NCWLIFE Evening News December 11, 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, Don’t blame the DOT if you get stuck on Stevens Pass during avalanche control work, we will tell you why. A mental health nonprofit in Leavenworth earned a windfall from the owners of Stevens Pass Ski Area, and, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife recently ventured into vast and varying landscape of the Columbia Basin near Ephrata to survey the mule deer population.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

An orchard development company says Chelan County unlawfully interfered in its right to plant more cherries, and it’s filed a claim for damages. Wheeler Ridge LLC, owned by grower Kyle Mathison, says the county overstepped its legal authority to conserve land in the Stemilt Basin for wildlife and recreation, and stymied the company’s plans for 250 acres of cherry orchard on its private land in the area – identified in yellow on Section 17 on this map. The claim for damages, filed with the county last Friday, is a legal necessity before a civil suit can go to court. No such lawsuit has been filed.

Don’t blame the DOT if you get stuck on Stevens Pass during avalanche control work. Officials say drivers receive plenty of advance notice when the Cascades Passes are scheduled to close. DOT regional spokeswoman, Lauren Loebsack explains that social media enables motorists to access DOT pass information in a timely fashion. . .

Mike Stanford heads up the avalanche control operations for the DOT’s North Central Washington region. . .

The DOT pass reports are available as apps which are available on the WSDOT website. You can also use Twitter and Facebook to monitor the most current pass conditions.

A mental health nonprofit in Leavenworth earned a windfall from the owners of Stevens Pass Ski Area. Upper Valley Cares is one of 18 behavioral health agencies to share $2.8 million in donations from the Katz Amsterdam Charitable Trust, established by the owners of Vail Resorts. UVCares says it will use its $50,000 gift as seed capital to establish a free health clinic and counseling.

UVCares works with Cascade Medical Center for clients in Leavenworth, Lake Wenatchee, Peshastin and other Upper Valley communities. The grants are targeted at communities where Vail Resorts operates its ski

In what should be of great interest to hunters, wildlife biologist Ella Rowan with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife recently ventured into vast and varying landscape of the Columbia Basin near Ephrata to survey the mule deer population.

The Columbia Basin is home to the largest concentration of mule deer in the state and is extremely popular with hunters. After each hunting season, the herds are surveyed by both ground and air, with the results determining whether there might need to be changes made to the hunting season and permits.

After counting and recording more than 100 deer, Ella reported that the mule deer population is generally doing well and holding steady this year.

Coming up next, Fona Sugg, chief administrator of Chelan County Superior court for the last decade, was named Court Manager of the Year last month by the Washington State Courts. Link Transit wants to hear from the public about potential changes to its service between Wenatchee and Leavenworth, and, State Senator Brad Hawkins thinks it’s about time Washington had an apple-themed license plate.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Fona Sugg, chief administrator of Chelan County Superior court for the last decade, was named Court Manager of the Year last month by the Washington State Courts. NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins and Kaitlin Hetterscheidt visited Fona at the courthouse to find out more. . .

Link Transit wants to hear from the public about potential changes to its service between Wenatchee and Leavenworth. An open house is scheduled for Thursday between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. at Leavenworth City Hall.

Among the changes being considered is having its buses no longer end their routes at the Wilkommen Park and Ride. The park and ride opened in July and Link Spokesman Eric West said several people have said it isn’t working for them. Link also is looking at expanding hours for its Leavenworth shuttle service and is exploring the idea of an express service between Wenatchee and Leavenworth. Voters approved a sales tax increase in August that will allow Link Transit to increase its routes and hours throughout its service areas.

State Senator Brad Hawkins thinks it’s about time Washington had an apple-themed license plate. The 12th District legislator has pre-filed a bill for the 2020 legislative session that aims to make the plate a reality.

Already, he has 20 bi-partisan co-sponsors for the bill. Hawkins is teaming with the Washington Apple Commission and the Washington Apple Education Foundation in pushing for recognition for the state’s best-selling fruit. The Apple Commission has contributed $6,300 in start-up costs and is gathering the 3,500 signatures necessary to show sufficient interest in an apple plate.

Washington already has a wide variety of specialty plates people can purchase, featuring everything from universities, to parks to veterans to wildlife.

You’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.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .

As most of us in Northcentral Washington already know, Winthrop is a small town nestled at the eastern end of the North Cascades Highway. In tonight’s feature story, you never know what you are going to see on the streets of this western-themed town and it’s also one of former Washington Secretary of State Ralph Munro’s, favorite places. . .

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.

Eastmont Lanes was the site for a showdown yesterday afternoon between 1st-place Eisenhower and 3rd-place Wenatchee…

Shortly into the first game, Wenatchee’s best bowler, Kylah Hankins, had to pull out because of back pain.  That’s when Cami Carter stepped in and helped finish a 167 the pushed the Panthers past the Cadets 743-to-699.

Ike surged out to a 95-pin lead at one point in the second game, but Wenatchee clawed back behind a 213 from Kayla Musgrove and a 178 from Jaiden Thompson to win 791-to-774.

The Cadets won the two baker games, so the match came down to a total pin count, which Wenatchee won 1,800 to 1,751.  The loss was Eisenhower’s first of the season.  The Panthers improved to 4-and-2 with the win.

Meanwhile, just down the alley from Wenatchee and Ike, Eastmont was having no trouble winning its non-league match with Ellensburg 4-0.  And at Lakebowl in Moses Lake, the Chiefs beat Davis 3-1 to jump into a 1st-place tie with Eisenhower at 4-and-1.

Turning to the Les Schwab Prep Girls Basketball Scoreboard from last night…

Moses Lake traveled to Kamiakin and picked up a big 64-22 victory.  Quincy beat Wahluke by 11, 41-30.  Connell stopped Ephrata 49-36.  The Waterville-Mansfield girls lost for the first time this season, falling to Liberty Bell 58-44.  And Manson edged Soap Lake 33-30.

On the Les Schwab prep Boys Basketball Scoreboard, Moses Lake ran into a buzz saw in Post Falls, Idaho, falling 87-61.  Ephrata dumped Connell 73-41.  Wahluke put up 90 on Quincy, downing the Jackrabbits by 18.  Okanogan was 12 better than Cascade 48-36.  Manson mauled Soap Lake 63-17.  And Liberty Bell completed the sweep at Waterville-Mansfield, winning 63-53.

The Wenatchee Wild are in Trail tonight to try to get Chris Clark his first win as Interim Head Coach…

Wenatchee has slid to 5th place in the Interior Division standings at 16-14-3-and-1 with 36-points.  Trail sits in second place of the Division at 19-12-2-1-and-1 with 42 points. 

The Wild are coming off a 4-2 loss at Coquitlam Sunday in front of 262-fans.  The Express, apparently unbeknownst to the people in the Vancouver suburb, are blowing the doors off the entire BCHL at 28-and-5 with 56-points, tops in the league.  Coquitlam is 16-points better than second-place Chilliwack in the Mainland Division.

The puck drops at 7 o’clock tonight and you can hear the game with our buddy Arch Ecker on 560AM KPQ.

Wenatchee returns home for the annual Teddy Bear Toss Friday night against Salmon Arm.  Fans are encouraged to bring stuffed animals to the game and toss them onto the ice when Wenatchee scores its first goal.  The bears go to Operation Santa, which distributes them to needy children in the area.

Former Wenatchee Panther Trey Adams is among 5 Washington Huskies selected to the All Pac-12 First Team…

It’s the second time for Adams along with fellow offensive lineman Nick Harris.  Also selected first teamers for the Dawgs are tight end Hunter Bryant; defensive lineman Levi Onwuzurike (on-WOOZE-er-EE-kee) and defensive back Elijah Molden.

One Washington State Cougar was selected to the first team in the Pac-12, kicker Blake Mazza.

The Seahawks will be traveling to Charlotte Sunday to face the Carolina Panthers…

In Coach Pete Carroll’s 10-years in Seattle, the Seahawks have faced the Panthers 7 times in the regular season and 2 times in the playoffs.  Even though they’re without Cam Newton and Ron Rivera has been fired as head coach, Carroll says he’s very familiar with the challenges they pose…

On of the biggest challenges for Seattle’s defense Sunday will be Christian McCaffrey.  He’s currently 3rd in the NFL in rushing yards and fourth in the league in number of receptions…

Seattle and Carolina kick off from Bank of America Stadium Sunday morning at 10 o’clock on FOX.

Thanks Eric.

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