NCWLIFE Evening News April 30th, 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, Washington Governor Jay Inslee said Thursday that there are new guidelines coming that will allow people who have received full COVID-19 vaccinations more freedom in attending events./ Governor Jay Inslee on Thursday lashed out at the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Republic for what he said were a series of public events they held earlier this month that were designed to flout the state’s COVID-19 guidelines, and, Two elementary school principals will take up new positions in the Wenatchee School District, starting July 1st.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Vaccine Rate -Almost 42 percent of Wenatchee Valley adults have taken at least one shot of their COVID-19 vaccinated, and overall about 33 percent of the eligible Chelan and Douglas County population are fully vaccinated. That beats the statewide average of almost 30 percent full vaccination. Dr. Umair Shah, the state’s Secretary of Health, says that rate goes along with continuing vaccine success in Washington. The state passed 5 million shots administered as of this week. . .
Inslee Vaccinations -Washington Governor Jay Inslee said Thursday that there are new guidelines coming that will allow people who have received full COVID-19 vaccinations more freedom in attending events, including school graduations and church services. After warning that a fourth wave of COVID-19 is now hitting Washington, Inslee said getting more people vaccinated is a key to ending the pandemic. The governor said the new guidelines on full vaccinations will be in place by mid-May. . .
Inslee Slams Republic -Governor Jay Inslee on Thursday lashed out at the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Republic for what he said were a series of public events they held earlier this month that were designed to flout the state’s COVID-19 guidelines. The regional health district for Ferry County said Thursday they have traced 95 new cases of the virus to attendees of the April 9th and 10th events, seven of whom have been hospitalized. One of the Ferry County residents is currently under care at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. . .
New Principals -Two elementary school principals will take up new positions in the Wenatchee School District, starting July 1st. Janell Royster becomes principal at Washington Elementary, while Socorro Yañez takes the lead at John Newbery. Royster has been assistant principal at Orchard Middle School, and Yañez came to the district 10 years ago as a bilingual elementary teacher. Superintendent Paul Gordon says the two were selected after a lengthy search and interview process.
TEASE -Coming up next, For graduating students affected by the pandemic, the Wenatchee School District will allow waivers to skip some elective classes./ A Grant County judge will take a seat on the federal bench if President Joe Biden has his way, and, The Flywheel Angel Network has selected the Top Six companies who will compete for up to $200,000 in investment awards at the 2021 Flywheel Investment Conference. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
WSD Grad Waivers -For graduating students affected by the pandemic, the Wenatchee School District will allow waivers to skip some elective classes. State guidelines allow local districts to waive some credits on an emergency basis. The Wenatchee School Board adopted a resolution Tuesday to waive up to two required classes for its outgoing seniors, on a case by case basis. . .
Grant Judge Nomination -A Grant County judge will take a seat on the federal bench if President Joe Biden has his way. David Estudillo has held a Superior court seat in Grant County for six years, ever since he was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee. Yesterday, Biden nominated the 47-year-old for a judgeship in the Western District of Washington’s federal court. Estudillo is a former attorney who practiced in Moses Lake and Wenatchee. His nomination to the lifetime seat must be approved by the U.S. Senate.
Flywheel Finalists -Two Wenatchee businesses are among six finalists who will be competing for up to $200,000 in awards at the Flywheel Angel Investment Conference May 20th in Wenatchee. Organized by the NCW Tech Alliance, formerly known as GWATA, the event provides investment funds for startup companies. Among the finalists is Cognition Med of Wenatchee, which has developed an app that connects medical providers.
Wenatchee business PetHub also is among the finalists. PetHub has created a data platform that stores information on pets.
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.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .
Schrier Long COVID -About two out of three Americans diagnosed with COVID-19 will still be experiencing complications up to six months later. So-called “long COVID” was the topic of concern this week in a House of Representatives hearing. In tonight’s feature story, Eighth District Congresswoman Kim Schrier pointed out that long COVID can affect kids too, and the best defense is vaccination … something that’s still out of reach for people younger than 16. . .
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.

NCWLIFE Channel Sports

The Mariners are back home after going 3-and-5 on an 8-game road trip to Boston and Houston…
The Los Angeles Angels come to town for three games followed by Baltimore for three. Chris Flexin will get the start for Seattle, who is 2-and-1 with a 2.74 ERA. He’ll go up against the Angel’s Andrew Heaney, who is 1-and-1 with a 4.35 ERA. First pitch is at 7:10 at T-Mobile Park.
Seattle is back in second place in the American League West with a 14-and-12 record, 2-games behind Oakland. The A’s got an RBI-double from Matt Chapman in the top of the 9th yesterday to beat Tampa Bay 2-1. Chapman also had a home run as the A’s improved to 16-and-10.
In Texas, Jose Trevino hit a two-run homer and Isiah Kiner-Falefa a solo shot in the Ranger’s 4-1 win over Boston.

Seattle’s starting rotation took another hit Thursday…
Marco Gonzales has gone on the injured list for 10-days with a left forearm strain. Manager Scott Servais made the announcement yesterday. Gonzales, who felt the injury in the final inning of his last start, is the third Seattle starting pitcher to suffer an injury in April alone.
Meanwhile, Mitch Haniger was out of the lineup for a second-consecutive day Thursday. Manager Scott Servais says he kept him out because Haniger wasn’t quite feeling 100-percent.

The first round of the NFL Draft went pretty much as predicted last night…
Trevor Lawrence went to Jacksonville and Zach Wilson to the Jets in the first two picks.
John Schneider and Pete Carrol’s cutouts enjoyed the first round of the draft cruising around Lake Washington yesterday.
The Seahawks will finally have the 56th pick in today’s second round. General manager John Schneider says their focus has been re-signing current players and picking up free agents since they knew they’d only have 3-picks in this year’s draft…
Of course, considerable time of Seattle’s pre-draft press conference was spent talking about the controversy over off-season comments from Russell Wilson and rumors of a trade. Pete Carroll says nothing has changed and that Wilson is their guy…
Focusing on this year’s draft, coach Carroll says their work going back to last summer and trading for Jamal Adams is all part of the draft happening right now…
Seattle has the 56th pick in the second round today and then the 129th and 250th picks in tomorrow’s 4th and 7th rounds.

The weekend of softball got an early start yesterday for some schools around the region…
Ephrata blanked Cashmere 10-nothing. Okanogan clobbered Chelan 20-to-2. And Brewster blew out Liberty Bell 28-to-5.
We have softball here today on the NCWLIFE Channel as the Wenatchee Panthers host the Moses Lake Chiefs. They’ve moved the game times up an hour to allow for prom tonight, so we’ll stream the first game live on Facebook starting at 3 o’clock. Eric Granstrom’s call will be televised tonight beginning at 7 on the NCWLIFE Channel.
Here’s a look at the rest of the busy softball schedule. The 3 o’clock games today have Cascade hosting Wahluke while Soap Lake’s at Manson. Brewster hosts Pateros at 3:30 and then Almira-Coulee/Hartline visits Lake Roosevelt at 4:30.
Tomorrow’s 11am doubleheaders have Eastmont hosting Ephrata; Chelan’s at Quincy; Omak visits Okanogan; and Liberty Bell takes on Tonasket.
We’ll feature a baseball doubleheader tomorrow on the NCWLIFE Channel as Wenatchee hosts Brewster at Recreation Park. We’ll stream the first game live on Facebook beginning at 11. It will be on TV at 1.
The doubleheader baseball action begins today with Moses Lake at Ephrata and Cascade hosting Royal at 3. Lake Roosevelt takes on ACH at 4.
Tomorrow, the 11 o’clock doubleheaders including Eastmont hosting Chelan; Cashmere’s at Quincy; Omak entertains Okanogan; Waterville-Mansfield is at Wahluke; and Liberty Bell takes on Tonasket.
There’s boys soccer as well this weekend! Cascade hosts Omak today at 5 while Eastmont welcomes Royal tonight at 7.
Tomorrow, Chelan travels to Moses Lake; Liberty Bell hosts Okanogan; and Tonasket visits Oroville at 11am. The 1 o’clock games have Wenatchee hosting Wahluke; Brewster’s at Cashmere; Quincy hosts Ephrata; and Manson visits Bridgeport.

Thanks Eric. Recapping tonight’s top story. . .
Inslee Vaccinations -Washington Governor Jay Inslee said Thursday that there are new guidelines coming that will allow people who have received full COVID-19 vaccinations more freedom in attending events, including school graduations and church services. After warning that a fourth wave of COVID-19 is now hitting Washington, Inslee said getting more people vaccinated is a key to ending the pandemic. The governor said the new guidelines on full vaccinations will be in place by mid-May.
**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.