NCWLIFE Evening News January 21, 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, A Douglas County judge must consider whether the killer in a 2013 murder at Sun Cove resort was properly sentenced. After a stray bullet hit a building on a nearby landowner’s property in December, the state decided last week to end target shooting from Road 12 of the Gloyd Seeps Wildlife Area Unit near Ephrata, and, A contractor on Monday began work on cleaning up a small amount of diesel fuel that spilled into Salmon Creek in Okanogan County after a snow plow truck went off the road and ended up partially in the creek.     

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The Cashmere woman who led deputies on a Jan. 4 highway chase near Rock Island must answer to four criminal charges.

22-year-old Jessica Hailey Fisk remains jailed on counts of fleeing police, hit and run, reckless endangerment, and driving on a suspended license. She was scheduled for arraignment today in Douglas County Superior Court. In addition to the Rock Island chase, in which she allegedly hit a guardrail and an unoccupied car, Fisk is also charged with vehicular assault for an April 1st auto wreck in Spokane, which injured three people.

A Douglas County judge must consider whether the killer in a 2013 murder at Sun Cove resort was properly sentenced.

Oscar Alden of Snohomish, who’s now 30, is serving a 19-year sentence for fatally shooting Tom Maks of Lake Tapps.

Maks was down on all fours at the resort near Orondo when Alden shot him once in the head. Alden says his defense lawyers should have introduced evidence of his attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to argue for a shorter sentence. The state Court of Appeals now says the Superior Court must hold a hearing on the matter.  Alden remains in custody at Clallam Bay Corrections Center.

After a stray bullet hit a building on a nearby landowner’s property in December, the state decided last week to end target shooting from Road 12 of the Gloyd Seeps Wildlife Area Unit near Ephrata.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said with several residences and buildings within range of a rifle bullet, as well as hunters and anglers in the surrounding areas, it’s just too dangerous. WDFW land operations manager Rich Finger said the area has a long history of problems with target shooting. The landowner’s report of a bullet hitting his building was investigated and confirmed by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

A contractor on Monday began work on cleaning up a small amount of diesel fuel that spilled into Salmon Creek in Okanogan County after a snow plow truck went off the road and ended up partially in the creek.

The accident happened Sunday about 7 a.m. when the plow driver was backing off Salmon Creek Road at the intersection of Spring Coulee Road and slid on the ice into the creek.

It took two large tow trucks to get the snow plow off its side, back on the road. The driver of the plow was not injured. The state Department of Ecology is providing technical assistance at the cleanup site about four miles west of Omak.

Coming up next, A longtime Douglas County PUD board member will join a special national team of public power executives. The Wenatchee Valley College Foundation has received a grant of $20,000-dollars from the Names Family Foundation to support student athletes, and, The U.S. Forest Service is offering people of all ages an opportunity to venture out into the snow-covered Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

A longtime Douglas County PUD board member will join a special national team of public power executives.

Commissioner Ron Skagen, who’s been on the Douglas PUD board since 2007, was named to a three-year term on the Policy Makers Council of the American Public Power Association.

The council lobbies federal lawmakers on issues that affect publicly-owned electrical utilities. Skagen previously served on the APPA’s board of directors.

The Wenatchee Valley College Foundation has received a grant of $20,000-dollars from the Names Family Foundation to support student athletes.

The Names Family Foundation was established in 1996 by Scott and Sis Names who shared a passion for philanthropy and a deep interest in health and fitness. The grant will be used to support student athletes attending WVC.

The WVC Foundation recently received support from both the Names Family Foundation and Beth & Dennis Dobbs for the renovation of the Smith Gym locker rooms. Beth Dobbs is the granddaughter of Scott & Sis Names. The Dobbs’ were also a major contributor of the Smith Gym floor remodel in 2016.

The U.S. Forest Service is offering people of all ages an opportunity to venture out into the snow-covered Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Snowshoeing tours are being offered in the Blewett Pass area beginning Saturday and continuing through March 28th.

There will be five guided outings for adults and children at Swauk Campground and Wenatchee Ridge with no previous snowshoeing experience required. The guides will talk about plants, animals, birding, animal tracking and general winter forest ecology.

People interested can make reservations through the Discover Your Northwest website at discover-nw-dot-org. To offset the cost of the program, a donation of $15 per person is suggested. For more information, contact the Cle Elum Ranger District at 509-852-1044.

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. . .

An NCWLIFE investigation has found a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy left the department under a cloud of controversy last year. In tonight’s feature story, NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins looked into it, and has the story. . .

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.

Wenatchee Valley had a rare, Monday doubleheader at WB Smith Gymnasium last night…

On the women’s side, the Lady Knights erased 6-point deficit at the end of the third quarter with a big 27-point 4th to beat Yakima Valley 74-68.  Cariann Kunkel again led WVC with 21-points while Natalie Andreas kicked in 15.  The Lady Knights improved to 13-and-6 over with the win and 4-and-2 in conference play.  Next up is a trip to Moses Lake Wednesday to face Big Bend at 5:30.

On the men’s side last night, Wenatchee Valley used a 50-point second half to put away Yakima Valley 85-64.  Malik Parsons pumped in 14-points while Isaac Jones provided a spark off the bench with 14.  Chance Michels and Abdul Abdullah each had 12 as Wenatchee Valley improved to 16-and-3 on the season overall, 4-and-2 in conference play.  The Knights will tip it up at Big Bend Wednesday at 7:30.

Here’s what’s on tap for the prep schedule today…

First in girls bowling, the season is winding down as Wenatchee hosted West Valley at Eastmont Lanes today.  A win over the Rams today would set up the battle for the regular season Big-9 Championship Thursday between the Panthers and Eisenhower down in Yakima.

Eastmont was on the road today at Davis at Minda Lanes.

The Wenatchee Panthers swim and dive team is hosting West Valley at Wenatchee High School’s pool today.  Wenatchee leads the Big-9 at 4-and-oh while Eastmont and Moses Lake are right behind at 3-and-1.

On the wrestling mats tonight, it’s all about the Central Washington Athletic Conference.  Ephrata has a non-league match at Royal at 6.  Quincy has a double dual with East Valley and Toppenish in Toppenish beginning at 7.

The Cashmere girls will try to keep their unbeaten season alive tonight in Leavenworth with a Caribou Trail League game at Cascade.  It starts at 5:45. That’s also the start time for Omak in Chelan.  In North Central B League play tonight, Entiat hosts Moses Lake Christian at 5:45 while Bridgeport plays at Manson at 6.

The boys schedule looks the same, just with different start times.  Cashmere travels to Cascade at 7:15. Chelan hosts Omak at 7:15.  The Mustangs and Trojans tip it up in Manson at 7:30.  And Entiat hosts Moses Lake Christian tonight at 7:30 as well.

Here’s what we have on the sports broadcast schedule on the NCWLIFE Channel this week…

It begins tonight with a re-airing of the Wenatchee and Eastmont girls basketball game from the Town Toyota Center back on January 10th.  Grant Olson and Eric Granstrom have your play-by-play tonight beginning at 7 o’clock.

It will be another doubleheader Thursday with Hockey Night first at 7, featuring last Friday’s game between the Wenatchee Wild and Cowichan Valley Capitals.  Then at 9, Eric Granstrom will have the call mat-side at Eastmont where the Wildcats host the Eisenhower Cadets in Big-9 Wrestling.

If you missed the Eastmont vs. Wenatchee boys game from the Town Toyota Center January 10th, we’ll re-air it on Friday beginning at 7 o’clock with Eric and Grant on the call.

Then on Saturday, Grant will be courtside at Wenatchee High School where the Panthers will host a girl-boy doubleheader against the Davis Pirates.  Our pregame for the girls will begin at 5:30. The boys game gets underway at 7:30.  It’s all right here on your home for LOCAL sports, the NCWLIFE Channel.

Today’s the day we find out the 2020 induction class in to the National Baseball Hall of Fame…

This year, Yankee fans will be celebrating Derek Jeter being elected into the Hall.   

We already know the Veteran’s Committee has selected Ted Simmons and Marvin Miller to the Hall.  While last year’s class included 6-inductees, the 2020 class could only be the three.

Speaking of Hall of Fame…

There will be two new inductees and one team entered into the Wenatchee Valley College Hall of Fame next Friday.  Karissa Martin (Harle) played women’s basketball from 1999-to-2001 for the Lady Knights will be added to the hall along with longtime supporter of athletics Dalton Thomas.  In addition, the 1971 NWAACC Champion Football team will be inducted to the Hall of Fame.

The evening is also a fundraiser with the Follow Your Dreams Scholarship Auction.  It all begins next Friday, January 31st at 5:30 at the Jack and Edna Maguire Student Recreation Center on the Wenatchee Valley College Campus.  Dinner and drinks are included with your 75-dollar ticket, available by calling 682-6771.

Thanks Eric.

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.