NCWLIFE Evening News May 11th, 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, Fish and Wildlife authorities are looking into the apparent poaching of a black bear, found about 10 days ago on a local logging road in the Lake Wenatchee area. An Everett climber who fell during a Sunday excursion on Mount Stuart was rescued by helicopter, and, The 2020 election season will start to take shape this week as candidates begin filing to run for a number of races on the ballot this year.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A body pulled from the Columbia River along the Loop Trail on Saturday appears to be that of a 48-year-old homeless resident. Wenatchee Police Captain Edgar Reinfeld tells us what happened. . .

Reinfeld says there’s no sign of foul play, and the man found Sunday appears to have either drowned, or fallen into the river after suffering a medical emergency. He’s

believed to have died either at or near the spot where he was found. An autopsy is still to come.

Fish and Wildlife authorities are looking into the apparent poaching of a black bear, found about 10 days ago on a local logging road in the Lake Wenatchee area. Sgt. Dan Klump with the state Wish and Wildlife Enforcement Division says there’s a reward for anyone with information that leads to a conviction.

Klump says the bear carcass may have been left for one to two weeks before it was found. The reward amount could range from $300 up to $1,000 or more.

An Everett climber who fell during a Sunday excursion on Mount Stuart was rescued by helicopter.

26-year-old Nolan Anderson took a fall in the Cascadian Couloir climbing route on the south face of the mountain, and suffered an apparent broken leg. His partner called rescue agencies about 11:45 a.m., and a hoist helicopter from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island was soon on the scene. Chelan County Sheriff’s Chief of Special Operations said Anderson was flown directly to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he was listed in ??? condition this morning.

The 2020 election season will start to take shape this week as candidates begin filing to run for a number of races on the ballot this year. Filing week runs today through 4 p.m. Friday, with much at stake locally, statewide and nationally.

All 12th District legislative seats are on the ballot, with Senator Brad Hawkins and Representatives Mike Steele and Keith Goehner expected to seek re-election. In addition, two Chelan County and Douglas County commissioner seats are on the ballot, as are three Superior Court judge positions in Chelan County and one in Douglas County. Filing can be done by mail, or by dropping the paperwork off at a drop box.

Coming up next, COVID-19 relief funding is on tap for Chelan and Douglas counties to the tune of about $8.6 million dollars. In order to maintain public health concerns and operate a business in step with new health guidelines, the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce has convened a Recovery Council. A pizza restaurant in Chelan was able to raise $1,800 dollars to help restock the local food bank, and, Washington drivers have until this Friday, May 15th, to swap out those studded winter tires for regular treads. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

COVID-19 relief funding is on tap for Chelan and Douglas counties to the tune of about $8.6 million dollars.

The state Department of Commerce says the federally-approved money under the CARES Act amounts to $4.3 million for Chelan County, plus just over $1 million for the city of Wenatchee and almost $320,000 for its four other incorporated towns.

Douglas County gets $2.3 million, plus $411,000 for East Wenatchee and almost $195,000 for its remaining cities. The money is allocated based on population, impacts from the pandemic, and other factors. It can be used to defray costs to local governments from dealing with the disease. For Grant County and its cities, the total is $7.1 million; in Okanogan County, just $59,000.

In order to maintain public health concerns and operate a business in step with new health guidelines, the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce has convened a Recovery Council. The council is comprised of local businesses, civic, non-profit and healthcare leaders to prepare the region to move quickly to re-open businesses in a manner that protects from further spread of COVID-19.

The Council was created to engage with, and work within, Governor Inslee’s Safe Start Washington phased plan to help prepare the Greater Wenatchee Area for reopening businesses. The Council is co-chaired by Wenatchee Mayor Frank Kuntz and East Wenatchee Mayor Jerrilea Crawford. 

pizza restaurant in Chelan was able to raise $1,800 dollars to help restock the local food bank.

Local Myth Pizza launched the Raising Dough for the Lake Chelan Food Bank campaign April 17th. The restaurant donated $1 for every pizza sold through May 1st and pizza lovers stepped up with their safe-distancing purchases.

If you’re still chewing up the asphalt with studded tires, it’s time to remedy that. Washington drivers have until one week from today, May 15th, to swap out those heavy-duty winter tires for regular treads.

Ordinarily the deadline would have been March 31st, but Gov. Jay Inslee and the Department of Transportation extended the deadline so drivers wouldn’t have to crowd into service centers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starting this Saturday, May 16th, drivers using studded tires face a $136 dollar fine.

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. . .

Serve Wenatchee Valley has been busy collecting and distributing food and offering other assistance to people in need during the COVID-19 outbreak. In tonight’s feature story, Executive director Thom Nees told Wake Up Wenatchee Valley’s Dan Kuntz he expects the number of people needing their services will grow even more in the weeks ahead.

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 West Coast League announced late Friday it was delaying the start of its summer collegiate baseball season a month…

West Coast League Commissioner Rob Neyer said with Bellingham dropping out a few weeks ago and recent declarations in Oregon and British Columbia, they had to make the tough decision to at least delay the season…

Bellingham announced two weeks ago it could not field a team this summer because of the closure of its stadium due to COVID. 

Neyer says the league is bracing for the possibility of losing Bend and Corvallis in the South and Kelowna and Victoria along with Bellingham in the North.  That leaves seven teams to try to put together some sort of plan for this summer.  The Commissioner says they’re having to be creative…

One thing for sure is that there are plenty of players from which to choose.  Neyer says it started when Cape Cod and other similar collegiate leagues around the country announced they were cancelling the 2020 season.  Couple that with the loss of the collegiate season this spring, players are desperate to find a place to play…

Following Friday’s announcement by the West Coast League to delay the season, Wenatchee AppleSox Owner Jose Oglesby said he’s committed to have baseball this summer…

He said, quote, we would not exist without our great fans.  We will have baseball in Wenatchee this year.  I will exhaust every possible opportunity to provide a creative and entertaining product this summer.  It may be different than previous seasons, but we intend to celebrate summer with our town’s favorite sport once again in 2020 when the time is right…end quote.

Be sure to tune in tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley when we’ll have Eric Granstrom’s complete interview with West Coast League Commissioner Rob Neyer.  Then on Wednesday, I’ll have a Skype interview with AppleSox General Manager Ken Osborne about possible creative solutions to some baseball in Wenatchee this summer.

The Seattle Mariners posted a special Mother’s Day video from several of there players yesterday.  And, even though it’s a day late, it’s a nice message to all those supportive Moms out there…

Here’s what we have this week on the NCWLIFE Sports Schedule…

We have several Great Games of our Past this week beginning tomorrow night with girls volleyball from September of 2016 between Wenatchee and Chelan.  Thursday night’s Hockey Night is another game from that magical playoff run in 2018 when the Wenatchee Wild took on the Prince George Spruce Kings. 

Friday is a replay from a very cold night last October when Cashmere hosted Cascade in girls soccer.  Then on Saturday, we’ll bring you a bunch of baseball with Wenatchee hosting Moses Lake from May of 2017 followed by the Wenatchee AppleSox and Portland Pickles from last July.

Thanks Eric.

Another victim of COVID-19 as we leave you tonight. . .in light of health risks from coronavirus, the Wenatchee city pool will not open for its 2020 season. That’s the word from the city of Wenatchee today. The pool was set to begin swimming hours June 13th, but parks and recreation director Dave Erickson says due to, quote, various health, safety and operational considerations, the facility will remain closed this year. He says the decision was not taken lightly. The city will keep monitoring the public health situation, and still hopes to open other Parks and Rec programs like the park wading pool program, Rotary Park splash pad, and day camps that are already scheduled.

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.