Evening News November 21, 2018

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And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, Do not eat, serve, or sell any romaine lettuce, the Centers for Disease Control is warning in a new food safety alert posted Tuesday afternoon. It’s that time of the year again to fire up the snow blowers and break out the shovels as winter conditions approach, and, Link Transit announced yesterday that SkiLink service to Mission Ridge begins on Friday, November 23rd, with the beginning of operation of Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

With Giga Watt’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing this week, several local companies and government agencies face uncertain prospects in collecting their portion of the almost $70 million in debts the company has compiled. Giga Watt had big plans for property it was leasing at Pangborn Memorial Airport but those cryptocurrency mining pods it was building are almost certainly never going to be completed. The Port of Douglas County, which was leasing the property to Giga Watt, has lost several months of lease payments already, which were supposed to be used to pay back a loan for developing the site, according to Port Executive Director Lisa Parks. . .

Douglas County PUD, meanwhile, is owed $310,000 by Giga Watt. PUD public information officer Meaghan Vibbert said a big part of that is for development of a substation to serve the bitcoin mining site. . .

Do not eat, serve, or sell any romaine lettuce, the Centers for Disease Control is warning in a new food safety alert posted Tuesday afternoon. The advisory comes as health officials in several states and Canada investigate an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. The CDC says people who have romaine lettuce in their homes should not eat it and throw it away, even if some of it has already been eaten and no one has gotten sick. The advice applies to whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and bags or mixes that contain any types of romaine lettuce. They’re also advising retailers and restaurants to not serve or sell any types of romaine lettuce, including salads and mixes containing it. No deaths have been reported.

It’s that time of the year again to fire up the snow blowers and break out the shovels as winter conditions approach. City of Wenatchee streets have been sprayed with ribbons of deicer chemical in advance of what could be the first measurable snow of the season. Two years ago NCWLIFE talked with Andy Greer, the City’s street maintenance supervisor, about the process. . .

Greer also advises motorists that the brine-based solution used as a street deicer is highly corrosive and can cause damage to your car’s wheels and undercarriage if not washed regularly. For more information on snow removal policies log on the City of Wenatchee’s website.

Link Transit announced yesterday that SkiLink service to Mission Ridge begins on Friday, November 23rd, with the beginning of  operation of Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort.

There will be seven round trips each day to Mission Ridge. The first trip up will depart from Olds Station at 6:45 a.m., remaining trips will leave from Columbia Station. Departures from Columbia Station are at 7:05, 8:25, 9:45, 11:45, 1:05 p.m., 2:25, and 3:45 p.m. Lincoln Park is also served, about 5 minutes after the Columbia Station departure times. Only the last trip of the day will return to Olds Station, at about 5:20 p.m. All skiers and snowboarders may ride SkiLink at no cost.

Coming up next, This winter, the DOT announced in an attempt to conserve budget funds they will close four more miles of the North Cascades highway, which means four more miles for winter activities. If you’re out and about Thanksgiving morning in Wenatchee you may want to avoid the flock of runners participating in the 10th annual Turkey Run, and, we will bring you our weekly Kennel Feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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Every winter the DOT closes the SR 20 North Cascades Highway due to avalanche risk, but the area remains open to skiers, snowmobilers and snowshoers to enjoy seasonal adventures at their own risk.

This winter, the DOT announced in an attempt to conserve budget funds they will close four more miles of highway, which means four more miles for winter activities. When the DOT closes the highway this winter, typically when heavy snowfall begins and avalanche danger increases after Thanksgiving, the closure point will still be near the Ross Dam Trail.

But in January, maintenance crews will move the western closure point back to the western side of Diablo Lake’s Thunder Arm near The Thunder Knob Trailhead and Colonial Creek Campground, near milepost 130. According to the DOT, crews will still host the annual spring opening day celebration where crowds have lined up for decades.

If you’re out and about Thanksgiving morning in Wenatchee you may want to avoid the flock of runners participating in the 10th annual Turkey Run. The 12K, 5K and Kids race will mean reduced lanes on several city streets, beginning at the starting line at Rotary Park on Western Avenue to Woodward Street to Fifth Street.  Race organizer RunWenatchee says the Turkey Run has become the largest road running event in the city.

Time now for our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Today, NCWLife’s Rachel Mandelis introduces us to Blake the dog. . .

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, tonight’s feature story and your complete local weather forecast. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News…

With Thanksgiving now only one day away, the Chelan-Douglas Health District released an informational video with simple steps to help insure that harmful bacteria won’t be a guest at your festivities. . .

And that is a look at your local weather forecast, coming up next, tonight’s sports report with Eric Granstrom and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

We’ll start things off with a peak at the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from high school bowling yesterday…

The WHS Panthers racked up 2,044 total pins and won by 534 pins over the Moses Lake Chiefs. With games of 858, 864, and Bakers of 162 and 160, the team swept the four game set.

Top scores went to senior Emilee Groth (177), Senior Jessica Holbrook (202), and sophomore Kylah Hankins (202, 244).

The Panthers take on cross river rival Eastmont today at 1:00 at Eastmont Lanes in what is to be Wenatchee’s first home contest.  NCWLIFE Channel will be there to broadcast the event on tape-delay with Eric Granstrom and Paul Paiva calling the action.

On the Les Schwab college basketball scoreboard…

At the Maui Jim Maui Invitational, Rui Hachimura (roo-EE HATCH-ih-MER-uh) scored 24-points and Zach Norvell, Jr. added 20 as Gonzaga beat Arizona 91-74 in the semifinals.  That means a date with #1 Duke today.  The Blue Devils advanced to the title game with a 78-72 win over #8 Auburn.

In college football, Washington and Washington State continue preparations for Friday’s 111th Apple Cup game in Pullman…

The latest playoff rankings are out and in it, Washington State stays at #8 while Washington moves up two spots to #16.  They’re going by the AP Rankings to promote this game, so that’s why you see WSU at #7.  Nevertheless, Washington State is at its highest ranking ever when they’ve met the Huskies and it marks the 8th time the two teams have met while both were ranked in the top 25.  Kickoff at Martin Stadium in Pullman Friday is at 5:30 on FOX.

Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll is also revved up for the big games this weekend…

The Seahawks play at Carolina Sunday at 10 on FOX.  Seattle is still in the hunt for a wild card playoff spot at 5-and-5.  The Panthers are 6-and-4 and trail New Orleans in the NFC South.

Carroll says the addition of Norv Turner as offensive coordinator has made a marked difference in the play of Cam Newton and the Panther offense…

Add to Newton the explosive play of Christian McCaffrey in the backfield, and the Seahawks defense will have its hands full on Sunday…

 

Again, Seattle and Carolina kick it off Sunday at 10am on FOX.

Thanks Eric.

The Lighthouse Christian Ministries is once again providing free Thanksgiving Day meals to Wenatchee’s homeless.

Volunteers at the South Wenatchee Avenue soup kitchen are gearing up to serve 300 people with 12 turkeys, 2o lbs of potatos, 100 cans of green beans, 30 boxes of stuffing and 75 cans of sweet potatos are just a few of the food items expected to be consumed. Donations are always welcome and can be dropped off at the soup kitchen at 526 S. Wenatchee Avenue.

Also, The Apple Cup Café in Chelan continues its annual tradition of serving free meals for the needy as well as for those who have to work on the holiday. Donations are welcome and proceeds will go directly to the area food bank.

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. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us, have a great night and a Happy Thanksgiving.