NCWLIFE Evening News December 27, 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, A tiny irrigation district in Douglas County says it’s working hard to comply with the law after illegally borrowing money from its own commissioners. Residents at Wenatchee’s Cascadian Building can expect some changes in the way their Section 8 subsidized rent is handled, and, When the new year rings in next Wednesday it will bring with it a host of new laws, we will tell you what they are.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

One person was injured and traffic was snarled for a time yesterday afternoon after a 5-car pileup near Yonezawa (yon-ez-AH-wa) Boulevard in Moses Lake.

The Washington State Patrol reports that shortly before 3:00 a Chevy Equinox being driven by 56-year old Deborah Landrum of Moses Lake struck the jersey barrier near the stoplight at Highway 17 and Yonezawa Boulevard, rolled over and struck two vehicles stopped at the light. Those two vehicles in turn struck the two vehicles in front of them. Landrum was transported to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake, the 10 occupants of the other 4 cars were not injured. The cause of the crash is under investigation but the State Patrol does not believe drugs or alcohol was a factor.

A tiny irrigation district in Douglas County says it’s working hard to comply with the law after illegally borrowing money from its own commissioners.

In 2015 the Palisades Irrigation District borrowed $40,000 from three commissioners to replace its mainline pipe, and planned to repay them at 6 percent interest. But the state Auditor says the law prohibits commissioners from earning money on their own district’s contracts. The commissioners said they weren’t aware of the law when they struck the deal. They now say they’ve adopted new bylaws and controls to keep such violations from happening in the future. The Palisades district brings water to about 600 acres in Moses Coulee.

Residents at Wenatchee’s Cascadian Building can expect some changes in the way their Section 8 subsidized rent is handled. NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins explains. . .

When the new year rings in next Wednesday it will bring with it a host of new laws.

Included is a rise in the minimum wage from $12 an hour to $13.50. That will be the last annual increase for the minimum wage under Initiative 1433, passed by voters in 2016 when the minimum wage was $9.47 an hour.

2020 will also usher in a new law that raises the age for purchasing tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21. Washington will become the 10th state to raise the age for buying such products to 21.

In addition, paid family medical leave will begin, with many workers eligible for 12 to 18 weeks of paid family leave for the birth or adoption of a child or for serious health issues for the worker or a family member. Workers will receive 90 percent of their regular pay, with a maximum of $1,000 a week.

Also, there are new requirements for children in car and booster seats. Included in that is all children 4 years and older and under 4-feet-9-inches tall must use a booster seat until they’re 10 to 12-years-old.

Coming up next, we will tell you about a new roundabout proposed for Highway 28. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is already gearing up for the 2020 fire season, and, Les Schwab Tire Centers, the largest independent tire seller in the country, has confirmed it is putting the company up for sale. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

There’s another roundabout coming to the Quincy area, this time at the intersection of Highway 28 and White Trail Road.

Most of the funding for the project will come from a $2.46 million grant from the Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program. The state Department of Transportation is working with Grant County on the design and a timeline for building the roundabout, the Quincy Valley Post Register reported.

It is expected to be completed next year. White Trail Road is a popular route for traffic between Interstate 90 and Highway 28, bypassing Quincy. However, that popularity has often meant long waits for vehicles turning left onto the highway at the unmarked intersection. Another roundabout was recently completed on Highway 28 and 13th Avenue Southwest in Quincy.

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is already gearing up for the 2020 fire season. Having recently received $250,000 dollars in state funding to increase forest health and resilience to wildfires, DNR has been training a Washington Conservation Corps crew outside Chattaroy near Spokane.

Les Schwab Tire Centers, the largest independent tire seller in the country, has confirmed it is putting the company up for sale.

Analysists are predicting a selling price of up to 3 billion-dollars. Les Schwab has more than 410 stores in the West, including locations in Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Chelan, Quincy and Ephrata.

Leslie Bishop “Les” Schwab, who founded the company in Prineville, Oregon, in 1952 died in 2007. His relatives have operated the company since and announced their intention to sell this week.

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.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .

It’s that time of the year many drivers are readjusting to winter driving conditions. It’s also a challenge for snow plow crews with the Washington State Department of Transportation. In tonight’s feature story, Paul Weddle supervises the crews headquartered out of Leavenworth. He describes the dangers and risks of driving during hazardous weather conditions in a recent interview with our NCWLIFE special correspondent, Steve Hair. . .

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.

We’ll start things off with a look at the Les Schwab Prep Girls Basketball Scoreboard from last night…

Wenatchee and Eastmont fell in round one of the Avista Holiday Tournament at Lewis & Clark State College last night.  The Panthers fought hard, but lost 67-65 to Lewiston.  The Wildcats suffered a 47-28 loss at the hands of Walla Walla.

The Waterville-Mansfield girls fell on the road to Garfield-Palouse 46-39.

On the Les Schwab Prep Boys Basketball Scoreboard, Walla Walla topped Eastmont 70-55 at the Avista Holiday Tournament while Wenatchee fell to Lewiston 51-42.

Coming up on today’s basketball schedule…

In a score from this morning at the Avista Holiday Tournament, Eastmont edged Moscow 38-34.  Wenatchee and Lapwai were playing at Noon.  Cascade took on Manson today in the Cascade Holiday Tournament earlier.  The Waterville-Mansfield girls continued on the Palouse against Colton today.

Cashmere is at the Holiday Classic in Oregon against Liberty High School at 5.  Moses Lake hosts Issaquah at 5:45.  And at the Chelan Holiday Hoops Tournament, Chelan takes on Eastside Prep at 8pm.

And a score from this morning in Lewiston had Eastmont topping Moscow 85-72.  Coming up the rest of today, Wenatchee was to play University at the Avista Holiday Tournament at 1:30.  The Cashmere boys are in Yakima for the SunDome Shootout and faced Cascade Christian.

Cascade is facing Manson in their Holiday Tournament in Leavenworth.  Chelan hosts Wellpinit at the Chelan Holiday Tournament at 6.  And Moses Lake entertains Issaquah tonight at 7:30.

Coming up tomorrow, Eastmont and Wenatchee continue play at the Avista Tournament in Lewiston.  Cashmere will play at the Holiday Classic in Oregon both tomorrow and Sunday.  The Chelan girls face either Life Christian or Nooksack Valley tomorrow at 10am or 2pm, pending today’s outcome.  Moses Lake will face Central Valley tomorrow at 3pm.

On the boy’s side, Eastmont and Wenatchee will also stay down in Lewiston for the Avista Tournament tomorrow.  Cashmere has a 9am game against Port Angeles tomorrow at the SunDome Shootout.  Cascade continues its Holiday Tournament while Chelan hosts Eastside Prep at Noon.

Area wrestling teams begin various tournaments and matches today…

Wenatchee hosts Eisenhower today at Noon in a make-up from a snow-out last week.  The Eastmont, Ephrata, Moses Lake, Quincy at Wenatchee girls wrestle at the Hanford Winter Cup beginning this morning at 9 o’clock.

Coming up tomorrow, 8-teams including Quincy and Wenatchee wrestle at Eastmont’s Cat Classic, starting at 10am.  The Moses Lake boys are at the Hanford Winter Cup at 10.  And Cashmere, Chelan and 12-other teams are at the Freeman Invite beginning at 10am.

The Wenatchee boys are back in the pool tomorrow…

The Panthers will host Pullman at the Wenatchee High School pool beginning at 1pm.

As the Cougars prepare to face Air Force tonight in the Cheez It Bowl in Phoenix, Coach Mike Leach faces all kinds of questions.  In a particular non-football related question, a reporter asked if he would get a chance to visit with Air Force Coach Troy Calhoun about his interest in the Nez Perce Indian Tribe…

The Cougars and Falcons wrap up the list of 5-bowls being played today with a 7:15 kickoff.  You can watch it on ESPN.

The Seahawks wrap up the regular season Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers…

On the line is the NFC West Championship and a possible bye in the first round of the playoffs and maybe even home field advantage.  Coach Pete Carroll says this is what you play for…

Seattle and San Francisco are the last game on the docket Sunday, with kickoff at 5:20 on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, we bring you this incredible footage on a trail camera by Scott Root of elk enjoying a summer dip in a pond. That is until company arrives. . .

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up Monday 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.