Evening News April 12

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

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, Crews began work on clearing snow on State Route 20 North Cascades Highway on Monday, and, An assault over an electronic smoking device, or e-cigarette, Tuesday at Washington Park in Wenatchee has police officers searching for a suspect.

Police in the Moses Lake area say they are keeping an eye out for distracted drivers over the next few weeks. The Moses Lake Police Department is running extra patrols for distracted drivers who may be on their phones on the roadway. Accidents caused by phone use while driving are significantly more expensive according to Police, and tickets for a first time violation start at $136 dollars.

Cell Phone use is highest among drivers ages 16 to 24. The distracted driving law took effect in Washington State in January, banning cellphones, tablets, laptops or other electronics use while driving. According to the law, behavior such as grooming, smoking, eating or reading could also result in a $99 dollar ticket if the driver is pulled over for another offense. Washington State Patrol Trooper Brian Moore says distracted driving is a leading cause of death in Washington State. . .

Crews began work on clearing State Route 20 North Cascades Highway from the eastside closure gate on Monday.

With soft snow, the DOT joked today on their Facebook page that crews were able to use some of their lighter weight equipment in this photo.

The DOT has cleared roadway up to the first avalanche chute within Cutthroat Ridge, and have spent the week clearing debris from drainage ditches. There is no opening date planned yet, but according to officials they are making good progress. The area is closed off to recreational use Monday through Thursday.

An assault over an electronic smoking device, or e-cigarette, Tuesday at Washington Park in Wenatchee has police officers searching for a suspect. Captain Edgar Reinfeld with the Wenatchee Police Department explains what happened. . .

Vape pens are electronic smoking devices that burn oil instead of tobacco and are a popular alternative to cigarettes.

An iconic springtime trail in the Methow is being considered for adoption by the U.S. Forest Service. The Buck Mountain Trail is known by bikers, horseback riders and trail runners as an experience with breathtaking views and wildflowers, but it is not currently considered a National Forest System Trail. That could change as the Forest Service is seeking input on a proposal to adopts and make improvements to the trail. Just north of Winthrop, the trail improvements would increase sustainability and minimize impacts of visitor use according to the Forest Service. Specifically, five miles of trail work to reconstruct a portion of an old horse trail is proposed with work slated for this summer if approved. Comments will be accepted until May 2nd.

Coming up next, Giving women the right to vote in this country is the topic of “Victorious” this Sunday afternoon at the Snowy Owl Theatre in Leavenworth, and, We will give you a rundown on all the things to do this weekend around the Wenatchee Valley.           I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The long struggle that eventually lead to the 19th Amendment – giving women the right to vote in this country – is the topic of “Victorious” this Sunday afternoon at the Snowy Owl Theatre in Leavenworth. NCWLife’s Dan Kuntz has more. . .

With plenty slated for this weekend in North Central Washington, here’s NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson with a weekend events wrap:

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update and our feature story tonight. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

The Wenatchee Wild and Prince George Spruce Kings have emerged as Conference Champions and will square off in a best-of-seven series for the BCHL’s top prize, the Fred Page Cup…

Wenatchee crossed over to the BCHL Interior Division this season after playing the last two seasons in the Mainland Division. The Wild path to the Final included series wins of 4-0 over Merritt, 4-2 over Vernon, and most recently, 4-1 over Trail. Wenatchee finished the regular season with a record of 37-16-4-1, good for third place in the Interior Division but would have been good enough for first in either of the other two. Wenatchee featured the league’s most prolific offense with 241 goals (4.16 per game), and was also the least penalized team in the division.

The Prince George Spruce Kings won the Mainland Division regular season title, then battled through two hard fought seven game series with Chilliwack and Surrey before getting through the Island Division champion Powell River Kings in five games to advance to the Finals for the first time in the team’s 22-year history.

Last year the Wild and Spruce Kings met in the Mainland Division Semifinals and Wenatchee took the series in six games. The teams met twice this season, with the home team winning each time. Wenatchee enters the series with an 8-0 playoff record at home, and including last year’s playoffs, are 11-0 all-time against Prince George at Town Toyota Center.

The BCHL Fred Page Cup Final opens with Games 1 and 2 in Wenatchee on tomorrow and Saturday.  Arch Ecker will be Dan’s guest tomorrow morning with more of a preview on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

Here’s what is on the prep sports schedule today, first in baseball…

Cascade travels to Warden for a 4 o’clock game while Manson hosts Oroville at 4:30.

In softball today…

There’s just one game on the slate as Cashmere plays host to Cascade with the first pitch at 4:30.

There are a trio of soccer matches around the area today…

Cascade hosts Chelan at 4:30.  Okanogan will play at Cashmere at 4:30.  And Manson hosts Oroville, also at 4:30.

 

Eastmont travels to Eisenhower for a 3 o’clock start time.  The rest start at 4 as Chelan’s in Omak, Cascade hosts Cashmere and Liberty Bell is at Entiat.

Also, in golf today, Cascade is up at Chelan with a 2:30 tee time.

For those who just have a “Jones’n” to watch some hockey and can’t wait for the Wild’s Game 1 with Prince George tomorrow night, we’ve got you covered…

As we’ll air Game 4 of the BCHL Interior Division Championship between Wenatchee and Trail tonight at 7 during “Hockey Night” on the NCWLIFE Channel.  We’re back on the pitch Friday at Eastmont where the first-place Wildcats will battle Moses Lake LIVE at 7.  Then on Saturday, it’s Wenatchee boys lacrosse as the Thunder host North Central at 2pm.  The deciding Game 5 of the playoff series between Wenatchee and Trail will air Saturday night at 7 o’clock.

Kyle Seager’s 2-out, 2-run home run broke a 2-2 tie and the Mariners held on to beat Kansas City yesterday 4-2 at Kauffman Field…

Seager drove in three of Seattle’s four runs on the afternoon and the Mariners got a quality start from big lefty James Paxton.  Big Maple went six innings, allowing 2-runs on 6-hits and striking out 10.  Juan Nicasio worked the 8th for his first win and Edwin Diaz shut down the Royals in the ninth for his 4th save.  Seattle finished the road trip 4-and-3 and, after a day off today, hosts Oakland in the first of a three-game series at Safeco Field Friday at 7:10.

Thanks Eric…

Tonight we’re featuring the Pet of the Week from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Here’s NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson. . .

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

Welcome back to the NCWLife Evening News, recapping our top stories tonight. . .

An assault over an electronic smoking device, or e-cigarette, Tuesday at Washington Park in Wenatchee has police officers searching for a suspect. Captain Edgar Reinfeld with the Wenatchee Police Department explains what happened. . .

Vape pens are electronic smoking devices that burn oil instead of tobacco and are a popular alternative to cigarettes.

Crews began work on clearing State Route 20 North Cascades Highway from the eastside closure gate on Monday.

With soft snow, the DOT joked today on their Facebook page that crews were able to use some of their lighter weight equipment in this photo.

The DOT has cleared roadway up to the first avalanche chute within Cutthroat Ridge, and have spent the week clearing debris from drainage ditches. There is no opening date planned yet, but according to officials they are making good progress. The area is closed off to recreational use Monday through Thursday.

An iconic springtime trail in the Methow is being considered for adoption by the U.S. Forest Service. The Buck Mountain Trail is known by bikers, horseback riders and trail runners as an experience with breathtaking views and wildflowers, but it is not currently considered a National Forest System Trail. That could change as the Forest Service is seeking input on a proposal to adopts and make improvements to the trail. Just north of Winthrop, the trail improvements would increase sustainability and minimize impacts of visitor use according to the Forest Service. Specifically, five miles of trail work to reconstruct a portion of an old horse trail is proposed with work slated for this summer if approved. Comments will be accepted until May 2nd.

Believe it or not we set a rainfall record yesterday picking up 15-hundreds of an inch which broke our old record of one tenth of an inch set back in 1992. A weather trough of low pressure brought light rain and mountain snow across the Inland Northwest this morning mainly over Eastern Washington. As the weather system moved off to the east, we saw some windy conditions develop with a sustained wind of around 20 mph and gusts this afternoon up to 30 mph. Periods of showers will re-develop on Friday another wet front bringing valley rain and mountain snow on Sunday. We have a 50% chance of rain on Friday and a 50% chance on Sunday. Temperatures will remain generally cooler than normal through the rest of the week and weekend with highs generally in the upper 50’s. Normal high temperatures for this time of year is 62 degrees. High pressure moves our way early next week with partly to mostly sunny skies expected and dry weather conditions.

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