Evening News October 19, 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,

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Horning Brothers, LLC, an agricultural business in Quincy has been ordered to pay $525,000-dollars to settle claims of sexual harassment after ten of its female employees were harassed by the company’s foreman.

Horning Brothers also agreed to distribute a sexual harassment policy in English and Spanish, provide a means for employees to report harassment in their primary language, and promptly investigate complaints. The case was brought by the Civil Rights Unit of the Washington Attorney General’s Office and five farmworker women represented by Northwest Justice Project.

Ten women allege they were sexually harassed by the foreman of Horning Brothers’ onion packing shed, Hermilo Cruz, who was responsible to hire and supervise the company’s seasonal employees. The Civil Rights Unit of the Washington Attorney General’s Office investigated the sexual harassment allegations and identified additional women harassed by Cruz. Horning Brothers entered into a Consent Decree with the State of Washington and five of the farmworker women and will pay $525,000 in compensation and attorney fees.

Would you like to be more closely involved in who is eventually hired to replace Brian Flones as Wenatchee School District’s new Superintendent? Next week is your opportunity. The firm hired by the district to conduct the search will be hosting some community meetings to receive your input. . .

District Spokesperson, Diana Haglund joined School Board member, Sarah Knox who appeared on today’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley program. The search firm will facilitate the first community meeting next Tuesday the 22nd at the High School. The District also wants you to share your opinions in an online survey located on the District’s website.

Polling results released this week show Initiative 1639, which would impose sweeping new

gun regulations in Washington state, is likely to pass in the November election.

The Crosscut/Elway poll of 400 registered voters done October 4th through 9th, showed 59 percent in favor and 34 percent against I-1639. Among other things, the measure would raise the minimum age for buying a semi-automatic firearm from 18 to 21 years old and would impose enhanced background checks and a 10-day waiting period for buying such a gun.

Initiative 1631, the so-called carbon tax, is polling much closer, with 50 percent in favor and 36 percent opposed. Initiative 1634, which would ban local taxes on grocery items, had only 31 percent support in the poll, with 51 percent against. The poll also showed Republican Dino Rossi with a 10 point lead over Democratic opponent Dr. Kim Schrier, 49 percent to 39 percent, in the hotly contested race in the 8th Congressional District. Rossi received a big boost in the polling numbers during and after the hearings to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The poll results were reported on the nonprofit news website crosscut.com.

Coming up next, Washington State’s Supreme Court has ruled that sentencing juvenile offenders to life without parole is unconstitutional. Governor Jay Inslee approved the site certification agreement for the Columbia Solar Project in Kittitas County, and, A National poll gives Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort high marks when it comes to getting the most for the least amount of money. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Washington State’s Supreme Court has ruled sentencing juvenile offenders to life without parole is unconstitutional. In a 5-4 decision released Thursday, the state’s highest court said sentencing juvenile offenders to life without parole or early release constitutes cruel punishment. The ruling was in connection with a case involving Brian Bassett who was convicted of killing his mother, father and younger brother in 1995 when he was 16. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The Court’s ruling upholds an earlier Court of Appeals decision to send Bassett’s case to the trial court for resentencing.

In an announcement yesterday, Governor Jay Inslee approved the site certification agreement for the Columbia Solar Project in Kittitas County. The five facilities included in the Columbia Solar Project will be sited just outside of Ellensburg and would have a collective generating capacity of 25 Megawatts, enough energy for approximately 5,000 homes. It will be among the first solar farms in Washington State located just off Highway 97 on a 45-acre plot. In his letter, Inslee acknowledged the concerns about visual impacts and the potential loss of agriculture land and said preserving rural landscapes and agricultural land is important. He said the issue is not taken lightly when considering the need and appropriateness of projects such as this and said he believes the council has properly considered the project’s consistency with local land use plans and ordinances. The cost of the solar project was not announced.

A National poll gives Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort high marks when it comes to getting the most for the least amount of money. The website HomeToGo researched the cost of resorts across North America and Canada and Mission Ridge came in 4th among the 50 other ski hills. The poll factored in the price of ski equipment, food and accommodations. Aspen Snowmass in Colorado came in as the most expensive at number 50 with a total cost of 448 dollars for one day and night.

Mission Ridge registered just under 179 dollars a night. Number one on the list is Fernie Alpine Resort in British Columbia at 178 dollars for equipment, lunch and a hotel.

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

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

For the second time this season and 5th out of the last 7 meetings, Wenatchee and Eastmont took five games to determine a winner in volleyball.  And for the first time out of those 5 occasions, the Panthers picked up the victory…

In an epic 2-hour and 20-minute battle at Wenatchee High School, Wenatchee fought off one come back after another by Eastmont in the 5th and deciding game, winning the match 3-2.

The Wildcats came out on fire, winning the opening game 25-20.  The Panthers got the early jump in game 2, winning 26-24.  Eastmont regained momentum in game 3, winning 25-22.  Then, facing defeat, the Panthers survived a 10-minute, in-game delay on a scoring-slash-rotation glitch to come out on top 25-18.

So once again, it would go down to the first-to-15 5th and deciding game.  Wenatchee raced out to an early lead and looked like they’d cruise to victory.  But then Eastmont came storming back to tie it and push it to extra points.  Eric Granstrom and LeAnne Branam had the exciting call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

With the win, Wenatchee and Eastmont are tied for second in the Big 9 standings.  Back to the Les Schwab scoreboard for other games from last night…

Chelan blanked Cashmere 3-0; Brewster topped Manson 3-games-to-none; and Waterville-Mansfield got a 3-0 win on the road at Oroville.

On the Les Schwab Soccer Scoreboard…

Wenatchee has been bumped out of first place in the Big 9 as the Panthers fell on the road in overtime at West Valley last night 2-1.  Coach John Springer tells us Olivia Bowman scored the Panther’s lone goal on an assist by Jaden Griggs.

Meanwhile, Jayden Brown scored the only goal for Eastmont in the final two minutes of regulation as the Wildcats edged Davis 1-nil.  So Eastmont moves into 1st place with 26 while Wenatchee is tied with Moses Lake, who blanked Sunnyside last night 7-nil, at 24-points apiece.

In other action, Cashmere topped Chelan 8-1 and Brewster was a 3-1 winner against Manson.

Coming up tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Our featured game of the week has Eastmont hosting Eisenhower.  The Wildcats are 3-and-oh in Big 9 play, 6-and-1 on the season while the Cadets are 3-and-4 overall, 1-and-2 in league play and feature the second-best offense in the conference.  So what does Eastmont Coach Michael Don expect tonight?

The pregame starts at 6:45 tonight with Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson providing the play-by-play.

Wenatchee is on the road tonight in Sunnyside trying to remain atop the Big 9 standings.  We saw in last week’s game against Eastmont that the Grizzlies like to be aggressive up front defensively.  Panther Coach Scott Devereaux says he hopes that’s the case tonight…

Wenatchee is led by sophomore quarterback Camden Sirmon.  He says there’s no time to be looking at the standings.  He feels the Panthers need to maintain a certain attitude…

Wenatchee kicks off at Sunnyside at 7 o’clock.  Also tonight around the grid-iron…

Cashmere and College Place tee it up at 6 tonight in Cashmere.  Cascade hosts Okanogan with Chelan at Omak at 7.  And in B play, Entiat’s at Odessa while Waterville-Mansfield hosts Yakama Tribal.

On the weekend prep schedule…

Soccer finds Manson hosting Oroville while Tonasket’s at Chelan at 11am.  And at the Wenatchee High pool, the Panthers are hosting Walla Walla, Richland and Hanford starting at 11am.

For something a little different this weekend, the Central Cascade Pop Warner cheerleaders are hosting the Inland Northwest Cheerapalooza Sunday at Eastmont High School…

Over 100 cheerleaders aged 5-to-13 years of age will compete Sunday starting at 10am…

There will be six divisions of competition for the young cheerleaders and a demonstration cheer by the Eastmont and Wenatchee high school squads.  It’s all Sunday starting at 10am at Eastmont High School.  Theirs is a nominal fee to attend.

The Wenatchee Wild have Merritt in town this weekend at the Town Toyota Center…

Tonight is Rocktoberfest at 7 o’clock and tomorrow’s 7 o’clock game features a Diaper Drive.  The Wild are struggling in the early season at 6-6-and-1 and currently sit in 4-way tie for 4th in the Interior Division of the BCHL.  But it’s very early and there’s plenty of season yet to come.

Coming up tomorrow in College Football…

#15 Washington hosts Colorado at 12:30 on FOX.  ESPN’s College Game Day crew is in Pullman for Washington State and Oregon.  After 15-years of the Coug flag flying on the set of the show, it will be in Pullman for the first time.  Ironically, the Ducks and Cougars will kick off on FOX at 4:30.  Also tomorrow, Simon Fraser is at Central Washington at 6pm.

David Price and the Boston Red Sox are heading to the World Series…

Price pitched 6 innings of no-run, 3-hit ball with 9 strikeouts as Boston beat Houston 4-1 to advance to the World Series by taking the ALCS 4-games-to-1.

Los Angeles will try to join them in the Fall Classic with Game 6 of the NLCS tonight in Milwaukee.

Finally, in our final part of the tribute to Paul Allen, building a stadium alone was not enough.  Allen wanted to build a winner in Seattle and give Seahawks fans a Superbowl Championship…

Paul Allen passed away from cancer this week.  In his will, he stipulated that if his heirs sell the team, it shall never leave Seattle.

Thanks Eric.

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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 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.