NCWLIFE Evening News May 4th, 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, An 18-year-old Wenatchee woman is in jail tonight after allegedly attacking another woman with a knife early Sunday. Ten horses were killed in a fire early Saturday morning near Royal City, and, As Washington begins reopening its state parks and lands Tuesday, the Grant County PUD says it is not yet ready to follow suit.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse says it’s time for Washington Governor Jay Inslee to take more decisive action toward reopening Washington businesses. Inslee on Friday announced a four-phased approach to reopening businesses over the next several weeks. Newhouse praised Inslee’s initial handling of the pandemic but said the stakes are too high for what he called a slow walk back to normalcy. . .

An 18-year-old Wenatchee woman is in jail tonight after allegedly attacking another woman with a knife early Sunday.

Tayler Nichole Henderson faces possible charges of first-degree assault and methamphetamine possession after her arrest about 1 a.m. Police say they were called for a report of a disturbance near the intersection of Peachey and Cashmere Streets, and found the victim, who’s also 18, with two stab wounds to the leg that were not life-threatening. They later arrested Henderson at an apartment in the 700 block of Walker Street. She allegedly stabbed the woman during a dispute involving gang membership. The victim was treated for her injuries and released.

Ten horses were killed in a fire early Saturday morning near Royal City. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office says the fire destroyed a 60 by 120-foot barn on Dodson Road Southwest about 4:30 a.m.

The building was engulfed in flames by the time crews from Grant County Fire District 10 and 11 arrived. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

As Washington begins reopening its state parks and lands Tuesday, the Grant County PUD says it is not yet ready to follow suit.

The PUD said it is still evaluating when they will reopen their 20 recreation sites and boat launches on the Columbia River. The PUD said it is currently focused on keeping its mission-critical systems functioning and on employee and public health.

When the facilities were closed March 27th, the PUD said it would make its reopening decisions consistent with what the state does with its recreation sites.

Coming up next, Confluence Health has put out a call for volunteers to sew 5,000 masks for patients visiting their facilities. The Cashmere Bridge Project got underway today and will keep the bridge closed down until fall, and, The Trump Administration wants to open up about 2 million acres across the U.S. for more hunting and fishing, including a section of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Confluence Health has put out a call for volunteers to sew 5,000 masks for patients visiting their facilities.

Confluence will begin offering more services this week, including elective surgeries at Central Washington Hospital, and requires all visitors to wear a mask. The hospital has been geared up for a surge in COVID-19 patients but is now transitioning to more normal operations.

Confluence will reimburse the cost of the materials. To drop off masks or inquire about reimbursements, call the Confluence Health Foundation at 436-6275.

Today marks the first day Cashmere travelers will have to do without the Goodwin Road Bridge.

The 91-year-old bridge on Cashmere’s west end is closed for the foreseeable future, while its replacement is built nearby. There will also be some traffic adjustments during the project to remove power lines and make other changes. The work is expected to run into the autumn, and cost about $25 million dollars.

The Trump Administration wants to open up about 2 million acres across the U.S. for more hunting and fishing, including a section of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery. The Hatchery manages about 800 acres of high mountain land around Snow Lakes and Nada Lake, far from the main headquarters outside Leavenworth.

Much of the federal land in the Fish and Wildlife proposal would be new hunting ground, but Leavenworth Hatchery managers say their area has been open for hunting ever since it was established in 1939. The new rule would simply make that situation official. The measure is open for public comment; you can give your input at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website.

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.

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Advocates for the Wenatchee Valley’s immigrant community fear they could be left behind during the COVID-19 crisis. In tonight’s feature story, the group Wenatchee For Immigrant Justice has been fundraising to help local immigrant families during the pandemics. Two of its organizers joined NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins to explain how the group is helping. . .

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.

Sports lost one of its greatest coaches today.  Don Shula passed away at the age of 90.  Shula won an NFL-record 347 games.  In his career, Shula coached 33-seasons, 26 with Miami.  He coached the Dolphins to the league’s only undefeated season in 1972 at 17-and-oh.

So, I thought I’d let NFL Films tell the story of Don Shula’s perfect season…

Don Shula, dad at the age of 90.

Coming up on our NCWLIFE Sports Schedule this week…

It begins tomorrow night with Big-9 wrestling as Wenatchee hosts Eastmont from December of 2017.  This is the match where my Dad joins me on the broadcast and starts at 7 o’clock.

We’re going back to the BCHL playoffs in the magical run for the Wenatchee Wild in 2018 on Hockey Night Thursday.  Tune in at 7 o’clock for a thriller, overtime game between Wenatchee and the Vernon Vipers.

We’re featuring Wenatchee AppleSox baseball Friday night at 6:30 from last July in a game between the ‘Sox and Bellingham Bells.

Then on Saturday, it’s girls basketball at 2 o’clock between Eastmont and Rogers of Puyallup from the NCW Basketball Showcase at the Town Toyota Center in 2017.  That’s followed at 6:30 by Big-9 football from October of 2018 between the Eastmont Wildcats and Sunnyside Grizzlies.

Thanks Eric.

As we leave you tonight, for at least one day, cruising returned to the Avenue in Wenatchee on Saturday. More than 100 vehicles made the procession up and down Wenatchee Avenue on the day when the 2020 Apple Blossom Grand Parade was to have been held.  Cruising, once a major part of Apple Blossom festivities, was banned years ago. But with COVID-19 shutting down all festival activities down, police officers merely observed and sometimes honked as drivers paid tribute to the festival. Miss Veedol flew high above the event in its own tribute.

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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.