined Dan Kuntz to discuss the Federal building purchase and sale agreement on today’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley program. . .

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…
In a press release yesterday, Douglas County announced that Waste Management has agreed to sponsor the North Central Washington Fair with a donation of $5-thousand dollars per year for the next four years. The release said, quote, “Waste Management is a true partner in our community, helping to bolster events like this that provide enrichment opportunities for our entire community. This private public partnership represents the strong commitment to community growth, development, and engagement that Waste Management and Douglas County share. We cannot thank Waste Management enough for this support and we look forward to working together to make the NCW Fair even better.”

Veterans groups will be assembling at area cemeteries as part of Memorial Day activities planned in the Wenatchee Valley. Monday’s events calendar starts with a ceremony at the Wenatchee City cemetery on Western Avenue beginning at 9 am. The venue then moves to Evergreen Cemetery in East Wenatchee. That will be followed by the annual wreath laying ceremony located mid-span on the Columbia River Pedestrian/Pipeline Bridge. The day culminates with a special flag raising ceremony at Pybus Public Market.

As we leave you tonight, Chelan County District One shared this video of crewmembers participating in their annual physical agility test. The standard time for the obstacle course is 8 minutes or less…so far the time to beat is 3:52.

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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 Monday morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. Thanks for joining us and have a great Memorial Day weekend.