NCWLIFE Evening News November 16th, 2021

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to what’s making news, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window.
And now, A few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, An Okanogan County man’s conviction for trying to kill the head of Gebbers Farms has been upheld. A man from Kalama pleaded guilty Monday to sexually molesting a child in Chelan County and North Central Washington resident Norma Gallegos is one 11 people appointed to a state advisory panel on police violence.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
I-90 Fatal -A collision between a pickup and a flatbed semi last night on Interstate 90 near the Vantage bridge has claimed the life of a Bellevue man. The Washington State Patrol says that at about 7:15, a 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup being driven westbound by 57-year old Dale B. McClean was following a flatbed truck being driven by 38-year old Jacob J. Anderson of Davenport when McClean’s truck struck the rear of the semi. McClean was pronounced dead at the scene. Both trucks were in the left lane of the interstate with the flatbed slowing down due to a collision ahead. Anderson and his passenger were not injured.
Murder Appeal -An Okanogan County man’s conviction for trying to kill the head of Gebbers Farms has been upheld. The state Court of Appeals ruled today that Mark Reynolds Worth failed to show his 2019 trial was unfair. In September 2016, Worth drove alongside Gebbers Farms CEO Cass Gebbers on Old Highway 97 near Brewster Flats, and opened fire with a handgun. Gebbers was not struck, but received minor injuries from broken glass. Investigators said Worth had previously stalked and harassed Gebbers and members of his family. A jury convicted Worth of attempted first-degree murder and drive-by shooting. He’s now serving a prison sentence of 25 years.
Molestation Plea -A man from Kalama pleaded guilty Monday to sexually molesting a child in Chelan County, and now faces a likely prison term of nearly five years. Prosecutors want 35-year-old Alejandro Alcala to serve at least 59 and a half months. Sheriff’s deputies arrested him in 2019 after a child victim disclosed instances of abuse dating back three years, when she was nine years old. Alcala pleaded to a single count of child molestation in Superior Court. He faces sentencing January 18th.
Cop Review -North Central Washington resident Norma Gallegos is one 11 people appointed to a state advisory panel on police violence. Governor Jay Inslee today announced the board members of the Office of Independent Investigations, a newly created department that investigates police use of force. Gallegos is one of four representatives of the general public on the board, which also includes prosecutors, police representatives and tribal members. She’s an immigration services coordinator living in Leavenworth, and the sister of the late Saul Gallegos, a Chelan County sheriff’s deputy killed by a suspect in 2003.
TEASE -Coming up next, For the second day in a row, windstorms caused widespread power outages and falling trees in North Central Washington. Less than a week after it was placed in the ground, East Wenatchee’s 30-foot Christmas tree also fell victim to Sunday’s windstorm. Cabinet secretaries and members of Congress were on hand Monday when President Joe Biden signed off on the $1.2 trillion dollar infrastructure bill and Almost two years after heavy snow destroyed a remote bridge in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, it’s replacement is now in place. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Power Outages -For the second day in a row, windstorms caused widespread power outages and falling trees in North Central Washington. In Chelan County, power was out for several hours for about 350 customers in the Manson area Monday night. Earlier in the afternoon, there were a pair of power outages in the south shore area of Lake Wenatchee that affected about 450 Chelan PUD customers. In Grant County, crews scrambled to address multiple power outages throughout the county, including in the Moses Lake, George and Royal Slope areas. Meanwhile in Okanogan County, a toppled tree blocked both lanes of Highway 153 near Benson Creek Drive for several hours while further south both a tree and irrigation wheel line had to be cleared from the highway. In the same area, Okanogan County PUD had to replace two power poles that fell and knocked out power to the area for several hours. Power also went out briefly in the Pateros and Tonasket areas.
E. Wenatchee Tree Falls -Less than a week after it was placed in the ground, East Wenatchee’s 30-foot Christmas tree also fell victim to Sunday’s windstorm. Despite the setback to the planned December 2nd lighting ceremony, the city says its annual Wings ‘n’ Wishes will go on. The city said a pre-dug hole the tree had been placed in a week ago Monday was ruined when the 6,600-pound tree fell over and it’s too wet to dig a new one. Still, the lighting of city hall will still take place and Santa will be arriving in a fire truck. In addition, there will be Christmas carols and more.
Infra Bill -Cabinet secretaries and members of Congress were on hand Monday when President Joe Biden signed off on the $1.2 trillion dollar infrastructure bill. Among them was 8th District Congresswoman Kim Schrier, whose Legacy Road and Trails Act was incorporated in the bill, designating $100 million dollars for wildland trails, fish passage, and watershed improvements. . .
Forest Bridge Replacement -Almost two years after heavy snow destroyed a remote bridge in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, it’s replacement is now in place. The bridge is on the Indian Creek Trail in the Glacier Peak Wilderness. The Wenatchee River Ranger District crew began work the new bridge last fall using crosscut saws to fall a large nearby Douglas fir tree. The bark was peeled off ahead winter to prevent rot. Work resumed this summer with mules used to haul in needed equipment. Using heavy-duty cable pullers and logging blocks the crew maneuvered the giant log into place. With the bridge now replaced, the trail again offers a key access point to the Pacific Crest Trail.
TEASE -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. . .
Redistricting -Washington’s bipartisan Redistricting Commission has missed its deadline to redraw legislative and congressional maps for the state. The commission of two Democrats and two Republicans held a vote last night to adopt new maps, but only after the midnight deadline had passed, and the commission later acknowledged its failure. That means voting maps for the next 10 years must now be drawn by the Washington Supreme Court. In tonight’s feature story, here’s some of what took place in that five-hour meeting. . .

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.

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No. 1 ranked Gonzaga improved to 3-and-oh in men’s college basketball last night…
Julian Strawther led four players in double-figures with 18-points as the Bulldogs beat Alcorn State 84-57. Freshman Hunter Sallis came off the bench to add 16 as the Zags improved the nation’s longest home winning streak to 54.
Coach Mark Few says it was good to rest some guys to prepare for No. 2 UCLA and No. 7 Duke coming up…
Terrell Brown, Jr. had 20-points and nine assists, Daejon Davis added 15-points and Washington defeated Texas Southern 72-65 Monday. The Huskies improved to 2-and-1 with the win.
Washington coach Mike Hopkins said it was nice to get the win but that they still have things to work on…
Efe Abogidi scored 18 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked six shots as Washington State took a commanding lead in the first half and cruised to a 73-65 win over UC Santa Barbara.
Cougar coach Kyle Smith says this is one of the best non-conference wins in his 3-years on the Palouse…
Washington State travels to Idaho on Thursday while Washington hosts Wyoming. Gonzaga hosts Bellermine Friday at 6 o’clock.

Through 9-games this NFL season, the Seahawks offense ranks 30th or worst in eight categories including number of plays, yards and 3rd down conversions. Coach Pete Carroll says Sunday’s shutout loss at Green Bay points to the problems on offense…
Carroll met with the media Monday following Sunday’s 17-nothing loss to the Packers. He says he’d like to see more running plays, but with the lack of plays available, it makes it difficult…
Seattle will host Arizona Sunday at Lumen Field at 1:25. The game will be broadcast on FOX.

The Wenatchee Wild have been so close so many times this season, including in two games the end of last week at home against West Kelowna. For its efforts, however, Wenatchee’s record is 2-4-3-and-1. That’s three losses in overtime and another in a shootout.
Radio “voice” of the Wenatchee Wild Sean Zears says what’s a sign of good things for Wenatchee is that they came back in both of the games last week…
Wenatchee dropped a 5-4 decision in overtime to West Kelowna Thursday and then a 4-3 decision Friday to the Warriors. Zears says there’s an element of the Wild’s game that’s improving, but needs more work…
The Wild will travel to Nanaimo Friday, Victoria Saturday and Langley on Sunday before returning home next week to host Salmon Arm.

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.