Evening News December 6


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 crash near Pateros injures one, a Wenatchee School Board member offers a policy compromise and we’ll have an update on the Les Schwab Toy Drive.

But first, we begin tonight:

No end in sight for the stagnant weather conditions in Central and Eastern Washington. The situation has prompted the Washington Department of Ecology to expand and extend the Stage 1 burn ban until further notice. Starting today the burn ban will be expanded to include Ferry, Pend Oreille, and Stevens counties, and the burn ban will continue in Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, and Okanogan counties. Under a Stage 1 ban, all outdoor burning is prohibited including residential, agricultural and forest burning. Use of uncertified wood stoves, fireplaces, inserts, and other uncertified wood-burning devices is prohibited unless they are a home’s only adequate source of heat.

According to the Washington State Patrol, a medical condition was the cause of a one-vehicle accident 2 miles north of Pateros on State Route 97 yesterday (Tue.) morning.

67-year old Sharon Morgan was traveling north on Highway 97 around 9:30 when she experienced a medical condition which caused her to leave the roadway, strike a fence and roll. Morgan was transported to Central Washington Hospital where she was treated and released. No drugs or alcohol was involved in the crash and no charges have been filed.

Wenatchee School Board member, Laura Jaecks is using social media to share her concerns about policy changes sought by three newly elected board members.

Nearly 300 toys, games and stuffed animals were delivered to the collection location in Wenatchee Tuesday for the Les Schwab Community Toy Drive. Les Schwab’s North Wenatchee Avenue store manager Mike McCarty and his family went around to area drop-off locations to pick up the myriad of donations so far. In addition, thanks to the help of a big discount from Costco in East Wenatchee, McCarty was able to pick up nearly 4-thousand, eight-hundred diapers for at-need families in the Wenatchee Valley. The Community Toy Drive continues this week with a collection event prior to tonight’s Wenatchee Wild Game. There’s a “Kid Expert” shopping spree at Hooked On Toys Thursday and Friday.  There will also be a live, remote radio broadcast on KKRV and La Nueva Saturday at Hooked on Toys beginning at 10am and a Volunteer Bike Build at Sangster Motors Sunday beginning at 8am. Search Les Schwab Community Toy Drive on Facebook for drop off locations as well as a list of upcoming events and a wish list for toy ideas. Serve Wenatchee Valley, CASA and the Bruce House will distribute the toys to children in our area.

Local businesses beware…East Wenatchee city officials say a telephone scam is targeting businesses across the state, including those in the Wenatchee Valley. The state Department of Revenue (DOR) sent an email to city officials yesterday warning business owners that scammers claiming to be from the DOR are requesting over-the-phone payment to renew their business licenses. The DOR says it would never ask for a payment for a license renewal over the phone. The agency mails businesses a notice about six weeks in advance of their renewal. For additional information about the current telephone scam, call the local Department of Revenue office at (509) 885-9825.

Coming up, a new roundabout may make its way into Wenatchee, the Chelan PUD brings Smart Meters on board and a creek in the Methow-area is renamed. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

The city of Wenatchee Public Works Department will be holding an open house next week regarding a capital project involving intersection control at Western Avenue and Springwater Avenue. The project consists of installing a mini-roundabout. A big proponent of the new roundabout is Captain Edgar Reinfeld with the Wenatchee Police Department who says he would like to see more of them throughout the city. . .


The City is also preparing to install rapid flash beacons and radar speed feedback signs on Maple Street at Foothills Middle School and at the intersection of North Miller Sreet and Orchard Avenue near Orchard Middle School. The open house is next Tuesday, December 12th from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Foothills Middle School located at 1410 Maple Street.

Chelan County PUD Commissioners are moving forward with advanced, two-way metering as a preferred alternative for future customer meters and as part of a new customer technology program.  They heard from several customers at Monday’s meeting about health and safety concerns. Commissioner Ann Congdon echoed those concerns as she cast the lone dissenting vote . . .


PUD General Manager Steve Wright acknowledges there are concerns that are being addressed . . .


Wright says the board’s actions will help in the program’s planning process. Plans are to ask commissioners for a decision to proceed with a request for proposals for advanced meters in about a year.

A six-mile stream in the Methow was renamed on Tuesday after the state Board of Natural Resources approved a recommendation from the Committee on Geographical Names. Squaw Creek is now Swaram Creek according to a news release saying the original name was considered offensive. The name change only affects the creek, not the county road nearby. The new name translates as torch fishing at night from the Methow Indian language. It is up to the Okanogan County Commissioners to change the name of Squaw Creek Road, and the name change to the creek will be seen on state maps but on the federal level the U.S. Board on geographic Names has to approve the state’s recommendation.

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.


On the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from last night…


In boys basketball, Chelan edged Cascade 50-46; Omak stopped Cashmere 63-45; Manson beat Bridgeport by 11 58-47; and Waterville-Mansfield travelled to Winthrop and topped Liberty Bell 52-35.

On the hardwood for the girls last night…


Wenatchee ran into a buzz saw in Richland, falling to the Bombers 82-55.  Cashmere remained unbeaten 71-33; Manson downed Bridgeport in a tough shooting night 33-16; and Liberty Bell sank a free throw at the buzzer to complete a three-point play and beat Waterville 50-49.

Of course, we were all waiting for this one…


Eastmont and Wenatchee kept their undefeated seasons going yesterday with shutouts over Ellensburg and West Valley respectively.  The Wildcats high bowlers were Rylee Cox with a 183 and 188 and Emmalee Montoya with an impressive 268.  The Panthers got great games from Taylor Bitterman with a 204 and Kylah Hankins with a 182.


So that sets up the battle of unbeaten today at Eastmont Lanes where Wenatchee is officially the home team for this match against Eastmont.  NCWLIFE will be there to film today’s match as the defending state champions from last year (Eastmont) take on the state champions from two years ago (Wenatchee).  Eric Granstrom will be joined by Paul Peyva (PIE-vuh) and we will broadcast today’s match this Saturday night at 7 o’clock, so be sure to set your DVR’s for that.

Also today, Wenatchee begins Big 9 league wrestling tonight at Moses Lake.  The girls start at 6 with the boys to follow at 7.

The Wenatchee Wild host Trail tonight at the Town Toyota Center…


The Smoke Eaters come in just a point behind Wenatchee in the Interior Division of the BCHL.  Since it’s a mid-week game, they’ll drop the puck at the Town Toyota Center at 6:30.  Trail started the season on fire but have cooled off quite a bit in the past two weeks…something Head Coach Bliss Littler says it’s a head-scratcher…


A reminder, its Wenatchee World night at the game tonight and they’ve donated their night as another collection event for the Les Schwab Community Toy Drive.  Arch Ecker will tell us more about it later on here on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.


Gonzaga could just never get it going in falling to #4 Villanova in the first round of the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden, falling 88-72.  Tonight, Washington plays at #2 Kansas in the Jayhawk Shootout.  Meanwhile, Washington State is on the road at Idaho.


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The Wenatchee High School AppleEttes Dance Team is accepting signups right now for their Holiday Mini Dance Camp for kids aged kindergarten through 5th grade.  In fact, today is the signup deadline.  Eric Granstrom recently attended an AppleEttes practice where he asked the difference between the Dance Team and the Cheer Squad.  Here’s Annelise Schmidt…


Coach Lynsey Loudon, now in her 4th year leading the AppleEttes, says she really looks forward to having the little ones come out and be part of the Dance Camp coming up December 16th


The Hip Hop Holidays Mini Dance Camp pre-registration deadline is today.  You can search WHS AppleEttes on Facebook for more information.  By the way, the kids who attend the dance camp will finish their day performing at halftime of the Wenatchee-Davis basketball game that night.


Thanks Eric…

The Community Foundation of North Central Washington is asking the community what it would look like if everyone gave 10 percent. . .

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.

The state Department of Health held a public hearing to consider the adoption of a new rule in regards to sex designation on birth certificates. The DOH filed to consider the rule on Oct. 31…


The 2.5-hour public hearing in Tumwater Washington heard comments from both sides of the issue…


Comments will be summarized and given to Secretary of Health for consideration. Based on the date of the meeting, the earliest the adoption of the rule could be filed Dec. 19, 2017. Upon adoption the rule would be effective 31 days from the day filed.

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

The strong high-pressure ridge located in the inter-mountain west is strengthening our weather inversion. We will continue to see low clouds and fog throughout the morning and into early afternoon, which will give way to some sunshine by mid-day. The upper level ridge will remain in place through the week, the weekend and into next early next week. Most lowland areas are expected to be under clouds while the mountains will be mild and mostly clear. The air stagnation advisory remains in effect until noon tomorrow but most likely will be extended.


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.