NCWLIFE Evening News August 22

Grant Olson has the latest NCWLIFE Evening News for Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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WENATCHEE, WA – It’s time for NCWLIFE Evening News with Grant Olson for Tuesday, August 22, 2017.  And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight— a motorcycle accident claims the life of a Coulee City man, Wenatchee Valley College ranks as one of the top 25 community colleges in the nation, and Eastmont School board receives input on requests for a name change at Robert E Lee Elementary. Later on, we’ll have sports, your weather forecast and our feature story today.

Chelan County marijuana growers are threatening a lawsuit after Commissioners voted to adopt new zoning regulations. The board took final action on the new rules earlier today in Wenatchee. Steve Hair filed this report…[watch story here]

We can share the details of a fatal motorcycle crash yesterday on State Route 17 between Soap Lake and Coulee City. The accident happened at milepost 89 near the Sun Lakes rest area. A State Patrol report identified the victim as 78 year old Benjamin Coates of Coulee City. Troopers say Coates was killed after he lost control of his bike and crashed into a rock wall after attempting to pass three cars in a no pass zone.

A bicycle rider was injured yesterday after colliding with a big-rig near the Hwy 2 and 97 Blewett Pass intersection South of Cashmere.  Troopers say 69-year old Herman Raley of Peshastin was transported to Central Washington Hospital after his bike struck the passenger side of a Peterbilt truck driven by 38-year old Flint Hartwig of Wenatchee. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

A recent survey compiled by the website Wallethub ranks Wenatchee Valley College as one of the top 25 community college’s in the nation. The rankings are based upon categories such as the cost of in-state tuition and fees to student-faculty ratio to graduation rate. The survey ranked 728 community colleges across the country. Libby Siebens, Executive Director of Community Relations at WVC, says another important indicator in the Wallethub survey is the probability of finding employment after college.  The top-ranked community college in the survey is Leech Lake Tribal College in Minnesota while the lowest ranked school on the list is Kilian Community College in South Dakota. Also of note: Wallethub also conducted a survey of the best and worst state community college systems and Washington came in at number 3.

A larger-than-usual turnout was on hand at Eastmont’s School Board meeting last night to speak out about a possible name change for Robert E. Lee Elementary School. Sue Ellen Harris is a former history teacher in the Eastmont School District who spoke in favor of changing the name.  [see video here]  Harris suggested “Clyde Pangborn; Wilfred Woods; Don Moos; or Fred Rogers Elementary” as possible new names for what is now Robert E. Lee Elementary School. Former Chelan County Superior Court Judge Carol Wardell spoke in favor of changing the school’s name because of what the name, Robert E. Lee, represents.
Wardell suggested former Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputy Saul Gallegos’ name be used to rename the school. Chuck Holland has had two of his three children graduate through the Eastmont School District and he’s a Wenatchee High Graduate. He used sarcasm to make his point against changing the school’s name.  Dave Haven is the Pastor for Celebration Lutheran Church in East Wenatchee and believes the name should be changed.  Eastmont School Board President Annette Eggers thanked those in attendance for their sentiments and that each would be considered as the district moves forward but did NOT say if the board would go forward with a name change for Robert E. Lee elementary school.

With the help of Stemilt Growers, yesterday the Chelan County Commissioners unanimously approved the purchase of a 1-acre piece of land in Wenatchee’s Olds Station industrial park for a new substation.  The new substation, tentatively called “Ohme”, will replace the aging substation at Old Station that was built in 1979. Stemilt is expanding it’s operations in Olds Station and already had level property available for the PUD to purchase. Dan Fraser, PUD Facilities Director, says that thanks to cooperation with Stemilt, this land purchase was possible.  As a consideration of the land purchase, the PUD District would reserve for Stemilt a certain amount of substation capacity to serve Stemilt’s projected increase in demand at that location. The current substation is at 90-percent capacity with aging equipment and not enough room to increase power capacity. Once an agreement is finalized, the next steps are to apply for permits this fall, design the facility and start building sometime in 2018 or 2019.

Riders from 4-years old to 74 took part in the 10th annual State Finals Patterned Speed Horse Association competition over the weekend at the Appleatchee Riders Arena in Wenatchee.  The three-day competition kicked off on Friday with 4 events, Saturday featured 7 timed races and on Sunday 5 more races completed the competition. The horse races had riders who have been competing for over 60 years including a family of three generations involved in the event. The Patterned Speed Horse Races have been held since the early 1960’s and all but three of them have been in Wenatchee. The organization began as the Washington State Horsemen and 10 years ago was re-structured as the Patterned Speed Horse Association. Of note from the competition, rider Lindsay Sogge set a new state record time in the Intermediate flags competition, a record that has stood since 1992. The next PSHA event at Appleachee is this Saturday beginning at 10:00 a.m. and features barrels, figure 8, key race and rescue race.

In Sports

We begin our week of sports tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel with some high school girls soccer. It’s Wenatchee and Moses Lake from last November 4th.  Hockey Night on Thursday features the Wenatchee Wild at Chilliwack from last December 30th. Friday will feature Eastmont and Mount Spokane Football from September 16th. Saturday is Wenatchee and Chelan Volleyball from September 14th at 2 o’clock followed at 7 by Wenatchee football versus Mt. Boucherie.

The Wenatchee Valley Sportsmen’s Association is hosting the North Central Washington Youth Hunting and Fishing Day on Saturday, September 16th at the NCW Gun Club.  It’s free for the kids and will introduce them to the outdoors with hunting and fishing demonstrations. They’ll learn about wildlife and conservation, firearms safety and learn how to shoot a bow and arrow and a gun! There’s free lunch, door prizes and a drawstring backpack for everyone who attends. It’s at the NCW Gun Club in East Wenatchee and will run from 10am to 3pm on that day, Saturday, September 16th. I’ll be your emcee so bring the kids up for some outdoor adventures!

It was a match of speed versus power earlier today at Wenatchee Valley College in the Van Tassel Center as #1-ranked Tucker Wagner took on the upstart 398th ranked Uriah Darby in table tennis.  The so-called “Battle of the Paddle – Part 1” went to Wagner in a hard-fought match 21-14, 21-15, 21-17. Following the match, Darby accused Wagner of “corking his paddle” while Wagner said Darby’s was “unusually heavy…as if it were full of lead.” The two NCWLIFE employees are already planning a rematch in “Battle of the Paddle – Part 2”.

Yonder Alonso brought home three runs on two doubles and the Seattle Mariners topped the Atlanta Braves 6-5 Monday.  Alonso’s first double came in the top of the 4th to break a 2-2 tie and score Leonys Martin and Jean Segura. His second was in the 6th and scored Martin with what proved to be the winning run. Andrew Albers won his second straight start in a Mariner uniform, going 5-innings, allowing 4-runs on 6-hits. He also contributed at the plate with an RBI infield single. Manager Scott Servais said his club was lucky to win considering four errors in the field.  Four relievers combined to allow one run on 6-hits with Edwin Diaz picking up his 28th save. Seattle and Atlanta play again today at 4:35 with Marco Gonzalez facing Lucas Sims.

In the American League Wild Card race…
Minnesota 10, Chicago White Sox 2
Chicago White Sox 7, Minnesota 6
Texas 5, LA Angels 3
Wild Card Standings
NY Yankees 66-57 +2.5
Minnesota 64-60 …
LA Angels 64-61 .5
Seattle 64-62 1.0
Kansas City 62-61 1.5
Texas 62-62 2.0

In the American League West Monday…
Baltimore 7, Oakland 3
American League West Standings
Houston 76-48 …
LA Angels 64-61 12.5
Seattle 64-62 13.0
Texas 62-62 14.0
Oakland 54-71 22.5

In Weather

Today through Wednesday night: The upper ridge that’s been in place for almost a month now will finally begin to shift east tonight with a warm southwest flow and mostly clear skies over the area. This allowed high temperatures to warm into the 90s today and will be the warmest day of the week. That southwest flow also allowed some smoke and haze to move into North Central Washington from wildfire activity in western Oregon. But, notice the large area of low-pressure spinning counter-clockwise off the coast of British Columbia. As it moves into our area Wednesday expect an increase in some mid-level clouds and slightly cooler temps for us tomorrow. Thursday through Monday: As that system passes through on Thursday, expect much cooler temps and windy conditions into Thursday night. A large area of high pressure will re-develop over the Great Basin region this weekend bringing with it very hot weather especially into early next week.