NCWLIFE Evening News October 12th, 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, Chelan County PUD crews spent late Sunday and early Monday morning responding to numerous power pole fires that knocked out power to about 900 customers throughout the county. An East Wenatchee woman is accused of removing indigenous artifacts from a culturally important riverbank site along the Columbia, and, More communitywide COVID-19 testing has been scheduled this week in Wenatchee and East Wenatchee.
But first, we begin tonight. . .
Marilane Fire -Firefighters were able to save a home from damage after a fire ignited old grove juniper trees Friday night on Marilane Drive in Wenatchee’s Burch Mountain area. The fire shot flames high into the air and generated a huge column of smoke about 5:15 p.m. Chelan County Fire District 1 Deputy Chief Andy Davidson said fire crews initially thought it was a structure fire based on the amount of smoke. Crews from Chelan Fire Districts 1 and 6 and Douglas County Fire District 2 responded. Davidson said the fire started close to the road and the cause has not yet been determined but it was not caused by a controlled burn. He said evidence of the fire’s origin may have been destroyed during the firefighting effort.
PUD Pole Fires -Chelan County PUD crews spent late Sunday and early Monday morning responding to numerous power pole fires that knocked out power to about 900 customers throughout the county. About 400 customers in the McKittrick Street and Western Avenue area of North Wenatchee were the last to have power restored about 10 this morning. There also were pole fires and outages near Malaga Peshastin, and the Sunnyslope area of Wenatchee. The PUD says when there is rain after a long dry period the dust on poles and their metal components becomes a conductor of electricity, leading to pole fires.
Archaeology Crime -An East Wenatchee woman is accused of removing indigenous artifacts from a culturally important riverbank site along the Columbia. Douglas County prosecutors on Friday charged 59-year-old Theresa Claire Clark with two counts of disturbing an archaeological resource. Sheriff’s deputies said a Grant County PUD officer discovered Clark on Sept. 21st, trespassing on an ancient habitation site on the river near Rock Island. She was allegedly carrying a collection of rock tools and toolmaking materials she’d illegally gathered there. Authorities said Clark was previously caught gathering items from the same location in 2018, and banned from the property for life. Disturbing an archaeological site is a Class C felony in Washington. Clark must appear in court on Oct. 26th.
COVID Testing -More communitywide COVID-19 testing has been scheduled this week in Wenatchee and East Wenatchee. The Chelan-Douglas Health District said the free testing will be Tuesday through Friday at Wenatchee High School and Tuesday through Thursday at New Song Community Church in East Wenatchee. The hours for both sites are 1 to 6 p.m. each day. The drive-through, self-administered tests are open to anyone. This follows four days of testing last week in Wenatchee and one day in East Wenatchee. The health district says positive results will be returned within 24 to 48 hours.
TEASE -Coming up next, good news and bad news in the latest real estate snapshot of the Wenatchee housing market. The state Department of Ecology has earmarked $1 million dollars for salmon recovery efforts in the Methow River. Hikers in the Horse Lake trail system can expect short-term closures from mid-October through mid-November, and, Starting tomorrow, the NCW Libraries Bookmobile is coming out of seven months of COVID storage, and heading out to bring literacy to central Washington communities. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.


Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Real Estate Snapshot -Total home sales in the Wenatchee area real estate market last month were up 18-percent over the same time last year. According to the latest real estate snapshot from Pacific Appraisal Associates, 126 homes in the Wenatchee market were sold in September compared to 107 in 2019. However, active home listings are way down compared to last year from 166 in September 2019 to 74 last month, a 55-percent decrease. The median and average price of a home in the Wenatchee market also went up with the median price up 6-percent and the average price up 10-percent. The median price for a home in the Wenatchee area is at 365,000 dollars compared to 345,00 dollars in September of 2019.
Ecology Grants -The state Department of Ecology has earmarked $1 million dollars for salmon recovery efforts in the Methow River. The grant goes to the Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation, to help boost stream flows in that crucial watershed. It’s part of a $22 million dollar round of funding passed out to 21 high-priority waterway projects around the state. The Methow River grant will go to boost stream flows and aid the recovery of endangered fish, after the wildfires that have burned throughout the Okanogan and Methow basins.
Horse Lake PUD Work -Hikers in the Horse Lake trail system can expect short-term closures from mid-October through mid-November as the Chelan County PUD replaces four wooden transmission structures with steel poles. The PUD will be using a helicopter to fly in materials and using heavy machinery. The work has been timed between fire season and wetter winter weather. The PUD says the steel poles will better protect the transmission lines during fire season. The work areas will be reseeded to the area’s natural habitat.
Bookmobile Back -Starting Tuesday, the NCW Libraries Bookmobile is coming out of seven months of COVID storage, and heading out to bring literacy to central Washington communities. It will offer weekly curbside pickup of library materials that were ordered online or by phone, a drop-off box to return library materials, free craft and STEM kits for children and teens, and an internet hot spot for anyone needing to use wifi. Expect to see the bookmobile Tuesdays in Orondo and Wilson Creek, in Plain on Thursdays, and George on Wednesdays. You can’t go inside the vehicle because of pandemic restrictions, but the library hopes it’s a return to something like normal operations.
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Savanah Law -Today is Columbus or Indigenous People’s Day. In tonight’s feature story, a bill promoted by Washington legislators to better investigate cases of missing or murdered indigenous women is now law. President Donald Trump on Saturday signed the bill called Savanna’s Law, co-sponsored by 4th District Congressman Dan Newhouse and Washington Senator Maria Cantwell. The bill aims to increase coordination among police agencies so they can prioritize such cases. Native American women go missing or are murdered at much higher rates than women of other races. 56 are listed as missing in the state of Washington alone.
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

Russell Wilson connected with D.K. Metcalf on a six-yard touchdown pass on 4th-and-goal with 15-seconds left to rally Seattle over Minnesota 27-26 on Sunday Night Football last night…
The completion was the second 4th-down conversation between Wilson and Metcalf on the drive and helped the Seahawks to a 5-and-oh record, its best start in franchise history.
The drive and play saved what was otherwise a miserable performance for Seattle in the game, especially the defense, which was gouged for 201-yards rushing and 31-first downs.

Coach Pete Carroll says he wished the fans could have been at CenturyLink to witness this one…
The Vikings led 26-21 with time winding down and the ball deep in Seattle territory when they went for it on 4th and 1 at the Seahawk’s 6-yard line. Cody Barton and K.J. Wright combined on the tackle to stop Minnesota short and set up the game-winning drive.
Wright, who also had an interception and fumble recovery, said he and the team always believed they could come back…

Russell Wilson has now engineered 34-game-winning drives in his 9-year career. He says he knew the defense would give them a chance…
D.K. Metcalf made two, incredible fourth-down catches on the final drive to help Seattle win. He says with Wilson at quarterback, the team always believes it can win…
In Pete Carroll’s 11-seasons with the Seahawks, 90-games have been determined by a touchdown or less. He says he loves being in those tight situations…
The Seahawks will have the bye week this week to soak in their 5-and-oh start before wading into the NFC West schedule in three of the next four games.

Speaking of the NFC West, let’s check the Les Schwab Scoreboard…
Kyler Murray rushed for a touchdown and threw for another as Arizona beat the Jets 30-to-10. DeAndre Hopkins had another big game for the Cardinals, catching 6-passes for 131-yards and a touchdown as Arizona improved to 3-and-2.
Jared Goff threw for two scores and ran for two more to lead the Rams past the Washington Football Team 30-to-10. Los Angeles is right behind Seattle at 4-and-1 in the NFC West.
Jimmy Garoppolo struggled in his first game back after an ankle injury and the 49ers were pummeled by the Miami Dolphins 43-17. Ryan Fitzpatrick nearly had a perfect passer rating (154.5 out of possible 158.3), connecting on 22-of-28 passes for 350-yards and three touchdowns for Miami.

Former Mariner Mike Zunino came up big for Tampa Bay to help the Rays beat Houston 2-1 in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series Sunday…
Zunino’s two-out, RBI-single in the 5th inning proved to be the game winner. Jose Altuve gave Houston an early lead with a 1st inning, solo home run. Tampa Bay tied it in the 4th on Randy Arozarena’s solo homer.
Blake Snell worked 5-innings for the victory, allowing 1-run on 6-hits with 2-strikeouts and 2-walks. Diego Castillo worked an inning and two-thirds for the save.
Game 1 of the National League Championship Series gets underway today featuring Atlanta and Los Angeles. Max Fried will go for the Braves while Walker Buhler gets the start for the Dodgers. You can watch the action from Globe Life Field in Arlington on FOX.

Thanks Eric.
Roundabout Guy -As we leave you tonight, if you’re new to roundabouts, there can be a learning curve, so to speak. This morning, a motorist at the new roundabout at Third and Highline in East Wenatchee showed how not to use one properly.

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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.