Evening News September 27, 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, Giga Watt, a cryptocurrency mining company who built several demo pods for bitcoin mining near Pangborn Airport, is having financial difficulties. 132,000 tons of ground beef sold across the Western United States by Cargill Meat Solutions of Colorado has been recalled because it is possibly contaminated by E. coli, and, Foothills Middle School’s Vex Robotics program received special recognition at yesterday’s GWATA Innovators Awards Luncheon.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

This is how it looked earlier this morning on South Mission Street in Wenatchee where an injury traffic accident occurred. Witnesses say it happened around 5:45 in the construction zone where crews have been repaving the street when a pedestrian was struck by a car. The injured person was transported to Confluence Health for treatment. The driver, identified as 33-year John Jason Sanders-Amodt was arrested and booked for driving with a suspended license.

In a report to Commissioners on Tuesday, Port of Douglas County Executive Director Lisa Parks said, Giga Watt, a cryptocurrency mining company who built several demo pods for bitcoin mining near Pangborn Airport, is having financial difficulties.

Giga Watt founder and CEO, Dave Carlson, resigned on August 15th and within the past week, Giga Watt has laid off all but 13 of their 70 employees. Two local electrical companies have filed leans against Giga Watt for more than 600,000-dollars. Last November, Giga Watt held a ribbon-cutting ceremony that included a 30-megawatt substation to provide power to the proposed 17 demo pods. Only one of those pods is operational while 10 others that have been built awaiting the completion of the substation. Economic Development Manager with the Port Ron Cridlebaugh says Giga Watts financial difficulties came as a surprise to Port officials. . .

Giga Watt has also faced several civil lawsuits from investors. The Port has sent a letter of default to the company as a way to work them out of the financial crisis while officials at Giga Watt say the vision of bringing large-scale blockchain supercomputing to the Wenatchee Valley remains. NCWLIFE tried to contact officials at Giga Watt several times today but we received no response.

132,000 tons of ground beef sold across the Western United States by Cargill Meat Solutions of Colorado has been recalled because it is possibly contaminated by E. coli.

If you have purchased ground beef brands Sterling Silver, Excel, Classic Ground Beef or Certified Angus Ground Beef brands from Safeway, Albertsons or Target Stores that have the establishment number, EST. 86R and a use by and freeze date of July 11th, you are urged to dispose of the package.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued an official list of stores where the meat was sold and it includes Wenatchee, Chelan, Ephrata and Moses Lake. One person has died and 17 others have become ill from eating the beef so far. Symptoms of E. coli include stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting, all of which can be severe in nature.

Foothills Middle School’s Vex Robotics program received special recognition at yesterday’s GWATA Innovators Awards Luncheon. Program coordinator, Brigitte Wiegand won the award for STEM Educator of the year. Brigitte helped lead multiple teams to the VEX IQ World Championships and this year she also received the Mentor of the Year award. She spoke with NCWLIFE News prior to her receiving the GWATA honors . . .

After their coach won her award the VEX Robotics FBI team of 7th and 8th grade students were selected for the Future Technology Leader of the Year award. Theirs and Wiegand’s accomplishments were profiled in a video produced by North40 Productions . . .

Over the past two years, Brigitte has helped streamline the program, raised over $60,000 to keep the program going, and increased its participants from 25 students to over 100 students.

Coming up next, The City of Wenatchee wants to get your feedback on the future of the intersection of Washington and Buchanan Streets near the Chelan County Government complex. SAGE is hosting a 5K fun run and walk this Saturday morning at the Pybus Public Market to benefit their Child and Family Advocacy Center, and, we will show you time lapse video of the road work that shut down Blewett Pass earlier this month.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The City of Wenatchee wants to get your feedback on the future of the intersection of Washington and Buchanan Streets near the Chelan County Government complex. The City’s Director of Community Development, Steve King says they’re  considering a plan to transform the intersection into a public plaza. He talked about the project at a special pop-up event there this morning. . .

The pop-up event featured an impromptu street fair with refreshments, venders and arts and crafts. The City’s website has more information on the Public Plaza project.

SAGE is hosting a 5K fun run and walk this Saturday morning at the Pybus Public Market to benefit their Child and Family Advocacy Center. On a recent visit to Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Jessica Johnson talked about what to expect, including your chance to meet Hank the facility dog. . .

Participants can register on-site the morning of the run or on-line at Find Safety dot ORG.

Culvert replacement and road repair shut down Blewett Pass for 6 days earlier this month. If you were wondering what took 6 days to complete, here’s a time lapse look courtesy of the Department of Transportation. . .

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, tonight’s feature story and your complete Northcentral Washington weather forecast. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .

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

 

Coming up next, Eric Granstrom with a look at sports and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

The Wenatchee Wild skated with a man-down for what seems like most of last night’s game at West Kelowna, falling to the Warriors 5-2 in BCHL play as we look at the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

15 penalties were called, 10 of which against Wenatchee as West Kelowna scored four goals on power plays, the first of which came at the 4:35 mark of the first period.

The Wild would finally get on the board shortly before the end of the second period.  Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Radio Network, with the video courtesy of Hockey TV…

 

The Warriors would add two more goals for the 5-2 margin.  Wenatchee now skates at Vernon for a game against the Vipers tomorrow night.  Then they’ll be at Trail Saturday night at 7.

Coming up on the prep sports calendar, first in soccer…

Manson travels to Tonasket while Omak hosts Cashmere at 4:30.  Cascade plays under the lights tonight at home against Okanogan at 6:30.  And Wenatchee takes its 4-and-1 Big 9 record into Yakima to face 0-and-4 Eisenhower at 7 o’clock.

It’s a jam-packed volleyball schedule…

It begins at 5:30 with Cascade Christian hosting Moses Lake Christian while Easton is at Entiat.  Then at 6:30, Manson’s at Soap Lake; Waterville-Mansfield hosts Almira-Coulee-Hartline; Okanogan is at Cascade; and Cashmere travels to Omak.  The 7 o’clock matches have Eastmont at Sunnyside while Wenatchee hosts Moses Lake.

The Seahawks were able to rush the ball 39-times against Dallas last weekend in a 24-13 victory.  It’s a recipe head coach Pete Carroll hopes they can continue this Sunday when Seattle travels to Arizona to play the Cardinals.

In assessing the offensive line play, Carroll says DJ Fluker (FLOOK-er) and JR Sweezey both played well against the Cowboys, but it was the ability of the offense to limit mistakes and penalties that made the difference…

Great news for Seahawks fans is that wide receiver Doug Baldwin returned to practice yesterday.  Carroll says they’re being cautious about rushing him back…

Seattle kicks off at Arizona Sunday at 1:05 on FOX.

Matt Olson hit a grand slam home run and Oakland capitalized on another shaky outing for Felix Hernandez and beat the Mariners 8-3 last night at Safeco Field…

Hernandez took the loss, going 4-innings and allowing 5-runs on 3 hits, including 2 home runs to fall to 8-and-14 on the season.  The big question is whether we’ve seen Felix for the last time in a Mariner uniform.  Manager Scott Servais says they’ll visit with each player about the future once the season’s over…

Seattle begins its final series of the season tonight against Texas at 7:10 with Marco Gonzalez making his last start of the season against the Ranger’s Ariel Jurado.

Thanks Eric.

Time now for NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson to fill us in on some of the events going on this weekend. . .

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.