Evening News February 02

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-Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening 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—An East Wenatchee woman is in dire need of a kidney donor, and, the Community Foundation of NCW is now taking applications for grant money.

But first, we begin tonight:

An official with Columbia Valley Community Health expresses concerns about future loss of services if Federal funding is cut. Steve Hair reports. .

A sister-duo from East Wenatchee are doing whatever they can for one sister to save the other. Patsy Wilson is suffering from an auto immune disease that attacked her kidneys. She is in dire need of a donor. . .

Patsy’s blood type is Type OH and she needs a live donor. She is two years down the list for a deceased donor. Her sister Gailine Arellan (GAY-lean Ar-Ellan) is busy getting the word out to find a match. . .

Again, the website to see if you would be a good match is www.livingdonorvm.org.

The Community Foundation of NCW is now accepting applications for a 50-thousand Endowment Grant to support one nonprofit organization in Chelan, Douglas, or Okanogan County. The ideal candidate is a well-established, extraordinary organization making a significant impact on the community it serves.

The organization must have experienced leadership at both the board and staff level who will use the Endowment Grant to move the organization to the next level of expertise. Previous recipients include, Methow Trails, Numerica Performing Arts Center, and the Children’s Home Society of Wenatchee. The application is now open and is due on May 1, 2018. The award will be announced and disbursed in September. For more information on eligibility requirements, guidelines, and to apply, visit www.cfncw.org.

If you would like to get to know the 10 Apple Blossom finalists vying for this year’s royalty, you have a chance to do so this Saturday.

Beginning at 10:30 a.m. all ten finalists will be handing out Crunch Pak apple slices at Fred Meyer, Costco, Wenatchee Valley Mall, downtown Wenatchee and at Pybus Market. The Apple Blossom Royalty Selection Pageant is Saturday, February 10th with live coverage right here on the NCWLife Channel. Crunch Pak is the sponsor for the new Washington State Apple Blossom App. Be sure to download the App and vote for “Most Original Speech” during this year’s Royalty Selection Pageant.

Coming up next, what is the future of Alcoa Wenatchee Works, and, the annual polar plunge is this weekend to raise money for Special Olympics. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

While the pot lines at the Alcoa Wenatchee Works remain idle discussions are continuing on the local level concerning the local smelter’s future. 400 employees were laid off when production was curtailed in 2016. The Company announced in January that there has been no decision yet to restart. In the meantime a local working group continues to meet to discuss how the local economy deals with the situation. Tracy Yount (Pronounced: Yunt) with the Chelan County PUD facilitated the most recent meeting held earlier this week . . .

Alcoa is still under contract with the PUD for electrical power. If the plant closes PUD would be obligated to pay the PUD 62 million dollars to terminate the contract.

If you are a fan of gastro-intestinal fun, Pybus Market is the place to be this weekend for the 9th annual KOHO 101 chili cookoff. Dan Langager, Chili Cookoff Coordinator recently joined Dan Kuntz on Wake-Up Wenatchee Valley and says the event is not only a great way to show-case local chefs, it’s also a fun community event. . .

The 9th annual KOHO 101 Chili Cook-Off is this Saturday at Pybus Market from Noon to 1:00 and is free of charge.

The Washington State Special Olympics Winter Games hopes to raise money this weekend with the 18th annual polar plunge in Wenatchee. The Saturday event at the Walla Walla Point Park swimming lagoon is put on by the Wenatchee City Parks and Recreation Department and includes local law enforcement. You can register starting at 10 am with the plunge slated for noon. Last year’s event raised over $10,000 dollars for local Special Olympics athletes. The Winter Games will once again be held in Wenatchee in March.

An event planned for Sunday morning at Mission Ridge is aimed at skiers but anyone who recreates in the mountains this time of year will benefit. Its all about avalanche awareness . . .

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update followed by today’s feature story. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Eastmont bowlers have repeated as State 4A Girls Bowling Champions today.  The Wildcats outpaced 2nd place Thomas Jefferson 7,797 to 7,369. 

Eastmont came into the day after Thursday’s six individual games by 407-pins.  Eastmont had four bowlers finish in the top ten, including Alicia Hastings (3rd), Emmalee Montoya (5th), Becca Mains (6th) and Samantha Heinz (8th).  Hasting, the Big 9 Bowler of the Year, averaged 188 over six games at Narrows Plaza Bowl.

It was an early start for the girls today, as the first of 14 Baker Games (5 bowlers bowl 2 frames per game) was played at 8:00 a.m.  Eastmont showed no weariness after Thursday’s good start, rolling a 176, followed by a 177 in the 2nd.  In 14 Bakers, Eastmont averaged a 174.5, maintain its pace throughout.  The lead grew by as much as 513-pins by the 8th baker after the Wildcats bowled a 213.  Try as it may, the Thomas Jefferson girls just didn’t have enough games to catch Eastmont, closing the gap to 428-pins when it was all said and done.

In just 5-years of existence, the Eastmont Girls Bowling program now boasts two state championships and a 3rd place finish in 2015.  The Wildcats have four Big 9 Titles, 3 District Titles, one Individual State Champion (Cheyenne Greening in 2016), and three Big 9 Coach of the Year recipients (Jeremy Anders twice & Christy Binge once).

Eastmont Athletic Director Russ Waterman says the girls will be recognized Tuesday at halftime of the Eastmont vs. Davis basketball games.  NCWLIFE Channel will be there to broadcast it LIVE, so be sure to tune in to LocalTel channel 12, Charter channel 19, over the air channel 47.1, or streaming on-line at www.NCWLIFE.com.

Also on the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from last night in girls basketball…

For the 7th time this season, Cashmere held an opponent to under 25-points in a game, this time downing Chelan 77-14 to wrap up the regular season.  Also last night, the Entiat girls flexed their muscles and continued undefeated in Central Washington 2-B play with a 69-24 win over second-place Pateros.  Manson stopped Oroville in a low-scoring affair 29-19.  And Waterville-Mansfield dropped one on the road at Lake Roosevelt 55-40.

On the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard in boys basketball last night…

Cashmere finished the regular season on a winning note, downing Chelan 56-41.  Pateros knocked off Entiat 54-46.  Manson mauled Oroville 62-39.  And, Waterville-Mansfield couldn’t hold a 9-point, fourth quarter lead and fell to Lake Roosevelt 53-50.

Turning our attention to the Prep Schedule for the weekend in girls basketball…

Tonight, Chelan is at Naches Valley while Cascade hosts Okanogan at 5:45pm.  Tomorrow, Easton is at Entiat at Noon, Wenatchee hosts Sunnyside at 5:45pm and Manson’s at Liberty Bell at 6.

In boys basketball this weekend…

Cascade travels to Naches Valley while Cascade hosts Okanogan at 7:15.  Tomorrow. Entiat and Easton will tip off at 1:30.  Sunnyside at Wenatchee and Liberty Bell hosting Manson start at 7:30.

It’s District wrestling time…

The District 6 4A Championships start today and wrap up tomorrow at West Valley for Eastmont and Wenatchee wrestlers.  Meanwhile, Cascade, Cashmere and Chelan are in Omak for the District 6 1-A Championships tomorrow, beginning at 10am.

Oh, also, the Big 9 District Dive pre-lims are today with the swimming and diving championships settled tomorrow in Moses Lake.

The season is winding down for the Wenatchee Wild…

Wenatchee has 10-games left and only 2 more at home after this weekend.  The Wild host Coquitlam tonight and Langley tomorrow at 7 o’clock at the Town Toyota Center.  Arch Ecker will be in a little later to chat about the series on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

Finally, the football season finally comes to an end Sunday with Super Bowl LII at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis when the New England Patriots take on the Philadelphia Eagles. 

The Eagles are four-point underdogs heading into Sunday’s 3:30 kickoff.  You can watch it all on NBC.

 

Thanks Eric…

 

At 7:25 a.m. Eastern time this morning on a hill outside Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, known as Gobbler’s Knob, the seemingly immortal Phil — the same rodent who launched the tradition in 1887, if you believe his handlers — looked for his shadow. . .

That prediction in spite of forecasts that called for a cloudy, shadow-less morning. The Pennsylvania groundhog isn’t the only weather-predicting rodent in this quirky American tradition, but he is the most famous. And, according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, his opinion is the only one that matters. By the way, over the past 30 years, the groundhog was right 14 times and wrong 16 times.

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 our top story tonight…

An official with Columbia Valley Community Health expresses concerns about future loss of services if Federal funding is cut. Steve Hair reports. .

The Washington State Special Olympics Winter Games hopes to raise money this weekend with the 18th annual polar plunge in Wenatchee. The Saturday event at the Walla Walla Point Park swimming lagoon is put on by the Wenatchee City Parks and Recreation Department and includes local law enforcement. You can register starting at 10 am with the plunge slated for noon. Last year’s event raised over $10,000 dollars for local Special Olympics athletes. The Winter Games will once again be held in Wenatchee in March.

Light to moderate precipitation will continue across the eastern portion of the forecast area into early evening as a moisture laden weather warm front gets pushed out of the area by a weak, but fast moving upper level cold front. Ahead of the cold front and behind the warm front we did see some very windy conditions at times this afternoon around parts of the area with gusts as high as 25mph. By this weekend, we can expect some beautiful winter weather conditions with mostly sunny skies on Saturday with highs near 50 and by Super Bowl Sunday, increasing clouds and mild, high temperatures into the lower 50’s. An upper ridge of high pressure will remain in control of our weather through next week with partly to mostly sunny skies and unseasonably warm with high temperatures staying around 10 degrees warmer than normal with highs in the lower 50’s.

Wenatchee Valley College completed its construction of the Jack and Edna Maguire Student Recreation Center in September of last year. We leave you tonight with drone fly-through video of the new center, showing off the new sport courts and exercise facility. . .

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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, keep it right here on the NCWLife Channel Monday morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. Thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.