NCWLIFE Evening News September 23rd, 2020

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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, Legislation regarding missing and murdered Indigenous women is now headed to president Trump’s desk. Truckers are being warned that starting October 1st they better stay on the designated truck route in East Wenatchee or they’ll face a $200 fine, and, Saying the Northwest wildfire season has been a wide-scale disaster, two top forest officials warned today that fire danger remains extremely high even with intermittent rain showers in the forecast.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The East Wenatchee Police Department is making use of its social media to try and find a vehicular hit and run suspect.

No one was injured in the Sept. 14 incident, but the man seen in this video loop allegedly backed into a parked car at Cigarettes Cheaper on Grant Road. He was driving a blue-gray sedan and sped off down Grant Road and turned left on Highline Drive, toward Costco. The East Wenatchee department posted this video on its Instagram. If you have any information, about the collision, they ask you to call Rivercom at 663-9911.

Washington lawmakers are applauding the passage of a bill they helped sponsor to better investigate cases of missing or murdered indigenous women. The Urban Indian Health Institute says Native American women go missing or are murdered at much higher rates than women of other races. 4th District Representative Dan Newhouse and Washington Senator Maria Cantwell say the passage Monday of Savanna’s Act will increase coordination among police agencies to make such cases a priority. . .

The bill goes now to President Donald Trump’s desk. He is expected to sign it.

Truckers are being warned that starting October 1st they better stay on the designated truck route in East Wenatchee or they’ll face a $200 fine. The rules apply to trucks that have a gross weight over 26-thousand-pounds. Those trucks are only allowed on Sunset Highway and Grant Road as far east as Kentucky Avenue. There is an exception on Eastmont Avenue and Ninth Street for commercial vehicles hauling agricultural products. The Truck Route Enforcement campaign includes digital signs now in place warning truckers of the fines.

Saying the Northwest wildfire season has been a wide-scale disaster, two top forest officials warned today that fire danger remains extremely high even with intermittent rain showers in the forecast.

Bureau of Land Management Washington-Oregon director Barry Bushue and Forest Service Regional Forester Glenn Casamassa said in an open letter that the combination of the COVID-19 pandemic and wildfires have us QUOTE, in the midst of two historic wide-scale disasters, UNQUOTE. They said in the weeks ahead there will be many conversations about management of public lands.

In the past week, firefighters have battled more than 30 major fires in Washington and Oregon. More than a million acres in Oregon and more than 700,000 acres in Washington have burned this year.

The Pearl Hill Fire in Douglas County is the biggest fire in both states at 223,000 acres. The Cold Springs Fire in Okanogan County is the third largest at almost 190,000 acres. Both fires have been largely contained.

Coming up next, Crews on the Wenatchee Heights Road improvement project began crushing and pulverizing the pavement on the existing roadway today so it can be recycled and blended in with the cement for the new road. Trail users at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery can get a kid-friendly lesson in ecology right now, and, Trick-or-Treating amid the pandemic will require special safety measures. . .we will tell you about it. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Crews on the Wenatchee Heights Road improvement project began crushing and pulverizing the pavement on the existing roadway today so it can be recycled and blended in with the cement for the new road.

Chelan County Public Works says the process called full-depth reclamation and is followed by a mat of asphalt being placed on top of the cement.

The 2-point-4-million-dollar road project includes widening the road, taking out a hairpin turn and installing new guardrails. Work is expected to be completed in mid-October.

Trail users at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery can get a kid-friendly lesson in ecology right now.

The Friends of Northwest Hatcheries association has posted colorful pages around the trails from a children’s book on the topic of decomposition … the natural process that supports life even in the midst of death.

Parents and guardians can read the pages aloud to a preschooler, or ask a young school age child to read to them. The association says it’s a way to educate kids about the environment while they explore the trail system.

Trick-or-treating amid the pandemic will require special safety measures. Wenatchee organizers say they plan to carry on with the traditional candy distribution by businesses, but this year as a “Candy Cruz,” with kids receiving treat bags in their family vehicles.

There’ll be three opportunities for pickup on Halloween day: 1 to 3 p.m. in downtown Wenatchee, 2 to 4 p.m. at Pybus Public Market, and 2 to 5 p.m. at Town Toyota Center. Volunteers will be working in masks and gloves, and participants must wear a mask as well. Shouldn’t be too hard, considering what day it is.

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Among the many honors Wenatchee icon Carl Campbell received over the years was the 2012 Legacy Award at the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce annual banquet. Campbell, who built a nationwide senior living empire and gave back to the community in so many ways, died last week at age 98.

A video by Wenatchee Valley Business World as part of the legacy award presentation highlighted the important role Campbell played in the community. The full video will air tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, here’s a peak. . .

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 Mariner’s slim hopes of making the playoffs took a hit last night in the form of a 3-run home run by Houston’s Martín Maldonado as the Astros downed Seattle 6-to-1…

Maldonado’s homer capped a 5-run 6th inning and reduced Houston’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot to 2-games.

The game was tied at 1-1 heading into the 6th after the teams traded runs in the 1st.  Kyle Tucker drove home Michael Brantley on a sharp single for Houston.  Seattle countered in the bottom of the frame when Kyle Seager doubled home J.P. Crawford.

After a shaky first, Seattle starter Ljay Newsome settled into a nice groove, lasting 4-and-a-third innings, allowing 1-run on 4-hits with a strikeout and a walk.

Manager Scott Servais was happy to see Newsome bounce back from his last start…

Seager ended up 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.  Crawford was also 2-for-4 with a run. 

Seattle and Houston wrap up the series with a day game today at 3:40 as Nick Margevicius (mar-GAV-ish-is) faces Zack Greinke in the home finale at T-Mobile Park.

On the Les Schwab American League West Scoreboard…

Angel catcher Max Stassi hit two home runs and drove in 4-RBI’s to lead Los Angeles to a 4-2 win over San Diego.

Caleb Smith and Riley Smith combined on a six-hit shutout of Texas in Arizona’s 7-nothing win.  Carson Kelly did the damage offensively with a 3-run homer for the D-Backs.

The Dodgers claimed its 8th-consecutive National League West Title with a 7-to-2 win over Oakland.  L-A clubbed four home runs, including Corey Seager’s 14th of the season.

Seattle’s loss combined with the Angel’s win helped Los Angeles leapfrog the Mariners into second place in the A-L West by a half-game.

Following key injuries, the Seahawks are looking within to find help…

Seattle officially placed Bruce Irvin and Marquise Blair on injured reserve today and added three practice squad players to the roster. 

In their place, the Seahawks promoted cornerback Linden Stephens and defensive tackle Anthony Rush from the practice squad.  Following yesterday’s addition of receiver Phillip Dorsett to injured reserve, that leaves one open roster spot.

Stephens was with Seattle in 2019 as a practice squad player.  He was picked up by Miami and then waived prior to this season.

Rush, who signed with the Eagles as an undrafted rookie last year, signed to Seattle’s practice squad earlier this month.

Seth Frazier looks to wrap up the season points championship in the Dick’s Heating and Air Conditioning Thunder Car class this weekend at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval…

Frazier leads Terry Osborn by 37-points heading into the final race of the season.  Cameron Doyle is in 3rd place with 240-points.

The season championship for the Plumb Perfect Roadrunners will also be determined this weekend as Mason Hagood (hay-good) comes into the race with 323-points.  Standing in second, just a point of ahead of third-place Brandon Knouf (ku-NUFF) is Leavenworth’s Karlyn Kocher (car-lin coke-er).

Chad Holaday leads the Holaday’s Custom Muffler B-Mods series with 160-points.  Rocky Crocker is 13-back with 147 while Moses Lake’s Dave Macken is 3rd with 143-points.

All will be part of the season-finale at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval Saturday in addition to the Neal Newberry 125 presented by Pepsi for the Northwest Super Late Models as well as the Tommy Wentz Classic for the Thunder Cars.

Join NCWLIFE Channel’s Eric Granstrom along with WVSO track announcer Greg Rentz for the play-by-play Saturday night at 5:30 LIVE on Facebook and at 6 o’clock here on your local TV station.

By the way, if you didn’t catch it over the weekend for the Seahawk’s home opener at CenturyLink Field…and how could you, considering there were no fans allowed…here’s the teams new introduction video…

Head to our Facebook page and tell us what you think.  To me, it feels an awful lot like the Seattle Kraken introductory video…

We’ll let you decide.

Thanks Eric.

Some positive news as we leave you tonight. . .the Numerica Performing Arts center says the 20th annual Festival of Trees in Wenatchee will indeed go on this year, with some minor adjustments because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event will be from November 30th to December 6th as the PAC also celebrates its 20th anniversary. The fund-raising festival will feature specially decorated trees and wreaths throughout the PAC, with the grand trees on display on the stage surrounded by a winter wonderland.

People planning to attend will need to book small-group visiting times online. Bidding for trees will be online, as will the gala dinner. The PAC says details about tickets, registration for the gala and tree viewing will be announced in the coming weeks.

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.