NCWLIFE Evening News October 8th, 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, A Rock Island man who fled from the Okanogan County jail back in January has been sentenced for the original charges that put him there. Quincy police are looking for a man they say stole a white 2010 BMW from outside a convenience store last Saturday and A father and son who were arrested in 2019 on charges of peddling cocaine and prescription drugs from a Wenatchee apartment have both been sentenced to inpatient drug treatment.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Vans Pileup -Forty people were checked for injuries after an accident on Highway 28 Thursday morning that involved three vans and a passenger car. There were no apparent injuries but Washington State Patrol Trooper John Bryant said the employer of the people in the vans wanted the agricultural workers and drivers checked for injuries at local hospitals. The accident happened in the eastbound lane at 7:39 a.m. near the intersection of Highway 28 and Spanish Castle Road in Chelan County. Bryant said the sun was making visibility extremely poor at that point and for that reason the passenger vehicle pulled off the roadway. The lead van of the three also slowed, as did the van immediately behind it but the third van ran into the back of the second van, which then hit the first, which then veered off the roadway and hit the passenger vehicle. Bryant said the driver of the third van was cited for following too closely and the workers in the vans are employed by Flicker Orchards in Quincy.
Okanogan Escapee -A Rock Island man who fled from the Okanogan County jail back in January has been sentenced for the original charges that put him there. A Douglas County judge ordered 53-year-old Christian Edward White on Tuesday to spend five years in prison for hit and run, fleeing police, and violating a protective order. White was arrested on those charges last December. On January 5th, he and fellow inmate Kristofer Wittman escaped from the jail in Okanogan by slithering through an air vent and climbing to the roof. Both were on the run for a week before being recaptured. Wittman pleaded guilty to his escape in April and was sentenced to 43 months. White still must stand trial for his escape charge.
Quincy Car Theft -Quincy police are looking for a man they say stole a white 2010 BMW from outside a convenience store last Saturday. The police department distributed a photo of the suspect taken from the store’s security camera. The vehicle theft happen about 9:30 a.m. while the owner was inside the store. The department reminded residents that leaving your vehicle running while unoccupied is illegal, as well as a good way to become a crime victim. Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to contact the Quincy Police Department at 787-2222.
Drug Dealer Treatment -A father and son who were arrested in 2019 on charges of peddling cocaine and prescription drugs from a Wenatchee apartment have both been sentenced to inpatient drug treatment. 50-year-old Jose Luis Sanchez pleaded to unlawful possession of cocaine and received two years of DOC supervision Thursday under the Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative. His son, 24-year-old Elijah Sanchez, received a similar term one year ago. Both are first-time offenders. The Columbia River Drug Task Force arrested the pair after a series of undercover drug purchases. A Chelan County judge ruled the two men were suffering from substance abuse issues when they committed the crime.
TEASE -Coming up next, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are going down across our area. Low-flying helicopters will be delivering power poles in Tumwater Canyon next week, and, The City of Leavenworth has hired a Seattle production company to organize an October festival in 2022 that will be in direct competition with a Wenatchee event planned by the former organizers of the Leavenworth Oktoberfest. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
COVID Case Decline -Hospitalizations for COVID-19 remain high in the Wenatchee Valley, but the overall rate of new infections is declining. The latest thermographic from the Chelan-Douglas Health District says about 688 new cases have been detected in the two counties over the last two weeks. That’s down from the peak in late August, when cases crested at a rate of more than 1,000 per 100,000 members of the population. At Central Washington Hospital, 37 people were hospitalized for COVID as of today, including 22 from Chelan or Douglas counties. Hospitalizations and deaths tend to lag behind new cases. Health officials continue to advise masking, social distancing, and especially vaccination as the key tools to fight the pandemic.
Tumwater Power Poles -Low-flying helicopters will be delivering power poles in Tumwater Canyon next Wednesday. The Chelan County PUD is replacing four of the 52-year-old poles along the Old Pipeline Bed Trail about a mile-and-a-half west of Leavenworth. The trail will be closed from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the PUD said there could be some delays on nearby Highway 2 during the project. The PUD said the helicopters will take the poles from the Red Bridge parking lot for installation along the powerline.
Oktoberfest -The City of Leavenworth has hired a Seattle production company to organize an October festival in 2022 that will be in direct competition with a Wenatchee event planned by the former organizers of the Leavenworth Oktoberfest. The city said Thursday the contract for the yet unnamed festival has been awarded to SE Productions. The city last year did not renew its contract with Projekt Bayern, which has organized the Leavenworth Oktoberfest since its inception in 1996. Leavenworth Mayor Carl Florea said the city’s new October festival will still feature beer gardens but attractions will be spread throughout the city and include weekday events. Projekt Bayern recently announced it will be holding its Oktoberfest at the Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee next year.
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. . .
Douglas Hydrogen -Phased construction continues on the Douglas County PUD’s hydrogen manufacturing plant near Orondo. Commissioners broke ground on the project back in March, hoping to use excess power from Wells Dam to create fuel-ready hydrogen for transportation and industrial uses. In tonight’s feature story, the utility’s public information officer Meaghan Vibbert outlines the uses for industrial hydrogen in this PUD video. . .

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
Russell Wilson went down
with a finger injury and the Seahawks fell to the Rams on Thursday Night Football 26-17…
After holding serve in the first half and leading 7-3 at halftime, the Seahawks defense allowed Los Angeles to gain 301-yards in the second half and score three touchdowns and a field goal.
Meanwhile, Russell Wilson suffered an injured middle finger on his throwing hand late in the 4th quarter and was replaced by Geno Smith. Coach Pete Carroll says it was unfortunate to lose Wilson but Geno was up to the challenge…
Smith’s first drive replacing Wilson turned into a 10-play, 98-yard touchdown drive bringing Seattle within 2-points…
Seattle has more than a week to heal up as they’ll next play on Sunday night, October 17th at Pittsburgh.

We’ll have high school football on the NCWLIFE Channel tonight
It’s homecoming for the Eastmont Wildcats as they host the Moses Lake Chiefs. Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson will have the call with our pregame getting underway at 6:30.
Coach Michael Don says he’s prepared his team to face a pass-happy Chiefs…
Homecoming week can sometimes be difficult to keep players focused on the task at hand with all the extra-curricular activities going on, but Don says he thinks the Wildcats will be ready…
Be sure to tune in to see more of Eric’s conversation with coach Don as well as senior kicker Cameron Pope tonight.
The only other Big-9 football game tonight has Sunnyside hosting Eisenhower. West Valley has a bye and Wenatchee’s game at Davis was cancelled because of COVID in the Panther program.
Cashmere stumbled at home last night in a non-league game against Ephrata. The Tigers came out on top 28-to-12. Coming up tonight it’s Cascade at Quincy and Chelan hosts Omak.
On the Les Schwab Scoreboard in B-league football last night, Waterville-Mansfield blasted Bridgeport 52-to-6 while Okanogan upended Lake Roosevelt 54-7.
Tonight, Brewster takes on Tonasket; Pateros plays at Entiat; Manson moves to Oroville; and Liberty Bell slips into Soap Lake.

On the Les Schwab Prep Girls Soccer Scoreboard
Prosser edged Ephrata 2-1. Ellensburg clocked Cascade 8-nil. Cashmere quieted Quincy 1-nil. Okanogan peppered Pateros 6-0. Liberty Bell bounced Bridgeport 6-nothing. And Brewster rolled Lake Roosevelt 6-to-1.
Coming up on the schedule tomorrow, Brewster hosts Liberty Bell at 11am while Manson hosts Lake Roosevelt and Highland visits Okanogan. Ephrata has a Noon kickoff at Selah. The 1 o’clock games have Eastmont hosting Davis; Central Valley visits Wenatchee; and Moses Lake travels to West Valley.

In prep volleyball action last night
Eastmont traveled to Davis and pulled out a 3-nothing win. Chelan swept Omak 3-0. Cascade had to fight hard to earn a 3-2 win over Waterville-Mansfield. Pateros swept Riverside Christian 3-0. Brewster beat Liberty Bell in three sets. And Lake Roosevelt took care of Tonasket 3-1.
Okanogan is hosting Brewster, Liberty of Spangle, Omak, Mount Baker, Mount Vernon Christian and Pateros in a volleyball tournament tomorrow starting at 9am.
Waterville-Mansfield has a Noon meeting with Wilbur-Creston. Entiat visits Manson tomorrow night at 6:30.

The Wenatchee Wild FINALLY get back on the ice in BCHL play this weekend
Wenatchee opens the 2021-22 campaign at Penticton tomorrow night at 6 o’clock. The Wild play October and into November north of the border before playing at home November 11th and 12th.

Houston and Tampa Bay were both winners in their first games of the American League Divisional series yesterday…
The Astros downed the White Sox 6-1 as Yordan Alvarez went 2-for-3 with a home run. Michael Brantley also drove in two runs for Houston to back up Lance McCullers, Jr. on the mound, who pitched into the 7th to earn the victory.
In Florida, the defending American League Champion Tampa Bay Rays blanked Boston 5-nothing. Shane McClanahan was lights-out on the mound over 5-innings while Randy Arozarena scored three times and had a home run.
Here’s a look at the playoff schedule today. Game 2 of Chicago and Houston begins at 11:07 only on the Major League Baseball Network. Game 1 of the National League Divisional series between Atlanta and Milwauke starts at 1:37 on TBS.
Game 2 of Boston and Tampa Bay is at 4:02 on FS1. The first game of the NLDS between the Dodgers and Giants starts at 6:37 tonight on TBS.

And not to be forgotten, there’s also college football this weekend
Eastern plays at Northern Colorado at Noon. Washington State hosts Oregon State at 1 o’clock on the Pac-12 Network. Central Washington is at Western Oregon at 1:05. Washington has a bye.

Thanks Eric.
Salmon Run -As we leave you on this Friday night, you can tell the change of seasons in North Central Washington by following the salmon. This week, Coho battled their way up 500 miles of river to return to the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery. Workers there captured this video of the coho salmon meeting their final obstacle: The fish ladder that will take them back to the hatchery spawning ponds. Each year, salmon of all varieties make their way up the Columbia and its tributaries. Hatchery salmon are harvested for their eggs to maintain the species.

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 weekend.