NCWLIFE Evening News October 21st, 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, Wenatchee Valley College has lost six employees over its COVID-19 vaccine requirement, out of its roughly 230 full-time staff. More than 2,000 people have signed a petition asking Moses Lake to bring back firefighters who have left the department because of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate and Starting next week, inmates convicted of a felony will have to remain in their local jails for a time, rather than be transferred to state prisons, we’ll tell you why coming up.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
M. Lake Semi Accident -A semi-truck and trailer that ended up on its side sent the driver to the hospital and blocked traffic early this morning on I-90, 6 miles east of Moses Lake. The Washington State Patrol reports that shortly after 1AM, a semi towing a trailer was traveling eastbound on the highway when the big rig drifted to the right, struck a light pole, re-entered the highway and rolled on its side. The driver – 20-year old Artur Y. Dashchuk of Orting – was transported by ambulance to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake with non-life-threatening injuries. The State Patrol says driver fatigue was a factor in the accident.
WVC Vaxed -Wenatchee Valley College has lost six employees over its COVID-19 vaccine requirement, out of its roughly 230 full-time staff. The college said Wednesday that 11 other employees are working under temporary accommodations while their requests for exemption from the vaccine are considered. The six staff who departed the college system either retired or were dismissed. Monday was the deadline for all WVC staff, as well as state employees and healthcare workers throughout Washington, to show proof of full vaccination. The college says it’s achieved roughly 92 percent full vaccination among its full-time employees.
Moses Firefighter Petition -More than 2,000 people have signed a petition asking Moses Lake to bring back firefighters who have left the department because of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The petition was posted Sunday on the website Change-dot-org by the Moses Lake Firefighters union. The union says the department is losing more than 87 years of combined experience with the departures of Firefighter/EMT Michael Evens; shift Lieutenant Jay Morris; and shift Captain Phil Walker. The city issued a statement this week saying they originally had granted exemptions to the vaccine requirement to eight fire department employees but determined there were no accommodations that could be made for them to continue in their roles, which include frontline health care.
Prisoner Transfers -Starting next week, inmates convicted of a felony will have to remain in their local jails for a time, rather than be transferred to state prisons. Governor Jay Inslee placed a two-week halt on jail-to-prison transfers, starting Monday, saying it will help the Department of Corrections better control the spread of COVID-19 among prisoners. State law ordinarily requires offenders to be moved from jail to prison custody within 40 days of conviction. The governor’s order suspends that requirement until at least November 5th.
TEASE -Coming up next, The redistricting commission maps may violate Voting Rights Act by omitting a majority-Latino congressional district./ The Eastmont School District is asking staff, parents and community members to participate in the search for a new district superintendent, and, The city of Leavenworth began today to remove a picnic pavilion from its main downtown park. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Redistrict Map -Proposed electoral maps drawn by the Washington Redistricting Commission risk violating the Voting Rights Act, because they don’t offer a congressional district where Latinos are the majority of voters. That’s the conclusion of an analysis by faculty in UCLA’s political science department. The four proposed redistricting maps appear to dilute the voting power of Latinos in the Yakima Valley, which would violate the federal voting law. One redistricting commissioner says a revised map with improved Latinx representation is under construction. The four-member commission has until November 15th to agree on a single map.
Eastmont Superintendent -The Eastmont School District is asking staff, parents and community members to participate in the search for a new district superintendent. Superintendent Garn Christensen is retiring at the end of June next year and the district has hired a search firm to assist in finding his replacement. As part of that process, two community meetings will held next week and the district has posted an online survey asking how the district is doing and what people value most in a new superintendent. The survey can be accessed through the Eastmont School District website or Facebook page. The first community meeting will be Monday at 6 p.m. at the Eastmont Junior High School auditorium. That meeting will be in-person. Then Tuesday at 6 p.m. there will be a remote community meeting via Zoom. Details for how to participate are also on the district’s website.
Leavenworth Pavilion -The city of Leavenworth began today to remove a picnic pavilion from its main downtown park. The covered pavilion in Lions Club Park next to City Hall suffers from rot in its wooden columns, and the city says it has to come down before winter. Otherwise the wind and snow runs the risk of causing the structure to collapse. Plans for replacing the pavilion are still in the works.
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. . .
Paws for Pets -Time now for our weekly Paws for Pets feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, we meet a Rabbit named Sparrow…

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 Braves are a win away from the World Series after downing the Dodgers in L-A last night 9-to-2…
Eddie Rosario was a one-man wrecking crew for Atlanta, collecting four hits and two home runs on the night…
Game 5 is tonight at 5:08 on TBS in a must-win game for the Dodgers to stay alive and force the series back to Atlanta.
Framber Valedez pitched eight, strong innings, holding Boston to 1-run on three hits to push the Astros past the Red Sox 9-to-1.
Yordan Alvarez was the hitting star of the night for Houston, helping to charge the offense in the early going…
The series now shifts to Houston for Game-6 on Friday with the Astros one win away from reaching the World Series.

The Wenatchee Wild are still winless in BCHL play after a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Prince George yesterday…
After a scoreless first period, Ben LeFranc broke the ice with a goal in the 11th minute of the second for the Spruce Kings. Things got out of control for Wenatchee in the third with Prince George scoring three goals in a three-minute span.
Cade Stibbe (STIBE-ee) was the loan goal-scorer for Wenatchee at the 12:01 mark of the 3rd.
Wenatchee dropped a heartbreaker today to Powell River, 3-2 in a shootout. Ben Troumbly and Ben Ivey scored goals in the 3rd period to give the Wild a brief lead, but the Kings scored in the final 5-minutes to tie it. After a scoreless overtime, the two faced off in a shootout with Powell River posting the win.

Opening up the Les Schwab Scoreboard from Wednesday in prep volleyball…
Manson remained unbeaten in North Central Washington B-League play with a sweep of Oroville. Waterville-Mansfield had its hands full with Wilson Creek, but came out on top 3-2. Pateros took care of Soap Lake in straight sets.
Here’s a look at a busy schedule for tonight as Cascade Christian starts it off at 5:30 hosting Moses Lake Christian. The 6:30 games have Cascade at Brewster; Chelan hosting Cashmere; Omak’s in Quincy; Tonasket takes on Liberty Bell; and Okanogan plays host to Lake Roosevelt.
Wenatchee goes for the regular season Big-9 title at home tonight against Davis at 7 o’clock. The late games also have Eastmont at Eisenhower; Moses Lake travels to Sunnyside; and Ephrata is in Ellensburg.

It’s going to be a busy day at Lions Pool in Moses Lake today…
The Chiefs are hosting an 11-Dive meet at Noon. That will be followed by the Big-9 District meet at 4 o’clock.

On the prep girls soccer schedule today…
Cashmere travels to Chelan at 3:30. Quincy hosts Omak at 4. Liberty Bell also has a 4 o’clock kickoff at Tonasket. Brewster hosts Manson at 4:30. Pateros travels to Lake Roosevelt at 5:30. Ephrata will host Othello tonight at 6.

The weekend of prep football gets underway tonight…
Pateros visits Soap Lake tonight at 7. Coming up tomorrow in the B’s, Oroville is scheduled to play at Brewster, although the Hornets have forfeited the last two games. Entiat battles Bridgeport. Manson hosts Lake Roosevelt. Okanogan travels to Tonasket. On Saturday, Waterville-Mansfield has a 3 o’clock kickoff at Liberty Bell.
We’ll have the NCWLIFE Channel cameras in Cashmere tomorrow night for the Bulldogs and Omak Pioneers. Eric Granstrom will kickoff our pregame at 6:30.
In other Caribou Trail League play tomorrow, Cascade plays a non-leaguer at Coopeville and Quincy hosts Chelan.
The Central Washington Athletic Conference schedule includes a non-league game for Selah at home against Rogers of Spokane at 6. Ephrata hosts Grandview at 7 while Ellensburg visits Othello and East Valley hosts Prosser.
Wenatchee has a non-league game at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl tomorrow night as 15th-ranked Union pays a visit at 6 o’clock. Eastmont travels to Sunnyside. Moses Lake is on the road at Davis. West Valley hosts Eisenhower.

Thanks Eric.
Pink Salmon -As we leave you tonight, a rare breed of salmon turned up in a fisheries trap near Dryden this summer. Biologists with the Yakama Nation discovered not one, but two pink salmon at Dryden Dam. Pink salmon are also called humpbacks, and normally they stay close to the Pacific, and seldom venture more than 200 miles up the Columbia. These pinks turned up more than 500 miles from the sea. The fish was formerly much more common in the Wenatchee River, before the advent of dams and large-scale commercial fishing.
**Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up Monday 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.