Evening News December 5

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Good evening and welcome to NCWLIFE News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

For those watching on our Facebook, tune in to LocalTel channel 12 or Charter channel 19, or stream us live at NCWLIFE.com for the full evening newscast tonight. And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight— we’ll touch base with the Chelan County PUD and their budget, Manson High School students have a tiny project gaining big momentum and red light cameras, love them or hate them they are becoming more prevalent nationwide.

But first, we begin tonight:

Chelan County PUD electric customers won’t see any rate increases next year. But the prospects for declining wholesale power revenues could affect your pocketbook in the future. Steve Hair reports . . .

Manson High School has a project that is gaining big momentum: tiny houses. Using dollars left over from last year’s GEAR UP program, the high school was able to renovate its vocational tech department and purchase the tools needed to build a tiny house. . .

16 students are tackling the logistics and construction of the tiny home while looking to help solve issues like affordable housing and a trained workforce. . .

Coming up, we talk with Captain Edgar Reinfeld about our local red light cameras and Moses Lake Police make a number of arrests related to drug busts. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

 

Red Light cameras are becoming more and more prevalent around the country as a way to catch red light runners and prevent accidents. Captain Edgar Reinfeld with the Wenatchee Police Department explains how the cameras work and how a citation is sent out. . .

Captain Reinfeld also says the red light cameras are cost effective and do help reduce accidents. . .

Officials with the city of Wenatchee say since 2010, the three red light cameras on average generate around 550-thousand dollars per year. 175-thousand of that goes to the camera vendor and 50-thousand dollars goes to Chelan County for court costs, which means the city nets around 325-thousand dollars per year on red light cameras.

The Moses Lake Police Department’s war on drugs resulted in more arrests Friday night. Officers arrested 8 adults after serving search warrants on two hotel rooms located in the 900 block of West Broadway. Once in the rooms, police located two illegally possessed pistols, methamphetamine and heroin. After serving the warrants, the officers then placed the two rooms under surveillance where they arrested several potential buyers who arrived to purchase drugs. Cash was seized and the those suspects were booked into jail for attempting to buy drugs.

Moses Lake Police also made a second drug arrest at an area motel early Monday morning. Around 3:00 a.m., officers investigating the sale of drugs served a search warrant on a motel room located in the 1200 block of South Pioneer Way. While searching the room, officers found methamphetamine, heroin and evidence of drug use and paraphernalia throughout the motel room. Arrested were 26-year old Nicholas Ritchie and 23-year old Tessa Harvill. The pair were booked into the Grant County Jail on charges of possession of heroin with intent to deliver, possession of meth and maintaining a drug house. Police also found an illegally possessed .38 caliber revolver in the room.

A house fire in Ephrata last night sent two people to the hospital. Grant County Fire District 13 crews were dispatched to the fire on Road B NW around 9:30 last night. The home was fully involved when crews arrived. Officials say the family was sleeping when the mother was awakened by the sound of breaking glass and other noises. The father got up and opened their bedroom door to the hallway when he was met by extreme heat, smoke and flames. The father suffered burns and smoke inhalation before shutting the door. The mother then screamed at the kids in the other room to get out. The mother was able to get her bedroom window open and get her young son and the father out the window. The older boy had seen smoke coming in from under his bedroom door. The boy had learned from fire prevention presentations at school not to open the door but to get out the window and meet somewhere outside. This likely saved the two older boys from serious injury. The father was flown to Harbor View with reported 2nd degree burns over 25% of his body. The mother suffered smoke inhalation and was released from the hospital. The home and belongings were a total loss but the family was thankful to get out alive. The cause is under investigation.

An early holiday gift knocked on the doors of 15 families last night during the Manson Fire Department’s annual Season of Hope event that brought more than $6,000 worth of grocery gift cards to those in need in their community. . .

You’re watching NCWLIFE news. Coming up next, your sports update followed by today’s feature story. That and much more still to come on NCWLIFE News, stay with us.

Here’s what’s on the Prep Schedule for tonight in Boys Basketball…

Cashmere at Omak, 7:15pm

Cascade at Chelan, 7:30pm

Waterville-Mansfield at Liberty Bell, 7:30pm

Bridgeport at Manson, 7:30pm

On the Girl’s Hoop Schedule tonight…

Wenatchee at Richland, 5:30pm

Cashmere at Omak, 5:45pm

Cascade at Chelan, 6pm

Waterville-Mansfield at Liberty Bell, 6pm

Bridgeport at Manson, 6pm

Also in prep sports today…

One more match before the big meeting tomorrow at Eastmont Lanes for the Wenatchee and Eastmont girls bowling teams.  The Wildcats host Ellensburg today at 2 while Wenatchee’s on the road at West Valley at 3.  If they both win, they’ll be undefeated heading into tomorrow’s match at Eastmont Lanes.

In Wrestling tonight, Cascade hosts Cashmere, Royal and Tonasket.

The Wenatchee High School AppleEttes Dance team continues to prepare for the upcoming competition season as well as a mini-camp fundraiser.  4th year coach Lynsey Loudon (LOWD-uhn) says her team of 20 dancers has a level of commitment that goes throughout the year, not just a sports season…

Junior Lainie Johnston says she decided to try out for the AppleEttes when she saw them perform…

The AppleEttes are hosting a “Hip Hop Holidays Mini Dance Camp” for youth aged kindergarten to through 5th grade December 16th.  Search WHS AppleEttes on Facebook for sign-up information.

The Seattle City Council Monday approved a memorandum of understanding with Los Angeles-based Oak View Group to privately finance a roughly $600-million remodel that would nearly double the square footage of KeyArena.

The hope is to renovate the arena while the Oak View Group is focused on acquiring an NHL franchise and turning KeyArena into a world-class hockey and concert facility with the potential of hosting an NBA team in the future.  Councilmembers, who voted 7-0 in favor of the MOU, praised the agreement for including benefits for the city including $20-million in cash and in-kind contributions to nonprofit organizations and another $40-million to help improve transportation in the area around Seattle Center.

Thanks Eric…

What do you do when an unstable bridge, leftover from a subdivision that was never built, starts falling into the river? You bring in the biggest crane in the region of course, here’s more. . .

We’ll be back in just a moment with a recap of some of today’s stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

Time now for a recap of some of our top stories…

The Moses Lake Police Department’s war on drugs resulted in more arrests Friday night. Officers arrested 8 adults after serving search warrants on two hotel rooms located in the 900 block of West Broadway. Once in the rooms, police located two illegally possessed pistols, methamphetamine and heroin. After serving the warrants, the officers then placed the two rooms under surveillance where they arrested several potential buyers who arrived to purchase drugs. Cash was seized and the those suspects were booked into jail for attempting to buy drugs.

Moses Lake Police also made a second drug arrest at an area motel early Monday morning. Around 3:00 a.m., officers investigating the sale of drugs served a search warrant on a motel room located in the 1200 block of South Pioneer Way. While searching the room, officers found methamphetamine, heroin and evidence of drug use and paraphernalia throughout the motel room. Arrested were 26-year old Nicholas Ritchie and 23-year old Tessa Harvill. The pair were booked into the Grant County Jail on charges of possession of heroin with intent to deliver, possession of meth and maintaining a drug house. Police also found an illegally possessed .38 caliber revolver in the room.

A house fire in Ephrata last night sent two people to the hospital. Grant County Fire District 13 crews were dispatched to the fire on Road B NW around 9:30 last night. The home was fully involved when crews arrived. Officials say the family was sleeping when the mother was awakened by the sound of breaking glass and other noises. The father got up and opened their bedroom door to the hallway when he was met by extreme heat, smoke and flames. The father suffered burns and smoke inhalation before shutting the door. The mother then screamed at the kids in the other room to get out. The mother was able to get her bedroom window open and get her young son and the father out the window. The older boy had seen smoke coming in from under his bedroom door. The boy had learned from fire prevention presentations at school not to open the door but to get out the window and meet somewhere outside. This likely saved the two older boys from serious injury. The father was flown to Harbor View with reported 2nd degree burns over 25% of his body. The mother suffered smoke inhalation and was released from the hospital. The home and belongings were a total loss but the family was thankful to get out alive. The cause is under investigation.

An early holiday gift knocked on the doors of 15 families last night during the Manson Fire Department’s annual Season of Hope event that brought more than $6,000 worth of grocery gift cards to those in need in their community. . .

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

A strong area of high pressure will intensify over the Pacific Northwest today, persisting through at least the weekend bringing with it a prolonged period of dry weather. Areas of low clouds and fog will develop in the lowlands by Wednesday, which will be our weather scenario maybe even into early next week. This increasingly strong inversion coupled with a light easterly pressure gradient will lead to increasing concerns for air stagnation in the Methow Valley, Wenatchee area, and the Highway 2 corridor in the Cascades. The air stagnation alert will be in place until at least Thursday and probably beyond. Continued high confidence that the blocking ridge pattern will remain through this time interval as well so not much change in our weather is expected for at least the next 5-6 days. Forecast temperatures to remain on the cold side of what would be considered normal for this time of year with highs only in the lower to mid 30’s with overnight lows dropping down into the mid 20’s.

We leave you tonight with area farm animals simply enjoying our beautiful fall weather. . .

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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, make sure you tune in to NCWLife Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.