NCWLIFE Evening News April 22nd, 2021

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

And now, here a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, A 70 year-old Seattle woman died and a Royal City man was seriously injured after a 2-car head on accident last night on Highway 26 four miles west of Royal City./ A Wenatchee man is now charged with third-degree child rape in both Chelan and Douglas counties, stemming from alleged sexual misconduct with a high school student he coached in youth soccer 15 years ago, and, Defeated governor candidate Loren Culp filed Wednesday to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse in the 4th Congressional District.   

But first, our top story tonight. . .

The Washington State Patrol is investigating a car versus pedestrian accident that left one-woman dead in Ephrata.

82-year-old Stefania Medzyak of Soap Lake was killed while crossing Basin Street at First Avenue Northwest, just after 11 a.m. Wednesday. Washington state Patrol troopers say she was struck by a Ford 350 pickup driven by Larissa Castillo, a 32-year-old Ephrata resident, who was turning east onto Basin.

Medzyak was pronounced dead at the scene. Castillo was not injured. The intersection remained closed for about two hours with detours. Troopers say Castillo will be charged with failing to yield to a pedestrian.

A 70 year-old Seattle woman died and a Royal City man was seriously injured after a 2-car head on accident last night on Highway 26 four miles west of Royal City.

According to the Washington State Patrol, Marcella M. Gulick was driving a 2019 Dodge Grand Cherokee eastbound about 8:20PM when, after passing a semi, she collided with a 2016 GMC Sierra pickup being driven by 20 year-old Juan A. Ojeda. Gulick was declared dead at the scene, Ojeda was airlifted to Central Washington Hospital and then to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, with serious injuries.

A Wenatchee man is now charged with third-degree child rape in both Chelan and Douglas counties, stemming from alleged sexual misconduct with a high school student he coached in youth soccer 15 years ago.

38-year-old Cristian Florencio Barboza was charged with a single child-rape count in Chelan County on April 6th. That comes six months after his arrest by Douglas County sheriff’s deputies on four counts.

Both cases allege that Barboza committed multiple instances of sexual contact with a student he coached at Eastmont High School, between 2005 and 2007. Barboza coached soccer at Eastmont for five years in the 2000s. The alleged victim was about 14 years old at the time. Barboza remains on electronic home monitoring ahead of his trial.

Defeated governor candidate Loren Culp filed Wednesday to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse in the 4th Congressional District. Culp becomes the latest Republican to enter a primary race centered on Newhouse’s vote to impeach former President Donald Trump.

Last year, Culp lost the race for governor to incumbent Jay Inslee by a margin of 56 to 43 percent. His campaign was critical of statewide coronavirus restrictions, as well as a voter-approved firearms law. Other candidates who’ve filed to run are State Representative Brad Klippert of Kennewick and businessman Jerrod Sessler of Burien.

Coming up next, Senator Maria Cantwell and Representative Dan Newhouse have teamed up to push hydroelectric projects./ Chelan County wants your input on how we use our paths and trails, and, Wood-cutting permits for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest will go on sale starting May 3rd. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Democratic U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, a senior member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Republican U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse reintroduced legislation earlier this week to improve permitting for pumped storage hydroelectric projects and protect Tribal interests in the process.

The Hydropower Development Act of 2021 will also help increase renewable energy production, storage, and job growth in the Pacific Northwest. Columbia Basin Hydropower, which delivers water to approximately 700,000 acres in Northeast Washington, has proposed a pumped storage project called the Banks Lake Storage Project, a $1.4 billion-dollar, 500-megawatt project in Northeast Washington that would pump water between Banks Lake and Lake Roosevelt to increase the use of renewable energy.

Chelan County wants your input on how we use our paths and trails. The county is developing its standardized plan for so-called “multi-use pathways.”

Members of the public can give their input through an online survey and mapping tool. It takes approximately 10 minutes to complete, and will be available through April 30th.

Respondents can use it to map their own trail routes and advocate for how non-motorized traffic should fit into the county’s overall transportation picture. You can give your thoughts at the web address on your screen: chelancountypathwayplan.com.

The U.S. Forest Service expects woodcutting permits to go on sale in most ranger districts starting May 3rd.

A $20 permit buys the right to harvest four cords of firewood. The permits remain good through December 31st.

Only 12 cords may be taken from each ranger district per household each year. Thanks to the pandemic, permits will still have to be purchased online or by phone, or from local vendors.

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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Time now for our weekly Pause for Pets feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Bo the dog. . .

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

While the Mariners were flying to Boston yesterday, they lost their grasp on first place in the American League West by the hottest team in baseball.  Oakland won its 11th-straight by coming from behind to beat Minnesota 13-12 in 10-innings in the most improbable way…

After a 1-and-7 start, Oakland has won 11-straight and now leads the American League West with a record of 12-and-7.  Seattle is a half-game back at 11-7.

Dom Nunez led four Rockies with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with 2-RBI’s as Colorado topped Houston 6-3.  The Astros have lost 9 of their past 10-games.

Also in the A-L West Wednesday, Adolis Garcia and Nate Lowe each homer in a 4-run 8th inning as Texas comes back to beat the Angels 7-4.

Seattle begins the first of an eight-game road trip today in Boston against the Red Sox.  Boston is now tied with Oakland for the best record in the American League at 12-and-7.  The Mariners will send Justin Dunn to the mound, who is 1-and-oh with a 3.72 ERA against Boston’s Nick Pivetta, who is 2-and-oh with a 3.68 earned run average.

1st pitch is at 4:10, which you can watch on Root Sports.

One Mariner who is particularly pleased to be back in the lineup is defending American League Rookie of the Year Kyle Lewis.  The centerfielder missed the first 17-games of the season with a bruised knee, but made it back in time for the series finale against the Dodgers…

Lewis says he had no idea about how long the injury that occurred in Spring Training would keep him out, he just had to focus on getting back…

Mariner players who are injured are sent to the alternate training site in Tacoma where the Rainiers have typically played to rehab.  Lewis says it worked well for him…

Lewis is hoping to regain his all-star form from a season ago as Seattle begins an 8-game road trip with 4 at Boston and 4 in Houston.

Eastmont earned its first win of the season in girls softball Wednesday, downing Wenatchee 15-to-3…

Kiley Heinz led the way for the Wildcats, going 4-for-5 at the plate with a home run, double and 3-RBI’s.

Moses Lake saw its record fall to 4-and-2 with a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Lake City yesterday.  The Timberwolves, which out of Coeur d’Alene, came out on top 11-7 and 5-3.

The Wenatchee Valley Knights men’s soccer team picked up a victory Wednesday…

WVC topped Treasure Valley 5-1 to improve to 2-0-and-1 on the season.  Today’s baseball game for the Knights and Walla Walla has been cancelled.  The Lady Knights are hosting Walla Walla in a doubleheader at North Rotary Field.

Wenatchee has a national skiing champion in its midst!

Jack Mitchell won the US finals of the United States Ski and Snowboard Ski Cross National Championship April 4th at Copper Mountain in Colorado.

Ski Cross is an action-packed World Cup and Olympic sport that combines downhill racing with jumps, high bank turns and put four racers on the course at the same time competing against one another.

Here’s a video that Mitchell shot with a Go Pro during a practice run…

Upon his return to Mission Ridge, his home hill, he wanted to thank everyone for their support…

Congrats to Mission Ridge athlete Jack Mitchell, the United States Ski and Snowboard Ski Cross National Champion!

Thanks Eric

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Dan. . .

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