Evening News October 9, 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, The man who set the 2015 Sleepy Hollow fire that burned down 30 homes and several warehouse facilities in Wenatchee has been ordered to pay millions of dollars in damages. The Wenatchee School District board met in special session yesterday afternoon to discuss the superintendent search firm contract, and, Some of Washington’s most popular hunting seasons will get underway this Saturday, October 13th.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Chelan County Commissioners say the problems associated with the cultivation of marijuana that resulted in strict new regulations appear to be continuing. The County enacted new rules last year that are supposed to reduce the impacts from odors and grow lights that disturb neighboring property owners. But Commissioner Doug England says the County is taking legal action in response to continuing neighbor complaints . .

England reports that the County has prevailed in several grower lawsuits that challenged the Commissioners’ authority to establish land use regulations.

The man who set the 2015 Sleepy Hollow fire that burned down 30 homes and

several warehouse facilities in Wenatchee has been ordered to pay $10.6 million dollars in damages.

40-year old Jeremy Kendall was ordered by Chelan County Superior Court Judge Lesley Allan to pay restitution for the damages but whether he ever will is uncertain, at best. Chelan County Prosecutor Doug Shae said it’s unlikely he’ll ever be able to pay it. He told NCWLIFE News that the damage toll could go even higher . . .

Kendall was sentenced to 27 months in prison with 18 months of supervision after his release. With credit for time served, both in jail and a mental health facility, he was then released to supervision.

The Wenatchee School District board met in special session yesterday afternoon to discuss the superintendent search firm contract.

The board voted to approve the proposed $21,000-dollar contract to Hazzard, Young, Attea and Associates from Illinois to conduct the search to replace retiring superintendent Brian Flones. Monday’s action comes amid board members Laura Jaecks and Walter Newman calling for a delay in hiring a search firm because in their words, the other school board members overstepped their bounds in the search process. They suggested an interim superintendent be hired until members of the school board work out their issues. Brian Flones announced earlier this year that he was retiring from the post.

Some of Washington’s most popular hunting seasons will get underway this Saturday, October 13th, when modern firearm deer hunters and waterfowl hunters take to the field.

Home to some of the best mule deer hunting in the state, Chelan and Douglas County’s is a destination for many hunters. With its large public land base, the county offers almost unlimited opportunity to find a place of your own. Four of the state’s six high deer hunt wilderness areas are in Chelan County, as well as three bighorn sheep herds and an increasing mountain goat population.

Hunters will also take to the field for waterfowl on Saturday which includes goose, coot and snipe. Last season, nearly 445,000 ducks were harvested in Washington. Hunters can purchase their licenses online or at any WDFW licensed dealers.

Coming up next, Uber Capital Group from New York has obtained the acquisition loan for the purchase of the Wenatchee Valley Mall. The Chelan-Douglas Coalition for Health Improvement invites area residents to join them for a community forum identifying solutions to employment-related transportation barriers in Chelan and Douglas Counties. And, Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell and Susan Hutchison, the Republican challenger, spent much of their hour-long debate yesterday afternoon talking past one another.    I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Uber Capital Group from New York has obtained the acquisition loan for the purchase of the Wenatchee Valley Mall. The 9-point-2 million dollar acquisition was sourced through financing from a regional bank based in Washington. Uber assists property investors in planning, negotiating, and sourcing debt and equity financing. In addition to the Wenatchee Valley Mall deal, Uber’s recent transactions include loan refinancing for malls in Utah, Pennsylvania, Nebraska and Mississippi. New York based Namdar LLC acquired the East Wenatchee shopping center from Vinatge Real Estate of Sherman Oaks, California back in April.

The Chelan-Douglas Coalition for Health Improvement invites area residents to join them for a community forum identifying solutions to employment-related transportation barriers in Chelan and Douglas Counties. The event is called, Chelan-Douglas Rides to Work: An Employment and Transportation Forum coming up tomorrow (Wed), October 10th at the Confluence Technology Center from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

The event is for job-seekers, workers, employers, care coordinators, transportation providers, and service agencies in Chelan and Douglas Counties who have experienced difficulty accessing transportation for employment. The Forum is free to attend and is open to anyone living, working, or commuting in Chelan and Douglas Counties.

Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell and Susan Hutchison, the Republican challenger seeking the long-held seat, spent much of their hourlong debate yesterday afternoon at Pacific Lutheran University talking past one another, neither engaging with one another nor directly answering many of the questions posed to them. But, there was some heated moments. . .

Cantwell and Hutchison will meet for a second debate at 3:00 p.m. Oct. 20th at Spokane Community College.

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As our coverage of the four initiatives on the November ballot continues, tonight we present the case for voting no on Initiative 940. I-940 would require law enforcement to receive violence de-escalation, mental health and first-aid training. It also would change the standards for use of deadly force, and create an independent investigation in such cases. . .

And that is a look at your local weather, coming up next, Dan Kuntz in for Eric Granstrom with sports and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

Let’s get right to the Les Schwab Scoreboard with the Major League playoffs…

Houston batted around in a 6-run 8th and completed a three-game sweep of Cleveland with an 11-3 victory.  The defending World Series Champs await the winner of the Boston/New York series for the ALCS.

The Dodgers are in the National League Championship Series after ousting Atlanta 6-to-2.  David Freese delivered a 2-run single to turn the game around for L-A and Manny Machado’s 3-run home run was the capper as the Dodgers advance to take on the Milwaukee Brewers.

Brock Holt became the first person to ever hit for the cycle in a post-season game in Major League history Monday as the Boston Red Sox pounded the New York Yankees 16-to-1.  Boston could wrap up the series this afternoon in Game 4 in the Bronx, beginning at 5:04 on TBS.

Let’s take a look at what’s on tap on the prep sports schedule, first in soccer…

Manson is at Liberty Bell while Chelan’s at Cascade at 4:30.  Cashmere hosts Omak at 6:30.  Eastmont’s on the road at Eisenhower at 7 and tonight, LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel, we’ll feature Wenatchee and Davis with Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen on the play-by-play.

In prep volleyball tonight…

Entiat hosts Cascade Christian at 5:30.  It’s a 6:30 start time for Lake Roosevelt at Manson; Waterville-Mansfield hosting Liberty Bell; Chelan travelling to Cascade; and Omak at Cashmere.  Eastmont is on the road at Moses Lake at 7 o’clock.

The Wenatchee girls swim and dive team is in Yakima today…

The Panthers have a double-duel with West Valley and Sunnyside at Lion Pool today at 4 o’clock.

And in cross country…

Bridgeport is hosting Cascade, Moses Lake, Okanogan, Tonasket and Wilson Creek at 4pm.

Some news that came out rather quietly Monday…

Jeremy Anders has been announced as the new General Manager of Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval.  Anders grew up around the Super Oval and moves back home after working the past two seasons for Evergreen Speedway in Monroe.

And it appears a group is going to make another stab at indoor football at the Town Toyota Center.

Mickey White, of the Wenatchee Valley Rams, posted on his Facebook page that he’s a coach of the new Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks, an indoor football team that will begin play in 2019.  According to their Facebook page, the Skyhawks were founded by Hook Sports Media and will play in the American West Football Conference.  But any search for Hook Sports Media OR the American West Football Conference comes up empty.

The Wenatchee Valley Venom were the first to try to make in-roads of arena football in the valley in 2010, but suffered from poor attendance and folded after two seasons. Similar indoor teams in Spokane and Tri-Cities have ceased operations.

Thanks Dan.

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 and news with Steve Hair. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.