Evening News November 16

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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—A 900-thousand dollar CERB grant will create over 90 new Wenatchee jobs and the long-time executive director of Chelan and Douglas Counties United Way has resigned. But first, we begin tonight:

Tech Companies and local tech-savvy start-ups are flocking to Chelan and Douglas Counties to take advantage of cheap electricity rates. Such was the case at a ribbon cutting ceremony earlier today (Thu) at the Pangborn Airport Business Park where tech company, Giga Watt, showed off their new Demo Pod. Giga Watt will use the data pod primarily for Bitcoin and Blockchain computing. But, Giga Watt CEO Dave Carlson says he sees unlimited potential for this new project. . .

 

Lisa Parks, Executive Director of the Port of Douglas County, says the Giga Watt project is not only important to the development of the Airport’s Industrial Park, it’s also the future of new businesses in the area. . .

 

The Giga Watt Demo Pod is the beginning of a large, multi-phase data center project that will also include the construction of a north cul-de-sac off South Billingsley Drive, which will enable the completion of the Giga Watt Pods. The project was made possible through a Earlier today, the Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board or CERB, also approved over 900-thousand dollars in public infrastructure grant funding to the city of Wenatchee for the McKittrick Street extension project.

 

The money will be used to acquire the right-of-way needed to extend McKittrick and will pay for the partial demolition of an old Stemilt Growers building. The remainder of the warehouse will be used by the project private partner, Diamond Foundry, LLC who will invest 2.4-million dollars and create 96 jobs as a result of this project.

United Way of Chelan and Douglas County will soon begin searching for a new full-time Executive Director following the resignation of Allan Walker earlier this month. The United Way has issued a news release announcing Walker’s resignation and the hiring of former Washington State Apple Blossom Festival Administrator and Cashmere Chamber of Commerce Manager, Sara Urdahl as Interim Executive Director. Walker was hired 16 years ago and is credited with helping to establish the Youth United program that promotes volunteerism for kids.

Last Night the Wenatchee Police Department Graduated a new class of Citizen cadets. Led by instructing Officer Erik Vasquez, the group of 25 students received their police academy certificates. Mayor Frank Kuntz, and Police Chief Steve Crown also were at the ceremony and shared a few words with the graduates.”

 

Look for the full graduation ceremony on the NCWLIFE Magazine, in the coming weeks.

On Sunday the Valley View Seventh-Day Adventist Church in East Wenatchee held their second annual God’s Closet Giveaway event.

 

More than 260 families attended the event, choosing from thousands of items of clothing and shoes. About 300 boxes of winter clothing went home with families and in addition to clothes, a large selection of cribs, strollers, high chairs and toys found a new home. God’s Closet says its always looking for donations, and can be contacted through their Facebook page at Gods Closet East Wenatchee. Their next giveaway event will be on Sunday, February 11.

Coming up, a new sick leave law will impact local small businesses—a possible early opening at Mission Ridge is possible—we’ll preview tomorrow’s annual Night In a Box event and Robert E Lee earns an award. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

Small business owners in the Wenatchee area will probably face additional costs in connection with new labor laws set to go into effect in January. The new sick and family leave law requires employers provide workers with one hour of time off for every 40 hours worked. It applies for temporary, part-time and full-time workers. Wenatchee attorney, Gil Sparks is a labor law expert who says small businesses will likely be impacted more than larger scale employers…

 

Sparks will be offering more information on the new labor laws at a Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce event on November 20th.

What’s it like to be homeless and forced to live on the Streets of Wenatchee. Area community leaders are getting ready to walk a mile in the shoes of the homeless Friday night at the 6th annual Night in a Box event. A number of church leaders such as Pastor Kaye Kolde will be camping out in the parking lot of Encouraging Words book store to help raise awareness about and funds for the Lighthouse Christian Ministries and its shelter and soup kitchen on South Wenatchee Avenue . .

 

Pastor Kolde has joined several other community leaders including Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett and Apple Blossom Festival Administrator, Darci Christoferson in a friendly fundraising competition. NCWLIFE will be covering the event tomorrow night and we’ll be featuring the event in a special one-hour program to be broadcast in the coming weeks.

Robert E Lee Elementary School has received National attention for its bilingual program. A representative from Imagine Nation presented the school and bilingual program with the Beacon School Award.

The award was for exemplary use of the Imagine Learning program.

Imagine Learning delivers language, literacy, and mathematics solutions for K–12 students, revolutionizing the way kids learn.

Robert E Lee is among 163 schools Nationwide to receive the award. Eastmont School District gave special recognition to Lee School staff members, Mrs. Navarro, Ms. Castillo, and Ms. Alfaro for their accomplishments.

Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort could be open for operations on a limited basis this weekend. That announcement from Mission Ridge Marketing Manager Tony Hickok, who says because of early snowmaking ability and some good natural snow, ski conditions are there for an early season opening. . .

 

 

We will post the very latest information on the Mission Ridge early season opening on our Facebook page at the NCWLife Cannel and on our website at ncwlife.com.

 

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.

Yesterday afternoon at Walmart the 12’s were out in full force. In conjunction with Weinstein Beverage, and Frito Lay, Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Trevone (truh-VON) Boykin stopped in for a couple hours to sign autographs and take pictures with eager fans. Jay Seabeck met up with Trevone to talk about playing in the NFL and how to get there.

 

Boykin and the Seahawks are preparing to host Atlanta on Monday Night Football in four days.

We continue with our look at the All League selections for area athletes, now turning out attention to volleyball.  In the Columbia Basin Big Nine.

Eastmont’s Britt Vaughn is a 2nd Team middle hitter/blocker; Rebecca Hall is a 1st Team and Maddy Sackman is a 2nd Team Outside Hitter.  And Kolbie Voshall is a 2nd Team Libero/Defensive Specialist.  For Wenatchee, Maeghan Wulf is a 2nd Team Middle Hitter/Blocker.  Alli Hallberg is a 1st Team and Lillie Dexter a 2nd Team Outside Hitter.  Demary Sugg is a 1st Team setter and Devon Anderson an honorable mention Libero/Defensive Specialist.

Eastmont earns the Sportsmanship Team of the Year while assistant coach Karrine Nelson and Wenatchee assistant Diane Hallberg were selected Assistant Coaches of the Year.

In the Caribou Trail League.

1ST Team selections are Cascade’s Makena Ala’ilima-Daley, Analia Vazquez and Megan Evans are first teamers.  Chelan’s Lexie Gleasman and Emma McLaren are 1st team selections while Cashmere’s Gabby Covarrubias and Aleah Kert also made the 1st team.  On the second team.

Cascade’s Ashley Ross, Abby Brown and Kaitlyn Craig.  Chelan’s Taylor Boykin, Ava Dickes and Azzia MacDonald.  Ala’ilima-Daley is the Caribou Trail League player of the year and Cascade coach Marni McMahon is the coach of the year.  Okanogan won the Sportsmanship team award.

Tonight is Hockey Night on the NCWLIFE Channel.  Tonight, we feature the Wild taking on West Kelowna from last Friday at the Town Toyota Center.  Here’s just a little taste with our good friend Arch Ecker on the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network.

Hockey Night starts at 7 with Call of the Wild and Clarky’s Corner followed by the Wild and Warriors…it’s all right here tonight.

Tomorrow is the All School Tailgate Luncheon hosted by the Wenatchee Rotary Club and Wenatchee Central Lions Club.  Jerry Anderson says the event will be fun for everyone.

Panther Coach Scott Devereaux is the featured speaker and will talk about three of his former players who are now in the Pac-12; Cody O’Connell at WSU, Trey Adams at US and Isaiah Brandt Sims at Stanford.  Doors open at 11:30 at the Convention Center.

 

Thanks Eric…

Washington state’s sharing a plan on how it would use $112.7 million dollars the state is eligible to receive from a federal settlement with Volkswagen to reduce air pollution from diesel vehicles and increase access to electric vehicle infrastructure. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California negotiated a $14.7 billion nationwide settlement with Volkswagen for violating the federal Clean Air Act after the automaker admitted installing illegal software on many of its diesel vehicles to cheat emissions tests.

Approximately 24,000 of the affected vehicles were registered in Washington, making the state eligible for $112.7 million from the settlement. The Department of Ecology has produced a video that explains what’s happening . . .

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.

Earlier today, the Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board or CERB, also approved over 900-thousand dollars in public infrastructure grant funding to the city of Wenatchee for the McKittrick Street extension project

The money will be used to acquire the right-of-way needed to extend McKittrick and will pay for the partial demolition of an old Stemilt Growers building. The remainder of the warehouse will be used by the project private partner, Diamond Foundry, LLC who will invest 2.4-million dollars and create 96 jobs as a result of this project.

United Way of Chelan and Douglas County will soon begin searching for a new full-time Executive Director following the resignation of Allan Walker earlier this month. The United Way has issued a news release announcing Walker’s resignation and the hiring of former Washington State Apple Blossom Festival Administrator and Cashmere Chamber of Commerce Manager, Sara Urdahl as Interim Executive Director. Walker was hired 16 years ago and is credited with helping to establish the Youth United program that promotes volunteerism for kids.

Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort could be open for operations on a limited basis this weekend. That announcement from Mission Ridge Marketing Manager Tony Hickok, who says because of early snowmaking ability and some good natural snow, ski conditions are there for an early season opening. .

We will post the very latest information on the Mission Ridge early season opening on our Facebook page at the NCWLife Cannel and on our website at ncwlife.com.

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

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.