NCWLIFE Evening News November 4th, 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, An East Wenatchee man arrested for passing forged checks almost three years ago has been sentenced to drug rehab. Twice in the past two weeks suspected drunken drivers have crashed into poles outside the Washington State Patrol building in Moses Lake and A major section of Rock Island Road south of East Wenatchee will be closed next Monday through Wednesday.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
S.R. 28 Fatal -A Rock Island man was killed in a 2-car accident late yesterday afternoon on State Route 28 five miles east of East Wenatchee. The Washington State Patrol reports that around 5:45PM, 34-year old Sheldon P. Tubbs was driving a 1994 Ford Taurus eastbound on the highway when his car left the highway on the right, overcorrected, and crossed the centerline where it was stuck on the passenger’s side by a 2015 Toyota Tacoma pickup being driven westbound by 29-year old Jose Rosas-Valdovinos of Yakima. Tubbs was pronounced dead at the scene, Rosas-Valdovinos was not hospitalized. The cause of the accident is under investigation.
ID Thief Sentenced -An East Wenatchee man arrested for passing forged checks almost three years ago has been sentenced to drug rehab. 59-year-old Frank Reyes Lara pleaded guilty in Douglas County court in September to identity theft and forgery for at least $6,000 in false checks deposited in 2018. He was convicted last year of two similar crimes in Chelan County. Lara was placed on two years probations and mandatory treatment under the Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative. Without the DOSA sentence, he could have faced up to 20 months in jail for his crime.
DUIs WSP Office -Twice in the past two weeks suspected drunken drivers have crashed into poles outside the Washington State Patrol building on Prichard Avenue in Moses Lake. Trooper John Bryant says road construction near the building has made travel challenging enough without adding alcohol into the mix. . .
Rock Island Road -A heads up now as we head to break. . .a major section of Rock Island Road south of East Wenatchee will be closed next Monday through Wednesday. Detours will be in place between Third Street Southeast and South Kentucky Avenue, with some local access. The East Wenatchee Water District is connecting water service to three undeveloped lots in the area, and Douglas County says the large closure zone will allow better access for trucks.
TEASE -Coming up next, Luke Davies of the Chelan/Douglas Health District talks childhood COVID vaccines with Representative Kim Schrier./ Pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics for children ages 5 to 11 will open in Chelan County beginning as soon as Saturday, November 13th./ The state Department of Public Health sys it’s detected 189 outbreaks of COVID-19 in K through 12 schools since the school year began in August, and, Citing stresses of COVID-19, the superintendent of the Soap Lake School District announced yesterday that schools will be closed all of Thanksgiving week. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Youth Vax -With Pfizer’s COVID vaccine approved for kids age 5 to 11, Congresswoman Kim Schrier convened a Zoom townhall yesterday about the future of youth vaccinations. She was joined by health professionals to answer questions from the public. One of her guests was Chelan-Douglas Health District Administrator Luke Davies. . .
Child Vaccine Clinics -Pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics for children ages 5 to 11 will open in Chelan County beginning as soon as Saturday, November 13th. The federal Food and Drug Administration and Center for Disease Control gave emergency approval to use of the Pfizer vaccine for that age range last week. The Chelan-Douglas Health District said they will be working with Columbia Valley Community Health, Lake Chelan Health and Columbia Safety to open the clinics. The health district said the clinics will operate during after-school hours and on weekends in Wenatchee and Chelan. Times and locations for the clinics have not yet been determined. The federal agencies said a clinical trial involving 3,100 children ages 5 to 11 showed the vaccine to be more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 in children.
COVID Outbreaks -The state Department of Public Health sys it’s detected 189 outbreaks of COVID-19 in K through 12 schools since the school year began in August. That’s a total of almost 1,300 individual cases. Seven of those outbreaks occurred in North Central Washington schools, including six in Grant County and one in Douglas County. Almost 90 percent of cases statewide were diagnosed in schoolchildren. The definition of an outbreak is three cases or a minimum of 10 percent of individuals in a school setting. The report does not include infections from the month of October, like the ones that sidelined the Wenatchee High football team at the start and middle of its season.
Soap Lake School Stress Days -Saying students and staff need a break from the stresses of COVID-19, the superintendent of the Soap Lake School District announced yesterday that schools will be closed all of Thanksgiving week. Normally school there is out for 2-and-a-half days for the Thanksgiving holiday. Superintendent Sunshine Pray said the decision to take the whole week off was not made quickly but she said as she watched students and staff she saw a level of stress she has never seen before. Pray said they anticipated school as normal this year but “QUOTE, nothing is back to normal yet, UNQUOTE”.
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.

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Paws for Pets -Time now for our weekly Paws for Pets feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, we are introduced to Smokey the Cat. . .

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

The Seattle Kraken are back home at Climate Pledge Arena for an NHL matchup with the Buffalo Sabres tonight…
Buffalo’s off to a good start at 5-3-and-1. The Kraken are coming off a 5-2 loss to Edmonton Tuesday and are 3-6-and-1 on the season. The puck will drop tonight at 7 o’clock on ROOT Sports Northwest.

The Wenatchee Wild are in Vernon tomorrow and Saturday in BCHL play…
The Wild are still winless in six tries on the season while the Vipers are 3-3-1-and-1. Face-off at the Kal Tire Palace is at 7:30 both tonight and tomorrow night. Listen for the action locally with Sean Zears on the call on either 560-KPQ or 1340-The Zone.

The Eastmont Wildcat football team’s job tonight is very simple…
Win at West Valley against the Rams in Marquette Stadium, or face another road trip somewhere Saturday for a mini-playoff with both West Valley and Sunnyside.
Coach Michael Don says the task at hand is pretty straight forward…
Senior free safety Apollo Mora says he and his teammates don’t talk out-loud about the playoffs, but they all know what’s at stake…
Eastmont is coming off three-straight wins after a 36-8 defeat of Davis last Friday. The Rams were leading at half to Moses Lake but Don says injuries along the way really hurt their chances…
Mora says Eastmont’s season has been fairly good considering all the injuries and adversity they’ve had to face…
A key injury Eastmont will try to overcome this week is the loss of senior linebacker Logan Schneider. Don says they’re throwing every idea at the wall and see what sticks…
If Eastmont falls short tonight and Sunnyside beats Davis, a three-way, mini-playoff would take place Saturday at a yet-to-be-determined location. Don says he and his coaches will prepare for that if need be…
Eastmont and West Valley kick off at 7 o’clock tonight in the Yakima Valley.

The other game with playoff implications is at Zaepfel Stadium where the Davis Pirates host the Sunnyside Grizzlies at 7 o’clock.
We will have Wenatchee and Moses Lake tomorrow night at 7 here on the NCWLIFE Channel. Eric Granstrom will kick off our pregame at 6:30 from Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl.
We also learned from Wenatchee athletic director Jim Beeson that Wenatchee’s COVID-scrubbed game with Davis will be made up next Thursday at 6 o’clock in Yakima.
Here’s a look at the C-WAC football schedule with Ephrata hosting North Central while East Valley’s at Pullman at 6. Selah hosts Prosser at 7. Ellensburg will play at Grandview tomorrow at 7 o’clock.
The Central Washington B League wraps up its regular season this weekend beginning tonight. Pateros hosts Liberty Bell tonight at 7. Brewster hosts Liberty-Spangle tomorrow at 6 while Soap Lake travels to Bridgeport at 7.
Okanogan hosts Northwest Christian Saturday while Manson’s at Lind-Ritzville at 1. Waterville-Mansfield hosts Entiat Saturday at 6.
Crossover games for 1A teams in District 6 and 7 start tomorrow night with Omak hosting Newport. Cashmere’s at Lakeside, Nine Mile Falls. Cascade hosts Freeman and Chelan’s at Riverside. All these games are winner-to-state, loser-out scenarios.
Quincy finishes its season at home Saturday against Deer Park at 1 o’clock.

The District 6 4-A girls soccer playoffs officially get underway tonight…
Eastmont plays for the district championship at West Valley tonight at 5 o’clock. Wenatchee is home to host Moses Lake in a must-win game at 7 o’clock.
Liberty Bell hosts Brewster this afternoon at 4:30 for the 3rd and 4th place game in the District 6 1-B/2-B Tournament. Okanogan will face Tonasket in the Apple Bowl in Wenatchee Saturday for the district championship at 3 o’clock.
Saturday will be the day for crossover playoff games in soccer for the 1A schools in District 6 and 7. Cashmere will hosts Lakeside, Nine Mile Falls at 1 o’clock in a winner-to-state game. Cascade will play at Freeman, also at 1 o’clock.

The volleyball postseason continues tonight for the 1-B’s…
Wilson Creek plays at Pateros at 5 o’clock while Waterville-Mansfield hosts Entiat at 6. That tournament will shift to Waterville on Saturday.
The 2-B tournament resumes at Chelan High School today with Manson and Okanogan meeting for the district championship at 4 o’clock. Lake Roosevelt meets Brewster in a loser-out game at 5:30. Then at 7, the loser of the Manson/Okanogan match will face the winner of Brewster and Lake Roosevelt.
Wenatchee High School is the location for the District 6 4-A Tournament Saturday. We will broadcast Wenatchee and Eastmont at Noon for the district title. At the same time in Wenatchee’s small gym, Sunnyside will battle West Valley in a loser-out game. The winner of that will face the loser of Wenatchee and Eastmont at 2 for a last chance at State. NCWLIFE Channel will also broadcast that game, so be sure to tune in.
Chelan and Cashmere will play crossover games against Northeast-A opponents Saturday. Chelan will host Colville to get to State at 1 o’clock. Cashmere, meanwhile, will face Lakeside, Nine Mile Falls, on the road at 1 o’clock.

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.