NCWLIFE Evening News February 28, 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, February weather in the Wenatchee Valley was a record-setter. . .we will tell you about it, and, Washington Governor Jay Inslee is expected to announce Friday that he will be running for president in 2020.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

44-year old Joseph Meadows of Chelan is in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center tonight following his arrest yesterday for stealing electronics equipment from a car at a North Wenatchee Avenue gas station and then trying to extort the victim. Captain Edgar Reinfeld of the Wenatchee Police Department tells us because of cooperation from the victim all the way across the Pacific Ocean in New Zealand, law enforcement was able to recover the stolen property and make an arrest. . .

Meadows has been charged with Vehicle Prowl 2nd Degree, 1st Degree Theft, Trafficking in Stolen Property 1st Degree, and Extortion 1st Degree.

February weather in the Wenatchee Valley was a record-setter. According to the National Weather Service in Spokane, the official weather service site along the Columbia River in Wenatchee recorded 22-point-1 inches of snow in February beating the old record set back in 1938 of 21-point-8 inches. Elevation matters, 28-point-3 inches of snow fell at a reporting station in East Wenatchee for the month, which is 600 feet higher in elevation than in Wenatchee. Leavenworth ended February with 37-point-5 inches of snow and Yakima recorded 30-point-4 inches.

As far as February, temperatures are concerned, and even though we only cracked the freezing mark 2 times all month, we weren’t even close to setting an all-time coldest record. February of 2019 comes in 7th all-time coldest average temperature at 25-point-7 degrees, which is an average between high and low temperature readings. The coldest February on record was in 1936 when the average temperature for the month was only 15-point-3 degrees.

Last night’s snow storm brought another round of snow related school cancellations and delays because of hazardous road conditions. Waterville School District delayed its classes for two hours. In Grant County both the Quincy and Moses Lake School Districts cancelled classes and Ephrata postponed classes for two hours.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee is expected to announce Friday that he will be running for president in 2020. He also is expected to leave open the option of running for a third term as governor if his presidential bid falls short.

Inslee’s campaign is expected to focus heavily on climate change. He has visited early primary states New Hampshire and Iowa in recent months but in early polling he has barely registered against other Democratic contenders.

Coming up next, A five-story, 127-bed hotel is being planned adjacent to Walla Walla Point Park in Wenatchee. The Wenatchee City Council tonight will consider establishing a new sister city relationship with a town in Mexico, and, we will have our weekely Kennel Kameos feature with the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

A five-story, 127-bed hotel is being planned adjacent to Walla Walla Point Park in Wenatchee.

An application by Seattle company River 1 Wenatchee, LLC, said the proposed site currently includes vacant land, a landscaping company and an off-leash dog park. All structures on the site would be demolished to make way for the hotel. The hotel will be a Residence Inn by Marriott and the listed owner of the property is Robert and Linda Parlette Trustees. The hotel would be off Walla Walla Avenue and accessed from River Walk Drive. Public comments on the project will be taken by the city until March 7th.

The Wenatchee City Council tonight will consider establishing a new sister city relationship with San Pedro Tlaquepaque, Mexico.

The town is located in the State of Jalisco and is located near the State Capital of Guadalajara. A delegation of Wenatchee officials visited the town in 2017 led by Council member, Ruth Esparza.

Tlaquepaque is known for its mariachi bands that perform during the annual San Pedro festivities. The town is also known for its famous tepache, a partially fermented drink made with pineapple, brown sugar and water. If approved San Pedro Tlaquepaque would become Wenatchee’s third sister city joining Misawa, Japan and Naju, South Korea.

Time now for our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Today, NCWLife’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Lapis the cat. . .

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 continue our look at the Historic Horan House in Wenatchee. In this segment from the upcoming NCW Magazine we visit with Rory Turner, a commissioner with the Chelan County Port District who works in historic renovation and got involved in trying to save the Horan House from demolition because of its local historical   significance. . .

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.

Thanks Eric.

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 host Dan Kuntz. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.