NCWLIFE Evening News December 6, 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, Two students in the Eastmont School District have been diagnosed with chickenpox, prompting the district to send a letter Thursday warning parents. The Washington State Patrol says a motorist was killed in a one-car rollover this morning on State Route 155 about eight miles north of Nespelem and Dan Kuntz previews and critics the all-new Cosmic Crisp Apple.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Facing a $1-million-dollar budget shortfall, Wenatchee Valley College announced Thursday it’s laying off 20 employees beginning January 31st. In a news release late yesterday afternoon, WVC President Jim Richardson said QUOTE, I understand this is a painful time for our campus and in no way do these layoffs reflect the quality and dedication of the employees who are affected, UNQUOTE. Of the 20 employees being laid off, 12 are classified union employees and 8 are exempt, non-union employees. No teachers were a part of the reduction of staff.  Exempt and classified employees have already agreed to take non-paid furlough days during the school year.  Last month the college announced that enrollment was down 2.1% from last year, following a trend of declining enrollment over the last decade. The college currently employs 499 people, with 249 of them full-time.

Two students in the Eastmont School District have been diagnosed with chickenpox, prompting the district to send a letter Thursday warning parents.

Chickenpox is highly contagious and can have serious complications, especially for people with compromised immune systems. Superintendent Garn Christensen said the two students are related, with one attending Kenroy Elementary and the other Sterling Middle School. School nurses alerted the district office to the illnesses, he said. Children should not return to school until all of the pox have scabbed over, he said. That could take from several days to weeks. Christensen said anyone who has not received two doses of the vaccine should get vaccinated immediately. He said a vaccination within five days of exposure can still prevent chickenpox.

The Washington State Patrol says a motorist was killed in a one-car rollover this morning on State Route 155 about eight miles north of Nespelem. A Colville tribal police officer spotted the wreck about 9:40 a.m.

The highway was closed in both directions as the state patrol investigated. The state Department of Transportation set up a detour on Columbia River Road from Nespelem to near Omak. The identity and hometown of the person killed has not yet been released.

Coming up next, After years of organizing drop-off events for household paints and pesticides, Chelan County now has one central site to collect all those wastes. A ban on outdoor burning and the use of uncertified stoves and fireplaces begins at 8:00 a.m. Sunday, and, A Medicare bill authored by 8th District Congresswoman Kim Schrier should get a vote in the House next week.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

After years of organizing drop-off events for household paints and pesticides, Chelan County now has one central site to collect all those wastes. NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins has the story. . .

A ban on outdoor burning and the use of uncertified stoves and fireplaces begins at 8:00 a.m. Sunday, December 8th, in Okanogan County’s Methow Valley, and for all of Chelan and Douglas counties due to poor air quality expected in the region.

A Stage 1 ban that began earlier this week in Kittitas and Klickitat counties will be extended. Restrictions on burning will continue through 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 11th, when conditions will be reassessed. Under a Stage 1 ban, all outdoor burning is prohibited, including residential, agricultural and forest burning. Use of uncertified wood stoves, fireplaces, inserts, and other uncertified wood-burning devices is prohibited unless they are a home’s only adequate source of heat. Fine particles from wood smoke can easily get into people’s lungs, causing heart and breathing problems.

A Medicare bill authored by 8th District Congresswoman Kim Schrier should get a vote in the House next week. Schrier’s Medicare Vision Act would expand Medicare Part B coverage to pay for eye exams and eyeglasses, which it doesn’t cover right now. In an interview with NCWLIFE in October, Schrier said such steps are logical building blocks on the success of the Affordable Care Act. . .

Schrier introduced the Medicare Vision Act back in September. Suzan DelBene of Washington’s 1st District is a cosponsor.

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Time now for our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, NCWLife’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Guppy the dog. . .

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 Wild, coming off a four-game home stand in which it went 3-and-1, will now hit the road for three straight…

The Wild will play at Vernon tomorrow night at 6.  Then they’ll travel to Coquitlam for a 7:15 game on Sunday.  They’ll wrap up the road trip next Wednesday with a trip to Trail for a 7 o’clock game time.

Heading into the trip, Wenatchee’s 4th in the BCHL’s Interior Division with 36-points, 4-behind Salmon Arm and 6-points behind second-place Trail.

Opening up the Les Schwab Girls Prep Basketball Scoreboard from last night…

Wenatchee got out to an early 4-point lead but couldn’t hold up under the constant Pasco defense and fell to the Bulldogs 77-40.  The Panthers were forced into 31 turnovers.  Pasco was led by the 23-points of sophomore forward Aniyah Heavens.  The top-scorer for Wenatchee was senior forward Emily Redman with 13.

Naches Valley outscored Cascade 25-7 in the 3rd quarter en route to a 62-36 win.  Molly Weiser led the Kodiaks with 13-points.

In other girls play last night, Chelan stopped Cle Elum 41-30 and the Waterville-Mansfield girls scored 81-points in a win over Pateros.

Turning to the Les Schwab Boys Prep Basketball Scoreboard…

Chelan erased a 6-point halftime deficit by outscoring Cle Elum 22-5 in the 3rd quarter and went on for a 76-69 win last night.  The Goats had 4-players in double figures led by the 26-points from Connor Wilson and 20 from Nate Harding.  Coach Jeff Pearl said, “I was proud of how our guys gutted out the win on a night our shots wouldn’t seem to fall.”

Naches Valley held Cascade to single digits each quarter in a 44-23 win in Leavenworth last night.  6’1 junior forward Isaac Cortes led the Kodiaks with 7-points.

In other action, Pateros knocked off Waterville-Mansfield 78-45.

The balance of power in Girls Big-9 Bowling may have shifted south this season…

Eisenhower is unbeaten at 4-and-oh, atop the standings, while West Valley knocked off Wenatchee yesterday 3-1 to hand the Panthers their second league loss.

Wenatchee won the first game by three points, but then the Rams countered with a 12-point win in game two.  West Valley took the first baker game 146-to-132 and then the Panthers struggled in the final baker, being outscored 140-to-89.  Total pin count for the match was 1,713 to 1,639.

The loss puts Wenatchee in a second-place tie with Eastmont at 3-and-2.

Coming up in a very busy prep schedule this weekend, we’ll start off in girls basketball tonight…

Eastmont travels to mead at 5:30 while Ephrata’s at Prosser and Quincy hosts Selah at 5:45.

Coming up tomorrow, Entiat hosts Wellpinit at 1.  Then at 3:30 it’s Toppenish at Ephrata and Quincy hosts East Valley.  Later on at 5:45, Wenatchee hosts Southridge while Moses Lake entertains Chiawana.  At 6, Brewster visits Waterville-Mansfield while Manson hosts Lake Roosevelt.  Then at 7, Cashmere hosts the defending State 1A Champs, the La Salle Lightning, at Ron Doane Memorial Gymnasium.

Turning to the boys basketball schedule, starting with tonight…

Wenatchee travels to Chiawana at 6.  The rest of the games start at 7:15 as Moses Lake travels to University; Eastmont’s at Mead; Quincy hosts Selah; and Ephrata plays at Prosser.

Coming up Saturday, Entiat takes on Wellpinit at 2:30.  Ephrata hosts Toppenish while East Valley plays at Quincy at 5.  The 7:30 games have Brewster at Waterville-Mansfield; Manson hosts Lake Roosevelt; Southridge is at Wenatchee; and Moses Lake entertains Chiawana.

The prep wrestling season gets underway in a big way tomorrow with several tournaments around the region…

We’ll start on the boy’s side as Eastmont and Ephrata will be at the Davis Invite starting at 9am.  Wenatchee and Moses Lake wrestlers are in Kennewick for the Bob Mars Invite at 10.  The Connell Invite also begins at 10 and that’s where you’ll find Cashmere and Chelan.  Cascade opens the season at the Omak Invitational at 10am.

In girl’s wrestling tomorrow, Moses Lake is in the Spokane area for the Central Valley Lady Bear Invite beginning at 9.  That’s the same start time for the Davis Invite for Ephrata.  And 13-teams will be in town for a huge wrestling tournament tomorrow at Eastmont for the Ladycat Kickoff Classic, which starts at 10.

And the Seahawks have a Sunday night date with the Rams…

Seattle and L-A will kickoff on NBC at 5:20 Sunday.  The prime time broadcast will also be a chance for Seahawks players and coaches to show off specially designed cleats and shoes…

A win or a tie for the Seahawks would lock up a playoff spot.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, our very own Dan Kuntz was on a mission earlier today to find out what the fuss is all about over the new apple variety, Cosmic Crisp. . .

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up Monday morning on Wake Up Wenatchee valley, Dan. . .

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 weekend.