NCWLIFE Evening News October 31, 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, Moses Lake Police believe there may be some tainted heroin in town after responding to three overdoses in four hours Wednesday. Central Washington’s congressional caucus split along predictable party lines on the next steps toward impeachment, and, Representatives Schrier and Newhouse were among more than 40 bipartisan sponsors for the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, introduced this week in the U.S. House of Representatives.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A 21-year-old pregnant Ephrata woman was hospitalized Wednesday morning after her vehicle was in a head-on collision with a semi-truck.

The accident happened at 8:15 a.m. on Highway 17 near Neppel Road after (R-uh-cell-e) Araceli Valverde Velentin’s 2009 Chevy Cobalt spun on the highway into the path of a semi. The truck, which was hauling fruit, was being driven 27-year-old Mark Jones of Spokane. Trooper John Bryant said Valentin was not injured but taken to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake as a precaution due to her pregnancy. Her car was totaled and the semi will need repairs before being fit for driving again. Valentin was cited for causing the accident.

Moses Lake Police believe there may be some tainted heroin in town after responding to three overdoses in four hours Wednesday.

In the past that has been the result of a bad batch of the drug making its way through town, the department said. Throwing your heroin away is the wisest move, police said, but they also know that isn’t likely. So they’re advising people to call 911 immediately if they see someone having an overdose. None of the overdoses Wednesday were fatal.

Central Washington’s congressional caucus split along predictable party lines on the next steps toward impeachment.

The House voted 232-196 to approve the rules that will govern the impeachment process against President Donald Trump. Among the yes votes: Democrat Kim Schrier, whose 8th District includes the Wenatchee Valley. Fourth District Republican Dan Newhouse, who represents greater Douglas and Okanogan counties, voted no. The probe will now consider whether the president committed impeachable offenses in his conduct toward Ukraine.

But, Washington’s reps proved they can still work together on farm issues. Schrier and Newhouse were among more than 40 bipartisan sponsors for the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, introduced this week. The bill, if passed, would restructure the H2A visa program used by many farms to recruit migrant workers, and help those farmworkers earn legal permanent resident status over time. The bill’s first stop is a House committee.

Coming up next, Your chance to comment on how Washington’s gray wolves should be managed once they are no longer listed as a state endangered species has been extended to November 15th. The North Central Educational Service District now has $200,000 extra dollars to help kids find their careers, and, NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair hit the streets of Wenatchee today to find out what the age cut-off should be for children to trick or treat.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Your chance to comment on how Washington’s gray wolves should be managed once they are no longer listed as a state endangered species has been extended to November 15th. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair has more. . .

The North Central Educational Service District now has $200,000 extra dollars to help kids find their careers. The funding from Career Connect Washington will help create a new regional network to train students in Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan counties for jobs that are in high demand, and carry high wages. The Apple STEM Network will lead the effort, along with SkillSource. Organizers say the project statewide hopes to expose at least 60 percent of graduating students to new career opportunities.

Its that time of the year again. The costumes are out and everyone, including the Wenatchee Police Department is in the Halloween spirit. You’re never too old to celebrate Halloween, but how about trick or treating? Steve Hair hit the streets of Wenatchee today to find out what the age cut-off should be for children to trick or treat. . .

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Time now for our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, NCWLife’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Ricky the pitbull. . .

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.

The Washington Nationals are the World Series Champions after a 6-2, Game 7 win last night in Houston…

Of COURSE the road team would win!  It marked the first time in professional sports history that any 7-game series featured the road team winning each game.

It looked to be Houston’s night through six innings.  The Astros took a 1-nothing lead in the 2nd on Yuli Gurriel’s home run.  They added another run in the 5th on an RBI-single by Carlos Correa.

Meanwhile, Houston starter Zack Greinke was cruising with a one-hitter into the 7th.  Then, with one out, Anthony Rendon hit a homer to left.  Following a walk to Juan Soto, Astro’s manager AJ Hinch replaced Greinke with Will Harris.  His second pitch to Howie Kendrick was drilled off the right field foul pole and, suddenly, the lead was gone and so too was the series.

Soto would add another RBI single in the 8th and Adam Eaton drove in two more in the 9th.  Patrick Corbin worked three-innings of brilliant relief on the mound to earn the win, backing up Max Scherzer’s 5-innings. Daniel Hudson worked a perfect ninth, striking out Michael Brantley to end it.

Stephen Strasberg was selected the series MVP for winning both his starts in Games 2 and 6.

The Wenatchee Wild lost its third-straight BCHL game last night on the road in Trail 5-to-1…

Phillippe Lapointe scored the first of his two goals on the night for the Smoke Eaters 5:32 into the game to post a 1-nothing lead.  Wenatchee tied it shortly before the end of the first period on Harrison Scott’s 5th goal of the season.

Trail retook the lead in late in the 2nd on a power play goal by Owen Ozar and extended it right before the break on Kent Johnson’s power play goal.  Lapointe would score again 2-minutes into the third period and Kiarmad Dimurro would add the final tally midway through the frame.

Wenatchee was oh-for-7 on power play opportunities.  The Wild will try to snap it’s 3-game skid at home Friday in the first of two games in back-to-back nights against the Merritt Centennials.  Friday is Walt’s birthday and Pucks & Paws while Saturday is Daddy-Daughter Night.  The puck drops both nights at 7:05 at the Town Toyota Center.

We have the Wild here on TV tonight…

Thursday night is Hockey Night on the NCWLIFE Channel.  Tonight we’re featuring a game from a couple Wednesday’s ago at the Town Toyota Center when the Wild celebrated Coach Bliss Littler’s birthday against the West Kelowna Warriors.  Arch Ecker has your play-by-play tonight at 7 here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Last night in prep volleyball action…

The Moses Lake Chiefs swept the Eastmont Wildcats 3-games-to-none to wrap up the regular season.  The win ensured Moses Lake a home District Play-In game Tuesday against Eisenhower.  Eastmont knew it would be the #3 seed heading into the post-season and will host Davis in a District Play-In game Tuesday.  Both the games start at 6 o’clock.

The Caribou Trail League will wrap up its regular season tonight with Omak play at Chelan.  They’ll serve it up at 6:30.

Coming up on the prep girls soccer schedule tonight…

Its round two of the CWAC District Soccer Tournament as Ephrata travels to Ellensburg at 5.  The other semifinal features Othello at Selah at 5.

Our Friday Night Lights football game tomorrow night on the NCWLIFE Channel features Eastmont and Moses Lake from Wildcat Stadium…

Eastmont is a win away from a matchup with Wenatchee in the Bridge of Sportsmanship next Thursday to potentially play for the District Championship and a trip to State.  Our Eric Granstrom asked Coach Michael Don how he keeps his kids focused and not looking to next week…

Senior linebacker Jeremy Gregerson admitted its tempting to look to next week’s game against Wenatchee, but that his team is focused on the task at hand…

We’ll have all the action for you beginning with our pregame at 6:45 tomorrow at Wildcat Stadium with Eric and Grant Olson on the play-by-play.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, time to find out what’s happening around the valley for you to enjoy this weekend. Here’s NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson. . .

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.