NCWLIFE Evening News April 4, 2019

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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, An Okanogan County man is being treated at Mid-Valley Hospital after his pickup truck plunged into the Okanogan River yesterday. A high speed chase in East Wenatchee ended in a crash early Tuesday morning after reaching speeds of almost 115 miles per hour, and, Governor Jay Inslee appeared before a U.S. House committee yesterday to testify on climate change.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

It looks like an early wildfire season this year in the Lake Chelan area following a small brush fire in the North Shore area yesterday (Wed). Chelan Fire and Rescue responded to the blaze that broke out behind a home in the Purtteman Gulch/Boyd Road area on Whitetail Way.

Six homes were placed under Level One Evacuation advisories but none were immediately threatened. The fire was small in size estimated at over 7 acres. The fire went to three alarms but was mopped up with the assistance of crews from DNR and other local districts. In a press release Chelan Fire and Rescue said the fire had fully engulfed a chicken coop as crews arrived. They added that they expect the 2019 fire season to be a busy one with the low moisture snow pack and drier than normal grass and shrubs.

Brock Hire with the Omak Chronicle shared this video of an injury accident from Wednesday morning. He reports a local man was being treated at Mid-Valley Hospital after his pickup truck plunged into the Okanogan River off Juniper Street. Witnesses reported the unidentified driver was able to swim to shore on his own before the arrival of emergency crews.

Okanogan County Sheriff’s diver Ted Shook assisted in the recovery of the truck from the river.

A high speed chase in East Wenatchee ended in a crash early Tuesday morning after reaching speeds of almost 115 miles per hour at one point. 30-year old Dustin Ray Smith, was charged Tuesday in Douglas County Superior Court with eluding police, reckless driving and driving without a license.

Around midnight Tuesday morning, East Wenatchee police say Smith was driving erratically on Sunset Highway after a police car appeared behind him. Smith then sped through an East Wenatchee Hotel parking lot onto Valley Mall Parkway, to Eastmont Avenue where he ran several stop signs reaching speeds of 60 mph.

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After reaching Grant Road, Smith sped up to over 100 mph before flipping his car onto its top at the S-curves near Pangborn Airport. Smith has previous convictions for third-degree assault in 2011 and morphine possession in 2015. He was treated for minor injuries at Central Washington Hospital.

Governor Jay Inslee appeared before a U.S. House committee yesterday to testify on climate change and what Washington State is doing to combat it. Inslee, who’s running for President on a climate change platform told members of the House Energy and Natural Resource Committee about  successes in reducing his state’s carbon footprint through development of clean energy sources such as wind and solar power. The Democratic Governor received courteous but critical questioning from Committee member, Eastern Washington Republican Representative Cathy McMorris Rogers. . .

McMorris Rogers then asked the Governor if he supported a proposal to breach the dams on the lower Columbia and Snake River Dams to protect endangered Salmon. . .

Governor Inslee cited the ongoing work of a State task force for possible recommendations for helping save endangered killer whales and salmon.

Coming up next, Former State Representative and host of the NCWLIFE Program, the 12th District, Cary Condotta, will be in to update us on budget talks in Olympia, and, Following a short delay because of weather, the Sage Hills Trail will be opened this Friday. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The Washington state legislature is now in the process of debating budgets from the house and the senate. For an update, we go to former state representative Cary Condotta in the 12th district studio. . .

For more details and direct interviews with your legislators watch the “12th district” program Tuesday nights right here on the NCWLIFE Channel. 

Sage Hills Trails will be opened this Friday April 5th. Access will be available via 5th Street, Day Drive, Maiden Lane, and the end of the pavement on Horse Lake Road. However, the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust reminds hikers to please try to stay off the trails if they’re muddy (especially if you’re leaving tracks of 1/2 inch or deeper).

Meanwhile, Horse Lake Road will remain gated through the weekend to prevent road damage during the rainstorm. Most of the Horse Lake Trail system is too muddy and/or still snow-covered. The road and some Horse Lake Trails will likely open sometime the week of April 8th, depending on conditions.

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 Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, NCWLife’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Precious the dog. . .

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

For the first time in this post-season, the Wenatchee Wild were shut out last night in Vernon as the Vipers came out on top 3-nothing…

In the process, Vernon takes a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series as it returns to Wenatchee for Game 5 tomorrow night.

The Vipers got on the board midway through the first period as Matt Kowalski scored his 6th goal of the playoffs to give Vernon a 1-nothing lead.  Connor Marritt scored a power-play goal in the 2nd and Josh Latta scored an empty-netter with 8-seconds remaining to provide the final tally.

Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network.  Video courtesy of Hockey TV..

Wenatchee faces a must-win situation Friday night at the Town Toyota Center and the boys could use the energy from a big crowd.  Tickets are just ten bucks and available through the Wild office.  The puck will drop at 7:05 in the Wolves’ den.

Historically, the Wild are 4-and-5 in playoff elimination games.  They beat West Kelowna in Game 7 earlier in this playoff season 6-3 at home…

Their three other elimination-game victories came at home: 
2013 – 3-1 win over Fairbanks
2012 – 2-1 win over Alaska
2011 – 2-1 win over Fairbanks

When playing elimination games at home, Wenatchee is 4-and-2 on home ice.

Coming Up on the prep schedule for today…

In Big 9 baseball, the Wenatchee Panthers travel to Davis for the first of two games at 3 o’clock.  Eastmont is hosting Sunnyside in a doubleheader beginning at 4.  Our NCWLIFE Channel cameras will be there with Joel Norman providing play-by-play.  We’ll air one of the games tomorrow night at 7 here on the NCWLIFE Channel.  Also today, Chelan is hosting Warden at 4 o’clock.

And in high school soccer today…

Manson hosts Okanogan at 4 while Brewster travels to Cashmere for a 4:30 kickoff.

Russell Wilson has reportedly set an April 15th deadline for a contract extension to be worked out with the Seattle Seahawks…

Wilson still has another year on his current contract, but the Seattle Times reported this week that Wilson would like to get a deal done by April 15th so he can concentrate on the upcoming NFL season. 

NFL insiders believe Wilson could command an annual salary of 35-million dollars or $100-million guaranteed.  There’s also discussion that if a deal isn’t worked out by April 15th, the Seahawks could apply the franchise tag on Wilson in 2020 and 2021.

The Mariners game against Chicago has been postponed to tomorrow because of rain in the forecast…

So the two teams will make it up with what was an open day tomorrow in the three-game series.  Yusei Kikuchi will get the start on the mound against the White Sox’s Reynoldo Lopez.  Kikuchi is still looking for his first Major League win while Lopez is 0-and-2 with a 9 ERA.  First pitch tomorrow for Chicago’s opening day will be 11:10am.

Thanks Dan.

We leave you tonight with NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson to fill us in on some of the events going on this weekend. . .

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