NCWLIFE Evening News May 8th, 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 East Wenatchee man was charged this week with first-degree child assault, over injuries that hospitalized a five-week-old baby. Animal control officers are looking for a dog that reportedly bit a passerby in the 1000 block of Cashmere Street in Wenatchee yesterday. Grant PUD reopened its boat launches and most of its 20 recreational facilities along the Columbia River at noon today, and, we will update you on the progress of the new roundabout in East Wenatchee near Costco.     

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Governor Jay Inslee said this afternoon he has prepared guidelines for retail businesses to begin offering curbside sales. In addition, Inslee said landscapers will be allowed to return to work under strict guidelines.

In the past two weeks, Inslee has eased restrictions on his Stay Home, Stay Healthy order by allowing some residential construction to resume, reopening state parks and lands, as well as lifting bans on golfing and fishing.

An East Wenatchee man was charged this week with first-degree child assault, over injuries that hospitalized a five-week-old baby.

Douglas County deputies arrested 35-year-old Tyler Vance Metcalfe, after a child abuse investigation that began when the child was injured March 28th at his home on Nelson Place. Police say the baby suffered a broken shinbone, a skull fracture, and multiple broken ribs, consistent with child abuse. Metcalfe allegedly told investigators the child fell off a bed. Prosecutors charged him on Thursday. He remains in the Okanogan County Jail on half a million dollars bail.

Animal control officers are looking for a dog that reportedly bit a passerby in the 1000 block of Cashmere Street in Wenatchee yesterday.

The man said he was walking when a brown and white dog resembling a Pitbull ran from behind and bit him in the arm. The dog’s owner collected the animal, but the victim said he doesn’t know which house the dog and owner returned to. If you have information, call Wenatchee Valley Animal Care and Control at 662-9577.

Grant PUD reopened its boat launches and most of its 20 recreational facilities along the Columbia River at noon today.

The reopening does not include visitor centers, campgrounds and much of Crescent Bar. The PUD shut down the boat launches and recreation areas March 27th after the state closed its parks and lands in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The state reopened its parks Tuesday.

At Crescent Bar, the golf course, beaches, marina and fuel services will remain closed. The PUD says those activities attract large groups of people, making it difficult to maintain safe social distancing. Most other golf courses in the state reopened Tuesday. The PUD said only a minimal number of restroom facilities will be open at its sites.

In a video this morning, East Wenatchee Mayor Jerrilea Crawford talked with city Project Development Manager Tom Wachholder about how the roundabout project underway at Highland Drive and 3rd Street Southeast is on schedule to be completed in half the time they expected. . .

Coming up next, Democratic Congresswoman Kim Schrier of the 8th District and Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Spokane have teamed up to help surplus food move more easily. An EPA grant will help examine several Wenatchee Valley properties for possible contaminants, including the downtown Chelan County PUD headquarters. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is reopening its public reception areas May 11th in Wenatchee and Chelan, and, The community has responded to Confluence Health’s request for homemade masks, having already donated 1,067 by Thursday afternoon. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Democratic Congresswoman Kim Schrier of the 8th District and Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Spokane have teamed up to help surplus food move more easily from local farms to local food banks. Their Farmers Feeding Families act would fund states and food bank services to buy from local farmers, to replenish charitable supplies while taking excess produce off farmers’ hands. Schrier spoke about the tactic in a press call today with fellow congressional members. . .

An EPA grant will help examine several Wenatchee Valley properties for possible contaminants, including the downtown Chelan County PUD headquarters. The Port of Chelan and Douglas County won a $600,000 grant this week to assess the PUD property, which will soon be set aside in favor of a new headquarters in Olds Station.

The assessment will look at the PUD land, plus several other parcels that could soon undergo redevelopment, where toxic pollutants are likely to be present. Other target sites include Rock Island’s former silicon smelter, Wenatchee’s Mission Street corridor, and a 300,000-square-foot former cold storage warehouse.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is reopening its public reception areas May 11th in Wenatchee and Chelan. There will be social distancing signage in lobbies and hallways.

The sheriff’s office closed its public lobbies March 18th. Sheriff Brian Burnett sent a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee this week supporting county commissioners’ request to allow Chelan County to move to Phase 2 of the governor’s phased return to normal operations. The sheriff’s office does ask that anyone not feeling well postpone their visit to their offices.

The community has responded to Confluence Health’s request for homemade masks, having already donated 1,067 by Thursday afternoon.

Confluence put out a call last Friday for volunteers to sew 5,000 masks for patients visiting its health care facilities. The masks received so far are still well below the goal but Public Information Officer Clint Strand said Confluence is thrilled with the response thus far. Confluence has posted patterns for masks on its website, confluence-health-dot-com, and is offering to reimburse people for the cost of materials. More information is available by calling 436-6275.

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. . .

As we’re all learning, there’s a hundred wrong ways to wear a protective breathing mask when you go out in public, but only one way to do it right. In tonight’s feature story, Cascade Medical Center in Leavenworth asked one of their registered nurses to walk you through the best mask techniques, and shared this video with us. . .

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.

It seemed like it was only a matter of time.  The West Coast League today announced it was delaying the start of its summer collegiate baseball season a month…

Bellingham announced two weeks ago it could not field a team this summer because of the closure of its stadium due to COVID.  Now, the WCL has postponed its June 5th opener and is now targeting early July for the return of baseball.

In today’s release, the WCL sited dour examples of moves made by local municipalities as the reason for a postponement.  “This week, Oregon Governor Kate Brown said fans will likely not be allowed at sporting events until October.  Wednesday in British Columbia, the announcement of “re-open guidelines” dimmed our hopes for league games north of the border. As a result of these and other governmental directives, we anticipate that the WCL’s Bend Elks, Corvallis Knights, Kelowna Falcons, and Victoria HarbourCats will soon join the Bellingham Bells in canceling their 2020 seasons. Meanwhile, the league’s other teams continue to pursue all their options, with the potential for attracting a great number of terrific collegiate-level players.”

We’ve reached out to WCL Commissioner Rob Neyer for a Zoom video conference and will have that for you Monday.

The NFL came out with its 2020 schedule last night and the Seahawks will have four prime time games, three of which at home…

The season is scheduled to begin for Seattle on Sunday, September 13th at Atlanta.  They’ll face the Patriots on Sunday Night Football in Seattle September 20th.  Then host Dallas the 27th to wrap up September.

October will begin on the road in Miami the 4th, then another Sunday Night Football game at home against the Vikings on the 11th.  Seattle’s bye week is the following week and they’ll complete October on the 25th at Arizona.

The Seahawks have five games in November, beginning the 1st at CenturyLink against the 49ers.  Then they’ll travel to Buffalo and LA to face the Rams before returning home the 19th to host the Cardinals on Thursday Night Football.  They’ll wrap up Thanksgiving weekend in Philadelphia on November 30th with a Monday Night Football matchup.

Seattle has three home games in December, starting the 6th against the Giants followed by the Jets on the 13th.  After a trip to Washington to face the Redskins on the 20th, the Hawks host the Rams on the 27th.  The regular season ends January 3rd at San Francisco…

The Seahawks also know they’re scheduled to spend the month of August playing pre-season football at home against the Raiders, on the road against the Texans in Houston, home against the Chargers and finish in Minnesota against the Vikings.  Dates and times for the preseason are still to be determined, IF there will be a preseason due to the coronavirus.

The Seahawks wanted to make sure the schedule release was a special day for 12 important people in the community.  So, they surprised them with a video message…

High school league shuffles have been finalized now that the WIAA has completed reclassification for the next four year cycle.  Big-9 fans won’t see any changes.  The Caribou Trail League and Central Washington B League did have some changes…

The Columbia Basin Big Nine remains the same with Davis, Eastmont, Eisenhower, Moses Lake, Sunnyside, Wenatchee and West Valley.

The Caribou Trail League has a net-zero change, still consisting of five schools, however Quincy drops down from 2A to a 1A school and joins the CTL while Okanogan drops from a 1A to a 2B school and out of the league.

Here you see Okanogan joining the Central Washington 2B League with Brewster, Bridgeport, Lake Roosevelt, Liberty Bell, Manson, Soap Lake, Tonasket and Waterville-Mansfield.

The Central Washington 1B League looks the same with Cascade Christian, Easton, Entiat, Moses Lake Christian, Pateros, Riverside Christian and Wilson Creek.

Here’s a reminder of the rest of our sports schedule this weekend…

We have AppleSox baseball tonight at 6:30 from last July as the ‘Sox host the Bellingham Bells.

The first of two Great Games of our Past Saturday features girls basketball from the NCW Showcase from December of 2017 between Rogers of Puyallup and Eastmont at 2 o’clock.  Then at 6:30, it’s Eastmont and Sunnyside football from October of 2018.

Sunday’s doubleheader features Eastmont and Wenatchee volleyball from October of 2018 at 2 followed by the Wild and Vernon Vipers from this year’s playoffs at 7.

Thanks Eric.

A quick heads-up as we leave you tonight. 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 Saturday, May 16th, drivers using studded tires face a $136 fine.

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up Monday 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 weekend.