NCWLIFE Evening News August 16, 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 Wenatchee School District is anticipating big budget deficits in the coming years and the superintendent is recommending a property tax increase to deal with them, and, Eastmont School District has delayed several planned building projects after failing to receive any bids.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Wenatchee elementary school teacher has been arrested for allegedly molesting two students more than a decade ago. 58-year-old Joe Ells is accused of kissing the 8-year-old girls on the lips during the 2005-2006 school year. The first alleged victim told police Ells kissed her several times a week. According to court documents, the girl’s mother saw one of the kisses. Ells reportedly admitted to police he kissed both girls. Chelan County Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Hankins said Ells will be charged with aggravated child molestation in the first degree.

The school district said the safety of its staff and students is of the highest priority, and referred questions about Ells to its attorney Danielle Marchant. She said Ells has been placed on leave.

The Wenatchee School District is anticipating big budget deficits in the coming years and the superintendent is recommending a property tax increase to deal with them. At this week’s school board meeting, Superintendent Paul Gordon proposed a 30-cent increase per thousand of assessed value. The district can raise its levy up to $1.50 per thousand without a public vote. Chief Financial Officer Larry Mayfield said even with staff reductions in the next few years the district is on a path toward spending all its reserves in order to keep up with rising costs. Gordon said the 30-cent increase would still result in a fiscally conservative budget.

The board said before raising the district’s levy they want an opportunity to explain its budget problems to the public and take comments. They will do so at a public meeting next Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. at Wenatchee High School. Board member Laura Jaecks said it’s about building trust.

Eastmont School District has delayed several planned building projects after failing to receive any bids. Superintendent, Garn Christensen reports in the District’s August newsletter that the projects included 4 new cafeterias, 20 additional classrooms and replacement of the High School baseball field restrooms. He says the District will put them all on hold until next year when they will be put out for rebid.

The construction is part of the District’s new grade level reconfiguration at Cascade, Grant, Kenroy, Lee and Rock Island schools. Funding for the projects comes from a state class-reduction grant and a voter-approved capital levy.

Coming up next, The City of Wenatchee appears poised to buy a prime piece of State-owned property on North Wenatchee Avenue. Chelan County road maintenance crews will be busy next week with various projects throughout the county which will cause some delays, and, Wenatchee artist Larry Gay was this year’s main sponsor and official poster artist for the Annual Doc Holli-DAYS event in Tombstone, Arizona.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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The City of Wenatchee appears poised to buy a prime piece of State-owned property on North Wenatchee Avenue. An official says the City wants to acquire the two buildings that were vacated by Washington State Department of Transportation when it moved its operations to Olds Station last year.

The City’s economic development director, Steve King says the proposed 4.3 million dollar purchase will be considered at next week’s City Council meeting. King says the plan is for the City to retain ownership of a portion of the property as part of the planned Confluence Parkway bypass project. He says the rest of the property including the two abandoned buildings could be resold for private development.

Chelan County road maintenance crews will be busy next week with various projects throughout the county which will cause some delays. The two biggest projects will be in Cashmere and Leavenworth areas.

In Cashmere, crews will be cleaning up after a downed tree on Olalla Canyon Road near milepost 3. Motorists should watch for one-lane, flagger-controlled traffic in the work area. Minor traffic delays are expected. And the crew will be cleaning the ditch at the end of Eels and Taber roads. One-lane, flagger-controlled traffic also will be in that work area.

In Leavenworth, road crews will be skip patching on Chumstick Highway, from about milepost 10 to Plain. Motorists should watch for one-lane, flagger-controlled traffic in the work area. Minor traffic delays are also expected in that area.

Wenatchee artist Larry Gay was this year’s main sponsor and official poster artist for the Annual Doc Holli-DAYS event in Tombstone, Arizona.

In honor of that recognition, Gay sculpted both a one-half life-size and 14″ bronze of the famous outlaw Johnny Ringo from the 1993 classic movie “Tombstone.”

Gay was joined by Michael Biehn, who played Johnny Ringo in the movie Tombstone for several meet and greets as well as a stagecoach ride through the OK Corral. Participants were also invited to a VIP party at Wyatt Earp’s Oriental Saloon.

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The YWCA North Central Washington Board of Directors has announced they will reconsider the closure of their thrift store in Wenatchee. Here with more details on the store’s efforts to remain open is NCWLIFE’s Kyle Montgomery. . .

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.

The Wenatchee AppleSox season came to an end last night in Victoria, but not before a thrilling, 9th inning finish…

Trailing 5-3 in the top of the 9th, Wenatchee came back with four runs to take a 7-5 lead.  But the HarbourCats came all the way back and won it on a 2-run, walk-off single by Harrison Spohn 8-7.

The 9th inning highlights are courtesy of the Go Live Broadcast, Shaw Cable and the HarbourCats Facebook page…

Tanner Smith finished the game 3-for-5 for Wenatchee with 3-RBI’s.  The AppleSox finish the season 30-and-27 in league play including the playoffs and 35-and-27 overall.

The HarbourCats will face the Corvallis Knights for the West Coast League Championship…

Nick Yovetich’s 3-run home run in the bottom of the 7th was the difference as Corvallis beat Walla Walla 6-2 in Game 3 of the South Division playoffs.  Connor Redmond held the Sweets to 2-runs on 3-hits in 6-and-a-third innings with 6-strikeouts.

Game 1 of the WCL Championship is tonight in Victoria at 6:35. The series will shift to Corvallis for game 2 Saturday and, if necessary, Game 3 Sunday.

The Mariners took the rubber-match of its three-game series with Detroit today 7-to-2…

Dylan Moore hit a home run and Kyle Seager drove in three runs in the victory.  Austin Nola also contributed 3-hits on the day to back Tommy Milone.  The former AppleSox improved to 2-and-7 with the win, going 4-innings of relief with 2-run on 6-hits and 3-strikeouts.

Seattle is in Toronto to begin a three-game, weekend series today.

Let’s check the Les Schwab American League West Scoreboard from Thursday…

Luis Arraez was 3-for-5 with a two-run home run to lead Minnesota past Texas 13-to-6.

Mike Trout was 4-for-4 and hit his 40th home run of the season to lead Los Angeles over the Chicago White Sox 8-7.  The ChiSox nearly came back, scoring 4 in the top of the 9th before the Angels got the final out for the win.

Matt Chapman and Matt Olson each hit two home runs to lead Oakland past Houston 7-6.

The Seahawks had a final practice today prior to traveling to Minnesota to take on the Vikings Sunday.  Coach Pete Carroll was asked if fans will see Bobby Wagner in Sunday’s game…

Carroll says quite a few rookies took a positive step in the first preseason game, but need to follow up with more steps forward come Sunday…

The Seahawks travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings in their second preseason game Sunday at 5 o’clock on Fox.

Finally, here’s what we have on the Sports Schedule for the weekend…

Hopefully the weather will cooperate for a night of racing Saturday at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval.  It’s North Valley Mechanical Night with Bump 2 Pass, WMRA Midgets, Roadrunners and Boat Races!  The gates open at 4:30 with racing starting at 6.

It’s the 44th annual O’Terry’s Lads and Lasses coed softball tournament tomorrow and Sunday at Walla Walla Point Park and Kirby Billingsley Hydro Park.

The 29th Annual Slam-N-Jam 3-on-3 basketball tournament is tomorrow and Sunday at Don Morse Park in Chelan.

And, there’s a big Performance Show Saturday and Sunday in the indoor arena at Appleatchee.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, let’s find out what’s going on around the valley for you to enjoy this weekend. Here’s NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson. . .

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.