NCWLIFE Evening News November 1, 2019

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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, The October 17th plane crash in Alaska that killed a Wenatchee man continues to paralyze the remote fishing village of Unalaska. A man accused of stealing the skulls of bighorn sheep kept by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will serve eight months in jail, and, The latest report from the Washington Employment Security Department reveals a mix of good and not-so-good news for the Wenatchee Statistical area.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A 43-year-old Oroville man has been arrested for manslaughter after a woman was found shot to death on Nine Mile Road near Oroville. 31-year-old Ashley Nelson was found dead at the scene Wednesday afternoon after Okanogan County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a hunting accident.

Brent Blanchard of Oroville, who made the initial call to law enforcement, was later arrested for the killing. The sheriff’s office reported a handgun was recovered at the scene.

The October 17th plane crash in Alaska that killed a Wenatchee man continues to paralyze the remote fishing village of Unalaska.

38-year-old David Oltman of Wenatchee was the only fatality after the Peninsula Airways flight with 42 people aboard went off the runway while landing in Unalaska. Commercial flights were then suspended into and out of Unalaska by both Peninsula Airways and Alaska Air.

Resident Jennifer L. Wynn, who took these photos of the crash, said that has meant sick children and adults who can’t get medical care and has stranded thousands of Dutch Harbor fishermen, among other problems.

There are limited charter flights to Anchorage but they cost eighteen hundred and fifty dollars for a one-way ticket, she said. The mayor of Onalaska declared an emergency this week that allows the city to pay for up to two charter flights a week for people in need. The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

A man accused of stealing the skulls of bighorn sheep kept by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will serve eight months in jail.

Dennis Leroy Sproul, a 56-year-old Wenatchee resident, was charged with first-degree theft for a January break-in at the agency’s storage area, in which four bighorn skulls were stolen. Wildlife officers found the skulls buried in Sproul’s backyard, and this week he pleaded to a lesser charge of possessing stolen property. Chelan County Judge Lesley Allan also ordered Sproul to pay a $500 fine. A codefendant in the case, Rane Morrison Borgen of Cashmere, awaits trial later this month.

The latest report from the Washington Employment Security Department reveals a mix of good and not-so-good news for the Wenatchee Statistical area.

Local monthly unemployment rates have crept upwards during the past ten months (from December 2018 through September 2019); but rates are still relatively low when compared with corresponding monthly rates during the past ten years.

Year over year, monthly total nonfarm employment growth rates in the Wenatchee MSA have been less robust than monthly growth rates across Washington during each of the past twelve months, however, the local nonfarm market either stabilized, or added jobs, for 82 consecutive months (May 2012 through February 2019), and this expansion has resumed in each of the past six months (April through September 2019).

Coming up next, If it’s too cold to play outside, a familiar indoor space is about to open. Two Grand Coulee men are contenders for a Native American Music Award this weekend, and, Over recent weeks, state, federal, and partner biologists have been releasing fishers in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest / North Cascades as part of an effort to restore the species to Washington State.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

If it’s too cold to play outside, a familiar indoor space is about to open.

The Wenatchee Parks and Recreation office opens its Indoor Playground Wednesday at the LocalTel Event Center in Pybus Public Market. Organizers offer a wide variety of toys for children age 4 and under, along with the opportunity to meet new friends. The program runs from 9:00 a.m. to noon each Monday through Thursday, starting November 6th. The cost is $1 for Wenatchee residents and $1.50 for residents outside the city.

Two Grand Coulee men are contenders for a Native American Music Award this weekend. Colville flutist Tim Brooks and engineer Faran Sohappy worked with visiting musician Joan Hammel to create the song “Nature Walk,” which is nominated in the NAMMYs’ Best Folk Recording Category.

The three collaborated on the song two years ago while Hammel was a visiting artist at the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area. The NAMMYs take place this weekend at Niagara Falls, New York. You can listen and download “Nature Walk” at the awards site, NativeAmericanMusicAwards.com.

This was the scene earlier this week in the Cascades when State Fish and Wildlife Department biologists released another Fisher into the forest. Over recent weeks, state, federal, and partner biologists have been releasing fishers in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest / North Cascades as part of an effort to restore the species to Washington State.

The animals were captured in Alberta, Canada as part of a multi-year project to reintroduce approximately 80 fishers to the North Cascades. Fishers are related to wolverines and otters and are native to the forests of Washington, including the Cascade mountain range. Fishers prey on various smaller mammals – mountain beavers, squirrels and snowshoe hares – and fishers are one of the few predators of porcupines.

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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In tonight’s feature story, hundreds of kids in all sorts of costumes that were scary, cute and super-powered descended on downtown Wenatchee Thursday night for the annual Trick or Treat on the Avenue. With their parents in tow, the kids collected candy from merchants and enjoyed special presentations by Link Transit and the North Central Regional Library, take a look. . .

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.

We’ll start sports off with a look at yesterday’s Les Schwab Prep Soccer Scoreboard…

It was the semifinals of the CWAC District Tournament with Ellensburg downing Ephrata 3-1 and Selah getting by Othello 4-1.  Next up for the CWAC will be Tuesday at Quincy with Ephrata facing Othello at 5 for 3rd and 4th, followed by Ellensburg and Selah for the District Championship at 7.

The Big-9 held its cross country District meet in Yakima yesterday and Wenatchee was able to advance its girls team to State with a second place finish.  The Wenatchee boys just missed, placing third.  Davis’ Renelle Christensen won the girl’s race while Eisenhower’s Jonas Price took first in the boy’s race.

On the prep schedule over the next couple days…

The Big-9 swim and dive district championships continue at Moses Lake’s Lions Pool today at Noon and tomorrow at 11 o’clock.

The Caribou Trail League District Soccer Tournament gets underway at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl tomorrow with Chelan facing Okanogan in a loser-out game at 4.  That will be followed by the District Championship between Cascade and Cashmere at 6.  The tournament continues Tuesday with the winner of Chelan/Okanogan facing the loser of Cascade and Cashmere.

Eastmont and Moses Lake wrap up the Big-9 regular season tomorrow at Wildcat Stadium with the league title on the line.  The winner would get the #1 seed into the District Tournament UNLESS Moses Lake wins in a scoreless shootout.  The tiebreaker point system would give Eastmont the #1 seed, Moses Lake #2 and Wenatchee #3 with all three teams sharing the league title.  If Moses Lake shuts Eastmont out in regulation, Moses Lake would be the #1 seed, Wenatchee #2 and Eastmont #3 with the Chiefs being the league champs.

We will have the game LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel tomorrow with Eric Granstrom and Sebastian Moraga beginning with the pregame at 12:45.  Kickoff is at 1 o’clock.

The Big-9 football schedule tonight looks like this…

Eastmont hosts Moses Lake at 7 LIVE on NCWLIFE.  We’ll talk more about that in a moment.  Wenatchee is on the road for a non-league game tonight in Walla Walla at 7.  Even though it doesn’t mean anything to the Panthers for the league title to be determined next week against Eastmont, Coach Scott Devereaux says it matters a lot for Wenatchee’s future…

Nate Blauman is having a record-pace senior season with 1,239-yards rushing and 17-rushing touchdowns.  He’s also caught two touchdown passes and has over 15-hundred all-purpose yards.  Not bad for a kid who was going to quit playing all sports his freshman year…

Devereaux said he thought his teammates were joking when he heard Blauman was going to quit.  But the more he heard, the more he knew he needed to talk with him…

Blauman said he’s thinking about walking on at W-S-U and wants to continue playing at the next level.  His advice to anyone else going through a rough time?

Blauman and his team will kick off at Walla Walla tonight at 7.  All eyes will also be on Sunnyside at Davis tonight with the Grizzlies coming off a shutout loss to Wenatchee.  Another loss and next week’s game against Eastmont is for all the marbles.

Speaking of Eastmont, they’re home tonight against Moses Lake in our Friday Night Lights game on NCWLIFE Channel.  Eastmont is blowing away the league in team rushing with nearly 2-thousand 400-yards.  Coach Michael Don likes to share the load and hopes they continue with the successful recipe…

Don says he expects Moses Lake to provide a challenge and that he needs to just keep things simple for his guys…

Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson will have all the action from Wildcat Stadium tonight with our pregame at 6:45 here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Let’s also take a look at what else is going on under the lights tonight in high school football.  Cashmere travels to Peshastin to face Cascade in the Pear Bowl.  Since they began handing out the Pear Bowl trophy in 2003, Cashmere has won 15 of the 16 games.  However, three of the last four Pear Bowls have been less than a touchdown differential.  A Bulldog win tonight would give Cashmere the #2 seed out of the CTL headed to State.

Ephrata and Quincy finish out the CWAC regular season tonight with the Tigers at Grandview and the Jackrabbits at Wapato.  The playoffs for the other top 6 teams will be played in Grandview tomorrow beginning at 1 o’clock.

The B’s also finish up the regular season tonight with Pateros hosting Sunnyside Christian at 6.  The rest kick off at 7 with Lake Roosevelt at Brewster; Oroville hosts Tonasket; Mabton’s at Manson; and Waterville-Mansfield at Entiat.  Soap Lake travels to Bridgeport tomorrow at 2 while ACH tries to bounce back from its only loss at Liberty Bell at 4 o’clock.

On the College Football Schedule this weekend…

Washington hosts #9 Utah at Husky Stadium tomorrow at 1 on FOX.  Eastern Washington hosts Northern Arizona on the red carpet at 1:05.  Central Washington’s in California to face Azusa Pacific at 6:30.  Washington State has a bye.

The Seahawks are hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday at CenturyLink Field…

Kickoff on FOX is set for 1:05 as Seattle begins the second half of the season at 6-and-2.  The Bucs are 2-and-5.

And the Wenatchee Wild are home this weekend, hosting the Merritt Centennials…

Tonight is Walt’s birthday as well as Paws and Claws night with the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society.  Tomorrow is Daddy-Daughter night.  The puck drops both nights at the Town Toyota Center at 7:05.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, despite the best efforts of state lawmakers, you’ll still need to set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night, if you still have clocks that require setting. Daylight Saving Time will come to an end at 2:00 a.m. Sunday, though the state Legislature approved and the governor signed a bill to make it year-round. But federal approval is needed for such a change and that hasn’t happened.

Fire officials say the twice-a-year clock change is also a good reminder to check the batteries in your smoke alarms.

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 night.