NCWLIFE Evening News March 1, 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, East Wenatchee Mayor Steve Lacy will retire at the end of his term this year. Legislation requiring local school districts to adopt new State rules to address bullying of transgendered students has passed a Senate vote, and, Governor Jay Inslee makes it official. Earlier today he formally announced his candidacy for President of the United States.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Two drivers were injured yesterday when their cars collided on an icy stretch of Highway 97 about 5 miles North of Orondo.

State Troopers say it happened when 17-year old William Shindler of Orondo lost control of his Southbound vehicle. It crossed over into the Northbound lane where he was struck by 43-year old Olivia Acevedo of Monitor. Troopers say Shindler was driving too fast for conditions. Both were treated at Central Washington Hospital.

East Wenatchee Mayor Steve Lacy will retire at the end of his term this year. The Mayor tells NCWLIFE News that his decision not to run for re-election is no secret. . .

Lacy was first elected Mayor in 1998 when he succeeded Dawn Collings. He says he’s leaving the City in good financial health and that he’ll leave office with a sense of personal satisfaction. . .

East Wenatchee City Councilman, Tim Detering has announced in a Wenatchee World interview that he intends to file for the position. Candidate filing period is the second week in May.

Legislation requiring local school districts to adopt new State rules to address bullying of transgendered students has passed a Senate vote. . .

Substitute Senate Bill 5689 would order schools to designate a person for students to contact in a complaint  involving gender harassment. It would also require the State Schools Superintendent to develop new rules for schools to use in training those primary contacts. Supporters say transgendered students deserve more attention because they suffer the most from school bullying, according to National statistics.

Senator Brad Hawkins, a former Eastmont School Board member, rose in opposition to the bill claiming it usurps local control   . . .

The bill passed a Senate vote. It’s now in the House and has been referred to the Education Committee prior to its first reading.

Governor Jay Inslee makes it official. Earlier today he formally announced his candidacy for President of the United States. Inslee is running on a mostly environmental platform focusing on his longstanding concerns about climate change. He reiterated his position in a video released today by his campaign. . .

Inslee becomes the 13th Democrat to enter the race with more candidates expected to announce their intentions. He is the first Washingtonian to run for President since Henry “Scoop” Jackson ran in 1976.

Coming up next, We should know by mid-March who Governor Jay Inslee will appoint to replace retiring Douglas County Superior Court Judge, John Hotchkiss. The state special olymics winter games get underway with open ceremonies tonight, and, Rae’ana Rosenberg, the 6-year-old girl who fell into an icy Rock Island pond February 21st, experienced problems with her lungs today. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

We should know by mid-March who Governor Jay Inslee will appoint to replace retiring Douglas County Superior Court Judge, John Hotchkiss.

That’s the word from Inslee aide, Tara Lee, who says his legal team is conducting interviews this week and then vetting applicants. She added that, “It will probably be at least another couple of weeks before we have a final candidate.”

Governor Jay Inslee will appoint a successor who will serve out the remainder of Hotchkiss’ term that expires in 2020. The Chelan Douglas County Bar Association will also provide the Governor with its recommendations of potential qualified candidates. Hotchkiss will retire March 31st after serving for 20 years on the Douglas County Superior Court bench.

More than 1,500 Special Olympics athletes will be competing this weekend in Alpine, Basketball, Cheerleading, Figure Skating, Nordic, Snowboarding and Speed Skating.

Athletes will represent Washington hometowns ranging from Walla Walla to Wenatchee at the 2019 Special Olympics Winter Games. Opening Ceremonies will be held at the Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee beginning at 7:00 p.m. tonight and will feature Mayor Frank Kuntz from the City of Wenatchee and Mayor Steve Lacy from East Wenatchee and a Law Enforcement Torch Run. The general public is encouraged to attend the Opening Ceremonies and cheer on the athletes at the various venues as around the valley as, “Fans in the Stands”, throughout the weekend.

Rae’ana Rosenberg, the 6-year-old girl who fell into an icy Rock Island pond February 21st, experienced problems with her lungs today. Though she has been making substantial progress in other areas, Rae’Ana has remained on a ventilator.

Today, they weren’t able to keep her oxygenated enough so they are putting her on an ECMO, which diverts blood to an artificial lung, where it is oxygenated and put back into the body, according to Shawn Ballard of Ballard Ambulance. Rae’ana spent 20 minutes in the water before fire crews from Douglas Conty Fire District 1 were able to rescue her.

Earlier this week, she was upgraded from critical to serious condition at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family of the girl with expenses.

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, our final segment from the upcoming NCW Magazine on the Horan House. Catch the full series starting Monday on the NCWLIFE Channel or on demand on our website. For tonight, we visit with two locals who share their memories of the Horan House including the great granddaughter of Michael and Margaret Horan. . .

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.

The Cashmere Bulldogs are taking on La Salle as we speak in Yakima’s SunDome in today’s State 1A semifinal… 

This after Cashmere’s 62-41 win over Annie Wright in yesterday’s quarterfinal.  I asked Hailey Van Lith after yesterday’s win what it’s like to sit and wait for 27-hours before the team plays its semifinal…

Coach Brent Darnell has his team in the semifinals for the third-straight year.  He said the time between yesterday’s quarterfinal and today’s semifinal would be spent preparing… 

Senior guard Ellie Alberts says it helps to have Darnell and his coaching staff to keep her team in check and to always work on the little things… 

Be sure and watch our Facebook page for updates on today’s semifinal.  A Cashmere win would mean a possible rematch of last year’s state championship against Lynden Christian Saturday at 3 o’clock.  A loss would put Cashmere in the 3rd or 5th place game tomorrow at 11 o’clock.

As we continue looking at the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard… 

At the State 2B boys tournament in Spokane, Brewster beat Willapa Valley yesterday 57-49 to advance to today’s semifinal where they are playing Kittitas.  Lake Roosevelt came up short in its quarterfinal, falling to Life Christian Academy 64-44.  The Raiders stayed alive today with a 56-48 win over Toutle Lake.  They’ll play Toledo tomorrow at 8am for 4th or 6th place.

The Brewster girls ran into a buzz saw on the other floor at Veteran’s Memorial Arena…

Tri-Cities Prep advanced to the semifinals by downing the Bears 75-43.  At last check, Brewster was trailing in its game against St. George’s today.

Almira-Coulee-Hartline is flexing its collective muscle in Spokane at the 2B Tournament…

The Warrior boys are back in the semifinals after yesterday’s 54-37 win over Naselle.  A-C-H plays Yakama Tribal tonight at 9pm for a shot at tomorrow’s state championship.

The Almira-Coulee-Hartline girls are also in the semifinals today after downing Mt. Vernon Christian 49-22 Thursday.  A-C-H has a date with Pomeroy today at 5:30 for a shot at the Gold Ball.

The Wenatchee Wild begin defense of the Fred Page Cup tomorrow at the Town Toyota Center with Game 1 of its first-round BCHL playoff series against West Kelowna…

The Warriors are the Number 6 seed coming into the playoffs after finishing the season 28-28-1-and-1 with 58-points.  Wenatchee is the Number 3 seed finishing with a record of 32-20-2-and-4 with 70-points.  The two teams split their regular season meetings 3-3.

The Mariners improved their Cactus League record to 5-and-2 with an 8-3 win over the Milwaukee in Peoria today…

Mitch Haniger hit a solo home run in the 1st while Domingo Santana hit a solo home run in the 2nd to spark the offense.  Jay Bruce also went 3-for-3 at the plate with 2-rbi’s.  Seattle plays at Kansas City’s Spring Training facility tomorrow at 12:05.

Finally, on the Les Schwab Men’s College Basketball Scoreboard last night…

#1 Gonzaga had no trouble with Pacific, winning 86-66.  The Washington Huskies stubbed their toe at California, falling to the 6-and-22 Bears 76-73.  And Stanford had no trouble with Washington State, winning 98-50.

Thanks Eric.

Time now for NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson to fill us in on what else is going on around the valley this weekend. . .

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 Monday morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.