NCWLIFE Evening News November 24th, 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, We have dramatic rescue video of the woman who went over an embankment on Blewett Pass. Newcomer Katherine Thomas took her seat Tuesday on the Wenatchee School Board and Firefighters tuned out in large numbers to honor Deputy Chief Jay Schreckengost as his body was transported from Kittitas County to his hometown of Stanwood last weekend.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
DV Assault -An East Wenatchee man faces a possible charge of second-degree assault for allegedly seizing and strangling his domestic partner. 38-year-old Steven Patrick Harris was arrested Sunday by Wenatchee police after witnesses said he confronted his partner at a home on Idaho Street, pinned her to the wall with his hand at her throat, and ordered her to come with him. Anotehr person in the home allegedly intervened and pepper-sprayed Harris to stop the assault, and he left the residence. Harris was booked into the Chelan County Regional Justice Center, where he was still awaiting his first court appearance Tuesday.
Woman Rescue Details -An off-duty Washington State Department of Transportation worker saw something on social media Monday that convinced him he knew where to look for a missing 68-year-old Spokane Valley woman. After seeing an image of the woman’s last cell phone ping, Aaron Byrd, the maintenance lead tech for Blewett Pass, alerted the night crew to look just north of the summit of the pass. Using that information, at 7:30 p.m. WASH-DOT snowplow crew members Koby Todd and Gunnar Lantz found Lynell McFarland’s car 40 feet down an embankment where it had been for four days. What followed was a dramatic rescue by Chelan County firefighters and aid workers. McFarland’s daughter, who had been tirelessly searching for her mother said McFarland is now recovering from her injuries. She said she survived the cold by covering herself in a bundle of old sweaters that were in the car to be donated.
New School Board -Newcomer Katherine Thomas took her seat Tuesday on the Wenatchee School Board, the same day her election victory was certified by the Chelan County Auditor’s Office, with a 50.65 percent margin, or just 200 votes. NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins was there and has this report. . .
Firefighter Procession -The Seattle Fire Department is sending its thanks to all the firefighters who turned out to honor Deputy Chief Jay Schreckengost as his body was transported from Kittitas County to his hometown of Stanwood last weekend. Schreckengost died from a fall while elk hunting near Cliffdale. A fire department video shows firefighters and medics lining the overpasses as the procession makes its way to a funeral home where fellow firefighters and Schreckengost’s family awaited. . .
TEASE -Coming up next, Columbia Valley Community Health has hired a replacement for Dr. Malcolm Butler./ Soap Lake is one of just four Washington communities to earn a federal grant that will help hire more police officers, and, As they mustered out after helping to treat the COVID-19 surge in Wenatchee’s hospital, Navy servicemembers got a sendoff from some military bigwigs. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
New CVCH CMO -Dr. Malcolm Butler, the chief medical officer at Columbia Valley Community Health for 25 years, will retire from that role and return to family practice next month. The nonprofit health clinic says for its new CMO, it’s hired Dr. Felipe Gutierrez, the former Chief of Infectious Diseases for Veterans Administration health services in Phoeniz, Arizona. Gutierrez holds a medical degree from the University of Utah, and a masters degree in public health from University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Butler will open his family practice office at the Columbia Valley Community Health clinic on Orondo Street, starting in December.
Soap Lake Grant -Soap Lake is one of just four Washington communities to earn a federal grant that will help hire more police officers. The Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS program, will fund $125,000 to Soap Lake for hiring and expenses. The grant program aims to focus on crime prevention and community relations building. Other recipient in Washington are the towns of Zillah and Tukwila, which also received $125,000 apiece, and the Suquamish Indian Tribe.
Navy Bigwigs -As they mustered out after helping to treat the COVID-19 surge in Wenatchee’s hospital, Navy servicemembers got a sendoff from some military bigwigs. On Sunday, Surgeon General of the U.S. Navy Bruce Gillingham and Hospital Corps Master Chief Michael Roberts visited with Confluence Health staff and the 20 Navy medics who’ve worked alongside them for the last month. The team was ending a 30-day rotation to help Central Washington Hospital cope with the flood of COVID patients, being cared for amid the worst surge of the pandemic. While there, the Navy leaders awarded challenge coins to the assigned medics for their teamwork during the emergency. They also got to meet Athena, a dog that one of the Navy ensigns adopted from the Wenatchee Valley Human Society during their stay.
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. . .
Paws For Pets -Each week, NCWLIFE’s Rachael Mandelis introduces us to a new pet available for adoption at the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. For Thanksgiving week, meet a sweet shepherd named Sasha. . .

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

Gonzaga proved it deserves its No. 1 ranking last night by destroying 2nd-ranked UCLA 83-63 in the Empire Classic…
Andrew Nemhard led all scorers with 24-points, but it was 7-foot freshman Chet Holmgren who stole the show in the first half. As he performed on both ends of the court, it brought out some classic Dick Vitale commentary, who was back at the mic for the first time since undergoing cancer treatment…
The Bulldogs improved to 6-and-oh with the win.
The Washington men improved to 4-and-2 with an 87-76 win over South Dakota State. Terrell Brown, Jr. continued to impress with 32-points while PJ Fuller came off the bench with 14 for the Huskies.

On the women’s side last night, 10th-ranked Louisville had no trouble with Cal Poly…
The Cardinals came away with a 72-32 victory as Liz Dixon led the way with 15-points off the bench. Hailey Van Lith had another decent night for Louisville…
Van Lith finished with 9-points, 3-assists and 4-rebounds.
Washington’s Pac-12 schools will play on Thanksgiving tomorrow as Washington hosts VCU at 10:30 and Washington State welcomes Miami at 1 o’clock.

The Seattle Kraken face its toughest challenge of the young NHL season tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes…
Carolina leads the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference at 14-2-and-1. Seattle snapped a six-game losing streak with Sunday’s 5-2 win over Washington. Coach Dave Hakstol says it was nice to celebrate for a change…
Tonight begins a stretch of three games against very tough opponents. The Kraken faces Carolina tonight, then the defending 2-time NHL Champion Tampa Bay Lightning and 13-win Florida Panthers on the road Friday and Saturday. Coach Hakstol says Seattle will be ready…
The Kraken and Hurricanes drop the puck at 7 o’clock tonight at Climate Pledge Arena on ROOT Sports Northwest.

The Wenatchee Wild have won just three BCHL games so far this season. They hope to possibly double that this weekend…
The Salmon Arm Silverbacks are coming to town for a three-games series against Wenatchee at the Town Toyota Center Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Interim radio “voice” of the Wild, Sean Zears, joined us Tuesday on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley and said it’s important for Wenatchee to get off to a good start on Friday…
Wenatchee and Salmon Arm drop the puck at 7 o’clock on Friday and then 6pm on Saturday and Sunday at the Town Toyota Center. Tickets are available at Wenatchee Wild Hockey dot com.

Thanks Eric.

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up Thanksgiving 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 and Happy Thanksgiving
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