Evening News March 21

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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, Tonight the NCWLIFE Channel will broadcast a town hall forum live from the LGI room at Wenatchee High School regarding the school bond issue, and, An historic mural by famed Wenatchee artist, Walter Graham, has been donated to the city.

But first, we begin tonight:

The January 2018 unemployment rate for the Wenatchee statistical market is the lowest reading ever recorded for the month of January since records were implemented in 1990.

Between January 2017 and January 2018 unemployment rate dropped from 7-point-8 percent to 7-point-1 percent as the labor force expanded and the number of unemployed dropped substantially.

Also in the Wenatchee market, the annual average unemployment rate fell from 6-percent to 5-point-2 percent, an eight-tenths percentage decrease. The labor report is compiled by Don Meseck, Regional Labor Economist with the Employment Security Department.

In a little over 2 weeks ballots will begin to arrive in voters mailboxes throughout the Wenatchee School District. The District is asking voters to approve a $120 million bond to expand and update the 45-year old Wenatchee High School. On this morning’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, WHS graduates Connie Morris and Greg Brown asked voters to think of the high school as their own home. . .

Tonight the NCWLIFE Channel will broadcast a town hall forum live from the LGI room at Wenatchee High School from 7-8.

A Moses Lake man wanted in connection with a car fire last month was arrested late last week on un-related charges.

Moses Lake Police say 23-year old Evgueni Lapryntsev was taken into custody after he reportedy ran from officers when he was spotted in a stolen mini-van. After initially escaping police early on March 13th, they were then called to a home on Canterbury Lane in Moses Lake after a homeowner noticed the door to his shed open with insulation on the ground.

The ceiling of the shed also had a large tear, making it appear someone had fallen through the rafters. Officers reportedly found clothing inside the shed that Lapryntsev was wearing when he ran from police. Three days later on March 16th, Lapryntsev was stopped on a traffic violation.

The suspect also fled the scene back on February 19th after he attempted to fill a trash can with gas at a service station in Moses Lake causing the car to start on fire and injuring a female passenger. Prosecutors charged Lapryntsev with possession of a stolen vehicle and malicious mischief in the second degree.

Coming up next, The issue of bitcoin mining will be revisited by the Wenatchee City Council tomorrow evening, and, The Apple Capital Recreational Loop Trail (Riverwalk Bridge) will be closed next week due to scheduled maintenance. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

County Commissioners from several States with legalized recreational marijuana met recently in Washington DC as part of the National Association of Counties annual conference. Chelan County Commissioner’s Keith Goehner and Doug England participated in the talks. Goehner tells NCWLIFE News that there are many issues of mutual concern. . .

There are currently nine states, including the District of Columbia that have legalized recreational or medical marijuana or both.

The issue of bitcoin mining will be revisited by the Wenatchee City Council tomorrow evening. A public hearing is scheduled in connection with the Council’s recent ban on at-home cryptocurrency mining. The Council’s action is in response to concerns raised by Chelan County PUD officials over bitcoin mining in residential neighborhoods. At a recent council meeting, officials talked about the burden high-density loads puts on the grid and the fire dangers it poses. . .

Thursday’s public hearing will help Council members work with the PUD to establish new regulations during the term of the 12 month moratorium. Thursday’s meeting starts at 5:15 at City Hall.

According to a recently released annual statewide survey by the Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington’s gray wolf population increased for the ninth consecutive year. NCWLife’s Megan McPherson has more. . .

The Apple Capital Recreational Loop Trail (Riverwalk Bridge) will be closed next week due to scheduled maintenance and addition of bird netting to deter pigeons nesting.

The Riverwalk Bridge is the pedestrian bridge that connects downtown Wenatchee to the Riverfront Park. Closure will take place on Monday, March 26th through Thursday, March 29th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Alternative routes are available for citizens heading south to Orondo Ave. and North to 5th street.

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.

The Wenatchee Wild were hoping for a home ice advantage last night in Game 3 of the Interior Division Semifinals of the BCHL Playoffs against Vernon.  Apparently, it worked!  For the first time in the series, Wenatchee played in front, at least for the first 35-minutes.  Arch Ecker had the thrilling call of a physical game last night on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

So the wild draw to within one in the best-of-seven series…

Game 4 is tonight at the Town Toyota Center with the puck dropping at 7:05.  Last night’s 4-3 loss for Vernon, by the way, was the Vipers first loss of this post-season in 7-games.  The Wild will try to make it two tonight to send the series back to Vernon tied at 2-2.

The Wenatchee Panthers hosted West Valley at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl last night in Big 9 boys soccer.  Wenatchee was trying to erase the memory of Friday’s loss at Sunnyside.  Jose Camarillo (CAM-uh-REE-oh) gave the home fans something to cheer about in the first half.  Matt Wisen and I had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Wenatchee improved to 3-1-1 with the 4-2 victory and will be on the road at Eisenhower Friday.

Also on the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard last night in boys soccer…

Eastmont edged Moses Lake on the road 4-3 and Chelan notched a win against Naches Valley 3-1.

In high school baseball Tuesday…

Eastmont eased past Eisenhower 11-8.  Wenatchee blanked Davis at Rec. Park 8-nothing.  Cascade doubled-up Royal 14-to-7.  And Manson downed Waterville-Mansfield 15-7.

On the softball diamonds…

Wenatchee black-jacked Davis 21-11.  Eastmont outscored Eisenhower 25-17.  And Ephrata doubled-up Cascade 10-5.

The first POD of the Big 9 boys golf season went the way of the Rams Tuesday…

West Valley was first in the team standings with a 323.  Wenatchee was second with a 335 and Eastmont third with a 364.

Finally on the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard, we turn to tennis.  The Wenatchee boys beat West Valley 5-2 but the Panther girls came up short to the Rams 6-1.  Eastmont split with Moses Lake as the boys won 5-2 but the girls lost 5-2.

 

Thanks Eric,

In tonight’s feature story, an historic mural by famed Wenatchee artist, Walter Graham, has been donated to the City by Washington Federal Bank. NCWLife’s Steve Hair reports. . .

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.

The dry weather of the past few days will come to an end tonight as we enter an active period of stormy, wet weather. This change will be a result of a digging trough of low pressure currently off the Northern British Columbia Coast. This system is expected to dig south into the offshore waters of northern Oregon by late afternoon and into the northern California offshore waters overnight. This digging will pull moisture up from the south into the Inland Northwest. The current precipitable water values over the region are around 0.30 inch and should more than double during the next 24 hours. We have a 30% chance of late afternoon showers and an 80% chance tonight.  On Thursday, a wet cold front tracks west to east through the Inland Northwest producing a period of widespread precipitation. A flood watch remains in place from now until 11:00 p.m. Thursday. In Chelan County the watch includes the cities of Wenatchee, Leavenworth, Cashmere, Entiat, Chelan and Manson. A flood watch is also in affect for parts of Okanogan County including the towns Omak, Okanogan and Brewster. By Friday, we will see a 40% chance of scattered showers with cooler temperatures. On Saturday, the storm system will begin to move away leaving behind just scattered showers to start our weekend. By Sunday a shortwave weather ridge will build into the inland Northwest bringing us clearing skies and drier weather. A sunny, warm trend will continue on Monday and Tuesday as well with high temperatures back into the mid and upper 50’s.

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.