NCWLIFE Evening News March 27, 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, The unemployment rate in Chelan and Douglas County’s has slightly gone up but a longtime regional economist says the Wenatchee Valley is well positioned for continued economic prosperity.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A 66-year old East Wenatchee woman and a 71-year old woman from Soap Lake were taken to a local hospital yesterday after a two-vehicle crash near Hydro Park in East Wenatchee.

Washington State Patrol says the accident happened just before 4:00 yesterday afternoon when 66-year old Marcella Liukko of East Wenatchee attempted to cross State Route 28 from Hydro Park to Mary Street when she struck a Toyota pickup driven by 68-year old Michael Moore of Soap Lake.

Liukko and 71-year old Gail Moore, a passenger in the Toyota, were transported to Central Washington Hospital. Liukko was charged with failure to yield.

While unemployment rates in the Wenatchee Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) are still at historic lows, the unemployment rate in Chelan and Douglas County’s rose from 6-point-8 percent in February 2018 to 7-point-1 percent in February of this year. That according to the latest findings from the Washington State Employment Security Department. Unemployment rates in the Wenatchee Valley have crept upwards over the past three months.

However, for the second straight month, the February number of non-farm jobs in Chelan and Douglas County’s rose by 400 workers. The Wenatchee MSA’s Civilian Labor Force increased 4-percent between the Februarys of 2018 and 2019, meaning there were 2,475 more residents in the labor force in February 2019 than in February 2018.

Speaking of the economy, longtime regional economist John W. Mitchell said the Wenatchee Valley is well positioned for continued economic prosperity. Mitchell, speaking at the Port of Chelan County’s Partner’s Breakfast Tuesday, said the national economy is in the midst of the longest expansion in history. He said by June it will have reached 120 straight months of growth.

Mitchell said the state also has fared well during the expansion, and the Wenatchee area even better in some areas. He added that the local population is growing, home values are going up, and unlike the Seattle area, state building permits are up in this region. He did warn that continued growth is likely dependent on resolutions of international trade disputes.

Coming up next, Senator Brad Hawkins tells NCWLIFE News he won’t support the Governor’s proposed budget. The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $72,000 dollars in grants to 24 nonprofits serving the Methow Valley, and, A fundraiser Tuesday night for Rae’Ana Rosenberg at Blue Spoon Yogurt in East Wenatchee raised more than $3,200 dollars. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

This week, Democrats in the state House rolled out their proposed budget for the next two years, and like the budget proposed by Governor Jay Inslee, it includes big increases in spending. Senate Democrats are expected to unveil their budget in the coming days. 12th District state Senator Brad Hawkins told NCWLIFE’s Cal FitzSimmons the increased spending and taxes proposed thus far will not get his vote. . .

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $72,000 dollars in grants to 24 nonprofits serving the Methow Valley through the Methow Valley Fund (MVF) grant program.

The Methow Valley Fund was established in 2006 to provide sustainable funding for a vibrant, healthy Methow Valley. MVF grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations supporting health and human services, education, arts and culture, the environment, social and public benefit projects within the Methow Valley. The MVF grants are made possible by donations from people who care about the Methow Valley and want to see it thrive.

A fundraiser Tuesday night for Rae’Ana Rosenberg at Blue Spoon Yogurt in East Wenachee raised more than $3,200 dollars.

Rosenberg is slowly recovering at Seattle Children’s Hospital after falling into an icy Rock Island pond in February.

A big crowd showed up, including emergency responders who helped save her life. 40 percent of all yogurt sales were donated to the family as well as all the money from an overflowing a donation jar.

Blue Spoon says they’ll keep accepting donations through Thursday, so the total is likely to climb higher.

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 December we brought you the story of two Manson seniors who were setting out to fill the gaps in local glass recycling in their area. In tonight’s feature story, producer Kaitlin Hetterscheidt brings us an update on their efforts. . .

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.

Eastmont and Wenatchee played another classic in the soccer rivalry between the two schools last night at Lee Bofto Field in the Apple Bowl.  In the end, it was the Panthers who came out on top 2-nil on two goals by Jose Camarillo…

Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen had the call last night on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Also on the pitch last night, Chelan edged Omak 4-3.

On the Les Schwab Prep Baseball Scoreboard from yesterday…

Wenatchee traveled to West Valley and picked up a 9-4 win over the Rams.  Eastmont won a close one over Moses Lake 7-5.  Quincy caught Cashmere 5-3.  Chelan blanked Okanogan 8-0.  And Waterville-Mansfield is still looking to score its first run, falling to Manson 9-0.

One softball score to pass along…

And no, that’s not a misprint, Chelan beat Okanogan 28-to-6.

On the Les Schwab Tennis Scoreboard…

Wenatchee boys and girls took care of Davis, 7-0 on both sides.  Eisenhower swept Eastmont 5-2 on the boy’s side, 7-nil on the girl’s side.  And Omak and Chelan split, with the Pioneer boys coming out on top 4-1 while the Lady Goats won 4-to-1.

The dates and times are now all set for Wenatchee’s Doyle Cup semifinal series against Vernon…

It begins with the first two games at the Town Toyota Center this weekend.  Then Games 3 and 4 will be at the Kal Tire Place in Vernon Tuesday and Wednesday.  Then, if necessary, Game 5 would be back in Wenatchee next Friday.  Game 6 would be in Vernon a week from Sunday.  And, if necessary, a Game 7 would be back in Wenatchee on Tuesday, April 9th.  All the games start at 7 o’clock.

The Mariners were shut out again by San Diego in the final exhibition game of the spring yesterday at T-Mobile Park…

Wade LeBlanc pitched five and a third solid innings, allowing no runs on 3-hits with six strikeouts.  The Mariners will host Boston to re-open the regular season tomorrow afternoon at 4:10 with Chris Sale facing Macro Gonzales.

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

A 66-year old East Wenatchee woman and a 71-year old woman from Soap Lake were taken to a local hospital yesterday after a two-vehicle crash near Hydro Park.

Washington State Patrol says the accident happened just before 4:00 yesterday afternoon when 66-year old Marcella Liukko of East Wenatchee attempted to cross State Route 28 from Hydro Park to Mary Street when she struck a Toyota pickup driven by 68-year old Michael Moore of Soap Lake.

Liukko and 71-year old Gail Moore, a passenger in the Toyota, were transported to Central Washington Hospital. Liukko was charged with failure to yield. Thanks Eric. Recapping tonight’s top story. . .

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.