NCWLIFE Evening News May 24, 2019

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NCWLIFE Evening News May 24, 2019

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 suspect in Grant County found out first-hand Thursday that it isn’t a good idea to try to fight a police dog. Next Tuesday is your opportunity to sound off on plans to consolidate Chelan and Douglas County Port Districts into a regional port authority, and, The U.S. Forest Service now is looking for solutions to combat the growing bighorn sheep populations.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Northwest cherry growers impacted by Chinese retaliatory tariffs could be in line for a federal bailout. U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell and Congressman Dan Newhouse announced that they secured funding through a provision added to the supplemental disaster budget bill, which was approved by the Senate Thursday.  The money comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Market Facilitation Program. The Cantwell-Newhouse provision provides a one-time expansion of the eligibility guidelines of the program, allowing all cherry growers to receive financial assistance, as long as 75% of the individual grower’s income comes from farming. The one-time payments will be made available through the administration’s Trade Aid Package.

Senator Cantwell says the aid is critical to supporting the more than 2,500 cherry growers in the Pacific Northwest and the thousands of jobs they support.

Congressman Newhouse says the fix is essential to ensure growers can continue to operate in this upcoming growing season while the Administration continues their work to level the playing field with China. China is the number one market for Washington state sweet cherries but cherry sales dropped from 3.2 million cartons in 2017 to 1.6 million cartons in 2018. Some estimate that tariffs cost Washington state cherry growers between $60-80 million dollars in lost profits. The bill is awaiting house action.

A suspect in Grant County found out first-hand Thursday that it isn’t a good idea to try to fight a police dog. It began as a domestic violence call in the Four Thousand block of Orchard Drive Northeast near Moses Lake.

When the suspect, 30-year-old Patricio Moncada, started running, Grant County Sheriff’s deputies unleashed K-9 Deputy Chewbacca. Chewbacca quickly caught up with Moncada and clamped onto his arm. Moncada resisted and started fighting the dog, so Chewbacca bit down on his other arm and held him until a deputy arrived.

Chewbacca was used because there was a felony warrant out for Moncada’s arrest, the sheriff’s office said. Moncada was taken to Samaritan Hospital for treatment before being booked into the Grant County Jail. Chewbacca was not hurt in the confrontation.

Next Tuesday (5/29) is your opportunity to sound off on plans to consolidate Chelan and Douglas County Port Districts into a regional port authority. Commissioners with both districts have set a special joint board meeting for Tuesday evening at the Confluence Technology Center. The so-called functional consolidation of the two ports is expected to save about 500-thousand dollars a year in operational costs.

A task force of local elected and business leaders recommended the action as a way to address port costs as well as future improvements at pangborn airport. Chelan Port Commissioner, Rory Turner says he anticipates a smooth transition if the consolidation goes forward. . .

The Tuesday public hearing starts at 5:30 at the CTC. Written comments are also accepted into the record. A final vote by the two respective boards will follow at a later date.

With Washington’s big horn sheep populations growing, their habitat now overlaps with land allotted for domestic sheep and goat grazing in Central Washington, increasing the likelihood of diseases being spread. The U.S. Forest Service now is looking for solutions. NCWLIFE’s Cal FitzSimmons reports. . .

Coming up next, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed the state’s biggest budget-ever this week and it didn’t take long for anti-tax activist Tim Eyman to launch an effort to undo it all. The Wenatchee and Quincy Shopko stores will close their doors Sunday, and, Highway 20 east of Loup Loup Pass will be closed for several days beginning Tuesday as crews continue work on a washout that caused extensive damage earlier this month. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed the state’s biggest budget-ever this week and it includes numerous tax increases. It didn’t take long for anti-tax activist Tim Eyman to launch an effort to undo it all. Eyman talked with NCWLIFE’s Cary Condotta.

The Wenatchee and Quincy Shopko stores will close their doors Sunday but the optical department will stay open as a separate store.

Shopko declared bankruptcy in January and since that time has announced the closure of over 200 stores nationwide. The optical department, which was sold to an investment company, will be run out of the Shopko building until a new location is found.

The company is moving 80 Shopko optical locations to operate as independent stores including in Spokane and Union Gap. Saturday will be the last day to shop at Shopko and the hours tomorrow are 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Highway 20 east of Loup Loup Pass will be closed for several days beginning Tuesday as crews continue work on a washout that caused extensive damage earlier this month.

The state Department of Transportation says the contractor on the repair project will be excavating a very soft fill material under the roadway, which could threaten the stability of the lane still open to traffic.

From Tuesday until June Fourth, the highway will be completely closed and westbound traffic from Okanogan toward Twisp will be detoured south along U.S. 97. Eastbound traffic will be diverted south along Highway 153.

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.

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Tonight we’re featuring the 4th annual Wenatchee Mini Maker Faire hosted at the Town Toyota Center taking place this Saturday. Organized by the non-profit GWATA, Becca (FREE-MUHTH) Freimuth stopped by Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with Dan Kuntz to tell us all about the family-friendly event. . .

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 are in Oakland to begin a three-game, weekend series with the Athletics…

Seattle has slipped to 23-and-29 on the season and will be trying to snap a three-game losing streak tonight.  Oakland has won 7 of its last 10 games to climb to .500, good enough for 3rd in the A-L West.

Wade LeBlanc will be on the mound tonight, coming back from being blown up by Minnesota in his first outing since missing 5-weeks with an oblique strain.  Seattle batters will face Oakland’s Daniel Mengden, who is 1-and-1 with a 3.65 ERA.

First pitch tonight is at 7:07.

There were only a couple games in the American League West last night as we check the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Minnesota hit EIGHT (8) home runs, including two each by Jonathan Schoop and Miguel Sano in a 16-7 shelling of the Angels.

Lucas Giolito pitched a complete-game, 4-hit shutout of Houston as the White Sox won 4-nothing.

The Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks will try to snap a three-game losing streak at home Saturday night against Idaho…

The visiting Horsemen lead the American West Conference with a 6-and-oh record while Wenatchee Valley is 3rd at 2-and-4.  The game will kick off at 7 o’clock Saturday night at the Town Toyota Center.

We’re down to the final two days of the spring sports season in the State of Washington.  Let’s first take a look at some of the results we have in so far on the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

At the 4A Track and Field Championships in Tacoma, Isaac Wellborn took 3rd in the High Jump.  Wenatchee’s Jordan Vanassche was 2nd in the Javelin.  And The Panther’s Elizabeth Ferrell took 6th in the Triple Jump.

At the 1A meet in Cheney, Cascade’s Julia Armstrong is a State Champion in the Pole Vault while Chelan’s Ellie Collins was second.  Cashmere’s Rob McManus won the State Championship in the 16-hundred meter run.  Cascade’s Landon Davies took 5th in the 1600 meter run.

At the 1B/2B meet in Cheney, Waterville-Mansfield’s Alex Poppie took second in the Triple Jump.  And Entiat’s Drew Duncan was 6th in the 1600 Meter Run.

Chelan will not play for the state title tomorrow.  The Goats fell to University Prep today 5-nothing in the State 1-A Semifinals.  Chelan will play tomorrow morning at 10 for 3rd or 4th against the loser of today’s other semifinal between Seattle Christian and Colville.

Brewster is in the loser’s bracket of the State 2B Softball Tournament in Yakima.  The Bears fell to Chewelah this morning 13-to-7.  Brewster was scheduled to play Liberty Christian early after they fell to Pe Ell/Willapa Valley 17-2 earlier today.

Here’s what we still have on tap for WIAA State Championships…

Brewster has a 7 o’clock date tonight with Asotin in the State 2B Tournament in Centralia.  Prior to that at 4, it’s Rainier and Kalama in the other semifinal.

The losers of today’s games play for 3rd or 4th tomorrow at 10am.  The winners will play for the State 2B Championship tomorrow afternoon at 1 o’clock.

Spokane is the host for the State 4A Softball Championships today and tomorrow.  Moses Lake’s first game was against Redmond earlier today.  They have had some weather issues in Spokane, so it could impact the schedule for the rest of the day today.

The State Track and Field Championships continue today and tomorrow with the 4A meet in Tacoma and the 1B/2B/1A meet in Cheney.

State Tennis gets underway today with the 4A Championships being played in Richland and Hanford.  Wenatchee’s doubles pair of John Thrapp and Max Yount lost a grueling match this morning 5-7, 6-1, 4-6 and will play in the consolation bracket.  The Panther’s Chloe Andrewjeski advanced with a 7-6, 6-3 win.

The 1B/2B/1A Tennis Championships are in Yakima with 14 competitors representing Chelan, Cashmere and Cascade.

Chelan’s Wyatt Habich lost 3-6, 1-6 and is in the consolation bracket.  His teammate Tobin Wier is also in the consolation bracket after falling 0-6, 0-6.  Cashmere’s Kane Andruss also fell this morning 2-6, 0-6 and is in the consolation bracket.  The doubles pair of Ryan Cooper and Huber Farias of Cashmere advanced with a 6-2, 6-2 victory.

On the girl’s side, Chelan’s Emma McLaren advanced with a 6-2, 6-0 win.  Cascade’s Molly Wiser also advanced with a 6-0, 6-0 victory.  The Kodiak’s Dorothy Espinosa also got into the winner’s bracket wih a 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) victory.  Cashmere’s Kert sisters, Aleah and Lauren, had not trouble with their first match, winning 6-1, 6-0.  Cascade’s duo of Stella Johnson and Megan Evans aso advanced with a 6-3, 6-1 win.  Chelan’s Abby Martin and Bella Gatzemeier are in the consolation bracket after falling this morning 2-6, 6-7.

Here’s what we have on tap in the world of sports for this Memorial Day Weekend…

The annual Sterling Invite Girls Softball Tournament runs today through Monday on softball diamonds throughout the valley.  49 teams are participating in this year’s tournament, so be on the lookout for the girls, families and coaches at various restaurants throughout the valley this weekend.

The Wenatchee Wild is hosting its annual Tryout Camp today through Sunday at the Town Toyota Center.  If you want to get a taste of what will be the 2019-2020 Wenatchee Wild, head to the TTC for a look.

And there will be plenty of horse-trailers in tow heading to Appleatchee today for the first of four days of their Memorial Weekend Roping event.

Thanks Eric.

We leave you tonight with NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson to find out what’s happening around the valley for you to enjoy this weekend. . .

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). We will be off on Monday but make sure you keep it right here on the NCWLIFE Channel Tuesday morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and the NCWLIFE Evening News Tuesday night. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend, goodnight.