NCWLIFE Evening News April 29, 2019

NCWLIFE Evening News April 29, 2019

Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News coming to you live tonight from Memorial Park in Wenatchee for the 100th Washington State Apple Blossom Festival. 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 Greater Wenatchee Irrigation District announced on Saturday that irrigation is up and running after a break in a 48-inch water line, and, Voters could be asked this fall to renew a one tenth of one percent sales tax to fund ongoing upgrades to the RiverCom Emergency Dispatch communications system.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

For the first time since 2009, the Washington Legislature passed an operating budget and adjourned without a special session late Sunday.

Democrats used their big majorities to boost spending, increase taxes and allow local school districts to raise property taxes in their districts from a dollar fifty per thousand of assessed value to two dollars and fifty cents per thousand. Many school districts, Including Wenatchee, have faced big budget cuts after the Legislature capped local property taxes last session.

The $52.4 billion operating budget increases spending by $8 billion over the next two years. And includes a wide array of spending and revenue increases.

The spending increases included K-12 education, higher education and $45.5 million to help prevent and fight wildfires in the state.

To pay for the additional spending, taxes were increased on some real estate sales. There also will be an increase in the business and occupation taxes on some industries. Noticeably absent from the revenue bills approved was a capital gains tax proposed by Democrats in both houses that likely would have faced legal challenges.

Lawmakers also approved Initiative One Thousand, which repeals the state’s ban on affirmative action. Lawmakers also adopted a capital budget that contains funding for two major projects in the Wenatchee area. 4 million dollars is allocated for the Wenatchi Landing sewer extension project. It’s the first phase of developing infrastructure to support major new development near the Odabasian Bridge.

It involves a fully installed road, water line, and sewer extension that could lead to commercial and recreational development.

The capitol budget also includes over $33.5 million dollars for improvements to Wenatchee valley College including replacing the ageing Wells Hall, $977,000 dollars  for the Cashmere Canyon Preserve project, $500,000 for improvements to Lincoln Park and an additional $263,000 dollars for construction of a combination soccer and lacrosse field at Lincoln Park.

The Greater Wenatchee Irrigation District announced on Saturday that irrigation is up and running after a break in a 48-inch water line delayed the start of irrigation season last Wednesday.

The break occurred at 7th Street and South Union in East Wenatchee affecting around 3,000 East Wenatchee residents. The Greater Wenatchee Irrigation District reminds customers to be patient while they turn on water meters throughout the affected area.

Voters could be asked this fall to renew a one tenth of one percent sales tax to fund ongoing upgrades to the RiverCom Emergency Dispatch communications system.

The tax increase was originally approved in 2009 to help fund 12 million dollars in improvements over 10 years. The tax increase is scheduled to end this year under the terms of a sunset clause written into the original ballot measure. Revenues collected by the one tenth of one percent tax increase could only be used for capital expenses. Chelan County Commissioners today (Mon) approved placing the measure on the fall ballot. Douglas County Commissioners are expected to adopt the same resolution.

Coming up next. Commercial mushroom permits went on sale today, with the Forest Service expecting big crowds this year, and, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell visited the Hanford Nuclear site late last week for briefings by DOE officials on various cleanup projects.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Commercial mushroom permits went on sale today, with the Forest Service expecting big crowds looking to harvest a bumper crop this year.

That’s especially true in the Entiat Valley areas burned last summer by the Cougar Creek fire. Permits are required for anyone planning to collect more than five pounds of mushrooms or if they intend to sell them.

The permits can be purchased at Forest Service offices in Wenatchee, Entiat and Chelan. The cost for a two-day permit is $30 dollars; a 30-day permit is $80; and a season permit $100 dollars. By this weekend, the Forest Service will identify locations that will be designated as commercial harvester camps.

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell visited the Hanford Nuclear site late last week for briefings by DOE officials on cleanup projects and how tank waste will be treated as early as 2022.

Cantwell’s tour included stops at the AP Tank Farm and the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant. Her visit coincides with ongoing budget discussions in Washington DC. Cantwell says President Trump’s proposed spending plan would cut funding at the Nation’s largest superfund cleanup site by 18 percent.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, tonight’s feature story and your complete local weather forecast. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News…

In tonight’s feature story,NCWLIFE’s Eric Granstrom is standing by live with Apple Blossom Festival Administrator Darci Christoferson, Eric. . .

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.

After downing Texas 14-to-2 on Thursday, the Seattle Mariners found out about paybacks this weekend as the Rangers won 15-1 Saturday and 14-1 Sunday…

Yesterday’s shellacking came at the expense of Erik Swanson’s ERA, lasting just four innings and allowing 9-runs on 11-hits, including two home runs by Logan Forsythe.  Daniel Vogelbach was the only high point for Seattle, going 2-for-3 at the plate with a double.

The Mariners will try to bounce back with interleague play tomorrow when they’ll host the Chicago Cubs at 7:10.  Cole Hamels will go up against Felix Hernandez.

Gracin Raz took the checkered flag Saturday night in the 5th annual Leonard Evans 150 at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval…

Other winners Saturday night included RG Greiner in the Plumb Perfect Roadrunners; Seth Frazier in the Street Stocks; and Evan Goetz in the Bandoleros.  The Pro Late Models, Thunder Cars, Roadrunners and Vintage Modifieds will be back to WVSO for the next race May 18th.

Checking the Les Schwab Prep Baseball Scoreboard from the weekend…

On Friday, Wenatchee swept both ends of a doubleheader at Sunnyside 16-1 and 21-4.  Eastmont split with West Valley, winning the opener 11-2 but falling in the nightcap 12-11.

Chelan swept Cashmere Saturday 14-0 and 16-5.  Okanogan had no trouble with Cascade, winning 19-8 and 12-6.  Pateros swept Waterville-Mansfield 21-8 and 1-0.  And Brewster took a pair from Manson 17-1 and 23-3.

On the softball diamonds Friday…

Wenatchee took both ends of a doubleheader from Sunnyside 16-4 and 14-1.  Cascade swept Omak 20-3 and 17-0.

On Saturday, Cashmere won twice against Chelan 16-12 and 9-8.  Waterville-Mansfield managed a split with Pateros, falling in the opener 14-13 and winning the second game 14-4.  And Brewster beat Manson 17-6 and 17-0.

Eastmont celebrated senior night at Wildcat Stadium Friday with a 3-2 win over Eisenhower in Big 9 soccer…

The victory ensured Eastmont the #4 seed heading into the post-season, which will mean a District Play-In game Friday against Davis at Eastmont. 

Wenatchee beat Moses Lake Friday 3-to-1.  The Panthers host Davis tomorrow night in the regular season finale at the Apple Bowl, which we’ll have LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel at 7 o’clock.  Wenatchee still has a chance to finish second in the Big 9, but will probably finish 3rd and host Moses Lake in a District Play-in Game Friday at 6 o’clock.

The Wenatchee Valley Thunder had no trouble defending the home turn Friday night in downing Chiawana in boys lacrosse 17-nothing…

The visiting Riverhawks just had no answer for the Thunder attack, as Wenatchee led 12-nothing at the half.  Eric Granstrom and Rod Higley had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel, as Triston Ploch had a HUGE night…

Ben Higley also had 4 goals while Sam Williams chipped in three.  Wenatchee travels to Selah tomorrow and then hosts Richland in a battle for first place Thursday night at 7 in the Apple Bowl.

Here’s what we have on the NCWLIFE Schedule this week…

We’ll have our evening news with Grant Olson LIVE from Memorial Park today through Thursday as the 100th Apple Blossom Festival gets into full swing.  As we mentioned, boys soccer is on the menu tomorrow night at Lee Bofto Field as Wenatchee hosts Davis at 7.

On Friday, we’ll broadcast the news LIVE at 5 out front of LocalTel’s office on Grant Road as a lead-up to our LIVE coverage of the Les Schwab Classy Chassis Parade at 6.  Grant Olson and Brent Crowder will be your hosts for that.

Then on Saturday, we’ll be back up at Triangle Park for the Stemilt Growers Grand Parade at 11 o’clock.  We’ll take the air at 10:30 with Eric Granstrom and Jessy Clay co-hosting NCWLIFE’s coverage.

Thanks Eric.

With the opening of the lowland lake fishing season over the weekend, we wanted to show you video of a Tennessee father who REALLY gets into his fishing, take a look. . .

If you have a video of the day, you’d like to see on the NCWLIFE Evening News, message us on our Facebook Page at the NCWLIFE Channel.

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 And, remember, if you see news happening we’d like to hear from you.  You can send us an email at, 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 live from Memorial Park for the 100th Washington State Apple Blossom Festival and please join us again live, tomorrow night right here at Memorial Park. Until then, have a great night.