NCWLIFE Evening News May 21, 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, In an announcement earlier today, Mexico says it will lift its tariff on U.S. apples, and, A Democrat has stepped forward to challenge Alex Ybarra for his 13th District State Representative seat.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Opponents of a proposed adventure park on the west end of Leavenworth were dealt a setback yesterday after Chelan County hearing examiner Andy Kottkamp approved a conditional use permit for the project. 

Kottkamp’s ruling comes two weeks after a 12-hour public hearing in which a vast majority of people testified against the project citing concerns about possible traffic and noise impacts.

Their main concern is with the location of the proposed park on a hillside overlooking the busy intersection of Icicle Road and Highway 2. Kottkamp concluded that the City Of Leavenworth’s environmental analysis met the necessary requirements. Developer David Moffett spoke with NCWLIFE News after receiving the hearing examiner ruling. He says there’s currently no timeline for construction. . . 

Opponents of the park have 3 weeks to appeal the hearing examiner ruling decision in Chelan County Superior Court. Duane Goehner with the group, Friends of Leavenworth, indicated after the April public hearing that the Courts will probably be the final arbiter in the matter.

Good news for Washington State apple growers. Mexico announces it is removing 20 percent tariffs on U.S. apples. The Monday announcement follows the U.S. decision to lift tariffs on imported Mexican and Canadian steel and aluminum.

U.S. Apple Association President, Jim Bair praised the Trump administration’s successful trade negotiations that he says will protect agriculture from being drawn into future trade disputes involving metals. Mexico is the State’s largest export market for apples representing a half-billion dollars in sales annually. Bair said the top priorities now will be securing congressional support and ratification of the US-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement which he says will provide increased future stability and predictability.

A Democrat has stepped forward to challenge Alex Ybarra for his 13th District state representative seat.

Steve Verhey, chairman of the Kittitas County Democrats, is Ybarra’s only challenger, so the two will face off in the November election. Ybarra was appointed to the position prior to the start of this year’s legislative session as a replacement for fellow Republican Matt Manweller.

Manweller was re-elected in November but promised to step aside under a cloud of accusations of inappropriate behavior toward women. The winner will serve out the one year remaining on Manweller’s term. The district covers parts of Grant, Kittitas, Lincoln and Yakima counties.

Coming up next, Wenatchee High School ranks highest in on-time graduation rate when compared with other schools of similar size in Eastern Washington. Washington Elementary has been chosen by the Washington State Board of Education as a State Recognized School, and, it’s mountain biking season and we will give you tips on how to keep area trails clean and protected. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Wenatchee High School ranks highest in on-time graduation rate when compared with other schools of similar size in Eastern Washington. Using statistics provided by the state, Wenatchee had a graduation rate of 91.3 percent. Eastmont showed a 83.3 percent on-time graduation rate. When it comes to ninth-graders on track to graduate, Eastmont School District leads the way at 80.3 percent, far outdistancing second-ranked Wenatchee at 73.3 percent. In compiling the comparisons, the Wenatchee School District noted that Wenatchee High School has the highest percentage of graduates who go on to earn a bachelor’s degree at 35 percent. 24 percent of Eastmont students go on to earn a bachelor’s. Most other schools in the comparison are in the Yakima and Tri-Cities areas.

Washington Elementary has been chosen by the Washington State Board of Education as a 2017-2018 State Recognized School. This distinction is part of the Board of Educations newly redesigned school recognition system. The new system aligns with changes brought about by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) accountability system and by the desire of the organizations to make the school recognition system more equitable. The newly designed system also incorporates state level and local information to identify schools that are leaders in terms of growth and achievement. Washington Elementary was one of 216 schools to be recognized which have demonstrated exemplary performance or who have made significant progress closing opportunity and achievement gaps in the Washington School Improvement Framework measures.

Spring weather is in full force around Northcentral Washington with greenery, sunshine and warmer days. It’s also mountain biking season and before you hit the trails this season, the Chelan Douglas Land Trust would like to remind bikers about important things they can do to protect their favorite trails and leave no trace. . .

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, NCWLIFE Magazine producer Kaitlin Hetterscheidt takes us to the Street Art Illustration class at Wenatchee Valley College responsible for the large scale art decorating the walls of Wells Hall on Fifth Street. . .

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.

Seattle made it interesting, but in the end fell to Texas on the road last night 10-to-9…

Trailing 10-2 in the 8th, Tim Beckham provided a spark with his first career grand slam home run to make it 10-6.  Then in the 9th, Daniel Vogelbach hit a 2-out, 2-run homer to close the gap to one.  But Beckham grounded out to end the game.

Starter Mike Leake was torched for 5-runs in the first inning, including 2 of the Ranger’s 5 home runs in the game.

Manager Scott Servais said the wind and the ballpark played a big part in so many balls leaving the yard…

Seattle and Texas play again today at 5:05 with former Wenatchee AppleSox pitcher Tommy Milone getting his first start for Seattle after being called up from Triple-A Tacoma.  The Rangers will counter with Lance Lynn.

Houston continued its onslaught with yet another win last night…

Brad Peacock and four relievers combined to shut out the White Sox as Houston won 3-0.  The Astros are 32-and-16 on the season, leading the American League West by 8-and-a-half games.

Matt Chapman hit two home runs as Oakland outlasted Cleveland 6-4.

Miguel Sano’s 2-run home run in the 8th was the difference as Minnesota beat the Angels 3-to-1 in Anaheim.

Texas’ win has moved the Rangers up to 2nd in the A-L West Standings while the Mariners have dropped to last place.

Today is the first day of the WIAA State Golf Championships…

The 4-A Boys Tournament is being played at The Creek at Qualchan Golf Course in Spokane.  Here are the tee times for our local boys…

Wenatchee’s Connor Brown at 8:15
Wenatchee’s Mason brown at 8:24
Wenatchee’s Carson Huffaker at 8:33am
Wenatchee’s Trey Stegeman at 8:42am
Wenatchee’s Hunter Swartz at 8:51am
Eastmont’s Jacob Bindley at 10:21am

The 4-A Girls Tournament is also in Spokane, at Hangman Valley Golf Course.  Here’s what their tee times look like…

Eastmont’s Emilee Wentworth at 7:45am
Eastmont’s Tyna Burt at 7:45am
Eastmont’s Maddi Peipel at 8:03am
Eastmont’s Allison Theiler at 8:12am
Eastmont’s Jillian Paxton at 8:21am

The State 1-A Boys Tournament is being held in Olympia at Olympia Country Golf and Country Club.  Three boys from our area are playing…

Chelan’s Miles Grossberg tees of at 8:30am
Chelan’s Joey Gasper tees of at 10:10am
Cascade’s Isaac Cortest tees of at 11:20am

And the 1B/2B/1A Girls Championships are being played at Tumwater Valley Golf Course.  Tee times for our local girls are…

Cascade’s Emma Halseth at 9:00am
Chelan’s Kaylin Boykin at 9:54am
Cascade’s Emma Nielson at 11:06am

Best of luck to all our local golfers and be sure to tune in tonight for scores from our own Eric Granstrom during the NCWLIFE Evening News at 5, 6 and 10.

Opponents of a proposed adventure park on the west end of Leavenworth were dealt a setback yesterday after Chelan County hearing examiner Andy Kottkamp approved a conditional use permit for the project. 

Kottkamp’s ruling comes two weeks after a 12-hour public hearing in which a vast majority of people testified against the project citing concerns about possible traffic and noise impacts.

Their main concern is with the location of the proposed park on a hillside overlooking the busy intersection of Icicle Road and Highway 2. Kottkamp concluded that the City Of Leavenworth’s environmental analysis met the necessary requirements. Opponents of the park have 3 weeks to appeal the hearing examiner ruling decision in Chelan County Superior Court. Duane Goehner with the group, Friends of Leavenworth, indicated after the April public hearing that the Courts will probably be the final arbiter in the matter.

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.