NCWLIFE Evening News September 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:
And now, A few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, A 43-year old Omak man was killed in a single-car accident yesterday afternoon on Interstate 82 about 15 miles south of Ellensburg. A suspected drunk driver rolled his car on Highway 17 outside Moses Lake early Monday morning, sending both he and a passenger to the hospital and the Grant County Sheriff’s Office is looking for information on the theft of about $5,000 worth of gear stolen from a volunteer firefighter’s vehicle.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Riesen Suicide -The man who served as Chelan County’s elected prosecutor for 27 years has died in an apparent suicide. Authorities say the body of Gary Riesen was found about 12:30 p.m. Friday along Blue Grade Road in Douglas County, dead of a gunshot wound next to his parked vehicle. Riesen was appointed Chelan County chief prosecutor in 1985. He led the office until his retirement in 2012, without ever facing an election challenge, and won a number of high-profile convictions over his career. Douglas County Prosecutor Gordon Edgar, who’s also the county coroner, said the legal community in the Wenatchee Valley is devastated by the loss. He called Riesen, QUOTE, “a great person and a great prosecutor.” Gary Riesen was 70 years old.
I-82 Fatal -A 43-year old Omak man was killed in a single-car accident yesterday afternoon on Interstate 82 about 15 miles south of Ellensburg. According to the Washington State Patrol, Kelly P Greene was driving a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee westbound shortly before 3:30 when his car left the highway to the right and struck a rock barrier. Green – who was not wearing a seatbelt – was ejected from the Jeep. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the accident is under investigation.
Moses Lake Rollover-A suspected drunk driver rolled his car on Highway 17 outside Moses Lake early Monday morning, sending both he and a passenger to the hospital. The Washington State Patrol said 24-year-old Jose Juancruz of Moses Lake was southbound approaching North Stratford Road about 3:30 a.m. when his 2000 Toyota Camry left the roadway struck an embankment and rolled. Juancruz was ejected from the vehicle before it came to a rest upside-down blocking the southbound lane of the highway. He was transported to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake with undisclosed injuries. His passenger, 20-year-old Brayhan Contreras-marmolejo also was transported to the hospital with undisclosed injuries
Stolen Firefighter Gear -As we go to break, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office is looking for information on the theft of about $5,000 worth of gear stolen from a volunteer firefighter’s vehicle. The helmet, coat, pants, boots and red bag were stolen from the Royal Slope volunteer firefighter’s vehicle sometime early Friday morning. Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 762-1160.
TEASE Coming up next, Firefighters spent about two hours early Monday morning dousing a fire along the Apple Capital Loop Trail north of Walla Walla Point Park./ A fire Friday night along Westshore Drive in Moses Lake burned about 30 acres before crews from Moses Lake and Grant County Fire District 5 were able to get it contained, and, The Nason Fire high above Lake Wenatchee saw significant growth over the weekend after a month of slow burning on an inaccessible mountain peak. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Loop Trail Fire -Firefighters spent about two hours early Monday morning dousing a fire along the Apple Capital Loop Trail north of Walla Walla Point Park. Chelan County Fire District 1 Battalion Chief Matt Rise said the fire off Hawley Street burned about a 10th of an acre. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. The fire burning in brush and trees was first reported at 5:30 a.m. with Chelan District 1 and Douglas County Fire District 2 responding. It was one of three small fires near the Columbia River early Monday. A small fire was extinguished north of the Odabashian Bridge and the third under the east side of the George Sellar Bridge.
Moses Lakeshore Fire -A fire Friday night along Westshore Drive in Moses Lake burned about 30 acres before crews from Moses Lake and Grant County Fire District 5 were able to get it contained. The fire burning adjacent to the city’s Blue Heron Park was first reported about 5 p.m. Moses Lake firefighters said because of access issues and the rapid movement of the fire, District 5 was called in to assist. The fire was contained by about 8:45 p.m. and the cause remains under investigation.
Nason Fire Takes Off -The Nason Fire high above Lake Wenatchee saw significant growth over the weekend after a month of slow burning on an inaccessible mountain peak. The U.S. Forest Service said the fire burned down to Forest Service Road 67-hundred on Saturday. On Sunday, crews initiated firing operations to secure the road and Monday were focused on holding and improving that line. The 610-acre fire grew by almost 150 acres in a 24-hour period over the weekend after averaging 10 to 50 acres of growth a day since it was started by lightning August 4th.
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. . .
In-Person School -In-person schooling fell by the wayside last year, but now classes are in full swing … and so is the pandemic. Last week, Cascade School District said a COVId-19 outbreak among its student volleyball players has closed the volleyball season until September 20th. In tonight’s feature story, State Health and Education officials say exposures and infections are still likely among schoolkids, despite masks and vaccinations, and families should be prepared.
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
After sweeping Arizona
over the weekend and surpassing Oakland in the American League West, Seattle stumbled out of the gates against Houston Monday, falling 11-to-2…
Yusei Kikuchi struggled with his command, walking four batters in an inning and a third while giving up 6-runs on 3-hits. Manager Scott Servais said that was not what they were looking for…
Seattle and Houston go at it again today at 5:10 with Logan Gilbert facing Jake Odorizzi.
The only other game in the American League West saw A.J. Alexy and three relievers shut out the Angels 4-nothing on a 5-hitter.
Toronto continued on its hot streak as Hyun Jin Ryu and three relievers held the Yankees scoreless on 5-hits as the Blue Jays won their 5th straight 8-nothing over New York.
RBI singles by Nelson Cruz and Brandon Lowe in the top of the 10th gave Tampa Bay an 11-10 win over Boston.
Oakland was idle Monday but after the A’s were swept over the weekend by Toronto, the Jays leapfrogged everyone to be the front-runner trailing Boston for the final American League Wild Card spot. The Yankees lead for the first-spot is down to a half-game in front of the Red Sox. Seattle is 3-games back while Oakland is 3-and-a-half games back.

The weekend didn’t go so well for our major college football teams in Washington…
Washington quarterback Dylan Morris was intercepted three times as Montana went into Seattle and shocked the 20th-ranked Huskies 13-7.
You could say Washington State “Coug’d it” again, giving up a 7-yard touchdown pass with 11-seconds remaining to fall to Utah State 26-23.
Eastern Washington went into double-overtime in its opener at UNLV but the Eagles came out on top 35-33.
JJ Lemming threw 5-touchdown passes to lead Central Washington over Eastern New Mexico 66-24.

The football weekend began with a barnburner on Friday night at Eastmont where the Wildcats hosted Central Valley. The home team held a 27-7 halftime lead but the visitor from the Greater Spokane League just wouldn’t give up. Grant Olson and Eric Kuntz had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…
Eastmont holds on for the 33-31 victory. In other Big-9 action, Southridge stopped Davis 26-21. Sunnyside powered past Prosser 34-23. Eisenhower edged Selah 14-12. And Bothell manhandled Moses Lake Saturday 56-14.
In Caribou Trail League play, Cashmere clocked La Salle 21-7. Naches Valley cut down Cascade 21-8. Chelan bettered Brewster 41-
And in B-league play, Entiat edged St. John Endicott 58-44. Pomeroy pummeled Waterville-Mansfield 84-6. Manson claimed a 14-12 win over Cle Elum-Roslyn. And Lake Roosevelt rallied for a 12-7 win over Chewelah.

In girls soccer openers on Saturday…
Pullman shut out Chelan 1-nil. Cashmere doubled up Montesano 4-2. Eastmont earned a 3-1 win at Selah.
We have girls soccer on NCWLIFE Channel tonight as the Eastmont Wildcats take on the Cashmere Bulldogs. Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen have the call with the pregame at 6:45 from Wildcat Stadium tonight.
Here’s a look at what else is going on with the soccer schedule today as Chelan travels to Cle Elum-Roslyn at 5 while Manson hosts Bridgeport. Quincy welcomes Ephrata at 6. Other 7 o’clock games have Cascade visiting Wenatchee while Moses Lake hosts Lewis & Clark.

Finally, you never know what could happen on live TV. Our post-game show ended a little early Friday night when the sprinklers came on at Wildcat Stadium…
Grant, you’re a true professional!

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.