NCWLIFE Evening News December 7th, 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, A few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, Police beefed up their presence at Moses Lake High School today after a social media post circulated threatening violence at the school. The person suspected of stealing a Bobcat tractor from the Chelan Waste Water Plant last week twice eluded arrest this morning while hauling the skid steer on a trailer behind a pickup and The state is reminding residents that there’s another law coming at the end of this month seeking to limit the use of plastic products.
But first, our top story tonight.
Orondo Crash -The driver of a pickup on Highway 97 near Sun Cove lost control on the slick roadway Monday morning, rolled, went through a guardrail and plunged down a ravine. Orondo firefighters responded to the accident near the intersection with Weimer Road just after 8 a.m. to find two people inside the pickup, one of whom was treated at the scene for minor injuries. The Orondo Firefighters Association said road conditions were extremely slick and hazardous on Highway 97 Monday morning after a light snowfall.
M.L. School Threat -Police beefed up their presence at Moses Lake High School today after a social media post circulated threatening violence at the school. Both the Moses Lake Police Department and the Moses Lake School District said the Snapchat threat was the same one that caused concern at Monroe High School in Western Washington last week. Classes at the high school went on as scheduled today. Police said they take the threat seriously but their investigation thus far has not found the threat to be credible.
Stolen Bobcat -The person suspected of stealing a Bobcat tractor from the Chelan Waste Water Plant last week twice eluded arrest this morning while hauling the skid steer on a trailer behind a pickup. The latest incident was early this morning near White Trail Road in Quincy when police say the driver of the pickup tried to strike a Quincy Police Department that was attempting a traffic stop. Earlier, about 1 a.m., East Wenatchee police spotted the pickup and trailer with the stolen Bobcat and attempted to pull the driver over but the vehicle fled. The East Wenatchee Police Department said based on new state laws regarding police pursuits the officer did not chase the vehicle. The skid steer with a forklift on the front was taken in Chelan last Thursday.
New Plastics Law -The state is reminding residents that there’s another law coming at the end of this month seeking to limit the use of plastic products. The Department of Ecology said the new state law will prohibit packaged bundles of single-use plastic items such as straws, utensils, stirrers, condiment packages and sauce cups. However, restaurant customers can still request such individual items or select them at a self-serve area. The new plastics law was approved by the state Legislature earlier this year. Though plastic lids for cold beverages are included in the law, customers will not need to specifically request lids at drive-through windows or at events with more than 2,500 people.
TEASE -Coming up next, East Wenatchee is revising some of its downtown parking./ An expanded oversight board is in the works for the Chelan-Douglas Health District, and applicants are needed, and, Tree removal work in the Twentyfive Mile Fire zone wrapped up over the weekend. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
E. Wen. Parking -East Wenatchee is revising some of its downtown parking. The city last week added two spaces designated for 15-minute parking, allowing motorists to stop and hop in and out of their vehicles if they need to make a quick pickup. Both are located in the 800 block of Valley Mall Parkway. The city says the move should make quick parking more convenient, and downtown shops more accessible.
Health Board -An expanded oversight board is in the works for the Chelan-Douglas Health District, and applicants are needed. Right now, the eight-member board is made up of local elected officials. New state laws require the board to add at least six new community members, representing health providers, public health clients, and community stakeholders. Interested residents in the two counties can apply through the health district’s website until 5 p.m. January 10th. New boardmembers will be chosen by a vote of the Chelan and Douglas county commissioners. The new board must be in place by July 1st.
25 Mile Trees -Tree removal work in the Twentyfive Mile Fire zone wrapped up over the weekend. Chelan County’s public works department says more than 200 dead or damaged trees, which were scorched in the 22,000-acre fire last summer, were successfully removed by a county contractor. Areas of Shady Pass, Hale and South Lakeshore roads had be briefly closed for the removal work, but they’re now reopened for normal traffic. The Twentyfive Mile destroyed two homes near Fields Point landing after it erupted August 15th.
TEASE -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. . .
Redistricting Gripe -The chaotic redistricting of congressional and legislative voting boundaries has caused hard feelings at the local level. The maps now on their way to the Legislature separate Chelan county from from Douglas and Okanogan. All three counties are currently part of the 12th Legislative District. In tonight’s feature story, the Chelan County board of commissioners plans to send a letter of objection to the legislature, although they say it’s unlikely to have any effect. . .

TEASE – 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.

NCWLIFE Channel Sports

The Seattle Kraken were no match for the Pittsburgh Penguins last night, falling 6-1 to the visitors at Climate Pledge Arena…
The Pens got out to an early lead and never trailed in the contest, leading 3-nothing after one period. Jordan Eberle gave the home crowd something to cheer about in the 2nd, but that was it for the night…
Seattle’s home stand continues on Thursday when they’ll welcome Winnipeg into town at 7 o’clock. The game will be broadcast on ROOT Sports Northwest.

The Wenatchee Wild are back home this week to practice before heading back north of the border for games at Merritt and West Kelowna this weekend…
In fact, the Wild will be at Fred Meyer this afternoon to help with the NCW Community Toy Drive presented by Les Schwab. They’ll be out there today from 2-to-6pm.
Wenatchee’s struggled on the ice so far this season with just 3-wins in 18-games. Interim radio “voice” of the Wild, Sean Zears, says Wenatchee is playing in a very tough division…
Sean appeared this morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley. The Wild are set to play at Merritt Saturday night at 7 and at West Kelowna Sunday at 2:30.

The Seahawks snapped a 3-game losing streak with Sunday’s 30-to-23 win over San Francisco. Coach Pete Carroll was particularly pleased with the play of running back Rashaad Penny…
The Seahawks released a video of coach Carroll in the locker room after Sunday’s win telling his team “we ain’t dead yet.” Carroll says it’s important they continue believing in each other through wins and losses…
Seattle will travel to Houston this Sunday to face the Texans at NRG Stadium at 10am on FOX.

Here’s what’s on the high school basketball schedule for tonight, starting first with the girls…
Wenatchee hosts Hanford at 5:45. At the same time, Moses Lake takes on Walla Walla; Quincy’s at Cascade; and Chelan hosts Cashmere. The 6 o’clock games have Omak at Lake Roosevelt; Manson’s at Brewster; Pateros hosts Bridgeport; Oroville visits Liberty Bell; and Tonasket takes on Okanogan.
On the boys schedule tonight, Cashmere plays at Chelan at 7:15 while Cascade hosts Quincy. The 7:30 games have Hanford at Wenatchee; Moses Lake hosts Ephrata; Omak visits Lake Roosevelt; Manson’s at Brewster; Pateros welcomes Bridgeport; Entiat’s at Soap Lake; Oroville travels to Liberty Bell; and Okanogan visits Tonasket.

Thanks Eric.
Okinawa X-mas -Finally tonight, when holidays roll around, the U.S. military has ways to let its members send best wishes to family and friends back home. East Wenatchee native Daniel Wall is a teacher for servicemember children at the Defense Department’s Kadena Middle School in Okinawa, Japan. He sent these greetings this week. . .
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.