NCWLIFE Evening News April 23rd, 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, A 27-year-old Quincy man is headed to federal prison, after pleading guilty in a methamphetamine distribution scheme./ The Wenatchee School Board could vote next week on whether to send its middle-and-high school students back to in-person classes, and, Two upcoming clinics aim to expand vaccination in Chelan County.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
School Bus Wreck -A driver rear-ended a Wenatchee School District bus yesterday in Malaga, injuring one student as well as themselves. It happened on West Malaga Road about 12:15 p.m. School district spokeswoman Diana Haglund says the bus was fully stopped to pick up a student, with its amber lights flashing, when it was struck from behind. Haglund said the bus was carrying six students to afternoon classes at Pioneer Middle School. The injured student complained of back pain and was taken to Central Washington Hospital. Jason Reinfeld, the Chelan County Sheriff’s Chief of Operations, said the car was a 2003 Buick LeSabre, driven by a 73-year-old Malaga resident, who was also taken by ambulance. Malaga Road was shut down at Riviera Boulevard for about two hours, while deputies and the Washington State Patrol investigated the accident.
Quincy Drug Sentence -A 27-year-old Quincy man is headed to federal prison, after pleading guilty in a methamphetamine distribution scheme. Eusebio Olvera Ruiz received an 11-year sentence from U.S. District Chief Judge Stan Bastian in Yakima. Ruiz participated in a drive-by shooting in Moses Lake in January 2020 to intimidate people who owed money to the drug organization. A subsequent investigation turned up several pounds of methamphetamine, several hundred fentanyl laced pills, heroin, and numerous stolen firearms and ammunition. Ruiz is a Mexican citizen; he will be deported after serving his prison sentence.
WSD HS Classes -The Wenatchee School Board could vote next week on whether to send its middle- and high-school students back to in-person classes. The board meets Tuesday to take up the matter. Elementary students are already back in classrooms full-time, with an option to continue attending remotely, while secondary students remain in a hybrid mix of classroom time and remote learning. Questions concerning social distancing, staff shortages, and the community spread of COVID-19 will weigh heavily on the discussions. Administrators say a vote Tuesday is not guaranteed, but one could take place. That meeting begins at 6 p.m.
Vaccine Clinics -Two upcoming clinics aim to expand vaccination in Chelan County. On Saturday, Columbia Valley Community Health hosts a vaccination event in Wenatchee aimed at 16- to 17-year-olds, distributing the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine. You can make appointments for that event at 662-6000. On Monday, the Chelan Douglas Health District repeats its vaccination event at the Chelan County Expo Center in Cashmere. That site will give up to 320 first doses of the two-shot Moderna vaccine, which is only approved for recipients 18 and older. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call or register online by midnight on Sunday.
TEASE -Coming up next, 8th District Congressional Representative Kim Schrier used a committee meeting to push for expanded broadband internet to serve rural areas./ Wildfire management in Washington will soon have a new funding source, and, The COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act passed the U.S. Senate 94-1 on Tuesday, aimed at crimes of violence against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Schrier Broadband -8th District Congressional Representative Kim Schrier used a committee meeting to push for expanded broadband internet to serve rural areas. The congresswoman plans to introduce a bill soon that would provide grants to state broadband offices to reach rural and underserved communities. . .
Franz Fire Bill -Wildfire management in Washington will soon have a new funding source. House Bill 1168 won final passage in the Legislature on Thursday, and now heads to Governor Jay Inslee’s desk. Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz fought hard for the bill, which dedicates $125 million a year for battling wildland fires, restoring healthy forests, and improving community fire safety. The Department of Natural Resources has never had a continuous funding source for battling wildfires, and its helicopter fleet is in need of major updates. Last year was a historically destructive fire season in Washington: More than 812,000 acres and almost 300 homes were lost, and a toddler was killed.
Cantwell Asian Hate Bill -The COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act passed the U.S. Senate 94-1 on Tuesday, aimed at crimes of violence against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders. The bill addresses the increase of such crimes amid the pandemic, and now heads to the House. Washington Senator Maria Cantwell spoke in support. . .
TEASE -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.

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MS Walk 2021 -Pat Quinn-Williams has been the leader of Wenatchee’s annual Walk MS, a fundraising drive for research on multiple sclerosis, for the last 25 years. In tonight’s feature story, Pat tells NCWLIFE’s Eric Granstrom that this will be her last year heading up the program. The walk is largely virtual for the second time due to the pandemic, but it’s taking place Saturday, and Pat says there’s still time to get involved. . .

TEASE – 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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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.