NCWLIFE Evening News October 28th, 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 man killed in a collision with a dairy truck Monday near Royal City has been identified. Another COVID-19 death has been reported in Grant County, and, Governor Jay Inslee said Tuesday any FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine must first meet the approval of a team of experts assembled by a pact of four Western states.     

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Grant County Deputies are looking for witnesses and victims after a vehicle pursuit of a robbery suspect this (Wed.) morning resulted in possibly several other collisions along the route of the pursuit in the Mae Valley area west of Moses Lake. If you were in that area and were forced off the road by a black Honda passenger car, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 509-762-1160 and tell the dispatcher. Deputies want to talk to you.

The man killed in a collision with a dairy truck Monday near Royal City has been identified as 31-year-old Payan Medinairrael of Othello.

The Washington State Patrol says Medinairrael was driving on Highway 262 when he ran the stop sign at the intersection with Highway 26 and hit the westbound dairy truck’s trailer. The driver of the dairy truck, 45-year-old Ismael Silva of Moses Lake, was not injured. The 6 p.m. collision partially blocked Highway 26 for five hours.

A Quincy man in his 50s has become Grant County’s 25th person to die from COVID-19. The Grant County Health District said the man had underlying health conditions that put him at higher risk for severe complications from the virus.

In a statistical oddity, men in have accounted for 80 percent of Grant County deaths. Statewide, 53 percent of COVID-19 deaths have been men.

Saying the Trump administration has eroded trust in the Food and Drug Administration, Governor Jay Inslee said Tuesday any FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine must first meet the approval of a team of experts assembled by a pact of four Western states. Inslee said the states, Washington, California, Oregon, Colorado and Nevada each will assign experts to review any approved vaccine. . .

Coming up next, Small business owners can learn about rules and regulations for operating during the COVID-19 pandemic and resources available to assist them by signing up for a free webinar. A 1-million-dollar donation by a Chelan couple is helping make the new Chelan community center a reality, and, Though the Chelan-Douglas Health District has advised parents not to let their kids go trick-or-treating this Halloween, the district says there are lots of other fun and safe activities available. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Small business owners can learn about rules and regulations for operating during the COVID-19 pandemic and resources available to assist them by signing up for a free webinar being offered by the state. There will be presentations by several state agencies, including the Department of Revenue, Employment Security, Labor and Industries and the state’s small business liaison team. There also will be question and answer sessions.

There are two dates available for the two-hour workshops, November 18th and December 10th. More information is available and instructions for signing up for the COVID-19 Impact Webinar webinar is available at business-dot-wa-dot-gov.

A 1-million-dollar donation by a Chelan couple is helping make the new Chelan community center a reality.

Scott and Brooke Isaac, who both have deep roots in the community, were high school sweethearts who now have seven children and operate a successful business selling straw to mushroom farmers in Canada.

Groundbreaking on the Community Center at Lake Chelan was held last week at its site on Bighorn Way, just below the Lookout housing development. The Seven Acres Foundation, the driving force behind the project, said the center will provide a world-class facility for residents. The center will have a 25-meter indoor pool, gym, indoor play area, meeting spaces and a commercial kitchen. The project is expected to be completed by summer, 2022.

Though the Chelan-Douglas Health District has advised parents not to let their kids go trick-or-treating this Halloween, district spokeswoman Veronica Farias says there are lots of other fun and safe activities available. . .

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. . .

Most of the Wenatchee Valley Senior Activity Center in Wenatchee has been shut down since spring because of the COVID-19 pandemic but executive director Dave Tosh says sales at the center’s thrift shop have been doing better than ever. That’s even under restrictions on the number of people who can be in the store at the same time. In tonight’s feature story, Tosh told Wake Up Wenatchee Valley’s Dan Kuntz people have stepped up in a big way to help ensure the success of the thrift store, which is vital to the entire center’s success. . .

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 Dodgers are World Series champions for the 7th time in club history, 1st time since 1988 after a 3-1 win over Tampa Bay in Game 6 last night…

Controversy came in the 6th inning when Rays manager Kevin Cash pulled starter Blake Snell for reliever Nick Anderson.  It was nothing new for Cash, he’d played by the numbers all season long.  But Snell was cruising through 5-and-a-third, allowing 1-run on 2-hits with 9-strikeouts.  Anderson quickly gave up two runs and the Dodgers went on for the win.

Cash says he understands any criticism coming his way…

Corey Seager was voted the World Series MVP after batting .400 in six games with 2-home runs and 5-RBI’s.  He and manager Dave Roberts were understandably all-smiles afterwards…

Julio Urias was perfect over the final 2-and-a-third innings, allowing not a single baserunner while striking out 4.  In fact, Game 6 of the World Series set an all-time record for K’s as both teams combined for 27-strikeouts.  

It’s worth mentioning that Tampa Bay’s lone run came on a 1st-inning home run by Randy Arozarena.  That gave him 3 for the World Series and 10 in the postseason, a record…and he’s just a rookie.

Congratulations to the Dodgers, World Series Champs.

Sandy Cooprider was hired to be the baseball coach at Wenatchee Valley College in 1971.  After years serving as the baseball and football coach for the Knights, Sandy was promoted to athletic director.  20-years ago, he began developing what is now a sports complex at WVC that will bear his name…

In 1991, a 7-acre patchwork of fields on campus that were used by local youth soccer clubs was condemned because the ring of poplar trees around the exterior were dying. That’s when Cooprider came up with an idea…

There was a little problem, however, with the idea of removing the trees.  Cooprider says there’s a way around any road block…

Now that the trees were down, it was time to bring in the big equipment to remove the trees, stumps and begin moving dirt.  That’s where local companies like Selland Construction, Pipkin Construction and Goodfellow Brothers came in and helped really make what is now four separate fields come to life…

Cooprider says the entire project was also receiving zero dollars from the college or the state.  So, it was up to Sandy and a group of local benefactors to come up with the money to pay for the complex.  We’ll have more on that part of the story tomorrow.

Trying desperately to find a pass rush, the Seahawks added Damon “Snacks” Harrison off the practice squad yesterday…

To make room on the roster, Seattle waived defensive tackle Anthony Rush.  Harrison is a former All-Pro with the Detroit Lions that has been on Seattle’s practice squad working into game shape for the past three weeks.

The Seahawks currently rank 29th in the NFL in sacking the opposing team’s quarterback.  Seattle is also last in the league in total yards allowed and passing yards allowed per game.  They’re hoping Harrison can help as they prepare to host San Francisco Sunday.

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.