NCWLIFE Evening News April 13th, 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, State Department of Natural Resources firefighters spent the day attacking the Alpenhof Fire, a 5-acre blaze off Icicle Road outside Leavenworth. A flatbed trailer rolled on Interstate 90 this morning near Moses Lake, temporarily blocking both lanes of westbound traffic. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents to watch their mailboxes carefully after a string of mail thefts throughout the county that have been going on for more than a month, and, Seven vehicles were involved in crashes on Interstate 90 Saturday after a dust storm swirled in, cutting visibility to almost zero.
But first, we begin tonight. . .

Chelan County Deaths -Two more deaths from COVID-19 were reported in Chelan County over the weekend. Details on those deaths is not immediately available but it brought the county’s total virus-related deaths to five. Chelan County’s total positive cases rose from 45 to 55, while Douglas County went up from 12 to 16, with no deaths. Grant County, added 20 new positive cases to its total since Friday, bringing the county to 120, with two deaths. Washington state now has 10,411 positive cases and 508 deaths. King County accounts for 1,798 of those positive tests and 68 deaths.
Also in an announcement this morning, the City of East Wenatchee announced the cancellation of the popular Classy Chassis Parade and Car Show scheduled for May 1st and 2nd. The city says it will now focus on the Wings and Wheels Festival scheduled for October 2nd and 3rd. So, another victim of COVID-19.
Leavenworth Brush fire –State Department of Natural Resources firefighters spent the day attacking the Alpenhof Fire, a 5-acre blaze off Icicle Road outside Leavenworth. The fire caught Sunday afternoon near some residences, about three miles southwest of downtown, but so far poses no threat to private property. The DNR took over Sunday evening from local fire districts and used hand crews and helicopters to control the fire, which was burning up a steep slope toward Icicle Ridge. Its cause is not yet known.

Flatbed Rollover -A flatbed trailer rolled on Interstate 90 this morning near Moses Lake, temporarily blocking both lanes of westbound traffic. The Washington State Patrol said there were no injuries but the materials the semi was hauling required an extensive cleanup effort. The flatbed rolled shortly after 9 a.m. about two miles east of Moses Lake and one lane of traffic was reopened within an hour.

Chelan County Mail Thefts -The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents to watch their mailboxes carefully after a string of mail thefts throughout the county that have been going on for more than a month. Over the weekend, deputies found discarded pieces of stolen mail and the sheriff’s office is worried that with federal stimulus checks being mailed the problem could get worse. Jason Reinfeld, chief of special operations, said everyone should be taking extra care. . .

Dust Storm-Seven vehicles were involved in crashes on Interstate 90 Saturday after a dust storm swirled in, cutting visibility to almost zero. The accidents were about 4 p.m., seven miles west of Ritzville and led to the temporary closure of the I-90 eastbound lanes. The Washington State Patrol says luckily, there were no serious injuries.
Coming up next, Douglas Commissioners wanted to restart homebuilding there, but Governor Jay Inslee’s office says they’ve misinterpreted his emergency rules on COVID-19. A local restaurant owner who challenged the coronavirus shutdown had his moment of fame on Dr. Phil last week. Tonight’s COVID-19 public service announcement will feature the owner of the Rail Station, and, Both sales and listings are up in the Wenatchee real estate market in March despite the economy suffering because of the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Douglas County vs Inslee -Douglas Commissioners wanted to restart homebuilding there, but Governor Jay Inslee’s office says they’ve misinterpreted his emergency rules on COVID-19. Last Wednesday the commissioners passed a proclamation that would allow new home construction to proceed, despite the governor’s order that shuts it down statewide as a non-essential business. Inslee’s spokesman told NCWLIFE the commissioners have misinterpreted the governor’s order, and their proclamation does not supersede state law. The commissioners plan to review and perhaps even withdraw the proclamation in meetings this week.

Shon Smith-Dr. Phil -A local restaurant owner who challenged the coronavirus shutdown had his moment of fame on Dr. Phil last week. Shon Smith of the Wok-About Grill appeared Thursday to talk about Washington’s shutdown of gathering places to slow the spread of coronavirus. Smith publicly resisted Governor Jay Inslee’s order, but later said he’d comply. He told show host Dr. Phil McGraw he doesn’t think Inslee needed to close eastern Washington businesses at the same time as those in King County, and called the emergency order, quote, a real slap in the face to the entrepreneurs and small businesses in our area, unquote. You can view the entire four-minute interview at DrPhil.com.

COVID PSA -NCWLIFE is producing a series of public service announcements from people in our communities regarding COVID-19. Tonight we feature the owner of the Rail Station in Wenatchee Todd Mills. . .

Real Estate Snapshot -Both sales and listings are up in the Wenatchee real estate market in March despite the economy suffering because of the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s the latest findings from Pacific Appraisal Associates in Wenatchee. Total home sales were up 3-percent at 72 last month compared to 70 the same time last year. Closed home sales are up a whopping 19-percent compared to last year. Active home listings last month stood at 132, that’s an increase of 45-percent compared to March of 2019 where active listings was at 91. Little change in the median sales price of a home in the Wenatchee market which last month was at 335,000-dollars, that’s compared to 336,500 in March of 2019.
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. . .
Link COVID Response -Link Transit, the bus system that serves the entire Wenatchee Valley, is in line for $7 million in coronavirus relief from the federal government. But in the meantime, it’s had to make some tough decisions. In tonight’s feature story, Link Transit director Richard DeRock talked with NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins. . .
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

Former Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson died in a one-car accident last night near his home in Alabama…

A State trooper Michael Carswell told The Montgomery Advertiser that Jackson was the only person in a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro that left the roadway, struck a tree and overturned.  The crash occurred about 7-miles south of Jackson’s hometown of Montgomery, Alabama.

Tarvaris Jackson was drafted in the second round by the Vikings, where he spent three seasons before signing with Seattle.  He was traded to Buffalo in 2012 before coming back one more time to back up Russell Wilson with the Seahawks during their Super Bowl win in 2013.

Most-recently, Jackson had been the quarterbacks coach at Tennessee State.  His former teammates and coaches went to Twitter, offering condolences…

Russell Wilson said, “T Jack…you will be missed.  Praying for your family…Love you man.”

Pete Carroll said, “Tarvaris Jackson was a beloved teammate, competitor, and Seahawk.  He will be deeply missed.  So heartbroken by the news of his passing and sending our condolences to his family and friends.  We love you forever @7tjackson.”

Jackson is survived by his wife, Lakitta, and three children, Tarvaris, Takayla and Tyson.  He was 36 years old.

On the field, the Seahawks have re-signed backup cornerback and special teams captain Neiko Thorpe…

According to reports, the agreement is for one year and 1-million dollars with a 100-thousand dollar signing bonus.  Thorpe, according to coach Pete Carroll, has been “the spirit of the special teams for a number of years now, and it’s great that the guys recognize him again. He’s got a great presence in our room and with our guys.”

While a local, concerted effort is being given to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s still further restrictions that could be put in place.  One of which is the possible closure of trails around the Wenatchee Valley.  That’s where Wenatchee Valley TREAD comes in…

TREAD stands for Trails, Recreation, Education, Advocacy and Development and is an organization that was formed in 2017 to help promote and plan for the future of our trail and recreation systems in the valley.  Members of TREAD came out with a video for trail users and recreationists…

While local officials understand the need for recreation and exercise, social distancing challenges at trailheads and congested areas could force their hand in closing popular locations.  TREAD hopes that users can follow these simple recommendations so we can all continue enjoying the trail systems in our area.

The closure of schools for the rest of the year has deleted the spring sports season for high schools and ruined many of our broadcast plans here on NCWLIFE Channel…

So, we’re going back through the archives of past broadcasts this week to start “NCWLIFE Sports Presents” great games of our past.

Since 2016, NCWLIFE Channel has produced 430 sports broadcasts.  That’s 160 Wenatchee Wild games and another 270 high school and Wenatchee Valley Rams games…

We’ll begin our look back tomorrow night at 7 o’clock with a volleyball match between Wenatchee and Eastmont from October of 2016.  Eric Granstrom and LeAnne Branam had the call of a classic at Eastmont High School.

Thursday is Hockey Night featuring this year’s tilt between Wenatchee and Cowichan Valley from January in the Town Toyota Center.  Arch Ecker has the play-by-play beginning at 7 o’clock.

Then on Friday, we’re turning back to the clocks to October of 2016 in the Bridge of Sportsmanship between Wenatchee and Eastmont at Wildcat Stadium.  Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson have the play-by-play beginning at 7 o’clock. Saturday’s first game of the doubleheader goes back to 2017 when the Wenatchee girls soccer team hosts West Valley for the Big-9 District Championship.  Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen have the call at 2 o’clock.  Then at 7, we’re going back to July of 2016 for the Wenatchee Valley Rams and the Tri-City Rage in playoff football.  Steve Oeck has the call of the battle in Western Washington Football Alliance play from Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl.


Thanks Eric.
Silo Fire -One more fire to tell you about before we let you go tonight, fire crews from Entiat and Chelan battled a silo fire in Stayman Flats on Friday afternoon that destroyed all the contents of the silo and damaged a nearby RV. While still working on that fire, Chelan Fire and Rescue was called to a brush fire along the railroad tracks by Rio Vista Winery north of Chelan that was quickly extinguished. That fire was started by a controlled burn that was spread by winds, while the cause of the silo fire remains under investigation.
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.