Evening News January 31

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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,,,Dangerous weather conditions forced a pilot from Snohomish County to land his plane on a closed runway in Mansfield Monday night and, Public Works road crews are out in full force this week trying to get rid of the mysterious road tar on Mission Ridge Road.

But first, we begin tonight:

A Wenatchee Police Officer is lucky to believe alive today after being shot struggling for a gun with a suicidal man in the early morning hours Tuesday. 29-year veteran Sergeant Mark Huson was shot in the hand in an apartment Tuesday morning, trying to save a man from himself. Wenatchee Police Captain Jim West said officers were called out for the second time in one night to the 1100 block of Westwood Avenue with a 30-year old man threatening to commit suicide. . .

Captain West said that’s when things really got out of hand. . .

 

Injured in the fray was Sergeant Huson by the suspect, identified as Ernesto Figueroa.  Captain West says Sergeant Huson will be OK, but this could have had a tragic ending. . .

After the evaluation by Mental Health, Figueroa was booked into the Chelan County Regional Jail on charges of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree and Assault in the First Degree. The investigation into the shooting is being handled by the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, Wenatchee Police Department and the Washington State Patrol.

Dangerous weather conditions forced a pilot from Snohomish County to land his plane on a closed runway in Mansfield Monday night.

The un-named pilot and a passenger became disoriented in cloud cover and fog when he was told to land at the nearest airport. The nearest airstrip at the time was the tiny Mansfield airport, which is typically closed during the winter months to cut back on costs. The plane landed on the snow-covered runway at around 8:00, slid off the airstrip and sustained some minor damage. No injuries were reported. A Douglas County road crew cleared the runway yesterday allowing the plane to fly out. 

Governor Jay Inslee voices frustration with the Legislature’s response to his proposed tax on carbon fuel. During a media briefing yesterday the Governor continued his campaign for a carbon tax and he used the opportunity to bash the Trump administration for its. . .

Inslee promoted that lawmakers craft a carbon emissions tax, as British Columbia and California has. He noted Oregon is considering it, and many countries have passed their own. He stressed that it would help move Washington toward the energy economy of the future. Opponents, such as State Senator Doug Erickson, describe the carbon tax as a death tax on manufacturing and would equate to a 20 cent gas tax increase on the first day.

Two weeks ago, Chelan County Public Works began getting reports from motorists who had traveled on Mission Ridge Road that a sticky, tar-like substance was on their vehicles. Efforts were then put in place last week to help reduce the unknown particulate. Jill Fitzsimmons, Public Information Officer with Public Works says crews have been out since Monday once again trying to get rid of the sticky, tar-like substance. . .

Fitzsimmons says Public Works is working with a materials field expert who specializes in asphalt products to help determine the potential cause of the problem and if there are any ways to mitigate the problem beyond what Public Works is currently performing. She also reminds motorists that if the tar-like substance gets on your vehicle, don’t use hot water to remove it. . .

Since Monday, crews have broomed Mission Ridge Road twice and applied sand. Fitzsimmons says crews will continue to monitor Mission Ridge Road as well as Forest Ridge Road, where residents are reporting similar issues, to determine if more brooming and sanding are needed when weather permits.

Coming up next, They call it the Supper Bowl and it’s happening this Saturday and, The House has approved legislation that eases restrictions on Microbreweries and Wineries at farmers markets. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

They’re calling it the Supper Bowl. Cherry Creek Radio and The Grocery Outlet in East Wenatchee are teaming up to collect food donations for the Lighthouse Christian Ministries on Saturday, the day before the Super Bowl. Store owners Kathy and Carl LaForce say they strongly support the Lighthouse and its good works. . .

Dave Bernstein with Cherry Creek Radio say’s unlike the Super Bowl, in this event, no one loses. . .

Most of us would love to be our own boss but, that can be a long and difficult road. In an effort to change that, the Greater Wenatchee Area Technology Alliance or GWATA just hosted their first entrepreneur panel of the year at the Confluence Technology Center. NCWLife’s Jay Seabeck has more. . .

The House has approved legislation that eases restrictions on Microbreweries and Wineries at farmers markets. Under the bill sponsored by Rep. Mark Hargrove microbreweries would be authorized to fill and sell growlers in addition to offering canned and bottled beer for sale. A prohibition on the sale of strong beer would also be eliminated. Representative Jim Hargrove sponsored the bill. . .

Along with selling bottles of wine, wineries would have the option of providing two-ounce samples of cider and mead, as well as offering bottles or growlers of each beverage for sale. There are currently more than 900 wineries and 400 microbreweries operating in Washington State. House Bill 2419 now moves to the Senate for further consideration.

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On the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from last night in girls basketball…

Hailey Van Lith poured in 32 points as the Cashmere Bulldogs won on the road at Okanogan 80-to-31.  Cashmere will be at Chelan tomorrow as the Lady Goats are coming off a 3-point loss against Omak last night 55-52.  Waterville-Mansfield did its part to move into 2nd all alone in the Central Washington 2-B standings with a big 42-18 win at Oroville for the Shocker’s 11th win of the season.  Finally, Manson and Soap Lake played not 1, not 2, not 3, but FOUR overtimes last night to settle this one, with the visiting Trojans coming out on top 62-61.

On the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard in boys basketball last night…

Omak is the regular season Caribou Trail League champion after its win and Cashmere’s loss last night.  The Pioneers took care of business at Chelan, downing the Goats 73-57 in its final game of the season.  Meanwhile at Okanogan, Cashmere couldn’t catch the “northern” Bulldogs, falling 65-52.  Waterville-Mansfield’s playoff hopes took a hit last night with a 70-60 loss at Oroville.  The Shockers will need to snap a seven-game road losing streak tomorrow at Lake Roosevelt to make the post-season.  Also last night, Manson picked up a 12-point road win at Soap Lake 48-36.

The Wenatchee Wild have a rare, Wednesday night game tonight at the Town Toyota Center…

Powell River is in town for a make-up game tonight at 6:30.  The game was supposed to be played back in November, but Powell River’s bus broke down, so they’ll play it tonight.  Wenatchee’s also home on Friday against Coquitlam and Saturday against Langley.

The Tacoma News Tribune is out with its latest rankings for high school basketball in Washington State.  Let’s take a quick look…

Gonzaga Prep is #1 while Richland is #2…

In the 3A poll, Garfield and Lincoln are 1-2…

Selah’s ranked #1 in the 2A poll…

In the 1A poll, Lynden Christian is the top ranked team followed by Zillah…Omak is ranked 8th

The 2B poll hoists Kittitas-Thorp to #1…

And in the 1B poll, Sunnyside Christian is ranked #1 with its 17-and-1 record.

Turning to the girls rankings from the Tacoma News Tribune…

The Moses Lake Chiefs are ranked second behind Central Valley…there you see Chiawana at #8…

The 3A poll has only one Eastern Washington team in the top ten, and it’s Kamiakin #1…

Wapato cracked the top 10 in the 2A poll at #7…W.F. West is ranked #1…

You may be surprised to see that Cashmere is NOT the #1 ranked team in 1A basketball…they’re #3 behind Zillah and Lynden Christian.  Cle Elum/Roslyn is ranked 7th

Brewster comes in at #7 on the 2B poll while Napavine is ranked #1…

And in the 1B poll, Colton is ranked #1 while Sunnyside Christian is fourth…thanks to the Tacoma News Tribune

Seattle Mariners fans were so excited to have Ken Griffey, Junior to be inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame last year, AND to have his statue unveiled in front of Safeco Field.  But then to fan’s horror, the bat of his statue was broken off in October…

According to reports, a drunken man broke the bat off the statue and started running up street bent on keeping it.  But an employee from King5 across the street saw the whole thing, chased the guy down and got the bat back, eventually calling police, who arrested Skyler Mamoru.  So Junior’s been bat-less ever since.  But that will change this weekend.  The Mariners announced the bat will be repaired and back in Griffey’s hand.

 Thanks Eric…

 

Many of us are still confused about the issue of net neutrality and what it really means to us as consumers. In tonight’s feature story, we came across this video that might explain it a little better using Burger King as an example. . .

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 Wenatchee Police Officer is lucky to believe alive today after being shot struggling for a gun with a suicidal man in the early morning hours Tuesday. 29-year veteran Sergeant Mark Huson was shot in the hand in an apartment Tuesday morning, trying to save a man from himself. Wenatchee Police Captain Jim West said officers were called out for the second time in one night to the 1100 block of Westwood Avenue with a 30-year old man threatening to commit suicide. . .

Captain West said that’s when things really got out of hand. . .

 

Injured in the fray was Sergeant Huson by the suspect, identified as Ernesto Figueroa.  Captain West says Sergeant Huson will be OK, but this could have had a tragic ending. . .

After the evaluation by Mental Health, Figueroa was booked into the Chelan County Regional Jail on charges of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree and Assault in the First Degree. The investigation into the shooting is being handled by the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, Wenatchee Police Department and the Washington State Patrol.

Tonight and into early Thursday, we can expect quiet weather with temperatures above normal, light winds and partly cloudy skies as a ridge of high pressure remains in place. Thursday afternoon through Friday a weather system breaks down the ridge and will bring moderate snow to the northern mountains and a rain/snow mix for most valley locations including the Wenatchee Valley. Friday through early next week, a weak ridge of high pressure will build back into the Pacific Northwest, which will bring us near record high temperatures throughout eastern Washington and some breezy conditions. Locations around the Wenatchee Valley could see highs in the lower 50’s through the weekend. At the same time, a weak trough of low pressure will spill over the ridge bringing us a 20% chance of showers on Saturday night and on Super Bowl Sunday. Early next week our quiet weather will continue with partly cloudy skies and highs in the upper 40’s and lower 50’s.

In case you missed the super blue blood moon this morning , here’s a time-lapse look at the larger and brighter than normal moon and the lunar eclipse that accompanied it. . .

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