NCWLIFE Evening News February 26th, 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 window:

And now, here are some of the stories we’re following for you tonight, Governor Jay Inslee says all of Washington’s eight regions will remain paused at Phase 2 of his Healthy Washington reopening plan but gave no indication when restrictions on businesses and gatherings will be lifted./ The Department of Health has issued a report on the risks of reopening schools amid the pandemic, and, An empty log truck that was carrying its trailer got stuck under an overpass and disrupted traffic on Highway 281 south of Ellensburg this morning.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Moses Lake police officers reported finding more than 3 pounds of methamphetamine in a home after responding to a sexual assault call Tuesday night.

Police say during their investigation they found evidence of illegal drugs at the home in the 800 block of Winona Street and obtained a search warrant. They say that search turned up the meth packaged for sale and smaller amounts of cocaine, heroin, mushrooms and pills. Arrested on multiple charges was 41-year-old Joshua Mosley.

Police say they also found four handguns in the home and all four occupants are convicted felons who are not allowed to possess guns. Mosley faces charges of maintaining a drug house, possession of meth with intent to deliver, unlawful possession of the other drugs and four counts of felon in possession of a firearm.

Governor Jay Inslee says the good news is all of Washington’s eight regions will remain paused at Phase 2 of his Healthy Washington reopening plan and will not going backward. But Inslee gave no indication when more restrictions on businesses and gatherings will be lifted.

At a press conference Thursday, Inslee said it could be several weeks before the state develops a Phase 3 of his Roadmap to Recovery plan. Reporters pressed the governor several times on what that meant but Inslee gave few specifics. . .

The newest modeling report on the risks in reopening Washington schools during the pandemic finds hybrid scheduling and other steps help to slow COVID-19 among students. Daniel Klein with the Institute for Disease Modeling at the Gates Foundation says the viral spread in schools has a lot to do with how much COVID-19 is present in the wider communities they serve. . .

An empty log truck that was carrying its trailer got stuck under an overpass and disrupted traffic on Highway 281 south of Ellensburg this morning.

The state patrol says the driver was cited for his rig being over the legal height and will also be held responsible for any damage to the overpass.

Coming up next, Senator Maria Cantwell is asking for a Homeland Security investigation into all those bogus N95 masks./ 4th District Congressman Dan Newhouse is arguing against the creation of about one and a half million acres of new federal wilderness areas in the west, including 132,000 acres of land in Washington, and, The Cashmere Museum and Pioneer Village is looking for a new executive director. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell wants federal agencies to investigate a surge in counterfeit N95 protective masks that have made their way into hospital supply chains, including here in the Wenatchee Valley. 

Cantwell pushed the idea Wednesday in the Senate Finance Committee, while interviewing Health and Human Services nominee Xavier Becerra. . .

4th District Congressman Dan Newhouse is arguing against the creation of about one and a half million acres of new federal wilderness areas in the west, including 132,000 acres of land and 450 miles of riverways in Washington. Among other effects, the protections would bar natural resource exploration on those lands. . .

Newhouse is current chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus, a coalition of Republican legislators from the Western states.

The Cashmere Museum and Pioneer Village is looking for a new executive director. The nonprofit museum and host of the annual Apple Days festival began advertising the top post this week. Whoever takes on the job will answer to the Chelan County Historical Society board, and be responsible for the museum’s grounds, staff, and about 40,000 historical objects in its care, including antiquities and cultural objects from Cashmere’s settler history and its indigenous peoples. Lexie Palmer-Gapper has been the museum director since 2017.

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Time now for our weekly Pause for Pets feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Harley the dog. . .

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.

Gonzaga got a little scare at home last night from Santa Clara, but pulled out an 89-75 victory…

Corey Kispert scored 25-points and Drew Timme scored 16 of his 18 in the second half to help the Bulldogs win its 50th straight home game.  Overall, it was Gonzaga’s 27th straight win dating back to last season. 

G-U got off to a slow start in the first half, but Jalen Suggs helped get things going by nearly pulling off a triple double with 13-points, 11-rebounds and 8-assists.

Gonzaga has double-digit wins in its last 20-games.  You have to go back to UCLA in the 70’s to find such domination by a Number 1-ranked team.

It was closer this time, but Washington still fell to Arizona State 80-to-72 in Tempe.  It was the second time the teams met in the last three days after making up a game postponed earlier in the season due to COVID.  The Huskies were led by the 16-points of Quade Green and 14-points by Jamal Bey.

Noah Williams came back down to earth last night after scoring a school-record 72-points last weekend in two games.  The sophomore guard was held to 8-points on 2-of-15 shooting and Arizona topped Washington State 69-53.  T.J. Bamba was one of only two Cougars in double-figures with 12.

Coach Kyle Smith says if you don’t shoot well on the road, it’s pretty tough to win…

Coming up tomorrow, the Wildcats host the Huskies on national TV on CBS at Noon.  The Cougars will travel to Tempe to take on Arizona State at 1:30 on the Pac-12 Network.  Gonzaga’s game with Loyola Marymount Saturday night at 7 in Spokane has been picked up by ESPN.

The Gonzaga women clinched at least a tie for the WCC Title last night by crushing Pepperdine 95-49

The Spokesman Review reports that two dozen fans made the drive to Spokane from Okanogan to watch Jill Townsend play as fans were allowed in the Kennel for the first time this season.  They were not disappointed as the senior scored 23-points and had 8-rebounds.  LeeAnne Wirth also chipped in 16 for Gonzaga, who can clinch the outright West Coast Conference title with a win over Loyola Marymount Saturday.

Gonzaga led at the half last night 53-to-19, its largest halftime lead this season.

Gonzaga will try to wrap up the West Coast Conference title outright tomorrow when they host Loyola Marymount at 1 o’clock in the McCarthey Athletic Center.

On Sunday, Hailey Van Lith’s Louisville Cardinals travel to South Bend, Indiana to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at 9am.  Washington plays at Washington State at 1 o’clock.

We also have some high school basketball on the NCWLIFE Channel tonight…

Wenatchee hosted West Valley in a Big-9 doubleheader at Wenatchee High School nearly a year ago.  The girls game will start things off at 7 o’clock followed by the boys at 8:30.

Tomorrow, we’re all about Apple Blossom as we bring you the documentary “A Lot Of Fuss About A Parade” at 2.  That’s followed by LIVE coverage from the Numerica PAC at 6 o’clock with our Countdown to Coronation.  Then it’s the Cashmere Valley Bank Royalty Selection Pageant at 7.

On Sunday, the Wenatchee Wild take on the Coquitlam Express in BCHL hockey at 2 o’clock.  Then we’ll re-air the pageant Sunday night at 7.

Spring training continues for the Mariners in Peoria, Arizona with full-squad workouts and live batting practice.  Dylan Moore is one Mariner who hopes to continue improving on his hitting after changing his swing prior to last year’s shortened season…

Seattle will play its first Cactus League game against San Diego Sunday at 12:10.  Then they’ll take on the Cleveland Indians Tuesday and Chicago Cubs Wednesday.  Opening day is just 35-days away.

Rumors continue to circulate about the future of Russell Wilson in Seattle…

ESPN is reporting that Wilson’s agent says the veteran quarterback never asked the Seahawks to trade him.  However, IF they were to trade him he’d only consider going to Dallas, New Orleans, Las Vegas or Chicago.

Wilson showed his frustration following the Super Bowl after sitting and watching Tom Brady win yet another title.  He admitted that he’s tired of being sacked and hopes Seattle gives him some say in personnel decisions moving forward.

That created a firestorm of speculation that Wilson wants out of Seattle.  The Athletic had a revealing article yesterday, unveiling a power struggle behind closed doors between Wilson and Seattle coach Pete Carroll.  Wilson is all about his legacy and wanting to be the best quarterback to ever play the game.  Carroll is about winning and not turning the ball over, something that resulted last year in the whole “Let Russ Cook” offense that ended with the firing of offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.

Thanks Eric.

As we leave you on this Friday night,Quincy police said today that they very much appreciate recent public shows of support for the department.

That support has come in the form of rocks painted with messages and signs of thanks throughout the community.

In a statement today, the department said QUOTE, Simple gestures like this make our day. We appreciate you and are blessed with the support of our community. UNQUOTE

Now let’s check in with Eric Granstrom once again for a look at what’s coming up Monday morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Eric. . .

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 weekend.