Evening News March 05

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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, .

But first, we begin tonight:

A Quincy man was killed Saturday in an accident State Troopers say was the result of two cars racing each other on I-90 about 10 miles East of Kittitas. Authorities say 30 year old Jose Alay-Ortega was driving Westbound and believed to have been racing another car when he lost control of the vehicle causing it to roll over. A passenger in his car also from Quincy was injured and transported to Kittitas Valley Hospital.

At about 1:30 Saturday afternoon, Moses Lake Police officers responded to a pickup vs. house collision in the 300 block of Gibby Road. The driver of the pickup, 52-year old William Williams of Moses Lake was arrested and cited for DUI. There were no injuries, but there was significant damage to Williams’ pickup as well as the residence.

An 8 year old boy was injured Saturday morning in a one-car crash on Highway 2 West of Leavenworth. State Troopers say the little boy was a passenger in a van driven by 32 year old Rebecca Demmitt of Marysville. She reportedly struck a guardrail and crashed off the side of the road. The driver and a 12 year old passenger were not injured. The 8 year old boy was treated and released from Confluence Health.

One person in a party of skiers was killed in an avalanche near Mazama yesterday (Sun). Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said in a press release that the victim’s body is being recovered today, weather permitting.

Rogers said that around 1:40 p.m. on Sunday, Okanogan County Search and Rescue personnel were dispatched. The incident occurred out of Winthrop on the Goat Creek Road and Forest Service 52 Road, approximately 12 miles up from the Sno-Park, the sheriff said. In the press release Rogers also said, the four skiers were caught in an avalanche and one of the skiers was killed. The other three skiers were able to locate him with his beacon but were not able to bring him down off the mountain. Rescue workers attempted to get into the area yesterday [Sunday] but because of the dangerous conditions and extreme avalanche dangers, they were unable to get to the victim. Rogers says attempts today will be made to recover the victim with the use of a helicopter, weather permitting.

I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Campus security and student safety will be the subject of a special meeting tonight in Wenatchee. The public is invited to a Listening and Learning forum at Wenatchee High School on the topic of school safety. This will be an open microphone meeting for the community to share thoughts about safety with the Wenatchee School Board and Administrators. Officials will discuss measures currently being implemented in the District, along with potential safety measures that would be built into the newly remodeled Wenatchee High School, should the high school construction bond pass in the April 24, election. The event starts at 7 pm in the High School Commons.

The November general election will bring new leadership to Chelan and Douglas Counties.

NCWLIFE News has learned that Chelan County District 2 Commissioner Keith Goehner will be stepping down at the end of his term.

Former Chelan Douglas Land Trust Executive Director, Bob Bugert has decided to run and has filed candidacy papers with the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission.

Also, In Douglas County, District 3 Commissioner, Steve Jenkins is retiring at the end of the year. Mark Straub has filed for his seat. Straub is the former executive Director of Home Builders of North Central Washington.

Seattle Business Magazine honored Confluence Health CEO Dr. Peter Rutherford, as their “Health Care Executive of the Year”. The award was presented at the Annual Leaders in Healthcare Awards Gala Event in Seattle last Thursday. Rutherford says he is honored by the award and looks to the future of Confluence…

Dr. Rutherford was recognized for his leadership in the creation of Confluence Health through the affiliation of Central Washington Hospital and the Wenatchee Valley Clinic. Since then, Confluence Health has been consistently ranked among the best rural healthcare systems in the country.

On Friday the Okanogan County Department of Emergency Management reported dirt and water came off of the hillside blocking Omak River Road about one mile south of SR 97.

Public works attempted to remove the dirt from the roadway but decided to stop due to the continued flow of dirt coming off the hillside. The road remains closed today until the debris flow subsides enough for public works crews to clean up the mess.

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.

Once again for the Cashmere girls basketball team, it was so close yet so far as the Bulldogs fell by two points in the state championship Saturday in Yakima.  Lynden Christian overcame a 3-point deficit in the final 2-minutes to grab the victory 50-to-48.  The much-larger Lyncs took advantage of foul trouble on Cashmere’s inside presence in Claire High and were aggressively getting the ball in deep, Claire having to be careful not to foul out.  Cashmere coach Brent Darnell says that was a big difference in the game…

So a second place trophy for the second consecutive year for the Cashmere Bulldogs.  With only Cami Knishka as the lone senior on the team, Cashmere is expected to be back for another shot at the title again next year.

The Wenatchee Wild are up two games to none in their first-round BCHL playoff series with Merritt following a 6-4 win over the Centennials Saturday at the Town Toyota Center.  Although the game looked much different that Game 1 early on as Merritt scored quickly.  Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

Wenatchee travels to Merritt for Game 3 tomorrow night at 7, with Game 4 Wednesday night at 7.  If necessary, Game 5 would be Friday in Merritt, and if necessary, Games 6 and 7 would be back in Wenatchee Sunday and Monday.

Speaking of the Wild, we’ll feature Game 1 tomorrow night to start our sports schedule here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Game 1 is tomorrow at 7, followed by Game 2 Thursday night at 7.  Game 3 will be Friday night at 7 and Game 4 Saturday night at 7.  Of course, that’s providing we get our network filing system back up and running here at the NCWLIFE Channel.

 

Thanks Eric,

The Wenatchee Valley was buzzing with activity over the weekend as the annual State Special Olympics Winter Games took place at various locations around the valley. NCWLife’s Jay Seabeck has more. . .

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.

And now for a recap of our top stories…

A Quincy man was killed Saturday in an accident State Troopers say was the result of two cars racing each other on I-90 about 10 miles East of Kittitas. Authorities say 30 year old Jose Alay-Ortega was driving Westbound and believed to have been racing another car when he lost control of the vehicle causing it to roll over. A passenger in his car also from Quincy was injured and transported to Kittitas Valley Hospital.

At about 1:30 Saturday afternoon, Moses Lake Police officers responded to a pickup vs. house collision in the 300 block of Gibby Road. The driver of the pickup, 52-year old William Williams of Moses Lake was arrested and cited for DUI. There were no injuries, but there was significant damage to Williams’ pickup as well as the residence.

An 8 year old boy was injured Saturday morning in a one-car crash on Highway 2 West of Leavenworth. State Troopers say the little boy was a passenger in a van driven by 32 year old Rebecca Demmitt of Marysville. She reportedly struck a guardrail and crashed off the side of the road. The driver and a 12 year old passenger were not injured. The 8 year old boy was treated and released from Confluence Health.

One person in a party of skiers was killed in an avalanche near Mazama yesterday (Sun). Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said in a press release that the victim’s body is being recovered today, weather permitting.

Rogers said that around 1:40 p.m. on Sunday, Okanogan County Search and Rescue personnel were dispatched. The incident occurred out of Winthrop on the Goat Creek Road and Forest Service 52 Road, approximately 12 miles up from the Sno-Park, the sheriff said. In the press release Rogers also said, the four skiers were caught in an avalanche and one of the skiers was killed. The other three skiers were able to locate him with his beacon but were not able to bring him down off the mountain. Rescue workers attempted to get into the area yesterday [Sunday] but because of the dangerous conditions and extreme avalanche dangers, they were unable to get to the victim. Rogers says attempts today will be made to recover the victim with the use of a helicopter, weather permitting.

After some lingering snow and rain showers around parts of Washington earlier today as an area of storminess moves off to the east, high pressure is now taking control of our weather. So for the most part today, we enjoyed mostly sunny skies and light wind to begin our workweek. Much of the same for Tuesday with sunny skies, light wind and temperatures right about normal for this time of year into the upper 40’s. Our normal high temperature for March 5th is 49 degrees. On Wednesday, we will see even slightly warmer temperatures during the day but by Wednesday night, another weather system will slide in from the west bringing us a 50% chance of precipitation on Wednesday night and for Thursday as well. We will stay on the mild side during the storminess with highs Wednesday through Friday in the lower 50’s. As the weather system moves through our area on Friday, we will warm up even more for the upcoming weekend with mostly sunny skies and high temperatures into the mid-50’s.

We leave you tonight with our very own Megan McPherson and her trip to the Emerald City Comic Con this past weekend. Here’s a look at some of the best that comics and pop culture has to offer. . .

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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.