NCWLIFE Evening News January 7, 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, Chelan County PUD will hold a public hearing February 3rd on its plans to implement gradual rate increases for most of its customers over the next five years. Highway 2 was closed for about 10 hours from 2:00 yesterday afternoon until 2:00 this morning after heavy snow caused about a dozen trees and a power line to come down on the roadway, and, The Wenatchee School Board will interview seven finalists from a list of 14 applicants this Thursday to fill the two open positions on the board.     

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A fire gutted an East Wenatchee apartment building Monday afternoon, but fortunately, no lives were lost. NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins was on the scene and has more. . .

Chelan County PUD will hold a public hearing February 3rd on its plans to implement gradual rate increases for most of its customers over the next five years.

Currently proposed is a 3-percent annual rate increase for residential, commercial and industrial customers. Water and wastewater costs would rise 4 percent per year and wholesale fiber rates would increase 3 percent a year.

The PUD says customers have expressed an interest in seeing small, predictable increases in rates rather than risk a larger increase in the future. The PUD has not increased residential rates in nine years. The public hearing will be at 1:00 p.m. on February 3rd.

Highway 2 was closed for about 10 hours from 2:00 yesterday afternoon until 2:00 this morning after heavy snow caused about a dozen trees and a power line to come down on the roadway. But the State Patrol and Department of Transportation warns the reopening of the pass doesn’t necessarily mean smooth sailing, especially with more snow in the forecast.

The same snowstorm that hit the pass Monday also downed trees and power lines in the Lake Wenatchee and Plain areas. That led to a power outage Monday afternoon for about 1,100 customers of Chelan County PUD in the Lake Wenatchee area. Power was restored to most of those customers in a couple of hours.

Lake Wenatchee received about 18 inches of snow Monday and Plain about 12 inches. Stevens Pass has received a whopping 35 inches of snow over the past two days. Chelan County Public Works crews removed about 15 trees from county roads throughout the day and spent most of today clearing roads and cutting back trees.

The Wenatchee School Board will interview seven finalists from a list of 14 applicants this Thursday to fill the two open positions on the board.  Among the seven include Karina Vega-Villa, who was defeated in her bid for a full term last November, and former Wenatchee City Councilman Mike Poirier. The other five finalists are:

Talia Barajas-Gonzalez, Carlos Guillen, Maria Iñiguez, Julie Norton and Edgar Salamanco. The seven will be interviewed by the board in open session on Thursday beginning at 5:00 o’clock.  The board will then meet in closed session and choose the two new board members who will be sworn in at the January fourteenth board meeting.

Coming up next, The Wenatchee Valley Chamber’s Annual Banquet will take place on March 5th at the Wenatchee Convention Center, and the Chamber is now accepting nominations. Two iconic businesses, one in Wenatchee and the other in Cashmere, are under new ownership, we will tell you about it, and, Douglas County’s largest fire district promoted five officers and installed five new firefighters on Saturday. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The Wenatchee Valley Chamber’s Annual Banquet will take place on March 5th at the Wenatchee Convention Center, and the Chamber is now accepting nominations for 2019 Business of the Year and 2019 Nonprofit of the Year finalists.

Deadline for nominations is January 15th, 2020. The theme of this year’s banquet is “Take It In,” and the banquet’s presenting sponsor is Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort. The banquet will start at 5:30 p.m. with social hour, a dinner and the presentation of three awards: Business of the Year, Nonprofit of the Year and the Cornerstone Award.  Last year’s recipients were Cashmere Valley Bank (Business) and Chelan-Douglas County Volunteer Attorney Services (Nonprofit). For more information, contact Chelsea at the Chamber of Commerce at 662-2116.

Two iconic businesses, one in Wenatchee and the other in Cashmere, are under new ownership.

The Owl Soda Fountain & Gifts downtown on Wenatchee Avenue has been purchased by Kelsey Alvarado, the former baker at Café Columbia in Pybus.

She will operate the business with her mother. Owl Soda has been a Wenatchee fixture since 1926.

Meanwhile, on Cottage Avenue in downtown Cashmere, Patti and Vince Bosket have sold Sure to Rise Bakery to Debbie and Joel Lutton.

The Boskets have operated the bakery for the past 33 years. It originally opened in 1947 and the Luttons become the fifth owners.

Douglas County’s largest fire district promoted five officers and installed five new firefighters on Saturday. The personnel boost allows Fire District 2 to staff one additional engine company for 24-7 duty.

Later this year, that new company will eventually move into the new Station 4, which is under construction at 35th and Northwest Cascade Avenue. Fire officials say the improved staffing and facilities will help meet the growing needs of East Wenatchee and the surrounding area.

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. . .

In tonight’s feature story, we look through the lens of videographer Ben Holten and hear the words of Alan Loebsack about Badger Mountain Ski Hill. The little spot overlooking Waterville is a hidden gem, run entirely by volunteers. . .

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’s a busy Tuesday around the area in prep sports, beginning in girls bowling this afternoon…

Eastmont Lanes was the sight for two critical matches in the alignment of the Big-9 standings.  Wenatchee came into today in 1st place at 6-and-2 and hosted Moses Lake.  The Chiefs were tied for 4th place with West Valley.  Meanwhile, Eastmont was in 3rd place and hosting the Rams.  We’ll have results tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

In prep basketball tonight…

Cashmere hosts Cascade in Caribou Trail League play tonight at 5:45 while Chelan’s in Omak at 6.  In B-league play, Manson hosts Tonasket at 6 o’clock.

It’s the same schedule for the boys tonight, only later time slots as Cascade visits Cashmere at 7:15 while Omak hosts Chelan.  At 7:30 it’s Tonasket and the Trojans in Manson.

There are also some wrestling matches on tap tonight…

Cascade hosts Cashmere, Okanogan and Omak in a double dual in Leavenworth beginning at 6 o’clock.  Then at 7, Quincy plays host to Selah in Central Washington Athletic Conference action.

Speaking of wrestling, that’s what we have on tap tonight to begin our week of sports on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Tonight’s match is from last year between Wenatchee and Eastmont at 7.  Hockey Night Thursday features last Friday’s game between the Wild and Victoria.

We’re back to live action coverage Friday with a triple-header at the Town Toyota Center Wenatchee Eastmont taking on Wenatchee.  We’ll start at 6:30 with the Unified game, then follow with the girl’s game at 7:30, followed by the boy’s game at 9.  Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson will have your play-by-play.

Then on Saturday, Grant will be courtside at Wenatchee High School for the Panthers and Eisenhower Cadets.  The girls game is at 5:30 followed by the boys at 7:30 right here on NCWLIFE Channel.

Thanks Eric.

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.