NCWLIFE Evening News September 24th, 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, Governor Jay Inslee on Thursday extended Washington’s moratorium on evictions until October 31st. If you operate a short-term rental home in Chelan County, Monday is the start of the registration period for your business and An update on a story we brought you last night, Charles Steinburg, the Wenatchee attorney who died Tuesday at the age of 55, did not have COVID-19 at the time of his death, we’ll tell you more.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
East Wenatchee Vandal -East Wenatchee police arrested a man Thursday who is suspected in numerous cases of vandalism. Police say the unidentified suspect damaged property throughout the city and several victims have already come forward. If anyone else had property damaged East Wenatchee Police say they should contact the RiverCom non-emergency line at 663-9911.
Eviction Bridge -Governor Jay Inslee on Thursday extended Washington’s moratorium on evictions until October 31st. The emergency rule, put in place when the COVID-19 pandemic struck, was scheduled to expire at the end of this month. Inslee says the one-month bridge will give local governments a chance to distribute the state and federal rental relief that hasn’t yet reached the public. . .
Short Term Rental Registration -If you operate a short-term rental home in Chelan County, Monday is the start of the registration period for your business. Existing operators have until December 31st to complete their registration. It’s part of a newly-adopted ordinance to regulate overnight or weekend home rentals in the county. Program manager Kirsten Ryles told Dan Kuntz there are an estimated 1,500 homes now offered for rent on a short-term basis in Chelan County. . .
You can see that complete interview with Kirsten Ryles and Chelan County Commissioner Tiffany Gering on Monday morning’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.
Steinburg Post -An update on a story we brought you last night, Charles Steinburg, the Wenatchee attorney who died Tuesday at the age of 55, did not have COVID-19 at the time of his death. Chelan County Coroner Wayne Harris, whose office investigated the death, says Steinburg tested negative for COVID within the last several weeks, and a postmortem test also showed no sign of the disease. Harris says another member of Steinburg’s household did have coronavirus within the last few weeks, and family members initially believed Steinburg had contracted the virus as well. Steinburg’s death certificate will attribute his passing to natural causes.
TEASE -Coming up next, Wenatchee Valley College is partnering with Columbia Valley Community Health for walk-in vaccine clinics at its Wenatchee campus next week./ Commissioners of the Grant County PUD are considering four candidates to join their ranks./ Health agencies in North Central Washington will benefit from a first-of-its-kind $5 million federal grant, and, Highway 2 through Leavenworth will be closed for 2-and-a-half hours tomorrow for the Autumn Leaf Festival Parade. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
WVC Vax Clinic -Wenatchee Valley College is partnering with Columbia Valley Community Health for walk-in vaccine clinics at its Wenatchee campus next week for students and employees, on the first two days of fall quarter. Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson vaccine shots will be available in the Van Tassell Center health clinic on Monday and Tuesday. It’s part of WVC’s drive to have all staff and students fully vaccinated for coronavirus by its fall deadlines. The cutoff date for students taking in-person classes is November 1st; for employees, it’s October 18th.
Grant PUD Commissioner -Commissioners of the Grant County PUD are considering four candidates to join their ranks. Three people from Moses Lake, plus one from the Wilson Creek area, seek to replace the late Commissioner Dale Walker, who died last month. The commissioners completed their initial interviews with the candidates this week, must make a choice at their October 26th meeting. Public comment on the four candidates can be made at the next two commission meetings, or by email at commissioners@gcpud.org.
Health Grant -Health agencies in North Central Washington will benefit from a first-of-its-kind $5 million federal grant, aimed at getting better care to vulnerable populations. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services created the CHART grant to fund rural health initiatives. The North Central Accountable Community of Health will be the lead agency for the grant, serving Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan counties. The Washington Health Care Authority announced the program last week.
Autumn Leaf-Highway 2 -Highway 2 through Leavenworth will be closed for 2-and-a-half hours tomorrow for the Autumn Leaf Festival Parade. The closure will start at 11:30 tomorrow morning with the parade itself starting at noon. Traffic will be rerouted around town via East Leavenworth Road to Icicle Road until 2 p.m. Leavenworth’s oldest festival, the Washington State Autumn Leaf Festival began today and runs through Sunday.
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. . .
Schrier on COVID -The U.S. House Oversight Committee held a hearing Wednesday on how children are affected by COVID-19. In tonight’s feature story, Central Washington Representative Kim Schrier, the only pediatrician serving in Congress, was front and center, eliciting answers from American leaders in children’s health. . .

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.

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by a few will have an impact on many following an incident at last night’s Wenatchee vs. Eastmont volleyball game at Wenatchee High School…
Following Wenatchee’s sweep of Eastmont in volleyball, about 70 Wenatchee students stormed the court and confronted the Eastmont students…
Thankfully, Eastmont athletic director Russ Waterman was in position to head off the Wenatchee students as they approached the Eastmont students and keep it from being more than it was.
As a result, however, the Wenatchee administration met today and decided to ban the Wenatchee student body from attending any Wenatchee vs Eastmont athletic events for the rest of the fall, including tonight’s Bridge of Sportsmanship football game and tomorrow’s soccer match.
In addition, Wenatchee reported itself to the Columbia Basin Big Nine and will pay a 250-dollar fine for its students breaking a league rule against coming onto the playing surface during or after a game.
Wenatchee administrators will be at the gate for tonight’s game and turn away anyone they recognize as a student at Wenatchee High School.

It was a loud and raucous setting for that volleyball game last night, long before the students came on the court…
Wenatchee rode the success of a big win over West Valley Tuesday and swept all three games from the Wildcats. Eric Granstrom had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…
Wenatchee wins it in three straight. Also last night on the Les Schwab Prep Volleyball Scoreboard, Ephrata shut out Othello; Manson topped Tonasket; Okanogan blanked Brewster; Entiat shut out Riverside Christian; Pateros popped Easton; Waterville-Mansfield swept Soap Lake; and Moses Lake Christian took care of Bridgeport in three games.
There are a couple big volleyball tournaments taking place tomorrow. The Quincy Invite gets underway at 8am while Wenatchee, Eastmont, Moses Lake at Cascade travel to Ferris High School in Spokane for the Linda Sheridan Invite.

Turning to the Les Schwab Prep Girls Soccer Scoreboard…
Ellensburg knocked off Ephrata 7-nil. East Valley edged Quincy 3-2. Cascade blanked Omak 7-nothing. Cashmere crushed Chelan 8-nil. Brewster got by Lake Roosevelt 4-1 and Okanogan mauled Manson 8-nothing.
Coming up on the pitch this weekend, Okanogan hosts Liberty Bell today. Tomorrow, it’s Okanogan at Cashmere; Quincy hosts Lakeside Nine Mile Falls; Brewster plays at Bridgeport; and here on the NCWLIFE Channel at 3 o’clock, it’s Wenatchee at Eastmont.

There were a couple prep football games last night…
Chelan clobbered Tonasket 55-to-13. Coming up tonight it’s Cascade at Granite Falls; Cashmere hosts Okanogan; and Toppenish visits Quincy.
In B-league play last night, Entiat traveled to Pateros and picked up a big 66-20 win. Bridgeport plays at Soap Lake this afternoon at 3:30. Tonight, Brewster’s on the road at Kiona-Benton (KIE-owe-nuh); Manson hosts Priest River; and Liberty Bell plays at Waterville-Mansfield.

The 17th Bridge of Sportsmanship between Eastmont and Wenatchee will kick off at 7 o’clock at Wildcat Stadium…
We’ll begin our pregame LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel at 6:30. Panther coach Scott Devereaux, who’s team hasn’t defeated Eastmont since 2016, jokes about having no love for the town across the river…
The 18-year Wenatchee coach says this is a fun way to kick off their Big-9 season…
For senior tight end Antonio DeAngelo, it’s an opportunity to bounce back from last week’s loss, fix some things, and beat a rival…
Eastmont is coming with a 2-and-1 record after soundly defeating Lewis & Clark last Saturday 55-to-6. Coach Michael Don says it’s always about progress and not a rivalry…
Eastmont wide receiver Brooks Trovato says he and his teammates take pride in beating Wenatchee and keeping the Bridge of Sportsmanship Trophy in their case…
Eastmont is still developing a lot of underclassman who are starting on offense. Coach Don says it’s still a work in progress when dealing with inexperience…
The Bridge of Sportsmanship is tonight at Eastmont. Tickets go on sale today at Noon with just 26-hundred available at Ticket Spicket dot com. Fans will be required to wear masks at the game or not be allowed in.
The rest of the Big-9 schedule has Moses Lake hosting Eisenhower. East Valley is at Davis and Sunnyside takes on West Valley.

Here’s a rundown on the college football schedule tomorrow…
Washington State plays at Utah at 11:30 on the Pac-12 Network. Eastern Washington kicks off at Southern Utah at 5. Central Washington hosts Angelo State at 6. Then at 6:30 on the Pac-12 Network, it’s Cal at Washington.
Seattle takes its 1-and-1 record into Minnesota to face the oh-and-2 Vikings Sunday at 1:25 on FOX.

Thanks Eric.
Apple Century Bike Ride-Finally tonight, the Apple Century Bike Ride returns tomorrow with an estimated 500 bicyclists leaving Walla Walla Point Park in Wenatchee and winding their way to Lake Wenatchee before returning to the park. The Wenatchee Sunrise Rotary’s 31st ride resumes after a year off because of COVID-19. No roads will be closed but Chelan County is advising motorists to be mindful of riders and share the roadways. Bicyclists riding the full 100 miles will leave the park at 7 a.m., with those taking the 50-mile route departing at 7:30 a.m., and 25-mile route riders leaving at 8 a.m.

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.