NCWLIFE Evening News November 22, 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, It turns out because of a conflict between state laws and Wenatchee ordinances, a former Wenatchee High School student can’t be prosecuted by the city for the crime of cyberstalking, and, At an open house last night, U.S. Forest Service officials provided a brief overview of the 77,000-acre Twisp Restoration Project, we will tell you about it.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

An Everett man who admitted setting off a firework that caused a wildfire near Manson now says he wants a trial. 18-year-old Michael Petrovich Popov had been set to plead guilty to a reduced charge of reckless burning on Wednesday, but instead told a Chelan County judge he’ll take the case to trial in January. The charge: Felony first-degree arson. Popov admitted to sheriff’s deputies that he used an explosive mortar to blow up a mailbox July 6th on Upper Joe Creek Road. That explosion led to a 14-acre brushfire. Aside from the criminal charge, prosecutors want Popov to pay more than $37,000 to reimburse the costs of fighting the fire.

The Okanogan County suspect long connected with a body found in a burning car is now formally accused of murder.

Sheriff’s deputies are seeking charges against Lance Robert Bowers, who’s been jailed since June, in the killing of his wife Angela M. Bowers. It was her body firefighters discovered in the trunk of the burning car at the Aeneas General Store June 3rd in the Aeneas Valley near Tonasket.

Deputies arrested Lance Bowers a few hours later, after shooting and wounding him during the apprehension. Angela Bowers’ body was not identified until DNA testing was completed in September. Lance Bowers remains jailed on $1.5 million dollars bond. He’ll be arraigned Dec. 9 on likely charges of first-degree murder and arson.

It turns out because of a conflict between state laws and Wenatchee ordinances, a former Wenatchee High School student can’t be prosecuted by the city for the crime of cyberstalking. NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins has more. . .

At an open house last night, U.S. Forest Service officials provided a brief overview of the 77,000-acre Twisp Restoration Project located in the north-central Cascades area of Washington State on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest near the communities of Twisp and Winthrop.

This area of the Forest is unhealthy and in need of restoration largely due to a century of fire suppression, road density, and other uses that have impacted both the forest and riparian areas. The Forest Service is proposing a suite of restoration tools such as thinning, prescribed fire, culvert replacements, and more.

The primary focus of the project is to restore watershed health and resiliency by returning fire to the landscape, improving wildlife habitat, and improving watershed function.

Coming up next, In addition to warning of potential snow in the passes, the Department of Transportation has set up signs warning Washington State University students who are heading home to do so with care, in a clever way. Matt Cadman, who retired as executive director of the Numerica Performing Arts Center this year, was honored this week in Olympia with the Governor’s Arts Award, and, we will let you know what’s happening around the valley for you to enjoy this weekend. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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The state is already gearing up for heavy Thanksgiving holiday traffic.

In addition to warning of potential snow in the passes, the Department of Transportation has set up signs warning Washington State University students who are heading home to do so with care. It’s part of Wash-Dot’s Be Safe Cougs campaign, with message boards on Highways 195 and 26 that contain a holiday twist.

Matt Cadman, who retired as executive director of the Numerica Performing Arts Center this year, was honored this week in Olympia with the Governor’s Arts Award for his arts advocacy. Cadman was nominated for the award by 12th District Senator Brad Hawkins.

Among Cadman’s work that was cited was the Every Kid at the Pac program, which launched in 2015 and has brought more than 12,000 students to the PAC for programs. In addition to Hawkins, Rufus Woods, former publisher of the Wenatchee World, was on hand to help honor Cadman.

Time now to find out what’s happening around the valley for you to enjoy this weekend. Here’s NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson with the details. . .

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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Local voters turned out strong for the most recent elections, with turnout in some NCW counties approaching 50 percent. In tonight’s feature story, NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins spoke to Chelan County Auditor Skip Moore to find out why. . .

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 snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 win at Salmon Arm last night…

Wenatchee grabbed the early lead on a goal at the 6:43 mark of the first period by Tyler Young.  The Wild extended the lead just 47-seconds into the 2nd period and go on for the victory behind stellar play in net by Daniel Chenard.

Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network.  Video courtesy of Hockey TV…

Wenatchee heads for West Kelowna tonight at 7 and then Merritt tomorrow night at 7.  A reminder that the Wild have a rare Monday night game in just three days when they host Prince George at 6 o’clock.

The Wenatchee Panthers girls volleyball team to began play today in the State 4A Volleyball Tournament in the SunDome in Yakima…

Unfortunately for the Panthers, they’ll have to go through the consolation bracket after falling to Curtis 3-0 by scores of 25-21, 25-19, 25-22.  Wenatchee will face Camas at 6:45 in the consolation bracket after the Papermakers fell to Lake Stevens 3-sets-to-none.

The Cascade girls soccer team’s quest for a State 1A Title is on the line as they face Lakeside (9-Mile Falls)…

King’s and Seattle Academy are facing off in the other semifinal.  Cascade with either play for 3rd or 4th tomorrow morning at 10 against the loser of King’s and Seattle Academy.  Or they’ll play for the championship at 2 o’clock.  It’s all at Shoreline Stadium.  We have a link posted to the NFHS site where you can watch the game (by subscription) on our Facebook page.

Omak’s quest for a State 1A Football Championship continues tomorrow at Royal…

The Pioneers and Knights will kick off at 2pm in the quarterfinals.  It’s a must-win situation for Omak.  A win would put them in the semifinals against the winner of tomorrow’s game between Mt. Baker and Connell.

Lake Roosevelt has a 1 o’clock kick off tomorrow in Kalama in the State 2B quarterfinals…

If the Raiders want to advance, they’ll have to win and then would face the winner of Toledo and Napavine in next week’s semifinal.

Quincy High School’s new football field will be a busy place over the next three days…

The State 1B Tournament will play three of its quarterfinal games at Jackrabbit Stadium.  Tonight, It’s Selkirk and Odessa at 7 o’clock.  Tomorrow, Entiat faces Lyle-Wishram at 1 followed by Almira-Coulee-Hartline and Lummi at 4.

The College football schedule has some intrigue…

Eastern Washington is winding down the Big-Sky schedule, hosting Portland State at 1:05 on the red carpet.

Washington State is hosting #6 Oregon tomorrow night at 6 o’clock at Martin Stadium.  You can watch it on the Pac-12 Network.

Then at 7, it’s Washington at Colorado on ESPN.

The Seahawks have look to extend their 3-game winning streak Sunday when they play at Philadelphia…

Seattle flew out today across the country for Sunday’s game.  They’ll kickoff with the Eagles at 10am on FOX.

Finally, congratulations to the Wenatchee Valley Rams.  They are the Eastern Washington Regional Champions of Pop Warner Football…

Incredibly, the Rams are 22-and-1 over the past two seasons and are coming off a 37-6 win over the Kamiakin Junior Braves last Saturday in the title game.

Next up, according to coach Tito Mercado, is a trip to Western Washington to face Parkland in the Pro Football Hall of Fame World Youth Football playoffs…

A win tomorrow would put the Rams into another game Sunday.  The team is down to 17-players for the weekend…

Best of luck to the Rams and congratulations on a great season!

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, it was standing room only at the last open mic night at RadarStation Thursday night. The local entertainment venue announced it is closing its doors next week. Last night’s event featured local comedians, poets and musicians including this local favorite, Tom Lenny. . .

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up Monday morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Dan. . .

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.