NCWLIFE Evening News January 8, 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, A 35-year-old Moses Lake man was killed late Monday afternoon in a one vehicle crash northwest of the town of Stratford, and, The impacts of a continuing partial government shutdown are being felt here in North Central Washington.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Chelan County has a stake in the outcome of the Federal government shutdown. Commissioners say the impasse in budget negotiation in Washington DC could impact funding received through the Secure Rural Schools Act and Payment in Lieu of Taxes or (PILT). Commissioner Doug England explains. . .

Commissioners had to tap into the County’s reserves to balance the 2019 budget. But Commissioner Kevin Overbay says the previous year’s revenue projections have been upgraded. . .

Commissioners began their week by welcoming newly elected member, Bob Bugert to the board. Bugert replaces Keith Goehner.

A 35-year-old Moses Lake man was killed late Monday afternoon in a one vehicle crash about 2.5 miles northwest of the town of Stratford.

Shea Budlong was driving a Nissan Xterra south in the 24300 block of Pinto Ridge Road Northeast when his vehicle left the road to the west, traveled down an embankment and rolled over. Budlong was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected. He died at the scene. The collision is under investigation by the Grant County Sheriff’s Motor Traffic Unit.

The impacts of a continuing partial government shutdown are being felt here in North Central Washington. Especially if you do business with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency. . .

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will not issue new USDA Direct Loans or Guaranteed Loans.

Scheduled closings of Direct Loans are being canceled and unless your guarantee was previously issued for a Guaranteed Loan, those may or may not be closed, depending on the lender. Check with your lender immediately if you’re getting a USDA loan or had planned to use the program to buy a home; you might have to put off your purchase until the shutdown is resolved. Also, FHA loan processing could also be delayed due to staffing shortages. VA loans are not affected by the shutdown.

Coming up next, You can expect to see continued expansion of Chelan County’s Fiber network in 2019, and, State Representative Mike Steele of Chelan has been picked to serve as the ranking member on the House Education Committee. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

You can expect to see continued expansion of Chelan County’s Fiber network in 2019. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair tells us more. . .

State Representative Mike Steele of Chelan has been picked to serve as the ranking member on the House Education Committee.

Steele said the committee has a lot of work to do in the session, which starts January 14th, as some districts, including Wenatchee, face budget deficits related to a new school funding formula implemented by the Legislature last year. Steele also was selected as assistant ranking member on the House Capital Budget Committee. Steele, a Republican, said with growing state revenues the Legislature needs resist “taking more dollars away from taxpayers.”

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, “The Gilded Palace of Extravagance” is what locals called this building when it was first constructed in 1910. The Pacific County Courthouse, in South Bend, is one of the most beautiful buildings in the state, and is one of Ralph Munro’s favorite places. . .

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.

 

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

You can expect to see continued expansion of Chelan County’s Fiber network in 2019. At their first regular board meeting of the new year Commissioners were presented with the District’s work plan which includes more than 70 initiatives such as expanding fiber to over 1033 locations. Repairs and rehab of turbines at Rocky Reach and Rock Island Dams continue. A decision on whether to build a new service center at Olds Station also is expected.

A 35-year-old Moses Lake man was killed late Monday afternoon in a one vehicle crash about 2.5 miles northwest of the town of Stratford.

Shea Budlong was driving a Nissan Xterra south in the 24300 block of Pinto Ridge Road Northeast when his vehicle left the road to the west, traveled down an embankment and rolled over. Budlong was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected. He died at the scene. The collision is under investigation by the Grant County Sheriff’s Motor Traffic Unit.

Finally tonight, an employee at the Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage yesterday captured the moment a large moose made its way into the facility. The animal took this opportunity to chow down on some plants that were inside the building before making a grand exit. . .

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.