Evening News September 25, 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 Chelan County Port District official says a decision could be coming later this fall on a new non-stop flight to San Francisco. Several fire crews, engines and air support were called to a commercial structure fire this morning on South Columbia Street in Wenatchee, and, Embattled Washington State House Representative Matt Manweller has announced that, if elected in the upcoming election, he will not serve.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A local attorney describes a comment made recently by a member of the Wenatchee School Board as sexist. Jim Brown submitted a letter to the board that calls for Sarah Knox to be disqualified from voting on hiring a consulting firm to search for a new superintendent after she said one of the firms hires old white men.

Brown references the September 17th board workshop at which Knox said she considered a firm unqualified because the firm employed “old white men”. Brown labeled the comment as racist, sexist and age discriminatory made in the context of diversity.” He suggested that Knox attend sensitivity training. Brown also cautioned the board that it faced possible litigation with respect to illegal discrimination in public contracting. He called on Knox to apologize for her comments and that she should consider resigning. Knox responded to the letter at Monday’s special board meeting . . .

Brown’s letter prompted board discussion concerning the Districts hiring policies as they relate to diversity. Board member Laura Jaecks comments . . .

Brown’s letter was entered into the public record although the board took no action in response. The board did take action in the tentative selection of an Illinois-based firm to conduct the search. A final decision on a contract is pending board action at a later date.

A Chelan County Port District official says a decision could be coming later this fall on a new non-stop flight to San Francisco. The Port’s Business Development Manager, Craig Larsen says three companies have expressed an interest in providing the service including United Airlines . . .

The Port has raised a million dollars, including Federal funds and local matching money, to be used by the airline to offset any financial risk for providing the service. The airport also announced that Horizon Air will add a fourth daily scheduled flight to SeaTac during the Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Year holidays.

Several fire crews, engines and air support were called to a commercial structure fire this morning on South Columbia Street in Wenatchee. A demolition crew was tearing out walls when, Chelan County Fire officials say, something sparked material in an old paint booth which likely sparked the blaze. One employee was in the building, mainly used for storage, at the time of the fire and reported it to police. An automatic sprinkler system aided fire crews in extinguishing the blaze fairly quickly and there were no injuries.

Embattled Washington State House Representative Matt Manweller has announced that, if elected in the upcoming election, he will not serve. The Republican lawmaker who was recently terminated from his teaching position at Central Washington University as a result of an investigation into claims he sexually assaulted student says he will not serve another term in the Legislature. Manweller is on the November ballot against Democrat, Sylvia Hammond. He says in a prepared statement that, if he’s elected, he plans to resign. Manweller was asked to resign by party leaders in response to new allegations he had a sexual relationship with a 17 year old high school student in 1997 when he was 27 years old. He has denied those accusations.

Coming up next, Chelan County Search and Rescue conducts 40 to 50 search and rescue operations each year, we’ll talk costs with Sheriff Brian Burnett. Wenatchee Valley College held a voter registration event today as part of the National Voter Registration Day observance. Economic challenges will be the subject of an upcoming Port of Chelan County Partner’s Breakfast, and, a Kenroy Elementary teacher is one of four finalists for a national teaching award.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Each year, between 6 and 7-hundred search and rescue operations are conducted in Washington State. On average, Chelan County accounts for 40 to 50 of those. Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett says operations range from a lost hiker to the removal of a body. Either way, it’s expensive. . .

Search and rescue missions can cost upwards of ten to fifteen thousand dollars, but Burnett says the County must bear the burden of those expenses. . .

Each year, the Emergency Management division of the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is tasked with estimating a budget for search and rescue operations. With more and more people recreating in the wilderness of Chelan County, that budget continues to climb.

Wenatchee Valley College held a voter registration event today as part of the National Voter Registration Day observance. Two booths were set up near the fountain in front of Van Tassel Hall to sign people up. WVC Student Senate President, Luz Estrada explained. . .

NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair talked with one of the newly registered voters, Chase Peterson. . .

Later tonight, the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center hosts a voter registration event including a screening of the documentary, “Arctic Dance: The Marty Murie story. The event starts at 7:00 p.m. and is free to the public.

The Port of Chelan County’s Partners Breakfast on October 11th will feature speeches from Stemilit Growers president West Mathison, State Senator Brad Hawkins and Chelan County PUD general manager Steve Wright. The three will be addressing the region’s biggest economic challenges. The breakfast will be at the Wenatchee Convention Center from 7:30 to 9 a.m. The port, which will also be giving updates on its projects, holds the breakfast gatherings three times a year. The idea is to engage business leaders on important economic development issues. If you’re planning on attending, the port would appreciate an RSVP by email at cami@portofchelancounty.com or call 663-5159.

Kenroy Elementary second-grade teacher (Vera-neek Pack-et) Veronique Paquette is one of four Washington teachers named as a state-level finalist for a national teaching award. Paquette, who has been teaching for more than 30 years, will find out in the spring if she has been selected for a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The East Wenatchee teacher has received numerous awards over the years for her innovative science instruction. She was a finalist for the same award in 2014. It is the nation’s highest honor for teachers of science, technology, engineering and math. Winners receive $10,000, in addition to attending recognition events.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update with Eric Granstrom and our feature story tonight. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

The Seahawks announced Monday that Chuck Arnold will be the new Team President.  Arnold has been the Chief Operating Officer since 2013 and with the organization since 2015.  He said being a Seahawks fan for life, it’s a dream come true…

The move is part of what they’re calling a new management structure for Vulcan Sports and Entertainment, the company that oversees Paul Allen’s professional sports franchises.  Besides Arnold becoming Team President, Chris McGowan replaces Pete McLoughlin, who was the CEO of Vulcan.  According to the team, McLoughlin left the organization by mutual agreement.

Meanwhile, the team is taking little time to revel in Sunday’s win over Dallas as it quickly begins preparations for this week’s game in Arizona.  Coach Pete Carroll says he finally saw some signs of where he wants the team to be…

A looming question mark remains Earl Thomas.  Thomas made two interceptions Sunday and was a key defender in Seattle’s 24-13 victory.  Yet, he said after the game he’s not happy and will not practice every day.  Carroll says they’re working with Thomas on his position as they move forward…

The 1-and-3 Seahawks kick off against the 0-and-3 Cardinals Sunday at 1:05pm.

You hate to see an opposing team celebrate in your house, and such was the case for the Oakland Athletics last night at Safeco Field.  Oakland clinched a playoff spot even before playing Seattle as New York knocked off Tampa Bay 4-to-1.  Then, following the A’s 7-3 victory, this was the scene in the visitor’s clubhouse…

Oakland still has a chance to catch Houston for the American League West title, but in the meantime can celebrate their first playoff appearance since 2014…

In last night’s win, Oakland got home runs from Johnathan Lucroy, Jed Lowrie, Khris Davis and Matt Chapman.  The Mariners also got home runs from Robinson Cano and Dee Gordon, but didn’t have enough in the tank to win.

James Paxton made a return after being on the disabled list for 17 games.  He went 4-innings, allowing 2-runs on 3-hits with 5 strikeouts.

Seattle and Oakland play again tonight with Mike Leake facing Brett Anderson at 7:10.

Also in the American League West last night…

Houston’s magic number to clinch the West is 2 after a 5-3 win over Toronto.  Brian McCann and Josh Reddick went deep for the Astros.

Jose Briceno hit a walk-off home run in the 11th inning as the Angels outlasted the Rangers in Anaheim 5-4.

Here’s what’s coming up on the Prep Schedule for today, first in girls soccer…

Manson hosts Brewster and Chelan’s at Okanogan at 4:30.  Davis hosts Eastmont at 5.  Cascade plays at Cashmere at 6:30.  And Wenatchee hosts West Valley tonight in the Apple Bowl at 7 o’clock.

In volleyball tonight…

It begins at 5:30 with Cascade Christian traveling to Easton while Entiat’s at Wilson Creek.  Manson hosts Tonasket; Waterville-Mansfield’s at Brewster; Cashmere hosts Cascade; and Chelan is at Okanogan at 6:30.  Then at 7 right here on the NCWLIFE Channel, it’s Eastmont and Wenatchee from Eastmont High School.  Eric Granstrom will be courtside with all the action beginning with the pregame at 6:50.

And finally in the pool…

Eastmont hosts Wenatchee this afternoon at 4 o’clock.

Thanks Eric.

The Greater Wenatchee Area Technology Alliance or (GWATA) will hold their Innovator of the year awards tomorrow. The awards recognize individuals, students and businesses in the greater Wenatchee area for their contributions in making this area a better place to live. Becca Freimuth of GWATA gives us a preview of what the awards are all about. . .

The award presentation is Wednesday at the Wenatchee Convention Center from 11:30 to 1:30. NCWLIFE cameras will be rolling and will bring you the entire event at a later date.

We’ll be back with a recap of some of our top stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

Welcome back to the NCWLife Evening News…

A Chelan County Port District official says a decision could be coming later this fall on a new non-stop flight to San Francisco. The Port’s Business Development Manager, Craig Larsen says three companies have expressed an interest in providing the service including United Airlines . . .

The Port has raised a million dollars, including Federal funds and local matching money, to be used by the airline to offset any financial risk for providing the service. The airport also announced that Horizon Air will add a fourth daily scheduled flight to SeaTac during the Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Year holidays.

This was shared with us on our Facebook page by Cascade Elementary School. In Mrs. Mott’s class at the beginning of the week they introduce a quote that the kids found. The person who brought the quote watches during the week to find the classmate that represents the quote the most. This past week they focused on using their struggle muscle. Trevyn works super hard without complaining.

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.