NCWLIFE Evening News April 16th, 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, here a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, Most of North Central Washington is ahead of the state curve on vaccinating its populations against coronavirus./ Chelan or Douglas County residents who haven’t received your first dose of vaccine, the Chelan-Douglas Health District is offering first doses of Moderna, starting Monday in Cashmere, and, We’ve entered that short season when open burning is permitted in parts of central Washington, and county fire districts are warning landowners to please do it right.     

But first, our top story tonight. . .

Ellensburg police officers were able to talk a man with a large knife down after he climbed to the roof of the Ellensburg Police Department building Thursday night.

Police haven’t said how the man was able to get on top the building about 7:15 p.m. Ellensburg police described the man as distraught but officers were able to negotiate him off the roof in about 10 minutes and he was taken into custody for a mental health evaluation.

Most of North Central Washington is ahead of the state curve on vaccinating its populations against coronavirus. Department of Health measurements show about 31 percent of Chelan County residents are now fully vaccinated, meaning they’ve received all the needed doses.

That’s compared to just over 23 percent of people statewide. Okanogan County and Douglas County likewise beat the state average, but Grant County is ninth from the bottom of all Washington counties, at 18.5 percent. Health officials say vaccination remains a key element in the fight against COVID-19, alongside masking and social distancing.

Good news too if you’re among the Chelan or Douglas County residents who haven’t received your first dose of vaccine, the Chelan-Douglas Health District is offering first doses of Moderna, starting Monday in Cashmere.

Up to 320 doses will be available to people 18 and older, at the Chelan County Expo Center from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. You must register in advance for the drive-through clinic, using the online PrepMod tool, or call 886-6487. The health district plans more such outreach clinics in the future.

We’ve entered that short season when open burning is permitted in parts of central Washington, and county fire districts are warning landowners to please do it right.

First, check local regulations, and check with the state Department of Ecology for guidance. Keep burn piles to four by four feet of natural debris only … no garbage … and keep a 10-foot diameter clear of flammable material around the pile. You must have water and a shovel readily available on site to suppress the fire. Burning waste in barrels is illegal. And remember, burning in general is prohibited if the wind speeds exceed 10 miles per hour.

Coming up next, A Go Fund Me account has been set up to assist a Manson volunteer firefighter who is preparing to undergo treatment for colon cancer./ A Grant County district court judge is moving to the Superior Court./ Lake Chelan Health will celebrate the long hard road to build a new hospital with a groundbreaking ceremony April 22nd, and, Crews clearing the 7-foot-deep snow on the North Cascades Highway reported significant progress earlier today. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

A Go Fund Me account has been set up to assist Manson volunteer firefighter and youth pastor Erfin Alejo who is preparing to undergo treatment for colon cancer.

The 40-year-old Alejo and his wife Temmy have three children, with their oldest daughter Maddi currently a Manson Apple Blossom princess. Alejo will be receiving treatment later this month at New Hope Hospital in Arizona and will need to live at the hospital for two weeks. According to his Go Fund Me page, he will need to self-administer white blood cell shots for the next four to five months.

Alejo has also served as a youth mentor at both Chelan High School and the Thrive Teen Center in Chelan.

A Grant County district court judge is moving to the Superior Court. Tyson R. Hill won appointment Thursday to replace Judge John Antosz, whose resignation from the Superior Court became effective today.

Hill was a deputy prosecutor in Grant County from 2009 until 2013, when he joined the district court bench. Governor Jay Inslee chose Hill from a selection of candidates, saying he’s earned trust and respect from those who’ve appeared in his courtroom. Inslee must also choose a replacement for Chelan County Judge Lesley Allan, who’s retiring in June.

Lake Chelan Health will celebrate the long hard road to build a new hospital with a groundbreaking ceremony April 22nd.

Officials will turn shovels for the planned new facility at 1:30 p.m. Voters approved a $20 million bond for the overall $44 million project in 2017, with the rest coming from the hospital, its nonprofit foundation, and from grants. A summer 2022 opening is planned.

Crews clearing the 7-foot-deep snow on the North Cascades Highway reported significant progress today. Plows began work April 5th and hope to have the scenic

Highway 20 pass reopened by early-to mid-May. Last year the pass connecting the Methow and Skagit valleys reopened May 12th. The latest recorded reopening of the North Cascades Highway was June 14th back in 1974.

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 tonight’s feature story, dozens of trees began coming down this week at Washington Park in Wenatchee. The City of Wenatchee and Chelan County PUD contractors are removing all the trees between the sidewalk and three different streets at the park, saying they have presented a variety of safety issues in recent years from heaving sidewalks to tree tops and limbs breaking off. Wenatchee Parks Director Dave Erickson said he’s not excited about the trees being removed but the time has come. . .

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.

2020 was to be a banner year for Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval, celebrating its 50th year of racing with a 14-race schedule.  Then COVID hit and slammed the door on the season right before it could begin.  April and May came and went without a single race.  Then in June, the door opened wide enough to allow race teams, but no fans…

It was June 27th of last year that a wonderful partnership began between WVSO and NCWLIFE Channel.  Since no fans could attend, your local TV station provided coverage of 7-races over the course of 4-months…

And we’ll have the cameras up and running this weekend for the 2021 season opener at WVSO, it’s the Spring Sizzler and Tommy Wentz Classic.  There will be four classes of racing including the Dick’s Heating and Air Conditioning Thunder Cars; Holaday’s Custom Muffler B-Mods; Plumb Perfect Roadrunners; and Northwest Mini-Stock Tour.  In fact, at last count, there are 30 Thunder Cars entered, 13 B-Mods, 20 Roadrunners and 27 Mini-Stocks.  That’s a total of 110 cars for just this weekend!

WVSO general manager Jeremy Anders says if you can’t make this race to watch, be sure to get your tickets for future races…

Again, go to WVSO dot com for tickets and to see this year’s schedule at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval.

The Mariners find themselves in first place in the American League West after a doubleheader sweep in Baltimore yesterday…

Seattle came from behind in game 1 yesterday, beating the Orioles 4-2.  Trailing 2-0 in the top of the 5th, Mitch Haniger came through with a big, two-out bomb.  Seattle was able to do some more two-out damage in the 6th, thanks to J.P. Crawford’s 2-run double.

Marco Gonzales is the beneficiary, earning his 1st win of the season, going 5-innings and allowing 2-runs on 3-hits with 5-strikeouts.  Kendall Graveman worked a 1-2-3 7th for his 2nd save.

Seattle got home runs from Mitch Haniger and Dylan Moore in the second game of the twin bill, which was plenty of offense for Justin Dunn in a 2-1 win.  Dunn went 5-innings to earn his first victory, allowing 1-run on 2-hits with 6-strikeouts.

The Mariners return from a 5-2 road trip to host Houston in the first of three games at T-Mobile Park tonight at 7:10.

Seattle is a half-game ahead of the Angels in the American League West with L-A and Houston both idle yesterday.

Adolis Garcia’s 2-run homer in the top of the 10th gave Texas a 6-4 win over Tampa Bay.

Stephen Piscotti and Matt Olson each went yard in Oakland’s 8-4 win over Detroit. 

Here’s a glance at the weekend ahead in prep sports…

Today, it’s Okanogan at Warden at 4:30 and Royal hosts Cascade at 7.  Coming up tomorrow, Cashmere travels to Ephrata while Chelan’s at Wahluke at 11.  Eastmont plays at Moses Lake, Quincy hosts Wenatchee and Manson hosts Tonasket at 1.

The baseball doubleheaders get underway today with Chelan at Cascade at 3 while Quincy plays at Ephrata at 4.  They all start at 11 tomorrow morning with Wenatchee hosting Moses Lake; Brewster’s at Eastmont; Cashmere travels to Warden; Manson hosts Pateros; Omak’s at ACH; Liberty Bell takes on Lake Roosevelt; and Tonasket entertains Okanogan.

In girls softball today, the 3 o’clock doubleheaders have Cascade at Royal and Manson hosting Pateros.  At 4 o’clock it’s Wenatchee entertaining Cashmere while Wahluke is at Quincy.  Tomorrow morning at 11, Eastmont hosts Moses Lake; Chelan’s at Omak; and Brewster takes on Tonasket.

Thanks Eric.

A Douglas County sheriff’s deputy has earned praise from his boss for helping out a homeless traveler in need. Sheriff Kevin Morris issued an Award of Merit this week to Corporal Thomas Williams.

On April 5th, Williams discovered a man who was displaced by the pandemic, camping near the East Wenatchee Grange Hall on Sunset Highway. The camper said he was waiting for his pandemic relief payments, so he could travel to Missouri.

Williams helped the man relocate his belongings to a public campsite, gave him a ride to an important appointment, and gave him $40 out of his own pocket to pay for campsite fees and food. In a letter of commendation Wednesday, Sheriff Morris told Williams, QUOTE, “you showed exceptional compassion and leadership by helping those in need.” UNQUOTE.

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 and enjoy the weather!