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 reminder of road closures and detours this weekend for the Apple Blossom Keyes Fiber Youth Parade, and, The Washington Legislature is scheduled to adjourn Sunday, but one big unresolved issue is the amount of property taxes local school districts can collect.
But first, we begin tonight. . .
Rock Island’s waterfront is getting closer to a major facelift. The town is working with the Port of Douglas County on plans to repurpose the old silicon smelter property and restore the area’s riverfront for recreational use. The smelter has sat abandoned since it closed in 2003 but now appears to be on a fast-track for redevelopment. Port Commissioner Jim Huffman says its been a community driven planning process from the start . . .
The Port used a $50,000 dollar state grant to commission a study by Graham Baba Architects to determine if the two biggest buildings on the property can be reused. It’s the same firm that worked on the Pybus Market remodel design.
They’ve drafted plans to rezone the 20 acre property into a waterfront/innovation district that would include a mix of office space, focused on research and development, education classrooms, hotel, restaurant and brewery with outdoor event space and waterfront activities. Port Executive Director Lisa Parks says the port had previously received two different grants totaling 290-thousand dollars from the Washington State Department of Ecology for environmental assessment work on the old plant site, as well as the Rock Island Waterfront Subarea Plan. At their meeting this week Port commissioners conditionally approved a 120-thousand dollar State grant to complete supplemental environmental assessment work on the property including the buildings.
A friendly reminder from your Wenatchee Police Department on the day before the Keyes Fiber Youth Parade on Saturday. Captain Edgar Reinfeld says Orondo and Mission Streets will be closed again along the parade route starting around 6:00 a.m. tomorrow. . .
Reinfeld says he anticipates another family-friendly festival. He says arrests have been down in recent years compared to past festivals. . .
The Washington Legislature is scheduled to adjourn Sunday, and with Democrats in control of both houses Senator Brad Hawkins says they’re likely to do so without a special session for the first time in years. But one big unresolved issue is the amount of property taxes local school districts can collect. The Legislature capped that at 1.5 percent two years ago while increasing state property taxes to meet its school funding obligations under the McCleary decision. But that left several districts, including Wenatchee, with a budget deficit to deal with. Hawkins told NCWLIFE’s Cal FitzSimmons the issue remains equity for school districts and raising the levy limits is not the answer. . .
Coming up next, A 2.7 million dollar contract to fund improvements to Wenatchee’s Kiwanas Methow Park has been awarded to an East Wenatchee-based company. The Wenatchee Valley College Foundation has hired a new executive director, and, The largest outdoor recreation event takes place this weekend in Washington, as the lowland lake fishing season opens. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.
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A 2.7 million dollar contract to fund improvements to Wenatchee’s Kiwanas Methow Park has been awarded to an East Wenatchee-based company. The City Council approved the contract with KRCI at last night’s meeting. Council member, Keith Huffaker cast the lone dissenting vote arguing against the City’s one million dollar share of the costs. . .
But Councilmember, Jim Bailey maintains that the money is being well spent. . .
The park’s improvements are the result of an extensive community engagement. The Trust for Public Lands was involved in raising over 3 million dollars for the improvements.
The Wenatchee Valley College Foundation announced earlier today that Rachel Evey has been hired as the new executive director. She was named the executive director on April 8th, after serving as the interim executive director since October 2018. Evey was originally hired as the WVC Foundation alumni relations coordinator in July 2017. She is originally from Bakersfield Calif., where she worked as a manager of development and donor services at Kern Community Foundation. She previously worked as development and donor services coordinator and as foundation assistant for the community foundation. She received a bachelor’s degree in international relations and Italian at the University of California-Davis.
The largest outdoor recreation event takes place this weekend in Washington, as the lowland lake fishing season opens. Fishing Magician Dave Graybill says our area lakes will see a ton of folks hoping to catch some great trout. . .
Area lakes have been fully stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout for the weekend. In addition, Graybill says to be on the lookout for fish with tags to win prizes. . .
Be sure to grab your gear and take a kid fishing in the lowland lake opener this weekend. For more on rules and regulations, go to w-d-f-w dot wa dot gov.
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Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray was the number one overall pick by the Arizona Cardinals in last night’s first round of the NFL Draft…
For the 8th year in a row, Seattle used its first-round pick to move back in the draft, as it traded the 21st overall selection to Green Bay. The Seahawks used the 29th pick to select TCU Defensive End L.J. Collier, a 6’2, 291-pound All-Big 12 1st-teamer who recorded six sacks and 42 tackles his senior year.
Seattle used the 30th pick it received from Green Bay to trade to the Giants for New York’s 2nd, 4th and 5th round picks. In addition, the Hawks got the Packer’s two, 4th round picks. So the Seahawks entered draft day with four picks and came out with a 1st round defensive end and a total of 8 picks remaining, all in rounds 2-through-5.
The NFL Draft continues with the 2nd and 3rd rounds today beginning at 4 o’clock on ABC and ESPN.
The Mariners scored 5-runs in the first inning, bringing 10-men to the plate and went on for a 14-2 win over Texas last night at T-Mobile Park…
Marco Gonzales was stellar on the mound, picking up his 5th win of the season, going 7-innings of scoreless ball, allowing six hits and striking out 9.
The bottom of the order came through at the plate with Ryon Healy going 3-for-5 with 3-RBI’s and 3-Runs; Dylan Moore 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI; and Dee Gordon going 3-for-4 with 2-RBI’s.
Seattle and Texas play again tonight at 7:10 with Shelby Miller facing Yusei Kikuchi. Kikuchi is only expected to go one inning as the Mariners limit his workload.
Turning to the local baseball action from yesterday…
It took 9-innings and three hours, but Brewster edged Chelan in a non-league classic 6-to-5. And, as we mentioned yesterday, Oroville forfeited its doubleheader to Manson.
On the Les Schwab Prep Softball Scoreboard yesterday…
Cascade picked up an extra-inning, road win at Cle Elum 7-to-5. And the defending state champion Almira-Coulee-Hartline girls had no trouble with Waterville-Mansfield, sweeping the doubleheader 20-0 and 12-2.
On the soccer pitch Thursday…
Cascade shut out Okanogan to officially claim the regular season Caribou Trail League title 4-nil. And Manson topped Tonasket 5-to-2.
The Les Schwab Prep Tennis Scoreboard looks like
Wenatchee remained unbeaten by sweeping Davis, 6-1 for the boys and 7-0 for the girls. Eastmont was swept by Eisenhower, 5-2 and 7-0.
On the track yesterday…
The Eastmont track team traveled to Moses Lake for an afternoon of running, jumping and throwing. The Wildcat boys beat Sunnyside 99-46 but fell to West Valley 80-65. It was a similar story for the Eastmont girls, falling to West Valley 75-70 and beating Sunnyside 95-52.
Coming up on the prep schedule for today…
The Wenatchee Thunder lacrosse club hosts Chiawana tonight at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl. We’ll have it LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel beginning shortly before 7 with Eric Granstrom and Rod Higley on the play-by-play.
On the pitch this weekend…
Eastmont hosts Eisenhower tonight at 7 while Wenatchee travels to Moses Lake at 7. Saturday, it’s Chelan hosting Tonasket at 11am; Quincy’s at Cascade and Manson hosts Pateros at 1pm.
There are a couple Big 9 doubleheaders today…
Wenatchee travels to Sunnyside for two while Eastmont hosts West Valley for a couple games, both beginning at 4 o’clock this afternoon.
On Saturday, Waterville-Mansfield hosts Pateros for a doubleheader bright and early at 9am. The rest of the twin bills start at 11 with Cashmere hosting Chelan; Okanogan’s at Cascade; and Brewster hosts Manson.
In girls fast pitch softball action…
Cascade hosts Omak in a doubleheader today at 3:30. Sunnyside and Wenatchee play two at Walla Walla Point Park beginning at 4pm.
Tomorrow, Waterville-Mansfield plays at Pateros with the first of two games at 9am. Cashmere hosts Chelan and Manson’s at Brewster for doubleheaders beginning at 11.
Several local tennis teams will be in Spokane today and tomorrow for a big tournament…
Cashmere, Chelan, Eastmont and Wenatchee tennis teams will play at the Inland Empire Classic at Mead High School today and tomorrow. Also today in league play, it’s Cascade at Quincy while Entiat hosts Pateros at 4pm.
On the prep track schedule this weekend…
Cashmere, Entiat, Omak and Tonasket are in Peshastin today at 4 o’clock as Cascade hosts the annual Reike Invitational.
Tomorrow, it’s Cascade, Cashmere, Davis, Eastmont, Ephrata, Lake Roosevelt, Okanogan at Pateros at Wenatchee at 10am.
There’s also quite a bit on the weekend sports calendar…
The Horse Lake Trail Run hosted by RunWenatchee is tomorrow morning at 7am and includes a 25-k, 7-mile or 5-mile run.
Riverfront Rock Climbing Gym is hosting a youth competition tomorrow for kids aged 7-to-17. That will get underway at 9am and the public is welcome.
The Leonard Evans 150 is the featured event at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval tomorrow night. Race classes include the Roadrunners, Street Stocks, Northwest Super Late Models and Bandoleros. Racing gets underway on Fancher Heights beginning at 6pm.
And, there’s the Apple Blossom Bash Men’s Softball Tournament tomorrow and Sunday at Walla Walla Point Park.
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 email@example.com, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). Also, keep it right here on the NCWLIFE Channel Monday morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great Apple Blossom weekend.