Evening News December 19, 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, A hearing examiner has approved the controversial Black Rock Terrace housing development in the Wenatchee foothills. Moses Lake Police are asking for your help tonight in finding a wanted felon, and, Residents in Washington’s Kitsap Peninsula are assessing damage and cleaning up tonight after a rare tornado touched down yesterday afternoon.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The residents of the Plain area who complained about the smell of a large marijuana farm in their area may be breathing a little easier today after hearing that the State has intervened to stop the operation. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair reports . . .

A hearing examiner has approved the controversial Black Rock Terrace housing development in the Wenatchee foothills. Attorney Andy Kottkamp, the city’s hearing examiner, submitted his approval of the subdivision to the city Friday.

Steve and Tanya Tramp, the owners of the property, are proposing a development that would result in 17 homes on 13 acres of sloping property in the 17000 block of Skyline Drive. Opponents have packed public meetings on the proposal, saying further development in the foothills is a wildfire danger and threatens mule deer populations, among other concerns. Kottkamp said at a November hearing his ruling would be based solely on whether the proposed subdivision met city requirements for development. Opponents still could appeal Kottkamp’s ruling in Superior Court but must do so by Jan. 4. Suzanne Hartman, one of about 20 homeowners who have united to fight the subdivision, said they will meet soon to decide what to do next. Steve Tramp said at a hearing in November they hoped to get started on the development this spring.

Moses Lake Police are asking for your help tonight in finding a wanted felon. A warrant was issued Monday for 19-year old David A. Maybee charged with felony eluding and driving while his license was suspended, 1st degree.  An officer attempted to stop Maybee early in the morning on Dec. 9 for reportedly driving without headlights on on North Stratford Road.

Maybee reportedly continued into the Taco Bell Parking lot and drive thru “despite officer’s use of lights and sirens,” according to Moses Lake police. Maybee allegedly exited the drive thru, going over the curb, onto the grass and across a sidewalk before turning south on North Stratford Road.

Police say Maybee was driving at a high rate of speed and reportedly ran a red light at the intersection of West Broadway Avenue. He also reportedly ran two stop signs on Alder Street before police terminated the pursuit due to safety concerns and snow on the road. Anyone with information on Maybee’s whereabouts is asked to call 509-762-1160.

Residents in Washington’s Kitsap Peninsula are assessing damage and cleaning up tonight after a rare tornado touched down around 2:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. Some 50 buildings were affected by the twister and about 20 homes were evacuated because of a gas leak. There were also several downed power lines along the storm’s path. The tornado traveled northeast after touching down near a Walmart in Port Orchard, leaving authorities scrambling to evacuate people and make sure everyone was safe. The Sheriff’s office described the damage as catastrophic. Tornadoes are a relatively rare event in the Pacific Northwest. From 1950 to 2018, 123 tornado events were reported in the state, primarily in Central and Eastern Washington.

Coming up next, Samaritan Hospital commissioners have given the green light to $6.9 million dollars being spent next year to remodel the Moses Lake Clinic.  Over 220,000 Washington residents have signed up for a 2019 health plan through Washington Healthplanfinder, and, how will an agreement reached yesterday to change how water is spilled at Columbia and Lower Snake River dams affect us in Northcentral Washington. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Samaritan Healthcare is expanding in 2019. The Columbia Basin Herald reports hospital commissioners have given the green light to $6.9 million dollars being spent next year to remodel the Moses Lake Clinic. Hospital officials say the project is required to make room for additional medical staff and physicians who will be coming on board next year.  The first two phases of the project will be paid for out of the amount approved this week by Commissioners. A third phase is slated to start in 2020. Officials say the expansion will include 33 new exam rooms. The newspaper reports Commissioners and district officials have been talking about upgrades and remodeling for more than a year.

Over 220,000 Washington residents signed up for a 2019 health plan through Washington Healthplanfinder, the state’s online health insurance marketplace, by last Saturday’s midnight deadline to enroll.

The total number of plan selections is only slightly lower than the 242,000 sign-ups posted during the 2018 open enrollment period that stretched one month longer. The final two days of the six-week open enrollment period saw more than 11,000 Washingtonians sign up for coverage before the December 15th cutoff. Several hundred more plan selections are expected to arrive as customers who started the application process before close of open enrollment finalize their applications for 2019 coverage.

The Exchange has also experienced a 20 percent increase in the number of current customers renewing their coverage. In light of the extraordinary demand leading into the deadline, the Exchange is providing any customers who may have encountered difficulties while signing up until tomorrow, December 20th to finalize their health and dental plans selections for next year.

An agreement reached yesterday to change how water is spilled at Columbia and Lower Snake River dams does not affect the dams operated by the Chelan County PUD.

The agreement to increase spills is designed to boost survival rates of young salmon and was filed in U.S. District court in Portland. Chelan PUD spokesperson Kimberlee Craig said the PUD already has its own Habitat Conservation Plans that aim to eliminate any impact on passing fish. Included in that is a juvenile fish bypass at Rock Reach Dam that carries young salmon and steelhead past the dam, Craig said. U.S. Reps. Dan Newhouse and Cathy McMorris Rodgers have been highly critical of the new agreement.

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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In tonight’s feature story, former Washington Secretary of State Ralph Munro tells us the story of the beach glass mosaic at Olympic College in Bremerton. It is one of his, favorite places.

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.

The Eastmont Bowling team had high hopes to pick up a win over Rival Eisenhower at Eastmont Lanes Tuesday.  Coach Christy Binge says her girls were up for the challenge but Ike was just a touch better, topping the Wildcats 3-1 and by a total pin count of just 30…

High scorers for Eastmont were Samantha Heinz with a 222 and Alicia Hastings with a 192.

Just a few lanes down from Eastmont, the Wenatchee Panthers shut down Davis 4-0 with a pin count of 2,088 to 1,744.  High Scorers for Wenatchee were Jessica Holbrook with a 194, Kylah Hankins with a 188, and Hannah Johnson with a 183.  The ladies will have some time off for the holidays and get back at it in the new year.

On the Les Schwab Prep Girls Basketball Scoreboard from last night…

The game featured here on the NCWLIFE Channel saw Pasco erase an early deficit and defeat Eastmont 66-46 at Eastmont High School.  The Wildcats posted an early 5-nothing lead and led 6-3 when Pasco went on a 15-oh run to end the first quarter leading 18-6.  Eastmont closed to within 3 in the second quarter but the Bulldogs made another 11-oh run to lead by 12 at the half and pull away for a 20-point win.

Grant Olson had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

 

And it was all Pasco from there.  Also last night, Wenatchee fell on the road at Hanford 56-46…

Cashmere cruised to a 71-24 win over Cascade to remain undefeated at 7-and-oh.  Oroville edged Manson in a low-scoring affair, 35-25.  And the Waterville-Mansfield girls picked up a 57-41 win at home against Tonasket.

Turning to the Les Schwab Prep Boys Basketball Scoreboard…

Despite trailing most of the 2nd and 3rd quarters, Eastmont was able to reel in Pasco for an 81-65 victory.  Isaac Wellborn led the way for the Wildcats with 28-points while Trey Haberlock chipped in 21.

Grant Olson had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

 

So a good night for the Wildcats.  It was also a good night for the Wenatchee Panthers, who earned a 1-point road win at Hanford 58-57…

Cashmere continued its winning ways with an 89-56 win over Cascade.  Despite Quinn Stamps’ 21-points and Chelan overcoming a double-digit deficit to force overtime, the Mountain Goats fell to Omak 72-66.  And it was Tonasket topping Waterville-Mansfield 64-43.

The Wenatchee Wild will try to make it ten wins in a row tonight in BCHL play with a road game at Cominco Arena against the Trail Smoke Eaters…

In fact, the last time the Wild lost was November 16th at Trail.  Since then, they’ve mustered a 9-game winning streak and wrestled first place away from Penticton in the Interior Division.  Wenatchee is 13-and-2 since the 1st of November and are 22-10-and-2 on the season.  The Wild have 46-points, which is 3rd-best in the entire league behind Prince George and Chilliwack.  After tonight, the Wild will be home for two games Friday and Saturday against Vernon.

Two Seahawks were selected to the 2019 NFL Pro Bowl.  Bobby Wagner is a returner at linebacker while rookie punter Michael Dickson was chosen for his first Pro Bowl…

This will be Wagner’s 5th Pro Bowl in 7-seasons after being drafted by Seattle in the 2nd round in 2012 out of Utah State.  He’s currently 8th in the NFL with 114 combined tackles.  Dickson, who didn’t kick an American football until 2015 after being born and raised in Australia, leads the NFL gross average at 48.9 yards per punt and in net average at 44.2.  Dickson is the first rookie punter selected to the Pro Bowl since Dale Hunter of the Rams in 1985.

Thanks Eric.

Recapping tonight’s top story, A hearing examiner has approved the controversial Black Rock Terrace housing development in the Wenatchee foothills. Attorney Andy Kottkamp, the city’s hearing examiner, submitted his approval of the subdivision to the city Friday.

Steve and Tanya Tramp, the owners of the property, are proposing a development that would result in 17 homes on 13 acres of sloping property in the 17000 block of Skyline Drive. Opponents have packed public meetings on the proposal, saying further development in the foothills is a wildfire danger and threatens mule deer populations, among other concerns. Kottkamp said at a November hearing his ruling would be based solely on whether the proposed subdivision met city requirements for development. Opponents still could appeal Kottkamp’s ruling in Superior Court but must do so by Jan. 4. Suzanne Hartman, one of about 20 homeowners who have united to fight the subdivision, said they will meet soon to decide what to do next. Steve Tramp said at a hearing in November they hoped to get started on the development this spring.

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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.