NCWLIFE Evening News January 24, 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, Freshman Congresswoman Kim Schrier speaks out on the Government shutdown and The Wall in a speech from the House floor on Wednesday, and,  The population of wolves in Washington state continued to grow in 2017.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Passengers on a Horizon Airlines flight into Pangborn Memorial Airport late Sunday night found themselves first in a lengthy holding pattern, then returning to Seattle so the plane could refuel. The problem: The runway lights at Pangborn were out. NCWLIFE News Director Cal FitzSimmons talked with the airport operations manager Ron Russ about what went wrong. . .

Freshman Congresswoman Kim Schrier speaks out on the Government shutdown and The Wall in a speech from the House floor on Wednesday. The 8th District Democrat lashed out at President Trump’s funding demands for a border barrier. . .

Schrier also read into the record several letters from Federal employees in her district who are either furloughed or working without pay and are experiencing financial hardships during the shutdown.

Meanwhile, Republican 4th District Congressman, Dan Newhouse supports the President’s position and said, quote, “If Democrats are serious about reopening the federal government and giving certainty to DACA recipients, then they must come to the table to support a common sense compromise instead of simply obstructing the President”, unquote.

The population of wolves in Washington state continued to grow in 2017. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife’s annual survey found at least 122 wolves living in Washington last year.

The survey found 22 wolf packs and 14 successful breeding pairs. The agency said late last week that the 2016 survey documented 115 wolves, 20 packs, and 10 breeding pairs. According the 2017 survey, 15 of the 22 known packs are located in Ferry, Stevens, and Pend Oreille counties in the northeast corner of the state. All of the known wolf packs are located east of the Cascade Mountains. Wolves were exterminated in Washington in the last century, but began to move back into the state from neighboring areas in this century. Wolves remain a protected species in the state.

Coming up next, Over 200-thousand dollars in funding has been awarded by Washington State DNR for two major forest health projects in Chelan County. A video produced by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources explains how last summer’s Cougar Creek Fire, was prevented from spreading into the Lake Chelan area by a prescribed burn, and, we will have our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society.    I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Over 200-thousand dollars in funding has been awarded by Washington State DNR for two major forest health projects in Chelan County.

The money is part of the 1.8 million dollars in grants to be shared by nine organizations across the State including the Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition in Leavenworth and the Stemilt Partnership. The Chumstick group is awarded $100,000 dollars to help plan and conduct forest thinning projects. The group will also receive $25,000 dollars for community outreach efforts. The Stemilt Partnership received $107,198 dollars for forest health treatment and $6,920 dollars for community outreach. In Central and Eastern Washington, the collaboratives that received grant funding are working in high-priority watersheds identified in DNR’s 20-Year Forest Health Strategic Plan.

A video produced by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources explains how last summer’s Cougar Creek Fire, which burned more than 4,000 acres, was prevented from spreading into the Lake Chelan area by a prescribed burn done years ago. The DNR said it’s an example of forest health treatment in action. . .

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

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In the early morning hours several groups of volunteers under the direction of the City of Wenatchee ventured out throughout the area to connect with local homeless persons. This morning’s event was in conjunction with the national point in time count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless to conduct a census. . .

Stay tuned to the NCWLIFE Evening News tomorrow as we talk more about the annual Point In Time count with city of Wenatchee’s Oliver Craine.

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 Wild were hoping to gain ground on second place in the BCHL’s Interior Division last night by hosting the team above them in the standings, Merritt…

Such wasn’t the case, however, as the Centennials raced out to a 3-nothing first period advantage and went on for the 6-3 win.  Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

 

Scoring goals for the Wild were Matt Dorsey and two by Murphy Stratton.  Wenatchee will try to snap its two-game losing skid with another home game Friday against Langley.  Then the winners of last year’s RBC Cup National Championship, the Chilliwack Chiefs, come to town on Saturday.  Both those games start at 7 o’clock.

In high school action that was a makeup from weather cancellations earlier this month…

The Chelan girls sit alone in 4th place in the Caribou Trail League after a 68-33 win over Cascade last night in Leavenworth.

In boys basketball, Chelan snapped a 7-game losing streak with a 69-42 win at Cascade.  Coach Jeff Pearl tells us Quinn Stamps led three players in double-figures with 12.  Coach Pearl says 1st half defense was the key as Chelan built a 37-18 lead at the break.

And in the final dual match of the regular season, Moses Lake defeated Wenatchee 61-to-9.  Sunnyside also dropped West Valley 63-9 last night to claim the regular season Big 9 title with Moses Lake finishing second.  The District 6 tournament is next Friday and Saturday at Eisenhower.

A very light prep schedule for today consisted of just one event…

The Eastmont and Wenatchee swim teams were at Moses Lake along with Davis, Eisenhower and West Valley for a Big 9 swim meet.

We’ll learn more about another stab at indoor football in the Wenatchee Valley in a press conference Saturday by the new Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks…

The Skyhawks have been hitting social media for the past two months offering season tickets and extolling the talents of newly signed players while working out a deal with the Town Toyota Center.

Their inaugural season in the American West Conference will include six home games beginning March 28th against Reno and ending June 28th against Tri-Cities.  Saturday’s press conference will be held at the Town Toyota Center at 1 o’clock.

Wenatchee’s last salvo into the world of indoor football was the Wenatchee Valley Venom in 2010, which folded after two season due to poor attendance and financial troubles.

Tonight is Hockey Night on the NCWLIFE Channel…

As we’ll feature last Friday’s game between the Wenatchee Wild and the Trail Smoke Eaters at the Town Toyota Center.  Arch Ecker has the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

And that’s just PART of the action from the first period!  Be sure to watch it in its entirety tonight beginning at 7 o’clock here on your exclusive television home for Wenatchee Wild Hockey, NCWLIFE Channel.

Thanks Eric.

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

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.