NCWLIFE Evening News March 31st, 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, Governor Jay Inslee said Monday that despite most people in Washington complying with his Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, his office is still receiving thousands of complaints about violators. Chelan County PUD is preparing to postpone rate increases that were to go into effect June 1st. The Washington State Department of Licensing is closing all its driver licensing lobbies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and, A Wenatchee man who spent 18 years in prison for a gang-related drive-by shooting is jailed again for alleged drug and firearm offenses.
But first, we begin tonight. . .

Chelan County COVID Death -A second Chelan County resident has died from coronavirus infection, becoming the third such death in the four-county North Central Washington area. Confluence Health says the 85-year-old woman died under hospital care. Her death was preceded by one other Wenatchee resident, age 95, and an 80-year-man from Quincy. The Chelan-Douglas Health District says all told, there have been 21 COVID-19 cases identified in those two counties. Grant County has identified 63 cases, and Okanogan County, three cases.

Press Conference -Governor Jay Inslee said Monday that despite most people in Washington complying with his Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, his office is still receiving thousands of complaints about violators. People or businesses will receive a letter first if they’re not in compliance, he said. If they continue they will face fines, as well as suspension of their permits and business licenses. Inslee said if they still don’t comply they could face criminal charges. Attorney General Bob Ferguson said his office is prepared to enforce the governor’s orders.

Department of Licensing Closes -The Washington State Department of Licensing is closing all its driver licensing lobbies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All appointments are being cancelled and no further appointments will be taken. Most drivers still can renew their licenses online at DOL-dot-wa-dot-gov and the requirement for in-person visits every other renewal has been waived. On March 17th the DOL offices were closed temporarily to prepare for social distancing measures that included no longer administering vision tests.

Gang Member Arrested -A Wenatchee man who spent 18 years in prison for a gang-related drive-by shooting is jailed again for alleged drug and firearm offenses. 39-year-old Rafael Lima pleaded guilty to opening fire on members of a rival gang in 1997, when he was just 17. Lima has been out of prison since 2016. Now Wenatchee police say they found him early last Thursday in a parked truck in the 400 block of Pearl Street, with a loaded .22 pistol and a syringe of suspected heroin. Judge Kristin Ferrera ordered him held in jail Monday on $50,000 bond.
Coming up next, Chelan Fire and Rescue crews spent about an hour Monday afternoon dousing a fire that started after a burn pile was left unattended. The superintendent of the Manson School District will be leaving that job to become executive director of secondary education with the Eastmont school District. Though outdoor recreational opportunities have been severely limited by the state and federal government in recent days, two more safe-distancing options will become available tomorrow morning, and, The NCWLIFE Channel is producing a series of public service announcements from prominent people in our communities regarding the Corona Virus and first up, Wenatchee Mayor Frank Kuntz. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Chelan Burn Pile -Chelan Fire and Rescue crews spent about an hour Monday afternoon dousing a fire that started after a burn pile was left unattended. The fire, just after 4 p.m., was in the 400 block of Tennant Lane off Washington Creek. The fire department said windy conditions reignited the burn pile and it was slowly spreading when they arrived.

Manson Superintendent Leaving -The superintendent of the Manson School District will be leaving that job to become executive director of secondary education with the Eastmont school District. Matt Charlton, who has spent 13 years in Manson, said in his resignation letter his wife Shelley, a technology instructor at Chelan High School, also has accepted a job with Eastmont. Charlton grew up in East Wenatchee and is an Eastmont High School graduate.

Horse Lake Road Reopening -Though outdoor recreational opportunities have been severely limited by the state and federal government in recent days, two more safe-distancing options will become available tomorrow morning. Chelan County will be reopening Horse Lake Road, a popular access for hikers in the Wenatchee Foothills, and Burch Mountain Road above Sunnyslope. The state in the past week has closed its lands and banned recreational fishing, while the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest last weekend closed its recreational sites.

PSA Kuntz -The NCWLIFE Channel is producing a series of public service announcements from prominent people in our communities regarding the Corona Virus. Tonight, we feature Wenatchee Mayor Frank Kuntz. . .

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The Seahawks made a pair of moves Today, releasing veteran tight end Ed Dickson and waiving safety Tedric Thompson. 

Thompson, a 2017 fourth-round pick out of Colorado, started six games last season at free safety, but his season was cut short by a shoulder injury that landed him on injured reserve. Thompson started 10 of 14 games played in 2018, taking over a starting role after Earl Thomas landed on injured reserve with a leg injury.

The addition of Quandre Diggs via a midseason trade last year, as well as the selection of Marquise Blair and Ugo Amadi in last year’s draft, along with the presence of veterans like Bradley McDougald, Lano Hill and Thompson, created a deep and competitive safety group.

Dickson, a 10-year NFL veteran who previously played in Baltimore and Carolina, signed with the Seahawks as a free agent in 2018, but unfortunately injuries limited his impact over the past two seasons.

Today’s moves save Seattle nearly 5-million dollars in cap space.  Some say this could be a sign that the Seahawks are working diligently to re-sign Jadeveon Clowney.  Clowney is a free agent but his agent’s asking price of over 20-million dollars a year is scaring off prospective teams.

The NCAA has voted to grant an extra year of eligibility to all student-athletes in spring sports whose seasons were canceled because of the pandemic…

That’s all players, not just seniors whose careers ended early.According to details within the decision, it will be up to the schools to decide whether to grant seniors in spring sports less or equal financial aid next year.  In addition, the vote included an increase in the roster limit for baseball, the only spring sport with such a limit. The decision now is up to the schools on what they can afford and for those returning seniors who might not have a scholarship to help pay for an extra year of school.

This is the time of year when college football programs conduct their spring workouts.  But with COVID-19 running the show, teams are having to do without…

In addition, the Pac-12 has extended its suspension of organized activities through May 31st. The conference’s decision says there will be no organized, in-person team activities of any type; no in-person voluntary workouts, film study sessions, meetings, technique drills or practices of any type; and no virtual or online supervised voluntary workouts.  There is a limited availability for virtual group activities such as film study.

Locally, spring athletes are trying to do what they can to stay ready for if and when their sport might restart.  It has caused many to get creative.  Former Wenatchee Valley Thunder player and now coach Mason Dalbeck has a tip for lacrosse players…

 

We’ll be featuring a lacrosse game from last year coming up Saturday on our Sports Broadcast Schedule…

It begins tonight at 7 with Quincy and Wenatchee Boys Soccer. We’re going back to Hockey Nights on Thursday Nights and this week features the Wenatchee Wild and Langley Thursday night at 7. On Friday, it’s Eastmont and Sunnyside Boys Soccer at 7. Then on Saturday, we’re featuring boys lacrosse at 2 between the Wenatchee Valley Thunder and Selah.  That’s followed by more Wenatchee Wild hockey as they take on the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.

Thanks Eric.
COVID Command Center -Wenatchee Valley authorities are joining forces to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Today marked the official startup of a joint Emergency Operations Center, led by the Chelan-Douglas Health District and employing resources of both counties, plus the cities of Wenatchee and East Wenatchee. Among other things, the center has launched an online information center with news and services about the public health emergency. You can find that clearinghouse at cdeoc.org.
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.