NCWLIFE Evening News January 4, 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, A blueprint for how the Icicle Creek Watershed will be managed in the future has reached a critical threshold. You’ll be taking home a little less in payroll this year due to the start of a new Washington State family leave law, and, Someone stole a firefighter’s pickup from the station while the Chelan County Fire District 1 firefighter was out on a call early Friday morning.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Icy road conditions caused numerous accidents on Snoqualmie Pass this morning, including one fatality, the Washington State Patrol reports. The pass was closed in both directions most of this morning because of the treacherous conditions. As of 3:00 this afternoon, the pass was open to westbound traffic but remains closed eastbound at North Bend. Trooper John Bryant said the fatality involved three semis and a car in the eastbound lanes at milepost 61. There were six collisions in the westbound lanes at milepost 62 involving 3 semis and one car.

A blueprint for how the Icicle Creek Watershed will be managed in the future has reached a critical threshold with the adoption of a final Environmental Impact Statement by Chelan County and the State Department of Ecology. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair reports. . .

Each project identified in the plan requires separate feasibility, funding, and environmental analysis. Cost of the program is estimated at $82 million dollars, with funding opportunities for early implementation projects to be explored next.

You’ll be taking home a little less in payroll this year due to the start of a new Washington State family leave law. Washington is the fifth state to require employers to pay their workers salaries when they need to take time off of family medical emergencies. It’s funded through weekly paycheck contributions from both employees and employers. Former State House member, Cary Condotta explained the new law on his 12th District program here on the NCWLIFE channel  . . .

The Washington Work and Family Coalition says a minimum-wage earner with a full-time job will contribute $1.36 weekly, and their employer will pay $0.80, according to. Higher-wage earners making around $85,000 annually will pay $4.12 per week, and their employers will kick in $2.42.

Someone stole a firefighter’s pickup from the station while the Chelan County Fire District 1 firefighter was out on a call early Friday morning. The crime occurred at the district’s Fire Station 17 in Malaga. Fire Chief Brian Brett said the firefighter didn’t notice his truck had been stolen until later in the morning.

 

The stolen vehicle is a blue Dodge with a firefighter license plate PF07583. Anyone with information on the stolen vehicle is asked to contact RiverCom at 663-9911.

Coming up next, The Wenatchee area unemployment rate dipped from 5-percent in November of 2017 to 4.9-percent in November 2018. Wenatchee Valley College will now guarantee Eastmont High School graduates admission to the college, and, The Christmas holiday is often referred to as the season of giving. But do you expect to receive thanks for the presents you give. Stewve Hair hit the streets to find out. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The Wenatchee Metropolitan Statstical Area unemployment rate dipped from 5-percent in November of 2017 to 4.9-percent in November 2018 according to the State Employment Security Department. This current, 4.9-percent unemployment rate is the lowest reading for the month of November in Chelan and Douglas Counties since electronic records were implemented in 1990.

Total Non-farm employment also continues to rise. Non-farm jobs in Chelan and Douglas Counties rose by 900 between November 2017 and November 2018, a 2-percent increase. Wenatchee’s civilian labor force also increased 3-point-5 percent over the past year.

Wenatchee Valley College will now guarantee Eastmont High School graduates admission to the college. The Admission Guarantee, or TAG program, already includes several area high schools, with the college also waiving the $15 admission fee for one academic year following graduation from high school. The guarantee is only for admission, with any financial aid and scholarship programs separate. Other high schools in The Admission Guarantee program are Wenatchee, WestSide, Cashmere, Waterville, Omak, Tonasket, Bridgeport and Mansfield.

The Christmas holiday is often referred to as the season of giving. But do you expect to receive thanks for the presents you give. That was a question we asked people in downtown Wenatchee this morning. . .

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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In tonight’s feature story, retired Chelan County Superior Court Judge T. W. “Chip” Small, recently announced the release of a new book that he’s authored entitled, “You Are Not A Lawyer Anymore: A Primer For Those Who Want To Be A Good Judge” . The book is now available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Judge Small joined host Dan Kuntz on this morning’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley Program and said the book is written not only for lawyers and judges but also for anyone who wants to understand what judges actually do. . .

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 Panthers hosted the West Valley Rams in Big 9 wrestling last night at Wenatchee High School and came away with a 60-to-18 win…

Wenatchee picked up 7 pins on the night to earn its first dual meet win of the season.  Former coach Stan Opp, who’s being inducted into the Panther Hall of Fame this weekend, joined Eric Granstrom for the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

 

Taking a look at the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard, it was Chelan downing Omak 42-33 and Cascade edged Chelan 39-33.

There’s more wrestling today and tomorrow for the Panthers, who head to University High School for the Pacific Northwest Classic.  Cashmere and Cascade are in Sultan for the Invite tomorrow morning starting at 9:45.  And Eastmont sends a crew up to Chelan for the Chelan Invite starting at 10am.

Area “B” schools resumed the schedule following the holidays last night.  Opening back up the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard…

In girls play, it was Entiat topping Pateros 51-37.  Brewster got by Manson 53-28.  And Waterville-Mansfield continued an impressive run with a 70-26 win over Bridgeport.

On the boy’s side last night…

Cascade Christian got by Wilson Creek 66-50.  Entiat popped Pateros 57-42.  Brewster beat Manson 66-53.  And, in a non-league game, Chelan fell to a traveling team from Australia called Newington College 70-to-47.  While visiting Chelan, the Australian players stayed with Chelan basketball families for a 2 night homestay.  Newington will be playing 10 games on their 14 day trip.

Also on the Les Schwab Scoreboard from yesterday in boys swimming…

Eastmont edged West Valley 95-86.

Coming up today, Eastmont will host an 11-dive meet beginning at Noon at the Eastmont Aquatic Center.  Then tomorrow, Pullman, Walla Walla, Richland, Hermiston and Hanford will be in town for the Wenatchee Invite starting at 12 o’clock.

There’s quite a bit of basketball to be played over the next two days, so let’s take a look at the schedule…

It begins at 5:45 today with girls basketball featuring Omak at Cashmere and Chelan at Okanogan.  Cascade travels to Highland at 6.  We’ll be at the Town Toyota Center for the Litter Box games between Eastmont and Wenatchee, starting with the Unified game live at 5.  The girls will follow at 6 o’clock.

In boys basketball tonight…

It’s a 7:15 tip time for Cashmere hosting Omak and Chelan at Okanogan.  Cascade will start at 7:30 at Highland.  And our final game tonight LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel will start at about 8 between Wenatchee and Eastmont at the Town Toyota Center.

Coming up tomorrow in high school basketball…

Waterville-Mansfield has a 2:30 appointment at Lake Roosevelt.  Cashmere will be at Medical Lake at 3.  The Wenatchee girls travel to Eisenhower at 5:45.  That’s the same time for Davis and Eastmont at Eastmont High School.  Eric Granstrom will be courtside for that one LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel.  Manson and Omak will round out the girls schedule at 6 o’clock.

On the boy’s side of things Saturday…

Waterville-Mansfield and Lake Roosevelt will get underway at 4.  Cashmere and Medical Lake will tip at 4:30.  The rest will be at 7:30 with Manson at Omak, Wenatchee at Eisenhower and Davis at Eastmont LIVE on NCWLIFE Channel.

The Wenatchee Wild begin the second half of the BCHL season on the road this weekend…

Wenatchee plays at Powell River tonight at 7 followed by a game at Alberni Valley tomorrow at 7.  The Wild are currently tied for second with Merritt in the Interior Division with 48-points, trailing first-place Penticton with 51.

Eastern Washington take on North Dakota State tomorrow for the FCS (I-AA) Championship…

The game will kick off at 9am as the 12-and-2 Eagles take on the 14-and-oh Bison.  The game from Frisco, Texas can be seen on ESPN2.

The final college bowl game of the year is on Monday…

As #1 Alabama takes on #2 Clemson for the College Football Playoff Championship at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.  The game will kick off at 5 o’clock on ESPN.

The Seahawks are in Dallas to take on the Cowboys Saturday night in an NFC Wild Card game…

Seattle and Dallas met on week three of the season with the Seahawks coming out on top 24-13.  Both teams struggled early in the season and came back strong at the end to reach the playoffs.  Seattle and Dallas kick off Saturday night at 5:15 on FOX.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, Gary Simmons shared this video of a Dad taking his two sons hunting when a buck gets a little too close for comfort. . .

Guess Dad needs to stop using that C’mere Deer fabric softener!

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.