NCWLIFE Evening News March 4th, 2021

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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, An Entiat man who held another man at gunpoint in a Wenatchee confrontation one year was sentenced yesterday to five years in prison./ New COVID-19 cases in Chelan and Douglas counties continued their steady decline in the health district’s thermographic report this week./ What happens if you’ve received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine but missed an appointment for a second shot? We’ll tell you coming up, and, The Chelan-Douglas Health District reported six additional COVID-19 deaths today.   

But first, our top story tonight. . .

A Wenatchee woman has won a key legal ruling to keep her daughter from being returned to the child’s father in Saudi Arabia.

Bethany Vierra Al-Haidari has struggled in the Saudi courts to retain custody amid her divorce from her Saudi husband. She left Saudi Arabia with her daughter in 2019, while her former husband sued to retain child custody. Her lawyer says she’s subject to imprisonment or even execution if she returns.

Last month, Chelan County Judge Kristin Ferrera said Saudi court rulings that awarded the father custody are invalid, because they deny the mother her basic rights as a human and a parent. Last year, Bethany, who studied human rights as a Ph.D candidate, argued in Ferrera’s court against the Saudi system. . .

The child’s father disputes Ferrera’s decision. The case remains open until the court can set a child custody agreement.

An Entiat man who held another man at gunpoint in a Wenatchee confrontation one year was sentenced yesterday to five years in prison. 48-year-old Scott Anthony Glass pleaded guilty last month to third-degree assault and unlawful firearm possession. He was originally charged with more severe counts including kidnapping.

Glass has multiple previous convictions including one for third-degree child rape. He already spent the last year in the Chelan County jail. While there, he allegedly set a fire in his cell and fashioned a weapon to attack jail staff. Judge Lesley Allan imposed the five-year sentence, which was recommended by Chelan County prosecutors.

New COVID-19 cases in Chelan and Douglas counties continued their steady decline in the health district’s thermographic report this week.

The Chelan-Douglas Health District reported Wednesday that the number of new cases per 100,000 residents over the past two weeks had fallen to 134, down from 177 last week.

By this morning the number of new cases had dropped even more, to 130 per 100,000 residents over the past two weeks. In addition, the people hospitalized with the virus from the two counties continues to fall, with two people from Chelan County and one from Douglas County currently being treated at Central Washington Hospital.

What happens if you’ve received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine but missed an appointment for a second shot? Chelan-Douglas Health Officer Doctor Malcolm Butler says there’s likely still time to arrange for a second dose. . .

The Chelan-Douglas Health District reported six additional COVID-19 deaths today, four Chelan County residents and two Douglas County residents.

The latest deaths in Chelan County were all women, including one in her 40s, one in her 80s, one in her 90s and another in her 100s. In Douglas County, a man in his 50s and a woman in her 90s were reported as COVID-19 deaths. That brings Chelan County’s total deaths since the pandemic began a year ago to 46 and Douglas County’s to 19.

Coming up next, Representative Dan Newhouse has introduced a farm labor reform bill./ It’s a big week for hydrogen fuel initiatives in North Central Washington./ Representatives Schrier and Newhouse vote on the For the People Act, and, In a sign of a gradual return to normalcy, the playground at Walla Walla Point Park reopened last week for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began a year ago. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in political news. . .

Dan Newhouse is teaming with an influential Democrat in an effort to revise farm guest worker programs. The Farm Workforce Modernization Act passed the House in 2019, but didn’t become law.

The Sunnyside Republican reintroduced the bill in the House this week with California Democrat Zoe Lofgren. If adopted, the bill would create a pathway to legal residency for international farmworkers; and reform the H-2A agricultural visa program, among other measures.

It’s a big week for hydrogen fuel initiatives in North Central Washington.

On Wednesday, 12th District State Senator Brad Hawkins saw his bill pass that chamber unanimously, setting up an eight-year reduction of sales tax of vehicles that use hydrogen fuel cells. That legislation now goes to the House. Hawkins already pushed a bill into law last year that allows public utility districts to produce and sell industrial hydrogen.

On Monday, the Douglas County PUD will break ground on its planned hydrogen production facility, on Highway 2 near McDougall Fruit.

That plant will use electricity to separate hydrogen from oxygen molecules in water, to capture the hydrogen as a commodity.

In a partisan split on the Congressional For the People Act, NCW’s two House representative took up their usual sides. 8th District Democrat Kim Schrier voted in favor yesterday of the bill, which would overhaul federal laws on campaign finance, voting rights, and ethics.

Republican Congressman Dan Newhouse of the 4th District voted against it. The bill passed narrowly, 220 to 210. It’s the Democrats’ signature legislation for the 117th Congress. It would need 60 votes in the evenly-divided U.S. Senate to overcome a filibuster.

In a sign of a gradual return to normalcy, the playground at Walla Walla Point Park reopened last week for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began a year ago. And that’s just the beginning. Parks Manager Ryan Baker told PUD commissioners this week that additional recreational opportunities that were shut down during the pandemic will be returning to PUD facilities soon. . .

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Time now for our weekly Pause for Pets feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Simba the cat. . .

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.

NCWLIFE Channel will dive into our first-ever broadcast of swimming and diving later today…

Eastmont Aquatic Center is the site for a double-dual between Eastmont, Wenatchee and Moses Lake.  Eric Granstrom will be poolside along with former swimming official and local attorney John Brangwin for color commentary. 

The event takes place at 4 o’clock this afternoon.  We will have it on TV tonight at 7 as well as streamed on our website and our Facebook page.  In addition, we’re working with Eastmont High School and the NFHS Network to provide our feed so Eastmont fans who have subscribed can watch the broadcast through NFHS Network dot com.

Washington State outscored Utah 23-to-14 over the 2nd and 3rd quarters of its first-round Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament game Wednesday and went on for the 57-48 victory…

Freshman Charlisse Leger-Walker scored 15-points to lead the Cougars while her senior sister Krystal added 12.  WSU also got 13-points and 12-rebounds from Bella Murekatete (mer-uh-kah-TET-tay). Coach Kamie Ethridge was thrilled to see her ladies get to the next round…

Australian-born Krystal Leger-Walker says the international flavor that she and others on the Cougar roster bring helped in tournament play…

Washington State will face 2nd seed Arizona in the quarterfinals today at 5 o’clock.

11th-seeded Washington upset 6th-seeded Colorado in the first-round of the Pac-12 Women’s Tournament 68-54…

Tameiya Sadler and Haley Van Dyke each had breakout performances for the Huskies, each scoring 18-points.  Washington used a big, 22-point second quarter to earn an 8-point lead at the break.  Husky coach Jody Wynn says this win is a credit to her team’s defense…

Washington had 13-steals as a team, led by Quay Miller’s 5 takeaways, and forced the Buffaloes into 20 turnovers for the game.  The Huskies will face No. 3 seed and 9th-ranked UCLA tonight at 8 o’clock.  All the games from the tournament can be seen on the Pac-12 Network.

The balls were flying high in Mesa Wednesday as the Mariners and Cubs combined for six home runs in an 8-8 tie in Cactus League play…

They don’t go extra-innings in the pre-season, so Jack Reinheimer (rine-himer) became the hero with a man aboard in the top of the 9th for Seattle…

Seattle’s game was on ESPN yesterday from the home of the Chicago Cubs in Mesa, Sloan Park.  In fact, Mariner manager Scott Servais was mic’d up on the broadcast with Jared Kelenic (KELL-uh-nick) at the plate in the top of the 4th

Seattle wasn’t out of home runs for the game, however, as Taylor Trammel (truh-MEL) led off the 5th with a blast to left-center…

Manager Scott Servais was not happy with his pitching staff, giving up too many walks and free passes…

Seattle’s back home in Peoria today to host the Colorado Rockies at 12:10.  Justus Sheffield will make his first start of the spring.

Thanks Eric.

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.