NCWLIFE Evening News June 3rd, 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, As local counties try to hit state milestones on the way to reopening, a new online dashboard can help you track their progress. Prosecutors have charged a sixth person in the chaotic campground robbery near Banks Lake last September, and, Feel like camping this weekend? Grant County PUD reopened its campgrounds and many of its day use sites on Monday.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Chelan County judge won’t send a lawsuit challenging Governor Inslee’s executive orders to be heard in Thurston County … at least not yet. Judge Kirstin Ferrera ruled today that the case brought by 46 local plaintiffs seeking to overturn the Governor’s public health orders on coronavirus needs to be heard in Chelan County, because the orders affect Chelan County differently from other counties in the state. But she made no ruling on whether to grant the plaintiffs’ motion to block the emergency proclamations, which were put in place March 23rd and bar certain businesses and gathering places from operation – including restaurants, bars and indoor church services. Another hearing on the case has yet to be scheduled.

As local counties try to hit state milestones on the way to reopening, a new online dashboard can help you track their progress. Key metrics including coronavirus infection rates, testing scores, and the availability of hospital services are all factored in. Under Safe Start Washington, counties must show improvement in those areas to move through the four phases of reopening. The state says some of the data shown lags a little behind what’s collected by local health departments. Take a look for yourself at coronavirus.wa.gov.

Prosecutors have charged a sixth person in the chaotic campground robbery near Banks Lake last September. Witnesses say Veronica Joann Nanez, age 21, of Yakima, was driving the white Buick that struck one man and rammed a parked truck during the September 27th robbery. Already jailed and awaiting trial are Kye Shelton and Becca Rosenburg, who allegedly had their four children along in a minivan while they stole two generators from a campsite. Prosecutors in Douglas County charged Nanez on Tuesday with second-degree assault, robbery, theft, and hit and run. Shelton and Rosenburg face similar charges, plus multiple counts of child endangerment.

Grant County PUD reopened its campgrounds and many of its day use sites Monday. The PUD said many of the amenities at its sites have been modified to meet with federal and county health department COVID-19 guidelines. The PUD shut down all its boat launches and recreational sites March 27 after the state closed its parks and lands in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The boat launches and most of the recreational sites were reopened May 8. The Monday openings included the golf course and beach at Crescent Bar, as well as restrooms and picnic areas.

Coming up next, The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office says K9 officer Ruben has been diagnosed with cancer and the department is asking the community for help. The End of Watch Ride to Remember was in Ellensburg this week to pay tribute to Kittitas County Deputy Ryan Thompson, and, The city of Chelan’s weekly face-mask contest has proven a fun way to cope with coronavirus. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office says K9 officer Ruben has been diagnosed with cancer and the department is asking the community for help paying for his surgery and future treatments. Ruben is a narcotics detection dog who joined the force in 2016.

The sheriff’s office said Ruben needs surgery to remove a tumor on his right rear leg so the cancer won’t spread. The sheriff’s office’s K9 program is funded primarily through donations. Donations can be dropped off or mailed to the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office at 401 Washington Street, Suite 1, Wenatchee, Washington, 98801. Ruben, who was named for a longtime undersheriff with the department, remains on duty while awaiting surgery.

The End of Watch Ride to Remember was in Ellensburg this week to pay tribute to Kittitas County Deputy Ryan Thompson, who was killed in the line of duty March 19th, 2019.

The End of Watch Ride cross-country motorcycle ride began Monday in Spokane and will be stopping at each department where a law enforcement officer was killed in the line of duty in 2019. A truck and trailer display the pictures and names of 146 officers killed last year. Kittitas County Sheriff Clay Myers and several deputies stopped by the thank the organization.

42-year-old Thompson was responding to a road rage incident that night, which led to a pursuit into the town of Kittitas, where 29-year-old Juan Manuel Flores Del Toro jumped out of his vehicle and began firing a gun, killing Thompson and injuring Kittitas Police Officer Benito Chavez. Del Toro also was killed in the shootout. Thompson left behind his pregnant wife and four children.

The city of Chelan’s weekly face-mask contest has proven a fun way to cope with coronavirus. Each week the city announces a theme, and residents of the city run with it.

This week’s theme was Pets. Winners receive gift cards and certificates to spend at local businesses. The city next week’s theme is “Professional Sports Teams.”

If you live in Chelan, get your entry complete and send a photo of it to the city by email, or on Facebook.

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, it may be a less-than-ideal time to be graduating from high school, to put it mildly, but how many graduating classes can say they got a personal message from actor Rainn Wilson, also known as Dwight Schrute from the TV show The Office. Wilson’s father, artist Robert Wilson, lives in East Wenatchee. . .

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.

Yet another event has fallen along the wayside as a result of the pandemic…

Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval announced yesterday that the I-B-E-W, N-E-C-A Big Rig Night originally scheduled for June 13th has been postponed.  Due to the COVID-19 regulations and the Canadian border being closed, the majority of the Big Rig teams residing in Canada can’t make it here.

WVSO manager Jeremy Anders says they’re working with the North American Big Rigs on a date for late August or September for a makeup race.

In the meantime, tonight is another practice night up at the Super Oval.  Anders is expecting another good turnout with the practice schedule extended until 9 o’clock tonight.  Cost is 125-dollars per car with teams limited to 5-people.  Anders says limited concessions will be available tonight for teams who participate.

Colby Parkinson has become the first of Seattle’s eight draft picks to sign his rookie contract…

The tight end out of Stanford was a 3rd round pick for the Seahawks.  ESPN NFL Insider Field Yates was the first to report Parkinson’s signing.  Rookie contracts are typically for four-years, but details of the signing weren’t available.

Parkinson joins a crowded tight end room with the Seahawks which also features Greg Olsen, Will Dissly, Jacob Hollister, Luke Willson and fellow 2020 draft pick Stephen Sullivan.

The pressure to perform for a first-round draft pick is immense.  Seattle’s L.J. Collier spent most of his first season with the Seahawks hampered by injuries.  While Collier is eager to prove his worth in his second campaign, 8-year pro Bobby Wagner is telling him not to worry about the pressure…

Wagner says where you’re picked doesn’t matter.  He says what matters is a person’s ability to utilize their talent to its fullest and put pressure on the opponent to try to stop you.

In a move that won’t impact the Seahawks, the NFL has told its teams training camps will be held at their home facilities…

Seattle has been hosting its training camp at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton since it moved there in 2009.  Ten teams who hold training camps off-site will have to make other plans, including Dallas, Pittsburgh, Kansas City and Buffalo.

The league felt keeping teams at their facilities would limit exposure to COVID-19.

Dallas usually trains in Oxnard, California and the Steelers in nearby Latrobe, Pennsylvania.  The Raiders are in the middle of moving to Las Vegas.  They typically train in Napa but could choose to move to their new facility in Henderson, Nevada.

An extremely shortened Major League Baseball draft begins today.  What is normally a 40-round marathon is now a 5-round sprint…

The Mariners will have the 6th overall pick in today’s 1st round.  There will also be what’s called a Competitive Balance Round A today with rounds 2-through-5 taking place tomorrow.

Seattle will have a total of 6-picks in this draft, gaining an extra in the trade for Omar Narvaez to the Brewers last year.  It will be a Competitive Balance Round B selection that will follow tomorrow’s second round.

Don’t be surprised if the Mariners select a college pitcher with its first selection today.  That has been the usual route for director of amateur scouting Scott Hunter, now in his 4th year with Seattle.

Like the NFL, Major League Baseball’s draft will be done virtually via video conference.

Just a reminder to tune in tomorrow night at 7 for the Wenatchee Booster Club’s Signing Night…

This broadcast will feature video messages from 20 Wenatchee High School seniors who are continuing their athletic and educational pursuits at the next level.  It’s a Signing Night special, tomorrow night at 7 here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Thanks Eric.

A Washington State Department of Transportation camera at its freeway wildlife crossing on Snoqualmie Pass captured an encounter this week between some deer, their fawns, a couple of elk and a curious coyote, who eventually decided he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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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.