NCWLIFE Evening News August 14th, 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, Governor Jay Inslee was in Brewster yesterday to address the growing number of CVOVID-19 cases in Okanogan County. The Chelan-Douglas Health District says use of facial masks is slightly down in the two counties, and, Local public housing facilities are among those receiving about $12.5 million in state grants.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Wenatchee Valley police agencies say there’s a new and dangerous form of fentanyl circulating on the streets.

Known as Perc-30, the blue pills have been found in drug searches and overdose scenes, and contain unpredictable quantities of the powerful painkiller. Police say during one recent search of a suspected drug house, a local investigator was unwittingly exposed to fentanyl from Perc-30 pills, and had to be hospitalized.

East Wenatchee Police Chief Rick Johnson told NCWLIFE his officers found more of the pills at the scene of a fatal overdose. If you find pills resembling those shown here, with an M on one side and the number 30 on the other, do not handle them, and contact your local police agency.

Governor Jay Inslee yesterday visited Okanogan County, currently the place hardest-hit by the coronavirus, to talk about solutions with local health, business and government leaders. Among those he spoke with was Cass Gebbers, CEO of Gebbers Farms, where two H-2A employees have died of COVID-19 while in farmworker housing. 

Gebbers Farms is the subject of an enforcement action by the state Department of Labor and Industries, which says it needs to improve housing and working conditions to suppress the spread of the virus.

The Chelan-Douglas Health District says use of facial masks is slightly down in the two counties.

The regular survey of local businesses shows the percentage of customers and employees wearing masks in stores went down over the past two weeks, from 92 percent to about 87 percent.

Cloth coverings for the nose and mouth have been shown to decrease the transmission of COVID-19, and rates of new infection are slowing down locally. The use of masks is mandatory under Governor Jay Inslee’s statewide health orders. The health district says continued diligence is needed so businesses can remain open.

Local public housing facilities are among those receiving about $12.5 million in state grants. The Housing Trust Fund this week distributed $1.64 million-dollars designated for the Bavarian Village Apartments in Leavenworth; and a combined $3.7 million-dollars for two complexes in Okanogan County. The funds go toward rehabilitating the properties and maintaining them as affordable housing. 

Coming up next, Wash-Dot crews will be out once again today prepping and finalizing plans for a two-week chip-seal project that begins Monday on Blewett Pass. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to shut down long-running public events in the Wenatchee Valley, we’ll tell you about the latest victim, and, Wenatchee Valley kids won’t be physically going back to school this year, at least not right away. But Serve Wenatchee Valley and Columbia Valley Community Health say that’s no reason not to gather clothes and supplies for kids who need them, more on that. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Wash-Dot crews will be out once again today prepping and finalizing plans for a two week chip-seal project that begins Monday on Blewett Pass.

The project will chip-seal the wheel ruts of approximately 20 miles of US 97 on the north side of the pass. This work is expected to cause significant delays and a reduced speed of 35 mph will be in place.

Pilot cars and flaggers will help guide traffic through the work zone. Depending on your schedule, we encourage you to consider other routes for cross state travel. Working hours are Monday-Thursday 4:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to shut down long-running public events in the Wenatchee Valley. Wings & Wheels, the East Wenatchee festival set for October 2nd and 3rd, is officially canceled.

Organizers with the city of East Wenatchee made the announcement Thursday. It would have been the 18th annual festival celebrating autos and aviation, featuring car shows, music, and aircraft at Pangborn Memorial Airport and Eastmont Park. The city hopes to carry out the 2021 Wings & Wheels as scheduled.

Wenatchee Valley kids won’t be physically going back to school this year, at least not right away.

But Serve Wenatchee Valley and Columbia Valley Community Health say that’s no reason not to gather clothes and supplies for kids who need them.

This Saturday, the two nonprofits will hold a drive-through clothing and backpack event at Town Toyota Center, distributing 825 packages for 367 local families.

The goods include clothes, shoes, backpacks, school supplies and masks, in packages pre-assembled by volunteers over the past two weeks. The giveaway runs from 8:30 to 2 p.m.

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, the remodel project for Wenatchee City Hall is off for now. The city council voted last night to delay its planned facelift for the former Federal Building, in light of soaring project costs and the COVID-19 pandemic. NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins has this story. . .

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.

As the Seahawks begin day 3 of on-field workouts during Training Camp in Renton, a player has been fired from the team…

According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, free agent rookie cornerback Kemah Siverand was cut from the team when he was caught reportedly trying to sneak a woman into the team’s hotel.

Pelissero says Siverand attempted to dress a female companion like a Seahawks player in an attempt to get her past security and into his room.  The whole thing was caught on tape and the Seahawks fired him for putting the team at risk of a coronavirus outbreak.

Meanwhile, on the field, Russell Wilson met with reporters prior to Thursday’s workout.  He says he’s excited to have Duane Brown and Mike Iupati (EE-ew-POT-ee) back on the left side of the line and is interested to watch the rest battle for spots.  Wilson admits it will be tough without center Justin Britt…

Writer Art Thiel asked Wilson if he’d heard about the Tweet with the hashtag of #LetRussellCook, referencing opening up the Seahawks offense and letting Russell throw more…

Seattle will practice again today before taking Saturday off.  They’ll be back on the practice field Sunday through Tuesday as they work towards a scrimmage at CenturyLink Field next Saturday.

Twelves can watch an hour of LIVE coverage during training camp each day thanks to Q-13 on television at 1 o’clock, or through the Seahawk’s YouTube page or on their website at Seahawks dot com.

For the first time since the COVID-shortened season began, the Mariners had a day off yesterday.  After 20-straight games out of the blocks, the team hung around the Houston area, “bubbled” into their hotel room…

At the one-third mark of the season, here’s a look at the team leaders so far.  Rookie center fielder Kyle Lewis leads the team with a .338 batting average.  He has 4-home runs to tie for the team lead with Dylan Moore; has 14-RBI’s just behind Kyle Seager; and his OPS is .918.

J.P. Crawford has reached base safely in 18-consecutive games.  His on-base-percentage is .405.  He’s hitting .296 and leads the team with 12-walks.

Dylan Moore has an OPS of .987 to lead the club; is tied with the team lead in stolen bases with four; and has a .294 batting average.

As far as pitching, former AppleSox Marco Gonzales leads the team with a 2-and-2 record; 3.97-ERA; 17-strikeouts; and opponents are hitting just .207 off him.  Taylor Williams is 3-for-3 in save opportunities with opponents hitting .233 so far this season.

Seattle begins a three-game weekend series at Minute Maid Park tonight at 6:10 with Yusei Kikuchi facing Framber Valdez.  You can watch the action on Root Sports.

The entire American League West had the day off Thursday, so the standings remain the same with Oakland in first at 13-and-6.  That’s more wins than any other team in baseball and second-only to the Cubs in winning percentage.  Seattle remains in last place, 6-and-a-half games back.

The schedule tonight has Texas at Colorado at 5:40.  It’s a battle of LA teams in Anaheim with the Angels hosting the Dodgers at 6:40.  And in a battle of the bay, San Francisco hosts Oakland at 6:45.

Here’s what we have on tap for sports on the NCWLIFE Channel this weekend…

It’s West Coast League Baseball from a summer ago tonight when the AppleSox take on the Yakima Valley Pippins at 6:30.

Tomorrow starts with volleyball from October of 2016 as Eastmont and Wenatchee battle at 2 o’clock.  Then it’s a repeat of last weekend’s racing at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval at 6 o’clock.

Sunday starts with volleyball again at 2 followed by the Bridge of Sportsmanship football game between Wenatchee and Eastmont from October of 2016 at 7 o’clock.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, when historic Ohme Gardens reopens after the pandemic, you’re going to notice a new look at the entrance.

On Wednesday, the Chelan County park bulldozed its longtime ticket office, making way for a brand-new structure that will house its ticketing, gift shop, and office functions.

The 40-acre park above Wenatchee, with its shady pathways and evergreens, has been a sightseeing destination since 1991. But it’s been closed to the public since the COVID-19 outbreak, and won’t reopen until next year.

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 night.