NCWLIFE Evening News, February 27, 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, A new Lake Chelan Community Hospital that’s been on the books for three years must now wait at least six more months before groundbreaking. Chelan County is accepting bids on a project to improve a deteriorating section of Wenatchee Heights Road, and, A new member of the force is being welcomed to the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A traffic stop Wednesday on a rural Chelan road led to a heavy response by county deputies, including a helicopter search.

Jason Reinfeld, the sheriff’s chief of special operations, says it started with a noontime traffic stop of a green Subaru with four occupants, along Apple Acres Road north of Chelan. The driver and two occupants bailed out and ran, leaving behind one passenger, who told deputies at least one of the fleeing men was armed with a handgun. A nearby homeowner along Rolling Rock Road

soon reported a burglary attempt at their property, and deputies believed it might be one of the missing suspects.

Reinfeld said six to seven deputies searched the area, along with another deputy and a pilot in a sheriff’s helicopter, but so far, none of the missing men have been found. The occupant who stayed behind eventually drove away with the car, which turns out to have been reported stolen.

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A new Lake Chelan Community Hospital that’s been on the books for three years must now wait at least six more months before groundbreaking.

The hospital board voted unanimously Tuesday to delay the start of the $44 million project, which was due to start this spring, saying hospital revenues dropped 7 percent last year and need to be stabilized first.

Without that, CEO George Rohrich said, the new hospital might not be able to meet its mortgage payments. Voters approved a $20 million bond for the project in 2017, with the rest coming from the hospital, its nonprofit foundation, and from grants.

Officials say the expanded hospital is needed to serve Chelan’s seasonal tourists and vacation home owners. The Columbia Valley Community Health clinic in Chelan is already expanding for the same reasons.

Chelan County is accepting bids on a project to improve a deteriorating section of Wenatchee Heights Road.

The work area, from the intersection of Wenatchee Heights Road and Squilchuck Road is about a mile and a half long and the project expected to cost about 2.4 million dollars. Work is expected to begin in August and take about 60 days.

In addition to improving the roadway, it also will be widened, including at a hairpin turn. In addition, some guardrail will be replaced and shoulders will be improved. During the work, only one lane will be open and traffic will be controlled by a flagger. Bids on the project are due by March 17th.

A new member of the force is being welcomed to the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office.

K9 Kane, a 15-month-old Belgian Malinois will partner with longtime K9 handler Deputy Mike Lamon. The purchase of Kane was made possible through a donation fund set up by the department. Kane and Lamon are expected to receive their state certification in the coming weeks.

Coming up next, About 500 acres of brush will be put to the torch next month, in the Colockum Wildlife area southeast of Wenatchee. A Wenatchee Valley College sophomore is one of 14 undergraduate women nationwide to receive a scholarship to attend the world’s largest gathering of women technologists, and, we will give you a look at what’s happening around the valley for you to enjoy this weekend. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

About 500 acres of brush will be put to the torch next month, in the Colockum Wildlife area southeast of Wenatchee. State Fish and Wildlife managers say the burn will reduce the risk of intense wildfires later in the year.

It’s part of a 10,000-acre fire treatment project on wildlife lands throughout Washington. The burns will be carried out as weather permits, starting in March. No specific dates have yet been announced.

A Wenatchee Valley College sophomore is one of 14 undergraduate women nationwide to receive a scholarship to attend the world’s largest gathering of women technologists. 19-year-old Pricilla Nunez, an electrical engineering and computer science student, plans to transfer to Washington State University in the fall.

First, she’ll attend the Grace Hopper Celebration in Orlando, Florida, September 29th through October 2nd, where tech giants like Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft will be featured. The conference’s goal is equal

representation in tech fields for men and women by 2025.

Let’s check in with NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson now for a look at what’s happening around the valley for you to enjoy this weekend. . .

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Time now for our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Chloe the Cat. . .

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.

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As we leave you tonight, a bill that would authorize an Apple license plate in Washington cleared another legislative hurdle Wednesday after receiving unanimous support from the House Transportation Committee. The bill, introduced by 12th District Senator Brad Hawkins and already approved by the Senate, now goes to the full House. 12th District Representative Keith Goehner spoke in favor of the bill, as did 18th District Republican Ed Orcutt, who used the opportunity to layer on some apple puns. . .

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.