Evening News September 12, 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, Drinking and driving the cause of an injury accident last night near Ce Elum. Grant County detectives are asking the public for help with any information about the shooting of a man near Moses Lake early Tuesday morning, and, Lightning the cause of a new wildfire burning near Leavenworth.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

State Troopers say alcohol was involved in a crash involving a big rig that closed Interstate 90 for several hours Tuesday night. It happened shortly before 6 pm about 12 miles West of Moses Lake when the driver, from Kennewick, lost control of his Freightliner causing it to roll over blocking both Westbound lanes. The driver was not injured but the highway was closed for five hours during the investigation. Troopers say the driver will be charged with DUI.

Drinking and driving the cause of another accident last night near Ce Elum.

State Patrol reports that 39-year Richard Cloninger of Ellensburg was traveling west on State Route 970 2 miles east of Cle Elum when he failed to negotiate a left turn, left the roadway, struck a tree an then hit a power pole finally coming to rest off the roadway. Cloninger was injured in the crash and taken by ambulance to Kittitas Valley Healthcare in Ellensburg. Cloninger was also charged with driving under the influence.

Grant County detectives are asking the public for help with any information about the shooting of a man near Moses Lake early Tuesday morning. Deputies were called to Samaritan Hospital around 2:15 a.m. with a report of a man in the E.R. suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and burns to his face suspected to be from pepper spray.

The victim told detectives he was fixing his broken down vehicle somewhere near Road 4-Northeast and Road L-Northeast when he was confronted by a man armed with a handgun who tried to rob him. The victim said a fight ensued during which time he was shot several times and pepper sprayed. The victim says he then drove himself to the emergency room. He underwent surgery and is in stable condition.

Lightning the cause of a new wildfire burning near Leavenworth. The Estes Ridge Fire began Saturday night 19 miles up the Chiwawa River on a sub-ridge between Gib Mountain and Estes Butte. The fire has scorched 5 acres and is 0% contained. Its burning in fir, timber, brush and snags. Wenatchee River Ranger District fire crews have confined the fire and district fire staff are developing a strategy to manage the fire. Currently, there are no evacuation notices and no structures are at risk. Fire officials say smoke may be visible from Chiwawa Road and campgrounds in the vicinity of the fire.

Coming up next, The event center at Pybus Public Market has a new naming sponsor, we will tell who it is. Wenatchee Valley College says WVC Foundation Executive Director David Davin has accepted a new position at a community college near Chicago. Higher health insurance rates are on the horizon, and, The Wenatchee School Board has narrowed down its list of consultants being considered in the search for a new Superintendent. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

 

LocalTel Communications and the Pybus Market Charitable Foundation jointly announced today that LocalTel will serve as the naming sponsor of the events room at Pybus Market. The 2,750 square foot room, which hosted over 150 community based and non-profit activities in 2017 and was recently remodeled, will now be known as “The LocalTel Event Center at Pybus Public Market.” Pybus Public Market founding board member Joann Walker and the market’s Executive Director Steve Robinson talked about how the event center evolved. . .

Brenda Mandelis of LocalTel said, like Pybus Market, LocalTel also values community partnerships and development. . .

The 6-year naming rights agreement calls for interior signage in the Pybus concourse featuring LocalTel’s logo in neon lights and also signage inside the room itself.

In a news release late last week, Wenatchee Valley College says WVC Foundation Executive Director David Davin has accepted a new position at a community college near Chicago.

Davin will serve as executive director of institutional advancement and the foundation at Elgin Community College. His last day at WVC will be September 28th and will begin the new position in mid-October. Some of Davin’s accomplishments as executive director of the foundation included organizing the most successful Foundation Gala on record, which raised over $88,000 in its first year and increasing business sponsorships by $20,000 dollars. The college will announce an interim executive director in the near future.

Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler approved seven health insurers to sell 40 health plans for 2019 in the State’s health insurance exchange. The average approved rate increase for insurers that sell inside the Exchange is 13.8 percent. Plans will be available in all counties. Insurers had asked for a 19.8 percent rate increase. The Washington Health Benefit Exchange board is scheduled to certify the approved plans at its Sept. 13 meeting. Once all of the plans and rates are approved, Kreidler will release the average rate increase for the entire individual market and a list of insurers that will sell in each county.

The Wenatchee School Board has narrowed down its list of consultants being considered in the search for a new Superintendent. At last night’s meeting the board selected four finalists to be interviewed next Monday afternoon. Three out-of-state firms and one from Liberty Lake are competing for the consulting contract. Board President, Michele Sandberg said last night’s action is a critical step in moving forward with the selection of the next Superintendent. Brian Flones announced earlier this year that he will be retiring at the end of this school year. The final decision on a search consultant is scheduled for September 25th.

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.

Wenatchee hosted Sunnyside in Big 9 soccer last night at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl and came away with the victory…

Jaden Griggs and Madysen Smith found the net in the first half while Amanda Schneider capped the lopsided match with a goal in the second half of Wenatchee’s 3-nil win.  And it could have been worse.  To the highlights we go with Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen calling the action on the NCWLIFE Channel…

 

The Panthers improved to 3-and-1 on the season, 1-and-oh in Big 9 play with the victory.

Eastmont went on the road and earned a hard-fought, 1-nil win at West Valley.  It was the Wildcats first win of the season versus two losses.  We’ll feature Eastmont’s home match against Eisenhower tomorrow night here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Also last night, it was Cashmere doubling up on Ephrata 4-2 and Selah blanked Cascade 1-nil.  The Kodiaks are unbelievably 0-3-1 on the season so far.

Turning to the Les Schwab Scoreboard in volleyball…

Chelan blanked Brewster 3-games to nil and Cashmere earned its second-consecutive win by downing visiting Kittitas 3-1.

Will Myer’s RBI-double off Edwin Diaz in the top of the 9th gave San Diego a 2-1 win over the Mariners last night at Safeco Field…

Seattle again struggled with the bats and getting any kind of key hits as they got runners on second and third with no outs in the 7th and couldn’t score.  And again loaded the bases in the 8th with no runs.  Robinson Cano provided the lone offense with his 8th home run of the season in the 3rd.

Manager Scott Servais said the offensive woes continues for his ball club…

In three games against the Padres this season, Seattle is oh-and-3; has been outscored 12-to-5; and is a combined 5-for-22 with runners in scoring position in those three losses.

Marco Gonzales made his return from the disabled list, going 5-innings and allowing 1-run on 4-hits with 2 strikeouts.

The Mariners and Padres wrap up their season-series with a 3:40 start time today at Safeco Field as Wade LeBlanc faces Joey Lucchesi (loo-KEH-see).

While the Mariners were losing, Oakland and Houston were winning AGAIN as we turn to the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Mike Fiers improved to 5-and-oh with Oakland, allowing just one run over six innings while striking out seven to lead the A’s past Baltimore 3-2.  Oakland is a staggering 33-and-15 since the All Star Break.

Jose Altuve led the game off with a home run and Houston’s Tony Kemp and Tyler White added two run shots as the Astros held off the Tigers 5-4 in Detroit.  Houston’s lead in the West remains 3-games while Seattle continues to fade in the Wild Card race, now trailing Oakland by 8-and-a-half games.  In fact, Oakland’s win combined with New York’s 10-5 loss to Minnesota, puts the A’s just 2-games back of the Yankees for the 1st Wild Card spot and possible home field in a one-game playoff.

Eight Angel relievers took a no-hitter into the 8th and combined on a one-hit shutout of the Rangers 1-nothing in Anaheim.

Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll met with reporters yesterday and was less-than-positive after reviewing Sunday’s 27-24 loss at Denver.  He said Seattle needs to play better on all phases, and finish…

Carroll said it looks like the Hawks will have to play for at least two weeks without the services of Doug Baldwin due to a knee injury…

The Seahawks will be in Chicago to take on the Bears on Monday Night Football.

Thanks Eric.

In tonight’s feature story, a giant drive-through cedar stump at the Smokey Point Rest Area on I-5 was once a featured attraction on the old Pacific Coast Highway 99.  The stump is an iconic symbol of the giant timber that graced the area, as well as a fun roadside attraction. It’s one of former Washington Secretary of State Ralph Munro’s favorite places.

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…

State Troopers say alcohol was involved in a crash involving a big rig that closed Interstate 90 for several hours Tuesday night. It happened shortly before 6 pm about 12 miles West of Moses Lake when the driver, from Kennewick, lost control of his Freightliner causing it to roll over blocking both Westbound lanes. The driver was not injured but the highway was closed for five hours during the investigation. Troopers say the driver will be charged with DUI.

Drinking and driving the cause of another accident last night near Ce Elum.

State Patrol reports that 39-year Richard Cloninger of Ellensburg was traveling west on State Route 970 2 miles east of Cle Elum when he failed to negotiate a left turn, left the roadway, struck a tree an then hit a power pole finally coming to rest off the roadway. Cloninger was injured in the crash and taken by ambulance to Kittitas Valley Healthcare in Ellensburg. Cloninger was also charged with driving under the influence.

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.