Cases of COVID in our area are still high but seems to be slowing . .
Luke Davies of the Chelan-Douglas Health District gives an update about the omicron variant . .
And the man who wounded a Grant County Deputy during a robbery spree was sentenced this week.
Highway 28 head-on-Highway 28 outside East Wenatchee was blocked in both directions much of this morning after a head-on collision that hospitalized two people with serious injuries. The Washington State Patrol says the wreck was caused by an impaired driver. Trooper John Bryant said a driver and passenger were injured, with both transported to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. The 10:20 a.m. accident about two miles south of East Wenatchee involved a 2017 Ford Focus and a 2002 Pontiac Bonneville. Bryant said he has no information yet on which was the causing vehicle and which occupants were injured.
At close to the same time, a box truck rolled on its side on Highway 28 near Crescent Bar. Bryant said the driver suffered minor injuries in that accident and traffic was able to get around box truck using a shoulder.
COVID numbers-Though the number of new COVID-19 cases in Chelan and Douglas counties set another record high this week, the growth in the numbers appears to have slowed. The Chelan-Douglas Health District reported Thursday that the rate of new cases has jumped to 2,725 per 100,000 residents over the previous two weeks. That’s up from 2,545 new cases per 100,000 population reported last week. The new case rate had been at least doubling each of the previous three weeks.
The high numbers coincide with the arrival of the omicron variant of the virus and a huge demand for testing locally.
Tracking of the numbers has also been complicated by the number of home tests being taken. When the health district distributes home tests they include instructions to report any positive tests. But with home tests now available in stores, as well as distributed by the federal government and soon the state tracking new cases is likely to get more difficult.
The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 is not seeing the same surge. On Thursday, Confluence Health reported there are 29 people at Central Washington Hospital with COVID-19, seven of those in the intensive care unit. The number hospitalized has been consistently in the low 30s or high 20s for several weeks now.
Davies interview Part 2Chelan-Douglas Health District Administrator Luke Davies said the omicron variant of COVID-19 sweeping through the community has thus far proven to be less severe than previous variants. In part 2 of my interview with Davies he talks about what we currently know about omicron.
Holdup sentence – The man arrested for robbing three Grant County businesses and wounding a sheriff’s deputy during a chase was sentenced to 42 years in prison. 26-year-old Jesus Torres Jr. held up three convenience stores in Moses Lake and Royal City at gunpoint in November 2020, and opened fire when police began pursuing him through Ephrata. One deputy was shot in the foot during that incident. Torres has already begun serving his term at the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton. He still must stand trial in Douglas County for allegedly robbing BJ’s Shell Station in Rock Island during the same crime spree.
Trails in Douglas County Superior Court are off until at least April . .
A small fire in Manson yesterday shut down the main street through town . .
Bighorn sheep around Lake Chelan will soon be wearing tracking collars
And construction of a new fire station in Rock Island is underway
Douglas trial halt – Criminal trials in Douglas County are once again on pause while the region deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. Superior Court Judge Brian Huber signed an order two weeks ago canceling all trials through January 31st. Yesterday, he extended the order through March 31st. The last time trials in Waterville were deferred was in the early stages of the pandemic, beginning in early 2020. They did not resume for a full year. Huber’s order says the key problem is lack of spacing in the courtroom and chambers for jurors to practice safe social distancing.
Manson fire-Traffic in downtown Manson was diverted Thursday afternoon as firefighters respond to a fire at Sunset Bar and Grill on Wapato Way. The Manson Volunteer Fire Association said the 2:20 p.m. fire was actually in an apartment above and behind the business. Firefighters were quickly able to suppress the fire and reopen Wapato Way before using ventilation fans to clear smoke from the building. Sunset Bar & Grill closed Thursday but was scheduled to reopen today. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
Bighorn roundup – Another roundup is forthcoming from the Department of Fish and Wildlife. This time, wildlife managers are setting out to catch and collar 10 bighorn sheep from the Manson herd, which ranges on the north shore of Lake Chelan. It’s one of three Washington herds targeted for the project, which aims to assess their health as bighorns struggle with a deadly form of bacterial pneumonia, transmitted to them from domestic herds. The radio collars will help wildlife agents track migration, and detect changes caused by disease or other factors. The catch-collar-and-release program is scheduled to start before the end of this month.
Rock Island fire station-Douglas County Fire District 2 broke ground Thursday on its new 9,900-square-foot fire station in Rock Island. Kay McKellar said the Rock Island Fire Station will take nine to 10 months to complete and will have three apparatus bays and six room for sleeping and eating. Two-full time firefighters will man the station, in addition to volunteers. The contract for the construction was awarded in 2020 to HB Hansen Construction out of Lynden for just under $3.6 million.
Hawkins Hwy2 – Small-town mayors along the Highway 2 corridor lined up this week to support a bill put forward by State Senator Brad Hawkins. Senate Bill 5603 would direct the Department of Transportation to study traffic flow from Wenatchee to Monroe, and suggest improvements with inputs from communities along the route. Here’s what the mayors had to say in a remote hearing Monday of the Senate Transportation Committee.
The Wenatchee Wild got back on the ice and back in the win column last night at the Town Toyota Center, downing Cranbrook 3-2 in BCHL play…
After a scoreless first period, Wenatchee got on the board in the second on goals by Travis Bohnet and Ean Samoza. Sean Zears had the call for Hockey TV…
Cade Littler added what proved to be the game-winner 36-seconds into the third and Wenatchee went on for the 3-2 victory.
The two teams play again tonight at 7:05 followed by a road game for the Wild in West Kelowna Saturday at 7.
Make it two in a row for the Seattle Kraken…
Seattle fought back after a sluggish start to beat San Jose 3-2 at Climate Pledge Arena. After falling behind, Carson Soucy (SUE-SEE) lit the lamp twice to put the Kraken up for good…
Seattle’s back in the ice tonight at 7 o’clock against St. Louis before hosting Florida Sunday at 6. You can watch the action on ROOT Sports.
Turning to the Les Schwab Women’s Basketball Scoreboard…
Louisville had a complete meltdown in the 4th quarter as N-C State outscored the Cardinals 31-to-8 in the final frame to win 68-59. Hailey Van Lith had 13-points in the game.
Cierra Walker had 15-points to lead Gonzaga past Portland 68-59.
Sacramento State downed Eastern Washington 59-49.
Coming up tonight, Washington hosts Oregon at 7. Tomorrow, Eastern’s at Northern Colorado at 1 while Gonzaga travels to Saint Mary’s.
Louisville is back home against Wake Forest Sunday morning at 11 while the Huskies host the Beavers at Noon.
It wasn’t easy for Gonzaga last night, but the top-ranked Bulldogs beat San Francisco 78-62. Drew Timme had 23-points while Chet Holmgren chipped in 22. Highlights courtesy of Gonzaga Athletics…
In other action last night, Rylan Bergersen had 15-points as all five Eastern starters were in double-figures as the Eagles beat Sacramento State 75-62.
Washington got 27-points from Terrell Brown, Jr. and 16 from Eddie Matthews, Jr. in an 82-72 win over Oregon State.
Coming up tomorrow, Northern Colorado visits Eastern Washington at 2. Washington State and Oregon State were postponed by COVID. Washington will travel to Oregon Sunday at 7 on the Pac-12 Network.
We had some fun broadcasting wrestling last night here on the NCWLIFE Channel…
Wenatchee took care of Eastmont 52-21. They saved the best match for last as Wenatchee’s Vincent Goforth took on Eastmont’s Juan Martinez Gonzalez. We pick it up in the 3rd round with Goforth leading 4-1. Eric Granstrom had the call here on the NCWLIFE Channel…
Wenatchee gets the team win 52-21. Also last night, it was Sunnyside downing Moses Lake 58-15 and Ephrata edging Grandview 46-33.
Coming up tonight, Moses Lake hosts West Valley at 5 followed by Eastmont at 7. Tomorrow, Cascade at 16 other schools are in Prosser for a tournament at 9. Brewster, Cashmere, Chelan, Manson, Okanogan, Omak and 12 other schools are in Quincy for a tournament at 10 o’clock.
In the pool yesterday…
Moses Lake topped Eastmont 138-to-41. Wenatchee beat West Valley 110-to-47. Today, Eastmont hosts the 11-Dive meet getting underway at Noon at the Eastmont Aquatic Center.
On the Les Schwab Prep Boys Basketball Scoreboard from last night…
Eisenhower and Wenatchee were a late scratch. Lake Roosevelt edged Brewster 74-70. Okanogan topped Warden 71-29. Moses Lake Christian beat up Pateros 8-to-36. Entiat edge Wilson Creek 44-31. Bridgeport won by forfeit over Cascade Christian.
On the girl’s scoreboard, Warden edge Okanogan 49-40. Moses Lake Christian got by Pateros 53-38. Entiat topped Wilson Creek 36-24. Bridgeport beat Cascade Christian 56-27.
Coming up in girls play tonight, Omak hosts Okanogan and Cashmere travels to Chelan at 5:45. The 6 o’clock games have Brewster at Tonasket; Waterville-Mansfield in Soap Lake; Manson hosting Liberty Bell; and Ellensburg visiting Ephrata.
On the girl’s schedule for Saturday, Cashmere hosts Cle Elum at 3:45. Waterville-Mansfield hosts Manson at 4. The Entiat girls visit Liberty Bell at 4:30. Moses Lake hosts Sunnyside at 4:45. Bridgeport travels to Lake Roosevelt at 6.
In boys basketball tonight, Quincy’s at Cascade at 5:45. Tonasket takes on Brewster at 6 while Waterville-Mansfield is at Soap Lake and Manson hosts Liberty Bell. Okanogan and Omak get underway at 7:15 while Cashmere visits Chelan. Ephrata hosts Ellensburg tonight at 7:30.
Tomorrow’s boys play starts at 4 o’clock when Waterville-Mansfield hosts Manson. Entiat tips at Liberty Bell at 4:30. Wenatchee hosts West Valley at 4:45. Quincy’s in Wapato at 6 while Bridgeport visits Lake Roosevelt. Sunnyside and Moses Lake get underway at 6:30.
Finally, the Divisional round of the NFL playoffs are this weekend…
Cincinnati plays at Tennessee tomorrow at 1:30 on CBS. That’s followed at 5:15 by San Francisco and Green Bay at Lambeau Field on FOX.
Sunday’s action starts at Noon on NBC when Tampa Bay hosts Los Angeles. Buffalo plays at Kansas City Sunday at 3:30 on CBS.
(Dan closed the news)