NCWLIFE Evening News January 15th, 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, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, Grant County PUD is asking motorists to give its crews a wide berth when they’re out working on downed power lines. The Colville Confederated Tribes have joined a lawsuit by state Attorney General Bob Ferguson to keep the National Archive in Seattle, and, Representative Dan Newhouse held a press conference this morning on why he voted to impeach President Trump.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Washington State Patrol trooper chased a vehicle on Interstate 90 for more than 30 miles late Thursday afternoon at speeds reaching up to 120 miles per hour before the driver lost control and crashed the 2007 Mercedes sedan.

The State Patrol says the driver, 30-year-old Correy Tallman of Kennewick, was booked for felony eluding, driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license.

The chase started about 3:30 p.m. near Thorp, just west of Ellensburg and ended near the Easton exit. Tallman was taken to the hospital for medical clearance before being booked into jail. A 22-year-old passenger in Tallman’s vehicle was not injured.

Grant County PUD is asking motorists to give its crews a wide berth when they’re out working on downed power lines. And the PUD says if you come upon a line down in a roadway you should immediately turn around.

The PUD said during this week’s windstorm a pole was hanging over Road U Northeast outside Warden with energized power lines the only thing holding it up. Still, PUD crews witnessed cars actually driving underneath the lines before the crews could clear the hazard.

The Colville Confederated Tribes have joined a lawsuit by state Attorney General Bob Ferguson to keep the National Archive in Seattle.

The federal archive building is scheduled to be sold and its documents shipped to archive centers in Missouri and California. Ferguson says the U.S. government proceeded illegally with the sale of the building, in part by failing to consult with Northwest indigenous tribes.

Indigenous leaders around the Northwest say it would effectively eliminate public access to thousands of records of Native American history and heritage. The Colville Tribes announced Thursday they would join the lawsuit as plaintiffs.

Fourth District Congressman Dan Newhouse was one of just 10 Republicans who voted this week to impeach President Donald Trump.

In a news conference this morning, Newhouse said he remains shocked by the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, in which Trump supporters demanded to overturn the 2020 election. And despite the political risks, he says he doesn’t regret his decision. . .

Coming up next, Chelan-Douglas Health Officer Doctor Malcolm Butler said Thursday that people have been flooding the Chelan-Douglas Health District with phone calls wondering when they will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Central Washington Hospital intensive nurse Kristin Augustine explains and shows the labor-intensive effort involved in a last-ditch COVID-19 treatment called proning. The Community Foundation of North Central Washington says it’s collected more than half a million dollars for local nonprofits, and, the City of Wenatchee handed out its Civil and Social Justice award, we’ll tell you who the recipient is coming up.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Chelan-Douglas Health Officer Doctor Malcolm Butler said Thursday that people have been flooding the Chelan-Douglas Health District with phone calls wondering when they will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

In his weekly Better Together video Thursday, Butler gave an update on vaccination efforts for the two counties but said a shortage of the vaccine makes it impossible to tell most callers when it will be their turn. . .

Central Washington Hospital intensive nurse Kristin Augustine explains and shows the labor-intensive effort involved in a last-ditch COVID-19 treatment called proning. Proning is a process used to place patients on their stomachs as a treatment for respiratory distress. . . 

The Community Foundation of North Central Washington says it’s collected more than half a million dollars for local nonprofits in its annual GIVE NCW winter fund drive. About $561,000 was collected during the giving period between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The biggest beneficiary: The Women’s Resource Center, which manages housing and assistance programs for women and families in need. That agency received almost $37,000 of the total. Other recipients include Serve Wenatchee Valley, Upper Valley MEND, and the Chelan Douglas CASA program.

As we send you to break, Wenatchee physician Dr. Mabel Bodell and the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center are the winners of this year’s Civil Rights & Social Justice Awards. The honors are given each year by the city of Wenatchee.

Bodell, a nephrologist with Confluence Health, spent much of 2020 creating educational online content to help Wenatchee’s Spanish-language community prepare for the COVID-19 crisis. The museum won its award for its Social Justice Series, in which panelists tackle issues such as racism, affordable housing, and health disparities in the pandemic.

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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Time now for our weekly Pause for Pets feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson introduces us to a Orion 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 off to a slow start but stormed back in the second half to beat Pepperdine in Spokane last night 95-70…

Corey Kispert led the way with 23-points and 8-rebounds for the Bulldogs, who have now won 46-straight home games, the nation’s longest streak.  Drew Timme added 20-points while Joel Ayayi had 19 and Jalen Suggs 18.

UCLA is off to its best start since the early 90’s as the Bruins rolled over Washington State 91-61.  Isaac Bonton led the Cougars with 23-points as they’ve lost three of their last four.

USC won its 5th-straight by downing Washington 95-68.  Isaiah Mobley had a career-high 18-points while his brother Evan had 17 for the Trojans.  Erik Stevenson led the Huskies with 16-points, who have now lost 7-straight.

The Gonzaga women’s basketball team improved to 6-and-oh in West Coast Conference play with a 71-52 win over Santa Clara…

Okanogan’s Jill Townsend led the way for G-U with 20-points while Jenn Wirth had 15.  The 20th-ranked Zags improved to 11-and-2 on the season with the win.

Cashmere’s Hailey Van Lith had 13-points, 5-rebounds and 4-assists to help #2 Louisville remain unbeaten with an 89-70 win over Boston College.

Coming up in women’s basketball action today, #25 Washington State plays at USC at 4:30.  Washington’s game at UCLA today and USC Sunday have been postponed due to continued problems with COVID in the Husky program.

#20 Gonzaga is at San Francisco Saturday at Noon.

On the men’s schedule for Saturday, Washington tips at UCLA at 2 o’clock on the Pac-12 Network.  Washington State plays at USC at 6:30. No. 1 Gonzaga travels to Saint Mary’s at 7 on ESPN-3.

Here’s a quick look at the Les Schwab Scoreboard in the NHL last night…

Washington won at Buffalo 6-4.  Boston topped New Jersey in a shootout 3-2.  The Islanders blanked the Rangers in a battle of New York 4-nil.  Carolina shut out Detroit 3-zip.  Nashville defended its home ice with a 3-1 win over Columbus.  Winnipeg got by Calgary in overtime 4-3.  Edmonton stopped Vancouver 5-2.  San Jose won in a shootout over Arizona 4-3.  Vegas posted a 5-2 win over Anaheim.  And Minnesota downed L-A in overtime 4-3.

We are just a season away from including the Seattle Kraken in the NHL scoreboard.

The NFL playoffs hit the Divisional round this weekend and weather could be a factor is Saturday’s action…

The forecast is for snow showers through the night and into tomorrow in Green Bay where the Packers host the Los Angeles Rams.  By kickoff at 1:35 on FOX, the snow should stop with temperatures in the mid-30’s and winds gusting to 22-miles per hour.

Rain today and tonight will turn to snow in Orchard Park, New York where the Buffalo Bills host the Baltimore Ravens tomorrow at 5:15 on NBC.  Forecasters say there’s a chance of 3-inches of snow by game time.

A big storm is blowing through Kansas City, Missouri tonight with up to 3-inches possible, but by game time Sunday, the Chiefs and Cleveland Browns should see partly sunny skies and temperatures near 40.  They’ll kick off their AFC Divisional playoff at 12:05 on CBS.

Two aging quarterbacks will bask in 70-degree temperatures in the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans Sunday afternoon as the Saints take on the Buccaneers.  Tom Brady and Drew Brees’ combined age is 85 as the future Hall of Famers meet at 3:40 on FOX.

And if the NFL doesn’t light a fire in you, maybe our offerings on the NCWLIFE Channel may interest you this weekend…

It begins tonight with Eastmont and Wenatchee basketball from last January at the Town Toyota Center.  Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson have your play-by-play as the Wildcat and Panther girls go first at 7 o’clock.  The boys game follows at 8:30.

Tomorrow, it’s Wenatchee and Eisenhower in Big-9 play.  The girls start it off at 2 o’clock with the boys to follow at 7.

Then on Sunday, it’s a Wenatchee Wild doubleheader against the Salmon Arm Silver Backs from October of 2019.  Arch Ecker has the call for game 1 at 2 with game 2 to follow at 7 o’clock.

Thanks Eric.

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up Monday 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.