NCWLIFE Evening News, February 13, 2020

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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, The Chelan man who demanded money to return stolen computer equipment will serve 30 days on a jail work crew. A Moses Lake couple was forced to take a detour en route to Confluence Health this morning for the birth of their fourth child, we will bring the unbelievable story, and, If you’ve done any driving recently you’ve probably noticed that pothole season is upon us as city, county and state crews are out working on winter-damaged roads throughout the region.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

An Ephrata man is charged with three felonies after allegedly fleeing from Douglas County sheriff’s deputies in a stolen car.

Jose Fabian Sanchez, who’s 24, remains jailed after a Feb. 7 highway chase that wound from the town of Douglas all the way to the east side of Banks Lake – a distance of about 43 miles. Deputies say Sanchez was driving a blue Honda sedan reported stolen out of Grant County. He surrendered only after the car’s tires were shredded by a police spike strip, and allegedly told deputies he had borrowed the car with the owner’s permission. Prosecutors charged him Tuesday with possessing a stolen vehicle, obstruction, fleeing from police, and driving with no valid license.

The Chelan man who demanded money to return stolen computer equipment will serve 30 days on a jail work crew.

Joseph Wiley Meadows, who’s 45, asked for $800 to return $6,000 worth of gear stolen in a Wenatchee vehicle prowl one year ago. He pleaded guilty last month to charges of second-degree extortion and possessing methamphetamine. Judge Kristin Ferrera sentenced him Wednesday. It’s his first offense, and prosecutors dropped a related charge of trafficking stolen property. Meadows was never charged with the vehicle prowl.

A Moses Lake couple was forced to take a detour en route to Confluence Health this morning for the birth of their fourth child. Andre Demchuk said he was driving his wife, Vera, to the hospital when they had to divert into the parking lot of Rowes Tractor in East Wenatchee. . .

Thankfully, mother and baby are just fine and resting at Confluence Health. We couldn’t help but ask if they thought of a tractor-themed name for the newborn…

We’re happy to report that baby Felix is just fine!

If you’ve done any driving recently you’ve probably noticed that pothole season is upon us. City, county and state crews are out working on winter-damaged roads throughout the region.

The problem is so bad on Highway 17 that the state Department of Transportation has reduced the speed limit on an 8-mile stretch between Bridgeport and Leahy Junction from 60 miles per hour to 35 miles per hour. Electronic warning signs are being posted as the state works on repairing the potholes.

Coming up next, Chelan County Commissioner Doug England has been appointed to serve on a state panel that will make recommendations on how to clean-up so-called Legacy Pesticides from old orchard lands. The U.S. House passed the Protecting America’s Wilderness Act Wednesday, we will tell you the implications of that, and, The Central Washington valleys have seen dry days and relatively balmy high temperatures, but up in the mountains where our snowpack gathers, it’s a different story. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Chelan County Commissioner Doug England has been appointed to serve on a state panel that will make recommendations on how to clean-up so-called Legacy Pesticides from old orchard lands. The chemicals containing cancer-causing lead and arsenic were used to treat apple and pear orchards up until the early fifties. The State is now in the process of identifying those areas with the highest concentrations of Legacy Pesticides and determining a plan of action. Chelan County is ranked second in the State in terms of the total number of acres identified. . .

England says the Legacy Pesticide working group will be meeting over the next several months to come up with a plan of action. He maintains that any future actions taken by the State must take into consideration the actual risk to public health.

The U.S. House passed the Protecting America’s Wilderness Act Wednesday, which would preserve an additional 1.4 million acres in Washington, Colorado and California from logging, mining and new roads.

About 1,000 miles of river also would be added to the National Wild and Scenic River System. It would be the largest such wilderness designation in more than a decade. All the 131,000 acres in Washington added under the bill are on the west side, with most in the Olympic Peninsula. The fate of the bill in the Republican-controlled Senate is uncertain and President Trump has vowed a veto if it makes it to his desk.

Eighth District Representative Doctor Kim Schrier successfully added an amendment to the bill requiring the federal government to study how preserving wilderness lands can help reduce flooding in residential areas. Schrier said protecting those lands is an important tool in fighting climate change. . .

The Central Washington valleys have seen dry days and relatively balmy high temperatures, but up in the mountains where our snowpack gathers, it’s a different story.

The state Department of Ecology says since January 1st, the statewide snowpack has increased an average of 352,000 acre-feet per day. That’s how we measure the volume of water stored in that snowpack. The statewide figure rose from just over 6 million on New Year’s Day to 22 million acre-feet as of this morning. The totals have

topped out at about 26 million in each of the last three years. In our last severe drought year, 2015, it never got above 7 million. Mountain snow is crucial for irrigation and water supply, it releases that water slowly into our rivers and streams as it melts.

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 Percy the dog. . .

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.

The Wenatchee Valley College Lady Knights basketball team defended its home floor last night with a 53-44 win over North Idaho…

Cariann Kunkel and Chasity Spady each had 14-points to lead WVC.  The Lady Knights improved to 9-and-3 in East Conference play and remain a half-game back of 2nd place Yakima Valley and 3-games behind 1st place Walla Walla.

Chance Michels’ 3-pointer at the buzzer wasn’t enough last night for the Wenatchee Valley men, who fell to North Idaho 79-78.  The Knights had the lead with 2:35 remaining in the second half, but couldn’t hold it as the Cardinals won their 11th straight game.  Michels finished with 17-points while Abdul Abdullah had 13 for Wenatchee Valley.  The Knights remain in 3rd place in the NWAACC East at 8-and-4, 20-and-5 overall.

Coming up on the women’s college basketball schedule tonight…

Eastern Washington hosts Idaho at 5:35.  Washington plays at #12 Arizona while Washington State visits #22 Arizona State at 6.  Also at 6, #15 Gonzaga hosts San Francisco.  Central Washington plays on the road at Simon Fraser at 7.

On the men’s schedule tonight, the Huskies play at USC at 6 on ESPN2.  Central Washington is at Alaska-Fairbanks at 7.  Eastern hosts Idaho at 7:45.  And tonight at 8 on the Pac-12 Network, Washington State plays at UCLA.

On the Les Schwab Prep Boys Basketball Scoreboard last night…

In the Central Washington B League Tournament, Oroville edged Manson 56-51 to end the Trojan’s season.  Liberty Bell topped Bridgeport 61-60 to end the Mustang’s season.

In the CWAC District Tournament, Ellensburg beat Ephrata 56-50. 

Coming up on the Prep Basketball Schedule tonight…

In girls play, Entiat wraps up the regular season tonight at Moses Lake Christian at 5:45.  In the first round of the Central Washington 2-B District Tournament, Bridgeport plays at Brewster and Lake Roosevelt hosts Tonasket at 6 o’clock.  On the boy’s side tonight, Entiat and Moses Lake Christian tip at 7:30.

The Wenatchee Wild will wrap up the regular season home-ice schedule this weekend at the Town Toyota Center…

Wenatchee hosts Vernon tomorrow night at 7:05 on Wild Love Date Night on Valentine’s Day.  Then on Saturday, it’s Fan Appreciation Night with the first 1,000 through the door getting the new Walt bobblehead doll.  The game features Wenatchee and Chilliwack at 7:05.

With 5-games remaining on the schedule, Wenatchee could still position itself with home-ice advantage.  The Wild enter the weekend just with just three points separating themselves in 5th place and 3rd place in the Interior Division.

Join us tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley when we’ll be joined by the Voice of the Wenatchee Wild, Arch Ecker, and player Luke Ormsby.

Tonight is Hockey Night on the NCWLIFE Channel…

We’ll be featuring the Wild’s February 1st game at the Town Toyota Center with the Coquitlam Express.  Watch all the action with Arch Ecker on the play-by-play beginning tonight at 7 o’clock.

And don’t forget we’ll have playoff basketball LIVE here Saturday on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Eric Granstrom will be courtside at Eastmont High School for the play-by-play of the Cashmere Bulldogs and Omak Pioneers for the District 6 1-A Championship at 5 o’clock.  That will be followed by Cashmere and Okanogan for the boys Championship at 7.

That’s all right here on your home for LOCAL sports, the NCWLIFE Channel.

The Mariners welcomed back Taijuan Walker to the fold as pitchers and catchers reported to Peoria yesterday…

The 27-year old free agent signed a one-year Major League contract with will get a shot at a starting role with his former club.  Walker was dealt to the Arizona Diamondbacks three years ago. 

Walker comes in after the club placed reliever Austin Adams on the 60-day injured list.  Adams is recuperating from surgery on his left knee after tearing his ACL on the final road trip last season.

Thanks Eric.

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.