NCWLIFE Evening News July 9th, 2020

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Jefferson Robbins in for Grant Olson tonight. 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, With the Saddle Mountain Fire outside Royal City nearly fully contained, the Southeast Washington Interagency Management Team has handed over control to local firefighting agencies. Firefighters from Winthrop and Twisp were able get quick control of a two-acre brush fire outside Winthrop Wednesday evening, and, A hiker exploring Burch Mountain over the Fourth of July weekend discovered a disturbing symbol.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Coronavirus infections continue to spread in the Wenatchee Valley. Yesterday the Chelan-Douglas Health District said seven residents at Cashmere Care Center have now tested positive, and are being kept in isolation there.

Today, 47 new cases were reported in the two counties, and Confluence Health in Wenatchee says it’s treating 18 patients hospitalized for the virus. Spokesman Andrew Canning says five of the patients are on ventilators.

The new cases amount to 264 over the last two weeks per 100,000 population … far above the 25 per 100,000 level the state wants to see before counties can begin reopening their economies.

COVID-19 has killed nine people from the Chelan and Douglas county area; almost 1,400 people statewide; and 134,000 throughout the United States.

With the Saddle Mountain Fire outside Royal City nearly fully contained, the Southeast Washington Interagency Management Team has handed over control to local firefighting agencies.

The state’s largest wildfire this year burned more than 8,000 acres of remote U.S. Fish and Wildlife preserve land in Grant County. Winds finally died down Wednesday and crews were able to complete mop-up work on the fire, which started just after noon Monday. Local agencies will now be monitoring for potential hot spots.

Firefighters from Winthrop and Twisp were able get quick control of a two-acre brush fire outside Winthrop Wednesday evening.

The fire, at 99 Horizon Flats Road broke out at about 8 p.m. in grass and brush. No structures were threatened and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

A hiker exploring Burch Mountain over the Fourth of July weekend discovered a disturbing symbol. . .a noose tied to a tree branch, with scattered graffiti that seemed to indicate White Power. The hiker photographed the noose and cut it down, and says he reported the discovery to Chelan County authorities. Nationally, there’ve been many new reports of nooses tied in trees since large-scale Black Lives Matter demonstrations began in May.

Coming up next, The first major remodel of Wenatchee Public Library in its 60-year history is nearly complete. Parking continues to be a problem for the throngs of people visiting the Alpine Lakes Wilderness areas outside Leavenworth.  A $43,000 state grant will help clean up the resting place of one of Wenatchee’s city founders, and, Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones now has a place at the table with state law enforcement leadership.  I’m Jefferson Robbins and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The first major remodel of Wenatchee Public Library in its 60-year history is nearly complete. Once it’s done in the next few weeks, the main library at 310 Douglas Street will have new shelving, improved lighting, updated technology, a centralized information desk, community spaces, private meeting and study areas, and new bathrooms.

The project started in spring 2019, and completion was delayed a few months by the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s largely been funded by $1.5 million in donations raised by the Friends of the Wenatchee Public Library. Sadly, the upgraded building won’t be able to open until Phase 3 of the state’s four-phase pandemic recovery plan.

Parking continues to be a problem for the throngs of people visiting the Alpine Lakes Wilderness areas outside Leavenworth but the Forest Service said most people are obeying the rules.

Ahead of the Fourth of July weekend, new parking rules were implemented that allow parking only on the right side of the road for people going to Eightmile, Stuart and Colchuck lakes.

Over the weekend, rangers were out patrolling Stuart Lake parking and counted 349 cars on the correct side of the road.

They did issue several tickets for people without parking passes, however. The Forest Service says weekends have been so busy trailhead parking lots are usually full by 7 a.m.

A $43,000 state grant will help clean up the resting place of one of Wenatchee’s city founders.

The W.T. Clark Mausoleum in the Wenatchee Cemetery needs a new roof, wall repairs, stucco, trim and door work, a paint job and some landscaping.

Back in March the state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation approved the grant, and work gets underway soon.

Clark, who died in 1937, helped found Wenatchee’s First National Bank, established its first newspaper, helped build the valley’s first bridge across the Columbia, and

helped develop the irrigation that made local orchards so bountiful.

Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones now has a place at the table with state law enforcement leadership. He was elected sheriff at large with the executive board of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.

WASPC is the main organization serving police agencies across the state. Jones has been Grant County sheriff since 2011. He was elected to the 14-member WASPC board June 23rd.

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. . .

The COVID-19 crisis has forced a lot of us to do online what we’d rather do in person. That goes for political debates as well.

Last night, the Twisp Valley Grange in Okanogan County hosted its first remote candidates forum for the 12th District legislative race. Incumbent first-term Republican Keith Goehner will face Democratic challenger Adrianne Moore in that contest. Here’s some of what they had to say:

You can view the full candidates forum on YouTube at the link you saw on your screen, or find it on the Twisp Valley Grange Facebook page. The debate also features candidates for Okanogan County commissioner. The primary election takes place August 4th.

Now for our daily glance at the Wenatchee Valley’s weather activity, here’s our very own Grant Olsen. Grant?

And that is a look at your local weather forecast, coming up next, tonight’s sports report with Dan Kuntz and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

In what could be a sign of things to come, the Ivy League put all fall sports on hold until at least January, becoming the first Division 1 conference that will not play football as scheduled in the fall because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Ivy League set a precedence back on March 10th, when it became the first conference to cancel its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, just before the coronavirus began to run rampant in the Northeast.

Almost immediately, the Ivy League was criticized for overreacting, with some of the harshest criticism coming from its own players and coaches. But within two days, the N.C.A.A. tournaments had been canceled, and the N.B.A., the N.H.L. and Major League Baseball’s spring training suspended games.

The most successful collegiate athletic department in the country – Stanford University – announced yesterday that it would permanently drop 11 sports to help offset what it projects to be a $70 million athletic budget deficit amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The school will discontinue men’s and women’s fencing, field hockey, lightweight rowing, men’s rowing, co-ed and women’s sailing, squash, synchronized swimming, men’s volleyball and wrestling after the 2020-21 academic year. Stanford also is eliminating 20 support staff positions.

Stanford is the first known major conference school to eliminate athletic programs because of the pandemic.

Stanford has won the NCAA Director’s Cup – which awards overall athletic excellence – for the last 25 years in a row.

The NFL and NFLPA are still in the midst of negotiating the necessary safety protocols needed to carry on with a 2020 season. But if the two sides agree on one particular safety measure, the league could lose one of its biggest stars.

Houston Texans star J.J. Watt has no interest in playing if the NFL makes players wear face shields in 2020. Watt, 31, told Pro Football Talk he wouldn’t be on the field if face shields are required.

 “My second year in the league, I thought it would be cool,” Watt said. “I put a visor on my helmet. I was like, ‘It looks so cool, I want to put a visor on.’ I had it on for about three periods of practice and I said, ‘Take this sucker off, I’m going to die out here.’ Just the face one.

“So now you want to put something around my mouth? No. You can keep that. If that comes into play, I don’t think you’re going to see me out there on the field.”

The NFL has reportedly tested different types of face masks in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus during the season. In May, Thom Mayer, the NFL’s medical director, told Adam Schefter the league would likely recommend some type of face mask in 2020.

Once again a friendly reminder our cameras will be at the Wenatchee valley Super Oval this weekend . . .

WVSO’s next race is this Saturday, 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 Eric.

A box truck hauling 50-gallon drums of mint oil flipped on Highway 24 in Grant County early Wednesday afternoon. The driver of the truck was transported to Othello Community Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Washington State Patrol Trooper John Bryant said the accident scene smelled QUOTE, quite pleasant, UNQUOTE. . .

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 Jefferson Robbins, thanks for joining us and have a great night.