NCWLIFE Evening News September 13, 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, Get ready for more parking meters in Leavenworth. If you’re traveling over Stevens Pass in the next week you can expect slow going near the summit, and, The City of Wenatchee is moving forward with the sale of a parcel of property on North Wenatchee Avenue to Hooked on Toys.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Wenatchee man filed a quarter-million-dollar civil claim Thursday against the Wenatchee Police Department, saying one officer’s lazy investigation led him to be falsely charged with rape.

Kevin Strickland says Officer Jeff Ward didn’t follow up on facts that would have spared him from prosecution. Strickland was charged in 2017 with third-degree rape and domestic assault. Prosecutors dropped all charges a year later, saying they couldn’t be proved in court. The city has 60 days to respond to the claim. Officer Ward has since been promoted to corporal.

Get ready for more parking meters in Leavenworth. The City’s Parking Advisory Committee is recommending the City Council implement an on-street paid parking program using smart metering. The popular Bavarian themed town has been testing a pilot program that meters City employee reserved parking. The test was started earlier this year as a part of a comprehensive parking study.

The tourism-dependent community has experienced a growing problem with inadequate on-street parking especially on the weekends and during the annual Christmas Lighting, Autumn Leaf and Octoberfest events.

The committee says by using smart meter technology parking times for much of the downtown commercial core would be limited to three hours; longer term parking would be encouraged for the off-street parking lots. The advisory committee presented its report during a Tuesday morning City Council work session. The final parking study is available on the City’s website.

If you’re traveling over Stevens Pass in the next week you can expect slow going near the summit.

The Department of Transportation is repairing U.S. Highway 2, so the speed has been reduced to 45 miles per hour through the work zone. In addition, there will be occasional road closures during the work.

The City of Wenatchee is moving forward with the sale of a parcel of property on North Wenatchee Avenue to Hooked on Toys. The retailer will be relocating its store from its current location to the new one-acre property previously occupied by Northwest Wholesalers behind State Farm insurance. The City is selling the 73-thousand square foot parcel for about 1.2 million dollars. The deal hinges on an environmental study and the planned extension of McKittrick Street next year. Mayor Frank Kuntz commented on the sale at last night’s Council meeting. . .

The City first bought the property as part of its North Wenatchee Avenue redevelopment plans including the McKittrick street extension and construction of Columbia Street. The Hooked on Toys property sale is expected to close in January.

Coming up next, Congresswoman Kim Schrier will be in the Wenatchee area Saturday with three appearances, including a town hall. Lincoln Park in Wenatchee will be filled with the sound of music and the smell of food this weekend for the annual Fiestas Mexicanas festival. Quincy’s annual celebration of all things agriculture is also on Saturday, and, Recent rains combined with lower humidity and cooler nights have led the Forest Service to lift its ban on campfires in most of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Congresswoman Kim Schrier will be in the Wenatchee area Saturday with three appearances, including a town hall. First, she’ll tour the McDougall and Sons fruit facility in Olds Station at 11:15 a.m.

The town hall will be at 4 p.m. at East Wenatchee City Hall. The town hall will include an update from Schrier on the issues she’s working on, and then she’ll open it up to questions from the audience. She’ll then attend Fiestas Mexicanas at Lincoln Park on Mission Street in Wenatchee. Schrier, a Democrat, won election to the 8th District seat in 2018.

Speaking of Fiestas Mexicanas, that annual festival began at 4:00 this afternoon at Lincoln Park and continues through Saturday.

The park will be filled with the sounds of music both days, as well as other entertainers and lots of authentic Mexican food for sale. Entry into the festival is free. Performers include Kevin Ortiz, Mariachi Huenachi, Meno Lugo and Clave 520. Activities continue until 9:00 tonight and begin again Saturday at 2:30 in the afternoon until 9:00 Saturday night.

Quincy’s annual celebration of all things agriculture is Saturday. Included in Farmer-Consumer Awareness Days is everything from fun runs to tractor pulls.

Among the highlights is the Grand Parade through downtown Quincy, beginning at 10 a.m. At 11, the farm tours begin, with participants given free tours of agricultural facilities, including farms and processing facilities.

In addition, the Becerra family, regular vendors at the Wenatchee Farmers Market, will be recognized as the farm family of the year.

Recent rains combined with lower humidity and cooler nights have led the Forest Service to lift its ban on campfires in most of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Campers can now have wood and charcoal campfires in all areas of the forest normally open to campfires. In addition, woodcutting will again be allowed in all designated areas of the forest.

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In tonight’s feature story, the first in a series of web-based open houses regarding Washington State gray wolf post-recovery plans is slated for next week. The agency announces the first webinar is scheduled for Tuesday September 17th. A second is slated for the 25th with a third meeting on October 15th. NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins tells us more. . .

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.

Meghan Chandler and Jaden Brown had great games for Eastmont as the Wildcats beat Cashmere 5-3 in girls soccer last night…

The Bulldogs had posted a 2-1 lead at halftime, but Eastmont came storming back with 4, second-half goals to earn the victory.  Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

In other soccer play last night, Cascade edged Ephrata 2-1.  No score was reported on the Chelan/Quincy game.

In girls volleyball last night…

Wenatchee traveled to Chelan and the Goats came out on top 3-nil.  Manson downed Lake Roosevelt 3-1.  And Waterville-Mansfield defended the home floor in front of a raucous during homecoming week 3-0 over Entiat.

And on the Les Schwab Prep Football Scoreboard…

Entiat won a wild won at home against Wilbur-Creston 68-to-60.

Coming up tonight under the Friday Night Lights, we’ll feature Eastmont and Pasco at Wildcat Stadium.  For senior defensive back Wesley McIlwaine (MAK-il-WAYNE), the off-season was filled with workouts and determination on repeating a successful season a year ago…

McIlwaine helped lead Eastmont to a 42-nothing win with a touchdown reception on offense and an interception return for a touchdown on defense…

Eastmont takes its 1-and-oh record up against 1-and-oh Pasco tonight.  Sports Director Eric Granstrom asked McIlwaine what he expects from the Bulldogs tonight…

Eastmont and Pasco kick off at 7 tonight from Wildcat Stadium.  The pregame with Eric and Grant Olson begins at 6:45 right here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Also on the prep football schedule tonight, it’s Wenatchee hosting Lewiston.  Brewster’s at Quincy.  Manson is on the road at Tonasket.  Waterville-Mansfield celebrates homecoming against Liberty Bell.  Cashmere’s in Western Washington playing Sultan.  Warden is at Chelan.  All those games kick off at 7.  At 7:30, Moses Lake is at Joe Albi Stadium to face Mt. Spokane.

The college football weekend kicks off tonight…

#20 Washington State is in Houston for a battle of the Cougars on ESPN starting at 6 o’clock.  Tomorrow, Eastern Washington is at Jacksonville State at 1.  Central Washington hosts Ferris State at 4 o’clock on ESPN-3.  And at 4:30, #23 Washington will try to bounce back from its loss to Cal with a game at Husky Stadium against Hawaii.

The Seahawks are on the road Sunday in Pittsburgh…

Seattle is 1-and-oh after its 21-20 win over Cincinnati last Sunday while the Steelers are oh-and-1 after being embarrassed by New England 33-to-3.  Kickoff Sunday at Heinz Field is 10am.

Coming up on the prep sports schedule for the weekend…

In girls soccer, Cascade plays at Seattle Academy tomorrow at Noon.  Eastmont is in Hazen for a 1 o’clock game.  Also at 1, it’s Wenatchee hosting Ingraham and Cashmere’s in Prosser.

Chelan and Cascade are down in Yakima tomorrow morning for the start of the Sundome Volleyball Festival at 8 o’clock.  Entiat hosts Bridgeport at 11.  Then at 12:30, Cashmere plays at Cle Elum.

On the prep cross country schedule Saturday…Chelan, Eastmont, Ephrata, Moses Lake and Wenatchee are all in Spokane at Shadle Park High School for the 2019 Highlander Invitation.  It kicks off at 9:30.  Then at 10 at Wapato Point, it’s the Manson Invite featuring Cascade, Cashmere, Lake Roosevelt, Omak and the hsot Manson.

And Wenatchee will host it’s annual Swimming and Diving Invitational meet with Eastmont, Ellensburg, Walla Walla and West Valley in town for that beginning at 10am.

The Wenatchee Wild open the home part of its 2019-2020 schedule tonight at the Town Toyota Center…

The Vernon Vipers are in town for a couple games tonight and tomorrow.  The puck drops each night at 7:05. 

Arch Ecker was a guest on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley this morning ballyhooing the work by the Town Toyota Center, investing nearly a million dollars in upgrading the video boards in the arena…

We’ll have highlights Monday morning here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

The Mariners lost to Cincinnati 11-to-5 last night, but it was another incredible evening for rookie Kyle Lewis…

Lewis was a triple away from the cycle, going 3-for-5 with a home run, double and an RBI.  The rookie has played in just three Major League games and is batting .455.

Freddy Galvis hit a grand slam home run in the 7th off Dan Altavilla (alt-uh-VEE-uh) to put the Reds up for good as they salvaged the final game of the three game series.

Seattle welcomes the Chicago White Sox into town tonight for the first of a three-game weekend series at 7:10.  Yusei Kikuchi stars for the Mariners against Chicago’s Dylan Covey.

Also in on the Les Schwab American League West Scoreboard last night…

Nick Solak was 2-for-3 with a 2-run home run to lead Texas past Tampa Bay 6-4.

Matt Olson’s 2-run home run off Justin Verlander was the difference as Oakland edged Houston 3-2.  The A’s leapfrogged Tampa Bay and Cleveland into the 1st Wild Card Playoff spot in the American League.  The Rays are in the second spot with the Indians a half-game back.

Thanks 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). Also, keep it right here on the NCWLIFE Channel Monday morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.