NCWLIFE Evening News November 20th, 2020

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. Grant Olson is away tonight, I’m Jefferson Robbins. 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: Six more deaths in Chelan County have now been attributed to COVID-19, and the infection numbers are only getting worse. Confluence Health needs to hire dozens of nurses and other health workers to fortify its response to the pandemic. And a new report shows the Wenatchee River near Leavenworth draws thousands of people each summer, and creates concerns for the community.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Eight months into the pandemic, COVID-19 is now pervasive in North Central Washington, with more than 100 new cases and six more deaths announced just yesterday.

Last night, local health authorities and elected officials held a press conference at the LocalTel Events Center in Pybus Public Market, to outline the threat and the road ahead.

You can see full video of that hourlong press conference on our Facebook page or website, ncwlife.com.

At that same event last night,Confluence Health CEO Dr. Peter Rutherford said the stress of the pandemic has driven many health workers out of their professions.

The region’s largest healthcare provider announced Thursday it’s offering temporary positions for licensed or certified registered nurses, nursing assistants, and lab technicians to help deal with the COVID-19 crisis in its hospitals and clinics.

As we mentioned earlier, six new Chelan County deaths from COVID-19 were reported Thursday by the Chelan-Douglas Health District. That brings the two counties’ total coronavirus mortalities to 35 people since the pandemic began. The health district says four women, three in their 70s and one in her 80s, and two men, one in his 60s and one in his 70s, are the latest county residents to die from the virus.

Coming up next, the city of Leavenworth looks at new ways to keep its tourist business active this winter. And local Congressman Dan Newhouse gets a new leadership job in the nation’s capital. I’m Jefferson Robbins and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

tourist-dependent city of Leavenworth is trying to make it easier for businesses to move outdoors while the pandemic limits their outdoor operation. Restaurants and other shops along Front Street and Eighth Street can apply for winter special-use permits to offer their services under canopies on the downtown avenues, which have been closed to vehicle traffic since the pandemic began. About 20 permits for outdoor use will be available. The move could help keep businesses active while they’re not able to offer indoor seating due to the coronavirus.

A new report by Chelan County finds what Leavenworth residents already knew: Swimmers, paddleboarders and tubers are flocking to that neck of the Wenatchee River every summer.

The report says this past summer, they average more than 1,500 river users on a typical weekend day in August. Several hundred float the river each summer weekday. Local residents say they’re concerned about impacts like parking, trash, and public safety. The new report will be used to inform future management actions along the river. The county plans a public meeting to discuss the findings Dec. 9th.

Fourth District Congressman Dan Newhouse will have a new role when the House of Representatives reconvenes next year: Chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus.

The caucus is a coalition of almost 70 House members from 35 states representing rural Western districts. He takes over the chair from fellow Republican Paul Gosar of Arizona. Newhouse, who represents Okanogan, Douglas and Grant counties as well as the Tri-Cities, says he looks forward to taking on the leadership position in the 117th Congress. He’s currently in quarantine after a positive COVID-19 test earlier this week.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, the Chelan-Douglas Health District says it’s gotten past the internal conflicts that plagued it during the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Dan Kuntz will be along with the weather and sports. That and more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The tourist-dependent city of Leavenworth is trying to make it easier for businesses to move outdoors while the pandemic limits their outdoor operation. Restaurants and other shops along Front Street and Eighth Street can apply for winter special-use permits to offer their services under canopies on the downtown avenues, which have been closed to vehicle traffic since the pandemic began. About 20 permits for outdoor use will be available. The move could help keep businesses active while they’re not able to offer indoor seating due to the coronavirus.

A new report by Chelan County finds what Leavenworth residents already knew: Swimmers, paddleboarders and tubers are flocking to that neck of the Wenatchee River every summer.

The report says this past summer, they average more than 1,500 river users on a typical weekend day in August. Several hundred float the river each summer weekday. Local residents say they’re concerned about impacts like parking, trash, and public safety. The new report will be used to inform future management actions along the river. The county plans a public meeting to discuss the findings Dec. 9th.

Fourth District Congressman Dan Newhouse will have a new role when the House of Representatives reconvenes next year: Chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus.

The caucus is a coalition of almost 70 House members from 35 states representing rural Western districts. He takes over the chair from fellow Republican Paul Gosar of Arizona. Newhouse, who represents Okanogan, Douglas and Grant counties as well as the Tri-Cities, says he looks forward to taking on the leadership position in the 117th Congress. He’s currently in quarantine after a positive COVID-19 test earlier this week.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, the Chelan-Douglas Health District says it’s gotten past the internal conflicts that plagued it during the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Dan Kuntz will be along with the weather and sports. That and more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes and benefited from an improved running game as the Seahawks beat the Cardinals, 28-21 at the newly christened Lumen Field last night.

The Seahawks also played better than expected on defense to end a two-game losing skid and improve their record to 7-3. They’re a half-game ahead of the Los Angeles Rams, who play Monday night at Tampa, and a game ahead of the Cardinals, who dropped to 6-4.

Murray and the Cardinals, seeking a tying touchdown, moved to the Seattle 27-yard line in the game’s final minute. But the drive stalled there and Seahawks defensive end Carlos Dunlap sacked Murray on a fourth-and-10 play with 34 seconds left to seal the outcome.

Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll called it a “walk-off” sack.  Carlos Dunlop called it something else –

Wilson threw no interceptions Thursday and had touchdown passes to DK Metcalf and fellow wide receiver Tyler Lockett. Tailback Carlos Hyde ran for a touchdown for the Seahawks, who rushed for 165 yards.

The Seahawks entered the game ranked last in the NFL in total defense. The Cardinals had 314 yards Thursday. They matched their season low in points. Pete Carroll was a happy coach after the game –

The Cardinals handed the Seahawks a fourth-quarter safety with a holding penalty in the end zone. The Seahawks added a field goal after the ensuing free kick to increase their lead to 28-21 with just more than two minutes remaining. That set up the game-winning drive that wasn’t, this time, for the Cardinals.

The Seahawks return to the practice field Monday as they begin preparing for the Eagles in Philadelphia for Monday Night Football on November 30th.

The Spokesman-Review is reporting this morning that Cougar quarterback Jayden de Laura has tested positive for COVID-19 and won’t play tomorrow night against Stanford.  Redshirt sophomore Cammon Cooper and redshirt freshman Gunner Cruz are listed as potential backups to de Laura on the team’s depth chart.  If de Laura is placed in a 14-day quarantine, it means WSU’s quarterback wouldn’t be available for the Nov. 27 Apple Cup.  Washington State travels to California to take on the Stanford Cardinal Saturday night at 8 o’clock.  You can watch that game on FS1.

The 1-0 Washington Huskies and the 0-1 Arizona Wildcats kick off Saturday afternoon at 5 o’clock at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium.  The game will be broadcast live on FOX.

Thanks Eric.. . .

A Wenatchee man has been arrested for the hit-and-run accident in a Wenatchee crosswalk Monday that injured a 57-year-old Wenatchee woman. Wenatchee police say 57-year-old Timothy Shales has been booked into the Chelan County Jail, where he faces a felony hit-and-run charge in addition to other charges.

Police say they were able to identify Shales’ vehicle from surveillance footage from a business near 5th Street and North Emerson Avenue, where the woman was hit. The woman underwent surgery earlier this week for a broken ankle and also suffered rib injuries.

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 Jefferson Robbins, thanks for joining us and have a great night.