NCWLIFE Evening News April 27th, 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, In an interview Friday with NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins, Gov. Jay Inslee talked about all things coronavirus. A Mattawa man in his 50s became the third Grant County resident to die from COVID-19, and, Heading into what is usually the beginning of tourism season at Lake Chelan, the mayor of Chelan has an unusual message for would-be tourists: stay away.     

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Governor Jay Inslee says he will be lifting bans on several outdoor activities beginning May 5th.

Those include fishing, hunting, golfing and the reopening state parks and Department of Natural Resources lands. Inslee said camping and team sports will remain prohibited under his Stay Home, Stay Healthy order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fishing was shut down by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife March

26th. DNR shut down state lands a day later. Golfing will be allowed in twosomes only. Inslee warned that if the virus spikes again in the state the bans will be reinstated.

In an interview Friday with NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins, Gov. Jay Inslee talked about all things coronavirus. With a limited restart to construction, Inslee says the reopening of Washington’s economy has begun, but, we can’t afford to backslide against the pandemic. . .

Expect part two of our interview with Gov. Jay Inslee on tomorrow’s newscast.

A Mattawa man in his 50s became the third Grant County resident to die from COVID-19.

The Grant County Health District confirmed the death Friday, saying the man was not employed prior to or during his illness and he died at his home. It was Grant County’s first death from the coronavirus since April 3rd. There have been 157 confirmed cases in the county, with 52 of those in Quincy and 38 in the Mattawa area.

Heading into what is usually the beginning of tourism season at Lake Chelan, the mayor of Chelan has an unusual message for would-be tourists: stay away. In a video released Friday, Bob Goedde says vacation rentals are banned and people with second homes at the lake and everyone else who doesn’t live there should stay away too. . .

The city of Chelan has had 23 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

Coming up next, A wildfire near Palisades Road and Wagon Road in Douglas County was contained to about two acres after a quick response from firefighters from two counties. A certified nursing assistant practicing in Douglas County may no longer tend to vulnerable adults, and, Travel on Icicle Road and its related trailheads outside Leavenworth will be interrupted a few times in May, as fish passage projects go forward along Icicle Creek. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

A wildfire near Palisades Road and Wagon Road in Douglas County was contained to about two acres after a quick response from firefighters from two counties.

Grant County Fire District 13 was first on the scene and said the fire was burning in an area that could have led to a significant and prolonged wildfire incident. The fire is under investigation but the fire district indicated someone burning in windy conditions likely was the cause.

A certified nursing assistant practicing in Douglas County may no longer tend to vulnerable adults. The state Department of Health and Adult Protective Services say 68-year-old David M. Cooper mentally abused a vulnerable adult in his care in 2019. His license was suspended and he was placed on a DHS long-term registry barring him from contact with vulnerable patients. Cooper may still face disciplinary action by the state health department.

Travel on Icicle Road and its related trailheads outside Leavenworth will be interrupted a few times in May, as fish passage projects go forward along Icicle Creek.

The Snow Lakes trailhead will close for five days in the first part of the month, and Icicle Road itself will go down to one lane on occasion between May 1st and August. 30th. Trout Unlimited, the city of Leavenworth and the Icicle Irrigation District will be installing a new water mainline, as well as a new fish screen at the city’s water supply intake.

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Chelan’s Woodin Avenue Bridge rennovation has received a project of the year award from the state chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA). The 1927 bridge received a complete makeover that started in 2016 and went from two narrow lanes into and out of downtown to a one-way bridge with pedestrian and bike access. The association praised the project for maintaining and improving the character of the historic. Dan Ireland of APWA talks about why the project was special. . .

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 Seahawks wrapped up the 2020 NFL Draft Friday and Saturday by selecting 7 more players…

Seattle ended up picking two defensive ends, two tight ends, a running back, offensive guard and wide receiver…

Following their first-round pick on Thursday in taking Texas Tech linebacker Jordyn Brooks, Seattle took Tennessee defensive end Darrell Taylor in the second round.  LSU guard Damien Lewis was a 3rd round selection.  Then came Stanford tight end Colby Parkinson and Miami running back DeeJay Dallas in the 4th round.  Syracuse defensive end Alton Robinson became a Seahawk in the 5th round followed by wide receiver Freddie Swain of Florida in the 6th and LSU tight end Stephen Sullivan in the 7th.

Despite the challenges of working under social separation guidelines and a pandemic, the 2020 NFL Draft went off without a hitch.  It’s something Seattle General Manager John Schneider and Coach Pete Carroll were very pleased about…

With the draft now in the books, Seattle made some moves Sunday in releasing two, veteran offensive lineman…

Seattle released former first round pick DJ Fluker as well as center Justin Britt.  Britt missed much of last season with a knee injury while Fluker started most of the year at right guard.  Fluker went to his Twitter page to thank the Seahawks and its fans…

The move clears 12.2-million dollars in salary cap space, leading many to speculate that Seattle will make another attempt to sign Jadeveon Clowney.

Former Wenatchee Panther and Washington Husky Trey Adams didn’t get drafted, but will be headed for Buffalo…

The offensive tackle signed as an undrafted free agent to play for the Buffalo Bills Saturday, according to his Dad Bud.  Following his sophomore season, Trey was expected to be one of the top offensive linemen in the draft.  But injuries to his knee and back forced him to redshirt his junior year.  And, due to the pandemic, Adams wasn’t able to perform for scouts during a pro day to prove his healthy comeback.  Now, at least, he’ll get his chance to show his ability with the Bills.

A decision on the 2020 summer collegiate season for the West Coast League won’t be maid until May, but the league is already down a team…

Friday, the Bellingham Bells announced they would not field a team this summer because they don’t have a place in which to play.  The mayor of Bellingham announced late last week that all public parks and facilities would remain closed until the end of August.  That includes Joe Martin Field, the home of the Bells.

The West Coast League may feel some added pressure now because the Cape Cod League, the premiere summer collegiate league in the country, announced the cancellation of its season.  The 10-team league said Friday its executive committee made the decision in a unanimous vote “based on the health concerns and safety needs of all involved.”

The West Coast League is scheduled to start its season the first weekend in June.

Here’s what we have coming up this week on the NCWLIFE Sports Broadcast Schedule…

It begins with another Great Game of our Past tomorrow night with Unified Basketball from 2018 between Eastmont and Wenatchee.  Don’t miss a minute of this special broadcast with Eric Granstrom beginning Tuesday night at 7.

Hockey Night Thursday features the Wenatchee Wild and Vernon Vipers from a game in February at the Town Toyota Center.  Arch Ecker has the call at 7.

Friday is another Great Game of our Past featuring Eastmont and Wenatchee girls soccer from 2018.  Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen have the play-by-play at 7 Friday night.

Then on Saturday at 1:30, we’re going back to 2018 to feature girls bowling between Wenatchee and Eastmont to determine the Big-9 title.  Eric Granstrom is joined by Paul Piva (PIE-vuh) with the call.  Saturday night’s broadcast is our replay of our first-ever Wenatchee AppleSox broadcast from last June as they hosted Walla Walla at Paul Thomas, Senior Stadium.  That will get underway at 6:30 Saturday night here on your home for LOCAL sports, the NCWLIFE Channel.

Thanks Eric.

Following Governor Inslee’s press conference earlier today it doesn’t matter now but, maybe it helped. . .dozens of people took to the water Saturday to express their frustration with fishing being shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic.

About two dozen boaters congregated near the George Sellar Bridge in Wenatchee with many more people lining the shores. At the same time, a protest in Moses Lake drew similar numbers.

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.