NCWLIFE Evening News September 10th, 2021

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to what’s making news, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:
And now, A few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, A brush fire along Highway 28 south of Fred Meyer in East Wenatchee briefly closed the highway Thursday afternoon. Home prices were up slightly compared to last month but still way above 2020 prices and Things are getting serious on the West Cashmere Bridge project, we’ll show you what’s happening.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Ephrata Drug Bust -A suspected Ephrata drug house was raided Wednesday for the second time this year and a suspect who is still awaiting trial from first raid now faces additional charges. 49-year-old Eric Carlin Craig faces multiple new drug charges, including possession of methamphetamine and possession heroin with intent to deliver. The Grant County Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team raided the trailer on property at 16860 Frey Road Northwest and reported seizing 41 grams of meth, 29 grams of heroin, one Fentanyl tablet and various drug supplies. The home was first raided and Craig arrested May 25th. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said he was in jail until July 16th when he posted a $15,000 bond. Also arrested in the latest raid was 47-year-old Sean C. Mutzer of Ephrata who was wanted on two outstanding felony warrants for failing to register as a sex offender.
Fred Meyer Brush Fire -A brush fire along Highway 28 south of Fred Meyer in East Wenatchee briefly closed the highway Thursday afternoon. The fire near the highway bypass and 3rd Street was first reported about 4:20 p.m. Douglas and Chelan county firefighters were able to quickly get the burning brush extinguished and the highway reopened. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Real Estate Snapshot -Total sales and active listings were down while the median sales price of a home in the Wenatchee Valley went up once again. That’s the latest from Pacific Appraisal Associates real estate snapshot for August. The median sales price was at 435,000 dollars, up 21-percent comparted to last year in August where the median price was just under 360,000 dollars. Meanwhile, total home sales were down with 94 sold last month compared to 121 in August of 2020. Active listings were also down compared to last year 62 this year and 73 in 2020. The good news is active listings were up 24-percent in August of this year compared to July. The average number of days for a home on the market for August was 56 days.
Hwy. 2 Bridge Shutdown -Things are getting serious on the West Cashmere Bridge project. Wednesday night, contractors installed steel girders across the railroad tracks that run parallel to Highway 2 outside Cashmere. Next Thursday, September 16th, Chelan County Public Works says the highway will shut down overnight to allow similar girder work above Highway 2 itself. More nighttime shutdowns are likely to follow September 20th through the 22nd. From 9:30pm to 5am those nights, motorists will be directed to a one-lane bypass road. Delays may be up to 20 minutes, depending on traffic.
TEASE -Coming up next, The Chelan Valley Housing Trust has a new executive director./ Hundreds of Washington school buildings need upgrades to withstand the risk of earthquakes. Schoolhouses in Chelan and Grant County are among them, and, The library staff at Eastmont Junior High created a special display to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Housing Trust Director -The Chelan Valley Housing Trust has a new executive director. Steven Wilkinson takes over from outgoing director and founder Mike Cooney, who’s led the nonprofit housing organization since 2018. Wilkinson was formerly a commercial banker in Whatcom County, and led an economic development nonprofit in Kansas. The Housing Trust’s mission is to develop stable, secure and affordable housing for Manson and Chelan area residents.
Earthquake Schools -Hundreds of Washington school buildings need upgrades to withstand the risk of earthquakes. Schoolhouses in Chelan and Grant County are among them. The state Department of Natural Resources assessed 561 school buildings over the last four years, and found 93 percent of them had a high risk of collapse in a severe quake. Ephrata High School and nearby Grant Elementary School, which date back to the 1950s, are among those listed as high-priority to receive seismic retrofits, to better withstand shaking. Beaver Valley School in Plain, whose main building is only 20 years old, is only listed at moderate priority, but its original schoolhouse, built in 1916, is more vulnerable to quakes. The state Legislature made $40 million dollars available for school seismic retrofits in the current two-year budget cycle.
Eastmont Library 911 -The library staff at Eastmont Junior High created a special display to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. The display includes a list of names of the 2,997 lives lost that day. . .
TEASE -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. . .
Outdoor Masks -Strain on hospital rooms and COVID-19 infections from open-air festivals led Gov. Jay Inslee today to mandate facial masks again for large outdoor gatherings, along with indoor public spaces. In tonight’s feature story, Inslee said in a press conference he’ll order masking for everyone at large outdoor gatherings of 500 or more people. The new order goes into effect Monday, meaning events like this weekend’s Chelan County Fair do not fall under the new requirement.
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.

NCWLIFE Channel Sports

The Wenatchee Panthers finally get to play some football this weekend when they host Mount Baker tomorrow night at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl. Coach Scott Devereaux is pleased to announce they are COVID-free…
Senior linebacker Silas St. John says having a teammate come down with COVID that cancelled Wenatchee’s first game was a shock…
Wenatchee’s first game against Skyline was cancelled and the Mount Baker game was moved back a day because of COVID in the Panther program. Devereaux says the one advantage has been extra time to prepare…
Wenatchee’s game will be played on the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attack. St. John says they plan on doing something special tomorrow…
Silas says he wants to someday become a first-responder as a firefighter…
Wenatchee and Mount Baker kick off tomorrow night at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl at 6 o’clock.

Eastmont will be on the road at 7th-ranked Gonzaga Prep tonight at 7 o’clock. The Wildcats barely hung on to beat Central Valley last week 33-31 and coach Michael Don says his team will have to take better care of the football…
Gonzaga Prep features a triple-attack, option offense, which coach Don says will challenge Eastmont’s defense…
Eastmont went through some adversity last week by losing two players, but senior linebacker Hunter Moore says it’s all about the next man up…
The Wildcats will be without half its starting backfield tonight due to COVID tracing. Coach Don says it will provide an extra challenge, but they knew they would have their hands full by scheduling tough teams…
Eastmont and Gonzaga Prep kick off tonight in Spokane at 7 o’clock. In other Big-9 football tonight, Moses Lake travels to Post Falls, Idaho. Davis is at Ellensburg. Sunnyside visits Hermiston, Oregon. Eisenhower plays at East Valley. And West Valley has had it’s second game cancelled due to COVID issues in the Rams program.
In the Caribou Trail League, Cashmere hosts Goldendale at 6. Cascade will host King’s at 7. Also at 7, it’s Chelan at Okanogan while Quincy has its battle of the basin at Ephrata.
In B-league play this weekend, Brewster plays at Omak today at 4. Waterville-Mansfield visits Pateros at 7. Liberty Bell hosts Concrete at 7. And Manson’s kickoff at Kittitas is set for 7:30. Oroville travels to Reardan tomorrow at 1 o’clock.

Here’s the schedule for our college football teams tomorrow…
Central Washington will play at Eastern Washington at 1 o’clock. Washington State hosts Portland State at 3 o’clock on the Pac-12 Network. Then at 5 on ABC, it’s Washington at Michigan.

The Seahawks open the NFL season on the road in Indianapolis Sunday…
After a 12-and-4 season in 2020 and NFC West Championship, Seattle is hoping for bigger and better with additions on both sides of the football and a new offensive coordinator. Kickoff is set for 10am Sunday on FOX.

It was a busy night last night in girls prep soccer…
Eastmont thumped Cascade 12-to-2. Moses Lake beat Cashmere on the road 5-2. Chelan blanked Warden 9-nil. Quincy bounced Brewster 7-to-1. Tonasket topped Omak 7-nil. And Bridgeport picked up a 1-nil win over Pateros.
On the soccer slate tomorrow, Cascade visits Royal while Bridgeport travels to Lake Roosevelt at 11am. The 1 o’clock games have Ingraham at Wenatchee; Cashmere’s at Ephrata and Manson hosts Brewster. Then at 4, Eastmont entertains Central Valley while Omak plays at Okanogan.
On the volleyball scoreboard last night, Ellensburg shut out Eastmont 3-zip. Ephrata edged East Valley of Spokane 3-1. Cashmere blanked Sultan. Brewster swept Quincy. And Moses Lake Christian beat Bridgeport 3-games to none.
Coming up tomorrow, Brewster visits Waterville-Mansfield at 1 o’clock. Wenatchee has a date at Central Valley at 2:30. The best game of the weekend in any sports will have Chelan playing at Manson tomorrow night at 6:30. Both teams were undefeated last spring and are off to good starts so far this season.

Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval has a big weekend of racing ahead with the Jerry Berschauer Memorial 111 and Tri-State Legends Cup…
A huge field is expected for the Jerry’s Auto Supply Pro Late Models event featured this weekend. It’s typically 100-laps for the main, but since it’s September 11th they’re stretching it to 111-laps.
The night also features the Tri-State Legends Cup. The Bandoleros will also have their championship this weekend. Toss in the Plumb Perfect Roadrunners and you have a busy night of racing. Eric Granstrom and Greg Rentz will call all the action here on the NCWLIFE Channel beginning at 6 o’clock tomorrow night.

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). I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.