Evening News October 11, 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, Alcoa’s idled smelter in Wenatchee could be used in the future to help the area’s tree fruit industry, and, Congressman Dan Newhouse was in attendance at today’s Port of Chelan County breakfast program.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The NCW Candidate Forum brought about 200 people to the Numerica Performing Arts Center as candidates in the 12th District fielded questions from a panel of local journalists. A race many Chelan County residents are keeping an eye on this November is for Chelan County Sheriff as Jennifer Tyler challenges incumbent Brian Burnett. In their closing statements candidates highlighted what they hope to accomplish in office. . .

Shon Smith, running as a republican, and Bob Bugert, running as an independent, also attended last night’s forum, highlighting their experience as they vie for Chelan County Commissioner Position 2. . .

And finally we take a quick look at the closing statements between Republican candidate Keith Goehner and Independent candidate Ann Diamond who are running for a seat in the State Legislature vacated by Cary Condotta. . .

 

If you missed the live candidates forum on the NCWLIFE Channel last night, check out our re-broadcast schedule for the coming weeks or watch it On Demand at NCWLIFE.com.

Alcoa’s idled smelter in Wenatchee could be used in the future to help the area’s tree fruit industry. Stemilt Growers president, West Mathison suggested that as a possible way to lure more fruit processing businesses to the area . .

Mathison joined State Senator Brad Hawkins and Chelan County PUD General Manager Steve Wright in a panel discussion focusing on economic development at today’s Chelan County Port District-hosted breakfast program.

Congressman Dan Newhouse was in attendance at today’s Port of Chelan County breakfast program. In keeping with the program topic of economic development, he spoke with NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair about the ongoing negotiations with Canada on Trade and the Columbia River Treaty. . .

Congressman Newhouse was among several elected officials and candidates who attended today’s program including 8th District GOP Congressional hopeful Dino Rossi.

Coming up next, An East Wenatchee man who threatened to kill the police officer who shot and killed his cousin in 2016 has been sentenced to five and a half years in federal prison. Following Governor Jay Inslee’s moratorium on Washington’s death penalty in 2014, today the Washington Supreme Court followed suit in declaring the death penalty invalid. Chelan County and Department of Transportation crews continued to work today to clear debris from Tumwater Canyon following a rock slide on Wednesday, and, Tonight, we continue our look at the statewide initiatives on the November ballot with the argument against the gun Initiative 1639. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

An East Wenatchee man who threatened to kill the police officer who shot and killed his cousin in 2016 has been sentenced to five and a half years in federal prison for illegal possession of firearms and improvised grenades.

Michael R. Ayers, 53, was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Spokane after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms and explosives, as well as possession of unregistered firearms. U.S. Attorney Joseph H. Harrington said Ayers was obtaining firearms through straw purchases made by his then-girlfriend. Ayers was sentenced in 2017 to three months in jail after publicly threatening to kill Kaiti Wilkins, a former East Wenatchee police officer, over her fatal shooting of 25-year-old Cameron Ayers. Wilkins was fired from the force after the shooting was determined to be not clearly justifiable. When police searched his mobile home they found, among other weapons, two short-barreled rifles, a rifle receiver, a rifle-mounted flare launcher and five improvised grenades loaded with black powder and BBs that were designed to be fired from the flare launcher.

Following Governor Jay Inslee’s moratorium on Washington’s death penalty in 2014, today the Washington Supreme Court followed suit in declaring the death penalty invalid.

Following today’s decision, Governor Inslee said, quote, “the decision by the state Supreme Court thankfully ends the death penalty in Washington. The court makes it perfectly clear that capital punishment in our state has been imposed in an ‘arbitrary and racially biased manner,’ is ‘unequally applied’ and serves no criminal justice goal. This is a hugely important moment in our pursuit for equal and fair application of justice”, unquote. The Supreme Court was unanimous in its decision. Since 1981, the year Washington state’s current capital laws were put in place, 32 defendants have been sentenced to die and of those, 18 had their sentences converted to life in prison and one was set free.

Chelan County and Department of Transportation crews continued to work today to clear debris from Tumwater Canyon following a rock slide on Wednesday.

The rock removal is along the shoulder of Highway 2 near the Alps Candy Store. The highway was completely closed for a time yesterday before the road was reopened late Wednesday afternoon. Alternating single lane traffic was in place for most of the day today.

Tonight, we continue our look at the statewide initiatives on the November ballot with the argument against Initiative 1639, a measure that would implement firearm safety measures, including requiring enhanced background checks, waiting periods, and increased age requirements for semiautomatic assault rifles and secure gun storage for all firearms. . .

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, tonight’s feature story and your complete local weather forecast. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News…

Time now for our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Today, NCWLife’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Zora the cat. . .

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

 

When the Eastmont Wildcats host the Sunnyside Grizzlies tomorrow night, the game will feature the best offense in the Big 9 versus the best defense.  In compiling its 4-and-2 overall, and 2-and-oh Big 9 record, Sunnyside is averaging an astounding 442-yards per game on offense.

They are led by quarterback Derrick Escamilla (esk-uh-ME-ya).  The 6-foot, 200-pound senior has thrown for 12-hundred yards and ran for another 648, scoring 10-touchdowns on the ground and another 10 through the air.  Eastmont Coach Michael Don says he’ll be a load for his defense…

Eastmont’s defense is best in the Big 9, allowing just 203 yards per game and only 59-points all season, including a shutout in last week’s 40-nothing win over Davis.

In the meantime, moving former quarterback Caelen Massey out to a slot receiver has proved explosive for the Wildcat offense as he scored four times against the Pirates, including a 70-yard touchdown reception from Carson Everhart…

It’s our featured game of the week tomorrow night here on the NCWLIFE Channel as the 5-and-1 Eastmont Wildcats take on the 4-and-2 Sunnyside Grizzlies.  Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson will have all the play-by-play right here.

Of course, before we can get to tomorrow, we have today to wade through first!  Let’s check the schedule for prep soccer…

Cashmere travels to Okanogan at 4pm.  Manson and Bridgeport kick off at 4:30 while Cascade is at Omak.  And tonight…

On the NCWLIFE Channel, it’s a rematch of Wenatchee and Eastmont at 7 o’clock.  Last time the two teams met, it went into a penalty kick shootout to determine the winner and the Panthers edged the Wildcats 3-2 in the shootout.  Wenatchee sits just in front of Eastmont in the Big 9 standings at 7-and-1 to 6-and-2.  Eric Granstrom and Matt Wisen will have all the action tonight starting at 6:50 with the pregame here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

In prep volleyball today…

Cascade Christian hosts Pateros at 5:30.  Manson’s at Oroville; Bridgeport hosts Waterville-Mansfield; Cascade travels to Omak; and Cashmere’s at Okanogan all at 6:30.  At 7, it’s Wenatchee hosting Sunnyside while Eastmont’s at West Valley.

In the pool today…

Eastmont is at Moses Lake at 4 o’clock today.  Then, coming up tomorrow, it’s an 11-Dive meet at the Wenatchee pool starting at Noon.

And tomorrow is a big day for the Wenatchee Wild…

As they FINALLY play their home opener against the Nanaimo Clippers at the Town Toyota Center.  There will be free cowbells, a ring ceremony and banner unveil for the BCHL Championship and much more.  Be sure to join us tomorrow morning as we’ll visit with the Voice of the Wild, Arch Ecker, here on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

Thanks Eric.

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

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. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.