NCWLIFE Evening News January 2, 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, Cascade Medical will ask voters to renew a levy next month that has supported ambulance service and emergency medical care in the Upper Valley for 30 years. The first day of work in the new year was also the last day of work for some Douglas County elected officials, and, A horse wandering on Grant Road just outside East Wenatchee this morning was struck and killed by a truck.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Investigators have determined that a house fire on South Mission Street early New Year’s Eve was human caused. Chelan Fire District 1 Chief Brian Brett told NCWLIFE News the fire originated in two places, one inside and one outside the house. . .

Cascade Medical will ask voters to renew a levy next month that has supported ambulance service and emergency medical care in the Upper Valley for 30 years. Ballots for the February 12th election will be mailed on January 24th. The measure is a 6-year renewal at 50 cents per $1,000 dollars of assessed valuation, the same as the levy that passed with 82 percent approval in 2012.

If approved, the levy would continue to cost property owners about $125 dollars a year for a home assessed at $250,000 dollars. The measure needs a simple majority to pass. The EMS levy provides about 26 percent of the emergency medical services budget, which is critical to maintaining ambulance service and keeping the emergency department open. The levy rate has remained the same at 50 cents per $1,000 dollars for more than 15 years. Cascade Medical ambulances responded to more than 1,000 calls in 2017.

The first day of work in the new year was also the last day of work for some Douglas County elected officials. A swearing-in ceremony was held at the Waterville Courthouse with Judge John Hotchkiss presiding. Officials sworn in to office were Auditor, Thad Duvall, Commissioner Mark Straub, Sheriff Kevin Morris, County Clerk, Kristin Worthen, Treasurer, Natalie Marx, District Court Judge Eric Biggar, PUD Commissioner, Ron Skagen, County Assessor, Jim Ruud. Among the newly elected officials taking his oath of office is Prosecutor, Gordon Edgar with outgoing prosecutor, Steve Clem. Clem is leaving after serving six terms in office. . .

A horse wandering on Grant Road just outside East Wenatchee this morning was struck and killed by a truck. The truck was heavily damaged in the collision, which took place on Grant near Perry Avenue North. Steve Groseclose of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said the driver of the truck was not injured. . .

Coming up next, The Wenatchee School Board of Directors invites those interested in participating in the final phase of the superintendent search to apply to serve on a stakeholder interview committee. Wolf attacks on cattle last year nearly doubled the number killed in any previous year, and, A driver near Peshastin will show you what its like to drive on black ice. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The Wenatchee School Board of Directors invites those interested in participating in the final phase of the superintendent search to apply to serve on a stakeholder interview committee. The committee will interview final candidates for the superintendent position February 19th, 20th, 21st and 22. The stakeholder interview committee will include a mix of up to 20 students, staff, parents and community members. Individuals interested in serving on the committee must submit an application by noon on January 22nd. Applicant names will be drawn by lottery during the January 22nd school board meeting to fill 10 seats on the committee. The remaining 10 seats will be filled by district teachers, administrators and staff appointed by their bargaining groups. Applicants must be able to attend all final interviews in order to be considered. All interviews will be held at the Wenatchee School District central office at 235 Sunset Ave.

Wolf attacks on cattle last year nearly doubled the number killed in any previous year according to reports by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair has more on that story. . .

Trooper John Bryant of the Washington State Patrol posted this video on Twitter showing a driver last Sunday on icy Highway 2 near Peshastin. The driver, as shown in dash cam video from the patrol car of Trooper Jeremy Weber, was fortunate to escape without damage to his vehicle or injury. Bryant warned that, quote, “driving conditions may not always be what they seem”, unquote. The national weather service is calling for freezing rain later tonight and tomorrow morning, which could make for very slippery road conditions Thursday morning.

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.

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In tonight’s feature story, comprised of a select number of elementary and middle school students, the Eastmont Bonga Marimba band is led by music teacher Vinny Lee, who started the band after finding inspiration at a school conference and then gaining support from a locally-funded grant. . .

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 Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the Washington Huskies 28-23 in the 105th Rose Bowl yesterday…

The final score was not indicative of the game, however, as Ohio State held a 28-3 lead heading into the fourth quarter.  Washington’s fourth quarter comeback attempt fell short on an on-side kick attempt with 42-seconds remaining.

Coach Chris Petersen says the 20-point fourth quarter was too little too late…

Myles Gaskin finished the final game of his Washington career with 24-carries for 121-yards and two touchdowns.  Jake Browning struggled through all but the fourth quarter, finishing 35-for-54 for 313-yards.  Browning said he felt they’d come back eventually, but just ran out of time…

The Huskies finish the season 10-and-4 while Ohio State is 13-and-1.

The next college game to focus on is the FCS I-AA Championship Saturday with Eastern Washington taking on North Dakota State…

The game will kick off at 9am Saturday as the 12-and-2 Eagles take on the 14-and-oh Bison.  The game from Fisco, Texas can be seen on ESPN2.

And the final college bowl game of the year is on Monday…

As #1 Alabama takes on #2 Clemson for the College Football Playoff Championship at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.  The game will kick off at 5 o’clock on ESPN.

The winter prep sports schedule resumes today…

As the Wenatchee Panthers host the Eastmont Wildcats in a Big 9 girls bowling match at Eastmont Lanes.  We’ll have the NCWLIFE crew out there filming today with the broadcast scheduled to air Saturday at 2 o’clock.

Speaking of the NCWLIFE Channel Sports Schedule, let’s take a look…

With the BCHL taking time off for the holidays, we’ll suspend our Hockey Night tomorrow night to bring you wrestling action from Wenatchee High School.  The Panthers host the West Valley Rams and we’ll be mat-side with Eric Granstrom at 7 o’clock.

It’s the annual Litter Box Games Friday at the Town Toyota Center as the Wenatchee Panthers host the Eastmont Wildcats starting with the Unified game at 5.  The girls will follow at 6 with the boys game concluding the night at about 7:30.

As mentioned, we’ll air the Wenatchee-Eastmont bowling match from today Saturday afternoon at 2, which will be followed by Eastmont and Davis basketball.  We’ll take to the air at 5:30 with the girls, followed by the boys at 7:30.

The Wenatchee Wild begin the second half of the BCHL season on the road this weekend…

Wenatchee plays at Powell River Friday at 7 followed by a game at Alberni Valley Saturday at 7.  The Wild are currently tied for second with Merritt in the Interior Division with 48-points, trailing first-place Penticton with 51.

Wenatchee Valley Super Oval has a new General Manager.  Jeremy Anders was a guest on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley this morning talking about landing his dream job…

Anders says his biggest challenge is educating the public that there’s a race track in the Wenatchee Valley…

Anders says he’s looking forward to promoting the upcoming 11-race schedule…

They’re updating the website, which can be found at W-V-S-O dot com.

Thanks Eric. Recapping tonight’s top stories. . .

Investigators have determined that a house fire on South Mission Street early New Year’s Eve was human caused. Chelan Fire District 1 Chief Brian Brett told NCWLIFE News the fire originated in two places, one inside and one outside the house.

A horse wandering on Grant Road just outside East Wenatchee this morning was struck and killed by a truck. The truck was heavily damaged in the collision, which took place on Grant near Perry Avenue North. Steve Groseclose of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said the driver of the truck was not injured.

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.