NCWLIFE Evening News October 17, 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 DUI stop in Quincy led the Washington Supreme Court to throw out the state’s law on impounding the vehicles of intoxicated drivers. Rodents the cause of a vehicle fire earlier this month in Wenatchee, and, The 100-acre Horan Natural Area along the Wenatchee River needs your input on how the natural area is used by the public. . .   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

An Ephrata man who pleaded guilty to a count of child molestation was sentenced Tuesday to almost six and a half years in prison. Thirty-year-old Artemio Pichardo Garcia pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a seven-year-old child in Wenatchee in 2017. He was also accused of attempting to tamper with witnesses in his case, but Chelan County prosecutors dropped that charge in exchange for his plea. Garcia was already a registered sex offender, based on a conviction for attempted child molestation in 2004.

A DUI stop in Quincy led the Washington Supreme Court to throw out the state’s law on impounding the vehicles of intoxicated drivers. NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins explains. . .

Here’s another reason to dislike rodents, if you needed one. Earlier this month Wenatchee firefighters responded to a vehicle fire in the 3500 block of Squilchuck Road that they say was caused when rodents chewed wires and built nests in the car’s engine. They were able to put out the fire and there were no injuries. Officials say such fires happen occasionally, usually in older-model cars. In this case, the car hadn’t been driven since last winter.

The 100-acre Horan Natural Area along the Wenatchee River needs your input. The Chelan County PUD and Washington State Parks, which oversee the undeveloped land at the Columbia River confluence, are hosing two community open house meetings November 6th, seeking comment on how the natural area is used by the public. Those meetings are 11:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Confluence Technology Center. You can also give your thoughts in an online survey at chelanpud.org.

I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Coming up next week, Trout Unlimited and the Wenatchee River Institute are bringing together a unique opportunity to both learn about and experience, the Wenatchee Valley Beaver Project.

The Project’s efforts involve not only the relocation of “nuisance” beavers, but also focus on helping landowners manage land to be more compatible with beavers.  The field trip starts at 9:00 a.m. Friday, November 1st at 347 Division St. in Leavenworth. The day will begin with a 40-minute presentation about beavers, the Project’s beaver-inspired work, and a demonstration of how live beaver traps are structured. Participants will then tour beaver habitat and several relocation sites in the Leavenworth area, viewing firsthand the Project’s activities from its first 2-years. There will also be an opportunity to set up a mock beaver trap, and see where trapped beavers are held and cared for prior to relocation.

Wenatchee’s first Chipotle Mexican Grill will open November 30th, that according to company spokeswoman Regina Wu. She said the first 50 customers in line at the opening will receive Chipotle swag.

The restaurant will be at 1121 North Mission, the site of the former Café Rio. Chipotle has about 2500 restaurants worldwide, with Wenatchee’s becoming the 40th in Washington state. It will be the third Chipotle’s east of the Cascades. Wu said the Wenatchee restaurant will have about 25 employees.

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

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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 Precious 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.

This is the part of the high school football season where the rubber meets the road…

The Eastmont Wildcats have their toughest test so far Friday when they travel to Sunnyside to take on the Grizzlies.  Eastmont, Wenatchee and Sunnyside are all undefeated in Big-9 play so far as the Wildcats look to repeat as league champs.

For Eastmont Coach Michael Don, part of this week’s preparation has been repairing a few problems on the kicking game.  Eastmont had some issues on the PAT’s last week against Davis…

Sunnyside comes in with the Big-9’s top passer in sophomore quarterback Logan Rodriguez.  The 5’11, 160-pounder has completed 120-of-190 passes for 1,565-yards, 15-touchdowns and 7-interceptions.  Coach Don says he has a full compliment of people around him…

For senior cornerback Oscar Calvillo, it’s been a week of preparing for a serious passing attack…

Eastmont plays at Sunnyside tomorrow night at 7 o’clock.

Meanwhile here on the NCWLIFE Channel, our Friday Night Lights featured game has the Wenatchee Panthers hosting the Davis Pirates.  It will mark the return of tight end Riley Kunz, who’s been out for three weeks with a knee injury.  He says getting back has been both physical and mental…

Kunz will help shore up the offensive line besides catching a few passes.  Offensive line coach Dave Jagla says they’ve been working to improve this week after Wenatchee’s lowest rushing output in last week’s 15-10 win over West Valley…

We’ll be at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl tomorrow night for your play-by-play with the pregame beginning at 6:45 right here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Coming up tonight on the prep sports schedule…

In girls soccer, Manson travels to Bridgeport at 4 while Omak hosts Cascade.  Cashmere will kick off at 4:30 this afternoon against Okanogan at home.  Then tonight at 6, it’s Quincy at Selah in the CWAC.

On the girls volleyball courts tonight, Waterville-Mansfield hosts Soap Lake; Oroville’s at Manson; Bridgeport hosts Entiat; Omak travels to Cascade; and Cashmere takes on Okanogan, all at 6:30.  At 7 it’s the Battle of the Basin with Quincy at Ephrata while Eastmont hosts cross-river-rival Wenatchee.

The CWAC has a couple cross country meets today with Grandview and Prosser at Ephrata while Wapato hosts Quincy and Othello.  Both those runs start at 5 o’clock.

And in the pool this afternoon, Eastmont battles Moses Lake at the Wenatchee pool since theirs is under construction.  Swimmers will take their marks at 4 o’clock.

The weather looks better for Game 4 of the American League Championship Series today in New York so the Yankees will host Houston at 5:08 on FS1.  After the rainout yesterday, Yankee fans are all in a tither because Masahiro Tanaka will pitch on full rest against the Astro’s Zack Greinke.

Tonight is Hockey Night on the NCWLIFE Channel…

We’ll feature the Wenatchee Wild and West Kelowna Warriors from a game at the Town Toyota Center last weekend.  Arch Ecker has your play-by-play beginning at 7 o’clock right here on your television home for the Wenatchee Wild.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight our Throw-Back-Thursday item is from the book “Images of America, Wenatchee”.

In 1898, a hobo got off the train at Wenatchee, and liked what he saw, he built himself a shack on the shoreline of the Columbia River. The squatting grew into a 60 acre settlement known as Shacktown. This view of Wharf street in 1933 shows some of the structures that persisted until the Mayor directed the police and fire department to demolish it on June 14, 1945.

Now let’s check in with Eric Granstrom for a look at what’s coming up tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley. 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). I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.