NCWLIFE Evening News April 15th, 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, Highway 28 at Crescent Bar was at least partially blocked for about an hour and a half Wednesday after a collision between a pickup and car that caused the pickup to roll on the highway./ With Washington’s law on drug possession stricken by the state Supreme Court, former defendants are now asking local courts for new sentences, and, New COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Chelan and Douglas counties, with the health district’s latest report showing both counties on a path to remain in Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan.

But first, our top story tonight. . .

Two people were hospitalized and traffic was blocked for over two hours yesterday afternoon following an accident involving a semi-truck and a van on Highway 97 north of Orondo. 

The Washington State Patrol reports that shortly after 2PM the southbound semi jackknifed while braking to avoid colliding with a vehicle waiting to turn left onto Brays Landing Road.  A northbound Honda minivan being driven by 79 year-old Donald Sass of Orondo swerved to the far right shoulder of the highway in an attempt to avoid the semi but the cab of the semi struck the van head-on. 

Both Sass and his passenger, 76 year-old Carol Sass were transported to Central Washington Hospital with unknown injuries.  The driver of the semi, 81 year-old Calvin Anderson of East Wenatchee was not injured but he was cited by the State Patrol for driving too fast for conditions and having defective brakes.

Highway 28 at Crescent Bar was at least partially blocked for about an hour and a half Wednesday after a collision between a pickup and car that caused the pickup to roll on the highway. Both drivers suffered minor injuries that did not require hospitalization.

The Washington State Patrol said about 11:30 a.m. a 1986 Toyota pickup being driven by 20-year-old Eathyn Geren of East Wenatchee was turning left onto the highway from Crescent Bar Road and failed to yield the right of way to a Honda Accord being driven by 30-year-old Maria Delarosa of Quincy. The Accord hit the pickup, flipping it over. Geren was cited for failing to yield the right of way and not having a valid driver’s license.

With Washington’s law on drug possession stricken by the state Supreme Court, former defendants are now asking local courts for new sentences. The first legal motions have arrived in Chelan County Superior Court after the State v. Blake decision.

One, from a defendant convicted of methamphetamine possession in 2020, asks that his sentence be vacated and his DOC supervision removed.

But lower courts aren’t yet sure whether the Blake decision applies retroactively to past drug convictions. Prosecutors in Spokane County and elsewhere have asked the court to reconsider its ruling, which would mean not just overturned sentences but millions in court fines and fees returned to defendants. The first motions to vacate aren’t likely to be heard until next month.

New COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Chelan and Douglas counties, with the health district’s latest report showing both counties on a path to remain in Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan.

In its weekly thermographic released Wednesday, the Chelan-Douglas Health District said the counties combined to have a rate of 184 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past two weeks, down from 223 new cases per 100,000 residents reported last week.

Hospitalizations for the virus showed little change, with 6 Chelan County residents currently hospitalized and none from Douglas County.

Also Wednesday, the Health District reported that 41-point-6 percent of all Chelan County residents and 34-point-3 percent of Douglas County residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Today, everyone ages 16 or older became eligible to receive the vaccine, so vaccination numbers are likely to show significant growth in next week’s report.

Coming up next, Eligibility opened up today for all adults to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations./ High school students in Washington won’t be taking standardized tests this spring./ A bill that just passed the state Legislature should put an end to lawsuits seeking unpaid overtime for farm laborers, and, Representative Kim Schrier is questioning import/export imbalances caused by COVID-19. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Eligibility opened up today for all adults to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations. That includes people 16 and up who want the Pfizer vaccine, the only one approved for their age group.

The Town Toyota Center mass vaccination site offers the Pfizer shot only. You can schedule an appointment there  by registering on PrepMod, or calling 886-6487. Other vaccine providers, like Confluence Health, Columbia Valley Community Health and Lake Chelan Health, are asking for volunteers to sign up for call lists, so they can receive the few shots left at the end of clinic hours, and avoid wasting any doses. Vaccine recipients under 18 may need to provide proof of consent from a parent or guardian.

High school students in Washington won’t be taking standardized tests this spring, with state Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal saying Wednesday that testing will be pushed off until fall.

Reykdal said the time-consuming testing is not the best use of the limited in-person instruction time available at schools this year.

He added that results of testing this spring would not be reliable with so many families still opting out of in-person instruction and instead relying on remote learning.

A bill that just passed the state Legislature should put an end to lawsuits seeking unpaid overtime for farm laborers. Senate Bill 5172 phases in new overtime requirements, with time and a half kicking in after 55 hours starting next year.

By 2024, overtime becomes effective after 40 hours. The bill also protects the farming sector from being sued for retroactive pay from the previous three years. Agriculture employers have faced millions in claims for lost wages in recent years, as courts have ruled their pay practices unconstitutional. 12th District Senator Brad Hawkins opposed the bill; Representatives Keith Goehner and Mike Steele voted for its final version in the House, where it passed last week 91-7.

The pandemic has changed a lot in our lives, including the way local farm exports are handled enroute to foreign markets. Washington growers depend on buyers in Asia for a lot of their profits, and Congresswoman Kim Schrier says she’s asking trade officials to look into the situation:

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Time now for our weekly Pause for Pets feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Callie the cat. . .

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.

Apparently, they had so much fun playing a doubleheader a couple days ago, the Mariners and Orioles are doing it again today…

With yesterday’s game rained out, Seattle and Baltimore played the first game of a doubleheader this morning. 

The Mariners came from behind in game 1 today to beat 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…

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.

Justin Dunn was getting the start in Game 2

In other Mariner news, James Paxton will undergo season-ending surgery.  Manager Scott Servais said Tuesday that Paxton will have surgery on his left elbow.  The left-hander went on the 10-day injured list last Wednesday with a forearm strain in his pitching arm after leaving his first start of the season in the second inning after 24-pitches.

Paxton had just returned to the Mariners this off-season after being traded to the Yankees by Seattle in 2018.  Now, Paxton’s season is over just as it began.

The Mariners moved into tie atop the American League West with today’s win…

There you see the Mariner’s final from this morning.  The rest of the scores are from last night.

Salvador Perez and Carlos Santana each hit homers as Kansas City beat Los Angeles 6-to-1.

Jeimer Candelario was 3-for-5 with 2-RBI’s to lead Detroit over Houston 6-4.

Adolis Garcia’s 2-run triple highlighted a 4-run 7th as the Texas Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-to-1.

The Seahawks have added even more to its already stacked defensive line today with the signing of defensive end Aldon Smith…

The former Dallas Cowboy agreed to a 1-year contract to come to Seattle and join Carlos Dunlap, Benson Mayowa, JT Collier, Alton Robinson, Rashad Green and Darrell Taylor on the defensive front.  Details of Smith’s contract have not been released.

Meanwhile, in late March, Seattle rewarded its most consistent receiver with a 4-year, 69-million dollar contract extension. Even though the deal is done, Tyler Lockett is shocked to be sitting where he is…

Lockett had his best season in 2020 with 100-receptions over 1,054 yards and 10-touchdowns.  He says looking forward to working with new offensive coordinator Shane Waldon and see what he brings from his days with the Rams…

Tyler nearly chose to sit out the 2020 season because of underlying conditions with family members and fears of COVID.  He says, like anyone else, he’s had to learn how to deal with his fears through a pandemic…

Tyler Lockett is set to begin his 7th season with the Seahawks this fall.

A new season of racing will begin this Saturday at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval…

It’s the Spring Sizzler and Tommy Wentz Classic, which we will broadcast LIVE here on the NCWLIFE Channel.  Track General Manager Jeremy Anders joined us on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley to preview Saturday’s action…

Anders says they’re excited to have fans at the raceway for the first time in 18-months, but that has also meant a scramble to get everything ready…

While Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval is opening this weekend, the race world is still dealing with the closure of Yakima Speedway.  Anders says while it may be good for WVSO, it’s bad for racing…

Watch all the action beginning at 5 o’clock this Saturday here on NCWLIFE Channel.  Scheduled to race are the Dick’s Heating and Air Conditioning Thunder Cars; Holaday’s Custom Muffler B-Mods; Plumb Perfect Roadrunners; and the Northwest Mini-Stock Tour.

Checking the prep scoreboard from yesterday, we have one softball score to pass along…

Ephrata topped Eastmont in the opener for both teams 8-to-2.

After a day at Gamble Sands yesterday, boys from the larger schools in the region are playing Lakeview Golf and Country Club today.  Eastmont, Wenatchee, Moses Lake and host Ephrata were all battling on the links.

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.