NCWLIFE Evening News November 9th, 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, A reckless motorist allegedly took police on a high-speed chase last week from Wenatchee almost to Quincy. Tiffany Gering has defeated Dale England in the race for Chelan County Commissioner, District 3. Though Republican challenger Jesse Jensen gained some ground since the election night count, 8th District Representative Dr. Kim Schrier has won a second term in Congress, and, Voter turnout for last Tuesday’s election was just over 81 percent in Washington state, with Chelan and Douglas Counties doing even better, we will show you the numbers.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Twenty staff and residents at Christopher House in Wenatchee have tested positive for COVID-19, with results still pending for even more who were tested, the Chelan-Douglas Health District reported today.

The health district said they were notified of two positive tests at the adult care and assisted living facility November 4th and provided tests for the remaining staff and residents last Thursday.

The additional 18 positive results were determined Saturday. Management at Christopher House said they are QUOTE, taking extraordinary measures to ensure our staff and residents remain healthy, UNQUOTE.

Meanwhile, the health district is also urging all members of a Wenatchee church to get tested for the coronavirus after two of its members tested positive. The two people who tested positive attended services at Iglesia Emanuel Bautista church November 1st.

The district says anyone who attended those services should seek testing and self-quarantine until November 15th. A drive-through testing event was held for the church Sunday where 20 of the 50 people who attended the services were tested. The health district said results are not yet known for those tests.

A reckless motorist allegedly took police on a high-speed chase last week from Wenatchee almost to Quincy. 19-year-old Lauriano Hanson of Fife is jailed on suspicion of stolen vehicle possession, DUI and eluding police.

Officers say Hanson was the driver of a stolen vehicle that fled from a police stop in Wenatchee, weaved in and out of traffic from East Wenatchee south on Highway 28, and finally crashed near White Trail Road after an East Wenatchee police officer forced it into a spin. Hanson allegedly admitted smoking cannabis before the arrest.

Tiffany Gering has defeated Dale England in the race for Chelan County Commissioner, District 3.

After the latest numbers from the Chelan County Auditors office were released on Friday afternoon, Gering has 18,051 votes to 17,419 for England. With a 632 vote lead and only 483 outstanding ballots left to count, Gering’s lead over Englund is insurmountable. Gering is the Chief Operating Officer for the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce, Englund is a Manson area orchardist.

Though Republican challenger Jesse Jensen gained some ground since the election night count, 8th District Representative Dr. Kim Schrier has won a second term in Congress. Schrier, a Democrat, led by 24,798 votes on Election Day.

By Thursday, her lead over Jensen had slipped to 18,463 votes and after more results were released Friday she led by just over 15,000 votes out of 405,000 votes cast. Jensen won in four of the five counties in the district, but Schrier won by almost 42,000 votes in King County.

Voter turnout for last Tuesday’s election was just over 81 percent in Washington state, with Chelan and Douglas Counties doing even better, with almost 85 percent of registered voters in Chelan and an 81.4 percent turnout in Douglas. The state’s lowest turnout came in neighboring Grant County, where just under 54 percent of voters participated. In 2016 also a presidential election year, just under 78 percent of voters in Washington state returned their ballots.

Coming up next, Confluence Health Chief Medical Officer Jason Lake said maintaining good morale at Central Washington Hospital has been a challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the state remains on guard for COVID-19, flu activity in Washington remains low, and, The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife wants to simplify rules on training and using dogs to track wild cougars.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Confluence Health Chief Medical Officer Jason Lake said maintaining good morale at Central Washington Hospital has been a challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lake told Wake Up Wenatchee Valley’s Dan Kuntz a staffing shortage has exacerbated that challenge. . .

While the state remains on guard for COVID-19, flu activity in Washington remains low. The state Department of Health says so far this year, there have been zero lab-confirmed deaths from influenza, and zero flu-like outbreaks in any long-term care facilities. Emergency department visits for flu symptoms are also way down from last year.

The CDC says there’s been a global decrease in flu cases as more and more people adopt masks and social distancing to avoid COVID-19. However, getting your flu shot is still recommended by health experts.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife wants to simplify rules on training and using dogs to track wild cougars.

Dogs are instrumental in locating cougars that might pose a threat to the public, but the agency says previous state rules gave dog handlers little opportunity to keep their dogs trained and ready for cougar encounters. If the rule is approved, Fish and Wildlife will develop a roster of approved handlers to be called out as needed for cougar incidents. State residents can give feedback on the proposal by December 7th at the Fish and Wildlife website.

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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Hero Banners, the colorful pennants that hang from downtown streetlamps to honor servicemembers, have decorated Wenatchee each November of the last three years. Two years ago, the tradition expanded to East Wenatchee. In tonight’s feature story, Linda Haglund with the Wenatchee Downtown Association joined East Wenatchee Mayor Jerrilea Crawford last week to explain how the tradition came to the Valley. . .

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 laid an egg in Buffalo Sunday, falling to the Bills 44-34…and the score was closer than the game actually was…

Russell Wilson was sacked 5-times, hit 16-times, threw two interceptions and had two fumbles.  Coach Pete Carroll says he has a hard time coming to grips with a game like that…

Josh Allen and the Buffalo offense did basically whatever it wanted for the first half as the Bills rolled up a 24-to-10 lead.  Allen finished 31-of-38 for 415-yards and three touchdowns.  Seattle also sacked him 7-times.

Jamal Adams made his return to the lineup after missing three games with a groin injury.  He said the defense has to simply do better…

Russell Wilson finished the game 28-for-41 for 390-yards, 2-touchdowns and 2-interceptions.  He says while the game didn’t go there way, there’s still half the season left to get better…

D.K. Metcalf caught 7-passes for 108-yards and a touchdown.  Seattle dropped to 6-and-2 with the loss and will travel to Los Angeles to take on the Rams Sunday at 1:25pm.

He didn’t want to talk about it, but it came out in the post-game press conference that Pete Carroll has received a contract extension from the Seahawks.  He reportedly agreed to a 5-year extension that will keep him in Seattle until he’s 74-years old.

Carroll says nothing was said because they’ve never really said anything in his previous 11-seasons with the organization…

Carroll is the longest-tenured and the winningest coach in franchise history.

Checking the rest of the NFC West on the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

On Thursday night, Aaron Rodgers threw for 305-yards and 4-touchdowns to lead the Packers past the 49ers with ease 34-17.

Despite Kyler Murray’s 389-yards combined offense with three touchdowns throwing and 1-running, Arizona fell to Miami 34-31.  Tua Tagovailoa completed 20-of-28 passes for 248-yards and 2-touchdowns to lead the Dolphins.

The Rams had a bye this weekend preparing for the Seahawks.  Seattle still leads the NFC West, despite yesterday’s loss in Buffalo.  Arizona and Los Angeles are tied for second at 5-and-3 while San Francisco’s trailing the pack at 4-and-5.

True freshman Jayden de Laura was up to the task for Washington State Saturday, as the Cougars topped Oregon State 38-28…

The Hawaiian completed 18-of-his-33 passes for 227-yards, two-touchdowns and 1-interception.  He also ran for 43-yards and a score in WSU’s season-opener.  Deon McIntosh did the damage on the ground, carrying the ball 18-times for 147-yards and a score.

Washington State returns home Sunday for a meeting with #11 Oregon in Pullman.  Kickoff is at 4 o’clock on FOX.

Checking the rest of the Pac-12 Saturday on our Les Schwab Scoreboard.  Tyler Shough threw for 227-yards and a score while CJ Verdell rushed for 105-yards and another score to lead Oregon past Stanford 35-14.  The Cardinal’s place kicker missed four field goals on the night.

Kedon Slovis passed for 381-yards and two touchdowns to lead USC in a come-from-behind win over Arizona State 28-27.

Jake Broussard rushed for 187-yards and three-touchdowns and Colorado held off a second-half push from UCLA, downing the Bruins 48-42.

Arizona at Utah and Washington at Cal were cancelled because of COVID.

Thanks Eric.

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.