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 Leavenworth Adventure Park application has been deemed complete by the city, meaning a new round of public comment opportunities will begin soon. A jail staffing shortage has resulted in the suspension of Chelan County’s Regional Justice Center inmate work release program, and, Chelan PUD Commissioners are expected to approve property deals that will clear the way for PUD headquarters and operations to move from downtown Wenatchee to Olds Station.
But first, we begin tonight. . .
Crews from Douglas County Fire District 2 along with help from Chelan County responded to a structure fire last night in East Wenatchee. The fire was reported around 5:15 yesterday at a duplex at 1332 Clements Circle. Douglas County Fire Chief Dave Baker says even though fire crews were on the scene quickly, the home was heavily damaged. He said it appears the fire started from an outdoor barbecue. . .
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family affected by last night’s fire. Not only did they lose their home, they also lost all of its contents including their personal mementos, clothing and necessities of daily living. They also lost all of their families Christmas gifts they just purchased on Black Friday.
A new Leavenworth Adventure Park application has been deemed complete by the city, meaning a new round of public comment opportunities will begin soon. It is the second time the proposal has been submitted to the city. In September, the original application was withdrawn by the developers. The 10-acre park would be on the west end of town off Icicle Road and Highway 2. Concerns have been raised about traffic, parking, noise and disruption of the natural beauty of the area. Developer David Moffett said all the concerns have been addressed in the new application. The city will take comments from the public prior to any approval. The project requires both a conditional use permit for a Commercial Amusement Enterprise, and a variance from the front and side yard setbacks. Moffett has said he hopes construction can begin next summer, with an opening in December, 2019.
A jail staffing shortage has resulted in the suspension of Chelan County’s Regional Justice Center inmate work release program. Interim Jail Director, William Larson says the program has been put on hold until the staffing issues are addressed. Larson recently closed the low-risk inmate jail annex from which the program was operated and relocated the 28 inmates housed there to the main jail.
Larson has requested a staffing increase along with other structural changes in next year’s budget which is currently under review by the Chelan County Board of Commissioners. Larson says its possible the work release program could start up again next Spring if the proposal is approved. The pricetag for the staffing totals between 1.3 and 1.4 millions dollars.
Setting power rates for cryptocurrency miners is just one of the big issues on the agenda for Chelan County PUD Commissioners Monday. Commissioners are also expected to approve property deals that will clear the way for PUD headquarters and operations to move from downtown Wenatchee to Olds Station. Dan Fraizer, PUD Shared Services Director, told Dan Kuntz on Wake up Wenatchee Valley this week why and how the PUD hopes to accomplish that move.
The PUD Commission meeting Monday begins at 10 a.m. at PUD headquarters, 327 North Wenatchee Avenue.
Coming up next, We will have more on the transfer of ownership between Harriet Bullitt, the Sleeping Lady Resort and the Icicle Fund. Over 20-thousand people visit the emergency room and 400 Americans die from Carbon Monoxide poisoning each year and its the leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States, signs to look for coming up, and, If you enjoy hiking in the Wenatchee Foothills, you’ll have an extra opportunity this weekend as the closure of the Sage Hills trails has been delayed. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.
Welcome back, and in other news…
Yesterday we brought you the news that the iconic Leavenworth philanthropist, Harriet Bullitt announced the transfer of her ownership of the Sleeping Lady Resort to the non-profit Icicle Fund effective the end of the year. Bullit told KOHO 101 as she turns 95 this year she wanted to make a plan for the future of the resort. . .
Icicle Fund is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit that was founded by Bullitt to enhance the health and quality of all life in North Central Washington by engaging people with arts, history and the natural environment.
Carbon Monoxide is odorless, colorless and otherwise undetectable to the human senses. Each year, over 20-thousand people visit the emergency room and 400 Americans die from Carbon Monoxide poisoning and is the leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States.
Symptoms of C-O poisoning include, headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea and dizziness. Now is the time of year to make sure your home is safe. Have your home heating system inspected and serviced, never use portable generators inside homes or garages, never use a gas range or oven for heating, install battery-operated C-O alarms and open the fireplace damper before lighting a fire and keep it open until the ashes cool. If you suspect C-O poisoning, get outdoors to fresh air immediately and then call 9-1-1.
If you enjoy hiking in the Wenatchee Foothills, you’ll have an extra opportunity this weekend as the closure of the Sage Hills trails has been delayed. A biologist with the Chelan County PUD said there are fewer deer moving down from higher elevations this year, so the trail will stay open for hikers and leashed pets until Monday. The gate leading to Horse Lake Road hiking trails was closed for winter today, however.
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, Students from Wenatchee, Cashmere and Entiat worked with New York filmmaker Mike Feurstein this fall to create anti-bullying videos as part of the DON’T WAIT to Unmake a Bully Project. That effort was in partnership with NCWLIFE’s own Lisa Bradshaw and her DON’T WAIT project. We’ll be showing you those videos at various times on the Evening News. Tonight a film by the students of Orchard Middle School in Wenatchee. . .
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.
We’ll start off with a look at the Les Schwab Prep Basketball Scoreboard from last night…
In boys basketball, Chelan won its home opener 83-43 over visiting Cle Elum. The Goats were led by the 20-points from Cade Christopherson. Connor Wilson and Quinn Stamps each chipped in 16-points apiece for Chelan. Coach Jeff Pearl said after the ballgame, “I thought we had good energy to start the game. Our guys battled hard and really spread the ball well offensively. Our guys are happy to win their home opener.”
Also last night, it was Manson edging Entiat 51-44. On the girl’s side, Wenatchee ran into trouble at Pasco, falling to the Bulldogs 67-40. And Entiat had no trouble with Manson, downing the Trojans 47-26.
The Eastmont and Wenatchee girls bowling teams were on the road in Yakima yesterday for non-league matches…
Wenatchee swept Ellensburg at Minda Lanes 4-0, outscoring the Bulldogs 1,837 to 1,178. High scorers for Coach Jeff Leavitt’s squad were Hannah Johnson with a 217, Kylah Hankins with a 233 and Jessica Holbrook with a 193.
Eastmont also posted a victory yesterday over Selah 3-1. Coach Christy Binge tells us her high scorers were Alivia Ellington with a 224, Dai-Lynn Thomas with a 211, and Alicia Hastings with a 204 and 201.
Coming up on the prep schedule for tonight, in girls basketball…
Waterville-Mansfield is on the road at Brewster while Cascade travels to Naches Valley. Both games start at 6 o’clock.
In boys basketball tonight…
Cascade is at Naches Valley at 7:30. The Shockers take on the Bears in Brewster at 7:30. And, here LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel, Eric Granstrom will be courtside as Eastmont hosts Cashmere, also at 7:30.
On the schedule for Saturday, first in girls basketball…
Columbia is at Entiat at 1. Manson travels to Lake Roosevelt at 1:30. Eastmont’s on the west side to face Bothell at 2. It’s a 3 o’clock tip in Cashmere where the Bulldogs host Kings. Waterville-Mansfield is on the road for the second-straight day, this time at Republic at 4:30. Wenatchee travels to Southridge with a 5:45 tip time. And Granger hosts the Chelan girls at 6pm.
In boys basketball tomorrow…
Entiat hosts Columbia at 2. Manson plays at Lake Roosevelt at 4. Republic hosts Waterville-Mansfield at 6. It’s a 7:30 start time for Chelan at Granger and Wenatchee at Southridge.
There are a few wrestling tournaments for local teams tomorrow…
The Wenatchee boys will be at the Kennewick Invite at 10am. Eastmont’s boys team is in Yakima for the Davis Invite at 10. And the Caribou Trail League’s Chelan, Cashmere and Cascade are in Omak at 10am. In girl’s wrestling, Eastmont hosts the Ladycat Kickoff Classic with Cashmere, Wenatchee and eight other schools, starting at 10 o’clock.
The Fall Sports Season in Washington wraps up this weekend with the Gridiron Classic in the Tacoma Dome…
It begins today at 4 o’clock with the 2B championship between Kalama and Napavine. Then at 7:30 tonight, it’s O’Dea and Eastside Catholic to determine the 3A title.
Tomorrow, the 1A championship kicks off at 10am between Newport and Colville. It’s followed at 1 by the 2A title game between Lynden and Hockinson. Almira-Coulee-Hartline faces Odessa for the 1B championship at 4. Then at 7:30 it’s Lake Stevens and Union for the 4A title game. You can watch tonight’s 3A championship and tomorrow’s 4A game on Root Sports.
The Wenatchee Wild are on the road this weekend starting tonight in Salmon Arm…
The Wild and Silverbacks drop the puck at the Shaw Centre at 7 o’clock as Wenatchee tries for its 5th win in a row. Tomorrow, Wenatchee skates at the Kal Tire Place against Vernon at 6 o’clock.
The 11th-ranked Washington Huskies take on the 17th ranked Utah Utes tonight for the Pac-12 Championship…
They’ll kick it off at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, California at 5 o’clock on FOX. Coming up tomorrow, the one double-a playoffs begin for Eastern Washington University when the Eagles host Nicholls at Roos Field at 2 o’clock.
In college basketball this weekend…
It’s a battle in Seattle tonight as the Washington Women travel across town to play Seattle University at 6. #1-ranked Gonzaga’s without two starters tomorrow as they’ll face Creighton at 11 o’clock on FOX. The Washington State women host Boise State tomorrow afternoon at 1. Eastern Washington plays at Seattle University at 5 in men’s play while the Cougar men are at New Mexico State tomorrow night at 6.
On Sunday, it’s a doubleheader at Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion as the Washington women host George Mason at Noon, followed by the Husky men and UC Santa Barbara at 5.
CenturyLink Field will be jumping Sunday afternoon when former Seahawk Richard Sherman and the San Francisco 49ers will be in town to face Seattle…
Wide receiver Doug Baldwin made headlines yesterday, saying he felt Sherman was mistreated in how he was ousted by the Seahawks last year…
Baldwin was also referring to former teammate Jermain Kearse. The Seahawks and 49ers kickoff Sunday at 1:25 on FOX.
Time now for NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson to fill us in on some of the events going on this weekend. . .
Also a reminder that volunteers with the Les Schwab Toy Drive will be in the parking lot at Wal-Mart tomorrow from 9:00-1:00 collecting diapers. Wal-Mart has donated 1500-dollars towards the diaper drive.
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 [email protected], 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.