NCWLIFE Evening News October 13th, 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, Here are A few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, A large quantity of drugs and cash were reportedly seized and two Yakima men were arrested after an Ephrata Police officer pulled over a stolen vehicle early Tuesday morning. The state Auditor’s Office criticized the Eastmont School District for its handling of timesheets related to special education projects and Chelan County commissioners signed off Tuesday on an agreement to form an interagency SWAT team.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Almira School Burns -An electrical problem is the suspected cause of a fire at the Almira Pre-K and Elementary school Tuesday that eventually destroyed the entire school. Firefighters from throughout the region responded about 4 p.m. to the fire in the Lincoln County town about 20 miles east of Coulee City. There were no injuries and classes had already been cancelled Tuesday because of a power outage at the school. The fire burned through the school into the evening before eventually spreading to the gym, which was also completely destroyed. School officials had earlier reported an odd smell at the school believed to be coming from an electrical room.
Ephrata Drug Bust -A large quantity of drugs and cash were reportedly seized and two Yakima men were arrested after an Ephrata Police officer pulled over a stolen vehicle early Tuesday morning. Deputy Kyle Foreman of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office explains how the drug bust went down and what was reportedly found. . .
Eastmont Audit -The state Auditor’s Office criticized the Eastmont School District for its handling of timesheets related to special education projects. The district used about a million dollars in federal grants last year to support its special education efforts. The auditor says the school district failed to adequately document the time spent on program goals, and didn’t submit required paperwork to the state superintendent’s office. Eastmont challenged some parts of the auditor’s finding, but says it will work to comply in the future.
SWAT Agreement -Chelan County commissioners signed off Tuesday on an agreement to form an interagency SWAT team, with police forces throughout the valley combining their resources. Right now Chelan and Douglas counties have their own independent tactical teams. The new organization would be operational by January. Officials in Wenatchee and East Wenatchee have already voted to approve the partnership. . .
TEASE -Coming up next, A Wenatchee roofing company has been fined $135,000-dollars for failure to protect workers from falls./ NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins has a report from last night’s rally for immigrant citizenship and residency reform./ The Wenatchee school board is considering a return to in-person meetings, and, Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort celebrated its first snow of the season yesterday. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Roofing Fine -A Wenatchee roofing company has been fined about $135,000 for failing to provide fall protection for its workers. The Department of Labor and Industries says Royal Roofing failed inspections twice this summer, one of them on a Moses Lake job site. It was cited with fines of $108,000 and $27,000 for the two violations, and did not appeal either finding. L&I says Royal Roofing has nine similar safety violations on its record dating back to 2013. The company is appealing one fall-protection fine levied after an alleged violation in April 2020.
Immigration Rally -Latinx voters turned out for President Joe Biden in 2020, and now Washington activists want them to keep their promises on immigration and naturalization. Local residents turned out for a rally on the topic Tuesday night. NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins was there.
School Board Meetings -The Wenatchee School Board will continue holding its public meetings online-only until after the November elections. That consensus came after an energetic debate Tuesday night, in which boardmember Julie Norton sought to reconvene in-person, and Michele Sandberg and Maria Iñiguez, who were the targets of an alleged threat, opposed the move. All three are up for reelection next month. Meetings have been entirely remote since August 24th, when unmasked members of the public confronted the board, despite a state requirement for facial masks in all school facilities. . .
Mission Ridge Snow-Jobs -Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort celebrated its first snow of the season Tuesday with the ski hill south of Wenatchee receiving an additional light dusting into early this morning. The resort is scheduled to put its snow-making equipment to work at the end of October, with a targeted opening day of November 19th, Thanksgiving weekend. Mission Ridge is gearing up for the 2021-22 season with a job fair this Saturday at the resort from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The resort has a wide range of openings from bus drivers to kitchen staff to lift operators to ticket takers.
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. . .
E-Bikes in Forest -The state is looking for public comment on rules they’re developing for riding e-bikes in state forests. IN tonight’s feature story, Allison Morrow of the Department of Natural Resources explains how the process will work. . .

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 first game in Seattle Kraken history got off to a rough start in Las Vegas last night, as the Golden Knights raced out to a 3-0 lead midway through in the second period. But Seattle came storming back thanks to the first goal in Kraken history by Ryan Donato…
Despite falling in its first game, coach Dave Hakstol see plenty to be hopeful about…
Jared McCann and Morgan Geekie also found the back of the net for Seattle. The Kraken will get another crack at the win column tomorrow night in Nashville against the Predators.

The Dodgers kept their season alive with a 7-2 win over the Giants last night in Los Angeles…
L-A had been shut out twice so far in the series, but Mookie Betts helped the offense get going early last night…
Game 5 of the NLDS will be decided tomorrow night in San Francisco on TBS.
As you see here, the American League Championship Series is now set after Houston blasted Chicago 10-to-1 to win its series…
Jose Altuve put the capper on the game with a 3-run home run in the top of the 9th. Then, it was good night Chicago…
Game 1 of the ALCS will be Friday in Houston on FOX.
Atlanta awaits the winner of the Dodgers and Giants after beating Milwaukee 5-4 to take its National League Division Series. Freddie Freeman provided the game-winner in the bottom of the 8th…
Game 1 of the NLCS will start Saturday in either Los Angeles or San Francisco.

Turning to the local Les Schwab Prep Girls Soccer Scoreboard from last night…
Eastmont blasted Moses Lake 6-to-1 to move out a little in the lead for the Big-9 title. Wenatchee blanked Eisenhower to keep pace 2-nil. Ellensburg beat Ephrata 7-nil. Chelan shut out Cascade 2-nil. Cashmere clobbered Omak 11-nothing. Quincy walloped Warden 9-1. Pateros bettered Bridgeport 2-1. Tonasket mauled Manson 11-nothing. And Okanogan beat Brewster 5-1.
A reminder that we have a HUGE match Saturday here on the NCWLIFE Channel when Wenatchee hosts West Valley at 1 o’clock at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl. Sebastian Moraga and John Springer will call the action beginning with the pregame show at 12:45.

On the Les Schwab Prep Volleyball Scoreboard last night…
Wenatchee swept three sets from Eisenhower. Ephrata beat East Valley of Yakima 3-0. Chelan swept Cascade. Brewster beat Tonasket 3-nothing. Wilson Creek took down Bridgeport 3-0. Cascade Christian slipped past Soap Lake 3-2. Pateros edged Moses Lake Christian 3-2.

Wenatchee celebrates homecoming Friday night with West Valley in town…
We’ll have the game LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel with Grant Olson and Eric Kuntz. Our pregame gets underway at 6:30 at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl.


Thanks Eric.

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