NCWLIFE Evening News April 27th, 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, Grant County reported five additional COVID-19 deaths Monday, bringing the county’s total coronavirus deaths to 120 since the pandemic began./ Grant County reported five additional COVID-19 deaths Monday, bringing the county’s total coronavirus deaths to 120 since the pandemic began./ Most forms of illegal drug possession will now be a misdemeanor in Washington, if Governor Jay Inslee signs off on a bill approved Saturday in the Legislature, and, A state and federal pause on the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine was lifted on Friday, and local health officials say they’re eager to get back to using the one-shot vaccination.    

But first, our top story tonight. . .

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help identifying a man they say stole thousands of dollars in tools recently in Leavenworth.

Images from surveillance video released by the sheriff’s office show the suspect from two different angles and an additional image shows a white minivan believed to have been used in the thefts. Anyone with information on the man or vehicle is asked to contact Sergeant Mike Harris at 663-9911.

Grant County reported five additional COVID-19 deaths Monday, bringing the county’s total coronavirus deaths to 120 since the pandemic began.

The Grant County Health District delays the announcement of COVID-19 deaths until they have been verified with death certificates, testing and other case information. The latest deaths all involved people with underlying health issues and all from Moses Lake. They include a man in his 50s, a woman in her 60s, two men in their sixties and a man in his 90s.

Most forms of illegal drug possession will now be a misdemeanor in Washington, if Governor Jay Inslee signs off on a bill approved Saturday in the Legislature.

The state Supreme Court’s Blake decision struck down Washington’s law making drug possession a felony, and the House and Senate rushed to plug the gap. A bill that would have converted drug possession to a gross misdemeanor was further amended to misdemeanor status. Republicans, including 13th District Representative Tom Dent, asked for a tougher bill, but their amendment ultimately failed. . .

A state and federal pause on the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine was lifted Friday, and local health officials say they’re eager to get back to using the one-shot vaccination.

The 10-day pause was put in place to investigate very rare clotting disorders found among some recipients of the shot. The FDA and CDC have both now determined the vaccine is safe for use.

Columbia Valley Community Health says it will resume administering the Johnson & Johnson dose starting this week, and the Chelan-Douglas Health District says it will soon schedule clinics in local communities offering the single-shot vaccine.

Coming up next, Washington won’t gain or lose any congressional seats as a result of the 2020 census./ The Chelan County PUD has been fined $1,500 for an oil spill from its dam turbines./ The city of Chelan is the latest to return to in-person government business, and, A group of firefighters from Chelan County Fire District 1 spent last Wednesday getting trained and certified in off-road vehicle maneuvers.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Washington won’t gain or lose any congressional seats as a result of the 2020 census. The state’s population didn’t shift enough over the last decade to justify a change in representation. Other states lost votes in the U.S. House, like Illinois, New York, Ohio and California. Oregon, Florida and Texas gained seats.

Washington’s bipartisan Redistricting Commission will soon analyze the census data to see how congressional districts might change to represent population density. The last time Washington gained a House seat, in 2012, the 8th District changed its shape to encompass counties both east and west of the Cascades.

The Chelan County PUD has been fined $1,500 for an oil spill from its dam turbines. The state Department of Ecology levied the fine after the 208-gallon spill into the Columbia River was discovered at Rocky Reach Dam.

The hydraulic oil apparently leaked from one of the turbine units sometime between January and February 2019. It was discovered during a routine PUD inspection, and reported to Ecology.

The city of Chelan is the latest to return to in-person government business. Beginning May 4th, the Chelan City Council and its various committees will meet in city hall, with residents able to attend either in-person or using the Zoom remote meeting service. The city also streams live audio of its meetings at LakeChelanNow.com. Last week, the city of Wenatchee held its first publicly attended council meeting since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Backcountry firefighting requires a lot of legwork, and in some cases, wheelwork. A group of firefighters from Chelan County Fire District 1 spent last Wednesday getting trained and certified in off-road vehicle maneuvers, and provided this video from the experience. U.S. Bureau of Land Management instructors led the classes. Firefighters say vehicles like these will help them reach stranded or injured people in rough terrain throughout the Wenatchee Valley and beyond.

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,Governor Jay Inslee is praising progressive accomplishments in the Democrat-led Washington Legislature.

The House and Senate sessions ended Sunday with passage of a new capital gains tax, climate change remediation, police reform, drug possession laws, and COVID relief, plus a new $59 billion budget.

Inslee signed a handful of approved bills Monday, and said the Legislature performed admirably in a challenging year. . .

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 sport of car racing is a dangerous game, no matter the level.  Such is the case at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval.  But extreme measures are taken to ensure the safety of those involved at WVSO, which came to bare last weekend.

Lance Mackey was racing in the Tri-State Legends series Sunday and had a bad accident.  While traveling about 60-miles per hour, he clipped the tires of another car and rolled with the top of his race car hitting the wall along the home stretch at WVSO.  The roll cage in the car partially collapsed on Mackey. 

Incredibly, the entire sequence was caught on a Go Pro camera inside the car and shows the incredible response by the Wenatchee Valley Super Oval safety team.  This video may be a little graphic, so be advised…

The great news is that, despite being sore, Lance Mackey is OK.  Here you see him in a photo posted on Facebook, playing with his kids.  Credit Mike Simmonds and the safety crew at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval for their incredible response.

The Mariners dropped their second-straight loss Monday, falling to the Houston Astros 5-2 at Minute Maid Park…

The lone bright spot in the game were a couple solo home runs from the Kyle’s.  Kyle Lewis and Kyle Seager that is…

Justus Sheffield was knocked around for 5-runs on 14-hits over 5-and-a-third innings.  Seattle will try again tonight at 5:10 with Marco Gonzales on the mound against Houston’s Cristian Javier.

Seattle lost a little ground in the American League West with Oakland topping Tampa Bay 2-1.  Sean Murphy’s 2-run home run in the top of the 4th was the difference as the A’s improved to 15-and-8.

Shohei Ohtani delivered at the plate and on the mound in the Angel’s 9-4 win at Texas.  Ohtani pitched 5-innings with 9-strikeouts to earn the win while going 2-for-3 at the plate with a double, 3-runs and 2-RBI’s.

We have high school boys soccer on NCWLIFE Channel tonight…

The 3-and-2 Cashmere Bulldogs play at the 2-and-3 Eastmont Wildcats tonight at Wildcat Stadium.  Sebastian Moraga and Neil Oysten will have the call with the pregame at 6:50 tonight.

In other soccer action today, Pateros plays at Oroville at 4:30.  Quincy hosts Wahluke at 6.  Brewster plays at Tonasket and Okanogan travels to Royal, also at 6.  Then at 7, we’ll have Cashmere and Eastmont.  Wenatchee hosts Cascade and Moses Lake travels to Ephrata.

It’s a busy day in baseball today as Wahluke plays at Liberty Bell at 4.  The 4:30 games have Wenatchee at Brewster; Chelan hosts Moses Lake; Warden’s at Cascade; Cashmere entertains Okanogan; Tonasket travels to Omak; Waterville-Mansfield hosts Manson; and Lake Roosevelt visits Royal.  Eastmont and Ephrata play tonight in the basin at 6:45.

The softball schedule got underway yesterday with Wenatchee falling to Ephrata 16-to-8.

Coming up today at 4 o’clock, Chelan plays at Wahluke; Quincy hosts Royal; and Almira-Coulee/Hartline visits Waterville-Mansfield.  The 4:30 games have Cascade at Cashmere; Omak hosts Lake Roosevelt; Oroville plays at Pateros; and Okanogan visits Tonasket.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, 2020 proved to be a big year for deer harvests in Washington.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife reports nearly 10,000 more hunters went into the field last year, compared to 2019, and brought back more than 29,000 whitetails, blacktails and mule deer.

That’s 2,000 more deer than the year prior, and the most since 2016. The agency says the increases occurred mostly east of the Cascades: Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties all saw bigger numbers, likely due to increased deer population, and the general urge to get outdoors during the pandemic.

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.