Evening News February 13

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

 

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, Douglas County Commissioners are adamantly opposed to a proposed carbon tax in Washington State, and, The deadline for nominating a Hometown Hero award is this Thursday, we will tell you more.

But first, we begin tonight:

Some very sad news to report out of Grant County tonight as investigators continue to look into the deaths of two Coulee City residents due to what is believed to be carbon monoxide poisoning.

In a press release earlier today, Sheriff Tom Jones said Grant County responders were called about 7:00 last night to a trailer park in the 500 block of West Walnut Street in Coulee City after a landlord found the renters, a male and a female, dead inside a home. Investigators believe the two were overcome by carbon monoxide from either a propane appliance or a propane heater in the home. Foul play is not suspected. The Grant County Coroner will notify the next of kin and perform autopsies to confirm the causes of death. Once the families have been notified the names of those Coulee City residents will be released.

Douglas County Commissioners are adamantly opposed to a proposed carbon tax in Washington State. The Commissioners are also highly critical of State Senator, Brad Hawkins, who abstained when the bill came up for a vote in his Senate Committee earlier this week. Commissioners rifled off a scathing letter to Hawkins this week explaining their disappointment. . .

Last week Senator Hawkins hosted Governor Jay Inslee on a so-called listening tour of the Wenatchee area. During the tour the Governor met with Chelan County PUD Commissioners where the issue of the carbon tax came up. The Governor also reported afterwards that his carbon tax proposal is supported by the State’s apple industry as a means of battling climate change and its reported impacts on fruit.

A bill making its way out of the State House Friday requires the newly created State Department of Children, Youth and Families to develop a website in conjunction with the Department of Commerce that provides business resource and guidance for employer supported childcare. The measure also establishes a childcare scholarship and loan repayment program. Democrat Representative Kristine Reeves sponsored the bill . . .

GOP Representative Joe Schmick of Colfax spoke in opposition. . .

The measure passed out of the house on mostly a partisan vote.

When you hear the words ‘hometown hero’ does someone specific come to mind? The deadline for nominating that person or organization for a Hometown Hero award is this Thursday through the Inland Northwest Red Cross chapter. Red Cross Rep. Rick Isaacson stopped by Wake Up Wenatchee Valley this morning to talk more about the award. . .

Nominees for the award must live or performed the heroic act in Grant, Douglas, Chelan or Okanogan County within the last two years. Local organizations also qualify for the award. The Hometown Heroes Celebration takes place March 29, 2018 at the Wenatchee Convention Center.

Coming up next, January home sales in the Wenatchee market was down 7-percent compared to January of 2017, and, Tax season is near, which already has accountants throughout the area busily preparing returns for the April 17th deadline.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Make ncwlife.com your go to site for election night returns. We will have all of tonight’s results for Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan Counties on-line soon after the 8 pm official poll closing. That’s also the deadline for returning ballots to the auditors office. If you plan to mail in your ballot, make sure it has today’s postmark. Voters will be deciding the fate of maintenance and operations levies in the Cashmere, Waterville, Palisades, Okanogan, Orondo, Omak, Pateros, Tonasket and Oroville Districts. Cashmere is also running a construction bond measure. In addition, the Douglas County Hospital District 2 requests  money for Waterville ambulance services and the Grant County Hospital District 2 is seeking a one-year levy for services at the Quincy Valley Medical Center.

January home sales in the Wenatchee market was down 7-percent compared to January of 2017. In fact, when comparing sales during the last 90 days to the same period last year, there has been a 5% decrease in the number of homes sold. That according to Pacific Appraisal and Associates monthly real estate snapshot of the Wenatchee Market released yesterday (Mon.). The good news is that new home listings last month showed an increase of 31-percent when compared to January 2017.

The median sales price for January 2018, which is basically the price point in the middle of all property sales, is up 3-percent over last year at $276,250-dollars. The average home price, which is calculated by taking the sum of the values of all home sales and dividing it by the number of homes sold, is up 16-percent over last year at $321,299-dollars.

Tax season is near, which already has accountants throughout the area busily preparing returns for the April 17th deadline. Pete Luchini (lou-KEEN-ee), is a Certified Public Accountant and Accredited in Business Valuation at Cordell, Neher (NAIR) and Company in Wenatchee. She says the easiest way for business owners to get in trouble with the IRS is not pay. . .

Luchini advices businesses who find themselves in this situation to work through an accountant with the IRS to quickly get themselves back in good standing and not ignore it. You can learn more Tax Tips with Luchini and other CPA professionals from Cordell, Neher and Company on Let’s Learn weekly on the NCWLIFE Channel. Check our program guide on our website at NCWLIFE dot com for more information.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update followed by today’s feature story. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Another busy week of basketball starts tonight here in the Wenatchee Valley and across North Central Washington.  For local 4-A schools, it’s a must-win situation tonight to just GET IN to the district tournament later this week…

For Eastmont, that means a home game tonight against West Valley.  The two teams faced each other twice during the regular season with the home team holding serve.  Eastmont lost on the Ram’s floor in December 58-49 but then turned the tables just a few weeks ago, knocking off West Valley 59-46.  Grant Olson had the call that night on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Emily DeFour finished with 13-points while Bryn O’Rourke had 12 that night.  O’Rourke might not be available for the Wildcats tonight, however, after she fell and split her chin open in Eastmont’s regular season finale at Sunnyside last Friday.

We’ll have the Eastmont/West Valley game LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel with Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson beginning at 5:45 tonight.  Also this evening, the Wenatchee girls are on the road at Davis for a loser-out, play-in game at 7 o’clock.

In boys basketball tonight, it’s the fourth meeting of the season between Wenatchee and Eastmont with this one having the most on the line at Wenatchee High School…

The Play-In game begins at 8 o’clock to allow Eastmont fans a chance to watch the girls game across the river.  In the three previous meetings this season, the Panthers held the big edged in the first two, winning 67-42 and 55-35 in December.  But the last time the two met, it came right down to the wire…

Neither team is playing lights-out right now, as Wenatchee has lost 3 of its past 4 games and Eastmont is on a four game losing streak coming into tonight.  But, as they say, you throw the records out the window when these two teams meet.  Ian Dunn and Mark Miller will have your play-by-play tonight at 8 on the NCWLIFE Channel.

The other Play-In game has West Valley travelling to Moses Lake.  In addition, the Central Washington B 1-B Tournament gets underway tonight with a couple first-round games.  Entiat is on the road at Pateros while Moses Lake Christian plays at Riverside Christian.  Both those games start at 6 o’clock.

So, here’s a look again at our broadcast schedule for the week…

There you have it, Eastmont and West Valley girls tonight at 5:45 followed by the Wenatchee and Eastmont boys at 8.  Thursday is Hockey Night with the Wenatchee Wild taking on Langley in a game from February 3rd.  Then we’ll bring you the Cashmere Valley Bank Royalty Selection Pageant again Friday and Saturday night at 7.  We’ll also slip some more hockey your way (shhh, don’t tell anyone) Saturday afternoon at 2 with the Wild and Powell River from the end of January.

Thanks Eric…

Our feature story tonight is for anyone who has that one member of the family, who’s just a little different. Wisconsin Public Television introduces us to a man who has built a deer stand like no other. . .

We’ll be back in just a moment with a recap of some of today’s stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

Time now for a recap of our top story tonight…

Some very sad news to report out of Grant County tonight as investigators continue to look into the deaths of two Coulee City residents due to what is believed to be carbon monoxide poisoning.

In a press release earlier today, Sheriff Tom Jones said Grant County responders were called about 7:00 last night to a trailer park in the 500 block of West Walnut Street in Coulee City after a landlord found the renters, a male and a female, dead inside a home. Investigators believe the two were overcome by carbon monoxide from either a propane appliance or a propane heater in the home. Foul play is not suspected. The Grant County Coroner will notify the next of kin and perform autopsies to confirm the causes of death. Once the families have been notified the names of those Coulee City residents will be released.

Make ncwlife.com your go to site for election night returns. We will have all of tonight’s results for Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan Counties on-line soon after the 8 pm official poll closing. That’s also the deadline for returning ballots to the auditors office. If you plan to mail in your ballot, make sure it has today’s postmark. Voters will be deciding the fate of maintenance and operations levies in the Cashmere, Waterville, Palisades, Okanogan, Orondo, Omak, Pateros, Tonasket and Oroville Districts. Cashmere is also running a construction bond measure. In addition, The Douglas County Hospital District 2 requests  money for Waterville ambulance services and the Grant County Hospital District 2 is seeking a one-year levy for services at the Quincy Valley Medical Center.

With a high temperature of only 38 degrees yesterday, it was another cool and dry weather day today with highs only in the mid 30’s. High clouds will continue to move into the region tonight ahead of the next weather system, which will move in late tonight and into Wednesday. This storm system has the potential to bring heavy snow accumulations mainly to the eastern third of Washington, and north Idaho. A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for the mountains of Washington state, where some locations could see up to a foot of snow through Wednesday making mountain travel hazardous over the next 24 to 36 hours. Thursday and for most of Friday we will be in-between storms with mostly sunny skies and warmer temperatures. High on Friday expected to reach 50 degrees. By late Friday night, a stronger weather system drops down from the north which will increase our chance for rain to 50% Friday night and 40% on Saturday. On Sunday, the cold front and associated weather system will move out of the state leaving behind cooler and dry weather with highs only in the upper 30’s by Monday and Tuesday.

In case you missed the sunrise this morning, we leave you tonight with this time lapse from our Billy Goat Sky-Fi Camera overlooking Pateros and the Columbia River. .

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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 and news with Steve Hair. Thanks for joining us and have a great night.