NCWLIFE Evening News for Thursday, Jan. 31stGood 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, Two bills in the state Legislature take direct aim on plastics, with one proposing a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags and the other banning plastic straws, we have reactions. Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett was against the gun initiative I-1639 but says it’s his duties to enforce it, and, we will have our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society.
But first, we begin tonight. . .
An out-of-court settlement has been reached between the City of East Wenatchee and the family of a man who was shot to death by a police officer two years ago. Cameron Ayers was shot by former police officer, Kaitlin Wilkins during a traffic stop. Wilkins shot Ayers as he sat in the backseat of a car parked in a private driveway on Bellevue Street. Ayers was a convicted felon who was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant. The wrongful death lawsuit was filed US District Court in Spokane by Cameron’s family and the victim’s estate. Mayor Steve Lacy says he was satisfied with the settlement amount. . .
Douglas County Prosecutor Steve Clem said in his report that Wilkins shot Ayers out of fear for her safety. But the prosecutor stopped short of saying the use of deadly force was justified. Lacy says the police department has revised its training and policies regarding the use of deadly force as a result of the incident. The City’s attorney, Devin Poulson says the settlement amount is confidential but the Mayor said it was believed to be around $300,000 dollars.
Two bills in the state Legislature take direct aim on plastics, with one proposing a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags and the other banning plastic straws. At an Environment, Energy and Technology hearing on the straw ban last week, primary sponsor Senator Patty Kuderer, a Bellevue Democrat, said plastic straws are creating an environmental mess. . .
Twelfth District Senator Brad Hawkins told NCWLIFE NEWS he is hesitant to throw his support behind either measure. . .
Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett was a staunch opponent of Initiative-1639. But, now that its become State law, he says he will enforce it. Burnett says he disagrees with some of his counterparts who have vowed not to enforce the new gun control law. Burnett tells NCWLIFE News that would be violating his oath of office.
Sheriffs in Adams, Benton, Klickitat and Yakima Counties have announced they will not enforce the law. Burnett also campaigned against the measure and calls it flawed. Adams County Sheriff, Dale Wagner is the most recent to announce his decision to not enforce I-1639. He said, “Those who live and reside in Adams County have made this very clear in how we voted this last election with an overwhelming percentage against I-1639. The measure was passed Statewide by 60 percent of the voters.
Time now for our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, NCWLife’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Scooter the dog. . .
Coming up next, The Wenatchee School Board is trying to find a way to cut about $5.2 million dollars from the district’s budget, Board President Sunny Hemphill says tough decisions are on the horizon. Eastmont School District Superintendent Garn Christensen received a pay increase and contract extension from the School Board this week, and, Megan McPherson will be in to tell us about all there is do in the Wenatchee Valley this weekend.
The Wenatchee School Board is trying to find a way to cut about $5.2 million from the district’s budget. After numerous public meetings and an online survey, the Board on Feb. 12 will begin making decisions. Board President Sunny Hemphill told NCWLIFE that when the 2018 Legislature changed the school funding formula it resulted in the tough decisions they now face.
Eastmont School District Superintendent Garn Christensen received a pay increase and contract extension from the School Board this week. Christensen received high marks in his annual review and a 3.1-percent base salary increase, from $175,330 to $180,765 dollars a year. Christensen, who was hired in 2007, also will receive a 15 percent boost in compensation he can receive as pay or use to buy benefits. The contract extension runs through the 2021-2022 school year.
You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, tonight’s feature story and your complete local weather forecast.
In tonight’s feature story, the Wenatchee Valley Follies Guild is bringing the 70th Follies Show to the stage of the Numerica Performing Arts Center this weekend. Known as the longest running show in Wenatchee’s history, Connie Morris and Jaime Donegan stopped by Wake Up Wenatchee Valley this week to talk more about the upcoming show. . .
Dry, cool weather with areas of morning fog will continue today. We can expect mostly cloudy skies with afternoon high temperatures today in the mid 30’s. Precipitation returns to the area late tonight into Friday with the arrival of a moist weather system moving in from the Pacific. There is a 60% chance of snow overnight and a 90% chance of snow on Friday. High temperatures tomorrow once again in the mid 30’s. Northcentral Washington could see 1-2” of new snow by late Friday. A quick moving warm front will slide through our area on Saturday with patchy morning fog then partly cloudy skies by afternoon with high temperatures warming into the lower 40’s. Unsettled weather returns on Super Bowl Sunday as another Pacific weather system moves into the northwest. We will see cloudy skies Sunday with a 40% chance of mainly afternoon snow showers and high temperatures near 40. Much colder than normal temperatures are expected next week as a cold Canadian air mass moves into the Northcentral Washington. As the cold air mixes with the moisture in place, we will see a 30% of snow on Monday with afternoon high temperatures only around 30 degrees. Monday night expect mostly cloudy skies and cold temperatures with overnight lows in the low to mid-teens. Even colder on Tuesday and Wednesday, under mostly sunny skies, afternoon high temperatures both days will be in the upper 20’s with overnight lows in the low to mid-teens.
And that is a look at your local weather forecast, coming up next, tonight’s sports report with Eric Granstrom and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.
The Wenatchee Wild snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-2 win at Merritt last night in BCHL hockey. The Centennials led it 1-nil in the second after a first-period goal by Mathieu Gosselin. But AJ Hodges would tie it 53-seconds into the second period. Matt Gosiewski would give Wenatchee the lead at the 14:42 mark of the second and score what proved to be the game-winner in the 3rd. Merritt would get a late-game goal to make it close but would run out of time on the night.
Wenatchee makes a stop in Penticton tomorrow night to face the Division-leading Vees at 7 o’clock. Then on Saturday, Wenatchee hosts Vernon on Guns N Hoses Night at the Town Toyota Center. Fire and police will play a game at 5 o’clock, followed by the Wild and Vipers at 7. Wild players will wear special jerseys during the game, which will be auctioned off following the contest. This is one of the last three home games of the regular season, so no time to waste. Get to the Town Toyota Center box office for your tickets or go on-line to Wenatchee Wild Hockey dot com for more information.
Coming up tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel, it’s Hockey Night! We’re featuring the Wenatchee Wild’s game against Langley at the Town Toyota Center from last Friday. Arch Ecker has your play-by-play with the puck dropping at 7 o’clock.
And as we look ahead at the NCWLIFE Schedule, we’ll be at Wenatchee High School for the Panthers host the Eisenhower Cadets. The girls start at 5:45 with the boys to follow at 7:30. Grant Olson will be court-side with your play-by-play.
Then on Saturday, Groundhogs Day, we have Davis and Eastmont and Davis and Eastmont. The first is the girls game from January 5th at 2 o’clock. Then the boys game that went right down to the wire will air at 7 on your home for local sports, the NCWLIFE Channel.
Coming up tonight on the prep sports schedule. The Cashmere girls wrap up the regular season and look to win their 40th consecutive Caribou Trail League game at Cascade at 5:45. Chelan is at Tonasket at 6. The Cascade Christian girls host Easton at 6 and Wilson Creek is at Entiat, also at 6 o’clock.
On the boys basketball schedule tonight. Cashmere can wrap up the regular season Caribou Trail League title with a win at Cascade tonight. They’ll tip it up at 7:15. At 7:30, it’s Wilson Creek at Entiat and Tonasket hosting Chelan.
Back to the Les Schwab Scoreboard in men’s college basketball last night. Noah Dickerson scored 21-points and grabbed 14-rebounds while Matisse Thybulle added 17-points as Washington remained undefeated in Pac-12 play with a 75-62 win over USC.
At Martin Center, Prince Ali, Moses Brown and Kris Wilkes each scored 16-points as UCLA ran away from Washington State 87-67.
Coming up tonight, it’s #4 Gonzaga at BYU at 8 o’clock on ESPN2.
And in Walla Walla last night, despite 31-points from Ashlynn Burgess, the Wenatchee Valley Lady Knights had their 15-game winning streak snapped in a 95-91 overtime loss to the Warriors.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 guest-host Eric Granstrom. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.