NCWLIFE Evening News, February 10, 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 cherry orcharding enterprise led by grower Kyle Mathison is suing Chelan County and its director of natural resources. The state Department of Transportation says a Saturday morning accident on Snoqualmie Pass serves as a good example of why drivers should not try to pass snow plows, and, The Douglas County man accused of allowing four dogs to attack a jogger is barred from possessing animals while he awaits trial.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Quincy police are looking for at least two suspects in an early Sunday morning drive-by shooting that injured a 21-year-old man.

Brian Lopez of Quincy was treated and released at Quincy Valley Hospital after suffering a gunshot wound to his arm. The shooting happened at about 3 a.m. in the area of 4th Avenue Southeast and C Street Southeast. Captain Ryan Green of the Quincy Police Department said Lopez was walking back to his apartment from a convenience store when he noticed a black BMW with tinted windows slowly following him.

He began running when a passenger in the BMW started shooting at him. Lopez told police he has no idea why he was targeted. Investigators reported finding several 9- millimeter shell casings at the site. Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Quincy Police Department.

A cherry orcharding enterprise led by grower Kyle Mathison is suing Chelan County and its director of natural resources.

The lawsuit, filed Friday by Mathison’s company Wheeler Ridge LLC, says the county overstepped its legal authority to conserve land in the Stemilt Basin for wildlife and recreation, and stymied the company’s plans for 250 acres of cherry orchard on its private land in the area. Wheeler Ridge says Natural Resources Director Mike Kaputa should have recused himself from the permitting process, because he was simultaneously managing the public-private Stemilt Partnership to preserve forest in the Stemilt and Squilchuck basin. Overall, Wheeler Ridge says it’s suffered more than $16 million in lost income and added costs due to the county’s actions. The case was filed in Douglas County Superior Court.

The state Department of Transportation says a Saturday morning accident on Snoqualmie Pass serves as a good example of why drivers should not try to pass snow plows. Wash-Dot says three plows were working together east of the Interstate 90 summit when a driver tried to pass between the plows. That resulted in a wreck that fortunately did not cause any injuries.

The Douglas County man accused of allowing four dogs to attack a jogger is barred from possessing animals while he awaits trial.

62-year-old Timothy Dale Houston, who lives on Badger Mountain, was released without bond Friday after a hearing in Chelan County court. Houston allegedly was napping in a parked car January 23rd when his dogs severely mauled a passing jogger, on Number 2 Canyon Road outside Wenatchee. He faces arraignment February 19th on a charge of owning vicious animals. All four of the dogs involved in the attack were seized and euthanized.

Coming up next, An early morning shooting in Omak left one man hospitalized today, and another in police custody. After more than a year of study, the Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council has ideas about improving traffic safety from Coles Corner to Cashmere, and, Wenatchee officials want your input on plans for the Confluence Parkway, a possible bridge and road project for the city’s north end.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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An early morning shooting in Omak left one man hospitalized today, and another in police custody. Omak Police Chief Jeff Koplin says 26-year-old Dallas D. Wilson was jailed after allegedly shooting 40-year-old Nathaniel Harris in the abdomen with a 9mm pistol.

The gunshots rang out during a fight on North Juniper Street about 2 a.m. Harris is in stable condition at Mid-Valley Hospital. Wilson was booked into the Okanogan County Jail on suspicion of first-degree assault. Koplin said the two men apparently fought over a woman.

After more than a year of study, the Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council has ideas about improving traffic safety from Coles Corner to Cashmere.

The Highway 2 traffic proposal aims to alleviate congestion and increase safety along the Leavenworth corridor. Proposed methods include a highway roundabout at Icicle Road, or an undercrossing for pedestrians to move from one side of the highway to the other. All the options are on the table for public comment

at a meeting this Thursday, 5:30 p.m. at the Cascade High School cafeteria.

Wenatchee officials want your input on plans for the Confluence Parkway, a possible bridge and road project for the city’s north end.

If it goes through, the project would add a north-south bypass route running parallel to North Wenatchee Avenue, as well as a second bridge across the Wenatchee River. It would also mean changes for the Horan Natural Area and the Loop Trail. The city hosts an open house on the project at 5 p.m. March 5th at the Confluence Technology Center.

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The Washington State Apple Blossom Festival got its unofficial kickoff Saturday night at the Wenatchee High School Auditorium with the Cashmere Valley Bank Royalty Selection Pageant.  Eric Granstrom was our host and has more on 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.

The Wenatchee Wild return home after a very successful road trip to Canada, winning all three games they played…

In Surrey on Friday, Wenatchee got goals from Ethan Wolthers, Luke Ormsby, Hunter Hastings and Matt Dorsey en route to a 4-2 win over the Eagles. 

On Saturday in Langley, Drew Bavaro, Harrison Scott and Luke Ormsby did the damage offensively a the Wild picked up the 3-2 win.  Arch had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network.  Video courtesy of Hockey TV…

Wenatchee returns home for the final two games of the regular season on home ice with Vernon in town Friday and Chilliwack Saturday.  The Wild ride a four-game winning streak heading into this weekend.

Fourteen wrestlers from Eastmont and Wenatchee will head to regionals after qualifying at the District Tournament over the weekend at Davis…

Sunnyside won the team championship, followed by Moses Lake in 2nd, Wenatchee 3rd and Eastmont 4th.  Winning District Titles locally were Wenatchee’s Orlando Rodriguez at 182-pounds; Eastmont’s Max Prazer and 195-pounds; and Wenatchee’s Lucas Curranza at 220-pounds.  Regionals are this weekend in Spokane at Mead High School.

Wenatchee’s Kelsey Ibarra is a District Champion at 105-pounds as are teammates Bella Andreini at 140-pounds and Aurora Carranza at 190.  Quincy had two District Champions in Juana Giron at 135-pounds and Shannon Workinger at 155.  The Jackrabbits will send 7 to Regionals while Eastmont is sending 5.  The Wildcat’s highest placer at Districts was Marlene Soto Villa with a 2nd at 120-pounds.  Cashmere’s Maddie Fadenrecht advances to Regionals with a 3rd at 120-pounds.  The team title went to Sunnyside with Quincy 2nd and Wenatchee 3rd.

Toppenish won the team title in the District 5/6 2A Tournament at Ellensburg.  Ephrata took 6th with Quincy 8th.  The Jacks have 3 wrestlers advancing to Regionals with 220-pounder Ruben Vargas the top placer with a second.  Ephrata’s Max Laird leads a contingent of three Tigers to Regionals after topping the podium at 195-pounds.

For the first time in five years, the State 4A Bowling Championship will not reside here in the Wenatchee Valley…

Wenatchee placed 6th Saturday at the State Championships at Narrows Plaza.  Emerald Ridge won the title with 7,320 pins.  Pasco was second.

Turning to the Les Schwab Prep Girls Basketball Scoreboard from Friday…

A couple of very unique things happened Friday night at Eastmont High School.  Coach Ron Stone found a great way to recognize his six seniors and the girls went on to pick up their first win of the season in Big-9 play…

Also on Friday, Eisenhower edged Wenatchee 51-49.  Moses Lake wrapped up the regular season Big-9 Title with a 62-48 win over West Valley.  Ephrata topped Grandview 46-43.  Othello beat Quincy 65-41.  Omak nipped Chelan 44-43.  Brewster beat Manson 65-38.  And Waterville-Mansfield took care of Bridgeport 70-24.

The boys game Friday night here on the NCWLIFE Channel between Eastmont and Davis also included some drama and fanfare.  One was an incredible mile stone and the other involved a senior who never gets to play…

In other boys games Friday as we open up the Les Schwab Prep Basketball Scoreboard, Wenatchee topped Eisenhower 61-55.  West Valley beat Moses Lake 69-46.  It was Ephrata over Othello 77-49.  Toppenish topped Quincy 84-63.  Omak beat Chelan 63-56.  Brewster mopped up Manson 76-37.  And Bridgeport beat Waterville-Mansfield 77-67.

On Saturday…

Wilbur-Creston edged Entiat 53-45.  Manson stopped Oroville 45-36.  And Waterville-Mansfield secured the League Championship with a 65-48 win over Lake Roosevelt.  Congratulations to the Shockers!

And in boys basketball Saturday, Entiat beat Wilbur-Creston 64-50.  It was Manson over Oroville 57-54.  And Lake Roosevelt won big over Waterville-Mansfield 103-to-43.

We’ll start our sports schedule this week on the NCWLIFE Channel tomorrow night at Wenatchee High School…

The Panthers host West Valley on senior night.  Grant will be courtside with your play-by-play with the girls LIVE on Facebook at 5:45 and the boys to follow at 7:30. The games will air on TV at 6:30 for the girls and 8 for the boys.

Hockey Night Thursday will be the Wild and Coquitlam from February 1st at 7 o’clock.

We’ll broadcast the District 6 1-A Championships from Eastmont High School LIVE Saturday with the girls game featuring Cashmere and Omak at 5 followed by the boys game with Cashmere and Okanogan at 7.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, at 7:00 a.m., February 15th, the lottery for overnight camping in the Enchantments area of the Alpine Lake Wilderness will open, with the special permits again likely to be a hot commodity. Forest Service Wilderness and Camping Program Manager Carly Reed says demand for the permits far exceeds the number available, so the preseason lottery is necessary. You can enter the lottery through February 29th on the recreation-dot-gov website. The results of the lottery will be released April 1st. The Forest Service explains why it’s necessary to limit overnight visits to the Enchantments. . .

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.