NCWLIFE Evening News January 29, 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 Moses Lake man who traded in explicit online images of children, including a child in his own household, will serve 50 years in federal prison. Chelan County commissioners voted to uphold the dismissal of sheriff’s deputy Jennifer Tyler, and, The bus drivers who carry your children to school every day say they’ve struck a tentative contract agreement with the Wenatchee School District.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

An Okanogan County child has become the fifth young person in Washington to die of influenza.

The county’s Department of Health announced the death Tuesday, and said the influenza B strain has hit schoolchildren there hard. An estimated 39 people in Washington have died of the flu this season, including two children age 4 or younger, and two between the ages of 5 and 17. State and local health officials continue to recommend flu shots, as well as frequent hand-washing, to prevent flu illness.

A Moses Lake man who traded in explicit online images of children, including a child in his own household, will serve 50 years in federal prison.

34-year-old Mikhail Yuriy Ageyev pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy, production and possession of child pornography in U.S. District Court in Spokane. Moses Lake police arrested Ageyev in 2017 on a tip. He and his girlfriend, Katrina Michelle Adams, admitted to creating sexually explicit photographs of Adams’ 2-year-old daughter. Adams pleaded guilty to similar charges, and is due to be sentenced February 24th. Ageyev is a Ukrainian citizen. He’s subject to deportation once his sentence ends.

Chelan County commissioners voted to uphold the dismissal of sheriff’s deputy Jennifer Tyler.

The three commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday, turning down Tyler’s appeal to overturn her firing. Last September, Sheriff Brian Burnett fired Tyler, a former candidate for his office who won a half-million dollar lawsuit against the agency in 2018. Tyler said she was unlawfully dismissed, and sought reinstatement from the commissioners through a grievance process. Her appeal now goes to arbitration.

The bus drivers who carry your children to school every day say they’ve struck a tentative contract agreement with the Wenatchee School District.

The drivers’ union reached the proposed deal Tuesday in negotiations with the district, one day after this public rally of union members in downtown Wenatchee. Union president Andy King said a vote of membership could come in early February. If it’s approved, the school board would then hold its own vote.

Coming up next, Alcoa’s continuing energy contract with the Chelan County PUD will be under review this year. Link Transit is extending its contract to keep its electric vehicle fleet charged up through 2025, and, 12th District Representative Mike Steel has been named a 2019 legislator of the year by Washington Stem, a statewide group that advocates for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Alcoa’s continuing energy contract with the Chelan County PUD will be under review this year.

Alcoa’s Wenatchee Works smelter has been mothballed since December 2015 resulting in over 400 lost jobs. Under the PUD contract Alcoa receives 26 percent of the electric generation from the Rocky Reach and Rock Island Dams. During the curtailment, the PUD sells unused power on Alcoa’s behalf, and the proceeds are applied toward Alcoa’s monthly contract costs. Although hopes of a smelter restart are starting to fade, PUD General Manager Steve Wright remains hopeful . . .

Puget Power also has a long-term energy contract with the PUD that expires in 2031. Steve Wright commented on the status of both contracts and other PUD issues in a NCWLIFE In-Focus interview available on demand at NCWLIFE.com.

Link Transit is extending its contract to keep its electric vehicle fleet charged up through 2025.

The Wenatchee Valley public transit system struck a new five-year agreement with Momentum Dynamics, the Pennsylvania company that installed Link’s first wirelessly-charged bus in 2018. Under the contract, you can expect to see 10 new electric buses joining the Link fleet this year, powered by three new charging stations.

12th District Representative Mike Steel has been named a 2019 legislator of the year by Washington Stem, a statewide group that advocates for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education.

Joining Steele in receiving the honor at a ceremony Tuesday in Olympia was 48th District Representative Vandana Slatter of Bellevue. Steele was recognized for his five-year involvement with the Apple Stem Network and continued commitment to education.

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In tonight’s feature story, when the Washington State Patrol showed up at Cashmere Middle School this week it wasn’t to investigate a crime, it was to share some good news. In front of his entire class, Trooper Jeremy Weber informed Jordy Gonzalez-Perez that he would be the State Patrol’s Chief for a Day at this year’s Apple Blossom Festival. . .

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.

It was a nearly packed house at Ron Doane Memorial Gymnasium last night.  Not just because Cashmere was hosting Omak.  But because the Bulldogs wanted to remember those lost Sunday…

Also in the CTL last night, Chelan beat Okanogan 47-36.  On the North Central B-league floors last night, Entiat topped Cascade Christian 44-to-13 and Liberty Bell mauled Manson 67-11.

On the Les Schwab Prep Boys Basketball Scoreboard from last night…

Cashmere took care of Omak 58-44.  Warden downed Cascade 50-47.  Okanogan dispatched Chelan 66-48.  Liberty Bell edged Manson 57-50.  And Entiat squeaked out a 71-68 win over Cascade Christian.

On the final day of Big-9 league play in girls bowling Tuesday…

Eastmont beat Sunnyside 3-to-1, winning the first two games 802-to-636 and 807-to-595.  The Grizzlies won the first baker 138-to-119 and Eastmont won the final baker 169-to-124.  The Wildcats finished the regular season 9-and-3 and in 3rd place.

Meanwhile at Lake Bowl in Moses Lake, the Chiefs gave regular season champion Eisenhower all they good take with the match coming down to a pin-count. The Cadets won by 64-pins.  Eisenhower won the first two games 695-to-641 and 703-to-664.  The Chiefs won the two bakers 168-to-145 and 130-to-124.

Eisenhower takes the regular season title with a 10-and-2 record and will host the District Championships Friday at 11am.

On the Les Schwab Prep Wrestling Scoreboard from last night…

Cashmere improved to .500 with a couple wins, narrowly downing Okanogan 39-28 and Chelan 33-29.  Cascade also bumped up to 4-and-3 by downing Chelan 36-30 and Okanogan 39-33.

In CWAC wrestling last night, Othello topped Quincy 39-24 and Ephrata beat Wapato 43-33.

Coming up tonight in college basketball…

Wenatchee Valley will host Walla Walla at W.B. Smith Gymnasium.  The ladies will tip it up at 5:30 with the men to follow at 7:30.

Also on the docket tonight is a great boys basketball game in Cashmere…

The 5th ranked Bulldogs play host to the 9th ranked La Salle Lightning.  Cashmere is 13-and-3 on the season and unbeaten in Caribou Trail League play.  La Salle is 11-and-3 overall and 6-and-2 in the South Central Athletic Conference behind 2nd-ranked Zillah.  Tonight’s game tips at 6:30.

The Wenatchee Wild play the first of three games this week tonight…

Wenatchee is on the road at Vernon tonight to face the Vipers at 7 o’clock.  The Wild will stay on the road Friday at Vernon before returning home Saturday in time for Guns N Hoses Night at the Town Toyota Center against Coquitlam.

Thanks Eric.

tonight, supporters of an apple-themed Washington license plate made their pitch to the Senate Transportation Committee last week and now wait to see if the proposal will make its way to the full Senate by the February 11th deadline. Among those speaking in favor of the license plate were officials from the Washington Apple Commission and the Washington Apple Education Foundation.

12th District Senator Brad Hawkins, the sponsor of the bill, told the committee that with this being the 25th anniversary of the education foundation and the recent release of the new Cosmic Crisp apple, the timing is right for an apple license plate. . .

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up tomorrow 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 night.