Evening News January 19

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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—area voters will now decide whether or not to approve a Link Transit sales tax increase and 8th District Congressional candidate Dino Rossi has been making his rounds around the Wenatchee Valley and we caught up with him.

But first, we begin tonight:

The Hirst rural water rights debate is over following action by the State Legislature late Thursday. The House and Senate have approved a compromise to address the controversial State Supreme Court ruling on water conservation. The bi-partisan bill relaxes the court-ordered regulations on small wells and spends $300 million on water conservation projects throughout the state.

State Lawmakers also passed a 4.3 billion dollar capital budget which had been held up by Republican lawmakers until the Hirst fix was completed. Governor Jay Inslee says he intends to sign both the Hirst legislation and the Construction budget as soon as they reach his desk.

It will now be up to area voters on whether or not to approve a Link Transit 2 tenths of one percent sales tax increase to fund Sunday bus services, have more frequent routes and to provide longer hours of service. At a special Link Transit board meeting earlier this week, the board decided to place the issue on the upcoming November ballot. Link Board member Kevin Overbay explains why the board decided to wait until this Fall. . .

The board reached a consensus that a phased in request over two years with separate 1/10th of a percent hikes per year was still the preferred choice. Two Link surveys indicated riders wanted the service improvements and would be willing to pay for them with increased sales taxes.

8th District Congressional candidate Dino Rossi has been making his rounds around the Wenatchee Valley. Rossi announced last year that he would seek the position being vacated by U.S. Representative Dave Reichert. Rossi was in Wenatchee earlier today and says he is seeking the U.S. Congressional seat because of his love for public service and his experience in politics. . .

So far, Rossi is the lone Republican to declare his candidacy for the Congressional seat and is best known for his narrow loss in the 2004 gubernatorial race against Christine Gregoire. Rossi has served in the state Senate since 2012.

Wenatchee School District Superintendent Brian Flones was presented an award earlier today for “going the extra mile”.

The going the extra mile award is presented annually at the Wenatchee Leadership Team Meeting. Award winners are nominated by their peers and Superintendent Flones was nominated by school district staff along with various community leaders including, Doctor Sue Kane, Director of the Apple STEM Network, John McQuaig, CEO of McQuaig and Welk and the Executive Director of the Wenatchee Downtown Association, Linda Haglund. Haglund says Flones is quote, a visionary for the district and has been successful in building new schools and creating an environment for creativity and growth.

Coming up next, sentencing is slated for Monday for one of three suspects in the 2017 murder of a Quincy area woman and Grant County deputies say a 17-year-old Moses Lake youth wanted for kidnapping and robbery has been apprehended thanks to a citizens tip.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Sentencing is slated for Monday for one of three suspects in the 2017 murder of a Quincy area woman.

26-year old Ambrosio Mendez Villanueva pleaded guilty this week to second degree murder in the death of 31-year old Jill Sundberg. Two co-defendants are scheduled for trial in April. Mendez Villanueva, 40-year old Gustavo Tapia Rodriguez and 26-year old Julio Cesar Albarran Varona are accused in the kidnapping and murder of Jill Sundberg.

Sundberg’s body was found December 22nd near a rest stop on the old Vantage Highway. Prosecutors allege Sundberg was killed after she got into an argument with one of the men at an RV park near Quincy. Her body was riddled with bullets and a message posted to her chest with a knife referencing a Mexican drug cartel. During testimony before the U.S. Senate’s Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee in Washington, D.C., Chief Deputy Ryan Rectenwald said the murder suspects are in the country illegally.

Grant County deputies say a 17-year-old Moses Lake youth wanted for kidnapping and robbery has been apprehended thanks to a citizens tip. The teen male was arrested at a home on South Frontage Road West southwest of George.

After first refusing to come out, the youth was quickly found and subdued by K-9 Grizzly. The boy was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his wounds and then taken to juvenile detention. Another teen male at the home was taken into custody for harboring a fugitive and obstructing law enforcement officers. The arrest stems from an incident which happened in the early hours of December 19th where a man was robbed and his vehicle stolen north of Ephrata. The man identified the suspects as the 17-year-old male, 22-year-old Cristian Bustos of Soap Lake, and 28-year-old David Knott Jr. of Soap Lake. The victim was acquainted with all three of the suspects.
Bustos and Knott were captured on December 21st and  are in custody in the Grant County Jail on charges of first-degree robbery and first-degree kidnapping.
The stolen vehicle was recovered on December 19th by Ephrata Police. It had been abandoned in the Swanson’s Addition neighborhood.

Moses Lake police report the arrest of a wanted felon nets three illegal guns and federal charges.

In a prepared statement police say officers teamed up with members of the Northwest Violent Offender’s Task Force to locate 24 year old Isaac Bruno Avila of Moses Lake. Avila had a warrant for his arrest. Officers were able to locate Avila, and take him down on a traffic stop. While he was being arrested, officers located evidence of firearms and ammunition inside his vehicle. As a felon, and being on probation, Avila is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.

Officers located three firearms, including an AK-47 type rifle, a SKS rifle and a shotgun. Avila was booked into the Grant County Jail, and the case has been referred to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for federal charges.

Seasonal weight restrictions are now in effect on several Manson area roads. Temporary weight restrictions are put in place annually to protect the roadways from damage. Only emergency vehicles, school buses or vehicles possessing a special permit issued by the County Engineer are exempt.

Haulers may have to follow other restrictions, including time restrictions on the road. At this time, several roads throughout the county are being monitored for weight restrictions. To keep up on impacted roads, visit the Traffic Alerts and Restrictions page on the Chelan County Public Works website, where there is a list of the restricted roads as well as an interactive map. The free permit also is available on the website. Haulers are reminded that applications must be in by 10 a.m. Monday through Friday for approval for travel the following day. Freight haulers who do not have a permit to travel on a weight-restricted road risk a fine as well as the cost of damages for any road repairs.

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.

On the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from last night in girls basketball…

Entiat improved to 6-and-0 in Central Washington 1-B League play with a 76-20 win over Wilson Creek.  Waterville-Mansfield won its third-straight by downing Manson 29-17.  And Chelan topped Cascade in the lone Caribou Trail League game last night 42-26.

Turning to the boy’s side last night on the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard…

Entiat made it two wins in a row to get back to .500 and 3-and-3 in Central Washington 1-B League play with a 58-14 win over Wilson Creek.  Waterville-Mansfield pulled out a 48-45 win over Manson to get back to a game over .500 in Central Washington 2-B League play.  And Cascade earned its first league win of the season with a 57-33 victory over Chelan in CTL play.

In the pool on Thursday…

Wenatchee bested Moses lake 106-to-80 to grab first place in the Big 9 standings while Eastmont fell on the road to West Valley 106-75.

On the Prep schedule in girls basketball…

Only two games on the slate for tonight and we’ll have one of them LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel as Wenatchee hosts Eastmont at 5:45pm.  Cashmere travels to Omak to take on the Pioneers, also at 5:45.  Coming up tomorrow, Cascade will make up it’s snow-out game with Bridgeport at 2pm.  Entiat’s on the road to the west side for a game at Concrete at 2:30.  Cashmere hosts the #19 team in the State’s RPI index, Montesano, at Ron Doan Memorial Gymnasium at 5:45.  Wenatchee’s on the road at West Valley and Eastmont hosts Eisenhower, both at 5:45.  Manson hosts Lake Roosevelt and Waterville-Mansfield is at Tonasket, both at 6.

In boys basketball this weekend…

Cashmere’s at Omak tonight at 7:15.  Wenatchee hosts Eastmont LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel at 7:30.  Just a reminder, between tonight’s girls and boys game, Wenatchee will feature its annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony and we’ll carry that LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel. 

Added to the Hall of Fame this year are Audrey Ketcham from the class of 2012.  Former volleyball coach Jeff Lucas.  Kipp Fagg from the class of ’82.  Larry Fox from the class of ’59 and his brother Vernon from the class of ’61.

Coming up Saturday, Bridgeport is at Cascade at 3:30.  Cashmere hosts Granite Falls at 7:15.  It’s a 7:30 start time for Lake Roosevelt at Manson, Waterville-Mansfield at Tonasket, Wenatchee at West Valley and Eisenhower at Eastmont.

Wenatchee is hosting the Big 9 for an 11-Dive meet at the high school today starting at Noon…

Also in wrestling, the Wenatchee grapplers are on the road to the Prosser Invite, starting tomorrow morning at 9am.

The Wenatchee Wild will try to make it three wins in a row tonight when they host Victoria at the Town Toyota Center…

The Grizzlies and Wild will drop the puck tonight at 7.  It’s also Pucks and Paws Night at the Town Toyota Center, so bring your dog.  Tonight’s also dollar hot dog, Pepsi and Beer night tonight.  Coming up tomorrow, it’s the second team poster night of the season as the Wild take on the Nanaimo Clippers at 7 o’clock.  The first 1,000 fans will get a Wenatchee Wild team poster and the entire team will be available after the game to autograph it for you.  Arch Ecker will join us later in the show to provide more details about the weekend’s events.

The Wenatchee AppleSox have finalized their 2018 summer collegiate baseball schedule…

It will be the ‘Sox 19th summer of baseball in the valley and feature a 59-game schedule including 31 home dates.  The season will start at home on June 5th against the River City Athletics.  The AppleSox annual Fireworks Night is set for July 3rd against the Yakima Pippins.  For more on the season schedule, head to AppleSox dot com.

It’s the semi-finals of the National Football League post-season tournament this weekend…

The AFC Championship will kick off Sunday at 12:05 on CBS from Foxboro, Massachusetts where the New England Patriots host the Jacksonville Jaguars.  The NFC Championship will follow with a 3:40 kickoff on FOX when the Philadelphia Eagles host the Minnesota Vikings.

 

Thanks Eric…

Today’s featured story is brought to you by Wenatchee High School’s Future Business Leaders of America. FBLA is a program designed to help students get involved with the community and be prepared for engaging in the workforce after graduation. So if you have kids at home that are looking to expand their horizons, encourage them to get involved with FBLA.

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…

The Hirst rural water rights debate is over following action by the State Legislature late Thursday. The House and Senate have approved a compromise to address the controversial State Supreme Court ruling on water conservation. The bi-partisan bill relaxes the court-ordered regulations on small wells and spends $300 million on water conservation projects throughout the state.

State Lawmakers also passed a 4.3 billion dollar capital budget which had been held up by Republican lawmakers until the Hirst fix was completed. Governor Jay Inslee says he intends to sign both the Hirst legislation and the Construction budget as soon as they reach his desk.

Sentencing is slated for Monday for one of three suspects in the 2017 murder of a Quincy area woman.

26-year old Ambrosio Mendez Villanueva pleaded guilty this week to second degree murder in the death of 31-year old Jill Sundberg. Two co-defendants are scheduled for trial in April. Mendez Villanueva, 40-year old Gustavo Tapia Rodriguez and 26-year old Julio Cesar Albarran Varona are accused in the kidnapping and murder of Jill Sundberg.

Sundberg’s body was found December 22nd near a rest stop on the old Vantage Highway. Prosecutors allege Sundberg was killed after she got into an argument with one of the men at an RV park near Quincy. Her body was riddled with bullets and a message posted to her chest with a knife referencing a Mexican drug cartel. During testimony before the U.S. Senate’s Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee in Washington, D.C., Chief Deputy Ryan Rectenwald said the murder suspects are in the country illegally.

It will now be up to area voters on whether or not to approve a Link Transit 2 tenths of one percent sales tax increase to fund Sunday bus services, have more frequent routes and to provide longer hours of service. At a special Link Transit board meeting earlier this week, the board decided to place the issue on the upcoming November ballot. Link Board member Kevin Overbay explains why the board decided to wait until this Fall. . .

The board reached a consensus that a phased in request over two years with separate 1/10th of a percent hikes per year was still the preferred choice. Two Link surveys indicated riders wanted the service improvements and would be willing to pay for them with increased sales taxes.

We enjoyed another quiet weather day in Northcentral Washington today with slightly cooler temperatures and partly sunny skies, highs today were generally in the upper 30’s. We will see some residual moisture from an area of low pressure that is lingering off the coast of British Columbia by tonight with a 30% chance of a rain/snow mix. That system will move north overnight allowing for a bit of a break from any winter weather for most of the day tomorrow. By Saturday night, the next area of low pressure moves in from the Pacific increasing our chance for snow on Sunday to 80%. By Sunday night, we could see around 1-2 inches of new snow in the Wenatchee Valley. Another brief break in our active weather on Monday before the next round of winter weather comes our way on Tuesday.

We leave you tonight with video from the Washington State Department of Transportation providing a time-lapse look at the construction of the lower roadway in the new SR99 Tunnel in Seattle. . .

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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 Monday morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. Thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.