NCWLIFE Evening News November 19th, 2021

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NCWLIFE Evening News November 19th, 2021

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, A 31-year-old Bridgeport man was arrested after allegedly opening fire with a handgun in a Bridgeport trailer park Wednesday morning./ 4th District Congressman Dan Newhouse was among the votes opposing the massive Build Back Better spending bill, which passed the U.S. House today 220-213 along party lines, and, Snoqualmie Pass had its first snow-related closure of the season early last night after multiple spinouts and collisions.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Quincy Accident -A Quincy youth had to be airlifted to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane after a 2-car accident yesterday afternoon 5 miles south of Quincy. The Washington State Patrol reports that at about 3:45PM a 2006 Honda Civic was attempting to turn left from White Trail Road onto State Route 281 when it was struck on the drivers side by a 2000 Cadillac Escalade that was travelling southbound on the highway. The driver of the Civic, 17-year old Eduardo Ramirez-Rodriguez of Quincy, was airlifted to Spokane with critical injuries. The two occupants of the Escalade, 45-year old Agustina Maldonado and 48-year old Gerardo Maldonado – both from Othello – were treated for injuries at Quincy Valley Medical Center. Rodriguez faces charges of failing to yield the right-of-way.
Bridgeport Shots -A 31-year-old Bridgeport man was arrested after allegedly opening fire with a .380 handgun in a Bridgeport trailer park Wednesday morning. There were no injuries in the shooting. Guadalupe C. Martinez was booked into the Okanogan County Jail and faces charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, reckless endangerment, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of stolen property. Deputies responded to a 10 a.m. report of a man firing a gun in the trailer park in the 900 block of Maple Street. Witnesses told deputies Martinez had fled the area in a passenger vehicle. He was arrested a short time later. Martinez was one of four people arrested on multiple stolen gun charges in April 2018 when law enforcement raided a Bridgeport home.
BBB Vote -4th District Congressman Dan Newhouse was among the votes opposing the massive Build Back Better spending bill, which passed the U.S. House today 220-213 along party lines. Newhouse, a Republican, says the package would raise taxes on Washington families and inflate the national debt. 8th District Congresswoman Kim Schrier, a Democrat who voted in favor, says it will lead to more affordable prescription drugs, lower childcare costs and better wildfire protection. The $1.7 trillion bill, a centerpiece of President Biden’s agenda, now goes to the Senate.

Snoqualmie Closure-Snoqualmie Pass had its first snow-related closure of the season early last night after multiple spinouts and collisions. The Washington State Department of Transportation closed Interstate 90 westbound about 5:15 p.m. at Easton and followed that a short time later with an eastbound closure near the summit of the pass. The pass was reopened at midnight. Snow continued to fall into this morning but the pass remained open with a traction tire advisory. Chains were required on all vehicles except all-wheel drive on Stevens Pass into this morning. No new snow on the passes is being forecast tonight and Saturday.
Mission Ridge -The owners of Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort outside Wenatchee have purchased a ski resort in western Montana. Mission Ridge and Blacktail Mountain Ski Area jointly announced the purchase yesterday. Blacktail is located in Lakeside, Montana, along the western shore of Flathead Lake. Blacktail’s lodge and parking lot is at the top of the ski area with more than 1,000 acres of north-facing slopes featuring 25 trails. The ski resort first was developed in 1998. Mission Ridge said all current employees of the ski area will be retained. Meanwhile, Mission Ridge is aiming to open its season the day after Thanksgiving next week. The resort said its snow-making machines have been operating around the clock and those efforts were aided Thursday evening and this morning by a fresh layer of snow.
OK. At-Home Tests -Residents of Okanogan County can take advantage of a pilot program to have rapid-result COVID-19 tests delivered to their homes. Okanogan Public Health is one of nine county health departments to sign up for the testing program, funded by the National Institutes of Health. The QuickVue antigen tests are free of charge and yield results in about 10 minutes, which must then be reported to healthcare providers. Health officials say accurate home testing can help disrupt the spread of COVId-19. Okanogan residents can sign up to receive their test kits online at sayyescovidhometest.org.
New E. Wen. Judge -East Wenatchee’s municipal court will have a new judge in 2022. The city allowed its contract with longtime municipal judge Chancey Crowell to lapse at the end of December. Instead, the city council approved a four-year contract with East Wenatchee lawyer Clarke Tibbitts to take on the job. Tibbitts has served as a pro-tem judge in that court. Crowell has acted as the city’s chief municipal judge since 2010, hearing traffic and local misdemeanor cases.
Ancient Pipe -As we go to break. . .You never know what you’ll find when you dig up an old water system. Federal archaeologists are now excavating a 15-foot wooden pipe, at least a hundred years old, discovered by accident at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery. The pipe was found after rodents dug out one end of it. It carried water to the on-site homes of hatchery workers until 1964, when it was bypassed and forgotten. Hatchery officials say next spring, they’ll remove the pipe from the ground and put it on display in front of their headquarters.
Redistricting Fail -In tonight’s feature story, three times since 1990, Washington’s Redistricting Commission has successfully drawn new congressional and legislative maps. But the final redistricting hearing on Monday missed the 2020 legal deadline after multiple closed-door sessions that left the public out in the cold. The state must now be redistricted by the Supreme Court. On Thursday, the four members of the bipartisan commission tried to explain why the process collapsed. .

We’ll start things off on the Les Schwab Men’s College Basketball Scoreboard from last night…

Noah Williams led six Cougs in double-figures as Washington State cruised to a 109-61 win over Idaho in the Battle of the Palouse. Mouhamed Gueye and Michael Flowers each had 13 as WSU won the 277th meeting between the two schools, the longest rivalry in the country.
Graham Ike scored a season-high 26-points and Wyoming pulled away in overtime to beat Washington 77-72. Terrell Brown, Jr. scored 21-of-his 30-points in the second half and overtime. The U-Dub dropped to 2-and-2 with the loss.

The only game on the schedule for the men this weekend is tonight at top-ranked Gonzaga hosts Bellarmine in the McCarthy Athletic Center at 6 o’clock.

Coming up on the women’s schedule tomorrow, 10th-ranked Louisville and Cashmere’s Hailey Van Lith play at Washington at 2 o’clock.
On Sunday, 7th-ranked Stanford plays at Gonzaga at 1 o’clock. Washington State and Idaho pick up the women’s part of the Battle of the Palouse at 2 o’clock on ESPN-plus.

A State Title is no longer on the table for the Wenatchee Panthers volleyball team…

Wenatchee dropped a gut-wrencher to Mount Rainier this morning. The Panthers jumped out on top, winning the first two sets 25-21 and 25-23. But then the Rams came back to win the next two 25-19 and 29-27. So it came down to a 5th and deciding set, which Mount Rainier won 15-12.
That will put Wenatchee into the loser’s bracket with a match at 5:45 against Lake Stevens. West Valley defeated the Eagles 3-2 to advance.
Coach Marni McMahon says she has a busy itinerary for the girls to follow to prepare for their second match…

For Panther seniors Addie Schulz, Irelyn Branam and Abby Black, they know that coach McMahon won’t let them get too far down because of a loss and they’ll take time to prepare for the next moment…

Wenatchee’s only State Title in volleyball came in 1983. Before that, they took 3rd in 1982 and 4th in 1978. McMahon says the girls are completely aware how special it would be to come home with a trophy…

No matter what happens tonight, coach McMahon says she and the girls have a great appreciation for everyone involved in helping them get to where they are…

McMahon is in her second season coaching at Wenatchee after leading Cascade’s program to six state trophies and a State Title in 2013. She says the Panthers have wh at it takes…

So if Wenatchee hopes to bring home the fourth trophy in school history, they’ll have to beat Lake Stevens tonight to advance to tomorrow.

The State 2A Tournament didn’t start so well for Ellensburg or Ephrata today either. The Bulldogs lost a heartbreaker to White River 3-sets-to-2. They were trying to bounce back against Shadle Park this afternoon.
Ephrata fell in straight sets to Anacortes 25-18, 21 and 23. The Tigers are playing Mark Morris for a chance to stay in the tournament this evening.

The State Football Playoffs resume tonight and tomorrow…

Okanogan faces Columbia-Burbank tonight at Lee Bofto Field in the Apple Bowl. It’s the State 2B Quarterfinals with kickoff set for 7 o’clock.

Liberty Bell has a date with Odessa tomorrow afternoon in Moses Lake. The Mountain Lions quarterfinal game in the State 1B Tournament kicks off at Lions Field at 3 o’clock.

The College Football weekend kicks off tonight…

It will be a cold and wet night in Pullman where the Cougars kick off against Arizona on the Pac-12 Network at 6 o’clock. The forecast is calling for rain with temperatures in the upper 30’s at game time.
Central Washington is in Missouri for the first round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs. The Wildcats face Northwest Missouri State tomorrow morning at 11 o’clock.
Washington plays at Colorado at Noon on the Pac-12 Network. Eastern Washington plays at Portland State at 2 o’clock.

The Seattle Kraken will try to snap a 5-game losing streak at home tonight…

Climate Pledge Arena will be rocking at the Kraken host the Colorado Avalanche. They’ll drop the puck at 7 on ESPN-Plus.

The Wenatchee Wild begin a busy weekend in Nanaimo tonight at 7. Tomorrow they’ll travel to Victoria to face the Grizzlies at 7. They’ll wrap up the weekend Sunday afternoon at 2:30 in Langley against the Rivermen. You can listen to the games locally on radio on 560 KPQ or 1340 The Hawk. You can also watch online through a subscription with Hockey TV.

The Seahawks have a daunting task Sunday when they host Arizona at Lumen Field…

Seattle is last in the NFC West at 3-and-6 while the Cardinals lead the division at 8-and-2. Kyler Murray is expected to be back in the lineup at quarterback while Russell Wilson will start his second game back from surgery. Kickoff is set for 1:25 on FOX.

Thanks Eric. Recapping tonight’s top story. . .
Quincy Accident -A Quincy youth had to be airlifted to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane after a 2-car accident yesterday afternoon 5 miles south of Quincy. The Washington State Patrol reports that at about 3:45PM a 2006 Honda Civic was attempting to turn left from White Trail Road onto State Route 281 when it was struck on the drivers side by a 2000 Cadillac Escalade that was travelling southbound on the highway. The driver of the Civic, 17-year old Eduardo Ramirez-Rodriguez of Quincy, was airlifted to Spokane with critical injuries. The two occupants of the Escalade, 45-year old Agustina Maldonado and 48-year old Gerardo Maldonado – both from Othello – were treated for injuries at Quincy Valley Medical Center. Rodriguez faces charges of failing to yield the right-of-way.
Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up Monday 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 weekend.