NCWLIFE Evening News April 24, 2019

NCWLIFE Evening News with Grant Olson and Sports Update with Eric Granstrom for Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

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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, The Grant County Sheriff’s Office says there has been a rash of incidents recently involving thieves stealing global positioning systems off farm implements, and, Douglas County Port Commissioner Jim Huffman announced he intends to file for re-election this fall.
But first, we begin tonight. . .

Voters in the Lake Chelan School District sent a resounding NO to a seventy-five and a half million dollar bond proposal that would have paid for a new high school and extensive renovations to the existing high school, the elementary school and the construction of new sports facilities. Slightly over 57% of ballots counted rejected the proposal. A 60% yes vote was required for the measure to pass. Opponents of the proposal cited the flat enrollment numbers for the district didn’t require the adding of additional facilities.


Farm GPS Thefts -The Grant County Sheriff’s Office says there has been a rash of incidents recently involving thieves stealing global positioning systems off farm implements. In a warning issued to farmers, the department says there have been about $90,000 worth of GPS systems stolen from unattended farm tractors in the county. The Sheriff’s Department says the GPS equipment is easy to remove and can be sold at a hefty price to people trafficking in stolen property. Farmers are urged to take extra precautions, and anyone with information on the thefts is encouraged to contact the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.


Huffman Re-election -Douglas County Port Commissioner Jim Huffman announced he intends to file for re-election this fall. He sat down recently with NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair. . .

TComing up next, A local educator has been named Washington State Elementary Principal of the Year. The idea of some sort of merger or consolidation between the ports of Douglas and Chelan counties, is still in an exploratory stage, and, In what has become an unofficial kickoff to the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival, Chiefs for a Day and their law enforcement mentors will arrive in a motorcade at Memorial Park shortly before noon Thursday. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.


Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Lopez-Principal of Year -The Association of Washington School Principals and the Elementary School Principals Association of Washington has recognized Alfonso López, Principal at Lewis & Clark Elementary, as the 2019 Washington State Elementary Principal of the year. At a surprise awards ceremony yesterday at the Wenatchee school, Heidi Sutton, President of the Elementary School Principals Association of Washington made the presentation. . .

This prestigious award celebrates individuals who set high standards for instruction, student achievement, and community involvement as well as individuals who advocate for education. López credits his career success to having mentors and a solid support system of colleagues and family encouraging him on his journey as an educator. . .

Principal López will represent Lewis & Clark Elementary, the Wenatchee School District and principals across the state at the Washington State Principal of Year. He will also travel to Washington D.C. to compete for the National Associations of Elementary School Principal of the year award.


Ports Merger -The idea of some sort of merger or consolidation between the ports of Douglas and Chelan counties, is still in an exploratory stage, Port of Chelan Commissioner Rory Turner told NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair Wednesday. Turner said the idea was first raised by a facilitator working with an airport task force that was formed after the Douglas port said it could no longer meet its financial obligations for joint funding of Pangborn International Airport. Turner said the airport currently is losing about $300,000 dollars a year. The words used by the facilitator were QUOTE, functional consolidation, UNQUOTE, Turner said. . .

Turner said if both ports agree that functional consolidation is the way to go, the three-member commissions from each port would likely hold joint meetings for decision-making. . .

Chief for a Day -In what has become an unofficial kickoff to the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival, Chiefs for a Day and their law enforcement mentors will arrive in a motorcade at Memorial Park shortly before noon Thursday. At an official ceremony on main stage from 12:10 to 1:10 p.m., the young chiefs will be officially sworn in. It is the 17th year of the Chief for a Day program, which celebrates the lives of kids who are terminally ill or have a chronic disease. Law enforcement including Wenatchee Police, Washington State Patrol, Chelan County Sheriff, Douglas County Sheriff, Washington State Fish and Wildlife, and East Wenatchee Police participate in the event.


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Larry’s Feature 2 -In tonight’s feature story, we continue our look at this week’s NCWLIFE Magazine with Producer Kaitlin Hetterscheidt as she follows the restoration of the Larry’s Drive In Sign, with Graybeal Signs. . .

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.


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Thanks Eric. Recapping tonight’s top story. . .
Voters in the Lake Chelan School District sent a resounding NO to a seventy-five and a half million dollar bond proposal that would have paid for a new high school and extensive renovations to the existing high school, the elementary school and the construction of new sports facilities. Slightly over 57% of ballots counted rejected the proposal. A 60% yes vote was required for the measure to pass. Opponents of the proposal cited the flat enrollment numbers for the district didn’t require the adding of additional facilities.


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. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.