NCWLIFE Evening News April 1st, 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.   

But first, our top story tonight. . .

A Kennewick man is accused of robbing a Wenatchee convenience store with a knife, then leading police on a high-speed chase toward Stevens Pass.

39-year-old William Jeromy Allenbaugh allegedly threatened a store clerk with a knife at the North Wenatchee Avenue Circle K early this morning, seized a large amount of cash and drove north. Chelan county sheriff’s deputies say they spotted Allenbaugh’s car in Olds Station and pursued him west on Highway 2 at high speed, until his vehicle was stopped by a PIT maneuver.

Allenbaugh was booked into the Chelan County jail about 7 a.m. He has a prior criminal record, including a Cashmere arson in 2000 that destroyed four lumberyard buildings and sent Allenbaugh to federal prison for five years, when he was just 19 years old. Wenatchee police are seeking charges of robbery, assault, and traffic violations.

The Chelan-Douglas Health District reported Wednesday that new COVID-19 rates in the two counties continues to rise.

In its weekly thermographic Wednesday, new case rates jumped from 192 per 100,000 residents over the previous two weeks to 236 per 100,000 between March 24th through March 31st. That continued a three-week trend of rising cases.

But by this morning’s report, the rate had fallen slightly to 232 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past two weeks.

Another big step forward in Washington’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign: In just two weeks, everyone age 16 and older will become eligible for their shots. Governor Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health Umair Shah announced the change in vaccine eligibility, starting April 15th. . .

Coming up next, Chelan County PUD is warning people to proceed with caution as water levels rise and the Chelan River begins flowing faster during spring spills./ Slidewaters Waterpark in Chelan announced Wednesday that they’ll be reopening May 29th, with the debut of its new Lakeside Surf river wave attraction, and, Much of the Wenatchee Foothills trail system was reopened today to hikers and other recreationists. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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Chelan County PUD is warning people to proceed with caution as water levels rise and the Chelan River begins flowing faster during spring spills.

Lake Chelan Dam typically increases spills in early April and they taper off in late July. The PUD says people should stay on trails in the upper reaches of the river and obey no-trespassing signs, including in the Chelan River Gorge.

Last July four trespassing teens had to be rescued off a rock ledge in the gorge after they were trapped by a rush of water.

Slidewaters Waterpark in Chelan announced Wednesday that they’ll be reopening May 29th, with the debut of its new Lakeside Surf river wave attraction coming even sooner on May 1st.

In announcing the planned openings, the Chelan waterpark said they will be following state Department of Health COVID-19 guidelines, including limiting capacity, physical distancing rules and mask requirements. Slidewaters defied Governor Jay Inslee’s shutdown orders last June and operated for almost a month before the state ordered its closure and imposed a $10,000 fine that Slidewaters is appealing. The Freedom Foundation unsuccessfully sued the state on Slidewaters’ behalf seeking to overturn Inslee’s shutdown orders.

Much of the Wenatchee Foothills trail system was reopened today to hikers and other recreationists.

Chelan County PUD says the Sage Hills trails system and Home Water Wildlife Preserve are back open and Chelan County reopened the Horse Lake Road, which provides access to much of the trail system.

The trails are typically closed during the winter until the end of March to protect wintering wildlife, including mule deer. The county also reopened Burch Mountain Road and Oklahoma Gulch Road this morning.

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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 Alyanna 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.

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The Seahawks have reportedly given wide receiver Tyler Lockett a 4-year, 69-million-dollar contract extension…

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Seattle made its most-reliable receiver an offer he couldn’t refuse, including 37-million-dollars guaranteed.

Lockett is entering the final season of a 3-year contract that paid him $31-million.  Last season, Lockett and DK Metcalf became only the second pair of receivers in Seahawks history to each top 1,000-yards in the same year.

Another literal “big” addition to the Seahawks this offseason has been offensive guard Gabe Jackson…

The 6-3, 335-pounder out of Mississippi State has played his entire 7-year career with the Raiders after being a 3rd-round draft pick in 2014.  He says he’s excited to join a new team…

Jackson started all 16-games at right guard for the Raiders in 2020 and has been a stalwart at either guard position in his career.  He says coming to Seattle is like starting all over again…

Jackson is expected to take up the vacated spot on the offensive line left by the retirement of Mike Iupati.  Jackson was asked if the off-season comments by Russell Wilson about needed improvements on the offensive line bother him or make him feel like he’s under the microscope…

After the trade with Vegas, Seattle signed Jackson to a new, 3-year deal worth 22.575-million dollars.

It is Opening Day in Major League Baseball today as the Mariners host the San Francisco Giants at T-Mobile Park…

Starting for the 3rd-straight year on opening day will be former Wenatchee AppleSox Marco Gonzales.  Marco’s coming off a 7-and-2 campaign in 2020 with a 3.10-ERA.  He’ll go up against the Giant’s Kevin Gausman, who was 3-and-3 last season in San Francisco.

Opening Day will feature something Seattle hasn’t seen in a while, REAL FANS in the stands!  9-thousand tickets were available to T-Mobile Park for limited capacity.  Manager Scott Servais says he and the players are excited to have fans back at the ballpark…

On a dour note, Servais says A-L Rookie of the Year will not be in the lineup in centerfield tonight and will start the season on the injured list…

Seattle and San Francisco get the 2021 season underway tonight at 7:10.  The game will be broadcast on Root Sports.

There are 5 former Wenatchee AppleSox players on Opening Day rosters in the Major Leagues today.  Joining Marco Gonzales are Griffin Canning with the Angels; Pat Valaika with the Orioles; and Keston Hiura and Drew Rasmussen with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Eastmont concluded its volleyball season at home on senior night last night, hosting the Ephrata Tigers…

It took all 5-sets, but the Wildcats prevailed 3-2.  Eric Granstrom had the exciting call here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Eastmont finishes the season 9-and-3.  Ephrata returns home to host Wenatchee and Moses Lake to wrap up the season Saturday.

Also last night, Manson topped Cashmere 3-1.  The Trojans have two left on Saturday to try to finish a perfect season at 13-and-oh.

Thanks Eric.

As we leave you tonight, saying they like big plows and they cannot lie, the Washington State Department of Transportation announced the winning name Monday for its third tow plow. Sir Plows-A-Lot, a reference to Seattle rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot, edged out Towbi-Wan-PlowNobi and Bow Chicka Wow Plow as the winner in the online voting.

Sir Plows-A-Lot joins the Big Leplowski and Plowie McPlow Plow in the WASH-DOT tow plow fleet.

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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.