NCWLIFE Evening News July 2nd, 2020


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 former Wenatchee Valley man now living in Texas is accused of sexually abusing a child in 2012. A man serving 20 years in prison for murder is now seeking a new sentence, and, Congresswoman Kim Schrier yesterday helped send a $1.5 trillion infrastructure package from the House to the Senate.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Just over a week ago, Chelan and Douglas counties hit a milestone of 500 total cases of COVID-19. Now, it’s passed 600.

The two-county health district says there are 621 cases in the Wenatchee Valley as of this morning. Numbers show the largest spread is among people under 40 years old, and the virus continues to disproportionately affect the Valley’s Hispanic community: They make up about a third of the total population, but represent 77 percent of coronavirus cases.

The rate of spread is alarming for local efforts to move to the next phase of the state’s economic reopening plan. The Chelan-Douglas Board of Health was scheduled to address that application in a meeting this afternoon.

A former Wenatchee Valley man now living in Texas is accused of sexually abusing a child in 2012.

Douglas County prosecutors say Baltamore Vigil Jr. was 16 years old when he committed the crime, and they filed a single count this week of first-degree child rape. The alleged victim was 5 years old at the time, and disclosed the abuse late last year. Vigil was charged in 2018 with the rape of another child in the victim’s family, but pleaded down to third- and fourth-degree assault and was sentenced to three months of home monitoring. He must appear in court on the new charge July 27th.

A man imprisoned for killing a fellow orchard worker nine years ago wants a judge to resentence him. Luis Alberto Cruz, who’s now 26, was 17 years old when he stabbed Amilcar Ramirez to death in an orchard near Manson. He says his 20-year sentence for second-degree murder should be amended, because the Chelan County judge didn’t consider his young age at the time of the killing. Judge Travis Brandt said in a hearing Wednesday he doesn’t have grounds to change the sentence, and referred the case to the state Court of Appeals. Cruz is serving his time at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center in Connell.

Congresswoman Kim Schrier yesterday helped send a $1.5 trillion infrastructure package from the House to the Senate. The Moving Forward Act earmarks money for roads, school buildings, clean energy and rural broadband. On the House floor Wednesday, the 8th District Democrat said the new funding is critical while America struggles with the coronavirus pandemic.

Coming up next, Many Northwest farms are seeking ‘Salmon-Safe’ certification and we will introduce you to one such farm near Leavenworth, Chip sealing work will begin Monday on heavily traveled Chumstick Highway outside Leavenworth with traffic delays expected on two areas of the highway, and, Okanogan Superior Court will be temporarily relocating from the county courthouse to the fairgrounds in Okanogan. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Many Northwest farms are seeking what’s called Salmon-Safe certification, doing their part to raise healthy produce while keeping waterways clean and clear for migrating fish. The Cascadia Conservation District, which helps with certifying farms in central Washington, introduces us to one such salmon-safe operation along the Icicle River. . .

Chip sealing work will begin Monday on heavily traveled Chumstick Highway outside Leavenworth with traffic delays expected on two areas of the highway.

Chelan County Public Works says the road is limited to one lane during the work, with flaggers directing traffic. The speed limit also is reduced to 35 miles per hour in the work zones. The county is recommended travelers use an alternative route if at all possible.

Okanogan Superior Court will be temporarily relocating from the county courthouse to the fairgrounds in Okanogan.

The move into the Agriplex and Annex will allow the court to continue cases that have been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The larger space will allow for adequate social distancing space for all involved.

The fair board has recommended the Okanogan County Fair be cancelled this year but county commissioners have yet to act on that recommendation. The fair is scheduled for September 10th through 13th.

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Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .

In a Q&A session hosted by the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center on Wednesday, Chelan-Douglas Health Officer Dr. Malcolm Butler warned there is a QUOTE, storm brewing on the horizon, UNQUOTE as a second wave of COVID-19 arriving in the Wenatchee Valley.

In tonight’s feature story, Butler said the majority of new cases are coming from people showing no symptoms. He also addressed claims that COVID-19 is no worse than the seasonal flu and said our area is not yet ready to move to the next phase of the state’s reopening plan.

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.

It didn’t take long for Scott Paine to come back close to home.  The Wenatchee native has landed the job as the new district athletic director for the Lake Chelan School District, taking over for Rob Rainville…

Paine left the Wenatchee School District three years ago to take over as A-D at Sunnyside High School.  He was the middle school athletic director in Wenatchee and coached the varsity boys golf team.

The 30-year old earned his Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Washington in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Psychology in 2013.  He also earned his dual Master’s of Science in Business and Athletic Administration from Ohio University in 2018.

The Chelan School District said the hiring process was extremely competitive, attracting over 30 applicants including athletic administrators from the collegiate level.  Welcome home Scott Paine!

The first domino may have fallen in a trend of fall sports cancellations.  Yakima Valley College announced yesterday it has cancelled its fall sports seasons for soccer and volleyball…

Officials at the community college in Yakima felt that with Yakima County still in Phase 1 of the state’s reopening plan, the trend and timing weren’t promising enough to move forward with seasons originally set to start in a month.

We’ve reached out to NWAC executive director Marco Azurdia for a conference-wide assessment as well as Wenatchee Valley College athletic director Kyle Vierck to see how this might impact programs here.  Chelan County is still in a modified Phase 1 of the state’s reopen plan.

Fans hoping to watch the Seahawks take on the Las Vegas Raiders at CenturyLink Field August 13th have had their plans foiled.  The NFL announced Wednesday that the preseason has been narrowed to just two games due to the coronavirus pandemic…

The thought is to push back the start of the exhibition season to allow teams more time to train following an all-virtual offseason.  Teams are scheduled to gather in-person for the first time July 28th in training camp.

In addition, the NFL has said the final preseason games will also go along the wayside, giving teams a longer period of time to prepare for the regular season the second weekend in September.

This means Seattle’s trip to Minnesota that was set for September 3rd is also cancelled.  So, the Seahawks, right now anyway, will play their first preseason game August 22nd at Houston and then host the L-A Chargers August 27th.  So far, no changes have been made to the regular season NFL schedule.

Meanwhile, Russell Wilson continues to ignore warnings from the Players Association about working out during the pandemic.  Today, a video was released of Wilson working out with wide receiver Antonio Brown…

Brown is currently team-less and facing possible suspension from the NFL for off-field incidents including allegations that he sexually assaulted his former trainer, which he denied.  In March, Brown pleaded no contest to charges from a January incident where he and his new trainer attacked a moving truck driver.  He was given two years’ probation in court.

The Mariners checked in for spring training at T-Mobile Park in downtown Seattle yesterday, but found a whole new environment…

The clubhouse is now a very restricted area that is being carefully regulated for safety concerns to allow for baseball’s return during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Players first had to be tested for the virus.  They must test negative before taking the field as a group for the first time Friday.  The 60 players will be broken up into smaller groups for workout purposes and further divided up into morning and afternoon sessions.

Loitering in the clubhouse is strictly prohibited.  There will be no team meals.  Instead, players will be handed a boxed meal on their way out the door.  And, all players are required to wear a mask, except when working out or on the field at a face covering is prohibitive.

The summer run sockeye fishing season opened on the Upper Columbia yesterday…

A few boats tested the waters yesterday here blow Rocky Reach Dam.  You can see, however, that several of the spillways are open, which creates quite turbulent water.  That mixed with the wind yesterday made this stretch of water tough for anglers…

Here’s a picture of guide Brad Wagner of Bobber Down Guide Service with his daughters Brooke and Lizzy.  They had success yesterday morning braving the waters below Rocky Reach Dam.

And here’s our buddy Mike Roth, who works as an installer for LocalTel but moonlights with his Team Takedown Guide Service on the side.  He and his wife Jill went out for an evening try last night and both came away with limits in short order.

The Upper Columbia River is open for sockeye salmon fishing from above Priest Rapids Dam to below Wells Dam.  The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced yesterday that the river will open to summer Chinook salmon fishing July 16th.  That’s also when the Brewster Pool above Wells Dam will open for both sockeye and kings.

Be sure to check the latest regulations on gear restrictions and limits at

Thanks Eric.

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 And, remember, if you see news happening we’d like to hear from you.  You can send us an email at, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). I’m Grant Olson, we will have tomorrow off to enjoy the long weekend, thanks for joining us, have a great 4th of July and we will see you again on Monday.