Evening News February 09

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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, Lack of affordable housing is pushing the local workforce out of Chelan, we’ll talk to the Mayor, and, the 18th annual Polar Plunge is happening this weekend to raise money for Special Olympics.

But first, we begin tonight:

Complications associated with this year’s influenza have so far claimed the lives of 132 Washington residents according to numbers released this week by the State Department of Health. Five of those deaths were in North Central Washington. Two have died in Chelan County, One death in Grant County and Two in Kittitas County. Officials report the number of flu cases statewide appear to be on the decrease as the season starts to wind down.

It’s being called a shortage, a crisis, an epidemic, it’s the affordable housing market in the Pacific Northwest and one community is working together to tackle the issue for the residents of Lake Chelan. . .

With a vacancy rate of point-5 percent and rents on the rise, Mayor Cooney said the issue is pushing the local workforce out of the area. In January Cooney hosted a town hall to organize and coordinate community partnerships in an effort to make headway on the housing crunch. . .

Cooney said they are short about 300 homes in the Chelan area, and are studying other resort towns and their solutions throughout the nation. The city is also working to incentivize local builders with lower fees and the right zoning codes to develop the right housing for the needs in the community.

Chelan PUD crews will start work on Monday, February 12, to move power poles along McKittrick Street in Wenatchee’s north end in preparation for the city’s planned rebuild of McKittrick from Wenatchee Avenue to Pine Street. NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson reports. . .

For more information on the city’s McKittrick Street Rebuild, visit www.wenatcheewa.gov. For updates on the PUD’s project schedule, visit their website at chelanpud dot-org-slash-McKittrick.

The Washington State Special Olympics Winter Games hopes to raise money this weekend with the 18th annual polar plunge in Wenatchee. The Saturday event at the Walla Walla Point Park swimming lagoon is put on by the Wenatchee City Parks and Recreation Department and includes local law enforcement. You can register starting at 10 am with the plunge slated for noon. Last year’s event raised over $10,000 dollars for local Special Olympics athletes. The Winter Games will once again be held in Wenatchee in March.

Coming up next, It’s almost show time for those participating in the 18th annual Wenatchee Jazz Workshop, and, a current Mission Ridge Ski Team member is on his way to the Winter Olympics.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

It’s almost show time for those participating in the 18th annual Wenatchee Jazz Workshop taking place at Eastmont High School. . .

 

Former Mission Ridge DEVO student and current Mission Ridge Ski Team member Jeffrey Webb is on his way to the Winter Olympics! Jeffrey is a member of the Malaysian ski team and will be competing in the Slalom and Grand Slalom events. Jeffrey is profiled in this video provided by Mission Ridge Ski Resort . . .

The Methow Valley sends a collective good luck greeting to two local Olympic’s athletes. Erik and Sadie Bjornsen are competing in South Korea as members of the US Olympics Cross-country Ski team. The popular siblings have a lot of support in Winthrop. . .

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.

From last night in prep basketball action on the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard…

In the regular season finale for the Entiat girls and boys, it was a walk in the park over Wilson Creek as the Lady Tigers won 63-16 and the boys were victorious 80-to-10.

The District 5/6 2B Tournaments get under way this weekend in Granger and the old and new gyms…

Beginning with the girls tonight, Waterville-Mansfield’s first-round, loser-out game is against DeSales at 6pm in the old gym.  The Manson girls face Mabton in the new gym in a loser-out game, also at 6.  Coming up tomorrow, the winner of Waterville-Mansfield/DeSales will face White Swan at 12:45.  The Manson/Mabton winner takes on Liberty Bell at 2:30.  And Brewster will face the winner of today’s Lake Roosevelt/Walla Walla Valley Academy game at 6 o’clock.

Turning to the boys schedule at the District 5/6 2B Tournament in Granger…

The Waterville-Mansfield boys face Liberty Christian in the new gym today at 4pm while Manson has a first round test with DeSales at 8pm in the old gym…both those games are loser-out.  Saturday, the Manson/DeSales winner will face Brewster at 4:15 while the Waterville-Mansfield/Liberty Christian winner takes on Oroville at 6 o’clock.

We have some regular-season basketball to finish up tonight…

First in girls basketball, Wenatchee hosts Eisenhower on senior night at 5:45pm…we’ll have that LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel with KOHO’s Ian Dunn and Mark Miller.  Eastmont finishes its regular season on the road at Sunnyside at 5:45pm.  If the Wildcats win, they’ll host Wenatchee on Tuesday in a District Play-in game.

In boys basketball tonight…

Wenatchee and Eisenhower will tip it up at 7:30 LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel.  A Wenatchee win combined with a Moses Lake loss at Davis would mean a #3 seed for the Panthers and a District Play-in game Tuesday against Eastmont at 8pm.  Anything other than that would have Wenatchee hosting West Valley at 7 Tuesday while Eastmont would be on the road at Moses Lake.

Coming up tomorrow in Regional Wrestling…

The 4A Regional 3 tournament is at Eisenhower in Yakima where Eastmont has 4 wrestlers while Wenatchee takes 3…it begins at 10am.  The 1A Regional 4 tournament is at Medical Lake where Chelan has 12 grapplers, Cascade goes with 10, and Cashmere has 6.  And the girls are in East Valley of Spokane tomorrow at 10am for the Region 4 Tournament.  We’ll be following Eastmont’s Shyanne Chang & Flora Morrow; Wenatchee’s Kelsey Ibarra, Isabella Adreini, Emily Carroll and Sara Morrow; as well as Cashmere’s Hunter Duke.  That’s all tomorrow, starting at 10am.

The Wenatchee Wild are on the road this weekend…

Wenatchee’s at the Frank Crane Center in Nanaimo tonight to face the Clippers at 7.  Tomorrow they’ll be in Alberni Valley in the Weyerhauser Arena to face the Bulldogs at 7.  Then it’s an early start Sunday in The Q Centre in Victoria as the puck drops at 2 against the Grizzlies.  Wenatchee heads into the weekend in 3rd place in the BCHL’s Interior Division, 3-points behind 1st place Penticton and 1 point behind 2nd place Vernon.

Our Features this week focuses on the Top 10 Candidates for the Cashmere Valley Bank Royalty Selection Pageant.  Today, Rebecca Hall is the daughter of Chris and Jodie Hall…

Sophie Castillo is the daughter of Miguel and Megan Castillo…

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…

Complications associated with this year’s influenza have so far claimed the lives of 132 Washington residents according to numbers released this week by the State Department of Health. Five of those deaths were in North Central Washington. Two have died in Chelan County, One death in Grant County and Two in Kittitas County. Officials report the number of flu cases statewide appear to be on the decrease as the season starts to wind down.

Congressmen Dave Reichert was a yes vote but Representative Dan Newhouse voted against passage of the bi-partisan budget bill that was approved overnight.

Reichert said he was pleased with the outcome and in a prepared statement said the budget agreement will fund critical government programs, strengthen the military, and avoid continued short-term spending bills.

But Newhouse called the agreement a blank check that enables the federal government to continue to accumulate debt. Newhouse added, “The people of the 4th Congressional District demand better and expect their representatives to promote fiscal responsibility, not advance policies that borrow over $1 million a minute.

This weekend is jam-packed with events all around North Central Washington. NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson has a wrap on what you should check out this weekend…

Northcentral and Eastern Washington will experience a glancing blow from an arctic cold front that will bring snow and bitter cold weather to a large portion of Montana into the Upper Plains. Because of that and beginning today, our temperatures will cool down from the unbelievably warm weather we’ve seen over the past week or so. Since last Saturday, we have set 5 record high temperatures in Wenatchee. Highs today will be in the upper 40’s dropping down into the lower to mid-40’s by the weekend and early next week. It is still early February and temperatures for the next several days will be more typical than our recent run of mild weather. Clear skies will allow temperatures to tumble into the mid-20’s tonight. Our region hasn`t seen widespread temperatures this cold since early January. Saturday will be sunny with high temperatures in the lower 40’s. By Sunday, a weak area of low pressure and a cold front will slide down through the Cascades and into Southeastern Washington bringing us about a 20% chance of scattered showers.  Monday through Thursday next week looks nice once again with high pressure back in control of our weather. We will see highs gradually warm throughout the week with high temperatures by Friday into the upper 40’s.

A Collection of Border Collies crashed the world record recently in Australia. Apparently, the 576 pot-lickers in one place propelled the proud people to a prodigious platitude. . .

The event, organized by the Border Collie Owners of South Australia, raised $4,700 for various dog charities.

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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, keep it right here on the NCWLife Channel Monday morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. Thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.