NCWLIFE Evening News January 22nd, 2021

1436
video

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

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, The Bridgeport man accused of following a woman through an alley late at night and threatening her with a knife is now charged with first-degree assault. A Maple Valley man will undergo court-ordered drug treatment for stealing a truck from a Chelan business back in November, and, The National Guard is stepping back, and the Washington State Patrol is stepping up to maintain long-term security measures at the state Capitol.      

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The Grant County town of Warden was evacuated Thursday night after fears a raging fire at the Washington Potato plant would cause an ammonia tank to explode. The Level 3 evacuation order was lifted at 12:45 Friday morning when the Grant County Sheriff’s Office said it was believed the ammonia had vented.

The fire was under control by 7:30 a.m. this morning with the plant reportedly destroyed. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office says there were no known injuries. The fire broke out about 5:30 Thursday evening in the plant’s dehydrator. Numerous Grant and Adams county fire crews responded. The Washington State Patrol closed Highway 170 leading into Warden after the evacuation was ordered and the Grant County PUD shut off power to the area about 11:40 Friday night. The highway has since reopened and the PUD reported all power has been restored by 7 a.m.

The Bridgeport man accused of following a woman through an alley late at night and threatening her with a knife is now charged with first-degree assault.

24-year-old Christopher Rodriguez allegedly committed the crime two weeks ago, following the woman as she left a house about 10:30 p.m. and made her way through the alley. Douglas County sheriff’s deputies say he made verbal threats, cornered her and lunged at her with a knife.

A Maple Valley man will undergo court-ordered drug treatment for stealing a truck from a Chelan business back in November. 33-year-old Andrew Ian Crippen pleaded guilty to vehicle theft and methamphetamine possession.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Crippen while he tried to repaint the pickup, which he stole from a Lake Chelan marina services company. Judge Kristin Ferrera sentenced Crippen yesterday to three to six months in a residential drug treatment program, plus two years of probation. An accomplice in the case, Kyle Stephen Glenn of Kent, was sentenced earlier this month to four months in jail.

The National Guard is stepping back, and the Washington State Patrol is stepping up to maintain long-term security measures at the state Capitol.

Barricades and Guard personnel protected lawmakers for the first two weeks of their session, amid fears of unrest over the end of Donald Trump’s presidency.

A handful of people were arrested trying to cross gated entrances, but the legislative campus was otherwise quiet. The Guard began its withdrawal today, but the State Patrol said people will see a stronger presence of troopers in key areas of the Capitol. . .

Coming up next, Governor Jay Inslee says he feels the pain of businesses that have been restricted or closed down by the pandemic. Saying Eastmont Lanes is on its last legs, a Go-Fund-Me page has been set up to help save the East Wenatchee bowling alley, and, The Badger Mountain Ski Hill is now open for business on weekends and holidays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Governor Jay Inslee says he feels the pain of businesses that have been restricted or closed down by the pandemic. But many business interests, including some in the Wenatchee Valley, testified this week in favor of Senate Bill 5114, which would speed up phased reopening of the Washington economy, and put it under control of the Legislature rather than the Governor. Inslee says the state has issued millions of dollars in relief, and more may be on the way. . .

Saying Eastmont Lanes is on its last legs, a Go-Fund-Me page has been set up to help save the East Wenatchee bowling alley.

Set up earlier this week, the online fund-raiser had generated $3,500 of its $15,000 goal by Friday morning. The COVID-19 shutdowns have been particularly hard on businesses like bowling alleys. Several fund-raisers have been held to help Eastmont Lanes survive, including a yard sale and silent auction in August that raised more than $4,000.

The owners of the bowling alley said money from a previous Go-Fund-Me effort last summer was refunded to donors after bank information was not submitted to the site in time.

The Badger Mountain Ski Hill is now open for business on weekends and holidays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Badger Mountain offers 3 lift options; Bunny Hill (tow rope), “B” Hill (Tow Rope), and an “A” Hill (T-Bar). Other runs are accessible off those three main runs. The ski hill is operated by the Waterville Lions Club and they say all COVID-19 rules will be followed including face masks required indoors, outdoor dining only, no sitting inside the lodge. In a press release, the ski hill also says they will only be accepting cash or checks at this time. Badger Mountain Ski Hill currently has 20 inches of snow at the base.

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, we once again take you to the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center where they’ve produced a series of videos called Curators Corner, with collections coordinator Anna Spencer showing off treasures from Wenatchee’s past. Tonight, she offers a look back at memorabilia from Mission Ridges’ past. . .

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.

After a tight first half, No. 1 Louisville used a big 3rd quarter to get past No. 23 Syracuse in women’s college basketball 67-54 last night…

Senior guard Dana Evans led the Cardinals with 21-points and 7-assists.  Cashmere’s Hailey Van Lith was clutch from outside, hitting six three-pointers and finishing with 18-points and 8-rebounds.

Van Lith was featured in an interview after the game on ESPN-2…

Way to go Hailey!

Coming up tonight in women’s college basketball, Washington State plays at No. 13 Oregon at 5 o’clock on the Pac-12 Network.  Washington visits Oregon State at 7.

Tomorrow, No. 20 Gonzaga hosts BYU at 2 o’clock.  Then on Sunday it’s Washington at #13 Oregon at 2 on the Pac-12 Network while WSU travels to Oregon State.

On the Les Schwab men’s college basketball scoreboard…

Utah came out hot and the Cougars were not as the Utes topped Washington State 71-56.  The visitors built a 17-point first-half lead and never looked back, shooting nearly 55-percent from the field.

Coach Kevin Smith says his team just didn’t come out ready to play…

Washington State has now lost 4-straight and 5 of its last

The Cougars look to bounce back tomorrow at 5 o’clock then they host Colorado.  The game can be seen on ESPN-2.  Also tomorrow, No. 1 Gonzaga returns to the floor in WCC action hosting Pacific.  The game tips at 7 o’clock on ROOT Sports.

Washington plays on Sunday in Seattle against Utah at 1 o’clock.  That game will be on ESPN-U

The NFL is down to its semifinals with the Conference Championships to be played on Sunday…

Tampa Bay and Green Bay will kick it off at 12:05 on FOX for the NFC Championship.  Snow, freezing drizzle and temperatures in the upper 20’s is expected at Lambeau Field as the Buccaneers and Packers play for the George Hallas Trophy.

Tampa has had 10-players with limited practice or no practice at all this week due to injuries.  Significant on the list are wide receivers Mike Evans and Antonio Brown with knees and linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul with a knee.

The Packers, meanwhile, have 11 players who have seen limited practice this week due to injuries.  Most-notably is running back Jamaal Williams with an ankle.

The forecast for Kansas City is much better with cloudy skies, some rain off and on and temperatures in the 40’s where the Chiefs host Buffalo in the AFC Championship.

The good news for Chiefs fans is that Patrick Mahomes is improving from last weekend’s concussion.  He was officially ruled abled to play today.  Running back Le’Veon Bell has missed practice all week with an ankle injury.

For Buffalo, wide receivers Cole Beasley and Stefon Diggs have missed practice this week.  Beasley is dealing with a knee injury while Diggs has an oblique strain.  Former Seahawk Quinton Jefferson has also been limited this week due to an ankle injury. 

Kickoff for the Chiefs and Bills to battle for the Lamar Hunt Trophy is at 3:40 on CBS.

Looking at the Les Schwab NHL Scoreboard from yesterday…

The Bruins nipped the Flyers 5-4 in a shootout in Boston.  The Islanders topped New Jersey 4-1 as Jordan Eberle had two goals.  Brayden Point had the game-winner in overtime as Tampa Bay topped Columbus 3-2.  Winnipeg was a 4-1 winner at Ottawa.  Montreal blasted the Canucks in Vancouver 7-3.  And the Kings doubled-up the Avalanche in L-A 4-2.

Coming up today, it’s Buffalo in Washington; Pittsburgh hosts the Rangers; Edmonton travels to Toronto; Chicago hosts Detroit; San Jose skates at Minnesota; Nashville is in Dallas; Vegas tries to remain unbeaten in Arizona; and Anaheim hosts Colorado.

Finally, here’s a reminder of what’s coming up on the NCWLIFE Channel this weekend…

It begins tonight with Big-9 wrestling from last January as Wenatchee hosts Moses Lake at 7 o’clock.

Tomorrow, Eastmont takes on Sunnyside in Big-9 basketball with the girls at 2 and boys at 7.

Then Sunday is a Wenatchee Wild doubleheader with the puck dropping at 2 o’clock against Merritt, then again at 7 against Penticton.

Thanks Eric.

As we leave you on this Friday, if it seems like there has been a lot of unusual aircraft in the Wenatchee Valley skies recently, that’s because there has been.

All that activity is part of filming for a movie, reportedly a Korean War movie. Producers of the movie haven’t had much to say about what they’re up to, but officials connected with Pangborn Memorial Airport confirm there’s a movie in the works.

Numerous military-style airplanes from that era are currently at the airport. About 30 people are in Wenatchee working on the movie, which reportedly is no small deal and has a major studio distributor. Numerous people from Chelan to Lake Wenatchee to Cashmere to Wenatchee have reported seeing the planes and have photos and video to prove it.

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 weekend.