Evening News December 4, 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 funeral procession for Leavenworth soldier Sgt. Leandro Jasso, who was killed in action in Afghanistan, will make its way from East Wenatchee to Leavenworth Sunday. President Trump has proclaimed Wednesday, Dec. 5th a national day of mourning in honor of the late President George H.W. Bush. We will tell you about closures, and, Economic development is in full display in Cashmere with construction work proceeding on schedule at the site of Cashmere’s old lumber mill.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Chelan County Port District Commissioners made it official this morning. In a unanimous vote they gave final approval to an agreement with the Chelan County PUD to move forward with plans that could result in the PUD’s acquiring Port-owned property at Olds Station for a new headquarters. Under the agreement, the City, Port and PUD will also working together to study possible future uses for the Utilities current location including the auditorium on Wenatchee Avenue. The Port’s Executive Director, Pat Jones calls the agreement a “huge deal”. . .

 

PUD Commissioners Dennis Bolz and Randy Smith were both in attendance at today’s meeting and they too expressed their appreciation to their counterparts on the Port Commission.

A funeral procession for Leavenworth soldier Sgt. Leandro Jasso, who was killed in action in Afghanistan, will make its way from East Wenatchee to Leavenworth Sunday. The procession is being managed by local law enforcement agencies in Chelan and Douglas counties, who advise motorists to expect delays on the route. Departing from Heritage Chapel of the Valley funeral home at about 9:30 a.m., the procession will head north on Valley Mall Parkway to Sunset Highway, then east on Highway 2 to Leavenworth, where services will be held at Cascade High School at 11 a.m.. Intersections along the route will be temporarily closed as the procession passes. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office says if the public would like to show its respects, the recommended viewing areas are Valley Mall Parkway and along Highway 2 from Riverbend Drive to the Chumstick Highway.

President Trump has proclaimed Wednesday, Dec. 5th a national day of mourning in honor of the late President George H.W. Bush. As a result, all federal offices will be closed, including post offices. The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington will be closed, and all District Court locations in the Eastern District of Washington will be closed to the public. The New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq will also be closed. County and City agencies will be operating as usual and schools will remain open as will banks. A state funeral will be held for Bush at the Washington National Cathedral at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

Economic development is in full display in Cashmere with construction work proceeding on schedule at the site of Cashmere’s old lumber mill. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair reports. . .

Coming up next, Efforts to save the historic Horan House from the wrecking ball continue to move forward, and, Is it art or should it be a new parking lot, the dilemma at Wenatchee’s new city hall. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Efforts to save the historic Horan House from the wrecking ball continue to move forward. The owner of the old Victorian style two-story farm house located at Olds Station was preparing to demolish the structure and its neighboring carriage house last month. Those plans were put on hold after a Chelan County Port District Commissioner expressed his personal interest to preserve the building as a historic landmark. Rory Turner initially wanted to relocate the home to another location but, due to its age and dilapidated condition, that is no longer an option. Turner says he’s not giving up. . .

Turner says he’s working with the State Trust for Historic Preservation on a plan to preserve the house. He says Chelan County PUD is also involved since the utility is considering plans to acquire Port District lands at Olds Station for development of a new headquarters.

The city had hoped to use an area outside Wenatchee’s new city hall for additional parking but the federal government said no. NCWLIFE News Director Cal FitzSimmons has more on that story. . .

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, each year, the Wenatchee Wild and Town Toyota Center let families and friends of those affected by cancer onto the ice to honor and remember them in pink.  NCWLIFE’s Eric Granstrom has more on, Pink at the Rink. . .

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.

Seattle is officially an NHL City!  The announcement was made this morning by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman…

The ownership group has been courting the NHL for the past two years, trying to secure an arena deal as well as the necessary funding to prove Seattle could host a franchise…

The expansion franchise fee to join the NHL is 650-million dollars.  Add that to the costs of re-envisioning Seattle Center Arena and we’re talking about 1.4-billion dollars to bring hockey to Seattle.  The next step is to name the team, which I’m sure will begin very soon.

As one professional franchise will begin play in the 2021-22 season in Seattle, another existing team is building towards that year as well.  The Seattle Mariners and General Manager Jerry Dipoto has shipped out more All Star talent banking on the future…

The team announced Monday afternoon that it traded away both Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to the Mets in exchange for Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, Jarred Kelenic, Justin Dunn and Gerson Bautista.  Mariners General Manager Jerry Dipoto says it’s all about building for the future…

With a youth movement in mind, Dipoto admitted it was hard to give up Seattle’s closer in Edwin Diaz, but said you have to look at the market…

In addition Monday, the Mariners sent Jean Segura, James Pazos and Juan Nicasio to the Phillies for veterans J.P. Crawford and Carlos Santana.

Since becoming the General Manager in Seattle in 2015, Jerry Dipoto has now made 84 deals.  The latest round is what Dipoto believes will build the Mariners towards a playoff run in 2021.  For Mariner fans, that’s three more years added to the 17 they’ve already endured without their team making the post-season.

Coming up on the prep schedule tonight, first in girls basketball…

In Caribou Trail League action, Chelan plays at Cashmere while Cascade is on the road at Okanogan.  Both of those games tip it up at 5:45.  At 6, Manson plays host to Soap Lake.  And in Waterville at 6:30, the Shockers play host to Liberty Bell.

On the boy’s slate tonight…

Cashmere hosts Chelan at 7:15.  That is the same start time for the Kodiaks and Bulldogs in Okanogan.  Manson and Soap Lake start at 7:30 in the Trojan’s gymnasium.  And it’s an 8pm start time for the Mountain Lions and Shockers as Liberty Bell plays at Waterville-Mansfield.

The Big 9 hits the mats tonight in wrestling action…

Eastmont is on the road for its first Big 9 league match at West Valley at 7 o’clock.  It’s also a 7 o’clock start time for Wenatchee at home versus Davis.  We’ll have that LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel with Eric Granstrom calling the action, so be sure to tune in for that.

There’s also some Big 9 girls bowling taking place this afternoon at Eastmont Lanes…

Eastmont will face Moses Lake while Wenatchee takes on Selah.  Both those matches begin at 2 o’clock.

Again, here’s a reminder of what sports we’re broadcasting this week on the NCWLIFE Channel…

As we mentioned, wrestling is on tonight at 7.  Then Hockey Night Thursday features Penticton and Wenatchee at 7.  Friday’s reserved for the ladies with the Wenatchee girls hosting Ferris at 5:30.

We’ll re-air the Cashmere-Eastmont boys basketball game Saturday at 2 followed by the Wild and Nanaimo from earlier this season at 7.  Then on Sunday, watch girls bowling between Eastmont and Wenatchee at 2 followed by Merritt and the Wenatchee Wild at 7.

The Wild will host Penticton at the Town Toyota Center in a battle for first place in the BCHL’s Interior Division Friday.  I ran into Josh Arnold and PJ Fletcher at the Pink at the Rink painting party last night and asked about the six game winning streak and if the team is starting to hit its stride…

The Wild and Vees play a home-and-home Friday and Saturday, with the first game here and the second game in Penticton.

Thanks Eric.

President Trump has proclaimed Wednesday, Dec. 5th a national day of mourning in honor of the late President George H.W. Bush. As a result, all federal offices will be closed, including post offices. The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington will be closed, and all District Court locations in the Eastern District of Washington will be closed to the public. The New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq will also be closed. County and City agencies will be operating as usual and schools will remain open as will banks. A state funeral will be held for Bush at the Washington National Cathedral at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

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.