Evening News October 24, 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, a head-on collision near Rock Island yesterday blocked traffic on Highway 28 and left two injured. A two-alarm brush fire in the Coulee City area yesterday afternoon rallied fire crews from several agencies from both Chelan and Douglas Counties, and, A Moses Lake company has been awarded a $1.1 million dollar contract to build Chelan County’s new waste disposal facility.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A SWAT team was called in Tuesday night after a man reportedly fired shots in a dispute with Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad workers about four miles north of Leavenworth off Chumstick Highway.

James Carl Brown was arrested and booked into jail on first-degree assault, in addition to firearms and unlawful imprisonment charges, the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office reported. At about 10:40 p.m., deputies responded to a call of a man firing a gun at four railroad workers who were attempting to access a railroad crossing construction site via a private driveway. The employees, in a large Freightliner truck, said they had used the driveway twice earlier in the day but this time were confronted by Brown, carrying an AR-style rifle, upset that they were on his property. As they attempted to leave, Brown reportedly shouted for them to stop and fired three to five rounds into the ground in front of the truck. They drove in reverse until leaving the private property, at which point Brown disappeared into the trees. Unable to leave without driving on the private property again, the workers were able to escape using a railroad machine on the rail line. Deputies were able to contact Brown who told them law enforcement was not allowed on his property. Eventually, a SWAT member was able to take Brown into custody without incident. In a search of his home, multiple firearms were found.

Our Sky-Fi Valley View Cameras captured this blocking head-on collision that occurred shortly after 4:00 p.m. yesterday eastbound on State Route 28 at Rock Island Avenue. Trooper John Bryant reports one lane was closed for about 45 minutes. Traffic was alternated after a while until the scene was cleared. Vehicles involved were a Subaru Forester, Driven by 73-year old George Scherer of Wenatchee and a GMC Sierra pickup, driven by 21- year old Andres Villa of East Wenatchee.  Both drivers were treated and released at Central Washington Hospital.

A two-alarm brush fire in the Coulee City area Tuesday afternoon rallied fire crews from several agencies from both Chelan and Douglas Counties. The fire broke out in the area of Road 9 NE and Road P NW around 12:30. It went to a second alarm with five different fire districts responding. Officials say the fire burned about 60 acres of fallow wheat land. There were no reports of structure damage or injuries.

A Moses Lake company has been awarded a $1.1 million dollar contract to build Chelan County’s new waste disposal facility. Black Rock Construction and Development will begin work this winter on the 5,200-square-foot building on Highway 97A near Stemilt Growers. It is expected to be operating by next summer. It will be used as a place for residents to dispose of hazardous household waste and will operate year-round. Previously, the county held annual or semi-annual hazardous waste collection events. It is being paid for with a $520,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce, a $78,000 grant from the state Department of Ecology and funds from the county and cities of Wenatchee, Leavenworth, Cashmere and Entiat. The facility will charge a nominal fee to cover operations and disposal.

Coming up next, Confluence Health has announced major plans to expand services in Grant County. A 16-year old Wenatchee girl is inspiring a new generation of local philanthropists, and, Central Washington University is preparing for a report on reaccreditation which determines whether or not they receive federal grant money.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Confluence Health has announced major plans to expand services in Grant County. Officials report in a news release that plans are moving forward to develop a new radiation treatment facility and to acquire property to build a new medical office building that will house Confluence Health specialty services.

The building is projected to be over 20,000 square feet and will be constructed on a seven-acre property located in Moses Lake. Ground breaking is expected in late 2019. In addition, Confluence Health and the Columbia Basin Cancer Foundation will be launching a $3.5 million dollar capital campaign to build a much-needed radiation treatment facility in Moses Lake. The proposed facility will be connected to the Confluence Health Moses Lake Clinic and total project costs are estimated to be $7 million dollars. You can learn more about it on ncwlife.com.

Makenna Schwab is at it again. The diminutive 16 year old Wenatchee teen is inspiring a new generation of local philanthropists. In 2016, Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington granted her wish to meet actor Chris Pratt. She chose to meet Pratt because she wanted to brainstorm ways they could work together to make a bigger difference for children facing critical illnesses just like her. Makenna’s wish continues to give back to children today, and this year she’ll be hosting a Make A Difference Day fundraiser and toy drive to benefit other wish kids. She talked about it with Lisa Bradshaw on this week’s Life with Lisa program on the NCWLIFE Channel. . .

Makenna will be collecting the items this Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm at Wenatchee Pediatric Dentistry in Wenatchee. Right now there are 10 kids in the Wenatchee area who are waiting to receive a wish, and Makenna wants to help.

More than 200 people were in attendance Monday as Central Washington University hosted a special welcoming breakfast for an evaluation team from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. . .

Dr. Charles Wight is the reaccreditation team leader.  Regional accreditation is the process through which educational institutions are recognized for their performance and integrity, which qualifies them to receive, or continue receiving, state and federal grants and other funding. Dr. Wight said he was pleasantly surprised by the support shown at Central Washington University. . .

The evaluation team presented its proposed commendations and recommendations earlier today, with a final report to be out in January.

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

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In tonight’s feature story, Lake Crescent Lodge, originally named Singer Tavern, is in the heart of Olympic National Park and its beauty and serenity make it one of former Washington Secretary of State Ralph Munro’s, Favorite Places. . .

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

Wenatchee celebrated senior night at the Apple Bowl last night with a big 9-nil win over Eisenhower in the final regular season game for the Panthers…

Haley Mathews led the way for Wenatchee, scoring three goals in the first half.  Not bad considering Haley has spent her entire varsity career as a goalkeeper for the Panthers.  Also tallying goals for Wenatchee were Ellie Toth with two; Halle (Hay-lee) Stegeman with two; and one each from Riley Grosdidier and Jaden Griggs.

Eric Granstrom and Matt Wisen had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

The win secures the #2 seed heading into the Big 9 District Tournament for the Panthers.  Moses Lake earned the #1 seed with its 5-3 win over Davis last night.  Eastmont will be the #3 seed and will host a play-in game Saturday at Wildcat Stadium.

Also last night, Cashmere handed Cascade its only loss in Caribou Trail League play 3-1.  The Kodiaks will still be the #1 seed heading into the District championship Saturday based on points and goals during the season.  Cashmere will be the #2 seed and face Cascade again Saturday in the Apple Bowl at 6pm.

Manson ended its season last night, falling to Tonasket at home 5-nil.

On the Les Schwab Prep Volleyball Scoreboard last night…

Eastmont downed Sunnyside 3-games-to-1.  Wenatchee shut out Moses Lake 3-0.  So second place in the Big 9 will come down to Thursday night as Wenatchee hosts West Valley and Eastmont travels to Davis.  If they finish tied, and since they split their head-to-head matches this season, it goes to down set-winning percentage against one another.  Which is also split down the middle.  The next tiebreaker is point percentage against each other, which Eastmont leads 50.59% to 49.41%.  Oh, and by the way, Wenatchee’s opponent Thursday is undefeated while Eastmont’s hasn’t won a Big 9 match.

Also last night, it was Cascade downing Cashmere, Chelan over Okanogan and Entiat stopped Easton 3-games-to-1.

Congratulations to Cashmere’s Sam Phillips…

Sam was selected by the WIAA as an Athlete of the Week for his incredible game last Friday in Cashmere’s 56-14 win over College Place.  Phillips threw for 200-yards and four touchdowns and ran for 68 yards and three touchdowns.  Yes, 7-scores on the night!

The Wenatchee Wild have a game tonight at the Town Toyota Center…

The Trail Smoke Eaters are in town for a 6 o’clock puck-drop tonight, which is dollar beer, hot dog and Pepsi night tonight.  Fans can munch and drink all you can for a buck each through the end of the 1st period.  Wenatchee also has home games Friday against Cowchin Valley and Saturday against Prince George.

And Game 1 of the World Series was close, until it wasn’t.  Eduardo Nunez hit a pinch-hit, two-out, 3-run home run in the bottom of the 7th for Boston as the Red Sox won 8-4…

Boston got to Dodger starter Clayton Kershaw and chased him in the 5th, collecting 5-runs on 7-hits.  The Red Sox bullpen held Los Angeles to 1-run on 2-hits through the final 5-frames to help secure the Game 1 win.  Game 2 is tonight at 5:09 with Hyun-Jin Ryu (He-YUN Jin Ree-YOO) starting for the Dodgers against the Red Sox’ David Price.

Thanks Eric.

Yesterday in Washington D.C., President Trump signed significant legislation for Chelan Public Utility District and its Rock Island relicensing reinvestments.

Its called the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018. The bill includes an important provision that will spur investments in existing hydropower dams. Chelan County PUD has been seeking the legislative change for five years as it prepares to relicense the Rock Island Dam. The bill directs the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to weigh early investments at hydropower projects when deciding the length of the next federal operating license.  Under the Federal Power Act, license terms are between 30 – 50 years.  The provision was part of a larger bill that passed the House by voice vote and the Senate by a recorded vote of 99-1.

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.