NCWLIFE Evening News February 25, 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 Eastmont School District bus driver who left a toddler alone on a school bus for almost 20 minutes last month has retired. The Moses Lake man accused of stealing materials to create a fertilizer bomb pleaded guilty Wednesday to second degree-burglary and attempted threats to bomb or injure property, and, Four people were arrested late last week during a raid of a Soap Lake area home well-known for drug activity.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The Wenatchee School Board is negotiating with Paul Gordon to be its next school district superintendent, The Wenatchee World reported. Gordon is currently the superintendent of the Glen Ellyn School District in Illinois.

The board had planned to keep its choice for the job secret until a contract was negotiated, but board president Sunny Hemphill at a meeting Friday, commented that some people were unhappy with the board’s choice because he came from the Chicago area. The other two finalists were from Oregon and Idaho. Gordon has been superintendent of the Glen Ellyn district since 2013 and prior to that was chief academic officer at the Adams 12 Five Star School District in Colorado.

The Eastmont School District bus driver who left a toddler alone on a school bus for almost 20 minutes last month has retired. The driver had been placed on Administrative Leave while the school district investigated the incident. School District Superintendent Garn Christensen says while the situation was unfortunate for all involved, there is a procedure in place at the end of a bus route and says new technology may be purchased by the district to ensure this situation never happens again. . .

The school district says the alarms would cost about 135-dollars each and a camera system in each bus would cost 2500-dollars.

The Moses Lake man accused of stealing materials to create a fertilizer bomb pleaded guilty Wednesday to second degree-burglary and attempted threats to bomb or injure property.

With no prior criminal history, 39-year old Ryan Palmer was given a reduced sentence of 55 days in county jail and 12 months of community custody. Palmer will also have to undergo treatment for mental health and substance abuse, and is barred from going within 30 feet of Nutrien AG Solutions, the company from which Palmer stole the bomb materials.

During a traffic stop, Palmer warned the deputy not to attempt to move his BMW and indicated there were explosive materials inside. Palmer admitted to stealing fertilizer, diesel, magnesium and other materials over an extended period of time from fertilizer retailer Nutrien AG Solutions to create an explosive device. Palmer advised deputies he had worked for Nutrien AG Solutions as a chemical driver until 2015, and said he blamed the fertilizer company for his daughter’s birth defects. Palmer told deputies that he did not plan to detonate the device, but rather intended to “prove a point” about the company’s lax security.

Four people were arrested late last week during a raid of a Soap Lake area home well-known for drug activity.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office says the Moses Lake Regional Tactical Response Team served a search warrant about 5 a.m. Thursday at 1289 Thomas Drive Northeast in Soap Lake.

The Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team or (INET) recovered heroin and methamphetamine at the home. The warrant was the result of a long investigation by INET into suspected drug activity at the home. Three of the four arrested were Soap Lake residents and the other was from Yakima.[

Coming up next, An update tonight on the little girl who fell through the ice at a pond near Rock Island last week. Eighth District Representative Dr. Kim Schrier spent much of her time at a town hall Saturday in Wenatchee talking about immigration issues, and, A bill co-sponsored by State Sen. Brad Hawkins would aid local efforts to purchase Nason Ridge near Lake Wenatchee.   I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

A 6-year-old girl who spent at least 15 minutes submerged in an icy Rock Island pond last week continues to show improvement but has a long road to recovery, according to Shawn Ballard of Ballard Ambulance.

After being rescued from the water by Douglas County Fire District 2 firefighters, she was taken to Central Washington Hospital, then airlifted to Seattle Children’s Hospital. Ballard said he‘s been communicating with the girl’s mother who asked QUOTE. Please tell everyone to keep praying for her, it is the only thing we can do right now. END QUOTE.

Eighth District Representative Dr. Kim Schrier spent much of her time at a town hall Saturday in Wenatchee talking about immigration issues, including the federal guest worker program and a path to citizenship for the undocumented people currently in the country. . .

Schrier went on to describe President Trump’s declaration of a national border crisis as unconstitutional. . .

A bill co-sponsored by State Sen. Brad Hawkins would aid local efforts to purchase Nason Ridge near Lake Wenatchee.

At one point, Weyerhauser planned to log much of the 3,700 forested acres near Lake Wenatchee. Hawkins’ bill would create a Community Forests grant program that could help the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust purchase the property. [

The trust, through its Save Nason Ridge project, already has raised $1.3 million dollars of the estimated $5 million dollar purchase price.

At a House hearing this week, Land trust executive director Curt Soper, and research ecologist Dr. Paul Hessburg were among those testifying in favor of Senate Bill 5873. Timber industry representatives, however, testified they were concerned about such a program idling productive lands elsewhere in the state.

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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In tonight’s feature story, about 60 hearty people braved the cold weather to take a dip in frigid water Saturday at the annual Polar Plunge at Walla Walla Pointe Park in Wenatchee. The event raised close to $18,000 dollars for Special Olympics Washington. The Quincy Police Department Copsicles were the top group fundraisers, bringing in more than $3,600 dollars. Here’s a look. .

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. ffffffffffff

The weekend began with four teams from the Wenatchee Valley heading into regional basketball action.  By Saturday night, only two remained.

We begin our recap of the weekend on Friday, with Wenatchee High School being the location for two regional games.  In the opener, the Cashmere Bulldogs advanced to the quarterfinals of the State 1A girls tournament with a 47-34 win over Elma.

Here’s the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from Friday night, as Cashmere downs Elma 47-34 and Entiat falls to Inchelium 62-to-28.  A look at the pairings this week at State coming up in a bit.

Saturday saw two Wenatchee Valley teams on the road with regional playoff games.  First was the Wenatchee Panthers in Ellensburg taking on the Mt. Rainier Rams.  Mt. Rainier came out firing, hitting 7 3-pointers in first half and taking advantage of Wenatchee turnovers to build a 21-point halftime lead.  The turnovers and transition opportunities were a big difference in the first half according to Wenatchee Coach Travis Williams…

Garrett Long led Wenatchee with 17-points as the Panthers ended the season 17-and-6.

In the nightcap Saturday, the Cashmere boys took on Zillah in a seeding game for the State 1A Tournament…

Mason Landeck scored 22-points for Cashmere in the loss while Zillah got 22 from Antonio Salinas.  The Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard tells the tale as Wenatchee has its season come to an end and Cashmere falls on the road to Zillah.

In other regional action Saturday… 

Fans in attendance at Eastmont High School Saturday night were treated to two, great ball games.  In the opener, the Brewster boys battled Toutle Lake in a loser-out game and came out on top 66-63.  The nightcap was even closer as the Brewster girls edged Mabton 47-46.

And, at Wenatchee High School Saturday, the Okanogan boys fell in their State 1A seeding game to Seattle Academy 65-62.

So what does all this mean?  We’ll start at the State 1A Tournament in Yakima in the SunDome… 

Because of their regional losses, both Cashmere and Okanogan face loser-out games on the first day at State.  Cashmere will face King’s Way Christian at 3:45 while Okanogan takes on Bellevue Christian at 7:15. 

Should Cashmere win Wednesday, they’ll have a 3:45 game Thursday against Seattle Academy.  A win for Okanogan would mean a 7:15 game Thursday against Zillah.

On the girl’s side of the 1A tournament… 

Cashmere will play the winner of Zillah and Annie Wright Thursday morning at 9 o’clock.

The State 2B Tournament is at Veteran’s Memorial Arena in Spokane…      

The Brewster girls face a loser-out game Wednesday night at 9 o’clock against Rainier.  If they win, they’ll advance to face Tri-Cities Prep Thursday at 9pm.

The Brewster boys have the luxury of waiting until Thursday to play again…

They’ll take on the winner of Oroville and Willapa Valley on the second day of the State 2B tournament at 9am.

Eric Granstrom will be on the road in Yakima this week following the action and provide updates here on the NCWLIFE Channel, on our website, and our Facebook page.

The Wenatchee Wild will face the West Kelowna Warriors in round one of the BCHL playoffs…

Game 1 will be Saturday at the Town Toyota Center with the puck dropping at 7 o’clock.  Game 2 will be Sunday with an earlier 6 o’clock start time.  It’s a best-of-seven series.  The two teams split the season series 3-3.NCWLIFE Channel Sports

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, in an announcement this morning, Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort is going to do something next season they haven’t done in 20 years. . .

By the way, Mission Ridge has now picked up 70 inches of snow in the month of February.  

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 host Dan Kuntz. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.