NCWLIFE Evening News May 12th, 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, Chelan County Commissioners expanded the no-parking zones on county roads near two popular trailheads Tuesday as parking issues continue to plague recreational areas./ The Wenatchee Valley Humane Society has received a $17,000 grant investment from the Petco Love foundation, and, A major financial agency says the Douglas County PUD is in great financial shape, and increased the utilities rating on the bond market.    

But first, our top story tonight. . .

A search is on for a missing Wenatchee man who was last seen Sunday in the parking lot at Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort.

His family says Pedro Brito may be suffering from a brain injury. Chelan County Emergency Management said his vehicle was found in the parking lot at Mission Ridge, where was seen at 6 a.m. Sunday.

Anyone with information about Brito is asked to call the RiverCom non-emergency number at 663-9911. His family advises people to notify authorities and not approach Brito if they see him. At the time of his disappearance he was wearing a camo long-sleeve shirt, black sweat pants and white slip-on shoes and also had a black coat.

Chelan County Commissioners expanded the no-parking zones on county roads near two popular trailheads Tuesday as parking issues continue to plague recreational areas.

Especially troublesome has been Day Road near the Sage Hills trailhead in the Wenatchee Foothills, where all spring homeowners have been dealing with illegal parking that has sometimes even blocked roads.

County crews installed more signage Tuesday, including along all of Anderson Canyon Road near Peshastin leading to Sauer’s Mountain Trail. The county says parking is prohibited on both sides of the narrow county roads.

The Wenatchee Valley Humane Society has received a $17,000 grant investment from the Petco Love foundation, to support their lifesaving work for animals in Chelan and Douglas Counties. The foundation has given out $300 million to pet rescue and adoption agencies since it was founded 20 years ago. The local Humane Society says the new grant funding will go toward its existing programs such as surgery, spay and neuter, behavior modification, and veterinary care for rescued animals.

A major financial agency says the Douglas County PUD is in great financial shape, and increased the utilities rating on the bond market. The PUD went from double-A (AA) to double-A-plus (AA+) in the latest assessment from S&P Global.

It’s the second-highest rating the credit service can give. It means Douglas PUD bonds carry a lower interest rate and are more attractive to investors, bringing in better financing for the PUD’s capital projects. S&P’s report says the utility’s strong financial outlook and the value of its low-cost power generation contributed to the new rating.

Coming up next, The state has revised rules on COVID-safe housing for temporary/agricultural workers./ Contractors will begin pouring concrete next week for the new roundabout portion of the West Cashmere Bridge replacement project./ A former city official with East Wenatchee is joining the city of Leavenworth as its director of public works and capital improvements, and, The Wenatchee Valley can soon expect to see a combined $23 million dollars in pandemic funding from the American Rescue Plan.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Washington farms have new rules for hosting guest workers during the pandemic.

The updated rules from the Department of Health and the Department of Labor and Industries now allow laborers to mingle outside their assigned 15-person working and living groups, if they’ve been fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Masks and social distancing are still enforced.

It’s the first major change to the emergency health rules in over a year. Other changes include less strict standards of caring for guest workers who test positive for coronavirus. Agriculture workers brought to Washington from other countries have been among the groups most severely affected by the disease.

Contractors will begin pouring concrete next week for the new roundabout portion of the West Cashmere Bridge replacement project.

The one-lane roundabout has already taken shape on the Hay Canyon side of Highway 2. Chelan County Public Works says the roundabout also has a truck apron so large trucks heading on and off the highway will have extra room.

The county says concrete work next week will be focused on the center of the roundabout and the sidewalks.

A former city official with East Wenatchee is joining the city of Leavenworth as its director of public works and capital improvements.

Thomas Wachholder will take up the job officially on June 21st. He spent the last six years as East Wenatchee’s project development manager, and previously worked for state agencies including the Department of Transportation and Department of Fish and Wildlife. Leavenworth city administrator Ana Cortez-Steiner says Wachholder is a good fit to manage the city’s upcoming public works projects.

The Wenatchee Valley can soon expect to see a combined $23 million dollars in pandemic funding from the American Rescue Plan, and our two largest cities should receive about $9.5 million.

The recovery bill was signed into law back in March by President Joe Biden. Chelan County is in line for a nearly $15 million allocation, while Douglas County should receive about $8.4 million.

East Wenatchee can apply for just over $3 million, while the city of Wenatchee can tap about $6.4 million in recovery funds. Cities and counties can use the money to support families, small businesses, industries, and essential workers, as well as invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure.

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.

The Wenatchee boys soccer team is one step closer to completing its first-ever undefeated season.  The Panthers fought off a hard challenge from Eastmont last night in the Apple Bowl for a 2-1 victory to improve to 10-and-oh with one game remaining…

Maurizio Ramos scored the game’s first goal for Wenatchee just before half to give the home team a 1-nil lead.  Tyler Wisen made it 2-nil on a goal in the 64th minute.  Diego Zaldivar got Eastmont on the board just before the game’s final whistle to end it 2-1 in favor of Wenatchee.

Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Eastmont’s Alfredo Gonzalez told our broadcast crew he was proud of how his team fought hard against Wenatchee…

Wenatchee celebrated its seniors last night before the contest and goalkeeper Luis Mendoza and defender Kenneth Chirinos were very thankful afterwards…

Wenatchee coach Dennis Tronson says all the credit for the success this season goes to the players…

Wenatchee wins it 2-1.  In other action last night, Quincy topped Moses Lake 6-4.  Cascade shut out Wahluke 2-nil.  Liberty Bell got by Pateros 4-1.  And Okanogan edged Brewster 4-3.

We’ll get to the Mariner’s late-inning meltdown in a moment, first a look at prep baseball scores from Tuesday…

Royal downed Cashmere 9-4.  Tonasket took two from Manson 11-1 and 18-4.  Almira-Coulee/Hartline outlasted Liberty Bell 9-8.

Wenatchee’s losing streak reached nine in softball as the Panthers fell to Warden 5-2.  Ephrata improved to 11-and-1 with a 3-nothing win over Moses Lake to end the Chief’s season at 9-and-6.  Waterville-Mansfield swept a doubleheader from Manson 17-2 and 14-3.  Lake Roosevelt took two from Oroville 16-0 and 21-1.  And Tonasket beat Bridgeport 14-1.

The Wenatchee Valley College basketball teams were unfriendly hosts to the visitors from Blue Mountain Community College last night…

In the opener, Camryn Nockideneh came off the bench to score 16-points to lead the Lady Knights to a 77-36 win.  Mia San Nicolas also scored 14 for W-V-C.

In the nightcap, Jaylen Scott went off for 40-points in the Knight’s 122-65 blowout of Blue Mountain.  Carter Arrasmith also had 23-points while Isaac Jones scored 21.

The men’s soccer team is on the road today at North Idaho at 4:30.

The Mariners hit three home runs last night against the Dodgers, but saw its lead evaporate in the later innings as Los Angeles won it 6-4 on Gavin Lux’s bomb with two outs in the 8th

A highlight only Grant Olson could love!  L-A goes on for the 6-4 win.  Seattle only had 4-hits on the night, but three were home runs off Walker Buehler, one by Kyle Seager and two by Mitch Haniger.

The two teams will play again tonight at 7:10 with Justin Dunn facing Julio Urias.

Also in the American League West last night, San Francisco’s Logan Webb struck out 10 over six innings to help the Giants beat Texas 4-2.

Oakland’s Chris Bassitt held Boston to 2-runs on 3-hits with 10-strikeouts as the A’s beat the Red Sox 3-2.

Yulie Gurriel’s 3-run homer highlighted a 4-run 8th inning as Houston topped the Angels 5-1.

Oakland’s lead in the West is still 2-and-a-half games over the Astros and is now 3-and-a-half over Seattle, which slipped to .500.

Thanks Eric.

There will be a drive-by parade Friday at Grant Elementary in East Wenatchee to celebrate the careers of three retiring employees.

The parade for first-grade teacher Janet Armes, intervention teacher Helen Osbourne and school nurse Phyllis Fries will be from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the school on First Street.

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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.