NCWLIFE Evening News March 19, 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, Marijuana use among teens in Washington state has not increased since 2002, and, there are a couple of city road projects underway that may cause traffic impacts, we’ll tell you where.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A semi-truck rollover just after 10:00 this morning on U.S. Highway 2/97 near Dryden snarled traffic until early this afternoon. Trooper John Bryant of the Washington State Patrol says it’s still unclear what caused the driver to lose control. . .

The westbound lane was closed for 3 hours. Highway 2 completely re-opened just before 2:00 this afternoon. The driver of the truck was injured and taken by ambulance to Central Washington Hospital and according to Trooper Bryant, may be transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle at some point tonight.

Shortly after the D.O.T. set up detours for east and westbound traffic on North Dryden Road and Stines Hill Road, another semi went over an embankment on Stines Hill Road, downed some power lines and lost his load of apples. That road is not expected to re-open until sometime this evening.

Marijuana use among teens in Washington state has not increased since 2002, according to a survey released by the Washington State Health Care Authority. Recreational sales and use of marijuana became legal in the state in 2014 for those 18 and older. 

Frequent use of marijuana, defined as six or more days a month, is down from 2016 among 10th and 12th graders. But the report warns that since legalization, high-schoolers see little risk from marijuana use, increasing the likelihood of future use.

Use of alcohol and cigarette smoking is also down among teens, though the use of e-cigarettes, or vaping, continues to surge.

A couple of road work projects to tell you about tonight.

All this week, Wenatchee Public Works will be putting in LED street lights on Wenatchee Avenue and Chelan Avenue. The work will take place each night this week between 7:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. The road will remain open in both directions with flagging services for rolling lane closures at street light locations. On Wednesday, crews will be working on a fire line at 24 North Wenatchee Avenue from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. South bound traffic will be detoured.

Coming up next, State Senator Brad Hawkins told NCWLIFE today that though he’d never vote for him but he is fascinated by Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s campaign for president. The search for a new superintendent at Cascade School District is nearing an end, and, a popular business has been chosen as the new merchant for the antique Airstream trailer at Pybus Market. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

12th District state Senator Brad Hawkins told NCWLIFE today that though he’d never vote for him, he is fascinated by Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s campaign for president. . .

The search for a new superintendent to replace Bill Motsenbocker at Cascade School District is nearing an end.

The School board will be interviewing finalist Dr. Tracey Beckendort-Edou today and the Community will have a chance to question her during an open public forum later this evening.

The District learned this week that the second finalist, Dr Wade Barringer withdrew his name from consideration as the timing of the move was apparently not in his best interest. That leaves Beckendorf-Edou as the lone remaining candidate. The Board meets in regular session Wednesday and is expected to discuss her qualifications during a closed executive session.

If they decide to offer her the position, she will enter into contract negotiations with the board with a final announcement planned on/or before the week of March 25th-29th. Tonight’s Community Forum is from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at district office board room.

Little Red’s Espresso and Bakery has been chosen as the new merchant for the antique Airstream trailer at Pybus Market.

Owned by Aubrey Dickinson, Little Red’s already operates a popular espresso and bakery near Lake Wenatchee. Little Red’s Espresso and Bakery will open for business at 6:00 a.m. this Saturday, March 23rd and will open at 6:00 a.m. daily, seven days a week, moving forward. Little Red’s was voted best roadside coffee stand in the 2017 KING 5 Magazine’s best northwest escapes.

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 observance of National Flood Preparation Awareness Week NCWLIFE News received a status report on what to expect in Chelan County this spring. The mountain snowmelt is starting but there are no reports of flooding so far this early in the season. But, Assistant Public Works Director, Josh Patrick says he anticipates possible problems in areas that have seen water damage in the 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.

Game 3 of Wenatchee’s playoff series with Cowichan Valley is tonight at 7 o’clock…

The best-of-seven series is tied at a game apiece after the Capitals won Game 1 Friday 3-2 and the Wild won Game 2 Saturday 6-3. 

Lifetime, Wenatchee is 3-oh-and-1 playing at the Island Savings Centre in Duncan, B.C.  The Wild beat the Caps there earlier this season 4-3 in overtime.  They beat them in October of 2017 in their house, also 4-3 in overtime.  Wenatchee came out on top in January of 2017 5-nothing.  And the first time the Wild played at Cowichan Valley was December of 2015, Wenatchee’s first year in the BCHL, with the game ending in a 2-2 tie in double overtime.

Arch Ecker has the call on 560 KPQ throughout North Central Washington and you can see the game on HockeyTV.com for a slight fee.  We will have highlights tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

Game 4 will be tomorrow night at 7 with Game 5 back in Wenatchee Friday at 7.

The scheduled baseball game between Eastmont and Wenatchee at Rec. Park has been postponed, but there will be soccer next door in the Apple Bowl tonight…

Wenatchee is hosting West Valley in Big 9 soccer at 7 o’clock.  Eastmont is on the road at Moses Lake, also at 7.  Also, earlier in the day, Cashmere is at Okanogan with a 4:30 kickoff.

On the prep baseball schedule today…

Cashmere has a doubleheader at Royal beginning at 3 o’clock.  Cascade travels to Ephrata for a single game on the JV field at 4.  And Waterville-Mansfield is at Manson starting at 4:30.

On the fast-pitch diamonds today…

Waterville-Mansfield is at Manson at 4:30.  4:30 is also the start time for Cascade at Ephrata.  And, Wenatchee and Eastmont has been postponed because Sterling is still a long way from being able to play on.

They’ve cleared the tennis courts to allow play today…

Eastmont is at West Valley at 3 o’clock while Cascade travels to Cashmere at 4.

The Mariners swept two games in the Tokyo Dome over the weekend against the Yumiuri Giants, including 6-5 Sunday…

Ichiro thrilled the capacity crowd early in the game, displaying the cannon of an arm he still possesses…

Mitch Hanniger’s 2-run home run tied it in the 7th.  Backup catcher David Freitas broke the tie in the 8th

Back in Arizona, the Mariners have a split-squad game with the Chicago Cubs today before opening the season tomorrow and Thursday against Oakland in Yokyo…

Marco Gonzales, after going 13-9 with a 4.00 ERA last season, gets the start to end the 10-year consecutive opening day start by Felix Hernandez.  The A’s will counter with Mike Fiers, who went 12-and-8 last year with a 3.56 ERA.  The first pitch is tomorrow morning at 2:35 and will be broadcast on ESPN TV. 

Also tonight, the ceremonial first pitch will include former Mariner pitcher Kazuhiro Sasaki and catcher Kenji Johjima.  And standing at the plate will be Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson.

For the second game Thursday morning, the ceremonial battery will be Keiichi Yabu throwing to Akinori Iwamura and standing at the plate will be Ken Griffey, Jr. 

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

A semi-truck rollover just after 10:00 this morning on U.S. Highway 2/97 near Dryden snarled traffic until early this afternoon. Trooper John Bryant of the Washington State Patrol says it’s still unclear what caused the driver to lose control. The truck was carrying stacked bales of cardboard. The westbound lane was closed for 3 hours. Highway 2 completely re-opened just before 2:00 this afternoon. The driver of the truck was injured and taken by ambulance to Central Washington Hospital and according to Trooper Bryant, may be transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle at some point tonight.

Shortly after the D.O.T. set up detours for east and westbound traffic on North Dryden Road and Stines Hill Road, another semi went over an embankment on Stines Hill Road, downed some power lines and lost his load of apples. That road is not expected to re-open until sometime this evening.

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.