NCWLIFE Evening News July 24th, 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, An Ephrata man in his 60s has become the ninth person in Grant County to die of COVID-19. A Kennewick man reportedly upset about losing his job at a Quincy business, was arrested Thursday morning for firing at least 10 shots from a semiautomatic pistol while walking along the golf course at Crescent Bar, and, A wildfire burning on the Colville Reservation prompted evacuation warnings Thursday near Nespelem.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The Wenatchee Walmart Supercenter is closed today for extensive cleaning, after local health officials confirmed a cluster of 21 positive tests for COVID-19 among its employees. NCWLIFE first reported infections among Walmart staff on Tuesday, based on disclosures from the employees themselves.

The Chelan-Douglas Health District says all but one of the infected staff members are Chelan or Douglas County residents; the last resides in Grant County. All will be asked to self-isolate for at least 10 days and monitor themselves for symptoms of the virus. In a corporate press release, Walmart announced the Wenatchee store would close yesterday afternoon, and remain shut down to customers until 7:00 a.m. Saturday for sanitizing work. Earlier this week, multiple employees at the store told NCWLIFE that store management had not consistently enforced requirements for facial masking among some associate teams, and did not tell workers the extent of on-staff COVID-19 infections, even as the numbers rose in the last week. The Wenatchee store, at 2000 N. Wenatchee Avenue, employs roughly 200 people.

An Ephrata man in his 60s has become the ninth person in Grant County to die of COVID-19.

The Grant County Health District said the man had underlying health conditions that put him at higher risk from the virus.

Grant County topped 1,000 confirmed coronavirus cases this earlier this week and now stands 1,045 positive tests. The entire state surpassed 50,000 cases Friday, with 50,009 positive tests and 1,482 deaths.

A Kennewick man reportedly upset about losing his job at a Quincy business, was arrested Thursday morning for firing at least 10 shots from a semiautomatic pistol while walking along the golf course at Crescent Bar.

The Grant County Sheriff’s office said 31-year-old Jordan Kintner was booked at the Grant County Jail for aiming and discharging a firearm. A shelter in place order was issued to residents of the area while police responded about 10:45 a.m. to numerous calls about the gunshots on the peninsula end of the course.

About 45 minutes later, the order was lifted when deputies and Quincy police officers took Kintner into custody without incident. Kyle Foreman, public information officer for the sheriff’s office, said witnesses described him as not shooting at people or facilities and what he was shooting at remains unclear.

A wildfire burning on the Colville Reservation prompted evacuation warnings Thursday near Nespelem. The Greenhouse Fire was measured at about 1,200 acres after it broke out Thursday afternoon west of the town. Level 3 evacuation notices went into effect by evening; those have since been reduced to Level 2. The fire burned the Colville Tribal Recycling Facility and threatened both homes and school and government buildings. DNR helicopters provided water drop support last night. Authorities estimated the fire this morning at 20 percent containment.

Coming up next, A collision of personal watercraft Wednesday on Lake Chelan caused only minor injuries to the riders but major damage to the watercraft. Firefighters on the 240-acre South Pine Fire were in mop up mode Thursday afternoon after declaring the fire southwest of Tonasket 95 percent contained. The state’s largest teachers union says it cannot support a return to in-person classes when school begins this fall, due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, and, A coalition of state and federal agencies will begin the fourth and final two-week round up of translocating mountain goats from Olympic National Park to the North Cascades.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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A collision of personal watercraft Wednesday on Lake Chelan caused only minor injuries to the riders but major damage to the watercraft.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office said the jet skies were being ridden too closely together and this is a timely reminder that Washington law requires boats and personal watercraft to stay at least 100 feet away from each other when under way.

Firefighters on the 240-acre South Pine Fire were in mop up mode Thursday afternoon after declaring the fire southwest of Tonasket 95 percent contained.

The fire was first reported late Wednesday afternoon and firefighters from numerous local, state and federal agencies responded with ground and air crews.

A Level 2 evacuation notice was briefly issued for residents in the Pine Creek Road area but using helicopters, planes, heavy equipment, fire engines and hand crews, firefighters were quickly able to slow the

spread of the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The state’s largest teachers union says it cannot support a return to in-person classes when school begins this fall, due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

The Washington Education Association put out a statement Thursday that says coronavirus puts teachers, students and communities at risk throughout the state, and schools should plan exclusively for distance learning and virtual classes instead. In the Wenatchee Valley, school districts have struggled with how to reconcile input from the state, the CDC, and parent and teacher groups. A communitywide online forum about the coming school year was originally scheduled for Monday, with the superintendents of the Wenatchee, Eastmont and Cascade districts. That forum has now been postponed until the districts finalize their plans.

On Monday, the final shipments of mountain goats will start their journey between Olympic National Park and the North Cascades National Park. So far, 275 goats have been relocated under the two-year project, putting them back in their native setting after they were imported to the Olympics in the 1920s. State and federal wildlife agencies have teamed up to move the goats by truck and helicopter to 12 sites in the North Cascades, three of which are in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Thirty-five goats have died or been euthanized in the process, and once this round of relocations is complete, those goats still remaining in Olympic National Park will be lethally removed.

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. . .

In tonight’s feature story, we once again take you to the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center where They’ve produced a series of six videos so far called Curators Corner, with collections coordinator Anna Spencer showing off treasures from Wenatchee’s past. Tonight she offers a look back at some old toys from Wenatchee’s past. . .

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.

Baseball is back.  Well, a rain-shortened opening day game, at least…

As we open up the Les Schwab Scoreboard (YAY!  We have scores to report!), the New York Yankees beat the Washington Nationals 4-1.  The game was called after 5-innings when a huge lightning storm accompanied by torrential rains washed it out.

Prior to the rain, Gerrit Cole celebrated his Yankee debut going 5-innings and allowing just 1-run on 1-hit with 5-strikeouts.  Max Scherzer struck out 11 in 5-innings, but took the loss.  Giancarlo Stanton hit a mammoth home run, going 2-for-3 and collecting 3-RBI’s.

The Dodgers broke at 1-1 tie in the 7th with 5-runs and went on to beat San Francisco in the other opener 8-to-1.  2nd year player Enrique Hernandez went 4-for-5 at the plate with a home run and 5-RBI’s. 

Clayton Kershaw was a last-minute scratch for L-A with back tightness.  The Dodger Bullpen followed up the 4-and-a-third of Dustin May with 4-and-2/3rds-innings of scoreless relief.

The Mariners are in Houston to take on the defending American League Champion Astros.  Of course, Houston came under fire following the World Series last year and was found to have been cheating, stealing signs and alerting batters by banging trash cans in the dugout.  Seattle Opening Day starter Marco Gonzales is focused on getting the win and not exacting any kind of retribution on the Astros…

Gonzales will face defending A-L Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander.  First pitch at Minute Maid Park is at 6:10 and can be seen on Root Sports with their pregame beginning at 5:30.

Seattle is expected to start three rookies in the lineup tonight, including Evan White, Kyle Lewis and Jose Marmolejos (MARM-uh-LAY-ose)…

Here’s a look at the anticipated lineup for manager Scott Servais in tonight’s opener.  Shed Long will leadoff and play second.  Evan White will make his debut at 1st base and bat second.  Kyle Seager, the 9-year starter, is the only veteran in the lineup at 3rd base. 

Rookie phenom Kyle Lewis, who homered in six of his first 10-games when called up late last year, will bat cleanup and play in right field.  Jose Marmolejos will bat 5th and play left.  Catching will be Austin Nola.  He’ll bat 6th.

Seattle’s only All Star last year, Daniel Vogelbach, will bat 7th as the D-H.  J.P. Crawford will start at short and hit 8th.  Center fielder Mallex Smith will bat 9th.

Seattle’s starting lineup has a grand total of 22-years of combined Major League experience.  Counter that with Houston’s 71-years combined experience.  Yes, the youth movement is on in Seattle!

It was announced just before yesterday’s first game of the COVID-shortened season that the playoffs would be expanded…

Major League Baseball came to an agreement with the players union that, for this season only, the playoffs would be expanded to 16-teams. 

The playoffs will include 8 teams per league, 3 division winners and 3 second place teams.  Then there will be two wild card teams.  The first round of the playoffs will be best-of-three, all at the higher seed, with 8-vs-1, 7-vs-2, 6-vs-3, and 5-vs-4.  The division series will be best-of-five with higher seed getting home field.  The League Championship Series and World Series will be the traditional best-of-seven format.

By the way, if you missed it last night, you have GOT to see the ceremonial first pitch thrown out prior to the Nationals and Yankees last night.  It’s a good thing Dr. Anthony Fauci has a day job…

Here’s what we have on the NCWLIFE Sports Schedule for this weekend…

It begins with baseball tonight at 6:30 with a rebroadcast of AppleSox baseball from last summer as they host the Walla Walla Sweets.

Tomorrow starts with Chelan and Wenatchee volleyball at 2, followed by last Saturday’s racing action at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval at 6.  Then it’s a Wenatchee Wild doubleheader Sunday with games from last October against the West Kelowna Warriors at 2 and at 7pm.

And, congratulations to Russell Wilson and wife Cierra on their brand-new baby boy…

Win Harrison Wilson was born today at 8-pounds, 1-ounce.  Here you see Mommy and Daddy, wishing Win a Happy Birthday.

Thanks Eric.

As we leave you tonight, a downtown Wenatchee coworking space has won an award of excellence from a statewide commerce group. The Washington Main Street association says the Mercantile, at 14 North Wenatchee Avenue, is an inspiring remodel of a historic property. Owners Heather and Jeff Ostensen and Cory and Rick Wray won the association’s Excellence on Main Award in a virtual ceremony Monday. The award recognizes economic development that goes hand in hand with historic preservation.

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.