NCWLIFE Evening News November 12th, 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, One man from Chelan and another from Kent are in jail for allegedly stealing an idling truck from a marina services company yesterday, and trying to hide the crime by painting the vehicle. The Chelan-Douglas Health District released its latest COVID-19 thermographic which shows positive cases in our area surging, and, because of COVID-related staffing shortages, the Chelan County Sheriff’s office will close for the next few days.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Highway 2 west of Leavenworth was closed for several hours today after a semi and its trailer went off the highway and into the Wenatchee River.

The Washington State Patrol said the driver was not injured. The accident happened about 7:30 a.m. and the highway was closed about 9 as crews worked to remove the semi and trailer from the river and assess any fuel spillage.

The highway was closed from Coles Corner to the entrance of Leavenworth and traffic was diverted to Chumstick Highway. Trooper John Bryant said the semi’s trailer was empty at the time of the accident.

One man from Chelan and another from Kent are in jail for allegedly stealing an idling truck from a marina services company yesterday, and trying to hide the crime by painting the vehicle.

33-year-old Andrew Ian Crippen of Chelan and 31-year old Kyle Stephen Glenn of Kent are suspected of driving away with a white pickup that was left running in the company lot Wednesday morning. When Chelan County sheriff’s deputies located the truck, it was allegedly parked near Crippen’s home and the two men were painting it black. They face possible charges of vehicle theft, malicious mischief, and methamphetamine possession.

COVID-19 numbers in Chelan and Douglas counties were way up again in the health district’s weekly thermographic that was released yesterday.

The week ending Wednesday, November 11th was at 371 positive COVID cases per 100,000, that’s way up from the week ending November 4th when that number was 240 per 100,000. The Chelan-Douglas Health District’s goal is no more than 25 new cases over the previous two-week period. Confluence Health reported yesterday that 609 people were tested on Monday with just under 13-percent retuning positive for COVID-19.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office closed its main Wenatchee offices today due to COVID-19, and expects the facility to remain shuttered through the week. The department says the pandemic disease has affected its staffing levels, and it can’t currently conduct any in-person business at the office. Officials confirmed the decision to close was made this morning.

Sheriff Brian Burnett said he wasn’t able to give immediate details about the closure, or how many employees were affected. Last April one member of the sheriff’s patrol division tested positive for the pandemic virus, but later recovered and returned to work.

Coming up next, The New York Times and other outlets are reporting that Governor Jay Inslee may be a contender for a cabinet spot in the incoming Biden administration. An expanded veterinary clinic at the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society is on the verge of completion, and, Another lookout in the Entiat Ranger District will soon be available to rent for overnight stays. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The New York Times and other outlets are reporting that Governor Jay Inslee may be a contender for a cabinet spot in the incoming Biden administration.

The reports say activists are pushing for the President-elect to choose Inslee for Secretary of Energy, citing the governor’s pro-environment message during his own failed presidential campaign. Other cabinet spots being talked about are Department of the Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency. Inslee’s office said yesterday it had no information on the rumors, and that the newly re-elected governor is right now, quote, “taking a few pre-planned vacation days off.”

An expanded veterinary clinic at the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society is on the verge of completion.

Once finished next spring, it will be a fully functioning 4,500-square-foot clinic to treat shelter animals, and a low cost spay and neuter option for pet owners with lesser income. The Humane shelter sees nearly 5,00 animals each year, and directors say they still need to

raise about $250,000 is still needed of the total $1.2 million project cost. You can make your contribution toward the shelter online at wenatcheehumane.org/clinic.

Another lookout in the Entiat Ranger District will soon be available to rent for overnight stays. U.S. Forest Service employees and volunteers have been renovating the Tyee Mountain Lookout since last year and recently demolished an old outhouse that will be replaced by a portable toilet system.

The forest service praised the volunteer efforts of Jeff Kimbell and Will Lago. The lookout is expected to be available to rent by next summer. Last November, renovation was completed on the Stelike Lookout in the district and it has been a popular rental space since.

 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 pandemic this year meant that many Veterans Day celebrations couldn’t go on as planned. That didn’t stop the band and choir programs at Foothills Middle School from making some patriotic music, though. In tonight’s feature story, Director Angela Richmond led her students through a virtual concert of patriotic songs, which you can hear in full on the school’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Here’s a sample. . .

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 Seahawks will try to bounce back from a loss in Buffalo Sunday when they travel to Los Angeles to take on the division-rival Rams…

LA sits behind Seattle in the NFC West at 5-and-3 while the Seahawks are 6-and-2.  The challenge all season long for Seattle has been on the defensive side, allowing a league-worst 455-yards a game. 

Defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Jr. says this is not where he and the coaching staff thought it would be at the start of the season…

Jared Goff is 11th in the NFL in passing.  Coach Pete Carroll says Rams coach Sean McVay has provided his quarterback the best chance of being successful…

Seattle has increased its pressure on opposing quarterbacks, sacking Josh Allen 7-times last weekend in Buffalo.  Bobby Wagner says the Rams provide a tougher challenge of pressuring when Goff is constantly getting out of the pocket…

Carlos Dunlap made his first start as a Seahawk against the Bills last weekend after being traded for from Cincinnati three weeks ago.  He says it felt odd being on the field with a new team after spending his first 10-seasons with the Bengals…

Another challenge for Seattle coming up Sunday will be protecting Russell Wilson.  That’s especially true when facing one of the league’s best pass-rushers in Aaron Donald…

Seattle and Los Angeles kick off at SoFi Stadium at 1:25 Sunday.  It’s FOX’s game of the week so Seahawks fans can look forward to the call by Joe Buck and Troy Aikman.

The Washington Huskies will finally play their first Pac-12 game Saturday at home against Oregon State…

Washington had its first game of the season against Cal cancelled when a player in the Bear’s program tested positive for COVID-19.  UW coach Jimmy Lake says his team found out late but adjusted nicely…

Washington’s game with the Beavers won’t kick off until 8 o’clock Saturday night in an empty Husky Stadium.  Fans can watch the game on FS1.

The Cougars are back home with the challenge of hosting the No. 11 Oregon Ducks Saturday…

The game will be broadcast live on FOX at 4 o’clock in a fan-less Martin Stadium in Pullman.

A revelation this week out of Washington State is that 32-players were held out of last weekend’s win at Oregon State because of one positive test for COVID-19.  Head Coach Nick Rolovich said he and his coaches had a long discussion with his team about being safe and staying smart…

The “Pat” he refers to is athletic director Pat Chun.  WSU has a policy of not talking about direct player information regarding COVID-19.

We have hockey on TV tonight at 7 o’clock here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Hockey Night tonight features the Wenatchee Wild and Alberni Valley Bulldogs.  Arch Ecker has the play-by-play at 7 o’clock.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, Washington State Patrol Trooper John Bryant joined fellow veterans on Veterans Day Wednesday as a giant flag was raised and dedicated off Interstate 90.

Bryant, the region’s public information officer for the State Patrol, said the new flag at Shree’s Travel Plaza near the Thorpe exit off I-90 is one of the largest in the state and in the Northwest.

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.