NCWLIFE Evening News December 20, 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, President Trump says he will not sign a Senate stopgap funding bill to avert a Government shutdown without including funding for a border wall, Dan Newhouse responds. Washington’s 13 District Representative Matt Manweller of Ellensburg made his resignation from the state legislature official yesterday, and, A several-block stretch of Knowles Road in the Sunnyslope area will be widened, sidewalks installed and stormwater facilities will be added in a future project.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The Chelan County PUD has been fined $6,000 dollars for workplace safety violations related to death of employee Edward “Eddie” Bromiley in June.

The state Department of Labor and Industries found three violations during its five-month investigation into the death, including two that were deemed serious.

Bromiley was killed June 13th during crane testing at Rock Island Dam when he was struck by a steel component. L&I said the PUD failed to properly warn workers about the potential hazards of a swing rail at the spillgate and the possibility it could become unhinged. The PUD says it has corrected the problems and has contracted for a third-party investigation that is ongoing.

Bromiley is survived by his wife and two young children.

A Quincy man was one of 13 people arrested this week in an online sting involving sexual abuse and exploitation of children. The Washington State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies worked together on Operation Net Nanny, where Internet sites were monitored for adults seeking sexual activity with children. Roberto Avila, 23, of Quincy was among those arrested, with most of the rest from Yakima and Kittitas counties. Operation Net Nanny was begun in 2015 and has resulted in the arrest of more than 200 people.

President Trump says he will not sign a Senate stopgap funding bill to avert a Government shutdown without including funding for a border wall. The bill is now in the hands of the U.S. House of Representatives. Washington’s 4th District Representative Dan Newhouse says the House will work today to amend the bill which includes language concerning border security. . .

Congress has until midnight Friday to reach an agreement or there will be a Government shutdown.

Washington’s 13 District Representative Matt Manweller of Ellensburg made his resignation from the state legislature official yesterday. Manweller hand-delivered his resignation letter to Governor Jay Inslee on Wednesday. Central Washington University fired Manweller in August for ethics violations and insubordination, after an investigator’s report found 16 current and former students who complained of Manweller’s behavior.

In his resignation letter, Manweller wrote, quote, I am grateful to the voters in the 13th District for their overwhelming support in re-electing me as one of their State Representatives. However, I am announcing that I will resign effective January 14, 2019, and will be vacating the position. It has been an honor to serve the 13th District for the past six years”, unquote.

A several-block stretch of Knowles Road in the Sunnyslope area will be widened, sidewalks installed and stormwater facilities added thanks to a grant for just under $1.4 million dollars from the state’s Transportation Improvement Board. The Chelan County Public Works Department said work on the $1.6 million dollar project is expected to start in 2022 and will stretch from School Street to American Fruit Road. The improvements are needed, the county said, as estimates show the population of the Sunnyslope area served by Knowles road is expected to double in the next 20 years.

Coming up next, A strong Pacific storm once again hammered the west side of Washington today with powerful wind gusts and rain. The Wenatchee Valley Humane Society announced today it is participating in the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and, we will have our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

A strong Pacific storm once again hammered the west side of Washington today with powerful wind gusts and rain. This is video off the beach between Westport and Grayland where wind gusts peaked 70 mph late this morning. A high wind warning is in effect for the Seattle area until 7:00 p.m. tonight where winds will continue to blow between 30 and 35 mph. This latest wind storm comes on the heels of Tuesday afternoon’s tornado which damaged a reported 250 homes in Western Washington and left thousands without power.

The Wenatchee Valley Humane Society announced today it is participating in the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or ASPCA Learning Lab Program to Help Shelter Dogs with Behavior Issues.

The program provides hands-on training at an ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center which provides innovative techniques and protocols to help homeless dogs nationwide. Wenatchee Valley Humane Society is among the first group of animal welfare agencies to participate in the ASPCA Learning Lab program.

Trainees will be applying key learnings to integrate behavioral and psychological support for homeless dogs into its entire sheltering operation. The WVHS team was chosen for the selective program after taking part in an in-depth application and shelter visitation process.

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

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…

In tonight’s feature story, 2018 was a year to remember . . .

NCWLIFE looks back at the top stories we covered this year with a special year-end special report scheduled to air on New Year’s Day. Join NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair for a half-hour long retrospective, which will include a wide variety of issues and events that were widely viewed on TV, Facebook and the NCWLIFE Channel.

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’s 9-game winning streak came to a halt last night at Trail as the Smoke Eaters picked up a 5-2 win…

Trail scored just 3-minutes into the contest and led one-nil until Blake Bargar tied it at the 15:44 mark with his 10th goal of the season.  The Smoke Eaters came out firing in the second with a goal by Braeden Tuck that chased Wenatchee starter Austin Park in net.  Spencer McLean scored on Cal Sandquist just a minute-40 later to put Trail up 3-1.

At the 9-minute mark of the second, Wenatchee thought it had scored on a shot by Lucas Sowder.  The goal light went on but the officials continued play with Trail scoring on the other end.  Let’s pick up the highlights there with Arch Ecker on the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network.  The video provided by Hockey TV…

 

Wenatchee returns home tomorrow night for the first of two against the Vernon Vipers.  Tomorrow is Ugly Sweater Night and Saturday is White Out Night at the Town Toyota Center.

It’s a slim night for the prep sports schedule.  First, in girls basketball…

Chelan is on the road at Warden at 6 o’clock.

Then in boys basketball, the Goats will face Warden following the girls game.  And the Cashmere Bulldogs are on the road in Yakima to face the West Valley Rams in a non-league game tonight at 7 o’clock.

Two Seahawks were selected to the 2019 NFL Pro Bowl.  Bobby Wagner is a returner at linebacker while rookie punter Michael Dickson was chosen for his first Pro Bowl…

This will be Wagner’s 5th Pro Bowl in 7-seasons after being drafted by Seattle in the 2nd round in 2012 out of Utah State.  He’s currently 8th in the NFL with 114 combined tackles.  Dickson, who didn’t kick an American football until 2015 after being born and raised in Australia, leads the NFL gross average at 48.9 yards per punt and in net average at 44.2.  Dickson is the first rookie punter selected to the Pro Bowl since Dale Hunter of the Rams in 1985.

The Seahawks continue preparing for a Sunday Night matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs and the red-hot Patrick Mahomes.  Coach Pete Carroll says the Chiefs benefit from a very talented quarterback supported by a great coaching staff…

Mahomes leads all NFL quarterbacks in passing yards (4,543) and touchdowns (45) and is second-only to Drew Brees in passer rating (114.8 to Brees’ 116.8).  Carroll says the only good thing about facing Mahomes Saturday is that the Seattle defense faces a similar-style player every day in practice in Russell Wilson…

Seattle and Kansas City kick off Sunday night at 5:20 on NBC.

Thanks Eric.

The Chelan County PUD has been fined $6,000 dollars for workplace safety violations related to death of employee Edward “Eddie” Bromiley in June.

The state Department of Labor and Industries found three violations during its five-month investigation into the death, including two that were deemed serious.

Bromiley was killed June 13th during crane testing at Rock Island Dam when he was struck by a steel component. L&I said the PUD failed to properly warn workers about the potential hazards of a swing rail at the spillgate and the possibility it could become unhinged. The PUD says it has corrected the problems and has contracted for a third-party investigation that is ongoing.

Bromiley is survived by his wife and two young children.

A Quincy man was one of 13 people arrested this week in an online sting involving sexual abuse and exploitation of children. The Washington State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies worked together on Operation Net Nanny, where Internet sites were monitored for adults seeking sexual activity with children. Roberto Avila, 23, of Quincy was among those arrested, with most of the rest from Yakima and Kittitas counties. Operation Net Nanny was begun in 2015 and has resulted in the arrest of more than 200 people.

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