NCWLIFE Evening News October 24

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Good evening and welcome to NCWLIFE News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

 

For those watching on our Facebook, tune in to LocalTel channel 12 or Charter channel 19, or stream us live at NCWLIFE.com for the full evening newscast tonight. And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight—a group of protesters staged themselves outside of Chase Bank yesterday, Moses Lake Police make a drug bust from two locations and Douglas County slates its Canadian trash decision for November. Later on, we’ll have sports, your weather forecast and our feature story today. But first:

In the end, the voters will decide if the Eastmont School District should change the name of Robert E Lee Elementary School. Last night, the School board heard testimony from both sides of the argument during a public hearing at a packed Junior High School auditorium. . . .

 

In all 16 people testified at the hearing followed by board discussion. Three of five board members were in favor of changing the name but instead of taking action the panel opted to put the issue before school district voters next year.

Taking a closer look now, Eastmont School Board members addressed the Robert E. Lee debate directly with each representative explaining their perspective on the controversial issue. . .

Demonstrators are taking their anti-big-bank protests to the streets of Wenatchee this week. The group, Coalition Mazaska Talks, is prompting supporters to protest global banks during the international meeting in Sao Paolo, Brazil. The group targets banks that fund pipelines and oil extraction projects that infringe upon the rights of indigenous peoples and cause environmental tragedies. We met up with group leader Kevin Kane and a character named, Mr. Moneybags. . .

 

The group will be out again tonight at Wells Fargo Bank on Valley Mall Parkway at East Wenatchee. And will finish the protest outside of Wells Fargo in Wenatchee.

An investigation that began on Saturday culminated in another huge heroin and weapons bust in Moses Lake yesterday.

 

Following the investigation, the Moses Lake Police Department was able to obtain and serve search warrants at two Moses Lake locations, one at a residence in the 1400 block of Marina and at a converted office space located at 110 West Broadway. At the private residence, law enforcement seized 38-hundred dollars in cash and illegal steroids, at the business space, 11 pounds of heroin and six illegally possessed firearms were seized in the raid.

 

Two Moses Lake residents were booked into the Grant County Jail following the bust…they are 50-year old Leo Dabalos, who was charged with delivery of heroin, possession of heroin and six counts of a felon in possession of a firearm and 34-year old Andre Balderos, who was charged with delivery of heroin and possession of steroids. Moses Lake Police say over 50 pounds of heroin and methamphetamine, with a street value of over 1-point-5 million dollars, have been taken off the streets just this month.

Coming up, Douglas County slates its Canadian trash decision for November, an avalanche threat closes the North Cascades Highway and we’ll have an update on the mudslide on the South Shore of Lake Chelan. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

Chelan County PUD Commissioners will be in Chelan tonight to discuss ongoing plans to build a new electric substation to serve the Lake’s North Shore area. The existing substations in Union Valley and Wapato are nearing capacity. District officials say a new substation is needed in order to redistribute existing electrical load and to anticipate further growth during the next decade.

 

Last month PUD staff provided an update to PUD Commissioners on two sites under consideration. Staff identified two areas and worked with property owners to secure property options on two parcels, one off Boyd Road, 2.3 miles from the intersection with SR150 and one off Henderson Road. Tonight’s meeting is at the Chelan Fire Station starting at 6 PM.

Douglas County Commissioners say they will wait to decide how to respond to Waste Management’s plans for importing garbage from Canada to the Company’s East Wenatchee landfill.

 

The delay will allow the County more time to deliberate on issues relating to potential risks to the region’s tree fruit industry from trash that’s transported into the Wenatchee area. Commissioner Steve Jenkins says the County’s options are limited due to previous legal challenges. . .

 

Jenkins says Commissioners will be meeting with officials from Okanogan and Grant County prior to their November 6th meeting when they will take action.

Because of heavy snow over the weekend, the Washington State Department of Transportation has closed State Route 20 the North Cascades Highway due to high avalanche danger. The highway is closed in both directions just east of Diablo and the DOT says it will re-open at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday. Locations along the North Cascades Highway picked up over a foot of heavy, wet snow Saturday and Saturday night.

South Lakeshore Drive remained closed today as Chelan County Public Works crews continued to clear debris from Sunday’s mudslide. The roadway is restricted to local traffic only.

You’re watching NCWLIFE news. Coming up next, your sports update followed by today’s feature story. That and much more still to come on NCWLIFE News, stay with us.

 

Here’s what’s on the Prep Schedule for today…

 

In Soccer…
Cascade at Chelan, 4pm
Manson at Oroville, 6pm
Cashmere at Okanogan, 6:30pm
Wenatchee at Eastmont, 7pm LIVE on NCWLIFE Channel with Sebastian Moraga & Matt Wisen
The Panthers have already secured the regular season Big-9 Title and await the play-in games to determine a first-round district opponent next week.  The Wildcats, on the other hand, are trying to solidify fourth place and a home play-in game this Saturday.  After tonight, Eastmont finishes at Eisenhower Thursday night.  Currently, the Wildcats sit two games behind Moses Lake for third place and are just a game in front of Davis at 5
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On the volleyball courts tonight…

 

Thorp-Easton at Entiat, 5:30pm
Oroville at Manson, 6:30pm
Cascade at Chelan, 6:30pm
Eastmont at Wenatchee, 7pm NCWLIFE’s Eric Granstrom & LeAnne Branam will be there with cameras taping for a later playback.  The Panthers have locked down the #2 seed heading into the Big-9 district tournament but the Wildcats are still battling at for #3.  Eastmont is currently a game in front of Eisenhower, whom they’ll host Thursday night in the regular season finale.  A third place finish would mean the Wildcats would host a play-in game next Wednesday.

Also today…

 

The Wenatchee Panther slow-pitch softball team is in the Yakima Valley for the Big Nine’s culminating tournament.  After games at 2:30pm, they’ll narrow it down to the district championship game at 4:30.  Wenatchee finished as the regular season league champs with a 14-and-2 record, a game in front of 13-3 Moses Lake.

Just a reminder that we’ll be out at the Apple Bowl Friday for our OWN LIVE tailgate party on the NCWLIFE Channel…

 

I’ll be with Grant Olson to host our LIVE Bridge of Sportsmanship Pre-Game show Friday from Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl beginning at 6:30.  They’ll bring you the sights and sounds of the annual clash between the Panthers and Wildcats leading right up to the 7 o’clock kickoff.  By the way, if you want to get your tickets early for the game, which is always a partial sellout, be sure to stop by the athletic office of both schools this week.

It was quite a predicament near Portland today as the Portland Pickles proclaimed they’re preparing to be part of the Pacific Northwest’s Premiere summer collegiate league…

 

The Portland Pickles proudly presented part-owner Paul Ryan, Punter for the Seahawks, as part of today’s passing of prodigious proclamations…

 

Of course, the Wenatchee AppleSox say it’s preposterous for the Portland Pickles to pronounce themselves preeminent without proving themselves first.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday after reviewing the game film of Sunday’s win over the New York Giants that he was surprised at how the first half looked, compared to the lack of production on the scoreboard.  Center Justin Britt sprained his ankle during the game, which forced Ethan Pocic (POH-sick) to move from guard to center for several plays and then back to guard when Britt returned.  Carroll said he’s very pleased with Pocic’s progression…

 

The Seahawks will host Houston Sunday at 1 o’clock at CenturyLink Field.

Game 1 of the World Series is this afternoon at 5 o’clock between the Dodgers and Astros in Los Angeles…

 

Dallas Keuchel will go for Houston while Clayton Kershaw gets the ball for the Dodgers.  The game will be broadcast on FOX TV.

 

Thanks Eric…

Do you Remember Mackenna Schwab? The Wenatchee girl who’s Make a Difference Day project benefitting Seattle Childrens’ Hospital went viral is hoping to repeat this year with another successful fundraiser. Last year she partnered up with actor, Chris Pratt to raise over 800-thousand dollars for the hospital. Mackenna will appear on NCWLIFE’s Life With Lisa Bradshaw program for a one-hour special. Mackenna talks about her remarkable fundraising achievements starting in 2011 . . .

 

Mackenna’s goal this year is to raise money and supplies for Camp Kory a recreational venue for children with serious medical conditions. She will be at Wenatchee Pediatrics Dentistry on Saturday to raise money for the camp. Tune in to Life With Lisa’s one-hour special highlighting local Make A Difference Day projects Friday at 10 a.m. or Saturday at Noon on the NCWLIFE Channel.

We’ll be back in just a moment with a recap of some of today’s stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

 

Time now for a recap of our top stories. . .

In the end the voters will decide if the Eastmont School District should change the name of Robert E Lee Elementary School. The School board heard testimony from both sides of the argument during a public hearing at a packed Junior High School auditorium. . . .

 

In all 16 people testified at the hearing followed by board discussion. Three of five board members were in favor of changing the name but instead of taking action the panel opted to put the issue before school district voters next year.

An investigation that began on Saturday culminated in another huge heroin and weapons bust in Moses Lake yesterday.

 

Following the investigation, the Moses Lake Police Department was able to obtain and serve search warrants at two Moses Lake locations, one at a residence in the 1400 block of Marina and at a converted office space located at 110 West Broadway. At the private residence, law enforcement seized 38-hundred dollars in cash and illegal steroids, at the business space, 11 pounds of heroin and six illegally possessed firearms were seized in the raid.

 

Two Moses Lake residents were booked into the Grant County Jail following the bust…they are 50-year old Leo Dabalos, who was charged with delivery of heroin, possession of heroin and six counts of a felon in possession of a firearm and 34-year old Andre Balderos, who was charged with delivery of heroin and possession of steroids. Moses Lake Police say over 50 pounds of heroin and methamphetamine, with a street value of over 1-point-5 million dollars, have been taken off the streets just this month.

Because of heavy snow over the weekend, the Washington State Department of Transportation has closed State Route 20 the North Cascades Highway due to high avalanche danger. The highway is closed in both directions just east of Diablo and the DOT says it will re-open at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday. Locations along the North Cascades Highway picked up over a foot of heavy, wet snow Saturday and Saturday night.

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

A large ridge of high pressure was over the region today for warm and dry weather conditions. Mainly clear skies and light winds made for a beautiful day today throughout Northcentral Washington…and you might as well get used to it. The ridge does flatten out tonight in response to a fast moving disturbance that just clips Washington on Wednesday. The front will increase winds slightly with gusts of 15 to 20 mph through the afternoon possible. High pressure rebounds quickly Wednesday night and this will put the area in a dry, northerly flow. Thursday through Monday…Models agree with a strong upper ridge in place over the area for above normal temperatures and dry conditions. Our normal high temperature for this time of year is 57 degrees. Even though we will see some cold overnight lows, high temperatures for the next 6 days will be above normal into the lower and middle 60’s.

Finally tonight, even though the annual Oktoberfest celebration is over for the year, don’t fret, because now you can enjoy baconfeast! Norm Sturm, Social Director at Badger Mountain Brewery in Wenatchee tells about the event including ALL things bacon. . .

 

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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, tune in to NCWLife Channel Monday morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and all the latest news with Steve Hair. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.