Evening News January 29

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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– Saturday’s winds caused a harrowing situation in East Wenatchee along Valley Mall Parkway at a construction site—and two snowmobilers were rescued Saturday after they became disoriented while riding in the Stemilt Basin.

But first, we begin tonight:

The dust is still settling from Saturday’s damaging windstorm.

Dozens of trees were blown down in the gale force winds measuring gusts in excess of 50 miles an hour. Hundreds of electric customers in Chelan County lost power as power lines were knocked down. Chelan County PUD line crews continued to make repairs into Sunday afternoon.  There were no reported injuries but several homes and businesses sustained wind-related damages including sheet metal roofs or from falling trees and limbs. . .

Here’s a photo shared by former Wenatchee City Council member, Karen Rutherford of a large pine tree that fell on her property. She tells NCWLIFE News that no one was home when the tree came down but part of the tree crashed through a bedroom.

Saturday’s winds caused a harrowing situation in East Wenatchee along Valley Mall Parkway at a construction site…

As you can see in this video provided to us by a viewer, the plastic acted as a sail around the construction site for the Aspen Dental remodel happening at Wenatchee Valley Mall. The scaffolding along the southern side of the building is also leaning precariously and looks to be held up by the surrounding plastic. As a precaution, the City of East Wenatchee has closed a section of Valley Mall Parkway northbound past the site. The mall has also cordoned off a section of parking in the area to prevent anyone from getting too close in case the scaffolding topples over. NCWLIFE has reached out to the construction company who’s scaffolding it is but they did not answer. A source close to the project says a trailer of pallets was brought in Saturday, so the indication is that the scaffolding will be disassembled today. In the meantime, that stretch of Valley Mall Parkway is still closed. We will have an update on that construction site coming up a little bit later on in the newscast.

Two snowmobilers were rescued Saturday after they became disoriented while riding in the Stemilt Basin. Kent Sisson with the Chelan County Sheriff’s office reports 75 year old George M Batterman of East Wenatchee and 34 year old Cory Heston of Duvall got lost after one of the snowmobiles became stuck in the snow during whiteout conditions. . .

Sisson says the two men appeared to be ok. He said they were well prepared and used good survival skills. GPS coordinates from the phone call showed they were near the intersection of Jump Off Road and Schaller Road.

A dangerous domestic violence torture suspect is apprehended in Moses Lake following a foot pursuit last week. Moses Lake Police received a report last Wednesday from a woman who said she was an injured domestic violence victim. She reported that 27-year old Alex Alvizurez had significantly assaulted her and threatened to kill her. Police determined that Alizurez posed a serious threat to the victim so she was relocated and a police officer was stationed at her workplace to assure her safety.

A manhunt ensued for Alvizurez, who is well known to local law enforcement, and was also wanted on a Department of Corrections warrant. Alvizurez’ family was not cooperative, claiming he had fled to California. Officers with the Moses Lake street crimes unit located Alvizurez Friday afternoon near the victim’s place of employment in Moses Lake. When located by officers, Alvizurez fled on foot and after a very short foot pursuit, he was caught and tackled to the ground in a back yard. Alvizurez was booked into the Grant County Jail on charges of 1st degree Assault, Assault in the 2nd degree, 2nd Degree Kidnapping and Unlawful Imprisonment and Harassment, all felonies.

Coming up next, an update on the abandoned construction project in the parking lot at Wenatchee Valley Mall—and, the 2018 Apple Cup ski races were held at Mission Ridge over the weekend. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Another three days have passed and nothing is happening at the site of a remodel project for a new dental-support business in East Wenatchee. NCWLIFE’s Eric Granstrom has the latest. . .

Grant County PUD customers will reportedly pay more for electrical services under a rate increase that goes into effect in April. Residential customers will receive an average 1.5 percent rate increase which translates into an average hike of about $1.49 per month. The PUD says the actual increase will depend on the customer’s electrical use. For some customers it will be higher, for other customers it will be lower. Rate increases are also in the works for industrial customers too. Comments can be submitted at the Utility’s website, and a public hearing has been set for the Feb. 13th PUD commission meeting.

Construction’s proceeding on schedule for two new major hotels in the Wenatchee Valley. Steve Hair reports. . .

Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort hosted the 2018 Stemilt Apple Cup this past weekend. Skiers were greeted by about 10 inches of new snow to start the weekend with 200+ kids  between the ages of 6 – 14 competing in the 25th Annual event this year. Thank you to the race crew, athletes, parents, volunteers and Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort for making it happen.

Here are the 2018 Champions, Tatum Grosdidier and Lars Sorom with coach Megs Thees and Shannon Blair Grosdidier.

A meet the candidate event is slated for tonight in Wenatchee. The group Indivisible Wenatchee is hosting the event at the Wenatchee Public Library for Dr. Ann Diamond who has announced her intentions to challenge incumbent House Representative Cary Condotta in November.

Diamond says she is running as an independent against Condotta who is a Republican. Tonight’s meeting starts at 5:30 in the basement meeting room of the library. Organizers ask that those planning to attend to RSVP via their Facebook page. Seating is limited to 60 people.

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.

On the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from Friday in boys basketball…

West Valley topped Eastmont 71-56.  Davis pounded Wenatchee 58-25.  And Cashmere won at Cascade 63-54.

On the girl’s side Friday…

Eastmont got a good performance from Emily DeFour as the Wildcats beat West Valley 59-46.  Grant Olson had the call on NCWLIFE Channel LIVE Friday night…

DeFour finished with 13 points while Bryn O’Rourke had 12.  Wenatchee had a chance to tie it at the buzzer, but missed a three-pointer and fell to Davis 60-57.  Cashmere led by 62 points at halftime and cruised to a 95-13 win over Cascade.

Turning to the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard for Saturday…

In boys basketball, Eastmont fell on the road at Moses Lake 76-43 while the girls were no match for the undefeated and 2nd-ranked Chiefs, falling 65-19.  It was a good weekend for the Wenatchee girl’s wrestling team.  The Panthers finished fourth in the Mountain Madness Tournament in Cle Elum while Kelsey Ibarra and Jordyn Martinez won championships at 105-pounds and 140-pounds respectively.

The Wenatchee Wild went 1-and-1 over the weekend at the Town Toyota Center…

It took two overtimes to decide Friday night’s game against the Merritt Centennials.  After playing two, scoreless periods, the two traded goals in the third.  Wenatchee’s Murphy Stratton got the Wild on the board at the 4:30 mark of the 3rd and it looked like Wenatchee would hold on for the victory.  But with 37-seconds remaining in regulation, Merritt’s Zach Court tied the game to send it into overtime.  Arch Ecker has the thrilling double-overtime call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

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Saturday went the way of the visitors as Merritt built a 3-1 lead before Wenatchee scored a late goal to make the final 3-2.  Sam Hessler and Slava Demin tallied for the Wild, who host Powell River Wednesday in a make-up game at the Town Toyota Center at 6:30.

In the Pro Bowl Game Sunday…

The AFC erased a 20-to-3 deficit to knock off the NFC in a game of basically “touch” football.  Russell Wilson was ineffective, going 9-of-14 for 69-yards and an interception.  Doug Baldwin caught three passes for 35-yards.  Michael Bennett had one solo tackle and jumped off-sides THREE times.  Earl Thomas had one solo tackle and one pass defended.  The countdown is now on for Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, where the New England Patriots take on the Philadelphia Eagles.

 

Thanks Eric…

Growing Cherries and Apples is a staple of our Community here in North Central Washington. In our feature story tonight you’ll get to meet John Grubb, who was recently highlighted in the Good Fruit Grower magazine. John takes us along the journey of growing up as an orchardist and how he plans to keep the industry moving forward. . .

To learn more about John, check out the story on our website, or read the full article in the most recent edition of the Good Fruit Grower Magazine.

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…

The dust is still settling from Saturday’s damaging windstorm.

Dozens of trees were blown down in the gale force winds measuring gusts in excess of 50 miles an hour. Hundreds of electric customers in Chelan County lost power as power lines were knocked down. Chelan County PUD line crews continued to make repairs into Sunday afternoon.  There were no reported injuries but several homes and businesses sustained wind-related damages including sheet metal roofs or from falling trees and limbs. . .

Here’s a photo shared by former Wenatchee City Council member, Karen Rutherford of a large pine tree that fell on her property. She tells NCWLIFE News that no one was home when the tree came down but part of the tree crashed through a bedroom.

Saturday’s winds caused a harrowing situation in East Wenatchee along Valley Mall Parkway at a construction site.

As you can see in this video provided to us by a viewer, the plastic acted as a sail around the construction site for the Aspen Dental remodel happening at Wenatchee Valley Mall. The scaffolding along the southern side of the building is also leaning precariously and looks to be held up by the surrounding plastic. As a precaution, the City of East Wenatchee has closed a section of Valley Mall Parkway northbound past the site. The mall has also cordoned off a section of parking in the area to prevent anyone from getting too close in case the scaffolding topples over. NCWLIFE has reached out to the construction company who’s scaffolding it is but they did not answer. A source close to the project says a trailer of pallets was brought in Saturday, so the indication is that the scaffolding will be disassembled today. In the meantime, that stretch of Valley Mall Parkway is still closed. We will have an update on that construction site coming up a little bit later on in the newscast.

Two snowmobilers were rescued Saturday after they became disoriented while riding in the Stemilt Basin. Kent Sisson with the Chelan County Sheriff’s office reports 75-year old George M Batterman of East Wenatchee and 34-year old Cory Heston of Duvall got lost after one of the snowmobiles became stuck in the snow during whiteout conditions. . .

Sisson says the two men appeared to be ok. He said they were well prepared and used good survival skills. GPS coordinates from the phone call showed they were near the intersection of Jump Off Road and Schaller Road.

For the most part, we saw another mild weather day today with mainly cloudy skies, light winds and highs in the upper 30’s. Areas around the Tri-Cities and Palouse experienced down right balmy weather with high temperatures there into the mid and upper 50’s. A weak weather cold front is now sliding through the state bringing us a 60% chance of rain late today and tonight. On Tuesday, a high- pressure ridge will move up from the south protecting us from a strong flow of moisture moving into British Columbia. The ridge will bring us warm and sunny weather conditions through mid-week with high temperatures in the mid to upper 40’s. Thursday and into the weekend, another area of low pressure will move in from the Pacific ushering in a 20-30% chance of rain through Saturday night. Our precipitation type will remain mainly all rain but the mountains will once again receive several rounds of snow showers Wednesday night through the weekend. By Sunday and into early next week we can expect partly cloudy skies and mild weather with highs in the mid 40’s.

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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.