Evening News January 17

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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 State Senate Committee heard testimony yesterday on Governor Inslee’s proposed carbon tax and a business expo celebrates Moses Lake’s growth in industry and retail.

But first, we begin tonight:

An official with San Francisco-based Diamond Foundry says the company could be operational in Wenatchee as early as the second quarter of this year. The Company’s Chief Operating Officer, Kyle Gazay (guh-ZAY) provided an update this morning at a special economic development program hosted by the Chelan County Port District. . .

 

Gazay also explained how Diamond Foundry selected Wenatchee for its second foundry on the site of a former Stemilt Fruit packaging facility that was destroyed in the Sleepy Hollow Fire. . .

Gazay says the Diamond Foundry will employ up to 50 people with most to be hired from the local labor market.

A State Senate Committee heard testimony yesterday on a proposed carbon tax. Governor Jay Inslee has made it one of his main priorities and he commented on it during Tuesday’s public hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee . . .

Tuesday’s public hearing included testimony from a variety of groups. At one point during the meeting Committee member, 12th District Senator Brad Hawkins, took issue with comments suggesting the State is already a world leader in clean energy. . .

Gasoline prices could increase 6 to 9 percent if the bill is passed and would raise $3.3 billion in revenue over four years. State Senator Doug Erickson says a carbon tax would raise fuel prices by about 20 cents in the first day. In the Puget Sound alone, about $40 billion dollars is needed to meet that region’s infrastructure needs.

Moses Lake is on a roll. With a Casino theme in mind, the Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce recently held a Business Expo to celebrate the city’s growth in industry and in retail. Here’s Debbie Doran-Martinez of the Moses Lake Chamber to tell us more about the Expo. . .

Coming up next, Wenatchee School District board meetings may soon be coming to a television near you and around 400 PUD customers in the Cashmere area will be without power tomorrow. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Wenatchee School District board meetings may soon be coming to a television near you. NCWLife’s Megan McPherson has the story. . .

Chelan Fire District 1 said goodbye to four firefighters and 123 years of experience last month.

The retirees are Deputy Chief Glen Widener, Captain Tyke Gaskill, Engineer Dan Bass and firefighter Glenn Smith. Widener spent 37 years as a firefighter, Gaskell 32 years, Bass spent 28 years at the district and Smith fought fires for 26 years. The Fire District wasted no time in hiring 3 of the 4 replacements.

Fire District Chief Mike Burnett along with incoming Chief Brian Brett selected volunteer firefighters Trystan Daniels and Austin Flemens along with Jesse Stone from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The three men will attend the state Fire Training Academy in North Bend on January 25th.

About 400 customers in downtown Cashmere and neighborhoods in the area near the Wenatchee River will be without electric service starting at 10 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18, so that Chelan PUD line crews can repair damage to an underground line as quickly and safely as possible. PUD staff determined the repairs are needed for safety and to keep service reliable. The crew is working at night to reduce the impact on customers. The outage will last no longer than four hours. People with concerns or questions about the planned outage can call (509)661-4325 or email customerservice@chelanpud.org. PUD staff is notifying commercial customers in the outage area in person and by phone.

There is a new phone scam making its way around the Wenatchee Valley. The Chelan PUD says the caller tells customers their bill is past due and then asks for a $320-dollar MoneyPak or Green Dot Card payment or their power will be shut off. The PUD says not to fall for it, hang up and call the PUD business office at 663-8121 to check your account.

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.

Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski was found dead Tuesday night in Pullman.  Hilinski died from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his apartment. The Pullman police department issued a statement confirming his death and said that there was a suicide note near his body. 

Hilinski was widely expected to be the starter heading into the 2018 season.  He was just 21.

The Eastmont and Wenatchee Girls Bowling teams had a date with destiny yesterday at Eastmont Lanes.  The two had gone through the entire season 1-2 in the Big Nine Standings and the Wildcats looked to wrap up a repeat of the league title.  The Panthers, meanwhile, wanted a share of that crown if they could just hand Eastmont its first loss of the season.  To the lanes we go…

Eastmont will host the District Tournament January 23rd at Eastmont Lanes.  You can watch this entire match Saturday night at 7 right here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Just a couple hours later, the NCWLIFE Channel crew was at Eastmont High School for Senior Night as the Wildcats hosted Moses Lake in Big 9 Wrestling.  Eastmont got out to a good start, winning its first three matches and earning a forfeit to take a 19-nothing lead.  But then the Chiefs landslide started as Moses Lake took the next nine matches, four by pin and two by technical fall to grab a 47-19 advantage heading into the final match of the night.  I had the call LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel…

The Chiefs improved to 5-and-oh in Big 9 wrestling with the win while Eastmont dropped to 1-and-4.

Also in CTL wrestling last night, Chelan topped Okanogan 69-18 and Omak 78-6 in a double-dual on the Goat’s mat.  No results were posted for Cascade in its head to head with the Pioneers and Bulldogs.

On the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard in Basketball last night…

Okanogan bounced back from its loss to Cashmere with an 80-59 win over Cascade while Entiat edged Cascade Christian 51-42.  In girls play, Okanogan doubled up on Cascade 50-25 while Entiat crushed Cascade Christian 69-to-4.  Yes, that’s correct…just four points!

On the calendar tonight…

We have more wrestling on the docket as Wenatchee hosts Eisenhower.  We’ll have it LIVE for you on the NCWLIFE Channel beginning at 7 o’clock from Wenatchee High School.

The Wenatchee Wild were in Merritt last night, looking to win its second straight in BCHL Hockey.  The back-and-forth contest saw Wenatchee jump out to the lead in the first on a goal by Cooper Zech, but the Centennials quickly countered.  Sam Hesler put the Wild up at the first break on his 5th goal to make it 2-1.  Zech got his second goal of the night just a minute-25 into the second period to extend Wenatchee’s lead to 3-1.  Merritt countered with a goal late in the second and then tied it at the 10:53 mark of the third.  That’s where it was remain until the final two minutes.  Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…video courtesy of HockeyTV…

And Wenatchee would hold on for the 4-3 victory…

Wenatchee returns home to host Victoria Friday and Nanaimo Saturday at the Town Toyota Center.

 

Thanks Eric…

Spaghetti and marshmallows was on the menu at Wenatchee School District on Tuesday. But we’re not talking about lunch. Kindergarten teachers used the food items in a training exercise designed to help them teach engineering skills to their pupils. The session was led by Science Coordinator, Jill Fineis (Finus). . .

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 some our top stories…

Chelan Fire District 1 said goodbye to four firefighters and 123 years of experience last month. The retirees are Deputy Chief Glen Widener, Captain Tyke Gaskill, Engineer Dan Bass and firefighter Glenn Smith. Widener spent 37 years as a firefighter, Gaskell 32 years, Bass spent 28 years at the district and Smith fought fires for 26 years. The Fire District wasted no time in hiring 3 of the 4 replacements. Fire District Chief Mike Burnett along with incoming Chief Brian Brett selected volunteer firefighters Trystan Daniels and Austin Flemens along with Jesse Stone from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The three men will attend the state Fire Training Academy in North Bend on January 25th.

About 400 customers in downtown Cashmere and neighborhoods in the area near the Wenatchee River will be without electric service starting at 10 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18, so that Chelan PUD line crews can repair damage to an underground line as quickly and safely as possible. PUD staff determined the repairs are needed for safety and to keep service reliable. The crew is working at night to reduce the impact on customers. The outage will last no longer than four hours. People with concerns or questions about the planned outage can call (509)661-4325 or email customerservice@chelanpud.org. PUD staff is notifying commercial customers in the outage area in person and by phone.

There is a new phone scam making its way around the Wenatchee Valley. The Chelan PUD says the caller tells customers their bill is past due and then asks for a $320-dollar MoneyPak or Green Dot Card payment or their power will be shut off. The PUD says not to fall for it, hang up and call the PUD business office at 663-8121 to check your account.

More winter weather will move into the area tonight with a wintery mix in the valleys and mountain snow moving across the Inland Northwest through Thursday. Anticipate a rain/snow mix in the valleys and even some light freezing rain along with significant snow in the Cascade mountains through tonight into Thursday morning. The next moisture laden weather system for the Wenatchee Valley arrives Saturday night bringing the next round of moderate snows across the northern mountains and Northcentral Washington, and a rain/snow mix in the Basin. Overall, the mountains will have the potential to pick up a few feet of snow over the course of the week. We have an 80% chance of rain today and a 100% chance of more light rain tonight. By Saturday, Saturday night and most of Sunday, our chance for snow is 80%. Our high temperatures will remain in the upper 30’s with overnight lows around 30.

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.