Evening News November 7

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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—Our Valley, Our Future forms a housing study group…we’ll take a look at a few East Wenatchee road projects and the North Cascades Highway reopened today after avalanche danger. But first:

Chelan County PUD commissioners have settled on a site for a new substation to serve the Manson area along Lake Chelan. On Monday the board voted unanimously to move forward on plans to purchase property on Henderson Road. The decision follows 2 years of planning and multiple public meetings. Fewer than a dozen residents from the Chelan area attended the extended meeting at the Confluence Technology Center last night. Five people testified in opposition to the project including neighboring property owner, Corky Thoreson. . .

Of the 18 alternative areas studied, PUD planners said the Henderson option had the lowest impact on nearby landowners with minimal cost impact for all PUD ratepayers. Commissioner Steve McKenna said that he still owns a home in Manson and was a resident of the North Shore community for many years. McKenna expressed that he feels the location selected will provide the best service with the least visual impact to neighbors. . .

McKenna explained that in the time since the Wapato and Union Valley substations were built, there have been 44 new housing developments along the North Shore – all of them have been “borrowing” power from the existing substations.

Our Valley, Our Future has formed a working group to develop recommendations aimed at making housing more available and affordable in the region.

 

The Our Valley Housing Solutions Group is made up of residents and stakeholders representing a cross section of the housing industry and community. The group has been tasked with researching local housing challenges resulting in possible recommendations to help spur more housing in the region in the short and long-term.

 

Our Valley engaged more than 1,700 residents through a regional housing survey in July and August. The survey found residents struggling to find and afford a home in Chelan and Douglas counties, to the point where 45 percent of survey respondents said they have thought of relocating to another city.

With the Highline Drive street project and the new roundabout near the George Sellar Bridge completed, a couple of major projects in East Wenatchee are still on-going…one on 5th Street and the other on 19th. East Wenatchee Mayor Steve Lacy says the 19th street construction is almost completed. . .

 

Meanwhile, Mayor Lacy says the 5th street project is still a work in progress. . .

 

An area of contention among some East Wenatchee motorists is the new roundabout on Highline Drive in front of Safeway. . .

 

Lacy says he will find out from city engineers sometime today if the sidewalks on 5th street will be completed this year or after the winter season in 2018.

Highway 20/the North Cascades Highway reopened today following the second temporary closure of the season. Crews finished clearing the 37 miles of highway closed since last Thursday night. The avalanche and maintenance team that assessed the conditions found 6 to 8 inches of snow on the pavement and 20 degree temperatures. While the avalanche chutes received that new snow as well, they were found to be stable and continued cold temperatures allows DOT crews to plow and prep the highway for traffic. The permanent seasonal closure is determined by avalanches and the potential for more. That usually happens around Thanksgiving to mid-December.

Coming up, the Grant County Narcotics Team makes another drug bust in Moses Lake…the Washington State Patrol welcomes a new group of troopers to North Central Washington and Douglas County Commissioners delay their decision on importing Canadian trash. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

 

Grant County’s Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team busted another illegal marijuana operation last week. The raid also resulted in the arrest of 42-year-old Cesario Huerta of Moses Lake.

 

INET officers raided Huerta’s North Frontage Road house last Wednesday and seized 99 plants, 50 lbs. of processed marijuana, 10 firearms and a gun silencer. Huerta told investigators that at one time he had considered becoming a licensed marijuana producer, but decided not to due to the start-up cost and red tape.

The Washington State Patrol North Central Washington Region welcomes eight new Troopers who graduated earlier this month from the Trooper Basic Training Class.

 

Troopers complete over 1,000 hours of training to join Washington’s premier law enforcement organization. The Washington State Patrol academy produces approximately three cadet classes every two years which accounts for about 100 to 120 new troopers. On average only about four to six percent of all applicants make the grade to become WSP Troopers.

Douglas County Commissioners delayed a decision on whether or not to green-light Waste Management’s plans to haul Canadian trash into Douglas County. Commissioners voted to wait for the Department of Agriculture’s review that could bring a new set of standards to solid waste imports. That review is expected in six months. Commissioner Steve Jenkins says the main issue revolves around the potential threats to the tree fruit industry from the imported waste. Commissioners will ultimately decide Monday whether an advisory committee with the county’s Agriculture Tech Department needs to review the application, and make recommendations on pest risk and control procedures.

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.

 

Wenatchee hosts Chiawana today in the first round of the W-I-A-A State 4-A Girls Soccer Tournament…

 

The Panthers are 14-and-2 on the season and reign as the Columbia Basin Big Nine regular season and District Champions.  Chiawana, out of Pasco, is 14-and-5 and placed second in the Mid-Columbia during the regular season and is a #3 seed coming out of the District 8 tournament.  The winner of tonight’s game will advance to face the winner of Lake Stevens and Kennedy Catholic.  Eric Granstrom will be at tonight’s match and we’ll have highlights tomorrow here on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

The Cashmere Bulldogs, meanwhile, are on the road for a first round game in the WIAA State 1-A Tournament at LaSalle.  Cashmere finished behind Cascade in the Caribou Trail League regular season and emerged the #2 seed from the District 6 tournament and advanced to State with last weekend’s 3-1 win over Lakeside.  The Lightning are 17-and-1 and breezed through the South Central Athletic Conference District Tournament with wins over Connell, Warden and Kiona-Benton to take the championship.  Tonight’s game kicks off at Marquette Stadium at 6 o’clock.

Cascade will have to wait until tomorrow for its first-round State 1-A game against Kiona-Benton.  The two teams will face off in the Apple Bowl at 5:30.

 

Here’s what we have on tap for our broadcast schedule of sports on the NCWLIFE Channel…

 

It begins tonight with a first airing of the Eastmont District Play-in Playoff game against Davis from last week at Eastmont High School.  That’s tonight at 7.  Thursday is Hockey Night on NCWLIFE as we’ll feature Wenatchee’s great home win against Penticton from October 21st.  That will be preceded by Call of the Wild and Clarky’s Corner at 7.  On Friday, it’s the re-airing of Wenatchee’s thrilling, first-ever District Championship soccer win over West Valley at 7 o’clock.

By the way…for those who missed the overtime Bridge of Sportsmanship game this year between Eastmont and Wenatchee, it’s up on our website to watch.  Just go to www.NCWLIFE.com and hover over Watch Now! on the menu bar and Sports Broadcasts will come under the Watch on Demand category.

 

Pete Carroll met with reporters Monday after getting a chance to watch film of Sunday’s 17-14 loss to Washington.  He said, overall, there’s a lot of potential that was wasted by penalties…

 

Seattle was penalized 16 times Sunday, one shy of a dubious team record.  Carroll said what kills him are the needless penalties…

 

Seattle is 5-and-3 at the half-way point of the season, in second place behind the surprising L-A Rams in the NFC West.  Carroll said there is still a lot of improvement that needs to be made…

 

Seattle travels to Arizona for a divisional battle on Thursday Night Football, on national TV, with a kickoff at 5:25pm.

 

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

Chelan County PUD commissioners have settled on a site for a new substation to serve the Manson area along Lake Chelan. On Monday the board voted unanimously to move forward on plans to purchase property on Henderson Road. The decision follows 2 years of planning and multiple public meetings. Fewer than a dozen residents from the Chelan area attended the extended meeting at the Confluence Technology Center last night. Five people testified in opposition to the project including neighboring property owner, Corky Thoreson. . .

 

Of the 18 alternative areas studied, PUD planners said the Henderson option had the lowest impact on nearby landowners with minimal cost impact for all PUD ratepayers. Commissioner Steve McKenna said that he still owns a home in Manson and was a resident of the North Shore community for many years. McKenna expressed that he feels the location selected will provide the best service with the least visual impact to neighbors. . .

 

McKenna explained that in the time since the Wapato and Union Valley substations were built, there have been 44 new housing developments along the North Shore – all of them have been “borrowing” power from the existing substations.

 

Grant County’s Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team busted another illegal marijuana operation last week. The raid also resulted in the arrest of 42-year-old Cesario Huerta of Moses Lake.

 

INET officers raided Huerta’s North Frontage Road house last Wednesday and seized 99 plants, 50 lbs. of processed marijuana, 10 firearms and a gun silencer. Huerta told investigators that at one time he had considered becoming a licensed marijuana producer, but decided not to due to the start-up cost and red tape.

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

We leave you tonight with an inspiring video of an elderly woman who receives a visit every day from an unusual pet who she greets with treats, petting and words of kindness. . .

 

If you have a video of the day, you’d like to see on NCWLIFE News, message us on our Facebook Page at the NCWLIFE Channel.

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 guest-host Steve Hair. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.