Evening News May 14

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top news stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

 

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, Police have arrested a Wenatchee man for allegedly Cyberstalking and threatening a doctor at the V-A clinic in Wenatchee. Today marks the beginning of filing week for those wishing to run for public office and it appears at least two local positions will have contested primaries, and, Thanks to Wenatchee’s Art on the Avenues, 18 of the 88 public sculptures are now available for purchase.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A two-semi rollover near the turn-off to Liberty on Blewett Pass earlier today blocked both lanes of the road and closed down the highway. Washington State Patrol Trooper Brian Moore provided these pictures. At around 10:00 this (Mon) morning, a semi crossed the centerline causing an oncoming semi to swerve to avoid a collision.

That semi then rolled into the northbound ditch. One of the trucks was carrying 10-15 thousand gallons of liquid asphalt, which leaked onto the roadway. Trooper Brian Moore says its still unclear how much of the liquid asphalt has leaked so far. The highway remained closed at news time and motorists have been advised to use Highway 2 or Highway 28. Both drivers sustained minor injuries.

Recent rains and snow melt are wreaking havoc throughout Eastern Washington as waterways continue to swell.

Late Friday Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency for Eastern Washington, covering 17 counties that are facing increased flood threats over the next week.  Flooding is resulting in road closures, self-evacuations and damage to public and private property and infrastructure. The proclamation allows the governor to activate resources from the National Guard if necessary. In Okanogan County, The Department of Natural Resources took over control of flood response operations with more than 100 firefighters arriving to assist. Crews will fill and place sandbags and work to divert water flow with infrastructure.

Over the weekend the Rock Cut RV Park and Campground shared this video from Kettle Falls. In Tonasket the Red Cross has opened an emergency shelter with cots, food and additional assistance available. Evacuating residents are welcome to the shelter at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. In the Wenatchee area, as of yesterday afternoon, the Wenatchee River at Peshastin was at 8-point-9 feet, flood stage is 13 feet. Meanwhile the Entiat River near Ardenvoir is at 5-point-5 feet, flood stage for the Entiat is 7-point-5 feet.

Because of high river flows into the Columbia River, the Chelan PUD closed the PUD Boat Launches on the Rock Island Reservoir until further notices. This closes the Kirby Billingsley Hydro Parka and the Orondo Ave boat launches. The PUD cautions residents when on or near the water since levels and currents can change rapidly, and cold water temperatures due to the inflow of snowmelt. For up to date information on the closures, be sure to keep an eye on the Chelan PUD’s website.

Wenatchee Police have arrested 28-year old Paul T. Taylor of Wenatchee for allegedly Cyberstalking and threatening a doctor at the V-A clinic in Wenatchee. The incident happened last Thursday. Captain Edgar Reinfeld with the Wenatchee Police Department tells us how events unfolded. . .

Reinfeld says the WPD sees a lot of stalking and harassment cases but not many incidents like this one. . .

Taylor was booked on one count of felony Cyberstalking at Chelan County Regional Justice Center. A search warrant was obtained and Taylor’s vehicle and mobile phone were also seized.

Today marks the beginning of filing week for those wishing to run for public office and it appears at least two local positions will have contested primaries. NCWLife’s Dan Kuntz has more. . .

Not often do you get the opportunity to purchase a public sculpture, but thanks to Wenatchee’s Art on the Avenues 18 of the 88 public sculptures are now available for purchase.

Art on the Avenues Board President Adele Wolford says there are five new pieces in the collection that are up for buyers along with 13 others. The five new pieces include Loving Embrace by Leo Osborne, Resurrection by Steve Love, Big Bite by Ray Houston, Go Figure by Tom McCelland and Life’s a Ball by Joy Beckner. Anyone interested in buying one of the sculptures is encouraged to contact the organization by emailing art-on-the-avenues@gmail.com.

Coming up next, With the resignation of their CEO and the death of a commissioner, The Lake Chelan Hospital Board of Commissioners have their work cut out for them this Spring, The drop-off brush yard in Leavenworth will be open on Friday’s and Saturdays to accommodate homeowners and businesses in the apple maggot quarantine area of Western Chelan County, and, The school week for 2018-2019 Waterville students just got shorter. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

With a plans for a new hospital on the horizon, the resignation of their CEO and the death of a commissioner, the Lake Chelan Hospital Board of Commissioners have their work cut out for them this Spring. Commissioner Mary Signorelli said the hospital is still coping with the death of Tom Warren in April. . .

After putting the vacancy out to the community, Signorelli says the Board got a good response. . .

Signorelli added that while they have an interim appointed to the position, the commissioners are working with a consulting firm to help fill the role of CEO.

The drop-off brush yard on East Leavenworth Road in Leavenworth will be open on Friday’s and Saturdays to accommodate homeowners and businesses in the apple maggot quarantine area of western Chelan County. The site will be open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays beginning immediately. The brush drop-off site is located at the Chelan County day pit on East Leavenworth Road, near the intersection of Icicle Road. Brush, tree and bush trimmings, garden waste, needles, and leaves will be accepted at the drop-off site. Residents and businesses are reminded that the Dryden Transfer Station, which is in a pest-free zone, does not accept brush and yard waste from the apple maggot quarantine area of western Chelan County, which includes Leavenworth, Plain and Lake Wenatchee. Residents living in the quarantine area also should keep tree limbs and cuttings, brush, grass and homegrown tree fruit out of their household garbage.

The school week for 2018-2019 Waterville students just got shorter. The State Board of Education has approved the Waterville School District’s application to adopt a four-day school week beginning in the next school year.

Waterville School Superintendent Cathi Nelson received the news late last week following a State Board of Education meeting in Yakima. Students will attend school for 150 days, a reduction of 30 days. The shorter week will be adjusted for up to 25 minutes of additional classroom time each day at the elementary and junior high and up to 50 minutes at Waterville High School.  Nelson says teachers will attend at least one Friday Professional Development day per month.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update with Eric Granstrom and our feature story today. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Not since the Brian Sipe, 1980 Cleveland Browns has there been such a team of Kardiac Kids like the Wenatchee Wild.  TWICE over the weekend, Wenatchee took until the last moments to pick up victories in its first two games of the RBC Cup.  It took overtime Saturday and late in the final period Sunday, but Wenatchee got it done and is in good shape to get into Saturday’s semifinals.

First, let’s back up the truck to Saturday night at the Prospera Centre in Chilliwack, B.C.

A strong, hometown crowd was present for Game 2 of the RBC Cup between the Wenatchee Wild and Chiefs.  The fans would have to wait 32-minutes before a goal would be scored as Chilliwack took the lead late in the 2nd period.  Wenatchee would counter midway through the 3rd and sent it into O-T.  To the highlights, courtesy of HockeyTV…

Two games into the tournament, and two overtime games as the first one Saturday also went into OT with Ottawa downing Wellington 2-1.

Now, onto Sunday and a meeting with the Western Champion Steinbach Pistons.  Things would not start well for Wenatchee as Steinbach jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st, causing Coach Bliss Littler to pull goalie Austin Park.  But that move would prove to be crucial as Seth Eisele (EYES-LEE) would hold serve while the Wild managed to tie it and go on for a 4-3 victory.  Again to the highlights from HockeyTV…

 

So Wenatchee leads the RBC Cup standings through two games with 5-points while Chilliwack and Ottawa each have 3-points after the Chiefs beat the Junior Senators 4-3 in overtime Sunday.  Wenatchee’s off until tomorrow when they’ll face Ottawa at 2 o’clock.

Turning to the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard in baseball over the weekend…

The Wenatchee Panthers pulled off the surprise of the weekend in the Big 9 District Tournament.  After West Valley knocked Eastmont from the tournament 4-3 on Friday, the Panthers brought out the hitting shoes Saturday, downing the Rams 9-1 in the semifinals, then beat host Moses Lake for the District Title 9-5.  Wenatchee heads on to Regionals Saturday at University High School in Spokane where they’ll face Chiawana at 10am.

Also on Friday, Chelan surprised Cashmere in the Caribou Trail League District Championship as the Goats claimed the title with a 10-6 victory.  Then Okanogan edged Cashmere 4-to-1 for 2nd and 3rd.  Chelan goes straight to State while Okanogan hosts Colville tomorrow at 4:30 in the CTL/NEA Crossover.  Cashmere will play at Chewelah tomorrow at 4:30 with a chance to advance to state.

On the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard in Softball…

Eastmont fell to Moses Lake Friday to wrap up the Big 9 season.  The District Play-in games tomorrow feature Wenatchee hosting Davis at 4 o’clock while West Valley plays at Eisenhower.  The winners of tomorrow’s games will play off Friday at the higher seed with the winner of that game advancing to face Eastmont in Saturday’s semifinal.  Moses Lake awaits for the District Title game Saturday.

In the Caribou Trail League District Championship Saturday, Cascade repeated as champs with a 4-2 win over Okanogan.  Chelan knocked Omak out 16-6.

The Wenatchee Valley Thunder exacted revenge on the team that bounced them from the state lacrosse playoffs a season ago Saturday…

Downing Issaquah 10-4 to advance to the quarterfinals.  Rod Higley and I had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Wenatchee will travel to Tahoma for it’s next game Saturday at 7 o’clock.

The local Rugby Club is heading to the State Championship.  Schoolhouse Rugby beat Tri-Cities 57-33 Saturday at Confluence State Park…

Thanks to Kelly Campbell for the video and congratulations to Schoolhouse.  They’ll face Yakima for the State Championship Saturday in Tacoma.

It was a costly loss for the Mariners in Detroit Sunday.  Second baseman Robinson Cano fractured his right hand and may need surgery after being hit by a pitch in the 3rd inning…

The fracture is on the fifth metacarpal bone and will likely be sidelined for much of the first half of the season.  On the field, Juan Nicasio gave up a game-winning, RBI single to Jose Iglesias in the bottom of the 9th as Detroit came away with a 5-4 victory, taking 2-for-3 from Seattle in the weekend series.  Jean Segura continued his hot hitting, going 2-for-5 with 2-RBI’s.  Dee Gordon also went 2-for-4 with an RBI.  Seattle has a makeup game today in Minnesota at 4:07 with Wade LeBlanc facing Jake Orodizzi.

We’ll be back with a recap of some of our top stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

Welcome back to the NCWLife Evening News…

Recent rains and snowmelt are wreaking havoc throughout Eastern Washington as waterways continue to swell.

Late Friday Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency for Eastern Washington, covering 17 counties that are facing increased flood threats over the next week.  Flooding is resulting in road closures, self-evacuations and damage to public and private property and infrastructure. The proclamation allows the governor to activate resources from the National Guard if necessary. In Okanogan County, The Department of Natural Resources took over control of flood response operations with more than 100 firefighters arriving to assist. Crews will fill and place sandbags and work to divert water flow with infrastructure.

Over the weekend the Rock Cut RV Park and Campground shared this video from Kettle Falls. In Tonasket the Red Cross has opened an emergency shelter with cots, food and additional assistance available. Evacuating residents are welcome to the shelter at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. In the Wenatchee area, as of yesterday afternoon, the Wenatchee River at Peshastin was at 8-point-9 feet, flood stage is 13 feet. Meanwhile the Entiat River near Ardenvoir is at 5-point-5 feet, flood stage for the Entiat is 7-point-5 feet.

Because of high river flows into the Columbia River, the Chelan PUD closed the PUD Boat Launches on the Rock Island Reservoir until further notices. This closes the Kirby Billingsley Hydro Parka and the Orondo Ave boat launches. The PUD cautions residents when on or near the water since levels and currents can change rapidly, and cold water temperatures due to the inflow of snowmelt. For up to date information on the closures, be sure to keep an eye on the Chelan PUD’s website.

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.