NCWLIFE Evening News November 22nd, 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, Wenatchee police have identified one of three suspects they believe broke into a car and stole credit cards that have since been used to run up substantial charges./ A turkey fryer spill started a porch and then a home on fire Friday night, displacing an East Wenatchee family, and, The county coroner says the Seattle deputy fire chief who died early this month while elk hunting in rural Kittitas County likely fell at least twice down slippery hillsides and cliff faces.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Fentanyl Arrest -Police caught up with an East Wenatchee man wanted on a robbery charge, and allegedly found fentanyl, methamphetamine, and an illegal handgun in his possession. 23-year-old Ricardo Joseph Luna was charged last month with complicity to first-degree robbery for an assault and theft that took place two months earlier. Wenatchee police caught up with Luna on November 9th, and last week said the car he was riding in contained just over two ounces of meth, 19 fentanyl pills, and a loaded .26-caliber pistol. Luna has prior criminal convictions and is ineligible to carry a firearm. He remains held on $100,000 bail.
Identity Theft Suspects-Wenatchee police have identified one of three suspects they believe broke into a car and stole credit cards that have since been used to run up substantial charges. Wenatchee Police Department Captain Edgar Reinfeld said the woman in photos police released Sunday has been identified but not yet arrested. Police are still trying to identify two men also allegedly involved in the car prowl Friday about 10 p.m. in Wenatchee. The cards taken have reportedly been used to purchase items totaling at least $1,000. They are believed to associated with a dark gray or silver Ford Explorer. Anyone with information on the suspects is being asked to contact the Wenatchee Police Department on the RiverCom non-emergency line at 509-663-9911.
Turkey Fire -A turkey fryer spill started a porch and then a home on fire Friday night, displacing an East Wenatchee family. The fire was reported just before 5:30 p.m. in the 10 block of 33rd Street just off Sunset Highway. Douglas County Fire District 2 said someone deep frying a turkey on the home’s porch accidentally spilled the cooking oil, which set the porch on fire, then the home’s attic and roof. Firefighters from throughout the area assisted in fighting the blaze. The family is being assisted by the Red Cross.
Fire Chief Death Cause -The county coroner says the Seattle deputy fire chief who died early this month while elk hunting in rural Kittitas County likely fell at least twice down slippery hillsides and cliff faces. 60-year-old Jay Schreckengost’s body was found November 14th at the base of a sharp, broken 700-foot slope outside Cliffdell. Crews from numerous agencies had been searching for the Seattle firefighter since he disappeared November 2nd while scouting for elk. After an autopsy Friday, Kittitas County Coroner Nick Henderson said Schreckengost suffered numerous injuries that included a broken spine.
TEASE -Coming up next, The editor and publisher of the Wenatchee Business Journal and other newspapers serving Chelan, Cashmere and Leavenworth has died./ When state legislators return to Olympia in January, some of them will have to prove their vaccinated for COVID-19 before entering the chamber floor./ Highway 2 at Cashmere will have single-lane closures the next two nights as crews continue work on the West Cashmere Bridge replacement project, and, A partnership with the Yakama Nation has helped restore a Stevens Pass Creek into better fish habitat. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Forhan Dies -The editor and publisher of the Wenatchee Business Journal and other newspapers serving Chelan, Cashmere and Leavenworth has died. On Sunday, paramedics were called to the Leavenworth home of Bill Forhan, after he was found unresponsive. Since 2000, Forhan and his wife Carol have owned NCW Media, a holding company for weekly newspapers including the Leavenworth Echo, Lake Chelan Mirror and Cashmere Valley Record. The company acquired the Wenatchee Business Journal in 2011. Bill Forhan was 74.
Legislature Vax -When state legislators return to Olympia in January, some of them will have to prove their vaccinated for COVID-19 before entering the chamber floor. The Washington House of Representatives adopted rules last week allowing a limited number of lawmakers on the floor if they have been vaccinated, with others participating remotely. Unvaccinated House members will have to undergo testing three times weekly, if they want to access their offices on the Capitol campus. The rules are different in the Senate, which does not require vaccination, but all 49 senators will have to be tested daily while the chamber is in session.
Cashmere Bridge Work -Highway 2 at Cashmere will have single-lane closures the next two nights as crews continue work on the West Cashmere Bridge replacement project. Chelan County Public Works says the contractor on the bridge project will be installing overhang brackets on the new bridge both tonight and Tuesday from 9:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Flaggers will be directing eastbound highway traffic onto a one-lane bypass near the river off Hay Canyon Road while westbound traffic will be directed into one lane. In addition to replacing the old bridge, the project involves a highway overpass and roundabout.
Skinney Creek -A partnership with the Yakama Nation has helped restore a Stevens Pass Creek into better fish habitat. The Yakama tribes and the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest recently completed work on Skinney Creek, which runs along Highway 2 about 20 miles west of Leavenworth. For the last eight years, about half a mile of Skinney Creek has been narrowed and contained by a berm, but was still home to a population of endangered steelhead. The partnership has now rebuilt the section into a meandering channel. Officials say the project design will provide better shelter and spawning ground for steelhead, with no impacts for highway motorists.
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. . .
City Budget -The city of Wenatchee finalized its $141-million-dollar budget last week to carry it through 2022. City officials don’t expect to spend all that money next year, because a lot of it applies to multi-year projects, including $54 million dollars in construction and renovation. Finance director Brad Posenjak told the council late last week it has a lot to do with the city’s outstanding sales tax revenues. . .

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.

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The Seahawks continued to struggle on 3rd down both offensively and defensively in a 23-13 loss to Arizona Sunday…
Seattle’s offense converted just 2-of-10 third downs on the day while the Cardinals were 7-of-14. Coach Pete Carroll is scratching his head trying to figure out what’s wrong…
Russell Wilson completed 14-of-26 passes for 207-yards and was sacked 4-times. He says while the outcomes have not been what they wanted, he still believes they can turn it around…
Seattle’s defense also struggled getting off the field as Arizona held the ball twice as long as the Seahawks in the game. Jamal Adams says despite a 3-and-7 start, he and his teammates still believe in each other…
Seattle will be on the road a week from tonight to face the Washington Football Team on Monday Night Football.

Checking the Les Schwab College Football Scoreboard…
Washington State became bowl-eligible with a 44-18 win over Arizona Friday night. Jayden de Laura threw for 259-yards and four touchdowns to lead the Cougars.
Central Washington’s season came to an end Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Division II playoffs. Northwest Missouri State opened up a 13-7 game in the second quarter, scoring five-consecutive touchdowns to beat the Wildcats 50-to-21.
Colorado returned one of Washington’s four turnovers for an 88-yard fumble-recovery-touchdown as the Buffaloes held off the Huskies 20-to-17. The loss means Washington will have a losing record for the first time since 2009. The Apple Cup is in Seattle this Friday.
Eastern broke open a tie game with 21-third quarter points to beat Portland State 42-28 Saturday. Eric Barriere threw for 320-yards and five touchdowns to lead the Eagles.

Okanogan is in the semifinals of the State 2B Football Playoffs after a big win on Friday night…
The Bulldogs rolled over Columbia-Burbank at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl 50-to-nothing. Next up for Okanogan will be Napavine this Saturday at 1 o’clock at Tumwater District Stadium.
Liberty Bell’s season came to an end Saturday in Moses Lake where they fell to Odessa in the State 1B Quarterfinals 62-to-22.

Wenatchee’s stay at the State 4A Volleyball Tournament lasted just one day…
After the Panthers lost a heartbreaker in 5-sets in the opener to Mount Rainier, Wenatchee went another five sets against Lake Stevens. The Panthers won the opener 25-22, but then lost the second set 25-12. They won the third set 25-14 but fell in the 4th 25-16 and then in the 5th set 15-10.
Ellensburg and Ephrata were also bounced out of the State 2A Volleyball Tournament Friday. Ellensburg lost two, 5-setters to White River and Shadle Park. Ephrata was swept by Anacortes before falling to Mark Morris 3-sets-to-one.
By the way, Bothell is the 4A Champion; Mead the 3A Champion; and Columbia River the 2A Champion.

The Seattle Kraken snapped a 6-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals last night at Climate Pledge Arena…
Washington skated out to a 1-nil lead early in the first before Seattle responded. Then it was pretty much all Kraken from there…
Seattle will go for two wins in a row when it hosts Caroline Wednesday at 7 o’clock on ROOT Sports Northwest.

The Wenatchee Wild salvaged the final game of a three-game road trip over the weekend…
Wenatchee began the trip in Nanaimo Friday, falling to the Clippers 3-to-1. Owen Bohn was the only Wild player to find the back of the net.
Saturday’s game began a little more promising as Wenatchee got out to an early lead on Ean Samoza’s second goal of the season. Victoria tied it in the second and then the ice broke in the 3rd with the Grizzlies scoring three unanswered goals for the 4-1 win.
The losing streak had grown to 4-straight as Wenatchee headed for Langley Sunday. That’s where Landon Parker and the Wild boys would end it there as they came out strong and kept adding on in a 5-1 win…
Thanks to Hockey TV for the highlights. Wenatchee returns home to host Salmon Arm at the Town Toyota Center this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Turning to the Les Schwab Men’s College Basketball Scoreboard…
Drew Timme scored 25-points while Julian Strawther added 18 as No. 1 Gonzaga had no trouble with Bellermine Friday, winning 92-50.
Coming up tonight, Washington State hosts Winthrop at 6 on the Pac-12 Network. Washington faces George Mason in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at 6:30 on ESPN-plus. Gonzaga is down in Vegas to play Central Michigan at 8 o’clock on ESPN-U.
On the lady’s side Saturday, Hailey Van Lith had 11 points to help Louisville over Washington 61-53. Haley Van Dyke led the Huskies with 15-points.
On Sunday, 7th-ranked Stanford came back in the second half to beat Gonzaga 66-62. At Idaho, Johanna Teder led four players in double-figures with 13-points as Washington State won 73-59.

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.