Evening News April 03

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Eric Granstrom. 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, candidates for the Chelan County Port Deputy Director position are interviewed today, Rep. Dan Newhouse holds a press conference regarding the increase spill on lower Snake River and lower Columbia River Dams and Chelan County Commissioners react to comments made by the U.S. Interior Secretary about the reintroduction of Grizzly Bears in the North Cascades.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The Chelan County PUD is taking immediate action to shut down unauthorized bitcoin mining operations. At their Monday meeting PUD commissioners directed staff to take all necessary steps to enforce the moratorium on unpermitted cryptocurrency operations including imposing available fees and penalties and considering new ones, disconnecting service and reporting unauthorized loads to law enforcement as power theft and to fire officials to protect public safety. PUD General Manager Steve Wright said the problem has created a dangerous situation . .

During Monday’s meeting the board received a report of unauthorized bitcoin mining discovered last week in a Wenatchee apartment, a Malaga home and Chelan mini-storage units. PUD crews disconnected power for the unauthorized services. A moratorium on new bitcoin mining permits had been imposed back in March.

Cryptocurrency mining was on the agenda for discussion at today’s Chelan County Commissioner meeting. The Board is in the process of reviewing a possible moratorium on bitcoin mining operations in line with the City of Wenatchee and Chelan County PUD. But Commissioner Kevin Overbay says the process will likely result in regulating how the activity will be zoned . .

Overbay says the County will work closely with the PUD to ensure that bitcoin mining comply with all fire and public safety codes.

Four candidates vying for the post of Deputy Director for the Chelan County Port District were interviewed during today’s Port Commission meeting. The Deputy Director will report directly to the Executive Director and work with elected Commissioners, and be a candidate for appointment as Executive Director when Jones departs at the end of this year. The four finalists emerged from a field of 26 applicants. The finalists for the Deputy position include, Todd Coleman of Star, Idaho, James Kuntz from Walla Walla, Jeff McIrvin of Wenatchee and Allison Williams from Wenatchee. The candidate interviews were open to the public at the Confluence Technology Center, stay tuned tomorrow for a full report of those interviews.

Coming up next, Rep. Dan Newhouse holds a press conference regarding the increase spill on lower Snake River and lower Columbia River Dams and Chelan County Commissioners react to comments made by the U.S. Interior Secretary about the reintroduction of Grizzly Bears in the North Cascades. I’m Eric Granstrom and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

On Monday, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) hosted a press conference in Tri-Cities with a variety of stakeholders who oppose the court-mandated spill order scheduled to begin today (Tue) at the eight lower Snake River and lower Columbia River dams.

U.S. District Judge Michael Simon in Portland ruled that more water must spill over dams from April to mid-June to help young salmon migrating to the ocean. Opponents complain that the spill will mean less water to produce electricity, which increases the utility bills for Northwest ratepayers.

Some of the Tri-City and state leaders Newhouse met with Monday also argued that more spill could harm, rather than help, young salmon. Newhouse said during the event that a bipartisan bill that could be voted on later this month would keep the status quo at the Snake and Columbia River dams until at least 2022, with no court-ordered change to operations.

Highway 28 was closed down overnight after a two-vehicle injury crash involving a semi blocked the roadway. State Troopers report the accident occurred shortly before 11 PM on SR 28 at Milepost 12. The truck driver, identified as 56 year old Darrel Sheriff of East Wenatchee was Westbound when he crossed over the center line into the Eastbound lane. The truck struck an oncoming SUV driven by 73 year old Patricia Hash also of East Wenatchee. Hash was injured and transported to Confluence Health for treatment. Her condition is unknown. The driver of the truck was not injured but he will be cited for negligent driving according to the State Patrol news release, The highway remained closed until around 2:30 in the morning.

A Royal City man is charged with a DUI in connection with an injury accident yesterday in Grant County. It happened on I-90 at Moses Lake.

State Troopers say 21 year old Oscar Ramirez-Landeros caused the crash after his car drifted off the road striking a jersey barrier and then colliding with a sedan driven by 28 year old Adam Bouchard of Spokane. Bouchard and his passenger escaped unhurt but Bouchard was injured and transported to Samaritan Hospital.

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

Villanova claimed its second national championship in three years with last night’s 79-62 win over Michigan in the NCAA Final.

 

Guard Donte DiVincenzo stole the spotlight, making five three pointers, some highlight-reel jams and a block on the one of the Wolverine’s best players.  He finished with 31-points and the Wildcats finished the season 36-and-4.

After a great 2-and-oh start to the BCHL Interior Division Final playoff series at home, the Wenatchee Wild are on the road in Trial for Game 3 tonight…

The puck will drop at 7 o’clock tonight at the Cominco Arena.  Game 4 is tomorrow at 7 and, if necessary, Game 5 would be back in Wenatchee Friday at the Town Toyota Center.  If it goes that far, Game 6 would be back in Trail Saturday and Game 7 here in Wenatchee Monday.  The other remaining BCHL teams are Prince George and Powell River.  The Spruce Kings have a 2-1 series lead after winning the first two at home.  Powell River won last night in double overtime 3-2 with Game 4 tonight at the Hap Parker Arena.

Turning to the Prep Schedule for today…

Baseball
Cashmere vs. Freeman, 12pm (Avista Stadium)
Cashmere vs. Cheney, 2pm (Avista Stadium)
Eastmont at Moses Lake, 4pm

Soccer
Colville at Cashmere, 1pm
Brewster at Chelan, 4:30pm
Wenatchee at Davis, 5pm
West Valley at Eastmont, 7pm – LIVE on NCWLIFE Channel

Coming up the rest of the week here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

After soccer tonight, we’ll have more soccer tomorrow as Wenatchee hosts Pasco in a game at the Apple Bowl at 6 o’clock.  Then on Thursday, we’ll feature Game 1 of the Interior Division Finals between the Wenatchee Wild and Trail on during Hockey Night on the NCWLIFE Channel at 7 o’clock.  We’re back on the diamond Friday for high school baseball when Eastmont hosts Moses Lake at Dan White Field.  We’ll pick up the second of the doubleheader LIVE at about 5:30 here on NCWLIFE.  Game 2 of the Wenatchee-Trail playoffs will air Saturday afternoon at 2pm.  We’ll be back at Eastmont Saturday for a soccer game on the pitch between the Wildcats and Quincy at 5pm.  Then it’s Game 3 of the Wenatchee-Trail playoffs at 7pm.

The Mariners, after opening the season taking two of three from Cleveland, are in San Francisco to begin an 8-game road trip today…

Former Wenatchee AppleSox Marco Gonzalez got the start today against the Giant’s Ty Blach.  Seattle put designated hitter Nelson Cruz on the 10-day disabled list after he sprained his ankle in the dugout following his home run Saturday against the Tribe.  To fill the roster spot, the Mariners brought up Taylor Motter from Triple A Tacoma.  After two games in San Francisco, Seattle travels to Minnesota for three with the Twins and then three at Kansas City before returning home Friday the 13th to start an 8-game home stand against Oakland and Houston.

Chelan County Commissioners react to statements from US Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke regarding plans by the US Fish and Wildlife Department to reintroduce grizzly bears into the North Cascades wilderness. The Secretary said in a recent visit to Washington State that he supports the plans which contradicts an earlier order by his agency to halt an environmental impact study on the proposal. In their regular interview with NCWLIFE News Commissioner responded . . .

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

Welcome back to the NCWLife Evening News, to recap our top stories tonight…

The Chelan County PUD is taking immediate action to shut down unauthorized bitcoin mining operations. At their Monday meeting PUD commissioners directed staff to take all necessary steps to enforce the moratorium on unpermitted cryptocurrency operations including imposing available fees and penalties and considering new ones, disconnecting service and reporting unauthorized loads to law enforcement as power theft and to fire officials to protect public safety. PUD General Manager Steve Wright said the problem has created a dangerous situation . .

During Monday’s meeting the board received a report of unauthorized bitcoin mining discovered last week in a Wenatchee apartment, a Malaga home and Chelan mini-storage units. PUD crews disconnected power for the unauthorized services. A moratorium on new bitcoin mining permits had been imposed back in March.

Cryptocurrency mining was on the agenda for discussion at today’s Chelan County Commissioner meeting. The Board is in the process of reviewing a possible moratorium on bitcoin mining operations in line with the City of Wenatchee and Chelan County PUD. But Commissioner Kevin Overbay says the process will likely result in regulating how the activity will be zoned . .

Overbay says the County will work closely with the PUD to ensure that bitcoin mining comply with all fire and public safety codes.

Highway 28 was closed down overnight after a two-vehicle injury crash involving a semi blocked the roadway. State Troopers report the accident occurred shortly before 11 PM on SR 28 at Milepost 12. The truck driver, identified as 56 year old Darrel Sheriff of East Wenatchee was Westbound when he crossed over the center line into the Eastbound lane. The truck struck an oncoming SUV driven by 73 year old Patricia Hash also of East Wenatchee. Hash was injured and transported to Confluence Health for treatment. Her condition is unknown. The driver of the truck was not injured but he will be cited for negligent driving according to the State Patrol news release, The highway remained closed until around 2:30 in the morning.

Hope you enjoyed the partly sunny and dry weather today because change is coming in the form of a lot of rain over the next several days.  Your forecast in a moment but first, let’s look out our weather window in North Central Washington with our camera views brought to you by Sky-Fi…

 

A dry and partly sunny day was had across North Central Washington.  The further north you were, the more clouds you found.  Wet weather will develop tomorrow and continue through the weekend over the entire region.  By the weekend, minor flooding issues may develop, so we’ll keep an eye on that.

Tonight – Mostly cloudy with a low of 38, winds light from the SW

Tomorrow – Cloudy with light rain off and on tomorrow, winds should be calm.  The rain chance is about 40-percent tomorrow.  This weather system is a warm one, with tomorrow’s high expected at 55 degrees.

Tomorrow Night – Clouds will persist with a slight chance of rain tomorrow night with the low around 41.

Thursday – 80 percent chance of heavy rain, tenth to quarter inch possible.  High in the mid 50’s.

Friday – Cloudy, showers and 57

Saturday – Rain likely with a high in the upper 50’s.

Sunday – Partly sunny with a high near 60.

Mountain Forecast – Snow level to remain at the passes tonight and tomorrow with 3-to-8 inches of new snow to fall between tonight and tomorrow.  Then, it turns to rain with the snow level rising to near 6,000 feet by Saturday with lots of rain.  We’ll keep an eye on the possibility for avalanche control as we get through the end of the week and weekend.

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