NCWLIFE Evening News November 17th, 2021

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to what’s making news, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:
And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, East Wenatchee police are looking for a pair of people they say stole a grocery cart filled with $736 worth of merchandise at Grocery Outlet on Valley Mall Parkway./ A Wenatchee man arrested last July for imprisoning a woman inside a residential trailer earned a 90-day jail sentence and a year on probation, and, The Washington Redistricting Commission failed to approve its voting district maps by the Monday deadline, but now the proposed district maps have been made public.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Covid Numbers Return -The rate of new COVID-19 cases has increased slightly in Chelan and Douglas counties this month. The Chelan-Douglas Health reported Tuesday that the two counties have a rate of 579 new cases per 100,000 population over the past two weeks. At the beginning of the month, the rate was 533 new cases per 100,000 population. The number of people being treated for COVID-19 at Central Washington Hospital remains high at 35, with nine of those patients in the intensive care unit. Of the 35 patients, Confluence Health says 32 are not. fully vaccinated. All 9 of the ICU patients are listed as not fully vaccinated.
Grocery Outlet Shoplifter -East Wenatchee police are looking for a pair of people they say stole a grocery cart filled with $736 worth of merchandise at Grocery Outlet on Valley Mall Parkway. The police department say it was last Wednesday that the man and woman made off with the goods. Anyone with information on the two people is asked to contact the East Wenatchee Police Department on the RiverCom non-emergency line at 509-663-9911.
D.V. Sentence -A Wenatchee man arrested last July for imprisoning a woman inside a residential trailer earned a 90-day jail sentence and a year on probation. Wenatchee police say 35-year-old Alfonso Villanueva Arroyo confronted a woman who held a domestic violence restraining order against him, and kept her inside the trailer for 45 minutes while demanding she withdraw her allegations. Originally charged with kidnapping, assault, and witness intimidation, Arroyo pleaded Monday to lesser counts of unlawful imprisonment and third-degree theft. Police say he withdrew more than $400 from a relative’s bank account without permission. He also agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor counts of violating a protective order.
Redistricting -The Washington Redistricting Commission failed to approve its voting district maps by the Monday deadline, but now the proposed district maps have been made public. The 12th Legislative District, which right now encompasses Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan and part of northern Grant County, would instead stretch west across the Cascades into King County, along the Highway 2 corridor all the way to the town of Monroe. District 13, centered around Grant County, would thicken southward, to take in Tieton, Naches and Moxee. All of Douglas County, except about two-thirds of East Wenatchee, would join Okanogan County in an expanded 7th District, reaching to Pend Oreille County and the eastern Washington border. In Congressional maps, the 8th District would still cross the Cascades, but would lose East Wenatchee to the 4th District, instead gaining much of rural Snohomish County. All those borders are likely to change; by law, the redistricting process now moves to the state Supreme Court, where it must be finalized by April 30th.
TEASE -Coming up next, Childhood flu vaccine rates have dropped significantly in Washington compared to the previous two flu seasons./ My Girlfriend’s Closet, the biggest annual fund-raiser for the Women’s Service League of North Central Washington, will return this weekend./ Wild lynx from Canada are making their way back into Washington, thanks in part to the Colville Confederated Tribes, and, The Washington State Department of Transportation says its Interstate 90 wildlife crossings on Snoqualmie Pass have been a major success. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Kids and Flu -Childhood flu vaccine rates have dropped significantly in Washington compared to the previous two flu seasons. The Washington State Department of Health says flu vaccinations were down about 25 percent during the months of September and October, for kids ages 6 months through 5 years old. The agency is encouraging families to get themselves and their children vaccinated as soon as possible, to keep people safe and out of the hospital heading into the holiday season. Flu is highly contagious and can cause severe illness and death, even in healthy people. Since last year’s flu activity was very low, fewer people are likely to have natural immunity this year.
Girlfriends Closet Returns -My Girlfriend’s Closet, the biggest annual fund-raiser for the Women’s Service League of North Central Washington, will return this weekend. The shopping event was one of the first community events to be cancelled by the COVID-19 pandemic back in March of 2020. The event has been moved to the Town Toyota Center this year beginning Friday morning and running through Sunday afternoon. A portion of the proceeds collected by the Women’s Service League are donated to non-profits that assist homeless women and children. In 2019 that amounted to more than $55,000. The event features gently used women’s clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories donated by the community.
Lynx on Rez -Wild lynx from Canada are making their way back into Washington, thanks in part to the Colville Confederated Tribes. Several captured lynx have been relocated in the last few weeks to the Kettle River Mountain Range on the Colville Reservation. The goal is to reestablish a resilient population of the big cats, which are a federally threatened species in Washington. The partner effort between the Colville tribes, the Upper Columbia United Tribes, and Conservation Northwest hopes to relocate at least 50 Canada lynx to the Colville Reservation. That project could take up to five years to complete.
Wildlife Crossings Video -The Washington State Department of Transportation says its Interstate 90 wildlife crossings on Snoqualmie Pass have been a major success in both reducing vehicle-animal collisions and connecting habitat. Wildlife biologist Patty Garvey-Darda with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says more and more varieties of wildlife are discovering the crossings. . .
TEASE -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. . .
School COVID Cases -The Education Service District that includes North Central Washington has the second-highest rate of student COVID infections in the state. That’s the word from the state Department of Health. The North Central ESD represents 30 school districts, which saw 357 student diagnoses in the most recent two-week reporting period. In tonight’s feature story, Okanogan County Public Health Officer Dr. Jim Wallace says the COVID vaccination for kids age 5 to 11 is highly recommended to keep those case rates down. . .

TEASE – 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.

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The Seattle Kraken hit the home ice tonight for the first time against the Chicago Blackhawks…
Chicago got off to a slow start and fired its head coach. Since replacing him with Derek King, they’ve won three straight. Seattle has lost its last two games after falling behind early, which is something coach Dave Hakstol wants to fix…
Hackstol says the Kraken really need to do better at getting out in front early to capitalize on the home-ice advantage…
Seattle is currently last in the Pacific Division at 4-10-and-1. Anaheim and Edmonton are out in front with double-digit win totals on the season. Hakstol says the Kraken need to find a confidence in their ability and try not to be too perfect…
The Kraken and Blackhawks drop the puck at 7 o’clock tonight at Climate Pledge Arena. The game will be televised nationally on TNT.
The Wenatchee Wild are back on the road in Canada this weekend…
After dropping a pair to West Kelowna last week at home, Wenatchee travels to play three games in three days. The trip begins Friday in Nanaimo against the Clippers at 7 o’clock. Then they’ll board the ferry and head for Victoria Saturday to face the Grizzlies at 7. They’ll wrap up the road trip Sunday afternoon at 2:30 in Langley against the Rivermen.
You can listen for the games locally on radio at 560AM KPQ or 1340 The Hawk. You can also watch the games LIVE with a subscription to Hockey TV.

The Seahawks are still trying to find the right formula this season and will try again Sunday at home against Arizona…
The Cardinals currently lead the NFC West at 8-and-2 while Seattle is on the bottom at 3-and-6.
The Seahawks are coming off their first shutout since the 2011 season. Many questions are swirling about whether Russell Wilson was ready to come back from finger surgery so soon. Coach Pete Carroll says they knew he’d be a little rusty…
Frustration boiled over late in Sunday’s game for wide receiver D.K. Metcalf. The third-year player was ejected for fighting and has had several personal fouls called against him this season. Coach Carroll says its been addressed and he expects Metcalf to turn it around…
Seattle and Arizona will kick off Sunday at Lumen Field at 1:25 in the afternoon. You can watch the game on FOX.

We have one women’s college basketball score to pass along that is of local interest…
10th-ranked Louisville demolished Bellarmine last night 82-to-25. Cashmere-grad Hailey Van Lith was second in scoring for the Cardinals with 11-points. She had 19-points to lead the team in its opening loss.
Hailey says the biggest thing she learned in her freshman year was to take care of her body…
Louisville made it to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament last year and only lost Dana Evans to the WNBA. Van Lith says her goals for her sophomore year are more personal…
Hailey and the Cardinals host UT Martin tonight and then she’ll be coming home to Washington this Saturday to face the Huskies in Seattle.

Thanks Eric.
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.