NCWLIFE Evening News, February 12, 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, Pangborn Airport had a record-breaking year in 2019. We have an update on the Alcoa retiree life insurance litigation, and, Legislation sponsored by 12th District Representative Keith Goehner passed the House Finance Committee in Olympia on Monday.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Here are the results of yesterday’s special election with many school and fire district operating levy’s hanging in the balance.

Cashmere School District

A replacement educational programs and operation levy is passing by 929 votes to 489 votes.

Lake Chelan School District

A replacement educational programs and operation levy is passing by 1,086 votes to 576 votes.

Also, a replacement capital levy for educational technology improvements is passing by 1,053 votes to 619 votes.

Entiat School District

A renewed educational programs and operation levy is passing by 266 votes to 185 votes.

A $6 million bond proposal is passing by 260 votes to 186 votes.

Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue

A proposal to restore Chelan County Fire District No. 9’s property tax levy to 82 cents per $1,000 of assessed value is passing by 467 votes to 112 votes.

Waterville School District

A renewed educational programs and operation levy is passing by 324 votes to 192 votes.

A renewed educational programs and operation levy is passing by 177 votes to 107 votes.

Pangborn Airport had a record-breaking year in 2019. More passengers than ever passed through the terminal. Chelan Douglas Regional Port Authority CEO, Jim Kuntz says that’s cause for celebration and could mean more flights to Seatac. . .

Horizon reported their flights to Seattle are averaging about 74 percent capacity. On another front, Kuntz says efforts to secure a second commercial air service to San Francisco have stalled . . .

Kuntz said it could take up to four years to land a second commercial carrier for the Pangborn to San Francisco service but he says he remains cautiously optimistic. He says there’s also interest in pursuing other regional flight service to Phoenix and Las Vegas. 

Legislation sponsored by 12th District Representative Keith Goehner promoting oil-free hydroelectric turbine technology passed the House Finance Committee in Olympia on Monday.

House Bill 2825 would provide a tax incentive for public utility districts who are replacing their turbines with oil-free adjustable blade hubs. The oil-free hydroelectric turbine technology has the potential to remove 90% of oil lubricant from systems, substantially reducing the potential for releases into rivers and waterways.

For dams operated by Chelan County on the Columbia River it would eliminate 89% of the oil at the turbine hub at Rocky Reach Dam and 90% at Rock Island Dam.

Coming up next, The State DOT recently launched a study last year to assess traffic issues along the highway corridor extending from Coles Corner to Cashmere, we will tell you about it. Three baby cougars have a safe new home tonight, three weeks after they were orphaned and captured in downtown Winthrop, and, A memorial service will be held March 14th to honor Kimiko Nalle who died in January when she was buried by snow that had fallen from the roof of her home. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

If you live, play or work in the Upper Wenatchee Valley, you know about traffic congestion. The State DOT launched a study last year to assess traffic issues along the highway corridor extending from Coles Corner to Cashmere. But officials concede there are no simple answers to fixing the problems especially during weekends or holiday festivals . . .

DOT project leader, Nick Manzaro says the study has identified some possible corrective measures that will be discussed at a public open house in Leavenworth Thursday evening. But Jeff Wilkins with the Regional Planning Council says finding a long-term solution will be a challenge. . .

You can learn more about the study and its findings and recommendations online on the Chelan Douglas Regional Transportation Council’s website. Wilkins and Manzaro’s In Focus interview is also available on demand at ncwlife.com.

baby cougars have a safe new home tonight, three weeks after they were orphaned and captured in downtown Winthrop. NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins talked to folks caring for those cougars, and has this report:

A memorial service will be held March 14th to honor Kimiko Nalle who died Jan. 24 when she was buried by snow that had fallen from the roof of her home.

Nalle was a 26-year employee of the U.S. Forest Service and 17-year volunteer with Chelan County Fire District 6. The accident happened at her home on Blewett Pass, about seven miles south of the Big Y. Services for Nalle will be at 1:00 p.m. at Sage Hills Church in Wenatchee and members of the public are invited.

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. . .

The red carpet will be rolled out Saturday at the Wenatchee Convention Center for the first-ever Pawscars. The 5:30 p.m. event replaces the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society’s annual fund-raising auction. In tonight’s feature story, NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson talked with Humane Society Executive Director Dawn Davies about what to expect at this year’s gala. . .

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 Panther girls basketball team played one of its best games last night against a West Valley Rams team that’s vying for the 2nd spot in the Big-9.  We’ll pick up the broadcast on the NCWLIFE Channel with Grant Olson and Steve Sandman with just under 3-minutes left in the game and Wenatchee down by three…

So the Rams get the victory behind the 20-points from Gillyan Landis.  Wenatchee was led by the 15-points from Emily Redman and 11-point from Maddy Peters.

Also in Big-9 play last night, Sunnyside ended Eastmont’s season with a 53-26 victory.  Ephrata is out of the CWAC District Tournament after falling to Grandview last night 48-36.

Hailey Van Lith is now the second-leading scorer in the history of girls basketball in Washington State after scoring 39 last night to lead Cashmere past Okanogan 72-32. 

And Entiat celebrated senior night in style with a 62-20 win over Easton.

The Wenatchee-West Valley boys game got off to a slow start last night with neither team finding much of a rhythm.  The Rams held the lead at halftime by a score of 26-to-19.  The Panthers made a run down the stretch but came up just a little short.  Again, Grant Olson and Steve Sandman had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Garrett Long led all scorers with 16-points for Wenatchee while Chase Loidhamer had 11.  Logan Kinlock led the Rams with 13-points.

Isaac Wellborn scored 23-points while Lane Keller added 15 as Eastmont wrapped up the regular season with a 72-66 win at Sunnyside.

And in a preview of Saturday’s District Championship, Cashmere beat Okanogan 55-46 to end the Caribou Trail League regular season.

Coming up on the prep basketball schedule tonight…

In boys tournament play, Manson hosts Oroville at 6 o’clock in the first round of the Central Washington B League Tournament.  Also in a first-round, loser-out game tonight, Liberty Bell plays at Bridgeport at 6pm.  In the CWAC District Tournament, Ephrata hosts Ellensburg at 7 o’clock.

The Wenatchee Valley Lady Knights have won six of its past seven games and hope to extend a two-game winning streak tonight…

North Idaho comes calling at W.B. Smith Gymnasium tonight at 5:30.

The Wenatchee Valley men hope to exact revenge on North Idaho tonight at 7:30.  The Cardinals snapped a 10-game WVC winning streak back on January 15th.  North Idaho comes in leading the NWAACC East Conference with an 11-and-oh record.  The Knights are in 3rd place at 8-and-3.

Today’s the day of hope and promise for Seattle Mariners fans as pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training Camp…

Seattle made a move to add a veteran to its ranks yesterday with the signing to a minor league contract of outfielder Carlos Gonzalez.  According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the 34 year old Gonzalez has agreed to try out for Seattle.  If he makes the opening day roster, he’d be paid 750-thousand dollars. 

Gonzalez was a 3-time All Star and three-time National League Gold Glove Award winner during his 10-years with Colorado.  He struggled last year with Cleveland and the Cubs.  Seattle is unsure of the future of Mitch Haniger, who recently underwent sports hernia surgery and hasn’t played since last June after rupturing a testicle on a foul ball.  Mallex Smith is the only current outfielder on Seattle’s roster with extensive Major League experience.

Position players report next week with the first Cactus League game a week from Saturday against San Diego.

Thanks Eric.

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.