NCWLIFE Evening News January 27th, 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, A 41-year-old Quincy man will serve 95 months in prison, or almost eight years, for the death of his passenger in a DUI crash last July. Demand for the coronavirus vaccine, and confusion over its availability, has led to some conflict between providers and those seeking it, and, Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday he does not support an effort to move teachers and other school employees up on the priority list for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

One fruit warehouse worker allegedly attacked another with a knife Monday afternoon while they were outside their workplace. 21-year-old Isaias Gonzalez Guerra faces a possible charge of first-degree assault. The victim said Gonzalez approached him while he was eating lunch at his vehicle and tried to stab him with a steak knife. Wenatchee police said they found the knife in Gonzalez’s jacket pocket. He remains held in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center.

A 41-year-old Quincy man will serve 95 months in prison, or almost eight years, for the death of his passenger in a DUI crash last July.

Jesus Ibarra-Barragan pleaded guilty Tuesday in Douglas County court to vehicular homicide and vehicular assault for the death of 36-year-old Juan Pablo Gutierrez Monteon.

On July 18th, Ibarra crashed his 2001 Nissan Maxima into an oncoming vehicle on Highway 28 east of Rock Island, killing Gutierrez and injuring the other driver. Washington State Patrol troopers said Ibarra was severely drunk at the time. He could have faced a maximum sentence of more than 12 years.

Demand for the coronavirus vaccine, and confusion over its availability, has led to some conflict between providers and those seeking it.

To be clear, you only qualify for the vaccine right now if you are 65 or older, or 50 and older and living in multigenerational housing, and, you can only get it by appointment.

Rosalinda Kibby, administrator of Columbia Basin Hospital in Ephrata, says misunderstanding has led to hard feelings among some potential patients. . .

Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday he does not support an effort to move teachers and other school employees up on the priority list for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

Several state legislators, including 12th District Sen. Brad Hawkins sent a letter to Inslee and the state Department of Health earlier this month asking that school employees receive the vaccine ahead of the state’s schedule. The letter said the current timeline could mean educators will not be vaccinated until the school year is almost over.

Coming up next, Transportation Secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg advanced to the U.S. Senate today for a full vote, with the support of Washington Senator Maria Cantwell. Now in her second term, Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz has become Washington’s most visible crusader for wildfire preparedness and control, and, The public is being asked to weigh in on how to deal with flooding problems in Leavenworth’s Ski Hill Basin area. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Transportation Secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg advanced to the U.S. Senate today for a full vote, with the support of Washington Senator Maria Cantwell. The Senator said in a Commerce Committee session today she wants more attention paid to transportation workers when it comes to vaccination against COVID-19. . .

Now in her second term, Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz has become Washington’s most visible crusader for wildfire preparedness and control. Her past efforts to get a permanent source of funding for fire programs on public land have stalled in the Legislature. This session, she’s backing a $125-million dollar package, House Bill 1168, that she hopes will succeed where others have fallen short. She spoke about it Tuesday with NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins. . .

House Bill 1168 will have a hearing at 8 a.m. tomorrow in the House Rural Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. You can sign up online to give remote testimony on the bill, or comment in writing.

The public is being asked to weigh in on how to deal with flooding problems in Leavenworth’s Ski Hill Basin area. The Chelan County Public Works Department says people have until February 26th to complete a survey on six options for flood control that vary in complexity and cost. The survey and an explanation of the options under consideration can be accessed through the Chelan County website at co-dot-chelan-dot-wa-dot-us.

The county says flooding in that area has been a persistent problem during rapid snow melt in late winter and early spring, overwhelming culverts and ditches and causing mud and debris to flow into roads.

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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The Top-10 Royalty Candidates for the 2021 Washington State Apple Blossom Festival were announced last night at the Numerica Performing Arts Center. 37 young ladies from Eastmont and Wenatchee High Schools spent two days in front of five out-of-town judges answering questions and delivering speeches. The 10 young women will now spend the next month preparing for the Cashmere Valley Bank Royalty Selection Pageant February 27th. The ladies will be vying for 31-thousand dollars in scholarship money and the chance to represent the Wenatchee Valley as Apple Blossom Queen, or one of two Princesses. In tonight’s feature story, the Top-10 announcement was co-emceed by Wenatchee Central Lions Club members Nicole Brown and Craig Fields. . .

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.

Number 1-ranked Louisville had another tough test in the ACC last night, but came out on top of Miami 79-76…

Hailey Van Lith got some big-time help from her teammates as Elizabeth Dixon came off the bench to score a team-high 21-points.  Dana Evans chipped in 20.  Hailey scored 9-points, had 5-rebounds, 4-assists and two steals as the Cardinals improved to 15-and-oh on the season, 8-and-oh in ACC play.

Also on the Les Schwab women’s college basketball scoreboard last night, the Washington women ran into a buzz saw at Oregon State, falling to the Beavers 98-68.  Quay Miller led three Huskies in double figures with 20.  Washington saw its record drop to 4-and-7 overall, 1-and-7 in Pac-12 play.

Coming up tonight, Washington State hosts No. 6 Stanford for the first of two games in three days at Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum.  The game tips at 6:30 on the Pac-12 Network.

Tomorrow, No. 18 Gonzaga women’s basketball team plays at Pacific at 7 o’clock.

The Washington State men are on the road at Colorado tonight to face the Buffaloes at 6 o’clock on ESPN-U.

No. 1 Gonzaga face San Diego on the road tomorrow night at 6.  Then the Zags will travel to Pepperdine Saturday at 5 on ESPN-2.

Washington State will head back home after tonight’s road game to turn around Sunday and travel to Seattle to face the Washington Huskies at 5 o’clock on the Pac-12 Network.

Taking a look at the Les Schwab NHL Scoreboard from Tuesday…

Craig Smith won it in overtime for Boston, downing Pittsburgh 3-2.  The Sabres nipped the Rangers 3-2.  James van Reimsdyk (van rimes-dick) scored twice to power the Flyers past the Devils 5-3. 

Washington remained unbeaten with a 3-2 win over the Islanders.  Florida earned a 4-3 shootout win over the Blue Jackets. 

Roman Josi’s (yose-ee) first goal of the year was the game-winner for Nashville as the Predators knocked off Chicago 3-2 in overtime.  Andrew Copp scored twice as the Jet’s flew by the Oilers 6-4.

Carl Grundstrom scored the game-winner for L-A as the Kings beat the Wild 2-1.  Jason Dickinson found the back of the net in overtime to life Dallas over Detroit 2-1. 

It went to a shootout in Vegas, but the Golden Knights improved to 5-1-1 with a 5-4 win over St. Louis.  Toronto was one better than Calgary as the Maple Leafs fanned the Flames 4-3.

Brandon Saad (sod) scored twice as Colorado avalanched the Sharks 7-3.  And John Gibson made 31-saves as the Ducks shut out the Coyotes 1-nothing.

There are only two games on the slate today in the NHL as Chicago skates in Nashville while the Vancouver hosts Ottawa.

We showed you the Seahawk’s first five of their Top-10 plays of 2020 yesterday.  Today, the top five of their Top-10 plays of the past season…

Thanks to Seahawks dot com for providing the best moments of the 2020 season for Seattle.  Fans are hoping for many more memorable moments in 2021.

Here’s what we have this week in sports on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Hockey Night tomorrow night takes us back to November 9th of 2019 as the Wenatchee Wild took on the Penticton Vees at the Town Toyota Center.  The puck drops tomorrow night at 7.

Friday features a Big-9 basketball doubleheader as Wenatchee hosted Moses Lake from January 18th of last year.  The girls game is at 7 followed by the boys game at 8:30.

Then on Saturday, another Big-9 basketball doubleheader is in the offering as Wenatchee hosts Davis.  The girls go first at 2 followed by the boys at 7 o’clock.

Thanks Eric.

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.