NCWLIFE Evening News February 12, 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, Travel restrictions over the Washington Cascades is a nightmare for motorist but the weather-related closure of I-90 Snoqualmie Pass and U.S. 2 Tumwater Canyon is also causing freight mobility problems. It was another snow day for students in North Central Washington as another in a series of arctic storms hit the region last night, and, The Douglas County Courthouse in Waterville was also closed today due to extreme weather conditions.

But first, we begin tonight with what else, weather. . .

I-90 Snoqualmie Pass was closed down last night due to numerous collisions and spinouts caused by blizzard-like conditions.

One of the accidents resulted in death about 2 miles east of the summit. According to Washington State Patrol Troopers, the driver of a big-rig was killed when he crashed his Freightliner truck into a median barrier after suffering a medical episode. The driver, who’s name is being withheld until family notification, was from Missoula, Montana.

Travel restrictions over the Washington Cascades is a nightmare for motorist but the weather-related closure of I-90 Snoqualmie Pass and US 2 Tumwater Canyon is also causing freight mobility problems.

Vehicles over 10,000 pounds are not permitted to use the Chumstick Highway as an alternative route over Stevens Pass forcing truck traffic to detour over Highway 12 White Pass or South to the Columbia Gorge. There is no estimated time for reopening Snoqualmie Pass. Over 53 inches of snow was measured by the DOT avalanche crew at the summit over the past 48 hours.

This was the scene of a semi-truck rollover yesterday on White Trail Road near Quincy. The truck was carrying a load of apples and luckily, nobody was injured in the accident.

Air travel between East Wenatchee and SeaTac continues out of Pangborn Airport during the storm. Horizon Airline crews were out early this morning working hard to get the 6:30 flight off on time.

It was another snow day for students in North Central Washington as another in a series of arctic storms hit the region last night. There was no school today for students in the Waterville, Quincy and Moses Lake School Districts due to weather and road conditions. Classes started two hours late in the Wenatchee, Eastmont, Cashmere, Mansfield, Ephrata and Soap Lake Schools. Another round of snow is expected is expected Thursday and into Friday.

The Douglas County Courthouse in Waterville was also closed today due to extreme weather conditions.

However, the Douglas County Clerk’s office and Superior Court was open. The Douglas County Auditor’s office was also open for elections purposes only today and will remain open until 8:00 p.m. for Election Night. If you have questions please contact Ruth Martin at 509-888-6403.

Coming up next, Though Wenatchee School Board President Sunny Hemphill said last week the Legislature is to blame for the district’s $5.2 million budget shortfall, 12th District State Senator Brad Hawkins said that isn’t necessarily fair. They’re not saying who they are yet, but the Wenatchee School Board has three finalists for its superintendent job, and, Cashmere Mayor Jim Fletcher discusses future growth in Cashmere.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Though Wenatchee School Board President Sunny Hemphill said last week the Legislature is to blame for the district’s $5.2 million budget shortfall, 12th District State Senator Brad Hawkins said that isn’t necessarily fair. Hawkins spoke with NCWLIFE this morning, saying the state school funding formula created last year was designed to be equitable to all districts, while easing the tax burden on property owners. . .

They’re not saying who they are yet, but the Wenatchee School Board has three finalists for its superintendent job. District Communications Director Diana Haglund said each of the candidates’ names will be released the day prior to their appearances at public forums next week.

Board president Sunny Hemphill said QUOTE, The finalists chosen are all incredible, UNQUOTE. The person hired will replace Brian Flones, who is retiring. The public forums will be February 19th, 20th and 21st from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Wenatchee High School.

While the city limits of Cashmere have not moved in a while, the Community of Cashmere continues to grow. This has left city fathers with the challenge of planning for the little town’s future. Mayor Jim Fletcher was a guest with Eric Granstrom on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley discussing a recent workshop. . .

Of particular concern for Fletcher and the city is the upcoming replacement project of the Goodwin Bridge.  This will leave Cashmere with one way in and out. . .

You can see the entire interview with Mayor Fletcher on our Watch on Demand page on NCWLIFE dot com under Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

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, an exploration of the heart was underway at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center on Saturday morning as local students and medical professionals braved the winter conditions for the Matters of the Heart Dissection Lab. . .

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.

Come snow or sleet or dark of night, they were bound and determined to get the District 6 1-A Tournament’s first round in the books last night at Wenatchee High School.  And on the girls side, a familiar team rose to the occasion once again…

 

So there you have it, Cashmere girls are once again the District Champs.  In the earlier game, Chelan had its season end with a 47-39 loss to Okanogan.  Okanogan will face Omak in a loser-out game at Brewster High School tomorrow at 6 o’clock.

The Cashmere girls will host either Deer Park or Colville Saturday at

The District 6 Boys Championship took on a much different look in the evening’s finale…

 

Earlier in the night, the Chelan boys had their season end with a 62-39 loss to Omak.  So it will be Omak and Okanogan for a last chance to move on tomorrow at Brewster at 8 o’clock.

Cashmere will host either Lakeside or Medical Lake Saturday night at 8 o’clock.

Coming up on the prep schedule for today…

The Central Washington 1B District Tournament gets underway at Ephrata High School with the Entiat girls facing Moses Lake Christian at 6 o’clock.  The Entiat boys have to wait until tomorrow to face Riverside Christian.

The Big 9 District Play-in games have been moved to tomorrow…

The Eastmont girls will be on the road at Davis at 5:45.  The other game has Eisenhower at West Valley at 6.

On the boys side of the Big 9 District Play-in has also been moved to tomorrow night…

The Eisenhower boys are at Moses Lake at 6 while Eastmont is at Davis for another reunion of the Juarez brothers at coach as the Wildcats battle the Pirates at 6.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, someone called police yesterday in Bothell to report that some neighborhood kids were sledding down a snow covered road. In turn, Bothell police went to the scene to “investigate”. The following video is a result of that investigation. . .

If you have a video of the day, you’d like to see on the NCWLIFE Evening News, message us on our Facebook Page at the NCWLIFE Channel.

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 guest-host Eric Granstrom. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.