NCWLIFE Evening News December 28, 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, Several emergency call services across the state experienced a 911 outage on Thursday night. Retired Chelan County Superior Court Judge T. W. “Chip” Small, has announced the release of a new book that he’s authored, and, When the holiday season ends, you’ll need to find something to do with your once-live Christmas tree, we will tell you where you can take it for recycling.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Icy roads and fog were to blame for a multi-vehicle accident on White Trail Road near Quincy this morning. The accident happened around 11:30 on the corners section of the highway near Colockum Ridge Golf Course.

The road was closed for a time to allow crews to clean up the accident scene. No word of any injuries involved in the crash.

A Yakima man was killed last night when he was struck by a vehicle while standing on the side of Interstate 90 about 7 miles East of George. State Troopers identified the victim as 31- year old Thomas Whitlock. Troopers say Whitlock was standing next to his disabled vehicle on the left side when he was struck by a pickup driven by 50-year old Christopher Siemion of Wenatchee. Whitlock was dead at the scene. Siemion and his two passengers escaped unhurt. No charges were filed.

Several emergency call services across the state experienced a 911 outage on Thursday night. RiverCom Dispatch Center in Wenatchee notified NCWLIFE of the outage at 8:39 PM last night. It was aNationwide outage according to Washington State Trooper Rick Johnson.

During the outage agencies asked people to call them at direct regular business office numbers. Douglas and Chelan County residents were asked to call RiverCom’s regular business line. Grant County residents were advised to call MACC Dispatch Center. RiverCom Shift Supevisor, Jason Ayers reported that 911 service had been restored following successful system tests at 4:35 AM. There is no information yet concerning the cause of Thursday’s outage. The federal government is launching an investigation into the cause of the nationwide CenturyLink outage that has disrupted 911 service, including in the Wenatchee Valley, since Thursday into today.

Retired Chelan County Superior Court Judge T. W. “Chip” Small, has announced the release of a new book that he’s authored entitled, “You Are Not A Lawyer Anymore: A Primer For Those Who Want To Be A Good Judge” .

The book is now available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Small says in a news release that the book is written not only for judges and lawyers who are thinking about becoming a judge, but for anyone who wants to understand what judges actually do. For more information, you may contact Judge Small at judgesmallbook@outlook.com or call him at 509 679-0169.

When the holiday season ends, you’ll need to find something to do with your once-live Christmas tree. In Wenatchee Boy Scout Troop 7 will be recycling trees beginning Saturday, January 5th at the Stemilt Organic Recycling Center, 1465, South Wenatchee Avenue.

You can drop your tree off from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A $5 dollar donation is recommended. In Douglas County, Countywide Solid Waste is holding a special tree recycling event January 5th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 6114 Batterman Road in East Wenatchee. A $5 dollar donation is also recommended for that event. Remember to remove all ornaments before taking your tree in for recycling.

Coming up next, This week we’ve been bringing you a look inside the patrol car of Officer Albert Gonzalez as he patrols Wenatchee for impaired drivers. Tonight, our third and final part up next, and, Speaking of DUI’s, driving under the influence arrests are up 38 percent in the Wenatchee Valley in 2018. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

As you know, this week we’ve been bringing you a look inside the patrol car of Officer Albert Gonzalez as he patrols Wenatchee for impaired drivers. Tonight, our third and final part of that series with NCWLIFE’s Kaitlin Hetterscheidt. . .

Thanks to Kaitlin Hetterscheidt for that series. You can catch the full-length feature on our website at NCWLIFE.com.

Speaking of driving under the influence, arrests are up 38 percent in the Wenatchee Valley in 2018, according to a report prepared by the Wenatchee Police Department. Arrests by the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office had the biggest jump, up 47 percent over 2017. But all agencies, including the Chelan and Douglas counties, Wenatchee and East Wenatchee had significant increases in DUI arrests.

The report tracks arrests from Jan. 1 to Dec. 26. Chelan County deputies arrested 289 people for DUI, up from 197 in 2017. In 2016 they arrested 131 people. Wenatchee arrests went from 129 in 2017 to 184 in 2018. East Wenatchee arrests went from 65 in 2017 to 83 this year. Douglas County deputies arrested 129 people this year, up from 105 in 2017. Overall for those jurisdictions, arrests went from 496 last year to 685 this year. The Wenatchee Police Department points out that while most DUI arrests are for alcohol consumption, impaired driving also includes marijuana use, prescription drugs and illegal substances. DUIs account for a significant number of fatal auto accident.

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…

In tonight’s feature story, Neah Bay and the surrounding area of the Northwest Olympic Peninsula has been Makah Indian territory for generations. In the late 1700s, Spanish explorers were the first Europeans to arrive here, in what would become Washington State. Spain briefly claimed the area for themselves, setting up a fort and settlement. The history of the Northwest corner of our state is rich and full, and it’s one of Ralph Munro’s favorite places. . .

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 various tournament play Thursday…

Hailey Van Lith scored 32 points to lead Cashmere to a 76-46 win over Zillah at the SunDome Shootout Thursday.  The Bulldogs also got 18-points from Claire High in the victory.

Forks topped host Cascade 44-41 at the Cascade Holiday Tournament in Leavenworth.

Eastmont lost in the first round of the Avista Holiday Tournament to Lewiston 66-54 Thursday.  This despite 13-points apiece from Kaitlyn Cox, Britt Vaughn and Jayden Brown.

The Clarkston girls had no trouble with Wenatchee on the first day of the Avista Tournament, winning 65-31.

Now to the Les Schwab Prep Boys Basketball Scoreboard…

Despite 21-points from Mason Landeck and 14 from Sam Phillips, the Cashmere boys fell to La Salle at the Wilbur-Ellis SunDome Shootout 67-56.

Cascade fell in the opener of its Holiday Tournament to Forks 67-46.

Donaven Santana made two free throws in the closing seconds to help Lewiston over Eastmont 66-64 at the Avista Holiday Tournament.  The Wildcats were led by the 21-points of Isaac Wellborn, 14 from Trey Haberlock and 13 from Preston Esparza.

Also at the Avista Tournament, Wenatchee edged Clarkston 45-43.

Here’s what’s on tap for day two of the holiday tournaments, first on the girl’s side…

Down in the Lewiston area, day two of the Avista Holiday Tournament had Eastmont facing Lapwai this morning at 9.  Lapwai held Eastmont to just 6, third quarter points in a 53-47 victory.  The LadyCats were led by the 19-points from Jayden Brown and 14 from Kaitlyn Cox.  Wenatchee and Moscow were scheduled to play at Noon.

Cascade was scheduled to play Manson this morning at 11am at the Cascade Holiday Tournament.

Cashmere was to take on La Salle at the Wilbur-Ellis SunDome Shootout today at 1:30.

The boys schedule looks like this…

Eastmont took on Muckleshoot Tribal at this morning in the Avista Holiday Tournament and came away with a 52-50 win.  The Wildcats held a 42-33 lead at the end of three and withstood a furious comeback in the 4th quarter by the Kings and held on for the victory.  Eastmont was led by the 14-points of Trey Haberlock and 13 from Tanner Nelson.

Wenatchee’s in the winner’s bracket and will play Walla Walla tonight at 7:30.

Cascade was set to face Manson earlier today in the Cascade Holiday Tournament.

Cashmere was to play W.F. West at 3 o’clock this afternoon in the Wilbur-Ellis SunDome Shootout.

We have basketball tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel with Pasco and Eastmont in a replay of a game from last Tuesday.  The first game will feature the girls at 5:30, followed by the boys at 7:30.  That’s all tonight here on the NCWLIFE Channel.  Then on Saturday…

We begin our “Wild Weekend” with the Wenatchee Wild and Merritt at 2 o’clock followed by the Wild and Trail Smoke Eaters at 7.  ON Sunday, the 2pm game features Wenatchee and Cowichan Valley follow3ed by Prince George and the Wild at 7 o’clock.

The Washington State Cougars take on the Iowa State Cyclones in the Volero Alamo Bowl tonight at 6 o’clock…

Iowa State is ranked 24th in the country with a record of 8-and-4 while the Cougars are 10-and-2 and ranked 13th.  To add a little flavor to tonight’s game, the governors of Washington and Iowa have made a little wager.  If the Cyclones win, Washington Governor Jay Insless will send a feast of Ivar’s clam chowder to Iowa’s Northeast Iowa Food Bank.  If the Coug’s prevail, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds will send bacon and pork products to Olympia’s Thurston County Food Bank from Iowa’s famed Vande Rose Farms and the Lynch Family Foundation.  You can watch tonight’s game from the Alamodome in San Antonio on ESPN.

The Washington Huskies are off until New Year’s Day Tuesday when they’ll face Ohio State in the Rose Bowl.  Of course, the College Football Playoff semifinals are Saturday…

#3 Notre Dame and #2 Clemson play in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at 1 o’clock.  #4 Oklahoma takes on #1 Alabama at 5 o’clock in the Capital One Orange Bowl.  Both games can be seen on ESPN.  The Rose Bowl will also be on ESPN Tuesday at 2 o’clock.

The Seahawks wrap up the regular season Sunday at home against the Arizona Cardinals…

A win means the #5 seed heading into the NFC playoffs.  A loss means a #6 seed.  That would mean a first-round matchup with either the Cowboys, Bears or Rams.  Other teams battling for a final playoff spot are Minnesota and Philadelphia.  The only way the Eagles get in is if they beat Washington and Chicago beats Minnesota.  The Vikings would earn the #6 seed if Seattle wins or ties, Minnesota loses and the Redskins beat the Eagles.

The AFC is much more interesting with Kansas City, New England, Houston and San Diego clinched so far.  Still alive are Baltimore, Indianapolis, Tennessee, and Pittsburgh.  The Ravens, Colts and Titans are all 9-and-7 while the Steelers are 8-6-and-1.  It all comes down to Sunday.

The Seahawks and Cardinals kickoff Sunday at 1:25 on FOX.

Thanks Eric. Recapping tonight’s top story. . .

A Yakima man was killed last night when he was struck by a vehicle while standing on the side of Interstate 90 about 7 miles East of George. State Troopers identified the victim as 31- year old Thomas Whitlock. Troopers say Whitlock was standing next to his disabled vehicle on the left side when he was struck by a pickup driven by 50-year old Christopher Siemion of Wenatchee. Whitlock was dead at the scene. Siemion and his two passengers escaped unhurt. No charges were filed.

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.