Evening News October 2, 2018

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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, Two fatalities in separate vehicle accidents in Grant County yesterday morning, and, I-90 westbound was closed for six hours last night following a seven vehicle crash, about two miles East of Cle Elum.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

An 84-year old Wenatchee Man and his pet dog were injured after crashing his off-road vehicle on Fifth Street this morning. Captain Edgar Reinfeld says it happened around 7:15 AM. . .

The injured man was transported to Confluence Health for treatment.

The Grant County Sheriff reports a 64-year-old Royal City woman was killed Monday morning in a two-vehicle accident near Quincy.

Isidra Romero-Ramos was a passenger in a 1998 Honda Civic being driven north in the 8500 block of Adams Road by Loldgario Romero of Royal City. Loldgario Romero attempted to turn into a driveway but pulled into the path of a southbound 2005 Nissan Altima being driven by Ricardo Perez-Apolonia of Quincy. Isidra Romero-Ramos died at the scene while Loldgario Romero sustained head injuries. He was first taken to Quincy Valley Medical Center, then transferred to Wenatchee Valley Hospital. Perez-Apolonio was treated for minor injuries. The accident remains under investigation but drugs and alcohol were not involved. It was one of two fatal accidents in Grant County on Monday.

41-year old Rosalia Zepeda of Othello was killed in a two-vehicle collision just east of Moses Lake on Road L-NE. She was driving a 2001 Dodge Neon north when her vehicle was hit by a 2013 Chevrolet Cruze being driven by Carmen Ortega-Camacho of Warden. Ortega-Camacho failed to stop at the stop sign at Nelson and Road L-NE, the sheriff’s office reported. Zepeda died while en-route to the hospital. Ortega-Camacho suffered minor injuries.

I-90 westbound was closed for six hours last night following a seven vehicle crash, about two miles East of Cle Elum. The accident happened when the driver of a tractor trailer rig jackknifed the vehicle causing a chain reaction crash involving four other big rigs and two passenger cars.

No injuries reported but the highway was closed until 2:00 a.m. Troopers report the driver of the jackknifed truck was traveling too fast for conditions.

Coming up next, Following the President’s announcement yesterday that a trade deal has been reached with Canada, Washington’s 4th District Congressman Dan Newhouse reacts. Beginning this month, the Chelan County PUD will conduct helicopter transmission and distribution line checks in Leavenworth and Lake Wenatchee, and, Oktoberfest in Leavenworth begins its three-weekend run on Friday and the Washington State Patrol is preparing for it. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Following the President’s announcement yesterday that a trade deal has been reached with Canada, Washington’s 4th District Congressman Dan Newhouse said the new deal is good for manufacturing and is especially good for the areas farmers and ranchers. . .

Beginning this month, the Chelan County PUD will conduct helicopter transmission and distribution line checks in Leavenworth and Lake Wenatchee.

The PUD says the helicopters will fly at a low altitude along the power lines and will take photos and collect data using light detection and ranging technology and other sensors. The flights are set for business hours starting in early October and could take several weeks to complete.

Oktoberfest in Leavenworth begins its three-weekend run on Friday and the Washington State Patrol is preparing for it.

In a press release earlier today, State Patrol says it will implement extra patrols to catch people driving under the influence to prevent serious injuries or fatal collisions. The WSP Mobile Impaired Driving Unit (MIDU) will be in Leavenworth during the event. The MIDU is a self-contained 37-foot motorhome that travels across the state to support all Law Enforcement during Driving Under the Influence Emphases including Oktoberfest.

The MIDU is equipped with three breath test instruments and two holding cells to efficiently process impaired drivers, which helps Troopers quickly return to patrol. If arrested for DUI, you could face up to one year in jail and up to a $5,000-dollar fine and your vehicle will be immediately towed and impounded.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, tonight’s feature story and your local weather forescast. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Welcome back to the NCEWLIFE Evening News…

2019 looks to be an austere budget year for Chelan County. In tonight’s feature story, October is when Commissioners begin the preliminary budget process as Department heads submit their wish lists. Commissioner Doug England says the County should be able to cover the cost of basic services despite an expected drop in sales tax revenue. . .

Unfunded government mandates are still an issue, particularly in the courts where Counties are required to pay for indigent defense costs. Commissioner Keith Goehner says it’s a major issue that could end up in court. . .

And that is a look at your local weather, coming up next, Eric Granstrom with sports and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

The Wenatchee Panthers improved to 8-and-2 on the season with a big win over Cashmere last night in a makeup game in the Apple Bowl…

7-1 was the final.  Wenatchee sits atop the Big 9 standings at 5-and-1 and will sit back and watch the rest of the league play tonight…

In fact, we’ll have Eastmont and Moses Lake tonight LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel.  The Wildcats are just behind Wenatchee in the standings at 4-and-1, tied with the Chiefs.  Eric Granstrom and Matt Wisen will have the play-by-play beginning with the pregame at 6:50 right here on Channel 12 and 19.

Also today on the pitch, it’s Chelan hosting Cascade at 4 o’clock while Manson’s on the road at Oroville at 4:30.

In girls volleyball action today…

Cascade Christian is at Riverside Christian while Entiat’s at Moses Lake Christian at 5:30.  Three matches have 6:30 start times with Manson hosting Liberty Bell; Tonasket’s at Waterville-Mansfield; and Cascade is in Chelan.  Then at 7 o’clock, Eastmont’s at home hosting Davis while Wenatchee has the tough task of travelling to West Valley.

Speaking of volleyball, here’s what we have scheduled this week on the NCWLIFE Channel…

As we mentioned, its soccer tonight at 7 with Eastmont hosting Moses Lake.  Then on Thursday, Wenatchee takes on Eisenhower at 7 with Eric Granstrom courtside along with LeAnne Branam.  Then on Friday, Eric and Grant Olson will be at Lee Bofto Field in the Apple Bowl for Wenatchee and West Valley with the pregame at 6:45.

Two National League Divisions went to a tiebreaker game yesterday as we check the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Lorenzo Cain’s RBI single broke a 1-1 tie in the 8th and Ryan Braun followed with a run-scoring single as Milwaukee claimed the N-L Central with a 3-1 win in Chicago.  That puts the Cubs in a must-win Wild Card game today against Colorado as the Rockies fell to the Dodgers last night 5-2.  Los Angeles was led by two, two-run home runs from Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy.

Mel Stottlemeyer, Junior will not be back as the Mariner’s pitching coach next season….

The 54 year old is the only member of the eight-man coaching staff not being asked to return in the wake of Seattle’s 89-73 season in which its pitchers posted the 17th-best ERA out of the 30 Major League teams at 4.13.

Servais said, quote, We’re going a different direction there,” Servais said. “Mel has been with me since I got the job, the last three years. I have a very close relationship with Mel. I just thought, with where we’re at currently and where we want to go forward, we’d go with a different voice and different direction there. End quote.

Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll met with reporters Monday at the team’s facility in Renton and confirmed, Earl Thomas broke his leg in Sunday’s victory over Arizona…

Thomas was shown on Fox’s broadcast making an obscene gesture towards the Seahawk’s bench as he was carted off the field.  Carroll was asked about it and said he can understand Thomas’ feelings, in that moment…

Tedric Thomas will take over the safety position for Thomas this week when Seattle hosts the L-A Rams Sunday at CenturyLink Field.

Thanks Eric.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is looking a lot like a candidate for president in 2020, Politico reports.

Inslee will be in Johnson County, Iowa, Oct. 14 to take part in two events. In June he headlined an Iowa Democratic Hall of Fame dinner. Iowa is the traditional launching ground for presidential bids. Inslee told Politico he is “not ruling out” a run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. He said his party needs a candidate who is quote “committed to climate change and defeating climate change.” End quote. In August, Inslee also said he was not ruling out running for a third term as governor.

And now recapping our top stories. . .

An 84-year old Wenatchee Man and his pet dog were injured after crashing his off-road vehicle on Fifth Street this morning. Captain Edgar Reinfeld says it happened around 7:15 AM. . .

 

The injured man was transported to Confluence Health for treatment.

I-90 westbound was closed for six hours last night following a seven vehicle crash, about two miles East of Cle Elum. The accident happened when the driver of a tractor trailer rig jackknifed the vehicle causing a chain reaction crash involving four other big rigs and two passenger cars.

No injuries reported but the highway was closed until 2:00 a.m. Troopers report the driver of the jackknifed truck was traveling too fast for conditions.

Thanks to cooler temperatures and higher humidity, fire restrictions have been lifted for most state lands in Eastern Washington. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife lifted the restrictions Monday on most department-managed lands.

With a lessening threat of wildfires, restrictions were also recently lifted by the state Department of Natural Resources, which provides fire protection for many state wildlife areas. Fish and Wildlife still urge campers to be extremely cautious with campfires and any other activity that could spark a wildfire. Some localized restrictions will remain in place, including a campfire ban through Oct. 15th at all WDFW wildlife areas in Benton, Franklin, Yakima, and Kittitas counties. In addition, a campfire ban is in place at the Columbia Basin Wildlife Area in Grant and Adams counties through Oct. 31st.

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. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.