NCWLIFE Evening News May 14, 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 new department head will oversee economic development in Chelan County with the creation of a new director’s position. Chelan County PUD commissioners approved three agreements with Stemilt Growers to accommodate power needs for the new Diamond Foundry, and, Wenatchee School District could be asked in November to approve a six-year levy to pay for classroom technology upgrades.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The driver of an SUV somehow escaped serious injury early Tuesday after his vehicle struck a rock embankment, rolled and came to a rest on its top on Highway 97 near Orondo. Douglas County Fire District 4 had to extricate 26-year-old Jesse Holm of Waterville from the vehicle as it was leaking gas.

District Fire Chief Jim Oatey said it appeared the SUV left the roadway into the northbound ditch about a mile south of Orondo at 12:42 a.m., struck the rock embankment and rolled before ending up in the southbound lane, blocking traffic for about 45 minutes. Holm, who was cited in the wreck, was alone in the SUV and was wearing his seatbelt. He was treated at the scene, then taken to Central Washington Hospital by his mother.

A new department head will oversee economic development in Chelan County with the creation of a new director’s position. Commissioner Bob Bugert explains the position will be funded through a dedicated account. . .

Commissioner Doug England says the position will be created initially is a three-year pilot project. . .

Commissioner Bugert says the new director will also serve as a liaison between the County and the soon-to-be-established consolidated Chelan/Douglas County port districts. . .

Commissioners say they will conduct a nationwide search for a prospective candidate. It’s a salaried position that will pay up to 80-thousand dollars annually.

Chelan County PUD commissioners approved three agreements with Stemilt Growers to accommodate power needs for the new Diamond Foundry.

The Wenatchee gemstone manufacturer is setting up new operations at its new facility on Hawley Street under a lease agreement with Stemilt. Contracts approved by the board on Monday will result in the construction of a new substation, by Stemilt, that will deliver up to 19 megawatts of electricity. Two other agreements set up leases to allow for the substation construction.

The new Diamond Foundry is expected to create between 35-50 local jobs. In addition to the three agreements, PUD commissioners reviewed a large-load power contract with the Diamond Foundry. This contract is set for consideration and potential board approval on June 3rd.

Wenatchee School District could be asked in November to approve a six-year levy to pay for classroom technology upgrades. School board members are scheduled to discuss the measure at their meeting today.

A District advisory committee is recommending a 24-million dollar levy costing property owners between 79 cents and 83 cents per one hundred thousand dollars valuation. Wenatchee School District currently funds over a half-million dollars above the amount allocated by the State for technology. The Committee reports that the levy, if passed, would decrease the burden on the District’s maintenance and operation levy and allow for the use of State dollars to fund other supplemental services. The School board meeting starts at 6 pm and will be streamed live on the District’s Facebook page.

Coming up next, Chelan County Commissioners support a proposal to delist Gray Wolves as a Federally protected species in Washington State. The City of Leavenworth will be burning brush and yard waste Wednesday on city owned land, and, Washington is the best state to live in the U.S. according to a new survey by U.S. News and World Report. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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Chelan County Commissioners support a proposal to delist Gray Wolves as a Federally protected species in Washington State. If approved the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife would turn over wolf recovery activities to the State. Commssioner Bob Bugert says wolf pack numbers have reportedly increased to the point where they are no longer considered threatened under the Federal Endangered Species List. . .

Commissioner Doug England says transferring wolf management to the State will be of benefit to counties where wolves have created conflicts with ranchers and livestock. . .

Commissioners were scheduled to meet today with Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife regional manager, Jim Brown for an update. 

The City of Leavenworth will be burning brush and yard waste Wednesday on city owned land adjacent to Mountain View Cemetery.

The controlled burn has the approval of the state Department of Ecology as part of apple maggot quarantine restrictions. The waste has been collected throughout the city and hauled to the burn site. About four such burns are expected each year. Some roadways will be blocked to ensure the safety of cemetery patrons, the city said.

Washington is the best state to live in the U.S. according to a new survey by U.S. News and World Report. The rankings show how well each of the 50 states serve their residents.

The report is focuses on eight major categories and Washington ranked in the top half for all of them. The Evergreen state ranked in the Top 5 in four of the categories: Infrastructure (second), economy (third), education (fourth) and health care (fourth). Washington has scored well in past rankings having placed sixth last year and fifth in 2017, the inaugural year for the report.

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With a coverage area spanning nearly 50 percent of Washington State, a local communications center serves a vital role in keeping our area safe during the fire seasons. NCWLIFE News visited the center to learn more about its operations and the demands of the job. . .

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 Mariners had to come from behind twice but managed a 6-5, 10-inning walk-off win over Oakland last night at T-Mobile Park…

Daniel Vogelbach tied the game with a three-run home run in the 8th.  Then in the 10th, Vogelbach earned a 2-out walk.  Dee Gordon, running for Vogelbach, scored from second base on Domingo Santana’s RBI-double.  Then Omar Narvaez (NAR-VIE-EZ) won it with a sharp single to left to score Santana.

The win snapped a four-game losing streak and gave Seattle its first win at home in 17-days.  Manager Scott Servais said it was nice to hear celebratory music in the clubhouse once again…

The two teams wrap up the brief, 2-game series tonight with the A’s sending Brett Anderson to the mound to face Seattle’s Mike Leake.  First pitch is at 7:10.

The Big-9 boys golf teams are in the Wenatchee Valley for their two day district tournament…

After a round at Wenatchee Golf and Country Club Monday, the Wenatchee Panthers lead by 10-strokes over Davis with a score of 355-to-365.  Eastmont is 3rd at 377.  Wenatchee’s Hunter Swartz is tied with Davis’ Johnny Kim atop the leaderboard with first round 81’s.

The tournament continues this morning at 8:30 with the boys teeing off at Highland Golf Course.

The District 6 1-A Tournament tees off today at Noon up at Lake Chelan Golf Course.

Wenatchee and Eastmont host must-win, district play-in softball games today…

Wenatchee takes on Eisenhower at Walla Walla Point Park beginning at 4 o’clock.  Eastmont is hosting Sunnyside at the Sterling Sports Complex starting at 5.  The winners will advance to the District Semifinals Friday at either Moses Lake or West Valley.

The Waterville-Mansfield girls are in Brewster for the Central Washington B League Tournament.  The Shockers play against Liberty Bell today at 3.  The winner will face Lake Roosevelt at 5 o’clock.

The first round of the WIAA State 1-A Soccer Tournament starts today…

The Cascade Kodiaks are on the road to take on the Wahluke Warriors at 4:30.  Cashmere, meanwhile, hosts Connell in a first-round game tonight at 6.  Bridgeport will play at Vashon Island tomorrow at 5 o’clock.

Finally, you don’t see this every day…

       6-So Long Mr Bongers        52-sec.

The Eisenhower High School marching band played at the funeral for a longtime teacher at the school, Mr. Ken Bongers Monday.  Mr. Bongers taught science at Ike for 26-years before retiring in 1989. 

While at Eisenhower, he wore many hats, he was a teacher, a basketball coach, a football coach, a driver’s education teacher, referee, an athletic trainer, and a mentor to many.  In 1980, Mr. Bongers received the prestigious award of Biology Teacher of the Year, in 1987 received the Washington State Science Teacher of the Year award.  Then, in 1989, the State Game and Eisenhower students dedicated a Wildlife Reserve in Cowiche Canyon in his name.

Mr. Bongers would have turned 85 on the day the Eisenhower Class of 2019 was schedule to graduate.  So long Mr. Bongers.

Thanks Eric.

The Navy Times reports thatwhat appeared to be a penis drawn in the sky by a Navy jet above Okanogan in November of 2017, was in fact, intentionally done by two Navy lieutenants.

The publication cited a military investigation into the incident that showed the officers never intended the drawing, done by EA-186G Growler jet’s contrails, to be seen from the ground. But it was, and a photo quickly became an Internet sensation.

Voice recordings captured the weapons officer on the jet first suggesting the phallic drawing. The pilot’s response: QUOTE “Dude, that would be so funny” UNQUOTE. When the pilot realized it was staying in the air longer than expected he unsuccessfully tried to scribble it out.

The two immediately admitted to their executive officer at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island what they had done. The Navy did not release details on any disciplinary action taken against them, if any.

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.