NCWLIFE Evening News August 25

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Good evening and welcome to NCWLIFE News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight— House Speaker Paul Ryan vists the Boeing Plant in Everett, Patagonia releases its first TV ad in light of National Monument news, and gas prices are on the rise in the Wenatchee Valley. Later on, we’ll have sports, your weather forecast and our feature story today. But first:

You can add John Brangwin’s name to the list of people who favor changing the name of Robert E Lee School. Brangwin is a candidate running for the Eastmont School Board. .

The School District has been besieged with requests by some in the community who requested the name change following the Charlottesville, VA riots. Brangwin agrees that the current name is inappropriate . .

Brangwin is in a runoff against Dave Piepel for the at-large seat. The School board has agreed to take the name change issue up at a future meeting. Meanwhile, a petition seeking the name change has been circulating

through the District and so far its reported that 200 signatures have been gathered.

House Speaker Paul Ryan used a visit to the Boeing plant in Everett yesterday to pitch the Republican tax reform proposal. During a Question and Answer session with company employees, Ryan outlined the proposal and how he claims it would simplify the current tax code for individuals and corporations while increasing the rate of economic growth. .

Protesters were expected to voice their opposition to the tax reform plan outside the closed event.

It doesn’t take much to get political these days and one major outdoor retailer did just that in its first ever TV ad, which aired Sunday and cost the company $700,000. Patagonia’s ad is a call to action for customers and environmentalists to defend America’s public lands during a time that US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke reviews the fate of about 27 federal public land monuments

Zinke announced Thursday he recommends President Trump alter at least three national monuments—two in Utah and one in Oregon that are expected to reshape federal land and trigger major legal battles according to the Washington Post. The full report has yet to be made public.

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange recently announced that Wenatchee Valley Hospital has been selected to oversee in-person assistance to residents of Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan counties for the upcoming open enrollment period for health care.

The hospital will provide free support for people signing up for healthcare coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder and will be responsible for building and managing a network of navigators who are available to guide individuals and families through the enrollment process. Confluence Health Lead Navigator in this process is Jene Bautista Reynoso, who explains what she does as a navigator and what the differences are regarding certain health plans. . .   

The open enrollment period is scheduled to begin on November 1st and if you need help or need more information call Confluence Health at (509) 667-7947.

Coming up, scammers strike again with a jury duty ploy in the Wenatchee area, local police agencies will hold a Run with the Cops event this weekend and gas prices are on the rise in the Wenatchee Valley. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

The jury duty scammers are operating in our area again. The general ploy is, you receive a call informing you that you failed to appear for mandated jury duty and a warrant has been issued for your arrest. In order to be rid of the warrant you need to pay money.  Police say they may seem authentic and your caller ID may show a phone number from a courthouse or law enforcement agency, and the scammer citing names of actual police and judges. The aim is to scare you into believing you missed a jury appearance. Don’t fall for it. If you receive such a call, hang up and call RiverCom at 663-9911.

There’s still time to register for Saturday’s Run With The Cops benefit 5 and 2K run

It’s the first time that the national event is being held in the Wenatchee Valley. Captain Edgar Reinfeld with the Wenatchee Police Department says all proceeds go to the Washington State Special Olympics. .

It may be too late to register on-line but you can register in person Saturday evening at 6pm prior to the start of the run at Fred Meyer in East Wenatchee.

Gas prices are on the upswing in the Wenatchee Valley. According to the website GasBuddy.com The lowest price at the pump as of today is 2 dollars and 69 cents at a couple of East Wenatchee locations. That compares with the State average of 2.91 cents a gallon. Nationally the average price is 2.34 a gallon which is 17.3 cents higher than last year on this date.

You’re watching NCWLIFE news. Coming up next, your sports update followed by today’s feature story. That and much more still to come on NCWLIFE News, stay with us.

NCWLIFE CHANNEL SPORTS

 

Here’s what’s coming up tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel Sports Broadcast Schedule:

We’re featuring the Wenatchee Wild and Chilliwack from December 30th tonight at 7 o’clock.  Tomorrow at 7 it’s Eastmont football vs. Mt. Spokane.  Saturday at 2 you can watch Wenatchee and Chelan volleyball followed at 7 by Wenatchee and Mt. Boucherie football.  Then it’s wall-to-wall soccer on Sunday with Wenatchee and West Valley at Noon; Wenatchee and Cashmere at 2; Eastmont and Cashmere at 5 and Wenatchee and Eastmont at 7pm.

Now, if you want to see some hockey in person, this weekend is your chance!  The Wenatchee Wild and new division rival Trail Smoke Eaters will place twice at the Community Rink this weekend. Voice of the Wenatchee Wild Arch Ecker stopped by Wake Up Wenatchee Valley to talk more about the pre-season event:

The four-period format will be utilized on both nights, tonight and tomorrow, with the games starting at 7:00 pm. Tickets will be sold at the door only for $10 General Admission.

 

You’ll get an early taste for high school football tomorrow at the Apple Bowl.  Wenatchee High is hosting its annual jamboree for all levels with the Freshman and JV’s starting at 4.  The varsity teams will follow at 7.

The half-field scrimmages will involve Wenatchee, Eastmont, Cashmere, Ephrata and Entiat’s JV.  Varsity action will include Wenatchee facing Ephrata on the scoreboard end at 7 while Eastmont plays Cashmere on the Rec Park End.  Then Cashmere and Ephrata will exchange ends and face the Panthers and Wildcats.  No score will be kept, there will be no punts or kickoffs and the coaches will be on the field with the teams.

 

Here’s what else is on tap for the weekend…

Besides the Wild hosting Trail at the Rink, there’s the Crescent Bar River Fest today through Sunday featuring Water Sports, Wine Tasting, a Classic Car Cruise, Motorcycle Rally, Golf Tournament, Boat Demo’s, and of course, partying on the beach!

 

The Seahawks host the Kansas City Chiefs in the all-important third game of the pre-season tonight at CenturyLink Field.  Starters for both teams are expected to play the entire first half and the first series of the third quarter.  The big thing to watch tonight is the offensive line for Seattle, especially at left tackle.  The question following the season-ending knee injury last week to George Fant is whether Rees Odhiambo (OH-DEE-AHM-BOE) is ready to take over the spot.  Matt Tobin, whom the Seahawks acquired in a trade last week, will also see time at left tackle as will left guard Luke Joeckel (JOKE-uhl).  Kickoff on channel 7 KREM is set for 5 o’clock.

 

As the Mariners prepare to take on the Yankees today in the first of a three-game weekend series, looming large over the New York clubhouse will be how many of its players will be suspended by Major League Baseball for three, bench-clearing brawls Thursday in Detroit.  A total of 8 ejections were made in yesterday’s Detroit 10-6 win.  Meanwhile, looming over the Mariners is whether they’ll have the services of Robinson Cano or Guillermo Heredia.  Both left Wednesday’s games with injuries and are listed day-to-day.  Ariel Miranda starts on the mound for the M’s against the Yankees CC Sabathia.  First pitch is at 4:05.

Seattle finds itself a half-game back of the second wildcard spot heading into the weekend series in the Bronx:

Kansas City, Minnesota and LA all lost last night so that puts Seattle, the Royals and Angels all a half-game behind Minnesota for the second playoff spot.  Despite the Yankee’s loss to Detroit, New York leads the wild card race by 3-and-a-half games over the pack.

Detroit 10, NY 6
Colorado 3, Kansas City 2
Chicago White Sox 5, Minnesota 1
Texas 3, LA Angels 0
New York            68-58     +3.5
Minnesota          65-62     …
Seattle                  65-63     .5
LA Angels            65-63     .5
Kansas City         64-62    

In the American League last night…

Washington 5, Houston 4
Texas 3, LA 0
American League West Standings
Houston               77-50     …
LA Angels            65-63     12.5
Seattle                  65-63     12.5
Texas                    64-63     13.0
Oakland               55-72     22.0

Thanks Jay…Construction of a new roundabout on the Eastside of the Senator George Sellar Bridge in Wenatchee is close to completion. The Fifth Street roundabout is the first of three to be built in East Wenatchee. Two more will be created at the intersections of Sunset Highway and 9th Street and Valley Mall Parkway at 9th Street. Those two projects are scheduled for construction in 2019. One of the most asked questions concerning roundabouts is why those instead of traffic lights? Dave Kieninger, Assistant Project Engineer with the D.O.T., says there are many reasons roundabouts are the preferred choice over traffic signals. .

Besides the new roundabout on Western and Cherry in Wenatchee, the next new feature will be on Highline Drive in front of Safeway in East Wenatchee.

We’ll be back in just a moment with a recap of some of today’s stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this

And now a recap of some of our top stories…

You can add John Brangwin’s name to the list of people who favor changing the name of Robert E Lee School. Brangwin is a candidate running for the Eastmont School Board. .

The School District has been besieged with requests by some in the community who requested the name change following the Charlottesville, VA riots. Brangwin agrees that the current name is inappropriate . .

Brangwin is in a runoff against Dave Piepel for the at-large seat. The School board has agreed to take the name change issue up at a future meeting. Meanwhile, a petition seeking the name change has been circulating

through the District and so far its reported that 200 signatures have been gathered.

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange recently announced that Wenatchee Valley Hospital has been selected to oversee in-person assistance to residents of Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan counties for the upcoming open enrollment period for health care.

The hospital will provide free support for people signing up for healthcare coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder and will be responsible for building and managing a network of navigators who are available to guide individuals and families through the enrollment process. Confluence Health Lead Navigator in this process is Jene Bautista Reynoso, who explains what she does as a navigator and what the differences are regarding certain health plans. . .

The open enrollment period is scheduled to begin on November 1st and if you need help or need more information call Confluence Health at (509) 667-7947.

Gas prices are on the upswing in the Wenatchee Valley. According to the website GasBuddy.com The lowest price at the pump as of today is 2 dollars and 69 cents at a couple of East Wenatchee locations. That compares with the State average of 2.91 cents a gallon. Nationally the average price is 2.34 a gallon which is 17.3 cents higher than last year on this date

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

And finally tonight, Believe it or not, Volcano Boarding has become a popular tourist sport in Nicaragua, tourists hike to the top of the volcano, Cerro Negro, and simply ride a wooden board down to the bottom trying not to fall off, check it out…

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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). I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.