NCWLIFE Evening News October 7th, 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:
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And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, A Snohomish man has been charged with stealing a paraglider during the recent Chelan Butte event./ Dr. Douglas Wilson, the physician-executive who was to become CEO of Confluence Health later this year, is departing the organization instead./ Another local hospital leader is departing from his post. . .George Rohrich, CEO of Lake Chelan Health for the last two years, resigned yesterday afternoon to pursue other opportunities, and, The Okanogan Barter Faire, also known as the Family Faire, has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Highway 2 Car Fire – A car fire halted traffic on Highway 2/97 between Orondo and Lincoln Rock State Park Wednesday afternoon. The Washington State Patrol says nobody was injured in the fire, which was reported at 2:20 p.m. Traffic was blocked in both directions for just under an hour as firefighters doused the blaze. Trooper John Bryant said there is no information as to the cause of the fire, other than it did not involve a collision with another vehicle.
Paraglider Thief – A Snohomish man is charged with theft for allegedly driving away with a paraglider that didn’t belong to him during last summer’s glide competition on Chelan Butte. 29-year-old Vitaliy Vasilyev allegedly swiped a bag from a competitor’s vehicle on July 23rd, but gliders involved in the event chased down and stopped his vehicle as it left the scene. Sheriff’s deputies say Vasilyev was transporting a $5,000 glider kit taken from another man’s car. He’s free on his own recognizance, but must appear in Chelan County court October 20th.
Confluence Chief Resigns – Dr. Douglas Wilson, the physician-executive who was to become CEO of Confluence Health later this year, is departing the organization instead. The 53-year-old Wilson was named CEO-elect last year as Dr. Peter Rutherford announced plans to retire this fall. Both men have remained in leadership throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Wilson’s departure was announced Wednesday afternoon in a memo circulated to Confluence Health board members. It did not state a reason for the resignation, nor a date when it would become effective. Wilson is a board-certified family medicine physician who practiced for 15 years in Tonasket before relocating to Wenatchee in 2019. Peter Rutherford will remain as CEO while Confluence seeks a new successor.
Chelan Health CEO Resigns – Another local hospital leader is departing from his post. George Rohrich, CEO of Lake Chelan Health for the last two years, resigned Wednesday afternoon to pursue other opportunities. Rohrich joined the Chelan hospital group in 2019 after six years directing a medical system in Minnesota. He helped guide the development of Lake Chelan Health’s new hospital building, now under construction. Hospital board chair Mary Murphy says Rohrich will stay on while a new CEO is sought. An interim director will be appointed October 26th.
Barter Faire Cancelled – The Okanogan Barter Faire, also known as the Family Faire, has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. Organizers of the long-running festival, held each year near Tonasket and dating back to 1974, say they were denied permits by Okanogan Public Health, citing the heavy spread of COVID-19 in the county. The three-day event was scheduled to begin October 22nd. Manager say tickets already purchased will be refunded.
TEASE – Coming up next, The longtime organizers of the Leavenworth Oktoberfest are bringing the annual festival to the Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee next year./ A Manson woman became Link Transit’s 30-millionth rider Wednesday when she stepped on a bus for a trip to Wenatchee to pick up her car from a shop./ A Chelan County GIS mapping technician received an award for developing a fire-alert online map system, and, I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Leavenworth Oktoberfest -The longtime organizers of the Leavenworth Oktoberfest are bringing the annual festival to the Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee next year. Last March, Oktoberfest organizer Project Bayern did not have its contract with the city of Leavenworth renewed after cancellation of the festival for two straight years because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The city is looking to revamp the festival into a more family friendly event. Project Bayern said they will continue to look for a permanent home for the festival but for next year the event at the Town Toyota Center will feature live entertainment, German beer, upgraded VIP passes, a carnival and shuttles to and from Leavenworth.
Link 30 millionth Rider -Jennifer Harris of Manson became Link Transit’s 30-millionth rider Wednesday when she stepped on a bus for a trip to Wenatchee to pick up her car from a shop. Harris said she began using Link Transit at its very beginning in 1991 when she was still a teenager. She said she still uses the service occasionally.
Mapper Awarded -A Chelan County employee is being honored for emergency maps she developed to help residents track the danger during this summer’s wildfires. Lori Beidler, a GIS technician with Chelan County Public Works, will receive the Empowering Teams Award from the Washington Chapter of the American Public Works Association. Her interactive maps kept the public up-to-date during the Twentyfive Mile Fire near Lake Chelan, the Rooster Comb Fire south of Wenatchee, and other emergency events. The online map provides consistent, real-time updates of road closures, evacuations, and structures threatened. Beidler has worked for Chelan County for the last 13 years. She’ll receive her award October 14th in Yakima.
Voters Guide -The Voters’ Guide for the upcoming November election is now available online and beginning Friday will be mailed to all registered voters in the region. The guide, which features information on local candidates and measures, is currently available on county auditor website. The election is November 2nd, with ballots scheduled to be mailed out on October 24th.
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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Paws for Pets -Time now for our weekly Paws for Pets feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, we are introduced to not just one but two special critters, Eddie and Simone the guinea pigs. . .
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

You gotta love the dramatic flair of post-season baseball!  The Dodgers and Cardinals were locked in an intense battle in the National League Wild Card game last night.  It’s tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the 9th with two outs and a runner at second base.  That’s when former Mariner Chris Taylor delivered…

Los Angeles wins it 3-1 on the home run by Chris Taylor and an earlier home run by Justin Turner.  The Dodgers, who won 106 games in the regular season, will face the 107-win San Francisco Giants in the NLDS starting Friday.

The American League Divisional series get underway today with Houston hosting the White Sox in Game 1 at 1:07 on FS1.  That will be followed by Boston at Tampa Bay at 5:07.

The other National League Divisional Series between the Braves and Brewers gets underway Friday afternoon in Milwaukee.

Several health questions loom for the Seahawks as they prepare to host the Rams on Thursday Night Football tonight.

The biggest is whether running back Chris Carson can play or not.  Coach Pete Carroll says it will be a game-time decision…

In addition, tight end Gerald Everett is still going through COVID protocols after testing positive following Sunday’s win at San Francisco. 

Meanwhile, wide receiver D’Wayne Eskeridge will miss another game after suffering a concussion in week three against the Vikings…

The Seahawks and Rams kick off at 5:20 tonight on FOX.

The high school football schedule gets underway tonight for a few teams in our region…

Cashmere will host a non-league game against Ephrata tonight at 7:30 at Cashmere High School.  The rest of the Caribou Trail League plays tomorrow when Cascade travels to Quincy and Chelan hosts Omak.

The B’s also have a couple games tonight as Waterville-Mansfield hosts Bridgeport at 7 o’clock.  Up north, Lake Roosevelt visits Okanogan.

Tomorrow night it’s Tonasket at Brewster; Entiat hosts Pateros; Manson’s at Oroville; and Liberty Bell slips into Soap Lake.

Eastmont celebrates homecoming tomorrow night with Moses Lake paying a visit.  We’ll have it LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel with Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson beginning with our pregame at 6:30.

The only other Big-9 game tomorrow features Eisenhower at Sunnyside.  West Valley has a bye and Wenatchee’s game at Davis was cancelled due to COVID in the Panther program.  It will officially go down as a “no contest.”

Keeping on the prep calendar…

In girls soccer today, Cascade visits Ellensburg at 4.  Brewster hosts Lake Roosevelt at 4:30 while Liberty Bell plays at Bridgeport and Okanogan hosts Pateros.  Cashmere plays at Quincy tonight at 6 while Ephrata hosts Prosser.

There were a couple games on the Les Schwab Prep Volleyball Scoreboard from last night…

Entiat swept Soap Lake 3-zip and Okanogan trumped Tonasket 3-zero.

Coming up tonight, Easton visits Bridgeport at 5:30 while Pateros entertains Riverside Christian.  At 6:30 it’s Waterville-Mansfield at Cascade; Brewster travels to Liberty Bell; and Lake Roosevelt hosts Tonasket.  Eastmont visits Davis tonight at 7 while Chelan hosts Omak at 7:30.

Wenatchee celebrates its seniors in girls swimming and diving today…

It’s the Panthers final home meet of the year when they host Davis today at 4 o’clock.

Also on the schedule, West Valley swims at Moses Lake at 4 o’clock.


Thanks Eric.
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.