NCWLIFE Evening News September 17, 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, Governor Jay Inslee was in Cashmere yesterday and took time out to talk to NCWLIFE News about economics and the perils of running for President. Closed home sales in the Wenatchee market are down by 7-percent compared to last year and active listings are down by a whopping 33-percent, and, Chelan PUD has become the latest public utility in Washington to officially oppose the removal of the four Snake River dams.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Governor Jay Inslee helped cut the ribbon Monday on a major new Business Park. NCWLIFE reporter Jefferson Robbins touched base with the Governor about Washington economics and the perils of running for President. . .

Closed home sales are down by 7-percent compared to last year, active listings are down by a whopping 33-percent over the same period in August 2018 and down 31-percent from July of 2019. That’s the latest report from Pacific Appraisal Associates in Wenatchee which also showed the median sales price of a home in the Wenatchee market up once again this time up 6-percent compared to last year to 345,000 dollars. Total home sales in August of this year was 95 compared to 98 in August of 2018. The average sales price of a home is also up 5-percent compared to last year at 371,860-dollars. The Wenatchee market consists of Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Malaga, Orondo and Rock Island.

Chelan PUD has become the latest public utility in Washington to officially oppose the removal of the four Snake River dams.

PUD commissioners Monday were unanimous in their opposition. This year, the state Legislature approved spending $750,000 to study the effects on Washington if the dams were removed. Governor Jay Inslee had sought the study as part of a plan to aid the dwindling population of Orca whales.

PUD commissioner Randy Smith said removing the dams would likely have negative impacts for North Central Washington. . .

Coming up next, A bus driver shortage in the Wenatchee School District has mechanics, office workers and even the head of the transportation department taking the wheel at times. After being delayed by yet another mudslide last week, a contractor on Monday began cleaning up the mess left behind by Slide Ridge, and, It’s a lesson in forest stewardship and it’s called Team Naturaleza, we will tell you about it coming up. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

A bus driver shortage in the Wenatchee School District has mechanics, office workers and even the head of the transportation department taking the wheel at times.

District Transportation Director Jennifer Lagadinos says the district will be placing buses with “drivers wanted” signs on them throughout the city as it looks to fill substitute driver positions. The district also said unless they get the jobs filled, it could mean fewer routes and more crowded buses. Bus driver shortages are a problem nationwide with low unemployment numbers. Drivers in Wenatchee make $19.75 an hour. Eastmont transportation director Troy Lewis, said things aren’t as dire across the river, but there still are positions that need to be filled.

After being delayed by yet another mudslide last week, a contractor on Monday began cleaning up the mess left behind by Slide Ridge off Lake Chelan’s South Lake Shore Road.

Batchelor Excavating of Manson last week was set to begin hauling away about 8,500 cubic yards of debris from a July slide when on Tuesday more debris came pouring down. The road was closed for two days as county crews cleaned up. It was one of several problems encountered by the county after late summer rainstorms, including two sinkholes in the Burch Mountain Road area.

Those since been repaired. In addition, county crews this week have been repairing washouts on several roads, including Entiat River Road.

It’s a lesson in forest stewardship and it’s called Team Naturaleza. Team Naturaleza is a collaborative made up of the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, Wenatchee River Institute, Confluence Health, Wenatchee Valley Community College, and Wenatchee School District.

Team Naturaleza works to encourage people, with an emphasis on the Latino Community, to venture into their local forest. The goal is to encourage people to come back to these places on their own along with their family members and learn to practice leave no trace and better understand the complexities and interrelated components of a forest.

On Monday, the team hiked the Icicle Gorge Nature Loop Trail located 16 miles west of Leavenworth. This wasn’t Team Naturaleza’s first outing into the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, weeks earlier they explored Silver Falls Trail in the Entiat Ranger District, and during the winter they snowshoed near Mission Ridge

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.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .

In tonight’s feature story, kids of all ages flocked to Fancher Heights last Saturday to learn more about the great outdoors.  NCWLIFE Sports Director Eric Granstrom was there and has more. . .

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 Wild are off to a hot start, 3-oh-and-1 on the season after splitting with the Vernon Vipers last weekend at the Town Toyota Center. 

Friday, the Wild posted a 2-1 victory.  Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

Wenatchee was off to a 3-and-oh start on the new campaign.  Then came Saturday, with both teams trading leads back and forth.  Again, Arch Ecker with the call as the game would go to a shootout to determine a winner…

The Wild continue their homestand this weekend with Trail Friday and Merritt Saturday.  Both games start at 7:05.

NCWLIFE Channel will bring you our first volleyball game of the year tonight…

The Wenatchee Panthers host the Sunnyside Grizzlies in Big-9 play with Eric Granstrom courtside for your play-by-play.  Our pregame begins from Wenatchee High School tonight at 6:45.

We’ll feature more volleyball on Thursday when Eastmont hosts the always-tough Eisenhower Cadets.

And then on Friday, it’s back to the gridiron as Wenatchee hosts Mount Boucherie Secondary School out of British Columbia at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl.

Coming up on the prep girls soccer schedule today…

Cashmere is at Ephrata; Cascade is on the road at Selah; and Moses Lake hosts Mt. Spokane at 6 o’clock.  Then at 7, the Big-9 season starts for Wenatchee at Sunnyside while Eastmont hosts West Valley.

On the area volleyball courts tonight, Chelan’s at Brewster.  Manson hosts Pateros.  Waterville-Mansfield is on the road at Bridgeport.  Cashmere is in Kittitas.  Those all start at 6:30. Then at 7, as we mentioned, Wenatchee hosts Sunnyside LIVE on NCWLIFE and Eastmont is on the road at West Valley.

Pete Carroll says he was very happy with his team’s performance Sunday in its 28-26 win at Pittsburgh.  He said it’s important for what they want to accomplish later in the season to show the younger guys how to travel…

So far this season, the Seahawks have used a three-linebacker look with Bobby Wagner, KJ Wright and Michael Kendricks.  Coach Carroll really likes what he sees there and is excited for the future…

Seattle is preparing to host New Orleans Sunday at CenturyLink Field.

The Mariners are in Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates in the first of a three games tonight…

Former AppleSox Marco Gonzales gets the start for Seattle, who is 15-and-11 with a 4.30 ERA.  He’ll go up against Mitch Keller, who is 1-and-4 with an 8.29 ERA. 

Gonzales, by the way, is a .250 lifetime hitter with 4 hits in 16 at-bats.  This will be the first time he’s hit since playing in Milwaukee back in June.

On the Les Schwab American League West Scoreboard…

Only one game was played with Kansas City getting a 2-run double in the top of the 9th from Adalberto Mondesi to beat Oakland 6-5.

The A’s still have the No. 1 American League Wildcard Playoff spot.  Tampa Bay is a game-and-a-half in front of Cleveland for the second spot.  Boston is 9-games back with 13-games to go.

Thanks Eric.

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.