Evening News November 16, 2018

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top news 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 Grant County Sheriff’s Department and the Royal City Police Department are looking for two men suspected in the shooting of a Royal City man Wednesday night. Douglas County Fire District 4’s proposed tax levy is 10 votes short of passing with just over 14-hundred ballots left to count, and, The Wenatchee School Board has decided to change the process it will use in hiring a new superintendent.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

King County search and rescue crews recovered the body of a man from the Skykomish River in the Stevens Pass area earlier this week.

The 50-year old victim apparently slipped and fell into the river while visiting Deception Falls with his family and a church group. The King County Sheriff’s office reports the man had separated from the larger group to get a closer look at the falls. His family went to look for him when he didn’t return and reportedly found his hat and jacket snagged on a tree branch about 100 feet down river from the falls.

Search crews were unable to locate him until Wednesday. The Sheriff’s office described the death as a tragic accident.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Department and the Royal City Police Department are looking for two men suspected in the shooting of a Royal City man Wednesday night.

Police arrived at a residence in Royal City and found a 44-year old resident had been shot several times. He was transported to Samaritan Hospital where he is being treated for his injuries.

Police are looking for brothers Jonathan and Jesus Torres in connection with that shooting. The men could possibly be traveling in a dark-colored Lexus sedan. The two brothers were also charged in a 2017 shooting in Moses Lake and were later found not guilty. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the Torres brothers are asked to call Royal City police at 509-346-2212.

Douglas County Fire District 4’s proposed tax levy is 10 votes short of passing with just over 14-hundred ballots left to count.

Orondo Fire officials are hopeful the final ballot count scheduled for later this afternoon will put them over the simple majority approval required for passage. The measure calls for a 30 cent increase in property taxes to generate about 550-thousand dollars a year. The revenue would be used to upgrade aging fire trucks, equipment as well as building two new fire stations.

The Wenatchee School Board has decided to change the process it will use in hiring a new superintendent. Instead of a closed hiring process it will now be open. Director of Communications Diana Haglund explains what that will mean. . .

Longtime Superintendent Brian Flones announced his retirement earlier this year.

Coming up next, The Holiday season officially kicks off this weekend in Wenatchee with the Annual Festival of Trees benefit. It is time once again for the annual Nite in a Box event sponsored by the Wenatchee Lighthouse Christian Ministries, and, A vote is scheduled today in the U.S. House of Representatives to take gray wolves off the Federal endangered species list.    I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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The Holiday season officially kicks off this weekend in Wenatchee with the Annual Festival of Trees benefit. The event is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Numerica Performing Arts Center which also serves as the venue. The weekend event is highlighted by Saturday’s gala where several professionally decorated Christmas Trees will be auctioned off. There’s also a silent auction for wreaths and other holiday themed artwork.

It is time once again for the annual Nite in a Box event sponsored by the Wenatchee Lighthouse Christian Ministries.

The Wenatchee Nite in a Box event is in its 7th year and aims to spearhead community support for the homeless in the Wenatchee Valley. This year’s Nite in a Box event is tonight at the parking lot of Encouraging Words Bookstore.

A vote is scheduled today in the U.S. House of Representatives to take gray wolves off the Federal endangered species list. If it passes it would also prohibit federal judicial review of the legislation. Bill sponsors include Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Rep. Dan Newhouse.

They claim wolves have recovered to a point that they no longer need federal protection. Opponents argue that the predator still needs protections and the law would set a dangerous precedent in which politicians make decisions best reserved for scientists. Wolves are protected by the Endangered Species Act in the western two-thirds of the State. The legislation would not impact the majority of wolves that live in the eastern part of the State.

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Time now for NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson to fill us in on some of the events going on this weekend. . .

And that is a look at your local weather, coming up next, tonight’s sports report with Eric Granstrom and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

The Seahawks kept its post-season hopes alive by coming from behind to beat the Green Bay Packers last night at CenturyLink Field 27-24…

Russell Wilson found Ed Dickson on a 15-yard touchdown pass with 5:08 to play for the game-winner.  The Seahawks defense sacked Aaron Rodgers five times on the night and pestered him enough on the Packer’s final drive to cause two incomplete passes, including what proved to be Green Bay’s final offensive play on a 3rd and two.

Seattle got off to a miserable start, fumbling on the first play that allowed the Packers to get the early lead.  Coach Pete Carroll was relieved to get the win and thanked the fans for not giving up…

Wilson completed 21 of 31 passes for 225-yards and two touchdowns after a slow start.  He says playing games close down the stretch is nothing new for this team…

3-Wilson on Persevering 46-sec.

Coach Carroll says they’ve worked hard over the years to build a never-give-up attitude…

 

Seattle improved to 5-and-5 with the win and are off until November 25th when they’ll travel to Carolina to take on the Panthers.

From balling to bowling as we look at the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard…

The Wenatchee Panther bowlers travelled to Davis yesterday and picked up a 4-0 win by a margin of 632 pins.  High scores went to Emilee Groth with a 218, Jessica Holbrook with a 210 and 202 and Elisha Ferguson and Hannah Johnson, each with a 172.

Two local youth football teams have a chance to play on the red carpet tomorrow in Cheney with a LOT on the line.  NCWLIFE Sports Director Eric Granstrom has more…

Best of luck to the Rams in Cheney.

The Wenatchee Wild continue their Canadian road trip tonight in Trail…

After knocking off Merritt on Wednesday, the Wild will try to extend its four-game winning streak against the Smoke Eaters tonight at 7.  They’ll travel to Salmon Arm to take on the Silver Backs tomorrow night at 7.

 

The schedule actually starts tonight as the Eastern Eagles are on the road at Portland State at 7:05.  Coming up tomorrow, #18 Washington hosts Oregon State at 1:30 on the Pac-12 Network.  Then the #8 Washington State Cougars kick off at Martin Stadium against Arizona at 7:30.  That game can be seen on ESPN.

Thanks Eric.

A ban on outdoor burning and the use of uncertified stoves and fireplaces begins 10:00 a.m. Saturday in Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat and Okanogan Counties due to poor air quality in the region. Restrictions on burning will continue until further notice. The Washington Department of Ecology is calling the ban because stagnant conditions are predicted to return in these counties after a brief break, putting the communities at risk for unhealthy levels of air pollution. Under a Stage 1 ban, all outdoor burning is prohibited including residential, agricultural and forest burning. Use of uncertified wood stoves, fireplaces, inserts, and other uncertified wood-burning devices are prohibited unless they are a home’s only adequate source of heat.

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 Monday morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.