NCWLIFE Evening News August 21st, 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,  In the last week Governor Jay Inslee has visited Brewster and Wenatchee, as both places showed signs of increasing COVID-19 infection rates. Washington state is applying for federal unemployment benefits that would provide $300 a week in federal money to out-of-work people in addition to their state unemployment checks, and, The Palmer fire burning 7 miles southwest of Oroville nearly doubled in size between Thursday and Friday morning and continues unabated.       

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The numbers are in from the voluntary COVID testing event in Bridgeport on Tuesday and they are not good.  The Chelan-Douglas Health District says of the 32 volunteers who were tested, 12 of those tested positive for COVID-19. 

All of the individuals who tested positive are of Hispanic decent and had no COVID-19 symptoms at the time of the testing. The health district is planning to coordinate an effort that could begin as soon as Monday to test all 2,500 residents of the Bridgeport area.  Washington state is applying for federal unemployment benefits that would provide $300 a week in federal money to out-of-work people in addition to their state unemployment checks, and,

In the last week Governor Jay Inslee has visited Brewster and Wenatchee, as both places showed signs of increasing COVID-19 infection rates.

On Wednesday he ordered more rigorous testing at Washington’s farm and packing house facilities, since the virus has exploded among agriculture workers. NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins asked the Governor yesterday whether more could have been done to protect the state’s farm employees. . .

You can watch our full-length interview with the governor on our Facebook page or on our website, ncwlife.com.

Also worth noting, the Governor’s been using the phrase “Be a protector, not an infector” when urging people to mask up and stay home.

That catchphrase was developed by the Chelan-Douglas Health District for its superhero-themed COVID-19 campaign. Inslee says he heard the phrase during his visit to Wenatchee this week, from Chamber of Commerce director Shiloh Burgess.

Washington state is applying for federal unemployment benefits that would provide $300 a week in federal money to out-of-work people in addition to their state unemployment checks. The federal government had been adding $600 per week to unemployment checks but that program, the CARES Act, expired August 1st.

President Trump created the Lost Wages Assistance program by executive order August 8th after Congressional leaders were unable to agree on extending the benefit. The money is being distributed through FEMA and is for people who applied for unemployment between July 26th and August 15th.

As of Thursday, 11 states have already been approved for the money and 14 others have applications pending. States have the option of adding $100 to the weekly checks from previous COVID-19 relief funds but Washington officials have indicated they will not. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Trump’s executive order creating the fund was illegal and his state will not be applying for the benefits.

The Palmer fire burning 7 miles southwest of Oroville nearly doubled in size between Thursday and Friday morning and continues unabated. The Bureau of Land Management estimates the fire at over 11,000 acres burning in brush and grass.

New level 3 evacuation notices have been issued for residents along Toats Coulee Road to Chopaka Road and along the Loomis-Oroville Road. This map indicates where those evacuations are with the level 3 evacuations in red and level 2 evacuations in yellow. Black dots indicate homes or structures. The town of Oroville is on the far right of this map. 

30 buildings have been reported as either damaged or destroyed so far. 398 personnel from multiple agencies are fighting the fire. There is no containment yet and strong winds are forecast for the area today.

Coming up next, The Wenatchee School District will begin the school year August 26th with online-only instruction and Superintendent Doctor Paul Gordon said teachers and administrators have spent weeks preparing to make that experience as valuable as possible. Congresswoman Kim Schrier has introduced a bill that responds to plummeting immunization rates and helps communities prepare for the roll-out of a COVID-19 vaccine, once tested and approved, and, A four-way land swap has cleared the way for low-cost housing and a new community center in Chelan. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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The Wenatchee School District will begin the school year August 26th with online-only instruction and Superintendent Doctor Paul Gordon said teachers and administrators have spent weeks preparing to make that experience as valuable as possible.

Gordon told Wake Up Wenatchee Valley’s Dan Kuntz this week that the district is much better prepared for virtual learning than last spring when the COVID-19 pandemic abruptly shut down in-class instruction. . .

Immunizations are still required for the start of school, even though most children won’t be in a physical classroom.

But routine vaccinations are down during the COVD-19 pandemic, and a new bill from Congresswoman Kim Schrier would invest in local vaccine initiatives and education to keep shots current for schoolkids.

If you have a child starting classes this month, routine vaccinations are available through Confluence Health, Columbia Valley Community Health, or your local pharmacy.

A four-way land swap has cleared the way for low-cost housing and a new community center in Chelan. It involves the Chelan Valley Housing Trust, the nonprofit Seven Acres Foundation, Real Life Church and the Lookout home development, which exchanged parcels to allow for nine acres of affordable housing, plus six acres between Chelan and Manson for a community hall. The multiple transactions closed simultaneously. The Housing Trust plans to build its new development along Anderson Road. Trust director Mike Cooney says, QUOTE, This property will fulfill our property needs for years to come, UNQUOTE.

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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Drop by your Wenatchee post office on Saturday, and you’re likely to see local mail personnel picketing over postal changes by the Trump Administration. Mail handling in Wenatchee almost shifted permanently to Spokane this week under mandates from the U.S. Postmaster. Ryan Harris, the union representative for local post office employees, says mail workers want the public to know about the confusion imposed by D.C. In tonight’s feature story, he explained to NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins how the Wenatchee sorting center escaped the chopping block. . .

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.

Quinton Dunbar met with reporters for the first time since he was arrested in an armed robbery in Florida today.  He has since had the charges dropped, which allowed him to join the Seahawks in training camp.  The free agent signee from Washington was asked what exactly happened in Florida back in May…

Dunbar says he definitely learned a lesson about being in the wrong place and who he surrounds himself with…

Dunbar could still face penalties from the NFL.  A day after the charges were dropped, he was removed from the Commissioner’s Exempt List.

A pleasant surprise at training camp for the Seahawks has been wide receiver Phillip Dorsett II.  He signed a one-year, free agent contract in the off-season after playing in Indianapolis and New England.  Coach Pete Carroll says his speed is a big factor…

Dorsett says he hopes his speed can help provide another option for Russell Wilson that defenses will have to pay attention to…

The Seahawks had one more practice today before their scrimmage tomorrow at CenturyLink Field.  For more, go to Seahawks dot com.

A 60-car field is set for racing tomorrow at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval during Johnson Electric Night…

Track manager Jeremy Anders billed this as a Hobby Stock Challenge and that has certain turned out to be the case.  A huge field of 30 cars have signed up to race in the event sponsored by Dick’s Heating and Air Conditioning, nearly half of which from the Yakima area.

We’ll have LIVE coverage with Eric Granstrom and Greg Rentz on the call beginning at 6 o’clock right here on the NCWLIFE Channel.  Also racing tomorrow night will be the Economy Midgets: Northwest Focus Midget Series; the Northwest Pro4 Trucks; Holaday’s Custom Muffler B-Mods; and the Plumb Perfect Roadrunners.

Sometimes there are those games where you have to just tip your hat and move on.  Such was the case for the Mariners last night as they were dominated by future Hall-of-Famer Clayton Kershaw in a 6-1 defeat by the Dodgers…

The 13-year veteran southpaw from Dallas struck out 11 over 7-innings, allowing just a solo home run to Kyle Seager in picking up his 3rd win of the season.

Yusei Kikuchi took the loss for Seattle, lasing 4-and-tw-thirds innings, allowing 5-runs on 4-hits with 5-strikeouts and 4-walks.  Manager Scott Servais said the game boiled down to one thing…

Seattle begins a 3-game weekend series with Texas in town today.  It will be Nick Margevisius (MARGE-uh-vicious) going for the Mariners against the Ranger’s Kolby Allard at 6:10.

On the Les Schwab American League West Scoreboard last night…

Houston threw up 5-spots in the 2nd and 5th innings and beat Colorado 10-8 last night.  Abraham Toro lit the lamp with a 3-run home run for the Astros.

Jake Cronenworth’s RBI single in the bottom of the 10th gave San Diego a walk-off 8-7 win over Texas.  Eric Hosmer also hit a grand slam home run for the Padres, who accomplished that feet for the 4th-straight game.

Matt Chapman went deep twice to power Oakland past Arizona 5-1.

Wilmer Flores was 3-for-4 with a 2-run home run and 4-RBI’s to lead San Francisco over Los Angeles 10-to-5.

The Mariners have now sunk to a double-digit deficit in the American League West, 10-and-a-half games behind first-place Oakland.

Coming up this weekend on the NCWLIFE Channel sports calendar…

We have girls soccer on tap tonight in a Great Game of our past as Wenatchee battles West Valley from November of 2017.

Prior to racing tomorrow night, you can watch boys basketball from January of 2017 as Wenatchee and Eastmont battle at 2 o’clock.

Then there are a twin-pack of Wenatchee wild and Vernon Viper games on Sunday at 2 and 7 with games from last September at the Town Toyota Center.

Thanks Eric.

Shayne Magdoff, one of the newest members of the East Wenatchee city council, received a Certificate of Municipal Leadership award from the Association of Washington Cities.

Magdoff, a former human resources executive, underwent more than 30 hours of leadership training with the AWC. She was appointed in 2018 to fill the seat left by Sandra McCourt. AWC is a key lobbying agency for Washington’s 281 cities and towns.

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.