NCWLIFE Evening News August 10th, 2020

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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, For the second time in less than a week, a home was hit by gunfire late Thursday night in a drive-by shooting in the Larson Housing Community outside Moses Lake. Two people were reported to have died from COVID-19 in Grant County last week, bringing the county’s total to 12 deaths from the virus, and, The Washington State Tree Fruit Association released its forecast for the 2020 Washington state fresh apple crop and we will tell you about that.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Rescuers had to navigate about a mile of steep terrain to rescue a paraglider who crashed Saturday morning on the east side of Chelan Butte.

The woman had been flying with a group of friends when she crashed. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office said she is a Chelan County resident in her 40s.

She was taken by Life Flight to Central Washington with undisclosed injuries. After receiving the call about 11 a.m., Chelan Fire and Rescue crews descended the hillside to reach the woman, then carried her up to the waiting air ambulance.

For the second time in less than a week, a home was hit by gunfire late Thursday night in a drive-by shooting in the Larson Housing Community outside Moses Lake.

A Grant County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol heard the shots just before midnight, then the homeowner called to report that their house in the 1000 block of Northwest Lane had been shot at. Investigators found seven bullet holes in the house but nobody was injured.

The previous Sunday, two homes less than a mile away were hit by gunfire and the suspect’s car crashed into a parked car while fleeing the scene. No arrests have been made in either shooting.

Two people were reported to have died from COVID-19 in Grant County last week, bringing the county’s total to 12 deaths from the virus.

The latest death reported Friday was a Moses Lake man in his 80s who had been hospitalized with other health issues.

The Grant County Health District on Wednesday reported the county’s 11th death, a woman in her 80s who also suffered from underlying health issues.

The Washington State Tree Fruit Association released its forecast for the 2020 Washington state fresh apple crop on Friday and the 2020 forecast is for a crop of 134 million standard forty-pound boxes of fresh apples.

That is very close to 2019’s 133.9 million box crop. Consumers will have many varieties of Washington apples to choose from. For the second straight year, Gala will be the most numerous variety at 23%, Red Delicious is projected at 17%, followed by Fuji at 14%, and Granny Smith and Honeycrisp at 13% of total production.

Apple harvest typically begins in August and continues into November and can be affected by variable weather which could change final harvest totals.

Coming up next, An interagency firefighting team was able to halt the growth of the Chikamin Fire burning on a mountain ridge northeast of Lake Wenatchee over the weekend. Some good news and some not so good news in the latest real estate snapshot in the Wenatchee market, and, Tiffany Gering has overtaken Brandt Cappell in the race for the final spot on the November ballot in the race for District 3 Chelan County commissioner. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

An interagency firefighting team was able to halt the growth of the Chikamin Fire burning on a mountain ridge northeast of Lake Wenatchee over the weekend.

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The lightning-caused fire in challenging terrain has been 50 percent contained after burning 347 acres.

A reconnaissance flight first spotted the fire July 31st after a dry lightning storm passed through the area the previous evening. Numerous road and trail closures in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest remain in place.

Some good news and some not so good news in the latest real estate snapshot in the Wenatchee market.

According to Pacific Appraisal Associates, total home sales in July were up 12-percent compared to July of 2019 while active listings are down a whopping 57-percent from 205 in July of 2019 to just 89 in July of this year. Year-to-date median sales price is up once again by 3% to 355,000 dollars while year-to-date average sales price is up by 10 % to 403, 962-dollars compared to just over 368,000-dollars one year ago. The Wenatchee real estate market consists of Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Malaga, Orondo and Rock Island.

Tiffany Gering has overtaken Brandt Cappell in the race for the final spot on the November ballot in the race for District 3 Chelan County commissioner. One of the two will face Dale England in November.

After Friday’s county Gering led Cappell by 132 votes at 2,703 votes to 2,571. After the election-night count last Tuesday, Cappell was ahead of Gering by 62 votes.

There are 337 votes left to be counted with the results expected August 18th. Gering is the chief operations officer at the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce. Cappell has served as a legislative assistant.

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. . .

In tonight’s feature story, Okanogan County got a lot of attention last week, including NBC’s Today Show, when its newfound cases of COVID-19 made it the epicenter of the pandemic in Washington.

But Okanogan Public Health director Lauri Jones says the same increased testing that identified the county as a hotspot will help her agency get on top of the virus, and the effort will continue this week. . .

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 winds of change were blowing through Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval Saturday night.  Checkered flags flew for new names in all but one class of racing at the high-bank quarter-mile track.

Just as our broadcast began, we had a nearly 30-minute delay for oil on the track, which would be a theme throughout the early portion of the evening.  But when they finally got to racing, it was pure adrenalin as it began with the Bandoleros and concluded with the Pro Late Models.

Eric Granstrom and Greg Rentz had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Once again, here’s a run down on the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Jordan Mullins of Naches won the Bandolero main event, followed by Ryker Ohler of Prosser and Oregon City’s James Hamlin.

Okanogan’s Even Goetz (gets) grabbed the checkered flag in the Mountain Dew Junior Late Models.  Kennewick’s Kaidyn Moran was second followed by Ephrata’s Danica Dart 3rd.

For the 3rd time this season, winner in the Dick’s Heating and Air Conditioning Thunder Car main was East Wenatchee’s Seth Frazier.  Selah’s Garrett Huffines (huff-EYE-ns) took second and East Wenatchee’s Mike Sims was 3rd.

Yakima’s James Norman drove around a big field of Plumb Perfect Roadrunners to place 1st.  Wenatchee’s Jared Ingram was 2nd followed by Arlington’s Matt Lawson 3rd.

And, after a wreck with 9-laps to go taking out Jake Woods and Glenn Knutson, Gary Homad won on his home track for the first time since 2009.  Moses Lake’s Brad Morrison took second and Quincy’s Michael Knutson 3rd.

WVSO will be back at it in a couple weeks on August 22nd with the Northwest Focus Midget Series, the Thunder Cars, Roadrunners and B-Mods all scheduled to race.

The Mariners snapped a three-game losing streak Sunday with a 5-3 win over the Colorado Rockies…

Justus Sheffield dominated on the mound, going 6-innings and allowing no runs on 4-hits with 7-strikeouts to earn his first win of the season.

Sheffield got some help in the bottom of the first from left fielder Dylan Moore…

Sunday’s quick start offensively was in sharp contrast to what happened Saturday at T-Mobile Park…

Rocky reliever Jeff Hoffman and three other pitchers combined on a 1-hit shutout of Seattle in Colorado’s 5-nothing victory.  J.P. Crawford was the only Mariner to get a hit with two outs in the bottom of the 6th inning.

Things didn’t go much better Friday night as Colorado won the first game of the series 8-to-4.  Austin Nola and Kyle Seager each contributed a couple hits in the loss as Yusei Kikuchi lasted 5-and-two-thirds.

Charlie Blackmon is going to hate leaving Seattle.  The veteran right fielder was 8-for-11 in the series with 4-runs, 4-RBI’s, a home run and two doubles.

Seattle begins the first of three games at Texas tonight at 6:05 with Justin Dunn facing Kyle Gibson.

And in Seahawks news…

Cornerback Quinton Dunbar, a day after robbery charges were dropped against him, was removed from the Commissioner’s Exempt List.  This according to the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.  This frees Dunbar up to be able to join his teammates in training camp.

And for the first time, the Seahawks have a player on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.  Second year wide receiver John Ursua (er-SUE-uh) was placed on that list on Sunday.  Seattle was previously one of six teams that hadn’t had a player on the Reserve/COVID-19 list since training camp began two weeks ago.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, Chelan’s iconic Lakeview Drive In announced over the weekend that as of Tuesday they’ll be closing for at least the next few weeks over COVID-19 concerns.

In a letter to the community, the owners said the combination of a growing number of coronavirus cases in the county and a larger-than-usual number of tourists led them to the decision.

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They emphasized there has not been an outbreak of COVID-19 at the restaurant. One employee did test positive about a month ago and after a quarantine period was able to return to work.

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.