NCWLIFE Evening News April 17th, 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, Both Douglas and Okanogan counties have put forward new bans on hotel lodging and overnight rentals, while coronavirus still threatens to spread. Thefts from rural farms aren’t unusual, but this is a new one to us, we’ll tell you about it, and, The Chelan Valley Housing Trust is now taking homebuyer applications for Emerson Village, the trust’s first townhome development.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Sheriff’s deputies say one person is unaccounted for after a Thursday evening fire destroyed Kopey’s Garage, a former auto shop that stood for 120 years in downtown Waterville.

Douglas County Undersheriff Tyler Caille said one person known to be at the site of the fire when it broke out shortly after 7 p.m. remained missing today. The Kopey’s Garage building at 116 West Locust Street was owned by Ray and Judith Kope of Waterville. Built in 1900, it served as a Ford garage back in its day. Douglas County Fire Districts 1 and 5 were called out at 7:07 p.m. to find the building already engulfed in flame. Authorities said the ruins of the building remained unsafe and smoldering today, and Highway 2 traffic was detoured around the scene. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Both Douglas and Okanogan counties have put forward new bans on hotel lodging and overnight rentals, while coronavirus still threatens to spread.

The proclamations follow a similar one adopted last week in Chelan County. There are a few differences, though: Douglas County exempts private campgrounds from its restrictions, and lifts the ban effective May 4th. Okanogan County’s new rule applies to all campgrounds, and authorities say it will remain in place until further notice.

Thefts from rural farms aren’t unusual, but this is a new one to us:

Someone stole 120 beehives from a farm property near the town of George. Owner Dave Smouse with Columbia Pollination placed a notice of the theft this week on Facebook, saying it took place sometime between April 2nd and April 5th along the Adams frontage road.

The beehives are placed in orchards each spring to encourage apple and cherry growth. Each hive is stamped with Smouse’s state operating number and his company name is on the pallets. He’s offering a reward if the stolen bees are recovered.

The Chelan Valley Housing Trust is now taking homebuyer applications for Emerson Village, the trust’s first townhome development. The townhomes are available to homebuyers who earn up to, or slightly more than, 100% of the valley’s average median income, which is $52,000 dollars. The purchase price for each home is $200,000. Each of the five townhomes will be 1,179 square feet, two stories, with two bedrooms and 1.5 baths.

Emerson Village will be located at the corner of North Emerson Street and East Chelan Avenue. Rachael Goldie, the trust’s executive administrator, says construction will begin as soon as the permits are approved and the state’s shutdown order on residential construction is lifted.

Coming up next, Work will resume Monday on the $650,000 dollar West Malaga Intersection Project, with some traffic delays expected. Fish recovery projects near Wenatchee and Mazama earned $57,000 in grants this week from the state Department of Ecology. After being closed for a year for recovery work from the 2018 Cougar Creek Fire, the Lower Mad River Trail has reopened, and, With schools shut down, the Grant County Sheriff’s office decided it was a good opportunity to reach out to youngsters, we will tell you what they’re doing. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Work will resume Monday on the $650,000 dollar West Malaga Intersection Project, with some traffic delays expected until the project is completed sometime around Memorial Day Weekend. The project was suspended April 1st over uncertainties about contractors and materials due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chelan County is improving the turning radius for large commercial trucks from McEldowney Road onto West Malaga Road. Workers are also installing guardrail and widening the road for a future turn lane at Golf Course Road.

The Chelan County Public Works Department says the speed limit in the area will be 25 miles per hour and during the day the road will be limited to one lane, with flaggers controlling traffic.

Fish recovery projects near Wenatchee and Mazama earned $57,000 in grants this week from the state Department of Ecology.

The Cascade Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group is working with the Yakama Tribe and local resource experts to restore fish and wildlife habitat on 40 acres in the Wenatchee River floodplain, and a similar six-acre project at Mazama Park on the upper Methow River. The state money will go toward their public education efforts about both projects. The work is aimed at improving the health of the area’s Chinook salmon, steelhead, and bull trout populations.

After being closed for a year for recovery work from the 2018 Cougar Creek Fire, the Lower Mad River Trail has reopened.

The U.S. Forest said Thursday that workers from the Northwest Youth Corps, Forest Service trail crews and volunteers from the Northwest Motorcycle Association have built a new bridge, cleared burned trees, widened trails and even moved some large rocks.

Most of the trail is open to hikers, mountain bikers, horses and dirt bikes. However, like all trailheads in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, the Pine Flats Trailhead remains closed and visitors will need to park elsewhere and walk to the trailhead. The lightning-caused Cougar Creek Fire burned more than 43,000 acres.

schools shut down, the Grant County Sheriff’s office decided it was a good opportunity to reach out to youngsters. So, law enforcement personnel this week began reading their favorite kids’ books from their patrol cars and posting the videos for all to enjoy. . .

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. . .

Organizers at Wenatchee Valley College had big plans for this year’s 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Now coronavirus has forced those big plans for next Wednesday, April 22nd, to go virtual. Wenatchee Valley College instructors Joan Qazi (KAH-zee) and Derek Sheffield gave a ZOOM sneak preview with NCWLIFE reporter 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.

The shutdown of schools due to the pandemic has actually helped in some ways athletically.  Districts have saved money on transportation and knock off some maintenance needs. 

Wenatchee athletic director Jim Beeson says they’ve used the time to do a deep clean of many of their facilities…

Eastmont athletic director Russ Waterman says he too has been able to ask around and see what they could get to that they’ve been meaning to, but didn’t have time…

Many of our area high schools are taking part in the “Be The Light” campaign, turning on their stadium lights Friday nights at 8:20 (20:20 military time) in honor of the class of 2020.  The lights will remain on for 20-minutes.

You can watch Eric’s interview with Jim Beeson as well as Eastmont athletic director Russ Waterman on our website at NCWLIFE dot com.

An huge annual event at the Wenatchee City Pool has been cancelled…

The Apple Capital swim meet, originally scheduled for May 28th through the 31st, has been cancelled. 

According to an email from Mark Hartley, Velocity Swimming head coach, “both our Apple Capital and Starlight meets are held at a venue owned and operated by the City of Wenatchee.  The City announced this week that the facility will not open before June 15th.  USA Swimming also announced this week that existing sanctions will be revoked through May 31st.  Our Starlight meet, currently scheduled for June 26-28 is in serious question.  Velocity swimming will contact teams by May 15th if we feel that a June date for Starlight is viable.”

The Apple Capital swim meet drew 900 competitors over the past few years.  According to the Wenatchee Valley Sports Council, the economic impact is over 300-thousand dollars.

NCWLIFE Sports Presents Great Games of our Past tonight at 7 o’clock with the Bridge of Sportsmanship from 2016…

It was a flag-filled night for the home team at Wildcat Stadium as Eastmont hosted Wenatchee in the 48th meeting between the two schools.  Eric Granstrom had the call with Grant Olson…

That is on at 7 o’clock tonight here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

We’ll bring you another great game of our past Saturday at 2 o’clock with the Big-9 girls soccer championship from 2017 between Wenatchee and West Valley.  Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen have the play-by-play.

Then Saturday night at 7 it’s Western Washington Football Alliance playoff action from July of 2016 as the Wenatchee Valley Rams take on the Tri-City Rage.  Steve Oeck has the call.

On Sunday, it’s Wenatchee and Sunnyside baseball from a year ago at 2 followed by the Wenatchee Wild and Trail Smoke Eaters at 7.

Thanks Eric.

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.