NCWLIFE Evening News May 23, 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, A Warden man has been sentenced to nine months in jail after what began as an investigation into a stolen vehicle in Soap Lake and turned into a wild police chase. Home sales in the Wenatchee area dropped 22 percent in April compared to last year despite the number of homes for sale was up 31 percent, and, A bill that expands protections for undocumented immigrants in Washington State is signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Leavenworth group plans to take the City to court over the development of an adventure theme park at the west end of town. Duane Goehner with the Friends of Leavenworth says the group met last (Wed) night to discuss their next move. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair has the latest. . .

A Warden man has been sentenced to nine months in jail after what began as an investigation into a stolen vehicle in Soap Lake and turned into a wild police chase to Coulee City. 23-year-old Tristan Duplichan initially pulled over for a Soap Lake police officer who had noticed the license plate number on his Honda Prelude was registered to a different vehicle.

But as the officer was walking up to his car Duplichan fled, reaching speeds exceeding 110 miles per hour on Highway 17. The Prelude ran over spike strips, then Soap Lake Police Chief Ryan Cox used a PIT maneuver to send it into a ditch on Pinto Ridge Road. Duplichan pled guilty to multiple charges in Grant County Superior Court.

Home sales in the Wenatchee area dropped 22 percent in April compared to last year despite the number of homes for sale was up 31 percent compared to last year. According to the monthly real estate snapshot report from Pacific Appraisal Associates in Wenatchee, year-to-date sales are also down 15 percent. However, the median sales price is up once again, up eight percent in April to nearly $340-thousand dollars. The average sales price in April was also up 4-percent at $358,351 dollars compared to $343, 480 dollars in April of last year.

A bill that expands protections for undocumented immigrants in Washington State is signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee. The new law adds new rules that restrict law enforcement from asking about citizenship status. Governor Inslee commented during a bill signing ceremony in Olympia yesterday. . .

The new law is similar to measures adopted by other so-called Sanctuary States and expands upon Inslee’s 2017 executive order that applied only to State agencies.

Coming up next, The small town of George in Kittitas County is the latest rural recipient of fiber and broadband internet courtesy of Microsoft. A piece of Wenatchee history has the potential for commercial redevelopment, we will tell you where, and, we will let you know about some of the events happening around the Wenatchee Valley this weekend. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The small town of George in Kittitas County is the latest recipient of fiber and broadband internet. Grant County is part of Microsoft’s TechSpark initiative to foster new economic opportunities in Central Washington, including expanding broadband to underserved areas often lacking connectivity.

A $200,000 dollar grant to Grant County PUD expedited broadband internet access to schools and homes in George.

This means students can access online resources or distance learning, residents can access services such as telemedicine, and local businesses such as agriculture can leverage technology to boost yields. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at George Elementary School on Tuesday.

A piece of Wenatchee history has the potential for commercial redevelopment. The city’s first jail was built in 1906 and then later used as a stately home that overlooked Wenatchee Avenue. The abandoned building is for sale and was among several downtown buildings that were profiled this week in a Downtown Possibilities Tour hosted by the Wenatchee Downtown Association. The two-story brick building is one of the town’s treasures that WDA executive director, Linda Haglund says has great potential for restoration. . .

The building is owned by the Doneen Family Trust. The minimum asking price is 200-thousand dollars.

Time to check in with NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson to find out what’s happening around the valley this weekend. . .

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Time now for our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, NCWLife’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Bertha the Cat. . .

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 Mariners sent former AppleSox pitchers to the hill in back-to-back starts against Texas, both with similar results…

Marco Gonzales pitched 7-innings Wednesday with little run support in a 2-1 loss.  Marco gave up 1 earned run on 7-hits with 3 strikeouts.  Hunter Pence went 2-for-4 for the Rangers with a solo home run in the 7th.

Seattle had two runners aboard in both the 8th and 9th innings but could not get the tying run across the plate.

Gonzales was the second-straight former AppleSox to start for the Mariners, following Tommy Milone on Tuesday.

Seattle is off until Friday when it will try to snap its 3-game losing streak against Oakland.  Wade LeBlanc will start against the A’s Daniel Mengden at 7:07.

Also in the American League West on Wednesday…

Oakland’s Frankie Montas dominated Minnesota’s lineup in a 7-2 win, the A’s 6th straight.

Chicago turned a 5-4-3 triple play and Charlie Tilson hit a grand slam home run as the White Sox beat Houston 9-4.

The rains stopped prior to the game-time, but crews couldn’t get the outfield dry, so yesterday’s scheduled game between Minnesota and Los Angeles will be made up today at 1 o’clock.

The State Track and Field Championships begin today…

The 2A, 3A and 4A meet is at Mt. Tahoma High School in Western Washington.  The 1B, 2B and 1A Championships are at Eastern Washington University in Cheney.

Wenatchee takes a contingent of 22 competitors to south Tacoma.  Logan Easley and Isaac Wellborn are the duo representing Eastmont.

As usual, area 1-A teams will be well-represented at the meet in Cheney over the next three days.  Cascade travels with 10 athletes, Cashmere 15 and Chelan 12, all vying for the title of State Champions.

Meanwhile, area smaller schools take a total of 33 athletes to compete at the 1B/2B meet in Cheney.  Manson has a compliment of 12; Entiat 19; and August Koulouris and Alex Poppie will represent Waterville-Mansfield.

Best of luck to all at State!

Post-season awards continue to be released for the spring sports season…

First team Big 9 baseball selections are Wenatchee’s Jared Rubash; Ronin Haynes; TJ Scherting; and Jaylen Haggem.  Eastmont’s Hunter Ruhl and Ky Morris were also selected to the first team.

All Big-9 2nd Team selections were Wenatchee’s Chandler Haladay and Thomas Blakney.  Also on the second team were Eastmont’s Jordan Singleton and Caelen Massey.

1st Team All Caribou Trail League choices were Chelan’s Gage Estes, Cade Christopherson, Breckin Sporseen, Colt Corrigan, Bryson Darlington, Quinn Stamps and Sam Austin.  Cascade’s Conrad Hasse was also a 1st teamer.

2nd Team All CTL selections were Chelan’s Connor Wilson; Cashmere’s Cole Scott, Brooks Elliott, Braden Weatherman and Corey Phillips; and Cascade’s Ben Sunitsch. 

The CTL is Player of the Year is Chelan’s Gage Estes.

The All-League Softball selections for the Big-9…

Eastmont’s Taylor Files, Kiley Heinz and Maya McGuire are on the 1st team. 

2nd teamers include Wenatchee’s MiKayle Michael and Olivia Ramirez as well as Eastmont’s Emilee Craddock and Kolbie Voshall.

Kolbie was also selected the Big-9’s Offensive Player of the Year.

The Caribou Trail League All-League 1st team is…

Cascade’s Truh Merriman, Sarah Paulson, Kaija Lovelady and Renee Lambert.  Cashmere’s Elizabeth High and Chelan’s Lexie Gleasman.

2nd Team All CTL are:  Cascade’s Madeline Schiefelbein and Alondra Acevedo; Cashmere’s Stormi O’Keefe and Peyton Brown; and Chelan’s Sierra Shively and Charla Goodman.

The Caribou Trail League Player of the Year is Cascade’s Truh Merriman.

Thanks Eric. Recapping tonight’s top story. . .

A Leavenworth group plans to take the City to court over the development of an adventure theme park at the west end of town. Duane Goehner with the Friends of Leavenworth says the group met last (Wed) night to discuss their next move. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair has more. . .

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 tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.