Evening News March 28

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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, the Sage Hills Trail in the Wenatchee foothills will re-open this weekend, and, Plans by Eastmont Metropolitan Parks & Recreation to develop a new park in East Wenatchee are moving forward.

But first, we begin tonight:

Bitcoin mining has been temporarily shut down in East Wenatchee after the City Council last night imposed a six month moratorium. Cryptocurrency was the main topic of discussion at last night’s meeting where the Council Passed Ordinance 2018-06 which adopts interim zoning controls over mining operations in commercial and residential districts. Council Member Matthew Hepner commented on how block chain technology could have a significant impact on the local Agriculture industry. . .

The purpose of the moratorium is to provide the Planning Commission with an opportunity to work with cryptocurrency mining operators and the PUD to ensure that the establishment of that type of land use does not overburden the PUD. A similar moratorium has already been adopted by the City of Wenatchee.

Plans by Eastmont Metropolitan Parks & Recreation to develop a new park in East Wenatchee are moving forward. At last night’s City Council meeting Park Project Manager, Andrew McConnico, provided an update on the plans as they are being developed in concert with the Trust for Public Lands.

The parkland is located near Columbia Valley Community Health’s clinic at 9th Street and Eastmont Avenue. The Parks District is teaming up to acquire the land with the city of East Wenatchee, Columbia Valley Community Health, and the Trust for Public Lands.

McConnico says the project plans are to continue with public outreach efforts to determine what kinds of park features the community wants to see. He said if all goes according to plan, park construction could occur in the year 2020. It would be the first park to be developed in East Wenatchee in 60 years.

Chelan County PUD, the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife have agreed to open the Sage Hills Trails west of Wenatchee on Saturday. NCWLife’s Steve Hair reports. . .

12th District Rep Mike Steele announced this week that he will re-open a legislative office in Chelan on April 2. Steele said the office was temporarily closed for the 2018 legislative session, and with the end of the 60-day session he will be back in the district to take meetings and attend events. The office is located at 216 East Woodin Avenue in Chelan, and will be open Monday through Thursday.

Coming up next, A Dryden man has been fined over 100-thousand dollars by the Washington Department of Ecology, and, A trial date will be set on April 4th for a Peshastin man accused of five counts of first-degree child rape. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

A trial date will be set on April 4th for a Peshastin man accused of five counts of first-degree child rape and one count of second degree child rape. 51-year old Theron J. Heideman also faces three counts of child molestation and two counts of incest alleging he sexually abused four children while in his care dating back to 2001.

Heideman has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Heideman remains in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center on 100-thousand dollar bond. Between 1999 and 2009, members of his family made multiple allegations of abuse to the sheriff’s office and Child Protective Services, but those investigations never resulted in criminal charges or CPS intervention. Three of his adult children are now suing the Department of Social and Health Services, accusing the agency of failing to protect them when they were minors. That case is scheduled for trial in August in Douglas County Superior Court.

A Dryden man has been fined over 100-thousand dollars by the Washington Department of Ecology for illegally placing fill dirt in the Wenatchee River and removing vegetation along the shoreline.

The Department of Ecology says Jeffrey L. Kinzel’s actions disrupt how the river would naturally flow, threatens nearby private properties and public roads and bridges while hampering downstream salmon recovery efforts. The Washington Department of Ecology levied the $100,500 –dollar penalty against Kinzel for illegal construction in the river channel without getting all necessary plans, permits or authorizations. During the last decade, Kinzel has faced fines and restoration orders for past illegal construction activities in the river.  Kinzel has 30 days to file an appeal with the state’s Shoreline Hearings Board.

The U.S. Forest Service will be accepting applications for a number of spring and summer temporary jobs located at ranger districts in Cle Elum, Naches, Winthop and Tonasket, and other forest service offices in East Wenatchee and Moses Lake, Washington. Positions are available in multiple fields including natural resources, timber, fire and dispatch support, recreation, and visitor services.

Applications must be submitted online at www.USAJOBS.gov between April 3 and 9th. Go to our website at NCWLIFE.COM for more information and links to each of the ranger district offices.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update with Jay Seabeck and our feature story tonight. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Last night we had a wild night of boy’s high school soccer. The Eastmont versus Wenatchee Rivalry game went down to the wire last night and was decided in penalty kicks. The game was back and forth all the way through, here are your highlights from regulation

In penalty kicks following two tense overtime periods it all came down to this final attempt for Eastmont’s sophomore Nate Balauro

With Eastmont taking the win, They move into second place in the big 9 behind Davis who bumped up to 1st with Wenatchee’s loss, and Wenatchee fell to 3rd.

Moving on to baseball,

Wenatchee Panthers smoked the Davis Pirates in Yakima Yesterday 14-0. Thomas Blakney sailed through the pirates line up, putting together a 5 inning no hitter on 58 pitches. This puts panthers at 4-0 in league play this season, leaving them at first place in the big 9. Eastmont sits behind them at 3-1, they bested West Valley 5-4 at Dan White Field last night.

The Mariners Knocked off the Rockies  5-3 at talking stick park in Arizona yesterday.  Designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach knocked in 3 RBI’s on two hits. Pitcher Michael Koval got the win, and Scott Kuzminsky got the save.

Tomorrow night on the ncwlife channel we have hockey night. Watch the replay of Game 4 in the Wild’s Playoff Series against Vernon from March 21st.

That’s your sports news for tonight, with ncwlife sports I’m jay Seabeck, back to you Grant.

In tonight’s feature story, Wenatchee will soon be the newest home of a national program to engage, educate and connect local entrepreneurs. The program is called, 1 Million Cups. . .

The first meeting is April 4th. The inaugural 1 Million Cups in our valley will feature presentations by two local businesses that are five years old or less. Interested businesses are encouraged to apply at: 1millioncups.com/wenatcheevalley. We will bring you special presentations on the 1 Million Cups program in the coming weeks on the NCWLife Channel.

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 temporarily shut down in East Wenatchee after the City Council last night imposed a six month moratorium. Cryptocurrency was the main topic of discussion at last night’s council meeting The Council Passed Ordinance 2018-06 which adopts interim zoning controls over mining operations in commercial and residential districts. Council Member Matthew Hepner commented on how block chain technology could have a significant impact on the local Agriculture industry…

The purpose of the moratorium is to provide the Planning Commission with an opportunity to work with cryptocurrency mining operators and the PUD to ensure that the establishment of that type of land use does not overburden the PUD. A similar moratorium has already been adopted by the City of Wenatchee.

Chelan County PUD, the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife have agreed to open the Sage Hills Trails west of Wenatchee on Saturday. NCWLife’s Steve Hair reports. . .

 

**Property Owner Fined** -A Dryden man has been fined over 100-thousand dollars by the Washington Department of Ecology for illegally placing fill dirt in the Wenatchee River and removing vegetation along the shoreline.

The Department of Ecology says Jeffrey L. Kinzel’s actions disrupt how the river would naturally flow, threatens nearby private properties and public roads and bridges while hampering downstream salmon recovery efforts. The Washington Department of Ecology levied the $100,500 –dollar penalty against Kinzel for illegal construction in the river channel without getting all necessary plans, permits or authorizations. During the last decade, Kinzel has faced fines and restoration orders for past illegal construction activities in the river. Kinzel has 30 days to file an appeal with the state’s Shoreline Hearings Board.

A ridge of high pressure remains off the California coast, which means relatively quiet weather over the next few days with temperatures near to slightly above normal for this time of year. Our normal high temperature for March 28th is 58 degrees. What little chance of precipitation exists is limited to the Cascades and the Idaho Mountains. There is a slightly better chance of precipitation over the mountains Thursday afternoon as the ridge flattens out somewhat and the next northwesterly wave approaches. We can expect partly cloudy mornings and increasing clouds in the afternoons with high temperatures through Saturday in the lower 60’s. On Easter Sunday our weather and travel conditions look great with partly cloudy skies expected, light wind and highs in the lower 60’s. For the first week of April beginning on Monday, we begin to see a shift in the jet stream, which will allow a good influx of Pacific moisture and gradual warming of our weather systems. Both Monday and Tuesday we have a 20-30% chance of rain with afternoon high temperatures near 60.

Wenatchee’s newest police officer received a shocking lesson in law enforcement recently. If the rigors of the Basic Law Enforcement Academy were not enough, Officer Natalie BrinJones completed mandatory Taser Certification Training. She elected to take a full charge from the Taser including probes. . .

Lead Taser Instructor, Detective Erik Bakke, deployed the Taser while Officer Joe Eaton and Officer Erik Magnussen insured Officer BrinJones safety. If you have a video of the day, you’d like to see on the NCWLIFE Evening News, message us on our Facebook Page at the NCWLIFE Channel.

 

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.