NCWLIFE Evening News July 16th, 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, A pickup hit a motorcyclist on Highway 28 near the Crescent Bar turnoff just after 9:00 this morning. A local attorney is trying to suppress access to his wife’s phone in a National Park domestic violence case, and, The Apple Blossom Festival officially announced yesterday there will be no celebration this year.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Firefighters spent about three hours putting out an attic fire in a Wenatchee home Wednesday evening.

The residents of the home in the 100 block of North Emerson Avenue were able to escape without injury after noticing smoke coming from the ceiling about 8:40 p.m. Chelan County Fire District One spokeswoman Kay McKellar said fighting the fire was complicated by the fact the home had three attics, with two being part of additions to the 1920s-era home in the 1970s.

The fire was contained to mostly the roof and attics. The cause of the fire is under investigation. While fighting that fire, firefighters received a report of a brush fire in the 41-hundred block of Stemilt Creek Road. McKellar said Chelan and Douglas County crews spend about an hour-and-a-half scouring the area but found no fire.

A pickup hit a motorcyclist on Highway 28 near the Crescent Bar turnoff just after 9:00 this morning, injuring the rider, 20-year-old Tyler Capps of Malaga.

The pickup being driven by 42-year-old Daniel Creveling of Twisp, and motorcycle were both traveling east when the truck apparently hit the motorcycle from behind. Trooper John Bryant of the Washington State Patrol said the truck ended up on top of the motorcycle. Capps suffered deep lacerations to his leg and arm but no life-threatening injuries. He was transported to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. Bryant said no citations have yet been issued.

An East Wenatchee attorney and his wife want to suppress evidence on her cell phone in a federal domestic violence case.

Paul S. Kube, who’s 55, is accused of striking his wife while they were camping last September in Yosemite National Park, which makes the incident a federal offense. U.S. attorneys say Kube’s wife refused to be photographed by park rangers who investigated the case, and photographs and texts on her phone could show any injuries. Kube’s attorneys say the phone belong to him, and any search would be an invasion of privacy. No trial date is set. A Douglas County domestic violence case against Kube was dismissed in February, in part because his spouse had no clear memory of how she received a broken nose in July 2019.

The Apple Blossom Festival officially announced Wednesday there will be no celebration this year.

Organizers of the annual Wenatchee festival had held out hope for a shortened version of the festival, possibly in August. They then began looking at a possible September harvest festival. But festival Administrator Darci Christoferson said QUOTE, Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and still being in Phase 1.5 we cannot foresee this happening, UNQUOTE. The 101st Washington State Apple Blossom Festival was scheduled to start April 23rd this year but was postponed as the state responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. Christoferson said the Apple Blossom board and staff will now turn its attention toward preparation for the 2021 festival.

Coming up next, Superintendents from three area school districts will hold a Zoom Q&A session later this month to discuss the districts’ plans for school this fall. Douglas County’s main government building in East Wenatchee was ordered closed yesterday through today for cleaning, after an employee there tested positive for COVID-19, and, Slidewaters at Lake Chelan has already appealed a federal case against Gov. Jay Inslee that it lost on Tuesday. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Superintendents from three area school districts will hold a Zoom Q&A session at noon, July 27th to discuss the districts’ plans for school this fall.

Hosted by the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center, the discussion will include superintendents from the Wenatchee, Eastmont and Cascade school districts. It will be available to view live on Zoom and the museum’s Facebook page.

Questions for the superintendents can be submitted in advance to info-at-wvmcc-dot-org. School districts throughout the state are developing plans for a fall return to classroom learning after being shut down by Governor Jay Inslee since March 23rd.

Douglas County’s main government building in East Wenatchee was ordered closed yesterday through today for cleaning, after an employee there tested positive for COVID-19.

The Transportation and Land Services Building at 140 19th Street Northwest handles county road infrastructure, community development, building permits and other functions. Officials say they became aware Wednesday of an employee infected with the virus. About 40 people work at the site. The building has offered only limited in-person services since the pandemic began in March. Those services should resume Friday morning.

Slidewaters at Lake Chelan has already appealed a federal case against Gov. Jay Inslee that it lost on Tuesday.

A federal judge in Spokane dismissed the park’s lawsuit against Inslee and the Department of Labor and Industries, seeking to stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic. The park has been operating anyway since June 20, and the state wants a court injunction to shut it down.

But Slidewaters’ appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court could mean no final resolution to the case until at least September. Meantime, the park is operating at 50 percent capacity, despite Inslee’s executive orders closing non-essential businesses to prevent viral spread.

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By the end of the 2020 school year, Wenatchee Valley teachers were conducting their classes much differently than when they began … thanks to the onset of COVID-19. Now, classes in the Wenatchee nad Eastmont school districts are scheduled to start Augst 26th, with all the uncertainties of a pandemic. Tammy Grubb and Monika Christensen represent the more than 900 teachers in the two districts. They told NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins that teachers want to work with students again, but it has to be done safely.

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.

Like it or not, we’re facing the reality of the potential of some or all fall sports being eliminated due to the pandemic.  The WIAA has already decided to delay the start of the fall season by three weeks from mid-August to September 5th for football and 7th for the rest of the sports.

Eastmont athletic director Russ Waterman is wrestling with the potential of having to cancel what’s on the schedule.  In the meantime, however, he and the district are moving ahead with their summer programs.  Waterman says he’s also open to creative ways of moving things around if need be…

You can see Eric’s entire interview with Russ Waterman on our website at NCWLIFE dot com.

The reality of the pandemic has caused a change in direction for schools in the Northwest Athletic Conference, including Wenatchee Valley College…

In a decision announced last week by NWAC Executive Director Marco Azurdia, the Executive Board approved a plan to move the majority of fall sports to winter and spring quarters.

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Men’s and Women’s Golf will commence in the fall on a reduced and modified schedule.  All other NWAC sports will begin competition in winter and spring quarters of 2021 with reduced schedules as well.  This means soccer and volleyball will start around the same time as baseball and softball.

According to NWAC Executive Director, Marco Azurdia, “We have been thoughtful, comprehensive, flexible, and listened to our constituents.  It is time to move forward.   The plan pushed the conversations with our member college administrators thus leading to the Executive Board’s decision.  We have said from the beginning that flexibility, creativity, adaptability, and patience are essential to the success of our return to play.”

One thing is clear about racing this weekend at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval…it will be LOUD…

We’ll have live coverage on Legends Thunder and More.  Racing will include the Economy Midgets: Northwest Focus Midget Series (currently 4 cars signed up); Plumb Perfect Roadrunners (currently 9 with more coming); Holaday’s Custom Muffler B-Mods (0 signed up); Bandoleros (6 signed up); and a HUGE field of the Tri-State Legends (currently 22 cars signed up).

Join me with our broadcast coverage beginning at 6 o’clock here on NCWLIFE.  By the way, there will be a practice tomorrow night at WVSO with the track hot between 5 and 8pm.

Tim Lopes began spring training in Peoria, Arizona swinging a hot bat.  Then COVID hit and shut he and everyone else down.  Since returning to Seattle two weeks ago, he’s been trying to find what was working in Arizona once again.  Lopes says he continues to work on all aspects of his game and is grateful for the organization’s efforts to provide a safe environment for he and his teammates…

Lopes is listed on the depth chart as a 2nd baseman and 3rd baseman.  He says he continues to try to prove he’s ready for the big time when Seattle travels to Houston to begin the season next Friday.

Thanks Eric.

High School graduates received a special video message from actor Jack Black during their parking lot graduation ceremony last Saturday. Black, star of School of Rock among other films, is no stranger to the Okanogan County community where his father and stepmother live.

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.