NCWLIFE Evening News, February 11, 2020

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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, East Wenatchee police are investigating a case of vandalism that could be classified as a hate crime. The Grant County Coroner’s Office has identified the man killed in an early morning travel trailer fire in Royal City last Friday. Governor Jay Inslee’s emergency declaration for counties facing flood danger now includes Grant County, and, Classes at Soap Lake schools were cancelled today and tomorrow after a water main break that cut off water to both the district’s schools.     

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Schools in Omak were secured for about an hour this morning after a threatening call to the district’s administration office.

Omak Police Chief Jeff Koplin said 35-year-old Omak resident Beau True was arrested for felony harassment and taken to the Okanogan County Jail about an hour after making the threat to an administration secretary. Koplin said the schools were put into a secure building status, which is different than a lockdown, adding that True was never at any of the school buildings. The nature of the threat was not released but the school district described it as a general threat against the district as a whole.

East Wenatchee police are investigating a case of vandalism that could be classified as a hate crime. A vehicle owner discovered his car damaged and spray-painted with a homophobic slur on Friday morning, in the 1400 block of North Baker Avenue. Repair costs are estimated close to $3,000 dollars. Police are seeking information about the incident. If you saw or heard something, call RiverCom at 663-9911.

The Grant County Coroner’s Office has identified the man killed in an early morning travel trailer fire in Royal City last Friday as 85-year-old Petro Barajas Garcia.

The 4:00 a.m. blaze in the 3100 block of Road 13-Southwest was believed to have been started by a faulty space heater.

Governor Jay Inslee’s emergency declaration for counties facing flood danger now includes Grant County.

The governor’s office broadened the number of counties affected this morning from 20 to 25, adding south central counties including Grant, Yakima and Kittitas. Western Washington roads like State Route 4 have already been affected by washouts and mudslides caused by heavy rain. Inslee’s new declaration points to severe weather forecasts for the southern part of the state through the coming weekend. Long-range predictions call for a 50 to 60 percent chance of rain or snow for areas around the Yakima Basin by Saturday.

Classes at Soap Lake schools were cancelled today and tomorrow after a water main break that cut off water to both the district’s schools.

In addition, all after-school activities and practices have been cancelled. The break was first noticed at the district’s softball field and is expected to take at least through tomorrow to fix.

Coming up next, Chelan/Douglas Regional Port Authority CEO, Jim Kuntz says he expects a lot of new business development to occur this year in Wenatchee’s downtown warehouse district. The Wenatchee School Board is trying to set guidelines for how its members interact with the superintendent, and with each other. The parks department for the city of Chelan says it’s keeping better track of its golf course operations, and, A Verizon phone outage affected thousands of 911 services around North Central Washington late Monday and into this morning. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Chelan/Douglas Regional Port Authority CEO, Jim Kuntz says he expects a lot of new business development to occur this year in Wenatchee’s downtown warehouse district.

The port purchased over 100-thousand square feet of old fruit storage warehouses from Lineage Logistics with the intent of marketing the area for commercial development. So far, he says there’s been a lot of interest. . .

Kuntz says the Port is currently in the process of subdividing the Lineage properties into smaller parcels and working to establish design criteria. He said in a recent NCWLIFE interview that the plans are on a fast-track for development. . .

Kuntz appears on a recent segment of In-Focus with Steve Hair. He also commented on other Port projects including a status report on Pangborn Airport’s ongoing efforts to add air service to San Francisco. The interview is available on demand at ncwlife.com.

The Wenatchee School Board is trying to set guidelines for how its members interact with the superintendent, and with each other.

The board, with three newly elected or appointed members, spent more than 45 minutes at its most recent workshop going over 11 norms that would guide its future debates, as well as 14 operating principles. Among other steps, the guidelines would narrow the use of personal electronics during meetings, and keep board members from communicating outside meetings with administrators, staff or teachers, aside from Superintendent Paul Gordon. The norms also state that board members should not, quote, press narrow personal agendas.

The parks department for the city of Chelan says it’s keeping better track of its golf course operations.

That’s in the wake of a state audit released Monday, which said as of 2018, the pro shop at the Lake Chelan Municipal Golf Course wasn’t appropriately monitoring its refunds, employee discounts, and inventory. No losses were identified, but the State Auditor’s Office says practices at the golf course exposed the city to too much risk of theft or mismanagement. The city says in 2019, it set up policies and procedures to prevent future losses. Among other steps, employee discounts in the pro shop have been eliminated.

A Verizon phone outage affected thousands of 911 services around North Central Washington late Monday and into this morning. The voice and data fault lasted for about seven hours, starting about 9 p.m., after a truck apparently sliced into a data line. Until service was restored, emergency dispatchers in Grant County warned Verizon users that they’d have to use a phone from another telecom service in order to call 911. Service was restored about 4:20 a.m. this morning.

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. . .

In tonight’s feature story, we bring you amazing video provided by Naval Station Whidbey Island which showcases the activities of a premier U.S. Navy Search and Rescue team practicing their craft, much of the video shot right here in Chelan County. . .

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.

This is the last week of the regular season for many area high school basketball teams.  And for some, tonight is the last game…

Such is the case for the Eastmont Wildcats girls basketball team.  Following its only win of the Big-9 schedule last Friday, Eastmont wraps up its season on the road tonight in Sunnyside at 5:45.

Meanwhile, Wenatchee hosts West Valley on Senior Night tonight.  The Panthers will recognize seven senior’s contributions to the program in a ceremony prior to tonight’s 5:45 game.  We’ll have it on the NCWLIFE Channel with Grant Olson courtside for the play-by-play.  It will be streamed LIVE on our Facebook page and then on TV following the Evening News at 6:30.

Tonight’s game could be a precursor of Wenatchee’s play-in game in the District Tournament next Tuesday…

As the No. 6 seed, the Panthers could be traveling to West Valley for the District Play-In game.  But with most teams in the league playing two games this week, there’s still positioning up in the air.  The only thing for sure is that Moses Lake is the League Champion and will host the District Championship next Friday at 6 o’clock and Eastmont is out of the playoffs.

Also on the prep girls schedule tonight, Cashmere wraps up the Caribou Trail League regular season at Okanogan at 5:45.  The Entiat girls host Easton tonight at 5:45 on Senior Night.  They’ll recognize Gemma Delgado and Mika Sanford, the only two seniors on the roster.

And, in the first round of the CWAC District Tournament, Ephrata travels to Grandview to play a loser-out game at 7 o’clock.

The only thing for sure in the Big-9 boys race to the playoffs are the top two teams that will play for the District Championship…

Eastmont will play at West Valley next Thursday at 6 o’clock for the District Title with the Rams the regular season Big-9 Champion.  The two through six spots in the District Tournament are still to be determined…

Wenatchee hosts West Valley tonight at 7:30.  We’ll have it LIVE with Grant Olson on our Facebook stream and then on TV tonight around 8 o’clock.  The Panthers will finish at Moses Lake Friday, which could be a precursor to their District Play-In game next Tuesday at Wenatchee High School.

Eastmont plays at Sunnyside tonight at 7:30 with the Grizzlies trying to position itself above Davis in order to host a Play-In game Tuesday.

The last game in the Caribou Trail League season is tonight in Okanogan where Cashmere faces the Bulldogs from the north at 7:15.  Tonight’s game is a preview of Saturday’s District Championship where the two teams will meet again at Eastmont High School at 7 o’clock.

Speaking of which, here’s a look at the NCWLIFE Sports Schedule for this week…

As we mentioned, it begins tonight with a doubleheader on senior night at Wenatchee High School where the Panthers host West Valley.

Hockey Night Thursday features a game from February 1st between the Wenatchee Wild and Coquitlam Express.

Then we’ll be courtside at Eastmont High School Saturday for the District 6 1-A Championship games between the Cashmere girls and Omak at 5 followed by the Cashmere boys and Okanogan at 7.  Eric Granstrom will have your play-by-play here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

The rebuild for the Seattle Mariners takes a big step tomorrow in Peoria, Arizona when pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training…

Seattle’s camp will be filled with terms like prospects and position battles with so many rookies and youngsters trying to make the opening day roster.  General Manager Jerry Dipoto says their game-plan is coming together…

While pitchers and catchers report tomorrow, the full squad won’t be in camp until a week from today.  Seattle’s first Cactus League game is a week from Saturday against San Diego.

Thanks Eric.

As we leave you, a reminder that ballots are due by 8:00 tonight for special elections throughout North Central Washington.

School districts including Lake Chelan, Cashmere, Entiat, Waterville, Brewster, Bridgeport and Orondo all have operating levies on the ballot. In addition, voters in the Lake Wenatchee area will decide on an operating levy for Chelan County Fire District 9. We’ll have complete results tomorrow morning on Wake-Up Wenatchee Valley and tomorrow night right here on the Evening News.

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.