NCWLIFE Evening News March 13, 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, After a rough day Tuesday, Rae’Ana Rosenberg, the girl who was rescued from an icy Rock Island pond, seems to be bouncing back. President Trump signs into law a package of over 120 bills that provide new protections for public lands and natural resources, and, the selection has been made for the 100th Washington State Apple Blossom Festival Grand Marshal.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The Wenatchee School Board voted unanimously last night to approve the employment contract with Dr. Paul Gordon, who will begin his post as the District Superintendent on July 1st, 2019.

Dr. Gordon has been the Superintendent of Glen Ellyn School District 41 in Glen Ellyn, Illinois since 2013. Gordon believes learning is an active experience and that students must have opportunities and access to engage in their education. Before being Superintendent in Glen Ellyn, Dr. Gordon served as Chief Academic Officer to over 42,000 students—charged with overseeing curriculum and instruction, innovation, grants, professional development, student services, and strategic planning in the Adams 12 Five Star School District in Colorado.

After a rough day Tuesday, Rae’Ana Rosenberg, the girl who was rescued from an icy Rock Island pond, seems to be bouncing back. Shawn Ballard of Ballard Ambulance says the 6-year-old girl “coded” Tuesday, meaning an emergency team at Seattle Children’s Hospital had to stabilize the girl’s heart and lungs before she was rushed into surgery.

But this morning her mother, Becca Shelton, said Rae’Ana had improved significantly by late Monday night. Rae’Ana spent about 20 minutes in the pond February 21st before being rescued and brought back to life.

President Trump signs into law a package of over 120 bills that provide new protections for public lands and natural resources. The bi-partisan legislation co-sponsored by Democrat Senator, Maria Cantwell and Alaska Republican, Lisa Murkowski permanently protects the headwaters of the Methow River by prohibiting mining in 340,000 acres of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

The act also designates 1.5 million acres along the Interstate 90 corridor to create the Northwest’s first National Heritage Area from Seattle to Ellensburg. It also improves wildfire fighting technology in part by calling for new drones and tracking systems.

Washington State Apple Blossom Festival Administrator Darci Christoferson was a guest on this morning’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley to announce this year’s Grand Marshal for the 100th festival. She told host Dan Kuntz this year’s choice honors the creator of the Apple Blossom Festival, Susan Wagner. . .

The Ladies Musical Club produced the first festival in 1920, and the first Apple Blossom Festival Queen was Fern Prowell who reigned over the festivities, then called “Blossom Days.” The one-day event in Memorial Park involved songs, speeches, Maypoles, and baseball.

Coming up next, The Washington State Senate has joined their counterparts in the House and approved legislation that would allow Washington to stay on daylight saving time year-round.  Legislation advances in Olympia that could result in tens of thousands of misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions to be vacated, and, A rare endangered Fisher was spotted in the Plain area recently. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The Washington State Senate has joined their counterparts in the House and approved legislation that would allow Washington to stay on daylight saving time year-round. Senate Bill 5139 gives states like Washington the ability to make the time change effective on the second Sunday of March the year after Congressional approval.

During public hearings on the proposed legislation, Senator Jim Honeyford of Sunnyside and experts pointed out the benefits of daylight saving time such as positive impacts on students, overall health, commerce and public safety. The Senate bill was passed by a vote of 46-3.  On Saturday, the Washington House passed HB 1196 on an 89-7 vote.

Legislation advances in Olympia that could result in tens of thousands of misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions to be vacated. A bill passed out of the Senate last night and is now headed to the House.

Under current law, a sentencing court already has the discretion to vacate an applicant’s misdemeanor conviction record, except in several circumstances, including where criminal charges are pending against the person, fewer than three years have passed since they completed their sentence, or if they’ve been convicted of a new crime since the date of conviction. During Monday’s floor debate Republican Senator Mike Padden of Spokane Valley said he was concerned that the bill ignores misdemeanor convictions that result from plea agreements. . .

Inslee spokeswoman Jaime Smith says the governor is supportive. Inslee announced previously that he planned to pardon people who had been found guilty of possession in order to bring fairness to those with marijuana convictions.

A rare Fisher was spotted in the Plain area recently. Local naturalist, Jeff Layton captured an image of the endangered Wolverine relative on a trail camera.

Jeff Layton says in his blog, Married to Adventure, that the animal is believed to be one of 26 Fishers that were reintroduced into the North Cascades earlier this winter. Fishers were hunted into extinction in Washington State in the 1900’s because of their valuable hides. A group including the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Conservation Northwest Started with reintroducing animals near Mount Rainier National Park in 2015.

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In our feature story tonight, we continue our series on the Chelan County Drug Court from this week’s NCWLIFE Magazine with Kaitlin Hetterscheidt. . .

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 Panther boys soccer team has played three games so far this spring without allowing a single goal.  The latest of which came last night in the Apple Bowl against Quincy, a 2-nil Wenatchee victory…

Jose Camarillo (cam-uh-REE-oh) scored two goals back-to-back late in the first half for the Panthers as Wenatchee improved to 3-and-oh on the season.

Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen were joined in the booth by Ed Navarro with the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Wenatchee Coach Dennis Tronson said after the game he was pleased with his team’s performance overall and hats off to Quincy for providing a formidable challenge…

Wenatchee is off for a week until it hosts West Valley in the Apple Bowl next Tuesday.

NCWLIFE Channel and the Wenatchee AppleSox are pleased to announce a partnership to bring four baseball games LIVE on TV this summer…

Watch AppleSox baseball on the NCWLIFE Channel as they battle Walla Walla June 15th; Bellingham July 13th; Portland July 27th; and Yakima August 3rd.  The dates are all Saturday’s and Joel Norman, the Voice of the AppleSox, will provide the play-by-play.  Of course, you can hear EVERY AppleSox game broadcast on radio locally on Sunny FM.

The Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks indoor football team continues to prepare for its first game two Saturday’s from now in Idaho.  In the meantime, if you had a curiosity of how they work out, there’s a chance to experience it tonight…

The Skyhawks are hosting a “Train Like a Pro” event tonight at Wenatchee Valley College.  The evening begins at 6 o’clock with a meet and greet and an opportunity to participate in Skyhawks training drills.  The team will practice from 7-to-8 o’clock.  The event is free to the public and will take place in the Jack and Edna Maguire Student Recreation Center on the Wenatchee Campus.

The Skyhawks first home game will be March 28th against the Reno Express.   Wenatchee Valley is part of the four-team American West Football Conference.

The NCAA Tournament hasn’t even started, and we have an upset.  Saint Mary’s beat the number one-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs in the West Coast Conference Championship last night 60-to-47…

The Gaels played a slow-down game which Gonzaga could never figure out throughout the contest.  The Bulldogs shot just 2-for-17 from beyond the arc and 37-percent from the field.  With the win, Saint Mary’s earns the automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.  Now the question will be if 30-and-3 Gonzaga still receives a Number 1 seed into the tournament.

Earl Thomas is now officially no longer a Seattle Seahawk…

Thomas agreed to terms to become a Baltimore Raven.  According to reports, Thomas signed a four-year contract worth $55-million, $32-million guaranteed.  On his Twitter account today, Thomas said (quote) Thank you Seattle for the love and memories that my family and I will never forget…(end quote).

In other Seahawks news…

The team has apparently reached an agreement to sign free agent kicker Jason Myers to a four-year contract.  Myers was in camp battling with Sebastian Janikowski last season and was cut midway through camp.  He went on to be a pro-bowler with the Jets, hitting 33-of-36 field goals, including 6-of-7 from 50 yards or more.

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.