NCWLIFE Evening News April 6th, 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, A Quincy resident reported waking up to the sound of gunshots early Sunday morning, then found a bullet hole in their house. A car chase near Carlton yesterday kept Okanogan Law Enforcement busy. Twenty firefighters were able contain a brush fire to about an acre on Shady Pass Saturday morning, and, A vehicle pulling a trailer with another car on it caught fire in McNeil Canyon Road Saturday night.
But first, we begin tonight. . .
Grant County Death -Grant County recorded its second COVID-19-related death Friday, a Moses Lake man in his 60s who died at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. Over the weekend, Grant County reported it had reached 88 confirmed cases in the county. Quincy continues to have the most, with 38, followed by Moses Lake and the Mattawa area with 15 each. In Chelan County, Wenatchee has the most confirmed cases with 12 of the county’s 31. Leavenworth has three and Chelan 2. Cashmere and Peshastin continue to have one each. Meanwhile, in Douglas County, East Wenatchee has six of the county’s nine cases. Okanogan County now has six confirmed cases of coronavirus.

Quincy Shooting -A Quincy resident reported waking up to the sound of gunshots early Sunday morning, then found a bullet hole in their house. The Quincy Police Department said the occupants of the house in the 1100 block of 1st Avenue Southeast, were asleep at the time, about 12:55 a.m., and do not believe they were the intended targets of the shooter. Police found several 9-milimeter casings at the intersection of 1st Avenue Southeast and M Street Southeast. Officers are interviewing people in the neighborhood and looking for surveillance camera footage of the area. Anyone with information is asked to contact the department.

Carlton Slow Chase -It was a slow-speed chase through parts of Okanogan County on Sunday, when a sheriff’s deputy tried to stop a vehicle in Omak, but then had to follow it all the way to the town of Methow. The driver, identified by police as Aaron Dick of Okanogan, at first sped away but then slowed down while fleeing on Highway 97, over Loup Loup Pass, and south through the Methow Valley, where he ran over a spike strip near Twisp. But Sheriff Tony Hawley says the driver continued for about six miles will all four tires flat, before stopping on the shoulder. The 31-year-old suspect faces charges of eluding police, drug possession, reckless driving, endangerment, and driving on a suspended license.

Shady Pass Fire -Twenty firefighters were able contain a brush fire to about an acre on Shady Pass Saturday morning. Chelan Fire and Rescue said the fire, which was reported just before noon, was being pushed by erratic winds and was somewhat difficult for firefighters to access. The fire department said it was caused by a small controlled burn that spotted due to the wind. Shady Pass is off the south shore of Lake Chelan above Twenty-Five Mile Creek State Park.

Vehicle Fire-A vehicle pulling a trailer with another car on it caught fire in McNeil Canyon Road Saturday night. The occupants of the destroyed vehicle were not injured. Douglas County Fire District 5 in Mansfield reported that firefighters were able to contain the fire to the mid-sized passenger vehicle, with no damage done to the trailer or other car. The fire broke out about 8:30 p.m. near mile marker 7 and crews from both Mansfield and Orondo responded.
Coming up next, Renewed drive-through testing for the coronavirus in the Wenatchee Valley found seven new positive cases after it restarted last week. The nonprofit group Our Valley, Our Future is reaching out to Wenatchee’s Spanish-speaking residents with a series of COVID-19 public service announcements. After hearing stories of crowded parking lots at the shops and stores in the Wenatchee Valley that remain open, East Wenatchee Mayor Jerrilea Crawford posted a video message Saturday, and, Washington Governor Jay Inslee is sending more than 400 ventilators for treating victims of the COVID-19 virus to other states. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.


Welcome back, and in other news. . .
COVID Drive-Thru -Renewed drive-through testing for the coronavirus in the Wenatchee Valley found seven new positive cases after it restarted last week. Confluence Health reopened its drive-through facility on Emerson Street last Thursday, two weeks after it closed due to lack of testing materials. CEO Peter Rutherford says six people tested there on Thursday showed positive for COVID-19, as did one person on Friday. More positive results could emerge from testing carried out over the weekend. The drive-through expands Confluence’s testing capacity to people other than seniors and high-risk patients. If you live in Confluence’s service area and believe you may be infected, call 663-8711.

COVID OVOF PSA -The nonprofit group Our Valley, Our Future is reaching out to Wenatchee’s Spanish-speaking residents with a series of COVID-19 public service announcements. Elected leaders and others in the community address the urgent need to stay healthy by staying home. Here’s a sampling of the messages. . .

Crawford Message-After hearing stories of crowded parking lots at the shops and stores in the Wenatchee Valley that remain open, East Wenatchee Mayor Jerrilea Crawford posted a video message Saturday emphasizing the importance of social distancing if you absolutely need to be out. . .

Inslee Ventilators-Washington Governor Jay Inslee is sending more than 400 ventilators for treating victims of the COVID-19 virus to other states. Inslee said the state received the ventilators from the Strategic National Stockpile and they now will be going to New York and other states hit hardest by the virus. For several weeks, Washington led the nation in both confirmed cases and deaths. Since then, other states have surpassed Washington in both, sometimes dramatically. Retired Vice Admiral and physician Raquel Bono, director of the state’s COVID-19 Health System Response Management team, said Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order has helped head off the widespread hospitalization rates that had been feared. Inslee said the state continues to prepare for increased coronavirus hospitalizations and the state has purchased more than 750 ventilators that should arrive over the next few weeks when they may be needed most.
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Parade for Cancer Patient -Sometimes its hard to find the light in the middle of the dark. Imagine you’re a newlywed who finds out you have cancer. In tonight’s feature story, with the help of friends, a Wenatchee woman had a light shine brightly for her last Friday. NCWLIFE’s Eric Granstrom has more. . .
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 NFL is out with its all-decade team for 2010-to-2019 and five Seahawks are on the list. Coach Pete Carroll, linebacker Bobby Wagner, running back Marshawn Lynch, cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Earl Thomas were all named to the 2010s All-Decade Team, which was announced Monday by the National Football League and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Let’s savor some of the highlights courtesy of Seahawks dot com… 

Just two days after an NFL executive said the regular season was expecting to start on time in September, the league’s doctor says “not so fast.” Dr. Allen Sills is the NFL’s leader in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  He told NFL dot com that as long as a single positive test means a quarantine for everyone around them, “I don’t think you can begin to think about reopening a team sport.” Earlier last week, NFL vice president Jeff Pash told the NFL Network that they were planning a full season starting on schedule with games beginning the weekend after Labor Day. Dr. Sill says the NFL will have to continue evaluating the situation while planning with the HOPE of having a full season on schedule.  He said ultimate decisions will have to be based on recommendations from public health officials.

Nick Rolovich is doing what he can to become acclimated to being the new head football coach at Washington State University… Rolovich was hired in January after the sudden departure of Mike Leach.  The 41-year old comes to the Palouse after coaching Hawaii’s program for four seasons, including a 10-and-5 campaign in 2019. Rolovich has a reputation for his zany personality.  While at Hawaii, he brought a tarot card reader, a Brittney Spears impersonator and an Elvis Presley impersonator to Mountain West Conference Media Days. According to those close to the Cougar program at Washington State, Rolovich has already fit right in.  Shortly after being hired, he showed up in Seattle and bought drinks for any Cougar fan who showed up to a local pub.  More recently, Rolovich has gone around Pullman buying gift cards from local restaurants and handing them out. The biggest challenge lying ahead for Rolovich is to install his run-and-shoot offense.  The pandemic has thwarted plans to begin the installation during spring practice.  Rolovich says you won’t hear him complaining or use it as an excuse.  “I don’t think this is a time where those in football should really open their mouth too much as far as poor me,” he said.  “There’s zero part of me for doing football in this situation.  We wouldn’t have their full attention.”

When Philipp Klein Herrero had to cancel a skiing holiday because of the coronavirus pandemic he recreated the winter sport experience in confinement in his Barcelona flat. The result was a 55-second video called “Freeride at home” shot from a camera attached to the ceiling which has been viewed several hundred thousands times on YouTube and other platforms, and now here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

 

Here’s what we have for you coming up this week on the NCWLIFE Channel sports schedule… It begins tomorrow night at 7 with Wenatchee and West Valley in Big-9 baseball from Rec. Park.  Thursday night is Hockey Night with the Wenatchee Wild welcoming the Alberni Valley Bulldogs at 7. Then on Friday its boys soccer as Wenatchee hosts Moses Lake at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl at 7. Saturday’s doubleheader features baseball at 2 and hockey at 7 as Eastmont hosts Sunnyside in Big-9 play earlier in the day, followed by the Wenatchee Wild and Powell River Kings Saturday evening.


Thanks Eric.
Making a Mask -To slow the spread of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday recommended Americans wear cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. That includes grocery stores and pharmacies. With surgical masks considered critical supplies for health care workers and first responders, homemade masks are recommended. U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams demonstrates how to make a simple and effective face covering at home. . .

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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 stay safe and have a great night.