NCWLIFE Evening News November 13th, 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, Governor Jay Inslee and First Lady Trudi Inslee asked Washington residents on Thursday to avoid gathering with others outside their household this Thanksgiving, pointing to increasing transmission of COVID-19 in the state, and, The morning after his address to the state, Inslee issued an official travel advisory, recommending no travel between states or to other countries, and a 14-day quarantine for anyone who does cross state or international lines.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Three semis collided near the summit of Blewett Pass yesterday afternoon, resulting in two of the big rigs needing to be towed and a diesel fuel spill but no injuries.

Trooper John Bryant of the Washington State Patrol said the accident happen just after 2 p.m. before a snow storm hit the pass. The three semis were all traveling southbound and it’s unclear if there was an attempted pass being made before all three banged into each other.

More than 50 gallons of fuel leaked from one of the semis but fire district responders were able to keep it from going into a creek. Bryant said the spill did cause some damage on private property.

Governor Jay Inslee and First Lady Trudi Inslee asked Washington residents on Thursday to avoid gathering with others outside their household this Thanksgiving, pointing to increasing transmission of COVID-19 in the state. And the Governor warned that new measures to combat the pandemic spread will be announced in the next few days. Washington has seen explosive growth of COVID-19 statewide in just the last two weeks, at rate of more than 1,000 new cases a day, and hospitals are preparing for a potential flood of coronavirus patients.

The morning after his address to the state, Inslee issued an official travel advisory, recommending no travel between states or to other countries, and a 14-day quarantine for anyone who does cross state or international lines.

It’s similar to a recommendation that governors of Oregon and California made to their residents, likewise aimed at slowing the coronavirus. Inslee says, QUOTE, “COVID-19 does not stop at state lines,” UNQUOTE.

Coming up next, Grant County, which has been especially hard hit during the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, is likely to see its death toll rise significantly in the coming days, and, Gebbers Farms, one of the largest agriculture operations in the U.S., must pay a $13,200 fine for failure to tamp down the spread of COVID-19 among its residential workers, and, Washington State Patrol Trooper John Bryant said the accident Thursday on Highway 2 near Leavenworth in which a semi slid on ice and ended up in the Wenatchee River is a good reminder of how dangerous that stretch of highway can be.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Grant County, which has been especially hard hit during the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, is likely to see its death toll rise significantly in the coming days.

The Grant County Health District said it is reviewing seven new deaths that likely will be attributed to the virus. The health district currently lists those deaths as pending and is awaiting death certificates for review.

There have been 28 verified COVID-19 deaths in the county since the pandemic began. The county has reported 84 new cases of the virus in the past two days and 15 Grant County residents are currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

Gebbers Farms, one of the largest agriculture operations in the U.S., must pay a $13,200 fine for failure to tamp down the spread of COVID-19 among its residential workers.

The state Department of Labor and Industries says Gebbers workers were allowed to interact outside their housing pods, and that no barriers were put in place to prevent virus spread in kitchen and cooking areas. Both are violations of ag-worker health rules during the pandemic. Gebbers became the site of a major COVID-19 outbreak that killed three guest workers last August. A separate L&I investigation into those deaths has not yet been completed. Gebbers has 15 days to appeal the fine.

Washington State Patrol Trooper John Bryant said the accident Thursday on Highway 2 near Leavenworth in which a semi slid on ice and ended up in the Wenatchee River is a good reminder of how dangerous that stretch of highway can be if you’re not paying attention. 48-year-old Bao Li of Alberta, Canada, was cited for driving too fast for conditions but Bryant said he was lucky to escape without serious injuries. . .

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. . .

Chelan-Douglas Health Officer Doctor Malcolm Butler said he believes Halloween activities are at least partly to blame for a recent record spike in COVID-19 cases locally. He said that gives him even greater concern about Thanksgiving. In tonight’s feature story, Butler said yesterday that to slow the spread of the virus, the holiday should be limited to your immediate household only. . .

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.

A large question mark that has arisen this week in practice for the Seahawks is starting center Ethan Pocic (poh-sick).  He is recovering from a concussion and is a questionable for Sunday’s game at Los Angeles.

Seattle is coming off a game where Russell Wilson was hit more times than any quarterback in the NFL this season (11-hits, 5-sacks).  Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer says there’s no doubt the offensive line is challenged with performing better…

So, it could be third-year player Kyle Fuller getting the start at center Sunday, a guy who’s never started an NFL game.  And, oh by the way you’re going up against one of the best defensive players in the NFL in Aaron Donald.  Left tackle Duane Brown is looking forward to the challenge…

Seattle hopes its high-powered offense continues to show up Sunday.  The Seahawks lead the NFL in scoring and are third in rushing.  Key to Seattle’s success has been the combination of Russell Wilson and D.K. Metcalf.  Metcalf is second in the league in receiving with 788-yards and 8-touchdowns.

Wilson doesn’t shy away from the conversation about how he and D.K. approach their future as teammates…

Meanwhile, Seattle’s defense should get some help up front in the form of Damon “Snacks” Harrison this week.  Coach Pete Carroll says he’ll get his first chance to play after joining Seattle’s practice squad 4-weeks ago.  Harrison says he’s just happy to get out of the house and moving he and his 7-children cross-country from Detroit.

When asked how he handled it, he was quick to credit his wife Alexis…

Harrison and the rest of the Seahawks fly out today to Los Angeles to finish preparations for their game Sunday afternoon at 1:25. It will be broadcast on FOX as their Game of the Week.

Washington State is off to a 1-and-oh start after a win at Oregon State last weekend.  The Cougars welcome #11 Oregon into Martin Stadium Saturday, which is covered in snow right now…

The radio voice of the Cougars is Matt Chazanow.  He hosts a weekly coaches show with Nick Rolovich and they opened the show this week talking about the play of Pac-12 freshman of the week, Jayden de Delaura…

The Cougars and Ducks kick off at 4 o’clock Saturday afternoon in Pullman.  The forecast is for afternoon showers and 39-degrees.  You can watch the game on FOX.

Washington is still confident its game against Oregon State will take place despite a positive COVID test on a Beaver player…

The player and three others are in quarantine.  Saturday night’s kick off isn’t until 8 o’clock between the oh-and-1 Beavers and the Huskies, who’s first game of the season last weekend was cancelled because of COVID at Cal.  The game will be broadcast on FS1.

And here’s our schedule on the NCWLIFE Channel this weekend…

Watch a classic Caribou Trail League clash between Cashmere and Omak tonight at 6:30. Tomorrow its Eastmont and Moses Lake volleyball at 2 followed by the Jerry Berschauer Memorial 100 at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval at 6.

Then we have a Wenatchee Wild doubleheader on Sunday against the Penticton Vees at 2 and 7.

Thanks Eric.

A great story as we leave you on this Friday night, a Moses Lake police officer’s good deed did not go unnoticed Thursday.

Devin Perez took a quick picture of a police officer he saw outside Safeway giving a beverage and pastries to a homeless man. Perez said he had to share what he saw on Facebook because QUOTE, In these challenging times, this was good to see and it warmed my heart, UNQUOTE.

If you have a video of the day, you’d like to see on the NCWLIFE Evening News, message us on our Facebook Page at the NCWLIFE Channel.

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.