NCWLIFE Evening News February 17th, 2021

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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

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, A 19-year-old Moxey man came to East Wenatchee and threatened another teen with a gun over a debt./ A man awaiting trial for allegedly robbing a Banks Lake campsite and endangering four children in the process failed to get his case dismissed yesterday, and, Stevens Pass reopened this morning after being closed since late Tuesday morning by heavy snow, vehicle spinouts and avalanche control.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The identities of two people killed last week when a vehicle crashed into a Wenatchee barber shop have been released by the Wenatchee Police Department.

The accident killed 61-year-old Colleen Johnson, 61, of East Wenatchee, who was a passenger in the vehicle, and Jesus Fausto-Curiel, 25, of East Wenatchee, a customer in the barber shop. An unidentified 23-year-old male employee of the barber shop was also critically injured and remains at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Wenatchee Police Capt. Edgar Reinfled said three others suffered minor injuries, two inside the barber shop and the driver of the vehicle. Police say the unidentified driver is believed to have suffered a medical emergency before the accident, crashing into another vehicle before swerving into The Ave Barber Shop at the corner of Chelan Avenue and Second street about 6:30 Thursday night.

A 19-year-old man from the Yakima area allegedly drove two hours to threaten an East Wenatchee resident who he said owed him money.

East Wenatchee police arrested Riley Jay Jackson on Sunday after he allegedly messaged the victim with death threats and a photograph of a firearm.

Police say Jackson then traveled from Moxee to East Wenatchee, and stopped at the victim’s residence along with two other men, one of whom was believed to be armed with a handgun. Jackson was the only person arrested in the incident. Police are seeking a charge of felony harassment.

A man awaiting trial for allegedly robbing a Banks Lake campsite and endangering four children in the process failed to get his case dismissed Tuesday. 33-year-old Kye Michael Shelton has been in jail since November 2019, two months after he allegedly robbed the campsite and struggled with the occupants.

His partner Becca Rosenburg participated in the robbery, while her four children waited in their getaway van. Rosenburg pleaded guilty last summer, and was sentenced to 17 months. Shelton argued his case has spent too long in limbo because Douglas County trials remain on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic.

But Judge Brian Huber denied his motion to dismiss. Shelton is still in the Okanogan County Jail on $100,000 bond. He still has no trial date, but Huber plans a hearing March 1st to assess whether the case can go forward.

Stevens Pass reopened this morning just before 9:30 after being closed since late Tuesday morning by heavy snow, vehicle spinouts and avalanche control.

Initially, Washington State Department of Transportation required chains on all but all-wheel-drive vehicles on Stevens Pass. Traffic on both Stevens and Snoqualmie passes has been disrupted since Friday by heavy snow and avalanche dangers. Snoqualmie Pass was also closed for about two hours early yesterday afternoon for avalanche control but currently is open with no restrictions.

Coming up next, The Cascade Loop has been named a National Scenic Byway by the Federal Highway Administration./ The City of Wenatchee is stepping up to help cover Convention Center utility costs during the pandemic./ Three elementary science teachers in Washington have been selected as state-level finalists for the 2020 Presidential Award in STEM and one of them is in Wenatchee, and, Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort opened its new Wenatchee Express chairlift this morning for the first time. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

One of central Washington’s most scenic road trips now has national recognition. The Cascade Loop was recognized Tuesday as a National Scenic Byway by the Federal Highway Administration.

The 440-mile loop includes the Upper Wenatchee Valley, the Methow Valley Highway and Stevens Pass. The Cascade Loop Association has been working for years to get the federal designation, which recognizes U.S. roads based on their archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities. The route is one of just 49 to win the designation this year, and the only one in Washington.

The city of Wenatchee will take on some of the overhead costs of the Wenatchee Convention Center, which has suffered during the pandemic. The center is owned by the city but operated by Coast Hospitality. City executive services director Laura Merrill told the city council last week, the cost will be about $100,000-dollars. The city’s expenses should eventually be reimbursed out of a lodging tax. . .

City Council Member Linda Herald is sales director for the convention center. She recused herself from the vote.

A Wenatchee teacher is one of three state finalists for the 2020 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Wenatchee Internet Academy teacher Tina Nicpan Brown is now eligible to become a national finalist for the STEM teaching honor, which comes with $10,000 award.

The finalists for the state’s highest STEM award were selected by a statewide committee. A Yakima and an Everett elementary school teacher are the other two finalists. Brown previously was a teacher at Lincoln Elementary.

Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort opened its new Wenatchee Express chairlift this morning for the first time.

The high-speed chairlift replaces the old Liberator Express and features chairs with plexiglass bubble covers and shorter ride times. In a video earlier this month, Mission Ridge owner Larry Scrivanich said the new lift will be transformational for the Wenatchee ski resort. . .

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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Currently, COVID-19 vaccinations are being given to people age 65 or older, or people 50 and older who live in multigenerational homes. In tonight’s feature story, so what does multi-generational mean? Chelan-Douglas Health Officer Doctor Malcolm Butler explains. . .

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.

Whistles could be heard.  Coaches barking at players.  The thud of shoulder pads as bodies collided.  Football returned to high schools in North Central Washington yesterday.  The only thing not “normal” about it was the snow on the ground, and the fact it’s FEBRUARY…

Of course, as you saw there in Cashmere, mother nature provided quite the challenge for area high schools to get back on the fields.  Coaches, players and parents all worked to pitch in and clear fields in order for teams to practice all around North Central Washington.

The countdown is also on for NCWLIFE to resume broadcasting LIVE sports on TV.  It will begin on Thursday, March 4th with a swim and dive meet at Eastmont Aquatic Center between the Wildcats, Moses Lake and Wenatchee.

We’ll be at the Apple Bowl the following night for Moses Lake and Wenatchee Football.  We’ll follow that up with girls soccer on Saturday, March 6th at Eastmont as the Wildcats host the Chiefs.  You can get our complete schedule for Season-1 on our website at NCWLIFE dot com.

The Wenatchee AppleSox continues preparing for the upcoming summer collegiate baseball season with the signing of two assistant coaches…

Head coach Ian Sanderson has added Danny Pulfer and Wyatt McKnight to his coaching staff for the summer.  Pulfer joins the AppleSox nearly a decade after playing two seasons in Minor League Baseball in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.  He’s currently an assistant coach at Towson University in Maryland.

Coach McKnight served at Linn-Benton Community College as the catching coach before joining the AppleSox.  He currently serves the same position at Umpqua Community College in his hometown in Roseburg, Oregon.

The AppleSox are set to begin the 2021 season on June first againe Nanaimo at Paul Thomas, Sr. Stadium.

Pitchers and Catchers will report to spring training for the Seattle Mariners in Peoria, Arizona tomorrow…

Position players will still have until the weekend to report with the first full-squad workout next week.  Seattle and the rest of Major League Baseball are hoping to complete an entire season after having last season shortened by the pandemic.

One guy who is certainly eager to prove he belongs is Dylan Moore.  The utility player says he doesn’t care where he plays, he just wants to put in a full season in Seattle…

The Mariners are expecting to play the first Cactus League game a week from Saturday against San Diego.

As the mind races to spring with talk of baseball starting, it’s not too early to be thinking about golf.  Lynn Miller is with a new program in our area called First Tee.  He says it’s all about getting kids into golf…

Miller says First Tee has been around for over 20-years and includes golf enthusiasts from coast-to-coast…

Miller says the great thing about First Tee is that it teaches life lessons, and not just golf, for kids starting at 7-years old…

You can find out more about the program by going online to First Tee Central Washington dot org.  You can watch the entire interview On Demand on our website at NCWLIFE dot com.  Just look for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

Thanks Eric.

As we leave you tonight, conservative broadcaster Rush Limbaugh, who entertained and influenced millions and propelled waves of Republican politicians, has died at age 70. Limbaugh was an influencer and Media icon before the age of social media, a hot-take machine who transformed talk radio and embodied a counterpunch to what many on the right contended was a liberal media establishment.

He had announced to listeners last year that he had stage four lung cancer. Limbaugh’s death Wednesday morning was confirmed by his wife, Kathryn, at the start of his radio program. Former President Donald Trump awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the State of the Union address in February 2020.

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.