NCWLIFE Evening News November 6th, 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, Grant County reported two more COVID-19 deaths Thursday, both Moses Lake women. Three Wenatchee Valley men are charged with drug and weapons offenses after a police investigation allegedly tied one of them to cocaine sales, and, Grant PUD’s expansion efforts of its wholesale fiber-optic network will receive a financial boost thanks to funding from the Washington State Public Works Board.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The Chelan-Douglas health District says COVID-19 cases in the two counties have surged, along with the rest of the country, to 240 cases per 100,000 members of the population. That’s up 74 percent from last week, and far higher than the goal of 25 per 100,000. Four people have died of the coronavirus in the last two weeks, bringing the region’s total to 29 mortalities. The health district continues to advise residents to mask up, social distance, and avoid group gatherings.

Grant County reported two more COVID-19 deaths Thursday, both Moses Lake women.

The Grant County Health District said the women, one in her 70s and the other in her 80s, both had underlying health conditions that made them more vulnerable to the virus. That brings bring the county’s total deaths from the coronavirus to 27.

Three Wenatchee Valley men are charged with drug and weapons offenses after a police investigation allegedly tied one of them to cocaine sales.

Ignacio Ornelas Galvez of Wenatchee was the target of a Columbia River Drug Task Force sting in August when he allegedly sold $360 worth of cocaine to a police informant. Detectives arrested Ornelas in a traffic stop Tuesday in Wenatchee, and later arrested 20-year-old Jesus Esquivel, who allegedly drove Ornelas to carry out the drug deal, plus 20-year-old Sergio Rivera.

In Esquivel’s car, they say they found a loaded semi-automatic rifle, plus a small amount of cocaine and pills suspected of containing fentanyl. All three men were jailed pending charges.

Grant PUD’s expansion efforts of its wholesale fiber-optic network will receive a financial boost thanks to funding from the Washington State Public Works Board.

The utility received a $810,000 grant and qualified for a $810,000 loan as part of the Public Works Board’s competitive construction grant and loan broadband program. Grant PUD was one of seven broadband construction projects awarded funding to help bring broadband internet service to unserved communities across the state. The funding will supplement the estimated $1.8 million construction costs to expand the network. Construction within the area is anticipated to be finished by the end of the year. 

Coming up next, As America’s COVID-19 pandemic enters its second year, the Washington state capitol will remain closed and its Legislature will meet remotely. A longtime Thanksgiving tradition of generosity and community togetherness in Chelan has been canceled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and, The Wenatchee Police honored a few of their own with their annual departmental awards on Wednesday and when we come back I’ll tell who the winners are. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

As America’s COVID-19 pandemic enters its second year, the Washington state capitol will remain closed and its Legislature will meet remotely.

Majority Democrats in the Senate say when they return to Olympia in January, lawmakers will vote in virtual meetings and conduct hearings by teleconference. Only a few legislators will be allowed on the Senate floor at a time. Members of the Washington House say proceedings will likely look the same in their chamber.

A longtime Thanksgiving tradition of generosity and community togetherness in Chelan has been canceled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The owners of the Apple Cup Café said Thursday that the regulations and mandates required just to operate on a day-to-day basis have made it impossible to hold their 24th annual Community Thanksgiving Feed. The dinner attracts as many as 1,500 community members each year for a free Thanksgiving meal. All those people are served in a three-hour period meaning a big and busy gathering of diners and volunteers. Owner Ryan Peterson and his family said they tried to come up with a way to make it work this year but the pandemic made it impossible. The family vowed to make up for the cancellation in the years to come.

The Wenatchee Police honored a few of their own with their annual departmental awards on Wednesday.

Officer Albert Gonzalez was named Officer of the Year, and earned a Lifesaving Award for using CPR and Narcan in the field.

Other recipients included Officer Riley Koch for his work with the homeless population, and Scott Moen with another Lifesaving Award.

Chief Steve Crown gave out the awards in a closed ceremony in the police garage, due to COVID-19.

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. . .

The local Hispanic community was by far the hardest hit during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Malcolm Butler, health officer for the Chelan-Douglas Health District, said Thursday that the number of new cases for that group has been falling since September. In tonight’s feature story, during his weekly video update Thursday, Butler said the largest number of new cases in Chelan and Douglas counties is now being seen in males ages 20 to 40. . .

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 University of Washington’s game against Cal Saturday has been cancelled due to COVID…

According to the California athletic department, the game will be declared a no contest due to the Golden Bears’ inability to field a competitive roster following the results of one positive COVID-19 test and subsequent contact tracing.

Earlier this week, a member of the Cal football program tested positive for COVID-19.  The program followed up with contact tracing, quarantining, symptom monitoring and treatment.  As a result, several other players are in quarantine.

D.K. Metcalf is the 4th-leading receiver in the NFL with 36-receptions for 680-yards and 7-touchdowns.  He’s second-only to Green Bay’s Davante Adams in touchdown catches.  His quarterback, Russell Wilson, says Metcalf is obviously a physically-gifted athlete.  But it’s his WANT to fight for tough balls that separates him from the rest…

Metcalf suffered a couple injuries in college that kept him from being drafted in the first round.  He says that has motivated him to be better.  Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer disagrees.  He thinks Metcalf is a one-in-a-million athlete…

D.K. Metcalf would much rather talk about the defense Seattle will face Sunday than himself.  He says ball-security will have to be a high priority against the Bills…

Seattle did some shuffling this week to make room on the roster for Carlos Dunlap as well as rookie tight end Colby Parkinson.  The Stanford grad says he’s thankful to get a chance to play after recovering from a foot injury…

Coach Pete Carroll is known for his positive attitude and being physically active.  In fact, he loves to throw the football around before practice and games.  Coach Schottenheimer was asked to break down Carroll’s passing ability…

Seattle and Buffalo kick off Sunday morning at 10 o’clock on FOX.

Our rebroadcast of the 2019 Bridge of Sportsmanship game is tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Eastmont and Wenatchee battled in the final game of the season at Wildcat Stadium with a sold-out crowd on hand last November 7th.  Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson had the play-by-play as the Panthers tried to come back in the closing moments…

You’ll have to tune in for the rest of it tonight at 6:30 here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Here’s what else we have on tap for the weekend.  Tune in at 1:30 Saturday afternoon for girls bowling as Eastmont and Wenatchee do battle from last December.

Then at 6 it’s another night of racing at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval from August 28th during Johnson Electric Night.

We’re changing things up on Sunday.  Since the Apple Blossom Festival is holding its first mandatory meetings next Tuesday for young ladies interested in running for royalty, we’ll wet your whistle on Sunday.  First at 2 o’clock, watch the documentary by North-40 Productions entitled “A Lot Of Fuss About A Parade.”  Then at 7, we’ll re-air the 2020 Royalty Selection Pageant.

That’s all coming up this weekend here on your LOCAL TV station, the NCWLIFE Channel.

Thanks Eric.

As we leave you on this Friday night, Chelan Fire and Rescue firefighters did something yesterday that their profession is famed for (other than fighting fires): they rescued a cat.

Firefighters Sam Belsky and Adam Jones, between emergency calls, received work of a kitten that had been living for a few days under a car in the Lake Chelan Shores area. They said when they located the cat it immediately began purring and hasn’t stopped since. The feline was not chipped and a search for its owner proved fruitless. However, they were able to find a loving home for the cat, if its owners don’t come forward. Anyone who recognizes the cat should call Station 71 at 682-4476.

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.