Evening News September 21, 2018

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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,  Crews from Chelan and Douglas County responded to a fire involving a tool shed and several vehicles in the Rock Island area last night. A stranded woman was arrested earlier this week near Malaga after two hunters returned to camp and found her rummaging through their belongings. A Warden man was arrested Wednesday on a federal warrant for Receipt of Child Pornography and Possession of Child Pornography, and, its back to school for students at Wenatchee Valley College.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Apparently its back to the drawing board for the developers of a proposed alpine amusement park in Leavenworth. NCWLIFE News has learned that the application for a conditional use permit for the Leavenworth Adventure Park have been withdrawn. The developer, John Sutherland had hoped to build the park on the west end of town off Icicle Road and Hwy 2. The plans included the first ever alpine roller coaster ride in the US. City Administrator, Joel Walinski says the park developers have indicated they might resubmit a revised plan at a later date. . .

The project is opposed by the group, Friends of Leavenworth, who fear it would add to the City’s already congested traffic and parking. . .Group spokesman, Duane Goehner reacted favorably to the news. . .

Over 6,000 people signed an online petition to halt the project. Goehner says his group is not opposed to the park’s concept but is dead set against its current proposed location.

Crews from Chelan and Douglas County responded to a fire involving a tool shed and several vehicles in the Rock Island area last night. Douglas County Fire District Two Assistant Chief, John Glenn says the two alarm fire was reported in the 8 oclock hour located on private property off Hanna Avenue.

Glenn says crews from Cashmere, Chelan County District One and Six responded along with Douglas County Fire District 4. They remained on scene for about three hours. There were no reports of injuries.

A stranded woman was arrested earlier this week near Malaga after two hunters returned to camp and found her rummaging through their belongings. The Wenatchee World reports the hunters found 32-year old Christa Knopf with a backpack belonging to one of the men filled with gear from his tent which included a GPS unit, flashlights, headlamp, video camera, stocking caps, hand-warming packets, a coffee cup and food.

The equipment was valued at about $1,700-dollars. The report also said Knopf took truck keys from the tent and entered a truck, taking four credit cards. The camp was located near Colockum Pass Road and Naneum Ridge Road in Kittitas County. Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputies also found methamphetamine, heroin and needles in a bag belonging to Knopf. She was charged with second-degree theft, first-degree criminal trespassing, second-degree vehicle prowl, and four counts of theft of an access device. Drug charges are pending.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office reports that Warden Police arrested 53-year old Michael Leavitt of Warden on a federal warrant for Receipt of Child Pornography and Possession of Child Pornography on Wednesday.

Leavitt was then turned over to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The charges stem from an investigation which started earlier in 2018 where Leavitt was arrested by Warden Police for voyeurism. The FBI’s subsequent investigation uncovered that Leavitt received child porn in 2009, and that he possessed child porn in 2018. Leavitt was an emergency substitute teacher in the Warden School District and former city council member.

Fall classes are set to get underway Monday at Wenatchee Valley College.  The community college on 5th Street in Wenatchee has an average enrollment of around 7-thousand students.  WVC President Jim Richardson says it looks like that number will edge up this year. . .

According to Richardson, over half of Wenatchee Valley College students are minority and 57-percent are women.  He says they’re proud of the diverse population receiving educations at WVC…

Richardson says once classes begin next week, they’ll be able to provide us a firmer number on student enrollment.

Coming up next, The Grant County Health District has issued a public safety alert for toxic blue-green algea at Moses Lake. Its back to school time for students at Wenatchee Valley College. All next week will be Young Professionals Week in Wenatchee, with a wide variety of activities on tap Monday through Saturday, and, Beginning tonight, the Washington State Patrol will conduct a statewide emphasis patrol on distracted driving. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The Grant County Health District has issued a public safety alert for toxic blue-green algea at Moses Lake. Officials say its likely that all parts of Moses Lake are contaminated and not safe for swimming. The health district says it will continue testing the lake weekly until sample results show toxins are below the Washington State recreational guidelines. GCHD has posted warning signs around Moses Lake that will be up until the Lake is clear of the toxic algae. Pets and livestock are also at risk of illness or even death if the water is consumed.

Fall classes are set to get underway Monday at Wenatchee Valley College.  The community college on 5th Street in Wenatchee has an average enrollment of around 7-thousand students.  WVC President Jim Richardson says it looks like that number will edge up this year. . .

According to Richardson, over half of Wenatchee Valley College students are minority and 57-percent are women.  He says they’re proud of the diverse population receiving educations at WVC. . .

Richardson says once classes begin next week, they’ll be able to provide us a firmer number on student enrollment.

All next week will be Young Professionals Week in Wenatchee, with a wide variety of activities on tap Monday through Saturday. The Wenatchee Downtown Association and Confluence Health are sponsoring the second year of the event, billed as an opportunity for young professionals to network. Events will start with lunch Monday at Sweetwater BBQ and end Saturday with a comedy show at Radar Station. In between, there will be gatherings at the Saddle Rock trailhead, LocalTel Events Center at PybusPublic Market, the Numerica PAC, the museum, breweries and more. You can find a full list of the activities on the Wenatchee Downtown Association’s website or Facebook page.

Beginning tonight, the Washington State Patrol will conduct a statewide emphasis patrol on distracted driving.

According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, distracted driving is the cause of 30% of traffic fatalities and makes up 23% of all serious injury collisions in the state. So far in 2018, the WSP has contacted 18,557 drivers for distracted driving.

In 2017, troopers stopped 17,058 drivers. The penalty for distracted driving is a $136 citation for the first offense. If you are issued another citation within five years, the penalty raises to at least $234. Additionally, each offense is reported to your insurance companies. The emphasis patrols will continue through the weekend.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update with Eric Granstrom and our feature story tonight. That and much more still to

Wenatchee hosted Davis in a Big 9 volleyball match last night and the NCWLIFE Channel was there as the Panthers knocked off the Pirates 3-games-to-none…

Wenatchee had solid play up and down the lineup, especially from Madison Johnson and Sydney Brownlee in winning 25-11, 8, and 21.  Eric Granstrom and LeAnne Branam had the call here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Wenatchee improved to 2-and-oh in Big 9 play with the win…

Back to the Les Schwab Scoreboard in other volleyball action last night.  Cascade blanked Omak 3-nil and Chelan stopped Cashmere 3-games-to-none.

On the soccer pitch last night…

Eastmont got second-half goals from Carissa Miller and Jayden Brown to shut out Sunnyside 2-nil.  Wenatchee lost for the first time in Big 9 play, falling on the road at Moses Lake 1-nil.  Cashmere had no trouble with Chelan, winning 6-nil.  And, WOW, Manson pummeled Pateros 14-to-1.

On the Les Schwab Prep Swimming & Diving Scoreboard…

Wenatchee swept Eisenhower and Davis in a double duel at Wenatchee High School Thursday, beating the Cadets 128-56 and topping the Pirates 143-39.

The Friday night lights are certainly shining brightly on the Eastmont Wildcats right now…

Eastmont’s off to a 3-and-oh start with an 8-game winning streak stretching back to last season.  The Wildcats came from behind to beat Ellensburg last week 20-to-14 and coach Michael Don says that was a good eye-opener for his team…

Carson Talley has rushed for 266-yards in three games with 2 touchdowns.  He says Eastmont is staying focused on the task at hand…

Eastmont travels to Spokane tonight to take on the 2-and-1 West Valley Eagles.  Don says the non-league finale for the Wildcats will be a good test…

Here’s a rundown on the rest of the prep football schedule tonight…

Wenatchee will try to make it 2 in a row as they open up Big 9 play on the road at Eisenhower tonight.  Cashmere hosts another non-leaguer against Cheney.  Cascade is also home tonight in Peshastin with Kings in town while Chelan travels to Granger.  On the B-side, Waterville-Mansfield is at Bridgeport; Entiat hosts Wellpinit; and Manson’s on the road at Wilbur-Creston.  All games kick off at 7 o’clock.

On the prep schedule for this weekend, first in soccer…

Chelan hosts Tonasket at 11am and Cascade is on the road at Klahowya at 1pm.

In volleyball tomorrow…

Kiona-Benton (KIE-own-uh), Connell and Chelan are all meeting at Cascade high school starting at 11am.  Cashmere is on the road at Wapato at 12:30.

Wenatchee hosts 10-teams tomorrow including Cascade, Cashmere and Eastmont at Walla Walla Point Park…

For the Wenatchee Invite at 11am.  Chelan’s cross country team is on the west side for the Kings Invite at Noon.

The College football weekend begins tonight for the Cougars…

Washington State plays at USC tonight on ESPN at 7:30.  Tomorrow, Eastern Washington hosts Cal Poly at 1:05.  Central Washington kicks off at Simon Fraser at 6.  And on ESPN Saturday night at 7, #10 Washington hosts Arizona State.

The Wenatchee Wild are in Chilliwack this weekend at the BCHL Showcase, facing Alberni Valley today at 1:30 and Chilliwack tomorrow night at 7.

Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval wraps up the season with the Fall Shin-Dig Saturday and Sunday with the Northwest Super Late Models; CR Legends; Pro Late Models; Street Stocks; Thunder-Hobby Challenge; and the North West Mini Stock Series.  They’ll have heat races Saturday and the B-Main with the Main events on Sunday.

The Mariners are in Texas facing the Rangers all weekend and the Seahawks host Dallas Sunday at CenturyLink Field on FOX with the kickoff set for 1:25.

Thanks Eric.

This weekend dinosaurs will come alive at the Town Toyota Center. Jurassic Quest is a traveling animatronic dinosaur exhibit and they are currently setting up their show for this weekend. . .

Over 100 life-size animatronic dinosaurs will be featured at the show. . .

The show takes place Friday from 3:00-8:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at jurassicquest.com or at the door.

We’ll be back with a recap of some of our top stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

Welcome back to the NCWLife Evening News…

The Grant County Health District has issued a public safety alert for toxic blue-green algea at Moses Lake. Officials say its likely that all parts of Moses Lake are contaminated and not safe for swimming. The health district says it will continue testing the lake weekly until sample results show toxins are below the Washington State recreational guidelines. GCHD has posted warning signs around Moses Lake that will be up until the Lake is clear of the toxic algae. Pets and livestock are also at risk of illness or even death if the water is consumed.

Apparently its back to the drawing board for the developers of a proposed alpine amusement park in Leavenworth. NCWLIFE News has learned that the application for a conditional use permit for the Leavenworth Adventure Park have been withdrawn. The developer, John Sutherland had hoped to build the park on the west end of town off Icicle Road and Hwy 2. The plans included the first ever alpine roller coaster ride in the US. City Administrator, Joel Walinski says the park developers have indicated they might resubmit a revised plan at a later date. The project is opposed by the group, Friends of Leavenworth, who fear it would add to the City’s already congested traffic and parking. Group spokesman, Duane Goehner reacted favorably to the news and says his group is not opposed to the park’s concept but is dead set against its current proposed location.

We close the news tonight with a video shared with us by a TV station in New York State of the 1914 Curtis Flying Boat that was built by Century Aviation from Pangborn Airport. After making its first successful test flight at Moses Lake last month, it was then shipped to Hammondsport New York for the annual Wings and Wheels Air Show. The aircraft will now make its home at the Glenn H. Curtis Air Museum which is located in Hammondsport.

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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). Also, keep it right here on the NCWLIFE Channel Monday morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.