NCWLIFE Evening News February 18, 2019


NCWLIFE Evening News February 18, 2019
Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Eric Granstrom. 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 west side man had to be rescued after being injured snowmobiling; all this snow is good news for operators at Mission Ridge; and a national chain store is closing its Wenatchee location.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The public will have a chance to meet Michael Musick tomorrow, the first of three candidates for Wenatchee School District superintendent. Musick is currently the interim superintendent of the Lake Oswego School District in Oregon. He has over 30 year of educational experience. The public forum is at the Wenatchee High School Commons from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The same schedule will be followed Wednesday and Thursday for the other two candidates, with their names released the day before the forums. The board will then have a meeting with the candidates each evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Springhill Suites Conference room.

A westside man was rescued after he was injured in a snowmobile accident in the Chelan County backcountry. Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett reports that 39-year-old Benjamin Hayden of Woodland was injured Friday afternoon while snowmobiling near Sugarloaf Lookout about 12 miles northeast of Leavenworth.

Hayden was discovered at the bottom of a steep slope by a deputy and a US Forest Service officer who were on routine patrol. Hayden had suffered a broken leg after his snowmobile became stuck about two hours earlier. While the officers were stabilizing Hayden’s leg, he went unconscious and became un-responsive. A Life Flight Helicopter was deployed due to the remote location of the accident.  Hayden was transported from the scene by Life Flight to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee.Heavy snowfall in recent weeks has been a boon for skiers and operators at Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort high above Wenatchee. The resort, now open daily through February 25th, is having one of its biggest years ever, Marketing Director Tony Hickok told NCWLIFE today…The Wenatchee Valley loses another national retailer with the announcement by Payless ShoeSource that its shuttering all of its 2,100 remaining stores in the U.S.

Two stores will be closing in Wenatchee including the one located in the Wenatchee Valley Mall in East Wenatchee and at the Valley North Center in the building also shared with the soon to be closed Shopko store.

Payless Shoesource also has 5 locations in Spokane and Spokane Valley, 3 in Coeur d’Alene and 1 in Newport. The Kansas-based chain said liquidation sales started Sunday and that it is also winding down its e-commerce operations. All of the stores will remain open until at least the end of March and the majority will remain open until May.Coming up next:  Bitcoin operators hoping for change in Wenatchee’s rules will have to wait; the state may be going to court over the President’s declaration last week; and a local senator’s bill to help area dams moves on.  I’m Eric Granstrom and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…Bitcoin operators waiting for rule changes in the City of Wenatchee are going to have to wait a while longer…

City Council has given staff another six months to finish work on a set of new zoning rules that deal with issues such as noise generation. The City will continue to enforce rules that were established last February among which includes a ban on the use of cargo containers for cryptocurrency mining. The existing rules also require approval to operate from the Chelan County PUD and Washington State Labor and Industries. Last month the Council was asked to consider amendments to the existing rules that would have banned bitcoin mining in store fronts and required such activities to blend in with surrounding properties as much as possible.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said there’s a QUOTE “very good chance” UNQUOTE he will be filing a lawsuit over President Trump’s declaration last week of a national emergency over border security.

Appearing on CNN, Ferguson said his office is watching closely to see if any of the money Trump intends to use to fund a border wall was intended for Washington state. If so, Ferguson said, it would give Washington standing is such a suit. Ferguson has sued the administration 33 times in the past.The Douglas County Public Utility District and other PUDs in Washington could soon have the authority to produce and sell renewable hydrogen energy under a Senate-approved bill introduced by 12th District state Sen. Brad Hawkins.

The unanimously-approved proposal now advances to the House. Douglas PUD, which asked Hawkins to sponsor the bill, plans to use electrolysis to separate hydrogen molecules from oxygen molecules in water to produce renewable hydrogen. It can be used as a transportation fuel as well as for other purposes.  Hawkins noted that Toyota is among numerous stakeholders interested in the bill. Renewable hydrogen does not produce carbon emissions when it is produced or consumed.

Douglas PUD General Manager Gary Ivory, Douglas PUD Commissioner Molly Simpson and Washington PUD Association Executive Director George Caan testified in favor of the bill. Senator Hawkins discussed the measure in a recent NCWLIFE interview:

U.S. Representative Kim Schrier will be in Wenatchee on Saturday for a public forum at Wenatchee City Hall. Because of limited seating, people who plan to attend are being asked to register and submit questions in advance.

The forum will be from 11 a.m. to noon in the council chambers on the second floor of City Hall. Schrier, a Democrat, was elected to replace retiring 8th District Representative Dave Reichert last November.

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This week we are bringing you segments of the latest NCW Magazine featuring the local Chelan-Douglas CASA Program. Here is the first part of this week-long feature with volunteer Gretchen Milnes: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 won the District 6 Championship Saturday night with a thrilling, 52-51 victory over Davis at Wenatchee High School.  It literally came down to the final seconds after Davis wrestled away its first lead midway through the fourth quarter.

Grant Olson and Eric Kuntz had the call here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

There you see the district tournament on the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard with Wenatchee beating Moses Lake Friday night to get to Saturday’s championship versus Davis.

The WIAA is expected to have the brackets filled out by tonight for the regional tournament.  Wenatchee will most likely be the #16 seed and face the #11 seed, which is currently Kentridge.  The two teams will play either Friday or Saturday in a winner-to-state, loser-out contest.

The Cashmere boys and girls teams are also headed to the 1A State Tournament after victories Saturday at Ron Doan Memorial Gymnasium…

The Cashmere girls had no trouble with their crossover game with Deer Park, winning 51-27 and will advance to regionals as the No. 4 seed.  The Bulldogs will most likely face Elma in the regional Friday or Saturday and, win or lose, will advance to the first round of State the following week.

In the boy’s game, Mason Landeck eclipsed the 1,000 career point mark, leading Cashmere to an 85-60 win over Lakeside.  The Bulldogs have the #6 seed heading to regionals and will most likely face Zillah Friday or Saturday.  Win or lose, Cashmere will advance to the first round of the State 1A tournament the following week.

The Entiat girls are the District 6 1B Champions following their 48-44 win over Riverside Christian Friday at Ephrata High School…

The Tigers will be the #12 seed heading into the regional round either Friday or Saturday and will face a #13 seed in a winner to State, loser-out game.

The Waterville-Mansfield girls did all they could Saturday to extend their season, but fell to Mabton 44-42 in the last chance at regionals…

Tri-Cities Prep is the District 5/6 2B Champion after a 62-43 win over Brewster.  Liberty Bell beat Lake Roosevelt to take 3rd with a 45-26 win.  All but Waterville-Mansfield will advance to the regional tournament this weekend.

On the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard for the District 5/6 2B Boys Tournament…

Kittitas is the District Champ after a 65-48 win over Lake Roosevelt.  Brewster took third with a 66-49 win over Oroville.  White Swan won the last chance at regional game over Tri-Cities Prep 53-50.

We had two area wrestlers make it to the finals at Mat Classic XXXI over the weekend in the Tacoma Dome.  Unfortunately, both lost and took second…

Chelan’s Skyler Gordon placed 2nd at 195-pounds while Cascade’s Hunter Reinhart took 2nd at 285-pounds.  Other local placers included Cascade’s Jace Seely, 7th at 132-pounds.  Chelan’s Erik Alcala took 3rd at 160-pounds.  Chelan’s Angel Mendoza was 8th at 182-pounds.  In the girls tournament, Wenatchee’s Isabella Andreini took 4th at 130 pounds while Kelsey Ibarra was 6th at 105.

Wenatchee’s Connor Elwyn is a State Champion in the 100 backstroke and the 100 freestyle and helped the Panthers take 4th in the team competition…

Teammates Christi Cutter was 4th in the 100 breastroke and Trystyn Geren took 7th in diving.  Eastmont’s Evan VanderSluis was 6th in the 100 breastroke.  Wenatchee’s relay teams took 4th in the 200 Medley and 200 Free.

The Wenatchee Wild got off to a rocky start in its two final home games of the regular season Friday, falling to Salmon Arm 3-1…

The only goal scored for the Wild was by Blake Barger.  But a huge crowd on hand for Saturday helped spur the Wild to an incredible 6-5, comeback victory.  Wenatchee trailed 4-3 heading into the final period.  That’s where we’ll pick it up with Arch Ecker on the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

As Arch mentioned, Wenatchee secured the #3 seed heading into the playoffs, which will mean home-ice advantage when the playoffs start in March.  In the meantime, the Wild will finish the regular season at Salmon Arm tomorrow and at Penticton Wednesday, both games starting at 7 o’clock.

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 And, remember, if you see news happening we’d like to hear from you.  You can send us an email at, 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 host Dan Kuntz. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.