NCWLIFE Evening News October 12th, 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, Almost 92 percent of state workers under Governor Jay Inslee have reached full vaccination for COVID-19. Representative Kim Schrier wants President Biden to issue an executive order on rapid COVID tests and A former smoke-shop worker pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sell cannabis on Monday, and now must serve 60 days on electronic home monitoring.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Chelan-Grant Covid Deaths -Four new COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Chelan and Douglas counties and nine additional deaths in Grant County. The Chelan-Douglas Health District said Tuesday its latest deaths all were in September and included two Chelan County women, one in her 80s and the other in her 60s. A Chelan County man in his 40s and a Douglas County man in his 50s also had their deaths attributed to the virus. Two of the people who died were unvaccinated, one partially vaccinated and the other fully vaccinated. The two counties have now reported 115 COVID-19-related deaths. The Grant County Health District said its additional 9 deaths reported Monday also all occurred in September, with eight involving people with underlying health conditions. Four of the latest deaths were Soap Lake men, one in his 40s, two in their 60s and another in his 80s. The Health District said of the nine latest deaths seven were people who were unvaccinated and two who were fully vaccinated. Both health districts delay the announcement of new COVID-19 deaths until the family has been fully notified and the death has been confirmed as COVID-19-caused on the death certificate. Grant County now has 176 confirmed COVID-19 deaths.
State Worker Vaxes -Almost 92 percent of state workers under Governor Jay Inslee have reached full vaccination for COVID-19, as required by the governor’s mandate. The Office of Financial management released figures Monday showing the increase in vaccinations has been rapid since the governor announced the requirement in August. The Department of Agriculture has the overall lowest rate of vaccination among large agencies, at 79 percent, and the Department of Revenue the highest, at almost 99 percent. About 4,200 religious exemptions have been approved for state workers, and 428 requests denied.
Schrier Rapid Testing -8th District Congressmember Kim Schrier wants President Biden to help make more at-home COVID-19 tests available. The Democrat sent a letter to Biden on Monday urging him to streamline the process by which the FDA approves new testing kits. She points out that only three at-home tests are approved for use in the United States, compared to 34 in the UK and 36 in Germany. Schrier says expedited approval should be given for tests already available on the European markets.
Cannabis Clerk -A former smoke-shop worker pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sell cannabis on Monday, and now must serve 60 days on electronic home monitoring. 36-year-old Ahmed Sarameh was arrested in a sting operation in April 2018, selling almost $800 worth of cannabis vape oil out of his SUV. Sarameh worked at Nazaman Tobacco in the Wenatchee Valley Mall, and conducted the sales in the parking lot. Conspiracy to deliver cannabis is a Class C felony. The state Liquor and Cannabis Board revoked the tobacco shop’s license over the incident. The store has since been licensed to a new owner.
TEASE -Coming up next, Wenatchee Valley College will receive a pilot grant this year to expand access to mental health services for students on its Omak campus./ Highway 2 will be closed late Friday as work continues on the West Cashmere bridge replacement project, and, Friday will be the last chance this year for the public to visit Ohme Gardens before its seasonal closure. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
WVC Mental Health -Wenatchee Valley College will receive a pilot grant this year to expand access to mental health services for students on its Omak campus. The college is one of four in Washington slated to receive a quarter-million dollars in state funds over the next two years. WVC will hire a full-time Faculty Counselor and half-time College Navigator, adding one to two days of counseling services at Omak. The state grant program was approved by the Washington Legislature during its 2021 session.
Bridge Highway 2 Closure -Highway 2 will be closed late Friday as work continues on the West Cashmere bridge replacement project. Chelan County says there will be a one-lane bypass road at Hay Canyon for highway traffic from 9:30 p.m. Friday until 5:30 a.m. Saturday. A Washington State Patrol trooper will be on site to serve as the flagger at the bypass. Work on the bridge this week has included the continued placement of girders over the Wenatchee River. The $25.5-million-dollar bridge currently under construction will replace a 91-year-old bridge that was deemed unsafe.
Ohme Gardens Season -Friday will be the last chance this year for the public to visit Ohme Gardens before its seasonal closure. The popular gardens on Wenatchee’s north edge, reopened this spring after being closed all of 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. There was one unscheduled closure this year on July 14th after the Red Apple Fire briefly threatened Ohme Gardens and Level 3 evacuation notices were issued.
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.

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Hospital Staffing -While the rate of COVID-19 vaccination among healthcare workers continues to rise, hospitals could lose up to 5 percent of their workforce over resistance to vaccine mandates. Health workers statewide have until October 18th to become fully vaccinated, as Governor Jay Inslee has required in an executive order. However, in tonight’s feature story, a survey by the Washington State Hospital Association finds that health centers are likely to lose staff over that mandate. . .

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.

NCWLIFE Channel Sports

The drama of post-season baseball continued Monday and the long ball was center-stage…
Boston is headed to the American League Championship series after beating Tampa Bay 6-to-5 in walk-off fashion, thanks to Kikí Hernández…
Of course, it was a Rafael Devers 3-run home run that helped put Boston in a place to win in the first place.
Earlier in the day, Atlanta took a 2-1 lead in its National League Division Series with Milwaukee thanks to a shot by Joc Pederson…
The ONLY run scored in the finale last night at Dodger Stadium was by San Francisco’s Evan Longoria…
Houston and Chicago were rained out yesterday, so they’ll play this morning at 11:07 on FS1.
The Braves try to put Milwaukee out in Atlanta today at 2:15 on TBS. L-A will try to stay alive at 6:07 tonight against San Francisco.

The questions about Russell Wilson’s return remain pretty much unanswered today after Pete Carroll met with reporters Monday.
Carroll says until Wilson returns, Geno Smith will be their starter and he’s expecting the 10-year veteran to get the job done…
The Seahawks travel to Pittsburgh Sunday night to take on the Steelers.

Turning to the local Les Schwab Scoreboard from Monday
On the pitch in girls soccer, Bridgeport edged Okanogan 3-2 while Tonasket topped Liberty Bell 1-nil.
In prep volleyball last night, Cashmere shut out Quincy in 3-sets. Entiat topped Riverside Christian 3-0. And Waterville-Mansfield earned a 3-1 win over Moses Lake Christian.
Coming up today on a busy soccer Tuesday, the 4 o’clock games have Cashmere at Omak; Bridgeport hosts Pateros; Manson travels to Tonasket; Chelan hosts Cascade; and Okanogan is in Brewster. Quincy plays host to Warden at 5. Ephrata entertains Ellensburg at 6. Then at 7, it’s a battle for the top spot in the Big-9 when Eastmont plays at Moses Lake. The Panthers are on the road at Eisenhower.
It’s also very busy on the volleyball courts in North Central Washington tonight. The 5:30 matches have Bridgeport at Wilson Creek while Entiat travels to Easton. Chelan hosts Cascade at 6:30 while Cashmere plays at Omak; Brewster hosts Tonasket; Cascade Christian is at Soap Lake; and Manson hosts Liberty Bell.
The 7 o’clock games tonight have Wenatchee at Eisenhower; Ephrata hosts East Valley of Yakima; and Pateros is at Moses Lake Christian.
Eastmont was supposed to play at Moses Lake tonight but that match was postponed due to COVID in the Chief’s program.

While the Wenatchee Wild get their skates under them in Canada to start the season, their radio voice is regaining his strength back home…
Arch Ecker was seriously hurt in a rollover crash in June and spent three months in the hospital. While he’s back home recovering, Sean Zears has been hired to fill-in providing radio play-by-play for the Wild.
Zears joined Dan Kuntz via Skype on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley and says the hard part is calling games from his home in Illinois…
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Zears will be on the call Saturday when the Wild play at Trail in their second game of the BCHL season.

Staying on the ice…
The Seattle Kraken make history tonight with their inaugural game in the National Hockey League. They’ll drop the puck in Las Vegas against the Golden Knights at 7 o’clock on ESPN.

Thanks Eric.
WSD Bus Drivers -A nice story as we leave you tonight, a group of WSD bus drivers attended Pasco’s bus caravan this past Saturday to honor Richard Lenhart, a Pasco driver that was killed while transporting students home recently. Over 100 vehicles participated including 1st responders and school buses from districts around the region. School officials say it was important to the WSD Transportation team to be there and show their support for the Pasco Transportation family.
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.