Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to what’s making news, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window.
And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, It was a hazard of a different sort that forced the closure of eastbound Interstate 90 for more than two hours near Snoqualmie Pass Monday evening./ The Washington National Guard arrived in Leavenworth on Monday afternoon to help residents still recovering from last weeks’ winter storm, and, A new drive-thru COVID-19 testing site has been set up at the Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Grant County Fatal -A 39-year-old Mattawa man has died from injuries he sustained in a two-vehicle wreck on New Year’s Day. The Washington State Patrol said Diego Sorto Diaz died at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland where he was taken after the 5 p.m. accident. The State Patrol said Diaz was driving south on Highway 243 outside Mattawa when his 2002 Dodge Neon crossed the center line into the path of a 2015 Nissan Altima being driven by 53-year-old Antonio Magdaleno of Desert Air. Magdaleno attempted to swerve but his vehicle was struck by the Neon before leaving the roadway and striking an electrical box. Both men were transported to Kadlec. The extent of Magdaleno’s injuries has not been released.
Screws on I-90 -It was a hazard of a different sort that forced the closure of eastbound Interstate 90 for more than two hours near Snoqualmie Pass Monday evening. The Washington State Patrol said just after 5 p.m. a pickup rolled about 9 miles west of Cle Elum and spilled a load of roofing screws into the roadway. Between the vehicle and the screws, both lanes of the interstate needed to be blocked for the cleanup. The state patrol said the unidentified driver of the pickup suffered minor injuries.
Natl. Guard in Leavenworth -The Washington National Guard arrived in Leavenworth on Monday afternoon to help residents still recovering from last weeks’ winter storm. The 23 guard members first got a briefing from Mayor Carl Florea, and then went house to house, checking to make sure occupants were safe and able to leave their homes, and that they had enough food and supplies. They also helped clear snow for citizens who weren’t able to do so on their own. Leavenworth received 36 inches of snow in Thursday’s blizzard, and up to a foot more in some places. Hazards left behind include heavy snow load on roofs and garages, and a pair of water leaks that have flooded residential streets. Today was the first day back in class for students in Leavenworth schools since the storm struck.
COVID Testing TTC -A new drive-thru COVID-19 testing site has been set up at the Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee. The Chelan-Douglas Health District opened the site Monday morning and the free testing will be offered Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The health district says there is no appointment necessary for the tests. Kent Sisson of the health district said they are using rapid antigen tests, with results in approximately 15 to 20 minutes sent via text message.
TEASE -Coming up next, The price for a new home last month was up compared to last year and active listings were way up. . .that’s the latest real estate snapshot from Pacific Appraisal Associates./ The pedestrian-friendly plan for Leavenworth’s main shopping avenue will remain in place at least until spring./ The Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery has been under 50 inches of snow since Thursday, but that hasn’t stopped its efforts to improve in the way it preserves salmon populations, and, Deep snow in the mountains and foothills of North Central Washington is pushing wildlife – especially deer- into communities throughout the region. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.
Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Real Estate Snapshot -The price for a new home last month was up compared to last year and active listings were way up. . .that’s the latest real estate snapshot from Pacific Appraisal Associates. The median sales price of a home in Wenatchee in December was 440,000-dollars, up 18-percent compared to last December when the price for a home was 372,250-dollars. Active home listings were at 56, that’s up 81-percent compared to last year when there were 31 listings. Total home sales in December of 2021 were also up 10-percent at 99 compared to 90 sold homes in 2020. The Wenatchee residential market consists of Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Malaga, Orondo and Rock Island.
Front Street Vehicles -The pedestrian-friendly plan for Leavenworth’s main shopping avenue will remain in place at least until spring. City officials in the Bavarian theme town closed Front Street to vehicle traffic in 2020 as the COVID-19 crisis took hold. The idea was to keep people from crowding too near each other on the sidewalks, but the solution has proved popular, as well as profitable for downtown merchants. Leavenworth’s mayor on December 30th extended the emergency order that keeps cars off Front Street through April 15th. Mayor Carl Florea says the rise of the highly transmissible omicron variant made the extension necessary. The city is debating whether to permanently exclude vehicle traffic and parking in the area.
Hatchery Vats -The Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery has been under 50 inches of snow since Thursday, but that hasn’t stopped its efforts to improve in the way it preserves salmon populations. Four new, fish-rearing circular tanks are ready to raise spring chinook salmon smolts once the weather warms up. The vats were installed this month as part of a new five-year pilot project. Fish managers say raising smolts in circular tanks rather than a long raceway may increase fish health, decrease the hatchery’s water usage, and improve the quality of the water it discharges back into Icicle Creek. Biologists will will monitor and evaluate all fish raised in the new tanks, hoping to raise stronger salmon for their journey to the Pacific Ocean and back.
Deer and Snow -Deep snow in the mountains and foothills of North Central Washington is pushing wildlife – especially deer- into communities throughout the region. The state says residents should not feed the deer that wander into their yards and warned that doing so could actually cause more harm than good. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife says deer have remarkable abilities to survive winter conditions without human help. Samantha Montgomery of WDFW said despite images of deer neck deep in snow that have circulated on social media, the animals are generally able to adapt to the conditions, despite occasional disruptions to their mobility.
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Dent vs. DOT -Washington’s Secretary of Transportation said Monday that mandates for COVID-19 vaccination had no impact on his agency’s handling of the January 6th blizzard. About 140 WSDOT employees refused to be vaccinated and left the agency after shots were required last year. In a House Transportation Committee hearing, State Representative Tom Dent of the 13th District asked Secretary Roger Millar about the staffing issue. . .
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