NCWLIFE Evening News November 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, A Wenatchee man is jailed on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman he escorted home from a party back in October. In another sign that COVID-19 isn’t going away anytime soon, state emergency proclamations put in place as far back as February will now extend into December, and, Confluence Health had a record day Monday for both the number of people it tested for COVID-19 and the percentage of those tests that returned positive.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Soap Lake man charged with sexually abusing two children in his own household was arrested this week in Wenatchee.

31-year-old Christopher Collin Lester had been wanted on a Grant County warrant since October, charging him with first-degree child rape, child molestation and incest. Sheriff’s deputies say Lester turned himself in to authorities in summer 2019 and admitted sexually abusing both victims.

He was allowed to go free during the investigation, and prosecutors did not seek charges until last month. Lester is now held in the Grant County Jail.

A Wenatchee man is jailed on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman he escorted home from a party back in October. 45-year-old Israel Gonzalez Munoz was arrested Friday after Wenatchee police investigated disclosures by a 20-year-old alleged victim. The woman said she was intoxicated, and awoke at Gonzalez’s apartment missing parts of her clothes. Gonzalez allegedly admitted to sexual contact with the woman during interviews with police. He’s held on $100,000 bail and is awaiting charges.

In another sign that COVID-19 isn’t going away anytime soon, state emergency proclamations put in place as far back as February will now extend into December.

The Legislature yesterday authorized the extension of 27 public health orders issued by Governor Jay Inslee, covering everything from unemployment benefits to health care licensing to public records. All those health orders will now persist until at least December 7th.

Confluence Health had a record day Monday for both the number of people it tested for COVID-19 and the percentage of those tests that returned positive.

Andrew Canning, director of marketing and communications for Confluence, said 609 people were tested Monday at its drive-through services on North Chelan Avenue, with just under 13 percent of those tests returning positive. Unlike the communitywide testing that was done by the health district, the Confluence testing requires a referral before visiting the drive-through.

Canning said so far this week, their testing has diagnosed 156 new COVID-19 cases, with a positive percentage rate of 11.7 percent. He said it’s a trend that has been ongoing for the past two weeks. Canning said previous testing normally resulted in a 6 to 8 percent positive rate.  There currently are four Chelan County and four Douglas County residents being treated for COVID-19 at Central Washington Hospital with one patient on a ventilator in the intensive care unit.

Coming up next, The first significant snowfall of the season on Snoqualmie Pass late Tuesday afternoon caused numerous problems that eventually forced the closure of the pass for close to five hours. No, the Okanogan County sheriff’s office is not asking for gift card donations but that’s a telephone scam circulating in the county this week. Workers today removed the iconic fire bell atop Chelan County Fire District 1’s downtown Wenatchee building in preparation for a move to the district’s new fire station, and, After a month of detours because of habitat improvement and riverbank work, the Apple Capital Loop Trail has reopened.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The first significant snowfall of the season on Snoqualmie Pass late Tuesday afternoon caused numerous problems that eventually forced the closure of the pass for close to five hours.

The state Department of Transportation first reported multiple spinouts on Interstate 90 near Easton just before 4 p.m. and by 5 p.m. made the decision to close the interstate between North Bend and Ellensburg. Hundreds of motorists on both sides of the pass were forced to wait it out until just before 10 p.m. when I-90 was reopened.

No, the Okanogan County sheriff’s office is not asking for gift card donations. That’s a telephone scam circulating in the county this week, in which callers claiming to be Sheriff Tony Hawley contact residents, and ask them to buy and donate gift cards to the department. The sheriff says it’s not an authorized call, and warns people not to engage with the scammers.

Workers today removed the iconic fire bell atop Chelan County Fire District 1’s downtown Wenatchee building in preparation for a move to the district’s new fire station. That station is nearing its opening at the former Prospector Pies location on Wenatchee Avenue. Fire District Chief Brian Brett said both the bell and a fire pole will be moving with firefighters to the new station. . .

After a month of detours because of habitat improvement and riverbank work, the Apple Capital Loop Trail has reopened.

The Chelan County PUD project included bringing in boulders and cobble fill to stabilize the Columbia River shoreline. The work was completed on time.

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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The Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council largely deals with the movement of car traffic around the Wenatchee Valley. Tomorrow, however, they’re scheduled to consider whether to join a national network of bicycle routes. In tonight’s feature story, NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins has more. . .

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.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Seahawks will again play in an empty CenturyLink Field when they return home to host the Arizona Cardinals in Week 11…

The Seahawks have already hosted four games without fans this season, wins over New England, Dallas, Minnesota and San Francisco. Next Thursday’s game will be Seattle’s third prime-time game at home, having previously hosted New England and Minnesota on Sunday Night Football.

In a statement, the team announced, quote, through ongoing collaboration with local public health and government officials, we have decided we will continue without fans in attendance at our home game on November 19 vs. Arizona.  Should they determine conditions have improved enough for us to host fans in a limited capacity in December, we will announce those plans at a later date, end quote.

Pete Carroll is admittedly a defensive backs coach.  So, the faults in the Seattle defense allowing so many passing yards is taken personally by the 69-year old coach.  He points to injuries and a rotating lineup as to part of the problems, especially in communication…

The Seahawks hope to have Shaquille Griffin back in the lineup this weekend when they travel to Los Angeles to take on the Rams.  Coach Carroll says that Quandre Diggs and Jamal Adams and the rest of the defensive backs are still learning how to play with one another…

Seattle will travel to Los Angeles Sunday for a 1:25 kickoff against the Rams.  The game will be broadcast on FOX.

Speaking of sports on TV, we’re back with Hockey Night tomorrow night on the NCWLIFE Channel…

We’re featuring a game from last December 20th when the Wenatchee Wild hosted the Alberni Valley Bulldogs at the Town Toyota Center.  The puck drops at 7 o’clock here on NCWLIFE with Arch Ecker on the play-by-play.

We have Caribou Trail League football on tap for Friday night as the Cashmere Bulldogs host the Omak Pioneers in a game from last October 4th.  Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson will have the call for that one.

Saturday will feature Moses Lake and Eastmont volleyball at 2 o’clock.  Then at 6, it’s a replay of the Jerry Berschauer Memorial 100 at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval.

WVSO has kicked off it’s Doors for December fundraiser this week…

Fans of racing on Fancher Heights have a chance to bid on doors from actual race cars.  WVSO manager Jeremy Anders says they have autographed doors from Garrett Evans, Haeden Plybon (ply-bawn), Dale Wennerberg, Terry Halverson, Terry Osborn, Glenn Knutson and others.

Proceeds from the auction benefit the Les Schwab Community Toy Drive.  Last year, WVSO’s Doors for December auction raised nearly two-thousand dollars for the Toy Drive.

Learn more on the Super Oval’s page on Facebook.  Just search Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval.

The Les Schwab Community Toy Drive will kickoff November 21st with a collection event at Hooked on Toys.  We’ll be back at Hooked on Toys for a one-hour LIVE remote broadcast here on the NCWLIFE Channel the following Saturday, November 28th.

Student-athletes at Wenatchee Valley College and other NWAC Schools will not lose any eligibility this year…

Due to the COVID shutdown of athletics this fall and looming questions over the rest of the year, the Northwest Athletic Conference announced Monday that student-athletes who participate in any games or matches this year will maintain two years of eligibility going into next year.

The conference, which includes Wenatchee Valley College in the East Conference, announced July 9th that was postponing fall sports into the winter and spring quarters because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The NWAC release Monday stipulated that the waiver would be granted on the discretion of each individual school.

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.