NCWLIFE Evening News May 15, 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, Chelan County Commissioner Doug England says he’s satisfied with a plan to consolidate port district operations in Chelan and Douglas County, and, Last March marked the fourth month in a row that unemployment has ticked upward in Chelan and Douglas Counties.
But first, we begin tonight. . .


Tree Fruit-New Chinese Tariffs -It looks like Washington tree fruit growers will be spared from the latest round of Chinese tariffs. The Capital Press reports most of the agricultural products targeted for retaliatory tariffs are minor processed foods and drinks or industrial products. Northwest Horticultural Council President, Mark Powers says the current 50 percent duty on apples, cherries and pears remains in place. Last year Powers estimated the trade dispute would cost the Northwest about 129 million dollars in lost apple sales to Mexico, China and India. The ongoing trade war with China has cherry growers on edge with the harvest about a month away. Northwest Cherry Growers President, BJ Thurlby says a 20-pound box of cherries at 60 dollars wholesale becomes 70 dollars with freight to China. He says adding a 50 percent tariff increases the cost to 105 dollars, which importers and consumers will probably not buy.


Port Consolidation -Chelan County Commissioner Doug England says he’s satisfied with a plan to consolidate port district operations in Chelan and Douglas County. England is a member of the task force that has recommended the two ports join together in a “functional consolidation”. He says he’s optimistic that it could translate into significant cost savings, but perhaps not enough to also pay for needed future upgrades at Pangborn Airport. He says the task force also looked at the possibility of creating a regional port authority which would be the first of its kind in the State but would require legislative approval. It could potentially provide a more sustainable funding source from sales tax revenue.
Pangborn’s 10-year capital budget, includes about $10 million dollars of additional needed airport projects that are not eligible for federal funding and must be financed using local funds. The task force recommendation is now awaiting final approval by the two port commissions.


Wenatchee Unemployment -In the latest report from the State’s Employment Security Department, the Wenatchee area unemployment rate increased from 6-percent to 6-point-6 percent from March of 2018 to the same time this year. This marks the fourth month in a row that unemployment has ticked upward in the Wenatchee Statistical Area, which is comprised of Chelan and Douglas Counties. However, total nonfarm employment in the two-county Statistical Area has increased or stabilized, year over year, in each of the past 83 months from May 2012 through March 2019. Between the Marches of 2018 and 2019, the number of nonfarm jobs in the Wenatchee area (Chelan and Douglas counties) rose by 200, a marginal, point-4 percent upturn.

Coming up next, Smoke from a wildfire burning near the Washington Canadian border drifted into parts of North Central Washington this afternoon. Chelan County will begin work on chip sealing projects on about 30 miles of county roads next week, and, The Central Washington Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance needs your help. . .we will tell you why. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.


Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Osoyoos Fire Smoke -Smoke from a wildfire burning near the Washington Canadian border appears to be drifting into North Central Washington. The fire is located in the area of Lake Osoyoos. The Osoyoos Times reports the Richter Fire is over 400 acres in size. British Columbia Wildfire Service information officers say it started two days ago as a vehicle fire that spread into nearby grass. The fire has forced the evacuation of about a dozen homes in the area. Prevailing winds are pushing the smoke to the southwest.


County Road Work -Chelan County will begin work on chip sealing projects on about 30 miles of county roads next week. The work on the 25 roads is a three-step process, so anyone driving in those areas should expect sporadic delays of up to 20 minutes throughout the summer. The heaviest concentration of projects will be in the Cashmere area, including two separate stretches of Mission Creek Road in line for chip sealing. Wenatchee will see work on Stemilt Creek, Joe Miller and Stemilt Hill roads, as well as Luber Lane. There is just one project in the Leavenworth area, but it is a big one. More than four miles of Chiwawa Loop Road will be chip sealed.


Mtn. Bike Alliance -The Central Washington Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance needs your help. The local biking group is trying to raise 40,000-dollars to maintain and build bike trails around Wenatchee, Leavenworth and the Lake Chelan areas. The trails will be used by bikers, hikers, runners and more. Here is a look at where some of the trails will be built. . .

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Run for the Border -In tonight’s feature story, each spring, a local group of motorcycle riders makes a 150-mile run from Wenatchee to Oroville as a fundraiser for various causes. This year, the group has chosen Makenna Schwab’s foundation as the beneficiary…

There is a raffle Saturday morning prior to the ride, so be sure to get out to the old Food Pavilion parking lot on the north end of Wenatchee by 8 o’clock. You can search HOG-Run-for-the-Border on Facebook for more information on the ride.
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.


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Thanks Eric. Recapping tonight’s top story. . .
Wenatchee Unemployment -In the latest report from the State’s Employment Security Department, the Wenatchee area unemployment rate increased from 6-percent to 6-point-6 percent from March of 2018 to the same time this year. This marks the fourth month in a row that unemployment has ticked upward in the Wenatchee Statistical Area, which is comprised of Chelan and Douglas Counties. However, total nonfarm employment in the two-county Statistical Area has increased or stabilized, year over year, in each of the past 83 months from May 2012 through March 2019. Between the Marches of 2018 and 2019, the number of nonfarm jobs in the Wenatchee area (Chelan and Douglas counties) rose by 200, a marginal, point-4 percent upturn.


WSP Delivers -Finally tonight, an impatient baby decided to make an early entry into the world near Twisp over the weekend, but thanks to a law enforcement assist, it all turned out OK. Washington State Patrol Trooper Travis Cunningham stepped in to help deliver baby Luke alongside Highway 153 south of Twisp at about 6:30 Sunday night. State Patrol reports Luke, his mother Amy and father Joseph are all doing great.
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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 guest-host Eric Granstrom. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.