NCWLIFE Evening News October 13th, 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, A woman who led police on a chase in a stolen car last spring is now accused of stealing and crashing a downtown Link bus. A fire believed to have been started by a heat lamp burned a chicken coup, a shed and a tree Monday night in Wenatchee. The Eastmont School District has called off plans to start in-class instruction for younger students next Monday, and, The first local children to go back to in-person classes started just yesterday, with kids in the kindergarten through second-grade levels joining socially distanced classrooms in the Cashmere and Leavenworth school districts.
But first, we begin tonight. . .
**Phase 2 ** -In a long-awaited moment, Chelan and Douglas counties have officially advanced to Phase 2 in Washington’s COVID-19 recovery program. Gov. Jay Inslee announced the move today, bringing Northcentral Washington and three other counties in line with the rest of the state. Under Inslee’s Safe Start program, our area has been in a modified Phase 1 condition since June. Here’s what the Governor had to say. . .
Phase 2 means a broader reopening of businesses like bowling alleys, movie theaters, museums and libraries, with 25 percent occupancy and mask guidelines in place. Some Phase 2 conditions already apply for Chelan and Douglas counties.
Bus Theft -A woman who led police on a chase in a stolen car last spring is now accused of stealing and crashing a downtown Link bus. 33-year-old Megan Rebecca Beam of Baker City, Oregon, faces possible charges of vehicle theft, hit and run and reckless endangerment. Wenatchee police say on Saturday she entered a parked Link Transit bus on South Wenatchee Avenue, drove it a few blocks in the area of Columbia Station, then jumped out while it rolled into two parked cars on Yakima Street. A bystander jumped on the bus and put it in park before it could do more damage. Back in March, Beam fled from four police agencies in this cross-valley chase, driving a vehicle taken from BNSF Railways. She was sentenced to three months in jail.
Chicken Coup Fire -A fire believed to have been started by a heat lamp burned a chicken coup, a shed and a tree Monday night in the 1000 block of Harvard Avenue in Wenatchee. Kay McKellar of Chelan County Fire District 1 said the call came in at 8:25 p.m. and by the time firefighters arrived the fire had spread from the chicken coup to the shed and tree. The scene was cleared at 9:21 p.m. with no homes damaged. McKellar said a small number of chickens did not survive the fire.
Eastmont No Classes -The Eastmont School District has called off plans to start in-class instruction for younger students next Monday. In a statement Monday, Superintendent Garn Christensen said the area has not yet reached the COVID-19 numbers recommended by the state for returning students to the classroom and would need a waiver from the health district to do so. Christensen said he would be meeting the county health officer next week to ask for a waiver. The district had planned to offer in-class instruction to students from preschool to fourth grade. The state has recommended no more than 75 new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents over the past 14 days before returning kids to classrooms. Douglas County is currently at 117.4 per 100,000 residents over the past 14 days.
K-2 Restart -The first local children to go back to in-person classes started just yesterday, with kids in the kindergarten through second-grade levels joining socially distanced classrooms in the Cashmere and Leavenworth school districts. NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins spoke yesterday with educators from the Upper Valley’s Cascade School District to find out what the first day of teaching was like, under the heavy burden of COVID-19. . .
Coming up next, Ballots for the 2020 general election are being mailed out to registered voters today in Douglas County and tomorrow in Chelan County. The Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce invites you to get to know your candidates this week, with a pair of virtual political forums starting tomorrow morning, and, Even though it’s still fall, the state issued its first winter pass advisory of the season this morning. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Ballots Go Out -Ballots for the 2020 general election are being mailed out to registered voters today in Douglas County and tomorrow in Chelan County. Douglas County Auditor Thad Duvall and Chelan County Auditor Skip Moore told Wake Up Wenatchee Valley’s Dan Kuntz this morning there appears to be a lot interest in the election this year and both men are expecting a big turnout. . .
Chamber Forums -The Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce invites you to get to know your candidates this week, with a pair of virtual political forums starting tomorrow morning. At 8 a.m., it’s 4th District Congressman Dan Newhouse and his Democratic challenger, Doug McKinley, plus 8th Congressional District Republican candidate Jesse Jensen. Incumbent Congresswoman Kim Schrier won’t be attending. On Thursday morning at 8 a.m., it’s locals night with 12th District state legislative candidate Adrienne Moore and incumbent Keith Goehner, plus Tiffany Gering and Dale England in the race for Chelan County commissioner. You can watch each forum via Zoom, by registering on the Chamber’s website, or watch on Facebook Live.
First Pass Advisory -Even though it’s still fall, the state issued its first winter pass advisory of the season this morning. Slush on Stevens Pass led the Washington State Department of Transportation to advise traction tires while prohibiting oversized vehicles on the pass. Sherman Pass between Republic and Kettle Falls also received a layer of snow overnight but no advisory was issued for travelers. Loup Loup Pass near Twisp also had a fresh coat of new snow this morning.
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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.

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Tampa Bay has taken a 2-0 lead in its best-of-seven American League Championship Series over Houston with a 4-2 win in Game 2 yesterday…
Manuel Margot gave the offense an early jolt with a 3-run home run in the bottom of the first off Astros starter Lance McCullers, Jr. Former Mariner Mike Zunino added on with a solo shot in the 7th, his 4th home run of the postseason.
Carlos Correa homered for Houston in the 6th and the Astros scored another in the 9th and had the bases loaded before Nick Anderson could coax the final out.
Charlie Morton earned the victory, going 5-innings and allowing no runs on 5-hits with 5-strikeouts. McCullers took the loss despite lasting 7-innings and striking out 11.
Game 3 of the series moves to the evening tonight on TBS as Ryan Yarbrough faces Houston’s Jose Urquidy (er-KEEDY).
Austin Riley’s leadoff home run in the 9th broke a 1-1 tie and the Braves rallied for four runs in the inning to beat the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLCS 5-1.
Marcell Ozuna followed Riley’s homer with an RBI-single and Ozzie Albies capped it with a 2-run home run off LA’s Blake Treinen
Freddie Freeman gave Atlanta the early lead with a solo home run in the first. The Dodgers tied it in the 5th on Enrique Hernandez’s home run. It remained knotted at 1 until the 9th.
Up 1-game-to-none, the Braves were sending Ian Anderson to the mound in Game 2 today against Los Angeles. Clayton Kershaw was a last-minute scratch with back spasms. Rookie Tony Gonsolin moved up to pitch in his place. That game is on FS1.

The Seattle Seahawks have been known over the years to pick up players and help them resurrect their careers, and in some cases, their lives. Such is the case with defensive end Demontre Moore…
The 6’4, 260-pound defensive end has bounced around with 6-teams in his 7-years in the NFL. He was with Seattle at one point but off-field troubles kept him from maintaining a job. He had a DWI and broke the league’s substance abuse policy.
Now he’s older, and according to coach Pete Carroll, has a family to think about and carries a new attitude. Moore came through with a sack and forced fumble in Sunday’s 27-26 win over Minnesota. He also had a big hit on special teams that Carroll says was his favorite play…
Moore says he is very appreciative of the opportunity to play with the Seahawks again after being with the organization in 2016. He says he wants to show he is worth the chance…
The Seahawks are on a bye week, which has the staff very nervous about possible exposure to COVID-19. Coach Carroll says, as a result, he’s asked everyone to respect the bubble they have worked so hard to create…
Following the bye, Seattle will travel to Arizona to take on the Cardinals October 25th.

The Wenatchee Wild started training camp yesterday for a season that’s still up in the air…
Despite a COVID-shutdown of the Canadian border still in place, the Wenatchee Wild began a 7-week training camp yesterday. Coach Chris Clark says they’ll have 23-players in town to show them what the Wild style of hockey is all about…
Clark says they’re working with other organizations throughout the region in an attempt to play some exhibition games in the next month. The BCHL season is set to begin in early December, with or without Wenatchee. The Wild will have to wait until the border reopens and COVID restrictions are lifted locally so they can play games league games this winter.

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.