NCWLIFE Evening News February 22, 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, The 6-year-old girl who fell through the ice at a Rock Island pond Thursday is making great strides toward recovery. An East Wenatchee man arrested by the Columbia River Drug Task Force in 2017 has been sentenced to 120 months in a federal prison, and, Health care providers in Chelan and Douglas counties are now required to report all life-threatening or fatal overdoses.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

An internet rumor forced Cashmere High School Officials to go into a lock down situation this morning. Students were advised to remain in the building until the rumor was cleared. Classes continued as usual and the lockdown was recinded just before noon. Law enforcement made contact with the individual who made the threatening post on social media, and gave the high school the go ahead to resume normal status.

The 6-year-old girl who fell through the ice at a Rock Island pond Thursday is making great strides toward recovery, said Shawn Ballard of Ballard Ambulance.

At about 11:15 Thursday morning, the girl walked out onto the icy pond, then fell into the water. She was in the water for at least 15 minutes before Billy Turner of Douglas County Fire District 2 swam out and rescued her while fellow firefighter Jacob Toevs maintained a “tag line. The girl was reportedly staying with family friends at a mobile home park near the pond.

An East Wenatchee man arrested by the Columbia River Drug Task Force in 2017 has been sentenced to 120 months in a federal prison after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Police say 39-year-old James T. McGuire was on probation at the time the task force raided his home and found more than a half-pound of meth and heroin, as well as $20,000 in cash. He was indicted in federal court on three counts of drug distribution.

Health care providers in Chelan and Douglas counties are now required to report all life-threatening or fatal overdoses.

As Health Officer for the Chelan-Douglas Health District, Dr. Francis J.V. Collins ordered the reporting, saying the opioid epidemic continues to be a significant problem both locally and nationally. Collins said the privacy of individuals will be protected while at the same time, help will be offered. The information will be used to track opioid abuse and monitor the effects of preventative measures.

Coming up next, The Chelan Valley Housing Trust is holding a series of events coming up on February 28th. A special public meeting regarding a major forest restoration project on US Forest Service lands in the Entiat area is coming up, and, The Washington Apple Commission kicks off a new advertising campaign in the Monterrey region of Mexico. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The Chelan Valley Housing Trust is holding a series of events coming up on February 28th to share up-to-date progress, plans, and structure with the public and ask for feedback.

This is a chance for communities of Manson and Chelan to learn about what the housing trust is planning, how they can help, and who it will serve. The Open House event will consist of two sessions focused on education and input, followed by a third focused on community gathering and some simple fun.

Speakers will be at the Manson Grange Community Hall from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Thursday for a few short presentations and follow up Q&A. The same happens again from 4-6 at the Chamber of Commerce in Chelan. Lastly, to end the night, the community is encouraged to gather as a whole at the Vogue for an hour of socializing and then live music from 7-9.

Mark your calendar for March 12th for a special public meeting where a major forest restoration project on US Forest Service lands in the Entiat area will be discussed.

The meeting, which will be streamed live on Facebook, will be an opportunity to learn more about the 75,000 acre Upper Wenatchee Forest Restoration Pilot Project planned for later this spring. The project area has a history of severe wildfires. The program will a range of topics including fire, water, roads, wildlife and more.

The Washington Apple Commission kicks off a new advertising campaign in the Monterrey region of Mexico. . .

The “It’s So You” campaign focuses on increasing sales of of the Gala apple variety among Monterrey consumers. The Commission hopes the bright colors and messaging will bring more awareness and visibility to the bi-colored apple. Commission Communications Outreach Coordinator, Toni Lynn Adams says the campaign will run from February-March 2019.

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Time now for NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson to fill us in on some of the events going on this weekend. . .

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 continue our conversation with Wenatchee varsity boys basketball coach Travis Williams today as his team prepares for a regional game against Mt. Rainier tomorrow.

The Panthers are 11-and-1 since a lopsided loss to Eisenhower on January 5th.  The Cadets ended up finishing next to the bottom of the Big 9 and many think the Panthers had no business losing that game.  Instead of lamenting about it, Coach Williams thinks it proved a valuable lesson…

Wenatchee has only one senior on the entire roster in Darius Carlson and start two sophomores.  Williams says they had an inkling of the talent but didn’t know how well they’d gel this season…

The Panthers face Mt. Rainier Saturday in Ellensburg in a winner-to-state, loser-out game.  Williams says it’s important for his team to have energy out of the box and get an early lead…

The Panthers and Rams tip it up 4 o’clock tomorrow afternoon.

Here’s another look at the Regional Basketball schedule for local teams tonight and tomorrow…

It begins at Wenatchee High School with the Cashmere girls facing Elma at 6.  That will be followed by the Entiat and Inchelium girls at 8.

Saturday, Wenatchee plays Mt. Rainier at Ellensburg at 4.  Closer to home at Eastmont High School, the 6 o’clock game features the Brewster and Toutle Lake boys.  That’s followed at 8 by the Brewster and Mabton girls.

And if you just can’t get enough basketball, there are three more games at Wenatchee High School Saturday…

It begins with a couple 2B games.  First, the Liberty Bell girls take on South Bend at 2.  Then at 4 it’s the Oroville boys versus Napavine.  That’s all followed at 6 by the 1A game between the Okanogan boys and Seattle Academy.

All of the games tonight and tomorrow will determine who makes the state tournaments next week in Yakima, Spokane and Tacoma.

Eric Granstrom will be on the road all weekend keeping you up to date on our Facebook page, so be sure to track what’s happening there.

The Mariners first spring training game yesterday was rained out in the second inning.  But before the rains came, Marco Gonzalez worked a 1-2-3 inning on the mound and the Seattle bats came alive with some youngsters making a difference.  Dylan Moore made a dent in the top of the 2nd

The inning continued for the Mariners with Shed Long at the plate, looking for his second hit in consecutive innings…

The Mariners were leading 5-nothing when the skies opened up in the bottom of the 2nd and the game was called.

Today, Mitch Haniger got the offense going with a two-run, first inning home run and Tim Lopes went 2-for-2 with 2-runs as the Mariners opened up an 8-nothing lead over Oakland in Peoria.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, if you’re a new resident of Chelan County and question why your street was not cleared of snow more quickly during the recent storms, you need to know about what’s called, The Code of West. The County adopted the policy several years ago as a means of notifying prospective property owners that life in the Country is different than in the city and that County governments are not able to provide the same level of service. Commissioner Doug England explains. . .

The Code of the West was first chronicled by the famous western author, Zane Grey. It basically outlines an unwritten code of conduct for living outside the city limits. The code also identifies law enforcement, firefighting and emergency medical response times that can also be delayed due to access problems in outlying rural areas.

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 Monday morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.