NCWLIFE Evening News September 20, 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, An East Wenatchee woman may have set fire to her own home this week in an act of domestic violence. Two people are charged in a long-running Fish and Wildlife investigation into stolen bighorn sheep remains, and, Wenatchee Valley students joined millions of students around the globe in a 1-day climate strike.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Two youths who drove from Okanogan County to buy marijuana in Wenatchee were robbed at gunpoint, and police say they have the culprit.

Alan Meza Duarte, 18 years old, was booked early Thursday for allegedly robbing the victims of a backpack, cell phones and a portable speaker on Tuesday night, near Springwater Avenue. The juveniles said Meza Duarte held a handgun on them while he took their belongings. He faces possible charges of robbery, theft, and criminal use of a firearm.

An East Wenatchee woman may have set fire to her own home this week in an act of domestic violence.

Douglas County sheriff’s deputies say 48-year-old Cora Herbert started a fire in her own bedroom in the 2700 block of Westview Drive on Tuesday afternoon after pouring what appeared to be gasoline on the bed and the floor. One other person was home at the time and was able to escape. Firefighters confined the blaze to Herbert’s room, and deputies arrested her the following day. She allegedly told them she had no memory of starting the fire. Police are seeking charges of first-degree arson.

Two people are charged in a long-running Fish and Wildlife investigation into stolen bighorn sheep remains.

Dennis Leroy Sproul, 56, of Wenatchee and Rane Morrison Borgen, 59, of Cashmere, are charged with first-degree theft for allegedly breaking into a state Fish and Wildlife storage area north of Wenatchee, where the remains of wild sheep are kept.

Wildlife police and the State Patrol said when they searched Sproul’s home on Franklin Street in February, they found four bighorn skulls buried in the back yard.

Bighorn sheep are protected under state law, and it’s illegal to collect or sell their remains without a permit. There are only about 1,700 such animals ranging in Eastern Washington. Sproul and Borgen also face charges of methamphetamine possession. Both are scheduled for trial in November.

The recent climate news is grim: Melting ice sheets in Greenland, massive flooding in Texas, and a serious decline in bird populations across North America. Wenatchee Valley students took action Friday, joining millions of their peers around the world in a youth-led Climate Strike. Led by the young activists, at least 150 people marched to Wenatchee City Hall to demand a green-energy economy and an end to fossil fuels by 2035. . .

Coming up next, The future of recreation in the Entiat Ranger District in the wake of devastating fires will be discussed at a pair of open houses in October. All sorts of heavy and not-so-heavy equipment will be up for auction September 28th at the Chelan County PUD, and, we will have our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The future of recreation in the Entiat Ranger District in the wake of devastating fires will be discussed at a pair of open houses in October. A team of researchers from Western Washington University have been working with ranger district managers since spring collecting data on the condition of trails and interviewing community members.

Fires have damaged many popular trail systems in the area. The district will now explain its findings to the public and hear ideas for moving forward. Two major fires in recent years have been particularly destructive to that section of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

The 2015 Wolverine Fire burned almost 30,000 acres and the Cougar Creek Fire in 2018 burned more than 40,000 acres. The first open house will be at the Entiat Fire Station October 5th from 3 to 5 p.m. and the second October 7th in Wenatchee at the Chelan County Fire District office on Easy Street.

All sorts of heavy and not-so-heavy equipment will be up for auction September 28th at the Chelan County PUD, Public Works and Others Annual Surplus Auction. The bidding will begin at 9 a.m. at 210 East Street in Wenatchee, with bids also accepted online. Trucks, tractors, assorted machinery and passenger vehicles from the PUD and county will be up for sale. Chuck Yarbo Auctioneers of Moses Lake is handling the bidding with a complete list of items for sale on their website at yarbo.com.

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. . .

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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In our feature story tonight, the NCWLIFE Magazine this week is giving viewers a behind the scenes look at the Seahawks Radio Network, and how our very own Eric Granstrom is realizing his childhood dreams in producing the pre-season broadcasts. Here’s a peek at that episode and a look at just what Eric does during a game. . .

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.

We’ll start things off with a look at what happened last night in prep sports with the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

First, in high school soccer, Eastmont traveled to Eisenhower and knocked off the Cadets 2-nil.  Liberty Bell shut out Manson 4-nil.  And Chelan blanked

On the Les Schwab Prep Volleyball Scoreboard last night, the Eastmont Wildcats came out strong and swept three games from Eisenhower 25-14, 19 and 18. 

Wenatchee improved to 2-and-oh in Big-9 play with a 3-0 win at Davis 25-18, 17 and 20.  Quincy edged East Valley 3-2 after falling behind 2-1.  Chelan had little trouble dispatching Zillah 3-0 25-11, 12 and 17.

It was West Valley blanking Moses Lake 3-0, but the Chiefs played the defending State Champs tough, 25-22, 17 and 21.  Lake Roosevelt beat Waterville-Mansfield 3-1.

Eastmont swept a double-dual with Davis and Eisenhower in the pool yesterday.  The Wildcats beat the Pirates 117-66 and topped the Cadets 115-67.

And in the first Big-9 cross country meet of the season, Wenatchee’s Tatum Grosdidier took first place in the girl’s race with a time of 19:49.  The Panthers went 4-2 in the dual meet while Eastmont was 3-and-3.  On the boy’s side, Wenatchee was 4-and-2 while the Wildcats were 2-and-4.

Coming up tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel, it’s our prep football Friday Night Lights as the Wenatchee Panthers host the Mount Boucherie Bears…

Wenatchee is off to a 1-and-1 start while the Bears come in oh-and-2 in their British Columbian league.  While Panther coach Scott Devereaux admits he doesn’t know a lot about his opponent tonight, he has set very specific goals for his club…

Wenatchee hopes to get the passing game going again tonight with quarterback Camden Sirmon finding receivers like JJ Jelsing.  Jelsing says a connection on Friday nights began during the off-season with the two working together a great deal…

We’ll have the pregame with Grant Olson and Eric Granstrom tonight at 6:45 and kickoff from Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl at 7.

Eastmont is on the road at Ellensburg tonight for a week-3 non-league game.  Wildcat Coach Michael Don says he’s prepared his kids for a tough Bulldog team with some inside knowledge…

Senior quarterback Carson Everhart says a win tonight is extremely important for Eastmont in order to keep their team goals alive for this season…

Here’s the rest of the prep football schedule for tonight.  Moses Lake is at Post Falls, Idaho.  Cascade hosts Mt. Baker.  Wapato is at Cashmere.  Chelan welcomes South Whidbey.  Quincy travels to Grandview.  Ephrata is in Prosser.  Manson hosts Liberty Christian.  Entiat’s at Bridgeport.  And Waterville-Mansfield has a road trip east on US-2 to Wilbur-Creston.

Coming up in girls soccer tomorrow…

Quincy hosts Wahluke at Noon.  Then at 1, Davis plays at Wenatchee.  Eastmont hosts Lewis & Clark.  And Moses Lake is on the road at West Valley.

On the Saturday volleyball schedule, Cascade is in Connell while Chelan travels to Kiona-Benton at 10am.  Waterville-Mansfield has a date with Oroville on the road at 12:30.

Wenatchee swimmers will be on the road for the Mid-Columbia Invite at Southridge tomorrow at 11am.

And on the cross country schedule, Wenatchee hosts Bothell, Bridgeport, Cashmere, Ellensburg, Lake Roosevelt, Montesano, Omak and Tonasket for the Wenatchee Invite at 11am.  Eastmont’s running at the Apple Ridge Invite at 11.  And Cascade is over on the west side at the Whidbey Island Invite at 11am.

The Wenatchee Wild continue their 4-game home stand with games tonight and tomorrow at the Town Toyota Center…

Wenatchee entertains the Trail Smoke Eaters tonight at 7:05.  Then tomorrow night, it’s the Merritt Centennials in town at 7:05.  We’ll get a preview of the weekend with Arch Ecker a little later here on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

Not to be forgotten, it’s the final race of the season at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval Saturday…It’s the Neal Newberry 125 presented by Pepsi for the Northwest Super Late Models.  Also racing will be the Dick’s Heating and Air Conditioning Thunder Cars; the Plumb Perfect Roadrunners; and the Bandoleros.  Gates open at 4:30 with racing starting at 6.

If you want to take in some college football tomorrow, here’s what is on tap…

Eastern Washington begins Big Sky play at Idaho at Noon.  Also at 12, Central Washington is on the road at Central New Mexico.  #22 Washington plays at BYU at 12:30 tomorrow with television coverage on ESPN-2.  And tomorrow night, #19 Washington State hosts UCLA in a Pac-12 clash on ESPN at 7:30.

Coming up Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks take on a Drew Breese-less New Orleans Saints…

The Saints come into CenturyLink Field at 1-and-1 while the Seahawks are 2-and-oh.  Kickoff on FOX is at 1:25.

Seattle and Pittsburgh went extra innings Thursday 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 today at 4:05 with Felix Hernandez on the mound.

Finally, the Wenatchee AppleSox have announced Ian Sanderson as the 5th coach in team history…

Sanderson will replace Kyle Krustangel, who stepped down following the 2019 season.  Sanderson brings a championship-pedigree to the AppleSox. He coached at Lower Columbia College since 2015 as an associate head coach and pitching coach winning the NWAC in four of the last five seasons.  Sanderson spent the last two seasons as the Victoria HarbourCats’ pitching coach.

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.