NCWLIFE Evening News April 17, 2019

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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, 12 large buildings along Wenatchee’s waterfront are now up for sale opening the door for more downtown development, and, Chelan County commissioners say they are closely monitoring the State’s plans for managing a new wolf pack recently discovered in this area.
But first, we begin tonight. . .


Okanogan Drowning -Okanogan County Sheriff, Tony Hawley shared these photos of search and rescue divers recovering a drowning victim’s body following a multi-agency weeklong search. The sheriff reports 19- year old Alexander Bravo-Marroquin disappeared on April 4th. He and his brother were reportedly in a canoe that overturned on Washburn Pond off State Route 17. The younger brother was able to swim safely to shore but his brother’s body could not be located until Tuesday when a special dive team from Idaho located the victim’s body. The sheriff says the search involved local, State, Federal and Tribal agencies as well as multiple volunteers.


Wenatchee Property Sale- Two large groups of industrial buildings in Wenatchee are up for sale. Food storage and transportation company, Lineage Logistics is selling 12 acres of property for 13.6 million dollars. The buildings are currently used for refrigerated food storage. The sale is being brokered by Kidder Mathews, a major Westcoast commercial real estate firm. Their website describes the Wenatchee Industrial Portfolio as two groups of buildings located in downtown Wenatchee, adjacent to the Columbia River. The offering is grouped into two building clusters. The North Plant site is located on North Worthen Street bounded on the North by Palouse Street and on the South by Orondo Street. The South Plant site is located on Columbia Street. The properties combined measure over 320-thousand square feet. The area is zoned as waterfront mixed-use which allows for residential, commercial, recreation, or professional office use. Mayor Frank Kuntz:
The properties are also located within areas designated as “Opportunity Zones” in which investors would be eligible for tax breaks to develop new businesses.


Wolf Pack Chelan Commissioners -Chelan County commissioners say they are closely monitoring the State’s plans for managing a new wolf pack recently discovered in this area. Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife said in its annual report that one breeding pair of wolves was confirmed in the Naneum Ridge area between Blewett Pass and Mission Ridge. Commissioner Doug England says he’s not surprised. . .

Bob Bugert says the discovery creates new challenges for the State wildlife managers. . .

Bugert adds that going forward the State will have to work closely with local government in addressing the complex issues relating to wolf recovery and possible conflicts with his constituents.

Coming up next, Link Transit will be asking Chelan and Douglas county voters for an increase in the sales tax that would be used to increase services. In an official statement issued Tuesday, Douglas County Commissioners say they’re changing the way they say things, and, Law enforcement agencies from all over the state will commemorate this Saturday, April 20th with impaired driving high visibility enforcement and extra patrols. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.


Welcome back, and in other news. . .


Link Tax Increase -Link Transit will be asking Chelan and Douglas county voters for a Point-2 percent increase in the sales tax that would be used to increase services and pay for other transit improvements. The Link board voted Tuesday to put the measure on the August 6th ballot. Link has been operating with Point-4 percent sales tax since its inception in 1990. The point-2 percent increase would add two cents in sales tax to a $10 purchase. Among the additional services would be Sunday and evening routes.


Douglas County Wording -In an official statement issued Tuesday, Douglas County Commissioners say they’re changing the way they say things. Specifically, the commissioners vow to no longer say county funded when referring to operations and projects paid for by county funds. Instead they’ll be saying tax payer funded. Explaining the change, commissioners Dan Sutton, Kyle Steinburg and Marc Straub said QUOTE, We believe that this shift in dialogue will serve as a reminder as to the source of our funding, UNQUOTE.


420 Impaired Driving -The term 4-20 is used to refer to marijuana or the act of smoking marijuana. The date 4-20 is considered an occasion for smoking or celebrating the smoking of marijuana. That being said, the Washington State Patrol, as well as Sheriff Departments from Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas and Okanogan counties will commemorate this Saturday, April 20th with impaired driving high visibility enforcement and extra patrols. The last time April 20th fell on a Saturday, increases in collisions nationwide resembled the levels seen after a Super Bowl. Whether you smoke, eat, vape or dab marijuana this may lead you to becoming impaired and therefore not able to operate a motor vehicle safely. A person may experience more impairment when they mix marijuana with any other drug including alcohol. In preparation for the possible increase in impaired driving over the weekend, law enforcement from multiple agencies across the state will be working from 3:00 P.M. Saturday to 3:00 A.M. Sunday.


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


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Feature -In tonight’s feature story and in honor of Earth Day, the non-profit Sustainable Wenatchee visited with Dan Kuntz on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley recently to talk about the Earth Day Fair at Pybus Public Market this Saturday. . .

And that is a look at your local weather forecast, coming up next, tonight’s sports report with Eric Granstrom and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.


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Thanks Eric. Recapping tonight’s top story. . .


Okanogan Drowning -Okanogan County Sheriff, Tony Hawley shared these photos of search and rescue divers recovering a drowning victim’s body following a multi-agency weeklong search. The sheriff reports 19- year old Alexander Bravo-Marroquin disappeared on April 4th. He and his brother were reportedly in a canoe that overturned on Washburn Pond off State Route 17. The younger brother was able to swim safely to shore but his brother’s body could not be located until Tuesday when a special dive team from Idaho located the victim’s body. The sheriff says the search involved local, State, Federal and Tribal agencies as well as multiple volunteers.
 

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