Evening News November 15

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Good evening and welcome to NCWLIFE News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

 

For those watching on our Facebook, tune in to LocalTel channel 12 or Charter channel 19, or stream us live at NCWLIFE.com for the full evening newscast tonight. And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight—the Hanford Tunnel collapse is stabilized—we’ll preview the upcoming Night In A Box event and the apple industry sees larger profits and improved access to a foreign market. But first, we begin tonight:

A Cashmere motorcyclist was injured today when he struck a deer while riding Eastbound on Highway Two about 4 miles West of Wenatchee.

It happened around 5:30 in the morning. The State Patrol identified the man as 64-year old Richard Duston. Troopers say Duston was ejected from his bike over the Jersey Barrier into the Westbound lanes. He was transported to Central Washington Hospital for treatment.

 

The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that a partially-collapsed tunnel containing radioactive waste has been stabilized at Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Officials report over 44-hundred cubic yards of grout was used to fill the tunnel to prevent any future collapse. 3-thousand Hanford workers were forced to shelter in place when the tunnel caved in earlier this year. There were no injuries reported. The Nuclear Reservation was established as part of the Manhatten Project during WWII to develop the atom bomb.

The parking lot in front of the Encouraging Words book store on South Wenatchee Avenue will once again serve as a makeshift homeless camp for the annual Night in a Box event tomorrow night. The event brings attention to the plight of the area’s homeless population. Wenatchee’s Lighthouse Christian Ministries has hosted the event for the past six years and this year’s fundraiser is spearheaded by several community leaders who have been involved in a friendly competition to raise money for the non-profit, Among them, John Brossoit, Pastor with The Living Room church. . .

 

Pastor Brossoit joins Chelan County Sheriff, Brian Burnett, Attorney, Andrew Kottkamp, Apple Blossom Festival Administrator, Darci Christopherson, Bart Tilly, Kaye Kolde, Pastor of Sage Hills Ministry and Doug Milner with Fibonacci Smile. 

Wenatchee Police lost again in their annual grid-iron match against the Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputies. But the biggest winner was “Jerry’s Harvest” the non-profit charity that helps families dealing with cancer. Detective Kevin Battis with the Police Department says the final score of Sunday’s football game at the Wenatchee Apple Bowl was 36 to 6 . . .

 

Detective Battis dismissed the lopsided final score claiming the Police Department let the deputies win. He said next year will be a different story.

Coming up, the apple industry sees larger profits and improved access to a foreign market—the Washington State Patrol will begin emphasis patrols tomorrow and we’ll preview the Festival of Trees. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

On a 9-0 vote the State Supreme Court ruled Wednesday  that the State Legislature remains out of compliance with the Court’s McCleary ruling on Education Funding. In their written order the justices acknowledged “the state has made significant progress in fully funding the program of basic education” but said that the system it used, “delays by over a year implementation of an approved salary model. Meanwhile, a $100,000 per day fine against the state stands. Justices questioned the Legislature’s attorney during a hearing October 25th. . .

 

The High Court’s ruling summarizes nearly six years of history in the case. Justices say lawmakers have met the court’s orders regarding class sizes, all-day kindergarten; Transportation; and funding for materials and supplies. The lone remaining issue is salaries.

A win-win scenario recently for the state’s apple industry.

 

Along with the potential for improved access to Indonesian markets and a bumper apple crop this year, the apple industry will see larger profits in 2017 than it has in the past five years. A ruling last week by the World Trade Organization upheld a decision that Indonesia’s import tariffs are inconsistent with WTO rules, which will allow more apples to Indonesia, Washington state’s largest southeast Asia market. Mark Powers with the Northwest Horticultural Council says this WTO ruling has been a long time coming. . .

 

An increase in Asian imports coincides perfectly with an increase in supply, which is up 8-percent over last year’s production. The 2017 apple crop is projected to be the third largest in history with reports of 143-million bushels on hand and 194-million apples in storage. Washington accounts for around 64-percent of all U.S. apples and 90-percent of U.S. apple exports.

The Washington State Patrol will be conducting special “multi-district” emphasis patrols starting tomorrow (Thu) and running through November 26th as Washington State University students travel across the state for the Thanksgiving holiday break and the annual Apple Cup football game in Seattle.  District 4 troopers in Spokane, Whitman and Adams counties and District 6 troopers in Grant and Kittitas counties will be focusing on speeding to include driving too fast for conditions, distracted/impaired driving and other collision-causing violations during the emphasis. Motorists traveling to and from WSU will also see an increased WSP presence on State Routes 26 & 195 as well as Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass.

The Calendar says its November but the Numerica Performing Arts Center is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The PAC is once again hosting the annual Festival of Trees and NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson files a report previewing Thursday’s opening…

Stevens Pass is opening for its 80th season of operations tomorrow after an abundance of early season snow hit the area. November 16 is tied for the third earliest opening day, with the latest storms bringing in a total snowfall of 37 inches according to the resort. There will be reduced lift ticket prices for opening day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with restaurants, shops and lessons available as well.

You’re watching NCWLIFE news. Coming up next, your sports update followed by today’s feature story. That and much more still to come on NCWLIFE News, stay with us.

 

The Caribou Trail League is also out with their post-season honors…

 

Cascade
1
st Team – Jose Mendoza, QB – Eric Rosario, OL & LB – Jose Valdez, RB & Quinn Ashcraft, WR/TE & DE
2
nd
Team – Teague Duncan, RB & Jose Valdez at DB

Cashmere
1
st Team – Jacob Ball, RB – Kross Knoll, WR & DB – Brooks Elliott, DE – Shane McCormick, LB & Noah Phillips, DB
2
nd
Team – Tyler Kert, QB – Noah Phillips, DB – Terry Kirk, OL – Shane McCormick, RB & Daniel Wright, DB

Chelan
1
st Team – Skyler Gordon, OL & DL
2
nd
Team – Hunter Lehbecker, OL – Erik Alcala, RB – Brent Mendavil, WR – Arthur Drake, DL – Avie Stitt, DE & Kyle Jackson, DB

Offensive MVP – Julian Cates, RB (Okanogan)
Defensive MVP – Jordan Jessee, LB (Okanogan)
Coach of the Year – Phil Zukowski (Cashmere)
Sportsmanship – Chelan

Now, onto the soccer all-league selections.  First, for the Big-9…

 

Congratulations to Wenatchee’s Jaden Griggs, player of the year and Panther head coach John Springer, coach of the year.  Also selected to the first team are Wenatchee’s Allie Flynn, Kate Springer, Arianna Escobedo and Allie Rader.  Eastmont 1st Team selections include Shyanne Chang and Emma Simpson.  2nd Team selections for both schools…

 

Wenatchee’s Gretta Wiersma and Emi Kolde as well as Eastmont’s Venessa Valdez and Natalia Alonso.

Moving on to the Caribou Trail All League Soccer selections…

 

Cascade’s Lauren Richardson is the player of the year and coach Glen Stefanko is coach of the year.  1st teamers are Cascade’s Ashley Parton, Emily Gaines, Victoria Driscoll and Kascia Muscutt.  Also receiving 1st team selections were Cashmere’s Aimie Martin, Chloe Diaz, Grace Erdmann, Cami Knishka and Elli Pheasant.  Chelan’s Mia Bordner was 1st team all league as well.  Looking at 2nd Team Selections…

 

Cascade’s Josei Brenan, Maddie Vandel and Devan Archer.  Cashmere’s Grace Hammond and Megan Smith.  And Chelan’s Wendy Mendez, Esme Vera and Ashley Sams in goal.  We’ll run down the All League selections in volleyball coming up tomorrow.

Our week of sports on the NCWLIFE Channel began last night and continues tomorrow…

 

Hockey Night is back on Thursday with the Wild taking on West Kelowna from last Friday at the Town Toyota Center.  Hockey Night starts at 7 with Call of the Wild and Clarky’s Corner.  Then on Friday, it’s a replay of Wenatchee’s football game versus Moses Lake from October 20th at 7pm.  Saturday features volleyball between Wenatchee and Moses Lake at 2 and then the Bridge of Sportsmanship Game at 7.  Then on Sunday, it’s a Wild, Wild, Wild, Wild Sunday on the NCWLIFE Channel with four Wenatchee Wild games back to back to back to back starting at Noon.

 

The latest College Football Playoff Rankings are out and Washington State is now ranked higher than Washington…

 

Alabama, Clemson, Miami and Oklahoma are one through four.  Then you have Wisconsin, Auburn, Geoergia, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Penn State rounding out the Top Ten.  Washington State moves up 5 to #14 while Washington, after its loss to Stanford, makes the biggest fall in this week’s poll, moving down nine spots to #18.

 

Thanks Eric…

In our feature story today, local Caterer Barb Andre-Van Lith recently sat down with Mike Magnotti on Street Talk and Other Stuff to talk about her experience with being gay in Wenatchee, here’s a portion of that discussion. . .

 

For that full episode and more of Street Talk and Other Stuff, visit our On Demand section of NCWLIFE.com.

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.

A Cashmere motorcyclist was injured today when he struck a deer while riding Eastbound on Highway Two about 4 miles West of Wenatchee.

 

It happened around 5:30 in the morning. The State Patrol identified the man as 64-year old Richard Duston. Troopers say Duston was ejected from his bike over the Jersey Barrier into the Westbound lanes. He was transported to Central Washington Hospital for treatment News 2017.11.15

Stevens Pass is opening for its 80th season of operations tomorrow after an abundance of early season snow hit the area. November 16 is tied for the third earliest opening day, with the latest storms bringing in a total snowfall of 37 inches according to the resort. There will be reduced lift ticket prices for opening day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with restaurants, shops and lessons available as well.

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

Another in the series of wet Pacific weather systems slowly moved through the area late today. There is a 20% chance of rain leftover on Thursday but for the most part, we will see a break in the active weather pattern especially on Friday and into Saturday as a weak area of high pressure is squeezed between two lows. By late Saturday night and Sunday, another low pressure system moves down from Alaska and northern British Columbia which will increase our chance of rain to around 70% on Sunday and 30% on Monday. Afternoon temperatures through the weekend and early next week will remain near our normal high for this time of year of 45 degrees. 

There are two types of people during the winter season…take a look at this video and then decide, which one are you?

 

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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, tune in to NCWLife Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.