NCWLIFE Evening News January 22, 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, Link Transit’s regular free First Friday service on February 1st will feature music and poetry, and, a four-week road closure began this week in Ephrata to replace an aging sewer line, we will tell you where.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

An 18-year-old Wenatchee High School student has been arrested on cyberstalking charges after allegedly harassing other students on Twitter. Everett S. Anderson is accused of using the Twitter account @WenatcheeE, or Wenatchee Exposed, to taunt students. That included making fun of a boy who had committed suicide, saying he would not be allowed into heaven, but sent to hell. In addition, a video was posted on Twitter about a pair of Wenatchee High School siblings implying they were in a sexual relationship. The video claimed that one of the siblings had raped the other. The mother of those students reported the video to Twitter, who refused to take it down. Wenatchee Police Department Captain Edgar Reinfeld says law enforcement began investigating this case in November. . .

Live music on the bus by folk musician and Wenatchee resident Tom Cushing goes along with Link Transit’s regular free First Friday service on February 1st.

Poet Susan Blair recites poetry between Cushing’s sets on the Current B route starting at 5:45 p.m. Free service begins at 4:00 p.m. on all First Fridays on routes 1, 5, 7, 8E, 8W, 11 & 12. The tours and live music are a collaborative effort between Link Transit and the First Friday Arts Walk. All tours begin and end at Columbia Station and feature a brief workshop highlighting Link’s fixed route service. Each month features a unique cultural experience and a chance to win fun prizes. To reserve a spot on the bus, call Selina Danko at 509-664-7624.

A heads up tonight for you folks in Ephrata. . .a four-week road closure began this week on Division Street from B-Street SE to Ivy Street NE in Ephrata to replace an aging sewer line.

The city of Ephrata says detour routes will be in place 24 hours a day during the duration of the project to replace 1,400 feet of sewer line that dates back to the 1940’s. The 80-year old sewer line that serves over 700 residents, experienced blockages in 2008, 2010, and 2017. Another blockage was discovered last week. Whenever possible, the city asks that drivers use Enterprise Avenue SE on the Port to avoid residential neighborhoods.

Coming up next, Beginning tomorrow, the Wenatchee School District will be offering opportunities for stakeholders to provide input into the process of balancing the district budget for 2019-20, and, Voters in the Waterville School District will be deciding on two short-term school levy’s next month to make up for funding shortfalls. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

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.

Voters in the Waterville School District will be deciding on two short-term school levy’s next month, a 1-year replacement educational and operations levy and a 2-year capital levy.

Waterville school officials say the new school funding formula adopted by the state legislature had unintended consequences including a capped rate for school levy’s which hurts small, rural school districts.

Because of the reduction in funds, the district this year cut two teaching positions and five non-teaching staff positions, reduced administrative staff by half a position and did not fill the music instruction post. The two levies combined would cost property owners $2.50 for every $1,000 dollars of assessed value, about $625 dollars a year for the owner of a $250,000 dollar house. Ballots will be mailed out this week and the measures need a simple majority to pass.

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For the last four years, Wenatchee native Sharratt DeLong has driven the same mail delivery route up Highway 97. Making stops in Chelan, Brewster, Malott and Okanogan, DeLong is sharing his quiet and lonely moments on the road as paintings that memorialize early morning scenes so beautiful he couldn’t bear to pass. His work is now hanging at the Wenatchee Valley College MAC Gallery for February’s first Friday. . .

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.

Former Seattle Mariner Edgar Martinez is a Hall of Famer!

Major League Baseball announced the 2019 induction class earlier today.  The class includes Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Edgar and Mike Mussina.  Those coming up short of induction include Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling and Barry Bonds.

It was Edgar’s final chance to get in, and boy does he deserve it, if only for one at-bat in 1995…

Gives you tingles every time.  Congratulations Edgar Martinez, Hall of Famer!

Eastmont girls soccer coach Erin Redal (ree-DOLL) is stepping down from the position to concentrate on being a Mom…

On her Facebook account yesterday, Redal announced her retirement.  She said, quote, “As every chapter ends, a new one begins.  After 12 years, 3 teams, 100s of players, 9 playoff runs, a District Title, trip to State, and a Coach of the Year honor, I made the impossibly difficult decision to retire as Head Coach of the Eastmont Girls Soccer Program.  This program has been part of my life for 16 of the last 20 years; playing for 4 and coaching for 12.  It is being left in the hands of players who care more about each other than they do about wins.”  End quote.

Redal announced back in December that she and her husband Brandon were expecting their first child.  She added in her announcement yesterday, “When I feel the kicks inside my growing belly, I know I’m making the right choice.  It’s time for me to try out this whole “mom” thing…”

The Wenatchee Girls Bowling team was battling earlier today Eastmont Lanes…

Wenatchee had a chance to wrap up sole possession of the Big 9 regular season title with a win today.  They’ll host the District Tournament Friday at Eastmont Lanes.  In addition, the Eastmont girls bowling team was on the road at Minda Lanes facing Davis.

Also on the prep sports schedule for today, first in wrestling…

There is a double-dual in Okanogan where Chelan, Cashmere and Cascade will all due battle beginning at 6 o’clock.  Tonight here on the NCWLIFE Channel, Eric Granstrom will be mat-side to bring you Eastmont and Wenatchee from Eastmont High School.  That will start at 7 o’clock.

There is quite a slate of high school basketball tonight around the region…

In girls play, Cashmere travels to Omak in Caribou Trail League action at 5:45.  That’s the same start time for Okanogan at Chelan and Warden at Cascade.  In “B” basketball tonight, Entiat hosts Cascade Christian while Liberty Bell’s at Manson at 6 o’clock.

The boys basketball schedule looks just about the same…

The Caribou Trail League season is winding down with Cashmere at Omak; Chelan hosting Okanogan; and Warden traveling to Leavenworth to take on Cascade.  Each of those games start at 7:15.  At 7:30, it’s Cascade Christian at Entiat while Manson hosts Liberty Bell.

A reminder of our NCWLIFE sports broadcast schedule for the week…

As we mentioned, it’s wrestling tonight at 7.  Hockey Night Thursday features last Friday’s Wenatchee Wild game against the Trail Smoke Eaters.  Then on Friday, our cameras and crew will be at Wenatchee High School as the Panthers host Sunnyside in a basketball doubleheader with the girls first at 5:30 followed by the boys at 7:30.

The Wenatchee Wild continue its 8-game home stand tomorrow night with a game against the Merritt Centennials…

Merritt comes into town sitting just in front of Wenatchee in the BCHL’s Interior Division with 57-points while the Wild have 56.  Penticton has raced out to a big lead with 63-points, which is second-only to Chilliwack’s 65-points to lead the entire league.  The puck drops tomorrow night at 6 o’clock and it’s also dollar beer and hot dog night with one-dollar beer and dogs through the 1st intermission.

Thanks Eric.

A Tacoma man remains in the Chelan County jail after a head-on crash Saturday outside Wenatchee that injured seven people. Sheriff’s deputies say 22-year-old Lane Christopher Molina was heading north on Squilchuck Road driving at a high speed in the wrong lane when he collided with an oncoming GMC Yukon.

He reportedly registered a 0.16 percent blood alcohol content, twice the legal limit. Most of the injured, including one person in the Yukon, were treated and released at the hospital. In addition to DUI, Molina faces charges of vehicular assault and reckless driving.

An 18-year-old Wenatchee High School student has been arrested on cyberstalking charges after allegedly harassing other students on Twitter. Everett S. Anderson is accused of using the Twitter account @WenatcheeE, or Wenatchee Exposed, to taunt students. That included making fun of a boy who had committed suicide, saying he would not be allowed into heaven, but sent to hell. In addition, a video was posted on Twitter about a pair of Wenatchee High School siblings implying they were in a sexual relationship. The video claimed that one of the siblings had raped the other. The mother of those students reported the video to Twitter, who refused to take it down. Police began investigating in November, said Capt. Edgar Reinfeld of the Wenatchee Police 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 host Dan Kuntz. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.