NCWLIFE Evening News November 10th, 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 pair of downed power lines sparked a brush fire early Sunday morning near Soap Lake that was pushed by strong winds toward homes before being contained by firefighters. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office was busy responding to several collisions on icy roads this morning, including a three-vehicle accident, and, Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there won’t be a Veterans Day parade tomorrow but, local organizations plan to honor those who served in other ways.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

COVID-19 hospitalizations in the Wenatchee Valley doubled this week. After hovering at three to five patients at Confluence Health, health officials report today there are 10 Chelan and Douglas county residents under local hospital care.

The number of hospital cases and positive COVID cases have been rising statewide this month, and across the nation. An estimated 151 Wenatchee Valley residents have been hospitalized and 29 have died since the pandemic began last spring.

A pair of downed power lines sparked a brush fire early Sunday morning near Soap

Lake that was pushed by strong winds toward homes before being contained by firefighters.

The fire started about 4 a.m. after a tarp was blown into power lines near Road 19 Northwest and Road B Northwest and quickly spread along the canal. Grant County Fire Districts 7 and 13 responded. Fire officials warned that even though its November, wildfires remain a threat.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office was busy responding to several collisions on icy roads this morning, including a three-vehicle wreck that forced the closure of Highway 17 at Highway 262 south of Moses Lake. The Washington State Patrol says 21-year-old Ryan Madrishin was southbound in a Toyota pickup when he lost control and crossed the centerline about 6:30 this morning. Madrishin’s truck hit another pickup that was northbound, which then struck a third vehicle. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. No one else was injured. Troopers say Madrishin is likely to be cited for driving too fast for conditions.

The State Patrol said there was a particularly icy patch of Interstate 90 about 10 miles west of Moses Lake that was causing motorists problems this morning from milepost 168 to milepost 178.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there won’t be a Veterans Day parade tomorrow, like the one seen here from 2019. But local organizations plan to honor those who served in other ways, like an effort to plant flags at veterans’ graves in Evergreen Cemetery, starting at 8am tomorrow; or an 11:30am barbecue at the Vets Serving Vets bunker; or a socially distanced parking lot memorial at the Manson American Legion, also starting at 11. Contact your nearest VFW or Legion hall for activities close to you.

Coming up next, A dock at a boat-in-only Forest Service campground on Lake Chelan has been rebuilt and reinstalled. Ongoing work by Chelan PUD at the Horse Lake Reserve in Wenatchee may cause Horse Lake Road to be closed intermittently from now through the end of the month, and, The deadline is Monday to turn in nominations for the 2020 business and nonprofit of the year in the Wenatchee Valley. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.]

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

A dock at a boat-in-only Forest Service campground on Lake Chelan has been rebuilt and reinstalled.

Chelan Ranger District recreation and trail crew members had the dock at the Graham Harbor Campground out of the water for rebuilding for about three weeks in October, then a contractor reinstalled it late last month.

The Forest Service says the year-round campground about 28 miles northwest of Chelan is one of the most popular boat-in campgrounds on the lake. A quarter-mile trail connects the campground to the Graham Harbor Creek Campground to the north.

Ongoing work by Chelan PUD at the Horse Lake Reserve in Wenatchee may cause Horse Lake Road to be closed intermittently from now through the end of the month.

Chelan PUD is replacing transmission line poles northwest of Wenatchee. There will be some days when helicopter flights over the area require Horse Lake Road be closed at the gate, or at milepost 1. The project is part of an effort to protect critical power lines from wildfire, and reduce long-term maintenance needs in the area. Horse Lake Road is the access road to the reserve and its trail system.

The deadline is Monday to turn in nominations for the 2020 business and nonprofit of the year in the Wenatchee Valley.

The awards are presented annually by the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce. The nominations are narrowed down to finalists by a chamber committee the winners announced at the chamber’s annual banquet.

The banquet is scheduled for Thursday, March 4th. Nominations can be made by going to the chamber’s website Wenatchee-dot-org and clicking on the Nominate Now button.

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. . .

In tonight’s feature story, come January, Tiffany Ann Gering, the 41-year-old chief operating officer of the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce, will be the first woman to serve on the Chelan County Board of Commissioners since 2001. Esther Stefaniw, who represented the same district until her death that year, was the last. In an interview with NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins, Gering talked about how she came to this moment, and what’s next after she’s sworn in. . .

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.

Despite the clamp downs from COVID and just being a freshman, Hailey Van Lith is already turning heads in the college ranks…

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced that University of Louisville freshman Hailey Van Lith is one of 20 watch list candidates for the 2021 Nancy Lieberman Award.

Now in its 22nd year, the award recognizes the top point guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. Van Lith’s Cardinals are expecting to start the season November 25th at Middle Tennessee.

The men’s college basketball season hasn’t started yet, but Gonzaga received its first-ever pre-season No. 1 ranking…

The Bulldogs edged Baylor for the top spot with 28-of-64 first-place votes.  The Bears received 24 first-place votes.

Gonzaga coach Mark Few says “It’s a great honor to be selected No. 1.  We understand that it is more a reflection of what our program has accomplished over the years and hope to play up to that standard as we start our season.”

G-U opens the season November 26th against No. 65 Kansas and November 27th versus Auburn at the Fort Myers Tip-Off in Florida.

According to Monday’s article in the Spokesman Review, The Zags will hold Numerica Kraziness in the Kennel at 8pm Thursday at the McCarthey Athletic Center.  Fans won’t be allowed to attend, but the event will be televised on KHQ and ROOT Sports.

It was a short season for the Seattle Mariners and the rest of baseball due to COVID, but Kyle Lewis made the most of it…

And for his efforts, the centerfielder was named the American League Rookie of the Year for 2020 Monday.  Lewis became the 12th player to be a unanimous selection since they began handing out the award in 1947.

Kyle also became the first Mariner to be named Rookie of the Year since Ichiro received that honor in 2001.  Lewis tied for first in the Majors in home runs with 11.  He was second in RBI’s with 28.  He led the entire league in runs with 37; walks with 34; and total bases with 90.

The Rookie of the Year award for Lewis adds to the Mariner’s post-season honors.  Just last week, Evan White and J.P. Crawford were awarded Gold Gloves for their defensive prowess.  The future certainly looks bright for Seattle.

The Seahawks are back in Renton following a disastrous cross-country trip to Buffalo Sunday.  Many more questions arose about the defense’s inability to stop the Bills, especially through the air.  And, unlike in Seattle’s 6-wins on the season, the offense couldn’t overcome the defense’s weakness.

Coach Pete Carroll says the tape didn’t lie…

Through 8-games, Seattle’s defense is dead-last in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game (362.1) and total yards allowed per game (455.8).  While the Seahawks have been able to get more pressure on the quarterback the past two games, Carroll says they’re giving up way too many passing yards…

Seattle uncharacteristically committed four turnovers Sunday on two interceptions and two fumbles, both by Russell Wilson.  Carroll was asked if Russell is pressing…

Carroll and his coaching staff will continue figuring out how to make the defense better as they travel Sunday to Los Angeles to take on Jarred Goff and the Rams.

Thanks Eric.

We leave you tonight with an aerial view provided by the Chelan County Public Works Department showing the dramatic change to just under a mile-and-a-half of Wenatchee Heights Road after an improvement project. The a 2-point-4-million-dollar project began in August and was completed in late October. Work involved rehabilitation of the roadway, replacement of deficient guardrail, improvement to drainage and upgrading of existing shoulders to 3 feet. The roadway work used a technique where the existing pavement was pulverized, then blended with new cement before a mat of asphalt was placed on top. The project also widened the roadway, including a hairpin turn on the north end.

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.