Evening News December 7

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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— a foothills developer will host a meeting for community questions, we’ll preview what the Wenatchee city council is looking into tonight and net neutrality—what is it and how could it affect you?

But first, we begin tonight:

Chelan County PUD General Manager Steve Wright is concerned over the slow pace of renegotiating a new Columbia River Treaty with Canada. He shared his thoughts on the matter in a recent interview with NCWLIFE News . . .

 

The long-term impacts of the treaty have been mixed: while the dams have provided enormous economic benefits to British Columbia and the U.S. Pacific Northwest through hydroelectric generation and flood control, there are longstanding concerns regarding social and economic impacts to the local communities, and the environmental effects associated with the construction and operation of large dams.

A developer who is looking to build in the Wenatchee Foothills is hosting a public meeting on December 13 to answer any questions from the community.

 

Developer Steven Tramp is proposing an 18-home subdivision between the 1700 block of Skyline Drive and Old Butte. Tramp is also the owner of the Comfort Suites in Olds Station. The community meeting will be from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Wenatchee Community Center at 504 S. Chelan Avenue.

Should Confluence Health be taxed by the City of Wenatchee to help pay for street maintenance? The City Council takes that up at tonight’s meeting. City Staff proposes that Confluence be charged either a B-and-O tax or a payment in lieu of property tax for that purpose. The 45 acres under hospital ownership is currently exempt from property taxes. The city is about a million dollars short of the three million dollars it budget’s annually for street up-keep. A public hearing on the proposal is set for tonight’s meeting. It starts at 5:15 at City Hall.

Governor Jay Inslee has sent a letter to the (FCC) urging rejection of the proposal to repeal net neutrality. The FCC is scheduled to vote Dec. 14 on whether to repeal rules that ensure free flow of information over the internet. . .

The governor’s letter highlighted how an open internet protects personal freedoms and creates economic opportunity by enabling innovative internet companies like Amazon, Zillow and Expedia to create jobs and transform society. We will have more on net neutrality coming up a little later in our feature story.

Coming up next, we’ll preview the Holiday Ice Show at the Town Toyota Center, the snowmobile safety class hosted by the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office and a Douglas County Deputy retires. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

The Wenatchee Figure Skating Club’s annual Holiday Ice Show is this weekend at Town Toyota Center. This year’s theme for the ice show is A Year of Cheer. On a recent episode of Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, host Dan Kuntz talked to two of the skaters in the event, Elizabeth Brazeau and Shannon Salter, who said this year’s ice show will be a little bit different than in the past. . .

The skaters also said a lot of choreography and a ton of rehearsal time goes into putting on a show like this. . .

The Holiday Ice Show will have three performances this weekend at Town Toyota Center, on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday at both 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the days of the show or at the Rink office at Town Toyota Center.

A snowmobile safety training class is set for this weekend in the Lake Wenatchee area even though there’s not enough snow to ride. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Lake Wenatchee Recreation Club, is offering a free Snowmobile Safety Certification Class to young snowmobilers. Spokesman, Rich Magnussen explains. . .

The free class is designed for youth ages 12 to 16 but is open to new riders of all ages. The class is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 9th at the Lake Wenatchee Recreation Club, 14400 Chiwawa Loop Road in Leavenworth.  Lunch will be provided for the participants by the Lake Wenatchee Rec. Club.

The community of Bridgeport said goodbye Wednesday night to a longtime Sheriff’s Deputy. A celebration was held last night at the Bridgeport City Council chambers for Deputy Gary Cooper.

Cooper’s hanging up his badge after serving for 32 years. Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal said he was pleased with the turnout and added that Cooper will be greatly missed.

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.

 

Back in November, Wenatchee dropped a discouraging 7-5 loss on the road at Trail.  Last night, Wenatchee was looking for some revenge.  Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

So, despite falling behind 2-nil in the first, as we take a look at the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Wenatchee comes roaring back for the 7-4 win thanks to goals by Nathan Iannone (EYE-uhn-OWN-ee), Daniel Chladek, Lucas Sowder, AJ Vanderbeck, Josh Arnold, Slava Demin and Murphy Stratton.  The Wild travel to Merritt tomorrow and Prince George on Saturday.

Meanwhile, tonight is Hockey Night on the NCWLIFE Channel…

It all starts at 7 with the Call of the Wild and Clarky’s Corner followed by the Wild against Salmon Arm in a game from the Town Toyota Center November 25th.

The battle for first place in girls Big Nine Bowling played out at Eastmont Lanes Wednesday afternoon as Wenatchee hosted Eastmont.  The two teams came in undefeated on the season and it was a back-and-forth clash, with the match really being determined in the second game, coming down to each team’s final bowlers in Wenatchee’s Taylor Bitterman and Eastmont’s Becca Maines.  Eric Granstrom and Paul Paiva had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

It officially goes down as a 3-to-1 win for Eastmont as the Wildcats remain undefeated.  You can watch the complete match Saturday night at 7 here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

On the Prep Sports Calendar today…

Boys Swimming and Diving
Wenatchee at Eastmont, 4pm

Basketball
Soap Lake at Waterville-Mansfield with the girls at 6 and the boys to follow at 7:30pm

On the Les Schwab College Basketball Scoreboard from last night…

Washington pulled off the upset of #2 Kansas on the road last night by handing the previously unbeaten Jayhawks a 74-65 victory.  The Huskies were led by the 19-points and five three-pointers from Matisse Thybulle.  Washington can’t celebrate too long, however, as #12 Gonzaga comes to Seattle Sunday.

 

Meanwhile, in Moscow, the battle of the Palouse was not so much as Idaho dismantled Washington State 91-64.

Thanks Eric…

As we told you earlier, The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), under the direction of President Trump, is set to end net neutrality. The move will have a huge effect on the way the internet works, opening the door for internet service providers to exert a large amount of control over the internet and dictate what you use it for. Dimitri Mandelis, President and CEO of LocalTel Communications sat down with Mike Magnotti on Street Talk and Other Stuff to explain what net neutrality is and how it will effect internet users. . .

Net Neutrality was adopted in 2015 and the FCC will vote whether or not to end it on December 14th.

 

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…

A developer who is looking to build in the Wenatchee Foothills is hosting a public meeting on December 13 to answer any questions from the community.

 

Developer Steven Tramp is proposing an 18-home subdivision between the 1700 block of Skyline Drive and Old Butte. Tramp is also the owner of the Comfort Suites in Olds Station. The community meeting will be from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Wenatchee Community Center at 504 S. Chelan Avenue.

Should Confluence Health be taxed by the City of Wenatchee to help pay for street maintenance? The City Council takes that up at tonight’s meeting. City Staff proposes that Confluence be charged either a B-and-O tax or a payment in lieu of property tax for that purpose. The 45 acres under hospital ownership is currently exempt from property taxes. The city is about a million dollars short of the three million dollars it budget’s annually for street up-keep. A public hearing on the proposal is set for tonight’s meeting. It starts at 5:15 at City Hall.

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

A high amplitude ridge of high pressure maintains its weather hold on the western U.S. with areas of fog and low clouds expected today which will spread across the region through the weekend. We may see some clearing each day in the afternoon or around sunset for some locations, but the fog and low stratus clouds will likely roll back in each day after dark. Other weather impacts include deteriorating air quality under stagnant conditions. Air Stagnation Advisories are still in place and have been extended through the weekend and into early next week. The other impact is slippery roads from morning frost. If you are traveling keep in mind that this will continue to be a hazard as long as we have this strong ridge and freezing fog. The upper level ridge will remain in place through at least next Thursday.

We leave you tonight with some inspiration for your winter plans this season.

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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.