Evening News January 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— a one-vehicle crash in Grant County claimed the life of a Palasades man early Sunday morning and Lake Chelan Community Hospital is looking for a new CEO.

But first, we begin tonight:

Eastmont High School received a tip of a student having a firearm on campus at about 2:20 this afternoon. Law Enforcement was called and assisted administration. The school was placed into lockdown, and no weapon was found. Students were released shortly afterward.

A manhunt is underway in Pierce County following the shooting death of a Sheriff’s Deputy. It’s being reported by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office that the shooting occurred at a home in the Spanaway area. Officials say numerous streets are being closed in the area as law enforcement conducts a search for the gunman. KIRO News is reporting that one suspect was shot and killed at the residence. It appears the Deputy was responding to a report of a residential burglary at the home when he was shot and killed. The Sheriff’s office says 33 year old Daniel McCartney was a three-year veteran with the Sheriff’s office and a Navy Veteran. He’s survived by three young boys. In a statement earlier from the Governor’s office, Jay Inslee asked all Washingtonians to hold Deputy McCartney’s Family in our hearts as well as all the men and women in Pierce County Sheriff’s Department who served with McCartney and all who serve in law enforcement across our state.

A one-vehicle crash in Grant County claimed the life of a Palasades man early Sunday morning. State Troopers say the victim, 41-year old Casey Crockett was riding as a passenger in a car driven by 53-year old George Wistos of Wenatchee.

Wistos reportedly lost control of his jeep Cherokee while driving westbound on I-90 about 6 miles East of George. The vehicle rolled over several times and came to rest on its top. Wistos was not injured but a second passenger, identified as 46-year old Tina Thorn of Palisades, was transported to Quincy Valley Hospital for treatment. Wistos was charged with driving with the wheels off the roadway.

After almost nine years at the Lake Chelan Community Hospital CEO Kevin Abel announced his resignation in a news release last week. Abel is accepting a job as CEO at North Valley Hospital in Whitefish Montana, and his resignation is effective April 1st. Hospital District Commission Chairwoman Mary Signorelli said because of Abel’s leadership, the district is in good shape to take on the transition. . .

The hospital is also on its way to building a new facility in Chelan, and has started laying the groundwork for the multi-million dollar project. . .

Signorelli said the board has no timeline for hiring a new CEO but expects the new hospital facility to be completed by the Spring of 2020.

A roaming cougar caused quite a stir for residents in the Orondo area over the weekend. Eric Granstrom has the story. . . 

The best way to report a cougar sighting is to go to the Department of Fish & Wildlife’s website at W-D-F-W dot W-A dot G-O-V.

Coming up next, at tonight’s meeting, the Eastmont School Board will once again wrestle with changing the name of Robert E. Lee Elementary and the Flu season has arrived and it appears to be a killer this year. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

With the changing of the name of Robert E Lee Elementary School solely in the hands of the Eastmont School Board, a meeting tonight could take a second look at how to move forward.

The School Board will rescind the proposal to put the issue on the November 6th ballot and further consider the name change. Local Attorney John Brangwin and retired Judge Carol Wardell presented the district with a threat of a lawsuit because of the lack of legal authority to request a public vote. Brangwin spoke about the situation on Street Talk and Other Stuff Live with Mike Magnotti this morning. . .

Tune in to Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with Dan Kuntz tomorrow morning for a follow up on tonight’s meeting.

Chelan County Superior Court officially has a new judge. At a ceremony Saturday at the Numerica Performing Arts Center in Wenatchee, Kristin Ferrera was sworn in by Washington State Supreme Court Justice Steven Gonzalez, with a little help from Ferrera’s two young daughters. . .

Kristin Ferrera replaces Judge Alicia Nakata, who is retiring. Ferrera was a partner at Jeffers, Danielson, Sonn & Aylward, in Wenatchee. Prior to working in private practice, she served as a law clerk with the Tulalip Tribes Office of the Reservation Attorney. Ferrera also serves on the board of Campaign for Equal Justice and participates in the Chelan-Douglas County Volunteer Attorney Services.

The Flu season has arrived and it appears to be a killer this year. Officials with the State Health Department report 20 people have died from influenza complications so far. Officials tell the Associated Press that most of the people who died were older than 70 and had underlying health conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control, flu activity has jumped across the country, with 36 states now reporting widespread flu activity. Health officials say annual flu vaccination is the best method of prevention against illness, followed by covering your cough, proper hand-washing and staying home from school or work when sick.

Earlier today in Seattle, re-elected Seattle City Councilmember Lorena González and newly elected Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda invited Wenatchee High School’s Mariachi Huenachi to perform at their inauguration ceremony.

Councilmember González was the first ever-elected Latina to the Seattle City Council in 2015. Mosqueda, also Latina, is joining a council that has become increasingly diverse over the past two years. Mosqueda said, “This year, instead of the traditional ceremony, we would be honored to be able to walk into the inauguration ceremony following members of the Mariachi Huenachi to celebrate our heritage and these important policy-making positions that we’ve won.” Mariachi Director Ramon Rivera said the group was very excited to be part of the historical event.

Mariachi Heunachi isn’t the only Wenatchee High School Organization performing for Government officials.

Tomorrow at noon, the Wenatchee High School Choir will be performing the National Anthem for Governor Jay Inslee’s State of the State Address in Olympia. Choir Director Dawn McCormick says the choir will also be performing in the Capitol Rotunda following the Governor’s address and are invited to the Governor’s reception that evening. The WHS vocal ensemble won first place at the prestigious Heritage Festival held in New Orleans last April.

Mariachi Heunachi isn’t the only Wenatchee High School Organization performing for Government officials.

Tomorrow at noon, the Wenatchee High School Choir will be performing the National Anthem for Governor Jay Inslee’s State of the State Address in Olympia. Choir Director Dawn McCormick says the choir will also be performing in the Capitol Rotunda following the Governor’s address and are invited to the Governor’s reception that evening. The WHS vocal ensemble won first place at the prestigious Heritage Festival held in New Orleans last April.

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.

Starting our sports by reversing engines back to Friday.  It all began with Eastmont hosting the undefeated Moses Lake Chiefs on the NCWLIFE Channel.  Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson had the call as Kaitlyn Cox led the way for Eastmont with 13-points…

Moses Lake would go on for the 64-38 victory behind 14-points from Abby Rathbun and 12 from Jamie Loera (Low-Etta) as the Chiefs improved to 10-and oh on the season.  Also on the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard Friday…

Omak topped Cascade 60-to-34 and Okanogan got by Chelan 64-52.

On the boy’s side Friday, Eastmont got off to a good start with Anthony Lisson (lee-SOHN), Isaac Wellborn and Tanner Nelson playing well off the bench.  Grant and Eric had the call here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Lisson finished with 15-points while Wellborn had a game-high 25 for Eastmont.  But it was too much Zach Phillips and Michael Beyers for Moses Lake as they led the Chiefs with 20 and 23 points respectively in a 91-71 victory.

Also on the Les Schwab boy scoreboard Friday…

Omak took care of Cascade 60-to-34 while Okanogan moved to first alone in the CTL with a 64-52 win over Chelan.

Turning the page to Saturday…

Eastmont dropped a 76-47 decision to Lake City, Idaho.  Sunnyside dumped Wenatchee 77-53.  Cashmere clobbered Omak 59-39.  Riverside Christian edged Entiat 54-52.  Waterville-Mansfield was 13 better than Lake Roosevelt 60-47.  And Oroville got Manson by one, 49-48.

In girls play Saturday…

Lake City edged Eastmont 40-36.  It was Sunnyside downing Wenatchee 77-45.  Cashmere had no trouble with Omak 77-20.  Entiat ran past Riverside Christian 67-21.  And Waterville-Mansfield dropped a lower-scoring affair to Lake Roosevelt 35-26.
The Wenatchee Wild are oh-for-2018 so far after losing two north of the border over the weekend…

And, for the first time this season, Wenatchee was shut out in the opener Friday at Salmon Arm 3-nil.  Reid Cooper was a brick wall in goal for the Silverbacks, turning aside all 30-shots he faced.  Saturday saw Penticton score three, second period goals to break a 1-all tie and cruised to a 5-2 victory.  AJ Vanderbeck and Josh Arnold were the only players to score for Wenatchee all weekend, going just 2-for-57 in shots on goal for the two games.  Wenatchee returns home this Friday and Saturday to host West Kelowna at the Town Toyota Center with Superhero Night Saturday.

In the NFL’s Wild Card Weekend…

Marcus Mariota led Tennessee to three second-half touchdowns, incredibly throwing one of his TD passes to himself, and the Titans rallied from a 21-3 deficit to beat Kansas City 22-21 on Saturday for their first playoff win in 14-years.

Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons showed the upstart LA Rams what playoff poise is all about with a 26-13 victory at the Coliseum.  Ryan was an efficient 21-of-30 for 218 yards and 1 touchdown.

Blake Bortles put together one decent drive all day, doing as much with his legs as his arm, and the defensive-minded Jacksonville Jaguars eked out an ugly and sometimes unwatchable 10-3 victory against the Buffalo Bills in an AFC wild-card game.

Finally, Drew Brees passed for 376 yards and two touchdowns and the New Orleans Saints held off Carolina’s late comeback bid to seal a 31-26 victory in their NFC wild-card game.

So now the Divisional Round of the playoffs is set with Atlanta travelling to Philadelphia Saturday at 1:35 on NBC.  Tennessee gets New England in Foxboro Saturday at 5:15pm on CBS.  Jacksonville will be in Pittsburgh Sunday at 10:05am on CBS.  The final game pits New Orleans at Minnesota Sunday at 1:40 on FOX.

The college football season FINALLY comes to an end tonight with the National Championship…

It’s #4 Alabama taking on #3 Georgia for all the marbles.  The game will be played at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta with a kickoff at 5pm on ESPN.

Continuing on with more sports news, our feature story today is the arrival of the Seattle Mariners Caravan tomorrow night at Pybus Market. Last year Jay Seabeck covered the Mariners caravan for the NCWLIFE Magazine and will have another brand new Mariners episode next week. Enjoy the video. . .

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 our top stories…

A manhunt is underway in Pierce County following the shooting death of a Sheriff’s Deputy. It’s being reported by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office that the shooting occurred at a home in the Spanaway area. Officials say numerous streets are being closed in the area as law enforcement conducts a search for the gunman. KIRO News is reporting that one suspect was shot and killed at the residence. It appears the Deputy was responding to a report of a residential burglary at the home when he was shot and killed. The Sheriff’s office says 33 year old Daniel McCartney was a three-year veteran with the Sheriff’s office and a Navy Veteran. He’s survived by three young boys.

A one-vehicle crash in Grant County claimed the life of a Palasades man early Sunday morning. State Troopers say the victim, 41-year old Casey Crockett was riding as a passenger in a car driven by 53-year old George Wistos of Wenatchee.

Wistos reportedly lost control of his jeep Cherokee while driving westbound on I-90 about 6 miles East of George. The vehicle rolled over several times and came to rest on its top. Wistos was not injured but a second passenger, identified as 46-year old Tina Thorn of Palisades, was transported to Quincy Valley Hospital for treatment. Wistos was charged with driving with the wheels off the roadway.

After almost nine years at the Lake Chelan Community Hospital CEO Kevin Abel announced his resignation in a news release last week. Abel is accepting a job as CEO at North Valley Hospital in Whitefish Montana, and his resignation is effective April 1st. Hospital District Commission Chairwoman Mary Signorelli said because of Abel’s leadership, the district is in good shape to take on the transition. . .

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

The Inland Northwest will experience overcast weather with low clouds and fog through mid-week. Valley rain and moderate accumulations of mountain snow are expected tonight in some areas. Lowland snow accumulations are not expected through mid-week with temperatures remaining at or above freezing. A much stronger and slightly cooler storm system on Thursday will have the potential to produce heavier mountain and northern valley accumulating snow followed by gusty winds. Our chance for precipitation is 80% tonight with a rain-snow mix, an 80% chance of rain for Wednesday night and 80% for Thursday. Friday and into the weekend we can expect mostly cloudy skies, light winds and dry conditions with highs in the mid to upper 30’s.

We leave you tonight with an amazing video of three synchronized swimmers who prove that it is possible to walk on water, or is it. . .

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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, make sure you tune in to NCWLIFE Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and I will be in for Steve Hair with the news. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.