NCWLIFE Evening News December 1st, 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, It’s only Wednesday but it’s already been a busy week for Chelan County PUD crews who have been dealing with isolated power outages throughout the county since Monday. Short-term rental applications are now open for residence operators beginning today and Demolition started today on the Chelan branch of North Cascades Bank.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Local Covid Cases Fall -New COVID-19 cases in Chelan and Douglas counties have sharply declined in the past two weeks. The Chelan-Douglas Health District reported this morning that the rate of new cases was at 346 per 100,000 residents over the previous two weeks. That’s down from the 532 new cases per 100,000 residents reported November 15th. The rate of new cases had been mostly slowly declining since peaking for several weeks in late August at more than 1,000 cases per 100,000.
Power Outages -It’s only Wednesday but it’s already been a busy week for Chelan County PUD crews who have been dealing with isolated power outages throughout the county since Monday. The latest two outages were this morning and knocked power out for 670 customers on the north shore of Lake Wenatchee and 450 customers up the Entiat River Road. It took less than two hours to get power restored at Lake Wenatchee while crews worked until late this this morning on the Entiat River Road outage. Wind is suspected in the 5 a.m. outage up the Entiat River Road while the cause of the 6 a.m. Lake Wenatchee issues has not yet been determined. On Tuesday night, falling trees led to outages for 278 customers from Coles Corner north of Leavenworth to White Pines Road. That outage was about an hour from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. On Monday morning, there was a brief power outage in parts of Wenatchee that was suspected to have been caused by a squirrel.
STR Applications -The deadline for operators of existing short-term rental businesses in Chelan County is closing in fast. Those current operators have until December 31st to apply to be grandfathered in, under new rules adopted by the county last summer. Residence owners who want to register a new STR may do so, starting today. Their deadline to register is July 29th. Back in September, the STR program manager Program manager Kirsten Ryles said operators can find the necessary documents on the Chelan County website. . .
Bank Demolition -Demolition started today on the Chelan branch of North Cascades Bank. The downtown buiding at 220 East Johnson Avenue will be torn down in favor of a new branch and administrative offices, scheduled to go up on the same site by January 2023. The existing building has been closed since mid-October. In the meantime, customers can find North Cascades banking services just across the street at the former Lake Chelan Pharmacy building, 223 Johnson Avenue
TEASE -Coming up next, Chelan County continues to clean up damage from last summer’s Twentyfive Mile Fire./ Chelan County closed Horse Lake Road this morning cutting off another access point to the Wenatchee Foothills as wintering herds of mule deer move in, and, It’s National Christmas Lights Day … yes, that’s a real thing … and if any town is ready for it, it’s the city of Leavenworth. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
25 Mile Trees -Chelan County continues to clean up damage from last summer’s Twentyfive Mile Fire. On Friday, a contractor for Chelan County Public Works will begin removing about 200 dead and dying trees that were inside the fire zone. The Twentyfive Mile fire burned more than 22,000 acres near Fields Point Landing and destroyed two homes. Crews will be working Friday through Sunday on Shady Pass and Hale Roads, and on portions of South Lakeshore Road near Twentyfive Mile Creek State Park. Motorists who come upon the crew should expect one-lane traffic and minor delays. If not completed this weekend, that work could resume toward the end of next week.
Horse Lake Road Closed -Chelan County closed Horse Lake Road this morning cutting off another access point to the Wenatchee Foothills as wintering herds of mule deer move in. The road is routinely closed every December 1st and reopened April 1st. In addition to protecting deer habitat, the county said the closure also protects the unpaved road from periods of freezing and thawing. Oklahoma Gulch Road near Entiat also was gated by the county today.
Lights Day -It’s National Christmas Lights Day … yes, that’s a real thing … and if any town is ready for it, it’s the city of Leavenworth. This year’s downtown display is the centerpiece of Leavenworth’s Village of Lights Festival, a revised version of the former Christmas Lighting celebration. Organizers with the Chamber of Commerce say the new structure of the festival may relieve longstanding traffic problems on Highway 2 during December. This weekend’s highlight is Krampus Nacht, a tradition imported from Europe featuring Santa’s demonic helper Krampus. You can find more information at VisitLeavenworth.org.
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. . .
COVID Briefing -Just as COVID-19 diagnoses begin to fall in the Chelan and Douglas County area, the first case involving the Omicron variant of the virus has been detected in California. In tonight’s feature story, State epidemiologist Scott Lindquist says it’s only a matter of time before Omicron is detected in patients here in Washington, and there are bigger questions about how it might impact those who are infected. . .

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.

NCWLIFE Channel Sports

Kalen DeBoer was introduced as the new Washington Husky football coach Tuesday. Amid cheerleaders and the Husky marching band, athletic director Jen Coen said they were looking for a coach who would care for the players on and off the field…
DeBoer has a successful track record, winning three NAIA national championships at Sioux Falls before making a winner out of Fresno State. He says he believes in building a culture based on expectations…
DeBoer has already hit the ground running on recruiting. Early reports have former UW quarterback Jake Haener coming back to Seattle after spending a year playing under DeBoer at Fresno State.

Let’s start things off with a look at the Les Schwab Girls Basketball Scoreboard from last night…
Cascade traveled to Sultan and came up short 61-26. Quincy downed Ephrata in the Battle of the Basin 53-48. Chelan upended Brewster on opening night 54-33. Cascade Christian Academy held Waterville-Mansfield to just 18-points in a big 63-18 win. Pateros had no trouble with Soap Lake, winning 44-14. And the Wenatchee girls found the road rough in Ellensburg, falling to the Bulldogs 78-15.
On the Les Schwab Boys Basketball Scoreboard, Sultan beat Cascade 78-35. Brewster edged Chelan 74-70. Waterville-Mansfield won its opener at Cascade Christian Academy 47-18. Soap Lake stopped Pateros 67-16. And Walla Walla beat Moses Lake 72-37.

Eastmont and Wenatchee picked up wins at Eastmont Lanes in girls bowling yesterday…
The Wildcats swept two games and two bakers from West Valley, winning the pin count 1,894 to 1,540. Colby Hull rolled the high game of the day for Eastmont with a 186 while Jordan May had a 177.
Wenatchee swept two games and two bakers from Moses Lake, winning the pin count 1,683 to 1,379. Freshman Charlene Campbell was the high bowler to help the Panthers with a 188.

There is one college basketball game on the schedule for today…
Washington State is on the road in Phoenix to open Pac-12 play against Arizona State. The game tips at 4:30 on the Pac-12 Network.

The COVID-19 pandemic shut down the BCHL’s playoffs in early 2020. It kept Wenatchee from traveling north of the border last season. Now, the league is dealing with the havoc of Mother Nature…
The league announced Tuesday that it has postponed eight games over the next week due to travel restrictions. Another six games have been rescheduled and one game cancelled altogether. In addition, the BCHL announced that all out-of-conference games would be cancelled for the rest of the season.
The interim radio “voice” of the Wenatchee Wild, Sean Zears, told us Wenatchee’s game at Merritt was in doubt because of the weather…
As of now, things are still on for Wenatchee’s trip to Merritt on Friday and Penticton on Saturday. We’ll keep you up to date if things change. Wenatchee is set to return home to begin a 5-game home stand on December 16th.

It’s drizzling with temperatures in the low 40’s today in Detroit. That’s where the Seattle Kraken play today in NHL action…
Seattle has won four of its past five games to improve to 8-13-and-1. The Red Wings are 11-9-and-3 and currently sit in 4th place in the Atlantic Division. The puck is set to drop at 4:30 in Little Caesars Arena. You can watch the action on ROOT Sports Northwest.

Major League Baseball’s current collective bargaining deal runs out at 8:59 Pacific tonight. If no deal is signed, a lockout could be eminent. The Mariners got ahead of things yesterday by offering contracts to 33-players for the 2022 season. They also expect to introduce pitcher Robbie Ray today…
Ray is reportedly signing a 5-year, 115-million-dollar contract to come from Toronto to Seattle…
He becomes the just the 5th pitcher since 1974 to win a Cy Young Award for one team, then sign with another team in free agency the next season.
Meanwhile, with Seattle offering contracts and basically filling their 40-man roster, Mariner president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto will have a full team in place to operate with should the collective bargaining agreement fall through.

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.