NCWLIFE Evening News, February 25, 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, An Ardenvoir motorist who struck and injured another driver on the Entiat River Road last fall was ordered Monday to spend more than two months on home monitoring. Some North Central Washington businesses with bad environmental practices are paying the price, and, Grant County PUD will close down a section of C Street Southwest in Ephrata Friday morning for building repair.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The accomplice of a Moses Lake man who produced and distributed child porn will serve 22 years in federal prison for her part in the scheme.

27-year-old Katrina Adams of Walla Walla pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Spokane to partnering with Mikhail Yuriy Ageyev, who’s now serving 50 years. Among the sexually explicit images they exchanged online were images Ageyev had taken of Adams’ 2-year-old daughter. Both were arrested in 2017 after an investigation by Moses Lake police and federal agencies.

An Ardenvoir motorist who struck and injured another driver on the Entiat River

Road last fall was ordered Monday to spend more than two months on home monitoring.

Hoang Tuan Tran, who’s 48, was driving in the wrong lane when he struck the other car, injuring the 82-year-old man behind the wheel. Tran then walked away from the accident scene and went home, before sheriff’s deputies arrived. He pleaded guilty in Chelan County court to a charge of felony hit and run, and apologized to the victim. He received credit for 20 days already spent in jail.

Some North Central Washington businesses with bad environmental practices are paying the price.

The state Department of Ecology says PNW Property Ventures, a real estate development company in East Wenatchee, was fined $8,500 dollars in December for illegal burning. The company set fire to  prohibited debris from a demolished structure, including plastics, insulation, roof shingles, rubber hoses, appliances and household garbage. In Okanogan County, Gebbers Farms carried out agricultural burning last year during a Stage 1 burn ban imposed by the state. Gebbers is one of the largest orchard and cattle operations in the United States; Ecology fined the company $2,500 dollars.

Grant County PUD will close down a section of C Street Southwest in Ephrata Friday morning to bring in a crane to remove an old piece of air conditioning equipment from the roof of its headquarters.

The PUD says the 5,200-pound cooling tower has reached the end of its useful life. The street will be closed between Division Avenue and First Avenue Southwest beginning at 6:00 a.m. as the crane lowers the massive tower onto a truck.

The work is expected to be completed by noon. There also will be a street closure in the middle of next month as a new tower is installed. The construction cost of the project is just under $250,000 dollars.

Coming up next, Plans to establish a mental health diversion program in NCW appear to be gaining traction. Representative Dan Newhouse announced the dates for his March Mobile Office Hours across Washington’s 4th Congressional District, and, Douglas County Fire District 5 added a significant new weapon to its firefighting arsenal over the weekend. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Plans to establish a mental health diversion program in NCW appear to be gaining traction, that, according to Chelan County Commissioner Kevin Overbay who also says such a facility could help people with behavioral health or substance abuse problems get the treatment they need instead of being put in jail or in a hospital emergency room. Overbay is involved in a four-county study team looking at creating a facility similar to others that are currently in operation elsewhere. . .

Overbay says our region is a microcosm for what’s happening nationwide in regards to dealing with mental health, homelessness and criminal behavior. He also discusses some of the recent upgrades at the regional jail including mental health professionals. Overbay appeared in a recent episode of In Focus with Host Steve Hair. You can see the whole interview at ncwlife.com.

The 4th District’s Republican congressman is sending staff to meet constituents throughout the month of March.

Dan Newhouse brings his mobile office to stops throughout the district, including March 12th at Omak City Hall and the Moses Lake Civic Center and on March 26th at Pangborn Airport in East Wenatchee. Fourth district residents can get help with federal agencies and give input on policies to Newhouse’s outreach team. The large district stretches from the Tri-Cities to the Canadian border, and includes Douglas, Grant and Okanogan counties.

Douglas County Fire District 5 added a significant new weapon to its firefighting arsenal over the weekend as firefighters took delivery of a new truck.

The truck was made possible through the Bureau of Land Management’s Rural Fire Readiness Program. The district in Mansfield applied for the grant for the new truck after the 2018 Grass Valley Fire.

After BLM inspections of the vehicle were completed two district firefighters traveled to Prineville, Oregon, to pick it up last Friday. The truck is now being equipped with decals and communications equipment upgrades and is expected to be in service soon.

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, outdoor enthusiasts from all around North Central Washington attended last weekend’s Wenatchee Valley Sportsmen Show at the Town Toyota Center.  As they took in the various booths on hunting and fishing opportunities, outdoor gear and organizations, a change was happening behind the scenes. NCWLIFE Sports Director Eric Granstrom has more. . .

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.

NCWLIFE Channel will be courtside broadcasting this Saturday’s Regional basketball playoff games for Cashmere…

We have worked with the WIAA and the NFHS Network to bring you LIVE coverage of the Cashmere boys and King’s Way Christian at 4 o’clock at Wenatchee High School.

That will be followed by the Cashmere girls and Nooksack Valley.  We won’t bore you with the details, but the NFHS Network has exclusive rights to WIAA post-season events.  As a result, we’ve negotiated a deal where we’ll do the broadcast and provide the NFHS with our feed, which will be available on a subscription through their website.  Our broadcast will be available locally ONLY on television on LocalTel Channel 12 and Charter Channel 19.

In turn, we’ll be taking a feed from the NFHS Network next week to broadcast games from the State Tournament in Yakima here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

The Big-9 is out with it’s post-season honors in basketball…

The league’s Co-Players of the Year are Wenatchee’s Garrett Long and West Valley’s Logan Kinloch.  Eastmont’s Isaac Wellborn and Moses Lake’s Kyle Karstetter are 1st Team selections.  Eastmont’s Trey Haberlock is a 2nd Team selection.  Wenatchee’s Chase Loidhamer and Eastmont’s Oscar Calvillo were chosen to the Big-9’s All-Defensive Team.

Madisyn Clark is the Big-9 Girls Player of the Year for Moses Lake.  Her teammates Anna Olson and Camille Carpenter are 2nd Team selections along with Eastmont’s Jayden Brown and Wenatchee’s Emily Redman.  Carpenter and Olson are also on the All Big-9 Defensive Team.

A young figure skater from Wenatchee is making a splash on the big stage…

10th grader Liam Kapeikis recently captured the Bronze Medal at the 2020 US Figure Skating Junior Men’s Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina.  It’s been a busy year for Liam.  He competed in the 2020 Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland and has been invited to attend the US Figure Skating Junior World’s Camp.

Due to his rigorous schedule practicing and competing, Kapeikis attends school through Washington Connections Academy, a tuition-free, online public school that serves students in grades K-12.  Liam grew up as a member of the Wenatchee Figure Skating Club.

The Mariners played their third game of the Cactus League schedule under the brilliant sunshine in Peoria yesterday against the Cubs.  And even though they lost, it was a good day the plate for Tim Lopes…

Two batters later, it was Dylan Moore’s turn to ignite the crowd with his first long-ball of the spring…

Austin Nola also went 2-for-2 at the plate with a Run and an RBI in Seattle’s 16-12 loss to Chicago.  The Mariners were in Phoenix today for a game against the Milwaukee Brewers.  We’ll have the results tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

And here’s a look at what’s coming up on the NCWLIFE Sports Schedule for the week…

It begins tonight with a wrestling match from back in January between Eastmont and Eisenhower.  Eric Granstrom has the call at 7 o’clock.

Hockey Night Thursday is the game from a couple weekend’s ago between the Wild and Chilliwack from the Town Toyota Center.  Arch Ecker has your play-by-play beginning at 7 o’clock.

We’ll re-air the Wenatchee and Moses Lake boys basketball playoff game Friday at 7.  Then on Saturday, we’ll have LIVE coverage of the 1-A Regional from Wenatchee High School, beginning with the Cashmere boys and King’s Way Christian at 4.  Grant Olson will have your play-by-play.  Then at 6, it’s the Cashmere girls and Nooksack Valley with Eric Granstrom on the call.  It’s all right here on your home for LOCAL sports, the NCWLIFE Channel.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, it was an unusual sight for sure, when a 600-pound sea lion was spotted Sunday on a road near Castle Rock, Washington. The sea lion was a significant distance from the nearest water and is believed to have traveled from the Columbia River to the Cowlitz River and up Delameter Creek, a journey of more than 15 miles. The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office and Fish and Wildlife officials spent much of Sunday corralling the surly creature before loading it in a trailer and returning it to the Columbia River.

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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.