NCWLIFE Evening News August 30th, 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 small plane crashed at Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort last night, we have the details. Two Washington state firefighters have been killed in the past four days while battling wildfires in their districts and One of two men charged in a theft that led to a multi-county car chase in December has pleaded guilty to a far lesser charge.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Rooster Comb Fire -Evacuation levels were lowered to Level 2 this morning for residents in the area of the Rooster Comb Fire south of Wenatchee. Kay McKellar of Chelan County Fire District 1 said the fire grew very little overnight and after an intense air and ground attack and was 10 percent contained by 8:30 this morning. Since breaking out in the 2300 block of Methow Street about 5 Sunday evening, the fire has burned 230 acres of grass and sage brush. About 300 homes were threatened and Level 3 – get out now – evacuation notices were in place for several areas through the night. The Type 3 Southeast Washington Interagency Incident Management team is coordinating the firefighting effort after an initial response from local fire districts and the State Department of Natural Resources. McKellar said no structures have been damaged by the fire and there have been no injuries. State fire assistance was mobilized at 6:45 p.m., Sunday and three strike teams later arrived to give local fire crews a break. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Mission Ridge Plane -Shortly after the Rooster Comb Fire broke out in the south Wenatchee foothills Sunday evening, higher up on the mountain a small plane crashed at Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort. Chelan County Fire District 1 Spokeswoman Kay McKellar said both people aboard the Cessna 172 flying out of Boeing Field in Seattle were uninjured. The plane crashed in the Bomber Bowl area of the ski resort and was destroyed. The crash was not connected to the wildfire.
State Firefighter Deaths -Two Washington state firefighters have been killed in the past four days while battling wildfires in their districts, including longtime Colfax Fire Chief Jim Krouse. The Whitman County Sheriff’s Office said 74-year-old Krouse was responding to his fourth fire of the day Saturday about 3 p.m. when he suffered a heart attack and collapsed. He has been the Colfax chief for the past 40 years. At about 10 p.m. last Thursday Spokane County Fire District 9 firefighter Cody Traber was fatally injured when he fell from a bridge while fighting a brush fire. Traber was an 18-year veteran firefighter and leaves behind a wife and four young children. Fire districts from throughout the state are now paying tribute to the two fallen firefighters.
December Car Chase -One of two men charged in a theft that led to a multi-county car chase in December has pleaded guilty to a far lesser charge. 32-year-old Amrico DeSean Flight is now serving 14 months in state prison for second-degree possession of stolen property. He and his fellow defendant, 28-year-old Miles Berry Davis, were arrested December 3rd near Cle Elum. Wenatchee Valley police agencies suspected them in a handful of vehicle prowls in city parks, and pursued their rented Dodge Caravan from Wenatchee up toward Blewett Pass. State Patrol officers finally stopped the van. Davis, the alleged driver of the van, still faces trial on charges of theft and eluding in both Chelan and Douglas counties.
TEASE -Coming up next, The state is warning school districts they will lose funding if they don’t comply with state mandates regarding mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations and masking./ Confluence Health’s drive-through COVID test site at Emerson Street, which has operated almost since the pandemic began, was overwhelmed last week, and, The Wenatchee Police Department is getting bodycams. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Schools Warned-COVID -The state is warning school districts they will lose funding if they don’t comply with state mandates regarding mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations and masking. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal filed an emergency rule last week that said districts will first be warned that they are not in compliance and if they remain so they risk losing money from the state, which distributes about 80 percent of a district’s funding. The state has required that all school employees be vaccinated and that masks be worn on school property. At last week’s Wenatchee School board meeting about 50 people were in attendance who refused to wear masks in violation of the state’s indoor masking mandate. After giving the crowd a chance to leave or wear masks, the board adjourned and held the rest of the meeting online.
COVID Test Site -As COVID-19 infections have risen in the Wenatchee Valley, so has the demand for testing. Confluence Health’s drive-through test site at Emerson Street, which has operated almost since the pandemic began, was overwhelmed last week. Mayor Frank Kuntz says traffic officers had to block off public parking on part of Emerson to stage overflow vehicles, and more traffic alterations may be necessary while demand remains high. Testing hours for the drive-through site at 615 North Emerson are 7am to 3pm Monday through Friday, and 8am to noon on weekends.
WPD Body Cam -Police officers in the city of Wenatchee will soon be outfitted with body cameras as part of their uniforms. The Wenatchee City Council last week approved a $281,000 contract for 44 cameras and support software. Half the cost will be paid by the state, which requires some police interactions to be recorded as part of its new reform laws. The camera vendor, Watchguard, already provides the Wenatchee Police Department’s dashboard cameras. But Chief Steve Crown says up to now, body cameras haven’t been a part of Wenatchee policing.
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.

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COVID Hospital Briefing -The last time Central Washington Hospital had no COVID-19 patients in its isolation rooms was June 16th. That lasted just two hours. In a media briefing today with the Washington State Hospital Association, Dr. Mark Johnson, infectious disease specialist with Confluence Health, said the Delta variant has changed the game, and now the local health system is suffering under the renewed weight of the pandemic.

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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After getting through a shortened season last spring amid COVID-concerns, the Wenatchee football team’s season has already taken a hit before it begins this fall…
Wenatchee athletic director Jim Beeson announced last night that the Panther’s opening game scheduled for Friday with Skyline has been cancelled because of COVID exposure.
In an email to staff last night, Beeson said, quote, we have had two COVID exposure cases with our football team and, as a result, our week one games have been cancelled due to our kids not being able to get in enough practices. We are working with our school nurses and the department of health to make sure we are following the DOH protocols, end quote.
Football players are required to have 12-practices in before playing in a game. Beeson said even if the game had been moved to Saturday, it wouldn’t have allowed enough practice time.
Wenatchee’s first varsity game will now be against Mount Baker at home on Saturday, September 11th at 6pm.

The Mariners salvaged the final game of its 4-game homestand against Kansas City Sunday with a 4-3 nail biter…
Marco Gonzales pitched wonderfully over 7-innings, allowing two, solo home runs to earn his 6th win of the season. But it wouldn’t be easy.
Salvador Perez continued to be a one-man wrecking crew for the Royals, hitting his 4th home run in consecutive days to tie the game in the top of the 6th…
Jarred Kelenic would give Seattle the lead back in the bottom of the inning…
Kansas City got the lead back in the 7th on a Michael A. Taylor solo homer. But Kyle Seager set a personal milestone to give the M’s the lead for good…
That came in the bottom of the 7th, so it was time for the bullpen to hold on. Paul Sewald made a mistake to Perez in the 8th, allowing an RBI double, but Kyle Steckenrider came through with some help to get the final three outs…
As Dave Sims mentioned there, Seattle welcomes Houston into town tonight for the first of three games at T-Mobile Park. First pitch is at 7:10 with Chris Flexen facing Luis Garcia.
In other American League West action Sunday, Adolis Garcia’s grand slam home run highlighted an 8-run 5th inning for Texas as the Rangers slammed Houston 13-to-2.
Tony Kemp’s 2-run home run in the bottom of the 8th was the difference for Oakland as the A’s topped the Yankees 3-1.
The Mariners lost ground in the Wild Card race by falling to Kansas City in 3-of-4 games over the weekend and now trail by 4-and-a-half games.
Everybody who’s chasing Boston got some help from Cleveland as the Indians scored three in the 8th to beat the Red Sox 7-5.
José Barríos struck out 11 over 7-innings to left Toronto over Detroit 2-to-1.
New York still claims the top Wild Card spot while Boston holds the second spot. The A’s are 2-and-a-half back while Seattle sits a game in front of the Blue Jays.

The Seahawks finished the preseason on a positive note Saturday night with a 27-nothing win over the Chargers. Eric Granstrom has more from Lumen Field…
Seattle scored on a 17-yard fumble return by Marquis Blair to start the first quarter and added two field goals, a touchdown run by Alex Collins and touchdown pass from Sean Mannion and Darece Roberson to get the win. The Seahawk’s defense also turned in 5-sacks including 1-and-a-half by Darrell Taylor.
Coach Pete Carroll was happy to finish the preseason on a positive and knows the hard part begins…
Alex Collins has had a very strong camp and finished it with a good game rushing and receiving Saturday. He’s known to do Irish Dancing in his spare time and says his teammates have nicknamed him Sweet Feet…
Seattle’s management and coaching staff now has the dubious task of trimming the roster from 80 to 53 by tomorrow at 1 o’clock.

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. . .
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