NCWLIFE Evening News June 4th, 2021

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NCWLIFE Evening News June 4th, 2021

Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to what’s making news, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

And now, here a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, Four Yakima County men have been charged with cocaine sales and illicit cannabis distribution in Chelan County./ Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday announced a wide-ranging package of incentives designed to encourage Washington residents to get a COVID-19 vaccination, and, Chelan County has a new Superior Court Judge, we’ll tell you who it is coming up.

But first, our top story tonight. . .

A sinkhole at the bottom of Grant Road in East Wenatchee is creating a traffic headache for motorists that will continue through all next week.

The sinkhole was first reported Wednesday night and by yesterday morning the State Route 28 exit onto Grant Road and the center and right lanes of Grant Road heading east were also shut down. The city of East Wenatchee’s Public Works Department plans on starting repairs next Monday that could last until Friday the 11th. 

Until then, access to Hobby Lobby and Wendy’s is available by a temporary turn-around in the Fred Meyer parking lot and then turning right onto Riverside Drive.  The Link Transit bus stop in the Fred Meyer parking lot is also closed until repairs can be made.

Back in February, a man from Union Gap was arrested for allegedly transporting nine ounces of cocaine and three pounds of marijuana to Wenatchee. Now three other men who traveled with him are charged as co-defendants.

36-year-old Francisco Lopez was the first to be arrested by the Columbia River Drug Task Force, after he allegedly arranged to bring nine ounces of cocaine and three pounds of marijuana to a buyer in the Wenatchee Valley. This week, one of the passengers who rode with him was arrested for drug possession with intent to sell, and two other men are sought on warrants. 27-year-old Leopoldo Alvarez of Grandview is now jailed in Chelan County. Heraclio Martinez of Moxee and Raimondo Garcia of Selah are charged but not yet in custody. In addition to the drugs, police say the men had a 9mm handgun in their vehicle when Lopez was arrested in a February 25th traffic stop.

Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday announced a wide-ranging package of incentives designed to encourage Washington residents to get a COVID-19 vaccination. They include a chance to win up to $1-million-dollars from the Washington Lottery. . .

Chelan County has a new Superior Court Judge. Robert Jourdan of East Wenatchee was appointed today by Governor Jay Inslee. The 51-year-old Jourdan is a career public defense attorney, who’s worked the last two years at the Counsel For Defense of Chelan County, which represents indigent defendants. Inslee said Jourdan, QUOTE, “has a reputation as a consummate professional and an outstanding attorney with a real depth of experience.” He’ll replace longtime judge Lesley Allan, who’s retiring effective June 30th.

Coming up next, The Chelan PUD says summer water levels may be low in dam reservoirs this year./ The Seven Acres Foundation gets a $2.5 million state grant for a new Chelan community center./ After being closed all of 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic, Ohme Gardens is back open this year with fewer planned events but already a near-record number of visitors, and, Police Chief Steve Crown and Sheriff Tom Jones have been named to leadership positions on Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

A dry spring has the Chelan County PUD fretting about the potential for low water levels in its reservoirs. On Tuesday, PUD staff told commissioners that water elevations behind Rocky Reach and Rock Island dams may fluctuate more this summer than they have in past years.

That could have impacts on salmon health, electrical generation, and recreation. March and April 2021 were the fourth driest spring months on record for the state of

The Seven Acres Foundation in Chelan has received a $2.5 million Commerce Department grant toward development of its new community center.

The foundation broke ground in October for the new center, which will feature an indoor pool, gym, play area, meeting spaces and kitchen. Project leaders say the grant will help jumpstart construction on the project, expected to be complete by next summer.

being closed all of 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic, Ohme Gardens is back open this year with fewer planned events but already a near-record number of visitors. Wake Up Wenatchee Valley’s Dan Kuntz talked with Ohme Gardens administrator Jason Browning, about how things have been going at the Wenatchee attraction and what’s ahead. . .

Two top law enforcement authorities from North Central Washington will help govern the statewide association that advises local police agencies. Wenatchee Police Chief Steve Crown was named this week as president-elect of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, meaning he’ll chair the executive board next year. Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones was elected vice president. WASPC [WAS-pic] develops training and policies for police departments across the state.

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. . .

Vaccination efforts are nonstop around Washington, but pockets remain where residents don’t have equal access to a COVID-19 shot. In tonight’s feature story, the state Department of Health this week unveiled the Care-A-Van, a mobile program designed to reach everyone still in need of a vaccine. . .

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.

Thanks Eric.

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up Monday 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 weekend.