NCWLIFE Evening News October 5th, 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, Graffiti vandals have been especially busy in the past three days, with Wenatchee Police responding to 8 reported graffiti incidents since Sunday. COVID-19 claimed 10 more lives in the month of September in Chelan and Douglas counties. A 36-year-old Moses Lake man has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison for a drive-by shooting in 2019 and The main suspect in a 2020 drive-by shooting in Wenatchee pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree assault.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Beverly Head-On -A 62-year-old Wenatchee woman had to be airlifted to Central Washington Hospital after a head-on collision Monday morning on Highway 243 near Beverly. The Washington State Patrol said Lynda D. Burts was driving a 2014 Mazda CX-5 southbound at 6:05 a.m. when her vehicle drifted into the northbound lane and hit a 2018 Chevrolet Impala head-on. The extent of her injuries has not yet been released. The driver of the Impala, 28-year-old Joana Ramirez Cruz of Mattawa, suffered a minor injury. After the head-on collision, a 2008 Subaru Legacy being driven northbound by 18-year-old Ojeda Yordi of Beverly, struck Burts’ vehicle. Yordi was not injured. The State Patrol said the accident remains under investigation and no citations have yet been issued.
Graffiti Spree -Graffiti vandals have been especially busy in the past three days, with Wenatchee Police responding to 8 reported graffiti incidents since Sunday and the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office taking 5 calls in Cashmere. Especially hard hit has been Okanogan Avenue area in South Wenatchee where homes, fences, garages, utility boxes and vehicles have been vandalized. Police use volunteer crews to remove graffiti as quickly as possible so others aren’t encouraged to add to the damage done by graffiti suspects.
10 New COVID Deaths -COVID-19 claimed 10 more lives in the month of September in Chelan and Douglas counties. That brings the total number of Wenatchee Valley residents lost to the virus to 111. The Chelan-Douglas Health District says the victims were eight men and two women, the oldest in their 80s, the youngest in their 50s. Chelan County residents accounted for seven of the 10 deaths. September was among the worst months of the pandemic for local mortalities; Central Washington Hospital says 28 COVID-19 patients died in their care last month.
Federal Gun Sentence -A 36-year-old Moses Lake man has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison for a drive-by shooting in 2019. Rodolfo Ramirez Jr. had a prior felony record when he opened fire at a bystander on a Moses Lake street. He was already on supervised release for a past federal conviction of felon in possession of a firearm. Ramirez pleaded guilty in February to the drive-by, and in June pleaded guilty to his second federal firearm offense for possessing a handgun. He must now serve 108 months in federal prison, followed by three years on probation.
Drive-By Plea -The main suspect in a 2020 drive-by shooting in Wenatchee pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree assault. 21-year-old Alexander Lopez of Yakima could now face up to 10 years in prison. Wenatchee police say Lopez fired several shots from a .223-caliber rifle at another moving vehicle in the area of Douglas and Idaho streets, wounding one passenger. He’s been jailed since the July 2020 incident. The driver of his vehicle, 27-year-old Juan Mendoza Rodriguez, was acquitted of wrongdoing by a Chelan County jury back in March. Prosecutors say they’ll recommend Lopez receive a prison term of anywhere from 93 to 123 months when he’s sentenced in November.
TEASE -Coming up next, NCW Libraries announced this week it’s embarking on a $10 million, multi-year renovation of 28 of its branch libraries. The Historic Wagner Ranch, which includes one of the largest contiguous tracts of privately owned riverfront property in the Methow Valley, has moved one step closer to being permanently protected, and, Today marks 90 years since the legendary Miss Veedol did an historic bellyflop in East Wenatchee. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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Library Renovations -NCW Libraries announced this week it’s embarking on a $10 million, multi-year renovation of 28 of its branch libraries. Local branches across the five-county region are in line for improvements, including new interior spaces and meeting areas. The library system says leaders and library users in each community will be consulted about their needs and wants. The work will be done over the next three to five years, in groups of nine to 10 libraries at a time. Most library buildings are owned by the cities where they’re located. The Wenatchee Public Library underwent an extensive $4.5 remodel last year.
Wagner Ranch Protected -The Historic Wagner Ranch, which includes one of the largest contiguous tracts of privately-owned riverfront property in the Methow Valley, has moved one step closer to being permanently protected. When the 328-acre property first went on the market in 2018, the Western Rivers Conservancy purchased it for $3.3-million-dollars with the intent of finding a local guardian. Last week that effort culminated in the sale of the property along the Chewuch River to the Methow Conservancy. The Chewuch River provides crucial habitat for Chinook salmon, steelhead and bull trout. The Wagner Ranch is about 5 miles north of Winthrop and fronts more than a mile-and-a-half of the river.
Veedol Anniversary -Today marks 90 years since the legendary Miss Veedol did an historic bellyflop in East Wenatchee. Hugh Herndon and Clyde Pangborn piloted the plane in the first nonstop flight from Misawa, Japan to the U.S. After dropping their landing gear in flight to reduce the plane’s weight, they had to perform their landing without wheels. The feat secured the Miss Veedol’s place in airplane history, and put Clyde Pangborn’s name on our local airport.
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.

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Fall Colors Slideshow -U.S. Forest Service employees have been sharing some of the spectacular fall colors they’re currently encountering in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. In tonight’s feature story, here is a sample of what they’re seeing. . .

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

By the time the Wenatchee Wild start the BCHL hockey season this Saturday, it will have been 582-days since they last took the ice in a meaningful game. It was on March 6, 2020 that the Wild fell in Game 5 to the Vernon Vipers in the playoffs. Arch Ecker had the call…
It turned out to be the last day for anything in the 2020 season in the league before it was shut down due to COVID-19. Little did Wenatchee know the border closing the following season meant NO season for the Wild.
Head coach Chris Clark says there’s no better way to get back into the swing of things than head north to play a rival on Saturday…
Here’s a look at the first part of the Wenatchee Wild’s schedule. Now, the border is still closed for land-travel into the U-S, so the BCHL has arranged to fly teams to Seattle and then the Wild will pick them up and bring them to Wenatchee for games. The teams will then bus back into Canada.
The Wild, meanwhile, will head to Canada on extended trips, such is what you see here. So Wenatchee will play 8-games north of the border before finally opening the home part of the schedule November 11th and 12th against West Kelowna.

Turning our attention closer to home, we have high school soccer on NCWLIFE Channel coming up tonight…
The Wenatchee Panthers host the Sunnyside Grizzlies at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl. Eric Granstrom and Matt Wisen will have the call with the pregame getting underway at 6:45.
Also on the schedule today, Quincy travels to Omak while Tonasket hosts Bridgeport at 4. Liberty Bell takes on Okanogan while Brewster’s at Pateros at 4:30. At six, it’s Ephrata at Grandview and Cascade hosting Chelan. The other 7 o’clock game besides Wenatchee and Sunnyside has Moses Lake on the road at Eisenhower.

On the prep volleyball schedule for tonight…
Oroville visits Liberty Bell at 5. Entiat plays at Cascade Christian at 5:30. At 6:30, it’s Chelan at Cascade; Omak hosts Quincy; Manson travels to Brewster; and Waterville-Mansfield hosts Pateros. Later at 7 it’s Wenatchee at Sunnyside; Moses Lake hosts Eisenhower; Grandview plays at Ephrata; and Bridgeport takes on Soap Lake.
The Seahawks have a short week to turn around from a 28-21 win over San Francisco Sunday to face the Rams on Thursday Night Football. Coach Pete Carroll med with reporters Monday and was still in awe over the play of quarterback Russell Wilson…
The Rams are coming off their first loss of the season Sunday night to Arizona and are 3-and-1. Seattle is 2-and-2. Kickoff on FOX Thursday night will be at 5:20.

The Major League Baseball postseason begins tonight…
The American League Wild Card game is tonight at Fenway Park where the Boston Red Sox host the New York Yankees. Gerrit Cole will get the start for New York while Nathan Eovaldi goes for Boston. First pitch on ESPN is at 5:08.
The National League Wild Card game is tomorrow at Dodger Stadium between Los Angeles and St. Louis.

Thanks Eric. Recapping tonight’s top story. . .
Beverly Head-On -A 62-year-old Wenatchee woman had to be airlifted to Central Washington Hospital after a head-on collision Monday morning on Highway 243 near Beverly. The Washington State Patrol said Lynda D. Burts was driving a 2014 Mazda CX-5 southbound at 6:05 a.m. when her vehicle drifted into the northbound lane and hit a 2018 Chevrolet Impala head-on. The extent of her injuries has not yet been released. The driver of the Impala, 28-year-old Joana Ramirez Cruz of Mattawa, suffered a minor injury. After the head-on collision, a 2008 Subaru Legacy being driven northbound by 18-year-old Ojeda Yordi of Beverly, struck Burts’ vehicle. Yordi was not injured. The State Patrol said the accident remains under investigation and no citations have yet been issued.
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.