NCWLIFE Evening News December 2nd, 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, The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking people to be on the lookout for a bronze statue that was stolen early Tuesday morning from a roadside prayer chapel. In October 2021 the unemployment rate fell one and seven-tenths percentage points to 3.7 percent and The Washington State Patrol is warning motorists who experience the misfortune of a vehicle breakdown to not leave any possessions visible if you can’t arrange for a tow right away.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Failed Appeal -A Grant County man who pleaded guilty to three counts of child molestation won’t have his sentence reduced. 78-year-old Craig Russell Jungers of Moses Lake admitted last year to sexually abusing a child between the ages of 7 and 9, and earned a sentence of nine years to life in prison. In his appeal, Junger said his attorneys failed to win him time to prepare his plea, and he should have been allowed a sentence of rehabilitative treatment rather than prison. The state Court of Appeals turned down his claims in September, and reaffirmed his sentence in a decision issued this morning. Jurgens is serving an indeterminate sentence, meaning after nine years, he must be approved for release by a review board.
Lincoln County Statue -The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking people to be on the lookout for a bronze statue that was stolen early Tuesday morning from a roadside prayer chapel. The 3-foot-high cowboy and horse statue was taken about 3:30 a.m. outside Creston at the intersection of Highway 2 and Red Wine Canyon Road. The statue was a family gift about 10 years ago to famed rodeo bronc rider Deb Copenhaver who died in 2019. The bronze statue was created by Copenhaver’s daughter, well-known sculptor Deborah Copenhaver- Fellows. Anyone with information is asked to call Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at 509-725-3501.
Unemployment -Year over year, monthly unemployment rates in the Wenatchee Metropolitan Statistical Area have decreased in each of the seven months from April through October 2021. Back in October 2020, COVID-19-related layoffs pushed unemployment upwards to 5.4 percent, but in October 2021 the rate fell one and seven-tenths percentage points to 3.7 percent. This 3.7 percent reading is the lowest rate for October since data began to be recorded electronically in 1990. But, the State Employment Security Department says this apparent outstanding economic news must be tempered by the fact that the Wenatchee MSA’s labor force was considerably smaller in October 2021 than in October 2019.
WSP Broken Down Vehicles -The Washington State Patrol is warning motorists who experience the misfortune of a vehicle breakdown to not leave any possessions visible if you can’t arrange for a tow right away. Trooper John Bryant said a driver left their vehicle on the side of Highway 97 north of Orondo Tuesday evening and the driver returned to find the rear windows shattered.
TEASE -Coming up next, The woman rescued on Blewett Pass after slipping off a cliff and spending four days in her car has been released from the hospital./ A recent study shows Latinos, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders had the highest rates of COVID-19 infection, hospitalizations, and deaths, and, The Orondo Firefighters Association is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the fire department. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Blewett Woman out of Hospital -The 68-year-old woman who was trapped in her car down an embankment off Blewett Pass for almost four days was released from Central Washington Hospital Wednesday. The family of Lynnell McFarland of Spokane Valley says the sound of a nearby creek kept her calm and prayer kept her motivated during her ordeal. Her car was upside-down and her arm was broken with the bone exposed. Her family said Wednesday her right hand will still need surgery. McFarland had been missing since November 8th when she was finally found November 22nd. Her family has set up a Go-Fund-Me page to help with they’ve expenses incurred. As of this afternoon, $6,300 of the $30,000 goal had been raised.
COVID by Ethnicity -Last month, the state Department of Health began trying to draw a clearer picture of the COVID pandemic in Washington, pulling in data on patients’ ethnicity. They found that Latinos, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders had the highest rates of infection, hospitalizations, and deaths, despite totaling only about 14 percent of the state population. The state’s deputy secretary for COVID response says those numbers appear to stem from greater exposure in the workplace for those demographics.
Orondo F.D.-75 Years -The Orondo Firefighters Association is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the fire department. Founded December 2nd 1946, all-volunteer Douglas County Fire District 4 began under the direction of fire commissioners N.E. Stannard, Buford Fisher and A.L. Silvest. Currently, there are about 35 volunteer firefighters and EMTs who respond to fire and medical emergencies on the east side of the Columbia River from Turtle Rock north to the Beebe Bridge. The district has stations in Orondo, Brays and Lone Pine with a station under construction near Beebe Bridge on property purchased from Chelan County PUD in 2019.
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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Paws For Pets 12/02 -Each week, NCWLIFE’s Rachael Mandelis introduces us to a new pet available for adoption at the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. This week, meet two kittens named Miles and Strider. . .

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

After scoring the most goals in a game in team history Saturday, the Seattle Kraken had their first shootout in team history last night in Detroit…
Unfortunately, the Red Wings came out on top, outshooting Seattle 2-1 in the shootout for the 4-3 win.
After a scoreless first period, Detroit scored the game’s first goal early in the second. Seattle came back with goals by Vince Dunn and Ryan Donato to take the lead. It was a back-and-forth game from there…
Seattle will return home to start a 4-game homestand Friday against Edmonton.

The Washington State Cougars won a low-scoring Pac-12 opener last night at Arizona State…
The Cougars held the Sun Devils to their lowest point-total in 75-years in a 59-29 win. Coach Kyle Smith had to only go so far as his phone afterwards to know it was an odd game…
Noah Williams returned from a neck injury to lead WSU with 14-points while Dishon Jackson had 10.
Washington begins Pac-12 play tonight against 11th-ranked Arizona in the desert. The 5:30 game can be seen on the Pac-12 Network. Eastern Washington is home tonight at 6 against Southern Utah on ESPN-plus.
On the women’s college basketball schedule today, Washington State hosts San Francisco at Noon in Pullman. Hailey Van Lith and her 10th-ranked Louisville Cardinals will be on national TV today on ESPN when they host 12th-ranked Michigan at 4 o’clock. Eastern Washington is on the road at Southern Utah at 5:30.

Turning to the local prep schedule, in girl’s basketball tonight…
Cascade hosts Tonasket while Liberty Bell visits Omak at 5:45. At six, it’s Cashmere at Ephrata; Bridgeport hosts Manson; and Cascade Christian travels to Eastmont.
On the boys schedule tonight, it’s Cascade Christian at Riverside Christian at 6:30. Cascade hosts Tonasket and Liberty Bell plays at Omak at 7:15. Cashmere and Ephrata and Manson and Bridgeport won’t get started until 7:30.
The only girls bowling match today will be in Yakima where Eisenhower will host Moses Lake at 3 o’clock.
Cascade’s wresters will be at Cle Elum along with Muckleshoot and Kittitas for a jamboree at 5 o’clock.
The Seahawks have signed veteran running back Adrian Peterson to its practice squad…
The 36-year old was waived from Tennessee’s practice squad a few weeks ago after seeing limited playing time. Coach Pete Carroll says he’s excited to see what the future Hall of Famer has left in the tank…
Meanwhile, Carroll says he and the team are focused on turning around their troubles this week against San Francisco…
Seattle and San Francisco were originally supposed to play on Sunday Night Football, but the game was flexed out to a 1:25 start and will be broadcast on CBS. NBC will instead air Denver and Kansas City.

Thanks Eric.
Santa by Uriah -Finally tonight, NCWLIFE producer Uriah Darby was capturing some footage of the beautiful sunrise this morning looking south toward Rock Island when a mysterious object suddenly appeared in the sky. We suspect Uriah may have used some sort of video trickery but true believers probably disagree.
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.