NCWLIFE Evening News August 25th, 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
But first, our top story tonight.
Boodry Fire -A single wide mobile was destroyed in a fire in the 200 block of Boodry Street in South Wenatchee this morning.
Chelan County Fire District 1 spokeswoman Kay McKellar said three adult residents of the home were able to escape safely and are now being assisted by the Red Cross. The cause of the 10:40 a.m. fire is under investigation. Firefighters had the fire knocked down by 11:15 a.m.
25 Mile Fire Update -Evacuation levels were lowered this morning in many of the areas near the Twenty-Five Mile Fire on the south side of Lake Chelan. The get out now notices have been in place for some areas since shortly after the fire broke out August 15th. The fire, which has burned just over 11,000 acres, was expected to be 16 percent contained by tonight. At a virtual community meeting Tuesday night, incident command team members talked about the progress firefighters have made and the challenges ahead. . .
School Board Protest -Last night, the Wenatchee School Board managed to adopt its $143 million budget for the academic year … but not before calling recess twice, and eventually reconvening on Zoom, after more than 50 members of the public refused to wear masks in the meeting room. Most voiced opposition over state requirements for masking of children and anyone working in school buildings, as a safeguard against COVID-19. Here’s what some of that meeting looked like last night. . .
Ephrata Rescue-Firefighters in Ephrata rescued two people from a burning home last Saturday morning. Grant County Fire District 13 said the home in the 11-hundred block of Cottage Street Southeast was fully involved when Ephrata firefighters and police arrived. After being told there were still people in the basement, Ephrata Police were able to guide one person out using their flashlights and voices. Wearing breathing apparatus, Grant County Fire District 13 firefighters entered the home and drug the man to safety. Both occupants were air-lifted to the hospital with undisclosed injuries. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Grant 12 COVID Deaths -Grant County has confirmed 12 new COVID-19 deaths with one dating back to last October. The Grant County Health District said it delays announcing COVID-19 deaths until they have been fully verified as being caused by the virus. The health district said five of the new deaths occurred this month and four in July. There have been 146 confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Grant County since the pandemic began.
TEASE -Coming up next, Fired Chelan County sheriff’s deputy Jennifer Tyler has won another victory against her former employer./ Ten and a half million dollars: That’s the total amount in federal grants headed to Pangborn Memorial Airport./ State Fish and Wildlife specialists will begin flying drones over the Upper Wenatchee River next month, trying to get a count of salmon spawning beds, and, For the second year, COVID-19 has led organizers of the Tour de Bloom bicycle event to cancel. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Tyler Claim -Fired Chelan County sheriff’s deputy Jennifer Tyler has won another victory against her former employer. The state Public Employment Relations Commission has refused to overturn a finding that Sheriff Brian Burnett committed an unfair labor practice against Tyler. Burnett suspended Tyler for three days in 2018. The deputies union filed a claim against him on Tyler’s behalf, saying the sheriff retaliated against her for protected union activity. A hearing officer for PERC agreed with the union, but Burnett’s office appealed the finding. In a ruling last month, the full commission upheld the finding that Burnett unlawfully discriminated against Tyler. The sheriff must now restore any wages and benefits Tyler lost in her suspension, and post a notice of the PERC decision for all its employees to see. Tyler successfully sued the sheriff’s office for a prior case of retaliation three years ago and won $500,000. Burnett fired her in 2019, and she is once again suing over that dismissal.
Pangborn Total Grant -Ten and a half million dollars: That’s the total amount in federal grants headed to Pangborn Memorial Airport. Six million of that total was announced last week by Congressman Dan Newhouse, to repair and upgrade more than 10,000 square feet of the airport’s pavement apron, and install new lighting. The remainder includes more than $1 million toward COVID-19 pandemic relief for any losses the airport has suffered, and more than $3 million for other costs.
Fish Drone Survey -State Fish and Wildlife specialists will begin flying drones over the Upper Wenatchee River next month, trying to get a count of salmon spawning beds. The drone flights will supplement surveys done on foot and by boat. They’re looking for summer Chinook spawning beds in the areas around Dryden, Blackbird Island in Leavenworth, and Tumwater Campground along Highway 2. Drone flights will take place daily from September through November, about an hour each day. Fish and Wildlife managers say drone surveys may prove more economical and less labor-intensive than other common methods of Chinook monitoring.
Tour de Bloom Canceled -For the second year, COVID-19 has led organizers of the Tour de Bloom bicycle event to cancel. The Wenatchee Valley cycling competition, which includes road races at Lake Wenatchee and a criterium race in downtown Wenatchee, was scheduled to begin September 24th. But the organizing committee announced the cancellation yesterday, saying the resurgent pandemic creates too much risk for the health of its riders. Race directors say they’re already planning for 2022, when the Tour de Bloom will take place the first weekend of May.
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. . .
PAC Director* -The new executive director of the Numerica Performing Arts Center started work this week. In tonight’s feature story, J. Woody Lotts talked with Wake Up Wenatchee Valley’s Dan Kuntz about what attracted him to the job and how he came to be hired. . .
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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Chris Flexen has proven to be the Mariner’s ace pitcher this season and did it again Tuesday in Oakland, leading Seattle over the A’s 5-to-1…
The 27-year old right-hander tossed 6-and-two-thirds innings, allowing just 1-run in the first inning on six hits, striking out 5 with 1-walk. It was his 11th win of the season.
Offensively, the Mariners didn’t use the long-ball for a change and instead counted on some timely hitting. Jarred Kelenic began a good day at the plate in the 2nd…
Luis Torrens would put Seattle in front with a two-out base hit in the top of the 3rd…
Seattle would score four of its five runs with two outs, including adding some insurance runs in the 8th…
The Mariners complete the two-game sweep of Oakland and finish the 8-game road trip 6-and-2. Manager Scott Servais says the Seattle clubhouse is a fun place to be right now…
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Seattle has an off-day today before returning home to host the Kansas City Royals in the first of four games tomorrow night at 7:10.
Checking the rest of the American League West from Tuesday, Jo Adell drove in 4-runs and Brandon Marsh collected 4-hits as Los Angeles beat Baltimore 14-to-8.
Nathaniel Lowe was 5-for-5 including a home run to power Texas over Cleveland 7-3.
Luis Garcia earned his 10th win, pitching 6-and-2/3rds with 7-strikeouts to lead Houston over Kansas City 4-nothing.
Here’s a look at the American League Wild Card race. The Yankees won for the 11th straight time, downing Atlanta 5-4. Boston edged Minnesota in a slugfest 11-9. Toronto was tripped up by the White Sox 5-2.
New York is 2-and-a-half games up over Boston. Oakland sits 2-games back while Seattle is 3-back heading into its series with Kansas City.

A familiar face once again donned a Seahawks uniform Tuesday…
Seattle re-signed tight end Luke Willson to add depth in that position. This will be Willson’s 3rd go-around with the club and Pete Carroll is happy to have his energy back in the building…
Seattle also traded a 7th round draft pick in 2023 to Houston for cornerback John Reid. Carroll says he also brings some depth to a position that’s seen some injuries…
The Seahawks also saw the return of several players to the practice field yesterday from injury, including running back Travis Homer; cornerback DJ Reed; center Ethan Pocic (POE-sick); quarterback Geno Smith; tight end Tyler Mabry; offensive tackles Cedric Obguehi (oh-BWAY-he) and Jamarco Jones.
Coach Carroll still won’t say if starters will play this Saturday when Seattle wraps up the preseason against the Chargers. But he will say he wants to see better play…
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Seattle and L-A kickoff Saturday night at 7 o’clock at Lumen Field. The Mariners moved up their start time to 1:10 Saturday to avoid the traffic headache in the SODO area.

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.