NCWLIFE Evening News July 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 U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and National Park Service announced this week that they will reopen public comment on plans to restore endangered Grizzly Bears into the North Cascades. A new RV park on city-owned land has opened in Bridgeport, and, we have video of a vehicle making a very unsafe maneuver on State Route 28 yesterday.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Two people from Marysville are suspected of stealing a woman’s beach bag at Slide Waters in Chelan Wednesday and then using her credit card to purchase items at a local store.

Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett says at the time of the report, the woman said she used her husband’s cell phone to track the phone and it was located with the beach bag in a parked car near Emerson and Woodin in Chelan. 

A suspect identified as 34 year Ryan Albert Heckard-Cox approached the vehicle and Deputies were able to determine he was associated with it.  He was arrested on unrelated warrants.  He was reported to be in possession of credit cards and identification belonging to the victim’s husband. He was booked into the Chelan County Regional Jail. During questioning the suspect is reported to have told deputies the owner of the vehicle, a 34 year old Sandra Annemarie Pierson also from Marysville was in a nearby store. 

She was arrested after leaving the store with nearly $800.00 in purchases made with the victim’s credit card.  The woman faces multiple charges. The investigation is continuing and more charges are expected relating to the use of the stolen credit cards.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and National Park Service announced this week that they will reopen public comment on plans to restore endangered Grizzly Bears into the North Cascades. The two agencies restart the process to complete the Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), which is intended to restore the nearly extinct grizzly bear population.

The process was halted late last year when former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke suspended the public comment period without explaining why. The Grizzly plans have been contentious since first introduced two years ago. Chelan County Commissioner Doug England has been outspoken with his concerns. . .

Environmental groups such as Conservation Northwest supports the Grizzly plans. Spokesman Chase Gunnell responded to critic’s concerns . . .

In a news release the group says it “welcomes the new comment period if it leads to the completion of the FEIS and concrete actions to recover the iconic grizzly bear.”

4th District Congressman Dan Newhouse said he was glad the Department of the Interior is seeking local public comments on this issue. In a news release He encouraged residents of Central Washington to make their voices heard loud and clear so that, in his words, the administration will end this misguided proposal once and for all.”

A new RV park on city-owned land has opened in Bridgeport. The 17-space Conklin Landing RV Park on the Columbia River is a joint project by the city of Bridgeport and the Douglas County PUD. Each paid half the cost of the $540,000 development.

In addition to the RV spaces, the new park includes restrooms, shower facilities and a picnic shelter. Work on the park began last summer. Though already open, an official grand opening ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, August 3rd at 11 a.m.

Before we go to break check this out, Steve Baker of Wenatchee was driving toward Quincy on Highway 28 near East Wenatchee Thursday morning when his dash cam captured this.

As can be seen on Baker’s video, when the pickup attempts to pass him it encounters oncoming traffic and goes to the far left shoulder. Two oncoming vehicles pass the truck before it returns to the right side of the road. Baker’s car was traveling at about 60 miles per hour at the time. Baker said he sped up in an attempt to get the pickup’s license plate but decided that was unwise and backed off. He said he reported the incident to the Washington State Patrol.

Coming up next, For the first time in eleven years, Wenatchee’s Town Toyota Center will undergo some major technological upgrades. Firefighting experts say it is a sign of recovery when animals start returning to a burned area and they are around Orondo, and, we will take a look at what’s going on around the valley for you to enjoy this weekend. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

For the first time in eleven years, Wenatchee’s Town Toyota Center will undergo some major technological upgrades. General Manager Mark Miller says 10 years is about the lifespan of video boards including the TTC giant jumbo tron. . .

Miller says a reserve fund was set up years ago to handle the cost of necessary upgrades. . .

The total price tag for the upgrades is 600,000-dollars.

Firefighting experts say it is a sign of recovery when animals start returning to a burned area.

So, while they were out in a helicopter Thursday mapping the almost six miles of fire line at the Desert Canyon Fire, the Southeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team was happy to spot three deer. Field operations manager Tom Hatley said the photo isn’t great but taking a cell phone photo from a moving helicopter can be challenging.

Time now to check in with NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson to find out what’s going on around the valley for you to enjoy this weekend. . .

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An expert on opioid use and addiction spoke at the Wenatchee Rotary Club Thursday in a program directed toward helping put the opioid crisis into perspective. Here with more details from yesterday’s program is NCWLIFE’s Kyle Montgomery. . .

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 Seahawks got through another day of training camp today at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton today without any problems.  Russell Wilson met with reporters and said he was very impressed with top rookie wide receiver D.K. Metcalf…

Bobby Wagner is at Training Camp but not working out as he’s looking for a new contract.  Wilson says Wagner deserves it…

Wilson and the Seahawks have 12 more days to practice prior to their first pre-season game against Denver August 8th at CenturyLink Field.  You can watch the entire interview with Wilson at Seahawks dot com.

Ryan Johnston and two relievers combined on a 2-run, 1-hitter as Walla Walla beat Wenatchee 3-2 last night.  “Voice” of the AppleSox Joel Norman has more…

The AppleSox’ only hit came off the bat of Dalton Harum.  Wenatchee and Walla Walla wrap up the three-game set tonight at 6:35 before the ‘Sox return home to host Portland in the first of three games at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium…

Which we’ll have the first game of the series LIVE tomorrow night at 6:15 with the pregame and first pitch at 6:35 here on your television home for AppleSox baseball, the NCWLIFE Channel.

Also in the West Coast League last night…

Steve Ramirez, Cameron Repetti and Justin Boyd each hit home runs as Ridgefield edged Victoria 7-6.

Ezra Samperi hit a 3-run home run to lead Kelowna to an 11-1 win over Yakima Valley.  Pippin pitching allowed 13 walks in the game.

Tristan King hit a solo home run and Nick Yovetich was 2-for-3 with a run as Corvallis edged Portland 3-2.  The Knights improved to 30-and-7 on the summer with the win.

In non-league play, the Northwest Star Academy scored 4-runs in the first inning and cruised to a 6-1 win over Bend.

Nick Diponzio and Alexander Marco each hit homers to power Port Angeles past the Redmond Dudes 14-to-4.

Everett Merchant pitching held Cowlitz to 2-runs on 4-hits with 10-strikeouts in a 4-2 victory.

Thanks to Ridgefield and Kelowna, Wenatchee neither  gained or lost ground in the North Division of the West Coast League…

The HarbourCats remain out in front at 9-5 with Wenatchee a game back at 8-and-6.  Port Angeles leapfrogged Yakima Valley into 3rd, two games out of first place.  The Pippins are a game under .500 and 2-and-a-half back.  Kelowna is in 5th at 5-and-9 while the Bells are in last place at 3-and-8.

Here’s what is on the Sports Schedule for this weekend…

The Wenatchee N.I.T. Softball Tournament is Saturday and Sunday at Walla Walla Point Park.  This is the 41st annual event bringing firefighters and first-responders to the valley for a tournament.

The Sunburn Classic 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament is tomorrow and Sunday on 3rd Street in East Wenatchee next to Eastmont Community Park.  Tournament organizer J.D. Taylor says after bouncing around the last few years, he thinks this new site will be a permanent home…

Taylor was a guest on a recent Wake Up Wenatchee Valley to describe what the tournament is all about…

There’s also a cornhole tournament and whiffle ball tournament going on this weekend too at Eastmont Community Park.

Also on the schedule for the weekend at Appleatchee is a Games Show tomorrow and Sunday as well as a Team Sorting Clinic on Sunday.

Tim Beckham hit a grand slam home run in a 5-run 3rd inning and Seattle rocked Detroit 10-to-2 last night at T-Mobile Park…

Wade LeBlanc improved to 6-and-3 on the mound, going 6-innings with 2-runs on 4-hits and 4-strikeouts.

The Mariners and Tigers play again tonight at 7:10.

Also in the American League West last night…

Danny Santana hit a grand slam home run as Texas pounded Oakland 11-to-3.

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