NCWLIFE Evening News April 29th, 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, Two men are accused of drug dealing after allegedly responding to a police Snapchat request for cocaine./ As many as 11 counties in Washington are in danger of moving back to Phase 2 of the state’s COVID-19 reopening plan next week, we’ll tell you if Chelan and Douglas Counties are among them, and, As expected, Washington’s capital gains tax isn’t even law yet, but its opponents have filed the first lawsuit in the state seeking to overturn it.   

But first, our top story tonight. . .

Two people were taken to the hospital with what are not believed to be life-threatening injuries this morning after a passenger car and SUV collided on Grant Road in East Wenatchee.

A person from each vehicle was injured in the accident, which happened about 8:30 a.m. East Wenatchee Assistant Police Chief Erik Hampton said the driver of the SUV tried to cross Grant Road south from June Avenue and did not yield to oncoming traffic.

The eastbound car then struck the SUV. Hampton said both people were injured when their airbags deployed. No citation has yet been issued as police continue their investigation.

Two men are accused of drug dealing after allegedly responding to a police Snapchat request for cocaine, then arriving for the sale with more than five ounces of the drug in their car.

29-year-old Armando Radillo-Olivera and 31-year-old Jeremy Bernard Blauman were both arrested Tuesday after Blauman allegedly arranged to sell seven grams of cocaine to a Columbia River Drug Task Force Detective. When Blauman and Radillo arrived, police said they were transporting five ounces of cocaine in their vehicle, packaged in baggies from 1 gram in size up to 28 grams. Both men remained jailed today on suspicion of drug possession, distribution, and conspiracy.

As many as 11 counties in Washington are in danger of moving back to Phase 2 of the state’s COVID-19 reopening plan next week but both Chelan and Douglas counties are unlikely to be among them.

The state Department of Health will determine the status of all the state’s counties on Monday, then Governor Jay Inslee will announce any changes on Tuesday.

As a larger county, to stay in Phase 3 Chelan must have fewer than 200 new cases per 100,000 people over the past two weeks, or no more than 5 new COVID-19 hospitalizations over the previous week.

As of Wednesday, the Chelan-Douglas Health District was reporting the county’s two-week rate of new cases at 164. As a small county, Douglas County needs to have fewer than 30 new cases over the past 14 days or fewer than three new hospitalizations in the past week. The county is above the new cases benchmark but there are currently 2 Douglas County residents hospitalized with the virus, which is just below the standard.

Washington’s capital gains tax isn’t even law yet, but its opponents have filed the first lawsuit in the state seeking to overturn it — in Douglas County Superior Court.

Seven plaintiffs represented by the conservative nonprofit Freedom Foundation asked Wednesday for a court injunction to stop implementation of Senate Bill 5096, which passed both houses of the Legislature but hasn’t yet been signed by Gov. Jay Inslee. The measure would place a 7 percent tax on sale of stocks, bonds and other capital assets that earn profits over a quarter-million dollars.

The plaintiffs include the owner of Maryhill Winery, a Seattle property heiress, a former board member of E*Trade, and East Wenatchee developer Chris Quinn, the only plaintiff who actually lives in Douglas County. The lawsuit argues the capital gains tax is an income tax, and therefore unconstitutional under Washington law.

Coming up next, President Joseph Biden’s speech to a socially distanced Congress yesterday got partisan reviews from NCW’s two representatives in the House./ A crew is out this week planting trees in areas destroyed in the 2014 Carlton Complex Fire, and, The Cacadia Conservation District and its partner agencies will use a $2.8 million grant to reduce wildfire risk in Chelan County. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

President Joseph Biden’s speech to a socially distanced Congress yesterday got partisan reviews from NCW’s two representatives in the House.

Fellow Democrat Kim Schrier of the 8th District said afterwards it was, QUOTE, “a thoughtful vision for our future,” and praised the American Rescue Plan Act for its aid to businesses and families.

Republican Dan Newhouse of the 4th District said the reduced attendance was odd, considering the President and most members of Congress are vaccinated. In the speech, Biden promoted green energy and corporate tax reform, and described healthcare as a right, not a privilege.

A crew is out this week planting trees in areas destroyed in the 2014 Carlton Complex Fire.

The U.S. Forest Service said the contractor on the project is being overseen by Methow Valley Ranger District personnel.

The fire burned about 256,000 acres with such intensity there were no remaining seed sources for natural regeneration to occur.

There are plans to replant about 1,800 acres this year. The seedlings for the reforestation effort were grown at the Forest Service’s Coeur d’Alene Nursery.

The Cacadia Conservation District and its partner agencies will use a $2.8 million grant to reduce wildfire risk in Chelan County. The funding from the Natural Resource Conservation Service will be used to help landowners in fire-prone areas of the Wenatchee River Watershed, to create fuel breaks that protect their property and prevent wildfire from spreading.

Priority areas include Lake Wenatchee, Lower Peshastin Creek, Eagle Creek, Chumstick Creek, and the, Lower Chiwawa River. The Chelan County PUD is a partner in the project. Areas adjacent to overhead power lines will also be prioritized.

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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Time now for our weekly Pause for Pets feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Stevie 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.

Yusei Kikuchi carried a no-hitter into the 7th inning today against Houston, but Carlos Correa broke it up with a one-out double…

Despite losing the no-hitter, Kikuchi earned his first victory of the season, going 7-innings and allowing just the one-hit.  He also had 7-strikeouts and 2-walks.  Anthony Misiewicz worked a perfect 1-2-3 8th to hold the lead and Kendall Graveman earned the save in the 9th, his 3rd of the season.

The only offense Seattle could muster came in the 2nd inning off the bat of Taylor Trammell…

It would be all the offense Kikuchi would need on the day…with one of his best performances on the mound as a Mariner…worth a look back…

Seattle returns home to begin a 6-game home stand tomorrow night against the L-A Angels at T-Mobile Park.

Also in the American League West today, Oakland edged Tampa Bay 3-2.  Matt Chapman’s RBI double in the top of the 9th was the difference.  Chapman also had a home run for the A’s as Oakland improved to 16-and-10 on the season.

Boston plays the first of a weekend series at Texas tonight.

The up to date standings in the American League West has Seattle back in second place, 2-games behind the A’s.  Houston is in 3rd, 2-and-a-half games back.  The Angels are also 2-and-a-half games out of first place.

The rematch in high school tennis that was highly anticipated between Wenatchee and Eastmont took place at Eastmont High School Yesterday…

The Wildcats had vanquished a 31-year hex against the Panthers earlier this season by sweeping its cross-river rivals for the first time in three decades.  The Eastmont boys were able to take the season sweep yesterday, winning 4-3.  The Wenatchee girls bounced back over the Wildcats, winning 4-3.

There was one fastpitch softball game held yesterday at the Sterling 4-Plex…

And the visitors from Warden came away with a narrow 6-5 victory over the Eastmont Wildcats.

A reminder that we will broadcast our first softball games of the season tomorrow here on the NCWLIFE Channel.  Wenatchee will host Moses Lake at Walla Walla Point Park.  The first game of the doubleheader will be streamed live on our Facebook page at 4 o’clock, followed by the second game at 6.  Eric Granstrom’s call will air on television tomorrow night at 7 here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

And while we’re on the topic of sports coming up on the NCWLIFE Channel, Eric will be at Recreation Park Saturday to broadcast a doubleheader between the Wenatchee Panthers and Brewster Bears.  The first game will stream on Facebook live at 11am.  It will air on TV at 1 o’clock.

Track and field competitions are on tap today at a couple different high schools…

Wenatchee is hosting Eastmont at 3:30 this afternoon.  And in Moses Lake, the Chiefs are hosting Ephrata and Wahluke, also at 3:30.

Finally, a little earlier in the day, the NCW Region’s ladies golf teams will meet at Lakeview Golf and Country Club in Soap Lake…

It’s the third pod between Eastmont, Ephrata, Moses Lake and Wenatchee.  The ladies will tee off at 12:30.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, a last-minute capital budget appropriation means the town of Twisp can have a new civic building after all.

The $1.5 million dollar earmark, put in place by 12th District State Representative Mike Steele, helps plug a hole in the overall $4.7 million dollar project.

The rest of the costs will be paid by earlier capital budget allocations, a community development block grant, the town’s reserve funds. The new civic building will replace the former town hall and house Twisp’s government offices and its emergency communications center.

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.