NCWLIFE Evening News April 20th, 2021

281
video

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, After the 2020 census, will Wenatchee and East Wenatchee be metro, or micro, the metrics could be changing./ The Wenatchee Valley is close to the halfway mark in its drive to get eligible residents vaccinated against COVID-19, and, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz was in Winthrop yesterday to kick off a new, wildfire ready neighbors project.   

But first, our top story tonight. . .

Washington’s child protective agency must pay $300,000 and change the way it serves deaf or hard of hearing families.

The federal settlement came about after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, which found more than 100 instances where the Department of Children, Youth and Families failed to provide sign language interpreters or other aids when handling child welfare cases.

That put DCYF in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In addition to the monetary payment, DCYF must now make sure it has ASL interpreters

available throughout the state. U.S. attorneys in Seattle and Spokane will monitor the agency’s compliance.

After the 2020 census, will Wenatchee and East Wenatchee be metro, or micro? The U.S. Office of Management and Budget is changing the way it designates cities, based on their population.

The Wenatchee Valley core won the designation of a metropolitan area back in 2000, when its population was at 99,000 people. It’s now at about 116,000. But the OMB under Donald Trump announced plans that would downgrade metro areas that don’t meet a certain population threshold.

This affects the way cities are considered for federal housing grants, among other revenue sources. The 2020 census hasn’t been finalized, and President Biden’s new OMB director has not yet decided about adopting the rule.

The Wenatchee Valley is close to the halfway mark in its drive to get eligible residents vaccinated against COVID-19. Chelan-Douglas Health District administrator Luke Davies told the regional board of health yesterday, the pace of vaccinations looks good for the two counties.

Davies says the mass vaccination site at Town Toyota Center distributed about 1,200 doses of Pfizer vaccine on Friday alone, and satellite clinics have begun administering doses on days when the center is closed.

Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz was in Winthrop yesterday to kick off a new, collaborative effort between the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), community members, home preparedness experts, regional fire districts, and other partners to better prepare those most at risk during wildfire season.

Wildfire Ready Neighbors connects residents with experts and tools to help them take proactive action, from small steps to large, to better protect their homes and surrounding property from wildfire. Wildfire Ready Neighbors is piloting in three high-risk counties this year: Chelan, Okanogan and Spokane. Chelan County, the first in the pilot program, launched April 5th in Wenatchee. Spokane County work kicks off April 30th.

Coming up next, The state Department of Transportation is proposing a multi-lane roundabout where Easy Street meets Highway 2/97, just west of the Odabashian Bridge./ Dawn Davies, Executive Director of the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society, announced she will retire in June, and, A signature part of the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival is making a comeback. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Roundabouts are the go-to traffic control method for more and more local intersections. Now the state Department of Transportation is proposing a multi-lane roundabout where Easy Street meets Highway 2/97, just west of the Odabashian Bridge.

The roundabout would eliminate the four-way stoplight currently there, plus adding shorter crosswalks and an extension for the Apple Capital Loop Trail. DOT plans a virtual public meeting to present the plan on April 28th. Construction could begin one year from now.

Dawn Davies, Executive Director of the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society, announced she will retire in June. She’s managed the nonprofit service, which provides animal control and shelter operations, for the last 10 years.

During that time, she oversaw creation of a brand new and improved shelter for homeless pets, which offers classes, a pet food bank, and low-cost spay and neuter operations. About 96 percent of animals that arrive at the shelter are rehabilitated and placed in new homes, rather than being euthanized. The Humane Society board says it’s close to announcing Davies’ replacement.

A signature part of the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival is making a comeback. The Classy Chassis car parade will take a bow June 11th during the festival, which has been scaled back and rescheduled due to the pandemic.

The annual East Wenatchee event, sponsored by Les Schwab, takes off at 6 p.m. Organizers say there will be health requirements, including facial masks and social distancing, even though the car parade is an outdoor event. The parade is on, but there will be no accompanying car show this year. That element hopefully will come back onto the schedule for 2022.

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, a Methow Valley woman was nearing the end of a 1,500-mile road trip when she carried out a heroic rescue. 39-year-old Candice Burt of Twisp came upon a one-car rollover in rural Grant County Saturday morning, with the driver trapped inside and the car on fire. Candice called 911 and pulled the driver from the wreck, just before the vehicle went up in flames.

The fire was so hot, one of her shoes was destroyed. She told NCWLIFE the story yesterday, in her own words. . .

State Patrol Trooper John Bryant says the driver in that crash, 31-year-old Shaun Hagerty of Moses Lake, suffered burns to his leg and right torso, but was treated and released from Columbia Basin Hospital in Ephrata. He faces a charge of DUI.

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 Mariners were tasked with taking on the best team in Major League Baseball Monday, the Los Angeles Dodgers.  And Seattle was up to the challenge…

Seattle got home runs from Taylor Trammel and Jose Marmolejos in a 4-3 victory with only 9-hits combined between the two teams. 

Marmolejos got things going early for the Mariners with a runner aboard in the bottom of the 1st inning…

Taylor Trammel would add to the highlight reel with a solo shot off Dodger starter Dustin May in the bottom of the 2nd

Justus Sheffield worked 5-and-2/3rds innings for the win, allowing 3-runs on 4-hits with 6-strikeouts and 3-walks.  Seattle’s bullpen of Vest, Misiewicz, Graveman and Montero were once again superb, allowing 0-runs and 1-hit over the final 3-and-a-third innings with 3-strikeouts.

Seattle also got some fantastic play in the field by Evan White, Mitch Haniger and Dylan Moore…

Manager Scott Servais was asked about the intensity of Monday’s game and how there was a constant buzz in the ballpark…

Seattle and Los Angeles played a getaway day game today with Marco Gonzales facing Julio Urias.  We’ll have results and highlights tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.  By the way, Kyle Lewis is back with the team was expected to start today’s game in centerfield.

In the rest of the American League West on Monday, Texas exploded for 5-runs in the 6th inning in a 6-4 win over the Angels.  Los Angeles committed 3-errors in the game, 2 of which in the 6th.

Oakland and Minnesota were postponed due to COVID Monday and will make it up as part of a doubleheader today.

Seattle enjoys a game-and-a-half lead in the American League West over Los Angeles and Oakland.

We have our first baseball game on NCWLIFE Channel today since the spring of 2019…

Wenatchee hosts Eastmont at Recreation Park this afternoon at 4:30.  Joel Norman will have your play-by-play, which will be live streamed on Facebook and then tape-delayed for television tonight at 7.

Also on tap today at 4:30 we have Ephrata at Moses Lake; Cascade hosts Omak; Cashmere welcomes Wahluke; Brewster’s in Chelan; Quincy hosts Liberty Bell; and Okanogan takes on Lake Roosevelt.

On the softball diamonds this afternoon at 4 o’clock, Bridgeport travels to Soap Lake and Tonasket visits Almira-Coulee/Hartline.  Then at 4:30 it’s Cascade at Quincy; Chelan hosts Royal; Omak travels to Oroville; Brewster hosts Lake Roosevelt; Okanogan visits Pateros; and Cashmere plays at Wahluke at 5 o’clock.

In boys soccer today, Manson travels to Brewster; Liberty Bell hosts Pateros; and Oroville visits Tonasket at 4 o’clock.  At 7, Eastmont hosts Quincy; Chelan travels to Wenatchee; and Moses Lake entertains Cascade.

Thanks Eric.

Now let’s check in with Eric Granstrom for a look at what’s coming up tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Eric. . .

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.