Evening News December 3, 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, The cause of a November 25th Fruit Packinghouse fire in Orondo has been determined to be a failed fan motor. An effort to address traffic snarls and lengthy delays in and out of Leavenworth during the popular Christmas Lighting Festival had mixed results the first weekend of the festival, and, Mansfield native Misty Viebrock will begin a new chapter as RiverCom’s Executive Director in the new year.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The Chelan PUD commission voted unanimously this (Mon.) morning to lift the moratorium on cryptocurrency mining in Chelan County. They also approved the new rate schedule PUD staff has proposed that would raise the cost of power for miners and require up-front payments to cover the charges of potential infrastructure investment. Commissioner Garry Arseneault commented after the vote. . .

Evaluation of applications received before the March 19th moratorium will resume over the next several months. A moratorium is still in place on any new applications until April 1st, 2019. In other business this morning, the commissioners also approved property deals that will clear the way for PUD headquarters and operations to move from downtown Wenatchee to Olds Station. That resolution passed unanimously as well.

The cause of a November 25th Fruit Packinghouse fire in Orondo has been determined to be a failed fan motor. The Capital Press reports Douglas County Fire District Two officials completed their investigation with agents from the Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives and determined the blaze at the Pine Canyon Growers warehouse was caused by one of the three motors that powers a fan.

The fire caused an estimated 12 million dollars in damage. A company official said they hoped to be back in operation within a few weeks.

An effort to address traffic snarls and lengthy delays in and out of Leavenworth during the popular Christmas Lighting Festival had mixed results the first weekend of the festival. The biggest change was shutting off stoplights in town and bringing in a flagging company to control traffic. The early word is, there appeared to be improvement over 2017, according to Jason Reinfeld of the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office. . .

As far as getting into and out of Leavenworth, many people reported long traffic backups at peak hours. But, Reinfeld said, there were no serious issues. . .

 

The Christmas Lighting Festival continues for two more weekends.

As she wraps up her 21st year at RiverCom, Misty Viebrock will begin a new chapter as the agency’s Executive Director in the new year. A Mansfield native, Viebrock told Mike Magnotti on Street Talk & Other Stuff that she values her experience as a dispatcher to help her continue her role as Director. . .

Viebrock closed her interview with Magnotti asking the public to keep their eyes on the agency as they return to the public to renew their sales tax measure. She takes her seat at the helm on January 2nd.

Coming up next, The newly-hired Director of the State Department of Fish and Wildlife has been spending the past several weeks traveling the state, meeting with residents. Retiring Grant County Undersheriff Dave Ponozzo signs out of service at the completion of a 36- year law enforcement career, and, an update tonight on the Les Schwab Toy Drive. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The newly-hired Director of the State Department of Fish and Wildlife has been spending the past several weeks traveling the state, meeting with residents and learning what hot-button issues are out there. NCWLIFE’s Eric Granstrom has more on that story. . .

Retiring Grant County Undersheriff Dave Ponozzo signs out of service at the completion of a 36- year law enforcement career. . .

A load of diapers were dropped off at an undisclosed location in Wenatchee today as part of the Les Schwab Community Toy Drive. Eric Granstrom has more. . .

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, we continue our look at a series of anti-bullying films created by area students. With the help of New York film maker Mike Feurstein, the videos are part of the don’t wait to unmake a bully project. Tonight, a film from the students at Pioneer Middle School in Wenatchee. . .

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.

In our first broadcast of the winter sports season, NCWLIFE Channel was courtside at Eastmont High School Friday as the Wildcats hosted the Cashmere Bulldogs in a boys non-league basketball game.  The visitors led by as many as 14-points in the first half, but Eastmont came all the way back for a 77-72 victory behind the 23-points of Isaac Wellborn and 20-points from Trey Haberlock.  High scorer for the game was Cashmere sophomore Mason Landdeck with 24-points, including 5 three-pointers.

Eric Granstrom had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Also on Friday

In boys basketball, it was Wenatchee edging Chiawana 52-50.  Naches Valley clobbered Cascade 63-23.  And Brewster had no trouble with the Shockers, winning 75-23.

On the Les Schwab Prep Girls Basketball Scoreboard from Friday…

Brewster beat Waterville-Mansfield 61-46 and Naches Valley nicked Cascade 46-45.

Turning to the Les Schwab Scoreboard from Saturday in boys basketball…

The Panthers won for the second-consecutive night as Wenatchee traveled to Southridge and picked up a 68-51 victory.  Chelan mauled Granger 89-59 behind Connor Wilson’s 24-point performance.  Lake Roosevelt topped Manson 63-38 and Waterville-Mansfield traveled to Republic and got a 44-23 win.

On the girl’s side Saturday…

Eastmont traveled to the west side and beat Bothell 47-44.  Wenatchee was sunk at Southridge 55-53.  Cashmere cruised past Kings 68-35.  Chelan got the better of Granger 51-32.  Entiat eased past Columbia 51-6.  Lake Roosevelt mopped up Manson 42-11.  And Waterville-Mansfield repelled Republic 62-23.

The prep football season wrapped up over the weekend in the Tacoma Dome with the Gridiron Classic…

2B Champions are Kalama with a 34-25 win over Napavine.  Eastside Catholic claimed the 3A crown with a 31-13 dismantling of O’Dea.  On Saturday, Colville smoked Newport 41-7 for the 1A title.  Hockinson outlasted Lynden for the 2A title 42-37.  It was Odessa all over Almira-Coulee-Hartline for the 1B championship 61-12.  And no surprise in the 4A title game, Union laid a lickin’ on Lake Stevens, winning 52-20.

Here’s what we have on tap for the sports schedule on the NCWLIFE Channel this week…

It begins with our first wrestling broadcast of the season tomorrow as Wenatchee hosts Davis at 7.  Thursday Night is Hockey Night as the Wenatchee host Penticton at 7.  Then on Friday, it’s girls basketball as the Wenatchee Panthers host the Ferris Saxons at 5:45.  Our pre-game with Eric Granstrom begins at 5:30 here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Also, if you missed Friday’s Eastmont vs. Cashmere boys game, we’ll re-air it Saturday afternoon at 2 followed by the Wild vs. Nanaimo at 7.  Sunday’s schedule has girls bowling at 2 followed by more Wild hockey at 7.

Speaking of the Wenatchee Wild, their winning streak has no reached 6-games after sweeping Salmon Arm and Vernon over the weekend…

On Friday, Wenatchee had eight different players score goals in an 8-3 win over the Silverbacks.  PJ Fletcher broke a scoreless tie at the 12:10 mark of the 1st period to put the Wild up and start the avalanche.  Christophe Fillion scored a minute-14 later to make it 2-nil.  Brian Adams and Matt Gosiewski (go-CHEF-ski) finished off the first to make it 4-0 heading into the first intermission.  The Wild would add goals by Lucas Sowder, Nathan Ionnone (EYE-uh-NOAN-ee), Brian Adams and Blake Bargar to earn its 5th straight victory.

Saturday was a little different story.  Even though Chad Sasaki scored two goals early and Brandon Koch (cook) gave Wenatchee an early 3-1 lead, Vernon would come back to lead 4-3 in the third.  But Matt Dorsey would tie it in the 3rd and Christophe Tellier (TELL-ee-AY) would provide the game-winner just 20-seconds later.

Let’s go to the highlights with Arch Ecker on the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network.  Video courtesy of Hockey TV…

 

The six straight wins have propelled Wenatchee into a 2nd place tie with Merritt in the Interior Division, just 3-points behind first-place Penticton, whom the Wild will host Friday during Pink at the Rink night.  By the way, the painting party for Pink at the Rink is tonight between 5 and 6:30 at the Town Toyota Center.

Washington will play in the Rose Bowl and Washington State will be in the Alamo Bowl after yesterday’s bowl selection day…

The Huskies clinched a Rose Bowl berth by winning the Pac-12 Championship with its 10-3 win over Utah Friday night in Santa Clara, California.  #9 Washington will face #6 Ohio State on New Years Day after the Buckeyes were not invited to the college football playoff by the selection committee.

Washington State will face Iowa State in the December 28th Alamo Bowl in the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Eastern Washington advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA 1-double-a playoffs with its 42-21 win over Nicholls Saturday.  The Eagles will face UC Davis this Saturday in Cheney at 1 o’clock for a shot to get to the semifinals.

Seattle had a franchise-record 98-yard interception return for a touchdown by Bobby Wagner, Russell Wilson threw four touchdown passes, and the Seahawks stopped San Francisco yesterday at CenturyLink Field 43-16…

Wilson finished the day 11-for-17 for 185-yards and four scores, two of which to Jerron Brown.  Chris Carson and Rahaad Penny combined for 134 rushing yards as Seattle improved to 7-and-5 on the season, moving into a Wild Card position with losses by Minnesota and Carolina.

Coach Pete Carroll was particularly pleased with the play of his All Pro middle linebacker…

Wagner said it’s the first time in his entire football career he intercepted a pass and scored on the return…

Seattle hosts the Vikings a week from tonight on Monday Night Football on ESPN.

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.