NCWLIFE Evening News February 26, 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, A 24-year-old man has been arrested for starting a fight at a Quincy bar, then firing two shots from a pistol in the parking lot. The condition of a 6-year-old girl who fell into a Rock Island pond has been upgraded from critical to serious at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and, Despite the challenges of a snowy February, Pangborn Memorial Airport did not have any flights into East Wenatchee cancelled because of weather.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

An 18-year-old man has been arrested for an online threat that led to a lockdown of Cashmere High School last Friday morning.

Gerardo Tovar-Medina of Wenatchee is accused of posting QUOTE, I was planning on shooting up the school, UNQUOTE on a YouTube video about the school. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office said a search of Tovar-Medina’s home turned up drawings and notes indicating he had done research on past mass shootings and was QUOTE, planning, or had a desire to commit a mass shooting at Cashmere High School, UNQUOTE. Tovar-Medina was booked for threats to bomb or injure property.

A 24-year-old man has been arrested for starting a fight at a Quincy bar, then firing two shots from a pistol in the parking lot. There were no injuries. At about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Quincy Police officers responded to reports of gunfire outside Tikis Bar and Grill, 812 Central Avenue.

Shortly after, they spotted the vehicle being driven by the shooting suspect and arrested the driver, Manuel Garcia Pacheco, on several charges, including assault, aiming a firearm at another person and driving with a suspended license. Police said witnesses reported Pacheco was first denied entrance to the bar with a concealed firearm. He reportedly took the gun to his vehicle, then was allowed inside. “At some point Mr. Pacheco was involved in an altercation inside, was escorted outside by security, where he went to a vehicle and retrieved the firearm from earlier,” police reported. “Witnesses stated they observed Mr. Pacheco fire at least two times in the air and then left the scene.” During a search of Pacheco’s 2018 Ford F150 pickup, police said they found a .380 pistol. He later was booked into the Grant County Jail.

The condition of a 6-year-old girl who fell into a Rock Island pond has been upgraded from critical to serious at Seattle Children’s Hospital as she continues her recovery from more than 15 minutes in the icy pond last Thursday. Shawn Ballard of Ballard ambulance said the girl, who has not yet been identified, showed good improvement Monday. . .

Ballard said he expects details to be released soon on a fund-raising effort to help the girl and her family with the expenses associated with the accident.

Despite the challenges of a snowy February, Pangborn Memorial Airport did not have any flights into East Wenatchee cancelled because of the condition of its runway, airport officials reported.

There were 12 flights between Pangborn and Seattle cancelled, but 10 of those were because of conditions at SeaTac and two because of poor visibility at Pangborn. Airport Governing Board President Jim Huffman credited hard work by Pangborn staff, investments in snow-removal equipment and efforts by Horizon Air to avoid cancellations whenever possible.

Coming up next, The Wenatchee School Board will be looking at some tough options tonight in dealing with a district budget deficit in excess of $5 million dollars. We will get a legislative update from Senator Brad Hawkins, and, In an announcement yesterday, Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort is going to do something next season they haven’t done in 20 years    I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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The Wenatchee School Board will be looking at some tough options tonight in dealing with a district budget deficit in excess of $5 million dollars.

At a February 12th meeting, Superintendent Brian Flones was asked to restore some of the cuts the administration had proposed. Those included a half-time middle school counselor, half-time librarian at the high school, Mariachi/jazz festival support and kindergarten art.

The administration had proposed cutting $100,000 from the athletics budget but the board wanted to double that, in addition to looking at pay-to-play options. Flones said cutting another $100,000 from athletics will have QUOTE, detrimental impact on individual sports and student participation and needs input from coaches, students and parents, UNQUOTE. The board meeting begins at 6:00 p.m.

Several bills of high interest locally are making their way through the Washington Legislature, including a ban on single-use plastic bags, a mandatory sex education curriculum and tightening vaccine requirements. 12th District Senator Brad Hawkins discussed those bills with NCWLUIFE today. . .

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

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For the rest of this week on the NCWLIFE Evening News we’ll feature segments of the upcoming NCW Magazine that takes a deeper look at the Horan House, and how the property now faces demolition. Tonight, NCWLIFE’s Kaitlin Hetterscheidt gives us the history behind the historic home. . .

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Gonzaga is back atop the college basketball poll…

Following Duke’s loss last week and the Zag’s continual winning ways, the AP Top 25 and Coach’s Poll both put Gonzaga at Number 1.  Virginia is #2, Duke #3 and Kentucky #4.  North Carolina rounds out the top 5 and #5.

G-U has games at Pacific Thursday at 8, and Saturday at Saint Mary’s at 7, both on ESPN.

Former Seattle Seahawks quarterback and Washington Redskin head coach Jim Zorn was introduced yesterday as the new Head Coach and General Manager of the XFL franchise in Seattle.  Doing the honors at CenturyLink Field, the future home of the XFL in 2020, was league President and CEO Oliver Luck…

The XFL will begin play in Seattle and across the country next February.  Rule changes include a running clock until the final 2-minutes of the half and game; a 5-yard halo on punt returners like the CFL with no fair catches; and a tiered extra point system with the possibility of one, two and three points.  Vince McMahon is hoping the XFL will reach fans who are tired of the penalty-flag-filled, overly-regulated NFL.

The Wenatchee Wild continue to prepare for the beginning of their defense of the BCHL title…

Game 1 of the best-of-seven series with the West Kelowna Warriors begins Saturday at the Town Toyota Center.  The puck will drop Saturday at 7 and then at 6 for Game 2 Sunday.  Games 3, 4 and 5 (if necessary) will be in West Kelowna Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.  If the series returns to Wenatchee, Game 6 would be Sunday, March 10th and Game 7 Monday, March 11th.  We hope to have Arch Ecker on with us later this week on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley to preview the upcoming playoffs.

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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.