Evening News February 27

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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 two-vehicle accident early this morning in East Wenatchee blocked traffic for around a half hour, and, a semi-truck crash on I-90 near Cle Elum this morning closed the highway for hours.

But first, we begin tonight:

Neighbors living near the popular Skyline Drive overlook area in Wenatchee say its become a public safety hazard and they want the City to close it off to traffic. The scenic overlook has become anything but for Shelley English who appeared before the City Council last week to voice her concerns. She wants the City to close the overlook to traffic due to ongoing issues with teen drinking and accidents. . .

The Mayor and Council have subsequently asked the Arts, Recreation and Parks Commission to review options with regard to the overlook. They will be discussing the overlook as one of their agenda items at their March 20th meeting.

A two-vehicle accident early this morning in East Wenatchee blocked traffic for around a half hour as crews removed the wrecked vehicles.

The accident happened around 4:45 at the intersection of Sunset Highway and Highway 2 when Washington State Patrol says a Toyota pickup driven by 22-year old Martin Bedolla-Mendoza struck the rear of a small passenger car driven by 54-year old Irma Acevedo-Mendoza both of East Wenatchee. The collision caused the pickup to roll coming to rest in the intersection. Acevedo-Mendoza’s car also came to rest in the intersection. She was injured in the accident and transported by ambulance to Central Washington Hospital. Martin Mendoza was slightly injured in the crash and did not seek medical attention. He was charged with negligent driving.

Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal reports 6 thousand dollars worth of tools was stolen from a steel work box in the Rock Island area last week. The Sheriff says deputies responded to the theft reported in the area of Bremmer’s Pit located at SE Vantage Drive. He says the thieves left footprints and there was surveillance video footage which is being examined by investigators.  Anyone with information about the theft is encouraged to call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.  A reward is available.

Here was the scene early this morning on Interstate 90 near Cle Elum where a tractor-trailer rig crashed. Washington State Patrol says the Freightliner, driven by 47-year old Cory Weaver of Utah, was traveling west on I-90 when he attempted to slow down and lost control of the big rig on slippery road conditions causing it to go sideways on a bridge. The truck struck the left side of the bridge and the trailer hit the right side with its wheels hanging over the edge of the bridge. The rig came to rest completely blocking the bridge. The wreckage blocked the westbound lanes for several hours after the truck tore out a section of guardrail. Weaver was injured in the crash and was transported by ambulance to Kittitas Valley Healthcare in Ellensburg. Weaver was also charged with driving too fast for the icy road conditions.

Coming up next, Washington Governor Jay Inslee gave President Trump an impassioned earful yesterday, and, communities around Northcentral Washington are about to get a significant boost from the Department of Ecology. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

At a listening session with nearly 40 Governors yesterday at the White House, Washington Governor Jay Inslee gave President Trump an impassioned earful. . .

Along with arming some teachers, President Trump has also pushed for an end to bump-fire stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire at a rapid rate, as well as comprehensive background checks to emphasize mental health.

State House Representatives Cary Condotta and Mike Steele are defending their votes in favor of a bill that exempts legislators from parts of the State’s public records act. The House and Senate overwhelmingly approved the measure last Friday without debate or public hearing. It was drafted in response to an appeal of recent court ruling in Thurston County that required the release of lawmakers private emails. Condotta and Steele say the courts forced their hand. . .

Senate Bill 6617 will make some legislative records public, such as lawmakers’ calendars and their email exchanges with registered lobbyists. But their private cell phone and emails are off limits. It also prevents people from challenging this records law in court. Log on to ncwlife.com for the full interview as seen on The 12th District program.

Communities across the state seeking funding for important clean-water projects are about to get a significant boost from the Washington Department of Ecology. In a press release yesterday (Mon), the Department of Ecology announced that it is awarding 220-million dollars in grants and loans to help pay for high-priority, clean-water projects.

The Chelan County PUD will receive just over 2-million dollars for the Peshastin-Dryden wastewater improvement project. The Chelan County Public Works Department was awarded 200-thousand dollars for the Squilchuck Creek Basin Storm water retrofit. The city of Wenatchee will receive 70-thousand dollars for the North Wenatchee Storm water removal and water quality improvements and another 10-thousand dollars for the Peachey Street Basin Water Quality retrofit. Other area projects that will receive DOE grants are the Okanogan Conservation District who will receive 250-thousand dollars and a sewer replacement project in Soap Lake will get 68-thousand dollars. Funding for these projects was able to move forward once the 2017-19 capital budget passed earlier this year.

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

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The 21-and-2 Entiat girls basketball team is one of 12 teams still alive in the State 1B Tournament tomorrow.  They’ll face Mt. Rainier Lutheran in a 9pm game at the Spokane Veteran’s Memorial Arena.

The Tigers are on an incredible role, having dispatched their last 15-consecutive opponents by an average 48.7 points per game.  A ton of credit goes to senior Natalya Paz and junior Faith Southard, but Coach Laurie Pipkin says she’s had a couple surprises step up this year too…

Entiat’s opponents finished first in the SeaTac West 1B League this year and come into Wednesday night’s game with a 21-and-4 record.  Two of the Hawk’s four losses have come in its last two games.  A 62-44 loss to Neah Bay in the 1B Tri-District Tournament and a 72-17 loss to Colton Saturday at Regionals.  Pipkin says she likes the matchup and a chance to advance past Wednesday…

We’ll post the results as soon as they’re in Wednesday night and get you more information Thursday morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

Meanwhile, another local team preparing for a trip to the State Tournament is Cashmere.  Their girls basketball team advanced to the quarterfinals with Saturday’s win over Lakeside.  As the brackets were set Saturday night with other regional games decided, Bulldog Coach Brent Darnell says he has a hope of what other teams are thinking…

Cashmere is 21-and-1 on the season and head into the State 1A Tournament in Yakima with the second-ranked RPI, behind #1-ranked Lynden Christian.  Darnell says whether you play teams early or late in the tournament, you have to play the best to be the best…

 

Cashmere will face the winner of tomorrow’s game between Nooksack Valley and Meridian Thursday night at 9 o’clock.

We’ll also be keeping track of what happens to the Brewster boys and girls at the State 2B Tournament in Spokane…

The girls face Napavine tomorrow at 12:15 while the boys take on Life Christian Academy tomorrow night at 9 o’clock.

As the Wenatchee Wild prepares to face Merritt in Game 1 of the first round of the BCHL playoffs Thursday, they’ll be out and about in the community doing some philanthropic work tonight…

Head out to Riverside Pub tonight between 6 and 8pm and Wild players will be serving food and drinks with your tips benefiting Special Olympics.  Of course, the countdown is on for the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Games this Friday at the Town Toyota Center.

The Mariners aren’t even a week into spring training and the injury bug has already hit hard.  Felix Hernandez is the latest victim after being hit in the right arm by a line drive off the bat of Chicago’s Victor Caratini in the top of the second inning…

Hernandez had X-rays on his arm, showing no broken bones.  He is listed as day-to-day, according to the Mariners.  Seattle is working this spring without first baseman Ryon Healy (hand surgery); outfielder Mitch Haniger is out for several days (sore hand); first baseman Daniel Vogelbach is in a walking boot (foot); and pitcher Erasmo Ramirez is out for two weeks (tightness in right shoulder).

Meanwhile, on the field, the Mariners and Cubs played to a 9-9 tie Monday despite Seattle third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean’s grand slam home run.  The Mariners are 2-1-1 in Cactus League play so far and play split squad games today against Kansas City and San Diego..

 

Thanks Eric,

The Wenatchee Downtown Association’s annual appreciation dinner is Wednesday night at the Wenatchee Convention Center. NCWLife’s Dan Kuntz gives us a preview. . .

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 look at other news around our area…

Neighbors living near the popular Skyline Drive overlook area in Wenatchee say its become a public safety hazard and they want the City to close it off to traffic. The scenic overlook has become anything but for Shelley English who appeared before the City Council last week to voice her concerns. She wants the City to close the overlook to traffic due to ongoing issues with teen drinking and accidents. . .

The Mayor and Council have subsequently asked the Arts, Recreation and Parks Commission to review options with regard to the overlook. They will be discussing the overlook as one of their agenda items at their March 20th meeting.

A two-vehicle accident early this morning in East Wenatchee blocked traffic for around a half hour as crews removed the wrecked vehicles.

The accident happened around 4:45 at the intersection of Sunset Highway and Highway 2 when Washington State Patrol says a Toyota pickup driven by 22-year old Martin Bedolla-Mendoza struck the rear of a small passenger car driven by 54-year old Irma Acevedo-Mendoza both of East Wenatchee. The collision caused the pickup to roll coming to rest in the intersection. Acevedo-Mendoza’s car also came to rest in the intersection. She was injured in the accident and transported by ambulance to Central Washington Hospital. Martin Mendoza was slightly injured in the crash and did not seek medical attention. He was charged for negligent driving.

An area of low pressure and associated weather trough moved through the state today. We enjoyed mostly sunny skies with above normal temperatures with highs today in the upper 40’s. We will see a fairly big weather pattern change Wednesday into Friday as a large flow of moisture moving up from the Hawaiian Islands may produce heavy snow and rain accumulations over portions of Northcentral Washington. We have an 80% chance of a rain-snow mix on Wednesday and Wednesday night with rain likely on Thursday where we could see up to a quarter of inch of precipitation. As the large weather system passes on Friday, we could still see a scattered snow shower or two with a 40% chance of precipitation. High pressure builds in just in time for the weekend with partly cloudy skies both days with high temperatures in the mid 40’s. On Monday and into early next week we will see mostly sunny skies with high temperatures in the mid to upper 40’s.

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