NCWLIFE Evening News November 5th, 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, Law enforcement officers in Okanogan County spent almost a full day last week tracking down a man who twice bolted from them into the woods west of Mazama. Loren Culp, the Republic police chief who garnered just 40 percent of the vote for governor on Tuesday, says he has no job to go back to, and, Guest farmworkers harvesting produce under the H-2A via program will find their wages frozen for at least the next two years.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Twenty-nine people in the Wenatchee Valley are now dead from coronavirus.

The Chelan-Douglas Health District reported the latest death of a Chelan County resident on Wednesday. She was a woman in her 70s. This comes in addition to three deaths due to COVID-19 reported one day earlier. About 290 new cases have been detected in the two counties in the last two weeks. The health district continues to advise residents to mask up, social distance, and avoid group gatherings to help slow the spread of the virus.

Law enforcement officers in Okanogan County spent almost a full day last week tracking down a man who twice bolted from them into the woods west of Mazama. NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins has the story. . .

Loren Culp, the Republic police chief who garnered just 40 percent of the vote for governor on Tuesday, says he has no job to go back to.

The Republican challenger to Governor Jay Inslee has so far refused to concede the election, and last Friday, the city council of Republic voted 3-to-1 to eliminate its only police position, and contract with Ferry County for its law enforcement needs. Culp had this to say on his Facebook page yesterday. . .

Secretary of State Kim Wyman said yesterday she’s not sure what Culp is referring to when he hints at voting irregularities. Ferry County deputies have patrolled Republic while Culp was off campaigning. Republic’s Mayor Elbert Koontz said all the way back in August that dissolving the town’s police department was a distinct possibility.

Guest farmworkers harvesting produce under the H-2A via program will find their wages frozen for at least the next two years.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced this week a new rule keeping H-2A wage rates at 2019 levels until 2023, when a new system for figuring pay will take effect.

Farm wages have increased at a higher pace than other industries over the last few years. The move makes expenses more predictable for farm owners, but could discourage skilled immigrant workers who travel to Washington each farm season from Mexico, Jamaica and elsewhere.

Coming up next, The October real estate snapshot for the Wenatchee Valley is in and as expected, total sales and active listings are down compared to the same time last year. Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake has failed to obtain federal funds to build a new facility, and, If you detect a little smoke in the air, it might be from U.S. Forest Service burn projects being carried out.

I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The October real estate snapshot for the Wenatchee Valley is in and as expected, total sales and active listings are down compared to the same time last year.

The report, released by Pacific Appraisal Associates of Wenatchee shows total sales in October of this year are down 8-percent compared to last year. Active home listings were way down last month compared to October 2019 with 84 this year and 165 last year. The good news is active listings in October are up compared to September of this year by 14-percent. The median sales price of a home in the Wenatchee market is also up 6% at 368,500 dollars last month compared to 348,250-dollars in October of 2019. The year-to-date sales price of a new home in the Wenatchee area is up 11-percent.

Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake has failed to obtain federal funds to build a new facility. Samaritan Healthcare executive say their application for $100 million from the USDA Rural Development Fund was turned down. The healthcare firm had hoped to break ground this year on a new hospital, but that was delayed due to COVID-19. It’s now back to the drawing board for a new feasibility study, and a chance to reapply.

If you detect a little smoke in the air, it might be from U.S. Forest Service burn projects being carried out. The agency burned more than 50 acres of prescribed fire areas over the last three days, in the Methow Valley Ranger District near Mazama.

Another 50 acres were slated for prescribed burns today, depending on weather. You can see what acreage has been treated and where fires are planned using the Forest Service interactive map, at the address on your screen.

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Time now for our weekly Pause for Pets feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson introduces us to a few cats that are over at PetSmart waiting for new homes. . .

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.

The University of Washington’s game against Cal Saturday has been cancelled due to COVID…

According to the California athletic department, the game will be declared a no contest due to the Golden Bears’ inability to field a competitive roster following the results of one positive COVID-19 test and subsequent contact tracing.

Earlier this week, a member of the Cal football program tested positive for COVID-19.  The program followed up with contact tracing, quarantining, symptom monitoring and treatment.  As a result, several other players are in quarantine.

Similar to a presidential election or the Olympics, the Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills play one another every four years. 

The last time the two teams met was in 2016 with Seattle coming out on top 31-25.  In fact, Pete Carroll is 2-and-oh against Buffalo in his tenure with the Seahawks.  But he’ll be first to admit that this year’s 6-and-2 Bills are a much different team…

Buffalo is atop the NFL in converting on third down at over 51-percent.  Carroll says he believe that all starts with quarterback Josh Allen…

Seattle finally showed it could rush the passer last week in its 37-27 win over San Francisco, converting three quarterback sacks.  They’ll get some extra help with that this week as Carlos Dunlap will see his first action since being acquired in a trade from Cincinnati…

Dunlap says he excited to be out of quarantine and get on the field to run around with his new teammates…

Dunlap brings his 85-and-a-half career sacks with him to the table to try to help bring pressure on Josh Allen.

Linebacker Bobby Wagner says they key for Seattle’s defense Sunday will be to try to contain Allen in the pocket…

Wagner was selected the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his game against the 49ers in which he had two sacks.  According to reporters, Seattle blitzed more in that game than they had since 2010.  Bobby says he’d be up for more of that…

Seattle will head east to New York on Friday for a 10am kick Sunday in Orchard Park against the Bills.  The game will be televised on FOX.

The battered running back corps continues to hamper Seattle’s offense.  As a result, the Seahawks signed Alex Collins to the practice squad yesterday.  Collins was a 5th round draft choice by Seattle in 2016. 

Coach Pete Carroll says it’s still a wait-and-see scenario on Chris Carson…

DeeJay Dallas carried the ball a career-high 18-times for 48-yards last Sunday against San Francisco, scoring one touchdown on the ground.  He also caught 5-passes for 17-yards and a score.   

A year ago this week, Wenatchee and Eastmont met for the 51st time in the annual Bridge of Sportsmanship game.  The Wildcats got on the board first in a game that saw 7-lead changes…

Be sure to tune in for the rebroadcast of last year’s Bridge of Sportsmanship Friday at 6:30 here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

In fact, here’s a rundown of what we have available for viewing this weekend…

It begins tonight with Hockey Night as the Wenatchee Wild host the Salmon Arm Silverbacks from last December 13th.

Then, as we mentioned, the Bridge of Sportsmanship tomorrow night at 6:30.

Saturday features girls bowling from last year as Wenatchee battles Eastmont at 1:30. Then we’re back at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval for Johnson Electric Night at 6.

Thanks Eric.

For the fourth straight year, the Moses Lake Police Department is allowing its officers to grow beards for a good cause.

Participating officers donate $100 for permission to grow beards in November and another $100 if they want to continue it into December. Donations go to the Columbia Basin Cancer Foundation in November and to the Shop With a Cop program in December, with more than $2,500 raised in past years.

The department said it is an opportunity for some of its younger officers to grow facial hair for the first time and for older officers to see how their beard isn’t as dark as it once was.

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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.