Evening News December 20

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Good evening and welcome to NCWLIFE 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—will residents still see free parking passes at Chelan PUD parks next year, we’ll let you know, and we’ll have details on the recently released real estate snapshot for November in the Wenatchee Valley.

But first, we begin tonight:

As expected, Congress  passed the tax reform bill late this morning and it should be ready for the President’s signature by later this afternoon or early tonight. Among the elements included in the bill is the elimination of the individual mandate element of the Affordable Care Act which 4th District Congressman, Dan Newhouse says will benefit a large number of constituents in his Central Washington District. He commented during a House Rules Committee hearing on Monday. . .

Newhouse added that doubling the standard deduction—and increasing the child tax credit will provide relief for working families in Central Washington. Additionally, he said in a prepared statement that the bill is a win for small businesses and farmers by allowing them to immediately write off the full cost of new equipment.

Senator Patty Murray posted her reaction to the tax bill on Facebook. She said every Senator and Representative who voted for the Republican tax plan voted against working families. Murray contends the bill, in her words, “gifts massive tax cuts to the wealthiest few, blows a massive hole in our deficit, and endangers Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.” But what the Democratic Senator says is almost as alarming as the bill itself is the process by which it was  drafted. She claims Republicans struck their deals behind closed doors and then jammed the bill through Congress without a single real hearing.

Boeing has announced its workforce will greatly benefit from the new tax reform law. The Company says it will invest 300 million dollars in Employee-related and charitable investments to spur innovation and growth. Boeing’s President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg praised the tax bill as a critical driver of business, economic growth and innovation for the United States and for Boeing.

He says the simpler tax code and lower tax rate are closer to those enjoyed by Boeing’s global competition and will have a clear and direct benefit to Boeing, its employees, and other stakeholders. Muilenburg announced immediate commitments for an additional $300 million in investments that will move forward as a result of the new tax law.

Wenatchee’s inventory of homes for sale continues to decline as prices continue to climb.

The real estate snapshot report for November issued by Pacific Appraisal and Associates says the average sale price rose to 317,820-dollars up from 315-thousand in October. For the third month in a row, the median home sales price remained steady at 290-thousand dollars, up 8% compared to November of 2016.

The report also says there were a total of 101 homes sold in November which is up 20% from the same time last year where 84 homes were sold. Meanwhile, the number of active listings continues to be high in the 301 to 350-thousand dollar range at 38 while active listings and pending home sales are also up in the 351 to 400-thousand dollar range.

From January 1st of this year through November, there were 974 single family units sold within the Wenatchee Market which includes Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Malaga, Orondo and Rock Island. That’s a 5% decrease from the same timeframe in 2016.

A program that provides free parking for Chelan County PUD at District-owned state parks continues next year. The program was identified by customers as one of the highest-ranked priorities in its long-range strategic plan.

PUD customers and county residents can apply now for their 2018 pass to park free during the day at Wenatchee Confluence, Daroga and Lincoln Rock. Offered as a Public Power Benefit since 2015, the passes are popular, said Parks Manager Ryan Baker. His goal is to issue at least 1,700 passes for 2018. Baker said that is about 60 more passes than were issued this year.

Coming up next, the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a shooting that occurred last night in Okanogan and a man is randomly shot at a gas station last night in Moses Lake. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a shooting that occurred last night in Okanogan. Sheriff Frank Rogers says it happened just after midnight on Elmway Drive.

At the scene deputies located 47-year old Daniel C. Allard who had been shot by his wife, 54-year old Sharon A. Allard, also of Okanogan. The Sheriff says the case is still under investigation and detectives will be executing a search warrant today at the residence. Sharon A. Allard was transported to the Okanogan County Jail and booked for Attempted Murder, 1st Degree. Daniel C. Allard was transported to Mid-Valley Hospital and then airlifted to Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane. Once the investigation is completed more information will be released.

A man was filling his tires with air at a gas station in Moses Lake early this morning when he heard gun shots and felt a sharp pain in his leg. Police responded to multiple reports of shots fired around 1:30 a.m. at the 76 Gas Station near State Route 17. Captain Dave Sands tells us more…

Anyone with information is asked to call Moses Lake Police at 762-1160.

The Northwest Avalanche Center has issued an avalanche warning for all of the west slopes of the Cascades including both Stevens and Snoqualmie Passes. There is high avalanche danger forcasted for all elevations through today and into Thursday morning.

The combination of heavy, wet snow on top of a slab of snowpack has made conditions in the Cascades highly susceptible to an avalanche. There have been 11 U.S. avalanche fatalities over the past ten years and of those 11, six, or 54-percent, occurred here in Washington State.

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

On the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from last night…

First, in Caribou Trail League Basketball, Okanogan doubled up on Cascade last night with the boys winning 74-49 and the girls coming out on top 62-35.

In Wrestling, Eastmont visited Wenatchee in a Big 9 rivalry and earned 24-points by pin and another 12-points via forfeit in downing the Panthers 49-21.  Our own Eric Granstrom and his Dad Dave had the call LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Nearly 1,000 fans were on hand last night at the Town Toyota Center for some men’s college basketball as Central Washington took on Northwest Nazarene out of Idaho…

Jawan Stepney had 16-points and Khalil Shabazz 15 as Central grabbed a 14-point halftime lead and cruised to an 80-67 victory.  The Wildcats had two other players in double figures as Central improved to 6-and-4 on the season, evening its G-NAC record to 2-and-2.  This “home” game for Central was a test-run at the Town Toyota Center and the attendance figures were much larger than the Wildcat’s last game at Nicholson Pavilion in Ellensburg where 381 fans came through the turnstiles.

The hardwood at the Town Toyota Center will see a lot more basketball over the coming days as the high schoolers now take center stage with the Gesa Credit Union NCW Basketball Showcase…

The Cashmere girls face Chelan tonight at 6 followed by the Bulldogs and Goat boys at 7:30.  Then tomorrow…

It all begins at 11am with the Eisenhower boys facing Bethel followed at 1 by the Moses Lake boys and Lynnwood.  We’ll have the University-Wenatchee girls LIVE on NCWLIFE Channel at 3 followed by the U-High-Panther boys at 5:30.  Eastmont faces Rogers with the girls at 7 and boys at 9 o’clock.

Then on Friday…

It’s Bethel and Moses Lake at 11 followed by Ike and Lynnwood at 1.  Rogers and University play at 3 and 5 before we bring you Wenatchee and Eastmont LIVE on NCWLIFE with the girls at 7 and the boys at 9.

Finally, our thoughts and prayers are with Dennis Tronson and his family right now…

We learned last night that Tronson suffered an apparent heart attack while skiing at Mission Ridge yesterday.  The longtime soccer coach and teacher at Wenatchee and Cashmere High Schools was rushed to Central Washington Hospital where he underwent surgery to have two stints put in.  We understand that the prognosis is good and that Dennis should make a recovery.

The WIAA is out with its list of Athletes of the Week and Tyler Kert of Cashmere is on it…

Kert led the Bulldogs to two league wins last week, scoring 30 points against Cascade (Leavenworth) and 21 points against Okanogan.  He knocked down nine three-pointers (9 of 14) against Cascade, to go along with eight rebounds and seven steals.  Against Okanogan, he added six rebounds.

 

Thanks Eric…

With the vision of giving every abused or neglected child the opportunity to thrive in a safe home, Court Appointed Special Advocates or CASA in Chelan and Douglas County works with the community to do just that. Executive Director Sue Baker says the region could use help with more foster homes. . .

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 some of our top stories…

The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a shooting that occurred last night in Okanogan. Sheriff Frank Rogers says it happened just after midnight on Elmway Drive.

At the scene deputies located 47-year old Daniel C. Allard who had been shot by his wife, 54-year old Sharon A. Allard, also of Okanogan. The Sheriff says the case is still under investigation and detectives will be executing a search warrant today at the residence. Sharon A. Allard was transported to the Okanogan County Jail and booked for Attempted Murder, 1st Degree. Daniel C. Allard was transported to Mid-Valley Hospital and then airlifted to Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane. Once the investigation is completed more information will be released.

A man was filling his tires with air at a gas station in Moses Lake early this morning when he heard gun shots and felt a sharp pain in his leg. Police responded to multiple reports of shots fired around 1:30 a.m. at the 76 Gas Station near State Route 17. Captain Dave Sands tells us more…

Anyone with information is asked to call Moses Lake Police at 762-1160.

 And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

The large, active weather system that moved through the area yesterday is now east into Montana leaving behind partly cloudy skies and drier air in Northcentral Washington. We will begin a cool-down starting on Thursday as colder air from the Yukon and Northern British Columbia filters down into the state. A very weak weather system moves through our area on Friday with about a 20% chance of snow. By Saturday, much colder air settles in dropping our afternoon high temperatures down into the lower 20’s with overnight lows in the lower teens. More of the same on Christmas Eve on Sunday with partly cloudy skies and cold temperatures. On Christmas Monday, we will see another area of low-pressure move in bringing us about a 20% chance of snow Christmas night going up to 30% on Tuesday with high temperatures then into the upper 20’s.

Closing out our newscast tonight, talk about multi-tasking. . .

If you have a video of the day, you’d like to see on NCWLIFE News, message us on our 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, make sure you tune in to NCWLIFE Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.