NCWLIFE News February 11, 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, Another round of heavy snow overnight blanketed North Central Washington forcing schools across the region to close or delay classes this morning. The snowstorm that hit Friday night landed especially hard on the Waterville Plateau, with blizzard-like conditions and snow drifts, and, The weekend snowstorm also resulted in numerous crashes and spinouts as drivers faced whiteout conditions across the region.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Moderate to heavy snow accumulations returned to the Cascades and Northcentral Washington today and will spread across the remainder of the Inland Northwest by tonight. The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning at 1:00 this afternoon and runs until 10:00 tomorrow morning for the Wenatchee Valley, Chelan, Entiat, Cashmere, Waterville, Mansfield, and Badger Mountain Road.

Snow will be locally heavy tonight and Tuesday morning where anywhere from 8 to 12 inches of snow could fall. Remember, a Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. This on top of the almost 12 inches of snow recorded at Pangborn Airport since Friday.

Another round of heavy snow overnight blanketed North Central Washington forcing schools across the region to close or delay classes this morning. Schools in Moses Lake, Ephrata, Quincy and Waterville were all closed this morning.

 

DOT, County and City road crews worked around the clock to try and keep up with the snowfall but several roads were shut down due to impassable driving conditions in the Columbia Basin.

I90 between Vantage and Kittitas was also shut down for a period of time late Saturday.

Highway 2 between Waterville and Coulee City reopened this morning following a prolonged weekend closure caused by massive snowdrifts. As we mentioned earlier, another weather system is expected to bring anywhere from 8 to 12 inches of additional snow today, tonight and tomorrow.

The snowstorm that hit Friday night landed especially hard on the Waterville Plateau, with blizzard-like conditions and snow drifts forcing the closure for most of the weekend of most roads and highways in and out of Waterville. Road workers and residents say it was a challenging weekend. . .

A weekend snowstorm resulted in numerous crashes and spinouts as drivers faced whiteout conditions across the region. Saturday’s weather system dumped over a foot of snow in the Columbia Basin and the Wenatchee area.

Washington State DOT crews closed down Highway 2 between Orondo and Coulee City due to blinding and drifting snow. Badger Mountain and Bridgeport Hill were also closed as Douglas County Road crews were also working 24 hours to keep up with the conditions.

Troopers say a Leavenworth man was driving too fast for the snowy conditions when he crashed into another vehicle late Friday afternoon. It happened when 20-year old Wyatt Whaley lost control of his pickup truck while traveling westbound on Hwy 2 about a mile east of Leavenworth.

Troopers say the pickup collided with an eastbound pickup driven by a Malaga man. Whaley was transported to Confluence Health for treatment. The other driver was injured but treated at the scene. Highway 2 Traffic was stalled for about two hours.

A Lake Chelan area barn was destroyed in a predawn fire Sunday. Chelan Fire and Rescue reported in a Facebook post that crews responded to a structure fire off Henderson Road that was reported shortly before 6 am Sunday. On arrival crews found a 20 x 30 foot two story barn fully involved. Two Chelan County Sheriff’s deputies had arrived earlier. Crews had to overhaul 300 feet of hose line through heavy snow because of there were no nearby fire hydrants. There were reports of chickens and goats inside the barn. Officials say none of the animals survived. The fire’s cause is under investigation. Manson fire crews also responded. Crews were challenged with severe weather conditions including temperatures that plummeted to 9 degrees.

Coming up next, Despite heavy snows and cold temperatures throughout the valley, spring officially sprung for the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival with its royalty selection Saturday night at Wenatchee High School. Voters are set to decide a variety of tax levies in Tuesday’s special election, and, A Lake Chelan area barn was destroyed in a predawn fire on Sunday.   I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Despite heavy snows and cold temperatures throughout the valley, spring officially sprung for the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival with its royalty selection Saturday night at Wenatchee High School…

Savannah Slife, the daughter of Eric and Daphne Slife, was selected as Queen of the 100th Apple Blossom Festival.  Her court will include Princess Elizabeth Popoff, the daughter of Don and Lisa Popoff and Princess Olivia Lancaster, the daughter of Rick and Sandra Lancaster.  The trio joined our hosts Eric Granstrom and Julie Kuntz shortly after their coronation…

Scholarships were also handed out for Most Photogenic to Lorena Zepeda; Congeniality and Achievement to Olivia Lancaster; Community Involvement to Cassidy Cunningham; and Original Speech to Citlali (sit-LAL-ee) Gonzalez Orroyo. The pageant will re-air on NCWLIFE tonight at 7:00 and Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

Voters are set to decide a variety of tax levies in Tuesday’s special election. Today is the deadline to return mail-in ballots for Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan Counties. In Leavenworth a proposed levy would improved EMS services in the Cascade Hospital District. Voters in Waterville will decide the fate of both a replacement Maintenance and Operations (M and O) levy and a Capital Replacement levy for technical and facility upgrades at Waterville School District. Manson School District is also running a replacement M and O Levy and a Capital improvement levy for facility upgrades. NCWLIFE will post the election night results on our website and Facebook page.

A Lake Chelan area barn was destroyed in a predawn fire Sunday. Chelan Fire and Rescue reported in a Facebook post that crews responded to a structure fire off Henderson Road that was reported shortly before 6 am Sunday. On arrival crews found a 20 x 30 foot two story barn fully involved. Two Chelan County Sheriff’s deputies had arrived earlier. Crews had to overhaul 300 feet of hose line through heavy snow because of there were no nearby fire hydrants. There were reports of chickens and goats inside the barn. Officials say none of the animals survived. The fire’s cause is under investigation. Manson fire crews also responded. Crews were challenged with severe weather conditions including temperatures that plummeted to 9 degrees.

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, former Chelan County Sheriff, Mike Brickert is profiled in a recent video produced by the group, Paralyzed Veterans of America. It documents Brickert’s recovery and inspirational life after a near fatal bicycle crash while serving in the US National Guard during the Gulf War, here’s a look. . .

Brickert is still active as a competitive bicyclist. He’s married and makes his home in Wise River, Montana.

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 Wild are back home after a successful road trip in Canada, winning two of three games, both wins coming in overtime…

Wenatchee began the weekend at Cowichan Valley Friday night.  The Capitals scored first with the Wild countering on goals by PJ Fletcher and Marko Reifenberger to make it 2-1 at the end of the first period.

The Capitals came back with two goals in the second to stake a 3-2 lead before Brandon Koch tied it at the 9-minute mark of the third.  The game would go into overtime and that’s where we’ll pick up the highlights with Arch Ecker on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network, video courtesy of Hockey TV…

Wenatchee came out flat the next night, being outshot 30-to-22 and outscored in a 4-1 defeat at Victoria.  Chad Sasaki scored the Wild’s lone goal just before the end of the first period.

So it would be on to Coquitlam Sunday for an afternoon game with the Express.  The home team scored the first two goals before Wenatchee lit the lamp on Nathan Iannone’s 9th goal of the season.  The Express held a 4-1 lead in the 3rd before the Wild came storming back with goals by Sasaki and Marko Reifenberger in the final two minutes to send it into overtime.

Back to the highlights with Arch Ecker on the call and video courtesy of Hockey TV…

That makes 11 games for the Wild this season settled in overtime or a shootout past overtime, with Wenatchee 5-3 in overtime.  The Wild return for the final two home games of the regular season this Friday and Saturday at the Town Toyota Center with Salmon Arm in town.  Both games start at 7:05.

Despite the snow storm that hit over the weekend, the 2B District 5/6 basketball tournament was able to be played as we check the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard…

Waterville-Mansfield won its first game over Walla Walla Valley Academy Friday 58-45.  Then on Saturday, at Hanford High School, the Shockers fell to Tri-Cities Prep 63-34.  So now it’s on to Friday in the consolation bracket with a 4 o’clock game at Chelan High School against DeSales.

In Big 9 Girls Basketball Friday…

Wenatchee officially ended its season with a 37-20 loss to Moses Lake.  The Panthers finished the season 1-and-19.  The District Play-In games will be tomorrow with Eastmont at Davis at 5:45.  Eisenhower plays at West Valley at 6.  The winners advance to face Moses Lake and Sunnyside in the District Tournament Friday.

On the Les Schwab Boys Prep Scoreboard Friday…

Wenatchee got a spirited effort from Garrett Long in a 46-39 win over Moses Lake.  West Valley was also victorious, with a 63-59 win over Davis, so the Panthers and Rams are co-league champs.  West Valley gets the #1 seed heading into districts with a better quality win total than Wenatchee with Eisenhower beating Sunnyside 66-52.

The District Play-In games are tomorrow with Eastmont traveling to Davis at 7:30.  Wenatchee will host the higher seed remaining after tomorrow Friday at 7pm.  We’ll have that game LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel.  The other play-in has Moses Lake hosting Eisenhower.

After the snow scratched the schedule for Saturday, they’ll try again today to play the first round of the District 6 1A Tournament at Wenatchee High School…

It starts at 3 o’clock with a loser-out girls game between Okanogan and Chelan.  That’s followed by 4:30 by a loser-out game between Chelan and Omak.  The girls district championship features Omak and Cashmere at 6.  Then the boys championship will follow at 8 between Okanogan and Cashmere.

The Central Washington 1B District gets underway tomorrow at Ephrata High School…

The Entiat girls face Moses Lake Christian in a loser-out game at 6 o’clock.  Then on Wednesday, the Entiat boys play a loser-out game against Riverside Christian at 6.

We’re still waiting on the WIAA to provide the brackets for a 32-man field for the Mat Classic this weekend in the Tacoma Dome.  All the regional tournaments were cancelled across the state last weekend due to the snow storm.

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). 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.