NCWLIFE Evening News January 28, 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, A Bridgeport man was shot twice Friday evening and his brother-in-law is now facing charges. A jack-knifed tractor trailer rig bursts into flames shutting down travel on I-90 in the Moses Lake area for several hours Saturday afternoon, and, The consultants hired to help the Wenatchee School District find a new superintendent say viable candidates are shying away because of QUOTE, “governance challenges.”

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A 47-year old Monroe man is dead after rear ending a Department of Transportation front loader on Stevens Pass Friday night. A State Patrol report says Brian Jones was westbound on U.S. two about 4 miles west of Coles Corner around 8:24 p.m. when his vehicle rear ended a DOT Front Loader driven by 40-year old Joseph Welter of Wenatchee.

Troopers report Jones was transported to Central Washington Hospital where he died. Welter was not injured. The cause was determined to be alcohol related. Traffic was halted for a period of time.

A Bridgeport man was shot twice Friday evening and his brother-in-law is now facing charges. Douglas County Sheriff Kevin Morris said the shooting, on Crane Orchard Road in Brewster, apparently started as an argument between the two that escalated.

32-year old Benjamin Pineda-Castrejon, was shot in the left forearm and right hand. He was taken to Central Washington Hospital, where was treated and released. Deputies arrested his 29-year-old brother-in-law Jaime Valdovinos-Sanchez of Brewster for first-degree assault and he was booked into the Okanogan County jail.

A jack-knifed tractor trailer rig bursts into flames shutting down travel on I-90 in the Moses Lake area for several hours Saturday afternoon.

It happened around 1:30 PM when a semi with a trailer, fully loaded with boxed produce, crashed and caught fire. The driver, from British Columbia, was injured and taken to Samaritan Hospital for treatment.

A State Patrol report says the driver was eastbound I-90 when his truck drifted off the highway, striking the guardrail, then the concrete barrier. The rear drive axles of the trailer and two axles from the truck were ripped off and the frames came to rest on the bridge deck. The tractor trailer continued across the bridge until it jack knifed and caught fire. Traffic was stopped in both directions for several hours. A passenger in the vehicle, also from Surrey British Columbia was not injured. Troopers say driver inattention was the cause.

The consultants hired to help the Wenatchee School District find a new superintendent say viable candidates are shying away because of QUOTE, “governance challenges”, UNQUOTE in the district.

In addition, the firm HYA Consultants, said some potential candidates have heard the district will only hire a Latina superintendent. Wenatchee High School’s student newspaper The Apple Leaf, obtained a letter HYA sent to the district on December 31st. In the letter, the firm said they are trying hard to dispel rumors about the district only wanting a Latina.

The governance challenges are not specified but it is likely in reference to repeated friction on the board since three new board members were elected in 2017. HYA also said requiring candidates to sign a waiver allowing the district to obtain their personnel files is causing concerns not because they have something to hide but because they QUOTE, “could see it as an example of a Board dynamic that is undesirable.” UNQUOTE.

Coming up next, Even though it isn’t expected to open until 2021, Wenatchee’s new charter school is already on its second name. Grant PUD has given General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Nordt a three-year contract extension, and, The Wenatchee metro area unemployment rose slightly in December 2018 compared to the same time in 2017. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Even though it isn’t expected to open until 2021, Wenatchee’s charter school is already on its second name. Formerly called Columbia Prep, the school will now be known as Pinnacles Prep, said co-founder and board member Sara Rolfs.

She said the name change came about after members of the community said there was potential confusion between Columbia Prep and Wenatchee’s Columbia Elementary School. The school, for middle- and high school students, also has launched a search for its first principal.

Grant PUD has given General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Nordt a three-year contract extension. Nordt has been with the PUD since 2004 and was promoted to his current position in 2016.

Under the new contract, an additional year will be added to the contract annually unless he is given at least 90 days’ notice. He will maintain his current salary of $292,032 dollars, with annual raises to be determined by the PUD board. In addition, he will have $20,000 dollars deposited each year into a retirement account.

The Wenatchee metro area unemployment rose slightly in December 2018 compared to the same time in 2017. The latest report from the Washington State Employment Security Department shows last month’s unemployment rate rose from 6-percent in December 2017 to 6-point-1 percent in 2018, a one-tenth point increase.

However, non-farm employment in Chelan and Douglas Counties remains strong. Between the December’s of 2017 and 2018 the number of nonfarm jobs in the Wenatchee Metropolitan Statistical Area (Chelan and Douglas counties) rose by 500 workers, a 1.1-percent upturn. In the Wenatchee metro area, preliminary estimates show the annual average unemployment rate fell from 5.1 to 4.9 percent between 2017 and 2018.

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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In tonight’s feature story, a marijuana-related legislative bill was the topic of a hearing last week in Olympia, NCWLIFE’s Dan Kuntz has more. . .

 

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.

A second attempt at indoor football at the Town Toyota Center will begin in March in the Wenatchee Valley with the Skyhawks.  The organization held a press conference Saturday at the Town Toyota Center with ownership, players and General Manager and Head Coach Keith Evans introducing the team…

Evans explains the differences between regular and indoor football…

Evans was the Coach and GM of the Wenatchee Valley Venom in 2010, a team that folded after two years because of poor attendance and financial troubles.

The Skyhawks will play in the American West Conference against four other teams in Tri-Cities; Napa, Idaho; Reno, Nevada; and Sacramento, California.

Co-owners of the Skyawks are Theo Hall and Craig Wright, both from Tacoma.  Wright says they have a passion for bringing winning football to the Wenatchee Valley…

Hall says he’s familiar with the Wenatchee Valley and has high hopes for the Skyhawks…

The Skyhawks will begin training camp in early March with the first of six home games March 28th against the Tri-Cities Fire.

The Wenatchee Wild have now lost four straight after dropping a pair of games at the Town Toyota Center over the weekend…

On Friday, a three-goal outburst by Langley in the second period was too much for the Wild to overcome in a 6-2 loss.  A.J. Hodges and Christophe Tellier tallied goals for Wenatchee in the loss.

On Saturday, it took Marko Reifenberger’s goal with less than 5-minutes to play to send it into overtime.  And, after a scoreless extra period it went to a shootout where the Chilliwack Chiefs scored two goals to Wenatchee’s one for the 2-1 win.  Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

Wenatchee will try to snap the four game losing streak on the road at Merritt Wednesday before playing at 1st-place Penticton Friday, and then returning home Saturday to face the Vernon Vipers.

The Eastmont Wildcats played second-fiddle to the Wenatchee Panthers throughout the Big 9 Girls Bowling season.  Such wasn’t the case Friday as Eastmont came out with a bang defending its District 6 Championship with a 74-pin win over Wenatchee…

Alicia Hastings was medalist with a 659 series (202, 237, 220).  Wenatchee’s Jessica Holbrook placed 2nd with a 603 series (236, 202, 165).

Eastmont’s total pin count for the day was 3,988 compared with Wenatchee’s 3,914.  Both teams will advance to the State Tournament this week at Narrows Plaza Bowl at University Place.

Taking a look at the weekend in prep sports as we open up the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Sunnyside raced out to an early lead and never looked back, downing Wenatchee 63-31 in girls basketball action.  Eastmont traveled to Moses Lake and fell to the Chiefs 69-29.  Chelan, for the second time in three nights, downed Cascade in Leavenworth 72-41.  And Waterville-Mansfield traveled to Tonasket and picked up a 63-30 victory.

On the boy’s side of the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from Friday…

Wenatchee stopped Sunnyside 55-47.  Moses Lake was 11-better than Eastmont 80-69.  Chelan topped Cascade 74-60.  And Tonasket took care of Waterville-Mansfield 56-38.

Turning to Saturday in girl’s play…

Eastmont, despite losing Britt Vaughn to a knee injury in the first half, kept Wenatchee winless with a 45-37 victory.  Waterville-Mansfield defended its home court with a 65-14 win over Oroville.

On the Les Schwap Prep Scoreboard in boys play Saturday…

Garrett Long scored 17-points to pace Wenatchee in a 47-40 win at Eastmont.  Grant Olson had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

 

Also on Saturday, it was Oroville over Waterville-Mansfield 65-26.

Coming up on the NCWLIFE sports schedule for this week…

It begins tomorrow with a replay of the Eastmont and Wenatchee Unified game from early January at the Town Toyota Center at 7.  That will be followed by the Eastmont and Wenatchee boys game.  Then Hockey Night Thursday features last Friday’s game between Wenatchee and Langley at the Town Toyota Center.  On Friday, we’re back at Wenatchee High School for live basketball between the Panthers and Eisenhower Cadets with the girls first at 5:30 and the boys to follow at about 7:30.

Thanks Eric. Recapping tonight’s top news story. . .

A 47-year old Monroe man is dead after rear ending a Department of Transportation front loader on Stevens Pass Friday night. A State Patrol report says Brian Jones was westbound on U.S. two about 4 miles west of Coles Corner around 8:24 p.m. when his vehicle rear ended a DOT Front Loader driven by 40-year old Joseph Welter of Wenatchee.

Troopers report Jones was transported to Central Washington Hospital where he died. Welter was not injured. The cause was determined to be alcohol related. Traffic was halted for a period of time.

The Sasquatch Music Festival has been a fixture in the Pacific Northwest, as a home to artists and musicians from all walks. 2018 saw the festival’s final edition, though, and now, Live Nation is looking to fill that void at the Gorge Amphitheatre.

It’s unclear what Live Nation’s new festival will entail, but it will provide fans with zero downtime between the end of Sasquatch 2018 and Memorial Day weekend this year. In a news release, Live Nation said, quote, “Details will follow in the weeks to come, but put it in your calendars: May 24-25-26, 2019 will see a new generation of contemporary artists carry on the tradition at this iconic Northwest institution”, unquote.

The Sasquatch Festival has provided the Northwest with diverse lineups since 2002, featuring artists like The Cure, Modest Mouse, Robert Plant, Outkast, Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails, and many more.

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.