Evening News February 08

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top 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 Department of Licensing computer glitch leaves nearly 7-thousand Washington voters unregistered, and, renting out a vacation home in Chelan County will likely become more restrictive in the future.

But first, we begin tonight:

The Chelan County Sheriff’s office reports a 25-year-old Kirkland man was fatally injured in a skiing accident at Mission Ridge Ski Resort yesterday afternoon.

Witnesses said Brian A. Scott was skiing when he lost control on the “Lip Lip” run at about 12:05 p.m. and collided with a tree. According to Sheriff’s spokesman, Rich Magnussen Mission Ridge Ski Patrollers responded. Scott was transported down to the base where a Lifeline Ambulance crew took over the life saving efforts but were unsuccessful.

If you woke up this morning with no electricity, you were not alone. Numerous scattered power outages were reported this morning in Chelan and Douglas County as a windstorm packing gusts up to 55 miles an hour. Chelan County PUD Crews were out early repairing outages in the Entiat Valley where 175 customers were affected. About 100 customers on Wenatchee’s southside were also knocked off the grid for about an hour. In Douglas County PUD Crews restored power to customers along Grant Road. The winds also knocked down trees along a portion of State Route 971 in the Navarre Coulee road forcing its closure for about an hour. No other damages reported and no injuries resulted.

A Department of Licensing computer glitch caused an error in Washington’s “Motor Voter” system leaving nearly 7,000 voters unregistered in the state.

Of those, there are 232 in Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan counties. There are 81 affected voters in Chelan County, 42 in Douglas, 77 voters in Grant County and 42 in Okanogan County. Chelan County Auditor Skip Moore says fortunately, the error was caught in time to still get ballots out to those voting in the February 13th election. . .

Of the 42 affected voters in Douglas County, only three live in School Districts where the February 13th election comes into play and all of those ballots were sent out yesterday (Wed).

Renting out a vacation home in Chelan County will likely become more restrictive in the future. Commissioners say the rental market is exploding in areas such as Lake Chelan and Leavenworth thanks to websites such as VRBO and AIRBNB. . .

Commissioner Doug England says the County’s Department of Community Development is in the process of drafting new rules to address, among other issues, neighboring property owner nuisance complaints. . .

Planners are in the process of developing an inventory of rental properties and are currently conducting a survey of property owners in advance of drafting new regulations.

There is a local clothing drive happening this Sunday at the Valley View Seventh-Day Adventist Church from 10-2. NCWLife’s Megan McPherson reports. . .

Coming up next,  Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed another legal challenge to the Trump Administration, and, the 15th Annual Building North Central Washington Home Show gets underway tomorrow. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed another legal challenge to the Trump Administration. This time it’s over the Environmental Protection Agency’s attempt to suspend the so-called “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule that defines what waters qualify under the Federal Clean Water Act. . .

The Building North Central Washington Home Show 2018 is right around the corner. In its 15th year, the BNCW home show is a culmination of many premier professional companies, covering such areas as building & remodeling, baths, kitchens, landscaping, home interior, outdoor living, home exterior, real estate & finance, home technology & entertainment and many other home-related products and services.

Besides vendors and information booths, the three-day event will also feature workshops a Makers Market area as well as inflatables and a miniature construction zone for the kids.

It all kicks off Friday at the Town Toyota Center from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and wraps up Sunday from 10:00a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the door and are 6-dollars for adults, 4-dollars for seniors and free admission for kids under 12. Also, bring a few non-perishable food items with you to the show to benefit Serve Wenatchee Valley and receive 1-dollar off your admission ticket.

It’s almost show time for those participating in the 18th annual Wenatchee Jazz Workshop taking place at Eastmont High School. The Workshop pairs six professional jazz musicians and instructors with jazz band students from six middle and high schools from Wenatchee and Eastmont for an entire week. Professional saxophonist Tom Peterson has been involved in the Jazz Workshop from the very beginning. He says the reason he continues to come back to the Wenatchee Valley for the event is simple. . . 

Through the day today, each guest musician worked with students in his or her respective section one last time sitting among the students teaching the language and techniques of jazz music. The LA6 pro musicians will perform tonight at 7:30 at the Numerica Performing Arts Center followed by a performance by the students on Friday night also at 7:30. Admission to the concerts is free of charge.

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

Even though Eastmont and Wenatchee boys and girls basketball teams have one more game left tomorrow night, we already know their matchups for the Big 9 play-in games next week…

Here’s what we know for sure on the girl’s side.  Wenatchee is the #6 seed no matter what happens with their final game tomorrow night against Eisenhower.  So they’ll be on the road Tuesday either at Eastmont or Davis.  If they play at Eastmont, it will be at 5:45pm.

Eastmont will host, no matter what, Tuesday at 5:45pm either against Wenatchee or West Valley.  We’ll have that LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel with yours truly and Grant Olson.

On the boys side it gets a little more complicated.  Eastmont is the #6 seed no matter what happens tomorrow at Sunnyside and will be on the road Tuesday.  They could either play at Wenatchee or Moses Lake.

Wenatchee would earn the #3 seed and host Eastmont Tuesday if they beat Eisenhower tomorrow and Moses Lake loses to Davis.  Any other combination of a Wenatchee loss or Davis win would put the Panthers in the #4 seed, which would mean a game Tuesday at home against West Valley.  If Wenatchee hosts Eastmont Tuesday, the game would start at 8.  If they host West Valley, the game would start at 7.

Either way, we’ll have it for you LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel with Ian Dunn and Mark Miller.

The brackets are set for the 4A Regional 3 wrestling tournament at Eisenhower this Saturday…

Eastmont sends four wrestlers to regionals while Wenatchee has three.  The Wildcat’s Adrian Vivanco takes on Sumner’s CJ Richmond in the first round at 132-pounds.  Eastmont’s Cesar Sitio faces Rogers of Puyallup’s Lennox Anderson at 138-pounds.  Brett Womak of Eastmont takes on Bellermine Prep’s Daniel Ladenburg in the first round at 170-pounds.  And teammate Christian Tonga has a wrestle-in match at 285-pounds against G Watson (no school listed).  For the Panthers, Ronin Haynes has a wrestle-in match at 182-pounds against T Jensen (no school listed).  His weight-class teammate Lucas Carranza faces Hunter Briggs of Rogers of Puyallup.  Finally, Jose Galarza has a wrestle-in at 195-pounds against P Kamerath (no school listed).  Again, the regional wrestling tournament for the 4A schools is at Eisenhower in Yakima Saturday morning starting at 10am.

The 1A Regional Tournament for Cashmere, Cascade and Chelan wrestlers will be in Medical Lake Saturday, but the tournament site hasn’t listed its brackets yet.  We’ll hopefully have that tomorrow.

Also, just a reminder that some great basketball watching can be had at Eastmont High School Saturday with the Caribou Trail League District Tournament’s first round taking place…

It all starts at 1 o’clock with a girls, loser-out game between Chelan at Okanogan.  That’s followed by a boys, loser-out game between Cashmere and Chelan at 3pm.  Then it’s on to the District Championship pitting the Cashmere girls against Omak at 5pm followed by the Omak and Okanogan boys at 7pm.  Jay Seabeck will be there following the action and have a report Monday here on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

Shaking up the sports pages yesterday was news Russell Wilson had been traded…by the Texas Rangers to the New York Yankees.  Wilson reportedly isn’t interested in trying to play BOTH football and baseball…but IS expected to show up at the Yankees spring training camp.

The University of Washington is getting a recruit…back.  Jacob Eason, the former starting quarterback for the University of Georgia, is coming back to the Northwest and becoming a Husky.  The former Lake Stevens star won’t be able to play until the 2019 season because of NCAA transfer rules, but the U-W was happy to announce his decision.  Eason was recruited heavily by Washington before deciding to attend Georgia.

Finally, in our sports “kicker” video of the day, if you will.  The adventures in broadcasting sports can sometimes be hazardous.  As I found out Tuesday night at Eastmont High School…

The good news is that there was nothing in my head to hurt to begin with.  If you’d like to caption the video, we have it up on our Facebook page.

I don’t normally talk much about the NBA, but there was a blockbuster trade today at the deadline.  Isaiah Thomas was traded from Cleveland to the Lakers along with Channey Frey for guard Jordan Clarkson and forward Larry Nance.  In addition, the Lakers get the Cavaliers protected first round pick in 2018.  The Cavs also traded Dwyane Wade to Miami for a second round pick.  And, in a three-team deal, Cleveland traded Derrick Rose and Jae Crowder to Utah for Rodney Hood and George Hill.  Sacramento gets Joe Johnson and Iman Shumpert as well as Miami’s 2020 second round pick.

Our Features this week focuses on the Top 10 Candidates for the Cashmere Valley Bank Royalty Selection Pageant.  Today, Gretta Wiersma is the daughter of Don and Sue Wiersma.…

Lauren Thompson is the daughter of Andrew and Anita Thompson…

To watch the complete interviews with all ten candidates, visit our website at NCWLIFE dot com and click Lifestyles.  The Cashmere Valley Bank Royalty Selection Pageant is Saturday at the Wenatchee High School Auditorium.  Watch it LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel beginning at 6:30.  Grant will be back with a recap of our top stories and our forecast.  Thanks for watching NCWLIFE Evening News.

Time now for a recap of our top story tonight…

If you woke up this morning with no electricity, you were not alone. Numerous scattered power outages were reported this morning in Chelan and Douglas County as a wind storm packing gusts up to 55 miles an hour. Chelan County PUD Crews were out early repairing outages in the Entiat Valley where 175 customers were affected. About 100 customers on Wenatchee’s southside were also knocked off the grid for about an hour. In Douglas County PUD Crews restored power to customers along Grant Road. The winds also knocked down trees along a portion of State Route 971 in the Navarre Coulee road forcing its closure for about an hour. No other damages reported and no injuries resulted.

Renting out a vacation home in Chelan County will likely become more restrictive in the future. Commissioners say the rental market is exploding in areas such as Lake Chelan and Leavenworth thanks to websites such as VRBO and AIRBNB. . .

Commissioner Doug England says the County’s Department of Community Development is in the process of drafting new rules to address, among other issues, neighboring property owner nuisance complaints. . .

Planners are in the process of developing an inventory of rental properties and are currently conducting a survey of property owners in advance of drafting new regulations.

What a weather start to our day today with wind gusts early this morning in the Wenatchee area reaching 55 mph with steady winds at 32 mph. We also broke a record high temperature at around 4:20 this morning of 61 degrees and then followed that up with a 63 degree reading this afternoon. We did still see some locally strong winds this afternoon with a 15-25mph steady wind but it should decrease as the night progresses. The west/southwest winds today were a lot like many windy days we have in the late winter and early spring. Beginning on Friday were in for a weather reality check as an arctic area of high pressure moves down from the north cooling our temperatures back closer to where we should be this time of year with high temperatures expected to be in the lower to mid-40’s though the weekend. We will also see sunny skies and light winds through the weekend. Monday through the middle of next week high pressure returns to the Pacific Northwest with sunny skies, light wind and warmer temperatures into the upper-40’s.

We leave you tonight with a taste of jazz with the Wenatchee Jazz Band at the Jazz Workshop at Eastmont High School earlier today, enjoy.

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