NCWLIFE Evening News February 14, 2019

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NCWLIFE Evening News February 14, 2019
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, Shoveling snow is not fun. But, it can also be a deadly health risk if you’re not careful. February has been a busy month for snowplow crews throughout North Central Washington, we will show you video of county snowplows clearing roads, and, The Wenatchee School Board has asked for more options, including the idea of having athletes pay to participate in sports, before deciding how to deal with a $5.2 million dollar budget deficit.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

In a potential win-win for students, school districts can apply to waive missed days because of the recent snowstorms. Several days were missed at Grant County schools, as well as in the Waterville and Mansfield districts.

Chris Reykdal, state Superintendent of Public Instruction says because Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency February 8th, any days missed between then and when he lifts the proclamation are eligible for the waiver. Usually, schools are required to schedule make-up days for weather-related closures, often at the end of the school year. Reykdal said he expects the emergency to be lifted at midnight, Friday.

Shoveling snow is not fun. But, it can also be a deadly health risk if you’re not careful. Shawn Ballard with Ballard Ambulance in Wenatchee says there has been an increase in the number of weather-related calls for February has been a busy month for snowplow crews throughout North Central Washington. This week, the Chelan County Traffic Safety crew put together a video of county snowplows clearing roads in the Leavenworth and Plain areas. . .

The Wenatchee School Board has asked for more options, including the idea of having athletes pay to participate in sports, before deciding how to deal with a $5.2 million dollar budget deficit.

The district’s administrative team had given the board scenarios for cutting about $5 million dollars that included eliminating assistant principals, counselors and a librarian.

But, the board this week asked for scenarios that could save those positions, including the possibility of deeper cuts in athletics and the possibility of pay-to-play for sports. The board will likely begin making decisions on cuts at its meeting on February 26th.

Coming up next, Residential home sales and new home listings in the Wenatchee market are down compared to January 2018 but the median sales price of a new home is way up. A bill introduced by 12th District Senator Brad Hawkins that would allow PUDs to produce and sell hydrogen is expected to be approved by the Senate this week, and, U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse is urging congress to act on a legislative solution to the DACA program. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Residential home sales and new home listings in the Wenatchee market are down compared to January 2018 but the median sales price of a new home is way up. In the latest report from Pacific Appraisal and Associates, total home sales in January were at 50, that’s down 11%-percent compared to 2018 at 56. January brought 67 new home listings into the Wenatchee market, a 21-percent decrease compared to January 2018’s mark of 85.

Meanwhile, the median price of a home in Wenatchee continues to go up. The median sales price in Wenatchee last month was at 324,424-dollars, a 17-percent increase over January 2018 where the median price was 276,250-dollars. The Wenatchee real estate market includes Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Malaga, Rock Island and Orondo.

A bill introduced by 12th District Senator Brad Hawkins that would allow PUDs to produce and sell hydrogen is expected to be approved by the Senate this week. Hawkins explained to NCWLIFE what it will mean, if passed by the full Legislature and signed by Governor Jay Inslee. . .

4th District U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse joined DACA advocates on Capitol Hill yesterday to press for a legislative solution. Newhouse and others want congress to act on a bipartisan legislative solution for beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA program that needs to get 218 votes in the house, 60 votes in the Senate and then the President’s signature into law.

At the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday Newhouse said, quote, DACA individuals in this country are truly a huge asset to the United States of America, and I can tell you with certainty. I have sat down with many of them personally. He went on to say, it’s time for us to be able to come together in a bipartisan way and find that solution that is really right in front of us.

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, with temperatures yet to reach the freezing mark in the Wenatchee Valley so far in February, NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson stopped by Paws & Claws Veterinary Hospital to give us some tips on how to keep our pets safe in this cold weather. . .

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 Entiat girls will play for the District Title after a 57-28 win over Moses Lake Christian last night…

The Tigers will face Riverside Christian for the CWB 1B championship at 6 o’clock at Ephrata High School.  Riverside Christian advanced to the title game with a 41-31 win over Pateros.  The Nannies and the Lions play a loser-out game at 3.

Sticking with the Central Washington 1B Tournament…

The Entiat boys head to the consolation bracket after a 56-37 loss to Riverside Christian.  The Tigers will face Pateros today at 4:30 in a loser-out game.  Moses Lake Christian will face Riverside Christian for the District Title at 7:30 after the Lions edged Pateros 67-66 in the semifinals last night.

Things did not look good for the Eastmont girls at Davis last night as the Wildcats trailed 10-1 at the end of the 1st quarter and 24-9 at half…

Lexi Heimbigner connected on a 3-pointer to cap an unbelievable Eastmont comeback to send it into overtime and the Wildcats came out on top 44-41.  Kaitlin Cox led three scorers in double figures with 13.  Eastmont will play at Moses Lake tomorrow night at 6 in the 1st round of the District 6 4A Tournament.  The other game Friday has Eisenhower playing at Davis after the Cadets shocked West Valley 46-43 last night.

In boys play last night, Davis came out on fire, scoring 31 first-quarter points, and never looked back in downing Eastmont 92-60…

Earl Lee led four players in double figures for the Pirates with 21-points.  Preston Esparza went off for 21-points for the Wildcats, who had their season come to an end.

In the first round of the District 6 4A Tournament, Wenatchee will host Moses Lake tomorrow night at 6 o’clock.  The other game features Davis at West Valley at 6pm.

Turning to Brewster High School last night with our Les Schwab Scoreboard to see what happened in the final round of the District 6 1A Tournament…

The Omak girls beat Okanogan to extend their season 47-34.  The Northeast A league also concluded their district tournament last night with Deer Park and Freeman getting victories.  That’s sets up a Deer Park at Cashmere, winner-to-state game Saturday at 5 o’clock.  The Omak at Freeman game has not yet been set.

On the Les Schwab Prep Boys Scoreboard from the 1A tournament at Brewster…

Okanogan topped Omak 67-49, so the Bulldogs advance to play Deer Park.  That will probably be Friday since the Deer Park girls are playing at Cashmere Saturday.  Speaking of Cashmere, the boys will host Lakeside in a winner-to-state game Saturday evening at 6:30.

Coming up tomorrow as the District 5/6 2B Tournament continues in Chelan…

The Waterville-Mansfield girls face a loser-out scenario against DeSales at 4 o’clock in the Chelan High School gym.  Lake Roosevelt faces Brewster in the semifinals in the Community Gym at 5.  The other semifinal is in the high school gym at 5:30, pitting Liberty Bell against Tri-Cities Prep.

On the boys side of the District 5/6 2B Tournament at Chelan…

Manson will face Tri-Cities Prep in a loser-out game at 3:30 in Chelan’s Community Gym.  Lake Roosevelt and Oroville play in the semifinals at Chelan High School at 7.  Then at 8 in the Community Gym, it’s Brewster and Kittitas in the other semifinal.

Thanks Eric.

Time now for NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson to fill us in on some of the events going on this weekend. . .

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). Also, keep it right here on the NCWLIFE Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with guest-host Eric Granstrom. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.