NCWLIFE Evening News November 29th, 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, A 63-year-old Ephrata man who was struck by a car earlier this month while walking along a roadway died last week at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. A three-car chain collision accident Saturday evening between Moses Lake and Ephrata resulted in a Soap Lake man being hospitalized and A holiday fireworks display outside Winthrop led to a pair of debris fires Saturday night.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Crop Shoppe Robbery -East Wenatchee police are searching for three men they say robbed the Happy Crop Shoppe at gunpoint Sunday night. Police say the three men entered the Rock Island Road cannabis store just before the 11 p.m. closing time armed with handguns. They reportedly assaulted one of the two employees with a handgun, then restrained them both with duct tape in the business office. Police say the employees were able to free themselves within minutes and call RiverCom. Police are asking that anyone with information on the suspects or video footage of the area near the business to contact Detective Brandon Johnson on the RiverCom non-emergency line at 509-663-9911.
Ephrata Delayed Fatal -A 63-year-old Ephrata man who was struck by a car earlier this month while walking along a roadway died last week at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Rubio Angel had remained in critical care since the November 7th accident. The Washington State Patrol said Angel was walking north near the bicycle lane on D Street N.E. shortly before noon when a vehicle drifted into the bike lane and struck him. The driver of the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox, 84-year-old Martha Devine of Ephrata, was not injured and was not charged in the incident. Angel’s survivors have started a donation fund to raise money for his funeral and medical expenses.
Basin 3-Car -A three-car chain collision accident Saturday evening between Moses Lake and Ephrata resulted in a Soap Lake man being hospitalized. The Washington State Patrol says that at around 5:15 on Highway 17 at milepost 66, a 2018 Ford F550 pickup being driven by 63-year old Robert R Heether of Ephrata was driving northbound when he failed to yield and struck a 2020 Toyota Corolla, which in turn struck a 2021 Toyota Sienna passenger van. The driver of the Corolla – 35-year old Eric J Espinoza of Soap Lake – was transported to Samaritian Hospital in Moses Lake with unknown injuries. None of the five occupants of the Sienna were injured. Heether faces charges of failing to yield the right of way.
Methow Fire -A holiday fireworks display outside Winthrop led to a pair of debris fires Saturday night. The Winthrop Chamber of Commerce each year hosts its Christmas At the End of the Road festival, concluding with a fireworks show on a nearby hillside overlooking the town. But Okanogan County Fire District 6 says after the 6 p.m. display was over, two unattended fires caused by the pyrotechnics were left to smolder. Even though the risk of them spreading into wildfires was low, the flames were clearly visible from the town, and had to be extinguished by fire crews.
TEASE -Coming up next, The federal Department of Interior said the number of wildfires nationwide and the acres they burned both set records in 2021./ The Sage Hills trails system outside Wenatchee will close for the season Dec. 1st as a large influx of mule deer moves in, and, The Empty Bowls program continues its drive to raise money for food-related charities. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Fire Season -The federal Department of Interior said the number of wildfires nationwide and the acres they burned both set records in 2021. There wildfire season also saw a record number of days of high fire danger this year. Overall, there were 48,487 wildfires that burned more than 6.5 million acres. There were 15 wildland firefighters and 33 civilians killed in 2021 fires. In addition, 4,818 structures were destroyed. California had the most wildfires, followed by Montana, Oregon, Arizona and Washington. Washington’s biggest wildfire was the Schneider Springs Fire outside Naches in Yakima County that burned more than 107,000 acres. The Cub Creek Fire north of Winthrop burned more than 70,000 acres and the Cedar Creek Fire south of Winthrop destroyed more than 50,000 acres. Meanwhile, the Twentyfive Mile Fire off the south shore of Lake Chelan burned just over 22,000 acres.
Mule Deer -The Sage Hills trails system outside Wenatchee will close for the season Dec. 1 as a large influx of mule deer moves in, the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust reported. The closure is expected to last until April 1, depending on weather conditions. The trails are closed annually to provide habitat for wintering mule deer. The land trust reported heavy use of trail systems throughout the region again this year. Also, the U.S. Forest Service began closing some trails used by 4-wheelers in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Last week, Little Wenatchee Road Number 6500 and Ranger Road Number 7701 were gated. The Forest Service warns people not to attempt to drive around the gates.
Empty Bowls -The Empty Bowls program continues its drive to raise money for food-related charities. Donors buy a chance to paint a commemorative ceramic bowl, with their donations funding hunger programs through the Chelan Douglas Community Action Council. The last chance to join Wenatchee’s Empty Bowls painting event is December 10th in two locations: Pybus Public Market, and Inspirations Ceramic and Art Café. With funds from programs like Empty Bowls, the Community Action Council delivers more than three million pounds of food to local food pantries each year.
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. . .
Diversion Program -Thanks to grant funding, Chelan County launched a new diversion program in September designed to address mental health issues encountered by law enforcement while responding to calls. In tonight’s feature story, mental health counselor and program coordinator Ana Gonzalez and Sheriff’s Office Chief of Patrol Adam Musgrave talked with Wake-Up Wenatchee Valley’s Dan Kuntz about how the diversion program works. . .

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

We’ll start things off by going back to Friday and the big tilt between Washington and Washington State in the 113th Apple Cup…
And it was all Cougars as WSU earned a 40-to-13 romp over the Huskies. Max Borghi scored the first of his two touchdowns 3-and-a-half minutes into the game and set the tone for a record-setting day for Washington State…
It was the largest victory for Washington State in the 113-game rivalry between the two schools. The Cougars didn’t get help from Oregon State Saturday to win the Pac-12 North Title, so they’ll await a bowl invitation this weekend.
The news kept getting better for Coug fans on Sunday when Washington State announced that Jake Dickert had been hired as the school’s 34th head coach…
Dickert was selected as interim coach when Nic Rolovich was removed for refusing the state mandate to get the COVID vaccination.

Friday night wasn’t as happy for the team just up the road in Spokane, however, as Gonzaga fell to Duke in men’s college basketball…
The Bulldogs couldn’t hold on to a slim lead down the stretch as the Blue Devils won 84-81. Julian Strawther led Gonzaga with 20-points…
In other men’s action Saturday, former Cashmere and Zillah standout Mason Landeck led Eastern Washington with 24-points as the Eagles handed Washington State its first loss of the season 76-71. Winthrop beat Washington 82-74.
The Gonzaga women swept three games at the Rainbow Wahine Shootout in Hawaii. The Bulldogs beat Utah 89-71 Friday. Then topped Eastern Illinois 74-53 Saturday followed by Sunday’s 68-49 win over Hawaii.
Washington fell to North Carolina in the Bahamas Saturday 58-37 and Washington State was humbled by 5th-ranked NC State 62-34.
Okanogan’s run in the State 2B Football Playoffs came to an end on Saturday…
Napavine came out on top in their semifinal game against the Bulldogs 42-to-10. It was Okanogan’s first loss of the season.
The stage is set for the State Championships this Saturday in Western Washington. At Mount Tahoma High School, Almira-Coulee/Hartline will face Quilcene for the State 1B Title at Noon. That will be followed by the 4A Championship between Graham-Kapowsin and Lake Stevens.
Royal will try to win it’s 10th State Championship and second-straight at Harry E. Lang Stadium in Lakewood Saturday at Noon against Eatonville in the 1A Title Game. The 2B Title matchup will follow between Kalama and Napavine at 4 o’clock.
Sparks Stadium in Puyallup is the site for the 3A Championship between Bellevue and Kennewick at Noon. Tumwater and Lynden will follow with a battle for the 2A Title.

The Seattle Kraken went 1-and-1 in the Sunshine State last weekend…
After a 3-nothing loss to Tampa Bay Friday, Seattle bounced back with a 4-1 win over Florida Saturday behind two goals from Jordan Eberle…
Seattle heads for Buffalo today to facer the Sabres at 4 o’clock on ROOT Sports Northwest.

Things did not go as planned for the home team at the Town Toyota Center as Salmon Arm swept all three games from the Wenatchee Wild…
The Silverbacks took game one on Friday 4-nothing behind a strong power play and outshooting the Wild 32-26.
Cade Stibbe pulled Wenatchee even at the 10-minute mark of the 3rd period Saturday, but Salmon Arm scored 30-second later to win 3-2. Ean Samoza also found the back of the net for the Wild.
Wenatchee’s Owen Bohn scored midway through the first period on Sunday to give the Wild the lead, but Salmon Arm scored 4-unasnwered goals en route to a 6-2 win. Jakob Karpa scored his first goal of the season for the Wild in the 3rd period.
Wenatchee is in Merritt this Friday at 7 o’clock and then Penticton Saturday at 6. They’ll have two more on the road next week before returning home for five straight at the Town Toyota Center beginning December 16th.

The Seahawks wrap up week 12 of the NFL season tonight in Washington on Monday Night Football…
Coach Pete Carroll usually says the focus each week is on going 1-and-oh. After a poor start to the season, he says they are now looking at going 7-and-oh starting tonight…
Seattle and Washington kick off at 5:15 on ESPN.


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.