NCWLIFE Evening News August 3rd, 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 Chickamin Fire on a remote mountainside north of Plain had burned 240 acres by Monday morning as smokejumpers, ground crews and helicopters work to contain the fire. The Burma Road Fire burned 168 acres but no structures after starting Saturday afternoon about 5 miles north of Pateros, and, Gebbers Farms, based in Brewster and one of the largest agricultural operations in the United States, says one of its guest workers has died while in isolation for COVID-19.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Two homes and a vehicle were hit by gunfire in a drive-by shooting early Sunday morning in the Larson Housing Community outside Moses Lake. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said just before 1 a.m. several residents and a nearby deputy reported multiple gunshots in the 1200 block of Arlington Drive Northeast. One bullet went through the window of a home and the suspect’s vehicle crashed into a parked car while fleeing the scene. Nobody was injured and the suspects have not yet been identified or arrested.

The Chickamin Fire on a remote mountainside north of Plain had burned 240 acres by Monday morning as smokejumpers, ground crews and helicopters work to contain the fire in steep, rugged terrain. Numerous Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest roads and trails in the area are closed as crews continue to build fire lines to contain the fire’s spread. The fire started Friday afternoon and a Type 3 incident management team was assigned Saturday to assist area firefighting agencies.

The Burma Road Fire burned 168 acres but no structures after starting Saturday afternoon about 5 miles north of Pateros. The Washington Department of Natural Resources said the progress of the fire at Burma Road south of the town of Methow was halted by about 9 p.m. Saturday. Several firefighting agencies responded with an all-out assault using ground crews, an air tanker and helicopters

Gebbers Farms, based in Brewster and one of the largest agricultural operations in the United States, says one of its guest workers has died while in isolation for COVID-19. Earl Edwards, a Jamaican field hand who worked at Gebbers seasonally under an H-2A guest visa for more than a decade, died Friday after collapsing in housing set aside for infected employees. He’d been housed there since testing positive for the virus July 21. More than half of Gebbers’ 4,500 workers are H-2A recruits. Last month, the Department of Labor and Industries ordered the company to change its worker housing standards to help prevent the disease spread.

Earl Edwards, who was 63, is the second Gebbers worker known to have died of COVID-19. More than 120 Gebbers employees have tested positive, and many more are awaiting test results.

Coming up next, we will tell you about the the rate at which COVID-19 cases grew during the month of June. Wenatchee Valley library patrons are still limited to online service, but other branches of the North Central Regional Library are getting ready to provide physical books once more. President Trump spent part of his weekend tweeting endorsements for Republican candidates, and along the way he threw a rose to Congressman Dan Newhouse, and, Unauthorized drones have not been a problem for firefighters who have been responding to numerous wildfires in Washington state this year. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Two months ago we told you which employment sectors in the Wenatchee Valley showed the greatest number of COVID-19 cases. The numbers are in for June, and the agriculture sector remains the economic area with the most infections.

Data from the Chelan-Douglas health District shows 150 infections were discovered that month among agricultural workers. Convalescent care and health care had the second largest number, with 57 new cases among residential clients and caregivers. However, children too young to work accounted for 62 infections. Those figures don’t take into account the explosive growth of diagnosed cases in Chelan and Douglas county in July. The total count has since tripled to more than 1,800 people.

Wenatchee Valley library patrons are still limited to online service, but other branches of the North Central Regional Library are getting ready to provide physical books once more.

Curbside pickup of books on order is set to restart August 13h at libraries in Grant, Okanogan and Ferry counties. On August 10th, book-return boxes will be unlocked so library patrons can turn over materials they’ve borrowed.

Those counties are all in Phase 2 or 3 of the statewide COVID-19 recovery plan. Because Chelan and Douglas Counties are still in a modified Phase 1, those services won’t be available in Wenatchee and surrounding towns.

President Trump spent part of his weekend tweeting endorsements for Republican candidates, and along the way he threw a rose to Congressman Dan Newhouse.

Newhouse, whose 4th District includes Okanogan, Grant and most of Douglas County, won praise from the President for his work on public lands legislation. The two-term congressman is facing five challengers in the primary voting that ends tomorrow, including Democrat Douglas McKinley and two Republican opponents.

Unauthorized drones have not been a problem for firefighters who have been responding to numerous wildfires in Washington state this year.

In fact, the National Interagency Fire Center says the entire Pacific Northwest has been problem-free when it comes to drones this year. There have been 11 drone incursions nationwide, including 8 in which firefighting operations had to be shut down. On July 22nd there was an unauthorized airplane in the area of the South Pine Fire near Tonasket that briefly interfered with firefighting efforts.

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. . .

One of the big reason’s firefighters have been able to quickly gain control of North Central Washington’s wildfires this year is an emphasis on aerial resources.

And a key component of that has been the use of nimble and versatile single-engine air tankers. In tonight’s feature story, Allison Morrow of the Washington Department of Natural Resources explains how valuable these planes have been. . .  

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.

New Washington State head coach Nick Rolovich finds himself right in the middle of a controversy involving a player movement in the Pac-12 demanding rights and money from the conference…

Rolovich’s phone conversation with red-shirt sophomore Kassidy Woods went public when Woods provided a recording of it to the Dallas Morning News.  Woods informed coach Rolovich that he was opting out of this season for health concerns related to COVID because of his pre-existing condition.

Rolovich told him that was fine and his scholarship would still be available but warned it would be a different matter if Woods was joining the movement of players against the Pac-12.

In an anonymous letter to The Player’s Tribune, several Pac-12 football players pledged to boycott this season “because NCAA sports exploit college athletes physically, economically and academically, and also disproportionately harm Black college athletes.”

The players are demanding guarantees of health and safety for now and years down the road; ending racial injustice in college sports and society; and distributing 50-percent of each sport’s total conference revenue evenly among athletes in their respective sports, just to name a few.

The Mariners dropped 2-out-of-3 from the A’s over the weekend at T-Mobile Park, including Sunday’s 3-2 decision…

Seattle led 1-nothing in the 5th when reliever Anthony Misiewicz (mih-SEV-itch) gave up a 3-run home run to Oakland’s Ramon Laureano.  Kyle Lewis tried to get the M’s back in it by extending his hitting streak to 10-games with a solo home run in the bottom of the 8th, but it wasn’t enough.

Lewis says he’s trying to keep his approach at the plate simple…

Mariner manager Scott Servais said his young club is still learning and that the A’s have proven to have a quality bullpen…

The two teams wrap up the 4-game series tonight at 6:10 with Justus Sheffield facing Oakland’s Frankie Montas.

The series began on a positive note Friday with Seattle winning its 3rd-straight game, downing Oakland 5-3…

Taijuan Walker was incredible in the Mariner’s home opener, allowing just 1-hit over 7 shutout innings and striking out 8.

Kyle Lewis went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI while Kyle Seager delivered a 2-run double.  J.P. Crawford also chipped in with a 2-for-4 night, scoring 2-runs.

Saturday went extra innings as the Mariners ran into the new runner rule for the first time this season, falling 3-to-2…

The rule puts a runner at 2nd base to start off extra innings in Major League Baseball’s attempt to speed up the game.

In the 10th inning Saturday, Robbie Grossman’s RBI double scored said runner from second base as Oakland won it 3-2.

Yusei Kikuchi had his best day on the mound, going 6-innings and allowing no-runs on 3-hits with 9-strikeouts.  Austin Nola went 2-for-4 at the plate with a run while Kyle Lewis extended his hitting streak to 9-games, going 1-for-3.

Taking a look at the Les Schwab American League West Scoreboard…

Alex Bregman’s RBI single in the top of the 11th gave Houston a 6-5 win over the Angels Sunday.  Bregman also delivered a solo home run to help the Astros remain tied with Oakland atop the A-L West standings.

Joey Gallo’s 3-run home run capped a 4-run 7th as Texas came from behind to beat San Francisco 9-5.  Gallo went 3-for-4 on the day to help the Rangers win for the 3rd time this season.

Seattle and Los Angeles sit a game-and-a-half back of Oakland and Houston in the American League West standings.

We’re back with more racing this Saturday at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval…

It’s Les Schwab Night at the races with five classes of racing to be had including the Jerry’s Auto Supply Pro Late Models; Mountain Dew Jr. Late Models; Dick’s Heating and Air Conditioning Thunder Cars; Plumb Perfect Roadrunners; and Bandoleros. 

We’ll begin our coverage LIVE at 6 o’clock Saturday here on NCWLIFE.

Prior to that, we’ll have Hockey Night Thursday as the Wenatchee Wild take on the Salmon Arm Silverbacks from October of last year.

Friday is baseball night as the Wenatchee AppleSox entertain the Portland Pickles at 6:30.

Then, prior to racing Saturday, we’ll feature a Big-9 soccer tilt between Wenatchee and Eastmont from the spring of 2018 at 2 o’clock.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, sad news to report, the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office announced earlier today that retired K9 Axel passed away last night in the arms of his family. K9 Axel served Chelan County alongside his handler Deputy Lamon until late 2017. In the statement the Sheriff’s said, QUOTE, thank you, K-9 Axel, for serving and protecting your fellow deputies in the lightest of day and the darkest of night. Rest easy pup, UNQUOTE. Around mid-morning, Axel was being taken by a procession to Columbia Pet Services in Wenatchee Around mid-morning, Axel was being taken by a procession to Columbia Pet Services in Wenatchee.

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.