NCWLIFE Evening News October 20th, 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, The Lake Chelan School District’s has delayed the start of in-class instruction for 2nd graders after a staff member who works with that grade tested positive for COVID-19. The Washington State Health Department warns of  a “fall surge” in COVID-19 infections, and, 13th District State Representative Tom Dent says he’s been living with COVID-19 for more than two weeks.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A chimney fire at one of Leavenworth’s best-known hotels briefly forced tenants from their rooms and shut down Highway 2 this morning.

The fire broke out about 5:30 a.m. at the Enzian Inn. No one was injured and the damage was minimal, but Chelan County Fire District 3 had to use its tallest ladder truck to reach the chimney, and traffic had to be diverted around the site for about an hour. Chief Kelly O’Brien said although guests had to leave their rooms, they were allowed to stay inside the building, rather than stand outside in 50-degree temperatures.

The Lake Chelan School District’s has delayed the start of in-class instruction for 2nd graders after a staff member who works with that grade tested positive for COVID-19.

The half-day, in-person instruction was to have started today but the district said Monday that has been pushed back to November 9th.

The school district said it consulted with the epidemiologist at the Chelan-Douglas Health District before making the decision to call off today’s return to the classrooms.

State health experts are warning of a new fall surge in coronavirus cases, and Washington’s chief health officer Dr. Kathy Lofy says it’s, quote, “time to flatten the curve again.”

The chief concern is in western Washington, where cases in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties continue to trend sharply upward. Experts say cases are climbing not because of localized outbreaks, but because of widespread disease transmission. Facial masks and social distancing continue to be the recommended strategy when in public.

13th District State Representative Tom Dent says he’s been living with COVID-19 for more than two weeks. The Moses Lake Republican told Yakima radio station NewsTalk-KIT yesterday that he was on Day 15 since his diagnosis.

Dent said he’s had the full range of coronavirus symptoms. Last week, he cancelled appearances at campaign forums in Ellensburg and Moses Lake due to his illness. He’s now campaigning for re-election against Democratic challenger Eduardo Castaneda-Diaz of Quincy, who says Dent may have endangered the public by carrying on public appearances earlier this month.

Dent previously opposed steps taken by Gov. Jay Inslee to combat the virus, including a mandate that agricultural growers create larger living areas for visiting orchard workers.

Coming up next, Dr. Malcolm Butler’s report to Chelan-Douglas Health Board: The incidence rate of COVID is climbing here as well. Workers began driving sheet pilings into the Wenatchee River last week as part of the in-water work on the West Cashmere Bridge replacement project, and, With the blessing of state health officials, Wenatchee’s largest movie theater will reopen in just over two weeks. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Chelan and Douglas counties appear to be entering a new phase in the COVID-19 pandemic, with transmission rates increasing.

That’s the word from Dr. Malcolm Butler, the district’s health officer, in a public health board meeting yesterday. Butler says although there’ve been no reports of COVID transmission within schools that have invited students back to classrooms, the rate of cases per 100,000 people has begun to climb again, now up over 170.

That number needs to be 75 and preferably 25 before public health measures can begin to relax. Still, cases are down amongst people age 60 to 80, who are considered most at risk of complications and death from the virus. 25 people in the two counties are known to have died from COVID-19 since March.

Workers began driving sheet pilings into the Wenatchee River last week as part of the in-water work on the West Cashmere Bridge replacement project.

The pilings are fitted together to form what’s called a cofferdam near what will be the new bridge’s center pier. The cofferdam will create a dry working area for the pier, which will go in about 50 feet below the river and be about 10 feet in diameter.

The new 25-point-5-million-dollar bridge is the largest public works project in Chelan County history and is expected to be completed late next year. The 91-year-old bridge it is replacing was deemed structurally threatened.

With the blessing of state health officials, Wenatchee’s largest movie theater will reopen in just over two weeks.

Gateway Cinema says it’s screening movies again starting November 6th. Chelan and Douglas counties moved to Phase 2 of the state reopening plan last week, and that allows 25 percent capacity in movie theaters, with masking and social distancing in place. No word yet on what films will be on tap. The Fairchild Cinemas in Moses Lake says it also expects to open in early November, but hasn’t yet set a date.

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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Hopes for a COVID-19 vaccine are high as we head deeper into autumn, but how soon can we expect a magic bullet? In tonight’s feature story, Congresswoman Kim Schrier, herself a pediatrician, recently interviewed Dr. Larry Corey with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, who’s deeply involved with the national push for a vaccine. You can find the full interview on her Facebook page. Dr. Corey says we should prepare to combat the virus without any chance of inoculation well into 2021. . .

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.

Game 1 of the World Series is tonight and features the Tampa Bay Rays of the American League and Los Angeles Dodgers of the National League…

And, in keeping with the strange COVID-world of 2020, every game of the Fall Classic will be played at a neutral site at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.  But unlike the regular season, fans will be allowed to attend.  According to Major League Baseball, 11,500 seats have been made available for fans to attend.

Tonight’s game will feature pitchers who are both 2-and-1 in the 2020 postseason.  Right-hander Tyler Glasnow will get the ball for the Rays.  He’s coming off a 6-inning, four-run outing against the Astros in Game 4 of the ALCS.  His 25-strikeouts are 4th-most in the 2020 playoffs.

Leftie Clayton Kershaw will start for the Dodgers.  It will be the 5th World Series start of his career and sixth appearance.  In his Game 4 start of the NLCS against the Braves, Kershaw allowed four runs on seven hits in five-plus frames.

The game is underway and you can watch all the action on FOX.

Wrapping up the weekend in the NFL on the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Kyler Murray threw two touchdown passes and ran another as the Arizona Cardinals blasted the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football 38-to-10.  Dallas committed 4-turnovers, two fumbles by Ezekiel Elliott and two interceptions by Andy Dalton.

The Cardinal’s Kenyan Drake also rushed for 164-yards and scored twice.  Arizona improved to 4-and-2 with the win, tied for second in the NFC West behind Seattle, whom they face this Sunday.

In the early game of the night on a rain-soaked evening in Buffalo, Kansas City came out on top of the Bills 26-17.

Patrick Mahomes connected on 21-of-26 throws for 225-yards and two-touchdowns, both to Travis Kelce (kel-see).  The workhorse on the ground was rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who rushed 26-times for 161-yards.  It’s the first time in Andy Reed’s career that a team he coached rushed more than 40-times in a game.

Josh Allen was ineffective, completing 14-of-27 passes for 122-yards, two touchdowns and an interception.  The Bills were held to 206-yards of offense as they dropped to 4-and-2.  The Chiefs improved to 5-and-1.

The Seahawks are back at practice after the bye week.  Coach Pete Carroll met with reporters Monday with the big topic being about COVID and how his team was able to make it through without infections…

Carroll says because players had to test daily and stay near the practice facility rather than spreading out to all corners of the country, the time off was more like time on…

Monday’s practice marked the return of tight end Colby Parkinson.  The rookie out of Stanford has been out rehabbing a surgery to address a Jones fracture on his foot sustained during a workout in June.  Carroll says Parkinson was happy to be back out on the field…

The Seahawks travel to the desert Sunday to face its first NFC West opponent this season in Arizona.  The Cardinals are flying high after last night’s win over Dallas while Seattle is off to its best start in franchise history.  Kickoff is set for 1:05 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on FOX.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, a dancer with deep Wenatchee roots is now gracing the stage in Cincinnati. Jace Pauly joined the Cincinnati Ballet as a new dancer for their upcoming season.

The Wenatchee native began his dance training with instructor Melissa Miller-Port at Fabulous Feet.

Since then he’s performed with professional ballet companies in Atlanta and Oklahoma. The Cincinnati Ballet started its socially-distanced 2020 dance season with outdoor performances in September.

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.