NCWLIFE Evening News October 11th, 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, The latest real estate trend continues in the Wenatchee area as once again; the median sales price is up compared to last year and total sales are down. As had been feared, roads to trailheads in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest were clogged with vehicles over the weekend as people headed to the hills to view the fall colors, and, Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake is the latest to demand COVID-19 vaccinations for its student body.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Kayaker Body Found -The body of a Nespelem man who went missing while kayaking in Banks Lake two weeks ago has been recovered. 51-year old Kelly Burkhart died during a kayak trip that began on the east shore of the lake on Monday, September 27th. He and his fellow kayaker were separated when high winds picked up, and Burkhart was reported missing. His kayak and life vest were recovered the next day. Grant County sheriff’s deputies say after an extensive search by boat and aircraft, Burkhart’s body was found Friday afternoon. The Grant County coroner is investigating the cause of his death.
Real Estate Snapshot -The latest real estate trend continues in the Wenatchee area as once again; the median sales price is up compared to last year and total sales are down. The Pacific Appraisal Associates report shows the median sales price for a home in the Wenatchee market was up 19% compared to last year at 435,000-dollars, in September of last year the price was 365,000-dollars. Total home sales last month were down sharply compared to last year with 96 sold in September of this year compared to 293 in September of 2020. The bright spot in the report was active listings: up 42% in September compared to August of this year and up 19% compared to September of 2020. The Wenatchee real estate market consists of Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Malaga, Orondo and Rock Island.
Forest Crowds -As had been feared, roads to trailheads in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest were clogged with vehicles over the weekend as people headed to the hills to view the fall colors. The Forest Service said especially bad was Rainy Creek Road off Highway 2 west of Leavenworth. Traffic was backed up for more than a mile on the road with numerous vehicles double parked and angry drivers trying to get up or down the road on what was barely one lane of travel. The Forest Service said several hikers had to spend significant time directing traffic.
Big Bend Vaccinations – Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake is the latest to demand COVID-19 vaccinations for its student body. Full vaccination will be required for all students learning on the physical campus and at Big Bend instructional sites, when the winter quarter begins January 3rd. Students will be asked to either attest to their vaccination status or have an approved medical or religious exemption by December 16th to avoid having their classes dropped for the winter quarter. Students taking online classes only are not required to be vaccinated. Any requests for exemption should be turned into the college no later than December 6th.
TEASE -Coming up next, Knapps Hill Tunnel on Highway 97A will be closed much of Tuesday as crews repair damage done to the tunnel during a September 16th accident./ More than 9,000 acres of land in northeast Okanogan County is now the property of the Colville Confederated Tribes./ The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust is looking for volunteer workers to help with annual fall maintenance on its trails, and, A fish and wildlife officer came to the rescue of a bull elk that got tangled in barbed wire outside Wenatchee over the weekend. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Knapps Tunnel Closure -Knapps Hill Tunnel on Highway 97A will be closed much of Tuesday as crews repair damage done to the tunnel during a September 16th accident. The tunnel will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a detour available on Highway 971 Navarre Coulee Road. 12 support beams in the tunnel were damaged when a southbound vehicle swerved into the oncoming lane and struck a northbound box truck, which then hit another vehicle before crashing into the tunnel wall. Link Transit said during the tunnel closure its bus routes between Manson and Wenatchee will be using Highway 97 on the east side of the Columbia River.
Colville Land -More than 9,000 acres of land in northeast Okanogan County is now the property of the Colville Confederated Tribes. The nonprofit Conservation Northwest closed on the sale of land in the Tunk Valley last Thursday, and conveyed the deed to the tribes. The land is former ranch property that was originally part of the Colville reservation, before its boundaries were redrawn by Congress in 1892. It’s also a major corridor for habitat migration between the Cascades and the Kettle River Range. The purchase cost $4.6 million dollars, and was paid for through private donations.
Trail Volunteers -Wenatchee’s trail system wouldn’t be the same without volunteers. The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust wants volunteer workers to help with annual fall maintenance on its trails. This week, it’s the Jacobson Preserve trail in the western foothills. The work party there starts at 3 p.m. Wednesday and runs until 6. If you can help out, bring a face mask, work gloves, water, snacks and appropriate clothing. The Land Trust will have tools for volunteer use if you don’t happen to bring your own. You can sign up through the organization’s website at cdlandtrust.org.
Tangled Elk -A fish and wildlife officer came to the rescue of a bull elk that got tangled in barbed wire outside Wenatchee over the weekend. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Officer Eric Boyd responded to find the large elk with its antlers completely entangled in the wire and two fence posts, which then got wrapped up in another fence. WDFW biologist Emily Jeffreys and neighbors assisted in darting the bull so all the wire could be removed. The bull was last seen wandering off, barbed-wire free.
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. . .
Redistricting Testimony -In tonight’s feature story, the reshaping of Washington’s voting districts is well underway. Last week, the state’ bipartisan Redistricting Commission heard public testimony on its four proposed maps for state legislative districts. On Saturday, the subject was congressional districts – including the 8th District, which under two Democratic proposals would lose East Wenatchee to the neighboring 4th District. Here’s what some local observers had to say. . .

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

Major League Baseball’s post-season continues today with three games on tap…
The first game had Atlanta downing Milwaukee 3-nothing thanks a 5th inning crush by Joc Pederson…
Atlanta now leads the series 2-1.
The second game is underway in Boston where the Red Sox will try to wrap it up against Tampa Bay. You can watch it live on FS1.
The final game tonight is in Dodger Stadium where Los Angeles hosts San Francisco at 6:47 on TBS.

On the Les Schwab College Football Scoreboard from Saturday…
Jayden de Laura led Washington State to come from behind to beat Oregon State 31-24 in Pullman. De Laura threw for 399-yards and three touchdowns to help the Cougars even their conference record at 2-and-2.
Eric Barriere threw for three touchdowns and Dennis Merritt ran for three more as Eastern Washington demolished Northern Colorado 63-to-17.
Central Washington scored 42-unanswered points over the second and third quarters to beat Western Oregon 45-14.

The 582-day layoff finally came to an end Saturday as the Wenatchee Wild dropped the puck in BCHL play at Penticton…
Jayden Price score the first goal for Wenatchee since March of 2020 in the second period. The Vees countered 12-second later.
Cade Littler scored his first goal as a Wild to start the 3rd but Penticton found the net late in the period to force overtime. That’s where Finlay Williams scored 3-minutes into the extra frame to give the Vees a 3-2 victory.
Wenatchee’s off until this Saturday when they travel to Trail to take on the Smoke Eaters.

Taking a look at the Les Schwab Prep Girls Soccer Scoreboard from Saturday…
Eastmont shut out Davis 2-nil while West Valley upended Moses Lake 7-nil. That creates a 3-way tie for first in the Big-9 between the Wildcats, Rams and Chiefs.
In other action Saturday, Selah beat Ephrata 3-1. Liberty Bell edged Brewster 4-3. Manson blanked Lake Roosevelt 1-nil while Okanogan shut out Highland.

There were just a couple games on the Les Schwab Volleyball Scoreboard
Wilbur-Creston topped Waterville-Mansfield in 4-sets while Manson had its hands full with Entiat, but came out on top 3-2.
Moses Lake came through with two, second-half touchdowns while holding Eastmont scoreless in a 21-13 win at Wildcat Stadium…
Sergio Guzman rushed for 105-yards while Chief quarterback Brock Clark scored twice on the ground and once through the air. Eastmont committed four turnovers in their first Big-9 loss of the season.
Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson had the call here on the NCWLIFE Channel…
8-Eastmont vs ML Football 2:35
Eisenhower closed the gap to 17-14 early in the second half, but Sunnyside responded with four, unanswered rushing touchdowns to beat the Cadets 44-14 Friday night. Sunnyside and Moses Lake are the only two undefeated teams remaining in Big-9 play.
Cascade traveled to Quincy Friday night in Caribou Trail League play and shut out the Jackrabbits 42-nothing. Omak used a huge second half to beat Chelan during the Goat’s homecoming night 40-to-19.
Brewster beat Tonasket in Central Washington B-League play 44-22. Entiat popped Pateros 64-16. Manson won by forfeit over Oroville. Liberty Bell beat Soap Lake 36-6.

The Seahawks will be without quarterback Russell Wilson for the next six-to-eight weeks after undergoing surgery on his finger Friday…
The 10-year veteran suffered the injury to the middle finger on his throwing hand in Thursday night’s loss to the Rams. Doctors had to repair the torn tendon Friday.
Wilson has set a comeback date of Week-10 versus the Packers or Week-11 versus Arizona. Geno Smith will take over the starting spot in his place, beginning this Sunday night at Pittsburgh.

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.