NCWLIFE Evening News May 11th, 2021

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to what’s making news, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

And now, here a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, A 30-year-old Wenatchee woman received a two-year prison sentence Monday for leading police on a high-speed chase in a stolen car./ The FDA yesterday approved the Pfizer COVID vaccine for kids ages 12 and up./ Chelan County commissioners today received long-awaited guidance on short-term rentals, and, Federal COVID-19 relief funding will allow LocalTel Communications to offer free Internet services to thousands of households in Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Lincoln counties.

But first, our top story tonight. . .

A Cashmere man is in custody after allegedly burglarizing a local shop late last week. 21-year-old Dennis Mendez is jailed in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center.

Chelan County sheriff’s deputies say they caught Mendez fleeing from Tienda Mexicana La Palma on Sunset Highway about 4 a.m. Friday. Another male escaped during a subsequent foot chase.

The store’s glass front door was smashed and its alarm panel ripped off the wall, and the owners said the cash register had been removed. Mendez was allegedly carrying multiple pieces of merchandise from the store, as well as about $300 in cash. Deputies say they have not yet identified the other suspect.

A 30-year-old Wenatchee woman received a two-year prison sentence Monday for leading police on a high-speed chase in a stolen car.

Rose Alexandra Hernandez pleaded guilty in Douglas County to possession of a stolen vehicle, fleeing from police and driving with no license. She was arrested back in February after a chase that began on the George Sellar Bridge and ended in South Wenatchee, after police knocked her car into a spin and brought it to a stop at Simmons and Judkins streets. Hernandez has prior convictions for theft, burglary, and taking vehicles without permission.

The FDA yesterday approved the Pfizer COVID vaccine for kids ages 12 and up. But the state Department of Health says there are a few more steps before Washington adopts that vaccine strategy.

The FDA approval must be ratified by the CDC’s vaccine advisory committee, expected to meet Wednesday. And the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, representing Washington and three other states, must also approve. That means state programs like the mass vaccination site in Wenatchee might not offer the Pfizer vaccine to younger applicants until at least next week.

Some providers aren’t waiting, though: The Columbia Valley Community Health vaccine clinic, scheduled for Saturday at Wenatchee High School, will offer the dose for kids 12 and up who live in the Wenatchee, East Wenatchee and Cashmere areas. Other school districts, like Cascade in Leavenworth, are also planning vaccine clinics starting at age 12 in the coming weeks.

Chelan County commissioners today received long-awaited guidance on short-term rentals. Among other things, the task force put together by commissioners recommends that existing vacation rentals in unincorporated areas of the county be allowed to continue operation, if they comply with all safety codes and standards. The number of new short-term rentals would be capped, and each rental would have a maximum allowed occupancy. Community Development Director Jim Brown and Commissioner Chairman Bob Bugert both said the task force coped very well with a controversial topic. . .

County commissioners voted unanimously to put the recommendations into a draft county code, which they’ll consider at a workshop June 1st. A public hearing on the code will be held next month before it’s adopted.

Federal COVID-19 relief funding will allow LocalTel Communications to offer free Internet services to thousands of households in Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Lincoln counties.

As a provider for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, LocalTel can offer up to $50 per month to qualified customers, which the company says will cover the monthly Internet fee for most households.

In a press release, LocalTel said to qualify, households must have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, have a child eligible for free school lunches, have a member who received a college Pell grant, meet income guidelines or is part of any of several federal assistance programs. The program is offered to new and existing LocalTel customers beginning Wednesday.

To check eligibility, go to the LocalTel website at LocalTel-dot-com. LocalTel is the parent company of NCWLIFE.

Coming up next, The state is preparing to celebrate the state’s rich geologic story with a look at the what the Department of Natural Resources is calling the Washington 100./ With weather conditions favorable again, prescribed burning resumed today in North Central Washington./ Governor Jay Inslee signed a huge raft of bills into law Monday, including a bill that toughens the requirements for controlling noxious weeds, and, A fifth-grade teacher at St. Joseph Catholic School in Wenatchee, has been named the school’s new principal. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The state is preparing to celebrate the state’s rich geologic story with a look at the what the Department of Natural Resources is calling the Washington 100.

DNR has given a sneak peek into some of the 100 geological marvels it will be highlighting, including several in our region. . .

With weather conditions favorable again, prescribed burning resumed today in North Central Washington.

The U.S. Forest Service is burning about 100 acres southwest of the summit of Blewett Pass and about 56 acres in the South Summit area about 7-and-a-half miles east of Carlton. The Forest Service is just one of several agencies with aggressive plans for prescribed burns in the area this spring. The state departments of Fish and Wildlife and Natural Resources also are using prescribed burning to make the forests less vulnerable to devastating wildfires this summer.

Governor Jay Inslee signed a huge raft of bills into law Monday, including measures to divert mentally ill criminal offenders into community-based care, eliminating license suspension as a punishment for unpaid traffic tickets, and expanding coverage of the paid family and medical leave program.

One bill signed into law, sponsored by 13th District Representative Tom Dent, toughens the requirements for controlling noxious weeds.

Another, by 13th District Senator Judy Warnick, increases pesticide license fees that haven’t gone up since 2008, and uses the new revenue for technical assistance and education on pesticide use – particularly for non-English-speaking farmers.

Lisa Martinez, a fifth-grade teacher at St. Joseph Catholic School in Wenatchee, has been named the school’s new principal.

Martinez replaces Robert Turner who is retiring at the end of the year. Martinez has taught at St. Joseph for the past 10 years and is a former student at the Catholic school.

St. Joseph currently has 120 students in grades preschool through fifth grade.

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. . .

A sudden outbreak of COVID-19 has been brutal for one of Washington’s smallest counties. Ferry County was the site of a major uptick in coronavirus cases from April into May, fueled by a private club’s super spreader event in the town of Republic. There have been 112 new cases reported there since April 12th – about one third of all cases in Ferry County since the pandemic began. In tonight’s feature story, the chief nursing officer with the region’s only hospital says the outbreak has created a major strain on their health system. . .

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.

After a travel day yesterday, the Mariners are in Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers tonight…

Seattle will send Yusei Kikuchi to the hill to face Walker Buehler in the first of a two-game series.  Yusei is 1-and-2 with a 4.30 earned run average.  Buehler is 1-and-oh with a 3-13 ERA.  First pitch at Dodger Stadium is at 7:10 and can be seen on Root Sports Northwest.

The long-awaited call-up of Jarred Kelenic (KELL-eh-nik) could be this week.  According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, outfielder Kelenic, the number 3 prospect in all of baseball, is expected to be called up by the Mariners as soon as Thursday.

That would be in time for Seattle’s first game of a four-game series against Cleveland at T-Mobile Park.

So far in 5-games in Tacoma, the 21-year old is hitting .409 with 2-home runs and 5-RBI’s.

The Mariners are back in a 2-way tie for second place in the American League West after Houston fell to the Angels Monday 5-4.  Los Angeles did most of its damage in a 4-run 6th inning…

And in San Francisco, Alex Wood fanned seven over seven innings allowing just 1-run on 4-hits to help the Giants beat Texas 3-to-1.

Oakland remains in 1st place in the American League West at 21-and-15, 2-and-a-half games in front of Seattle and Houston at 18-and-17.  Texas is 3-and-a-half back at 18-and-19.  The Angels are 4-games back at 16-and-18.

The prep baseball week got off to an early start with a couple games played Monday…

Tonasket edged Lake Roosevelt by a run, 3-2 and the Ephrata JV stopped Pateros 12-to-2.

Coming up today, Manson hosts Tonasket in a doubleheader at 3:30.  Cashmere travels to Royal at 4:30.  Also at 4:30, Liberty Bell hosts Almira-Coulee/Hartline.

In girls fastpitch softball Monday…

Okanogan had no trouble sweeping a doubleheader from Oroville, winning 22-nothing and 22-to-1.

Today, Waterville-Mansfield hosts Manson in a doubleheader with the first game getting underway at 3:30.  Wenatchee hosts Warden at 4 o’clock at Walla Walla Point Park, trying to snap an 8-game losing streak.  Ephrata travels to Moses Lake at 4.  Lake Roosevelt begins a twin bill in Oroville at 4.  And at 4:30, Bridgeport plays host to Tonasket.

We are excited to bring you our last boys soccer match tonight here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen will have the call at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl where the Wenatchee Panthers host the Eastmont Wildcats.

Wenatchee comes into tonight’s game with a perfect, 9-and-oh record and back-to-back 1-nil wins over Cashmere and Quincy.

Eastmont is 6-and-3 and riding a 5-game winning streak.

Our pregame begins at 6:50 tonight with kickoff slated for 7 o’clock.  It’s also senior night for the Panthers, who will finish the season Saturday at Moses Lake.

In other action today, Pateros plays at Liberty Bell at 4 o’clock.  Manson travels to Warden at 5.  Quincy will host Moses Lake and Brewster’s at Okanogan at 6 o’clock.  Then at 7, you see the Wenatchee-Eastmont matchup as well as Cascade hosting Wahluke.

The Wenatchee Valley Knights basketball teams have a couple home games tonight at Smith Gymnasium…

The Lady Knights take on Blue Mountain Community College at 5:30 with the men to follow at 7:30.

The WVC Men’s Soccer team is on the road tomorrow at North Idaho beginning at 4:30.

And as we look ahead to this weekend here on the NCWLIFE Channel, we’ll be back up at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval Saturday for our second race broadcast of the season.  This weekend features the Johnson Electric Bump 2 Pass Night…

The Bump 2 Pass cars will be joined by the Holaday’s Custom Muffler B-Mods, Plumb Perfect Roadrunners and Outlaw Figure-8 Oval Challenge.  We’ll start our broadcast at 5:30 with racing starting at 6 right here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

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.