Evening News February 20

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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 proposed carbon tax debate rages on in Olympia, and, The State Senate has signed off on abolishing the death penalty in Washington State.

But first, we begin tonight:

 

Officials with the Wenatchee Police Department have released the names of the individuals involved in a fatal vehicle collision involving a snowplow on Skyline Drive on Saturday.

Just before 8:30 AM a Chelan County Public Works snowplow and a 1990 Honda Civic CRX collided when the CRX lost control travelling eastbound, striking the plow blade and destroying the front end of the car. Police have identified the driver of the vehicle as 22-year-old Angel Oropeza-Palacios of Cashmere, who was treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital the same day. His passenger, 20-year-old Nina Carroll of Wenatchee died as a result of injuries sustained in the collision. The driver of the snowplow, 64-year-old Jerry Gosvenor of Cashmere was not injured. Police say there was almost two inches of fresh snow on the roadway, playing a role in the CRX losing traction and crossing the centerline of the roadway.

A proposed carbon tax in Washington State was on the agenda for discussion this morning at the Chelan County PUD Commissioners morning work session. The proposed tax is currently being debated in Olympia and received a hearing last week before the Senate Ways and Means Committee. Senator Reuven Carlyle sponsored the bill .

Among those raising concerns was Carolyn Logue with thbe Washington Food Industry Association  ..

12th District Representative Mike Steele says he’s doubtful that a proposed tax on carbon emissions will be good for North Central Washington. The Chelan Republican expressed his concerns on this week’s The 12th District program on NCWLIFE Channel. . .

The measure is now being debated in the Senate after it passed out of committee last week. 12th District Senator, Brad Hawkins is a member of that committee but said he’s still undecided. . .

The proposal would tax fossil fuel emissions at 12 dollars a metric ton and increase by 1.80 a year until it reaches 30 dollars a metric ton. This would be an initial 18 cent a gallon increase.

The State Senate has signed off on abolishing the death penalty in Washington State. The chamber voted 26-22 last Wednesday to repeal the law and instead change capital punishment for life in prison without parole. There was vigorous debate prior to the vote with the bill’s prime sponsor, GOP senator, Maureen Walsh speaking in favor .

Fellow Republican Mark Shoesler rose in opposition to the bill . .

The bill passed with 4 democrats voting against it and 5 Republicans in favor including 12th District Senator, Brad Hawkins. The bill is now in the House.

Coming up next, Grant County Deputies are looking for a man who stole a safe Monday morning from a grocery store, and, Wenatchee was recently featured on a very popular t.v. game show. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

As we mentioned earlier, Chelan County PUD Commissioners began taking up the issue of the proposed carbon tax at a study session this morning.

The carbon tax would affect agriculture, transportation and energy. There are currently 2 Senate Bills regarding a carbon tax, 2 House Bills and 2 Initiatives. PUD General Manager Steve Wright says while reducing carbon emissions would have little impact on Chelan County electric ratepayers because hydro-power is essentially emissions free, over the next couple of few weeks the PUD needs to focus on the part of the bill they know best, energy. Wright also adds that while the PUD is being proactive in tackling the issue, taking affirmative action now is premature. . .

Wright says if the carbon tax mandates substantial expansion of requirements for electric utilities to purchase non-hydro renewable resources, it would lead to building more generating resources than are needed, increase electricity surpluses and would reduce the value of all non-carbon emitting resources including hydropower. But, if a price on carbon in the electric sector achieves more carbon reduction for less cost than alternative policies, it reduces the use of the largest carbon emitters, coal and natural gas plants, while encouraging the use of least cost carbon-free resources like energy efficiency and hydropower.

Grant County Deputies are looking for a man who stole a safe Monday morning from the Outpost Grocery in Schwana.

Around 6 a.m. deputies were called when the store clerk reported that she had been robbed by a man wearing a ski mask and armed with a handgun. The robber escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash and the safe from inside the store. No vehicle was seen, and the clerk was uninjured.

The clerk described the suspect as a Hispanic male at 5 foot 9 inches with a thin build. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Grant County Sheriff’s Office at 762-1160.

The TV game show, Jeopardy featured what turned out to be a very challenging topic which stumped all three contestants. It involved a familiar geographic location . . .

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update with Eric Granstrom and our Feature story for today. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

We begin our sports broadcast schedule for the week tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel…

We’ll replay last week’s girls play-in game between Eastmont and West Valley tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel.  I had the call along with Grant Olson right there…

That will be followed Thursday with Hockey Night featuring last Friday’s Wenatchee Wild game against the Trail Smoke Eaters.  Then on Friday, set your DVR’s because we’re replaying the thrilling, double-overtime play-in game between Eastmont and Wenatchee in boys basketball.

Speaking of watching high school sports, we now have the ability to do so on-demand on our website…

Go to our website at NCWLIFE dot com and on the main menu bar on the top, you’ll see “Watch Now”.  There’s a sub-category called “Sports Broadcasts” where you can click and watch games that previously aired on the NCWLIFE Channel.  Right now, we have 20 games uploaded, including the Eastmont vs. Wenatchee boys playoff game from last week.  So check it out, go to NCWLIFE dot com and click “Watch Now”.

The Winter Sports Season is winding down and even though we’re already planning for our Spring Sports Broadcast Schedule on the NCWLIFE Channel, we realize there are plenty of folks interested in the high school basketball playoffs…

So, here’s what is on tap for later this week and into the weekend.  Wenatchee High School will be a busy place Friday and Saturday with Regional Playoff Basketball.  On Friday, the Entiat Girls face Riverside Christian at 6pm in a winner-to-state, loser-out 1-B regional playoff game.  Then at 8 in a 2-B playoff, the Oroville Boys face Friday Harbor, also in a winner-to-state, loser-out contest.

Also on Friday at Ellensburg High School, the Brewster boys play Kittitas at 8 o’clock.  Both teams advance to the 2-B State Tournament…this is just for seeding purposes and whether or not they play the first day of the tournament or have a bye into the second round.

Saturday features two afternoon games at Wenatchee High starting with the Brewster Girls and Mossyrock in a winner-to-state, loser-out game tipping at 2 o’clock.  That’s followed by a 1-A regional matchup between the Cashmere girls and Lakeside (9-Mile Falls).  Of course, who could forget the Regional game between Cashmere and Mt. Baker last year at Wenatchee High School, that proved to be Chapter 1 in a two chapter book that would spell out the eventual State Championship…

The winner of this Saturday’s game will advance to the quarterfinals of the State 1-A tournament while the loser will have to play in the first round of the tournament in Yakima next Wednesday.  Cashmere and Lakeside will start at 4 o’clock.

As the Mariners continue their early season workouts at Spring Training in Peoria, the injury bug has already claimed several players, including pitcher Erasmo Ramirez.  General Manager Jerry Dipoto says the team is treating all injuries with a gentle, slow approach…

The Mariners have also lost top outfield prospect Kyle Lewis to arthroscopic surgery to a knee and first baseman Ryon Healy for up to six weeks after having surgery to remove a bone spur from his right hand.

 

Thanks Eric,

As the winter snows recede and residents of North Central Washington begin spreading their wings and moving about the region, they may notice something missing in the Entiat River Valley.  Our feature video tonight tells the story of the work of Chelan-Douglas Land Trust and its work with the Bridge to Nowhere. . .

You can learn more about work being done by the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust on their website at C-DLand trust-dot-org.

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 stories tonight…

Officials with the Wenatchee Police Department have released the names of the individuals involved in a fatal vehicle collision involving a snowplow on Skyline Drive on Saturday.

Just before 8:30 AM a Chelan County Public Works snowplow and a 1990 Honda Civic CRX collided when the CRX lost control travelling eastbound, striking the plow blade and destroying the front end of the car. Police have identified the driver of the vehicle as 22-year-old Angel Oropeza-Palacios of Cashmere, who was treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital the same day. His passenger, 20-year-old Nina Carroll of Wenatchee died as a result of injuries sustained in the collision. The driver of the snowplow, 64-year-old Jerry Gosvenor of Cashmere was not injured. Police say there was almost two inches of fresh snow on the roadway, playing a role in the CRX losing traction and crossing the centerline of the roadway.

Grant County Deputies are looking for a man who stole a safe Monday morning from the Outpost Grocery in Schwana.

Around 6 a.m. deputies were called when the store clerk reported that she had been robbed by a man wearing a ski mask and armed with a handgun. The robber escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash and the safe from inside the store. No vehicle was seen, and the clerk was uninjured.

The clerk described the suspect as a Hispanic male around 5 foot 9 inches with a thin build. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Grant County Sheriff’s Office at 762-1160.

A deep weather trough is currently located over the western U.S. leading to record cold temperatures in the west and record warm temperatures in the east. The arctic air mass is bringing the coldest temperatures of the season to Northcentral Washington with widespread single digits reported this morning, the low temperature in Wenatchee today was 12 degrees.  The arctic air will stay in place through Thursday with afternoon high temperatures in the low to mid-30’s and overnight lows in the mid to upper teens. By Friday night through early next week, a series of weak weather systems will slide down from the northwest bringing us a 20-30% chance of rain and snow throughout the period. The good news is beginning on Friday our temperatures will begin to moderate back to where we should be for this time of year climbing into the lower to mid-40’s through the upcoming weekend.

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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.