Evening News February 23


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, We’ll tell you about a Wenatchee man who was the victim of a hit and run accident and is still suffering, and, A Washington Cattlemen’s group is howling mad over being left out of grant money to ease conflicts between wolves and cattle.

But first, we begin tonight:

Two mysterious, if not ominous messages, were found Wednesday inside a boy’s restroom at Wenatchee High School. The discovery prompted this public notification from Principal, Eric Anderson . . .

Wenatchee School District officials and the Wenatchee Police Department are investigating the messages. As Anderson noted no suspects have been identified. For now, the Wenatchee School District is planning to go ahead as normal for school next week.

Meanwhile, in Grant County yesterday Frontier Middle School in Moses Lake was placed locked down as police investigated another disturbing message found inside a campus restroom. The message read, “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.” and “said the Florida shooter.” Moses Lake Police are investigating but no suspects have been identified.

A Wenatchee man is hurting both physically and financially after he was run over by a hit and run suspect last December. NCWLife’s Steve Hair reports. . .

Coming up next, At last night’s Wenatchee City Council meeting council members discussed the issue of Bitcoin Mining, and, The biggest fund raiser of the year benefiting CASA is tomorrow. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Wenatchee has been called the epicenter for Bitcoin and Block Chain mining in the United States. At last night’s Wenatchee City Council meeting council members discussed the issue and looked at ways to proceed with the current crypto-currency explosion. Wenatchee Mayor Frank Kuntz says unlike the city of Chelan, who placed a moratorium on Bitcoin mining, Wenatchee is taking a different approach. . .

Mayor Kuntz says the city worked in concert with the Chelan County PUD in drafting the decision on cryto-currency. . .

The Mayor also says the city is looking at this new phenomena very closely and adds that many of the recent applications for mining in Wenatchee will mean more jobs.

In a letter to Douglas County Commissioners on Wednesday, Douglas County District Judge Judith McCauley says she’ll retire from the bench effective May 1st.

The 72-year old McCauley has worked for Douglas County for 38-years, 23 years as a District Court Judge and 15 years as the county’s first woman prosecutor. McCauley’s four-year term was due to end on December 31st and her retirement in May allows the County Commissioners time to appoint an interim judge until the November election. Any new judge elected in November would take office immediately under a “short and full term” clause in state elections law. The election winner would then commence a regular four-year term starting January 1st. McCauley is the third judge to retire this year in the Wenatchee Valley following in the footsteps of Chelan Superior Court Judges Alicia Nakata and Chip Small.

A Washington Cattlemen’s group is howling mad over being left out of grant money to ease conflicts between wolves and cattle. Here’s more on that story. . .

The biggest fund raiser of the year benefiting CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates, is tomorrow at Eastmont Lanes. Executive Director Sue Baker talked about the Rock and Rowl for kids bowl-athon on this morning’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley. . .

The bowling starts at 2 on Saturday, you can sign up as an individual or as a team by logging on the cdcasa.org.

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.

 We’re on the home stretch for area high school basketball teams trying to make it to the State Tournament next week either in Yakima or Spokane.  Here’s what’s on tap tonight…

There are two games being played at Wenatchee High School tonight.  The first is a 1-B Regional featuring 20-and-2 Entiat against 11-and-9 Riverside Christian with the winner advancing to the State 1B Tournament in Spokane next week and the loser’s season over.  The Tigers are heavily favored in this one as the two teams have met twice this season with Entiat easily handling the Crusaders by an average of 50-points.  A win for Entiat would mean a first-round State game next Wednesday against the loser of tomorrow’s game between Mount Rainier Lutheran and Colton.  Entiat and Riverside Christian tip tonight at 6 o’clock.

The other game at Wenatchee High School tonight is a boy’s 2-B Regional pitting 14-and-8 Friday Harbor out of the Northwest League against the Central Washington League’s Oroville Hornets, who come in with a record of 14-and-9.  It’s a win and you’re in, lose and you’re out scenario for these teams.  The winner would face the loser of tonight’s game between Morton-White Pass and Adna next Wednesday at State in Spokane.  This game starts at 8 o’clock.

Also tonight at Ellensburg High School, the Brewster boys take on the high-flying Kittitas-Thorp Coyotes, who are 22-1 on the season and ranked #1 in the state in Class 2-B hoops.  This 8 o’clock game is for seeding purposes and is basically the Regional Championship.  The winner moves on to the 2nd round of the State 2B Tournament in Spokane next Thursday while the loser will have to play a first-round game Wednesday against the winner between Orcas Island and Life Christian Academy.

Turning to Saturday…

At Wenatchee High School, the 2-B girl’s Regional features Brewster against Mossyrock.  The Bears come in with a record of 18-and-3 while the Vikings are 18-and-7.  The game tips at 2 o’clock and is a winner-to-state, loser-out contest with the winner playing the loser of tonight’s game between St. George’s and Davenport at State 2B in Spokane next Wednesday.

The 4 o’clock girl’s game tomorrow at Wenatchee High features 20-and-1 Cashmere against 17-and-6 Lakeside (9-Mile Falls) for the 1-A Regional Championship.  The winner moves on to the second round of the State Championship Thursday in Yakima while the loser faces a first-round game against the winner of Seattle Academy and Seattle Christian.

Eric Granstrom will be at Wenatchee High covering tonight’s Entiat game and tomorrow’s Cashmere game with results posted on our website and Facebook page over the weekend as well as highlights Monday right here on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

The Wenatchee Wild are in Vernon tonight to take on the Vipers in a battle for second place in the Interior Division of the BCHL…

Both teams are in a virtual tie for the #2 seed heading into the BCHL’s post season.  With a win tonight, Wenatchee would earn two points to climb to 81-points on the season.  First-place Penticton is sitting at 83-points and doesn’t play tonight.  They’ll host the Wild in Wenatchee’s season-finale tomorrow night at 7 o’clock.  It’s POSSIBLE for Wenatchee to tie Vernon for first place and the #1 seed by winning both games this weekend AND having Salmon Arm come up with the upset win over the Vees Sunday.  We’ll have scores and highlights coming up Monday on WUWV.

As the season winds down in the BCHL, there are a few Wild representatives who are up for post-season awards…

Wenatchee’s Jasper Weatherby is up for the Vern Dye Memorial Trophy as Rookie of the Year.  Cooper Zech is a finalist for the Defensive award for the Top Defenceman in the league.  And Wild Coach Bliss Littler is a finalist for the Joe Tennant Memorial Trophy as Coach of the Year.  The Awards, voted on by coaches throughout the BCHL, will be announced next week prior to the start of the playoffs.

Here’s a few things happening around the valley this weekend…

The Kiss My Ice Women’s Hockey Tournament starts today and runs through Sunday at the Community Rink at the Town Toyota Center. 

Next door in the TTC is the Wenatchee Valley Sportsmen Show.  That runs today Noon to 7pm, Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 10am-5pm.

Finally, RunWenatchee, Confluence Health and the Wenatchee Valley Medical Group have teamed up to put on the Heart Breaker 5-K run during Hearth Month to raise awareness of heart disease and ways to commit to a healthy lifestyle.  It starts by Pybus Market tomorrow morning at 9 o’clock. 


Thanks Eric,

It’s become an annual tradition during the winter at the Town Toyota Center, the Wenatchee Valley Sportsmen Show. NCWLife’s Eric Granstrom was there when the doors opened at Noon today. . .

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 look at other news around our area…

A wanted man tried to channel his inner “Evel Knievel” Wednesday night to elude police officers.

At around 10:00 p.m., Moses Lake Police Officers responded to a report of a robbery at a gas station in the 500 block of Valley Road. According to the victim, 44-year old Sean McFarlen entered the business and assaulted her, while stealing items and causing damage to the store. McFarlen fled the scene in a stolen BMW with an undisclosed amount of cash and approximately $2,500 in stolen cigarettes.

Officers developed information that McFarlen may have fled to the city of Grandview. Grandview Police Department officers located the stolen vehicle at a residence shortly before 2 am Thursday morning, and kept the house under surveillance.

The Yakima SWAT Team was called to the scene where officers made contact with McFarlen in the residence, but he refused to exit for a couple hours. Then, around 7:00 yesterday (Thu) morning, McFarlen exited his house, mounted his motorcycle and tried to ride up a ramp and jump over a fence out of his back yard. SWAT team members met him with an accurate application of less lethal shotgun rounds. This caused McFarlen to abandon his escape attempt, and he was arrested and charged with first degree robbery, 1st degree kidnapping and theft of a motor vehicle.

A one-two winter weather punch is on track to impact at least the eastern third of Washington and the Idaho Panhandle beginning late this afternoon and continuing at times through Sunday. The reason for this winter weather is an area of low pressure currently digging south-southeast along the eastern edge of a huge ridge that’s currently parked in the Gulf of Alaska and down the northern British Columbia Coast. Round two will arrive early Saturday morning as a fairly strong trough slices southeastward through the forecast area. We have a 30% chance of snow beginning tonight and a 30 % chance Saturday. By Saturday night our chances for precipitation goes up to 60% with a 70% chance of snow on Sunday. Maybe an inch or two of accumulation in the Wenatchee Valley but parts of Eastern Washington could see around 3-6 inches of snow. High temperatures this weekend will warm into the mid 40’s. After a quiet weather day on Monday a series of weak weather systems moves our way Tuesday through Thursday with a 30-40% chance of rain mixed with snow showers.

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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.