NCWLIFE Evening News December 20, 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, Grant County’s drug task force raided a Moses Lake home Thursday for the second time in a little more than a month. The Douglas County PUD is getting pushback on its proposal to raise power rates on data centers by up to 55 percent over the next five years, and, A Chelan County court settlement that would have paid back wages to thousands of migrant workers is on hold after a judge’s order.
But first, we begin tonight. . .
Thursday Wrecks -As the snow arrived Thursday afternoon so too did the reports of vehicle accidents. Beginning about 1:30, the calls started coming in to RiverCom, and by late evening law enforcement in the area had responded to 65 wrecks. Chelan County, Wenatchee, Douglas County and East Wenatchee were responsible for 35 of those accidents. There were no reports of serious injuries in any of the accidents. The wrecks were spread throughout the region, with East Wenatchee leading the way with 10. State highways also presented problems for drivers, with Highway 97 Blewett Pass between the summit and Big Y the biggest problem area. Overall, the State Patrol responded to 30 accidents in the Wenatchee Valley. Problems with ice and snow continued into this morning, with the Quincy and Moses Lake school districts cancelling classes and the Wenatchee and Cashmere districts starting two hours late.
Home Raided Again -Grant County’s drug task force raided a Moses Lake home Thursday for the second time in a little more than a month. The Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team served a warrant at the home on Stanley Road Northeast about 5:00 a.m. and reported seizing an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine, cash and a stolen 2005 Nissan Murano. Arrested for suspicion of possession of meth with intent to deliver in a school zone were 38-year-old Andrew J. Gilbert Jr. and 36-year-old Pete Lopez. Gilbert, a convicted felon also was arrested in the November 10th raid after first attempting to flee on foot. Numerous drugs and weapons were also seized in that raid.
Douglas PUD Rates -The Douglas County PUD is getting pushback on its proposal to raise power rates on data centers by up to 55 percent over the next five years. The proposal’s even more extreme for cryptocurrency users, jacking up rates by 110 percent by 2024. PUD Manager Gary Ivory says it’s necessary to help pay for shoring up earthworks on either side of Wells Dam. Opponents including Douglas County Commissioner Kyle Steinburg say the proposal would inflate operating costs for data processing centers, like the Sabey datacenter near Pangborn Airport. . .
PUD commissioners are expected to discuss the proposal at their Monday meeting, but no vote is likely to take place until next year.
Stemilt Farmworker Settlement -A Chelan County court settlement that would have paid back wages to thousands of migrant workers is on hold after a judge’s order. Stemilt Ag Services was prepared to pay more than $80,000 to an estimated 4,300 Mexican H-2A workers employed as far back as 2015, for field tasks separate from orchard harvesting. But Columbia Legal Services, a nonprofit civil defense agency, says the settlement would exclude about 1,100 more workers who were not properly notified of the class action, in part due to an unreliable Mexican mail system. On Thursday, Superior Court Judge Lesley Allan refused to authorize the settlement, which would also have paid $93,000 in attorneys’ fees and administrative costs. No new settlement date has been scheduled.
Coming up next, Eighth District Congresswoman Kim Schrier says a holdup in appointments to a federal committee could cause problems for important projects in Chelan County. It didn’t take long for the city of Ephrata to find a replacement for its departing city administrator, and, Thursday was ugly sweater day at Lee Elementary in East Wenatchee, we will show the just how ugly. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.
Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Rural Schools Funding -Eighth District Congresswoman Kim Schrier says a holdup in appointments to a federal committee could cause problems for important projects in Chelan County. Secure Rural Schools Title 2 funds are given to communities with large amounts of non-taxable federal land. That money is used for a variety of projects improvements on federal land in Chelan County, from Chelan Basin weed control to the Leavenworth Ski Hill. But the 12-member Rural Advisory Committees that allocate those funds need to have nine members present to make decisions. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Schrier joined with several other lawmakers in pointing out that 60 percent of the committees currently lack a quorum. Schrier said that has led to about $55 million dollars in funds that have not yet been allocated.
Ephrata City Administrator -It didn’t take long for the city of Ephrata to find a replacement for its departing city administrator. The city announced today that the job will go to Police Chief Mike Warren. Current administrator Wes Crago was hired this week for the same role with the city of Spokane after 16 years with Ephrata. He will leave for Spokane in February. Ephrata will now be looking for a new police chief.
Ugly Sweaters -Thursday was ugly sweater day at Lee Elementary in East Wenatchee. Though there may have been some questionable fashion choices, the ugliest of sweaters couldn’t hide the cuteness of the kids wearing them. . .

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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 final weekend before Christmas. . .
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Adverse weather caused some sports postponements last night, but the Caribou Trail League stuck to the schedule… Hailey Van Lith scored 36-points to lead Cashmere over Okanogan 63-38.  On the boy’s side, Cashmere had no trouble downing Okanogan 73-46.They also got some prep wrestling done at Omak High School last night… Omak topped Chelan 29-28 and the Goats fell to Okanogan 42-36.  The Bulldogs topped Cascade 54-15 and the Kodiaks fell to Omak 48-36.Ephrata at Ellensburg’s match was rescheduled to January 14th.  Eisenhower at Wenatchee was cancelled.On the wrestling schedule for today, Wenatchee is in Pasco for a multi-team meet at 4 o’clock.  The Panthers will be in Yakima along with Cascade and Ephrata tomorrow for the Cadet Classic beginning at 9am. Eastmont is in Kitsap for the Hammerhead Invite today at 10 and tomorrow at 9am.  Moses Lake is in Post Falls, Idaho for the Tri-State Invite today at 10 and tomorrow at 8am.And the Moses Lake and Quincy girls are at the Newport Tournament beginning tomorrow morning at 10am. Coming up on the Prep Basketball Schedule today, beginning with the girls… The early games all begin at 5:45 with Wenatchee at Davis; Eastmont hosts West Valley; Moses Lake travels to Sunnyside; Quincy’s in Wapato; Ephrata hosts Ellensburg; and Cascade plays at Omak.  At 6 tonight it’s Liberty Bell at Manson; Waterville-Mansfield hosts Soap Lake; and Chelan is at Brewster.  Tonight at 7:30, it’s Cashmere hosting Mt. Spokane. On the boy’s schedule tonight, it’s a 7:15 start-time for Quincy at Wapato; Ephrata hosting Ellensburg; and Cascade at Omak.  The 7:30 games have Wenatchee at Davis; Eastmont hosting West Valley; Moses Lake in Sunnyside; Brewster hosting Chelan; Liberty Bell at Manson; and Soap Lake visiting Waterville-Mansfield. Coming up tomorrow in girls basketball, Entiat starts off the day at Riverside Christian at Noon.  Ephrata has a 3:30 start time at East Valley while Quincy hosts Ellensburg.  At 5:30, it’s W.F. West at Cashmere; Wenatchee hosts Sunnyside; and Eastmont travels to Moses Lake. And on the boy’s courts Saturday, Entiat and Riverside Christian tip at 1:30.  At 5 it’s Ephrata at East Valley and Quincy hosting Ellensburg.  Then at 7:30, Wenatchee takes on Sunnyside while the Wildcats are in Chiefs country.


Thanks Eric. Recapping tonight’s top story. . .
Stemilt Farmworker Settlement -A Chelan County court settlement that would have paid back wages to thousands of migrant workers is on hold after a judge’s order. Stemilt Ag Services was prepared to pay more than $80,000 to an estimated 4,300 Mexican H-2A workers employed as far back as 2015, for field tasks separate from orchard harvesting. But Columbia Legal Services, a nonprofit civil defense agency, says the settlement would exclude about 1,100 more workers who were not properly notified of the class action, in part due to an unreliable Mexican mail system. On Thursday, Superior Court Judge Lesley Allan refused to authorize the settlement, which would also have paid $93,000 in attorneys’ fees and administrative costs. No new settlement date has been scheduled.
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 weekend.