Evening News February 15

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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, The two victims of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning in Coulee City Monday night have now been identified, and, The final Wenatchee Valley Empty Bowls community painting party is this Sunday.

But first, we begin tonight:

A bill to abolish the death penalty in Washington State is headed to the House after it passed a bipartisan vote in the Senate yesterday. NCWLife’s Steve Hair reports. . .

NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair also talked to several people this morning about the State’s death penalty and the Legislation making its way through the Legislature that would do away with it. . .

The two victims of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning in Coulee City Monday night have now been identified. Grant County Coroner Craig Morrison says they are 72-year old Kenneth W. Gomez and 68-year old Roxy Mae Ergler.

The pair were found in their home Monday by a landlord. Grant County Responders say Gomez and Ergler were overcome by carbon monoxide from either a propane appliance or a propane heater. Their families have been notified. The conclusive causes of death are pending the results of lab analysis, which may take several weeks.

Coming up next, The Wenatchee Valley Humane Society is hosting a live auction this Saturday night, and, A Wenatchee family is humbly asking for the communities’ help.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The final Wenatchee Valley Empty Bowls community painting party is this Sunday. It’s hosted by the Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council with all proceeds benefiting the NCW Food Distribution Center. Alan Walker, newly hired Executive Director of the council spoke about the event on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with Dan Kuntz this morning. . .

The Wenatchee Valley Humane Society is hosting a live auction this Saturday night. Megan McPherson has the story.

A Wenatchee family is humbly asking for the communities’ help, NCWLife’s Jay Seabeck has more. . .

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.

The Cashmere Bulldogs boys basketball team lengthened its season last night at Eastmont High School by coming out on top in its must-win game against Okanogan in the District 6 1-A Tournament…

As we go to the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard…Tyler Kert drained 7, 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 25 points to lead Cashmere to a 54-46 win over Okanogan.  The win propels the Bulldogs into a home, Caribou Trail League Northeast-A Glue Crossover game Saturday at 5 o’clock against Lakeside (9-Mile Falls).  The other CTL/NEA game has Omak hosting Newport Saturday as well.

On the girl’s side last night, first back to Eastmont High School we go for the final round of the District 6 1-A Tournament…

Our Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard shows Omak downing Okanogan for the 2nd/3rd place game 42-37.  That means the Pioneers will host Freeman in the CTL/Northeast A Glue Crossover Saturday while Okanogan will play at Lakeside (9-Mile Falls).

Also in girls basketball last night, it was the first round of the Central Washington 1-B Tournament with Entiat knocking off Wilson Creek 65-22 and Riverside Christian stopped Pateros 55-49.

Now we move on to the Prep Schedule for today…

As the girls CWB 1-B Tournament continues at Eastmont Junior High, Pateros faces Wilson Creek in a loser-out game today at 4:30 followed at 7:30 by Entiat and Riverside Christian for the District Championship.

Here’s the schedule for the boys part of that same tournament…

Also at Eastmont Junior High School…Entiat faces a must-win situation at 3 o’clock against Moses Lake Christian.  That’s followed by the Central Washington 1-B District Championship between Riverside Christian and Pateros at 6 o’clock.

In addition, the District 6 4-A Tournament continues for the Wenatchee Panthers.  They’ll be on the road for a loser-out game against Sunnyside.  That game tips at 7 o’clock.  So too does Moses Lake’s game at Davis.  Should the Panthers and Chiefs both pull off upsets, that would mean a Wenatchee home game for the District Championship Saturday at 7pm.  First things first, however…in two games between the Panthers and Grizzlies earlier this season, Sunnyside won both by an average of 20-points.  A Wenatchee win and Davis win would mean a trip to Yakima for the Panthers Saturday evening for the District Title.

It’s Hockey Night here on the NCWLIFE Channel tonight…

We’ll feature the Wenatchee Wild’s game against Langley from back on February 3rd.  It turned out to be a great night for Wenatchee, as they led the Rivermen from start to finish.  Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

It all begins with Clarky’s Corner at 7 o’clock where Assistant Coach Chris Clark sits down and helps us get to know the Wild’s Drew Slate.  That’s Hockey Night tonight here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Finally, pitchers and catchers reported to Seattle Mariners spring training in Peoria yesterday.  After huge turnovers on the roster the past two seasons, Manager Scott Servais had few introductions to do yesterday as 25 of the 32 that reported were part of the organization at some point last year.  Position players don’t report until Monday.

 

Thanks Eric…

New tax laws were passed at the end of 2017 that now take effect in 2018.  Certified Public Accountant and Director of Tax for Cordell, Neher (NAIR) and Company, Tim Dilley, says the biggest change in the laws effects United States corporations. . .

Dilley says the benefit doesn’t just impact Corporations. . .

In fact, if you get your paycheck today, you may see a little bit of an increase in your take-home pay because of an adjustment in the tax levels. . .

You can find out more about how the revised tax codes may have an impact on your life with our Tax Tips series on Let’s Learn here on the NCWLIFE Channel. Watch Monday through Saturday at various times throughout the day or stream on-demand on our website at NCWLIFE dot com.

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…

A bill to abolish the death penalty in Washington State is headed to the House after it passed a bipartisan vote in the Senate yesterday. NCWLife’s Steve Hair reports. . .

The two victims of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning in Coulee City Monday night have now been identified. Grant County Coroner Craig Morrison says they are 72-year old Kenneth W. Gomez and 68-year old Roxy Mae Ergler.

The pair were found in their home Monday by a landlord. Grant County Responders say Gomez and Ergler were overcome by carbon monoxide from either a propane appliance or a propane heater. Their families have been notified. The conclusive causes of death are pending the results of lab analysis, which may take several weeks.

After a beautiful start to our weather day today with mostly sunny skies, we will see increasing cloudiness through the day with highs in the mid-40’s. By tomorrow, a strong weather system moves down from the north bringing snow to the northern mountains of Washington and for us, wind. Ahead of that storm system we will see steady wind speeds Friday of 20-25 mph and gusts up to 40 mph. Friday night and Saturday our chance for snow goes up to 60% with a rain/snow mix expected by Saturday afternoon. Another weaker weather system drops down from Canada Saturday night, which will bring us much cooler temperatures and a 50% chance of snow on Sunday. The arctic front will bring dry and very cold weather to Northcentral Washington on Monday with high temperatures only in the lower to mid-30’s and overnight lows in the middle teens. Those temps will be the lowest we have seen since around Christmas. The cold air will stay in place at least through the middle of next week.

As we leave you tonight, Ambriek Creations is a logo design company, they just came out with this new logo for Wenatchee’s National forest. . .

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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.