NCWLIFE Evening News October 18, 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 Colville tribal member who stole more than $100,000 dollars from a tribe-operated convenience store must serve two years in federal prison. The East Wenatchee City Council has decided to remain neutral in its position on ballot initiative 976, and,State transportation engineers have decided to wait until next year to address traffic issues on the East side of the Senator George Sellar Bridge.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Chelan County sheriff’s deputies had to chase down a stolen truck Thursday in a pursuit down Chelan Valley highways. 28-year-old Steven Mejia allegedly stole a truck that was parked and running in a Chelan alley, sped away as the owner tried to stop him on foot, then led deputies on a chase along Highway 97A and Navarre Coulee Road.

Deputies said Mejia reached speeds up to 100 miles an hour, until an officer used a car to nudge the truck into a spinout, and he had to be overpowered using a Taser. He remained jailed Friday awaiting charges.

A Colville tribal member who stole more than $100,000 dollars from a tribe-operated convenience store must serve two years in federal prison. Federal prosecutors say 42-year-old Chad Jeremy Monaghan of Omak embezzled almost $108,000 from Tribal Trails Omak, a business owned by the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. Monaghan pleaded guilty in June. It took him three months to accumulate the stolen money, and authorities found four firearms in his possession, despite a past felony conviction.

The East Wenatchee City Council has decided to remain neutral in its position on ballot initiative 976. This week the council was presented with a proposed resolution in opposition to the statewide measure to limit car license tabs to 30 dollars. Anti-tax advocate, Tim Eyman backs the measure. The city stands to lose about 260-thousand dollars in transportation funding if the measure passes. Council member Mathew Hepner voted for the resolution . . .

Council member, Tim Detering was among the majority voting against the resolution. . .

The resolution was defeated by a vote of 4-3. Ballots for the November 6th election were mailed out this week.

State transportation engineers have decided to wait until next year to address traffic issues on the East side of the Senator George Sellar Bridge. WSDOT has been assessing traffic flow patterns in the area since a new roundabout was installed earlier this year. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair is following this story. . .

Coming up next, It may not please everyone but Chelan County Commissioners have adopted a new blueprint for managing recreation in the Stemilt Basin and Squilchuck areas. State School Superintendent Chris Reykdal will visit Lewis and Clark Elementary in Wenatchee on Tuesday to observe the school’s dual language program, and, Work will begin Monday on repairing about 650 feet of stormwater pipe on South Wenatchee Avenue that has caused two sinkholes. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

It may not please everyone but Chelan County Commissioners have adopted a new blueprint for managing recreation in the Stemilt Basin and Squilchuck areas. The plans encompass over 17-thousand acres in the areas near Mission Ridge and Squilchuck State Park.

The document covers all aspects of recreational activities and how they are to be regulated. The most contentious issue raised during the planning process dealt with conflicts between snowmobilers and snowshoe and cross-country enthusiasts. Commissioner Doug England explained that the area’s growth and increasing popularity as an outdoor sports mecca requires better management strategies. . .

Commissioners stress that the plan will only apply to those lands that are under County control. The other land owners including DNR, Fish and Wildlife and US Forest Service will use the document as a guideline for managing recreation on property they manage.

State School Superintendent Chris Reykdal will visit Lewis and Clark Elementary in Wenatchee on Tuesday to observe the school’s dual language program. Reykdal, who will be at the school from 8 a.m. to noon, was invited by principal Alfonso Lopez, who serves on a state dual language committee and was the state’s 2018-19 state principal of the year.

Thanks to the Spanish they learn at the elementary school, Lewis and Clark students can take upper level Spanish classes when they are freshmen in high school.

Work will begin Monday on repairing about 650 feet of stormwater pipe on South Wenatchee Avenue that has caused two sinkholes.

J&K Earthworks of Rock Island was awarded a $207,000 contract from Chelan County to replace the pipe. The work, which will be done in two phases, is expected to take about 20 days. The first phase will be in the area of the biggest sinkhole from Squilchuck Creek north to Boodry Street. That stretch of road has been fenced off since early July when the sinkhole appeared. The second phase is expected to begin November 4th and a detour will be in place around the work. The county had earlier received a state grant to replace the stormwater pipe in 2021, but had to go ahead with the work ahead of receiving the grant money after the sinkholes appeared.

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Looking for something spooky this Halloween? The Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center is back again this year with the Haunted Museum. In tonight’s feature story, we sent NCWLIFE Producer Kaitlin Hetterscheidt to the basement of the museum to catch up with the producers of the scary venture. . .

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.

Houston is one win away from the World Series after an 8-3 win in Game 4 of the ALCS in New York last night…

The Yankees committed four errors on a chilly night in the Bronx that also saw CC Sabathia possibly throw the final pitch of his career.

New York scored first on a bases-loaded walk in the first by Brett Gardner.  But Houston’s George Springer countered with a 3-run home run off Yankee starter Masahiro Tanaka in the 3rd.  Alex Correa’s 3-run shot in the 6th was the back-breaker for the Astros, who look to earn its 3rd World Series in club history.

Game 5 is today at 4:08 in New York where former Mariner James Paxton will get the start against Houston ace Justin Verlander.

Let’s open up the Les Schwab Scoreboard before we start talking about football tonight…

First, in girls soccer last night, Cascade scored, yes that’s right, 20 goals in its win at Omak last night.  Cashmere got by Okanogan 1-nil.  Selah shut out Quincy 9-nil.  And Bridgeport was a 2-nil winner over Manson.

It was another classic between Wenatchee and Eastmont last night at Eastmont High School in volleyball.  The contest went to 5-games with the Panthers coming out on top 3-2.  The scores were 25-15 Wenatchee.  25-22 Eastmont.  25-18 Eastmont.  25-17 Wenatchee.  And in the 5th and deciding game, the Panthers won 15-7.  The win put Wenatchee firmly in second place in the Big-9 at 8-and-1.  Eastmont is still in 3rd at 5-and-4.

Also last night, Okanogan beat Cashmere in 3-games.  Ephrata edged Quincy in 5-games 3-2.  And Waterville-Mansfield took care of Soap Lake 25-21, 10 and 11.

Eastmont celebrated its seniors yesterday with a 104-82 win against rival Moses Lake at the Wenatchee swimming pool.

And in a couple CWAC cross country meets yesterday, the Wapato boys and girls defended their home course while the Ephrata girls were victorious in Tiger-Town.  Prosser won the boys meet.

The Big-9 game of the week has undefeated Eastmont traveling to Sunnyside to take on the 4-and-2 Grizzlies…

The Wildcats are trying to win its second-consecutive Big-9 title with three games remaining after tonight.  Eastmont Coach Michael Don says his team cannot afford to look ahead or be distracted by all that can happen during a road game in unfriendly territory…

Sunnyside has a sophomore quarterback who’s passed for over 15-hundred yards so far this season.  Eastmont senior cornerback Oscar Calvillo (cal-VEE-oh) says their focus will be to try to pressure him…

Eastmont kicks off at Sunnyside tonight at 7 o’clock.

Here on the NCWLIFE Channel, we’ll be at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl for Friday Night Lights as the Wenatchee Panthers host the Davis Pirates.  Panther offensive line coach Dave Jagla says it doesn’t matter who they’re playing, they need to be ready…

Wenatchee will have senior tight end Riley Kunz back in the lineup tonight after missing three weeks with a knee injury.  Kunz says he knows the Pirates will be up for the challenge tonight…

Wenatchee and Davis tee it up tonight at 7, we begin our coverage with Grant Olson and Eric Granstrom at 6:45.

In other Big-9 action tonight, Moses Lake entertains West Valley at 7 o’clock with a mini-cheer night as well as Punt, Pass and Kick.

In the Caribou Trail League tonight, Cascade hosts Chelan.  Cashmere celebrates homecoming with Okanogan in town.  And Omak has a non-league game against Reardan.

In the Central Washington Athletic Conference, Ephrata celebrates homecoming AND senior night against Selah.  Quincy has its senior night tonight against East Valley of Yakima.  The game of the night in the CWAC has Ellensburg at Othello.

Entiat got a jump start on the weekend in Central Washington B league play last night with a 68-zero shutout of Pateros.  Coming up today, Waterville-Mansfield has a 3 o’clock kickoff against Odessa.  Brewster, Lake Roosevelt, Manson, ACH and Liberty Bell all play at home at 7 o’clock.

The college football weekend has a great game on tap tomorrow on the Montlake Cut…

#25 Washington hosts #12 Oregon at 12:30.  You can watch the game on ABC.  At 1:05, Central Washington is in Monmouth to face Western Oregon.  Washington State is home at Martin Stadium tomorrow at 4 hosting Colorado on ESPN-U.

The Seahawks are home this weekend for its final game against a team from the AFC North…

The 4-and-2 Baltimore Ravens come to CenturyLink Field for a game against the 5-and-1 Seahawks.  Kickoff Sunday on FOX is set for 1:25.

The Wenatchee Wild will be facing Island Division teams over the weekend in BCHL play…

Wenatchee’s in Alberni Valley tonight to face the Bulldogs at 7.  Tomorrow’s puck will drop at 6 in Cowichan Valley against the Capitals.  Then on Sunday, Wenatchee finishes up the three-game swing in Victoria against the Grizzlies.

The girls soccer schedule for tomorrow looks like this…

Ephrata plays at Othello at Noon.  We’ll have Eastmont and Wenatchee from Wildcat Stadium LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel tomorrow at 1 with Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen on the play-by-play.  Moses Lake is on the road at Eisenhower at 1 o’clock.

Wenatchee hosts 13 other schools tomorrow for its annual volleyball invitational tournament.  It gets underway at 8am.  The Waterville-Mansfield girls will be at Lake Roosevelt at 12:30.

Wenatchee’s pool will be busy starting at Noon today for the 11-Dive Meet with Davis, Eastmont, Eisenhower, Hanford, Kamiakin, Moses Lake, Richland and Southridge all in town.

Thanks Eric.

Occasionally, wildlife will wander into Wenatchee and Thursday was one of those days.

Annette Pitts took these photos of a wayward moose checking out and eating some of the scenery at Confluence State Park about 5 Thursday evening. Others reported that the moose was still hanging around this morning.

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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 weelkend.