NCWLIFE Evening News April 26th, 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, here a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, The Ephrata United Methodist Church suffered heavy damage Sunday morning, when a candle that was left burning sparked a structure fire, and, Police say their investigation into an officer-involved shooting in Riverside, Washington, has been turned over to the Okanogan County prosecutor.    

But first, our top story tonight. . .

A Bellevue man is dead after a bouldering accident Friday evening, at a popular climbing spot outside Leavenworth. 27-year-old Jared Friz was pronounced dead at the scene.

He had been climbing Bruce’s Boulder, a rock wall along Icicle Road. Chelan County Coroner Wayne Harris said some of the anchors Friz had set on his climb gave way, and he fell about 30 feet. Friz was described as an experienced climber, originally hailing from Denton, Texas.

The Ephrata United Methodist Church suffered heavy damage Sunday morning, when a candle that was left burning sparked a structure fire.

Firefighters said the fire spread from a candle in the bathroom into a church office and the attic. The northern office wing was extensively damaged by fire, while the sanctuary was affected by heat, smoke and water.

It took about two hours and six fire agencies to bring the blaze under control after it was reported about 8:40 a.m. No one was injured.

Police say their investigation into an officer-involved shooting in Riverside, Washington, has been turned over to the Okanogan County prosecutor.

39-year-old Ryan Eugene Bass died by police gunfire in a shootout back in March 2020. Investigators say Bass stepped from his vehicle in downtown Riverside and began shooting, when Okanogan deputies approached him with an arrest warrant.

The deputies returned fire. The North Central Washington Special Investigation Unit says it completed its review of the case and referred the matter to prosecutors on Friday.

Coming up next, The investigation continues into the bones of a Native American found March 19th in a major Lake Chelan residential development./ A COVID-19 exposure among students in the Lake Chelan School District has sent many students back to remote learning./ While COVID-19 remains a threat for Wenatchee and the Valley, the city is no longer considering it an emergency, and, By a single vote, the Washington Senate agreed Sunday to create a capital gains tax that would affect the state’s biggest earners.   I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The investigation continues into the bones of a Native American found March 19th in a major Lake Chelan residential development. Chelan County Coroner Wayne Harris says the skeletal remains discovered at the Lookout at Lake Chelan so far appear to all be from one individual.

Researchers with the Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation are awaiting permits to do more extensive digging in the area where the first bones were uncovered by an excavator. Harris says the state anthropologist must finalize the investigation, before the bones can be repatriated to the Colville Confederated Tribes for burial. The entire process could take up to one month.

A COVID-19 exposure among students in the Lake Chelan School District has sent many students back to remote learning.

A 5th grader at Morgen Owings Elementary School tested positive for coronavirus last Tuesday, and contact tracing determined that the student’s entire cohort may have been exposed.

District officials say they’ve sent the morning cohort back to remote instruction, until a quarantine period has passed. Three Chelan High School also students also tested positive, but apparently did not expose anyone on campus. Those three will also remain at home during quarantine.

While COVID-19 remains a threat for Wenatchee and the Valley, the city is no longer considering it an emergency.

The Wenatchee City Council voted unanimously Thursday, at the request of Mayor Frank Kuntz, to revoke emergency orders he put in place in March 2020, at the very beginning of the pandemic. The city says it now has the tools in place, including masking and social distancing, to manage the spread of the disease in its buildings and public spaces. . .

By a single vote, the Washington Senate agreed Sunday to create a capital gains tax that would affect the state’s biggest earners. It places a tax on stocks and bond sales valued at over a quarter-million dollars.

The vote on final passage in the Democratic-controlled chamber was 25 to 24. The capital gains measure was opposed by Republicans, including 12th District Senator Brad Hawkins, who say it amounts to an income tax and would be unconstitutional under state law. . .

The Legislature also passed the state’s operating budget, which would spend $59 billion over the next two years, before adjourning the session.

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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.

The Mariners split the 4-game series with Boston over the weekend, falling Sunday 5-to-3…

Nick Margevicius (mar-GAV-ish-is) couldn’t get out of the first inning, walking four batters and giving up 4-runs on 2-hits.  Seattle manager Scott Servais says they’re actually concerned about there being something wrong with “Mardge’s” shoulder…

Mitch Haniger went 1-for-3 at the plate with a double and run scored.  Seattle now heads for Houston today to being a 4-game series with the Astros.  First pitch today is at 5:10 with Justus Sheffield facing Jose Urquidy.

Seattle finds itself a game out of 1st place in the American League West after the weekend.  On Sunday, Maikel Franco homered to open the floodgates for Baltimore in a 5-run 8th inning to beat Oakland 8-to-1.

Shohei Ohtani broke a 2-all tie with a solo home run in the 8th and Los Angeles added an insurance run in the 9th as the Angels beat Houston 4-2.

Chicago scored 8-runs in the first three frames and made it hold up as the White Sox dumped the Rangers 8-4.

We featured baseball Saturday here on the NCWLIFE Channel as Eastmont took on Wenatchee in a doubleheader.  The games had to be moved to Recreation Park because of rain in the forecast…

The Panthers won the opener in a back-and-forth contest, coming up with 2-runs in the top of the 7th inning and hanging on for the 9-8 win.  Joel Norman had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Tyler Schuyleman finished 3-for-3 with a double, 2-runs and an RBI for Wenatchee in the win.  Jack Kovanen was 3-for-4 with a couple runs and an RBI and Isaac England was 3-for-4 with a run and 2-RBI’s.

Game 2 was a different story as they played on despite a steady rain falling at Recreation Park.  The Wildcat’s Hunter Ruhl made sure his team would “rein” in the Panthers with a 3-run bomb…

Eastmont would go on for the 8-3 win as Ruhl finished 2-for-2 with 4-RBI’s.  Elijah Smiley was also 2-for-3 with 2-runs for the Wildcats and Cooper Richards struck out 10 over 6-innings to earn the victory. 

Taking a look at the rest of our prep baseball scoreboard, Okanogan swept Almira-Coulee/Hartline Friday 10-5 and 5-3.  Cashmere took two from Omak by the same scores of 18-to-1.  Ephrata shut down Cascade 13-4 and 19-0.  And Tonasket took two from Lake Roosevelt 13-3 and 16-6.

On Saturday, Moses Lake swept Brewster 13-5 and 5-3.  Chelan took care of Quincy 12-1 and 19-0.  And Waterville-Mansfield got by Pateros in a single game 13-10.

On the fastpitch diamonds Friday, Omak swept Cascade 11-1 and 9-0.  Tonasket and Lake Roosevelt split with the Tigers winning the opener 5-2 and the Raiders winning the nightcap 9-7.

On Saturday, Wenatchee dropped two to Warden 14-6 and 13-0.  Ephrata swept Moses Lake 7-5 and 9-8.  Cashmere dominated Quincy 10-0 and 16-2.  Manson split a doubleheader with the Eastmont JV, winning the opener 17-2 but dropping the nightcap 12-1.  Brewster swept Oroville 19-4 and 16-5.

We have 8 boys soccer scores to pass along.  First on Friday, Cascade doubled-up Brewster 4-2 and Wenatchee rolled over Royal 5-1.

On Saturday, Eastmont won at Wahluke 2-1.  Quincy shut out Chelan 5-nil.  Okanogan got by Oroville 4-2.  Bridgeport beat Tonasket 3-1.  Manson blanked Ephrata 1-nil.  And Moses Lake edged Cashmere 2-1.

Speaking of Cashmere, just a reminder that we’ll have the Bulldogs and Eastmont Wildcats in boys soccer tomorrow night LIVE on NCWLIFE Channel.  Sebastian Moraga and Neal Oysten will have the call with the pregame beginning at 6:50 at Wildcat Stadium.

Finally, here’s a quick recap of the weekend for Wenatchee Valley College sports.  The Knight’s men’s basketball team edged Yakima Valley Friday night 96-94.  North Idaho edged the men’s soccer team Saturday 2-1.  And in women’s softball Sunday, Walla Walla swept a doubleheader against the Lady Knights 10-9 and 8-6.

Volleyball and women’s basketball that were scheduled for tomorrow have been cancelled.  The men’s basketball team will travel to Walla Walla tomorrow at 7:30.

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.