NCWLIFE Evening News December 19, 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, A nonprofit group dedicated to mountain biking says someone stole 10 bikes set aside for underprivileged kids. As expected, North Central Washington’s representatives were split Wednesday on whether to impeach President Trump, and, Ephrata City Administrator Jim Crago has been hired for the same position with the city of Spokane.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

suspect in October’s white powder scare at the Douglas County courthouse got a reprieve this week. Back in October, election workers allegedly found an unidentified white powder in a ballot envelope sent by Howard Allen Lane of Waterville. Prosecutors charged him that month with prohibited acts in a voting center, but they withdrew the case Monday, saying they need more time to test materials gathered from the courthouse and from Lane’s Waterville home. Those tests are expected to take some time. The charge will be dismissed without prejudice, meaning it could be filed again, depending on the results of those tests.

A nonprofit group dedicated to mountain biking says someone stole 10 bikes set aside for underprivileged kids.

The Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance works on trail building and bike education. On Tuesday, organizers found the bikes, some tools and clothing were taken from a parked trailer in Wenatchee, with a total value of about $4,500 dolars. The bikes were purchased with local donations, and designated for kids who wanted to learn to mountain bike, but couldn’t afford one of their own. If you have information about the theft, call RiverCom at 663-9911

As expected, North Central Washington’s representatives were split Wednesday on whether to impeach President Trump. In fact, all Washington’s members of Congress voted along party lines, with the seven Democratic representatives in favor of impeachment and the three Republicans opposed. Two articles of impeachment were eventually approved by the House. Democratic Representative Kim Schrier of the Eighth District voted in favor of impeachment, saying QUOTE, History will judge this moment, UNQUOTE.

Meanwhile, Republican Representative Dan Newhouse said Democrats failed to present fact-based evidence to support their case for impeachment. . .

Ephrata City Administrator Jim Crago has been hired for the same position with the city of Spokane. Newly elected Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward announced the hiring Wednesday.

Crago has been Ephrata’s city administrator for 16 years and served on the Ephrata City Council prior to that. Ephrata has a population of just under 8,000 while Spokane has over 200,000 residents. Crago is expected to join Spokane city government shortly after Woodward assumes office in January.

Coming up next, Douglas County Commissioners are on the record in opposition to the PUD’s proposed new data center electrical rate increases. Wenatchee city planners won a chance to join a series of statewide workshops on making streets safer and friendlier, and, As the first significant snow of the season arrives, government agencies are sending out timely reminders on how they’d like you to deal with the white stuff. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Douglas County Commissioners are on the record in opposition to the PUD’s proposed new data center electrical rate increases. Commissioners also criticize the Utility for a perceived lack of transparency in the rate adjustment planning process.

Kyle Steinburg wrote a letter to his PUD counterparts outlining his board’s objections to the proposed rate hikes. He says they unfairly target data centers whose recent growth have added to the County’s tax base. He said he was concerned at the time he wrote his letter that the PUD was poised to act on the proposed rates at next Monday’s commission meeting. . .

NCWLIFE is working on a follow up report to this interview. We expect to learn more from the PUD at a scheduled news conference tomorrow in East Wenatchee. PUD Spokeswoman, Meaghan Vibbert says there will be no action taken on the proposed rate adjustments at the December 23rd meeting.

Wenatchee city planners won a chance to join a series of statewide workshops on making streets safer and friendlier. The city was one of three in Washington selected earlier this week for the Complete Streets Leadership Academy, a pilot program aimed at improving urban street design. It joins Airway Heights near Spokane and Arlington. Each city also gets a $10,000 dollar award as part of the program, and has to match $5,000 of it.

As the first significant snow of the season arrives, government agencies are sending out timely reminders on how they’d like you to deal with the white stuff.

First, the Washington Department of Transportation says watch out for its plow crews on state highways. Stay at least 15 car lengths behind a snow plow and never pass a plow on the right.

Chelan County Public Works says keep your garbage cans out of the path of its plows, and retrieve them as soon as possible when they’ve been emptied.

And the city of Wenatchee says take care with chemical deicers to avoid stormwater pollution. Remove as much snow as possible before using deicer and only use as much as needed. Also, sweep up any extra chemicals.

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. . .

Time now for our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, NCWLIFE”s Megan McPherson helps us get to know Caba 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.

The Wenatchee Panthers took over first place in the Big-9 with a narrow victory over Eastmont Wednesday at Eastmont Lanes…

Both teams seemed to feel the pressure of facing their friendly-rival in the 1st game, with Eastmont coming out on top 780-to-715.  Wildcat junior Alivia Ellington rolled a game-high 221 to lead the way.

Wenatchee’s Kylah Hankins bowled a match-high 223 in the second game as the Panthers bounced back for an 868-to-771 victory.

The match had a feeling like it would come down to pin count, yet again to determine a winner.  Wenatchee won the first Baker 171-to-158, which gave the Panthers a 45-pin lead heading into the final Baker.

Eastmont won the final baker 178-to-172 to split the match 2-2, but Wenatchee won on the pin count by 39.

Coach Jeremy Anders and junior Kylah Hankins joined Eric Granstrom after the match…

Eastmont’s anchor bowler Katie Heinz finished with two 148’s.  She and Coach Christy Binge were still feeling confident despite the narrow loss to Wenatchee…

West Valley also out-pinned Moses Lake yesterday to win 3-2, so let’s update the standings.  Wenatchee is alone in first at 6-and-2.  Then you have Eisenhower at 5-and-2.  Eastmont’s in 3rd at 5-and-3, followed by Moses Lake and West Valley at 4-and-3.

We will broadcast yesterday’s match a week from Saturday, December 28th at 1pm here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Coming up on the Sports Schedule for today…

Cashmere travels to Okanogan for a Caribou Trail League doubleheader tonight.  The girls play first at 5:45 followed by the boys at 7:15.

In prep boys swimming and diving, Wenatchee and Davis will swim against Eisenhower at Lions Pool in Yakima this afternoon at 4 o’clock.

And on the wrestling mats tonight, Ephrata travels to Ellensburg at 5.  Cascade, Chelan and Okanogan will meet at Omak for a 6 o’clock double duel.  Wenatchee is home tonight against Eisenhower beginning at 7 o’clock.

Tonight is Hockey Night on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Arch Ecker will have the call of the Wenatchee Wild and Langley Rivermen from back on November 30th at the Town Toyota Center.

Speaking of Arch, he’ll be our guest a little later to chat about the upcoming home series for the Wild against Alberni Valley Friday and Powell River Saturday.  He’ll also touch on the transition from longtime Coach Bliss Littler to Chris Clark taking over the program.

Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner were each selected to their 6th Pro Bowl as starters this week.  Other Seahawks selected as alternates include left tackle Duane Brown, running back Chris Carson, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, safety Quandre Diggs, cornerback Shaquill Griffin, guard Mike Iupati (ewe-POT-ee) and receiver Tyler Lockett.

Coach Pete Carroll says the recognition is well-deserved…

Several players are still question marks for the game coming up Sunday against Arizona, including Wagner, Diggs, Clowney and Ziggy Ansah…

Seattle will host the Cardinals Sunday at CenturyLink Field at 1:25.  The game will be broadcast on FOX. 

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, let’s check in with NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson now for a look at what’s happening around the valley for you to enjoy this weekend. . .

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Dan. . .

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.