NCWLIFE Evening News January 18th, 2021

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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 Moses Lake man will spend 20 years in federal prison and the rest of his life on probation for producing child pornography. The Chelan-Douglas Health District on Friday attributed three more deaths to COVID-19. That raises the total number of those lost to the virus in the Wenatchee Valley to 47, and, After having five patients test positive for COVID-19, Lake Chelan Community Hospital will temporarily stop admitting new patients and allowing visitors.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A 34-year-old suspect was jailed early Monday after police said he fired a single shot from a handgun toward a bystander in the 300 block of Fuller Street.

Police say Roberto Arellano was caught on surveillance video as he fired from his residence toward another man who was in a nearby parking lot about 3:09 a.m. Arellano surrendered when Wenatchee police came to his house, and faces a possible charge of first-degree assault. No one was hurt and the motivation behind the shooting is still under investigation. Anyone with information about the crime is encouraged to contact the Wenatchee Police Department.

A Moses Lake man will spend 20 years in federal prison and the rest of his life on probation for producing child pornography. 47-year-old Juan Rivera conspired with a California woman, demanding and receiving explicit images of her 11-year-old child.

Police and federal agents arrested Rivera in 2018. The woman in the case was convicted and sentenced in California. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Spokane said Rivera is a citizen of Mexico who’s been deported from the United States twice since 2003.

The Chelan-Douglas Health District on Friday attributed three more deaths to COVID-19. That raises the total number of those lost to the virus in the Wenatchee Valley to 47. All three were male Chelan County residents, one in his 50s, one in his 80s and one in his 90s. Health officials continue to urge social distancing, hand-washing and the use of a facial mask when in public, to help prevent the spread of the disease.

After having five patients test positive for COVID-19, Lake Chelan Community Hospital will temporarily stop admitting new patients and allowing visitors. The hospital announced Friday that all the patients that tested positive have been placed in isolation and any staff members who had contact with those patients are being tested.

Lake Chelan Health said the Emergency Department will remain open but will be limited to only a person seeking emergency services and possibly a support person. Lake Chelan Health also suspended rehab services, including physical, speech and occupational therapy.

Coming up next, Pybus Public Market will reopen its indoor concourse Monday for indoor seating at 25 percent capacity. Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp has withdrawn his lawsuit alleging vote fraud in his loss of the 2020 election to incumbent Gov. Jay Inslee. Wenatchee physician Dr. Mabel Bodell and the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center are the winners of this year’s Civil Rights & Social Justice Awards, and, Residents have until February 12th to comment on an environmental assessment for the Upper Wenatchee Pilot Project. . .We’ll tell you more about that.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Pybus Public Market will reopen its indoor concourse Monday for indoor seating at 25 percent capacity.

In a press release Friday, Pybus said after Governor Jay Inslee announced his latest phased approach to reopening, Pybus staff met with the Liquor and Cannabis Control Board and determined they met the new requirements to operate as an open-air establishment. Pybus businesses that will reopened today are Fire, Ice, Café Columbia, The Cheesemonger’s Shop, Jones of Washington for wine tasting and McGregor Farms for mead tasting.

Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp has withdrawn his lawsuit alleging vote fraud in his loss of the 2020 election to incumbent Gov. Jay Inslee.

Culp’s attorney withdrew the suit Friday from King County Superior Court “with prejudice,” meaning it cannot be refiled. The former Republic police chief won a majority of votes over Inslee in many rural Washington counties including Northcentral Washington, but ultimately got only 43 percent statewide. His lawsuit alleged that duplicate ballots, outdated records and dead people casting votes contributed to his loss, but he provided no evidence, and Secretary of State Kim Wyman said the election was conducted above-board.

Wenatchee physician Dr. Mabel Bodell and the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center are the winners of this year’s Civil Rights & Social Justice Awards. The honors are given each year by the city of Wenatchee.

The museum won its award for its Social Justice Series, in which panelists tackle issues such as racism, affordable housing, and health disparities in the pandemic. Bodell, a nephrologist with Confluence Health, spent much of 2020 creating educational online content to help Wenatchee’s Spanish-language community prepare for the COVID-19 crisis. Here is Wenatchee Mayor Frank Kuntz presenting Dr. Bodell with her award. . .

Residents have until February 12th to comment on an environmental assessment for the Upper Wenatchee Pilot Project, a wildland restoration program that would use prescribed burning on 74,000 acres of public land north of Leavenworth. The project aims to reduce wildfire risks in the future, and there’ll be

a 5 p.m. virtual meeting on Wednesday to share information. Wenatchee River District Ranger Jeff Rivera discussed the program with Cascadia Conservation District. . .

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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The people who keep you safe when skiing at central Washington’s biggest snow resort want better working conditions.

Stevens Pass Mountain Resort hasn’t struck a contract with its patrol workers since they unionized almost two years ago, and on Saturday, the patrollers turned to the public for support. NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins tells us more. . .

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.

The final four are set in the NFL playoffs after the Divisional round over the weekend…

Aaron Rodgers threw for 296-yards and two touchdowns and ran for another while Aaron Jones rushed for 99-yards and a score as Green Bay beat the L-A Rams 32-18.  The game was played in front of 8,456-fans at Lambeau Field.  Afterwards, Rodgers said it sounded like 50-thousand when the Packers ran out of the tunnel.

Buffalo’s defense rose to the occasion Saturday as the Bills knocked off Baltimore 17-to-3.  Taron Johnson returned an interception 101-yards for a touchdown in the 3rd quarter to propel Buffalo back to the AFC Title game for the first time in 27-years.  Raven’s quarterback Lamar Jackson was sacked three times and missed the 4th quarter after sustaining a concussion on the final play of the 3rd quarter.

Patrick Mahomes went down in the 3rd quarter with a concussion but Kansas City hung on for a 22-17 win over Cleveland Sunday.  The Chiefs defense forced a Browns punt with 4:23 left and 35-year old backup quarterback Chad Henne (hen-ee) helped seal the victory.  Henne scrambled for 13-yards on 3rd and 14, then hit Tyreek Hill on 4th and 1 to allow KC to run out the clock.  The Chiefs become the first team in history to host three-consecutive AFC Championships.

Tom Brady and the Buccaneer’s offense turned three of four New Orleans turnovers into touchdowns and Tampa Bay beat the Saints 30-to-20 last night.  It may have been the final game in Drew Brees’ career, and one he’d like to forget.  The 42-year old was 19-for-35 for 134-yards and three interceptions to go with one touchdown.  Brady finished 18-of-33 for 199-yards with two touchdowns passing and one running.

And then there were four.  The Conference Championships are set for this Sunday as Tampa Bay will play at Green Bay for the George Halas Trophy at 12:05 on FOX.  The AFC Title game will feature Buffalo at Kansas City for the Lamar Hunt Trophy.  That game will kick off at 3:40 Sunday afternoon on CBS.

Checking the Les Schwab college basketball scoreboard from the weekend…

Corey Kispert led four players in double-figures as Gonzaga powered past Saint Mary’s 73-59.  Joel Ayayi chipped in 16 while Drew Timme and Jalen Suggs each had 14 to keep the No. 1 Bulldog’s record perfect at 14-and-oh.

Washington blew a 10-point halftime lead and fell at UCLA 81-76 Saturday.  Quade Green (CAW-DAY) led the Huskies with 25-points as Washington fell to 1-and-11 on the season, oh-and-7 in Pac-12 play.

Isaac Bonton scored 27-points but Washington State couldn’t keep pace with USC, falling to the Trojans 85-77 Saturday night.  The Cougars committed 15-turnovers as they saw their Pac-12 record fall to 2-and-4.

On the women’s college scoreboard, Hailey Van Lith scored 15-points to help Louisville to an 84-56 blowout win over Florida State.  The No. 2 Cardinals will most likely take over the No. 1 ranking after unranked Colorado knocked off top-ranked Stanford in overtime Sunday 77-72.

Washington State took UCLA into overtime Sunday, but fell to the Bruins 68-66.  Charlisse Leger-Walker (ledger) led WSU with 18-points as the No. 25 Cougars nearly knocked off the 8th-ranked Bruins.

Coach Kamie Ethridge says she just needs to get it in her team’s heads that they deserve to be ranked and can play against the upper echelon teams…

Kayleigh Truong scored 17-points to lead a balanced Gonzaga attack as the No. 20 Bulldogs beat San Francisco Saturday 76-52.  The Gonzaga women remain unbeaten in West Coast Conference play at 7-and-oh, 12-and-2 on the season.

There were only two games on the ice in the NHL Sunday as we check the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Pittsburgh earned its first win of the young season in a 4-3 shootout over Washington.

After a scoreless first period, Florida scored two in the second and added three more in the third to outpace Chicago 5-to-2.

The NHL schedule got underway with a morning game in Detroit where the Red Wings hosted Columbus.  The visitors came out on top of that one 3-2.

Also today, Boston skates at New York.  Winnipeg is at Toronto.  Philadelphia hosts Buffalo.  San Jose skates at St. Louis.  Nashville entertains Carolina.  Minnesota tries to remain unbeaten at Anaheim.  Calgary welcomes Vancouver.  Montreal travels to Edmonton.  And Los Vegas hosts Phoenix.

As the Seahawks search for a new offensive coordinator to replace Brian Schottenheimer, their franchise quarterback isn’t shy about his opinion on the matter.  Russell Wilson says he hopes to help find the team’s new O-C.  Was he in favor of Schottenheimer being let go?

Various names have emerged as a possible replacement for Schottenheimer in Seattle.  They include former Eagles head coach Doug Pederson; former Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn; Chargers offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton; and Seahawks passing game coordinator Dave Canales.

Russell Wilson says he’d like to see the decision made as soon as possible so he can start working with the O-C on next year’s Seattle offense.

Thanks Eric.

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.