NCWLIFE Evening News June 9th, 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, Moses Lake police say a would-be shoplifter just kept making things worse for himself Sunday at Tri-State Outfitters. A fire at Fields Point Landing in Chelan Monday evening destroyed a house that was undergoing a remodel, and, Chelan’s premiere waterpark is now seeking permission to reopen in federal court.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

It was a dumpster fire sort of a day for firefighters in Moses Lake. Literally. Monday morning, they responded to a trash fire in a Lakeside Disposal truck. Crews were able to get the flaming garbage out of the truck and extinguished.

Then about 3:30 in the afternoon, they were called to the scene of a pair of related wrecks on Interstate 90 that started when a westbound pickup towing a loaded car trailer hit and high-centered on the jersey barrier. The Washington State Patrol said that pushed a barrier into the eastbound lane, triggering a semi and car collision that sent the car partially into the lake. The freeway was closed in both directions as the mess was cleaned up. It wasn’t until about 6:30 p.m. before both lanes were reopened. There were no serious injuries in the wrecks.

Moses Lake police say a would-be shoplifter just kept making things worse for himself Sunday at Tri-State Outfitters.

22-year-old Elias Cuevas reportedly attempted to steal ammunition but was spotted by several employees and a customer, who happened to be an off-duty corrections officer. When confronted, Cuevas allegedly assaulted an employee.

When police arrived, they say he gave a false name but when he was searched they found a pistol in his pocket and stolen checks made out to himself, using his real name. Being a felon, Cuevas was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm in addition to the robbery charges. In posting about the arrest, the Moses Lake Police Department used the hashtag The Ammo Didn’t Even Fit the Gun.

A fire at Fields Point Landing in Chelan Monday evening destroyed a house that was undergoing a remodel.

By the time Chelan Fire and Rescue crews arrived, the home at 351 Fields Point Landing had already mostly burned to the ground, the fire district reported. Strong winds off the lake pushed the fire into brush and threatened another home before firefighters doused that fire. Firefighters from Manson and Entiat assisted in battling the fire. The cause is under investigation.

Chelan’s premiere waterpark is now seeking permission to reopen in federal court.

Slidewaters filed suit last month against the state Department of Labor and Industries in Chelan County court, but the Attorney General’s office arranged to have the case heard in the Eastern District U.S. Court in Spokane. A judge will hear argument Friday on whether to grant an injunction that would bar L&I from using emergency enforcement power to fine Slidewaters, or any other business, for operating during the COVID-19 emergency. Waterparks and other gathering places in Chelan County remain closed or restricted while the county is in Phase 1 of the state’s coronavirus emergency plan.

Coming up next, As you might expect, total home sales in the Wenatchee Valley real estate market nose-dived in May compared to the same time last year. The Chelan PUD is seeking a court order against Grant PUD after a change in hydropower exchange methods. Not everyplace would be happy to be called a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, but for Grant County, it means a chance at more money and resources for local police and sheriff’s deputies, and, The Forest Service is having a problem with parking on Icicle Road as recreationists return to the mountains after limited access during the COVID-19 shutdown. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

As you might expect, total home sales in the Wenatchee Valley real estate market tumbled 33-percent in May compared to the same time last year.

That’s the latest from Pacific Appraisal Associates where homes sales fell from 98 in May of 2019 to 66 this year. The good news in the report is that active home listings are up 13-percent from last month while closed sales are down slightly by 1-percent compared to May of last year. The median sales price of a home ticked up slightly by 3-percent over the same period last year at 349,900-dollars and the average sales price went up by 5-percent year-to-date.

Two public utility districts have gone to court over the way they share electric power.

Forty-six years ago, the Grant County PUD agreed to provide some of its power to the Chelan County PUD, after the Wanapum Project reduced the potential electric output from the upstream Rock Island Dam. Last November, Grant PUD changed the way it distributes that power, and the Chelan PUD claims some of the electricity

now comes from non-renewable sources. Chelan PUD spokesman Neil Neroutsos [ner-ROOT-so] says that’s a breach of contract. . .

Grant County PUD spokesman Ryan Holterhoff says the Chelan County utility is asking for more than what’s specified in the contract, which was finalized in 1974. The Chelan PUD wants a court injunction ordering the Grant PUD utility to share only electricity that’s locally generated by Wanapum Dam.

Not everyplace would be happy to be called a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, but for Grant County, it means a chance at more money and resources for local police and sheriff’s deputies.

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy assigned the designation to Grant County on Friday. It coordinates information-sharing among departments, and makes the county’s Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team eligible for grants and assistance to combat drug trafficking.

The Forest Service is having a problem with parking on Icicle Road as recreationists return to the mountains after limited access during the COVID-19 shutdown.

Video taken last Saturday by Stephanie Mair shows a long line of vehicles parked along the roadway, which is not allowed. The Forest Service said emergency vehicles can’t get through and search and rescue teams have to dispatch helicopters because their vehicles are too large. Parking is only allowed at the 8 Mile and Stuart Lake trailheads and the Forest Service is asking people to plan their hiking trips during the weekdays or have another plan in mind if the trailheads are too crowded.

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, the Wenatchee Valley was the scene of huge demonstrations this weekend as part of the Black Lives Matter movement, responding to the death in police custody of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and many other police-involved killings of African-Americans around the country. NCWLIFE reporter Jefferson Robbins was on the scene in Wenatchee and has more. . .

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.

Carlos Hyde is ready to challenge for a starting spot at running back with the Seattle Seahawks.  He said he’s excited to join a franchise he envied while playing for another NFC West team…

Hyde is coming off his most-successful season last year with Houston, rushing for 1-thousand, 70-yards and 6-touchdowns.  He says he’s ready for the challenge of joining a talented backfield in Seattle…

Hyde played his first four years with San Francisco after being drafted in the second round out of Ohio State in 2014.  He played alongside Colin Kaepernick in 2016 when Kaepernick took a knee to protest racial injustice.  With the nation swirling in the wake of George Floyd’s death, Hyde says the NFL has an opportunity to make an important move…

Carlos is coming off of off-season shoulder surgery but says he expects to be ready to compete when training camp starts in July in Redmond.

The NFL and Players Union have come out with a game plan to allow franchises a full-restart in time for training camps in late-July…

In Monday’s 4-part memo to teams, Commissioner Roger Goodell outline the NFL’s protocols focusing on screening, testing, and infection prevention and treatment for COVID-19, including response to new infections. 

The memo also included instructions on proper facility access, cleaning and disinfecting; physical distancing; hygiene, health education and medical services; food preparation; supplies; and team travel.

Among taboos in the protocols is sharing drink bottles and towels, and buffet-style meals.

Each team is required to submit detailed proposals on how they plan to implement the protocols before they’d be allowed to host players and personnel in their facilities.

Major League Baseball has made a counter-proposal to players in an attempt to start the coronavirus-delayed season…

Monday, a proposal of a 76-game regular season was sent to player representatives.  In addition, the plan included expanding the playoffs from 10-teams to 16-teams and would allow players to earn about 75-percent of their prorated salaries.

MLB’s previous proposal fell on deaf ears when it included a sliding scale of prorated salaries and an 82-game regular season.

Monday’s offer also included a drop-dead date.  According to a letter obtained by the Associated Press, the league is giving players until Wednesday to answer.  In the letter, Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem wrote, “If the players desire to accept this proposal, we need to reach an agreement by Wednesday.”  Halem said time is of the essence if baseball wants to return by July 4th and conclude the regular season by the end of September.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, yes it’s June, and yes, it snowed at Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort outside Wenatchee this morning.

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The resort says it isn’t sure if this qualifies as the first snow of the news season or the last snow of the old season.

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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.