Evening News November 23, 2018

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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, A Grant County Sheriff’s official gives thanks to those who rallied to help University of Washington band members after their chartered bus flipped over outside of George late yesterday afternoon. The robust economy in Chelan and Douglas Counties continued in October with an unemployment rate of 3-point-8 percent for the month, and, Old man winter has arrived in North Central Washington with the first significant snowfall hitting the Cascades overnight.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

There were no serious injuries last night when charter bus carrying the University of Washington Marching Band crashed on its way to Pullman for today’s Apple Cup game against WSU. Trooper John Bryant said the bus driver lost control of the bus on an icy stretch of Interstate 90 about seven miles west of George.

 

The vehicle rolled over into a ditch. The bus was carrying 56 passengers with 47 of them transported to area hospitals for evaluation. Of the 47, two remain under medical care for non-life threatening injuries. The remaining band members were sheltered at George Elementary School for the evening. In a statement this morning, the university said the marching band would not continue on to Pullman for the Apple Cup. “The Husky Marching Band is like a family and we do everything together, said director of athletic bands Brad McDavid.

A Grant County Sheriff’s official gives thanks to those who rallied to help University of Washington band members after their chartered bus flipped over outside of George late yesterday afternoon. Kyle Foreman says the support was overwhelming. . .

U.W. Athletic Director, Jennifer Cohen also commended the band director for his leadership during the incident. Cohen also expressed hers and the School’s gratitude to the people of Grant County, especially the first responders, Quincy School District and George Elementary for their help.

The robust economy in Chelan and Douglas Counties continued in October with an unemployment rate of 3-point-8 percent for the month. That’s down from 3-point-9 percent compared to a year ago, according to the State Employment Security Department. Once again, that figure is the lowest in month-to-month comparisons since electronic records were implemented by the agency back in 1990.

The total number of nonfarm jobs rose by 900 between October 2017 and 2018, while the number of workers grew by 2,191. The construction industry also added 300 jobs from October of 2017 to October of 2018.

Old man winter has arrived in North Central Washington with the first significant snowfall hitting the Cascades overnight.

Traction tire requirements were posted on both Stevens and Snoqualmie Passes as Holiday travel slowed to a crawl. Business at area tire stores was busy this morning as motorists make the switch to snow or studded tires. The DOT warns motorists that the next storm is expected to bring heavy snow over the passes tonight (Fri) with a dusting at the lower elevations also possible.

Coming up next, If you’re interested in serving on the Wenatchee School Board, you have until January 2nd to submit your application. Wenatchee Valley College will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its Omak campus November 30th with a pair of events, and, A decades-long tradition continues in Wenatchee with the start of the annual Christmas tree sale at Morris Little League Park. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

If you’re interested in serving on the Wenatchee School Board, you have until January 2nd to submit your application.

The board expects to select a replacement January 8th for Dr. Walter S. Newman, who announced this month he was stepping down. The person selected as his replacement will serve until November 2019, when an election for the seat will be held. Applications for the position are available on the district’s website wenatcheeschools.org or at the district office, 235 Sunset Avenue.

Wenatchee Valley College will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its Omak campus November 30th with a pair of events, both at Hazel Allen Burnett Hall. First, there will be an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a short presentation on the history of the campus at noon.

In the evening from 6 to 8 there will be a Native Heritage event, including guest speakers, dinner and a screening of “False Promises: The Lost Land of the Wenatchi.”

A decades-long tradition continues in Wenatchee with the start of the annual Christmas tree sale at Morris Little League Park. Wenatchee Exchange Club members were out early the day after thanksgiving off-loading over 400 evergreens that were trucked here from Oregon. For them this is the biggest fundraiser of the year. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair talked with two of them . . .

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, tonight’s feature story and your complete local weather forecast. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

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Today marked the start of the 2018 Les Schwab Community Toy Drive. NCWLIFE’s Eric Granstrom brought the kick off live to the NCWLIFE Channel from Wenatchee’s Hooked on Toys. . .

The toy drive brought gifts to more than 700 children last year in the Wenatchee Valley. For a list of what to buy and where you can drop off donations visit the Les Schwab Community Toy Drive Facebook page.

And that is a look at your local weather forecast, coming up next, tonight’s sports report with Eric Granstrom and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

 

Let’s start things where we left off on Wednesday, with Wenatchee hosting Eastmont in Big 9 Bowling at Eastmont Lanes…

In a back and forth first couple games, Wenatchee literally struck late to overtake the Wildcats and win 846-805 and then 838-772.  Eastmont took the first Baker 179-143 but then the Panthers won the second 226-160.

Paul Paiva and I had the call on the broadcast, which will air a week from tomorrow on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Wenatchee improved to 3-and-1 in Big 9 play with the win while Eastmont fell to 2-and-2.  The two teams will meet again January 2nd.

Of course, all eyes are on Pullman today for the 111th Apple Cup game between Washington and Washington State…

The Cougars are ranked 7th in the latest AP poll, 8th in the college football playoff poll.  Washington moved up in all the polls this week to #16.  The game will kick off at 5:30 at Martin Stadium, where the forecast is for lots of rain and breezy conditions with winds gusting to 20 at kickoff and temperatures around kickoff at 34 degrees.

The Turkey on the Run 5K and 12K were held yesterday at Rotary Park in Wenatchee…

Congratulations to Bend’s Camelia Mayfield, winner of the 12K run in 44-minutes, 37-seconds…

Austen Lane of Wenatchee winning the men’s 12K in 48-minutes, 31-seconds…

McCaleb Eifert of Seattle winning the Women’s 5K in 21-minutes, 6-seconds…

And East Wenatchee’s Jarrod Barnes winning the men’s 5K in 17-minutes, 50-seconds.  They tell us to check back for more photos today on Run Wenatchee’s Facebook page.

High School football fans have a chance to watch some fast-paced action tomorrow in the Apple Bowl…

The State 1B Semifinals kick off with Almira-Coulee-Hartline taking on Naselle at 1 o’clock at Lee Bofto Field.  That will be followed by Quilcene and Odessa at 4 o’clock.

And the Wenatchee Wild are home for the next two nights at the Town Toyota Center…

They’ll host West Kelowna at the Town Toyota Center with FEASTgiving, a chance to help donate to local food pantries.  The puck drops each night at 7:05.

Finally, the Seahawks are on the road at Carolina Sunday…

Seattle is 5-and-5 and in a must-win scenario for the rest of the season.  The Panthers are 6-and-4, trailing the 10-1 New Orleans Saints in the NFC South.

Wide Receiver Tyler Lockett is having a career season with the Seahawks.  He has 38-receptions for 554-yards and 7-touchdowns.  New offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer says Lockett has the ability to go up and get those 50/50 balls…

Schottenheimer says he almost sees Lockett as an on-field coach because of his ability to see the game…

The Seahawks and Panthers kickoff Sunday on FOX at 10am.

Thanks Eric.

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

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 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.