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, Small businesses suffering under the public health emergency have a new source of grant funding. A fire on Twisp River Road burned a structure, injured a resident, then jumped across the river but eventually was contained Tuesday night after efforts from several firefighting agencies, and, A semi driver was going too fast on the Interstate 90 onramp in Ellensburg Tuesday afternoon and rolled onto the freeway.
But first, we begin tonight. . .
COVID Nursing Homes -Three residents and two employees of the Bonaventure Senior Living facility in East Wenatchee have tested positive for novel coronavirus, and all three residents are now isolated in hospice care. Jeremiah Gray, director of operations for the Bonaventure residential care system based in Salem, Oregon, said the resident infections occurred among three people receiving outside medical care and assessment. Gray said they probably were infected by visiting care workers and no residents that haven’t had anyone (visit) from outside agencies have had any kind of positive tests. Bonaventure’s East Wenatchee site, home to 169 senior residents, becomes the second local elder-care facility to disclose cases of COVID-19 among residents and staff. In Wenatchee, Prestige at Colonial Vista reported Tuesday eight residents and five staff members in its assisted living department tested positive for the virus. Two of those residents have died. Two Bonaventure employees’ test results are still pending, Gray said, but all other staffers have been tested for coronavirus with negative results. He said Bonaventure’s network of care facilities began planning and supplying for the COVID-19 pandemic back in January.
COVID Small Biz Grants -Small businesses suffering under the public health emergency have a new source of grant funding. The Working Washington Emergency Grant Program offers up to $10,000 for businesses that apply through their local economic development agency. In the Wenatchee Valley, that’s the Chelan-Douglas Regional Port Authority. Eligible businesses are those that have been operating for at least a year with up to 10 full-time employees. You can apply through the Department of Commerce at startup.choosewashingtonstate.com.
Fire Truck Stuck -A fire on Twisp River Road burned a structure, injured a resident, then jumped across the river but eventually was contained Tuesday night after efforts from several firefighting agencies. In the middle of all that, a portion of an access bridge collapsed under the weight of an Okanogan County Fire District 6 fire engine. According to the fire district, firefighters arrived shortly after 4 p.m. to find a storage building on fire close to the property’s main structure. A resident was treated for burns, then transported to the hospital. Meanwhile, strong winds pushed the fire into grass and debris, then to a small island on the river before jumping to the opposite side. Firefighters from the Department of Natural Resources then took over with assistance from the Forest Service. Earlier, a 45,000-pound pumper truck was attempting to cross the access bridge when a wheel broke through a section of the wood decking. Firefighters still were able to use the water in the truck and later used rescue lift air bags to lift the wheel high enough to place down timbers and back the truck off the bridge. The DNR is investigating the cause of the fire.
I-90 Semi Rollover -A semi driver was going too fast on the Interstate 90 onramp in Ellensburg Tuesday afternoon and rolled onto the freeway. Nobody was injured but the semi blocked an eastbound lane of traffic for almost three hours. Washington State Patrol Trooper John Bryant said the 25-mile-per-hour sign posted on the sharply turning onramp is advisory by law but highly recommended for all vehicles.
Coming up next, An Entiat man awaiting trial for assault and kidnapping must be shackled for court hearings after allegedly setting a fire in his jail cell. Tree-boring insects more than doubled their area of damage in central Washington forests over the past year. Travelers on U.S. 97A experienced some delays earlier today near Knapps Tunnel as crews removed rocks from the roadside, and, The state insurance commissioner is asking auto insurers to refund premiums to Washington drivers because most policyholders are driving less following the governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.
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Inmate Trouble -An Entiat man awaiting trial for assault and kidnapping must be shackled for court hearings after allegedly setting a fire in his jail cell. 47-year-old Scott Anthony Glass also fashioned a weapon to attack staff when they responded during the March 12 incident, according corrections officers at the Chelan County Regional Justice Center. Glass was restrained at taser point. Judge Travis Brandt agreed March 30 to order Glass restrained in shackles during any court appearance, until a further order. He allegedly pointed a handgun at another man February 4th at a house on Ridgeview Lane, and struggled with the man before Wenatchee police arrived. Police said they found knives, brass knuckles, and a 9mm handgun when they searched Glass and his vehicle.
Forest Health -Tree-boring insects more than doubled their area of damage in central Washington forests over the past year, especially in Chelan and Kittitas counties. That’s the finding of the new Forest Health Report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which says damage to Douglas firs from the tussock moth increased from 1,900 acres in 2018 to about 5,000 acres last year, in forested areas along Blewett Pass. Also on Blewett, about 650 acres fell victim to pine beetle infestation. Both species of pests have also damaged forests in Okanogan County. They leave forestlands more vulnerable to risks like drought and wildfire.
97A Rocks -Travelers on U.S. 97A experienced some delays earlier today near Knapps Tunnel as crews removed rocks from the roadside. The Washington State Department of Transportation said rocks that often spill down the hillside near the tunnel have filled the ditch and needed removal. Flaggers were out controlling traffic during the work.
Kreidler Auto Insurers -The state insurance commissioner is asking auto insurers to refund premiums to Washington drivers because most policyholders are driving less following the governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order. Commissioner Mike Kreidler said Allstate, American Family Insurance and Liberty Mutual have already announced such refunds nationwide and he’d like to see more of the 120 companies that provide auto insurance in Washington follow suit. Allstate and Liberty Mutual are refunding 15 percent of their premiums and American Family Insurance will be sending checks of $50 per car to its policyholders. Kreidler cited Governor Jay Inslee’s comment last week that traffic on the state’s roads and highways is down as much as 50 percent over the last month.
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The Seahawks may have bowed out of trying to re-sign free agent Jadeveon Clowney… According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the chances are “slim to none” that Clowney is in a Seahawks uniform in 2020. Garafolo was on Seattle’s 950 KJR yesterday talking about Clowney’s chances of re-signing with Seattle. He said the Seahawks have moved on to “Plan B, C and D.” Seattle has added Benson Mayowa and Bruce Irvin to bolster its pass rush and are hoping for a healthy L.J. Collier this season. The Seahawks also have the 27th overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft. Sources report that Seattle offered Clowney a deal that would have paid him 18.7-million dollars early in free agency. The former No. 1 overall draft pick was looking for 20-million at the time and turned the Seahawks down. He’s since lowered his asking price to the 17-to-18-million-dollar range, but the Hawks have moved on.
Former Washington State Coach Mike Leach is in hot water with his new employer after a Tweet went awry last week.
Mississippi State athletic director John Cohen released a statement Tuesday that said, “No matter the context, for many Americans the image of a noose is never appropriate and that’s particularly true in the South and in Mississippi.” Leach apologized on social media last week for posting a tweet that drew criticism from Bulldogs players and an assistant professor at the school before it was deleted. The image Leach tweeted depicted an elderly woman knitting, with the caption: “After 2 weeks of quarantine with her husband, Gertrude decided to knit him a scarf…”, but the picture showed her knitting a noose with the hangman’s knot already tied. Leach will reportedly undergo some listening sessions to expand his cultural awareness of Mississippi.
Major League Baseball and its players are focusing in on a plan to potentially start the season in May, with all 30 teams playing in Arizona… The plan would dictate that all 30-teams play games at stadiums with no fans in the Phoenix area, including the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Chase Field, 10 spring training facilities and perhaps nearby fields. Players, coaching staffs and other essential personnel would be sequestered at local hotels, where they would live in relative isolation and travel only to and from the stadium.
Federal officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the National Institutes of Health have been supportive of the plan. If Major League Baseball can guarantee the plan would adhere to strict isolation and promote social distancing, it would become the first professional sport to return.
Since so many of us are “Staying Home and Staying Healthy”, it’s time for another lesser-known sports movie recommendation. Today it’s a documentary called “The Battered Bastards of Baseball.” It stars Kurt Russell and the Portland Mavericks, an independent baseball team in the 1970’s. The story centers on Kurt’s Dad, Bing Russell, an actor who played the deputy on Bonanza who bought a minor league baseball team in the Rose City… “The Battered Bastards of Baseball” is not rated as it’s a documentary and available on Netflix.
Entiat Guard -Finally tonight, the city of Entiat sent out its thanks today to the Washington National Guard for its help in resupplying their food bank. Ten Guard members were dispatched to Wenatchee last week to help with food distribution efforts.
Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Dan. . .
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