NCWLIFE Evening News November 21, 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 Wenatchee man who spent four years either jailed or hospitalized for threats he made while in the grip of mental illness was arrested again this week. Wenatchee protesters turned out Wednesday to denounce the inclusion of a far-right activist at the Washington Farm Bureau’s annual meeting, and, The Farm Workforce Modernization Act passed the House Judiciary Committee this morning.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A huge barn-garage just outside Leavenworth was destroyed by fire last night.

The structure at Ski Hill Drive and Ranger Road has stood since 1993, and was a local landmark for its classic design elements. No one was injured in the fire, which broke out about 11:40 p.m. Wednesday.

But the 2,300-square-foot barn burned down to its foundation, and Chelan County Fire Marshal Bob Plumb calls it a total loss. The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental.

A Wenatchee man who spent four years either jailed or hospitalized for threats he made while in the grip of mental illness was arrested again this week. NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins has the story. . .

Wenatchee protesters turned out Wednesday to denounce the inclusion of a far-right activist at the Washington Farm Bureau’s annual meeting. KrisAnne Hall, a featured speaker at the two-day event at the Wenatchee Convention Center, supported militant’ seizure of federal land at Malheur Wildlife Refuge in 2016; says almost all federal agencies are unconstitutional; and spoke before a chapter of the secessionist hate group League of the South earlier this year in Florida. The Farm Bureau says it simply invited Hall to talk about property rights.

The Farm Workforce Modernization Act, a bipartisan bill spearheaded in part by Washington’s 4th District Representative Dan Newhouse, passed the House Judiciary Committee this morning with an 18-12 vote, and is now ripe for consideration by the full House.

The bipartisan effort was negotiated over eight months with input from agricultural stakeholders and labor organizations and was introduced with the support of 26 Democrats and 23 Republicans. Following the vote, Newhouse said, quote, “This is an excellent step forward for a bipartisan bill that will be a building block to improve and modernize America’s agriculture industry.” Unquote. The bill in part would establish a program for agricultural workers in the United States to earn legal status through continued agricultural employment and contribution to the U.S. agricultural economy.

Coming up next, A Washington State Patrol emphasis patrol began today in parts of our area. Terry McFadden was honored this week as the longest-serving Chelan County PUD employee in its history, and, We will let you know about some of the events happening around the valley for you to enjoy this weekend.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Between Apple Cup and Thanksgiving, a lot of people are going to be traveling across the state.

Washington State Patrol Troopers in Spokane, Whitman, Adams, Grant, and Kittitas counties will run emphasis patrols starting today and running through the Thanksgiving Holiday. Motorists will see an increased presence along State Routes 26 and 195, as well as Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass.

Troopers will focus on motorist driving too fast for conditions, distracted driving, impaired driving, and other collision-causing violations.

Terry McFadden was honored this week as the longest-serving Chelan County PUD employee in its history. McFadden, the PUD’s materials foreman, has been with the utility more than 43 years. On October 23rd he beat the employee longevity mark formerly held by a former Puget Sound Power and Light worker who became a Chelan PUD employee when the district took over Puget’s system in 1948. McFadden started in 1973 and said he wanted a job where he wouldn’t be sitting all day. At age 68 that hasn’t changed. He said he expects to work a few more years before considering retirement. At the PUD’s meeting this week he reflected on his career. . .

Time now to find out what’s happening around the valley for you to enjoy this weekend. Here’s NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson with the details. . .

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

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.

Eastmont and Wenatchee met for the first time around in girls bowling yesterday at Eastmont Lanes and, as usual, it came right down to the final few pins to determine a winner…

Eastmont won the opening game 764 to 758 behind a 177 from Alivia Ellington.  Kylah Hankins paced Wenatchee with a 241.  Game 2 went to Wenatchee 765-to-720 with Hankins rolling a 213 while the Wildcat’s Katie Heinz scored a 158. 

Wenatchee won the first Baker 165-to-147 and Eastmont won the second 185-to-146.  The match would come down to the final pin count, with Wenatchee coming out on top by 18-pins 1,834 to 1,816.

The two teams will meet again in December and we’ll have our cameras there to capture the moment for a later broadcast here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

The Wenatchee Wild are WAY north of the border to try to snap a 4-game losing streak tonight…

The Wild are 285-miles north of Wenatchee in Salmon Arm, B.C. to take on the Silverbacks tonight in BCHL Hockey.  Tonight’s game is a strange wrinkle in the schedule where Wenatchee plays a team at its house just four days after the last game at the Shaw Centre.

The last win for the Wild came back on November 2nd against Merritt.  Since then, they’ve fallen to Penticton three times and Salmon Arm in OT just last Sunday.  After tonight’s game, Wenatchee travels to West Kelowna Friday and Merritt on Saturday.

Speaking of Merritt, that’s who the Wild face during Hockey Night tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel…

This game is from November first at the Town Toyota Center.  Arch Ecker has the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Find out how the game turns out tonight at 7 here on your television home for the Wenatchee Wild, the NCWLIFE Channel.

It will be a nervous night’s sleep tonight for several teenager girls here in the valley…

The Wenatchee Panthers begin play at the State 4A Volleyball Tournament in the SunDome in Yakima tomorrow morning at 11:45 against Curtis.  The Panthers are the #2 team out of the Big-9 with a record of 12-and-4 while Curtis is the #4 team out of the South Puget Sound League and is 12-and-12.

A loss tomorrow morning means a 6:45 consolation-bracket game against the loser of Camas and Lake Stevens.  A win tomorrow means a quarterfinal game tomorrow night at 8:15 against the winner of Camas and Lake Stevens.

The Cascade Kodiaks girls soccer team will play in the semifinals of the State 1A Soccer Tournament tomorrow at 4pm against Lakeside (9-Mile Falls).  Cascade is the #1 team out of the Caribou Trail League with a record of 13-and-6 and has won all four of its playoff games either in overtime or a shootout.

Lakeside is the #1 team out of the Great Northern League after sweeping through its district tournament and defeating Cle Elum and Lynden Christian in the State Tournament thus far.

By the time the two teams will kick off at Shoreline Stadium tomorrow at 4pm, they’ll know who their next opponent will be.  Seattle Academy and King’s play the other semifinal at 2.  A loss would put Cascade in the 3rd or 4th place game Saturday at 10am.  A win would put the Kodiaks into the State Championship Saturday at 2 o’clock.

Here’s a quick look at what’s coming up on the NCWLIFE Sports Broadcast Schedule…

As we mentioned, tonight is Hockey Night with Merritt and Wenatchee at 7.  Tomorrow, we’ll re-air the Wenatchee and Mount Si Football game from back in September with Grant and Eric beginning at 6:30.  Then on Saturday, watch the District Girls Soccer Championship between Wenatchee and Eastmont at 2 followed by Pasco and Eastmont football at 6:30 here on your home for LOCAL sports, the NCWLIFE Channel.

The Seahawks have leaned heavily on its rookies this season to amass an 8-and-2 record so far. Marquis Blair has 27-tackles playing a significant role in the defensive backfield.  Meanwhile, Ugo Amadi, Ben Burr-Kirven and Cody Barton have all been key on special teams.  Coach Pete Carroll says they’ll need each and every one of them down the stretch…

Seattle’s defensive backs came up with 23 tackles, four passes defended, a sack and an interception in the win over San Francisco.  Carroll says he hopes they can keep that momentum going…

Seattle will fly out tomorrow across country to Philadelphia for Sunday’s game.  They’ll kickoff at 10am on FOX.

Thanks Eric. Recapping tonight’s top story. . .

A huge barn-garage just outside Leavenworth was destroyed by fire last night.

The structure at Ski Hill Drive and Ranger Road has stood since 1993, and was a local landmark for its classic design elements. No one was injured in the fire, which broke out about 11:40 p.m. Wednesday.

But the 2,300-square-foot barn burned down to its foundation, and Chelan County Fire Marshal Bob Plumb calls it a total loss. The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental.

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.