Evening News January 30

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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—an improper U-turn by a Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputy caused a two-car accident yesterday and, a bill floating through the state legislature would drastically reduce property taxes in Washington.

But first, we begin tonight:

Over 75 people jammed into the conference room in the basement of the Wenatchee Public Library last (Mon) night to hear Dr. Ann Diamond, who has announced her candidacy for Washington’s 12 District House Seat. Diamond, a Winthrop physician and clinic founder, is running as an Independent against Republic incumbent state Representative Cary Condotta. Diamond covered a number of topics at the public question and answer session including global warming, DACA and the so-called Dreamers, and affordable housing. Being in the healthcare business, Dr. Diamond was very adamant regarding affordable, universal healthcare and the importance of the Affordable Care Act. .

Diamond also shared her frustration with the state legislature taking so long to pass a Capital Budget.

Diamond expressed her concerns about mega-wildfires and how the forest is managed, adding she supports Senator Brad Hawkins Senate Bill 6211 which would create an account to process revenues collected under the Good Neighbor Authority.

A bill being considered in Olympia would drastically reduce the property taxes in Washington State. The measure is sponsored by House Representative, Cary Condotta who commented on it on NCWLIFE Channel’s The 12th District program this week.

Lawmakers in Olympia are nearing the half way mark in the session. Work on a supplemental budget and capital construction spending plan are also continuing.

A Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputy making an improper U-turn caused a two-car collision yesterday afternoon in the Dryden area.

A State Patrol report says Deputy Jeremy Mannin was Eastbound on Hwy 2 near the Big-Y interchange when he observed a westbound vehicle that was speeding. The Deputy reportedly activated the lights on his patrol vehicle but when he attempted to make a U-turn he ended up veering into the path of a pickup truck that was driving behind him. There were no injuries. The Deputy was not issued a citation. When a violation is committed by a Law enforcement Officer, the State Patrol submits their report to the Sheriff’s office which then goes through an administrative process to determine if that officer will get ticketed for the improper U-turn.

Injuries reported in a multiple vehicle accident this morning in Grant County. Trooper Brian Moore shared these pictures of the wreck that happened on Highway 28 at the Highway 17 intersection around ten. 39-year old Amy Days of Twisp failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of both highways and collided with the passenger side of a car driven by 79-year old Colleen Martin of Wilson Creek.

Days Jeep wrangler then hit a car driven by 58-year Burton Turner of Grand Coulee and an express van driven by 39-year old Shane Hobson of Quincy. Days, Martin and Turner were all injured in the crash. Turner was transported to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake while Days and Martin were taken to Columbia Basin Hospital in Ephrata. Days was charged with failure to yield.

Crews were at it early this morning on a dental office project in East Wenatchee.

The plastic wrap around the Aspen Dental remodel project was removed in the early morning hours today at the Wenatchee Valley Mall in East Wenatchee and crews were busily disassembling the scaffolding as well.  The City of East Wenatchee informed NCWLIFE News that contract crews had until Thursday to remove the leaning scaffolding that was pushed by weekend winds.  Meanwhile, the northbound section of Valley Mall Parkway past the building remains closed as a precaution as well as a large area in the mall parking lot.  As far as what the future holds is anyone’s guess.  Neither Alegis Construction, the main contractor on the site, nor Vintage Real Estate, the mall owner, has returned messages from NCWLIFE News on why the project was called to a halt or what the future holds.

Coming up next, if legislation is passed in Washington D.C. more water for the Columbia Basin Project could be a priority—and, an upcoming free workshop aims to help parents talk to their children about modern technology and social media. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

If Congress approves President Trump’s request for infrastructure funding, obtaining more water for the Columbia Basin Project could be on the priority list. That’s the hope of officials with the Columbia Basin Development league. Executive Director, Vicky Scharlau says they’ve requested that U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke include the current phase of the project for funding . . .

Scharlau says access to Columbia Basin Project water is a fundamental necessity for the region’s economic vitality but over 300,000 of the original 1,029,000 authorized acres of productive land are still waiting for infrastructure to supply a reliable source of water. The Columbia Basin Water Project was started by the US Bureau of Reclamation when the Grand Coulee Dam was built in the 1930’s.

The Wenatchee School District is putting a one hundred and twenty million dollar bond before voters this April to pay for the renovation and expansion of Wenatchee High School. Upgrades to the aging building would include a new commons area, updated classrooms with windows, a new music room and more according to Superintendent Brian Flones who spoke more on the bond with Capitol Bond Committee member John McQuaig on this morning’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with Dan Kuntz…

Flones broke down how the bond, if approved, would impact district resident property tax rates…

For more information on the district bond and the full version of this morning’s interview visit NCWLIFE.com’s OnDemand programs.

We live in a world saturated with technology. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, children ages 8 to 18 spend around 7 hours and 38 minutes per day with modern technology. The River Academy of Wenatchee is holding a free workshop to help parents engage their children in conversations about modern technology from a Christian perspective. Eric DeVries, Headmaster at the school, explains the importance of the workshop. . .

The free workshop is this Thursday, February 1st at Sage Hills Church located at 1601 5th Street in Wenatchee.

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 Prep Schedule for tonight as we wind down the regular season for winter sports…

In girls basketball, Cashmere will continue to try to assert its dominance in the Caribou Trail League with a road game at Okanogan.  The Bulldogs from the “south” are 10-0 in league play, 17-1 overall.  The “northern” Bulldogs are 5-5 in CTL play, 10-8 on the season.  The game tips off at 5:45pm.  Also in CTL play tonight, Chelan hosts Omak at 5:45pm.  Meanwhile in Oroville, the Waterville-Mansfield girls basketball team tries to continue its impressive season and secure second place all alone in the Central Washington 2-B League.  The Shockers are 10-and-4 in league play, tied with Tonasket for second heading into tonight behind 13-and-1 Brewster.  The game tips off at 6.  Also in CW-2B play tonight, Manson is at Soap Lake trying to beat the Eagles for the 6th and final spot into the District Tournament.  They’ll also tip off at 6.

Turning to the boys schedule tonight…

It’s crowded atop the leader board in the Caribou Trail League with the district tournament just a week-and-a-half away.  Heading into tonight, Omak is in front of Cashmere and Okanogan by just a half-game.  For Cashmere, a regular season league-title is still in the offering, but they’d need some help.  First, Cashmere has to win at Okanogan tonight at 7:15.  The Bulldogs would also need to have Chelan upset Omak in the Pioneers’ final game of the regular season tonight, and then beat Chelan on Thursday.  Omak tips off at Chelan tonight also at 7:15.  In the Central Washington 2-B league tonight, the 7-7 Waterville-Mansfield Shockers have a tough test tonight on the road at 10-and-4 Oroville at 7:30.  Manson will try to get a game closer to .500 with a trip to Soap Lake, also at 7:30.

Here’s what we have for you on the NCWLIFE Channel sports broadcast schedule for the week…

It begins tonight with the replay of the fantastic game between the Eastmont girls at Rogers played at the Town Toyota Center as part of the NCW Basketball Showcase back in December.  Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson had the call…let’s take a peak…

Yes, a cliff-hanger!  You’ll have to watch tonight at 7 to find out what happened here on the NCWLIFE Channel.  Back again to the schedule for the week…

Thursday, of course, is “Hockey Night” on the NCWLIFE Channel as we’ll bring you the Wenatchee Wild’s game versus Nanaimo from a couple Saturday’s ago at the Town Toyota Center.  That begins with Call of the Wild and Clarky’s Corner at 7 followed by game action.  We’re “hockey-centric” this week as Friday will be some more Wild hockey versus Merritt from last Friday…a thrilling double-overtime game.  Now, we couldn’t bring you the highlights yesterday and we FEARED the final overtime was lost forever because the video file was telling us it was “corrupted.”  But thanks to the Golden Boy Tucker Wagner, we were able to resurrect the footage.  Arch Ecker with the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

You’ll be able to see that game in its entirety Friday night at 7 here on the NCLWLIFE Channel.

Then Saturday at 2, it’s the Merritt-Wenatchee game from last Saturday.  Finally, Saturday at 7 is the re-airing of the Wenatchee vs. Eastmont Unified Basketball game from last Thursday so be sure to tune in for that.

Seattle Mariners fans were so excited to have Ken Griffey, Junior to be inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame last year, AND to have his statue unveiled in front of Safeco Field.  But then to fan’s horror, the bat of his statue was broken off in October…

According to reports, a drunken man broke the bat off the statue and started running up street bent on keeping it.  But an employee from King5 across the street saw the whole thing, chased the guy down and got the bat back, eventually calling police, who arrested Skyler Mamoru.  So Junior’s been bat-less ever since.  But that will change this weekend.  The Mariners announced the bat will be repaired and back in Griffey’s hand.

Thanks Eric…

With the cryptocurrency industry on the rise, local CEO of the Wenatchee-based bitcoin mining company Salcido Enterprises has made his rounds on local and national media talking on the subject. Malachi Salcido appeared on an upcoming series on the NCWLIFE Channel, GWATA TV to talk about the digital currency’s popularity…

Salcido recently appeared on CNBC, a financial cable channel to talk about his company’s expansion and its recent surge in value…

Stay tuned to the NCWLIFE Channel for the air date for GWATA TV, a program hosted by GWATA Executive Director Jenny Rojanasthien (Row-ja-nos-a-tee-en) focusing on technology, entrepreneurship and STEM education.

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…

A Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputy making an improper U-turn caused a two-car collision yesterday afternoon in the Dryden area.

A State Patrol report says Deputy Jeremy Mannin was Eastbound on Hwy 2 near the Big-Y interchange when he observed a westbound vehicle that was speeding. The Deputy reportedly activated the lights on his patrol vehicle but when he attempted to make a U-turn he ended up veering into the path of a pickup truck that was driving behind him. There were no injuries. The Deputy was not issued a citation. When a violation is committed by a Law enforcement Officer, the State Patrol submits their report to the Sheriff’s office which then goes through an administrative process to determine if that officer will get ticketed for the improper U-turn.

Crews were at it early this morning on a dental office project in East Wenatchee.

The plastic wrap around the Aspen Dental remodel project was removed in the early morning hours today at the Wenatchee Valley Mall in East Wenatchee and crews were busily disassembling the scaffolding as well.  The City of East Wenatchee informed NCWLIFE News that contract crews had until Thursday to remove the leaning scaffolding that was pushed by weekend winds.  Meanwhile, the northbound section of Valley Mall Parkway past the building remains closed as a precaution as well as a large area in the mall parking lot.  As far as what the future holds is anyone’s guess.  Neither Alegis Construction, the main contractor on the site, nor Vintage Real Estate, the mall owner, has returned messages from NCWLIFE News on why the project was called to a halt or what the future holds.

The weather cold front that brought us some light scattered showers last night has moved out of the region today and into Montana. We did see some breezy conditions at times today with partly cloudy skies and mild temperatures, high today 47 degrees. The moist flow will veer to the northwest tonight and Wednesday as high pressure builds into the Eastern Pacific. We will continue to see more mild and partly cloudy weather on Wednesday before an upper level low pressure system moves in early Thursday morning. The associated weather trough will bring us a 30% chance of rain mixed with snow Thursday, Thursday night and Friday. As the system moves through on Friday we will see more breezy conditions in the afternoon with very mild high temperatures near 50. As we get to the weekend, Saturday looks nice with partly cloudy skies and highs in the upper 40’s. A weak weather system will quickly move through our area on Super Bowl Sunday with a 30% chance of showers, high on Sunday near 50.

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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.