NCWLIFE Evening News August 26th, 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, The state of Washington is warning about a new study that shows young people who have used e-cigarette are five times more likely to contract COVID-19. A Brewster man was critically injured yesterday after the tractor he was driving on State Route 97 was struck by a passenger van, and The Moses Lake Police Department has released video of a Saturday morning arrest that followed a high-speed chase through town, we’ll show you the dramatic video.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The state Department of Health says limited indoor church gatherings, curbside library services and even swimming pool classes may recommence in Chelan and Douglas counties under new Safe Start guidance. The two counties are in a “modified” Phase 1 status of the state COVID-19 recovery plan. The revisions, announced today, allow indoor church services at 25 percent of room capacity or up to 50 people, whichever is less. They also let library patrons pick up and return materials outside the buildings, attend very small group swim classes, and go to drive-in events like movies. But the new rules also reduce the number of customers retail stores may allow — from 50 percent down to 30 percent of maximum occupancy — and they don’t allow waterparks like Slidewaters in Chelan to reopen.

There are signs the COVID-19 outbreak in North Central Washington is easing, even as widespread community testing efforts continue.

For the first time in weeks, hard-hit Okanogan County reported no new positive tests Tuesday.

And in Chelan and Douglas counties, the cases per 100,000 population over the past 14 days has fallen below 400 after being closer to 600 per 100,000 most of August. Okanogan County’s rate per 100,000 population was 224 on Tuesday, significant improvement over earlier this month. Grant County also is showing a decline in new cases.

Speaking of Coronavirus, the state of Washington is warning about a new study that shows young people who have used e-cigarette are five times more likely to contract COVID-19.

People ages 39 and younger account for 52 percent of the positive COVID-19 tests in the state, though they account for only 1 percent of the state’s deaths from the virus.

The state has a help line at 1-800-QUIT NOW for people trying to stop smoking and vaping and a free quit now

A Brewster man was critically injured yesterday after the tractor he was driving on State Route 97 was struck by a passenger van. 

According to the Washington State Patrol, 50 year-old Roberto Rodriguez-Duran was attempting to cross the highway in a John Deer Tractor near the intersection of highway 97 and Brewster Grange Road shortly after 2 in the afternoon when the tractor was struck by a Dodge Caravan being driven by 36 year-old Channa Dick of Brewster. The tractor rolled over and Rodriguez-Duran was trapped underneath it. He was transported to Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster before being airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Neither Dick or the 4 passengers in the van were injured. Traffic on highway 97 just south of Brewster was fully blocked for 2 hours.

The Moses Lake Police Department has released video of a Saturday morning arrest that followed a high-speed chase through town.

The chase ended after a PIT maneuver by a Grant County Sheriff’s deputy and the apprehension of 33-year-old Jeremy Gilbert on numerous charges. The incident started after Gilbert reportedly rammed a patrol car several times on Eagle Drive and ended on Broadway Avenue near Gibby Road. Take a look. . .

Coming up next, Despite gusty winds yesterday afternoon, crews were able to check the progress of the week-old Palmer Fire burning 7 miles southwest of Oroville. As has been the case all summer, local agencies have played key roles in interagency firefighting efforts throughout the state, and, The Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Wenatchee Valley College as a 2019 Tree Campus USA. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Despite gusty winds yesterday afternoon, crews were able to check the progress of the week-old Palmer Fire burning 7 miles southwest of Oroville.

The southern edge of the fire just to the north of Loomis held firm yesterday and total containment is now at 57%.  The size of the fire was decreased to 17,735 acres after air crews were able to accurately map the perimeter of the fire. 

Crews will spend the next few days improving the contingency line around the fire and douse any hot spots. The town of Loomis – which was under a Level 2 evacuation notice – is now at a Level 1 evacuation notice as is most of the area surrounding Wannacut Lake. Fire Officials are hoping for total containment by this weekend.

As has been the case all summer, local agencies have played key roles in interagency firefighting efforts throughout the state.

That includes at the state’s largest fire, the Palmer Fire which has burned 18,000 acres south of Oroville. Last weekend, Grant County Fire District 5 crews were assigned to protect Loomis after a shift in winds pushed the wildfire dangerously close to that small community. Here is video taken by the fire district showing what they were facing. . .

The Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Wenatchee Valley College as a 2019 Tree Campus USA.

WVC is one of two community colleges in Eastern Washington to receive the designation, along with Columbia Basin College in Moses Lake. To earn the honor, a combination of students, faculty and community members developed a plan for tree care, in addition to participating in a nationwide a service project to collect ginkgo leaves on campus to learn more about CO2 concentration in the atmosphere over time.

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. . .

Dr. Peter Houck [HOWK] grew up in Wenatchee before heading off to a career with the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service – the agency that investigates infectious disease outbreaks around the world, and develops strategies for the United States to cope with them. Now retired, he’s recently joined the state resource team that’s managing the COVID-19 pandemic here in the Wenatchee Valley. NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins asked him, as an epidemiologist, what makes this new coronavirus so interesting. . .

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.

The Seahawks will hold another mock game today at CenturyLink Field.  One item they’d like to get closer to deciding on is the starting offensive line.  Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer says there’s still time for the unit to gel prior to Seattle’s first game…

An important addition in the off-season has been 14-year veteran tight end Greg Olsen.  After playing the past 9-years in Carolina, Olsen came to Seattle as a free agent and Schottenheimer says he’s made an immediate impact…

COVID-19 forced the NFL to eliminate in-person, off-season workouts.  Olsen says he tried to do what he could to learn the offense remotely, but it takes the actual repetitions of doing it to adapt…

Seahawks fans can find out more about this year’s team and watch video highlights of practice on-line at Seahawks dot com.

The Mariners continued its winning ways with an 8-3 win in San Diego last night…

J.P. Crawford had a big night at the plate, going 2-for-4 with 3-RBI’s, a double, and his first home run of the season…

It was Seattle’s 4th straight win and snapped San Diego’s 7 game winning streak.  Marco Gonzales battled for 5-innings to earn his 3rd win of the season and manager Scott Servais gives him a lot of credit…

The two teams meet again tonight at 6:10 with Taijuan Walker going up against Dinelson Lamet.

On the Les Schwab American League West Scoreboard from last night…

Houston and Los Angeles split a doubleheader at Minute Maid Park.  The Astros brought 10-men to the plate in a 5-run first inning in the opener, winning it 6-3.  The Angels returned the favor in the nightcap, scoring 4-runs in the 1st en route to a 12-5 win.

In Texas, Stephen Piscotti’s 3-run double highlighted a 5-run 7th inning as Oakland beat the Rangers 10-3.

Thanks Eric.

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.