Evening News January 16

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Eric Granstrom. 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

But first, we begin tonight:

Two weather-related traffic mishaps slowed traffic this morning in North Central Washington. It started around 5:30 on US 97-A at Knapps Hill Tunnel where overnight rain dislodged some rocks and debris from a slope and down onto the roadway.

The Washington State Patrol also reported a jackknifed big-rig blocked both directions on US 97 Blewett Pass near Scotty Creek. The accident occurred in the 8 am hour causing a traffic backup until the wreckage was cleared.

A gofundme account has been set up by friends of a land surveiller who was struck by a car last week while working near Quincy. Leonel (Leo) Castillo was struck by a motorist driving a Ford Excursion. He suffered two life-threatening injuries including a dislocated skull and blunt force trauma to his head. The head injury caused swelling in his brain and resulted in the partial removal of his skull. He is currently medically stable and facing a lifelong recovery. Castillo is currently at Harbor View Hospital in Seattle.

Washington’s 18th governor, and the first King County executive, John Spellman has died at age 91. The Seattle Times reported Spellman died Monday night and that a statement would be forthcoming. Spellman was elected governor in 1980 and served a single term and remains the last Republican to hold the state’s top office. His actions as governor included blocking attempts to put an oil pipeline under Puget Sound. Spellman served as King County executive from 1969 to 1981. Spellman helped put Seattle on the big-time sports map with the creation of the Kingdome.

An arrest has been made in connection with a weekend shooting incident in Moses Lake. The Moses Lake police Department reports the arrest of 20-year-old Zachary Skone of Warden was arrested Monday. Skone was booked into the Grant County Jail on charges of Assault First Degree and Robbery First Degree.

The victim of the shooting is a 18-year-old who was shot in the torso, and remains in serious condition.

Detectives are still looking for a second suspect. Additionally, there was another vehicle in the Montlake Park parking lot at the time of the shooting whose occupants may have witnessed the incident. Police are asking anyone who was in the area and may have witnessed anything to contact Det. Aaron Hintz at 509-764-3887.

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A bill has been introduced in the State House of Representatives that would treat rural and urban water use equally under the Supreme Court’s Hirst ruling. 12th District House Representatives Cary Condotta and Mike Steele contend the measure evens the playing field for all water users . . .

The Hirst Ruling changed how counties decide to approve or deny building permits that use wells for a water source. The issue is front and center during this legislative session.

**School Breakfast Bill- Rep. Mike Steele, R-Chelan, is helping farmers team up with public schools to expand access to breakfast for Washington’s most impoverished students. NCWLIFE News’ Megan McPherson reports. . .

The Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center continues its Environmental Film and Lecture Series tonight with the screening of a movie titled, “Switch”. Its based on a man’s journey around the world, and learning about all the different forms of energy we humans use and what will be used to shape our future. Here’s the Trailer…

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.

Back in early December, Eastmont and Wenatchee met in an early-season bowling match with both teams undefeated.  It was a back-and-forth clash, with the match really being determined in the second game, coming down to each team’s final bowlers in Wenatchee’s Taylor Bitterman and Eastmont’s Becca Maines.  Eric Granstrom and Paul Paiva had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Neither team has lost since and now, today at Eastmont Lanes, it comes down to this match to determine if Eastmont wins the Big Nine League title outright, or has to share the crown with Wenatchee.  The Wildcats are 11-and-oh in Big 9 play, 13-and-oh overall.  The Panthers have won six straight head-to-head matchups.

The showdown begins at 2 o’clock today at Eastmont Lanes and the NCWLIFE Channel Cameras will be there to tape it all and then bring it on the airwaves this Saturday night at 7 o’clock.

Also on the prep schedule today in wrestling, it’s Eastmont hosting red-hot Moses Lake at 7 o’clock and we’ll have it LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel tonight with Eric Granstrom on the play-by-play.  The Chiefs have only one loss in head-to-head matches this season in 7 outings and that was to Chiawana last Wednesday.  Eastmont, meanwhile, has been dealt two close losses in a row, by 5 to Davis earlier in the month and by two to West Valley last week.

Also in wrestling tonight, it’s a double-dual at Chelan where the Goats host CTL rivals Okanogan, Cascade and Omak at 6 o’clock.

There are a couple doubleheaders in prep basketball tonight…

Cascade travels to Okanogan with the girls at 5:45 and the boys to follow at 7:15.  Entiat plays host to Cascade Christian tonight with the girls at 6 and the boys at 7:30.

The Wenatchee Wild, after splitting a pair of weekend games with West Kelowna, hit the road tonight for a game in Merritt…

After snapping a four-game losing skid with a 6-nothing win Saturday, Wenatchee could use some good ice time at the Centennials.  The Wild come in tied for 3rd in the Interior Division of the BCHL with 56-points.  They’re tied with Trail behind 1st place Vernon and 2nd place Penticton.  The Vipers, by the way, with its 61 points (leading all of the BCHL) has already clinched a playoff spot with 15-games to go.  They’ll drop the puck at Nico Valley Memorial Arena tonight at 7 o’clock.

Here’s what we have on the NCWLIFE Channel Sports calendar for the week…

We mentioned it, LIVE wrestling tonight with Moses Lake at Eastmont at 7.  There’s more wrestling tomorrow night at Wenatchee High School as the Panthers host Eisenhower at 7.  We’re back to hockey on Thursday with “Hockey Night” featuring the Wild and its game against West Kelowna from last Friday.  Then on Friday, it’s a double-dip in basketball as Wenatchee hosts Eastmont in their third meeting of the season.  The girls play at 5:45 followed by the boys at 7:30.  A reminder that between games will feature the Wenatchee Panther Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which we’ll carry LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel, so be sure to tune in.

 Thanks Eric…

 

For our feature today we’ll spotlight two skiing siblings who are preparing for the 2018 Winter Olympics courtesy of King5…

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…

And now time for our video of the day.  It comes from the Bavarian Bruisefest over the weekend in Leavenworth, featuring our own Kaitlin Hetterscheidt, a.k.a. Kat-Asstrophic…

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 Steve Hair will be back with a look at the day’s news. Thanks for joining us.