Evening News November 29, 2018

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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, Chelan County PUD Commissioners will have a full agenda of issues to deal with at their Monday meeting, including a proposal to set new rates for cryptocurrency miners. A Lewiston, Idaho-based fuel retailer in Wenatchee has been fined 189-thousand-dollars for spilling 3,840 gallons of biodiesel into the Columbia River, and, An elderly Ephrata woman, who was involved in a two-car crash near Moses Lake Monday, has died from her injuries. . .

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Moses Lake man was arrested late Monday night at a Wenatchee hotel, where police said they found two stolen vehicles and items tying him to a crime spree that spanned three counties. Wenatchee Police officers reported spotting a 2007 Ford F-150 pickup stolen in Orondo. The vehicle was suspected of being used in several fraud and forgery crimes in Wenatchee. When a woman opened the door to a hotel room police said they saw Levi S. Godfrey, 28, trying to escape out a rear patio door, where he ran into the arms of waiting officers. Godfrey was a suspect in the November 25th theft of a 2015 Toyota Corolla and residential burglary in Grant County. The Corolla was found in the hotel parking lot. Godfrey was jailed on suspicion of the auto thefts, identity theft, possession of stolen property and drugs. His girlfriend was not arrested.

Chelan County PUD Commissioners will have a full agenda of issues to deal with at their Monday meeting, including a proposal to set new rates for cryptocurrency miners. PUD staff has proposed a rate structure that would raise the cost of power for miners and require more up-front payments for building out the system to serve them. … PUD Commissioner Dennis Boltz told Dan Kuntz on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley Thursday that the power needs of that new industry have put regional PUDs, with their low power costs, at the forefront of a complicated issue. . .

The PUD Commission meeting Monday begins at 10 a.m. at PUD headquarters, 327 North Wenatchee Avenue.

A Lewiston, Idaho-based fuel retailer in Wenatchee has been fined 189-thousand-dollars for spilling 3,840 gallons of biodiesel into the Columbia River. The Washington Department of Ecology says Coleman Oil is responsible for leaking the fuel from a corroded underground pipe at its bulk plant on Chehalis Street in Wenatchee.

The fuel contaminated nearby soil and groundwater, and seeped into the Columbia River, creating a visible sheen that appeared off and on for more than a year. The sheen was first reported in March of 2017. The property is now a toxic cleanup site. Ecology cited Coleman Oil for negligence and not monitoring levels in the 20,000-gallon above-ground storage tank connected to the corroded pipe. Although Coleman Oil believed the underground pipe had been in place since 1935, the company did not follow its own inventory control procedures or industry guidance for buried piping. In addition to the fine, the company must reimburse the state $213,400 for its costs to respond to the spill.

92-year old Bernice Smith of Ephrata, who was involved in a two-car crash near Moses Lake Monday, has died from her injuries at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane.

Smith was a passenger in a car driven by her 93-year old husband Richard Smith when he ran a red light while attempting to make a left turn from State Route 17 and was struck by another car. There were no drugs or alcohol involved in the crash and all involved were wearing seatbelts.

Coming up next, An open letter from the City of Leavenworth pays homage to a local soldier who was recently killed in action in Afghanistan. Iconic Leavenworth philanthropist, Harriet Bullitt has announced the transfer of her ownership of the Sleeping Lady Resort to the Icicle Fund, and, A promotional video from the NCW Development District you won’t want to miss. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

An open letter from the City of Leavenworth pays homage to a local soldier who was recently killed in action in Afghanistan. The letter states that the City offers its heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Sgt. Leandro Jasso who was killed November 24th as a member of the US Army’s elite Ranger Unit. He was 25-years old and a 2012 graduate of Cascade High School.

In honor of Sgt. Jasso’s service, the City Hall flag, by the decree of Mayor Cheryl K. Farivar, will be flown at half-staff for five days and his name will be placed on the City’s “Veterans Memorial Plaque” located at City Hall. A special memorial service is also scheduled to be held Sunday December 9th at the High School gymnasium.

Iconic Leavenworth philanthropist, Harriet Bullitt has announced the transfer of her ownership of the Sleeping Lady Resort to the non-profit Icicle Fund effective the end of the year. She says in a prepared statement that she wants to pass on the resort so it can keep growing, but not necessarily get bigger.

Sleeping Lady is a 58-room destination resort and conference center outside Leavenworth. Bullitt says it  will continue to operate as a for-profit business, under the same management team. Icicle Fund is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit that was founded by Bullitt to enhance the health and quality of all life in North Central Washington by engaging people with arts, history and the natural environment.

North Central Washington is a three county region, spanning more than 10,000 square miles of mountains, high desert, dramatic river valleys, dynamic communities, stellar research and education opportunities, emerging technologies, agricultural bounty, small towns and growing cities. Here is a story celebrating all that is, us. . .

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.

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Time now for our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Today, NCWLife’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Bertha the cat. . .

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.

The Wenatchee Wild hosted division-leading Penticton last night at the Town Toyota Center and pulled off a 4-2 victory, the Wild’s fourth straight…

It was deep into a scoreless 1st period when Wenatchee lit the lamp first on the 17th goal of the season by Matt Gosiewski (go-CHEF-ski). It was the first time since last week in Salmon Arm that the Wild scored 1st.
The second frame saw two, rare, unassisted goals, one by the Vee’s Cassidy Bowes and the other by Wenatchee’s AJ Hodges. Christophe Fillion (kri-STOFF FILL-ee-on) scored what proved to be the game-winner a minute-23 into the 3rd period on a pretty feed from Brandon Koch (cook).
Let’s go to the highlights with Arch Ecker on the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

Wenatchee gets on the bus today for the long trip to Salmon Arm for a game Friday. Then they’ll be in Vernon Saturday.
A reminder that Pink at the Rink is next Friday with the painting party between 4 and 5:30 on Monday, December 3rd.

Tonight is Hockey Night on the NCWLIFE Channel…

As the Wild take on the West Kelowna Warriors at the Town Toyota Center. This is the game from last Friday. We’ll have it tonight at 7 during Hockey Night on your exclusive television home for Wenatchee Wild Hockey, the NCWLIFE Channel.

Coming up on the Prep Schedule for today in basketball…

The Wenatchee girls are at Pasco at 5:45pm. Chelan hosts a doubleheader against Cle Elum with the girls starting at 5:45 and the boys following at 7. Entiat travels to Manson, also in a doubleheader with the girls starting at 6 and the boys at 7:30.

Area wrestling programs continue to kick off their schedules this week, including Cascade…

The Kodiaks will be on the road today in Cle Elum for the Warrior’s Jamboree at 5 o’clock.

In the pool today…

Eastmont, Wenatchee, Eisenhower, Davis and West Valley are all in Moses Lake today for the Pentathlon beginning at 4 o’clock.

And in girl’s bowling today…

Eastmont and Wenatchee are in Yakima today at Minda Lanes where the Wildcats will face Selah while the Panthers take on Ellensburg. Both matches start at 3:30.

Today we highlight another Seahawk who will be wearing a very special pair of cleats this weekend as Seattle hosts San Francisco. Here’s Frank Clark’s story on “My Cause, My Cleats”…

You can learn more about Frank Clark’s cause, as well as the rest of the Seahawks “My Cause, My Cleats” stories on Seahawks dot com.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, Downtown Wenatchee’s new community Christmas tree arrived this afternoon and was quickly planted outside the Numerica Performing Arts Center. Dave Gellatly paid for the new tree, which was shipped from Oregon. It replaces a tree that was diseased and removed last summer. The new tree is 22 feet high, weighs 1,200 pounds and will be the center of attention Dec. 8th at a formal lighting ceremony.

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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, 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 and have a great night.