NCWLIFE Evening News January 17, 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, A recent social media challenge called the “Momo Challenge”, is creating concern throughout the country including in the Wenatchee School District. Douglas County Superior Court Judge, John Hotchkiss announces he’s retiring from the bench on March 31st after a 20 year term as Douglas County’s lone Superior Court Judge, and, Former Wenatchee School District board member, Jennifer Talbot has been hired by the Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center as the organizations new full time executive director.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The overnight snowfall in the Wenatchee Valley made for a messy commute this morning, with law enforcement officials responding to numerous accidents, none involving serious injuries. The streets in Wenatchee were especially troublesome, said Captain Edgar Reinfeld of the Wenatchee Police Department.

Chelan County Sheriff’s deputies responded to four accidents this morning, none serious, said Jason Reinfeld of the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office. The Washington State Patrol responded to numerous accidents but, again, there were no serious injuries, said Trooper John Bryant.

A recent social media challenge called the “Momo Challenge”, is creating concern throughout the country. Wenatchee Schools Superintendent Brian Flones is urging parents to become aware of this challenge and monitor their children’s use of social media and the internet.

Flones says the “Momo Challenge” is an online cyberbullying game targeting young kids and teenagers through Facebook and WhatsApp. It threatens children with violence if they don’t commit potentially dangerous activities. Your child’s school counselors and administrative teams are aware of this most recent social media and internet concern and will monitor the situation in their buildings. Please contact your child’s school if you have any further questions.

Douglas County Superior Court Judge, John Hotchkiss announces he’s retiring from the bench on March 31st after a 20 year term as Douglas County’s lone Superior Court Judge. He announced his retirement in an interview with the Wenatchee World. He said he’s looking forward to spending more time with his family. Governor Jay Inslee will appoint a successor who will serve out the remainder of Hotchkiss’ term that expires in 2020. An official at the Governor’s office said applications will be accepted through February 1st and she reportedly told the World that the Governor could name a successor prior to Hotchkiss retirement. The Chelan Douglas County Bar Association will also provide the Governor with its recommendations of potential qualified candidates.

Former Wenatchee School District board member, Jennifer Talbot has been hired by the Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center as the organizations new full time executive director. The Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing mediation services, training, and programs to assist people in the peaceful resolution of disputes while complimenting the judicial system. She has been a part of the Wenatchee community for over 20 years. She recently earned her Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Servant-leadership at Gonzaga University. Talbot will be working with the Board and staff to support the conflict resolution program and further develop the vision and strategic plan of the organization. Her organizational skills and community connections will play a central role in this process.

Coming up next, The Upper Wenatchee Valley real estate market was a mixed bag in 2018.  The upcoming Martin Luther King weekend marks the opening of the Badger Mountain Ski Hill near Waterville, and, we will let you know about all there is to do around the Wenatchee Valley this weekend. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The Upper Wenatchee Valley real estate market was a mixed bag in 2018 according to a year-end report by Pacific Appraisal and Associates. In Cashmere there was a 25 percent drop in the number of homes sold but the median sale price increased by 26 percent year over year to 357,000 dollars.

In Leavenworth there was a 15 percent decrease in closed sales. The median sale price for a home in the Bavarian-themed town rose 9 percent in 2018 to over 424,900 dollars.

The upcoming Martin Luther King weekend marks the opening of the Badger Mountain Ski Hill near Waterville. The ski hill offers 3 lift options; two rope tows and a tee-bar. All the trails are groomed and the cost is 10-dollars to ski all-day. The ski hill will open this Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Hours of operation are 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Badger Mountain Ski Hill is Operated, and Maintained by the Waterville Lions Club and runs with 100-percent volunteer staff.

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

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

And that is a look at your local weather forecast, coming up next, tonight’s sports report with Dan Kuntz and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

 

The Wenatchee Wild played their third game of an eight-game home stand last night at the Town Toyota Center and the visitors from Penticton snuck out with the victory, 3-2, in a shootout.  The Wild took a 2-0 lead in the second period behind goals from A.J. Hodges and Murphy Stratton but that lead did not hold up and after two overtime sessions the contest was decided in a shootout. Arch Ecker with the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network:

 

The Eastmont Wildcat girls bowling team had a rare Wednesday match at Eastmont Lanes with West Valley in town. This was a match that was re-scheduled because of the snow last week and the Wildcats improved to 6-4 in league with an easy 4-0 win over the Rams.  Eastmont hits the road this afternoon to take on Moses Lake.

 

Speaking of re-scheduled events, the Wenatchee – Moses Lake wrestling match that was postponed last week will be held today in Moses Lake while Cascade plays host to fellow CTL members Cashmere, Omak and Okanogan tonight at 6.

 

Only one basketball game on the docket tonight as the Cashmere Boys travel to Royal City to face the Knights.

 

Everybody into the pool for the last league meets of the year before the district championships.  The Wenatchee Panthers can wrap up their fifth straight Big-9 Championship with a win at West Valley while Eastmont takes on Moses Lake.

Thanks Dan.

The overnight snowfall in the Wenatchee Valley made for a messy commute this morning, with law enforcement officials responding to numerous accidents, none involving serious injuries. Chelan County Sheriff’s deputies responded to four accidents this morning, none serious, and the Washington State Patrol responded to numerous accidents but, again, there were no serious injuries.

A recent social media challenge called the “Momo Challenge”, is creating concern throughout the country. Wenatchee Schools Superintendent Brian Flones is urging parents to become aware of this challenge and monitor their children’s use of social media and the internet.

Flones says the “Momo Challenge” is an online cyberbullying game targeting young kids and teenagers through Facebook and WhatsApp. It threatens children with violence if they don’t commit potentially dangerous activities. Your child’s school counselors and administrative teams are aware of this most recent social media and internet concern and will monitor the situation in their buildings. Please contact your child’s school if you have any further questions.

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.