Evening News October 4, 2018

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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, The occupants got out safely but their Rock Island home was a complete loss after a fire swept through the single-story dwelling Wednesday Morning. If you saw smoke in the Chelan, Tonasket or Cle Elum areas today it’s because of prescribed burns by the National Forest Service, and, It is almost time once again for the annual Nite in a Box event sponsored by the Wenatchee Lighthouse Christian Ministries.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Wenatchee Police say There have been recent reports of a male hanging out near the canal in Wenatchee between Castlerock Avenue and Fifth Street making sexual comments towards women who pass him.

In one instance, he allegedly followed a woman who ran and called police for help. The suspect followed at a distance and disappeared before Officers arrived. In another instance, he allegedly touched a woman who passed him after she politely said, “Hi,” to him. Wenatchee Police spokesman, Captain Edgar Reinfeld described the male in his 20’s, Hispanic, with facial hair, and wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt and grey pants…

If you have any information regarding these incidents, please call Rivercom at (509) 663-9911 or Officer Magnussen at (509) 888-4137.

The occupants got out safely but their Rock Island home was a complete loss after a fire swept through the single-story dwelling Wednesday Morning. Douglas County Fire District Two Chief, Dave Baker says the structure, located in the 200 block of Saunders Road, was fully engulfed in flames when crews arrived shortly after it was reported around 4:35 AM.

Baker says the fire appears to have started in the kitchen area but the exact cause was under investigation. The fire also torched a vehicle next to the home.

If you saw smoke in the Chelan, Tonasket or Cle Elum areas today it’s because of prescribed burns by the National Forest Service.

300 acres of hand piles were burned 17 miles east of Tonasket, 137 acres burned 18 miles southwest of Chelan, 26 acres were intentionally burned near Liberty up Blewett Pass and another 45 acres was burned 10 miles northeast of Cle Elum. The Forest will continue with more prescribed burns through the fall.

It is almost time once again for the annual Nite in a Box event sponsored by the Wenatchee Lighthouse Christian Ministries.

Organizers held a news conference yesterday at Walla Walla Point Park to kick off this year’s event. The Wenatchee Nite in a Box event is in its 7th year and aims to spearhead community support for the homeless in the Wenatchee Valley. This year’s Nite in a Box event is Friday night November 16th at the parking lot of Encouraging Words Bookstore.

Coming up next, The 2018 wine grape harvest has arrived and area wineries are busy crushing and processing what they see as a vintage year for North Central Washington wine. East Wenatchee hosts the annual Wings and Wheels Festival this coming weekend. Organizations interested securing a share of Chelan County’s Lodging Tax funds for 2019 have until 4 p.m., Oct. 30th, to submit their applications, and, Stage 1 fire restrictions, namely campfires in dispersed recreation areas, that have been in effect in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest since July will be lifted this Friday, October 5th. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Coming soon to a tasting room near you, The 2018 wine grape harvest has arrived and area wineries are busy crushing and processing what they see as a vintage year for North Central Washington wine. NCWLIFE’s cameras captured the scene this week at Chateau Faire Le Pont Winery in Wenatchee. We spoke with owner, Doug Brazil. . .

North Central Washington’s wine industry growth has exploded over the past decade with over 60 wineries located in Wenatchee, Leavenworth, Chelan, Cashmere, Quincy, George and Oroville.

East Wenatchee hosts the annual Wings and Wheels Festival this coming weekend. The event celebrates the historic 1931 non-stop flight from Japan to East Wenatchee. On Wednesday a delegation from our sister city of Misawa, Japan was greeted at East Wenatchee City Hall by Mariachi Huenachi. . .

Pangborn Airport will have numerous displays and exhibits during the festival. Miss Veedol 2 will also be flying over the valley

This is the “new” Miss Veedol memorial at Sabishiro Beach near Misawa, Japan. It is near the takeoff point for the nonstop flight in 1931. The original memorial was washed out to sea with the 2011 tsunami that struck the island.

Organizations interested securing a share of Chelan County’s Lodging Tax funds for 2019 have until 4 p.m., Oct. 30th, to submit their applications. There is $250,000-dollars in lodging tax revenue available this round of funding. Grants are awarded based on the ability to increase tourism and convention activity in the county and boost overnight stays and/or increase retail sales. Last month, county commissioners approved the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee’s recommendation for about $1.5 million dollars in disbursement to area chambers of commerce and others over the next three years. The $250,000 dollars now available comes from a discretionary portion of that funding. You can find complete rules and details on how to apply for funds on the county’s website.

Stage 1 fire restrictions, namely campfires in dispersed recreation areas, that have been in effect in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest since July will be lifted this Friday, October 5th. This means that recreationists will be able to have campfires in all areas of the national forest that are normally open to campfires. Fire officials remind forest visitors that they still need to be aware though that fire hazard still exists, especially if warmer weather returns. Visitors should be careful with all fires, including hunter-warming fires, and make sure they are completely out and cold to the touch before leaving their campsite.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, tonight’s feature story and your local weather forescast. 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 Sullivan the dog. . .

And that is a look at your local weather, coming up next, Eric Granstrom with sports and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

Eastmont’s football program has gone to the state playoffs just six times in school history.  The last time was 2012 when the Wildcats finished atop the Big 9 standings with an 8-and-2 record, falling in the first round of the playoffs to Auburn.  That would have been when the current seniors at Eastmont were nine or ten years old.

For senior defensive back Jordan Jessup and his classmates, they’d like to change that…

Head Coach Michael Don is in his 4th year at Eastmont.  His teams have finished 5-and-4, 1-and-9, and 6-and-4.  This year, his Wildcats are off to a 4-and-1 start.  Don says it’s been a challenge to change the mindset within the program…

Eastmont travels to Davis tomorrow night trying to win its second consecutive Big 9 game and keep pace with Wenatchee and Sunnyside.

The game we’ll feature tomorrow night on the NCWLIFE Channel pits Wenatchee against West Valley.  For Panther Coach Scott Devereaux, it will be up to his defense to keep track of the Rams quarterback, 6-foot-1, 223-pound senior Spencer Jolley…

Offensively, the Panthers have found a great target in tight end Riley Kunz.  The junior has three touchdowns among his 7-receptions after missing the first two games with a stress fracture.  He’s also a huge asset in blocking on the line.  So which does he enjoy more?

You can see more from Coach Devereaux and Riley Kunz tomorrow during our pre-game show at 6:45 here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

On the Prep Schedule for today in Soccer…

Lake Roosevelt travels to Manson at 4:30.  Chelan has a meeting in Omak at 4:30.  Cashmere hosts Okanogan under the lights at 6:30.  At 7 tonight, Wenatchee’s at Sunnyside while Eastmont hosts West Valley.

On the volleyball courts tonight…

Cascade Christian travels to play Walla Walla Academy at 5:30.  Riverside Christian hosts Entiat at 5:30.  6:30 games have Manson at Bridgeport; Waterville-Mansfield is in Soap Lake; Omak hosts Chelan; and Okanogan’s at Cashmere.

Tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel, we’ll bring you LIVE volleyball action between Wenatchee and Eisenhower.  Eric Granstrom and LeAnne Branam will be courtside as the Panthers try to rebound from a loss to West Valley Tuesday while the Cadets are looking for their second win of the season.  Pregame is 6:50 with the first serve at 7 o’clock right here.

In the pool today…

Eastmont hosts West Valley and Sunnyside in a double-duel at 4 o’clock.  Also, just a heads up that the big 11-Dive Meet is tomorrow, also at the Eastmont YMCA Aquatic Center at Noon.

Finally, in the American League Wild Card game last night…

Aaron Judge hit a two-run home run in the first inning and Luis Severino was stellar on the mound as the Yankees ended Oakland’s season with a 7-2 victory.  Giancarlo Stanton also went deep for the Yankees and Luke Voit contributed a 2-run triple as New York heads to the ALDS against Boston Friday.

The National League Divisional series get underway today with Colorado at Milwaukee at 2:07 on FS1.  The Dodgers host Atlanta at 5:37, only available on the MLB Network.  The American League Divisional series start tomorrow with Cleveland in Houston at 11:05am.  That’s followed at 4:32 by New York in Boston.  Both those games will be televised on TBS.

Thanks Eric.

Time now for NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson to fill us in on some of the events happening around the valley this weekend. . .

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 and news with Steve Hair. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.