Evening News February 22

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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, plans continue to move forward to possibly regionalize water and sewer services for communities in the Upper Wenatchee Valley, and, The Chelan Douglas Land trust is hosting their Wild Ideas event at Pybus Market on Friday.

But first, we begin tonight:

Chelan County Fire crews  responded to a brush fire this afternoon along the Malaga-Alcoa Highway near Malaga. The one-acre blaze was reported just before 2:00 p.m. and was burned near milepost 7 along the roadway in brush and grass.  The fire was just south of the town of Malaga and north of the Alcoa Wenatchee Works Plant. We’ll have more details as they become available.

Chelan City Councilmembers unanimously voted in a six-month moratorium on bitcoin mining after a presentation from the Chelan County PUD on Feb. 13. Mayor Mike Cooney says the city saw cryptocurrency mining as a misuse of power. . .

Cooney said the city is working with the PUD to identify any bitcoin mining operating in non-conforming zones such as a residential garage. The council will continue to work on the issue as the moratorium prevents legal operations within city limits. The city of Wenatchee will also take up the issue of bitcoin mining tonight at their regularly scheduled council meeting.

It’s a work in progress but plans continue to move forward to possibly regionalize water and sewer services for communities in the Upper Wenatchee Valley. NCWLife’s Steve Hair has been following that story. . .

The Chelan Douglas Land trust is hosting their Wild Ideas event at Pybus Market on Friday. NCWLife’s Megan McPherson reports. . .

Thank you, Megan.  This event is happening from 5:30– 7pm at Pybus Market.

Revenue for the next two budget cycles will bring in more than $1.2 billion than previously forecast for the next two budget cycles. That’s the latest prediction by the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council. The revenue forecast has been increased by $647 million for the 2017-19 budget cycle and by $671 million for the 2019-21 budget cycle. There is also an anticipated $200-plus million in reduced caseload costs or entitlement programs. Wenatchee Representative Cary Condotta said some of that good news should be extended to the taxpayers of Washington State in the form of property tax relief.

Condotta reported yesterday in a Facebook post that property tax relief bills are now included in both the House and Senate versions of the supplemental budget. The Legislature is scheduled to adjourn the 60-day session on March 8.

Coming up next, Last night, the Moses Lake Police Department held the first of what they hope will be a series of neighborhood meetings, and, the Wenatchee Police Department welcomes new additions to the police force. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Last night, the Moses Lake Police Department held the first of what they hope will be a series of neighborhood meetings to provide information on services and hear community concerns. Moses Lake Police Chief Kevin Fuhr says the neighborhood meetings serve many purposes. . .

Chief Fuhr says he is hoping to have one meeting a month, working with area churches to reach different neighborhoods. For more information on neighborhood meetings, contact the Moses Lake Police Department at 509-764-3887.

Let’s welcome the most recent additions to our Wenatchee Police Department. Officers Donald Graves and Erik Magnussen were sworn in last week by Wenatchee Police Chief Steve Crown. The ceremony took place at Wenatchee City Hall Council Chambers in the company of family, friends and co-workers.

Also in attendance was Mayor Frank Kuntz who added his congratulations and words of encouragement. Congratulations Officer Magnussen and Officer Graves!

There is a lot happening around the Wenatchee Valley for you to enjoy this weekend. NCWLife’s Megan McPherson gives us the rundown. . .

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.

Remember how we mentioned that the Wenatchee Wild have played in 10-overtime games so far this season?  And two of those have been against West Kelowna?  Such was the case again last night!

To the Royal LePage Place we go for the first of three games for the Wenatchee Wild on the road to finish up the regular season.  We’ll jump right to the third period and things didn’t look good for the Wild, as they trailed the home team 4-to-2 heading into the final frame.  But that’s when things heated up for Wenatchee and got Wild down the stretch.  Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…video courtesy of Hockey TV…

So Matt Dorsey was the hero last night, scoring 3:49 into overtime to secure the victory for the Wild and a virtual tie for second in the BCHL’s Interior Division with Vernon…

Incredibly, with two games left, Wenatchee still has a chance to move up the ladder as far as playoff seeding is concerned.  Here’s Head Coach and GM Bliss Littler in a preview of tonight’s Call of

Littler gets his wish as that’s exactly the scenario for tomorrow night.  Penticton did get an 8-1 win over Salmon Arm last night and has two games remaining, Saturday against Wenatchee and Sunday against Salmon Arm.  With last night’s win, the Vees only need one more point to earn the number 1 seed and take the regular season championship in the league.

Back to what’s coming up tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel…

It’s Hockey Night at 7 o’clock with Call of the Wild where you’ll see more of Arch Ecker’s interview with Bliss Littler.  You’ll also see Clarky’s Corner where assistant coach (and new baby-daddy) Chris Clark visits with Jasper Weatherby.  It will be followed by Wenatchee’s game against Trail from last Friday at the Town Toyota Center.

By the way, here’s a photo of Chris Clark’s newborn son, Cooper…

Clarky was with his wife for Cooper’s birth just a few days ago, then drove himself up to West Kelowna for last night’s game, was driving home last night to turn around and head back up to meet up with the team tomorrow in Vernon.  Congratulations to the Clark Family!

Taking a quick look ahead at our broadcast schedule…

We’ll re-air that thrilling, double-overtime game between Wenatchee and Eastmont in a boys play-in basketball playoff game tomorrow night at 7 o’clock.  Then on Saturday, it’s North Central and Eastmont boys hoops from back in early January at 2 o’clock followed by Wenatchee and Eastmont girls bowling from January 16th with the Big 9 Title on the line tomorrow night at 7.

 

Thanks Eric,

In our feature story tonight, Chelan County Fire District 1 has added an exciting new piece of training equipment at its station in North Wenatchee, NCWLife’s Jay Seabeck has more. . .

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…

Chelan County Fire crews  responded to a brush fire this afternoon along the Malaga-Alcoa Highway near Malaga. The one-acre blaze was reported just before 2:00 p.m. and was burned near milepost 7 along the roadway in brush and grass.  The fire was just south of the town of Malaga and north of the Alcoa Wenatchee Works Plant. We’ll have more details as they become available.

Chelan City Councilmembers unanimously voted ion a six-month moratorium on bitcoin mining after a presentation from the Chelan County PUD on Feb. 13. Mayor Mike Cooney says the city saw cryptocurrency mining as a misuse of power. . .

Cooney said the city is working with the PUD to identify any bitcoin mining operating in non-conforming zones such as a residential garage. The council will continue to work on the issue as the moratorium prevents legal operations within city limits. The city of Wenatchee will also take up the issue of bitcoin mining tonight at their regularly scheduled council meeting.

Also in attendance was Mayor Frank Kuntz who added his congratulations and words of encouragement. Congratulations Officer Magnussen and Officer Graves!

Cold weather continued today as a weak area of low pressure remained focused over the Inland Northwest. As the low continued to sag Southeast throughout the day it will eventually pull drier air in from the Northwest. As the drier air moves into the region, we are looking for another chilly night with clearing skies and light winds expected almost across the entire forecast area. By Friday, the clearing will be short-lived as yet another weak weather trough sweeps in. We have a 30% chance of snow on Friday and a 40% chance Friday night. A progressive weather pattern will continue on Saturday with a 40% chance of snow throughout the day. A warmer flow of air also inundates Northcentral Washington this weekend with high temperatures on Saturday jumping up into the mid-40’s. Sunday we will see a 50% chance of mainly rain showers with high temps remaining in the mid 40’s. Mostly sunny skies are on tap for most of next week with afternoon high temperatures right where they should be for this time of year right around 44 degrees.

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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.