NCWLIFE Evening News September 19, 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, After another sinkhole was discovered Wednesday, Chelan County says it will need to replace about one-thousand feet of stormwater pipe in South Wenatchee, and, Students at Wenatchee High School and other schools around the Valley are expected to join the Global Climate Strike, walking out of class Friday on a march to Wenatchee City Hall.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The Chelan County man who tried to euthanize his own dog and failed will not face charges for animal abuse, and the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society says that’s a mistake.

The pit bull terrier mix named Louie was found June 5th suffering three gunshot wounds, along Mission Ridge and Beehive Roads outside Wenatchee. The dog’s owner, a Chelan County jail employee, admitted trying to fatally shoot the dog, saying it had become a nuisance animal.

The Okanogan County Prosecutor’s Office looked into the case, and found no cause to bring criminal charges. The Humane Society cared for Louie for months, at a cost of nearly $5,000 in veterinary treatment, and has now placed him in a foster home.

The Humane Society’s executive director, Dawn Davies, says Louie’s pain and suffering, quote, could have been avoided if the owner had simply reached out to Wenatchee Valley Humane Society and asked for help, unquote.

After another sinkhole was discovered Wednesday, Chelan County says it will need to replace about one-thousand feet of stormwater pipe in South Wenatchee.

It is the second sinkhole on South Wenatchee Avenue near Boodry Street. The first sinkhole has been fenced off since first appearing in June. The new sinkhole, on the shoulder of the road, will be covered with a steel plate today. The county received a $755,000 state grant to replace the storm water pipe in 2021 but now says it will go ahead with the replacement instead of waiting for the grant money. Brad Harn, Chelan County Public Works road supervisor says it is the third sinkhole in the county this year, which is very unusual. A sinkhole below Burch Mountain Road was repaired last week.

Students at Wenatchee High School and other schools around the Valley are expected to join the Global Climate Strike, walking out of class Friday on a march to Wenatchee City Hall.

The youth-led action is meant to spur governments and industries to respond to the climate crisis. NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins met on the steps of City Hall with one of the local student leaders. . .

Coming up next, Autumn is upon us and the Washington Department of Ecology is drawing down water levels at Lake Osoyoos which could cause the water levels on the Okanogan River to rise. Elementary students from throughout Central Washington converged on the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery for day one of the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival, and, Chelan Mayor Mike Cooney will be honored by the Association of Washington Cities for, among other things, his efforts to address the city’s housing shortages. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Autumn is upon us and the Washington Department of Ecology is drawing down water levels at Lake Osoyoos to winter operational levels which could cause the water levels on the Okanogan River to rise.

Releases from Zosel Dam to the Okanogan River will increase in volume to bring the lake down about two-and-a-half feet from now until December. Al Josephy, a water resources specialist with the Department of Ecology says extra water stored in the lake this summer, due to drought declared in the region, provides an opportunity to boost stream flows and protect fish species in the river going into the fall. This means the river will be running high through the rest of this week and into the weekend, and those living downstream are advised to take adequate precautions and be prepared for conditions similar to spring runoff.

Elementary students from throughout Central Washington converged on the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery for day one of the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival. NCWLIFE’s Dan Kuntz was there and has more on this 3-day event. . .

Chelan Mayor Mike Cooney will be honored by the Association of Washington Cities for, among other things, his efforts to address the city’s housing shortages.

Cooney will receive the AWC All-Star Award at next Tuesday’s City Council meeting. The award recognizes city officials who publicly advocate for cities and towns in Washington state. Cooney testified in Olympia this year on the unique housing challenges facing Chelan. Cooney faces a re-election challenge from former Chelan mayor Bob Goedde in November’s election.

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

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.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .

Time now for our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Today, NCWLife’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Pete the dog. . .

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.

Here’s what’s on tap on the Prep Schedule for today…

On the girl’s soccer pitch today, Chelan hosts Pateros while Manson’s at Liberty Bell at 4:30.  Eastmont is on the road to the Yakima Valley to face Eisenhower at 7.

On a busy volleyball schedule tonight, Chelan travels to Zillah.  Manson plays host to Omak.  And Lake Roosevelt visits Waterville-Mansfield.  Those games start at 6:30. At 7, Eastmont hosts Eisenhower and we’ll have that LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel with Eric Granstrom courtside at 6:45.  Wenatchee is at Davis and Moses Lake hosts West Valley.

In the pool this afternoon at 4, Eastmont hosts a double-duel with Davis and Eisenhower while Wenatchee travels to Moses Lake.

And in the first Big-9 cross country meet of the season, Eastmont, Wenatchee, Moses Lake and the rest of the conference will run at Eisenhower at 3:30.

The Eastmont Wildcats are preparing to travel to Ellensburg tomorrow in week 3 of the prep football season.  Coach Michael Don is pleased with his team’s progress after last week’s 50-26 win over Pasco…

Ellensburg came to Eastmont last year and popped the Wildcats in the mouth before the home team came away with a 20-to-14 win.  Quarterback Carson Everhart talks about what Eastmont expects this year…

The game we’ll feature tomorrow night on the NCWLIFE Channel will have Wenatchee hosting Mt. Boucherie Secondary School from British Columbia.  Sports Director Eric Granstrom asked Panther Coach Scott Devereaux how the arrangement came to be…

For senior wide receiver and defensive back JJ Jelsing, this season is about realizing expectations and overcoming overconfidence…

Join Grant Olson and Eric Granstrom for the action beginning with the pregame at 6:45 tomorrow night on the NCWLIFE Channel.

The Mariners picked up their second win in consecutive nights at Pittsburgh, topping the Pirates last night 4-to-1…

Seattle got another home run from rookie Kyle Lewis, his 5th in a week.  Kyle Seager went 2-for-4 with a run and Dylan Moore drove in two on a 2nd-inning double.

On the mound, Justus Dunn looked better in his second outing, lasting two innings with no-runs on 1-hit.  Tommy Milone earned the victory, working 5-innings with no-runs, 2-hits, a strikeout and no walks.

Seattle and Pittsburgh went extra innings today with the Mariners coming out on top in 11-inning 6-to-5…

Austin Nola’s RBI groundout in the top of the 11th was the difference as the Mariners pulled off the three-game sweep.

Shed Long continues to produce in the leadoff spot, going 3-for-5 with a run and 2-RBI’s.  The two teams traded 4-runs in the 2nd inning before the bullpens took over.  Seattle backed up Yusei Kikuchi with six pitchers who allowed one run on one hit with six strikeouts.

Seattle continues its road trip in Baltimore tomorrow at 4:05 with Felix Hernandez on the mound.

Also on the Les Schwab American League West Scoreboard…

Mark Canha had a walk-off, RBI-double in the bottom of the 11th to lift Oakland over Kansas City 1-nothing.

David Fletcher was 3-for-5 with a run in the leadoff spot to help Los Angeles top the Yankees 3-2.

Garrett Cole worked 8-innings of 2-run ball with 10-strikeouts for his 18th win of the season as Houston beat Texas 3-2.  Cole also earned his 300th strikeout of the season in the process as the Astros claimed their 100th win.

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 tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.