NCWLIFE Evening News August 7th, 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, Eight fitness centers in the Yakima area and a tanning salon in Kennewick were fined this week by the state for operating in violation of Governor Jay Inslee’s Safe Start orders. There are still ballots left to be counted but it appears Republican Jesse Jensen will be U.S. Representative Kim Schrier’s opponent in the November election for the 8th Congressional District seat, and, National Night Out was to have been held this past Tuesday but the annual day of connecting community and local law enforcement was yet another causality of the COVID-19 pandemic.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A man had to be extricated from his vehicle Wednesday night after crashing 75 yards down an embankment north of Bridgeport. Douglas County Undersheriff Tyler Caille said the unidentified man in his late 20s or early 30s had earlier been reported for speeding on Bridgeport Hill Road.

The man was taken by LifeFlight to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee where he was treated and released. About 9:30 p.m., a deputy investigating the speeding report saw what appeared to be fresh skid marks on the road and followed those until he saw the vehicle down the tree- and brush-covered embankment. Because of extensive damage to the car, Douglas County Fire District 5 personnel had to use extrication equipment to remove the man, which took until about 10:40 p.m. Deputies are investigating a possible DI charge.

Eight fitness centers in the Yakima area and a tanning salon in Kennewick were fined this week by the state for operating in violation of Governor Jay Inslee’s Safe Start orders. The fines totaled more than $77,000 for the fitness centers and $9,639 for the tanning salon.

Anytime Fitness in Selah was fined for the second time by L and I. The business has appealed its July 1st fine.

Slidewaters waterpark in Chelan is the only other business in the state to have been fined by L and I. That $9,639 fine also has been appealed. L and I’s Tim Church said the department isn’t necessarily stepping up its enforcement of Inslee’s order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic but following a process that takes some time. Church said Friday that when the department receives complaints the potential violators are contacted by phone or email then issued a cease and desist order. If they still refuse to comply an investigation is opened. He said most businesses stop voluntarily.

There are still ballots left to be counted but it appears Republican Jesse Jensen will be U.S. Representative Kim Schrier’s opponent in the November election for the 8th Congressional District seat.

After Tuesday’s primary election count, Jensen led fellow Republican Keith Swank by only 58 votes in the five-county district. As more ballots were counted Jensen’s lead grew to 1,080 votes on Wednesday and 2,421 votes on Thursday.

Schrier, who flipped the seat to Democrats in 2018, easily outdistanced all eight candidates on the primary ballot as she seeks her second term.

National Night Out was to have been held this past Tuesday but the annual day of connecting community and local law enforcement was yet another causality of the COVID-19 pandemic. But that didn’t stop the people of North Central Washington from extending their thanks Tuesday.

In Wenatchee, that came in the form of people stopping by outside the police station, bringing goodies, cards, letters and other tokens of appreciation for the officers.

That included a new piece of artwork for the station provided by retired Corporal Guy Milner.

Young volunteers also kept a tally of cars that honked their support as they drove by the station, with more than 600 honks recorded.

Coming up next, Students across NCW will start school remotely in coming weeks. But when they return to their buildings, daily at-home health checks will be recommended before starting the school day. Chelan County is exploring ways to adapt to climate change, and you can contribute to the plan, and, the father of actor Rainn Wilson, Robert G. Wilson, the East Wenatchee painter and supporter of arts in the Wenatchee Valley, has died.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Students across NCW will start school remotely in coming weeks. But when they return to their buildings, daily at-home health checks will be recommended before starting the school day. That’s why Cascade School District and Cascade Medical Center in Leavenworth want each student household to have a thermometer on hand.

Fever is often an early symptom of COVID-19, so a fundraising drive is on to raise $3,000 to buy and distribute 1,000 home thermometers, in partnership with Upper Valley MEND. If you’d like to donate, you can make your contribution through the Cascade Medical Foundation’s Facebook page.

Chelan County is exploring ways to adapt to climate change, and you can contribute to the plan.

The Climate Resilience Workshop takes place remotely on Wednesday, with an overview of the county’s draft strategy to mitigate climate impacts related to wildfire, water supply, floods, snowpack, and streamflow. The project is being coordinated through the county’s Natural Resources department. You can register through Eventbrite at the address on your screen. The Zoom workshop starts at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Robert G. Wilson, the East Wenatchee painter and supporter of arts in the Wenatchee Valley, has died.

Wilson, an author as well as an artist, grew up in the Northwest and lived in New York and elsewhere before settling in East Wenatchee with his wife Carla in 2012. He was also known for being the father of popular actor Rainn Wilson who starred in the popular tv series, The Office. Last year he discussed his inspirations in a profile for NCWLIFE Magazine. . .

Wilson died Monday at Central Washington Hospital after complications from heart surgery. He was 78 years old.

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. . .

The summer of COVID-19 has also been the summer of social justice, with major local demonstrations including Black Lives Matter.

Now, after a series of five rallies in the Columbia Basin, the March Against Farmworker Exploitation arrives in Wenatchee next Saturday, August 15th. 26-year-old Eduardo Cardenas of Quincy is a political candidate for the 13th Legislative District, and an organizer of the demonstrations. 19-year-old Xavier Martinez is a Princeton student from Wenatchee, coordinating the local effort. In tonight’s feature story, they spoke with NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins. . .

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.

There will be no football this fall for Eastern Washington University or the rest of the Big Sky Conference…

Presidents of the 13-school conference voted Thursday to not pursue a fall football season due to coronavirus concerns, postponing the 2020 season to the spring of 2021.

Similar to the high school football plan in Washington, the Big Sky will start a conference-only schedule as early as February.

Eastern Washington was set to begin practice next week.  The rest of the fall sports schedule is still under review.

Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval is back to racing this weekend at the quarter-mile asphalt track up on Fancher Heights with Les Schwab Night at the races…

Racing Saturday night will feature the Jerry’s Auto Supply Pro Late Models and Glenn Knutson; the Mountain Dew Jr. Late Models with drivers 11-to-15 years of age; the Dick’s Heating and Air Conditioning Thunder Cars; the always-wild and crazy Plumb Perfect Roadrunners; and the Bandoleros featuring drivers as young as 8-years old!

So far, 44 drivers and teams have signed up to race in the 5 classes this weekend.  There is a practice session tonight at 5 o’clock.  Practice starts Saturday at 2:40.  Our LIVE coverage on NCWLIFE begins at 6 o’clock as the Pro Late Models qualify. 

Join Eric Granstrom and Greg Rentz for all the action on television here on channel 12 or Charter channel 19, LIVE on our website at NCWLIFE dot com, or on our Facebook stream.

The Seattle Seahawks are apparently shopping around for more help defensively…

The NFL Network’s Mile Silver tweeted yesterday morning that “the Seahawks appear to have moved on from Jadeveon Clowney, who wants more than they’re will to pay, the team has interest in two veteran free-agent pass rushers:  LB Clay Matthews and DE Everson Griffen.  A deal could happen soon.”

Matthews is an 11-year veteran who played last year with the Rams.  Griffen is coming off a Pro Bowl season a year ago for the Vikings.  Both played for coach Pete Carroll at USC.

Meanwhile, Seattle cornerback Quinton Dunbar got some great news today…

Dunbar’s lawyer told the Miami Herald that Dunbar will not face prosecution in the armed robbery case brought against him, due to insufficient evidence. As a result, the Broward State Attorney’s Office has dropped all charges against Dunbar.

Dunbar still faces the hurdle of being put on the NFL Commissioner’s exempt list as it investigates the matter.  If he’s removed from that list, he can join the Seahawks in training camp.

The new was not so good for the other one involved in the armed robbery.  New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker still faces four counts of robbery with a firearm.  If convicted Baker will face a mandatory minimum of 10 years and up to life.

As Seattle continues training camp, all eyes are focused on the second season of wide receiver DK Metcalf.  The 6-foot-4, 229-pound second-round draft pick out of Mississippi wowed the NFL last year with jaw-dropping catches and incredible physical strength.

Coach Pete Carroll says there’s no reason DK won’t improve even more in his second season…

Metcalf said he learned a lot by watching and mimicking the veterans around him last year and hopes to take another step forward this season…

Metcalf and the rest of the Seahawks are working towards a scrimmage at CenturyLink Field August 22nd since there will be no preseason games this year.

The Mariners wrapped up their series with Los Angeles yesterday at T-Mobile Park, dropping a 6-1 decision…

Tiajuan Walker got roughed up for 4-runs on 3-hits in 3-and-2/3rds, giving up a home run to Shohei Ohtani while walking three and striking out three.

Daniel Vogelbach hit his first home run of the year on a solo shot in the 4th…

Colorado comes to town to begin a 3-game weekend series tonight at 6:40. Yusei Kikuchi will go up against the Rocky’s Antonio Senzatela.

On the Les Schwab American League West Scoreboard…

Mark Canha’s 2-run single highlighted a 4-run 4th as Oakland beat Texas 6-4.

Kole Calhoun’s walk-off two-run double in the bottom of the 9th gave Arizona a come-from-behind 5-4 win over Houston.

The A’s lead in the West is now 2-and-a-half games over the Astros.  Seattle is 4-and-a-half games back of Oakland in 4th.

Here’s a reminder of what’s on the sports broadcast schedule for this weekend on NCWLIFE Channel…

There’s West Coast League baseball on tonight as the Wenatchee AppleSox take on the Portland Pickles at Paul Thomas, Sr. Stadium at 6:30.

Eastmont and Wenatchee boys soccer is featured tomorrow at 2 followed by LIVE racing action from Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval at 6.

Then on Sunday, we start things off with Big-9 volleyball from last October between Wenatchee and Moses Lake at 2.  Then at 7, it’s Big-9 football from September of 2017 as Eastmont hosts West Valley in a Great Game of our Past.

Thanks Eric.

A man had to be extricated from his vehicle Wednesday night after crashing 75 yards down an embankment north of Bridgeport. Douglas County Undersheriff Tyler Caille said the unidentified man in his late 20s or early 30s had earlier been reported for speeding on Bridgeport Hill Road.

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 night.