Evening News March 20

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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, Its been 70 years since salmon were seen on the Columbia River above Grand Coulee Dam and that may be about to change, and, Chelan County Commissioner Keith Goehner commented today on the emergency declaration announced last week by the Icicle/Peshastin Irrigation District.

But first, we begin tonight:

Bitcoin mining has been shut down in Chelan County as PUD Commissioners on Monday put a stop to processing new electric service applications. PUD board members unanimously imposed the application moratorium after reviewing impacts on utility operations from existing loads and applications for service. Customer Service engineering supervisor Lyle Moore reported there are 19 pending applications for up to 5 Mega-Watts each, a potential total load of about 16.3 average MW. There are 22 existing high-density loads in the county, totaling about 13.5 MW, Typical countywide growth in a year is about 4 MW. . .

General Manager Steve Wright said impacts from cryptocurrency mining applications are hampering responses to the District’s overall planned work, and threatens the county’s electric grid capacity to meet planned growth. Public health and safety concerns due to rogue operators led to the cities of Chelan and Wenatchee acting to curb operations, especially in residential neighborhoods.

Chelan County Commissioner Keith Goehner commented today on the emergency declaration announced last week by the Icicle/Peshastin Irrigation District. The action was taken in response to potential problems from last year’s Jack Creek forest fire on 8-mile lake in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

The fire-scarred land around the lake is highly vulnerable to erosion and mudslides creating the potential for downstream flooding. Commissioner Goehner has been involved as a member of the Icicle Working Group, a collaboration of different forest user groups, to discuss water issues as they relate to the Alpine Wilderness Lakes. . .

The Irrigation District is currently doing an environmental assessment of the project with hopes of making the necessary repairs to the dam.

Its been 70 years since Salmon were seen on the Columbia River above Grand Coulee Dam. Plans are moving

forward to restore the run thanks to efforts by the Colville Confederated Tribes.

The Tribe’s director of Natural Resources, Cody Desautel says they plan to trap and haul the fish from the Tribe’s hatchery to the water above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee Dams. The Grand Coulee Dam was built between 1933 and 1941, it effectively blocked salmon from traveling to the upper reaches of the Columbia River. But Desautel said that could change early this fall. He said the plan hangs on one last federal permit from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Construction is now in full swing on the new Hilton Garden Inn on Wenatchee’s waterfront. Construction started in August and crews have been working through the winter with a goal of opening this fall.

The hotel is located on three acres just north of Pybus Market. When completed it will be four stories, with a large conferencing center for events, a full-service restaurant, bar and aquatic center.

Construction also proceeds across the river in East Wenatchee at the new Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites located next to the Wenatchee Valley Mall. Owners broke ground on the property in October and work has been continuing through the winter. City Community Development Director, Lori Barnett says the 95-room hotel is slated to open in the fall.

Coming up next, Following a school safety listening and learning forum at Wenatchee High School earlier this month, the Wenatchee School Board Monday night held a school safety workshop, we will tell you about it, and, A Grant County Deputy charged with reckless endangerment after accidentally shooting his wife is now back on duty. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Following a school safety listening and learning forum at Wenatchee High School earlier this month, the Wenatchee School Board Monday night held a school safety workshop. The board listened to a presentation by Adam Bergstrom, the school district’s Risk Management and Safety Director who talked about costs associated with suggestions received at the listening forum. Some of those suggestions included metal detectors, bulletproof glass and shelters, trained dogs, electronic access doors and additional school safety and security officers. Wenatchee Police Chief Steve Crown also attended the meeting and said additional resource officers is a vital step. He says Wenatchee Schools only have one school resource officer and says that’s not enough. . .

Along with once a month standard emergency response drills at all schools, the school district also recently initiated tabletop exercises and video scenarios to assist administrators and office staff how to react to a variety of emergency situations.

In light of the school shooting at a high school in Maryland this morning, 2 Wenatchee High School seniors on today’s “Wake Up Wenatchee Valley” were asked by host Dan Kuntz if they felt safe on campus:

Both Ashley Turner and Sebastian Pasion (passion) will take part in Wednesday evening’s live town hall broadcast from the Wenatchee High School L.G.I. room beginning at 7 here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

A Grant County Deputy charged with reckless endangerment after accidentally shooting his wife is now back on duty.

On August 9th, 2017, Deputy Jose Rivera accidentally shot his 25-year old wife Sydney Rivera while handling his firearm inside their home in the 1100 block of Lakeside Drive. In a press release on Monday, Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones said Deputy Rivera fully cooperated with investigators and was convicted of a misdemeanor, which does not prevent him from returning to duty. The Franklin County Prosecutor initially filed felony charges against Deputy Rivera following the shooting but those charges were later amended to a gross misdemeanor of reckless endangerment. Deputy Rivera plead guilty to that charge and the court sentenced him to deliver 15 public presentations on firearms safety during his off-duty time.

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.

On the Les Schwab Scoreboard this morning, the Washington Husky’s run in the National Invitation Tournament is over…

Jordan Ford made a wide open 3-pointer with 45.3 seconds to go and Saint Mary’s won its program-record 30th game of the season with an 85-81 victory over Washington to reach the NIT quarterfinals.  Washington freshman Jaylen Nowell answered with a deep 3 to pull to 82-79 at 33.5 second left, but Saint Mary’s worked the clock down to 12.8-seconds before Ford sealed it with two free throws.  The Huskies finished the season 21-13 under first-year coach Mike Hopkins, a turnaround from a 9-22 campaign a season ago.

The Wenatchee Wild are hoping for a big crowd tonight in the Town Toyota Center for Game 3 of its Interior Division semifinal series against Vernon…

Wenatchee trails the best-of-seven series 2-games-to-none after being swept over the weekend at the Kal Tire Place in B.C.  The puck drops tonight at 7:05.  During the regular season, the Wild held a 2-1 advantage on home ice against the Vipers.  They hope to turn the tables tonight after being outscored in the first two games 10-to-2.

On the prep schedule for today, we’ll begin with the Beautiful Game on the pitch…

In boys soccer, Chelan’s on the road at Naches Valley at 4.  Manson hosts Liberty Bell in a 4:30 game today.  Cascade has a game under the lights against Selah at 6:30.  And it’s a 7 o’clock kick off for Eastmont at Moses Lake and Wenatchee hosting West Valley.  We’ll have the Panthers and Rams game on LIVE tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel as Eric Granstrom climbs into the booth with Matt Wisen on the play-by-play.

There’s a small slate of baseball action around the area today…

Wenatchee hosts Davis in a single game at Recreation Park at 4pm.  Royal is at Cascade at 4.  And Waterville-Mansfield plays host to Manson at 4:30.

On the softball diamonds today…

First, a note…the Cashmere at Warden doubleheader that WAS scheduled for today has been moved to April 17th.  In other action, Cascade hosts Ephrata; Wenatchee is at Davis and Eastmont hosts Eisenhower.  All those games start at 4 o’clock.  The Manson at Waterville-Mansfield game’s first pitch is at 4:30.

The Wenatchee and Eastmont boys golf teams are on the road today…

As the Panthers and Wildcats get to play the rest of the Big 9 at Apple Tree Golf Course in Yakima with an 11 o’clock tee time this morning.

In Tennis, Moses Lake is at Eastmont at 3 while Wenatchee’s at West Valley.  Entiat hosts Cascade at 4pm.

The Mariners have had some issues this spring allowing big innings…

Such was the case again yesterday in Mesa, Arizona, where the Angels brought 12 men to the plate in a 7-run 5th inning to drop the Mariners 8-to-4.  Mike Ford went 2-for-3 with a home run and Mike Marjama was 3-for-4 with an RBI for Seattle.  The Mariners have the day off today before hosting Milwaukee tomorrow in Peoria.  Believe it or not, we’re just 9-days away from opening day when Seattle hosts Cleveland at Safeco Field.

Thanks Eric,

In our feature story tonight, former Washington State Secretary of State Ralph Munro searches for the best burger in Washington State which are some his favorite places. And by the way, he does have his favorites. . .

We’ll be back in just a moment with a recap of some of our top stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

And now a recap of some our top stories. . .

Bitcoin mining has been shut down in Chelan County as PUD Commissioners on Monday put a stop to processing new electric service applications. PUD board members unanimously imposed the application moratorium after reviewing impacts on utility operations from existing loads and applications for service. Customer Service engineering supervisor Lyle Moore reported there are 19 pending applications for up to 5 Mega-Watts each, a potential total load of about 16.3 average MW. There are 22 existing high-density loads in the county, totaling about 13.5 MW, Typical countywide growth in a year is about 4 MW. . .

General Manager Steve Wright said impacts from cryptocurrency mining applications are hampering responses to the District’s overall planned work, and threatens the county’s electric grid capacity to meet planned growth. Public health and safety concerns due to rogue operators led to the cities of Chelan and Wenatchee acting to curb operations, especially in residential neighborhoods.

In light of the school shooting at a high school in Maryland this morning, 2 Wenatchee High School seniors on today’s “Wake Up Wenatchee Valley” were asked by host Dan Kuntz if they felt safe on campus:

Both Ashley Turner and Sebastian Pasion (passion) will take part in Wednesday evening’s live town hall broadcast from the Wenatchee High School L.G.I. room beginning at 7 here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Today is the first official day of spring and featured the warmest and driest weather of the entire week. It’s all coming to an end though as a vigorous cold front is expected to bring widespread precipitation as early as Wednesday afternoon. Afternoon high temperatures in the Wenatchee Valley will be at or even slightly above 60 degrees today. Currently, the Inland Northwest is sitting between two distinct weather systems today. One is an area of low pressure moving down from the Gulf of Alaska and the other is an associated weather cold front moving in behind it. Our heaviest rainfall in Northcentral Washington will be in the overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning where we could see anywhere between a half and three quarters of an inch of rain. Chance for precipitation is 80% Wednesday night and a 60% chance on Thursday. A cool, unstable, showery air mass will promote a few scattered showers on Friday, Saturday and into Sunday morning with high temperatures by this weekend dropping down to the low 50’s.

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