NCWLIFE Evening News September 25, 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 Grant County man who pointed a handgun at fellow motorists last March received a suspended sentence for the crime. All Eastmont schools will be holding rapid evacuation drills Thursday and Friday, and, 8th District Congresswoman, Kim Schrier is asking her constituents to share their thoughts on the House of Representatives beginning impeachment proceedings against President Trump.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

An East Wenatchee woman is charged with opioid possession after police there allegedly found large supplies of illegal drugs and prescription pills in her purse.

34-year old Rebecca Grundy was wanted on a domestic violence warrant when police arrested her early Monday near an East Wenatchee convenience store. She was allegedly carrying un-prescribed clonazepam, morphine and hydrocodone, as well as a syringe of heroin. Douglas County prosecutors have charged her with nine drug offenses, including intent to distribute.

A Grant County man who pointed a handgun at fellow motorists last March received a suspended sentence for the crime.

Twenty-five-year-old Tucker Robert Matthewson of Hartline would have been due for a felony trial in Chelan County Superior Court on Tuesday, but last month he pleaded down to a gross misdemeanor charge of aiming a firearm.

Washington State Patrol troopers said on March 14, Matthewson passed two Wenatchee women on the right shoulder of Highway 2 near Monitor, leaned out of his car, and aimed a .380-caliber handgun at them. He’ll serve no jail time, but Judge Roy Fore ordered him to give up his firearms and complete an anger management class.

All Eastmont schools will be holding rapid evacuation drills Thursday and Friday. That will include using the district’s emergency texting system to let parents know what’s going on.

Schools will not be told when they’ll be given the notice to evacuate but it will be between 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Thursday and 8:00 to 11:30 Friday morning.

As part of the drills, which would be implemented in the event of an active shooter or natural disaster, some students will be loaded onto buses to be taken to nearby churches that would serve as emergency shelters.

8th District Congresswoman, Kim Schrier is asking her constituents to share their thoughts on the House of Representatives beginning impeachment proceedings against President Trump. The Democrat lawmaker says her offices have been getting a lot of calls on the issue since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced yesterday the plan to go ahead with impeachment inquiry.

The inquiry is based upon a whistleblower complaint alleging wrongdoing by the President in a phone call to the President of Ukraine. Schrier invites constituents to participate in an on-line survey that asks, “Given this new information about the President and Ukraine, do you think Congress should begin impeachment proceedings.” The Congresswoman in August went on the record as supporting the impeachment inquiry based on Democrats lingering issues with the Mueller Russian collusion report.

Coming up next, The 19th annual GWATA Innovator Awards was held at the Wenatchee Convention Center earlier today, we will tell who this year’s winners are. People interested in learning more about Pinnacles Prep, Wenatchee’s proposed charter school, will have a chance to talk with state and local charter school officials this Thursday at a community gathering, and, Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort announced Tuesday that it has expanded its night lighting system to include an additional 13 acres of terrain. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The Greater Wenatchee Area Technology Alliance hosted the 19th annual Innovator of the Year luncheon event today at the Wenatchee Convention Center. The award luncheon recognizes companies, individuals, students and teachers for their accomplishments in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Today’s winner’s included Innovator of the Year Jeff Soehren and Blue Spirits Distilling.

Focusegeo won for Innovative Use of Technology in Business.

The STEM Champion winners were Debbie Gallaher and Bob Bauer of Chelan PUD’s Rocky Reach Discovery Center.

The STEM College Student Innovator honor went to Amanda Jeffries of Wenatchee Valley College.

And the Future Technology Leader award went to Galactic Farmers from Almira, Coulee Hartline Middle School.

People interested in learning more about Pinnacles Prep, Wenatchee’s proposed charter school, will have a chance to talk with state and local charter school officials this Thursday at a community gathering.

The meeting, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Wenatchee Community Center, 504 South Chelan, is being called Charter Schools 101. Pinnacles Prep, a free public school open to all, hopes to open in the fall of 2021 after getting state approval. The school is envisioned as eventually serving grades 6 through 12, though it plans to start with grades 6 and 7.

The Pinnacles Prep board has already announced that Jill Fineis, a former Wenatchee School District science coordinator, will serve as principal of the new school.

Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort announced Tuesday that it has expanded its night lighting system to include an additional 13 acres of terrain.

Marketing Director Tony Hickok says the expansion represents a dramatic increase to Mission Ridge’s night skiing terrain and offerings which will include access from Chairs 1 and 4 as well as the Pika Peak and 100Laps rope tows.

Night ski operations will also increase from ten Saturday nights up to thirty-two nights for the 2019/20 winter season. Night Skiing will begin December 26th and run Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights through the end of February from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Hickok says this is the first time since the mid 90’s that Mission Ridge will offer night skiing multiple nights a week.

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. . .

In tonight’s feature story,Chelan County Commissioners want to hear your opinions concerning plans to introduce Grizzly Bears into the North Cascades. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair has been following this story and has 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.

The Eastmont Wildcats made a first-half goal by Jayden Brown hold up in a 1-nil win over Wenatchee last night at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl…

Megan Chandler got a lead pass that she chipped over to Brown for what proved to be the game-winner.  Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen had the play-by-play on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Also on the Les Schwab Prep Girls Soccer Scoreboard, Moses Lake topped Eisenhower 5-1.  Cashmere and Overlake played to a 1-1 tie.  Chelan edged Brewster 2-1.  Selah shut out Quincy 5-nil and Ephrata edged Othello 3-to-2.

On the Les Schwab Prep Volleyball Scoreboard, Wenatchee defended its home court with a 3-1 win over Eastmont.  Quincy shut out Cashmere 3-games-to-none.  Ephrata eased past East Valley of Yakima 3-2.  La Salle took care of Cascade 3-0.  And Brewster downed Manson 3-1.

Earlier in the day in the pool, Wenatchee had no trouble knocking off Eastmont 131-to-55.

We’re busily preparing to turn around and bring you another LIVE sports event tomorrow night on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Thursday Night Lights will feature the Eisenhower Cadets and Wenatchee Panthers at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl.  Join Grant Olson and Eric Granstrom for the play-by-play with the pregame at 6:45. The Cadets are 1-and-2 while the Panthers are 2-and-1.

The WIAA has announced Manson’s Caden Beazley as an Athlete of the Week…

Beazley carried the ball 13 times for 165-yards and four first-half touchdowns in the Trojan’s 50-to-30 win over Liberty Christian last Friday.  He also caught two passes for 54-yards and had an interception on defense.

Gerrit Cole had something to prove Tuesday night against the Mariners.  He wanted the Houston single-season record for strikeouts and to win his 19th game.  He did both as the Astros beat Seattle 4-nothing…

Cole needed 11 to tie the mark set by J.R. Richard in 1978.  The 29-year old right hander set down 14 in 7-innings for 316 strikeouts this year.  He also earned his 19th victory by combining with two relievers on a 4-hit shutout.

JP Crawford and Dee Gordon were the only Mariners to get two hits each.  Tommy Milone worked 4-and-a-third innings for the loss, allowing 3-runs on 3-hits with 3-strikeouts and 3-walks.

The two teams play again tonight at 7:10 with Zach Greinke going against Yusei Kikuchi.

Taking a look at the Les Schwab American League Scoreboard to see where we are on the Wild Card race…

David Fletcher went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI to lead Los Angeles past Oakland 3-2. 

In St. Petersburg, Florida, the only runs were scored on home runs and the final was off the bat of Ji-Man Choi in the bottom of the 12th to give Tampa Bay a 2-1 win over the Yankees.

Jose Ramirez hit two home runs including a grand slam and had 7-RBI’s to lead Cleveland in a romp over the White Sox 11-nothing.

So the three-dog race for two Wild Card spots in the American League tightens with the A’s leading the Rays for the 1st spot by just a half-game.  Cleveland is a half-game back of Tampa Bay for the 2nd spot.

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.