Evening News September 17, 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, An early morning car vs. power pole accident left hundreds without power up the Chumstick. The Grant County Health District reports an outbreak of chickenpox in three elementary schools. Douglas County emergency personnel responded to a fully-involved structure fire Saturday night in Bridgeport, and, The summer concert series at Ohme Gardens has come through once again for Wenatchee Valley College students.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies along with the Washington State Patrol responded this morning to a two vehicle collision at the intersection of Sunset Highway and Odabashian Bridge. The accident caused minor traffic delays. The Dodge pick-up was able to drive away from the scene while the SUV was disabled in the crash. The driver of that vehicle also suffered minor injuries. The scene was cleaned up quickly and no word yet on who was at fault in the accident.

According to the Chelan County PUD a car vs pole accident caused a very early morning power outage up the Chumstick Canyon around 12:15 a.m. Officials say power was out for around 700 customers, but as of 3 a.m. this morning power had been restored to all but around 100 customers. No word yet on what caused that outage.

The Grant County Health District reports an outbreak of chickenpox in three elementary schools.

Chickenpox have been confirmed at Park Orchard Elementary, North Elementary and Longview Elementary. Chickenpox is a contagious vaccine-preventable disease that can have serious complications (including death), especially for those who are immune compromised or have other health conditions.

Chickenpox is spread to others by direct person-to-person contact, by coughing or sneezing. Persons with chickenpox are contagious for 1-2 days before the rash appears and continue to be contagious until all the blisters are crusted over, usually in 4-7 days after rash onset.

With confirmation of the chickenpox virus in Grant County, officials are advising individuals to check both their own and their children’s vaccination status.

Douglas County emergency personnel responded to a fully-involved structure fire Saturday night in Bridgeport.

Sheriff Kevin Morris says fire crews were dispatched to the 700 block of Old Highland Orchard Road just before 10:00 p.m. Saturday but by the time crews arrived, the structure had burned to the ground. Two occupants were able to escape the fire but there are two people still unaccounted for. The cause and circumstances of the fire are still unknown at this time. Fire and Law enforcement investigators are still on scene today.

The summer concert series at Ohme Gardens has come through once again for Wenatchee Valley College students. NCWLIFE’s Eric Granstrom has more. . .

Coming up next, This past weekend hundreds of Wenatchee valley residents of all ethnic backgrounds gathered at Lincoln Park for the annual celebration known as Fiestas Mexicanas. The Wenatchee Schhol Board continues its search for a new Superintendent at a board workshop tonight, and, Commuters are back on the road as Blewett Pass reopens to all traffic this week. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

This past weekend hundreds of Wenatchee valley residents of all ethnic backgrounds gathered at Lincoln Park for the annual celebration known as Fiestas Mexicanas. Our own producer Megan McPherson brought her camera to the park and put together a montage of all the sights and sounds. . .

Despite friction among its members, the Wenatchee School Board interviewed four firms this afternoon prior to selecting one to conduct the search for a new school district superintendent. The interviews concluded at 4:45 with a discussion among board members about the interviews to follow from 5:00 to 6:00 at the school district office on Sunset Avenue. Two board members are seeking a delay in the hiring of a new Superintendent  while the board works to, in their words, “stabilize” and members “can collectively work together” on the hiring process. They suggest an interim superintendent be appointed while issues are worked out among the board. The board will choose a firm at their next meeting on September 25th. Brian Flones announced earlier this year that he was retiring from the position.

Commuters are back on the road as Blewett Pass reopens to all traffic this week.

According to the DOT, the culvert replacement work is set to resume today, and warns motorists to expect occasional lane closures as needed through the end of the month. The pass has been closed since Sept. 9th to allow crews to make progress on that project. The work is underway between Mileposts 150 and 185.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update with Eric Granstrom and our feature story tonight. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Let’s start our sports with a look back to Friday and a busy high school football night on the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

The game featured here had Eastmont hosting Ellensburg with the Wildcats winning a close, back-and-forth contest 20-to-14.  Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

 

So Eastmont goes to 3-and-oh on the season with the win.  Wenatchee, meanwhile, earned its first win of the season in a big way, mauling Mt. Boucherie 70-to-nothing.  That’s right, 70!  The Panthers are now 1-and-2 on the year.

In other prep action Friday, Cashmere had no trouble with Wapato, winning 58-to-6.  Mt. Baker caught Cascade 38-19.  Chelan shut out South Whidbey 13-nothing.  Liberty Christian manhandled Manson 32-14.  And defending state champion Almira-Coulee-Hartline had no trouble Saturday against Entiat, winning 64-14.

Turning to the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard to Saturday in soccer…

It went to penalty kicks to decide it in a shootout as Chelan beat Brewster 3-2.  Moses Lake edged Cashmere 2-1.  It was Overlake over Cascade 3-1 and Eastmont travelled to the Spokane area and dropped a non-leaguer to Lewis & Clark 6-to-1.

The Wenatchee Valley Rams made the 723-mile journey to Ogden, Utah Saturday in a semi-pro national qualifier…

And came away with a 40-to-nothing win over the Wasatch Revolution.  Next up could be the national championship either in Denver or here in Wenatchee.  Stay tuned!

After dropping its first loss of the season Friday at Merritt 7-5, the Wenatchee Wild were looking to right the ship Saturday in West Kelowna…

Chad Sasaki and Lucas Sowder helped Wenatchee tie it at 2 heading into the third, then Jacob Modry and Cristophe Tellier (kris-TOFF TELL-ee-yay) took advantage of the power play to win it 4-2.

To the highlights we go from HockeyTV…

Wenatchee now heads for the BCHL Showcase Friday in Chilliwack.

Back to the Les Schwab Scoreboard in college football Saturday…

Cedric Cooper rushed for 178 yards on 11-carries and scored once as Central Washington cruised past Humboldt State 49-0 Saturday.

Gardner Minshew was 45-for-57 and 470-yards with two touchdowns to lead Washington State over Eastern Washington 59-24.

Myles Gaskin carried the load for Washington Saturday, rushing 30-times for 143-yards and a touchdown as the Huskies beat Utah 21-7.

The Seahawks are on Monday Night Football tonight…

In Chicago to take on the Bears.  The Seahawks will play without three Pro-Bowlers, as receiver Doug Baldwin and linebackers Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright were all ruled out prior to the team leaving for Chicago Saturday.  Expected to try to fill those roles will be Austin Calitro (cuh-LEE-tro), Shaquem (sheh-KEEM) Griffin and Mychal Kendricks, who was signed earlier last week.  Kickoff on ESPN is set for 5:15.

The Mariners missed a chance to gain in the Wild Card race and sweep the Angels Sunday, falling 4-3 in Anaheim…

Daniel Vogelbach (VOE-gull-bok) hit a two run home run and Mitch Haniger went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the loss.  Seattle took three of four from Los Angeles and now head to Houston to face the Astros.  Wade LeBlanc will start today against Framber Valdez with the first pitch at 5:10.

Also in the American League West Sunday…

Tampa Bay held on to beat Oakland 5-4 despite a grand slam in the top of the 9th by Khris Davis for the A’s.  The Yankees lead over Oakland for the top American League Wild Card spot is a game-and-a-half.  Oakland’s lead on Tampa Bay is 7-games and 7-and-a-half games over Seattle for the second Wild Card spot.

Justin Verlander struck out 11 over seven innings as Houston beat Arizona 5-4 to extend the Astro’s lead in the A-L West to 4-and-a-half games over Oakland.

Francisco Mejia’s walk-off, grand slam home run in the bottom of the 9th capped  5-run final frame as San Diego knocked off Texas 7-3.

Thanks Eric.

Hundreds gathered at Pybus Public Market this past weekend for the annual United Way fundraiser known as Color Rush. NCWLIFE’s Dan Kuntz not only reported on the story, he also took part. Here’s a look. . .

We’ll be back with a recap of some of our top stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

Welcome back to the NCWLife Evening News…

The Grant County Health District reports an outbreak of chickenpox in three elementary schools.

Chickenpox have been confirmed at Park Orchard Elementary, North Elementary and Longview Elementary. Chickenpox is a contagious vaccine-preventable disease that can have serious complications (including death), especially for those who are immune compromised or have other health conditions.

Chickenpox is spread to others by direct person-to-person contact, by coughing or sneezing. Persons with chickenpox are contagious for 1-2 days before the rash appears and continue to be contagious until all the blisters are crusted over, usually in 4-7 days after rash onset.

With confirmation of the chickenpox virus in Grant County, officials are advising individuals to check both their own and their children’s vaccination status.

Douglas County emergency personnel responded to a fully-involved structure fire Saturday night in Bridgeport.

Sheriff Kevin Morris says fire crews were dispatched to the 700 block of Old Highland Orchard Road just before 10:00 p.m. Saturday but by the time crews arrived, the structure had burned to the ground. Two occupants were able to escape the fire but there are two people still unaccounted for.  The cause and circumstances of the fire are still unknown at this time. Fire and Law enforcement investigators are still on scene today.

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.