NCWLIFE Evening News, February 18, 2020

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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, Yet another firearm theft in the Wenatchee Valley has been added to the roster of charges against a Moses Lake man. Chelan County Commissioners are scheduled next week to award the construction contract for the West Cashmere Bridge Replacement project, and, a little later on in our feature story, a video about bullying that you won’t want to miss.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office is searching for two suspects who robbed the Super Stop in Pateros at gunpoint Sunday evening.

A man and woman reportedly arrived on foot at the store at 10:23 p.m. with their faces covered. They held the clerk at gunpoint while forcing her to open the cash register. They then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. The clerk was not injured. The man was described as about 5-foot-6 wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, black tennis shoes and holding a blue or tan backpack. The woman is about 5-foot-3, slender, with brown eyes and was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, torn blue jeans, tan slippers and holding a large purple purse or bag. The sheriff’s office is asking anyone who has information on the pair to contact them at 509-422-7232.

It seems fire season has already started. A fire set by a Chelan-are homeowner to burn brush along a fence line got out of control Monday afternoon but Chelan Fire and Rescue crews were quickly able to contain it.

The fire at 950 Purtteman Gulch Road was reported just before noon and firefighters had it controlled by 12:22 p.m. Fire officials are warning that even in places where there is still some snow, the vegetation remains dry and susceptible to fire.

Yet another firearm theft in the Wenatchee Valley has been added to the roster of charges against a Moses Lake man.

Scott Joseph Paul, age 41, is already jailed awaiting trial for a series of October thefts in Wenatchee and Dryden, in which seven rifles and a shotgun were taken.

Prosecutors added a new charge last week for an Oct. 9 burglary in which he allegedly acted as lookout while his partner, Cameron Darnell of Yakima, climbed in through the pet door of a Wenatchee apartment and stole a .45-caliber handgun. That makes 13 charges of theft, burglary or firearm theft for Paul and 17 charges for Darnell.

Chelan County Commissioners are scheduled next week to award the construction contract for the West Cashmere Bridge Replacement project. Commissioner Doug England says the project received numerous bids within the County’s engineer estimates. . .

England says there remain some environmental issues that need to be addressed before construction work can start . . .

The Goodwin Street bridge was determined to be structurally obsolete requiring its removal and replacement. The plans also call for traffic revisions including a new roundabout at Hwy 2 and Hay Canyon Road. Its the largest capital improvement project in Chelan County’s history.

Coming up next, A bill to provide about $2 million dollars a year in tax breaks for the hydropower industry was approved by the state Senate on Monday. The Washington State Patrol is warning motorists to drive with care at the intersection of Highway 28 and White Trail Road north of Quincy, and, Retailer Pier 1 Imports filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday and announced it is closing almost half its stores this year. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

A bill to provide about $2 million dollars a year in tax breaks for the hydropower industry was approved by the state Senate on Monday. The bill, sponsored by 12th District Senator Brad Hawkins, is part of his continuing effort to provide tax incentives to hydro that are similar to what is offered to other clean-energy industries like wind and solar.

The bill, approved by a 39-9 vote, falls short of that but does offer an exemption from the state portion of the sales tax for utilities that refurbish their plants with oil-free turbine blades. Hawkins said getting the compromise bill approved was a QUOTE, heavy lift, UNQUOTE. Hawkins said he worked closely with Chelan County PUD General Manager Steve Wright on the amended bill. It now goes to the House, where 12th District Representative Keith Goehner has introduced a similar bill.

The Washington State Patrol is warning motorists to drive with care at the intersection of Highway 28 and White Trail Road north of Quincy. White Trail Road is a popular route for bypassing Quincy on the way to Interstate 90 and the intersection with Highway 28 has had numerous accidents over the years. Trooper Daniel Mosqueda explains the problems at the intersection.

Retailer Pier 1 Imports filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday and announced it is closing almost half its stores this year.

A list of 331 stores targeted for closure in the United States does not include the Pier 1 Imports in Wenatchee’s Valley North Mall. In Washington state, stores in Everett, Federal Way, Redmond, Seattle and Tacoma are slated for closure.

The company has almost 1,000 stores in the United States and Canada. Pier 1 CEO Robert Riesbeck said they are looking for a buyer of the company and the bankruptcy filing and store closures should help move that process along.

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. . .

Burger King has teamed up with a national anti-bully organization called, no bully dot org, to create a unique way to look at bullying. In tonight’s feature story, they put hidden cameras in their restaurant and spied on customer’s reaction to a bullied sandwich versus actual bullying in the store. . .

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 post-season run for teams in the region hits a fevered pitch today with District Tournaments on tap…

The Big-9 District Play-In games are tonight with Davis at Eisenhower at 5:30.  Wenatchee plays at West Valley starting at 7.  Both games are win-and-go-on or lose-and-you’re-out scenarios.  The winners of tonight’s games will face off Friday at 6 o’clock at the highest remaining seed.

Moses Lake has until Friday to prepare for its District Championship game at home against Sunnyside.  That game will tip at 6 o’clock.

The Big-9 boys District Play-In games are both at 6 tonight with Wenatchee hosting Moses Lake and Sunnyside playing at Davis.  We’ll have the Panthers and Chiefs on NCWLIFE Channel tonight with Grant Olson on the play-by-play beginning LIVE at 6 on Facebook.  It will air on TV tonight following the Evening News at 6:30.

Eastmont is off until Thursday when it will travel to West Valley for the District Championship game at 6 o’clock.  The winners of tonight’s Play-In games will meet Thursday t the highest remaining seed, also at 6.

The District 6 1-A Tournament wraps up at Eastmont High School tonight with a loser-out game between Okanogan and Omak tonight at 5.

The Omak and Okanogan boys will also meet in a loser-out game following the girls at 7:30 at Eastmont.  The winner of tonight’s game will face the loser of tomorrow’s Northeast A District Championship between Deer Park and Freeman.

Cashmere’s off until Saturday when it will host the winner of tomorrow’s Northeast A District game between Newport and Medical Lake.

Yakima’s Sun Dome is the site for four games for the District 5/6 2-A Tournament tonight.  First up at 5 o’clock are the boys with Ephrata playing Prosser and East Valley of Yakima facing Ellensburg.  Tonight’s winners will play tomorrow at 5 o’clock.

The girls will take the court after the boys at 7 o’clock tonight with Selah facing Toppenish and Grandview battling Prosser.  The winners will play tomorrow night at 7.

B-league fans will be headed to Lake Chelan Community Gym this afternoon for the Central Washington 2-B Tournament.  First up at 3:30 it’s Liberty Bell and Oroville playing for 3rd and 4th.  That will be followed at 6:30 by Brewster and Waterville-Mansfield facing off for the District Championship.

On the boy’s side of the Central Washington 2-B District Tournament at the Lake Chelan Community Gym, Oroville plays Liberty Bell at 5 tonight for 3rd and 4th.  Brewster faces Lake Roosevelt at 8 for the District Championship.

Post-season awards have been handed out in the Caribou Trail League…

In boys basketball, Cashmere’s Sam Phillips was selected the Player of the Year and his Coach Levi Heyen the Coach of the Year.  Teammates Nate Phillips and Carter Alberts were 1st team selections.  Chelan’s Cade Christopherson and Connor Wilson were selected to the 2nd team.  Also 2nd team selections for Cashmere were Brooks Elliott and Reid Smith.  Cascade won the Sportsmanship Award.

No surprise that Hailey Van Lith is the CTL girls Player of the Year.  Chelan’s Rob Huddleston is the Coach of the Year.  Cashmere’s Grade Erdmann and Grace Hammond were 1st team selections along with Chelan’s Booh Huddleston.  Cashmere’s Riley Johnson and Chelan’s Katie Rainville were selected to the second team.  And Cascade won the Sportsmanship Award.

Here’s our NCWLIFE Sports Schedule this week…

It begins tonight and then is cloudy for the rest of the week at this point.  We will have Wenatchee and Moses Lake boys tonight at 6 LIVE on our Facebook page and on TV at 6:30 with Grant Olson.

Thursday, we’ll have Wenatchee boys against the winner of Davis and Sunnyside at 6, IF the Panthers win tonight.  If not, we’ll bring you Hockey Night with the Wild and Vernon from last Friday.

Friday will be a repeat of Hailey Van Lith’s record-breaking performance in Cashmere’s game against Omak for the District Championship at 7 o’clock.

Saturday could be Eastmont against either Wenatchee, Sunnyside or Davis from Eastmont High School IF the Wildcats fall to West Valley in Thursday’s District Championship.  Otherwise, we’ll have a repeat of last weekend’s Cashmere vs. Okanogan boys District Championship at 7 o’clock.  Stay tuned!

As spring training continues for the Seattle Mariners, pitcher Taijuan Walker feels like he’s getting a second chance to start over.  The 27-year old was signed by Seattle after missing the past two years following Tommy John surgery.  When asked why he decided to return to the Mariners, he said it was a simple choice…

Walker reported to camp along with the rest of the pitchers and catchers last week.  Camp will get crowded today and tomorrow with position players reporting.  Seattle’s first Cactus League game against San Diego is this Saturday.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, Tacoma’s Bill Davis responded to an alarm on a property he was working in Western Washington. Little did he know he’d find a baby deer stuck in the mud. That’s when he called in the help of his co-worker with an excavator, as we leave you tonight, check out this amazing video. . .

If you have a video of the day, you’d like to see on the NCWLIFE Evening News, message us on our Facebook Page at the NCWLIFE Channel.

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.