Evening News February 21

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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 machine shop was gutted by a fire yesterday in the Chelan area, and, A second candidate has filed for the position of Douglas County Sheriff.

But first, we begin tonight:

At a study session yesterday (Tue), Chelan County PUD Commissioners outlined its approach for responding to requests for large amounts of power that have recently been received primarily from bitcoin miners.

If realized, these requests would double the amount of PUD retail service. PUD General Manager Steve Wright says large amounts of service translates into potentially large amounts of dollars of risk. . .

 

The PUD did set some guidelines for responding to requests of more than 5 megawatts of power, they include, an expanded application process, payments in advance for work to be performed and defining contract options, including rates. The Chelan PUD currently has requests from seven operators who are seeking from 5-100 megawatts of power each.

A machine shop was gutted by a fire yesterday in the Chelan area. Multiple agencies responded in the one oclock hour to the blaze located in the 300 block of Idyll Spurs Lane in the Union Valley.

An official with Chelan County Fire District 7 reported the 40 by 50 foot structure and its contents was a total loss.  The cause is under investigation and there were no injuries.

Here’s the scene of a traffic accident on Division Street in Moses Lake last night involving a severed power pole. Amazingly, the Moses Lake Police Department reported no injuries and apparently electrical power was not affected.

A second candidate has filed for the position of Douglas County Sheriff. Leeon Leyde has filed candidacy papers with the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission. Leyde has worked in law enforcement for 32 years. He served for 25 years with the Washington State Patrol and is currently an officer serving on the East Wenatchee Police Department. Leyde is running as a Republican and is the second candidate to file for the position. Fellow Republican and Douglas County Undersheriff, Kevin Morris announced his candidacy several weeks ago.

Coming up next, Man’s best friend was exactly that for an Ephrata man overnight, and, It was Apple Blossom Royalty Day in Olympia yesterday. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Man’s best friend was exactly that for an Ephrata man overnight. Grant County Sheriff’s K-9 Grizzly is being credited with saving the life of a man suffering from Alzheimer’s disease who wandered away from his home.

Deputies were called around 3:30 this morning (Wed) to the 11000 block of Road A-Northwest just southeast of Ephrata. The woman at the home said her 85-year-old husband was missing and presumed to have left the house through the home’s garage door. Members of the Ephrata Police Department, Fire District 13 and AMR ambulance joined forces to help search.

Searchers combed the area on foot and used a thermal imaging camera but could not find the man. K-9 Grizzly and handler Deputy Dave De La Rosa arrived and within minutes found the man in a large hole about 100-yards from the home. The man had injured his ankle and was not able to walk. He was taken by ambulance to Columbia Basin Hospital in Ephrata for treatment of cold exposure and the ankle injury. It’s uncertain how long the man had been outside.

The Wildlife Habitat Council has awarded the Greater Wenatchee Regional Landfill its certification for environmental stewardship. Council President, Margaret O’Gorman says the honor recognizes landfill owner and operator, Waste Management’s, meeting strict requirements to support ecosystem management.

She says the 80 acres of endangered shrub-steppe habitat that the company manages as an outdoor learning laboratory is central to the company’s stewardship work. WM also provides water for mule deer and birds, which is particularly important since the landfill is in the “rain shadow” of the Cascade Range. In addition, WM uses natural controls to manage plants and wildlife. The Wildlife Habitat Council promotes and certifies habitat conservation and management through partnerships and education. The Council is involved with wildlife habitat and conservation education programs in 47 states, the District of Columbia and 22 countries. For more information, go to www.wildlifehc.org.

It was Apple Blossom Royalty Day in Olympia yesterday as recently crowned Festival Queen Gretta Wiersma and her two princesses Sophie Castillo and Jessica Murray visited the State Legislature. The weather was snowy but our Wenatchee Valley ambassadors received a warm welcome from lawmakers.

Their tour of the Capital also included a visit with Governor Jay Inslee. They were accompanied by 12th District Senator, Brad Hawkins.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update with Eric Granstrom and our feature story tonight. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

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The Wenatchee Wild are on the road for the first of its final three regular season games tonight…

Wenatchee is at West Kelowna to play the Warriors tonight in the Royal LePage Place at 7 o’clock.  In five meetings so far this season, the Wild have a 3-games-to-2 edge over the Warriors.  The two West Kelowna wins came in overtime.  Speaking of which, Wenatchee has played in 10 overtime games this season, half of which going into double-overtime.  The Wild are also .500 in games going into extra play.  Wenatchee will wrap up the regular season with games Friday at Vernon and Saturday at Penticton.

The Wild head into tonight’s game riding a two-game winning streak after sweeping Trail last weekend at the Town Toyota Center.  Head Coach and GM Bliss Littler, on this week’s Call of the Wild with Arch Ecker, was very complimentary of his goalie and the fans…

Even though there’s only three games remaining in the regular season, a ton is riding on these games, starting with tonight…

Should Wenatchee pull out the win tonight, that would add even more on the line for Friday and Saturday, which Littler loves…

Be sure to tune in tomorrow morning for scores and highlights on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

The WIAA is out with its Athletes of the Week list.  Tonasket’s Garrett Wilson helped lead the Tigers to their second-consecutive State Team Championship at Mat Classic.  He also won his second individual title, this year at 145 pounds after his 132 pound championship a season ago.  It is Tonasket’s second team title after dropping down to 2B in 2015.

As the Mariners continue their early season workouts at Spring Training in Peoria, the injury bug has already claimed several players, including pitcher Erasmo Ramirez.  General Manager Jerry Dipoto says the team is treating all injuries with a gentle, slow approach…

The Mariners have also lost top outfield prospect Kyle Lewis to arthroscopic surgery to a knee and first baseman Ryon Healy for up to six weeks after having surgery to remove a bone spur from his right hand.  Seattle will play its first Cactus League game Friday against San Diego.

Pacific Lutheran University has hired a new head football coach.  The private Division III school in Tacoma has announced the hiring of Brant McAdams as its new coach…

McAdams previously served as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Trinity University in San Antonio, coaching at his alma mater for the past five seasons.  Prior to joining Trinity, McAdams was the defensive coordinator for three years at cross-town rival University of Puget Sound.  McAdams becomes just the 10th coach in the program’s 93 year history.  He replaces Scott Westering, the son of the famous former Lute Frostery Westering, who won four national championships.

If you have the itch to get out and watch some more basketball tonight, there’s a doubleheader on tap at Wenatchee Valley College.  The Knights are hosting Spokane in the next-to-next-to-last game of the regular season.  The Lady Knights tip off at 6 with the men to follow at 8.  The women are 5-and-8 in conference play and 14-12 on the season.  The men have had a little more success, battling to an 8-and-5 record, 15-10 overall.

 

Thanks Eric,

The 11th annual People Of Our Past interactive theatre show returns this weekend to the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center. Dan Kuntz has tonight’s feature story. . .

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 stories tonight…

At a study session yesterday (Tue), Chelan County PUD Commissioners outlined its approach for responding to requests for large amounts of power that have recently been received primarily from bitcoin miners.

If realized, these requests would double the amount of PUD retail service. PUD General Manager Steve Wright says large amounts of service translates into potentially large amounts of dollars of risk. . .

 

The PUD did set some guidelines for responding to requests of more than 5 megawatts of power, they include, an expanded application process, payments in advance for work to be performed and defining contract options, including rates. The Chelan PUD currently has requests from seven operators who are seeking from 5-100 megawatts of power each.

A machine shop was gutted by a fire yesterday in the Chelan area. Multiple agencies responded in the one oclock hour to the blaze located in the 300 block of Idyll Spurs Lane in the Union Valley.

An official with Chelan County Fire District 7 reported the 40 by 50 foot structure and its contents was a total loss.  The cause is under investigation and there were no injuries.

Here’s the scene of a traffic accident on Division Street in Moses Lake last night involving a severed power pole. Amazingly, the Moses Lake Police Department reported no injuries and apparently electrical power was not affected.

While one weak system departs the southeast corner of our forecast area early this morning, another one is lurking over central British Columbia and has its sights set on the Pacific Northwest for later in the forecast period. For today, things will be generally be a lot like yesterday with dry, chilly weather as we continue to be influenced by arctic air trapped in a northwest flow. If any precipitation were to fall during the day today and tonight the best chances would occur over western Okanogan and Chelan Counties, but not much is expected from this low-pressure weather system. The low is expected to exit the area during Thursday morning with drier air beginning to work its way in from the northwest. With a ridge of high-pressure parked in the eastern Pacific, the northerly flow aloft will send a series of weather systems into Northcentral Washington beginning Friday night. Also moving across the state on Saturday is a weak warm front which will allow our afternoon high temperatures to climb into the mid-40’s. By Saturday afternoon, warming will increase and a rain/snow mix is possible across our area. We have a 30% chance of a rain/snow mix on Saturday, a 40% chance on Sunday and a 30% chance of rain or snow on Monday. Highs will be in the mid-40’s on Sunday cooling back to the lower 40’s on Monday and Tuesday.

On February 19, 1945, seventy-thousand Marines and Sailors invaded a tiny island in the Pacific called Iwo Jima. The bloody 36-day battle helped define America’s Corps. . .

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