NCWLIFE Evening News November 26, 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, The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to be alert for arsonists who have been starting haystack fires. The Wenatchee School Board will have to fill two vacant seats rather than one after its new members are sworn in tonight, and,  Anti-tax activist Tim Eyman formally announced his candidacy for Washington governor on Monday.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A 70-year-old Palisades man was convicted Monday on multiple charges of child molestation.

After a two-day trial, a Douglas County jury took five hours to find James William Cook Sr. guilty on five counts, including two first-degree charges. Deputies arrested Cook in October 2018 after disclosures from two children, who said he molested them multiple times last year. Cook, who’d been free on $100,000 bond since his arrest, was ordered back to the Okanogan County jail after the Monday verdict. He’ll be sentenced December 23rd, when he could face more than seven years in prison on each count.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to be alert for arsonists who have been starting haystack fires, causing tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage this year. Deputy Kyle Foreman, public information officer for the sheriff’s office, said the Quincy and Ephrata areas have been especially hard hit. . .

The Wenatchee School Board will have to fill two vacant seats rather than one after its new members are sworn in tonight.

The school district says Tim Larson, who won election over incumbent Karina Vega-Villa earlier this month, will not take the seat. That means his post, and that of resigning member Sarah Knox, will be filled by appointments named by the other three members. New board member Martin Barron and incumbent Laura Jaecks will be sworn in tonight at the start of the regular school board meeting.

Anti-tax activist Tim Eyman formally announced his candidacy for Washington governor Monday. Eyman, who has led numerous state initiative drives, said he is running as an independent. If elected, Eyman vows to veto any tax increases.

Today, Eyman was in a Seattle courtroom listening to a challenge to I-976,  the $30 car tabs initiative narrowly approved by voters this month. He criticized both the judge and Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who is constitutionally required to defend the initiative. He called for all Washington drivers to refuse to renew their vehicle tabs as Seattle, Ferguson and the judge QUOTE, conspire and collude to destroy our democracy, END QUOTE. Governor Jay Inslee is seeking his third term in the 2020 election.

Coming up next, If you waited until the last day to mail in your election ballot, it probably didn’t get counted because it was too late. In what unfortunately has become a holiday tradition, traffic on the mountain passes is expected to be stop and go at times for Thanksgiving travelers this year, and, A nice crowd turned out at a recent Grant County Commissioners’ meeting to give thanks and bid a fond retirement to K-9 Grizzly. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

If you waited until the last day to mail in your election ballot, it probably didn’t get counted because it was too late. The November 6th election was certified last week by the Chelan County Canvassing Board. Doug England says hundreds of ballots were discarded because of a late postmark. . .

In Douglas County, Auditor, Thad Duvall says 56 ballots were thrown out because of late postmark. He recommends voters mail back their ballots no later than the weekend before the election.

In what unfortunately has become a holiday tradition, traffic on the mountain passes is expected to be stop and go at times for Thanksgiving travelers this year. The worst is predicted for Snoqualmie Pass on Wednesday and again Saturday and Sunday.

On Wednesday, the heaviest traffic is expected from 1 to 5 p.m. eastbound on Interstate 90.

Things will stay relatively calm until Saturday, when traffic is expected to be especially bad westbound on I-90 from noon to 3 p.m.

Sunday will be crowded both east and westbound on I-90 in the afternoon hours. U.S. 2, Stevens Pass, should be easier going, with moderate to heavy traffic Wednesday and the weekend afternoons. It could be even worse if there is snow in the passes, so drive carefully.

A nice crowd turned out at a recent Grant County Commissioners’ meeting to give thanks and bid a fond retirement to K9 Grizzly, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office’s first K9 officer.

For four years, Grizzly has captured numerous suspects and in February 2018 he helped save a life by tracking down a missing dementia patient.

Grizzly will enjoy his retirement with his handler, Deputy Dave De La Rosa, who also will be the handler for the department’s newest K9, Hawk.

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. . .

Did you know that Thanksgiving is the number one day of the year for home cooking fires? Many of these fires are the result of unattended cooking, and a number of these fires also involve turkey fryers. The State Fire Marshal’s Office has released a video that illustrates the dangers of deep- frying your Thanksgiving bird. . .

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is advising that residents plan ahead to ensure a safe, fun and food-filled holiday. Here are some tips:

•Choose a fryer with thermostat controls to prevent oil from overheating.

•Before operating a turkey fryer, always read and follow the instruction manual.

•Thaw your turkey completely—ice will cause hot oil to splatter.

•Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the fryer.

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 picked up its third win in its last 4-games last night with a 2-1 victory over Prince George…

After a scoreless first period, Wenatchee took the lead on Nick Cafarelli’s 13th goal of the season 7-minutes into the second frame.  Matt Dorsey added another goal less than three minutes into the third and the Wild held on for the win.

Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

Wenatchee continues its homestand with some post-Thanksgiving hockey against Nanaimo Friday and Langley Saturday.  Both those games start at 7:05.

Wild fans got some good news today with the announcement that former Wenatchee player Sam Morton returning to the team…

Morton, a 20-year old forward, played for the wild in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.  He played the last season and a half at Union College and is expected to return to Wenatchee in early December.  He plans to transfer to another NCAA school for the 2020-21 season.

Morton was a member of the Wenatchee Wild that won the Fred Page Cup and Doyle Cup Championships in 2017.

11-games into the NFL season, the Seahawks find themselves right in the mix of a playoff run…

San Francisco continues to lead the division with a 10-and-1 record.  Seattle is second at 9-and-2.  The Rams were demolished by Baltimore last night on Monday Night Football and slipped to 6-and-5.

As far as the playoff picture in the NFC, here you see the current Division leaders on the left being the 49ers, New Orleans, Green Bay and Dallas.  The Wild Card teams as of today would be Seattle and Minnesota.  The Rams are also in the picture at 6-and-5 with 6-games remaining.

Seattle will host Minnesota Monday at CenturyLink Field.  The Seahawks are coming off a 17-9 win over Philadelphia on Sunday and, according to Coach Pete Carroll, are still waiting to play their best game…

In Sunday’s win over the Eagles, punter Michael Dickson had five punts downed inside Philadelphia’s 20-yard line with two inside the 5.  Coach Carroll says that’s exactly the kind of football he wants to play…

Seattle and the Vikings will kick off Monday night at 5:15 on ESPN.

Even thought the winter sports season won’t kick off until this weekend, you can get your fill on high school sports this week on the NCWLIFE Channel…

It begins tonight with Cascade at Cashmere Soccer at 7 o’clock.  Hockey Night Thursday features Merritt and your Wenatchee Wild at 7.  Then on Friday at 7, it’s Wenatchee and Eisenhower football.  Saturday features playoff soccer between Eastmont and Moses Lake at 2 followed by Cashmere and Omak football at 6:30.  It’s all right here on your home for LOCAL Sports, the NCWLIFE Channel.

Thanks Eric.

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.