NCWLIFE Evening News September 17th, 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, Two people were injured and traffic was diverted Thursday afternoon on Highway 97A between Wenatchee and Chelan, after a collision in the Knapps Hill Tunnel. Eastbound Interstate 90 east of Ellensburg was fully closed for about 40 minutes early Thursday afternoon after a fuel tanker caught fire and ignited a small brush fire and More than a month after announcing an impasse in contract talks, Confluence Health and the insurance provider Premera say they’ve reached an agreement.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Gun at Sterling -Two 12-year-old students at Sterling Middle School face juvenile charges for allegedly ringing weapons to school. East Wenatchee Police say the two students brought an Airsoft replica handgun and a five-inch hunting knife to school grounds, either Monday or Tuesday. School officials learned of the incident Thursday and alerted police. Sgt. James Marshall with the East Wenatchee department says there’s no evidence of any ongoing threat to the school or the public.
Tunnel Crash -Two people were injured and traffic was diverted Thursday afternoon on Highway 97A between Wenatchee and Chelan, after a collision in the Knapps Hill Tunnel, involving two passenger vehicles and a semi truck. A Wenatchee couple, Paul and Pauline Maxey, age 84 and 85 respectively, were treated for injuries at Lake Chelan Health after that crash about 12:40 p.m. The Washington State Patrol says their 2000 Toyota Corolla crossed the centerline while traveling south in the tunnel, and struck both an oncoming semi and southbound Chevy Traverse. No one else was reported injured. Troopers detoured traffic onto Navarre Coulee Road on the north side of the tunnel. The tunnel remained closed for several hours after the crash.
I-90 Tanker Fire -Eastbound Interstate 90 east of Ellensburg was fully closed for about 40 minutes early Thursday afternoon after a fuel tanker caught fire and ignited a small brush fire. Washington State Patrol Trooper John Bryant said a semi pulling a trailer experienced some sort of mechanical issue and burst into flames, which then ignited the trailer as well as brush along the shoulder of the interstate. The driver of the semi, 57-year-old Efrain Villasenor of Yakima was not injured but both the semi and trailer were totaled. I-90 near Kittitas remained partially closed for more than four hours while the fire was extinguished and the wreckage removed. Bryant said the intensity of the fire melted the tires on the semi and trailer.
Confluence Premera -More than a month after announcing an impasse in contract talks, Confluence Health and the insurance provider Premera say they’ve reached an agreement, and the hospital will continue to accept Premera patients in their network. On August 4th, Confluence announced it would sever ties with Premera, the second-largest provider of health insurance in Washington. That would have meant far bigger out-of-pocket costs for those seeking treatment at Confluence with Premera health policies. Confluence now says the new multi-year contract means no disruption in coverage for Premera patients.
TEASE -Coming up next, With the Twenty-Five Mile Fire off south Lake Chelan more than 50 percent contained, crews are now able to focus attention on repair work./ Work began this week on a project to improve native habitat and prevent erosion at Kirby Billingsley Hydro Park, and, The Wenatchee Valley Humane Society will be participating in the nationwide Clear the Shelters event this Saturday, we’ll tell you about that. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
25 Mile Road Repairs -With the Twenty-Five Mile Fire off south Lake Chelan more than 50 percent contained, crews are now able to focus attention on repair work, including graveling and watering roads that have been damaged by heavy firefighting equipment. Corey Carlson with Southwest Area Team 3 said crews will be out doing repairs today in areas where the fire has been contained. . .
Hydropark -Work began this week on a project to improve native habitat and prevent erosion at Kirby Billingsley Hydro Park. The Chelan County PUD says it’s working to stabilize and rehabilitate about 1,700 feet of riverbank with native trees, shrubs and river stones. A similar project will begin Sept. 20 along about 1,500 feet of river bank at Beebe Bridge Park. The PUD says shoreline access may be restricted while the work is ongoing, and a few sidewalks may be detoured to make way for heavy equipment. Both the Hydro Park and Beebe Bridge Park projects are expected to be finished by early November.
Clear the Shelters -The Wenatchee Valley Humane Society will be participating in the nationwide Clear the Shelters event this Saturday. Humane Society Outreach Coordinator Jenni Uhlrich explains how it works. . .
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. . .
Deputy Memorial -In tonight’s feature story, Grant County sheriff’s deputies and other members of law enforcement laid to rest one of their own yesterday. Grant County Deputy Jon Melvin, who joined the force in 1984, died in December 2020 from COVID-19. Flags were lowered to half-staff around Washington yesterday. In a memorial service at Cave B Estate Winery in Quincy, Governor Jay Inslee and other speakers commemorated Deputy Melvin’s life. . .
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.

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Let’s start local with the Les Schwab Prep Girls Soccer Scoreboard today…
It took double-overtime for Prosser to post a 1-nil win over Ephrata. Quincy blew out Naches Valley 6-nil. Cascade edged Cle Elum-Roslyn 2-1. Chelan shut out Liberty Bell 4-nil. Omak pestered Pateros 4-2. Bridgeport mauled Manson 6-nil. And Tonasket topped Brewster 3-1.
Here’s a look at a busy schedule for tomorrow. It begins at 11am with Omak visiting Bridgeport while Brewster’s at Reardan.
We’ll be broadcasting the Wenatchee and Eisenhower match tomorrow at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl. Eric Granstrom will join Matt Wisen in the booth for the call with our pregame starting at 11:45 and kickoff set for Noon.
The rest of the schedule has Ephrata hosting West Valley at Noon while Cascade visits Selah. At 1, Eastmont takes on Moses Lake while St. George’s visits Okanogan.

It was a busy night for local volleyball teams as we check the Les Schwab Scoreboard…
Even though Eastmont was shorthanded due to COVID, the Wildcats swept visiting Moses Lake 3-nil. Toppenish beat Quincy 3-1. Wilson Creek handed Pateros its 3rd loss 3-games-to-none. It was Okanogan over Oroville in three. Brewster beat Liberty Bell. Entiat ended Bridgeport 3-zero. And Manson blanked Omak 3-nothing.
There’s not a lot happening for local volleyball teams this weekend. Although, Cashmere plays in the SunDome Classic beginning this morning. Tomorrow, Quincy travels to Othello at 11:30.

There’s a big cross country meet being hosted by Wenatchee tomorrow at Walla Walla Point Park…
Eastmont, Hanford, Moses Lake, Okanogan, Prosser, Quincy, Ridgeline and Wahluke will all take part in the Wenatchee Invite, getting underway at Noon.

Turning to prep football, Eastmont’s game against Lewis & Clark will be played tomorrow night…
Eastmont athletic director Russ Waterman says the Tigers are found a bus driver to get them here in time for their game Saturday at 6pm.
Eastmont coach Michael Don says they’ve prepared as if they’re going to play…
Junior running back Ivan Corona echoed his coach in that he and his teammates are preparing to play L-C Saturday no matter what…
Corona admits that he has lofty goals for himself and his team by the time he graduates next year…
Coach Don says his team needs to get back to the basics with each player doing their job and not trying to do too much…
We’ll know today around Noon if Central Valley found a bus driver so they can play tomorrow at 6 o’clock.
Wenatchee has a long, 300-mile-one-way road trip to Vancouver, Washington today to face Mountain View High School. Coach Scott Devereaux says the biggest challenge for the Panthers may be the bus trip…
Mountain View likes to run a spread, passing offense which, according to Panther defensive coordinator Taylor Mitchell says his defensive backs will have their hands full…
Wenatchee and Mountain View kicked off earlier today at 4:30.
In other Big-9 play, Moses Lake travels to Lake City; Eisenhower hosts Lewiston; and West Valley takes on Kennewick tonight. Tomorrow, Davis travels to Garfield. Sunnyside plays a Skyview, and Eastmont hopes to take on Lewis & Clark at 6 o’clock.
Quincy’s game with Naches Valley was cancelled last night. Tonight in the Caribou Trail League, Cascade hosts Brewster. Cashmere entertains Granite Falls. Chelan plays at Lakeside and Okanogan hosts Omak.
And in B-League football today, Manson hosted Tonasket while Bridgeport welcomed Waterville-Mansfield. Liberty Bell travels to Pomeroy tonight at 6 while Pateros hosts Soap Lake at 7.
Entiat plays at Tekoa-Rosalia tomorrow at 2 o’clock.

The Mariners begin a 10-game road trip today in Kansas City against a team no one wants to face right now…
While Seattle is chasing a Wild Card berth, the Royals have won four of its past 7-games as catcher Salvador Perez continues to belt home runs. The 31-year old tied Johnny Bench’s record for home runs by a catcher yesterday with his 45th of the season.
The game at Kauffman Stadium today starts at 5:10 with Chris Flexen facing Brady Singer. You can catch the action on ROOT Sports.
By the way, even though Perez hit his 45th yesterday, the Royals still lost the game to Oakland 7-to-2.
Jose Rojas’s 2-run home run highlighted a 5-run 4th inning for the Angels as they beat the White Sox 9-to-3.
Alex Bregman was 2-for-5 and drove in 4-runs for Houston as the Astros stomped the Rangers 12-to-1.
The Yankees slipped down in the Wild Card Race as it fell to Baltimore 3-2 on a walk-off, RBI single by Austin Hays in the 10th inning.
Toronto and Boston are tied for the two Wild Card playoff spots while New York is a half-game back. Oakland is 3-games back while the Mariners are 4-behind with 13 left to play.
Here’s a rundown of the college football schedule for our teams in Washington…
Washington State hosts USC on FOX at 12:30. Eastern Washington plays at Western Illinois at 1. Washington hosts Arkansas State at 1:15 on the Pac-12 Network. Central Washington plays at Simon Fraser tomorrow night at 6.

The Seahawks finally host a game at Lumen Field with fans in the stands on Sunday…
Seattle hosts Tennessee for a 1:25 kickoff. You can watch the game on CBS.

Thanks Eric.
Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up Monday morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Dan. . .
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.