NCWLIFE Evening News August 28th, 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, An elderly woman was seriously injured after being hit by a vehicle in Cashmere Thursday morning. Public mask wearing and social distancing seem to be having an effect on COVID-19 numbers in Chelan and Douglas counties, we’ll show you how were doing, and, Despite the rumors, Governor Jay Inslee’s office says he is not threatening to move Grant County from Phase 2 back to Phase 1 of his COVID-19 Safe Start reopening plan.
But first, we begin tonight.
Vantage Orchard Murder -The suspect in the murder of a fellow farm worker near Vantage yesterday was found dead this morning after a brief manhunt. 57-year-old Ismael Garcia apparently took his own life while police were searching for him. His body was found about 6:00 a.m. today in an orchard near Road D Southwest outside Royal City. Garcia allegedly shot and killed another worker in an Auvil Fruit orchard about 1:00 p.m. Thursday, then fled in a company truck, which was found abandoned not far from his body. The victim in the shooting has not been publicly identified. Sheriff’s deputies say the investigation is ongoing.
Cashmere Pedestrian Hit -An elderly woman was seriously injured after being hit by a vehicle in Cashmere Thursday morning. The driver of the vehicle told the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office he was blinded by sunlight when his vehicle struck the woman at Binder Road and Mission Creek Road about 7:40 a.m. The identity of the woman was not immediately released. Shawn Ballard of Ballard Ambulance said she was transported to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee with significant injuries and plans were being made to fly her to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Corporal Randy Lake of the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office said no citations have been issued and the accident remains under investigation.
COVID Thermographic -Public mask wearing and social distancing seem to be having an effect on COVID-19 numbers in Chelan and Douglas counties. The local health district says we’re down to an infection rate of 360 cases per 100,000 members of the population. That’s well down from last week’s rate of 535, but the goal is 25 per 100,000. That’s the level set by the state for counties to further reopen schools, businesses and services. Health officials say the best way to get there is to continue masking and distancing, not to mention washing your hands.
Grant Phase 1 Rumors -Meanwhile, speaking of COVID-19, despite the rumors, Governor Jay Inslee’s office says he is not threatening to move Grant County from Phase 2 back to Phase 1 of his COVID-19 Safe Start reopening plan. Moses Lake Mayor David Curnell said at the City Council’s meeting Tuesday that the governor’s office had stated the county was in danger of losing its Phase 2 status if new cases of the coronavirus did not level off. Curnell later told the Columbia Basin Herald newspaper the county had been given a month to show improvement. Officials from Inslee’s office said there may have been a miscommunication and the county has not been threatened and there is no timeline in place for improvement. The Grant County Health District reported Thursday that though the county remains far above Inslee’s goal of 25 cases per 100,000 population there has been a recent downward trend in cases overall in the county. Grant County has been in Phase 2 since late May.
Coming up next, Chelan County engineers are planning a drainage improvement project at the upper end of Number 1 Canyon Road, and they want your virtual input. The Fire Science program at the Wenatchee Valley Technical Skills Center received its biggest donation yet from Chelan County Fire District 1, and, Chip sealing work that has significantly slowed traffic on Blewett Pass since August 17th is expected to be completed Monday. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
No. 1 Canyon Project -Chelan County engineers are planning a drainage improvement project at the upper end of Number 1 Canyon Road, and they want your virtual input. The project aims to build a series of four basins to minimize future flooding and debris flows coming down the canyon. The county has set up an online open house through its website, where the public can review plans and give feedback through September 30th. You can also sign up for future updates. Construction is due to commence in summer 2021.
Tech Center Firetruck -The Fire Science program at the Wenatchee Valley Technical Skills Center received its biggest donation yet when Chelan County Fire District 1 recently delivered a 1984 Seagraves fire engine. It’s the first fire truck to be donated to the program, though numerous firefighting agencies have provided equipment over the years. Fire Science instructor David Young said he likes to run the program as much like a team of firefighters as he can and with the truck students will learn safety procedures, loading and unloading equipment and navigating the truck’s controls.
Blewett Pass Work Ending -Chip sealing work that has significantly slowed traffic on Blewett Pass since August 17th is expected to be completed Monday. Crews have been chip sealing about 20 miles of wheel ruts between the summit and the Big Y, Highway 2 junction. Much of the work has been flagger-controlled, with pilot cars escorting traffic. And that has meant some long delays for motorists. WASH-DOT has recommended alternate routes, if possible, during the work, Tuesday through Friday from 4 a.m. to 4 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.

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Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .
Earlier this week, we introduced you to Dr. Peter Houck, a former CDC epidemiologist who’s now assisting with the COVID-19 response here in his hometown of Wenatchee. Confluence Health this week announced it’s recruiting local volunteers for one of the many COVID vaccine trials taking place across the county. In tonight’s feature story, Dr. Houck told NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins that while vaccine research is encouraging, it’s never a sure thing. . .
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 hit the home stretch of training camp, it seems they’d like to add depth on the offensive side of the ball. Former center Justin Britt and wide receiver Paul Richardson were brought in for visits on Wednesday. Following Wednesday’s mock game, coach Pete Carroll discussed having the former teammates in camp…
Britt was released in the off-season after tearing his ACL halfway through last year. Richardson was released from Washington after signing a free-agent contract and playing 17-games for the then, Redskins.
Coach Carroll emphasized how important Wednesday’s mock game was to evaluate players in game-like situations. He was particularly interested to see how the first-team defense looked on film…
Prior to today’s practice in Renton, Quandre Diggs met with reporters and said he supports the movement Wednesday across professional sports to conduct a protest boycott…
Russell Wilson said on ESPN radio in Seattle that if there was a game this weekend, the Seahawks probably wouldn’t play. Diggs said anything is possible as far as an NFL team protest, but he would like to see a shift in the relationship between players and owners in the NFL to more resemble the NBA…

The Mariners were this close to sweeping all three games of its series in San Diego against one of the best teams in baseball yesterday…
Seattle was just an out away from winning the opener of a doubleheader yesterday, of which they claimed the nightcap to take two of three games from the Padres. But that’s when San Diego proved why they have one of the best records in baseball.
Wil Meyers’ walk-off, 3-run home run capped a 7-run, 7th inning as the Padres came back to beat Seattle 10-to-7. Taylor Williams got the first two outs but then walked the bases loaded as the wheels completely fell off. He ended up with the blown save and loss.
Seattle gave Yusei Kikuchi big run-support in the first inning of Game 2, exploding for 6-runs and go on for an 8-3 victory. Jose Marmolejos followed his game one home run with a big swat in game two…
White came out of the first game of the doubleheader with discomfort in his right shoulder. He’s expected to be OK.
Prior to yesterday’s doubleheader, manager Scott Servais spoke out in favor of his player’s decision not to play Wednesday…
Seattle travels to Los Angeles to take on the Angels today at 6:40 with Nick Margevicius facing Andrew Heaney.
Taking a look at the current standings in the American League West on our Les Schwab Scoreboard…
Seattle jumped into 3rd place in the standings, 9-and-a-half games behind Oakland and 5-back of Houston. The Angels come into tonight’s contest at 10-and-22, having lost eight of their last nine games. Yesterday’s game in Houston was postponed due to tropical storm Laura.

Here’s what we have coming up this weekend on the sports schedule here on NCWLIFE Channel…
It begins tonight as we pine for the days a year ago when things were “normal” and we could watch high school football on a Friday night. Wenatchee and Mount Si’s game from a year ago kicks off tonight at 6:30.
We have girls soccer tomorrow at 2 o’clock between Eastmont and Cashmere. Then at 6, we’ll air the entire broadcast that didn’t really get on the air last weekend at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval on Johnson Electric Night.
We’ll cap things Sunday with a volleyball doubleheader as Wenatchee hosts Sunny side at 2 o’clock followed by Eastmont and Eisenhower at 7.

Thanks Eric.
K-9 Goggles -Finally on this Friday, as if their K-9 force isn’t intimidating enough, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office has added eye protection goggles to the mix. The department this week shared a photo of K-9 Edo wearing his new Rex Specs. The goggles are designed to protect dogs from eye trauma including UV rays and other hazards a working dog might encounter beyond the occasional combative suspect.
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 weekend.