NCWLIFE Evening News January 18, 2019

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NCWLIFE Evening News Jauary 18, 2019
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, Eastmont Schools Superintendent, Garn Christensen extends the District’s apologies to the family of a 4-year-old preschooler who was accidentally left unattended on a bus Wednesday afternoon. A Leavenworth man shot and killed a cougar near his home on East Leavenworth Road Wednesday night, and, The Wenatchee School District will be offering opportunities for stakeholders to provide input into the process of balancing the district budget for 2019-20.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Two Eastmont School District employees have been placed on administrative leave after a pre-school student was left unattended on a school bus Wednesday after it had finished its route. In a news release, Superintendent Garn Christensen did not identify the employees, other than to say they worked in the transportation department.He said an investigation is under way and “leaving a student on a bus is never acceptable,” adding that safety is one of the district’s highest priorities.

Eastmont Schools Superintendent, Garn Christensen extends the District’s apologies to the family of a 4-year-old preschooler who was accidentally left unattended on a bus Wednesday afternoon. Christensen sat down with NCWLIFE News to discuss the incident. . .

Christensen says the District has outfitted two of the busses with the alarm system with plans to possibly put them on all of the school busses.

A Leavenworth man shot and killed a cougar near his home on East Leavenworth Road Wednesday night.

The man was notified by a neighbor that a cougar was in his yard and later spotted the cat in a tree near his goat pen. The rancher thought the young cougar was a threat to his livestock and shot the large cat. Protecting livestock from predators is not a violation and the man was not cited. There have been several cougar sightings in the Leavenworth area just this week.

The Wenatchee School District will be offering opportunities for stakeholders to provide input into the process of balancing the district budget for 2019-20. The Wenatchee School District faces an estimated $5.2 million dollar budget deficit.

Three public informational meetings will be held January 23rd, 24th and 29th at Wenatchee High School. The meetings will include a presentation on factors impacting the budget, a Q&A time, and link for an online survey.  Public comment will not be taken at the meetings. The purpose of the online survey is to gather input from various stakeholder groups to identify district priorities that will be used to guide budget adjustments for 2019-20. The first informational meeting on January 23rd runs from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Coming up next, The state Department of Natural Resources has released its 10-year Wildland Fire Protection plan. The Women’s March this Saturday in Wenatchee will include an appearance by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, and, Beginning February 1st, Central Washington Recycling will be taking only cardboard and mixed paper at its recycling center in Wenatchee. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The state Department of Natural Resources has released its 10-year Wildland Fire Protection plan and it includes hiring 30 more full-time firefighters and 40 more seasonal firefighters. Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz also wants increased aerial resources, more prescribed fire and more community outreach efforts.

Franz noted that the state responded to 1,850 wildfires in 2018, a record high. Across the state more than 440,000 acres burned. The strategic plan included input from more than 1,000 Washingtonians. DNR has asked the Legislature for $55 million dollar to boost its firefighting and prevention programs.

The Women’s March this Saturday in Wenatchee will include an appearance by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

The event starts at 11 a.m. in Memorial Park with presentations that include a speech by Ferguson. Marchers then will travel on Chelan Avenue to Second Street, then return to the park. In 2016, the march drew

about 1,700 people responding to the election of President Donald Trump.

Beginning February 1st, Central Washington Recycling will be taking only cardboard and mixed paper at its recycling center in Wenatchee.

That means the facility on Hawley Street will no longer take plastic, aluminum or tin. The business will continue to pay for mixed paper and corrugated cardboard; however, a 400-pound minimum is necessary for payment. The free public drop-off site will be open to anyone with smaller amounts of paper or cardboard. With the changes at Central Washington Recycling and the closure last year of the drop-off recycling center at the North Chelan Transfer Station, there are fewer limited recycling drop-off sites around the county.

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.

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Learning about the life and times of Martin Luther King Jr was part of the curriculum for students at John Newberry Elementary school this week. In tonight’s feature story, NCWLIFE talked with second graders in Mrs. Marshlains class about what they learned about the civil rights leader. . .

And that is a look at your local weather forecast, coming up next, tonight’s sports report with Dan Kuntz and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

 

What was supposed to have been a busy Thursday in prep sports came undone with a rash of postponements because of the snow but the Cashmere Bulldogs boys basketball team did make the trek to Royal City where they lost to the Knights 70-59.

Here are the events that were supposed to happen yesterday but didn’t: The Wenatchee and Moses Lake wrestling match will now be held on Wednesday the 23rd, the Wenatchee – West Valley Swim and Eastmont – Moses Lake swim meets have been re-scheduled for next Thursday and the Eastmont – Moses Lake bowling match will be held today in Moses Lake.

The Big-9 begins their second half of their season tonight in basketball. On the girls slate, Eisenhower is at Eastmont and we will have that game live here on the NCW LIFE Channel.  In Caribou Trail League action, Chelan is at Cashmere and Okanogan is at Cascade while in Central Washington B girls basketball it’s Waterville-Mansfield at Manson.

The boys hoops schedule for tonight is the same as the girls, just a little later on this evening with our cameras again at the Eastmont gym for the Cadets and the Wildcats about 20 minutes after the conclusion of the girls game.

Speaking of televising basketball, tomorrow we’re right back in East Wenatchee as the Wildcats host the West Valley Rams in girls hoops starting at 5:30 – Eric Granstrom will have the call. The Wenatchee Panthers will be in Yakima to face the Davis Pirates while Entiat is at Riverside Christian and Pateros plays host to the Waterville-Mansfield girls.

The boys basketball slate is the same and we will televising live the Eastmont – West Valley game following the girls.

The Wenatchee, Eastmont and Cascade wrestling squads head to Prosser for the Prosser Invite starting at 9 tomorrow morning.

Everybody into the Wenatchee High School pool where the Panthers host the rest of the Big-9 in diving starting at noon.

The Wenatchee Wild are in action at the Town Toyota Center tonight and tomorrow with the Trail Smoke Eaters in town.  Tonight is Faith and Family Night and Saturday it’s Pucks and Paws.

Here’s a glance of our sports on TV this weekend. Grant Olson will be courtside tonight for the Eastmont-Eisenhower basketball doubleheader starting at 5:30 and then Eric Granstrom has the call tomorrow for the Eastmont – West Valley basketball doubleheader again starting at 5:30.  Before that game, you can check out the Wenatchee Wild – Victoria Grizzlies game at 2.

Sunday it’s football as the NFL is down to their final four.  The Rams and Saints get going shortly after noon on Fox followed by the Patriot – Chiefs matchup at 3:40 on CBS. The winners will play in Super Bowl LVIII on February 3rd.

Thanks Dan. Recapping tonight’s top stories. . .

Two Eastmont School District employees have been placed on administrative leave after a pre-school student was left unattended on a school bus Wednesday after it had finished its route. In a news release, Superintendent Garn Christensen did not identify the employees, other than to say they worked in the transportation department.He said an investigation is under way and “leaving a student on a bus is never acceptable,” adding that safety is one of the district’s highest priorities.

A Leavenworth man shot and killed a cougar near his home on East Leavenworth Road Wednesday night.

The man was notified by a neighbor that a cougar was in his yard and later spotted the cat in a tree near his goat pen. The rancher thought the young cougar was a threat to his livestock and shot the large cat. Protecting livestock from predators is not a violation and the man was not cited. There have been several cougar sightings in the Leavenworth area just this week.

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 Monday morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.