NCWLIFE Evening News February 7, 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, Everything’s back to normal at Central Washington University with classes ready to resume today following what turned out to be a false active shooter report. A travel trailer being used as a full-time home was destroyed in a fire last night in the Dryden area, and, the Wenatchee and Quincy Shopko’s are on the latest list of stores the retailer will close after filing bankruptcy in January.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A significant winter weather event is coming our way. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the greater Wenatchee area as well as much of Okanogan County beginning tomorrow at 4:00 P.M. and running through 4:00 a.m. Sunday morning. Bands of moderate to heavy snow are expected late Friday afternoon through the day on Saturday where anywhere from 8-12 inches of snow is possible.

Snow will be followed by increasing north or northeast winds Saturday into Saturday night especially for the Okanogan Valley and the Waterville Plateau. Blowing and drifting snow will have the potential to reduce visibilities and cause some roads to become impassable. The east slopes of the Cascades could see as much as 10-15 inches of snow by Sunday morning. Travel could be very difficult to impossible. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce  visibility. Motorists with plans to travel over the Cascade mountain passes should monitor the forecast very closely.

Everything’s back to normal at Central Washington University with classes ready to resume today following what turned out to be a false active shooter report. The university in Ellensburg went into lockdown mode at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday when a report surfaced of an active shooter at Lind Hall.

Campus police were joined by local law enforcement to search the building and the rest of campus. When nothing was discovered, the all-clear was given at 7:30 p.m. Central Washington University President James Gaudino issued a statement last night following the incident. . .

President Gaudino said campus police are conducting an investigation regarding the report. The university is offering counseling for students and staff with the campus remaining open. However, some were cancelled today at the choice of faculty, with support from administration.

A travel trailer being used as a full-time home was destroyed in a fire last night in the Dryden area. Chelan County Fire District 6 Chief. Phil Moser says his crews arrived shortly after 9:15 PM to find the structure fully engulfed in flames. The trailer was located on the South side of US Highway 2 near the entrance to the Dryden Transfer Station. Moser says the occupant was not inside when the fire started. He suspects the cause to be electrical in nature . .

Moser’s crews received help from firefighters with Chelan County District 3 and Cashmere Fire Department along with Cascade Ambulance.

The Wenatchee Shopko store will close its doors for good May 12th, the Wisconsin-based retailer announced. Wenatchee’s store was not on a list of closures announced on January 16th when the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

But a new list Thursday includes Wenatchee and a smaller Skopko in Quincy, which will close May 5th. Overall, the company is closing 251 of its 360 stores nationwide including other Washington stores in Yakima, Lacey, Pullman and Spokane. Shopko has struggled in recent years alongside national brands such as Sears and Toys R Us.

Coming up next, If you think there’s been a growing rat problem in the Wenatchee Valley in recent years you are not mistaken, tonight the first of a two-part series. The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife is in the process of acquiring properties in Central Washington for habitat protection, and, The Wenatchee School Board began grappling with its $5.2 million dollar budget deficit on Wednesday. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

If you think there’s been a growing rat problem in the Wenatchee Valley in recent years you are not mistaken. NCWLIFE’s Cal FitzSimmons, in the first of a two-part story on this rodent outbreak, tells us more. .

The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife is in the process of acquiring properties in Central Washington for habitat protection. Among the parcels is 24-hundred acres of  shrub steppe, grassland and forest habitat in the vicinity of historical Columbian sharp-tailed grouse and greater sage grouse populations in Douglas County.

The parcels border the Central Ferry Canyon Wildlife Area, BLM and DNR lands. Officials say the project is consistent with the WDFW’s recent efforts to protect sharp-tailed grouse populations in Douglas, Okanogan and Lincoln counties. They say it would also maintain and expand opportunities for public hunting, wildlife viewing, and other compatible recreation. Douglas County Commissioners are in support of the project.

WDFW is also acquiring this 160 acre property in Grant County to eliminate an inholding within the Columbia Basin Wildlife Area. Washington State Parks, the current owner, manages this parcel on a landscape where most of the public land is managed by WDFW. Consolidating this land under WDFW ownership would clear up public confusion about The Wenatchee School Board began grappling with its $5.2 million dollar budget deficit Wednesday. The board said it wants to preserve as many staff positions as possible, condense costs in programs, reduce additional pay, like stipends, and look at ways to consolidate administrative and classified services. The recommendations came after reviewing a community survey of about 1,000 people. Next up, district staff will develop scenarios for making the cuts that will be taken to a board meeting February 12th at 6:00 p.m.

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.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .

The Washington State Apple Blossom Festival’s Royalty Selection Pageant is this Saturday. All this week on the NCWLIFE Channel, we’re featuring two candidates per night. NCWLIFE’s Eric Granstrom has more. . .

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 battle for first in the Big 9 went to the Rams last night in Yakima…

West Valley beat Wenatchee 50-41 to move into a tie for first in league standings behind Logan Kinloch’s 22-points, 11 of which in the first quarter.  Garrett Long led Wenatchee with 12 points while JJ Jelsing had 11.  Wenatchee must win Friday and get some help from Davis against West Valley to take the league title.

Also last night, Eastmont’s Isaac Wellborn went off for 38-points with seven 3-pointers as the Wildcats beat Sunnyside in overtime 81-75.  Preston Esparza kicked in 15 while Trey Haberlock had 11 as Eastmont finishes the season 5-and-7 in league play and will travel to either Moses Lake or Davis for the district play-in game next Tuesday.

In girls play last night…

Despite 13-points from Kaitlyn Cox, Sunnyside dispatched Eastmont 77-48 to clinch the Big 9 league title and won for the 9th straight time.  Eastmont will play at Davis in a district play-in game next Tuesday at 5:45.

Wenatchee was officially eliminated from the post-season, falling at West Valley 53-28.  Emily Redman led the Panthers with 11 points, who will finish the season tomorrow at home against Moses Lake.

Cashmere High School freshman Bella Fox has been chosen to attend a junior development camp for the United States Biathlon Association held next week in Soldiers Hollow, Utah…

 

This event is held concurrent with the International Biathlon World Cup race held at the same location. Bella will be coached, trained and ski with the USA Biathlon Team for a week.  Bella has also been chosen to represent the US Biathlon Association in Sweden at the World Championship Jr. Development Camp in March. Congratulations Bella!

It’s Hockey Night tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel…

As we’ll feature the Wenatchee Wild and Vernon Vipers from a game held last Saturday at the Town Toyota Center.  Arch Ecker has the play-by-play on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

Watch the game in its entirety tonight at 7 on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Speaking of the Wild, they’re having a busy weekend on the road in B.C…

Wenatchee will be at Cowichan Valley Friday at 7.  Then they’ll be at Victoria Saturday at 7 and Coquitlam Sunday at 3.  The Wild enter the weekend in third place in the BCHL’s Interior Division with 60-points.  That’s 5 behind Merritt and 9-points behind first place Penticton.

Coming up in Men’s College Basketball tonight…

Washington State is at Arizona State at 5 on the Pac-12 Network.  Washington plays at Arizona at 6 on ESPN2.  The 4th ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs are home tonight against San Francisco at 6 o’clock.

And again, here’s a reminder of our schedule on the NCWLIFE Channel…

We have Hockey Night tonight at 7.  Then tomorrow, we’ll be at Wenatchee High School for senior night as the Panthers host the Moses Lake Chiefs with the girls at 5:30 and the boys to follow at 7:30.  Then Saturday, we’ll be back at Wenatchee High School, just down the hallway a bit in the auditorium for the Cashmere Valley Bank Royalty Selection Pageant at 6:30.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, A Wenatchee man says he saw something odd in the skies over town Wednesday afternoon. Floyd Koenig says he was waiting for a Link bus when he looked up. . .

If you saw something in the skies above north Wenatchee yesterday afternoon, let us know on our Facebook post about your story. Or, you can call our News Tips line at 888-NCWL (6295) or email us at News at NCWLIFE dot com.

Some think what Mr. Koenig may have seen was a drone. What do you think?

If you have a video of the day, you’d like to see on the NCWLIFE Evening News, message us on our Facebook Page at the NCWLIFE Channel.

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 guest-host Eric Granstrom. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.