NCWLIFE Evening News March 11, 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, The COVID-19 outbreak continues to affect local institutions and events including the Grant County PUD. Also because of the virus, the school districts of Wenatchee, Chelan and Manson all announced on Tuesday they’ll cancel indoor sports, events and meetings in district facilities through the upcoming spring break, and, a Dryden man allegedly punched himself multiple times during an assault on his girlfriend, and told her he would call the police and blame her for injuring him.
But first, we begin tonight. . .


Governor Jay Inslee announced emergency measures today to contain the pandemic in Washington. That includes prohibiting events of more than 250 people in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, the most densely populated counties in the state. The restrictions include concerts, festivals, public meetings, and church gatherings. At a press conference this morning, Inslee called the public health situation unprecedented. . .
As of today, 366 people in Washington have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, 302 of them in King and Snohomish counties. Twenty-nine people have died.

The COVID-19 outbreak continues to affect local institutions and events. Last night, the Grant County PUD announced it would shut its doors to the public and ask its non-essential workers to stay home, while it deals with a possible coronavirus exposure. The PUD says one of its contracted employees has had direct and prolonged exposure to someone with a confirmed case of coronavirus. Ryan Holterhoff discussed the situation. . .
Holterhoff wouldn’t say which division of the Grant County PUD employed the exposed worker. The utility employs about 600 people; only 50 of them are still physically on the job. The rest, including Holterhoff, have been asked to telecommute, or told not to report in at all.

Meanwhile, in neighboring Chelan County, the school districts of Wenatchee, Chelan and Manson all announced on Tuesday they’ll cancel indoor sports, events and meetings in district facilities through the upcoming spring break. Cascade School District in Leavenworth did the same today. Local health districts have advised schools and other organizations to avoid bringing groups of people together. The cancellations include plays, public meetings, parent conferences and indoor sporting events, but not outdoor games.

In other news, a Dryden man allegedly punched himself multiple times during an assault on his girlfriend, and told her he would call the police and blame her for injuring him. Peter M. Phipps, who’s 29, is accused of throwing a knife at the woman and covering her face with a plastic bag during the incident Saturday night. Phipps told sheriff’s deputies he had no memory of the assault due to intoxication. Police are seeking charges of second-degree domestic violence. Phipps was released from jail Tuesday on $10,000 dollars bond.

Coming up next, There will be more counting to do before Washington state declares a Democratic presidential primary winner. The soccer court at Kiwanis-Methow Park in Wenatchee will be closed the rest of the week while the city does repair work, and, A scheduled Wenatchee appearance by former Planned Parenthood manager turned anti-abortion activist Sue Thayer has been cancelled. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

There will be more counting to do before Washington state declares a Democratic presidential primary winner. Senator Bernie Sanders holds a razor-thin edge over former Vice President Joe Biden after Tuesday’s tally. Sanders leads by only 2,084 votes out of the more than 1 million votes cast in the Democratic primary. Sanders also was the narrow favorite in North Central Washington, leading in Chelan, Grant and Okanogan counties. Douglas County voters were the exception, favoring Biden. President Trump, even though he was unopposed on the Republican ballot, still received far more votes than Sanders and Biden combined in North Central Washington counties.

The soccer court at Kiwanis-Methow Park in Wenatchee will be closed the rest of the week while the city does repair work. The turf field was installed last October as part of a 2.7-million-dollar renovation of the South Wenatchee park. Officially a multi-use court, it also was closed for two days in February while temporary fixes were done. The current work is expected to provide a permanent fix. An official dedication of the renovated park is planned for May 10th.

A scheduled Wenatchee appearance by former Planned Parenthood manager turned anti-abortion activist Sue Thayer has been cancelled. Thayer was to speak at the Wenatchee Community Center March 18th but her organization, 40 Days For Life, has cancelled all travel to Washington state. 40 Days for Life members and supporters are praying, fasting and holding vigils at abortion facilities February 26th through April 5th. A local organizer said the trip was cancelled because of the number of coronavirus cases in Washington.
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Local citizens will have a greater role in how police-involved shootings are investigated in the future. Voter-approved Initiative 940 requires that citizens with no law enforcement experience be included in the independent probes of cases involving police use of deadly force. In tonight’s feature story, Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett and Douglas County Sheriff Kevin Morris put out the call for volunteers on a recent episode of In Focus with Steve Hair. . .
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.

The NWAC Tournament is being moved to Oregon…
After being shut down mid-stream last Thursday in Everett due to the Corona Virus, the Northwest Athletic Conference had to find a new location. That will be Clackamas Community College for the men and a split between Clackamas and Linn-Benton CC for the women.
The Wenatchee Valley Knights will face Portland in the first round tomorrow night at 10 o’clock.
The Lady Knights, after beating Tacoma in the first round, play its second-round game against Linn-Benton Friday at 2pm. If the WVC Ladies advance to the semifinals, it would be played at Clackamas on Saturday.

Gonzaga blew open a close game at halftime in the second half to down Saint Mary’s 84-66 in the WCC Championship game last night…
Drew Timme (Timmy) scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half as the Bulldogs had 5-players in double-figures. It’s Gonzaga’s 17th West Coast Conference Tournament Title overall and 8th in the last 10-years.
Joel Ayayi also had 17-points while Filip Petrusev (PET-roo-sev) had 10-points and 10-rebounds; Corey Kispert scored 12-points; and Admon Gilder scored 15. Speculation is that Gonzaga will receive a #1 seed to the NCAA Tournament. The West Coast Conference women’s tournament wrapped up without the ladies from Gonzaga…
Portland followed up its upset of No. 11 Gonzaga by downing San Diego 64-63 in overtime to win the WCC Championship. It’s the first time in the NCAA Tournament for the Pilots since 1994.The Pac-12 men’s tournament gets underway today in Las Vegas…
Washington is a 12-seed and goes up against #5 Arizona today at 2:30. Washington State is an 11-seed and faces #6 Colorado tonight at 8:30. The games can be seen on the Pac-12 Network.

Jose Marmolejos (MAR-muh-LAY-OSE) hit a 2-run home run and the Mariners beat the Angels in Cactus League play yesterday 3-to-1…
Jake Fraley also went 1-for-3 with a double and Dee Gordon went 2-for-3 at the plate. On the mound, Logan Gilbert was impressive in his start, going 2-innings and allowing no-runs, no-hits and had three strikeouts.
Seattle is back in Peoria tonight to face San Diego tonight at 6:40.

And here’s a reminder of what’s coming up on the NCWLIFE Sports Broadcast Schedule for the rest of the week…
It’s Hockey Night tomorrow night when we’ll air Wenatchee’s only win in its playoff series against Vernon. Game 2 from the Town Toyota Center is tomorrow night at 7.
Friday is a rebroadcast of the Cashmere girl’s semifinal game from a week ago in the Sun Dome against La Salle at 7 o’clock.
Then Saturday at 7, we’ll re-air the Cashmere boy’s 4th place game against River View followed at 9 o’clock by the Cashmere girls in their championship game against Lynden Christian.

Thanks Eric. Recapping tonight’s top story. . .
Governor Jay Inslee announced emergency measures today to contain the pandemic in Washington. That includes prohibiting events of more than 250 people in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, the most densely populated counties in the state. The restrictions include concerts, festivals, public meetings, and church gatherings. At a press conference this morning, Inslee called the public health situation unprecedented. . .

Also, the school districts of Wenatchee, Chelan and Manson all announced on Tuesday they’ll cancel indoor sports, events and meetings in district facilities through the upcoming spring break. As of today, 267 people in Washington have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, 244 of them in King and Snohomish counties. Twenty-four people have died.
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.