Evening News September 18, 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 Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reports a cougar was shot and killed late last week in the Clockum Creek area after reportedly killing four goats. Douglas County fire investigators continue to comb through the rubble of a house fire in Bridgeport with no sign yet of two missing people, and, non-political controversy for a former 12th District State Representative candidate.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Chelan County PUD Commissioners have delayed until November 19th a hearing on higher power rates for cryptocurrency miners. A moratorium on high-density cryptocurrency requests, in place since March, was extended while the PUD creates a new rate structure for such operations.

Because of low-cost power in the region, Chelan, Douglas and Grant counties have seen a deluge of power requests from miners of bitcoin and other digital currencies. Whether the PUD can supply all the power and new infrastructure being requested without increasing rates for other power users has been a key point of the discussion. In addition, the PUD would like to see cryptocurrency miners move out of residential areas and has proposed higher rates for home-based operations than for those in commercial and industrial areas, which also would rise. An informational meeting on the rate proposals is planned for Nov. 7th and approval of the new rates could happen by Dec. 3rd, to go into effect in April, 2019.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reports a cougar was shot and killed late last week in the Clockum Creek area after reportedly killing four goats. The cat was shot around 9:00 p.m. Friday by the livestock owner who was granted a kill permit by fish and wildlife.

The cougar apparently stashed one of its kills off the Malaga-Alcoa Highway near Tarpiscan Road. Fish and wildlife said the adult male cougar appeared healthy and apparently simply took advantage of a situation.

Fire investigators continue to comb through the rubble of a house fire in Bridgeport. Fire crews were dispatched to Old Highland Orchard Road at around 10:00 p.m. Sunday but by the time crew arrived, the house had burned to the ground. Two residents in the home were able to escape the fire but two others remain missing. Douglas County Sheriff Kevin Morris says the way the home was constructed is making it difficult to remove rubble. . .

Sheriff Morris says the cause and circumstances of the f ire are still unknown.

A former candidate for 12th District State Representative finds himself in a non-political controversy. NCWLIFE News Director Cal Fitzsimmons tell us more. . .

Coming up next, more smoke may be on the way for folks in Okanogan and Kittitas Counties because of controlled burns later this month. Three city beer brewers are teaming up for the first ever Wenatchee Oktoberfest this weekend, and, The Wenatchee River Salmon Festival returns for the 28th consecutive year to the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery this weekend. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

A heads up for you folks in Okanogan and Kittitas Counties, more smoke may be headed your way. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will be conducting controlled burns later this month into early October to reduce wildfire risks and enhance wildfire habitat.

Prescribed burns will be conducted in the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area and the Methow Wildlife Area in Okanogan County and in the Murray Wildlife Area in Kittitas County. Fish and Wildlife say the controlled burns are monitored constantly until they are out but smoke could makes its way down the valleys into towns and cities. The burn areas range from grasslands to Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir stands that have been thinned and currently contain logging debris and slash. WDFW may conduct other burns on department lands throughout Eastern Washington later this fall as well.

Three city beer brewers are teaming up for the first ever Wenatchee Oktoberfest.

Columbia Valley Brewing, Badger Mountain Brewing and Wenatchee Valley Brewing will be joining forces along Wenatchee’s Brewer’s Row between First Street and Palouse Street on North Columbia Street near downtown. The event is this Saturday, September 22nd from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Tickets are 30 and 35-dollars in advance and 40-dollars the day of the event. Guests will receive 8 tasting tokens and a 4-ounce tasting glass.

The Wenatchee River Salmon Festival returns for the 28th consecutive year to the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery this weekend. Thursday and Friday are set aside for local students to learn about the importance of salmon to our area and Saturday is for everyone. Corky Broaddus told NCWLIFE’s Dan Kuntz this morning there is something for everyone at Salmonfest. . .

A complete listing of activities and exhibits can be found at salmonfest.org.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update with Eric Granstrom and our feature story tonight. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Russell Wilson was sacked six times and turned the ball over twice as the Seahawks fell to the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football 24-17 last night…

In two games, Seattle has allowed 12-sacks, MOST in the NFL.  Chicago led 10-3 at halftime and despite being out-gained throughout the game, the Seahawks still had a chance in the fourth quarter.  But trailing by a touchdown with just over 8-minutes to play, Wilson was intercepted by Prince Amukamura (ah-MOOK-uh-MER-ah), who returned it 49-yards for a game-clinching touchdown.

Seattle Coach Pete Carroll says his team has got to play better in the first half…

Wilson was sacked five times in the first half and finished 22-of-36 for 226 yards and two, fourth quarter touchdowns.  He also threw the pick-six and fumbled in the final frame.  Despite the loss, Wilson continues to be positive…

The Seahawks host Dallas in their home opener this Sunday at CenturyLink Field with kickoff set for 1:25pm.

The Mariners got an 8th inning grand slam home run from Daniel Vogelbach and held Houston to just three hits in a 4-1 win at Minute Maid Park…

Trailing 1-nothing in the 8th, Vogelbach steps up as a pinch hitter for Guillermo Heredia with the bases loaded and two outs.  (Shhh, don’t tell anyone…but let’s sneak a peek at what happened)

Seattle and Houston play again today at 5:10 with Mike Leake facing Josh James.

Also in the American League West last night…

Four Rays pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout of Texas as Tampa Bay won 3-nothing.  The Rays are ahead of Seattle by a half-game as they both chase Oakland for the final A-L Wild Card spot.  The Athletics are 6-and-a-half games up on Tampa Bay and 7 in front of the Mariners as they travel to Anaheim to begin a series with the Angels tonight.

It’s an early-season battle for first place tonight at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl when the Wenatchee Panther girls soccer team hosts Eastmont…

Both teams are 2-and-oh coming into tonight’s 7 o’clock kickoff.  Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen will be in the booth and call all the action LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Also on the prep soccer schedule today, it’s Manson at Bridgeport while Cashmere is at Chelan.  Both those games start at 4:30.

On the volleyball courts tonight…

Manson travels to Brewster; Waterville-Mansfield hosts Oroville and Quincy’s at Cashmere all at 6:30.  At 7, it’s Cascade Christian Academy at Pateros; Wenatchee travels to Sunnyside; and Eastmont hosts the always tough West Valley Rams.

The NCWLIFE Sports Schedule this week is as follows…

As we mentioned, it’s soccer tonight with Wenatchee hosting Eastmont at 7.  Then on Thursday, we’ll feature our first-ever LIVE volleyball match as Wenatchee plays host to Davis at 7 o’clock.  Eric Granstrom will be joined by LeAnne Branham with the play-by-play.  Then on Friday, since Wenatchee and Eastmont are both out of town, we’ll replay last Friday’s Eastmont-Ellensburg game at 7 o’clock.

Speaking of schedules…if you have kids you want to get them down to the Town Toyota Center tonight…

The doors open at 5:30 with a Wenatchee Wild Team Scrimmage starting at 6.  There will be tons of fun stuff for the kids to see and do, including trying their hand at an inflatable slapshot shooting gallery.  NCWLIFE Channel’s Eric Granstrom will be there with his camera to get the kids on TV!  Best of all, it’s all FREE.  That’s the 2018 Wenatchee Wild Kids Day happening today at the Town Toyota Center.

Thanks Eric.

The Wenatchee Downtown Association is hosting their bi-annual Downtown Possibilities Tour tomorrow afternoon. In tonight’s feature story, on a recent visit to Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Wenatchee Downtown Association Executive Director Linda Haglund gave us a preview. . .

Property owners will be on-site for much of the tour to discuss their individual buildings that available for lease or purchase.

We’ll be back with a recap of some of our top stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

Welcome back to the NCWLife Evening News…

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reports a cougar was shot and killed late last week in the Clockum Creek area after reportedly killing four goats. The cat was shot around 9:00 p.m. Friday by the livestock owner who was granted a kill permit by fish and wildlife.

The cougar apparently stashed one of its kills off the Malaga-Alcoa Highway near Tarpiscan Road. Fish and wildlife said the adult male cougar appeared healthy and apparently simply took advantage of a situation.

Chelan County PUD Commissioners have delayed until Nov. 19th a hearing on higher power rates for cryptocurrency miners. A moratorium on high-density cryptocurrency requests, in place since March, was extended while the PUD creates a new rate structure for such operations.

Because of low-cost power in the region, Chelan, Douglas and Grant counties have seen a deluge of power requests from miners of bitcoin and other digital currencies. Whether the PUD can supply all the power and new infrastructure being requested without increasing rates for other power users has been a key point of the discussion. In addition, the PUD would like to see cryptocurrency miners move out of residential areas and has proposed higher rates for home-based operations than for those in commercial and industrial areas, which also would rise. An informational meeting on the rate proposals is planned for Nov.7th and approval of the new rates could happen by Dec.3rd, to go into effect in April, 2019.

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