NCWLIFE Evening News December 3, 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, Icy conditions continued to cause problems on Interstate 90 this morning, with a crash about 6:00 a.m. The man accused of making online death threats against Washington sheriffs won’t face jail time for violating his conditions of release, and, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, along with various state officials, unveiled a proposal Monday morning to, for the first time, provide dedicated funding to improve Washington’s wildfire response capability, we will tell you more.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will rejoin the Columbia River Drug Task Force, 15 years after opting out of the multi-agency investigative team. Sheriff Kevin Morris announced Tuesday the Douglas County Board of Commissioners authorized the $100,000-dollars needed to hire one new deputy and assign another to the task force full-time. . .

Douglas County dropped out of the task force in 2005 after funding cuts. Today, team members come from the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, Wenatchee and East Wenatchee police departments, and the Washington State Patrol. Morris says it could be the better part of a year before a new deputy is ready to go into the field.

Icy conditions continued to cause problems on Interstate 90 this morning, with a crash about 6:00 a.m. 25 miles west of Ritzville involving several semis. The Washington State Patrol closed the eastbound lanes of the freeway for more than an hour after a semi driver lost control and jackknifed. Several other semis collided in the backup caused by the crash. The state patrol says there were no serious injuries.

The man accused of making online death threats against Washington sheriffs won’t face jail time for violating his conditions of release.

23-year-old Jayden Ledford is scheduled for federal trial in March for allegedly threatening Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and others over their opposition to Washington gun law I-1639. He’s allowed to remain out of custody until then, but federal court supervisors say Ledford used a smartphone in November to access the Internet, violating a judge’s order. Court marshals seized the phone, but the judge ruled last week that Ledford won’t be penalized.

Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz and state legislators, flanked by fire chiefs and public health advocates, unveiled a proposal Monday morning to, for the first time, provide dedicated funding to improve Washington’s wildfire response capability and restore wildfire resistance in our forests.

The funding would be the largest investment Washington has ever made to expand its wildfire team and restore the health of its forests. The 63-million-dollar package will include, among other things, 42 additional fulltime firefighters, 15 new fire trucks and 1 type-2 helicopter.

Franz says this legislation protects communities by ensuring firefighters have the resources and training they need to get to fires quickly and keep them small, which prevents the mega-fires that threaten neighborhoods and cost millions of dollars to suppress. As an example, the 2018 Crescent Mountain Fire outside Twisp alone cost more than $40 million dollars to suppress.

Coming up next, Chelan County Fire District One will again employ a herd of goats to help reduce wildfire fuels in the Wenatchee area. Anyone interested in applying for one of two openings on the Wenatchee School Board has until 4 p.m. January 6th to apply, and, The popularity of Leavenworth’s Christmas Lighting Festival has often made for gridlock driving in and out of the Bavarian-themed town for three weekends in December.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Chelan County Fire District One will again employ a herd of goats to help reduce wildfire fuels in the Wenatchee area. The goats were used this past spring to forage shrubs and grass along a steep slope below the Broadview Subdivision in the area of the 2017 Sleepy Hollow Fire. Chief Brian Brett says the project was so successful that they plan to do it again next year. . .

Anyone interested in applying for one of two openings on the Wenatchee School Board has until 4 p.m. January 6th to apply.

The seats are open after board member Sarah Knox resigned to take a job in the Seattle area and Tim Larson, who won election to a seat in November, said he was moving out of the district and could not serve. The board intends to review the applications January 6th at an open meeting, identify candidates to interview, then make the selections at its regular January 14th meeting. Applications are available online at Wenatchee schools dot org or at the district offices. The persons selected will serve two years when the seats will go up for election.

The popularity of Leavenworth’s Christmas Lighting Festival has often made for gridlock driving in and out of the Bavarian-themed town for three weekends in December. Motorists have complained of spending an hour or more getting from the Big Y junction at Blewett Pass to downtown.

With the festival starting Friday, state, county and city officials are already gearing up. In addition to advising patience, signal lights will be shut off starting at 1 p.m. in Leavenworth and traffic flaggers brought in. The city reported some success with that approach last year, but it’s still likely to be slow going. So prepare to enjoy the holiday show Fridays and Saturdays for the next three weekends but give yourself some extra travel time.

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, the Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council held its first event of its fundraising series—Empty Bowls. The event benefits the NCW Food Distribution Center, a pivotal player in stocking up local food pantries here in the Valley. Here’s NCWLIFE’s Kaitlin Hetterscheidt with more. . .

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

The Seahawks are in first place in the NFC West after a 37-30 win over Minnesota on Monday Night Football last night…

Trailing 17-10 at half, Seattle scored 24 unanswered points to take a 34-17 lead and hung on for the victory.  The Seahawk’s rushing attack proved too much for the Vikings as Chris Carson ran the ball 23-times for 102-yards and a score while Rashad Penny 15-carries for 74-yards and a touchdown.

Coach Pete Carroll was particularly happy to see that element of the game come through…

Russell Wilson finished 21-of-31 for 240-yards and two touchdowns.  He also had a strange interception returned for a touchdown in the first half on a batted ball that came back to him.  He tried to bat it down but pushed it forward into the waiting arms the Viking’s Anthony Harris, who raced in for a touchdown.  He says that was definitely a weird play…

Seattle improved to 10-and-2 with the win, even with San Francisco but the Seahawks have the head-to-head edge after beating the 49ers earlier this season.

The Seahawks will play next in L-A against the Rams Sunday night on NBC.

One day after the announcement was made by the University of Washington that Chris Petersen was stepping down as head coach, a press conference was held to shed more light on the decision.  Basically, Petersen said the time had come for him to move on…

Defensive Coordinator Jimmy Lake was also introduced as the new Head Coach today.  He says he’s taking the torch passed to him by Coach Petersen…

Petersen will stay with the program through their bowl game and then go into a leadership role in the Husky Athletics program.

The prep basketball season gets underway today with games throughout the region…

We’ll begin with the girls basketball schedule as Wenatchee travels to Mead at 5:30. Cascade hosts Quincy at 5:45.  And in the B’s, Bridgeport is at Republic while Kittitas hosts Riverside Christian at 6.

Boys games that get going at 7:15 include Mead hosting Wenatchee; Cashmere is at Ephrata; and Quincy plays at Cascade.  It’s a 7:30 tip time for Riverside Christian at Kittitas and Bridgeport at Republic.

In girls bowling this afternoon…

Eastmont hosts Moses Lake at Eastmont Lanes beginning at 2 o’clock.  The Wildcats are off to a slow start at 1-and-2 while the Chiefs are 2-and-oh in Big-9 play.

The Wenatchee Wild wrap up their 4-game homestand tomorrow night with Penticton in town…

The Vees lead the Interior Division of the BCHL with 47-points at 23-8-and-1.  Wenatchee sits in 4th place with 34-points at 15-12-3-and-1.  The puck will drop at the Town Toyota Center at 6 o’clock tomorrow.  We’ll have a preview of the game tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

Here’s a peak at our sports schedule this week on the NCWLIFE Channel…

It begins tonight with State Playoff soccer between Mead and Eastmont at 7 o’clock.  Hockey Night Thursday will feature an earlier game between Penticton and Wenatchee at 7.  Then on Friday, we wind down our football rewinds with Davis and Eastmont at 7. 

Saturday features some wrestling action from last year between Eastmont and Moses Lake at 2 o’clock, followed by Wenatchee and Davis football at 7.  It’s all here on your home for LOCAL sports, the NCWLIFE Channel.

Thanks Dan.

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.