NCWLIFE Evening News January 17, 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, A Chelan defendant accused of stealing valuable equipment from a parked car, and then demanding money for its return, pleaded guilty this week to extortion and drug charges. After being closed for four days as crews cleared fallen and likely-to-fall trees, U.S. 2 Stevens Pass reopened late Thursday afternoon, and, we will let you know about some of the closings for Monday’s Martin Luther King Day holiday.
But first, we begin tonight. . .

A 55-year-old Chelan resident charged two years ago with child molestation will serve seven years in prison and a lifetime on probation. Madgaleno Rodriguez-Salas pleaded guilty to first-and second-degree child molestation in Chelan County Superior Court after his 2018 arrest for sexually abusing an 8-year-old child. Judge Lesley Allan sentenced him Thursday. Once released from prison, Rodriguez must register as a sex offender and remain on DOC supervision for life.

A Chelan defendant accused of stealing valuable equipment from a parked car, and then demanding money for its return, pleaded guilty this week to extortion and drug charges. Wenatchee police arrested 45-year-old Joseph Wiley Meadows almost a year ago, after he contacted a car-prowl victim and asked for $800 dollars to return about $6,000 dollars’ worth of camera and computer gear. A detective posed as the victim in a phone call, and police arrested Meadows as he drove to an arranged meeting. He pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree extortion and possession of meth. He faces jail and work release time when he’s sentenced February 12th.

After being closed for four days as crews cleared fallen and likely-to-fall trees, U.S. 2 Stevens Pass reopened late Thursday afternoon. But with more snow forecast for the passes, crossing the mountains is likely to be a challenge. An important way to prepare is to watch for the Washington State Department of Transportation’s pass advisories. NCWLIFE’s Kyle Montgomery explains what those advisories mean. . .

Coming up next, Parking and traffic have not been a problem in Leavenworth this week, to put it mildly, but tourism officials are expecting things to pick back up this weekend. Just in time for winter, the minimum loads a roof must be able to hold are changing in Chelan County, and, We will give you a look at what’s happening around the valley for you to enjoy this weekend. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Because of the prolonged closure of Stevens Pass earlier this week, parking and traffic have not been a problem in Leavenworth, but, tourism officials are expecting things to pick back up this weekend. NCWLIFE’s Kyle Montgomery reports. . .

Just in time for winter, the minimum loads a roof must be able to hold are changing in Chelan County. The Community Development department set out new construction guidelines this week for the amount of weight a roof must be able to hold. The weights vary from 40 pounds per square foot in the lower Wenatchee Valley, to 120 pounds in the Lake Wenatchee area. In past years, minimum roof loads have been 45 pounds. The rules only apply to unincorporated areas of the county; cities set their own load limits.

Let’s check in with NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson now for a look at what’s happening around the valley for you to enjoy this weekend. . .

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Douglas County PUD General Manager Gary Ivory sat down with NCWLIFE Special Correspondent, Steve Hair today for an In-Focus discussion about the District’s rate restructuring plans. PUD COMMISSIONERS are set to take action on proposed rate increases that would affect the County’s cryptocurrency mining and data processing industry. In tonight’s feature story, Ivory says the District has seen a big increase in demand for service since Chelan and Grant County adopted their rates for bitcoin mining. . .

Ivory says the District also faces costly upgrades and repairs at its Wells Dam project which also necessitates the need for the rate adjustments. The proposal has received significant push-back from business leaders who claim the rate hikes are being pushed through without adequate public review. Ivory claims the PUD started public discussions about the changes in May of last year. . .

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.

Washington and the nation take a pause on Monday to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Schools will be closed, along with mail service and city, county, state and federal offices. Wenatchee Valley College will be closed, but its Diversity and Inclusion Department hosts an MLK Day of Service from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, including a food drive at Grocery Outlet. The Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center hosts its annual MLK Multicultural Fest, where the city presents its Civil Rights and Social Justice Awards. That event also runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
**Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up Monday 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 weekend.

Good Monday morning Dan. Coming up tonight on the NCWLIFE Evening News, I’ll have your warm and wet Northcentral Washington weather forecast for the workweek ahead and Eric Granstrom will have results from all the local sports from this past weekend. That, all the day’s news and more coming up tonight at 5, 6 and 10 on the NCWLIFE Evening News, hope to see you then, Dan.