NCWLIFE Evening News January 15, 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, Drugs or alcohol may have been involved when a Wenatchee woman was injured Monday afternoon after crashing her car North of Wenatchee. A bill proposed in the State Legislature would make Daylight Savings Time permanent in Washington State and we talked to local residents about what they think of the permanent time change idea.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The body of a 48-year old Entiat man has been found at the base of a ledge near highway 97A. Shawn Lewis was found deceased by a friend after being missing since January 11th.

In a press release, Jason Reinfeld of the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office said Lewis’ vehicle was located in a gravel area on the side of highway 97A during the evening of Sunday the 13th.  Deputies responded to the area and did not locate Mr. Lewis. Family had already removed the vehicle and there was nothing to indicate he was still in the area.  On Monday, Lewis’ friend went to the location and started hiking the hillside. He located Mr. Lewis at the bottom of a rock ledge several hundred yards from the roadway and reported it to the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies and detectives responded to the location and found Lewis deceased with injuries consistent with a fall.  It is unknown how he fell but the hillside had snow and ice on it. It appeared he had been there since at least the previous day.

A Wenatchee woman was injured Monday afternoon when she crashed her car North of Wenatchee. State Troopers say 61-year old Julie Lhotka was Northbound on Highway 97A at around 3:40 PM when she lost control of her Toyota Echo about a mile South of Entiat.

The car rolled about 30 to 40 feet down an embankment. Lhotka was transported to Confluence Health for treatment. Troopers say DUI charges are pending.

A bill proposed in the State Legislature would make Daylight Savings Time permanent in Washington State. It’s not a new proposal. It seems to be brought up at the start of each session, but this year it appears to have traction with both GOP and Democrat support.

If approved sunrise and sunset would be one hour later in the day between November and March. Supporters say there’s new evidence to suggest an increase in car crashes, suicides and heart attacks may be attributed to changing the clocks back and forth each year. The measure would need to be authorized by Congress. If its rejected by Congress, the bill says the state would then petition the U.S. Department of Transportation to change the state to Mountain Standard Time year-round instead. If it passes and is authorized by Congress, it would go into effect the second Sunday in March the year following its passing. Voters turned down Daylight Saving Time twice in 1952 and 1954. It passed in 1960 and has been in place ever since.

Reactions are mixed to that proposal to make Daylight Saving Time permanent in the State of Washington. Attendees at this week’s tree fruit meetings in Wenatchee shared their opinions on the subject with NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair. . .

We spoke with several more participants who declined to go on camera. The majority of people we surveyed indicated no real preference either way.

Coming up next, The number of homes sold in the Wenatchee area was down slightly in 2018 compared to 2017, but the prices paid for those homes was up significantly. The ongoing effort to revitalize Kiwanis Methow Park in South Wenatchee took a giant step forward Monday morning, and, Quincy School Board member Alex (E-Barra) Ybarra has been selected to replace former state Rep. Matt Manweller in the Legislature. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The number of homes sold in the Wenatchee area was down slightly in 2018 compared to 2017, but the prices paid for those homes was up significantly. The annual report from Pacific Appraisal Associates showed the median sales price in 2018 was $325,000, a 12 percent increase from the $290,000 median price in 2017. There were 1,036 single family homes sold last year, compared to 1,041 in 2017, a .5 percent decrease. There was little change in the number of building permits issued for new homes, except for apartments, where there were applications for 220 units, up from only 28 in 2017.

The ongoing effort to revitalize Kiwanis Methow Park in South Wenatchee took a giant step forward Monday morning. In a unanimous vote, Chelan County Commissioners approved 250,000-thousand dollars of rural county tax funding for park improvements. Following the vote, Commissioner Kevin Overbay said improving Methow Park is just the first step in the overall improvement of South Wenatchee. . .

Quincy School Board member Alex (E-Barra) Ybarra has been selected to replace former state Rep. Matt Manweller in the Legislature. Manweller, who was fired from his job at Central Washington University after sexual misconduct allegations, won re-election in November but said prior to the election he would step down if he won. Ybarra. A Republican, was selected by county commissioners from Grant, Kittitas, Lincoln and Yakima Counties. On his way to Olympia this morning, Ybarra said his experience has him well suited to serve in the Legislature. . .

Ybarra said he will seek election to the post this November. If he wins, he would again need to run for the 13th District seat in November, 2020.

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.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News…

In tonight’s feature story, the city of Wenatchee and the Wenatchee Rotary are teaming up for a Building Communities Auction to support park upgrades and a new BMX pump track at Lincoln Park. . .

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.

 

Let’s start our Tuesday sports with a look at the prep schedule for today.  Both the Wenatchee Panther and Eastmont Wildcat girls bowling teams are in action this afternoon at Eastmont Lanes. Both are non-league tilts as the Panthers take on the Ellensburg Bulldogs while at the same time the Wildcats face off against the Selah Vikings.

The Wenatchee Panther wrestlers will have their hands full tonight at home as the undefeated and 1st. place Sunnyside Grizzlies come calling while the Eastmont Wildcat grapplers are in Yakima facing the Eisenhower Cadets.

It’s a battle between the 1st. place Cashmere Bulldogs and the last place Cascade Kodiaks in girls basketball tonight in Leavenworth. Tip-off is set for 5:45.  In other Caribou Trail girls basketball Chelan travels to Omak at 6 while in Central Washington B girls hoops it’s Entiat at Moses Lake Christian and Manson at Bridgeport.

The boys basketball schedule mirrors the girls, just a little later on in the evening.  The 2nd. place Cashmere boys face the last-place Cascade Kodiaks at 7:15 and the Goats from Chelan take on Omak, also at 7:15.  The Entiat boys face the Moses Lake Christian Lions at 7:30 while the Trojans form Manson travel to Bridgeport.

Finally, here is our sports broadcast schedule for the week.  Tonight we’ll have the Eastmont-Pasco doubleheader from December 18th. That starts at 7. Thursday night means hockey night and we’ll have the Wild’s 3-0 victory over Alberni Valley for you to enjoy and then it’s live high school basketball on Friday as the Eastmont girls & boys play host to Eisenhower beginning at 5:30.

Thanks Dan.

Tree fruit growers and researchers started three days of presentations and discussions at the Wenatchee Convention Center. Tree Fruit Week started today with the focus on Stone Fruit. Tomorrow is NCW Pear Day; and Thursday is NCW Apple Day.

On Apple Day, researchers will discuss their findings on growing newer apple varieties, like Cosmic Crisp and Honey Crisp. Both Pear and Apple Day will have sessions focusing on fire blight, a disease causing serious problems for growers in our region. Stone Fruit Day and Pear Day each run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., while Apple Day is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sessions are co-sponsored by the WSU Extension and the North Central Fieldmen’s Association.

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.