NCWLIFE Evening News September 21st, 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, An estimated 15 people have died so far this month from COVID-19 in the Wenatchee Valley. Wenatchee Valley College has extended the deadline for all its students to complete their COVID-19 vaccinations and The Chelan County Public Utility District has promoted from within to replace its departing general manager.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Tesla Hit and Run -The driver of a red Tesla is accused of intentionally hitting a pedestrian in Moses Lake Sunday afternoon, then fleeing. But Moses Lake police say they were able to quickly track down the hit-and-run suspect after one of their community resource officers determined that the best place to find an electric vehicle was at a charging station. Police say it the unidentified suspect was arrested while trying to charge his vehicle by illegally using an electrical outlet next to the post office at Sinkiuse Square. According to police about 1 p.m. the Tesla driver was having a verbal altercation with the pedestrian on East Yonezawa Boulevard then ran into him as three witnesses looked on. The handprints of the victim were reportedly found on the hood of the Tesla. Police say the victim suffered minor bumps, bruises and cuts. The suspect was booked into the Grant County Jail for 2nd-degree felony assault and hit and run.
15 COVID Deaths -An estimated 15 people have died so far this month from COVID-19 in the Wenatchee Valley. Those have not yet been confirmed by death certificate, but the Chelan-Douglas Health District says they account for local COVID patients who died while in treatment during September. That’s the same number of COVID deaths recorded for all of December. If confirmed, it would bring the local death toll to 114 people between the two counties. Confluence Health says an average of one patient is dying at Central Washington Hospital every other day, while it continues to care for large volumes of infection. Fifty-one people were hospitalized there with COVID-19 as of today.
WVC Vax Deadline -Wenatchee Valley College has extended the deadline for all its students to complete their COVID-19 vaccinations. Enrolled students now have until November 1st. The college previously set a date of September 27th. Students who don’t have medical or religious exemption and aren’t fully vaccinated by the deadline could be disenrolled from in-person classes, or have a hold placed on their registration for winter quarter. The most common COVID-19 vaccinations require two shots. To be fully vaccinated by the deadline, all students would have to receive their first shot by the end of this month.
New PUD G.M. -The Chelan County Public Utility District has promoted from within to replace its departing general manager, choosing current executive Kirk Hudson to start in the role Jan. 1. Hudson, the PUD’s 54-year-old managing director of generation and transmission, replaces Steve Wright, who’s served as general manager since 2013. The utility district’s board of commissioners announced the selection Monday, after what it described as “an extensive national search.” Hudson has served in several positions for Chelan PUD in the past 24 years, and worked in the consulting industry for seven years prior to that. He’ll be the 13th general manager since Chelan PUD was formed in 1936.
TEASE -Coming up next, A fungus that can devastate bat colonies continues to show its presence in Chelan County./ State Senator Brad Hawkins has joined the effort to get a Fourth of July fireworks ban passed in East Wenatchee./ The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife said today that while it may seem counter-productive after such a severe fire season, they’ll be setting their own fires in Eastern Washington in October, and, Drivers on Highway 2 west of Leavenworth can expect a detour tomorrow, we’ll tell you where. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Bat Fungus -A fungus that can devastate bat colonies continues to show its presence in Chelan County. The Department of Fish and Wildlife says white-nose syndrome was detected in April in a dead bat found near Malaga. Signs of the fungus that causes the disease were first detected in bat guano collected in Chelan County in May 2020, but this is the first local confirmation of the disease itself. White-nose syndrome does not affect humans or domesticated animals, but it can spread quickly among bat populations while they hibernate, destroying the skin of their wings and causing them to become active during cold weather. The illness has also been detected in bats in King, Kittitas and Pierce counties.
Hawkins Fireworks Ban -State Senator Brad Hawkins has joined the effort to get a Fourth of July fireworks ban passed in East Wenatchee. The East Wenatchee City Council has been discussing a fireworks ban similar to those in place in Wenatchee, Chelan County and Douglas County. Last week, Chelan County Fire District 1 Chief Brian Brett called on the city to impose such a ban. Hawkins agreed with Brett that the danger is too high. . .
WDFW Prescribed Burns -The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife said today that while it may seem counter-productive after such a severe fire season, they’ll be setting their own fires in Eastern Washington in October. Fish and Wildlife has scheduled prescribed burns that include 150 acres at Lilly Lake in the Colockum Wildlife Area. That area is about 15 miles southeast of Wenatchee. There also is a 248-acre burn scheduled along Ramsey Creek in the Methow Wildlife area. That burn will be about 10 miles northeast of Winthrop. When the burns will take place depends on weather conditions.
Tumwater Closes -Drivers on Highway 2 west of Leavenworth can expect a detour tomorrow. The state Department of Transportation will close Tumwater Canyon from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for some pre-winter maintenance. Motorists will still be able to travel to and from Stevens Pass by Chumstick Highway, so folks in Plain and Lake Wenatchee should expect to see increased traffic along that route. However, large freight is restricted to Blewett Pass, thanks to weight and size limits on Chumstick.
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. . .
Health Board -In tonight’s feature story, deaths and hospitalizations from COVID-19 are both at record highs in the Wenatchee Valley. But another number has also reached new highs: Local vaccination rates. Yesterday Chelan-Douglas Health District administrator Luke Davies told his Board of health as the pandemic news seems to worsen, the two-county area has stepped up to get its shots and resist the virus. . .

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

The Mariners topped the A’s in Oakland last night behind solid pitching and timely hitting 4-to-2…
Seattle got out to an early lead thanks to the bat waking up for veteran third baseman Kyle Seager…
The Mariners offense backed up seven innings of brilliant work by starting pitcher Tyler Anderson…
Things got a little sticky in the 8th when Oakland scored a run and has runners on in a 4-2 ballgame. That’s when Paul Sewald stepped in and closed the door…
Seager, Mitch Haniger and J.P. Crawford all had multi-hit games but manager Scott Servais was quick to credit the pitching staff for another job well done…
Marco Gonzales will be on the mound for Seattle tonight against Oakland’s Paul Blackburn.
In other American League West action Monday, Aaron Judge was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI to lead the Yankees over the Rangers 4-3.
Marwin Gonzalez was 2-for-5 with a grand slam and 5-RBI’s to lead Houston over the Angels 10-nothing.
As far as the Wild Card Race, despite a 2-run rally in the 9th, Tampa Bay held on to beat Toronto 6-to-4. Boston was idle so the Red Sox lead is a game-and-a-half over the Blue Jays. The Yankees are a half game back. Oakland is 2-games back while the Mariners are 3-back with 9-left to play.
Before the Seahawks can move on and prepare for the Vikings this week, there’s still a little to be said about Sunday’s overtime loss to Tennessee. The biggest thing that jumped out on film to coach Pete Carroll is that Seattle basically gave the game away on penalties…
Seattle travels to Minnesota Sunday to take on the oh-and-two Vikings at US Bank Stadium at 1:25 on FOX.
There was one local prep girls soccer game to report on from Monday…
Bridgeport improve to 5-and-2 on the season with a 2-nil win over Okanogan.
It’s a very busy soccer schedule today with Omak hosting Lake Roosevelt; Cascade welcomes Naches Valley; Brewster plays at Chelan; and Manson hosts Pateros. Tonight at 6 it’s Selah at Ephrata and Cashmere at La Salle. Then at 7, Eastmont hosts Sunnyside; Wenatchee’s at West Valley and Moses Lake welcomes Davis.
Speaking of Eastmont and Sunnyside, we’ll have that game LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel tonight with Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen on the call. Their pregame from Wildcat Stadium will get underway at 6:45.
On the volleyball courts tonight, Waterville-Mansfield plays at Almira-Coulee/Hartline at 6 o’clock. The 6:30 games have Ephrata at Connell; Quincy hosts Wahluke; Omak’s at Okanogan; Manson travels to Liberty Bell; and Tonasket takes on Brewster. Tonight at 7, it’s Eastmont at Sunnyside; West Valley at Wenatchee; Moses Lake hosts Davis; Entiat’s at Bridgeport; and Cascade Christian plays at Moses Lake Christian.
And in the pool today, Eastmont is hosting Wenatchee in girls swimming and diving at the Eastmont Aquatic Center.

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.