Evening News December 8

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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—Former Douglas County Commissioner Mary Hunt and family have been sentenced on gun charges, we’ll tell you what that sentence is—and two Northcentral Washington vehicle accidents snarled traffic yesterday.

 

But first, we begin tonight:

The city of Wenatchee is taking steps toward tackling a tough issue for communities across the nation in how to maintain city roads. . .

 

The council took action on the issue last night resulting in Confluence Health helping pay for future street maintenance. Of two options, council opted for what is called Payment in Lieu of tax. Mayor Frank Kuntz explains. . .

 

The Council approved the PILT payments, modifying the option to a year-contract with Confluence Health so that the two parties could negotiate future payments. The option won’t fill the city’s 1-million dollar gap in the budget, which Mayor Kuntz said will force the city to table certain road projects or maintenance.

A prominent Douglas County wheat-growing family has been sentenced to Federal probation after pleading guilty to charges of illegal sale of firearms.

 

Mary and Terry Hunt and their two sons, Rusty and Derek were sentenced in Federal Court Thursday following an investigation that started in 2015 by the Federal Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Mary Hunt, who is a former Douglas County Commissioner, her husband and two sons were each sentenced to five year’s probation. The family has also been ordered to forfeit guns that were seized in connection with the case. A Federal Grand Jury indicted the Hunts on charges of conspiracy, dealing firearms without a license and numerous counts of making false statements in the purchase of a firearm.

Commuters were stalled in the East Wenatchee area last night during rush hour as the result of a traffic accident on 3rd Street and Highway 28. No details available yet. Douglas County Fire District Two responded along with the East Wenatchee Police Department.

This was the scene yesterday afternoon on I-90 at the Vantage Bridge where an non-injury accident backed up traffic for a while. State Troopers say it happened when the driver of a pickup towing a mobile home lost control and struck a guardrail. The driver, identified as 54 year old Miguel Garcia of Moses Lake was not hurt. Troopers blame faulty equipment as the cause.

 Coming up next, a unique event occurred at a local toy store in Wenatchee yesterday-and-carbon monoxide poisoning sends over 20-thousand people to the emergency room each year in the U.S., we’ll tell you how to prevent a trip to the hospital. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

A unique event occurred at a local toy store in Wenatchee yesterday.  Eric Granstrom has the story. . .

Carbon Monoxide is odorless, colorless and otherwise undetectable to the human senses. Each year, over 20-thousand people visit the emergency room and 400 Americans die from Carbon Monoxide poisoning and is the leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States.

 

Symptoms of C-O poisoning include, headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea and dizziness. Now is the time of year to make sure your home is safe.

 

Have your home heating system inspected and serviced, never use portable generators inside homes or garages, never use a gas range or oven for heating, install battery-operated C-O alarms and open the fireplace damper before lighting a fire and keep it open until the ashes cool. If you suspect C-O poisoning, get outdoors to fresh air immediately and then call 9-1-1.

17 years ago, President Clinton established the Hanford Reach National Monument. The monument includes the last free-flowing, non-tidal stretch of the Columbia River in the United States. It is also a biologically diverse landscape that offers a wide spectrum of scientific and historic objects.

 

Back in April, a Trump Administration executive order reviewed the protected status of all U.S. monuments, including Hanford Reach. In a press release earlier this week, Representative Dan Newhouse announced that the Hanford Reach National Monument was longer under review and that no alterations were made to the monument’s boundaries.

 

In his report, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said more than 10-thousand years of human history are preserved throughout the monument and Hanford Reach is a treasure that merits the protection and preservation provided by the designation as a national monument.

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 Thursday…

 

In Boys Swimming and Diving, Wenatchee had no trouble with its cross-river-rival, downing Eastmont 144-to-42. 

In prep basketball last night, Waterville Mansfield boys and girls beat Soap Lake, the boys winning 51-29 and the girls coming out on top 26-22.

On the busy Prep Schedule for today…

 

First, in boys basketball tonight…Chelan is at Okanogan in Caribou Trail League action while Cashmere is at Zillah.  Tonasket hosts Manson while Wenatchee is at Eastmont for a 7:30 tip, LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel with Grant Olson and Eric Granstrom.

In girls action tonight…

 

The Lady Cats and Panthers will meet at Eastmont at 5:45, we’ll take the air LIVE on NCWLIFE at 5:30 right after your evening news.  In other girls games today, Chelan is at Okanogan, Zillah hosts Cashmere while Manson’s at Tonasket.

Coming up this weekend in boys basketball tomorrow…

 

Ferris at Wenatchee, 3:45pm
La Salle at Cashmere, 5:45pm (note time…girls game will follow)
Omak at Cascade, 7:15pm
Waterville-Mansfield at Manson, 7:30pm
Meat at Eastmont, 7:30pm
Chelan at Entiat, 8pm

On the girls hardwood Saturday…

 

Wenatchee at Ferris, 3pm
Omak at Cascade, 5:45pm
Waterville-Mansfield at Manson, 6pm
Chelan at Entiat, 6:30pm
La Salle at Cashmere, 7:15pm (note girls game starting AFTER boys)

Also on the prep schedule for the weekend…

 

Eastmont and Wenatchee bowlers are in Tacoma for the Tower Classic today and tomorrow.

It’s tournament Saturday for wrestlers throughout the region as Eastmont’s at the Inland Empire; Wenatchee’s at the Olympic Tournament; Chelan’s at the Bellevue Christian Invite; Cascade’s at Granger; and Cashmere’s in Connell.

Also, the Wenatchee swimmers are in Walla Walla for an 8-team swim meet.

The Wenatchee Wild head back north of the border for two games this weekend…

 

It begins tonight in Merritt where the Wild take on the Centennials at 7 o’clock.  That will be followed by a trip to Prince George tomorrow to take on the Spruce Kings.  The puck will drop at 7 o’clock.  You can hear the action with our friend Arch Ecker on Sunny FM here in North Central Washington and we’ll have highlights Monday on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

Washington State offensive guard Cody O’Connell and defensive tackle Hercules Mata’afa have been named to the nation’s oldest All-American team, the Walter Camp All-America First Team, the Walter Camp Foundation announced Thursday.

 

The 2017 Walter Camp All-America team will be honored at the organization’s 51st annual national awards banquet on Jan. 13 at Yale University in New Haven, Conn.  Earlier Thursday, O’Connell was also named to The Athletic’s All-American first team, and the Associated Press’ All-Pac-12 first team, while Mata’afa was named the Associated Press’ Defensive Player of the Year, and earned a first team All-American nod from SI.com, and a second team All-American nod from The Athletic.  The Cougars are preparing to take on Michigan State in the Holiday Bowl December 28th.

The Seahawks are on the road in Jacksonville this weekend as we look at the NFC West Schedule…

 

San Francisco is at Houston on FOX at 10am.  Tennessee plays at Arizona against the Cardinals at 1:05 on CBS.  The Rams have quite a test with Philadelphia at 1:25 on FOX from Los Angeles while Seattle also has a 1:25 kickoff at Jacksonville against the 8-and-4 Jaguars, also on FOX.  Seattle heads into the weekend still a game behind LA in the NFC West Standings.

 

Thanks Eric…

If you’re not quite in the Christmas mood yet, maybe a trip to the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts this weekend will change that. Beginning tonight and with two shows tomorrow, it’s the annual Snowy Owl Family Christmas Show at the Sleeping Lady Resort in Leavenworth.

 

Henry Hettick, writer and director of the holiday show, says this year’s production will feature music, dances, funny commercials and a comical Christmas story for the whole family. . .

 

Hettick says the show this year will focus on Leavenworth and it’s Bavarian history. . .

 

The Snowy Owl Family Christmas Show begins tonight at 7:30 with shows tomorrow at both 1 and 7:30 p.m.

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…

A prominent Douglas County wheat-growing family has been sentenced to Federal probation after pleading guilty to charges of illegal sale of firearms.

 

Mary and Terry Hunt and their two sons, Rusty and Derek were sentenced in Federal Court Thursday following an investigation that started in 2015 by the Federal Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Mary Hunt, who is a former Douglas County Commissioner, her husband and two sons were each sentenced to five years probation. The family has also been ordered to forfeit guns that were seized in connection with the case. A Federal Grand Jury indicted the Hunts on charges of conspiracy, dealing firearms without a license and numerous counts of making false statements in the purchase of a firearm.

Commuters were stalled in the East Wenatchee area last night during rush hour as the result of a traffic accident on 3rd Street and Highway 28. No details available yet. Douglas County Fire District Two responded along with the East Wenatchee Police Department.

This was the scene yesterday afternoon on I-90 at the Vantage Bridge where an non-injury accident backed up traffic for a while. State Troopers say it happened when the driver of a pickup towing a mobile home lost control and struck a guardrail. The driver, identified as 54-year old Miguel Garcia of Moses Lake was not hurt. Troopers blame faulty equipment as the cause.

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

A strong blocking area of high pressure continues to intensify over the Pacific Northwest, which is also continuing to bring us a prolonged period of dry weather. Areas of fog and low clouds are expected to expand today and by this weekend, most lowland areas are expected to be under clouds while the mountains will be mild and mostly clear. Maybe at times each afternoon there could be some partial clearing across portions of Northcentral Washington but it would be brief with the low clouds and fog moving back in quickly thereafter. Temperatures in our area over the next 7 days won`t vary greatly from day to day or from day to night given the expected cloud cover. High pressure will remain across the region through the extended weather forecast period. It looks as though the ridge may break down somewhat by the middle of next week, which will allow precipitation to be added back into the forecast.

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.