NCWLIFE Evening News July 31st, 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, A Bridgeport man is accused of attacking his former girlfriend and pursuing her in a car chase that caused her vehicle to flip and roll over on Tuesday. The Coulee Meadows Fire, which started Thursday evening north of Ephrata grew to more than 600 acres overnight and threatened homes in Douglas County, and, An unoccupied mobile home was destroyed by fire near Chase Avenue in Manson Thursday afternoon but firefighters were able to stop the fire from spreading to a nearby shop and RV.
But first, we begin tonight. . .

Quincy Shooting -A 38-year-old man was shot multiple times early Friday morning in the 300 block of 6th Avenue Southeast in Quincy in what police are calling a gang-related shooting. Police were called at 12:24 a.m. to Quincy Valley Medical Center after the unidentified victim arrived with the gunshot wounds. He was later transferred to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee where police say he is in stable condition. The Quincy Police Department said the man told them he was walking to a friend’s house when he was shot by a man in his 20s who was wearing glasses, a baseball cap and a white T-shirt.

DV Car Crash -A Bridgeport man is accused of attacking his former girlfriend and pursuing her in a car chase that caused her vehicle to flip and roll over on Tuesday. Julian Servin [serVEEN], who’s 36, allegedly came to the woman’s house, set her curtains on fire with a lighter, choked her, threatened to stab her, and chased her in his pickup when she tried to flee in her own vehicle about 7:20 p.m. Douglas County sheriff’s deputies said the victim’s car rolled over at about 50 miles an hour on Highway 173, but landed on its wheels, and she was able to drive home to call police. Servin faces possible charges including first-degree assault, arson, burglary, and harassment. He was booked into the Okanogan County Jail.

Coulee Meadows Fire-The Coulee Meadows Fire, which started Thursday evening north of Ephrata grew to more than 600 acres overnight and threatened homes in Douglas County. The fire started about 8:00 p.m. in dry sage and grass and quickly spread. Thursday night, the fire was approved for state mobilization, bringing in more firefighting resources and an interagency incident management team. Level 1 evacuation notices were issued for some residences in the area, including in the Palisades. Grant County Fire District 13 described the fire’s behavior Thursday night as extreme, with fire whirls, strong wind and 50-foot flames at times.

Manson Fire -An unoccupied mobile home was destroyed by fire near Chase Avenue in Manson Thursday afternoon but firefighters were able to stop the fire from spreading to a nearby shop and RV. Manson Fire Chief Arnold Baker said the mobile home at Chase and Olive Avenues off Lakeshore Drive was scheduled to be demolished. The cause of the fire, which was reported about 3:00 p.m., is under investigation.
Coming up next, Governor Jay Inslee said Thursday there are hopeful signs in the state’s fight against the COVID-19 virus but he is continuing his statewide freeze on the phased reopening. Wenatchee schools have outlined their plans for remote learning when classes start August 26th…now it’s Eastmont’s turn, and, The city council of Leavenworth has weighed in on the debate over short-term rentals, saying the industry has damaged housing availability in the area. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Inslee-Protesters -Governor Jay Inslee said Thursday there are hopeful signs in the state’s fight against the COVID-19 virus but he is continuing his statewide freeze on the phased reopening the economy under his Safe Start program. He said there is evidence his face-coverings mandate is working and credited businesses with complying with his order. But the governor said COVID-19 continues to be spread in social settings and that is the major problem as the state goes through its second wave of the pandemic. . .
But when asked why he wasn’t discouraging large protest gathering, Inslee said they do not appear to be a problem when it comes to spreading the virus. . .

Eastmont School Update -Wenatchee schools have outlined their plans for remote learning when classes start August 26th. Now it’s Eastmont’s turn. Spencer Taylor, executive director of elementary education for the Eastmont School District, posted this update for families and students. . .

Leavenworth Rentals -The city council of Leavenworth has weighed in on the debate over short-term rentals, saying the industry has damaged housing availability in the area. Chelan County is working to develop codes to regulate the vacation rental business. The Bavarian Village has its own regulations, but in a letter to county commissioners, the council says in the unincorporated areas surrounding the town, the number of short-term rental homes has increased from just 59 in 2014 to 868 last year. The council says this trend, QUOTE, “results in the loss of single-family residential homes, inflated home prices, and increased property taxes for everyone.” UNQUOTE. Chelan County plans to accept public comment on its draft regulations starting Wednesday.
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 Misawa -More and more people during the pandemic are reaching out to each other through video message. That’s true internationally, too. In tonight’s feature story, the Wenatchee Valley sister city of Misawa, Japan sent a virtual message of greeting and encouragement last week while the United States wrestles with the COVID-19 crisis. Take a look. . .
You can view the full greeting from more Misawa community members on Facebook. Just look up the page for the Misawa International Center.
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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COVID-19 shut down high school sports in Washington last spring. The virus’s affects have now led to severe changes to the schedule for the upcoming school year. A side-effect of shuffling football to the spring has been a movement of players out of state.
A local would-be senior is pursuing the ability to play football at the college level. Two weeks ago, he moved to Montana to be able to have the opportunity to play this fall.
Associate Executive Director of the WIAA, BJ Kuntz, oversees eligibility and transfers in Washington. She says she understands the desire for athletes to pursue college aspirations. However, the rules are pretty strict if players and families wish to come back to Washington after moving to another state…
BJ says other factors are at play in trying to transfer out-of-state and then back in to play football in both the fall and spring…
You can watch our entire interview with BJ Kuntz on our website at NCWLIFE.com

Marco Gonzales evened his record at 1-and-1 on the season by throwing a 6-inning gem last night in Seattle’s 8-5 win over Los Angeles…
The former Wenatchee AppleSox allowed just a 2-run home run over the six frames, struck out six and walked one. Seattle finished the opening road trip of the season 3-and-4 and now returns home to host Oakland in the first of a 4-game series at T-Mobile Park. Taijuan Walker gets the start tonight against the A’s Sean Manaea. First pitch is at 6:40. You can watch all the action on Root Sports.

The newest Seahawk in town to begin training camp is safety Jamal Adams. He was traded just a week ago from the Jets to Seattle for two first round draft picks and Bradley McDougald. In his first virtual press conference, Adams admitted to be incredibly worried about where he’d end up…
Adams was an All-Pro in New York for the three years after he was drafted out of LSU. He and the Seahawks are settling into training camp under the cloud of COVID-19. For now, meetings are being held virtually until all the coronavirus test results are in.

Here’s a reminder of what’s coming up this weekend on NCWLIFE…
It begins with baseball tonight at 6:30 with the Wenatchee AppleSox hosting the Bellingham Bells. We have high school girls soccer tomorrow between Cashmere and Cascade at 2. That’s followed by racing from Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval from back on July 11th. That gets underway at 6 o’clock.
Then on Sunday, watch wrestling from January of 2017 between Eastmont and West Valley at 2 o’clock followed by Big-9 baseball between Wenatchee and Moses Lake at 7.

Thanks Eric.
Wendy’s Being Built -As we leave you tonight, construction workers braved record-breaking heat this week to begin construction of a Wendy’s fast food restaurant in the Hobby Lobby parking lot in East Wenatchee. The Wendy’s will be the Valley’s second, with the other in Wenatchee on North Wenatchee Avenue. Construction is expected to be completed before fall.
Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up Monday 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 weekend.