NCWLIFE Evening News July 17th, 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 domestic violence call on South Chelan Avenue led to a brief police standoff Wednesday. A Chelan 22-year-old is charged with the rape of a 13-year-old that allegedly took place back in February, and, An illegal burn spread to a neighboring property in South Wenatchee on Thursday afternoon, burning bushes, a fence, trees and a shed.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A 10th person in Chelan and Douglas counties has died from COVID-19. A report from the Chelan-Douglas Health District indicates the victim was a woman in her 50s.

Her death is the first in the two counties attributed to the coronavirus pandemic since May 13th. Almost 1,100 people have tested positive for the virus in the Wenatchee Valley. Confluence Health, which operates Central Washington Hospital, says after reaching a peak

of 21 people hospitalized for the virus earlier this week, there are now 16 patients in hospital care, five of them in the ICU.

A domestic violence call on South Chelan Avenue led to a brief police standoff Wednesday. 20-year-old Sergio Rivas-Alvarado allegedly threatened to cut off his roommates’ fingers with pruning shears early in the morning.

Wenatchee police say Rivas would not come out of his bedroom when police came to his apartment in the 400 block of South Chelan on Wednesday afternoon, and a SWAT team was placed on standby. Rivas eventually surrendered, and now faces possible charges of assault and resisting arrest.

A Chelan 22-year-old is charged with the rape of a 13-year-old that allegedly took place back in February. Severo Rodriguez Diaz allegedly offered the victim alcohol and sexually assaulted her in his home.

Chelan County sheriff’s deputies say when the victim’s stepfather confronted him and punched him in the face, he left town. Prosecutors charged Rodriguez in March, and he was sought on a police warrant until his arrest Monday. He’s due to be arraigned on a charge of second-degree child rape.

An illegal burn spread to a neighboring property in South Wenatchee on Thursday afternoon, burning bushes, a fence, trees and a shed.

The fire in the 700 block of Lynn Street was reported at 3:43 p.m. Chelan and Douglas County crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire and had wrapped up work by shortly after 5 p.m. Chelan County Fire District 1 Spokeswoman Kay McKellar said fire officials have not yet determined the type of burning the neighbor was doing but an investigator will be back at the property today.

She warned there is a burn ban in place that makes most forms of outdoor fires illegal. She said with hot, dry days in the forecast it is vital that people comply with all burn bans.

Coming up next, After a monthlong confrontation with the state, Lake Chelan’s Slidewaters fun park was fined $9,639 and ordered to close yesterday by the Washington Department of Labor and Industries. Ballots for the August 4th primary election began arriving at homes in Chelan and Douglas counties this week and despite very few contested local races, auditors in both counties are predicting a strong turnout, and, The traffic closure of Leavenworth’s Front Street tourist area will now be a daily feature. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

After a monthlong confrontation with the state, Lake Chelan’s Slidewaters fun park was fined $9,639 and ordered to close yesterday by the Washington Department of Labor and Industries.

The order came just two days after the park lost a federal lawsuit to remain open amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The popular water park started admitting customers June 20th, in spite of Gov. Jay Inslee’s emergency orders shuttering non-essential businesses to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which has killed an estimated 1,400 Washingtonians.Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas O. Rice dismissed the case Tuesday, and on Thursday L&I served a notice to halt operations at the park. In a press conference Thursday, Inslee called Rice’s ruling “an important decision”. . .

The Freedom Foundation has appealed Rice’s decision to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Supporters of the park have launched a GoFundMe campaign to help pay its fines and as of this afternoon had already raised over 13,000-dollars.

Ballots for the August 4th primary election began arriving at homes in Chelan and Douglas counties this week and despite very few contested local races, auditors in both counties are predicting a strong turnout.

Statewide races on the ballot include 36 candidates running against incumbent Governor Jay Inslee and seven opponents for incumbent District 8 Democratic Representative Kim Schrier.

Auditors Skip Moore of Chelan County and Thad Duvall of Douglas County talked with Wake Up Wenatchee Valley host Dan Kuntz this week about why they’re expecting voter turnout to exceed 60 percent, far surpassing the 30-something percent turnout they saw for the 2016 primary election. . .

The traffic closure of Leavenworth’s Front Street tourist area will now be a daily feature.

Mayor Carl Florea at first ordered the downtown streets to be blocked off for pedestrian use only during the weekends, starting at Memorial Day. But he says the COVID-19 crisis, and growing visitor numbers on weekdays, mean the streets are safer when pedestrians can spread out beyond the sidewalk.

Two Leavenworth restaurants have had to temporarily close in the last two weeks due to COVID-19 infections among their staff. Florea issued the emergency order yesterday, and says it will remain in effect for the next few weeks or possibly months. City workers and volunteers have placed dining tables and handwashing stations around the Front Street area, and offered free mask distributions to visitors.

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. . .

A social media star has done her part to make Wenatchee famous. Kelsey Yoder is an Alaska Airlines pilot who flies the Northwest skies. She’s also got more than 60,000 followers on TikTok, where she chronicles her migrations. In tonight’s feature story, last week she made a landing at a regional airport that looks kind of familiar. Gotta wait for it. . .

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 Wenatchee Wild starts its tryout camp today.  But instead of being in the home confines of the Town Toyota Center, Bliss Littler and his coaching staff are in Las Vegas…

Littler joined us on the phone from his hotel in Vegas.  He says it’s earie there because of the lack of people and all the closures.  He says he feels sorry for the TTC and the valley that camp couldn’t be hosted in Wenatchee…

The BCHL has decided to delay the start of the hockey season until December 1st.  Teams, including the Wenatchee Wild, will have the option of holding an extended training camp from September to November. Littler says it was the smart thing to do…

Littler says the Wild will begin its camp in Wenatchee hopefully around mid-September.  He also said the team will be announcing soon decisions on coaching.  You’ll remember that Bliss stepped down from bench-coaching the Wild mid-season last year for health reasons.  Chris Clark has been the interim head coach since. 

You may be able to hear crowd noise and music from highlights coming out of T-Mobile Park…

Those who play video games might recognize it.  It’s from the officially licensed game called “MLB The Show.” 

Taking a cue from two European soccer leagues, Major League Baseball will play crowd noise from its official video game through ballpark sound systems during games. Stadium sound engineers will have access to around 75 different effects and reactions, according to MLB.

San Diego Studios, a branch of Sony Interactive Entertainment, compiled the noise during games over several seasons.

Baseball is hoping the crowd noises, along with stadium announcers, walkup music and in-stadium video, will replicate the in-game experience as closely as possible without real fans in the stadium. Some ballparks are also offering fans the chance to buy photo cutouts which will be placed in the stands.

Just a reminder about our sports broadcast schedule here on NCWLIFE Channel…

It begins tonight at 6:30 with the rebroadcast of last Saturday’s race at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval.  Tomorrow at 2 we’ll feature a Great Game of our Past with Eastmont and Rogers girls basketball from December of 2017. 

Then at 6, join us for LIVE coverage of Legends Thunder and More at WVSO.  Racing will include the Economy Midgets: Northwest Focus Midget Series (currently 7 cars signed up); Plumb Perfect Roadrunners (currently 10 with more coming); Holaday’s Custom Muffler B-Mods (3 signed up); Bandoleros (9 signed up); and a HUGE field of the Tri-State Legends (currently 24 cars signed up).

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

Sunday starts with Eastmont and Wenatchee volleyball from October of 2018 at 2 o’clock followed by Big-9 football between Eastmont and Sunnyside at 7.

Thanks Eric.

As we leave you tonight, the people at Washington State Archives went back 100 years to share some photos of the Old Blewett Pass Highway. The harrowing pass had been open just a few years in 1920 and featured steep grades and sharp turns through the rugged mountains. The name of the pass came from Edward Blewett, a Seattle investor who owned a mine in the hills north of Cle Elum.

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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 weekend.