Evening News July 23, 2018

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top news stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

 

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, The case of a Manson man accused of murdering his mother is set to begin this week in Chelan County Superior Court. The costs for fighting the Buckshot Fire southwest of Mattawa last week will be partially reimbursed by the federal government, and, At their regular meeting today, (Mon) the Chelan County PUD Commissioners continued to wrestle with how to deal with bitcoin mining and cryptocurrency.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

U.S. 97-A was closed last night after a paraglider fatally crashed onto the highway.

Washington State Troopers say it happened around 8:40 pm when 40 year old Ryan McRoberts from Garden Valley, Idaho launched his paraglider from Deer Mountain and then lost control of his aircraft. McRoberts was declared dead at the scene. The cause is under investigation.

The case of a Manson man accused of murdering his mother is set to begin this week in Chelan County Superior Court. 25 year old Rafael Ocampo is charged with first degree murder and felony violation of a no contact order in the death of his mother, 56 year old Maria Ocampo. The woman was stabbed to death last summer in an apartment she shared with her son. He allegedly told detectives that he stabbed the woman in self defense. He claimed she had tried to stab him when he was in bed but he turned the knife on her. The mother and son had a history of conflict and she had earlier filed a no contact order against him prior to the stabbing.

The costs for fighting the Buckshot Fire southwest of Mattawa last week will be partially reimbursed by the federal government – the first time a wildfire in Grant County was approved for such funding.

The fire was contained after burning over a thousand acres and threatening homes. The federal Fire Management Assistance Grant (aka FMAG) helps reimburse costs for battling and managing large wildfires, but the local jurisdiction must apply for the grant while the emergency is underway and causing a threat to the public. An FMAG provides a 75 percent Federal cost share and the State pays the remaining 25 percent for actual costs.

At their regular meeting today, (Mon) the Chelan County PUD Commissioners continued to wrestle with how to deal with bitcoin mining and cryptocurrency.

The moratorium on new high density load hookups was imposed on March 19th, back when the spike in cryptocurrency value prompted a virtual gold rush of applications for electrical service. The Commissioners voted unanimously to extend the moratorium to August 6th to allow staff more time to plan out a course of action. Today, commissioners heard more information, including a presentation on site-load capability and cost and rate considerations on possible new bitcoin mining operations. PUD Commissioner Gary Arsenault describes the magnitude of the future decision the PUD must make concerning bitcoin mining. . .

Chelan PUD customers will have the opportunity to voice their opinions on cryptocurrency at the next PUD meeting during a public hearing on the current moratorium on bitcoin mining. The meeting is August 6th at 1:00 p.m. at Confluence Technology Center.

Coming up next, Development plans for expanded housing, hotels and recreational activities in Leavenworth are moving forward, despite a local group’s efforts. Repairs to a leaking spillway at Priest Rapids Dam is nearing completion, and, It has happened to many of us here in the NCWLife newsroom and maybe you have experienced it too, it’s called neighbor spoofing, we will tell you about it. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

**Friends of Leavenworth** –Development plans for expanded housing, hotels and recreational activities in Leavenworth are moving forward, despite a local group’s efforts. “Friends of Leavenworth” is petitioning the City of Leavenworth to slow down growth in the Bavarian Village until proper plans for traffic and safety mitigations are in place. Duane Goehner and Kirvil (ker-VILL) Skinnerland were guests on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley this morning with Eric Granstrom. . .

Friends of Leavenworth is hosting a community meeting Thursday at the Leavenworth Fire Hall on Chumstick Highway at 7:00 p.m. with the Adventure Park project on the agenda.

Repairs to a leaking spillway at Priest Rapids Dam is nearing completion. Drilling for drainage and inspection in the spillway monoliths at Priest Rapids Dam is complete, as around 230 core samples have been extracted from the dam’s grout gallery.

The discovery of excess leakage due to a dis-bonded lift joint in March resulted in the need for the drilling. Crews are now installing additional instrumentation that will help detect monolith movements within the spillway. Thirty-seven new instruments are scheduled to be installed. Installation of these devices is anticipated to last until early September.

It has happened to many of us here in the NCWLife newsroom and maybe you have experienced it too. . .FCC Chairman Ajit Pai talks about “neighbor spoofing” scams where thieves manipulate caller ID information in ways that make calls appear to have been placed locally. . .

This year the FCC concluded an investigation into a massive neighbor spoofing telemarketing operation, issuing a $120 million fine – the largest FCC forfeiture ever. If you think you’ve been the victim of a spoofing scam, you can file a complaint with the FCC.

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.

Sam Wong was strong on the mound and Connor McCord helped at the plate as the Wenatchee AppleSox topped the Yakima Valley Pippins in West Coast League Baseball Sunday 8-to-1…

Wong improved to 3-and-oh, allowing 1-run on 4-hits with 3 strikeouts.  Connor McCord was 3-for-5 with 2-runs and an RBI while Evan Williams smacked a solo home run for the AppleSox.  The win came after a heartbreaking loss Saturday 5-4 as Wenatchee’s bullpen allowed 4-runs in the bottom of the 8th.  The two teams will play the rubber match of the three-game set tonight at 6:35.

Also in West Coast League play Sunday, as we take a look at the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Brady Heid and Matthew Christian each hit 2-run home runs in a 6-run 7th inning for Port Angeles as the Lefties downed the Victoria HarbourCats  8-6.

Matt James was 2-for-3 with a home run to lead Bellingham past Bend 7-to-2.

Cowlitz scored 3-runs in the 6th inning to break a 3-3 tie and poured it on from there in a 10-3 win over Walla Walla.  The Bears also went long ball in the game with three home runs.

Beau Phillips hit a 2-run home run in the 3rd after Chandler Anderson led off the inning with a solo homer to lead Corvallis past Portland 6-3.

Coming up tonight across the West Coast League…

Victoria is at Port Angeles this afternoon at 3:05.  Wenatchee has one more at Yakima Valley at 6:35.  That’s the same start time for Bellingham hosting Bend and Cowlitz at Walla Walla.  Portland plays host to Corvallis at 7:05 tonight.

Ryon Healy was a one man wrecking crew yesterday at Safeco Field, hitting 2, 3-run home runs to lead the Mariners past Chicago 8-to-2…

On a sun-splashed day at Safeco Field, Seattle scored 5-runs in the first inning off White Sox starter Reynoldo Lopez.  That allowed Mariner starter Marco Gonzalez to work into a nice groove, earning his 11th win on the season, going 6-and-a-third, allowing 2-runs on 4-hits with 6 strikeouts.

Manager Scott Servais says he was very happy to see Healy respond after sitting out of the lineup on Saturday…

Seattle has the day off today before hosting San Francisco in the first of two games tomorrow.

Also in the American League West on Sunday…

Yovani Gallardo had his best start of the season and Rougned Odor homered and drove in three runs as Texas shut out Cleveland 5-nothing.

Matt Chapman’s walk off hit in the bottom of the 10th gave Oakland a 6-5 win over San Francisco.

Ian Kinsler, Cole Calhoun, Mike Trout and Justin Upton all went deep for Los Angeles as the Angels pounded Houston 14-5 to salvage the final game of the three-game series.

So everybody came out of the weekend the same as they went in, with Houston leading Seattle by 5-games in the A-L West and Oakland 3-back of the Mariners.

Congratulations to the Wenatchee 12U/Major 60 baseball team…

The 12 kids from the valley won the Pacific Northwest Regional tournament over the weekend in Moscow, Idaho.  They now head to the World Series in Phenix City, Alabama, which is a very expensive proposition.  If you’d like to donate through Wenatchee Youth Baseball to help them cover the expenses of travel, lodging and food, you can do so directly at any Cashmere Valley Bank branch.

And the Wenatchee Rams are the regular season champs of the Western Washington Football Alliance…

The rams edged the Tri City Rage Saturday at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl 42-36 to finish the regular season undefeated.

Thanks Eric.

For the first time since vote-by-mail became standard procedure in Washington State, voters will no longer need to place a stamp on their ballot if they choose to mail it.  In our feature story tonight, on a recent visit to Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Chelan County Auditor Skip Moore explained the reasoning behind the decision and that taxpayers may eventually have to pay for the postage anyway. . .

Moore added that about 70% of Chelan County voters choose to drop their ballots off at either the Auditor’s office or at the drop boxes located throughout the county.

We’ll be back with more news and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

Welcome back to the NCWLife Evening News…

Two local men were hospitalized Friday night after they were injured while riding a dune buggy at the Moses Lake Sand Dune Recreation area. The Grant County Sheriff’s office confirms the accident was reported shortly after midnight Saturday.

The two men were riding a Yamaha SXS when the accident occurred. The vehicle’s cage collapsed pinning both occupants inside. The two men, identified as Eric Jensen and Jose Martinez, were transported to Confluence Health in Wenatchee. Friends of the two men shared on Facebook that Jensen underwent emergency surgery on Saturday morning for a broken neck. Martinez suffered a severe concussion and multiple broken bones.

The United Way of Chelan and Douglas Counties has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. Chelan County has been allocated $13,078 dollars and Douglas County will receive $25,663 dollars to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in each county. A Local Board will determine how the funds awarded to Chelan and Douglas Counties are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area.

 

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