Evening News December 27

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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— Moses Lake police say two well-known criminals are in custody again following a short pursuit and Bitcoin could be harmful to the PUD’s health.

But first, we begin tonight:

The cause of a fire that destroyed an abandoned home in the foothills Southwest of Wenatchee Monday evening remains under investigation.

Officials with Chelan County Fire District One say the home located on Whispering Ridge Drive, had previously been declared condemned due to the ongoing threat of landslides in the area. The fire was first reported by several neighbors around 8 pm Monday evening. Fire managers say crews were not able to get close to the structure due to a long and impassable driveway. The home was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived. Officials say it was unoccupied and empty of contents.

 It wasn’t a merry Christmas for a Waterville family who lost everything in a Christmas morning fire.

Around a dozen Douglas County Fire District 1 firefighters responded to the blaze in the 300 block of Road L, NW around 10:30 Monday morning. The residents of the single-wide mobile home told fire officials the fire may have started underneath the trailer from heat tape wrapped around the water pipes. The home was completely destroyed in the blaze and an out building nearby was also damaged. The Red Cross has been notified and is currently assisting the displaced family.

Moses Lake police say two well-known criminals are in custody again following a short pursuit. Officers say they attempted to stop a stolen vehicle in the city. The driver fled the stop south of SR-17, and officers chased the vehicle for a short period of time before abandoning the chase. The vehicle was located abandoned a short time later.

Officers were able to follow the fresh tracks in the snow that led to the two suspects. 23 year old Brandon McNew, and 23 year old Taylor Oakland, both of Moses Lake. McNew was arrested on charges of Felony Eluding and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle. Oakland was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine. Officers say both of the suspects have criminal records and are well-known to law enforcement.

Chelan PUD is concerned that increasing numbers of homeowners and small businesses may be creating a significant safety risk by using energy intensive Bitcoin mining computers without notice to the utility. The PUD is getting indications of widespread use of cryptocurrency machines across the county by customers violating District policies relating to High Density Loads. The District’s Customer Utilities Director, John Stoll explained the problem at a recent Board of Commissioners meeting. . .

Stoll said PUD staff is developing options to tighten policies addressing situations where customers knowingly try to hide their bitcoin mining operation from the utility. Customers considering a bitcoin mining operation, or those operating one who have not notified the PUD, must contact our Customer Service Department at (509) 661-8002.

Chelan County property owners hoping to make early payments in advance of the new tax law going into effect next week are being turned away. Treasurers Office manager, Michelle Feils says they’ve  received numerous calls from residents inquiring about how the new tax law will impact them or asking if they can make an early payment . . .

Starting next year, taxpayers will only be able to deduct up to $10,000 in combined property and sales taxes. Before, there was no cap. This only affects people who itemize their deduction. But, Washington state bars counties from collecting tax payments until the full tax roll is certified, which isn’t expected to happen until January.

Coming up next, we will continue our look at the top news stories of 2017 as we focus today on education. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

2017 was a year of change in the Wenatchee School District. The biggest story covered by NCWLIFE News was the Wenatchee School Board elections and the emergence of a new power structure to guide future District policy decisions.

Voters elected three new board members who were swept into office on a shared campaign pledge calling for change and more transparency. Sunny Hemphill, Sara Knox and Michelle Sandberg sat down with NCWLIFE News soon after filing for the board positions. . .

The three new board members didn’t waste any time with their agenda for change. The three used their new found power to change board policy to enable Sandberg to be elected the new board chair and Knox as her Vice Chair.

One of the top education stories we covered had nothing to do with academics or curriculum. In the Eastmont School District the big controversy was a proposal to change the name of Robert E. Lee Elementary School. The change is being sought in connection with the National debate over confederate civil war memorials.

Those comments and more were fielded by the Eastmont School Board in October and Board Members were also split on the issue . . .

No final decision has been made yet as Board members are still deciding on whether to put the name change before voters to decide or simply change the name to Lee Elementary.

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.

Sports, December 27th 2017

Lets start our sports talk off with nobody else than the Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks continue to prep for their final game of the regular season against the Arizona Cardinals. This is a must win situation for the Seahawks for them to have any chance at moving in to the post season. Seattle will need a lot of help to make that happen, as they will need the Atlanta Falcons to lose their game against Carolina on Sunday.

If the Seahawks don’t make the play offs this year it would be the first time in Russel Wilson’s career that the hawks haven’t made it to the post season, which is ironic seeing as how Wilson is amongst the top contenders for the MVP voting.

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I’m sure all of our local Cougar fans and alumni know this but its bowl season!

The Holiday bowl is coming up Thursday Night, The Washington State Cougars will take on the Michigan State Spartans in what will be the Cougars third straight holiday bowl appearance under coach mike leach. The team arrived in San Diego last week to begin prep for their game, unfortunately missing out on Christmas at home but they did get to take a fun trip to Sea World to splash around with Dolphins.

Everybody’s favorite Cougs Lineman and former Wenatchee High School Cody O’ Connell got a chance to take the podium and speak with Media about the teams preparation against the Spartans. He was asked about his experience playing at WSU

And now it’s time to talk hockey!

The Wenatchee Wild’s defenseman Slava Demin has been selected to play in the Canadian Junior Hockey League Prospects game in January. That game will be played January 23 in Mississauga Ontario. Each of the players chosen to participate through the efforts of NHL Central Scouting. This means that Demin is among the top 40 CJHL prospects heading into the 2018 NHL Draft.

The Wild are currently enjoying the holiday break and return to action December 29-30 with a pair of home games against the Penticton Vees

Demin, a native of Cypress, CA has committed to play his college hockey at Denver University. NHL Central Scouting has assigned Demin a “B” rating, indicating he is a projected second or third round draft pick for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft

 And now on to High School sports around the regio

The Chelan Holiday tournament tipped off earlier today, The Chelan 2-6 boys will be looking to utilize their home court advantage and get in the playoff hunt in the Caribou Trail League.

Like the boys, the Chelan Girls varisty is set up well for the home court advantage during the holiday tournament, they currently are at 1-3 in Caribou trail league play

Also the Cascade Holiday Classic tipped off today at 3pm with Liberty Bell vs Cascade,

And that wraps up our Sports report for December 27th!

 

Thanks Gabe…

In today’s feature story, former Washington Secretary of State Ralph Munro takes us to Chelan and one of his favorite places, the unique St. Andrews Episcopal Church, built entirely by logs back in 1897. . .

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…

The cause of a fire that destroyed an abandoned home in the foothills Southwest of Wenatchee Monday evening remains under investigation.

Officials with Chelan County Fire District One say the home located on Whispering Ridge Drive, had previously been declared condemned due to the ongoing threat of landslides in the area. The fire was first reported by several neighbors around 8 pm Monday evening. Fire managers say crews were not able to get close to the structure due to a long and impassable driveway. The home was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived. Officials say it was unoccupied and empty of contents.

It wasn’t a merry Christmas for a Waterville family who lost everything in a Christmas morning fire.

Around a dozen Douglas County Fire District 1 firefighters responded to the blaze in the 300 block of Road L, NW around 10:30 Monday morning. The residents of the single-wide mobile home told fire officials the fire may have started underneath the trailer from heat tape wrapped around the water pipes. The home was completely destroyed in the blaze and an out building nearby was also damaged. The Red Cross has been notified and is currently assisting the displaced family.

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

A snowy weather period is in store for Northcentral Washington with area of light snow developing today across most of Eastern Washington. Most of the heavier snow will be confined to the eastern third of Washington and the Idaho Panhandle where 2-4 inches of new snow could fall. A series of stronger weather systems are expected for Thursday through Friday night, with the potential for heavy snow over the northern valleys and mountains as well as a wintry mix of precipitation for the Columbia Basin and Northcentral Washington. We have a 70% chance of snow in the Wenatchee Valley tomorrow and tomorrow night and goes up to an 80% chance on Friday. Higher elevations in the mountains of Western and Northern Washington could see between 20 and 40 inches of snow over the next 48 hours prompting winter storm watches and warnings for Stevens, Snoqualmie and Blewett Passes. Obviously, travel in those areas will be hazardous over the next few days. High pressure will arrive by the weekend and remain into early next week, which will bring a drier and colder weather pattern for the start of the New Year.

Finally tonight, every family has a unique Christmas tradition, and for Youtuber Ryan Chelski, rock climbing is the thing to go out and do. Here he is in Leavenworth free climbing what is known as the Hesitator, and it’s not a task to be taken lightly. . .

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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.