NCWLIFE Evening News October 23, 2019

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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 lone hiker from Moses Lake who ventured toward a North Cascades fire lookout is still missing almost a week later. We will show what it looks like when 100,000 bushels of wheat goes up in flames, and, Wenatchee City Council is set to act on the next phase of the North Wenatchee Redevelopment project.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Police are investigating Tuesday’s fatal head-on crash near Brewster as a case of vehicular homicide. The two-car collision occurred at 9:30 a.m. on U.S. Highway 97 and Highway 17 about 5 miles North of Brewster.

That’s State Trooper John Bryant who says the driver of the Honda CR-V that was struck by the suspect vehicle – 59-year old Peggy Anne Griffin of Manson– was pronounced dead at the scene. Her name is being withheld pending notification. The driver of the suspect vehicle – 37-year old Kai Michael Marcellay of Brewster – and his passenger – 33 year old Brian Wade Dougherty of Okanogan – were transported the Three Rivers Hospital. Marcellay faces charges of vehicular homicide.

A lone hiker from Moses Lake who ventured toward a North Cascades fire lookout is still missing almost a week later. 28-year-old Rachel Lakoduk [LOCK-oh-duck] went by herself Thursday to try to reach the Hidden Lakes Lookout near Marblemount, a seven-mile trek and almost 7,000 feet in altitude. She has not been seen since. Skagit County Undersheriff Chad Clark said today that rescuers have not given up hope. . .

Clark says the Hidden Lakes trail is a popular hiking route … but October weather can be tricky, and Lakoduk’s trip coincided with the onset of heavy storms.

This is how it looks when 100-thousand bushels of wheat go up in flames. The fire at a Whitman County grain elevator broke out Tuesday afternoon fueled by strong gusty winds. Multiple engine crews responded to the fire near Winona. No one was injured. The cause was under investigation.

Wenatchee City Council is set to act on the next phase of the North Wenatchee Redevelopment project. At their Thursday evening meeting council members will be asked to award a contract for the demolition of the former Northwest Wholesale buildings located on North Wenatchee Avenue.

It’s one of the next steps for the development of Columbia Avenue to serve surplus parcels being sold by the City. Those parcels were acquired from WSDOT after the agency relocated to Olds Station. Eight bids were received on the project with Skycorp LTD of Arlington, Washington submitting a low bid of $209,103.  Demolition is scheduled for completion in December.

Coming up next, East Wenatchee area residence can learn more about two planned highway construction projects at an upcoming open house. In just over a week, the Museum of the Columbia at the Rocky Reach Discovery Center will close for good after more than 50 years, and, Link Transit has a treat for people heading downtown on Halloween: Free rides. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Wenatchee area residence can learn more about two planned highway construction projects at an upcoming open house.

A new roundabout at the intersection of State Route 28, Sunset Highway, and 35th Street will be discussed as well as the nearby Cascade Avenue intersection with US 2/97. DOT Officials say the improvements will enhance safety and mobility in a growing area that includes development of the new eastside Wenatchee Landing project.

Work at the two locations is part of one combined project that will start in May 2020. The October 30th open house will be held at the DOT’s North Central Washington headquarters at Olds Station.

In just over a week, the Museum of the Columbia at the Rocky Reach Discovery Center will close for good after more than 50 years.

The center at Rocky Reach Dam will hold a final “Night at the Museum” on Friday, November 1st from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Guides will lead visitors through the exhibits and share their favorite stories behind those displays.

There also will be a sneak peek at what’s ahead for the Discovery Center, owned by the Chelan County PUD. What’s ahead after an 18-month remodel will be a visitor’s center that’s far more dynamic and interactive, leaders of the project say.

A few of the current museum exhibits will stay with the new facility, while others will go to the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center, and the rest going into storage.

Link Transit has a treat for people heading downtown on Halloween: Free rides. The idea is to make it easy for people to participate in the annual Trick or Treating on the Avenue. The free rides start at 2 p.m. Halloween day.

Buses usually pick up at least once every half hour. And most of the buses will get you within a couple blocks of the action on the Avenue. By the way, trick or treaters you are also welcome to stop by the NCWLIFE building on Chelan Avenue and Yakima Street.  

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.

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In tonight’s feature story, memorial services for fallen firefighter Christian Johnson will be held tomorrow in Okanogan, beginning with a procession of emergency vehicles through town. Johnson, assistant chief of Okanogan County Fire District 3, died October 2nd from injuries he sustained September 1st fighting the Spring Coulee Fire.

The procession begins at 10:15 a.m. at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds, winding its way through town before returning to the fairgrounds for the 1 p.m. services.

The fire district has received letters of condolences from firefighting agencies across the country. Johnson was 55 years old. On the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Fourth District Congressman Dan Newhouse paid tribute to Johnson earlier today. . .

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.

Juan Soto homered and drove in three runs to lead Washington past Houston 5-4 in Game 1 of the World Series at Minute Maid Park last night…

The Astros took the early lead on Yuli Gurriel’s 2-run double in the bottom of the first.  But the Nationals came back with a solo home run by Ryan Zimmerman in the second and then Soto’s solo shot in the 4th to tie it.

Washington took the lead on Adam Eaton’s RBI single in and Soto’s 2-run double in the 5th to make it 5-2 Nationals.

Houston’s George Springer did what he could to single-handedly bring the Astros back with a solo home run in the 7th and an RBI double in the 8th.  Washington’s Joe Smith came on in the 9th and retired Houston 1-2-3 to preserve the 5-4 victory.

Game 2 is tonight at 5:07 on FOX as Stephen Strasberg faces Justin Verlander.

There’s been another shakeup atop the Big-9 girls soccer standings…

Moses Lake upset Wenatchee last night at Lions Field 1-nil.  Eastmont, meanwhile, picked up a 6-nothing win at Sunnyside to improve to 8-and-2.  So the Wildcats go back to 1st in the Big-9 with Moses Lake second at 7-and-2.  Wenatchee drops to 3rd at 7-and-3.

In Caribou Trail League play, Chelan blanked Omak 1-nil while Cascade cruised past Okanogan 5-1.  Cashmere plays Chelan Tuesday and then hosts Cascade next Tuesday in a game for the league title.  We will have that game LIVE on NCWLIFE with Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen from the Cashmere Soccer Field at 6:30.

In the CWAC last night, Selah shut out Ephrata 2-nil and Quincy got by Prosser 3-2.  In B league play, Brewster beat Bridgeport 5-1.

Turning to the Les Schwab Prep Volleyball Scoreboard…

It took 5-games, but Wenatchee secured at least the Number 2 spot in league with a 3-2 win over Moses Lake.  The Chiefs came out firing on all cylinders and beat the Panthers 25-21 in the first game.  It was back-and-forth from there as Eric Granstrom had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Wenatchee comes back for the 3-2 victory.  Eastmont was also victorious last night at Sunnyside, beating the Grizzlies 25-17, 15, and 15 solidifying 3rd place in the Big-9.  That will mean a home district play-in game a week from Tuesday, probably against Davis.

In Caribou Trail League play, Okanogan swept Cascade 3-0 while Chelan cruised by Omak in three games.

Ellensburg remained unbeaten in CWAC play with a three game sweep of Ephrata.  Selah kept pace, improving to 7-and-oh in league play with a sweep of Quincy.

And in the B’s, it was Tonasket taking three games from Bridgeport.

Trying to shore up a defensive backfield that has given up big plays this season, the Seahawks traded for safety Quandre Diggs from the Detroit Lions yesterday…

ESPN is reporting that Seattle received Diggs and a 2021 seventh-round pick while the Lions received Seattle’s 2020 fifth-round pick.

Diggs was a Pro Bowl alternate last year after a 78-tackle, three interception season.  He’s missed a game and part of another due to a hamstring injury, but has been on the field for most of Detroit’s games this season.

Diggs went to Instagram to thank Detroit and its fans and said, quote, Seattle let’s get it!  Ready to get to work and win more games!  Too hyped! End quote.  He also made a reference to Tyler Lockett and Ziggy Ansah saying, quote, my brothers, here I come! End quote.

Wenatchee is ranked 19th and Eastmont 20th in the last Max Preps High School Football rankings.  The Panthers improved to 6-and-1 with last week’s win over Davis while the Wildcats dropped its first game in a heartbreaker to Sunnyside 29-28…

The unranked Grizzlies will be in Wenatchee Friday night and we’ll have the game LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel.  Be sure to tune in with Grant Olson and Eric Granstrom for all the action with our pregame at 6:45.  Kickoff at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl is 7 o’clock.  It’s also homecoming for the Panthers.

Thanks Eric. Recapping tonight’s top news stories. . .

Police are investigating Tuesday’s fatal head-on crash near Brewster as a case of vehicular homicide.

The two-car collision occurred at 9:30 a.m. on U.S. Highway 97 and Highway 17 about 5 miles North of Brewster. John Bryant of the Washington State Patrol says the driver of the Honda CR-V that was struck by the suspect vehicle – a 59-year old Manson woman – was pronounced dead at the scene. Her name is being withheld pending notification. The driver of the suspect vehicle – 37-year old Kai Michael Marcellay of Brewster – and his passenger – 33 year old Brian Wade Dougherty of Okanogan – were transported the Three Rivers Hospital.  Marcellay faces charges of vehicular homicide.

A lone hiker from Moses Lake who ventured toward a North Cascades fire lookout is still missing almost a week later.

28-year-old Rachel Lakoduk [LOCK-oh-duck] went by herself Thursday to try to reach the Hidden Lakes Lookout near Marblemount, a seven-mile trek and almost 7,000 feet in altitude. She has not been seen since. Skagit County Undersheriff Chad Clark said today that rescuers have not given up hope. Clark says the Hidden Lakes trail is a popular hiking route … but October weather can be tricky, and Lakoduk’s trip coincided with the onset of heavy storms.

Time now to 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.