Evening News May 15

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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, A two-semi rollover near the turn-off to Liberty on Blewett Pass Monday morning blocked both lanes of the road and closed down the highway, One of the Moses Lake Police Department’s canine cops has done it again, and, Wenatchee native and Waterville Graduate, JD Greening announced yesterday that he is running for District 12 State Representative.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The bitcoin moratorium in Chelan County has been extended to August. That was the decision made by Chelan County PUD Commissioners following a two-hour public hearing yesterday in Wenatchee. Following the vote, PUD Commissioner Gary Arsenault said the moratorium extension is not a yes or a no to bitcoin mining, it simply gives all those involved more time to consider it. . .

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.

A two-semi rollover near the turn-off to Liberty on Blewett Pass Monday morning blocked both lanes of the road and closed down the highway for seven hours. Washington State Patrol Trooper Brian Moore provided these pictures. At around 10:00 yesterday morning, a semi crossed the centerline causing an oncoming semi to swerve to avoid a collision. That semi then rolled into the northbound ditch.

It was driven by 65-year old Bill Balcom of East Wenatchee. The other truck, driven by an Edmonds man, was carrying 10-15 thousand gallons of liquid asphalt, which leaked onto the roadway. Washington State Patrol Trooper Brian Moore says its still unclear how much of the liquid asphalt has leaked so far. The highway was closed until 5:00 yesterday. Both drivers sustained minor injuries. The Edmonds man was cited for unsafe lane usage.

One of the Moses Lake Police Department’s canine cops has done it again.

This past Friday, Moses Lake Police received a report of a stolen vehicle. The vehicle had a GPS tracking device installed, so the owner was able to tell deputies the vehicle was in the Warden area. MLPD Deputy Tyson Voss and his K9 Edo caught up to the vehicle and a short vehicle pursuit ensued.

The driver of the stolen vehicle, Jonathan Davis, tried to drive off road and the vehicle became stuck. Davis ran and was tracked by K9 Edo hiding in a truck near State Route 170 East and Road R.5-Southeast. The vehicle was recovered and nobody was hurt.

Wenatchee native and Waterville Graduate, JD Greening announced yesterday that he is running for District 12 State Representative as a Republican candidate to be the voice for our district in the State Legislature. He says in his news release that serving overseas and working in the State Legislature, as well for Congress in Washington D.C. has given him the right tools and the knowledge to be a House representative. Greening said the protection of the State’s natural resources, proper funding of public infrastructure, including state recreation and local fire wise programs as well as veteran affairs, mental health and affordable housing are top priorities for the district. The House Position One seat is being vacated by Cary Condotta.

Coming up next, Residents living downstream from the threatened 8-Mile Lake Dam are breathing a little easier this morning after learning that repairs to the century-old structure are underway, and, The State Superintendent of Public Instruction on Monday granted nearly $1-million dollars to improve access to computer science and local schools are included in that list.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Residents living downstream from the threatened 8-Mile Lake Dam are breathing a little easier this morning after learning that repairs to the century-old structure are underway. Chelan County’s  Emergency Management officials hosted a public information meeting last night to explain the situation. County Commissioner, Keith Goehner recapped the meeting in an interview with NCWLIFE News. . .

In an announcement by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction on Monday, nearly $1-million dollars in grants were awarded to improve access to computer science and related educational programs in Washington state. The 2018-19 grantee list includes the Manson School District who will receive $19,272.00 and the Ephrata School District who will be granted $49,600.00. The grants allow districts, schools, and nonprofits to train teachers and provide and upgrade technology. In addition, the grants expand computer science access to groups of students who have historically been under-represented in computer science programs and careers. The state grant funds will be matched equally by private sources, which effectively doubles the total grant amount to $2 million dollars.

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

 

 

 

 

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Saturday at Wenatchee’s Pybus Public Market was the first Farmer’s Market of the season. NCWLIFE’s Dan Kuntz stopped by to chat with local vendors and residents during the season opener. . .

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

Welcome back to the NCWLife Evening News…

The bitcoin moratorium in Chelan County has been extended to August. That was the decision made by Chelan County PUD Commissioners following a two-hour public hearing yesterday in Wenatchee. Following the vote, PUD Commissioner Gary Arsenault said the moratorium extension is not a yes or a no to bitcoin mining, it simply gives all those involved more time to consider it. . .

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.

We close out our newscast tonight with a little traveling music. Ramon Rivera and Mariachi Huenachi performed this weekend on the steps of Century Link Field in Seattle with a special guest conductor. . .

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