NCWLIFE Evening News November 27, 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, U.S. customs agents say they participated in a cross-border arrest last week when a pilot flew from Canada and landed illegally at the Methow Valley Airport in Winthrop. Police agencies are mourning a man who helped them learn new approaches to civilians in mental health crisis, and, After a double dose of good luck, Don Entzel has been elected as the new mayor of George.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Blewett Pass was closed for about four hours this morning after several semis got stuck in heavy and blowing snow near the summit. The Washington State Patrol said they first had to clear the stuck semis before the Department of Transportation could plow and treat the highway.

The pass was closed just before 6 a.m. and was reopened shortly before 10 a.m. Even then chains were required on all vehicles except those with all-wheel drive.

Snowy and slick conditions also caused havoc in Spokane late Tuesday afternoon, with a 60-car pileup on Interstate 90 just west of downtown. The westbound lanes of the freeway backed up for miles as the accident scene was cleared.

The State Patrol said six people were taken to area hospitals, though none with serious injuries. Spokane Transit also took about 30 motorists to a local Shriners to get warm.

U.S. customs agents say they participated in a cross-border arrest last week when a pilot flew from Canada, landed illegally at the Methow Valley Airport in Winthrop, and flew back across the border with federal helicopters in pursuit.

The November 20th incident ended at the airport in Langley, British Columbia, where the Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrested the pilot. Customs agents say they saw the man throw several bags out of the airplane while it was airborne over the wilderness. The RCMP told us this morning the case is still under investigation, and declined to release the suspect’s name.

Police agencies are mourning a man who helped them learn new approaches to civilians in mental health crisis. Eric Skansgaard, the director of community integration for Catholic Charities in central Washington, worked with city police and county sheriffs to help people they encounter who are dealing with mental illness.

The Wenatchee Police Department gave him a citizen commendation last year for his work. Skansgaard died by suicide November 8th. Wenatchee Police Captain Edgar Reinfeld called him “a tremendous friend and partner” to local police and emergency responders. As a reminder, if you or someone you know is suffering, the Chelan-Douglas crisis line can be reached at 662-7105.

After a double dose of good luck, Don Entzel has been elected as the new mayor of George. Entzel won a coin flip Tuesday to settle a tie with incumbent Mayor Gerene Nelson. First, however, there was a drawing to see which of the two would be heads, with Entzel’s name drawn. Then, County Auditor Michele Jaderlund flipped a coin, which landed on heads. The coin flip was necessary under state law after a hand recount Tuesday showed the two still tied 28-28. There was one write-in vote, which was determined to be invalid.

Coming up next, A smaller-than-expected Wenatchee School Board swore in its new members Tuesday night. Local auditors spent Tuesday certifying the results of the November 6th elections, and, A free thanksgiving dinner is once again available to residents in the Chelan area, we will tell you about that. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

A smaller-than-expected Wenatchee School Board swore in its new members Tuesday night. Between one resignation and one seat thrown into doubt by an unexpected election victory, only three of the five board seats are currently filled. Tim Larson won election over Karina Vega-Villa, but Larson recently moved to Cashmere and can’t serve. He had this to say before declining to take the office. . .

The board will have to take steps to fill the two vacancies by appointment. Both positions will be posted for interested applicants. The sitting board members hold interviews January 9th, and the new members are set to be named on January 10th.

Local auditors spent Tuesday certifying the results of the November 6th elections. The final tallies didn’t change any election results, but they do show about 33,000 voters cast ballots in Chelan and Douglas counties, for an average turnout of 48 percent. In perhaps the closest race in our area, the final counts show Janet Conklin beating Zeke Martinez for the post of Bridgeport mayor, by a walloping three votes out of 231 cast.

In tonight’s feature story, a free thanksgiving dinner is once again available to residents in the Chelan area. NCWLIFE’s Kaitlin Hetterscheidt has more. . .

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. . .

Time now for our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Today, NCWLife’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Rocky the dog. . .

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 Wenatchee Girls Bowling team is off to a good start after a 4-0 win over Sunnyside yesterday…

Coach Jeremy Anders tells us that Kylah Hankins rolled a 208 and 202 to lead the Panthers.  Kayla Musgrove also did well with a 177 and 168.  Wenatchee outscored the Grizzlies in the total pin count 1,705 to 1,405.

The Panthers have one more match before the holiday with a trip to Minda Lanes today to take on Ellensburg at 3:30.

Eastmont is off until next Tuesday when they’ll host Moses Lake.

The Wenatchee Wild will be back in the Town Toyota Center for two games Friday and Saturday.  The Nanaimo Clippers will be in town Friday for a 7:05 game followed by the Langley Rivermen Saturday at 7:05.

Arch Ecker and David Rayfield joined us on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley recently to talk about how you can help a worthy cause this weekend…

It’s going to be a busy weekend for the folks at Les Schwab and the Toy Drive volunteers as they’ll be at the Wild game Friday night, then Hooked On Toys Saturday at 10, and then back with the Wild Saturday night.

Washington and Washington State are preparing this week for the Apple Cup game in Seattle Friday…

It’s actually only been the “Apple Cup” since 1962, so this would officially be the 58th Apple Cup.  Of course, the two teams have played going back to 1900 with the Huskies leading the series 73-32-6. 

While Washington Coach Chris Petersen was focused on x’s and o’s during his press conference this week, Washington State Coach Mike Leach was ranking the top foods for Thanksgiving…

Wenatchee graduate Trey Adams will play his final home game in a Husky uniform Friday.  Coach Petersen says he vividly recalls Adams as one of his first recruits…

Petersen has yet to lose to Washington State since he took over the Husky program in 2014. 

Leach was asked about being grateful at Thanksgiving…

Washington and Washington State Kickoff in the annual Apple Cup game at Husky Stadium Friday at 1 o’clock on FOX.

Thanks Eric.

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, we will be off tomorrow to enjoy the day with our families, we hope you have a great night and a very Happy Thanksgiving. Goodnight.