NCWLIFE Evening News August 27th, 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 72-year-old Ephrata woman has died from injuries she sustained in a head-on vehicle accident earlier this month. Chelan County Commissioners have announced new short-term rental rules, and, Chelan City Councilman Ray Dobbs announced Tuesday he is stepping down from his post and moving to East Wenatchee.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A 59 year-old Wenatchee man was killed yesterday afternoon when the tractor he was driving was struck from behind on State Route 2 just west of Dryden.

The Washington State Patrol reports that Ruben Pacheco Lopez was driving a Kubota orchard tractor westbound on the highway when it was struck from behind by a Dodge Dakota pickup being driven by 32-year-old Derick Kuch of Leavenworth. Pacheco was thrown from the tractor and pinned underneath. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the pickup, 32 year-old Deepak Gohil, was injured and taken by ambulance to Central Washington Hospital.

The driver of the pickup and two child passengers, ages 5 and 6, were not injured. Westbound traffic on the highway was backed up for nearly 3 miles – almost to Cashmere – during the investigation. Troopers say they’ll seek charges against Kuch for the accident.

A 72-year-old Ephrata woman has died from injuries she sustained in a head-on vehicle accident earlier this month.

The Washington State Patrol says Lee O. Hampton died August 18th at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane. Hampton was driving south on Highway 17 north of Moses Lake on August 4th when her 1997 Oldsmobile Bravada crossed the center line and collided head-on with a 2018 Toyota RAV4 being driven by 39-year old Gregory Lisewych of Wenatchee. Lisewych was treated for his injuries at Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake. The State Patrol said Hampton was not wearing a seat belt and Lisewych was..

Amid an ongoing process to craft rules around short-term rentals, the Chelan County commissioners have placed another moratorium on the practice.

The first moratorium, back in spring, prevented short-term rentals to any customer except essential workers. The new one, passed Tuesday, prohibits permitting or designation of vacation rentals throughout unincorporated areas of the county for six months. Commissioners hope to finalize new rental rules during that time.

The county is being sued by a coalition of vacation home operators, who say the planning process has violated both the Open Meetings Act and Governor Inslee’s emergency public health rules during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chelan City Councilman Ray Dobbs announced Tuesday he is stepping down from his post and moving to East Wenatchee.

Dobbs has served five years on the council and several years prior to that on the planning commission. Mayor Bob Goedde said the city is accepting letters of interest from residents interested in filling Dobbs’ seat on the council.

Coming up next, Almost two dozen doctors and health professionals have urged the Moses Lake School district to drop plans for in-person classes this fall. The NCW Fair in Waterville may be called off due to coronavirus, but the traditional youth livestock auction is happening right now. Starting in September, the state will be using drones in the Wenatchee River watershed to identify and inventory salmon spawning nests, and, the Wenatchee wastewater treatment plant has won an award, well tell you about that. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Almost two dozen doctors and health professionals have urged the Moses Lake School district to drop plans for in-person classes this fall. All say COVID-19 poses too great a risk for students to gather in classrooms.

The chief medical officer for Samaritan Health Care and a pediatrician with Confluence Health are among the 23 signatories. The Moses Lake School Board voted this month to offer in-person learning as an option for schoolchildren, despite warnings from the Grant County health department. The letter reads, QUOTE, “It is irresponsible to hold in-person classes at this time, and we implore you to reconsider your decision.” Classes are set to begin September 14th.

The NCW Fair in Waterville may be called off due to coronavirus, but the traditional youth livestock auction is happening right now.

Young animal breeders from Douglas County are offering the cattle, goats, and other farm animals they’ve raised through Chuck Yarbro Auctioneers of Moses Lake. You can log into the Yarbro website anytime through 3 p.m. tomorrow to enter your bid. Most of the young wranglers are local 4-H members who’ve worked all year to bring their animals to market.

Starting in September, the state will be using drones in the Wenatchee River watershed to identify and inventory salmon spawning nests.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife and Washington State University research project is expected to last through November. The drones will concentrate on three areas; the lower Wenatchee River near Dryden; Blackbird Island in Leavenworth and near the Tumwater Campground. Fish and Wildlife says using drones is less expensive and time-intensive than the manual counts that have been used in the past. The drones will fly once or twice a week for about an hour at a time, usually in the morning hours.

Keeping wastewater treatment up to standards is not easy: Only about a third of Washington’s 300 wastewater plants manage to meet all standards and deadlines for a given year. The Department of Ecology says in 2019, treatment plants in the Wenatchee Valley did just that.

The Wenatchee Wastewater Treatment Plan won Ecology’s Outstanding Performance Award for the year, as did facilities serving Cashmere, Chelan, Rock Island and Bridgeport. Eight other sites in Grant and Okanogan counties were also recognized.

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. . .

Last week, state Secretary of Health John (WEES-MAN) Wiesman ordered Gebbers Farms in Brewster to test all of its employees for COVID-19.

That directive came after a major outbreak in Gebbers farmworker housing sites, and the deaths of three employees from the virus. In tonight’s feature story, Wiesman gives an update on the intensive screening effort. . . 

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.

Mariner players voted unanimously not to play last night’s game in San Diego to protest racial injustice that they feel is still going on in our country…

Dee Gordon spoke for the team when he said, “There are serious issues in this country.  For me, and for many of my teammates, the injustices, violence, death and systemic racism is deeply personal.  This is impacting not only my community, but very directly my family and friends.  Our team voted unanimously not to play tonight.”

Marco Gonzales also went to Twitter in support of his teammates.  “I am extremely proud to be part of this group.  We have listened, loved, and supported one another through this time.  But I’m heartbroken for my brothers and teammates who fear for their lives and their families lives on a daily basis.  This isn’t about baseball right now-“

The Mariner organization came out with a statement including the hashtag Black Lives Matter in saying, “The Seattle Mariners respect the team’s decision to not play tonight’s game.  The Seattle Mariners stand with our players as they speak out with their word and actions against social injustice.”

The Mariners and Padres game wasn’t the only professional game not played last night.  The Milwaukee Bucks led the way in saying they wouldn’t play their playoff game against Orlando.  After which, all three playoff games were postponed.  In addition, Major League Games in Milwaukee and San Francisco were postponed.

Here’s a statement from Major League Baseball.  “Given the pain in the communities of Wisconsin and beyond following the shooting of Jacob Blake, we respect the decisions of a number of players not to play tonight.  Major League Baseball remains united for change in our society and we will be allies in the right to end racism and injustice.”

The NBA has decided to continue with play today.  The Mariners are playing a doubleheader to make up for the game missed yesterday and were leading late in game one 3-to-1.  Both games were slated for 7-innings.

The Seahawks played their second mock game at CenturyLink Field Wednesday.  Prior to the game, several players took a knee during the anthem in light of another shooting of a black man.  Coach Pete Carroll addressed what he and his players continue to deal with…

While cameras were not allowed to show much of the action, there were some highlights.  Coach Carroll says he walked away pretty happy…

Carroll said there was one noticeable absence on defense due to an accident in the home of one of the players…

Marquise Blair is in his second season out of Utah and fellow defensive back Shaquill Griffin says Blair is definitely feeling more comfortable…

The Seahawks are back at the V-Mac for more of training camp today and are just 18-days away from opening the regular season at Atlanta September 13th.

Here’s what we have on the NCWLIFE Sports Schedule starting with hockey tonight…

Watch the Wenatchee Wild take on the Merritt Centennials tonight at 7.

We’ll have high school football on tomorrow night as the Wenatchee Panthers host Mount Si from last September.  That will kick off at 6:30.

Then on Saturday, watch Cashmere and Eastmont girls soccer at 2 followed by the broadcast of last weekend’s racing at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval at 6.

Thanks Eric.

As we leave you tonight, after a two-week closure over COVID-19 concerns, the iconic Lakeview Drive In on Lake Chelan reopened today.

Citing rising coronavirus cases in Chelan County and large crowds of visitors that were packing Chelan, ownership shuttered the popular restaurant August 11th. The restaurant had previously had one employee test positive for COVID-19 but after a quarantine period, that employee was able to return to work.

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.