Evening News February 06

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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, A Moses Lake man is missing and believed to be injured following a gun battle Sunday, and, even with the warmer weather, WPD is seeing a rise in theft of vehicles left running to warm them up in the morning.

But first, we begin tonight:

What will the new year bring for Chelan County marijuana growers? New zoning regulations are now in place that require growers to obtain conditional use permits in addition to State permits. Chelan County Commissioners tell NCWLIFE News that applications are starting to trickle in. . .

Meanwhile, the group, Central Washington Growers, has challenged the rules in court.

A Moses Lake man is missing and believed injured after a Sunday afternoon shooting north of Moses Lake, and investigators are asking the public for help finding him. Grant County Deputies responded to a call around 3:15 Sunday of multiple gunshots exchanged between the occupants of two moving vehicles at Neppel Road Northeast and Road 10-point-2 Northeast.

The driver of one of the vehicles and suspected shooter is 29-year old Matthew Low, who is unaccounted for and police say likely injured in the shootout. The other alleged shooter is 45-year old Patrick Pearson who was shot in the arm and taken by ambulance to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake. Pearson was initially released from the hospital but following an investigation was arrested yesterday in the Mae Valley area and is now in the Grant County Jail. Detectives say the shooting was prompted by an ongoing dispute between Pearson and Low. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Matthew Low are urged to called the Grant County Sheriff’s Office at (509)762-1160.

We may have a break with freezing temperatures in the morning but the Wenatchee Police Department hasn’t seen a lull in early morning car thefts. Captain Edgar Reinfeld talked about the rise in vehicle thefts on Street Talk And Other Stuff with Mike Magnotti yesterday morning. . .

You can watch Reinfeld’s full interview on Street Talk And Other Stuff on our website in our OnDemand section.

The early forecast looks promising for Columbia River flows upstream from Rocky Reach and Rock Island dams. Chelan County PUD Commissioners were briefed on the latest mountain snowpack measurements at their Monday meeting. So far this winter, forecast flow for January-July 2018 is 110 percent of average. Forecast runoff into Lake Chelan for April-July is 104 percent of average.

Coming up next, A local company is giving the people of Wenatchee a reason to be excited about an upcoming ski race, and, we will give you a sneak peak at the new panda Express that opened in Wenatchee this past weekend. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

A local company is giving the people of Wenatchee a reason to get excited about the Red Bull Crushed Ice Downhill Racing Championships coming up in March. CMI Orchards is sponsoring racer Matt Johnson as he participates in the event and will be wearing the logo of one of our locally grown apples. NCWLife’s Jay Seabeck has more. . .

It’s the first location in North Central Washington for the popular fast-food chain, which sports more than 1,900 locations in all 50 states and six countries.

We’re talking about Panda Express, which opened its doors over the weekend in Wenatchee. The restaurants, many in suburban malls and airports, offer a point-and-serve buffet of Chinese chicken, beef, shrimp and vegetables.

At around 1,450 square feet, the Wenatchee location is one of the company’s smaller restaurants, but with its paved walkways and outdoor seating the total footprint measures closer to 2,200 square feet. The restaurant will also have a drive-through window and roughly 27 parking spaces.

The Panda Express is company-owned and built. According to EZ’s Burger Deluxe owner Pete Ezetta, who sold Panda the property, the company has been interested in Wenatchee for years but struggled to find exactly the right location. The new Panda Express is open 7 days a week from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

There was a festive mood at the State Capital in Olympia yesterday. It was Latino Legislative Day and what better way to celebrate the occasion than a concert by Wenatchee High School’s Mariachi Huenachi. The group, under the direction of Ramon Florez, performed for Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib before they put on a show in the Capital Rotunda.

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.

 Wenatchee High Athletic Director Jim Beeson has been recognized for his work…

Beeson has been named District 6 Athletic Director of the Year for 4A schools.  This follows his selection in December as the Big 9 A-D of the year.  He will be recognized at the Washington State Athletic Administrators Conference in Spokane in April.  The recognition by District 6 also puts Beeson in as a finalist for the State Athletic Director of the Year.  Beeson attributes his work ethic to advice from his father.  “My dad always told me…just do your job and a little bit more than what’s expected of you.  That’s what I always tell kids – do as much as you think your dad would want you to do, and a little bit more.”  Beeson has been the athletic director for Wenatchee High School since 2014, replacing BJ Kuntz.

In other good news from the Wenatchee School District…

Dale Blair, Wenatchee High School Sports Medicine Instructor and Athletic Trainer, has been selected to receive the Secondary School Athletic Trainers’ Committee (SSATC) 2018 Servant’s Heart Award.  According to the SSATC’s Bart Peterson, “this prestigious award recognizes secondary school athletic trainers for their service to the athletic training profession, their schools and their communities.  It reflects a lifetime of dedication to the secondary school setting.”  Blair will be recognized at the National Athletic Trainers Association 2018 conference in New Orleans in late June.  Blair, who’s been serving his role for Wenatchee High School for 26-years, says, “It has been an honor to serve the athletes and teach my sports medicine students at Wenatchee High School.”

Taking a look at the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard in high school wrestling from over the weekend…

Wenatchee and Eastmont wrestlers were at the District 6 4A meet at West Valley.  While Moses Lake won the team championship, the Panthers and Wildcats had nine wrestlers place in the top four to advance to regionals.  Eastmont’s Luis Arellano took 4th at 120-pounds.  The Wildcat’s Damian Vivanco was 4th at 126.  Eastmont’s Adrian Vivanco took 3rd at 132-pounds while teammate Cesar Sitio was 2nd at 138.  Brett Womak took second at 170-pounds for the Wildcats.  Wenatchee’s Lucas Carranza was 3rd and Ronin Haynes 4th at 182-pounds.  The Panther’s Jose Galarza took 4th at 195 and Eastmont’s Christian Tonga was 4th at 285.

Meanwhile, Chelan placed several wrestlers atop the podium at the District 6 1-A wrestling tournament at Omak…

Chelan won the team title with 285-points to Cascade’s 216 and Cashmere’s 130.  The Goats had champions in Jaiden Buyas (120), James Austin (132), Javier Pastor (138), Erik Alcala (152), Braden Williams (160), Johnny Ayala (170), Skyler Gordon (182) and Bryan Mendoza (220).  The Kodiaks had four district champions including Juan Martinez (106), Daniel Sandoval (126), Daniel Claros (145) and Arthur Drake (285).  Cashmere’s Matthew Cunning was first at 113-pounds as the Bulldog’s only champion.

On the Prep Schedule for today…

Eastmont hosts Davis in a girl-boy basketball doubleheader tonight and we’ll have it LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel with Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson. 

Now, the Big 9 1st and 2nd seeds to districts are already sewn up.  On the boy’s side, Eastmont’s opponent tonight, Davis, is the Big 9 regular season champs and are ranked 5th in the WIAA’s RPI index; 7th in the Tacoma News Tribune poll; and 8th in the Max Preps Poll.  The #2 seed is Sunnyside with its 9-2 record.  The final four spots are still to be determined.  Wenatchee and Moses Lake are tied at 5-5 with the Panthers playing at the Chiefs tonight.  Meanwhile, Eastmont is a half-game behind West Valley for the 5th spot.  The Wildcats will have a play-in game next Tuesday either at Wenatchee, Moses Lake, or West Valley. 

Taking a look at the Big 9 girls playoff scenario…

#4-ranked Moses Lake is the regular season Big 9 Champ, Sunnyside is second.  Then you have Davis at 6-4, Eastmont at 4-6, West Valley at 4-7 and Wenatchee at 3-7.  Eastmont could either host or be on the road for a play-in game next Tuesday against West Valley or Wenatchee.  So there’s a lot on the line tonight, especially in the girls game.  Be sure and watch that tonight with the pre-game around 5:40.

Our Features this week focuses on the Top 10 Candidates for the Cashmere Valley Bank Royalty Selection Pageant.  Today, Estela Navarro, the daughter of Ed and Deborah Navarro, has quite a varied set of interests…

Shayn Stanaway is the daughter of Eric and Sandy Stanaway.…

To watch the complete interviews with all ten candidates, visit our website at NCWLIFE dot com and click Lifestyles.  The Cashmere Valley Bank Royalty Selection Pageant is Saturday at the Wenatchee High School Auditorium.  Watch it LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel beginning at 6:30.  Grant will be back with a recap of our top stories and our forecast.  Thanks for watching NCWLIFE Evening News.

Time now for a recap of our top story tonight…

What will the new year bring for Chelan County marijuana growers? New zoning regulations are now in place that require growers to obtain conditional use permits in addition to State permits. Chelan County Commissioners tell NCWLIFE News that applications are starting to trickle in. . .

Meanwhile, the group, Central Washington Growers, has challenged the rules in court.

Earlier today (Tue), SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket successfully lifted off from Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This was the first flight of the 27-engine rocket, the most powerful operational rocket in the world. The rocket made it through the moment of maximum stress and released the two outer cores, which successfully landed back at Kennedy Space Center. The successful launch of the Falcon Heavy signals a giant step forward in spaceflight. The rocket has a few more launches scheduled, but now that SpaceX has demonstrated that it works it’s likely more customers will be interested in the Falcon Heavy.  The rocket is built by SpaceX, the game-changing company helmed by billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk. On board the rocket, that’s now headed for orbit around the Earth, is Musk’s personal Tesla Roadster. At the wheel is a dummy dressed in a spacesuit, and the car is blaring David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” on an endless loop. Musk wants to land on Mars by the year 2020.

A ridge of high pressure is still firmly in control of our weather and for the fourth time in as many days, we could see another record high temperature this afternoon in the Wenatchee Valley. Our mild, sunny weather will continue on Wednesday and Thursday as well with high temperatures both days into the middle 50’s. By early Friday morning and throughout the day, a weak weather cold front will slide through Northcentral Washington bringing us about a 20% chance of a rain/snow mix. Behind the cold front our temperatures will fall back to seasonal normal with highs on Friday through Monday in the mid to upper 40’s.

Since many of you were disappointed that Budweiser didn’t air a Clydesdale commercial during Sunday’s Superbowl, we leave you tonight with this video of a baby Clydesdale who is full of energy. . .

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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 tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. Thanks for joining us and have a great night.