NCWLIFE Evening News December 10, 2019

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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, Someone is calling people across the state with a bomb threat that comes up on caller ID as being from the Washington State Patrol. A Stage 1 burn ban in place since Sunday for Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties was lifted at 8:00 this morning, and, With several feet of snow expected for some mountain areas in the coming days, the state has decided to close North Cascades Highway at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Trial got underway today for a Chumstick Valley man accused of firing several gunshots to intimidate a crew of railroad workers. James Carl Brown allegedly fired several rounds from an assault rifle in October 2018, and ordered a BNSF crew not to cross private property to reach a rail line. He’s charged with four counts of second-degree assault and four of imprisonment. At a hearing this morning in Chelan County before his jury was brought in, Brown’s lawyer said the former Marine and National Guard servicemember was acting in self-defense:

Brown earlier won a motion to be allowed to wear his National Guard uniform in court. The trial is expected to last about three days this week.

Someone is calling people across the state with a bomb threat that comes up on caller ID as being from the Washington State Patrol. Earlier today, the State Patrol said the purpose of the recorded call is to get people to visit a suspicious website. . .

Called spoofing, the hijacking of a legitimate phone number is illegal. The State Patrol advises anyone who receives such a call to avoid the website it is trying to get you to visit and report the call to law enforcement. The State Patrol said using a State Patrol caller ID is designed to confuse or frighten potential victims.

A Stage 1 burn ban in place since Sunday for Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties was lifted at 8:00 this morning.

With air quality having returned to good for most of the region, the state Department of Ecology made the decision late Monday afternoon to let the ban expire. Ecology makes burn ban decisions for counties that do not have clean air agencies and those counties include Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan and Kittitas, among others.

With several feet of snow expected for some mountain areas in the coming days, the state has decided to close North Cascades Highway at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday.

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It is the latest winter closure of the State Route 20 highway connecting Winthrop and the west side of the Cascades since 2008, when it closed December 15th. In the drought year of 1976 the pass stayed open all winter, the only time that has ever happened.

Coming up next, Confluence Health announced today they are adding a second surgical robot at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. The Wenatchee Valley Humane Society is hosting its annual Holiday Brunch this Saturday, December 14th, and, Some ambitious young Wenatchee valley athletes are on their way to a premiere football tournament in Florida, we will tell you about it. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Confluence Health announced today they are adding a second surgical robot at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee.

Part of its minimally invasive surgery program, the robots are controlled by surgeons who use their hand movements to manipulate the robot. They also have a 3D-HD vision system that gives a highly magnified view for more precise surgical movements. The new robot is the latest version of the current da Vinci model the hospital has been using.

The Wenatchee Valley Humane Society is hosting its annual Holiday Brunch this Saturday, December 14th, at the historic Elks building in downtown Wenatchee. Community members are encouraged to come celebrate the holidays which benefits the WVHS medical fund, providing veterinary care to homeless animals in the Wenatchee Valley. Here’s Renee Parkins with more. . .

Some ambitious young Wenatchee valley athletes are on their way to a premiere football tournament in Florida. NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins explains. . .

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. . .

Washington State’s tree fruit industry appears to be on the verge of getting some significant help from Congress both on foreign trade and immigrant labor. Earlier today House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi announced that a final bi-partisan agreement has been negotiated on the USMCA trade deal. Lawmaker are also close to approving new guidelines for foreign workers through the Federal H2-A program. In tonight’s feature story, Washington State Tree Fruit Association Executive Director, Jon Devaney, in town for the 115th annual Hort Expo and Trade Show, talked with NCWLIFE special correspondent Steve Hair about the deal in an exclusive In Focus program interview. . .

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.

If Wenatchee and Eastmont want to make their way back to the top of the Big-9 bowling standings, the Panthers will have to come up big today at Eastmont Lanes…

That’s where Wenatchee will host the current Big-9 leader, Eisenhower, at 2 o’clock today.  The Cadets are off to a 4-and-oh start in league play, 6-and-oh overall.  The Panthers are game-and-a-half back at 3-and-2, tied with Eastmont for 3rd place.

Meanwhile, Eastmont is hosting a non-league match against Ellensburg at Eastmont lanes, also beginning at 2 o’clock.

Moses Lake is currently in 2nd place and will host Davis this afternoon at 3:30 at LakeBowl.  The Chiefs are 3-and-1 in Big-9 play while the Pirates are 1-and-4.

Prep basketball cranks back up tonight across the region with 12-games on tap…

We’ll start things off chronologically with the girls games first.  Moses Lake play at Kamiakin tonight at 5:45.  That’s the same start time for Cascade hosting a Caribou Trail League game with Okanogan.  In the C-WAC, Ephrata travels to Connell and Quincy’s on the road at Wahluke at 6.  In B basketball, Manson visits Soap Lake at 6 and the Waterville-Mansfield girls will try to remain unbeaten at home against Liberty Bell at 6:30.

In boy’s play tonight, Moses Lake has a long road trip to Post Falls, Idaho at 7.  Cascade will tip it up with Okanogan in Leavenworth at 7:15. In the Central Washington Athletic Conference, Ephrata is at Connell and Quincy’s at Wahluke at 7:30.  It’s also a 7:30 start time for Manson at Soap Lake.  And at 8 o’clock, Waterville-Mansfield hosts Liberty Bell.

We’re wetting your whistle with some throwback games this week on the NCWLIFE Channel…

We start tonight with Wenatchee and Eastmont girls basketball from January of last year at 7 o’clock.  Hockey Night Thursday features the Penticton-vs.-Wenatchee Wild game from last Wednesday at the Town Toyota Center.

Friday night’s broadcast is the Wenatchee and Eastmont boys basketball game from last January.  Then on Saturday, we have Eastmont and Wenatchee girls bowling at 2 followed by Davis and Eastmont boys basketball from last January at 7.

One of the biggest mid-season acquisitions in recent memory for the Seahawks has been safety Quandre Diggs.  Since joining the team, he has 3-interceptions, including one returned 55-yards for a touchdown against the Rams.  Coach Carroll says Diggs is the complete package…

Despite the loss to Los Angeles Sunday, Coach Carroll and the team are already focusing in on what’s ahead, beginning this week with a trip to Carolina…

At 10-and-3, Seattle still has a chance to win the NFC West as well as lock down the #1 seed in the NFC playoffs.  But they’d have to win out, beginning with this Sunday’s game at 5-and-8 Carolina.

Here’s the scenarios that would get Seattle into the playoffs IF…

1 – The Seahawks win and Rams lose or tie.  Or,
2 – The Seahawks win and Vikings lose.  Or,
3 – Seahawks win and Packers lose and Vikings tie.  Or,
4 – Seahawks tie and Rams lose.

Any one of those four scenarios would put Seattle into the playoffs.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, the Washington Department of Transportation spent most of a day last week pulling the 116-foot-long Keller Ferry out of the water at Lake Roosevelt. The ferry, which connects rural State Route 21, is being removed for hull repairs and a Coast Guard inspection. Getting the big vessel onto dry land was a major challenge, WASHDOT said. It is the first time the ferry has been off the water since being put into service in 2013. It is expected to be back in service by December 23rd. Take a look. . .

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Dan. . .

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