Evening News February 16

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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, State Senator Brad Hawkins defends his vote on a carbon tax bill that passed out of his committee last week, and, the House has passed legislation that will bring rural Washingtonians one-step closer to having high-speed internet.

 

But first, we begin tonight:

A one-vehicle rollover has claimed the life of an Okanogan County woman.

The accident happened around 6:45 yesterday (Thu) morning, 1 mile south of Nespelem on State Route 155. The victim has been identified as 38-year old Bridget Boyd of Nespelem. Boyd was southbound when she crossed over the northbound lane onto the shoulder, overcorrected to the right, struck an embankment and rolled. The Buick SUV came to rest on its wheels and Boyd was ejected. It’s unkown at this time if drugs or alcohol was involved in the crash and the exact cause of the accident is under investigation.

Wenatchee School District Superintendent, Brian Flones has issued a statement in response to Wednesday’s fatal school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

In an open letter to District Schools, Families, Students, and Staff, Flones expressed sympathy for the victims. He wrote that every school should be a safe haven for students and staff and that, “Everyone needs to be assured that our students are protected and that our schools are prepared to respond in an emergency situation.” Flones added that the District has worked hard over the past four years to make improvements in school safety and security. He stressed that the best prevention is early warning and said parents and students can help by informing school staff if they see or hear of students who might exhibit behavioral or mental health issues that could lead to acts of violence.

State Senator, Brad Hawkins defends his vote on a carbon tax bill that passed out of his committee last week. Hawkins was criticized in a letter from the Douglas County Commissioners earlier this week. The Commissioners noted their opposition to the proposed tax and accused the Senator of failing to represent the interests of the 12th legislative district he serves. Hawkins responded to the Commissioners today in an interview with NCWLIFE News. . .

Hawkins says he’s still in the process of learning how a carbon tax would impact the region. He says hydro power, which feeds the commercial, industrial and farm economy will not be affected and ultimately could enhance electric rates in North Central Washington. He also claims the bill as passed out of the Senate shouldn’t adversely impact agriculture. . .

Hawkins said he had not yet received the letter from the Douglas County Commissioners but assured them that he continues to research the issue and will take into consideration their concerns when the bill comes up for a final vote.

A Senate Bill sponsored by Senator Judy Warnick will mean more money to local fairgrounds and Ag groups, including the NCW Fair in Waterville and the Chelan County Fair. Senate Bill 6386 ensures the funding of agricultural fairs by providing state sales tax revenue received as the result of sales occurring during events held at fairgrounds where agricultural fairs occur must be deposited into the State Fair Fund. The bill passed in the Senate on Wednesday by a vote of 48-0. We will have local reaction to the bill from local fair managers coming up on Monday.

In other news from Olympia this week, rural Washingtonians are one-step closer to having high-speed internet. Representative Mary Dye’s broadband bill cleared the House 98-0 on Wednesday. House Bill 2664 would extend wholesale telecommunications authority to all public ports. Current law prevents non-rural ports from building networks in under-served neighborhoods near bigger cities. Removing the restrictive definition of “rural” in existing statute will help ports extend fiber to homes and businesses where private companies have had difficulty financing these projects. House Bill 2664 now heads to the Senate for further consideration.

Coming up next, The Pybus Event Center space is in the midst of a 1.2-million dollar renovation, and, Wenatchee’s famous Rails and Ales is slated for tonight.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The Pybus event center space is in the midst of a 1.2 million dollar renovation, aiming to make the space more functional and engaging for the community. Kristin Lodge and Steve Robinson shared details on the ongoing project on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with Dan Kuntz this morning. . .

60 percent of the cost is being covered by the foundation, with the remaining dollars funded with board contributions and donations.

Wenatchee’s famous rails and ales festival is tonight, NCWLife’s Jay Seabeck has a preview. . .

Expect to see highlights from rails and ales on Monday morning here, and for full coverage stay tuned to the NCWLIFE Magazine in the coming weeks.

Just a reminder that Monday is President’s Day and that means most banks, Government Offices, the Postal Service, the Public Library, Pybus Public Market and area schools will be closed. Link Transit bus service will not run Monday as well. However, Waste Management will have regular Monday service as will area medical facilities. The Wenatchee Valley Mall will be open with limited hours on Monday and most stores in Wenatchee will be open on President’s Day.

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.

Breaking sports news this afternoon, Cashmere has selected a new head football coach to replace the retiring Phil Zukowski.  Athletic Director Jeff Carlson says they’re hiring a young college assistant from the Spokane area…

Carlson says Bremer was selected out of quite a pool of applicants…

Carlson says Zukowski had quite a hand in helping to select his successor…

Carlson says Bremer will be here soon as Zukowski is scheduled for surgery and will fill in covering his PE classes and will be able to work with the players in spring and summer drills and camps.

Taking a look at the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from last night in boys basketball action…

Entiat’s season came to an end in the CWB 1B District Tournament at Eastmont Junior High, falling to Moses Lake Christian 35-26 in a low-scoring affair.  Pateros, meanwhile, won the District Championship with a 58-45 win over Riverside Christian.

The Wild ride for the Wenatchee Panthers came to an end in Sunnyside last night.  Wenatchee fell in the district semi-finals to the Grizzlies 57-48 despite 11-points from Darius Carlson.  Moses Lake also came up short in its upset bid, falling to Davis 77-65.

In girls play yesterday at the CWB 1B District Tournament at Eastmont Junior High…

Entiat claimed a District Championship with a lopsided 72-23 victory over Riverside Christian.  Pateros stayed alive with a 46-40 win over Wilson Creek.

We’ll start our very busy prep schedule in the pool today…

Wenatchee and Eastmont are participating in the WIAA State Swimming and Diving Championships today and tomorrow at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.  The Panthers take a huge contingent of 16 participants while the Wildcats have 5 taking part.  The prelims are today at 2 with the finals tomorrow at 2:20pm.

Just down the road in Tacoma, wrestlers from throughout the state are gathering for the Mat Classic XXX in the Tacoma Dome…

We’ll be tracking seven local wrestlers from Cascade, Chelan and Eastmont on the mats today and hopefully tomorrow.  Here’s what we have so far.  Cascade’s Juan Martinez lost by pin and drops back to the consolation bracket at 106-pounds.  The Kodiak’s Daniel Claros won by pin to move to the quarterfinals at 145lbs.  At 152, Chelan’s Erik Alcala lost by pin and drops to the consolation bracket, as does teammate Braden Williams, who lost a 9-2 decision at 160.  The Goat’s Skyler Gordon won his first round match 6-3 and advanced to the quarterfinals.  Cascade’s Arthur Drake lost by pin at 285 and also moves back to the consolation bracket.

In the 4-A Tournament, Eastmont’s Adrian Vivanco lost his first round match by pin and moves back to the consolation bracket at 132.

Meanwhile we have two ladies representing Wenatchee and Eastmont on the mats in the girl’s state tournament…

Wenatchee’s Emily Carroll lost her first-round match by pin at 135 so she’s in the consolation bracket.  Eastmont’s Flora Morrow won her first-round match 5-0 to move on to the quarterfinals at 145-pounds.  We’ll keep you up to date on all our wrestlers and swimmers through our Facebook page this weekend.

There’s also more basketball to be played at the District 5/6 2B Tournament in Granger today and tomorrow…

Brewster faces Tri Cities Prep in the boys semifinal today at 4.  Waterville-Mansfield will try to stay alive in the consolation bracket against Lake Roosevelt tonight at 7:30.  If you want to watch some basketball right here in the valley, Eastmont Junior High School is the place to be.  Riverside Christian and Moses Lake Christian play tonight at 6 in a last-chance-at-regionals game.

That’s the same situation for the Riverside Christian and Pateros girls tonight at 7:30, also at Eastmont Junior High.  The District 5/6 2-B Tournament in Granger features White Swan and Lake Roosevelt in the semifinals today at 5:45.  That’s the same game time for Brewster and DeSales in the consolation bracket.  Liberty Bell and Tonasket will also play in a loser-out game today at 2:15.

In the Glue-Crossover games tomorrow…

For the CTL and Northeast-A, Cashmere faces Lakeside (9-Mile Falls) at 5 o’clock at Ron Doane Memorial Gym in Cashmere.  Omak has a home game against Newport while on the girl’s side, Omak hosts Freeman while Okanogan is on the road at Lakeside.  The Cashmere girls already punched their ticket to regionals with their District Championship last weekend.

Finally, the Wenatchee Wild finish up the regular season home part of the schedule this weekend at the Town Toyota Center…

Trail is in town for games tonight at tomorrow night with the puck dropping officially at 7:05.  Wenatchee has the 3rd best record in the entire BCHL with 73-points.  That’s good enough for 3rd in its own division, behind Penticton and Vernon.

Thanks Eric…

Two Wenatchee Valley College students received scholarships Thursday, thanks to the Concert in the Gardens series at Ohme Gardens. The Names Foundation, a creation of Dennis and Beth Dobbs of Horan Estates Winery, were able to provide two, one-thousand dollar scholarships yesterday in conjunction with the concert series, the work of R-L-S Productions…

Tickets are on sale for the five-concert series beginning July 5th this summer at Ohme Gardens. Go to RLS Productions-dot-net to get your tickets, they are selling fast.

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 story tonight…

Wenatchee School District Superintendent, Brian Flones has issued a statement in response to Wednesday’s fatal school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

In an open letter to District Schools, Families, Students, and Staff, Flones expressed sympathy for the victims. He wrote that every school should be a safe haven for students and staff and that, “Everyone needs to be assured that our students are protected and that our schools are prepared to respond in an emergency situation.” Flones added that the District has worked hard over the past four years to make improvements in school safety and security. He stressed that the best prevention is early warning and said parents and students can help by informing school staff if they see or hear of students who might exhibit behavioral or mental health issues that could lead to acts of violence.

We have a full slate of fun events planned in the Wenatchee Valley this weekend. Megan McPherson has a rundown on everything from soup to nuts. . .

A very moist Northwest flow aloft continues to ride down the eastern side of a high pressure ridge and will usher in the next in a series of weather systems beginning late tonight and early Saturday morning. Ahead of that system today we will see some fairly windy conditions develop with steady speeds of 15-20 mph gusting to 35 mph. Even stronger winds will develop from about Wenatchee to Pullman on Saturday as an upper level weather trough moves in with winds 25 to 30 mph gusting as high as 50 mph. A wind advisory is in place for the Wenatchee Valley from 11:00 Saturday morning until 10:00 Saturday night. We also have a 60% chance of mainly rain tomorrow, which goes down to 30% Saturday night. By Sunday, a strong arctic cold front moves down bringing us much cooler temperatures and a 50% chance of mainly afternoon snow showers. Additional cooling is expected on Monday and Tuesday as well with morning lows in the low to mid-teens and highs only in the lower 30s. It looks like by the middle of next week our temperatures will begin to moderate back into the upper 30’s to near 40 degrees.

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