NCWLIFE Evening News October 21, 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, Grant County Deputies are seeking the driver and occupants of a pickup connected to a shooting over the weekend. North Central Washington could benefit from the latest legal settlement in the opioid crisis, and, If you joined the U.S. Concealed Carry Association within the last year, you were probably sold illegal insurance in the process.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Three Yakima County men were injured in a weekend rollover crash near Potholes State Park. Carl Guillozet’s Ford F-150 truck left the road while westbound on State Route 262 on Saturday afternoon. The Washington State Patrol said he and two passengers were towing a boat trailer at the time. All three men were taken to Samaritan Hospital for checkouts and treatment. Guillozet, who’s 56, faces a charge of DUI.

Grant County Deputies are seeking the driver and occupants of this full-sized G.M. 4-door pickup connected to a shooting that happened around noon

Sunday at 9400 block Maple Drive near Moses Lake. Target person was working on a car in the driveway. The suspect exited the vehicle and fired at the target person but missed. The shooter then got into the pickup and left the scene. Fortunately, the intended target was not injured but unfortunately, the victim was uncooperative.

North Central Washington could benefit from the latest legal settlement in the opioid crisis. Four drug companies agreed today to settle a federal lawsuit brought by two Ohio counties, for their part in distributing opioid painkillers that led to a wave of addiction and more than 47,000 deaths in 2017 alone. Those cases are related to a suit filed by Chelan County last year. Daniel Mensher is a Seattle attorney representing the county, as well as other communities in Washington. . .

If you joined the U.S. Concealed Carry Association in the last year, you were probably sold illegal insurance in the process. The state insurance commissioner says the association bunded insurance into its membership that offered to cover legal costs if a member was charged with a crime for use of a firearm. But Washington law doesn’t allow the sale of insurance against intentional criminal activity. USCCA sold the insurance to 1,600 members last year. It must now pay a $100,000 fine and never offer the insurance again if it wants to keep doing business in Washington.

A small early-morning fire in a component at Priest Rapids Dam remains under investigation. The blaze broke out shortly after 1 a.m. today in an exciter, a piece of equipment that provides startup energy to one of the dam’s generating units. The Grant County PUD says operators quickly extinguished the fire, which was similar to a fire that broke out in another exciter unit October 3rd. Dam technicians have increased their monitoring and reduced the number of startup cycles while the investigation takes place. The PUD says power generation and water flow are not affected.

Coming up next, On October first the Wenatchee School District welcomed a second resource officer to its halls, we will introduce him to you. Fourth-graders in Wenatchee learned a productive way to use their computer screen time, and, As part of the consolidation of the Chelan and Douglas county port districts, Pangborn airport will be legally dissolved. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

On October first the Wenatchee School District welcomed a second resource officer to its halls, Officer Jared Shepard from the Wenatchee Police Department. Officer Shepard joined Officer Jared Reinfeld, a resource officer since 2017, on this week’s Street Talk & Other Stuff with Mike Magnotti. . .

Fourth-graders in Wenatchee learned a productive way to use their computer screen time recently during a visit from a Forest Service official.

Fire Prevention Technician Jessica Gilmore visited Washington and John Newberry elementary schools to talk about fire safety and the Every Kid Outdoors program. It’s a pilot project to see if she can bring the outdoors indoors, Gilmore said. The students were shown a variety of websites where they can learn more about forest health and play online games set up by the Forest Service.

They also were given a free forest access pass. Next up for the visits will be Lewis and Clark Elementary this month and Mission View Elementary in November

Pangborn Memorial Airport will briefly cease to exist. As part of the consolidation of the Chelan and Douglas county port districts, the airport will be legally dissolved as an entity so the new port organization can take charge. The airport isn’t going anywhere, though, Douglas County Port Director Lisa Parks says it’s just a legal technicality that has to happen as part of the transition. The airport’s executive board is scheduled to vote on the dissolution tomorrow.

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. . .

Like many cities and towns around Washington State, Chelan also has an issue with the lack of affordable housing, made even worse by the fact that Chelan is also a desirable destination meaning more people want to live there. In tonight’s feature story, NCWLIFE News recently sat down with Chelan Mayor Mike Cooney who said the city is trying to be pro-active when it comes to attainable housing. . .

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.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce has produced a voters’ guide with information on every race in Wenatchee and East Wenatchee. The online guide is available in both English and Spanish on the chamber’s website Wenatchee-dot-org. The chamber sent three questions to every candidate for every race in the upcoming election, from school board to sewer district races. Election Day is Tuesday, November 5th.

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a check on 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.