Evening News December 13, 2018

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

 

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, By a vote of 369 to 47, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2018 Farm Bill Wednesday morning. Governor Jay Inslee has proposed a 650-million dollar plan to address mental health as part of a budget he unveiled Tuesday, and, A black bear named Cinder that was badly burned in the 2014 Carlton Complex Fire and was released back into the forest following a year-long rehabilitation is dead.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Chelan and Douglas County Republicans have lost a key leader with the death of Fredi Simpson this week. Simpson’s death from cancer was confirmed by her husband, Bruce in a statement to the Wenatchee World. Simpson was 68 years old.

Simpson had a long and influential political career. She led the Chelan County Republican Central Committee as it Chairwoman and as President of the Chelan and Douglas County Republican Women. Simpson also held leadership positions at the State and National GOP Party levels. Simpson is survived by her husband Bruce and Son, Kaleb.

By a vote of 369 to 47, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2018 Farm Bill Wednesday morning. The Conference Report includes language making hops eligible for crop insurance and directs the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation Board (FCIC) to streamline the process for developing hop insurance policies. Speaking on the House floor, 4th District Representative Dan Newhouse said farmers needed action sooner rather than later. . .

The legislation now heads to President Trump for his signature into law.

Governor Jay Inslee has proposed a 650-million dollar plan to address mental health as part of a budget he unveiled Tuesday. The plan includes building more community treatment centers, where people can get psychiatric help closer to home. Inslee says it will shift the State away from centralized state hospitals such as Western State Hospital,which has been plagued with problems. The governor says he wants to create more community-based centers such as the new Parkside Treatment Center in Wenatchee which he toured in October. . .

Inslee’s plan would double the number of beds available to patients in community centers in the coming years. His plan also includes a new behavioral health teaching hospital at the University of Washington, which would train more caregivers and provide more treatment options for patients.

A black bear named Cinder that was badly burned in the 2014 Carlton Complex Fire and was released back into the forest following a year-long rehabilitation is dead. The bear’s remains were discovered with the hide and meat taken.  Fish and Wildlife bear specialist, Rich Beausoleil told the Methow Valley News that Cinder’s GPS radio collar had stopped working in October. He says it appeared that the bear was killed last year by a hunter who cut the collar and left it at the site.

Cinder would have been five years old. She became a symbol of the Methow Valley’s recovery from the devastating Carlton Complex Fire after she was found severely burned by an Okanogan County property owner. Beausoleil says she was in good health when they checked on her in February of last year.

News of Cinder the Bear’s death came as a shock to Malcomb Keithley, who authored a children’s book that chronicled the injured bruin’s recovery. Keithley says he has stayed in touch with Fish and Wildlifes ongoing tracking of the bear and says he was hoping to see Cinder’s first litter of cubs. . .

Keithley’s book, “Cinder the Bear” is an illustrated childrens book which is available for purchase online at Apple Book Store.

Coming up next, Fewer homes are selling in the Wenatchee-area and there are more to choose from, according to the latest Real Estate Snapshot released by Pacific Appraisal Associates. Recent heavy snowfall on top of light snow from early December in the Cascades has created dangerous avalanche conditions in several areas, and, we will have our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Fewer homes are selling in the Wenatchee-area and there are more to choose from, according to the latest Real Estate Snapshot released by Pacific Appraisal Associates. But, the prices for those homes is higher than a year ago. There were 92 homes sold in November, down 9 percent from November 2017. Meanwhile, the number of listings was up 31 percent over last year. The median price for homes was $325,955, up from $290,000 in 2017, but down from $328,700 in October. There were 183 homes on the market in November, down from 218 in October.

Recent heavy snowfall on top of light snow from early December in the Cascades has created dangerous avalanche conditions in several areas. Scott Schell with the Northwest Avalanche Center says the first monitoring of the season revealed that instability. . .

Matt Primomo with the Avalanche Center shows exactly what they’re dealing with in the Stevens Pass area. . .

Time now for our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Today, NCWLife’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Akina the cat. . .

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, tonight’s feature story and your complete local weather forecast. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

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Thanks to the incredible support of local businesses and individual cash donations, the Les Schwab Community Toy Drive was able to turn to local Kid Experts to help shop for other children. Today, our final Kid Expert Shopper is Natalie…

We think Natalie will have a future at Disney as well!

And that is a look at your local weather forecast, coming up next, tonight’s sports report with Eric Granstrom and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

There are only a couple games on the prep basketball schedule…

Cashmere plays host to Okanogan with the girls playing at 5:45 followed by the boys at 7:15.

In the pool today at Wenatchee High School…

The Panthers host both Davis and Eisenhower at 4 o’clock.

On the mats tonight, Omak is the host team…

As Okanogan, Chelan and Cascade come calling in a double dual starting at 6pm.

The Seahawks will have to play the rest of the season without linebacker Mychal Kendricks…

Seattle learned following Monday night’s 21-7 win over Minnesota that Kendricks broke his tibia and will require surgery to fix the bone and a knee injury.  Coach Pete Carroll says they have placed him on injured reserve…

The Seahawks picked Kendrick up off waivers from Cleveland after he admitted to insider trading and served an 8-game suspension from the NFL.  He pleaded guilty to the charges and faces sentencing in January.

Meanwhile, Seattle has a short week to turn around and face the 49ers on the road Sunday.  San Francisco is coming off a 20-to-14 win over the Denver Broncos and, according to Carroll, are playing good football all the way around…

Wide receiver Doug Baldwin was a late scratch Monday night against Minnesota and Carroll says it’s a wait and see week this week to see if he can go on Sunday…

Seattle and San Francisco kick off at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara at 1:05.

Thanks Eric.

Time now for NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson to fill us in on some of the events going on this weekend. . .

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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 tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.