Evening News November 29

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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— Chelan County PUD removes hazardous trees in Cashmere, trail users are directed on a detour on the Loop Trail and Governor Inslee starts interviewing candidates for two judge positions in Chelan County.

But first, we begin tonight:

At last night’s regularly scheduled meeting, the Wenatchee School Board welcomed three new members…Michelle Sandberg, Sarah Knox and Sunny Hemphill. The new board members then took the oath of office administered by Chelan County Superior Court Judge Lesley Allan. . .

 

The three new board members ran on a joint platform of positive change hoping to usher in transparency, collaboration and setting high standards.

New shoreline regulations are being drafted in Chelan County in accordance with requirements set forth in the State Growth Management Act. But Commissioners say existing property owners shouldn’t be overly concerned about the use of their waterfront homes.

 

Commissioners have been conducting a series of public meetings to discuss a wide variety of shoreline issues including marinas and live-aboard houseboats. We’ll have more on this topic coming up later in our NCWLIFE Evening News Feature story.

Cashmere area motorists are being made aware of a hazardous tree removal project scheduled to start today.

 

The Chelan County PUD is working with the City to remove 18 of 57 Norway Spruce tree along Evergreen Drive due to threats to power and fiber optic lines in the area. Chelan PUD Forestry Operations Manager Bill Sanborn says, many of the 60 to 80 foot tall trees are leaning precariously and need to be removed before a storm brings them down. The work was scheduled to start today and continue for several days. Evergreen Drive will remain closed to the general public.

Test drilling, or “potholing,” by a contractor for the City of Wenatchee will require closing a section of the Apple Capital Loop Trail from Hawley Street, north, to the Wenatchee River pedestrian bridge during the next two days. Trail users can detour through the Horan Natural Area. Bicyclists are reminded to walk their wheels in the natural area, or bypass the closed section of the trail on the street. The contractor plans to work along the edge of the trail pavement from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The contractor hopes to finish early tomorrow.

Coming up, Governor Inslee starts interviewing candidates for two judge positions in Chelan County, Moses Lake Police investigate a drive-by shooting and Sage Hills Trails will close this Friday. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

Governor Jay Inslee is slated to start interviewing candidates for two soon-to-be vacated judge positions on the Chelan County Superior Court.

 

Judge Alicia Nakata retires in January with Judge TW “Chip” Small retiring in February. The Chelan/Douglas County Bar Association has forwarded to the Governor the names of two local attorneys who were rated as highly qualified to serve on the bench.

 

Travis Brandt and Kristin Ferrera outpolled several other attorney’s in a survey of bar association membership. Brandt currently serves as President of the Bar Association. The Governor will also consider applications submitted to his office from other local attorney’s. To be eligible for appointment candidates must be a member of the Washington State Bar Association.

A house that Moses Lake Police describe as, “well known”, was riddled with bullets in a drive-by shooting early this morning.

 

Shortly after 1 a.m., a house on North Buell Drive was shot and hit by several pistol-caliber bullets. The shots appear to have come from a vehicle that fled the scene prior to law enforcement arrival. The house where the shooting took place is well known to Moses Lake law enforcement, as are the adult occupants of the residence. Those same adult occupants were not helpful in providing possible suspect information, nor a possible motive for the shooting. There were several adults as well as children in the house no one was injured. Surveillance video of the shooting was obtained and is being reviewed by Moses Lake Police.

This Friday, December 1st, the Sage Hills Trails will close to hikers and mountain bikers to provide winter habitat for mule deer.

 

The seasonal closure affects all lands owned by the Chelan PUD and the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, which encompasses the area between Number 1 Canyon and Horse Lake Road. PUD wildlife officials say because of the early-season snowfall, mule deer are already seeking cover and forage. The PUD owns about 960 acres in the heart of the Sage Hills and manages the area as a wildlife preserve as required by its federal license to operate Rock Island Dam. The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust supports the area closure by closing public access to the Sage Hills Trail system at area trailheads. Plans are to re-open the Sage Hills Trails to hikers and bicyclists on or close to April 1st, 2018, if habitat conditions allow.

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.

 

On the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from last night, first in boys basketball…

 

Cascade traveled to Quincy and picked up a 55-51 victory.  At Eastmont, the host Wildcats fell to the Cashmere Bulldogs 63-52 as Cashmere had four players in double figures.

On the girls side of the ledger last night…

 

After going oh-and-20 a season ago, Cascade enjoyed the sweet feel of victory in its opener at Quincy, downing the Jackrabbits 60-40 behind the 18-points and 10-rebounds of Bekah Francis.

The defending State runner-up Cashmere Bulldogs had no trouble with its opener, downing Ellensburg on the road 73-29 as Haley Van Lith picked up right where she left off with 25-points, nine assists and five steals.

Eastmont began its season on a winning note at Southridge, downing the Suns 46-33 as Emily DuFour led the way with 13-points for the Lady Cats.

In girls bowling yesterday at Eastmont Lanes…

 

Eastmont and Wenatchee remained undefeated as the Wildcats downed Davis 4-nil while the Panthers stopped Ellensburg 4-zip.  Kylah Hankins was the bright spot for the day for Wenatchee, bowling a game-high 247.

One item is on the Prep schedule for today…

 

The Chelan wrestlers will get the season started along with a few other CTL teams at Okanogan tonight at 6 o’clock in the Bulldog’s jamboree.

In men’s college basketball…

 

Noah Dickerson scored 24-points in 24-minutes and Sam Timmins added 13 points as Washington defeated Kennesaw State 85-71.  Coming up tonight, #15 Gonzaga hosts the University of the Incarnate Word Cardinals (a Division I school from San Antonio, Texas in the Southland Conference).

As it turns out, the Wenatchee Valley Rams football team is NOT done.  At the conclusion of last season, coach and owner Mickey White announced the organization was closing its doors after 14-seasons of play in various semi-pro leagues, highlighted by a national championship in 2015.  White, with wife Susanna and 6-month old son Cascius, will be featured on next week’s Let’s Learn with Eric Granstrom, admits he wanted to be done before last season…

 

So, the Rams are alive and well and already preparing for another season of spring and summer football in the Wenatchee Valley…

 

Watch for more on the Ram Family story next week during Let’s Learn on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Thanks Eric…

If you plan to develop any lands located near any streams, rivers or lakes in Chelan County, you will be impacted by new shoreline restrictions. The new regulations are being drafted by Chelan County Commissioners Doug England, Kevin Overbay and Keith Goehner, who sat down with NCWLIFE News earlier this week to discuss the process . . .

 

Commissioners are scheduled to reconvene their public hearing on the proposed shoreline rules at their December 11th meeting.

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…

At last night’s regularly scheduled meeting, the Wenatchee School Board welcomed three new members…Michelle Sandberg, Sarah Knox and Sunny Hemphill. The new board members then took the oath of office administered by Chelan County Superior Court Judge Lesley Allan. . .

 

The three new board members ran on a joint platform of positive change hoping to usher in transparency, collaboration and setting high standards.

Cashmere area motorists are being made aware of a hazardous tree removal project scheduled to start today..

 

The Chelan County PUD is working with the City to remove 18 of 57 Norway Spruce tree along Evergreen Drive due to threats to power and fiber optic lines in the area. Chelan PUD Forestry Operations Manager Bill Sanborn says “Many of the 60 to 80 foot tall trees are leaning precariously and need to be removed before a storm brings them down. The work was scheduled to start today and continue for several days. Evergreen Drive will remain closed to the general public.

This Friday, December 1st, the Sage Hills Trails will close to hikers and mountain bikers to provide winter habitat for mule deer.

 

The seasonal closure affects all lands owned by the Chelan PUD and the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, which encompasses the area between Number 1 Canyon and Horse Lake Road. PUD wildlife officials say because of the early-season snowfall, mule deer are already seeking cover and forage. The PUD owns about 960 acres in the heart of the Sage Hills and manages the area as a wildlife preserve as required by its federal license to operate Rock Island Dam. The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust supports the area closure by closing public access to the Sage Hills Trail system at area trailheads. Plans are to re-open the Sage Hills Trails to hikers and bicyclists on or close to April 1st, 2018, if habitat conditions allow.

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

Drier and sunnier weather  temporarily moved into the Inland Northwest today as a weak high-pressure ridge builds over the area. The ridge will give way to yet another front for Thursday and Thursday night. Looking at our satellite loop, this system will bring widespread precipitation to almost all of the Pacific Northwest, however, significant rain and snow is not expected. (Atmospheric River of Moisture) We have a 40% chance of a rain/snow mix on Thursday, a 20-30% chance of showers both Friday and Friday night and a 40% chance of mainly rain on Saturday. The weather pattern will remain active Friday and through Saturday with more rain and mountain snow expected again Saturday into early Sunday. A period of dry, cool and sunny weather on Sunday and into early next week replaces the wet, unsettled pattern we’ve seen over the past month or so. Temperatures will be seasonal with highs in the mid-30’s to around 40.

Closing out the news tonight…it could be a scene taken right out of a James Bond movie as two men with aero-glider suits jump INTO a flying plane. . .

 

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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.