NCWLIFE Evening News November 7, 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, Douglas County prosecutors have formally charged a Waterville man who allegedly threatened to kill a teenage boy for sleeping with his wife. You can expect to see more city streets and county roads in disrepair as a result of the apparent passage of Initiative 976, and, the fate of a proposed controversial Leavenworth amusement park takes another step forward to a final resolution.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A two-car accident on Highway 28 this morning sent four Wenatchee Valley residents to the hospital.

Washington State Patrol says the crash happened just after 7:00 a.m. as a vehicle driven by 17-year old Francisco Maldonaldobeltran of East Wenatchee attempted to cross highway 28 from north to south on South Nile when it was struck by a car traveling east on Highway 28. That car was driven by 32-year old Jose Aceves of Wenatchee.

Maldonaldobeltran had two passengers in the car, two teen boys, who were also injured. All four people involved in this morning’s accident were transported to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. State Patrol says Maldonaldobeltran failed to clear his car windows of frost prior to driving which contributed to the crash. He was charged with negligent driving and no proof of liability insurance.

Douglas County prosecutors have formally charged a Waterville man who allegedly threatened to kill a teenage boy for sleeping with his wife. Dylan O’Gara Smith, who’s 21, was arrested Sunday after allegedly threatening the 15-year-old victim and walking through town with a shotgun. He’s charged now with counts including second-degree assault, felony harassment and reckless endangerment. His wife may face sex-offense charges for alleged sexual contact with a minor. O’Gara-Smith is being held on $25,000 bond in the Okanogan County Jail.

You can expect to see more city streets and county roads in disrepair as a result of the apparent passage of Initiative 976. A local transportation official says the ballot measure that caps the cost of vehicle license tabs at 30-dollars will have an impact. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair spoke today with Chelan Douglas Transportation Council Executive Director, Jeff Wilkins who says you may not see the impacts immediately. . .

Wilkins says there are some projects, such as the West Cashmere Bridge replacement, that might also be affected. . .

More than 60 cities use car-tab fees to pay for road construction, bus service and sidewalks. The state also charges fees to help pay for programs including Washington State Patrol traffic enforcement, highway maintenance, ferry operations and maintenance of county roads and bridges.

The dispute over a planned new theme park in the Bavarian town of Leavenworth came before a Chelan County judge yesterday. NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins explains:

Coming up next, The Chelan City Council this week finalized the purchase of 9.8 acres of lakefront property on Spader Bay. One of the Wenatchee Valley’s most treasured nature preserves could be undergoing some changes in the future, and, Starting today, you can make your reservation for a high-mountain stay in the newly renovated Steliko Lookout in the Entiat Ranger District. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The Chelan City Council this week finalized the purchase of 9.8 acres of lakefront property on Spader Bay for $400,000 dollars. The land acquisition is part of the city’s goal to preserve and protect public access to Lake Chelan. The property is being bought from Linda Evans Parlette and Terri O’Neal. After voting last month to go ahead with the purchase, the council heard from several citizens opposed to buying the steep property with limited access. But the council voted 6-1 Tuesday to finalize the deal.

One of the Wenatchee Valley’s most treasured nature preserves could be undergoing some changes in the future. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair tells us more. . .

Starting today, you can make your reservation for a high-mountain stay in the newly renovated Steliko Lookout in the Entiat Ranger District.

The ranger district and volunteers have been remodeling the lookout for the past year. It is available for rent for a $50 donation per night. It holds up to four people but pets are not allowed.

The lookout is accessible by a high-clearance car or SUV during the summer and fall but the road is closed during the winter, so visitors will need to walk, ski, snowmobile or snowshoe 1.6 miles from the Steliko Work Center. To reserve a stay in the lookout, call the Entiat Ranger Station at 509-784-4700.

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

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 Eastmont Wildcats are the District Soccer Champions after a 2-1 shootout win over Wenatchee last night…

It was high-stakes drama throughout the contest with the game in a scoreless tie at halftime. 

Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Eastmont will host a State playoff game next week against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.  Wenatchee has one more shot to get to state Saturday when it will play the winner of today’s game between Davis and Moses Lake.

12-weeks ago, high school football programs around the state began practice with one goal in mind, win a State Championship.  While for most, those aspirations were realistically unreachable, such was not the case for two high schools in the Wenatchee Valley.

Eastmont, the defending Big-9 champions, were fresh off a 9-and-3 season and playing its first State playoff game in school history.  Wenatchee was 6-and-4 and knew it had some very talented kids with a lot of experience coming back in 2019.

Now, here we are, three months later, and the two meet for the Bridge of Sportsmanship game with those hopes and aspirations still alive.  A Wenatchee win would give the Panthers the outright Big-9 Championship and a #1 seed to State.  An Eastmont win would force a three-team playoff Saturday in Moses Lake with the #1 and #1 seeds to State on the line.

The big question looming over tonight’s game is whether all-league running back Nate Blauman would be able to play.  So, Eric Granstrom asked Coach Scott Devereaux that very question…

Each team has shown a propensity for the big play this season.  Just last week, Wenatchee scored on a 62-yard pass play from Camden Sirmon to JJ Jelsing.  Eastmont’s Austin Popoff scored on runs of 88- and 56-yards.  Devereaux doesn’t think this game will come down to the big plays, however…

Eastmont Coach Michael Don is well aware of the big play potential, but says it will be the team that plays within itself that will have the advantage…

We’ll have the complete interviews with both coaches and Eric Granstrom coming up later on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley…     

And, of course, the game will kickoff tonight at 7 o’clock.  Be sure to join Eric and Grant Olson for the pregame beginning at 6:30 here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

And we now know the playoff scenario for Saturday, it Eastmont wins tonight.  There will be a mini-playoff in Moses Lake beginning with Eastmont and Sunnyside at 1 o’clock.  They’ll play two, ten minute quarters.  The winner will be the #1 seed out of the Big-9.  The loser will face Wenatchee for two, ten-minute quarters with the winner earning the #2 seed, and the loser’s season is over.

The District 6 1-B volleyball tournament is today at Quincy High School…

The Championship between Wilson Creek and Pateros will get underway at 1:30 this afternoon.  At the same time, in the secondary gym at Quincy, Entiat will face Riverside Christian in a loser-out game.  The loser of Wilson Creek and Pateros will face the winner of Entiat and Riverside Christian for second-place at 3:30.

Thanks Eric.

Enrollment continues to decline at Wenatchee Valley College, with fall quarter numbers down 2.1 percent from last year.

Because state funding for colleges is based on enrollment, a task force has been formed to review the scope of the college’s budget challenges. State funding accounts for more than half of WVC’s revenue. The number of students at the college has been falling for the past 10 years. There are 6,289 students projected to be enrolled at the school, down from 7,710 in 2009. WVC President Jim Richardson said low unemployment and smaller high school classes account for much of the enrollment decline. More people are choosing work over college, he said. This is also the first time students in the Running Start program has declined since it was first offered in 1993.

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up tomorrow 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 weekend.