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 Chelan-Douglas Health District said Thursday that local health care providers are taking over contact tracing of COVID-19 cases in the two counties. September 2020 county-level employment figures and unemployment rates for Washington State’s 39 counties were released by the Washington State Employment Security Department on Tuesday, and, yesterday, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced it was removing the gray wolf from the list of threatened and endangered wildlife under the Endangered Species Act.
But first, we begin tonight. . .
Springwater Fire -An accidental bump as a Wenatchee resident was leaving their home Thursday afternoon turned on the kitchen stove which then ignited a nearby basket of combustible materials at a home in the 16-hundred-block of Springwater Avenue. Chelan County Fire District 1 spokeswoman Kay McKellar said the materials in the basket set fire to the kitchen cabinets but firefighters were able to contain the fire to the kitchen. There were no people in the two-story home at the time but firefighters found a cat, hamster and turtle. McKellar said the hamster was at first unresponsive but once outside revived quickly. She said the occupants of the home had renter’s insurance.
Contact Tracing -The Chelan-Douglas Health District said Thursday that local health care providers are taking over contact tracing of COVID-19 cases in the two counties. That previously was being done by the state Department of Health. The health district says the local tracing allows information to be received and acted upon more rapidly. Health Officer Doctor Malcolm Butler said in his weekly video Thursday that contact tracing is vital to slowing the spread of the virus. . .
Unemployment -September 2020 county-level employment figures and unemployment rates for Washington State’s 39 counties were released by the Washington State Employment Security Department on Tuesday. And, as expected, negative effects of COVID-19-related layoffs on the statewide and local economies are apparent in the employment and figures from April through September of this year. The Wenatchee area local unemployment rate rose from 3.6 percent in September 2019 to 6.1 percent this September (see Figure 1 in the attached report). Also, the local economy lost 2,800 nonfarm jobs between September 2019 (47,400 jobs) and September 2020 (44,600 jobs), a 5.9-percent downturn. If there is a “silver lining” to this dark economic cloud, it is that year-over-year job loss rates across Washington state have decelerated for the past five consecutive months.
Wolf Delisting -On Thursday, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced it was removing the gray wolf from the list of threatened and endangered wildlife under the Endangered Species Act. This means that gray wolves, a species that has long been vilified, admired and protected for more than 45 years, will no longer receive federal protections under the Endangered Species Act. The long-anticipated move is drawing praise from those who want to see the iconic species managed by state and tribal governments, and harsh criticism from those who believe federal protections should remain in place until wolves inhabit more of their historical range. Federal wildlife officials are hailing the move as a success story, similar to endangered species recovery stories such as the bald eagle and American alligator. Representative Dan Newhouse agrees and said, quote, the gray wolf is an Endangered Species Act success story and by empowering states to manage gray wolf populations, the federal government is recognizing the effectiveness of locally-led conservation efforts, unquote.
Coming up next, On the heels of a destructive 2020 fire season, the state Department of Natural Resources released its 2020 Forest Action Plan this week. Even though the health district has warned that trick-or-treating is a bad idea this Halloween, there still will plenty of opportunities for costumed kids to stock up on the sweet stuff Saturday, and, Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour before going to bed tomorrow night as we shift from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.
Welcome back, and in other news. . .
DNR Forest Plan -On the heels of a destructive 2020 fire season, the state Department of Natural Resources released its 2020 Forest Action Plan this week. The plan includes more than 100 priority actions to address forest health, wildfires and climate change over the next decade. DNR’s Allison Morrow explains the sweeping goals under this new plan. . .
Haglund Candy Cruz -Even though the health district has warned that trick-or-treating is a bad idea this Halloween, there still will plenty of opportunities for costumed kids to stock up on the sweet stuff Saturday. One of those is the Candy Cruz in downtown Wenatchee. Linda Haglund, executive director of the Wenatchee Downtown Association told Wake Up Wenatchee Valley’s Dan Kuntz this week how the CODIV-19-safe alternative came about. . .
Fall Back -As we head to break, a reminder, don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour before going to bed Saturday night as we shift from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time. First responders say this is also a great opportunity to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for a safer home in the darker days ahead.
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Pause for Pets -Time now for our weekly Pause for Pets feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Goose the dog. . .
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
Sandy Cooprider estimates he’s touched the lives of over 25-thousand students in his 44-years coaching and educating at Wenatchee Valley College. He greets every day with a fresh energy intent on making a difference. He says his philosophy is simple…
The sports complex Cooprider built at Wenatchee Valley College will bear his name thanks to a vote of the WVC Board of Trustees. He believes the founding reason why he built the fields will carry through to future generations…
A dedication of the Cooprider Sport Fields Complex will take place when COVID restrictions allow.
The Seahawks prepare to host the 49ers Sunday at CenturyLink Field…
And while yesterday’s signing of Carlos Dunlap will help next week in Buffalo, Seattle is still undermanned coming into the game this week. Safety Jamal Adams is still questionable after missing three games with a groin injury. Cornerback Shaquill Griffin is coming off a concussion. And on the offensive side of the ball, running backs Chris Carson, Carlos Hyde and Travis Homer are questionable heading into the weekend.
That could mean more action for DeeJay Dallas. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer says he better be ready…
Coach Pete Carroll says they’re also looking at the possibility of wide receiver David Moore or others taking snaps as a running back, if need be…
DeeJay Dallas is a rookie out of Miami that hasn’t had too many opportunities on offense through six games. But he says he’s learning as he goes…
San Francisco comes into Sunday’s game with a 4-and-3 record with an up-and-down season so far. Bobby Wagner says one thing is for sure, their offense will try to get outside on Seattle’s defense…
Seattle and San Francisco renew their NFC West rivalry at CenturyLink Field, Sunday at 1:25 on FOX.
Here’s what we have on tap this weekend here on the NCWLIFE Channel…
It begins with Big-9 Football tonight as the Eastmont Wildcats host the Moses Lake Chiefs. Grant Olson and Eric Granstrom have the play-by-play beginning at 6:30 tonight.
Tomorrow’s matinee at 1:30 features Big-9 Girls Soccer as Eastmont hosts Moses Lake. Eric joins Matt Wisen to call the action. Then at 6, it’s Les Schwab Night at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval from August 8th.
Sunday features two Big-9 Girls Soccer matches from last November. 1st at 2 o’clock, it’s Eastmont and Wenatchee to decide the Big-9 Title. Then at 7, Eastmont hosts Mead in its first-ever appearance in the WIAA State Tournament.
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Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up Monday 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.