Evening News February 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, Authorities say the January 14th fire at the Wenatchee Dolco packaging plant was intentionally set, and, 2017 was a year of change on the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forest, we’ll tell you about it.

But first, we begin tonight:

The 99th Washington State Apple Blossom Festival officially kicked off in grand fashion Saturday night. . .

Saturday’s Cashmere Valley Bank Royalty Selection Pageant played to a packed auditorium at Wenatchee High School. NCWLIFE covered the event live. Queen Gretta Wiersma is the daughter of Don and Sue Wiersma (Weers-ma). Princess Sophie Castillo is the daughter of Miguel and Megan Castillo. Princess Jessica Murray’s parents are Bill and Jodi Murray.

Authorities say the January 14th fire at the Wenatchee Dolco packaging plant was intentionally set. Investigators say evidence, including video from a surveillance camera, points to arson as the cause. . .

Brian Brett with Chelan County Fire District One says the fire caused upwards of five thousand dollars worth of damage when it torched several pallets containing Styrofoam packaging material. There were no injuries. Brett urges anyone with information should contact police through RiverCom Emergency Dispatch at 663-9911.

2017 was a year of change on the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forest. The US Forest Service has released its annual report of activities on the 4 million acre forest including restoration of lands that were damaged by record setting wildfires . Forest Spokeswoman, Holly Krake says the Upper Entiat Valley was among the areas hardest hit by the fire.

The annual report also details work being conducted on the forest to make it healthier and less prone to future catastrophic fires. You can access the full report on the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forest website.

Coming up next, Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, we’ll talk about Heart Health Month, and, Dozens of hearty soles braved the cold water at Walla Walla Park’s swimming lagoon Saturday for a good cause.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Two people were arrested on multiple weapons charges following a February third traffic stop in Bridgeport. Douglas County Undersheriff Kevin Morris identified the driver as 28-year old Rebecca Norton of Coulee Dam and her passenger, 27- year old Daniel Marsden of Omak. During the traffic stop the Deputy noticed a gun case in the back seat of the car but he released the driver after issuing a citation. After obtaining a search warrant for the car Deputies also located two rifles, a stolen pistol, stolen ammunition and narcotics. Deputies then re-located and arrested Norton.  Marsden was also arrested. Both suspects were booked into Okanogan County Jail.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States and nearly a quarter of all deaths in the U.S. are caused by heart disease. February is designated as American Heart Month to bring attention and awareness to the prevalence and severity of heart disease in the United States.  Kathleen Love, doctor of Cardiology at Confluence Health, says what’s concerning is that a large number of those who suffer heart attacks are under the age of 50. . .

Doctor Love also adds that making heart-healthy choices, knowing your family health history and the risk factors for heart disease, having regular check-ups and working with your physician to manage your health are all integral parts of saving lives from heart attacks.

RunWenatchee, Confluence Health and Wenatchee Valley Medical Group are putting on the Heart Breaker 5K fun run during Heart Month to raise awareness about heart disease and about ways to commit to a healthy lifestyle. The 5K run-walk is on February 24th on the Apple Capital Loop Trail. Start time is at 9:00 a.m. at Pybus Public Market on North Worthen Street in Wenatchee.

Dozens of hearty soles braved the cold water at Walla Walla Park’s swimming lagoon Saturday. The Polar Plunge fundraiser put on by the Wenatchee City Parks and Recreation Department and local fire and law enforcement benefits athletes competing in next month’s Washington State Special Olympics Winter Games in Wenatchee. Carol Andre, Director of the Parks and Rec. Department, was a guest on this morning’s Street Talk and Other Stuff and says this year’s event was a big success. . .

The Washington State Special Olympics Winter Games will be held in Wenatchee in March.

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

On the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from the weekend at the District 5/6 2B Tournament in Granger…we’ll start on the boy’s side…

Waterville-Mansfield advanced with a 70-61 win over Liberty Christian but Manson’s season ended in a 54-48 loss to DeSales.  Saturday, Brewster beat DeSales 59-46 to advance to the semifinals while the Shockers fell to Oroville 57-35.  Waterville-Mansfield will drop to the consolation bracket and face Lake Roosevelt Friday.

On the girls side of the tournament…

The Waterville-Mansfield girls had their season ended by DeSales in a 50-32 decision and Manson was no match for Mabton, falling 51-to-18.  On Saturday, Lake Roosevelt advanced in the winner’s bracket with a 54-48 nod over Brewster while Mabton stopped Liberty Bell 69-37.

The Big 9 wrapped up its regular season Friday with games to determine placing for the post-season on the line.  NCWLIFE Channel brought you Wenatchee and Eisenhower with the Panthers looking to nail down the number three seed.  Ian Dunn and Mark Miller had the call on a good senior night for Darius Carlson…

Also on the final night in the Big 9…

Eastmont dropped its regular season finale on the road at Sunnyside 70-54 and Davis topped Moses Lake 69-57.  So the District Play-in Games tomorrow has Wenatchee hosting Eastmont at 8 o’clock and we’ll have that live for you on the NCWLIFE Channel.  West Valley will be at Moses Lake at 7:30.

It was senior night for the Wenatchee girls as well Friday and seniors Alli Hallberg and Demary Sugg had good nights.  Back to Ian and Mark with the highlights…

Hallberg finished with 16-points and 15-rebounds as Wenatchee will be on the road at Davis for a play-in game tomorrow…

Eastmont fell on the road to Sunnyside Friday 75-47 and it sounds like Brynn O’Rourke took a nasty fall and split her chin and might not be available for Eastmont’s play-in game tomorrow versus West Valley.  That game starts at 5:45 and we’ll have it LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel.  As we take a quick peak at the NCWLIFE Schedule for this week…

We’re putting a little culture in your diet here too with the rebroadcast of the Cashmere Valley Bank Royalty Selection Pageant today at Noon, then again Friday and Saturday at 7pm.  There you see the matchups for tomorrow with Eastmont girls and Wenatchee boys being home LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel.  And a look ahead at some Wenatchee Wild hockey here as well on Thursday and Saturday.

Now, back to the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard…

The District 6, 1-A Basketball Tournament’s first round was Saturday at Eastmont High School.  NCWLIFE’s Jay Seabeck was there and has the story…

 

There you see the finals, including the Omak boys winning the District Championship by downing Okanogan 66-44.  That tournament continues on Wednesday.

Local wrestlers took part in regional wrestling tournaments in Yakima, Medical Lake and Spokane over the weekend…

Eastmont’s Adrian Vivanco took 4th at 132 pounds.  Cascade’s Juan Martinez was 3rd at 106; Daniel Claros 1st at 145; and Arthur Drake 4th at 285.  Chelan’s Erik Alcala took 4th at 152; Braden Williams was 4th at 160; and Skyler Gordon was 3rd at 182.

At the girls regional in East Valley of Spokane…

Congratulations to Wenatchee’s Emily Carroll, 3rd at 135-pounds and Eastmont’s Flora Morrow, who finished 2nd at 145-pounds.  Now it’s on to Mat Classic 30 in the Tacoma Dome the end of this week.

The Wenatchee Wild had mixed results in a three-game road trip over the weekend north of the border…

Nanaimo got the better of Wenatchee in the opener Friday night as the Clippers won 4-1.  Sam Hesler was the only Wild player with a tally on the night.  Saturday went a little better for the Wild, coming up with a 5-1 victory at Alberni Valley.  Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…video courtesy Hockey TV…

Then it was on to Victoria for a Sunday afternoon matinee.  Let’s pick it up in the 3rd with Wenatchee up 3-1 on goals by Lucas Sowder, Jasper Weatherby and AJ Vanderbeck.  This would go a little sideways for the Wild late…

 

Wenatchee returns home to host Trail Friday and Saturday at the Town Toyota Center in the final two games in the regular season at home.

Time now for a recap of our top story tonight…

Authorities say the January 14th fire at the Wenatchee Dolco packaging plant was intentionally set. Investigators say evidence, including video from a surveillance camera, points to arson as the cause. . .

Brian Brett with Chelan County Fire District One says the fire caused upwards of five thousand dollars worth of damage when it torched several pallets containing Styrofoam packaging material. There were no injuries. Brett urges anyone with information should contact police through RiverCom Emergency Dispatch at 663-9911.

[Dozens of hearty soles braved the cold water at Walla Walla Park’s swimming lagoon Saturday. The Polar Plunge fundraiser put on by the Wenatchee City Parks and Recreation Department and local fire and law enforcement benefits athletes competing in next month’s Washington State Special Olympics Winter Games in Wenatchee. Carol Andre, Director of the Parks and Rec. Department, was a guest on this morning’s Street Talk and Other Stuff and says this year’s event was a big success. . .

The Washington State Special Olympics Winter Games will be held in Wenatchee in March.

Cooler, dry and sunny weather is what we experienced today and more of the same is expected on Tuesday care of a surge of modified polar air satellite is showing moving down from the North. It was a chilly start to our morning but warmed up later in the day today. Today was the first day since early January where our afternoon high temperatures were below normal. Today’s high was 38, our normal is 41 degrees. A passing weather system on Tuesday night and Wednesday will bring us just a slight chance for a rain/snow mix and at the same time, our temperatures will slowly warm up. High pressure will take hold of our weather by Wednesday night through Friday with partly to mostly sunny skies expected along with temperatures into the mid and upper 40’s. By late Friday and through the upcoming weekend, instability from a weak weather system will bring us about a 30% chance of rain and snow showers through Sunday. High temperatures by Friday and the weekend though will be pushing 50 degrees.

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