Evening News April 18

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Good Monday 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, An elderly man avoided serious injury late last week after falling asleep at the wheel and hitting a telephone pole, and, Wenatchee Valley College has announced the winners of this year’s Foundation awards.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Chelan PUD commissioners this week approved new penalties on unpermitted bitcoin operations. The new fees and charges become effective immediately. The action comes as the utility continues to find unauthorized cryptocurrency mining, two to three a day on average. The District’s Customer Utilities Managing Director, John Stoll reported discovering and shutting off power to three rogue operations last week. One unauthorized operation was in a south Wenatchee commercial space, another in a west Wenatchee home rented out pending a sale and the third, perhaps most troubling, Stoll said, in the forest off Highway 2 near the Nason Creek Rest area. . .

 

Customers who use unauthorized electric service face fees of up to $6,150 for in-home bitcoin operations and $11,400 for those in commercial or light industrial space. Unauthorized operations deemed a safety hazard will lose power immediately and be assessed all charges. Customers also could face prosecution for power theft. Commissioners extended amnesty for assessing the fees until May 14th in cases where customers without authorized service, and no history of HDL use or suspected use, stop mining immediately and notify the PUD, prior to hearing from the utility. May 14th is the public hearing on the application moratorium imposed on March 19th for new high density loads.

Chelan County Commissioners say a moratorium on bitcoin mining from the Chelan County PUD addresses most of their concerns. Commissioner Doug England says they will continue to address the issue from a county zoning stand point…

In a press release this (Wed) morning, Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers says following a traffic stop, a wanted man from Texas put a pistol to his head and shot himself. The suspect was wanted by Texas Marshals on a felony warrant for Sexual Assault of a Child and was considered armed.

At around 8:00 this morning Deputies from the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol and officers from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife spotted the suspect vehicle on Highway 97 near the south access into Okanogan. They initiated a stop on the vehicle; the vehicle slowly came to a stop and the driver of the vehicle ignored the orders from Deputies on scene. Following the shooting, the suspect was transported to Mid-Valley Hospital where he died from the self-inflicted gunshot wound.

An elderly man was slightly injured late last week after falling asleep at the wheel and hitting a telephone pole.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received a report last Friday afternoon of a vehicle driving recklessly Rock Island Road near Mary Street. A short time later, Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal spotted the pickup truck and stopped the vehicle at the intersection of Rock Island Road and 3rd Street SE.

Gjesdal noticed the passenger side window of the vehicle was shattered with shards of glass all over the inside of the pickup. The driver, identified as 80-year old James E. Carpenter of Quincy, had several small cuts from the glass and told the sheriff he had dozed off and wasn’t sure what he had hit.

The right side of the vehicle was severely damaged and the passenger side mirror was missing. There was also shredded tar soaked wood in the damaged metal. Later in the afternoon Deputies found a damaged telephone pole and the missing mirror. Carpenter was charged with hit and run.

For the first time, three annual awards will be presented at the Wenatchee Valley College Foundation Gala coming up on May 19th. In addition to the Outstanding Friend of the College award, The Harvey Award and the Distinguished Alumni of the Year award, four “WVC Heroes” will also be recognized this year for their commitment to the college.

This year’s recipient of the Outstanding Friend of the College is Peggy Ludwick, who is a tireless advocate for education and women. The Harvey Award goes to Earl Tilley, who is a founding member of the board of directors for the WVC Foundation. This year’s WVC Distuinguished Alumni award winner is Malachi Salcido of Salcido Enterprises who the foundation says is revolutionizing technology. The four winners of the WVC Hero award are Dennis Conger with the Wenatchee School District, Diana Haglund of Wenatchee Learns Connect, Wyatt Hurd, a WVC Volunteer and Ed Phinney for his support of technical education at WVC. Once again, the Foundation Gala is Saturday, May 19th at 5:00 p.m. at the Wenatchee Convention Center.

Coming up next, we sat down with Chelan County Commission candidate Bob Bugert who discussed a variety of topics with news Director Steve Hair. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Former Chelan Douglas Land Trust Executiver Director Bob Bugert recently filed candidacy papers for the Chelan County District 2 Commissioner seat. Long-time Chelan County Commissioner Keith Goehner recently announced that he will be stepping down at the end of his term. NCWLife News Director Steve Hair has more. . .

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

The Wenatchee Wild will have a chance to win the BCHL Championship on home ice after falling in Game 4 of the Fred Page Memorial Cup 4-to-2 at Prince George last night.  Both teams looked exhausted as they played their fourth game in five nights and after a double-overtime contest the night before.  To the highlights we go with Arch Ecker on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network.  Video courtesy of Hockey TV…

Ethan de Jong (dee-YOUNG) finishes with two of the Spruce King’s four goals on the night.  Now, both teams make the 600-plus mile journey back to Wenatchee for Game 5 tomorrow night at the Town Toyota Center at 7:05.

By the way, there’s a gathering TONIGHT at around 8:30 at the Town Toyota Center to welcome the team back home from Prince George if you’d like to go out and show your support.

Turning to the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard, we’ll start on the soccer pitch…

The Wenatchee Panthers were able to snap a two game losing streak with a big 6-nil shutout of Eisenhower last night at the Apple Bowl.  We had the game here LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel with Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen on the call…

 

Wenatchee moves up to 3rd in the Big 9 standings behind Eastmont and Davis.  By the way, the match between the Wildcats and Pirates was moved to today at 5 o’clock.  In other scores yesterday, Cascade downed Okanogan 4-1.  Cashmere clobbered Omak 8-nil.  And Manson came up short to Brewster 4-1.

On the Les Schwab Prep Baseball Scoreboard yesterday…

Cashmere had no trouble with Chelan 12-1.  Manson shut out Soap Lake 8-0.  Eastmont got by Davis 6-5.  And, West Valley edged Wenatchee 10-7, so now the Panthers are tied with Moses Lake at 8-and-2, while the Rams are 9-and-4.  Wenatchee will look to rebound Friday afternoon against West Valley at Rec. Park.

Turning to the Les Schwab Softball Scoreboard…

Cashmere crushed Warden 21-zip.  Chelan swept a doubleheader from Okanogan 8-6 and 19-1.  Eastmont ten-runned Davis 11-1 and the Wenatchee Panthers continued their incredible season by downing West Valley 19-8 and remain unbeaten at 10-0 in Big 9 play.

In Prep Tennis Tuesday…

Wenatchee swept Sunnyside and Cashmere and Chelan split with the Bulldog boys winning 5-0 and the Lady Goats coming out on top 3-2.

Lance McCullers, Junior gave up a 1st inning home run to Robinson Cano, but that was it in 7-innings of work as his Houston Astros defeated the Seattle Mariners 4-1 at Safeco Field…

Brian McCann’s 2-run home run in the 6th broke a 1-1 tie and evened the series at a game apiece.  McCullers struck out 11 Seattle batters on the night to earn his second win.  The two teams battle again tonight at 7:10 with Mike Leake on the mound for the Mariners going up against the Astros’ Gerrit Cole.

 

Thanks Eric.

In our feature story tonight, this Saturday residents of Wenatchee can dispose of unwanted material during the annual recycling event on the south end of town. NCWLife’s Dan Kuntz reports. . .

We’ll be back 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…

Chelan PUD commissioners this week approved new penalties on unpermitted bitcoin operations. The new fees and charges become effective immediately. The action comes as the utility continues to find unauthorized cryptocurrency mining, two to three a day on average. The District’s Customer Utilities Managing Director, John Stoll reported discovering and shutting off power to three rogue operations last week. One unauthorized operation was in a south Wenatchee commercial space, another in a west Wenatchee home rented out pending a sale and the third, perhaps most troubling, Stoll said, in the forest off Highway 2 near the Nason Creek Rest area. . .

 

Customers who use unauthorized electric service face fees of up to $6,150 for in-home bitcoin operations and $11,400 for those in commercial or light industrial space. Unauthorized operations deemed a safety hazard will lose power immediately and be assessed all charges. Customers also could face prosecution for power theft. Commissioners extended amnesty for assessing the fees until May 14th in cases where customers without authorized service, and no history of HDL use or suspected use, stop mining immediately and notify the PUD, prior to hearing from the utility. May 14th is the public hearing on the application moratorium imposed on March 19th for new high density loads.

In a press release this (Wed) morning, Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers says following a traffic stop, a wanted man from Texas put a pistol to his head and shot himself. The suspect was wanted by Texas Marshals on a felony warrant for Sexual Assault of a Child and was considered armed.

At around 8:00 this morning Deputies from the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol and officers from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife spotted the suspect vehicle on Highway 97 near the south access into Okanogan. They initiated a stop on the vehicle; the vehicle slowly came to a stop and the driver of the vehicle ignored the orders from Deputies on scene. Following the shooting, the suspect was transported to Mid-Valley Hospital where he died from the self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A high-pressure ridge centered over the region this morning shifted east as the next trough moves onshore intermingling with moisture moving up from the south. As that weak weather system moves away, we will still see mostly cloudy skies today with mostly sunny skies expected on Thursday. We will also see the beginning of a warm-up Thursday with highs in the mid 60’s. By Thursday night and Friday, a weak and flat ridge of high pressure will build into the region. The resulting southwest-westerly flow will tap into some high level moisture for variable high clouds and just a slight chance for isolated showers on Friday night. As the weak weather system moves through on Saturday, we will also see breezy conditions with just slightly cooler temperatures, back down to the upper 50’s. But, by Sunday and through at least Tuesday of next week, weak high pressure will build back into the region clearing us out and warming us up to even above normal high temperatures. High temperatures on Sunday will be in the ow 60’s, mid 60’s for Monday and all the way up to 70 degrees for Tuesday.

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