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for you tonight, Grant County health officials are dealing with a mumps outbreak that apparently began in farmworker housing units near Mattawa. The Wenatchee City Council is expected to take action tonight on a major park project, and, Already two weeks behind schedule because of weather issues, a break in a water line has delayed further the start of irrigation season for much of the East Wenatchee area.
But first, we begin tonight. . .
Orchard Joy Ride Ends in Arrest -An East Wenatchee man faces multiple charges after he allegedly drove his car through a pear orchard in the Monitor area Tuesday. Court documents say 25 year old Wade A Linsday was seen by witnesses speeding through the orchard off Monitor Orchard Road. Chelan County Sheriff’s deputies say Linsday’s car struck several trees. One witness reported he was almost struck by the vehicle which was reportedly traveling at 40 miles an hour through the orchard. Deputies say Linsday was arrested after he abandoned the damaged vehicle and then kicked in the door of a nearby home on Zager Road and tried to enter a locked car on the property. Linsday was being held at the Chelan County Jail pending filing of formal charges.
Mumps outbreak– Grant County health officials are dealing with a mumps outbreak that apparently began in farmworker housing units near Mattawa. On Monday, the Grant County Health District announced it had confirmed one mumps case and was investigating three others. Today, the district officially declared a mumps outbreak. The health district said it is taking steps to reduce the spread of the virus by urging people with mumps symptoms, like fever, headaches, muscle aches, tiredness and a loss of appetite to stay home. Mumps is probably best known for the swelling of the jaw. Health officials also urge residents to ensure they and their children are properly vaccinated for mumps. Mumps usually goes away on its own within 10 days but serious complications sometimes develop. A mumps outbreak two years in Grant County sickened more than 45 people.
Methow Park Improvements -The Wenatchee City Council is expected to take action tonight on a major park project. On the agenda is a motion to award a contract for construction of the Kiwanas Methow Park Improvements project. East Wenatchee-based KRCI is the apparent low bidder on the project with an estimated cost totaling about 2.7 million dollars. The Council meets in regular session starting at 5:15 PM and will be streamed live on the City’s Facebook page.
Irrigation break -Already two weeks behind schedule because of weather issues, a break in a water line has delayed further the start of irrigation season for much of the East Wenatchee area. The Greater Wenatchee Irrigation District says the broken 48-inch steel pipe is at Seventh and Union streets and could take several days to repair. The district says people with controllers on automatic sprinkler systems might want to turn those off. Residents who receive their irrigation water from the canal will not be affected.
Coming up next, 12th District State Senator Brad Hawkins voted against the so-called clean energy bill that was passed by the Legislature Wednesday, and, Wenatchee’s proposed charter school, Pinnacles Prep, has announced the hiring of its first principal. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.
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Hawkins clean energy– 12th District State Senator Brad Hawkins voted against the so-called clean energy bill that was passed by the Legislature Wednesday because it did not give equal treatment and tax breaks to hydro power as a renewable energy source. The bill, touted by Governor Jay Inslee, commits the state to using 100 percent clean energy by 2045. Hawkins told NCWLIFE he tried to have hydro included in the clean energy bill but was unsuccessful so he has now introduced a bill specifically to do that.
Hawkins’ bill would save PUDs an estimated $22 million in sales and use taxes over the next 10 years as they replace generating units.
Pinnacles Prep Principal –Wenatchee’s proposed charter school, Pinnacles Prep, has announced the hiring of its first principal. Jill Fineis, (Fin-es) currently science coordinator for the Wenatchee School District, said it is QUOTE thrilling to be a part of this new adventure UNQUOTE. Fineis has been an educator for more than 20 years. Pinnacles Prep, a middle and high school, hopes to open in 2021.
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Kennel Kameos -Time now for our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, NCWLife’s Rachael Mandelis introduces us to Olivia the cat. . .
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In what has become the unofficial kickoff to the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival, Chiefs for a Day and their law enforcement mentors arrived in a motorcade at Memorial Park shortly before noon today (Thu). At an official ceremony on main stage from 12:10 to 1:10 p.m., the young chiefs were officially sworn in. Wenatchee Police Chief Steve Crown told the crowd at Memorial Park that the chief for a day event is what Apple Blossom is all about. . .
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 all participate in the event. U.S. Congresswoman Kim Schrier also made a special appearance to commemorate the start of the 100th Washington State Apple Blossom Festival.
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