Evening News October 31

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Good evening and welcome to NCWLIFE News. I’m Steve Hair reporting for Grant Olsen. Our program tonight includes our weather forecast which calls for a big change in temperatures this coming weekend, sports with Eric Granstrom and a special feature this afternoon profiling this past weekend’s auto show at the Wenatchee Technical Skills Center. But first here are our top news stories . . .

Chelan County Commissioners say drafting next year’s budget has been a challenge after the losing a sizable chunk of property tax base when the City of Wenatchee annexed the sprawling Olds Station area.

Commissioners say they should be able to balance the budget without having to raise property taxes by more than the one percent allowed by State law without a public vote.

 

Lake Chelan School District will share almost $1 million in grants that were awarded to Washington Schools to improve access to computer science and related educational programs. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) announced today the grants allow districts, schools, and nonprofits to train teachers, provide and upgrade technology and expand access to girls and students from underrepresented populations.

Moses Lake Police says a man suspected in a theft at the local Walmart store is in custody after taking on the arresting officer.

After watching two suspects conceal store property, an officer went to arrest them. In this police body cam image 35 year old Shawn Vandenbos, can be seen turning to shake hands with the officer but then violently pulled away. The officer was able to subdue the suspect. Vandebos was reportedly in possession of heroin, a drug scale and paraphernalia. He and a second suspect, a 24 year old male, were both arrested. The second suspect was released pending charges.

“Tomorrow, November 1st is the start of open enrollment for Washington Health or dental coverage through the state’s health exchange. The exchange plans to have 13 locations across the state for individuals who want in person and personalized plans. We spoke with Jene Bautista at Confluence health for more details…”

Coming up, Forest Health and Wildfire prevention and All Hallows Eve in Wenatchee as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues.

 

The apple harvest could come to an end this weekend as winter-like weather is forecast to bring sub-freezing temperatures to North Central Washington. Chelan County Commissioners, Doug England and Keith Goehner are also area fruit growers and they say the apple and pear crops look good this year but, in an exclusive NCWLIFE Interview, they also express significant concerns about the future of the industry given the shortage of laborers and possible changes in how harvesters are paid.. .

Washington Apple growers are expected to bring in nearly 140 million boxes this season, If they all get picked.

 

The Era of Mega Fires Project has gone viral in terms of its influence in shaping opinions and legislation dealing with wildfires and forest health issues. The widely acclaimed film, produced by Wenatchee-based North 40 Productions served as an introduction to a panel discussion last night in Washington DC. The event was sponsored by the World Resources Institute and featured Dr Paul Hessburg who talked with a panel of experts on how better forest restoration and policy can lead to less severe fires in the future. . .

Monday’s panel discussion also included an official with the Nature Conservancy who dismissed the notion that forest health can be achieved with more timber harvesting . .

The Era of Megafires film has been successful in helping advance new legislation and forest management policies on the State and Federal level.

Last night’s panel discussion was streamed live on Facebook and Youtube and will soon be rebroadcast on NCWLIFE Channel.

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. 

On the Prep Schedule for today, they’re playing soccer on Halloween…

Cashmere hosts Okanogan today at 5 o’clock in the 1A District 6 playoffs.  The winner advances to state while the loser’s season is through.

That’s also the scenario for teams in the 2B District 5/6 tournament today.  Brewster hosts Mabton while Liberty Bell takes on Tonasket.  Both games start at 3:30.

On the NCWLIFE Channel Sports Broadcast Schedule this week…

It begins tonight with the replay of a great game from the end of September between Eastmont and West Valley in football.  Grant Olson and Eric Granstrom had the play-by-play.  That begins tonight at 7.  TOMORROW, we’ll have the 4A District 6 Championship soccer match between Wenatchee and West Valley LIVE from the Apple Bowl beginning at 6 o’clock.  Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen will call the action.  Meanwhile, Eric Granstrom and cameras will be courtside at Eastmont where the girls volleyball team has a play-in game against Davis.  We’ll have highlights Thursday morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.  Thursday is Hockey Night once again beginning at 7 with Call of the Wild and Clarky’s Corner.  That’s followed by the Pink at the Rink game from last Saturday against Alberni Valley.  And, we’ve had a lot of folks asking when we’ll replay the Bridge of Sportsmanship game…that will air again this Friday at 7 o’clock.

The Dodgers hope for the Trick while the Astros root for the Treat tonight in L-A for Game 6 of the World Series…

Houston has a chance to clinch the title with a win and sends Justin Verlander to the mound while Los Angeles tries to force a Game 7 with Rich Hill taking the mound.  First pitch tonight is at 5 o’clock on FOX.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll met with the media Monday after getting a chance to watch game film of Sunday’s 41-38 win over Houston.  Overall, he said he’s happy to get the win in such a crazy game, but it does bring up some problems defensively…

Carroll is constantly impressed by the rabid support of Seahawks fans and says it’s almost unfair they get to play back-to-back games at home…

The offensive line, according to Carroll, is still a head-scratcher as they’ll do well in one phase, but not in another…

As a result of problems up front, the Seahawks announced they’ve traded cornerback Jeremy Lane to Houston with some draft picks to acquire three-time All Pro offensive left tackle Duane Brown.  The trade won’t become official until all players pass physicals.  Brown had held out trying to get a new contract with the Texans and played his first game Sunday against Seattle.  Seahawks General Manager John Schneider says they’ll try to get Brown a contract extension past 2018 when his current contract ends.  The Seahawks host Washington Sunday at 1:05 at CenturyLink Field.

Thanks Eric…

Recently, the “dude. be nice” project highlighted a Quincy potato farmer for his work and commitment to family.  Jorge Nunez works for Integrity Ag in Quincy, which provides potatoes to Lamb Weston to make french fries…

dude.be nice is an apparel company that features positive messages and promotes positive stories throughout communities with videos like this one on Jorge Nunez.

The NCWLIFE Evening News continues. A full recap of our top stories of the day including a unique horserace at the Wenatchee Apple Bowl Friday night. The winner? Washington State’s Special Olympics.

 

The apple harvest could come to an end this weekend as winter-like weather is forecast to bring sub-freezing temperatures to North Central Washington. Chelan County Commissioners, Doug England and Keith Goehner are also area fruit growers and they say the apple and pear crops look good this year but, in an exclusive NCWLIFE Interview, they also express significant concerns about the future of the industry given the shortage of laborers and possible changes in how harvesters are paid.. .

Washington Apple growers are expected to bring in nearly 140 million boxes this season, If they all get picked.

Turning now to our weather, here’s Dan Kuntz with the forecast. . .

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 all the latest news with Steve Hair. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.