Evening News February 14

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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, Local attorney Travis Brandt will now have competition in August for a seat on the Chelan County Superior Court bench, and, A popular Leavenworth Area Snowmobile route is closed due to hazardous trees.

But first, we begin tonight:

With just a few ballots left to count it appears Cashmere voters have overwhelmingly approved a school construction bond and Maintenance and Operation Levy.

Returns from yesterday’s special election have the bond passing with over 70 percent approval. The District’s replacement M and O levy is passing with 73 percent yes vote. Cashmere School District Superintendent Glenn Johnson says both the bond and the levy were badly needed. . .

In other election results, Entiat Voters said yes to renewing their school levy with over 62 percent voting in favor. In Douglas County election night returns, school levies were passing in the Waterville, Palisades, and Coulee-Hartline districts. Orondo’s levy was also passing with 55 percent of the vote. A one-year excess levy in Douglas County Hospital District 1 was also approved garnering 81 percent of the vote. The results are unofficial until the election is certified. Log on to ncwlife.com for all of the election night totals for Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan Counties.

Local attorney Travis Brandt will now have competition in August for a seat on the Chelan County Superior Court bench.

That competitor is current Superior Court Judge Robert McSeveney, who filed with the State Public Disclosure Commission last Wednesday to retain his seat on the bench. McSeveney was appointed to the bench by Governor Jay Inslee earlier this year to replace retiring judge T.W. Chip Small. McSeveney was sworn in on February 1st.

The filing pits McSeveney against local attorney Travis Brandt in the August primary. Brandt, who previously ran for the Superior Court seat back in 2012, declared his candidacy at the end of January and was favored to replace outgoing Judge Small by the Chelan-Douglas Bar Association who ranked him as highly qualified.

Douglas County Commissioners have approved plans to auction off a portion of the property currently being used as a sand pit in the East Wenatchee area. NCWLife’s Steve Hair has the details. . .

A popular Leavenworth Area Snowmobile route is closed due to hazardous trees.

In late January, a wind storm blew down over a dozen trees across route 2B to Trinity which is now blocked by trees between Wilson and Phelps Creeks and is unsafe to use. Crews will not be able to safely remove these trees until the snow melts. Snowmobilers please note, Route 2B is closed at the Little Giant Trailhead and will remain closed for the rest of the season. For more information, please contact the Wenatchee River Ranger District at 509-548-2550.

Coming up next, Foothills Middle School students Robotics Club readies their bots for competition, and, an upcoming public forum takes a look at increased concern about the possible consequences of a catastrophic event here in our state.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

If you stop by the tech lab at Foothills Middle School on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon you’ll find a room buzzing with activity as students participating in the Vex Robotics program tinker with their bots for competition. . .

The STEM Program grew from 30 to 80 students this year with two different squads of students participating. One team known as Female Bot Intelligence or FBI prides itself on making headway for females in the STEM. . .

Lead by head coach Brigitte Wiegand (Wee-gand), the nine teams head to the state competition on February 25th, with sights set on Worlds later this Spring. Visit NCWLIFE.com for more on the robotics program at Foothills Middle School and how you can support them on their journey.

There is an increased level of concern about the possible consequences of earthquakes, floods, and landslides in the state. All three of those topics will be covered during a public forum Saturday (February 17) in Seattle. Central Washington University geological sciences professor Nick Zentner will be among those making fact-based presentations at the Living with Earth Hazards in Western Washington symposium.

Zentner, who is also host of the PBS series Nick on the Rocks, will present “Assembling Washington Geologically,” which is about the state’s atypical and volatile geology. He will be among scientists from across the Pacific Northwest speaking about the hazards and how to be better prepared for them. The public event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in McCaw Hall at the Seattle Center.

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.

We’ll start our sports today with a trip around the courts last night in girls Play-In basketball in the Big 9, as Eastmont hosted West Valley.  The Wildcat’s Bryn O’Rourke got off to a good start, leading for a stretch of the first quarter.  But West Valley was able to make some key, outside shots throughout.  Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Katelyn Cox and Britt Vaughn each had 11 points for Eastmont while Ariel Wilson led all scorers for West Valley with 22…

As Eastmont’s season came to an end 56-50.  That was the SAME score in Wenatchee’s game at Davis, as the Panthers season also came to an end.  The Pirates erased a 5-point, half time deficit to pull out the victory.  Wenatchee was led by Alli Hallberg with 15 points in defeat.

Now on to the boy’s side of the Play-In games last night and what a game we had.  You KNEW that the 4th meeting of the season between cross-river rivals Eastmont and Wenatchee would be a close one, and it was.  The Wildcats perimeter shooting had been off all night, except when it counted most as time wound down in regulation.  Ian Dunn and Mark Miller had the thrilling, DOUBLE OVERTIME call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

So a thrilling, double-overtime victory for Wenatchee 57-49 over Eastmont as the Panthers advance to the District Tournament and will play at Sunnyside Friday at 7 o’clock…

In the other play-in game last night, it was Moses Lake edging West Valley 66-62.  The Chiefs will play at Davis Friday night.

Last night was also the first-round of the Central Washington 1-B tournament as Entiat fell to Pateros 57-24.  Riverside Christian also advanced with a 69-43 win over Moses Lake Christian.  The Tigers will play Moses Lake Christian tomorrow at 3 o’clock at Eastmont Junior High to stay alive.  Pateros and Riverside Christian will play tomorrow at 6pm at the Junior High for the District Championship.

On the Prep Schedule for today…

In girls play, the District 6 1-A Tournament wraps up at Eastmont High School with Okanogan facing Omak tonight at 5 to determine the 2nd and 3rd seed heading to the Northeast A Crossover games.  And in the 1st round of the Central Washington 1-B Tournament, Entiat hosts Wilson Creek at 5 while Pateros plays at Riverside Christian at 6.

There’s one boys playoff game tonight…

Cashmere faces a must-win situation against Okanogan in the final round of the District 6 1-A Tournament at Eastmont High School.  That will tip off at 7pm.

 

Thanks Eric…

The 2018 Apple Blossom Royalty were special guests on this morning’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley program. In tonight’s feature story, Queen Gretta Wiersma and Princesses Sophie Castillo and Jessica Murray talked about the moment in the pageant when they hear their name called. . .

To watch Dan’s interview with this year’s royalty in its entirety, go to our website at ncwlife.com and click on the ON DEMAND feature.

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.

Unlike Eastern Washington, we started out our day in Northcentral Washington with sunny skies and fairly moderate overnight low temperatures. The upper level trough that brought snow to some parts of the state will exit to the southeast early Thursday morning. The rest of the day Thursday looks nice with mostly sunny skies and high temps in the lower to mid-40’s. Friday will be a hold on to your hat kind of day, as a weather disturbance will move out of Canada and into our area. Friday could bring steady winds between 20-25 mph with gusts as high as 45 mph. The Canadian weather disturbance will also bring a 30-40% chance of mainly rain showers on Saturday and Sunday. A cold front will also slide down on Sunday night cooling our daytime high temps on Monday and Tuesday down into the mid-30’s.

We leave you tonight with a short conversation with Alex Wicking, who plays Marmee, the mother of the four March sisters in Eastmont High School’s production of Little Women. . .

Tickets are on sale now at the PAC. Shows are March 15th-17th, and also on the 22nd and 23rd at 7 pm in the EHS Auditorium.

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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, keep it right here on the NCWLife Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. Thanks for joining us and have a great night.