NCWLIFE Evening News April 18, 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, The latest real estate snapshot for the Wenatchee Valley in March shows the median sales price of a single family home is up once again compared to last year, and, the Rocky Reach Visitor’s Center is changing its name.
But first, we begin tonight. . .


RV Burns -A woman found standing outside a burning RV in Lakeview was arrested for violating a no-contact order Tuesday afternoon. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said the RV, which was behind a home, was destroyed in the blaze and additional RVs may have been damaged. When fire crews arrived about 2:30 p.m. they reported seeing 25-year-old Beatriz Blanco at the fire scene in the 300 block of Ephrata Avenue Northwest. There is a court order prohibiting Blanco from being at or near the home. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


Real Estate Snapshot -The latest real estate snapshot for the Wenatchee Valley in March shows the median sales price is up once again compared to last year. According to Pacific Appraisal Associates, median price in the Wenatchee market was at 336,500 dollars, up 7-percent over last year’s 315,000-dollar price in March. However, the average sales price for a home in March stayed the same as it was in 2018 at 350,989-dollars, up only 424 dollars compared to last year. Total home sales and active listings are down compared to last year. In March of this year, 70 homes were sold, that’s down 16-percent compared to March of last year when 83 homes were sold. There were 91 active home listings last month down 6-percent compared to March of 2018 when there were 97 active listings.


Rocky Reach Discovery Center -A lot of water has flowed through Rocky Reach Dam since its construction over 50 years ago. The Dam’s visitor center was created in 1962 to help tell the story of the Columbia River and Hydroelectric power. The story hasn’t changed over the years but the way its being told is evolving starting with the renaming of the visitors center to the Rocky Reach Discovery Center. Steve Hair reports…


Coming up next, Public utility districts across the state will now be permitted to produce and sell Hydrogen power after Governor Jay Inslee signs legislation introduced by Brad Hawkins. State Route 20, the North Cascades Highway re-opened for the season earlier today, and, Its kids fishing day this Saturday in Rock Island. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.


Welcome back, and in other news…


Hawkins’ Hydrogen Bill -Public utility districts across the state will now be permitted to produce and sell Hydrogen power after Governor Jay Inslee signs legislation introduced by 12th District Senator, Brad Hawkins. Hawkins sponsored legislation that was passed unanimously in both houses. Senator Hawkins brought forward the bill at the request of the Douglas County PUD. The District plans to use electrolysis to separate hydrogen molecules from oxygen molecules in water to produce renewable hydrogen. Renewable hydrogen does not produce carbon emissions when it is produced or consumed. PUD Commissioner Molly Simpson attended Thursday’s bill signing and was among several PUD representatives from across the State along with clean energy advocates and several key legislators to attend the highly publicized event. Among the many who attended the bill signing ceremony were representatives of Toyota who provided demonstrations of its new Hydrogen-powered Mirai.


N. Cascades Highway Reopens -It was an annual rite of spring when the North Cascades Highway reopened this morning. In preparation, the Washington State Department of Transportation this week brought out what they’re calling Mazama the avalanche rescue goat to assess conditions and practice pulling the eastern closure sign off State Route 20. Jurene Brooks, granddaughter of the late Tootsie Clark helped with the official reopening. Tootsie was famed for bringing cinnamon rolls to every opening. The highway has been closed since November 28th. Last year, it wasn’t reopened until May 11th and in 2017, it didn’t reopen until May 16th. The latest opening on record was June 14th in 1974.


Kids Fishing Day -The general fishing season in the State of Washington doesn’t begin for another week. But kids will get an early start this Saturday in Rock Island with an event that, according to Mayor Randy Agnew, has been going on for over 20-years. . .

The fun begins at 8:00 a.m. and runs until Noon for kids under 15-years old and, best of all, its free!


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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Kennel Kameos -Time now for our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, NCWLife’s Rachael Mandelis introduces us to Leo the dog. . .

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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Weekend Events -We leave you tonight with NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson to fill us in on some of the events going on this weekend. . .

CAnd 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.