Evening News March 02

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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 one-vehicle crash near Locomotive Park in Wenatchee snarled traffic for a time this morning, and, Wenatchee residents are being advised to KEEP YOUR PETS CLOSE after a family finds a would-be thief in the backyard of their home.

But first, we begin tonight:

Last night Governor Jay Inslee put a halt to a bill seeking to exempt Washington lawmakers from the state’s Public Records Act just hours before the bill was set to become law. Legislators also agreed not to take another vote to override the veto.

Inslee issued a statement saying quote “I believe the Legislature’s overwhelming vote on the bill was a good faith attempt to increase disclosure and transparency.” Letters signed by House and Senate Democrats and delivered to Inslee said legislators made a mistake by failing to go through a full public hearing process.

In his statement Inslee went on to say he told legislators he would let the bill become law if they delivered it with enough votes to override a veto, but added quote “that was before I saw the process which failed to meet public expectations for openness, and delivered a bill that fell short.”

A one-car crash near Locomotive Park in Wenatchee around rush-hour this morning completely destroyed an older model Dodge Dakota pick-up and snarled traffic for a short time. Captain Edgar Reinfeld of the Wenatchee Police Department explains what happened. . .

Reinfeld says the driver of the truck was 33-year old Brady Mushlitz of East Wenatchee. Mushlitz was not seriously hurt in the accident and Captain Reinfeld says as the crash investigation continues Mushlitz most likely will be charged with speeding. 

Wenatchee residents are being advised to KEEP YOUR PETS CLOSE after a family finds a would-be thief in the backyard of their home. Police say it happened Wednesday at a residence in the one thousand block of 7th Street. A family member reported a Hispanic male driving a black full-sized pickup truck stopped at their home and entered their yard. The suspect was carrying a leash as he approached their dog who was secured in the yard. The man left the property after being confronted by the family members. As he was leaving the homeowner noticed several leashes inside the vehicle. If you have information on this vehicle or individual please call RiverCom at (509)663-9911 or 911 in an emergency.

The Big Bend Community College filled the Advanced Technologies Education Center in Moses Lake with potential new-hires on March 1 with positions available on a broad spectrum of skill-levels. Employers like GigaWatt, the Washington State Patrol, Boeing and Samaritan Healthcare turned out with some even offering a wide range of positions. The Big Bend Job and Career Fair was open to all students and members of the community, including DREAMers and DACA recipients. Last year the fair drew in over 16-hundred visitors, 61 employers and landed over 200 new hires.

Coming up next, Wenatchee Apple Blossom’s Junior Royalty Court has found their queen, and, Congressman Dan Newhouse took the House Floor Monday to honor a Grant County Fire Captain and Battalion Chief who died in January. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Wenatchee Apple Blossom’s Junior Royalty Court has found their queen. NCWLife’s Jay Seabeck has more. . .

Thanks Jay, congratulations again to Rachel Carter who is your 2018 Apple Blossom Junior Royalty queen.

Congressman Dan Newhouse took the House Floor Monday to honor a Grant County Fire Captain and Battalion Chief who died in January after serious injuries from an industrial accident at his part-time job at Moses Lake Industries last December. . .

Newhouse closed by thanking Dishon for his inspirational service to Washington State.

This first weekend of March is filled with fun activities in North Central Washington. NCWLife’s Megan McPherson tells about all the fun events to take in this weekend. . .

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.

Let’s start things off in today’s sports with a trip to Yakima and the State 1-A Tournament…

Cashmere faced Nooksack Valley in the Day 2 finale in the SunDome with the lights shining brightly on sophomore guard Haley VanLith.

It was VanLith who got things going with the game’s first bucket.  Then, VanLith with the drive and the dish to Claire High for two.

VanLith and Cashmere had a ton of misses on the night too, as the Bulldogs shot just 32-percent from the field.  Cami Knishka helped out with the drive and the layup.

VanLith, who scored 14 of her game-high 23-points in the first half, with the drive and the 5-footer.  Then, as time wound out in the first quarter, VanLith for the THREE and Cashmere claimed a 17-5 lead at the end of one.

Knishka only had four points, but had a beautiful drive and the layup.  Then, VanLith again with the two from the top of the key as Cashmere led it 25-9 at the end of the first half.

Nooksack Valley’s Katrina Gimmaka (Jamaica) caught fire in the 3rd, scoring 11 of her team-high 17-points in the frame helping to cut the lead to 9, 35-26 at the end of the third.

But again, VanLith stopped the bleeding with a drive and a bucket and that was as close as the Pioneers would come as Cashmere pulls out the 46-35 victory to advance to play LaSalle tonight in the semifinals.

Cashmere coach Brent Darnell was pleased to just get the win and stay around to see another day…

 

Cashmere will face LaSalle in tonight’s semifinal after the Lightning defeated Zillah in the quarterfinals 57-48.

The Entiat girls will play a consolation game today after falling to Pomeroy last night in the quarterfinals…

The Tigers fell 49-39.  Entiat will face Mt. Vernon Christian today for a chance to place on Saturday.

Also in the State 1B Tournament, the Almira-Coulee-Hartline girls bounced back and won their consolation game today over Selkirk 62-29.  They’ll play for 4th or 6th tomorrow at 9:30am.

The ACH boys kept their state championship alive with a 61-51 win over Muckleshoot Tribal School in last night’s quarterfinal.  That puts the Warriors into a semifinal game tonight against Pomeroy.

In the 2B Tournament in Spokane…

The Brewster boys fell to St. George’s 54-40 in last night’s quarterfinal.  The Bears will face Morton-White Pass today for a chance at 4th place on Saturday.

At the 4A Tournament in Tacoma…

The Moses Lake girls are one step closer to playing for the State Championship after a 71-60 win over University in yesterday’s quarterfinal.  The Chiefs face Central Valley in today’s semifinal.

The Wenatchee Wild are up one game to none on Merritt after a 4-0 win over the Centennials last night at the Town Toyota Center…

In front of a small, but spirited crowd in the Wolve’s Den, Wenatchee jumped out first on a goal by Jasper Weatherby at the 9:03 mark of the first period and never looked back.  Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

Wenatchee and Merritt will play game 2 Saturday night at 7.  In the meantime, the staff at the Town Toyota Center changed things over for tonight’s Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics Winter Games.  The Wenatchee Wild will help welcome the teams during the Parade of Athletes.  The Opening Ceremony, emceed by our own Eric Granstrom, begins at 7 o’clock.

Thanks Eric,

More than 1,500 Special Olympics athletes competing this weekend in Alpine, Basketball, Cheerleading, Figure Skating, Nordic, Snowboarding and Speed Skating will represent Washington hometowns ranging from Walla Walla to Wenatchee at the 2018 Special Olympics Winter Games. Local organizer, Carol Andre says the event will also bring scores of Special Olympics volunteers to the valley. . .

Opening Ceremonies will be held at the Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee beginning at 7 p.m. tonight and will feature Mayor Frank Kuntz from the City of Wenatchee and Mayor Steve Lacy from East Wenatchee, and a Law Enforcement Torch Run. Our very own Eric Granstrom will serve as the Master of Ceremonies at tonight’s event.

The Special Olympics Winter Games has evolved into a cash cow for the local Wenatchee economy with hundreds of thousands of dollars in trickle down benefits. Patrick Norlin heads up the Sports Tourism arm of the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce. He crunched the numbers on a recent Wake Up Wenatchee Valley program with Host, Dan Kuntz. . .

Norlin says sports tourism in general generates over 10 million dollars for the local economy each year.

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.

Last night Governor Jay Inslee put a halt to a bill seeking to exempt Washington lawmakers from the state’s Public Records Act just hours before the bill was set to become law. Legislators also agreed not to take another vote to override the veto.

Inslee issued a statement saying quote “I believe the Legislature’s overwhelming vote on the bill was a good faith attempt to increase disclosure and transparency.” Letters signed by House and Senate Democrats and delivered to Inslee said legislators made a mistake by failing to go through a full public hearing process.

In his statement Inslee went on to say he told legislators he would let the bill become law if they delivered it with enough votes to override a veto, but added quote “that was before I saw the process which failed to meet public expectations for openness, and delivered a bill that fell short.”

A one-car crash near Locomotive Park in Wenatchee around rush-hour this morning completely destroyed an older model Dodge Dakota pick-up and snarled traffic for a short time. Captain Edgar Reinfeld of the Wenatchee Police Department explains what happened. . .

Reinfeld says the driver of the truck was 33-year old Brady Mushlitz of East Wenatchee. Mushlitz was not seriously hurt in the accident and Captain Reinfeld says as the crash investigation continues Mushlitz most likely will be charged with speeding.

A slow-moving area of low pressure just off the Washington-Oregon coast continues to pump up moisture into our area from the southwest keeping our weather on the wet side. We will continue to see clearing throughout the morning in Northcentral Washington as the large weather feature moves off to the Northeast and by this afternoon expect mostly sunny skies to end our work-week. For Saturday, as the storm system continues to move out of the region, we can expect just a slight chance for some residual moisture late in the day and on Saturday night. By Sunday, a large area of high pressure currently in the desert Southwest will slide north bringing us dry and mild weather on Sunday and right through the middle part of next week with afternoon high temperatures  around 50 degrees.

New Wenatchee Police Officer Donny Graves went through Taser Certification Training this week and volunteered to take a full charge from the Taser, including probes. . .

Tasers have been a tool for the Wenatchee Police Department for roughly 17 years. Here you can see Officer Graves taking probe hits in his back along with the accompanying shock. To reduce the chance of injury in training, he is supported here by Officers Eaton and Magnussen. The lead Taser instructor, Detective Bakke, is on the more comfortable end of the Taser.

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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.