Evening News December 13

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Good evening and welcome to NCWLIFE 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 vacant building in Olds Station catches fire late this morning and the Cashmere School Board will consider an upcoming bond and levy at a meeting tomorrow night.

But first, we begin tonight:

If you voted for change at the Wenatchee School District, you got it . . .

In a special meeting Thursday night, the Cashmere School Board will consider whether to place two measures on the February 13th ballot. One is a two-year replacement maintenance and operations levy and the other is a bond to help fund technology, safety, security and health related issues at some facilities. Cashmere School District Superintendent Glenn Johnson says upgrades are badly needed. . .

 

The levy would cost taxpayers $1.50 per $1000 dollars of assessed value. The school board has until December 15th to get the resolutions to the county auditor’s office in time for the special election in February.

Information about a story that was originally reported as a fire and resulting evacuation of a building at Olds Station in Wenatchee this morning has been updated by the Port of Chelan County. Originally, the fire was reported around 11:30 this morning in what was reported as the Fibro Corporation building and that there was an evacuation of the building.  According to Aimee Pope, Marketing and Communications Manager with the Port of Chelan County, the building had been vacant since the end of November, “so, there really wasn’t anyone to evacuate.”  Pope says Fibro Corporation moved out of the building and that the Port is currently looking for a new tenant. There definitely was a fire. Smoke was spotted coming from the roof of the building at 210 Olds Station Road from the HVAC system. Fire crews responded quickly to the scene to assist with clearing the building of its occupants and quickly contained the fire within 20 to 30 minutes. Pope tells NCWLIFE News that the Port District, owners of the building, was having the HVAC system tested when a fire resulted. That’s when fire crews from Chelan County Fire District One were called in to help extinguish the situation. There’s no estimate on damage available until the Port District has a chance to review the fire and its cause.

Coming up next, a known felon is still on the run in Moses Lake and details on what could be a contentious meeting tonight at the Wenatchee Community Center. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

All three 12th District State Legislators presented a preview of the upcoming 2018 session at this morning’s Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce “Coffee and Commerce” event. Senator Brad Hawkins commented on the changing political landscape in Olympia where the Democrats are now in control of both chambers . . .

 

House Representatives Cary Condotta and Mike Steele joined Senator, Brad Hawkins to discuss some unresolved issues, such as the Supreme Court’s Hurst and McCleary decisions. The Legislative session begins the second Monday in January.

A known felon, who eluded Moses Lake Police Sunday night, is still at large.

 

The incident began when police made contact with a vehicle who officers thought contained an armed felon. Officers asked both the driver and passenger to exit the vehicle. The passenger did get out of the car, but the driver refused.

 

The driver then threw the vehicle into reverse, striking the passenger and knocking her down as well as hitting one of the officers before fleeing the stop. Officers decided not to pursue the car due to concerns over public safety.

 

However, the driver, 29-year old Nicholas Romero Rivera of Moses Lake, apparently forgot that he had already given law enforcement his identification card and that police body cams captured the entire incident. The 22-year old female passenger refused to cooperate, lied to police, and will face charges. Romero Rivera is a convicted felon with a history of violent offenses, including his last arrest where he attempted to pull a gun on a deputy last summer. If you see Romero Rivera, call (509) 762-1160.

A developer who is looking to build in the Wenatchee foothills is hosting a public meeting tonight to answer any questions that community residents might have.

 

Developer Steven Tramp is proposing 18 homes on 13 acres, which will be located on the north slopes of Saddle Rock next to the Jacobson Preserve between the 1700 block of Skyline Drive and Old Butte. But, not everyone is onboard with the new development, including those that were part of the Foothills fundraising plan that raised 8.5-million dollars to preserve and protect the Wenatchee foothills.

 

They say the new development plan is flawed in that the Black Rock Terrace property sits in the middle of a designated erosion hazard zone, is a critical habitat for wintering mule deer and is considered significant indigenous land by the Yakima Nation. Tramp is also the owner of the Comfort Suites in Olds Station. The community meeting will be from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight at the Wenatchee Community Center located at 504 S. Chelan Avenue.

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

 

For the first time, NCWLIFE Channel brought you wrestling LIVE last night as the Wenatchee Panthers hosted the Davis Pirates and it was edge-of-your-seat excitement.  After falling behind early, Wenatchee got things going in the 145-pound match with Jerdan Velazquez pumping up the crowd.  I had the call right here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

 

Davis went on to win the match 43-34 as the Panthers fell to oh-and-2…

 

As we turn to the Les Schwab prep scoreboard…
There you see the Wenatchee score, also Sunnyside blew out Eastmont 58-to-6.  We’ll bring you Eastmont and Wenatchee next Tuesday LIVE here on the NCWLIFE Channel.  In the double dual at Cascade last night, it was Chelan topping Cascade 38-27.  Cashmere edged Okanogan 30-24.  Cascade blew out Okanogan 51-11 and Chelan shellacked Cashmere 60-24.

In Boys Swimming and Diving at Moses Lake, the Chiefs handled the Eastmont Wildcats 138-to-47.

In girls bowling Tuesday…

 

Wenatchee picked up a 3-1 win on the road in Sunnyside as Maddie Burril rolled a team-high 179 and Kylah Hankins chipped in a 178.  Eastmont remained undefeated with a 4-0 win at West Valley.  Alicia Hastings had an incredible 437 series with a 236 and 191.  Emmalee Montoya also rolled a 201 for the Wildcats.

In high school basketball last night…

 

On the Les Schwab boys scoreboard
Cashmere 77, Cascade 42
Chelan 69, Cle Elum 41
Waterville-Mansfield 65, Tonasket 21
Lake Roosevelt 57, Manson 54

Turning to the girls scoreboard from last night…

 

Cashmere 84, Cascade 9
Cle Elum 41, Chelan 37
Waterville-Mansfield 42, Tonasket 7
Lake Roosevelt 51, Manson 33

On the prep schedule for today…

 

Wenatchee hosts Ellensburg in girls bowling at Eastmont Lanes this afternoon at 2pm.

 

 

Thanks Eric…

The Washington State Apple Blossom Festival has a question: would you watch a comprehensive documentary film celebrating its history?  Dan Kuntz has the story. . .

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

 

Time now for a recap of some of our top stories…

Information about a story that was originally reported as a fire and resulting evacuation of a building at Olds Station in Wenatchee this morning has been updated by the Port of Chelan County. Originally, the fire was reported around 11:30 this morning in what was reported as the Fibro Corporation building and that there was an evacuation of the building.  According to Aimee Pope, Marketing and Communications Manager with the Port of Chelan County, the building had been vacant since the end of November, “so, there really wasn’t anyone to evacuate.”  Pope says Fibro Corporation moved out of the building and that the Port is currently looking for a new tenant. There definitely was a fire. Smoke was spotted coming from the roof of the building at 210 Olds Station Road from the HVAC system. Fire crews responded quickly to the scene to assist with clearing the building of its occupants and quickly contained the fire within 20 to 30 minutes. Pope tells NCWLIFE News that the Port District, owners of the building, was having the HVAC system tested when a fire resulted. That’s when fire crews from Chelan County Fire District One were called in to help extinguish the situation. There’s no estimate on damage available until the Port District has a chance to review the fire and its cause.

A developer who is looking to build in the Wenatchee foothills is hosting a public meeting tonight to answer any questions that community residents might have.

 

Developer Steven Tramp is proposing 18 homes on 13 acres, which will be located on the north slopes of Saddle Rock next to the Jacobson Preserve between the 1700 block of Skyline Drive and Old Butte. But, not everyone is onboard with the new development, including those that were part of the Foothills fundraising plan that raised 8.5-million dollars to preserve and protect the Wenatchee foothills.

 

They say the new development plan is flawed in that the Black Rock Terrace property sits in the middle of a designated erosion hazard zone, is a critical habitat for wintering mule deer and is considered significant indigenous land by the Yakima Nation. Tramp is also the owner of the Comfort Suites in Olds Station. The community meeting will be from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight at the Wenatchee Community Center located at 504 S. Chelan Avenue.

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

We certainly saw plenty of sunshine throughout the day today. This isn’t expected to last though, as the clouds and fog return tonight and persist on Thursday before the next weather system arrives. A more unsettled weather pattern can be expected for Friday and into the weekend and early next week as the ridge of high pressure weakens allowing weather disturbances and moisture from the Pacific to move inland. The major system we talked about yesterday is weakening as it moves inland so we can expect just a slight chance of snow in the mountains, but the valleys and low lands should stay dry now this weekend with temperatures moderating slightly into the upper 30’s to near 40. Early next week looks to be dry as well with a mix of sun and clouds.

Hopefully our skies will stay clear enough tonight, and if they do, keep your eyes to the skies as the Geminid meteor shower puts on a show. Check out this video from NASA. . .

 

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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, make sure you tune in to NCWLIFE Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.