Evening News January 18

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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– an official with the Federal Reserve Bank headlined the Economic Leadership Roundtable in Wenatchee today and a simple gym workout for a very observant off-duty Othello Police Officer yesterday results in the arrest of a man wanted on a DOC warrant.

But first, we begin tonight:

Eight firefighting vehicles including three ladder trucks responded to a fire just before 1:00 this afternoon near Malaga on Hamlin Road. It appears that an out-building or shop adjacent to a residence was the building on fire but details were not available at news time. The cause of the fire is unknown and we will bring you more information as it becomes available.

Alcoa stock is trading higher this morning as the Company released its 4th Quarter earnings report yesterday. The Company reports $11.7 billion revenue for the year which is up 25 percent from 2016, on higher alumina and aluminum pricing. But Company CEO, Roy Harvey say there are no immediate plans to restart the Wenatchee Works Smelter. . .

The Wenatchee smelter curtailed operations in 2016 resulting in the layoff of over 400 employees. 2017 saw soaring aluminum prices which allowed the company to post strong earnings. NASDAQ reports, if current market conditions keep up for another year, then Alcoa’s business could get even stronger and its rainy day fund even larger.

Layed off Alcoa workers remain hopeful for a restart of the potlines in Wenatchee. Speaking on behalf of the Wenatchee Aluminum Trades Council, Kelley Woodard tells NCWLIFE News that market conditions appear to be favorable for a possible return to work. . .

Woodard says Alcoa will benefit from China’s cutting back on its own aluminum production. . .

Woodard says he looks forward to Alcoa’s planned meeting with Chelan County PUD and is hopeful for a positive outcome regarding the Company’s energy contract.

An official with the Federal Reserve Bank headlined the Economic Leadership Roundtable in Wenatchee today. Darlene Wilczynski is the chief executive of the Federal Bank’s Seattle Branch office. She and Stemilt President West Mathison updated local business leaders on the role of the Federal Bank and how it effects the local economy. . .

Mathison also serves on the Fed bank’s regional board of directors representing the ag industry. . .

Today’s roundtable event was sold out at the Wenatchee Convention Center. You can see the entire interview with Mathison and Wilczynski on Monday’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley Program.

A simple gym workout for a very observant off-duty Othello Police Officer yesterday results in the arrest of a man wanted on a DOC warrant.

As the off-duty officer was walking into a gym in Moses Lake yesterday around 1:00, he noticed a vehicle he knew to be stolen out of Othello. The officer called Moses Lake Police Officers who responded and were able to locate and stop the vehicle on North Stratford Road. Since there had been a firearm in the vehicle when it was stolen, officers took all four occupants in the vehicle into custody.

The driver, identified as 30-year old Daniel Simpson is no stranger to MLP officers. He was found to have a Department of Corrections warrant for a probation violation and this is the sixth time MLP officers have arrested him on a DOC warrant in the last year. Simpson was also found to be in possession of heroin and was booked into the Grant County Jail on charges of a stolen vehicle, possession of heroin and the DOC warrant. There may be additional charges following a search warrant on the vehicle earlier today.

Coming up next, the “Robert E” has been removed from the school that formerly bore the Civil War General’s last name. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

The “Robert E” has been removed from the school that formerly bore the Civil War General’s last name. Eastmont School District changed the name of the school after receiving numerous complaints including this comment from a concerned parent . . .

The change to Lee School was suggested by Superintendent Garn Christiansen. He says the word means calm water as in the Leeward side of an island.

This Saturday the Wenatchee Valley Museum will transform for the annual Night at The Museum experience which features a brewery-cider house, a relaxing coffeehouse, a speakeasy and a wine bar. Lyn Kelly stopped by Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with Dan Kuntz to talk more about the event. . .

Head to Wenatchee-Valley-Museum dot org for more information on tickets.

If you’re up for a murder mystery with a little humor, consider heading to the Riverside Playhouse this weekend for the performance Death By Design. Set in an English country manor in 1932, Director Marcus Bingham says the performance is a mysterious and delightful mash up of the two greatest English writers of all time. . .

The performance runs starting tonight at 7:30 p.m. with matinee and evening shows throughout the week. Visit the Music Theatre of Wenathcee’s website for more information and tickets.

A reminder that 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. tonight 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.

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 and Eisenhower came into last night’s Big 9 wrestling match at Wenatchee High School winless in head-to-head matches.  So something had to give.  And, unfortunately for the Panthers, they’d come up just short having to forfeit two weights and gift the Cadets 12 points in a 36-33 defeat.  Eric Granstrom had the call with some definite high points for Wenatchee on senior night on the NCWLIFE Channel…

The Panthers will travel to the Prosser Invite this weekend.

Coming up on the Prep Schedule for today…

In girls basketball, Wilson Creek is at Entiat.  Waterville-Mansfield hosts Manson.  Cascade Christian is at Easton and Chelan hosts Cascade…all at 6 o’clock.

On the boys side, it’s the same schedule with 7:30 start times…

Wilson Creek at Entiat, 7:30pm
Manson at Waterville-Mansfield, 7:30pm
Cascade Christian at Easton, 7:30pm
Cascade at Chelan, 7:30pm

Also today…

In boys swimming and diving, Eastmont’s on the road at West Valley at 4 and the battle for first place and the regular season Big 9 title will be decided at Wenatchee’s pool where the undefeated Panthers host the undefeated Moses Lake Chiefs.  They’ll start swimming at 4 o’clock.

There’s one wrestling match tonight with Chelan at Pateros at 6pm.

Tonight is Hockey Night on the NCWLIFE Channel…

We’ll feature Wenatchee’s overtime game against West Kelowna from last Friday at the Town Toyota Center.  It’s starts with Call of the Wild and Clarky’s Corner at 7 followed by the game at about 7:15 tonight. 

Speaking of things on Channel 12…

Or 19 if you’re on Charter…here’s a look at our sports broadcast schedule over the next few days.  There you see hockey night tonight.  Tomorrow, we’re back at Wenatchee High School for basketball when the Panthers host Eastmont.  The girls start at 5:45.  Just a note too, we’ll bring you the Panther Hall of Fame induction ceremony between the two games, so be sure to tune in for that around 7 o’clock.  Then the boys game will follow.  Also, there’s the Saturday lineup with Davis and Wenatchee wrestling from back in

Thanks Eric…

Last week, Washington Governor Jay Inslee outlined his agenda for the current legislative session in his State of the State Address with an emphasis on education and the environment.  In her Republican Response, Kennewick Senator Sharon Brown said it will be up to both sides of the isle to work together. . .

Be sure to tune in each week during the legislative session for live reports from Olympia on The 12th District here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

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…

Eight firefighting vehicles including three ladder trucks responded to a fire just before 1:00 this afternoon near Malaga on Hamlin Road. It appears that an out-building or shop adjacent to a residence was the building on fire but details were not available at news time. The cause of the fire is unknown and we will bring you more information as it becomes available.

A simple gym workout for a very observant off-duty Othello Police Officer yesterday results in the arrest of a man wanted on a DOC warrant.

As the off-duty officer was walking into a gym in Moses Lake yesterday around 1:00, he noticed a vehicle he knew to be stolen out of Othello. The officer called Moses Lake Police Officers who responded and were able to locate and stop the vehicle on North Stratford Road. Since there had been a firearm in the vehicle when it was stolen, officers took all four occupants in the vehicle into custody.

The driver, identified as 30-year old Daniel Simpson is no stranger to MLP officers. He was found to have a Department of Corrections warrant for a probation violation and this is the sixth time MLP officers have arrested him on a DOC warrant in the last year. Simpson was also found to be in possession of heroin and was booked into the Grant County Jail on charges of a stolen vehicle, possession of heroin and the DOC warrant. There may be additional charges following a search warrant on the vehicle earlier today.

The “Robert E” has been removed from the school that formerly bore the Civil War General’s last name. Eastmont School District changed the name of the school after receiving numerous complaints including this comment from a concerned parent. The change to Lee School was suggested by Superintendent Garn Christiansen. He says the word means calm water as in the Leeward side of an island.

We experienced a nice weather day in Northcentral Washington today. Quiet weather is also expected tonight and for most of Friday before a very active storm track kicks into gear beginning on Saturday and lasting at least through the middle of next week. We will see two large weather systems over this time period, the first on Sunday bringing us a 70% chance of snow with 1-2 inches possible. By Tuesday and Tuesday night, we will see a 60% chance of mainly rain showers and a 40 % chance of precip on Wednesday. Afternoon high temperatures will remain between 35-40 degrees with overnight lows dropping down to the upper 20’s to near 30.

We leave you tonight with video taken yesterday of the large police procession prior to a celebration of life ceremony in honor of slain 34-year old Pierce County Deputy Daniel McCartney. . .

If you have a video of the day, you’d like to see on NCWLIFE News, message us on our Facebook Page at the NCWLIFE Channel.

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.