NCWLIFE Evening News August 5th, 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, Voters in North Central Washington rarely agreed with the rest of the state in Tuesday’s primary election. A Mansfield man is charged with rape after a woman allegedly escaped from a trailer where he handcuffed and sexually assaulted her, and, 143 firefighting personnel have been able to slow the spread of the Chickamin Fire burning high on an Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest ridge about 13 miles northeast of Lake Wenatchee.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

County auditors ran their first tally of primary election votes Tuesday. The top two vote-getters in each race advance to the general election in November.

Although thousands of ballots remain uncounted as of Tuesday night, Republican challenger Loren Culp appeared likely to take on incumbent Democratic Governor Jay Inslee, earning 16.7 percent of the initial statewide count. Inslee took almost 52 percent in a field of 36 candidates.

For Chelan County Commissioner, Dale England, brother of retiring commissioner Doug England, led the first round, followed by a close race between Brandt Cappell and Tiffany Gering. Incumbent 12th District Rep. Keith Goehner had a commanding lead over Democratic challenger Adrianne Moore, 63 to 36 percent.

Meanwhile, 4th District congressman Dan Newhouse is likely to face Tri-Cities Democrat Douglas McKinley to keep his seat.

And in the 8th District, incumbent Democrat Kim Schrier may face Republican Jesse Jensen, who pulled in 17 percent of the vote to Schrier’s 44 percent.

In Chelan County, 14,463 votes have been tallied with an additional 8,189 ballots yet to be counted. The current turnout in Chelan County is 30.27%.  Douglas County reports 6,223 ballots counted with about 7,000 ballots left to count for a current turnout of 26.01%. Even with the outstanding ballots both counties will fall well short of the 60% turnout predicted by their respective county auditors. The next local update will come Friday afternoon.

Voters in North Central Washington rarely agreed with the rest of the state in Tuesday’s primary election.

A noticeable exception to that was Chelan County’s apparent support of Democratic Governor Jay Inslee who had slightly more votes than Republican nominee Loren Culp. But Culp, the police chief of Republic, easily outpolled Inslee in Okanogan, Douglas and Grant counties.

Chelan County also favored Attorney General Bob Ferguson, as did Okanogan County, while Douglas and Grant Counties were two of only seven counties statewide where Republican nominee Matt Larkin received more votes than Ferguson.

8th District Democratic Congresswoman Doctor Kim Schrier won every county in her district but her Republican opponent in the general election has yet to be decided. Former Amazon and Microsoft executive Jesse Jensen leads Seattle police officer Keith Swank by only 48 votes for a place on the general election ballot. Swank was favored in both Chelan and Douglas counties. Schrier had her biggest support in King County.

A Mansfield man is charged with rape after a woman allegedly escaped from a trailer where he handcuffed and sexually assaulted her. Riley Jay Kalk, who’s 65, is accused of keeping the woman captive and raping her at gunpoint, after offering to let her stay in an RV on the 20 acres he owns near the Columbia Bluffs.

Douglas County sheriff’s deputies say the woman slipped away when he unchained her and drove with her to the Chelan Walmart on Saturday. Kalk has a criminal history, and in 2010 he was sentenced to 31 months in prison for illegally owning firearms.

Deputies said when they investigated his property, they found 10 more illicit firearms. Prosecutors charged Kalk yesterday with first-degree rape, unlawful imprisonment, and unlawful firearm possession. He’s held in the Okanogan County Jail.

143 firefighting personnel have been able to slow the spread of the Chikamin Fire burning high on an Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest ridge about 13 miles northeast of Lake Wenatchee.

Battling steep terrain, crews have been doing burnouts, removing brush, digging lines, dropping water and steering the blaze onto areas already burned in the 2015 Wolverine Fire.

The lightning-caused fire broke out last Friday afternoon and numerous roads and trails in the area have been shut down during the firefighting effort.

Coming up next, Okanogan County health officials are trying to track down people who attended a camping event north of the town of Methow last month to let them know they may have been exposed to COVID-19. We’re just weeks away from the start of the school year in north central Washington, and, it’s sure to be a school year like no other, conducted entirely online, and, The Chelan County PUD held a virtual groundbreaking today for its new headquarters in Olds Station. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Okanogan County health officials are trying to track down people who attended a camping event north of the town of Methow last month to let them know they may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Okanogan County Public Health says the event Friday, July 24th and Saturday July 25th, on private property involved more than 100 people from all over the state. Community Health Director Lauri Jones there were people in attendance who should have been self-isolating. Anyone who was at the camping event is being asked to contact Okanogan Public Health at 509-422-7140.

We’re just weeks away from the start of the school year in north central Washington, and, it’s sure to be a school year like no other, conducted entirely online so long as COVID-19 remains a serious threat. Last night the Wenatchee School District held an online townhall for parents and community members. About 330 observers joined the livestream to tour the virtual classrooms that will start up August 26th. Here is how it will look. . .

The Chelan County PUD held a virtual groundbreaking today for its new headquarters in Olds Station. The PUD will be moving out of its downtown Wenatchee building into a new facility probably beginning in late 2022. . .

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp held a large election night rally Tuesday night near the Plain area despite statewide mandates against large group gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.

The event was called the insubordinate victory rally and included live music, food and an appearance from Culp himself as the election returns came in. Following Tuesday’s primary, Culp will face-off against incumbent Governor Jay Inslee in November.

Hundreds of people attended the rally, going against Inslee’s mandate against large gatherings of people to slow the spread of COVID-19. In Chelan County, which is in modified Phase 1 of Washington’s Safe Start plan, gatherings of more than five people are banned. In tonight’s feature story, event organizers said the rally was meant for those who support Culp’s run for governor to, QUOTE, “exercise [their] freedom.”, UNQUOTE. Here’s a look. . .

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.

Mike Trout took some time off for the birth of he and his wife Jessica’s first child last week…

Beckham Aaron Trout was born on July 30th.  The baby boy weighed 7-pounds, 10-ounces and was 20-and-three-quarters inches long.  So, what does Daddy do on his first game back?

It was one of two, first-inning home runs given up by Seattle starter Justin Dunn as the Angels went on for the 5-3 victory…

Dunn threw 37-pitches in the first inning and lasted four total, allowing 3-runs on 3-hits with 4-strikeouts and 4-walks.  Manager Scott Servais said he was hoping LA’s all-star center fielder wouldn’t be back to form on his first day back…

Kyle Lewis made a great play in the top of the 7th inning, robbing Jason Castro of a home run…

Dylan Moore led the way offensively for Seattle with a double in the 3rd and a solo home run in the 7th

Seattle will try to snap a 4-game losing streak tonight against the Angels at T-Mobile Park.  Marco Gonzales will face Julio Teheran (HOO-leo tey-RON) at 6:40pm.

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

George Springer’s 2-run double highlighted a 5-run 5th inning as Houston beat Arizona 8-to-2.  Alex Correa also went 3-for-3 with a solo home run as the Astros improved to 6-and-4.

Stephen Piscotty’s walk-off, grand slam home run in the bottom of the 9th gave Oakland a 5-1 win over Texas.

The A’s lead over the Astros is a half-game in the A-L West.  Seattle slips to last place, now 3-and-a-half games back.

As the Seahawks begin training camp, several questions loom regarding the health of big players on offense.  Rashaad Penny has been rehabbing a knee injury suffered late last season and Will Dissly has been trying to come back from a patellar tear.

Coach Pete Carroll says Penny is a wait-and-see situation with the running back coming into camp later this week…

Carroll was much more confident about the return of tight end Will Dissly.  He said the University of Washington grad has worked feverishly to get back with the team and contribute this season…

We’ll hear from Coach Carroll tomorrow about how excited he is to have safety Jamal Adams on the team and what he expects from second year wide receiver DK Metcalf.  The Seahawks are 39-days away from their first game of the season at Atlanta.

Thanks Eric. Recapping tonight’s top story. . .

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.