Evening News March 07

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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, Opposition is mounting in regard to a proposed adventure park in Leavenworth, and, increased patrols begin on Washington Highways beginning tomorrow in preparation for WSU’s upcoming spring break.

But first, we begin tonight:

The future of new dual roundabouts in East Wenatchee is now dead after city officials were recently told by the Washington Department of Transportation that the project is 1-million dollars over budget. The dual roundabouts were planned at 9th Street and Highway 28 as well as the intersection at 9th and Valley Mall Parkway. At a recent East Wenatchee City Council meeting, Mayor Steve Lacy expressed his frustration with WSDOT. . .

Mayor Lacy went on to urge city council members to terminate the contract with the Department of Transportation regarding the new roundabouts so the city won’t be on the hook for an extra 1-million dollars. . .

The council did vote to terminate the agreement with WSDOT and said the city has grant funding for a traffic signal at 9th Street and Valley Mall Parkway of just over 313-thousand dollars.

There’s a movement in Leavenworth to scuttle a developer’s plans to create an “Adventure Park” on the West end of town. An online petition was started on the website Change.org to stop the project, citing parking and traffic concerns. Organizers complain that the theme park would destroy the beauty of the Bavarian-themed village and change its course forever.

The project is being developed by John Sutherland who presented his plans to the City Council last week. The park would be located on a 10 acre parcel of newly City-annexed land on Icicle Road that Osprey Rafting currently occupies. Sutherland says he welcomes the community’s involvement in the project. He says it will be thoroughly vetted through the State’s Environmental Protection Act which he says will include an assessment of traffic impacts. . .

Sutherland says if approved, the Park, which features Washington State’s first Alpine Coaster ride, could be ready for operation by June.

Meanwhile project opponents have collected over 33-hundred signatures on the petition which will be presented to the City Council for consideration.

Washington State is poised to reestablish a State Office of Tourism after the Senate passes a bill that creates a private/public partnership to fund the program. The bill has been in the works for a couple of years. 12th District Representative Cary Condotta introduced the bill last year and he talked about it with NCWLIFE News Director Steve Hair. . .

The measure as first introduced has changed since it was first proposed last year. The new Tourism agency was approved by the Senate on Monday. Washington State is one of only a few States that don’t have a central tourism agency. The bill is now awaiting the Governor’s signature.

In a press release earlier today (Wed), the Washington State Patrol says additional troopers will be on patrol beginning Thursday to ensure safe travel during Washington State University’s upcoming spring break.

Students should expect to see increased presence especially on State Route 26 and State Route 195. Troopers will be focusing on collision causing violations such as speeding, unsafe passing, distracted driving and impaired driving. State Patrol also says motorists should always be prepared for changing road and weather conditions. Students who become drowsy while driving across the state should stop and rest. Drowsy driving crashes are extremely dangerous and can often be fatal.

Coming up next, bump stocks for guns will soon be outlawed in Washington State, and, A 12-year old Leavenworth area boy faces charges of Felony Harrassment after he allegedly made threatening comments at school. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Bump stocks, the devices that essentially turn a semiautomatic gun into a machine gun, will soon be outlawed in the state of Washington.

Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill (Tue) yesterday prohibiting the sale and use of bump stocks, which are a devastating tool in the hands of a mass shooter. The perpetrator of the deadliest shooting in U.S. history used bump stocks last year on the Las Vegas strip, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more. The bill Inslee signed makes it a crime to manufacture, sell, purchase, own, furnish, assemble, repair, loan, transport or possess bump stocks in Washington. The legislation, Senate Bill 5992, also increases the prison sentence for someone who uses a bump stock while committing a felony. The new law directs the Washington State Patrol to create a bump stock buyback program that allows people to relinquish their bump stocks in exchange for $150 per device. WSP will run the program in coordination with local police agencies. Beginning July 1, 2019, law enforcement officials who encounter bump stocks can seize them immediately.

The bill banning rifle bump stocks that was approved by the Legislature this week was not supported by lawmakers representing North Central Washington. House Representatives Cary Condotta and Mike Steele both voted against the bill. They explained this week on NCWLIFE’s “The 12th District” program that they would prefer the State address the root causes of school violence and making campuses safer. . .

Meanwhile, in the Senate, 12th District Senator, Brad Hawkins also voted against the bumpstock ban.

A 12 year old Leavenworth area boy faces charges of Felony Harrassment after he allegedly made threatening comments to a fellow Cascade School District student last week. The Wenatchee World reports the Chelan County Sheriff’s office was notified by the school district that the boy asked the other student, “Hey, do you want to help me shoot up the school.?” The boy was expelled from school and subsequently arrested and held overnight at the Chelan County Juvenile jail. The World reports the boy told deputies the comments were made as a joke and that he had no intentions to carry out the threat. He was not armed but authorities say he did have access to firearms at his parents home. The boy will be arraigned on March 15th in Chelan County Juvenile Court.

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.

The Wenatchee Wild were in Merritt last night for Game 3 of their 1st round BCHL playoff game against the Centennials.  After taking the first two games at home, Wenatchee was looking to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.  Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network.  After a scoreless first period, we pick it up a minute into the second.  Video courtesy of Hockey TV…

So a wild finish with three goals scored in the final three minutes of the game, but Wenatchee holds on for the victory…

And take a 3-0 lead in the series looking for the sweep tonight at 7 o’clock, also in Merritt.

The Ichiro-watch is over as the Mariners announced in a press conference today that the 44-year has signed a one-year contract to become a Seattle outfielder once again, GM Jerry Dipoto and Ichiro’s longtime interpreter Allan Turner …

On the field, Seattle dropped to 5-and-6 on the spring so far after falling to the Rockies 3-to-2…

Mike Zunino hit a solo home run and Robinson Cano drove in two runs, but it wasn’t enough as Colorado took the win.  Seattle hosts Oakland today in Peoria as former Wenatchee AppleSox pitcher Marco Gonzalez gets the start.

Thanks Eric,

Time now for tonight’s feature story, Wenatchee High School theatre’s spring play The Wedding Singer opens tomorrow night. We Spoke with Cast Members Mason Atwood and Eloise Sheets as well as Director Paul Atwood about this year’s show. . .

Again, tickets are on sale now and the opening performance kicks off tomorrow night at 7:30 followed by more performances this weekend and next weekend. Director Paul Atwood will be joining Dan Kuntz tomorrow morning on Wake up Wenatchee Valley with more on the upcoming show.

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…

The future of new dual roundabouts in East Wenatchee is now dead after city officials were recently told by the Washington Department of Transportation that the project is 1-million dollars over budget. The dual roundabouts were planned at 9th Street and Highway 28 as well as the intersection at 9th and Valley Mall Parkway. At a recent East Wenatchee City Council meeting, Mayor Steve Lacy expressed his frustration with WSDOT. . .

Mayor Lacy went on to urge city council members to terminate the contract with the Department of Transportation regarding the new roundabouts so the city won’t be on the hook for an extra 1-million dollars. . .

The council did vote to terminate the contract with WSDOT and said the city has grant funding for a traffic signal at 9th Street and Valley Mall Parkway of just over 313-thousand dollars.

There’s a movement in Leavenworth to scuttle a developer’s plans to create an “Adventure Park” on the West end of town. An online petition was started on the website Change.org to stop the project, citing parking and traffic concerns. Organizers complain that the theme park would destroy the beauty of the Bavarian-themed village and change its course forever.

The project is being developed by John Sutherland who presented his plans to the City Council last week. The park would be located on a 10 acre parcel of newly City-annexed land on Icicle Road that Osprey Rafting currently occupies. Sutherland says he welcomes the community’s involvement in the project. He says it will be thoroughly vetted through the State’s Environmental Protection Act which he says will include an assessment of traffic impacts. . .

Sutherland says if approved, the Park, which features Washington State’s first Alpine Coaster ride, could be ready for operation by June.

Meanwhile project opponents have collected over 33-hundred signatures on the petition, which will be presented to the City Council for consideration.

After a mostly sunny start to our Wednesday with very mild high temperatures, our next weather system is nearing the Pacific Coast and is moving in quickly from the Southwest. While it`s nicely wrapped up, it`s also pretty ragged which means any shower activity late today and early tonight will be scattered. The main precipitation from this system will actually come with the upper low itself on early Thursday afternoon and will mainly be in the form of scattered showers rather than widespread all-day rain. We have 40% chance of showers tonight and on Thursday. Behind this weather system on Friday we will see some breezy conditions in the Wenatchee Valley with winds around 10-20 mph gusting up to 25 mph. High winds will also make mountain travel hazardous on Thursday night and Friday with winds expected to reach 60-75 mph. We will see the beginning of a very nice weather pattern by this weekend with mostly skies highs and temperatures in the mid-50’s on Saturday and Sunday warming to the upper 50’s to around 60 degrees on Monday and Tuesday..

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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.