Evening News January 4

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-Good evening and welcome to NCWLIFE 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—following the threat of a lawsuit, changing the name of Robert E. Lee Elementary School is now solely in the hands of the Eastmont School Board and Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett announces whether or not he will seek a third term.

But first, we begin tonight:

A South Wenatchee Avenue home was almost completely destroyed by fire earlier today in Wenatchee sending billowing smoke into the air which could be seen all around the Wenatchee Valley. Several fire crews responded to the fire which started around 1:00 p.m. at 1380 South Wenatchee Avenue and appears to have started in the chimney but the official cause is still undetermined. The fire forced the closure of South Wenatchee Avenue between Marr and Crawford Streets. No injuries were reported but a resident’s dog in a first floor apartment was found unconscious and had to be resuscitated. Fire officials will release more information as it becomes available.

Changing the name of Robert E. Lee Elementary School is now solely in the hands of the Eastmont School Board. In a letter sent to Eastmont School District Superintendent Garn Christensen in December, Wenatchee Attorney John Brangwin, along with former Chelan County Superior Court Judge Carol Wardell, said the school district lacks the legal authority to request a public vote on the name change. . .

Superintendent Christensen says the school name change is a unique situation and the school board’s decision to place it on the ballot in November was done without knowing the legality of the process. . .

At the last school board meeting in December, Christensen recommended, as a compromise, to change the name of the school to simply Lee Elementary. Both Brangwin and Wordell said they both would support the change to Lee Elementary. The next board meeting is Monday, January 8th at Grant Elementary in East Wenatchee where the school board will officially rescind the proposal to put it on the November 6th ballot and will further consider the name change to Lee Elementary.

That’s Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett on this morning’s “Wake Up Wenatchee Valley” announcing his intention to seek a third term in office.  Burnett told Dan Kuntz that morale at the Sheriff’s office has greatly improved since he took office. . .

We will have more with our conversation with Sheriff Burnett on tomorrow’s NCWLIFE Evening News.

The Chelan PUD is looking for feedback on a display that would bring the galaxy a little closer for visitors at the Riverwalk Park in Chelan.

The proposed sign display would feature 10 to 12 stations along the 1.5-mile stretch focusing on objects in the Solar System and Galaxy. Each 7-foot sign, maintained by the Chelan Rotary, would give the view information about various objects from our solar system. To give feedback, complete a survey on the Chelan PUD’s website.

Coming up next, we’ll let you know how Wenatchee retailers fared during the holiday shopping season and if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, we’ve got you covered. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

The holiday shopping season has come to an end, so how did our local businesses do? We caught up with Linda Haglund of the Wenatchee Downtown Association to see how retailers fared this year. . .

In terms of retail job growth, how is the Wenatchee Valley doing? Don Meseck, the labor economist for this area, says that despite the good holiday shopping season, the retail economy has remained stagnate. . .

In a press release yesterday (Wed.), the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival announced that Crunch Pak, the sliced apple specialist, will continue its support of the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival by sponsoring the first official festival app.

From now through 2020, Crunch Pak will sponsor the app, which provides users with an interactive destination for all things Washington State Apple Blossom Festival including all official events, parking and traffic information and contests. One notable feature of the new app is that users will be able to participate in the Royalty Selection Pageant on February 10th by voting via the app for the candidate who has the Most Original Speech. The free app will be released on January 15th.

Looking for something to do this weekend? NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson has you covered…

You’re watching NCWLIFE news. Coming up next, your sports update followed by today’s feature story. That and much more still to come on NCWLIFE News, stay with us.

The Wenatchee Wild began a three-game series north of the border last night in Trail against the Smoke Eaters and saw their four-game winning streak come to a halt.

AJ Vanderbeck tied the game with a goal in the second but Wenatchee couldn’t counter a Trail goal in the third and fell 2-to-1.  Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network.  Forgive the audio in the first goal…but it gets better from then on…

 

Wenatchee continues its road trip with a game tomorrow at Salmon Arm before a rematch with Penticton Saturday.  Wild fans will be eager to see if last Saturday’s bad blood that erupted at the end of Wenatchee’s 3-1 victory will spill over into this weekend.

Turning to the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from last night…

In high school basketball, Quinn Stamps led all scorers with 19-points and 11-rebounds as Chelan edged Cascade 56-54.  In girls play, Entiat had no trouble with Cascade Christian Academy winning 51-to-9.  And in Big 9 wrestling, Eastmont was a tough-luck loser to Davis 39-34.

On the Prep calendar for today…

In girls bowling, Wenatchee’s on the road at Eisenhower while Eastmont’s at Moses Lake…both those matches start at 3.  In Swimming and Diving, the Eastmont boys host Davis at 4 o’clock at the “Y” Pool in East Wenatchee.  In a Caribou Trail League double-dual, Cashmere hosts Omak, Cascade and Chelan beginning at 6.

In prep basketball play tonight, Entiat is at Moses Lake Christian, Waterville-Mansfield hosts Oroville while Soap Lake is at Manson.  Those are all doubleheaders with the girls starting at 6 and the boys following at 7:30.

It’s Hockey Night tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel…

It all starts at 7 with Call of the Wild and Clarky’s Corner following by the Wild’s game with Penticton from last Friday at the Town Toyota Center at about 7:15.

The Seahawks on Wednesday signed free agent kicker Jason Myers as the team begins its search for a replacement for Blair Walsh.  Myers spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons and six games of 2017 with the Jacksonville Jaguars before being released.  Walsh was signed to a one-year contract to join the Seahawks this season and will become an unrestricted free agent.  Myers was 64 of 79 on field goal attempts and 76 of 88 on point after attempts while with Jacksonville…he was released in October following three misses that proved critical in two losses.

 

Thanks Eric…

Earlier today, The United States Justice department rescinded the Obama administrations existing stance on legalized Marijuana called the Cole memo. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been a staunch opponent to marijuana’s legalization in several states across the US. Marijuana is still listed on the Federal Governments list of schedule one substances, this change in federal policy comes on the heels of California legalizing retail marijuana just days ago. We spoke with Lisa Wendt of the Happy Crop Shoppe to get a local perspective on this decision. . .

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 of our top stories…

A South Wenatchee Avenue home was almost completely destroyed by fire earlier today in Wenatchee sending billowing smoke into the air which could be seen all around the Wenatchee Valley. Several fire crews responded to the fire which started around 1:00 p.m. at 1380 South Wenatchee Avenue and appears to have started in the chimney but the official cause is still undetermined. The fire forced the closure of South Wenatchee Avenue between Marr and Crawford Streets. No injuries were reported but a resident’s dog in a first floor apartment was found unconscious and had to be resuscitated. Fire officials will release more information as it becomes available.

The holiday shopping season has come to an end, so how did our local businesses do? We caught up with Linda Haglund of the Wenatchee Downtown Association to see how retailers fared this year. . .

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

The majority of today’s weather should be dry, but bands of light precipitation will be moving toward the Inland Northwest from the south throughout the day. As this system continues its northward track, it will encounter a good deal of mid-level dry air, but there is enough moisture into southern and central Washington for the potential for a bit of freezing rain, sleet, or snow late in the day. Tonight into Friday, our first wave of moisture with the California system will push toward the Canadian border tonight but there probably won`t be enough precipitation with this system to cause enough snow or ice accumulation to cause widespread travel difficulty. But, a more vigorous low early Friday morning has the potential to cause more significant problems. Depending on the timing and track of the low, portions of central Washington like Wenatchee, Chelan, Coulee City, Moses Lake, and Ephrata may experience treacherous driving conditions on Friday morning due to freezing rain and sleet. Then Saturday through the middle of next week another active weather pattern takes shape for the weekend and into the middle of next week.

Dog Sledding is a form of arctic racing, but have any of you actually seen a dog go snow sledding? Check this out. . .

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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, make sure you tune in to NCWLIFE Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.