NCWLIFE Evening News, September 20th, 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 driver who swerved to avoid hitting a deer came within inches of rolling down a steep embankment early this morning west of Okanogan. A report of a man urinating outside Mill Bay Casino in Manson early Friday morning turned into an aborted vehicle pursuit and a six-hour standoff. COVID-19 infections, exposures, and quarantines have led nearly a quarter of all students in the Okanogan School District to be absent from class last week and The Manson Hydrofest speedboat races are canceled, as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Electric City Fatal -A 27-year old Grand Coulee woman is dead after a single-car accident Saturday afternoon 13 miles south of Electric City. The Washington State Patrol reports that Tavian R. Beasly was driving a 1997 Chevy Blazer southbound on State Route 155 shortly after 1PM when her car left the roadway to the right, crossed the centerline onto the opposite shoulder and rolled over. Beasly, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected. She was transported to Coulee Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.
Car Crash-Deer -A driver who swerved to avoid hitting a deer came within inches of rolling down a steep embankment early this morning west of Okanogan. The Washington State Patrol said the unidentified driver of the Jeep Patriot SUV encountered the deer at 5:30 a.m. on Highway 20 about 11 miles west of Okanogan. The Jeep slid off the roadway but stopped inches short of rolling. Th driver was not injured and the deer continued on its way.
Peeing Suspect -A report of a man urinating outside Mill Bay Casino in Manson early Friday morning turned into an aborted vehicle pursuit and a six-hour standoff while the suspect stood thigh-deep in the Columbia River. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to the casino just before 6 a.m. to see the suspect driving away. The sheriff’s office said in compliance with the state’s new policing laws the pursuit was halted after the suspect failed to stop for a deputy. But the vehicle was later spotted by a civil deputy along the Columbia River on Highway 97A. The sheriff’s office said when they attempted to detain him he resisted and was shot with a non-lethal pepperball gun. The suspect, reportedly holding a golf club shaft, then fled into the river near a private residence. Deputies, the Washington State Patrol, a marine patrol unit and mental health specialist spent more than six hours trying to convince the man to come out of the water. The sheriff’s office said pepperball and a Taser were then used to incapacitate the man as a deputy moved in with a ballistic shield. 47-year-old Jesus Olivera was booked into the Chelan County Jail on charges of attempting to elude, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, 2nd degree trespassing and resisting arrest.
Okanogan School-COVID -COVID-19 infections, exposures, and quarantines have led nearly a quarter of all students in the Okanogan School District to be absent from class last week. In a letter to parents Friday, Superintendent Ashley Goetz said 230 students, or about 23 percent, had to stay home at one point last week, largely due to pandemic requirements. She urged parents to be diligent in monitoring and reporting signs of COVID infection in their children. By comparison, the Wenatchee School District says over the last two weeks, 153 students and about 40 staff members have had to take time off from school due to COVID. That’s about 2 percent of each population.
Hydrofest Canceled -The Manson Hydrofest speedboat races are canceled, as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event was scheduled to take place this weekend. On Friday, the Seattle Inboard Racing Association, which organizes the race, announced that healthcare and emergency resources in Chelan County are too heavily burdened by the pandemic. Central Washington Hospital and other healthcare centers have warned that personnel may be stretched too thin by COVID patients to efficiently respond to accidents and emergencies.
TEASE -Coming up next, The state Department of Fish and Wildlife may have put its troubles with sexual harassment in the rearview, but concerns about unprofessional behavior remain./ The Wenatchee Downtown Association and Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce are holding their second job fair of the year tomorrow, and, Three bear cubs rescued from North Central Washington wildfires are still recovering at a specialized Lynnwood animal shelter. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Fish and Wildlife Report -The state Department of Fish and Wildlife may have put its troubles with sexual harassment in the rearview, but concerns about unprofessional behavior remain. That’s the finding of a new State Auditor’s report, which investigates the wildlife agency’s workplace culture. Investigations in 2015 found multiple incidents of sexual harassment throughout Fish and Wildlife, including at Wells Dam Hatchery, where four junior managers were later fired for their part. The Auditor’s Report issued last week says Fish and Wildlife employees no longer perceive a sexualized culture in their workplace, but still say there’s widespread unprofessional behavior that hasn’t been fully addressed by leadership. The report suggests a series of steps to improve the agency’s internal reporting and responsiveness.
Job Fair -The Wenatchee Downtown Association and Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce are holding their second job fair of the year Tuesday. Downtown association Executive Director Linda Haglund talked with Wake Up Wenatchee Valley’s Dan Kuntz about how demand for employees is even higher this time. . .
Burned Bears -And, as we go to break, three bear cubs rescued from North Central Washington wildfires are still recovering at a specialized Lynnwood animal shelter. The Progressive Animal Welfare Society, or PAWS, says two of the cubs are doing well, but the third, a male injured during the Twentyfive Mile Fire outside Chelan, is suffering cardiopulmonary issues. PAWS veterinarians say it’s a serious condition related to severe smoke inhalation, and they’re consulting with specialists. If you’d like to help in the animals’ care and recovery, you can make a donation at the web address on your screen.
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. . .
Irrigation District -Effective in November, changes are coming to the Greater Wenatchee Irrigation District. The water provider which serves 10,000 acres around the Wenatchee Valley doesn’t actually own the infrastructure it maintains. In tonight’s feature story, NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins reports that with a transfer of land titles from the federal government, the district will gain new standing among local water agencies. . .
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 Seahawks squandered a 14-point, fourth quarter lead and fell to Tennessee in overtime Sunday 33-30…
Seattle shot itself in the foot with 10-penalties for 100-yards while giving up 182-yards rushing and three touchdowns to Derrick Henry. Coach Pete Carroll says the bad outweighed the good in this one…
Bobby Wagner, who had 20-combined tackles and one quarterback sack, says they need to do a better job on all facets…
Russell Wilson threw for 343-yards and two scores while Tyler Lockett hauled in 8-passes for 178-yards and a touchdown. Seattle will play at Minnesota Sunday at 1:25 on FOX.

The Cougars floundered at home Saturday while the Huskies won big…
Washington State squandered a 14-nothing lead and fell to USC 45-14 Saturday in Pullman. Freshman quarterback Jaxson Dart came off the bench and threw 4-touchdown passes and for nearly 400-yards.
Dylan Morris passed for 367 yards and three touchdowns, Jalen McMillan had 10 catches for 175 yards and a score, and Washington rebounded from two disappointing losses with a 52-3 win over Arkansas State on Saturday.
Eastern Washington nearly squandered a 34-point lead but held on to beat Western Illinois 62-56. Eric Barriere threw for an incredible 542-yards and 6-touchdowns.
Rashaad Boddie rushed for 279-yards and three touchdowns to lead Central Washington over Simon Fraser Saturday night 36-to-14.

The Mariners kept their slim hopes alive for the post-season by taking two of three games in Kansas City over the weekend including yesterday’s 7-1 win…
Jarred Kelenic had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-4 and driving in runs to give Seattle an early lead…
Ty France also collected 3-hits while Jake Bauers and Mitch Haniger also went deep. Manager Scott Servais says Sunday was a good recipe for success…
As skipper noted, Seattle heads for Oakland for the first of four games tonight at 6:40. Tyler Anderson gets the start for the Mariners against the A’s Sean Manaea.

Jose Siri and Chas McCormick hit back-to-back home runs in the 8th inning to give Houston a 7-6 win over Arizona.
Leury García drove in two runs to help the White Sox beat the Rangers 7-to-2.
Matt Olson scored on Jed Lowrie’s sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th to give Oakland a 3-2 win over the Angels.

Here’s the updated look at the Wild Card chase as Boston swept Baltimore, the Red Sox are a game up on Toronto. The Yankees continue to struggle, falling to Cleveland 11-to-1 and are now a game-and-a-half back. Oakland is 2-games out while the Mariners are 4-out with ten to play. This 4-game series in Oakland will determine a lot for Seattle’s playoff future.

We had prep girls soccer on the air Saturday here on the NCWLIFE Channel with Wenatchee coming out on top of Eisenhower.
Olivia Harle led the way for the Panthers, scoring two, first-half goals to help Wenatchee win its Big-9 opener. Eric Granstrom and Matt Wisen had the call here on the NCWLIFE Channel…
In other soccer action Saturday, Eastmont edged Moses Lake 4-3. West Valley of Spokane blanked Ephrata 5-nil. Selah shut out Cascade 2-nil. It was Omak over Bridgeport 4-1. Okanogan beat St. George’s 6-1. And Reardan edged Brewster 3-2.
We’ll have more soccer on television tomorrow night when Eastmont hosts Sunnyside at Wildcat Stadium. Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen have the call with the pregame at 6:45.
We’ll switch gears to volleyball Thursday as Wenatchee hosts Eastmont at 7 o’clock. Eric Granstrom will be courtside with the action beginning at 6:45.
Then on Friday, it’s the 18th Bridge of Sportsmanship between Wenatchee and Eastmont from Wildcat Stadium. Grant will join Eric for the call with our pregame beginning at 6:30.
This is the 54th overall meeting between the two schools on the gridiron with Wenatchee leading the overall series 37-to-16 but Eastmont has won the last five in a row.
Speaking of prep football, let’s get the rundown on what happened over the weekend…
Mountain View scored on a safety to start the game and it was all down hill from there for Wenatchee as the Panthers fell 51-14 Friday. Moses Lake topped Lake City 28-21. Lewiston had no trouble with Eisenhower 61-21. Kennewick downed West Valley 34-20.
On Saturday, Eastmont beat up Lewis & Clark 55-6. Garfield shut out Davis 58-nothing. And Skyview came back twice in the 4th quarter to beat Sunnyside 38-35.
What a first quarter for Cashmere’s Jack Croci. The junior Bulldog had a 5-yard touchdown reception, a 3-yard touchdown run, a 29-yard punt return touchdown and 90-yard kick-off return for a touchdown, all in the first quarter. Cashmere went on to beat Granite Falls 48-21 to improve to 3-and-0 on the season.
In other Caribou Trail League action, Cascade topped Brewster 42-22. Chelan fell to Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls) 34-28. Okanogan topped Omak 27-18.
In Central Washington B-League play, Tonasket shut out Manson 29-0. Waterville-Mansfield earned its second win of the season, downing Bridgeport 50-16. Pomeroy pummeled Liberty Bell 58-12. And it was Soap Lake over Pateros 56-6.
On Saturday, Entiat fought valiantly but fell to Tekoa-Rosalia 38-34.

Thanks Eric.
Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up tomorrow 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 night.