Evening News January 11

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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— a vehicle versus pedestrian accident yesterday morning in Quincy sent a local resident there to a Seattle hospital in critical condition and a Wenatchee man has improved to satisfactory condition after he was struck by a vehicle crossing Wenatchee Avenue Monday night.

But first, we begin tonight:

There is no doubt what our top story is tonight…weather.

A large winter storm system moved into the Wenatchee Valley early this morning first as rain then changing over to heavy snow around 7:00 a.m. Snow totals around our area vary from 4 inches to 8 inches depending where you live. Visibility at times today was less than a half mile. Due to the hazardous road and weather conditions, there was no extended day or other after-school elementary or intermediate activities or athletics in the Eastmont School District. The Wenatchee School District also cancelled all after school programs today because of the weather. Earlier today in Manson on Manson Boulevard, up to 5 semi-trucks were stuck at the same time blocking traffic for a lengthy period of time, and on three separate occasions today, eastbound Snoqualmie Pass was forced to close because of spinouts and jackknifed semi-trucks. Area passes are requiring chains except those vehicles equipped with AWD or 4WD. Pangborn Airport was also forced to cancel flights this morning.

The winter storm earlier today also caused a mess for local road crews and travelers. Eric Granstrom braved the streets of Wenatchee and filed this report. . .

Local and regional highways felt the brunt of the winter storm. Between 5 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., North Central Washington state patrol troopers responded to 35 vehicle collisions, most of those occurring on Snoqualmie Pass. Snoqualmie pass was closed for about an hour during that time due to several vehicles and semis that failed to put chains on despite traffic signs that required drivers to do so.

One of these 35 accidents did however result in tragedy… at 10:25 Washington state patrol responded to a what became a fatality collision on State Route 17 about 12 miles north of Soap Lake, the collision sent one of the vehicles into Alkali lake off the highway. The accident blocked the highway as emergency personnel attempted to recover the vehicle in the lake.

Half an hour later, State Patrol Trooper Brian Moore confirmed that the accident was fatal. Washington State patrol is encouraging everyone to drive safe and be prepared for conditions.

A vehicle versus pedestrian accident yesterday morning in Quincy sent a local resident there to a Seattle hospital in critical condition and closed the road for almost five hours. Sergeant Chris Lafferty of the Quincy Police Department tells us what happened. . .

The name of the victim has not been released.

A Wenatchee man has improved to satisfactory condition yesterday at Central Washington Hospital after he was struck by a vehicle crossing Wenatchee Avenue on foot Monday night. Wenatchee Police Captain Edgar Reinfeld says the man driving the vehicle has been charged, but not for hitting the pedestrian. . .

Captain Reinfeld says Rash was cited for driving without a valid license and no proof of insurance. Reinfeld does not anticipate any further charges being filed at this time.

Coming up next, Rep. Mike Steele’s House Bill to help feed breakfast to more school children passed yesterday in Olympia and a prominent online travel site names Leavenworth a top winter wonderland destination. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

State Representative Mike Steele of Chelan, is helping farmers team up with public schools to expand access to breakfast for Washington’s most impoverished students. House Bill 1508, also known as Breakfast after the Bell, received wide bipartisan support yesterday when it was adopted in the House by a vote of 83-15.

It calls on schools in areas with high poverty rates to continue offering breakfast after the beginning of the school day during the first period of instruction. According to a United States Department of Agriculture report in October 2016, the average daily participation in Washington in the school breakfast program was 201,252 students.

In the past, students in Washington State have received breakfast in schools through a mix of grants and through federal and state funds. House Bill 1508 would receive the same mix of funding, to the extent that funds are available.

The Lake Chelan Winterfest kicks off tomorrow with two weekends full of activities for the whole family in Chelan and Manson. Olivia Plew, Director of Marketing with the Chelan Chamber sat down with Dan Kuntz on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley to outline a few of her favorite events at the festival. . .

Check out the Chamber’s website at Lake-Chelan-dot-com for a full schedule of events.

Expedia, one of the nation’s leading online travel sites has named Leavenworth as one of the best winter wonderlands in the United States.

Expedia determined the top 17 winter destinations based on three unique ratings: average annual snowfall, beauty, and available activities. Leavenworth was a no-brainer as can be seen by the ratings awarded by the Expedia travel writer who gave Leavenworth a 5 out of 5 on both “Snowfall” and “Beauty”, and a 4 out of 5 on “Available Activities”. Expedia is a travel company from Bellevue that owns and operates several international global online travel brands, which features travel fare websites and travel search engines.

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.

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Before we get to our scores and highlights from yesterday, let’s look at what the weather did to our sports schedule today…

Basically, everything has been cancelled.  All the basketball games, swimming and diving…in fact, all extra-curricular and after school programs have been cancelled throughout North Central Washington for the day today.  We’ll be sure to let you know when or if games are made up.

On the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from yesterday in high school bowling…

Eastmont kept on rolling with a 4-0 win over Ellensburg at Eastmont Lanes to improve to 13-and-oh overall and 11-0 in Big 9 play.

Meanwhile, the Panthers bowling team moved its league record to 10-1 and 13-1 overall by defeating the West Valley Rams by 322 pins taking the match 3-1. This sets up an exciting match between currently unbeaten rival Eastmont on Tuesday, January 16, that will determine the league championship.  Top bowlers for Wenatchee were freshman Kylah Hankins (178), junior Emilee Groth (181), freshman Hannah Johnson (214), junior Jessica Holbrook (209), and senior Taylor Bitterman (202).

Also on the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard, in Unified Basketball last night…

In a thrilling, back and forth game that saw 18-ties and 7-lead changes, Eastmont and Wenatchee ended in a 64-64 tie!  Erik Card led the way for Eastmont with a game-high 24-points while Gavin Zufall paced Wenatchee with 16.  Eric Granstrom and our camera crew were at last night’s game…here’s a little taste…

The game will be broadcast, in its entirety, Sunday at Noon right here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

With 12 teams hitting the track, the tournament is the biggest it’s ever been according to local Apple City Roller Derby Coach Madeline Praye, also known as Your Kidd Sista…

ACRD will face off against Spokane’s Lilac City at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, followed by bouts from teams around the region through Sunday night. Upper Valley MEND will head up concessions including beer from Icicle Brewing Company. Tickets are available online at Brown Paper Tickets dot com or at the door of the Festhalle in Leavenworth.

 

Thanks Eric…

This weekend is jam-packed with events all around North Central Washington. NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson has a wrap on what you should check out this weekend…

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 some our top stories…

There is no doubt what our top story is tonight…weather.

A large winter storm system moved into the Wenatchee Valley early this morning first as rain then changing over to heavy snow around 7:00 a.m. Snow totals around our area vary from 4 inches to 8 inches depending where you live. Visibility at times today was less than a half mile. Due to the hazardous road and weather conditions, there was no extended day or other after-school elementary or intermediate activities or athletics in the Eastmont School District. The Wenatchee School District also cancelled all after school programs today because of the weather. Earlier today in Manson on Manson Boulevard, up to 5 semi-trucks were stuck at the same time blocking traffic for a lengthy period of time, and on three separate occasions today, eastbound Snoqualmie Pass was forced to close because of spinouts and jackknifed semi-trucks. Area passes are requiring chains except those vehicles equipped with AWD or 4WD. Pangborn Airport was also forced to cancel flights this morning.

The winter storm earlier today also caused a mess for local road crews and travelers. Eric Granstrom braved the streets of Wenatchee and filed this report. . .

Local and regional highways felt the brunt of the winter storm. Between 5 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., North Central Washington state patrol troopers responded to 35 vehicle collisions, most of those occurring on Snoqualmie Pass. Snoqualmie pass was closed for about an hour during that time due to several vehicles and semis that failed to put chains on despite traffic signs that required drivers to do so.

One of these 35 accidents did however result in tragedy… at 10:25 Washington state patrol responded to a what became a fatality collision on State Route 17 about 12 miles north of Soap Lake, the collision sent one of the vehicles into Alkali lake off the highway. The accident blocked the highway as emergency personnel attempted to recover the vehicle in the lake.

Half an hour later, State Patrol Trooper Brian Moore confirmed that the accident was fatal. Washington State patrol is encouraging everyone to drive safe and be prepared for hazardous driving conditions.

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

As this huge storm system moves through, we can expect a quiet day tomorrow with mostly cloudy skies, calm wind and high temperatures near 40. Cooler and drier weather will arrive for the weekend and persist through early Monday. The next chance of appreciable precipitation will arrive late Monday and into Tuesday and Wednesday with more wet weather expected through much of next week.

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 and I will be in for Steve Hair with a look at the day’s news. Thanks for joining us and have a great night.