NCWLIFE Evening News April 30, 2019

583

Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News live 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, With a new industry looking to start production in Wenatchee, Chelan County PUD commissioners on Monday reviewed the agreements needed to provide up to 19 megawatts of power to the new Diamond Foundry business. The Moses Lake city manager has been placed on paid administrative leave after city employees filed claims of workplace discrimination and harassment, and, The Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forest will be under new management starting later this week.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

It was standing room only today at the Leavenworth Festhalle for a public hearing on the highly publicized adventure theme park proposal.

Chelan County Hearing Examiner, Andrew Kottkamp, presided over the hearing. He heard testimony from dozens of people over the course of the all-day meeting. The vast majority of those who testified opposed the project citing issues such as traffic, parking, noise and aesthetics. . .

The proposed 10-acre park would include an alpine coaster and other attractions on a hillside at Icicle Road and Highway 2. The project has been controversial from the start.the start.

After numerous objections last summer, developer John Sutherland withdrew, then resubmitted his application. With numerous mitigation requirements, it has cleared most city and state environmental hurdles. Written comments were being accepted until 5:00 p.m. today. A final hearing examiner ruling is pending.

With a new industry looking to start production in Wenatchee, Chelan County PUD commissioners on Monday reviewed the agreements needed to provide up to 19 megawatts of power to the new Diamond Foundry business by the requested date of March 2020.

The San Francisco based gemstone manufacturer is leasing space from Stemilt to set up its new plant in Wenatchee. The property owner proposed a customer-built substation to power the operation because there is not enough PUD substation capacity to meet the load at that location.

The PUD, Stemilt and City of Wenatchee planners have determined the best location is next to the PUD’s North Wenatchee Substation off Hawley Street. It is close to transmission lines and supports the city’s long-range plans for Confluence Parkway. PUD staff are targeting the June 3rd for action on the Diamond Foundry power contract.

The Moses Lake city manager has been placed on paid administrative leave after one current and two former city employees filed claims of workplace discrimination and harassment.

The city council took the action at a special meeting Monday evening following the claims against City Manager John Williams. In a statement, city officials said they were making no prejudgments and an investigation into the allegations is under way. The Columbia Basin Herald reported the claims also include workplace sexual discrimination.

The Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forest will be under new management starting later this week.

Forest Supervisor, Mike Williams is retiring and will be stepping down on May 3rd.  Williams leaves after serving as the forest’s chief ranger since 2015.

Scott Tangenberg has been appointed to serve as acting supervisor until a new full-time supervisor is selected. Tangenberg comes to Wenatchee from Sonora, California where he served as deputy supervisor of the Stanislaus National Forest. He started his career with the US Forest Service in 2000. He began his Forest Service Career in Salt Lake City.  From there he has worked as a hydrologist on Forests in Oregon, South Dakota, Wyoming, and California. 

Coming up next, Teams from Wenatchee and Cashmere swept three FFA competitions last week. As the state Legislature raced to pass budgets by midnight Sunday, a bill that would have banned single-use plastic bags quietly died in a House committee, and, Anyone driving in the Plain/Lake Wenatchee area Friday may experience delays as the Tour de Bloom Bicycle Race winds its way through the area.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News from the 100th Washington State Apple Blossom Festival.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Teams from Wenatchee and Cashmere swept three FFA competitions last week and will represent Washington this fall at the national FFA convention in Indianapolis.

Wenatchee’s Horse Evaluation team beat 19 other teams to advance and Wenatchee’s Forestry team beat 16 other competitors.

Cashmere’s Environmental Resources team also took first place and will go on to nationals.

As the state Legislature raced to pass budgets by midnight Sunday, a bill that would have banned single-use plastic bags quietly died in a House committee. The ban was approved by the Senate in March. Another bill that would have banned plastic straws failed to advance earlier in the session.

In the Senate, a bill introduced by Senator Brad Hawkins that would have offered sales tax breaks to PUDs for hydro improvements failed to make it to a floor vote.

Hawkins said the bill was designed to offer the same tax breaks to hydro that are given to other renewable energy projects. PUDs would have saved an estimated $22 million over the next 10 years.

Anyone driving in the Plain/Lake Wenatchee area Friday morning and early afternoon may experience delays as the Tour de Bloom Bicycle Race winds its way through the area.

Organizers are expecting about 300 cyclists for the race, which begins at Plain at 8:00 a.m. and finishes at the top of Beaver Hill at about 2:00 p.m. Chelan County Sheriff’s deputies will lead out each race group and volunteers from Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue will be controlling traffic at most intersections.

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…

Eric with Apple Blossom guest. . .

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 from Memorial Park in Wenatchee right after this.

The national media is giving the Seahawks all A’s and B’s in last weekend’s NFL Draft…

Seattle went into the draft with just four picks, but traded around and ended up with 11-players selected over seven rounds.

The Hawk’s first-round selection Thursday was defensive end L.J. Collier out of Texas Christian.  On Friday, Seattle chose strong safety Marquise Blair from Utah and wide receiver D.K. Metcalf out of Ole Miss in the second round.  They went back to Utah in the 3rd round for linebacker Cody Barton.

On Day 3, Seattle picked up wide receiver Gary Jennings in the fourth round from West Virginia; Wake Forest guard Phil Haynes; and Oregon free safety Ugo Amadi.

Husky fans appreciate the Seahawk’s 5th round selection in Washington linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven.  Seattle chose Miami running back Travis Homer in the 6th round along with Florida State defensive tackle Demarcus Christmas.  Finally, the Hawks picked up their third wide receiver with their last pick in Hawaii’s John Ursua.

The Seahawks are still working on picking up un-drafted free agents while the existing team begins phase two of their off-season workout at the V-Mac in Renton.

Despite dropping two dreadful games to Texas last weekend by a total score of 29-to-2, the Mariners are still tied with Houston atop the American League West…

Seattle begins a brief two-game series with the Chicago Cubs tonight at T-Mobile Park.  The Mariners come into tonight’s game with an 18-and-13 record.  Meanwhile, the Cubs are second in the National League Central Division, three games back of St. Louis. 

The Seattle bats will face a very tough Cole Hamels, who’s 3-and-oh with a 3.16 ERA.  Meanwhile, the Mariners are hoping for another good outing from Felix Hernandez, who is 1-and-2 with a 3.91 ERA.  First pitch tonight is 7:10.

It’s a very busy day for high school teams in our region…

First, in high school baseball, we have one score in a makeup game from Monday as Lake Roosevelt beat Waterville-Mansfield 16-nothing.

Coming up today, Wenatchee travels to Eisenhower while Eastmont hosts Davis at 4.  Cashmere welcomes Okanogan to town at 4:30.  And Chelan’s at Liberty Bellat 4:30.

There were also a couple makeup softball games Monday…

Lake Roosevelt topped Waterville-Mansfield 12-to-4 and Manson kicked an extra point to edge Pateros 21-20.

Coming up today, Chelan as a doubleheader at Omak at 3:30.  Eastmont’s on the road at Moses Lake at 4 while Wenatchee hosts Eisenhower.  At 4:30, it’s Cashmere at Okanogan.

One soccer score to pass along from Monday…

Manson edged Oroville 6-5.  Coming up today, Cascade plays at Omak at 4:30.  That’s the same kickoff time for Chelan hosting Okanogan.  And tonight is senior night for the Wenatchee Panthers as they host Davis.  We’ll have the game LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel with Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen at 7 o’clock.

The Wenatchee Valley Thunder lacrosse team has it’s

The Thunder will be in Selah to take on the Vikings at 7 o’clock.

In some makeup tennis on Monday, Wenatchee swept Eisenhower 7-0 and 7-0…

Coming up today, it’s Wenatchee hosting Eastmont at 3 o’clock.  Okanogan’s at Cashmere; Omak hosts Cascade; Lake Roosevelt is at Chelan; and Oroville takes on Entiat all at 4 o’clock.

Area track teams are heading north for the Bridgeport Invitational today…

Chelan, Entiat, Lake Roosevelt, Omak, Pateros, Tonasket and Wilson Creek track teams will participate in the late-season meet beginning at 3:30.

They call it the Rope Rider Invitational…

We’re not sure why Ellensburg, the host school, calls it that, but it’s a girls invitational golf tournament teeing off at Suncadia this morning at 9.  Wenatchee and 17 other teams are participating.

The Big 9 Boys POD #6 is this afternoon at Three Lakes as Wenatchee hosts Davis, Eastmont, Eisenhower, Moses Lake, Sunnyside and West Valley.  The boys will tee off at 1 o’clock.

And in Caribou Trail League play, Chelan plays Cascade at Leavenworth Golf Club starting at 2:30.

Thanks Eric.

Once again this year our very own Dan Kuntz has the tough assignment of making his way around the food court to sample the awesome Apple Blossom food here at Memorial Park. Tonight, Gyro’s. . .

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.