NCWLIFE Evening News January 13th, 2022

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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, A 25-year-old Warden-area man was arrested on domestic violence charges Tuesday after a woman called from a Moses Lake gas station to report her boyfriend had pointed a loaded gun at her head and threatened to kill her. A Malaga man must serve 60 days in jail for sexually abusing an animal and The Chelan-Douglas Health District said Wednesday they’re shutting down a pair of COVID-19 vaccine clinics and shifting their emphasis to testing.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Poacher Pinched -The man who directs Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife teams in North Central Washington is accused of poaching big game. 42-year-old Brock Hoenes (HAY-ness) was appointed director of Fish and Wildlife’s north central region last July. Ferry County prosecutors say in November, Hoenes (Hay-ness) illegally killed an animal in their jurisdiction. The charge was filed in late December; it does not specify what type of animal or what hunting method was involved. Hoenes (Hay-ness) told the Spokane Spokesman-Review he made a mistake, and reported the incident himself to authorities. The poaching charge carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $5,000 fine. Hoenes oversees Fish and Wildlife operations in Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Okanogan and Adams counties. He faces his first court hearing February 4th.
M.L. Domestic Violence Suspect -A 25-year-old Warden-area man was arrested on domestic violence charges Tuesday after a woman called from a Moses Lake gas station to report her boyfriend had pointed a loaded gun at her head and threatened to kill her. Moses Lake police and Grant County Sheriff’s deputies drove to the man’s home and reported seeing the suspect flee into a nearby corn field. The sheriff’s office said K-9 Chewbacca and a drone were used to find the suspect. Michael Cera Barajas was arrested on first-degree assault-domestic violence, felony harassment and unlawful possession of a firearm. Last January, Barajas was arrested on domestic violence charges after an hour-long manhunt in Moses Lake that also involved K-9 Chewbacca.
Dog Lover -A Malaga man must serve 60 days in jail for sexually abusing an animal. 61-year-old Porfirio Uriostegui [Ur-OSS-teg-wee] was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to one count of first-degree animal cruelty. Investigators say he sexually abused a dog on his property, and found video evidence of him doing so. Nine dogs were seized from his property last April, and the recording was used as evidence in the case against him. Besides his jail sentence, the judge’s order permanently bans Uriostegui [Ur-OSS-teg-wee] from owning, residing with, or caring for any animal for the rest of his life.
Testing Priority -The Chelan-Douglas Health District said Wednesday they’re shutting down a pair of COVID-19 vaccine clinics and shifting their emphasis to testing. A vaccine clinic scheduled for Saturday in Leavenworth has been cancelled and the health district’s vaccine clinic on 2nd Street in East Wenatchee will close after today. In a statement, the health district said people who have received a first dose of a vaccine will be contacted for details on how and when to receive their second vaccine. The district opened a drive-thru testing site at the Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee on Monday that was quickly overwhelmed with people wanting to be tested. On Tuesday, the district began requiring that appointments be made for the tests and only people with COVID-19 symptoms would be eligible. More than 700 people were tested at the site yesterday.
TEASE -Coming up next, After being closed for seven straight days by heavy snow, extreme avalanche danger and more than 200 snow slides, Stevens Pass finally reopened this morning./ Kittitas County commissioners lashed out at the state Wednesday for refusing their offer to help clear last week’s record snowfall from a state highway./ An interim executive will take over for Chelan County’s community development director./ The leader of Lake Chelan School District is departing after this school year, and, The search is on to replace Eastmont School Superintendent Garn Christensen, and the district wants residents to observe the process. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Stevens Reopens -After being closed for seven straight days by heavy snow, extreme avalanche danger and more than 200 snow slides, Stevens Pass finally reopened this morning. All four major mountain passes were closed last week after a major snowstorm January 5th and 6th. Snoqualmie and Blewett passes reopened Sunday. White Pass remained closed today as a rock slide further complicated things for state crews. The Washington State Department of Transportation had hoped to reopen Highway 2 Stevens Pass on Wednesday but heavy rain on Tuesday created further avalanche danger on the west side and new slides in Tumwater Canyon created safety risks on the east side.
WSDOT-Kittitas County -Kittitas County commissioners lashed out at the state Wednesday for refusing their offer to help clear last week’s record snowfall from a state highway. Both the commissioners and the state said that assistance was refused because Kittitas County does not have a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for its workers. In a statement, Commissioner Cory Wright said it’s QUOTE, time for logic and leadership to overcome ideology, UNQUOTE. The Washington State Department of Transportation responded that an interlocal agreement signed with the county in November stated that all contracts with state agencies require complying with state government’s vaccine mandate. At issue was a stretch of Highway 903 near the snowed-in town of Ronald. WASH-DOT said the county’s offer of help came Tuesday but because their crews were not an option the state hired a private contractor who began clearing the highway on Wednesday.
Interim Director -An interim executive will take over for Chelan County’s community development director. County commissioners this week appointed Chris Young, who previously served as a building administrator for Arlington, Washington and Kingman, Arizona. He’ll take over from Jim Brown, who headed the Community Development office for nearly two years before announcing he’ll resign effective at the end of this month. The department deals with zoning and structure planning issues throughout unincorporated Chelan County.
Chelan Superintendent -The leader of Lake Chelan School District is departing after this school year. Superintendent Barry DePaoli (dee-PAULy) will retire June 30th. DePaoli has spent 22 years leading the Lake Chelan district, with a total of 35 years as an educational administrator. The district serves 1,300 students at six school buildings throughout the Chelan Valley. The school board says the search for a new superintendent will begin soon.
Eastmont Super Search -The search is on to replace Eastmont School Superintendent Garn Christensen, and the district wants residents to observe the process. Eastmont is establishing an Interview Observer Panel to sit in on preliminary meetings with candidates for the job. Observers won’t be able to grill the applicants, but they will be asked to give input to the school board once the initial interviews are complete. Interviews are scheduled for February 15th and 17th. To join the observer panel, ask for your application from Eastmont schools and return it to the district office by February 1st.
TEASE -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.

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Paws For Pets -Each week, NCWLIFE’s Rachael Mandelis introduces us to a new pet available for adoption at the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. This week we have something a little extra special, a bonded pair of rabbits named Smudge and Shirley. . .

TEASE – And that is a look at your local weather forecast, coming up next, tonight’s sports report with Dan Kuntz and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

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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.