NCWLIFE Evening News February 1, 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, In part 2 of NCWLIFE’s interview with Wenatchee School Board President Sunny Hemphill, she responds to allegations that the board is only looking for a Latina Superintendent, and, Ric Issacson, a longtime Wenatchee area emergency services volunteer, has died.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

East Wenatchee Mayor Steve Lacy says he’s going to order an independent probe into grievances by rank and file police officers against the department and chief.

Last week a Teamster’s Union Local 760 representative read a letter before the East Wenatchee City Council outlining officers’ complaints about a perceived lack of training and other issues of concern. In the letter they say they, Quote, “have lost all trust, faith, and confidence in Chief Randy Harrison and Assistant Chief Ray Coble’s ability to lead the East Wenatchee Police Department,” Unquote.

Union business representative Dave Simmons announced at the meeting that 16 of 18 officers approved a no confidence vote against the Chief and Assistant Chief. Mayor Lacy says he plans to issue a statement soon in response to that letter. . .

The Mayor says the review panel will be comprised of retired and former law enforcement officials from outside the area. He says THAT review could take several months to complete. Simmons said Lacy’s actions calling for an independent investigation are appropriate.

In part 2 of NCWLIFE’s interview with Wenatchee School Board President Sunny Hemphill, she talks about a letter sent to the board by HYA, the consulting firm hired to help the district find a new superintendent.

In that letter, HYA said good candidates were not applying because they had heard the district was only interested in a Latina. Hemphill flatly denies that. . .

The consultants’ letter also said candidates were reluctant to sign a waiver granting access to their past personnel records because of concerns about QUOTE, “a Board dynamic that was not desirable,” UNQUOTE. Hemphill said there was discussion of such a waiver but it was never made a requirement. . .

Hemphill discussed the dynamic on the school board that has often led to friction between members, including accusations that she, Michele Sandberg and Sarah Knox, all elected in 2017, were conducting board business outside regular meetings. . .

And finally, she said she’s very encouraged by the quality of applicants for the superintendent job. . .

A longtime Wenatchee area emergency services volunteer has died. You may remember Rick Issacson for the work he performed as a public information officer during many disasters in Chelan and Douglas County. . .

Chelan County Fire District One Assistant Chief, Mike Burnett commenting on Isaacson’s passing.

Rick moved to the Wenatchee Valley after retiring as a Sergeant with the Everett Police Department. Rick recently celebrated his 11th anniversary with Chelan County Search and Rescue. He is being recognized as a dedicated volunteer to many local organizations including the Red Cross, Wenatchee Police Departments VIPS, and the Chelan County Fire Department.

Coming up next, The Washington Apple Commission along with several other Agriculture groups will share over 200-million dollars in Federal funds to help them deal with the impacts of ongoing foreign trade disputes. One of the biggest fundraising events of the year is coming up at the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society, and, Megan McPherson will be in to let us know about all there is to do around the Wenatchee Valley this weekend.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The Washington Apple Commission along with several other Agriculture groups will share over 200-million dollars in Federal funds to help them deal with the impacts of ongoing foreign trade disputes.

The Apple Commission will receive over 8.4 million dollars from The Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP). The program is designed to help U.S. agricultural exporters develop new markets and will help mitigate the adverse effects of other countries’ tariff and non-tariff barriers. The ATP provides cost-share assistance for consumer advertising, public relations, point-of-sale demonstrations, participation in trade fairs and exhibits, market research, and technical assistance. In addition the package also included the Market Facilitation Program to provide payments to farmers harmed by retaliatory tariffs, and a food purchase and distribution program to assist producers of targeted commodities.

One of the biggest fundraising events of the year is coming up at the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society; NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson has more. . .

The auction will include dinner, boardwalk style games, event-themed cocktails, and both a silent and live auction featuring travel packages, culinary experiences and sports memorabilia.

Time now for NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson to fill us in on some of the events going on this weekend. . .

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. . .

**Snow Day Songs** –A light-hearted feature story for you tonight. . .Superintendents and school administrators are trying to be creative with snow day announcements across the country. Here’s an example and we’ll let you decide how good they are, take a look. . .

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.

Checking the Les Schwab Men’s College Basketball Scoreboard from last night…

Gonzaga had no trouble with BYU, shutting down the Cougars 93-63.  Brandon Clarke scored 23-points and Rui Hachimura added 20 to help the Bulldogs improve to 20-and-2 on the season.

On the Les Schwab Prep Girls Basketball Scoreboard last night…

Cashmere won its 40th straight Caribou Trail League game dating back to 2016 with an 87-18 win over Cascade last night.  It was also Chelan downing Tonasket 50-28.  Cascade Christian forfeited to Easton so that goes down official 1-nothing.  And Entiat had no trouble with Wilson Creek, winning 71-31.

On the Les Schwab Prep Boys Basketball Scoreboard…

Cashmere beat Cascade 65-45 to claim the regular season Caribou Trail League title.  Entiat stomped Wilson Creek 74-27.  Chelan got 27-points from Quinn Stamps and 24 from Connor Wilson in an 80-67 win at Tonasket.

Coming up on the prep schedule today…

Local bowlers are at the WIAA State Championships at Narrows Plaza Bowl in University Place.  Eastmont is the two-time defending champs and Wenatchee won it prior to that in 2016.

The ladies will begin competition today at 12:30 with the first of six regular games.  Then on Saturday, the first of 14 baker games begins at 10am.  We should know the state champion by about 1 in the afternoon Saturday.

Representing Eastmont are:  Alicia Hastings; Brittni Hastings; Colby Hull; Dai-Lynn Thomas; Megan Lindell; Samantha Heinz; and Skye Wilson.

Representing Wenatchee are:  Emilee Groth (GRAUTH), Hannah Johnson; Holly Shipley; Jaiden Thompson; Jessica Holbrook; Kylah Hankins; and Madie Munro.

Best of luck ladies!

It’s District time for area wrestlers…

The 4A District 6 Championships start today at Eisenhower High School at 5 o’clock.  They’ll resume tomorrow morning at 10am.  The 1A District 6 Tournament for the Caribou Trail League will be at Cashmere High School starting tomorrow morning at 10.

The District 6 Swimming and Diving Championships began yesterday at Moses Lake High School with the swimming prelims…

The Dive prelims are today at Noon with the finals starting tomorrow at 11am.

Coming up on the girls basketball schedule tonight…

Omak plays at Chelan at 5:45.  Eastmont’s on the road at Davis while Wenatchee hosts Eisenhower at 5:45.  Grant Olson will be courtside with your play-by-play here on the NCWLIFE Channel.  Brewster hosts Manson at 6 and Waterville-Mansfield plays at Bridgeport at 6:30.

On the boys basketball schedule tonight…

Chelan hosts Omak at 7:15.  Eastmont is at Davis at 7:30.  We’ll have Eisenhower at Wenatchee, also at 7:30 here on NCWLIFE.  Brewster hosts Manson at 7:30.  And it will be an 8 o’clock start time for Waterville-Mansfield at Bridgeport.

Coming up tomorrow

Manson is at Oroville at 6 while Waterville-Mansfield hosts Lake Roosevelt, also at 6.

On the boy’s side tomorrow…

Manson and Oroville tip it up at 7:30 while the Shockers host the Raiders, also at 7:30.

And not to be forgotten…

The Wenatchee and Eastmont Cheer squads will be leaving today for tomorrow’s state championship cheer competition at Battle Ground High School where they’ll be competing all day.  We shared a note from Martee Lou on our Facebook page that the ladies will both ride over on the same bus with a sendoff outside Eastmont High School this morning at 8:15.

The Wenatchee Wild are in Penticton tonight to battle one of the best team in the BCHL tonight…

The Vees lead the Interior Division with 67-points, second-only to Chilliwack in the entire BCHL (Chiefs have 71-points).  Wenatchee snapped its four-game losing streak Wednesday with a win at Merritt and come into tonight’s game with 59-points, good enough for third in the Interior Division.  The Wild return home tomorrow to host Vernon on Guns N Hoses Night with a game between local fire and police at 5.

Finally, Super Bowl 53 is just two days away…

The Los Angeles Rams take on the New England Patriots.  This is New England’s 8th Super Bowl appearance in the last 17 games.  The Patriots will be looking for their sixth title in team history.  The Rams won the title last in 2000 as the St. Louis Rams, knocking off Tennessee 23-16.  Sunday’s game will kick off at 3:30 on CBS.  Of course, all the pre-game shows will start about 7 o’clock in the morning Sunday.

Thanks Eric. Recapping tonight’s top news stories. . .

East Wenatchee Mayor Steve Lacy says he’s going to order an independent probe into grievances by rank and file police officers against the department and chief. Last week a Teamster’s Union Local 760 representative read a letter before the East Wenatchee City Council outlining officers’ complaints about a perceived lack of training and other issues of concern. In the letter they say they, Quote, “have lost all trust, faith, and confidence in Chief Randy Harrison and Assistant Chief Ray Coble’s ability to lead the East Wenatchee Police Department,” Unquote. Union business representative Dave Simmons announced at the meeting that 16 of 18 officers approved a no confidence vote against the Chief and Assistant Chief.

A longtime Wenatchee area emergency services volunteer has died. You may remember Rick Issacson for the work he performed as a public information officer during many disasters in Chelan and Douglas County. Issacson moved to the Wenatchee Valley after retiring as a Sergeant with the Everett Police Department. He recently celebrated his 11th anniversary with Chelan County Search and Rescue. He is being recognized as a dedicated volunteer to many local organizations including the Red Cross, Wenatchee Police Departments VIPS, and the Chelan County Fire Department.

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 guest-host Eric Granstrom. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.