Evening News January 3

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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—a Moses Lake man who waved a gun and assaulted a police officer last Summer is sentenced and the ground has been shaking around Mt St. Helens over the last couple days, we’ll tell you about it.

But first, we begin tonight:

A Christmas Day fire destroyed a vacant home in the Whispering Ridge area, leaving investigators still looking for leads. Chelan County Fire Marshal Bob Plumb explains what happened. . .

With little information on the cause and no suspects, Plumb says the investigation is at a stand-still but he will continue to work with the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office.

A Moses Lake man who pleaded guilty to waving a handgun at police last summer is sentenced to a year in prison. It was back in June that officers arrested 32-year old Brent McKinney after he brandished the weapon and made suicidal threats. The pistol McKinney was carrying was reported stolen, and later in the booking process, McKinney also assaulted a MLPD officer. He pled guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm, and assault on a police officer. He was sentenced to a year in prison.

Real-life country doctor Ann Diamond, who declared in early November that she’ll run against state Rep. Cary Condotta for the 12th District House seat, so far has raised more campaign money than Condotta. According to the Public Disclosure Commission, Diamond has raised $27,335-dollars for her campaign while Condotta has raised $17,150-dollars. Dr. Diamond is the founder of the Country Clinic in Winthrop said she’ll run as an independent, on a platform involving affordable and universal healthcare, local economic development and jobs, and preserving public lands. Condotta and Diamond will square off in the next general election in November. The 12th District includes parts of Okanogan and Grant counties plus all of Chelan and Douglas Counties.

The ground has been shaking around Mt St. Helens over the last couple days. A rash of small earthquakes have been recorded with the largest temblor registered at 3.9 on the Seismic scale. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network reports it struck around 12:30 a.m. A magnitude 2.7 quake was recorded just minutes later. Minor shaking was recorded in the hours after. The latest was a magnitude 1.1 that occurred just before 4 a.m. People as far as Mountlake Terrace reported feeling the magnitude 3.9 earthquake, according to the USGS’ response page. Only two people in Morton, about 22 miles from the activity, reported feeling the shaking.

Coming up next, the number of people finding work in the Wenatchee Valley continues to grow and there’s a large crack in a hillside above I-82 south of Yakima near Union Gap and officials are concerned. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

The number of people finding work in the valley continues to grow while the number of people out of work continues to shrink to near historic levels.  Don Meseck, the labor economist for this area, dropped by our studios to pass along the good news –

Meseck says most of the growth in jobs can be attributed to more people moving to the valley –

However, Meseck added that for how long the numbers remain good is anybody’s guess –

The biggest decline in jobs remains in the manufacturing sector since the mothballing of Wenatchee’s Alcoa Works two years ago.

There’s a large crack in a hillside above I-82 south of Yakima near Union Gap and officials are concerned. Eric Granstrom has the story…

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.

The Eastmont Girls hosted North Central of Spokane last night at Eastmont High School and boy what a great game!  The Wildcats trailed by as many as eight in the second half but came all the way back to force overtime.  Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson had the call here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Bryn O’Rourke led Eastmont with 20-points in the thrilling victory…as we check the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard…

Also in girls play last night it was Liberty Bell stopping Manson 33-24.

On the boys side, Eastmont fought valiantly to come back in the 3rd quarter after trailing to North Central by 11 at half, but it was just too much Leon Sayers for the Indians.  He finished with a game-high 32 for North Central in the victory.  To the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard once again…

Cashmere had no trouble with Naches Valley with a 72-59 road win and Manson topped Liberty Bell in a low-scoring game 39-24.

In girls bowling on Tuesday…

Eastmont continued its winning ways with a 4-0 win over Sunnyside at Eastmont Lanes.  Congratulations to Samantha Heinz with a career-high 255 while Emmalee Montoya rolled impressive 224 and 203.

The Wenatchee Wild are on the road tonight in Trail to face the Smoke Eaters in BCHL hockey action. 

Wenatchee is 2-and-1 in its games versus Trail so far this season and look to add to its four-game winning streak.  The puck will drop at 7 o’clock tonight and Arch Ecker has the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network, which you can find locally on Sunny FM.

And speaking of the Wild…

Congratulations to Wenatchee’s Josh Arnold, who has committed to play Division I hockey at Northern Michigan University in the fall of 2019.  Arnold becomes the 11th Wenatchee Wild player to make a Division I commitment this season.

 

Thanks Eric…

As of January 1st, Washington states distracted driving law is in full effect. In an effort to reduce traffic stops and educate drivers on the new law, Washington State Patrol released this video with TVW back in November. . .

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 Christmas Day fire destroyed a vacant home in the Whispering Ridge area, leaving investigators still looking for leads. Chelan County Fire Marshal Bob Plumb explains what happened. . .

With little information on the cause and no suspects, Plumb says the investigation is at a stand-still but he will continue to work with the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office.

The ground has been shaking around Mt St. Helens over the last couple days. A rash of small earthquakes have been recorded with the largest temblor registered at 3.9 on the Seismic scale. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network reports it struck around 12:30 a.m. A magnitude 2.7 quake was recorded just minutes later. Minor shaking was recorded in the hours after. The latest was a magnitude 1.1 that occurred just before 4 a.m. People as far as Mountlake Terrace reported feeling the magnitude 3.9 earthquake, according to the USGS’ response page. Only two people in Morton, about 22 miles from the activity, reported feeling the shaking.

There’s a large crack in a hillside above I-82 south of Yakima near Union Gap and officials are concerned. Eric Granstrom has the story

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

A weak upper level weather disturbance will produce a bit of light snow over the Idaho Panhandle today with dry conditions and sunny skies expected for Northcentral Washington under a dome of high pressure. Dry and cold conditions are expected tonight with a chance of freezing fog overnight. Look for increasing clouds on Thursday as an area of low-pressure moves up the California coastline and into Washington bringing us a 20% chance of mainly rain.  By Friday and Friday night, our chance of precipitation goes up to 40% with the potential for rain and more light wintry precipitation. On Saturday, we will see mostly cloudy skies with highs in the mid-30’s. By the end of the weekend on Sunday and Sunday night, our chance for precipitation goes up to 60% with a good chance for a rain/snow mix and maybe even all rain at times this weekend. The chance of precipitation remains on Monday and into early next week with high temperatures in the mid-30’s and lows in the upper 20’s.

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.