NCWLIFE Evening News July 6th, 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 Friday morning head-on collision near Okanogan left an 18-year-old woman dead and two people injured. A Wenatchee man faces multiple charges after a police chase and car crash back in May that left a passenger injured. A fire on a hillside outside Manson briefly threatened homes Saturday evening before Manson firefighters and crews from the state Department of Natural Resources were able to contain the blaze, and, A fire on a hillside outside Manson briefly threatened homes Saturday evening before Manson firefighters and crews from the state Department of Natural Resources were able to contain the blaze.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A 75-year-old Coulee City man was killed Sunday morning when his bicycle was hit by a motorcycle on Highway 17 about 11 miles north of Soap Lake.

The Washington State Patrol said Stanley Porterfield was riding his bike on the southbound shoulder just after 10 a.m. when he attempted to cross the highway onto Moore Road and was struck by a southbound motorcycle being ridden by 55-year-old Andrew Reeves of Phoenix, Arizona.

Porterfield was taken by air ambulance to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee but did not survive.

Reeves was transported to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake with unspecified injuries.

A Friday morning head-on collision near Okanogan left an 18-year-old woman dead and two people injured.

The Washington State Patrol says 22-year-old Jose Orozco of Brewster faces charges of DUI and vehicular assault in the crash, which happened about 11:21 a.m. The passenger in Orozco’s Honda Accord, Melina Salcedo of Okanogan, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Orozco allegedly crossed the center line while eastbound on Highway 20 south of Okanogan, and struck an oncoming Dodge Ram pickup. The truck’s driver was unhurt, but one of his two passengers received minor injuries. Orozco was brought by air to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee; he remains in ##??## condition tonight.

A Wenatchee man faces multiple charges after a police chase and car crash back in May that left a passenger injured.

23-year-old Andrew Francis Morrow allegedly fled from Wenatchee police on May 24th in a car he’d taken from an acquaintance, crashed into a parked vehicle at Fifth and Emerson streets, and ran away from the scene while a 64-year-old passenger received treatment for a neck injury.

Police said they found drug materials and car burglary tools in the wrecked car, along with ID that led them to Morrow. They arrested him July 2nd. He’s charged with vehicular assault, eluding police, hit and run, and related charges.

A fire on a hillside outside Manson briefly threatened homes Saturday evening before Manson firefighters and crews from the state Department of Natural Resources were able to contain the blaze. Fire officials are investigating whether the Fourth of July fire at Lloyd Road and Wells Avenue that burned about 2 acres, was ignited by fireworks.

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse will be in Omak Tuesday for a roundtable discussion of grizzly bears in North Central Washington.

The event at the Omak Elks Lodge begins at 10:15 a.m. and will include an update on the North Cascades Ecosystem Grizzly Bear Proposal.

The federal government has been working on a grizzly bear reintroduction plan in North Cascades National Park since 2015. Newhouse has been a vocal opponent of the proposal and the government has received hundreds of thousands of public comments on the idea.

Coming up next, With health insurance largely tied to employment in this country, the COVID-19 economic shock was bound to have an impact. Quincy Police Chief Kieth Siebert has joined other authorities asking the public to wear protective masks while they’re out and about, in compliance with state health directives. Political campaigning has gone virtual in the era of COVID-19, and, Knapps Hill Tunnel on Highway 97A reopened Friday, just in time for the holiday weekend.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

With health insurance largely tied to employment in this country, the COVID-19 economic shock was bound to have an impact. New figures from Washington’s Offiice of Financial Management show the state’s overall rate of uninsured citizens jumped from 6.7 percent to a high of 13 percent curing the pandemic.

Those numbers have since settled closer to 9 percent. But in North Central Washington, Chelan County jumped from an 11.4 percent uninsured rate to 13.7. The rate in Douglas County went from 12.6 to 15.6 percent. More than one million workers in Washington lost their jobs in the first ten weeks of the pandemic.

Quincy Police Chief Kieth Siebert has joined other authorities asking the public to wear protective masks while they’re out and about, in compliance with state health directives. Here’s what he had to say on Facebook. . .

Political campaigning has gone virtual in the era of COVID-19.

Coming up on Wednesday, candidates for the 12th District state House seat square off in an online forum in Twisp. Adrianne Moore is the Democratic challenger to first-term Republican incumbent Keith Goehner. The two share their views in a 6:30 p.m. Wednesday event sponsored by the Twisp River Grange. Candidates for Okanogan County commissioner are also on the schedule.

Today is the last day to submit questions for the candidates to answer during the forum. Just send them by email to the address on your screen. You can follow along Wednesday night on YouTube.

Knapps Hill Tunnel on Highway 97A reopened Friday, just in time for the holiday weekend. The tunnel had been closed since June 14th because of rock-slide danger. As part of the slope stabilization project, a contractor installed netting on the hillside. Here’s a time-lapse look of that project. . .

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.

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Last week, with local rates of coronavirus infection rising to 126 per 100,000 people, the Chelan-Douglas Board of Health voted to pause its progress toward applying for Phase 2 reopening. Today, the case rate is even higher, at 157 per 100,000. But board members and health experts say they’re ready to ask the state to move into a new phase as soon as virus rates come under control. In tonight’s feature story, here’s what they had to say in that meeting. . .

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.

At this time last week local baseball fans were holding out hope that some sort of baseball-related activity involving the AppleSox would take place with fans in attendance at Paul Thomas Senior Stadium but those dreams were dashed a few days later with the announcement that no AppleSox baseball would be played this summer.  Team owner Jose Ogelsby explained how that decision was made on a recent episode of “Wake Up Wenatchee Valley”:

Ogelsby said all 13 teams in the West Coast League are committed to baseball in 20121.

For the second but not the last time this summer our cameras will be at the Wenatchee valley Super Oval this weekend . . .

In fact, we’re actually going to do it two more times!  WVSO’s next race is July 11th and we’ll be there broadcasting it LIVE on NCWLIFE Channel.  The Thunder Cars and Pro Late Models will be racing on North Valley Mechanical Night…

They’ll be joined by the Mountain Dew Jr. Late Models, the Plumb Perfect Roadrunners, Northwest Vintage Modifieds and Dwarf Cars.

Once again this weekend, there will be no fans allowed in the grandstands.  Due to COVID restrictions on gatherings, that may also be the case for the race the following week July 18th

We’ll broadcast the Thunder in the Valley night with racing featured by the Economy Midgets – Northwest Focus Midget Series; Granite Super Sprints – Speed Tour Super Sprints; Northwest Mini Stock Tour; and the West Coast Vintage Racers.

Thanks Dan.

COVID-19 may have shut down Walla Walla Point Park for Fourth of July fireworks but the show went on Saturday as the Wenatchee Valley celebrated Independence Day, if you missed it, here’s a look. . .

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.