Evening News November 21

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Good evening and welcome to NCWLIFE News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

 

For those watching on our Facebook, tune in to LocalTel channel 12 or Charter channel 19, or stream us live at NCWLIFE.com for the full evening newscast tonight. And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight— The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded over 200-thousand dollars in Regional Impact Grants to 28 nonprofits and the Chelan County PUD considers LED streetlights. But first, we begin tonight:

It was nearly a packed house in the Wenatchee Convention Center Grand Ballroom Monday afternoon as hundreds gathered to celebrate the life of Bob Parlette.  The longtime Wenatchee attorney, cherry grower and outdoor proponent was remembered for his charity, his passion, his love of flying and family, and his pension for clever sayings…

 

Parlette passed away at his home in September after a brief battle with acute Myeloid leukemia. He was 76.

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $216,950 dollars in Regional Impact Grants to 28 nonprofits across North Central Washington. The Regional Impact Grant is an annual grant open to any 501c3 charitable nonprofit or public agency in Chelan, Douglas, or Okanogan counties to support specific projects or general operations for programs that make a positive impact in their communities. Jennifer Dolge, Director of Donor Services and Communications with the Community Foundation of NCW, says the Foundation has a process in place to determine who receives a grant. . .

 

Each of the grant recipients received a portion of their grant request, as the amount of requests received far exceeded the amount the foundation was able to award, that’s where Dolge says the newly formed Give NCW comes in. . .

 

Among the 28 non-profits that received the Regional Impact Grant include: the Chelan/Douglas Land Trust, Children’s Home Society of Washington, Numerica Performing Arts Center and the Wenatchee valley Humane Society. To donate, go to www.givencw.org.

Coming up, Pybus Market unveils its new logo and the Port of Chelan County unveils its new property search website. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

Chelan County PUD Commissioners are considering establishing new rates for energy saving LED Streetlights that could lead to grants to cover the costs for small cities to install them.  Andrew Grassell, Energy Development and Conservation manager, said changes in the energy charge for LED streetlights would mean savings of about $1.40 per light each month. . .

 

The PUD installed test LED streetlights in five Wenatchee neighborhoods and received neutral to positive feedback from residents of those areas. Not only do LED lamps use less power, studies show they increase safety and reduce night sky effects. Three information meetings will be scheduled next month to provide more information and a hearing on the new rate will be held at the board’s first meeting in January.

Wenatchee’s Pybus Public Market is sporting a new logo and motto. The changes were announced recently by Market General Manager, Steve Robinson. . .

 

Robinson and Pybus Board member, Gil Sparks discussed the changes on a recent Wake Up Wenatchee Valley program with Host, Dan Kuntz. . .

 

The Pybus Market is gearing up for the Christmas Holidays with a tree-lighting ceremony slated for this Friday evening.

The Port of Chelan County recently unveiled its new property search website called choosechelancounty.com. . .

 

That’s Craig Larsen, Director of Development for the Port who also says the new website is much more than just a property search tool. . .

 

Again, that new website is called choosechelancounty.com.

You’re watching NCWLIFE news. Coming up next, your sports update followed by today’s feature story. That and much more still to come on NCWLIFE News, stay with us.

 

The Seahawks 11-game winning streak on Monday Night Football came to an end last night, falling to the Atlanta Falcons 34-31 at CenturyLink Field.

 

Blair Walsh’s 52-yard field goal with 7-seconds remaining fell about a yard short as Seattle tried for yet another last-minute, come-from-behind victory.  Russell Wilson, seemingly scrambling for his life all night long again, completed 26-of-42 passes for 258-yards and two touchdowns, including a 29-yard strike to Doug Baldwin with 3:06 remaining.  He then threw to Jimmy Graham for the two point conversion to make it a three-point game.  Coach Pete Carroll says it was just missed opportunities and untimely penalties (Seattle was penalized 9-times for 106-yards)…

 

A lot was made after the game in Seattle’s choice to go for a fake field goal with seven seconds remaining in the first half…a play that was a shuttle pass to Luke Willson that was stopped in the backfield.  Carroll says they saw something they could possibly take advantage of…

 

As it turned out, Seattle could have really used those three points they COULD have scored by NOT going for the fake by the end of the game.  But that’s 20/20 hindsight and the Seahawks are left with a 6-and-4 record and, for now, out of the playoff picture.  Besides the controversy over the fake field goal attempt, a lot of post-game talk centered on the play of quarterback Russell Wilson.  He says he loves playing in games like these but that Seattle just didn’t make one more play…

 

Seattle travels to take on the 1-9 San Francisco 49ers Sunday at 1:05.

In a surprise move today, the Seahawks waived veteran defensive tackle Dwight Freeney…

 

Freeney was signed a month ago after Cliff Avril went down with a neck injury.  In four games, Freeney made three tackles, all of which were sacks.  Seattle didn’t immediately do anything else with the roster, leaving them one short of the 53 man limit as they begin preparations for San Francisco this week.

The Wenatchee Wild invite you to get away from the relatives this Thanksgiving week and take in some hockey at the Town Toyota Center…

 

Wenatchee hosts Vernon tomorrow night at 6:30, then Chilliwack Friday at 7 and finally Salmon Arm Saturday at 7.  The Wild are currently third in the Interior Division of the BCHL with 32-points.  6-points behind Vernon and 7 behind Trail in the Division.  Arch Ecker will join us to preview the action tomorrow on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

The NCWLIFE Sports Broadcast Schedule begins tonight with soccer taking center stage…

 

Tonight we’ll feature the match between Wenatchee and Eastmont at Eastmont from October 24th.  Thursday is Hockey Night once again with Call of the Wild and Clarky’s Corner at 7 followed by West Kelowna and Wenatchee from November 10th.  The on Friday, it’s Eastmont at Wenatchee volleyball from October 24th.

 

Thanks Eric…

Today was delivery day of Thanksgiving gift baskets for the folks at Serve Wenatchee Valley. Over the past month, Thanksgiving themed gift Baskets were decorated and filled with food by local donors and then distributed to families and individuals that are in need around the Wenatchee area. Last week on the NCWLIFE Magazine, Jay Seabeck had Serve Wenatchee Valley Director Thom Nees on the program to discuss the gift baskets project and learn about some of the untold aspects of what it means to be living in poverty. . .

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

 

Time now for a recap of some of our top stories…

It was nearly a packed house in the Wenatchee Convention Center Grand Ballroom Monday afternoon as hundreds gathered to celebrate the life of Bob Parlette. The longtime Wenatchee attorney, cherry grower and outdoor proponent was remembered for his charity, his passion, his love of flying and family, and his pension for clever sayings. Parlette passed away at his home in September after a brief battle with acute Myeloid leukemia. He was 76.

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $216,950 dollars in Regional Impact Grants to 28 nonprofits across North Central Washington. The Regional Impact Grant is an annual grant open to any 501c3 charitable nonprofit or public agency in Chelan, Douglas, or Okanogan counties to support specific projects or general operations for programs that make a positive impact in their communities.

Chelan County PUD Commissioners are considering establishing new rates for energy saving LED Streetlights that could lead to grants to cover the costs for small cities to install them. Andrew Grassell, Energy Development and Conservation manager, said changes in the energy charge for LED streetlights would mean savings of about $1.40 per light each month. The PUD installed test LED streetlights in five Wenatchee neighborhoods and received neutral to positive feedback from residents in those areas.

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

Expect wet and mild weather today through parts of Thanksgiving Day as a series of storm systems brings several rounds of precipitation to all of Washington. If travel is part of your plans today, snow levels will be between 5-6,000 feet through Thursday allowing motorists to travel over mountain passes on mainly wet pavement. The heaviest precipitation will be from late this morning through Wednesday morning and then will decrease slightly by Wednesday afternoon. We could see upwards of a half inch of precipitation in the Wenatchee Valley over the next 48 hours. Along with a possible wet start to our Thanksgiving Day, we will also see windy conditions along with temperatures 10 degress above where we should be this time of year. But, late Friday and into the weekend, snow levels will begin to lower to around 3,000 feet just as some travelers are heading home.

We leave you tonight with a video that will tug at your heart strings…

 

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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, tune in to NCWLife Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.