NCWLIFE Evening News September 14th, 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, Fire investigators have yet to determine if a series of brush fires along the Columbia River in the past week are connected. The owner of Mission Ridge ski resort is suing Chelan County. The area’s largest fruit producer Stemilt will pay $3 million in a settlement with more than 10,000 visiting agricultural workers over three years of unpaid wages, and, A significant milestone yesterday in the fight against one of the area’s biggest wildfires.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
ML Shootings -Moses Lake police responded to three shootings over the weekend, including one that was fatal and another in which a homeowner shot an intruder. The fatal shooting happened Saturday afternoon when police responded to a shooting report in the 1300 block of Marina Drive to find 24-year-old Radel P. Llamas with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. He later died at Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake. Detectives have not yet located a suspect in that shooting but are reviewing video footage of the area. About midnight Sunday, Grant County Sheriff’s Office deputies reported spotting a stolen vehicle near Wheeler Road and O Road but when the vehicle failed to stop deputies discontinued the pursuit. Moses Lake police later located the stolen vehicle in the 1400 block of Cougar Drive. While they were setting up a perimeter, a woman called from a nearby residence to say she had shot at someone who had broken into her home. Moses Lake police said they arrested the unidentified suspect as he was leaving the woman’s home and he was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. On Sunday morning police responded to a report of multiple gunshots in the 2000 block of Peninsula where they found several spent shell casings in the road. Police said they were able to identify suspect vehicles after reviewing video footage of the area but no arrests have yet been made.
Suspicious Brush Fires -Fire investigators have yet to determine if a series of brush fires along the Columbia River in the past week are connected, with the most recent happening early this morning across from Fred Meyer. That 4:27 a.m. fire, which was quickly extinguished, was just north of a brush fire last Thursday afternoon near 3rd Street that closed Highway 28 for about an hour. There were three brush fires along the river a week ago Monday. Those early-morning fires were all within an hour-and-a half-of each other. One was also not far from Fred Meyer near the George Sellar Bridge. The other two were on the Chelan County side of the river, one just north of the Odabashian Bridge and the other just north of Walla Walla Point Park.
Mission Ridge Lawsuit -The owner of Mission Ridge ski resort is suing Chelan County, saying the county’s four-year permitting process to allow the ski area to expand has cost him an unnecessary $6.9 million dollars. Larry Scrivanich owns the ridge under the corporate name Tamarack Saddle LLC. His company filed suit on Friday, saying Chelan County and its Natural Resources department have ignored the law and their own rules in handling Mission Ridge’s request for permits. Scrivanich wants to add a new lodge, townhouses, duplexes, an outdoor amphitheater and other amenities. The expansion would affect both county and federal wildlands, and multiple agencies are reviewing its possible environmental impacts.
Stemilt Settlement -The area’s largest fruit producer, Stemilt, will pay $3 million in a settlement with more than 10,000 visiting agricultural workers over three years of unpaid wages. The agreement hashed out in federal court is 25 times the amount the H-2A workers would have received under a settlement proposed last year. The plaintiffs claimed Stemilt Ag Services, which hires field workers for orchard operations throughout Washington, deprived them of pay they should have received for labor outside the orchards. A U.S. District Court judge in Spokane finalized the settlement last week. The workers are entitled to just over $2 million of the settlement fund; the remainder goes to attorneys, mediators and administrative costs.
25 Mile No More Evacs -A significant milestone yesterday in the fight against one of the area’s biggest wildfires. All evacuation notices have been lifted for areas affected by the Twentyfive Mile Fire above Chelan. The 21,000-acre fire is just 50 percent contained and burning in rugged terrain just west of Lake Chelan. Firefighters say good winds and light rains have helped them minimize the fire’s westward spread. Evacuation notices had been only at Level 1, the lowest urgency, for all of South Lakeshore Road and adjacent areas. Those notices were officially lifted at noon on Monday.
TEASE -Coming up next, The new interim health officer for Chelan and Douglas counties is on the job./ The executive director of the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce will be leaving to take a lobbying job with the Douglas County PUD./ Fire restrictions remain in place, but the state Department of Fish and Wildlife says with cooler temperatures, it will reopen its wildlife areas to overnight use starting September 16th, and, A new classroom and office building at Wenatchee Valley College will be named for a longtime educational advocate. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Interim Health Officer -The new interim health officer for Chelan and Douglas counties is on the job. He’s Dr. James Wallace, an Okanogan County physician who also serves as health officer for that county. Wallace was tapped to fill in after the departure of Dr. Malcolm Butler, until the district contracts with a full-time health officer. Dr. Wallace introduced himself Monday with a YouTube video. . .
Shiloh New Job -The executive director of the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce will be leaving to take a lobbying job with the Douglas County PUD. Shiloh Burgess, who has led the chamber for more than eight years, will step down in November and in January will become the PUD’s manager of government affairs. The chamber said in the next few months they will be conducting a search to find a new executive director.
Fish Wildlife Land Reopens -Fire restrictions remain in place, but the state Department of Fish and Wildlife says with cooler temperatures, it will reopen its wildlife areas to overnight use starting September 16th. Access to campgrounds in the Methow Wildlife Area will reopen on September 17th as Forest Service roads are put back into service. All Fish and Wildlife lands east of the Cascades were closed in mid-July as major fires broke out across the region. An emergency order is still in effect to prohibit campfire, smoking, or firearms discharge on those state lands. As for areas managed by the Department of Natural Resources, Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz is expected to announce their reopening on Wednesday.
WVC Building Named -A new classroom and office building at Wenatchee Valley College will be named for a longtime educational advocate. “Mish ee twie” is the Salish name of Wenatchi tribal elder Gloria L. Atkins, who served on the Wenatchi Advisory Board of WVC, and was also the Colville Tribes’ higher education director before her death in 2019. The Mish ee twie building replaces Wells Hall, and it’s home to 25 classrooms and multiple program and instructor offices. The WVC Board of Trustees chose the name at their June board meeting. The college plans to celebrate the construction and naming tomorrow in a ceremony and blessing at 4 p.m.
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. . .
COVID Hospitals -In tonight’s feature story, more than 1600 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 across Washington, but not all hospitals can absorb the load equally. Cascade Medical Center in Leavenworth is a 25-bed critical access hospital, which refers its most seriously ill patients to Central Washington Hospital or elsewhere. In a media call with the Washington State Hospital Association, Cascade administrator Diane Blake says the pandemic flood of patients into larger hospitals is keeping her facility on the razor’s edge. . .

TEASE – 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

As we honored the memory of those who died on September 11, 2001 last weekend, it’s hard to believe that’s how long it’s been since the Mariners were in the playoffs. 20-years after Seattle broke the American League record for wins in a season, the M’s are making a playoff push once again…
Seattle got a great night from Mitch Haniger to beat Boston 5-4 at T-Mobile Park. The back-and-forth contest was tied at 2-2 with two outs in the bottom of the 7th when the Mariner right-fielder stepped to the plate…
The Red Sox got back-to-back solo homers in the 8th to shave the lead to 5-4, but Drew Steckenrider was able to close the door in the 9th…
Logan Gilbert got a no-decision, but was outstanding, working 6-innings of 2-run ball with 9-strikeouts. Manager Scott Servais says it was a complete team win…
Haniger was 4-for-4 with the 3-run home run. Diego Castillo worked an inning of relief for the win. The Red Sox and Mariners go at again tonight at 7:10 with Tyler Anderson facing Nathan Eovaldi.
There was only one other game in the American League West Monday and it saw Houston blast Texas 15-to-1. Yardan Alvarez and Jose Siri each hit two home runs for the Astros.
Toronto continues to lead the Wild Card race after Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. hit his 45th home run in the Blue Jays’ 8-1 win over Tampa Bay.
The Yankees and Red Sox are tied for the second Wild Card spot after New York came from behind to beat Minnesota on a walk-off, RBI-single by Gary Sanchez in the 10th inning.
Seattle is now 2-games back while the A’s are 2-and-a-half back.

Pete Carroll meet with the media Monday after having another chance to review Sunday’s 28-16 win over the Colts and says he’s still very pleased with how his team performed in the opener…
Seattle’s defense sacked Carson Wentz three times, including 10-quarterback pressures. Carroll says there were a lot of players who contributed to the defense’s success…
Seattle is preparing for its first home game with fans in the stands since its final game of the 2019 season against San Francisco. Kickoff at Lumen Field Sunday is set for 1:25 and it will be broadcast on CBS.

The Chelan Goats remained unbeaten in volleyball last night…
In a match that was delayed from Thursday because of a lack of officials, the Goats swept all three games from Wenatchee.
On the schedule tonight, Bridgeport travels to Soap Lake at 6. Cashmere hosts Brewster at 6:30. Then at 7, it’s Eastmont hosting Davis; Moses Lake visits West Valley; and Entiat entertains Pateros. Quincy plays at Ephrata tonight at 7:30.

Today is a very busy day on the pitch in prep girls soccer
Omak plays at Okanogan at 4. Chelan travels to Tonasket at 4:30 while Lake Roosevelt hosts Manson. Eastmont plays at Davis at 5. Bridgeport has a 5:15 kickoff at Liberty Bell. Ephrata hosts Grandview while Quincy’s at Othello at 6. Cashmere entertains Wenatchee at 6:30. Moses Lake takes on West Valley tonight at 7 o’clock.

The next live sports event we’ll broadcast here on the NCWLIFE Channel is coming up Friday
Eastmont is looking to bounce back from its first loss of the season last Friday against Gonzaga Prep when it hosts Lewis & Clark. The Tigers are 1-and-1. After beating Ridgeline in their opener, L-C fell to Central Valley last Friday 21-nothing.
Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson will have your play-by-play with the pregame Friday at Wildcat Stadium beginning at 6:30.

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 night.