Evening News November 6

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

 

For those watching on our Facebook, tune in to LocalTel channel 12 or Charter channel 19, or stream us live at NCWLIFE.com for the full evening newscast tonight. And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight—a slew of accidents from around the Valley slowed motorists…and winter weather makes headlines again—we’ll talk about shoveling the snow and who is responsible with Wenatchee Police. But first:

An overturned pickup and box trailer closed the Highway 97 Beebe Bridge last night. State Troopers say it happened around 7 p.m. when the driver, identified as 43-year old Juan Guzman-Cortez of Brewster lost control of the pickup causing it to crash into the guardrail and then overturn blocking both lanes.

 

The bridge was closed for about two hours. There were ten people, all from Brewster, inside the truck and trailer. No one was injured. Troopers say they fault the driver for driving too fast for the icy conditions.

A three-vehicle accident near Quincy Sunday sent an Idaho man to the hospital.

 

21-year old Rollie Ronish of Quincy was traveling east on Road 7 NW, 2.5 miles south of Quincy, when he ran a stop sign at the intersection with State Route 281 and hit a semi truck and trailer traveling north. The semi driver, 32-year old Eric Mitchell of Cambridge, Idaho, was injured in the crash and was transported to Quincy Valley Medical Center. A third vehicle driven by another Quincy man was also struck by debris from the accident but he escaped without injury. Ronish was charged with distracted driving and failure to stop at a stop sign.

Another accident in Grant County on Sunday sent two people to the hospital following a one-vehicle rollover.

 

25-year old Jose Medina of Moses Lake was traveling west on State Route 170 west of Warden when he lost control of his Ford Expedition and rolled coming to rest on the westbound shoulder of the road on its top. Medina was not injured in the accident but two of his three passengers were…they are 26-year old Jesus Encino of Moses Lake, who was transported to Samaritan Hospital, and an unknown female who was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Washington State Patrol says Medina was charged with 2 counts of vehicular assault and will also face other charges because state patrol says he was impaired at the time of the accident.

With the first snow on the streets, a few reminders in keeping your property and sidewalks clear of snow. Captain Edgar Reinfeld stopped by Wake Up Wenatchee Valley to talk about who is responsible for snow removal. . .

 

You can find the full interview with Captain Reinfeld in our On-Demand library at NCWLIFE.com.

Free Christmas tree permits are available to all fourth graders with an Every Kid pass or voucher! The U.S. Forest Service announces that all fourth graders are eligible for a free Christmas tree permit through the national Every Kid in a Park initiative. Fourth graders can enjoy a family adventure searching for a Christmas tree in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

 

The Every Kid in a Park initiative encourages children to visit national parks, forests and public lands. As part of the initiative, all fourth graders in the country can obtain a paper pass for free entry into all federal lands and waters by visiting the Every Kid in a Park website at www.everykidinapark.gov. Christmas tree permits are available at all Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest ranger district offices and headquarters office during regular business hours. Permits are also available for sale for $5 each to the general public, with a limit of two permits per family; permits are not refundable.

Coming up, we continue our series of candidate profiles with Election Day tomorrow… Wenatchee Valley College hosts a career fair for students and the Eastmont School District credit rating goes up, we’ll tell you more after the break. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

As we continue our series of reports on area candidates, tonight we focus on the race for Position 3 between Incumbant Board Member, Claudia De Robles and her challenger, Sunny Hemphill.

 

De Robles is running for election for the first time after being appointed to the position. She is employed as a branch manager for Cashmere Valley Bank and said during a recent forum that she has also served on a variety of service and civic organizations. She says her banking experience gives her an edge when dealing with School District budget issues. . .

 

De Robles challenger, Sunny Hemphill’s campaign has focused on what she perceives as a disconnect between the District and the community. Hemphill says she has acquired her knowledge of school issues as a longtime newspaper reporter. . .

Wenatchee Learns Connect hosted the 4th Annual North Central Washington College & Career Expo earlier today. The expo helps students explore a variety of future careers and educational opportunities as they prepare to enter the workforce or pursue post-secondary education. About 2,000 students from fifteen area high schools attended the event which is one of the largest regional event of its kind in the state of Washington. Over 115 exhibitors representing a variety of businesses, industries, training programs, post secondary education and military, participated.

Eastmont School District recently received welcome news regarding the rating on its outstanding long-term debt issues. Following a review by Moody’s Investors Service the agency raised the district’s credit rating from “Aa3” to “Aa2.” Moody’s cited many reasons for the upgrade of the District’s credit rating. Most notably was the growth of the local economic base. . .

 

The School District’s Director of Finance, Cindy Ulrick says the improved rating results in lowering borrowing costs when the District pursues financings in capital markets. Moody’s also recognized the support of district voters who have traditionally supported operating levies and construction bonds.

You’re watching NCWLIFE news. Coming up next, your sports update followed by today’s feature story. That and much more still to come on NCWLIFE News, stay with us.

 

 

Let’s start our look at sports with the Friday Les Schwab Prep Football Scoreboard.

 

Eastmont wrapped up the season on a winning-note, downing Sunnyside 28-12.  Quarterback Caelen Massey threw for a score in the first half and rushed for a touchdown in the second as the Wildcats finished the season on a 5-game winning streak in coach Michael Don’s second campaign.

Wenatchee had minus 12 yards rushing, falling in its last game of the season at West Valley 32-to-7.  Darius Carlson was a lone bright spot for Wenatchee with three receptions for 103-yards and the Panther’s only touchdown.

Cashmere had its season stopped and longtime coach Phil Zukowski ended his career on a losing note Friday, falling at home to Freeman 35-19.  The Bulldogs finished the season with a 6-and-4 record.

Cascade also saw its season end in the first round of the playoffs Friday as the Kodiaks fell on the road to Newport 47-21.

Entiat survived playing on the road, and on a field covered in 5-inches of snow Friday downing Selkirk 20-to-nothing in the district playoffs.  The Tigers advance to the first round of the State 1B Tournament with a game against Cusick at a neutral site Saturday at 4pm.

Manson also advanced Friday in the 2B playoffs with a 20-to-12, come-from-behind win over Liberty Christian.  Next up for the Trojans will  be a first-round State 2B game Friday at 6 against DeSales, in Manson.

 

Turning our attention to the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from Saturday…

 

In the Caribou Trail League – Northeast “A” Glue Crossover playoffs, Cascade beat Freeman 2-to-1 while Cashmere advanced with a 4-1 win over Lakeside on the road.  The Bulldogs travel to LaSalle for a first-round State 1A playoff game tomorrow at 6 o’clock.  The Kodiaks will take on Kiona-Benton today in a first-round playoff game.  The site and time have yet to be announced.

Brewster downed Liberty Bell for the District 5/6 crown Saturday by a score of 2-to-1.  The Lions still advance to State to face St. George’s while the Bears will take on Crosspoint in a 1st round game.

 

The Columbia  Basin Big Nine Volleyball Tournament was also played Saturday at West Valley High School…

 

West Valley knocked off Wenatchee for the District Championship, earning a #1 seed to state, 3-nil.  Then Eastmont continued their run with a 3-nil win over Eisenhower to end the Cadets season.  Finally, it was a re-match of last year for a last-chance at State between Eastmont and Wenatchee.  And, just like last year, it would take five sets to decide it.  Eastmont took the first set 25-21.  Wenatchee came back to win the second 25-9.  The Wildcats bounced back to take the third set 25-19.  But the Panthers rebounded with a 25-17 win in the fourth to set up a final, winner-take-all fifth set.  And, just like a year ago, it would be Eastmont upsetting their cross-river-rival by a score of 15-to-9.

 

Here you see the Eastmont girls celebrating the programs second-ever trip to the State 4A Tournament.  Thanks to the Eastmont Facebook page for the video.

 

On the Les Schwab college football scoreboard from Saturday…

 

Luke Falk threw for 337-yards and three touchdowns as No. 25 Washington State held on to beat No. 18 Stanford 24-21 on Senior Day in Pullman.  The win keeps the Cougar’s hopes for a Pac-12 North Title alive.

Meanwhile in Seattle, the No. 12 Washington Huskies had no trouble downing Oregon 38-to-3 as Dante Pettis became the NCAA’s all-time leader in punt return touchdowns.  Pettis’ 64-yard punt return touchdown was the 9th of his career.

Eastern Washington could only manage two second half field goals as the Eagles fell on the Red Carpet to Weber State 28-20.

Hasani Childs rushed for 226-yards and three touchdowns as Central Washington crushed Simon Fraser 51-nothing.  The #7 Wildcats improved to 10-and-oh with the win.

 

The Seahawks got the lead late in the fourth quarter but couldn’t keep it, falling to the Washington Redskins at CenturyLink Field Sunday 17-14…

 

Seattle took the lead with a minute-34 remaining when Russell Wilson hit Doug Baldwin on a 30-yard pass play to put the Hawks up 14-10.  But Washington’s Kirk Cousins led the ‘Skins on a four-play, 70-yard drive to score the go-ahead TD with 59-seconds remaining.  Seattle drove to Washington’s 46-yard line with four seconds remaining, but Russell Wilson’s Hail Mary for the end zone fell incomplete.

Seattle got in its own way constantly Sunday, committing 16-penalties for 138-yards; throwing two interceptions; and dropping two would-be interceptions.  Coach Pete Carroll was very displeased, especially with the penalties, after the ballgame…

 

Also not helping Sunday was kicker Blair Walsh missing three, first-half field goals from 44, 39 and 49 yards.  Seattle saw its four-game winning streak end with the loss and they don’t have long to dwell on it as the Seahawks turn around to travel to Arizona to face the Cardinals on Thursday Night Football this week.  Both Coach Carroll and Russell Wilson agree they want to get back on the field…

 

Seattle lost a little ground in the NFC West with the loss…

 

Arizona doubled-up on San Francisco 20-to-17 as the 49ers fall to oh-and-9.

The Rams, look at that!  L-A puts up 51-points on the Giants in New York, winning 51-to-17.  So Los Angeles is in first in the NFC West at 6-and-2 while Seattle drops to 5-and-3.

 

Thanks Eric…

The rainy season has arrived in North Central Washington and that could mean problems with storm runoff in areas blackened by summer wildfires. A team of scientists have just completed an assessment of over 230-thousand acres of federally managed lands that were burned in five major fires. Molly Hanson is a Forest Service Hydrologist who leads the the Burn Area Emergency Response team (BAER) . . .

 

Hanson says the BAER team identifies fire scarred areas most at risk of damage from erosion and flash flooding. . .

 

The data collected by the BAER team is shared with other agencies such as Washington State DOE and Natural Resources and the National Weather Service for purposes of possible advisories for potential flooding, landslides or water contamination.

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 of our top stories…

An overturned pickup and box trailer closed the Highway 97 Beebe Bridge last night. State Troopers say it happened around 7 p.m. when the driver, identified as 43-year old Juan Guzman-Cortez of Brewster lost control of the pickup causing it to crash into the guardrail and then overturn blocking both lanes. The bridge was closed for about two hours. There were ten people, all from Brewster, inside the truck and trailer. No one was injured. Troopers say they fault the driver for driving too fast for the icy conditions.

A three-vehicle accident near Quincy Sunday sent an Idaho man to the hospital. 21-year old Rollie Ronish of Quincy was traveling east on Road 7 NW, 2.5 miles south of Quincy, when he ran a stop sign at the intersection with State Route 281 and hit a semi truck and trailer traveling north. The semi driver, 32-year old Eric Mitchell of Cambridge, Idaho, was injured in the crash and was transported to Quincy Valley Medical Center. A third vehicle driven by another Quincy man was also struck by debris from the accident but he escaped without injury. Ronish was charged with distracted driving and failure to stop at a stop sign.

Another accident in Grant County on Sunday sent two people to the hospital following a one-vehicle rollover. 25-year old Jose Medina of Moses Lake was traveling west on State Route 170 west of Warden when he lost control of his Ford Expedition and rolled coming to rest on the westbound shoulder of the road on its top. Medina was not injured in the accident but two of his three passengers were…they are 26-year old Jesus Encino of Moses Lake, who was transported to Samaritan Hospital, and an unknown female who was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Washington State Patrol says Medina was charged with 2 counts of vehicular assault and will also face other charges because state patrol says he was impaired at the time of the accident.

With the first snow on the streets, a few reminders in keeping your property and sidewalks clear of snow. Captain Edgar Reinfeld stopped by Wake Up Wenatchee Valley to talk about who is responsible for snow removal. . .

 

You can find the full interview with Captain Reinfeld in our On-Demand library at NCWLIFE.com.

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

The weather system that brought snow to the region Saturday night and Sunday moved east of the forecast area during the day today. Very dry, cold air from Canada is infiltrating eastern Washington as we speak. For tonight and Tuesday, weather models are in good agreement in building a small ridge over the region, bringing with it clearing skies and with fresh snow cover, we will see cold daytime highs and very chilly overnight lows. Tuesday night and Wednesday our area will be sandwiched between two deep low pressure systems. One inching toward the Washington coast and a second in the Canadian plains. Most of the Inland Northwest will remain dry through the day Wednesday until the Pacific system moves our way by Wednesday night and into Thursday. In the Wenatchee Valley, we will first see a mix of rain and snow changing to all snow overnight Wednesday where we could see another 1-2 inches in the valleys and 2-4 inches in the Cascades. Then, by the weekend the remnants of the offshore low pass through and we will see a break from the unsettled weather. The break will only be 36-48 hours though with another deep low approaching the coast and ushering the next round of valley rain and mountain snow Sunday night into Monday.

Closing out our newscast tonight, the Wenatchee School District reports Mariachi Huenachi appeared at the Tacoma Dome Friday where they met and performed for country music legend Garth Brooks.  Brooks played five shows in Tacoma over the weekend.

 

He heard about Ramon Rivera and Mariachi Huenachi through the Country Music Association (CMA), and said he wanted to meet Ramon and the group.

 

Here’s Ramon with Brooks and Trisha Yearwood pictured just before the mariaichi group performed for the Country music stars. Rivera was honored as CMA Music Teacher of Excellence in April 2017 in Nashville. If you missed the shows over the weekend, here’s a taste of the Garth Brooks concert as seen through the eyes of Mariachi Huenachi. . .

 

Ramon Rivera and Mariachi Huenachi are finding out that when you dream big, dreams really do come true.

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, tune in to NCWLife Channel Monday morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with Steve Hair. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.