NCWLIFE Evening News September 15th, 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, Free COVID-19 testing will be held later this week in Moses Lake and Quincy as cases of the virus continues to spike in Grant County. Air quality warnings advising everyone to stay inside have delayed an effort at public COVID-19 testing in the town of Plain. The Pearl Hill Fire in northern Douglas County is close to full containment, and, One of the losses from the wildfires this year in Washington was one of only two covered bridges remaining in the state.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

An Upper Valley woman is dead after she was struck by a train yesterday near Chumstick Highway.

The woman, who hasn’t yet been identified by police, was 27 years old. Chelan County sheriff’s deputies said she was apparently walking south on the BNSF rail line that runs parallel to the highway when she was struck about 4:35 p.m. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The fatal incident remains under investigation.

Free COVID-19 testing will be held later this week in Moses Lake and Quincy as cases of the virus continues to spike in Grant County.

The drive-through testing will be held from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the county fairgrounds in Moses Lake on Thursday and Friday and Quincy High School in Quincy on Saturday. From Friday through Monday Grant County reported 95 new cases of the coronavirus.

Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties have shown improved numbers in the past two weeks while cases continue to climb in Grant County. The Grant County Health District says if the heavy wildfire smoke remains in the area the testing may need to be postponed,

Air quality warnings advising everyone to stay inside have delayed an effort at public COVID-19 testing in the town of Plain.

The free drive-up testing was scheduled to start this afternoon in the small Upper Valley town, but air quality has ranged from very unhealthy to hazardous since the weekend.

Testing at Fire Station 93 in Plain is now set to begin tomorrow and again Thursday, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The testing, sponsored by the Chelan-Douglas Health District, has taken place in communities throughout the two counties to map the spread of the coronavirus. Nineteen people in the Wenatchee Valley are known to have died from the disease so far.

The Pearl Hill Fire in northern Douglas County is close to full containment.

That’s the latest word from incident commanders on the 224,000-acre fire, which broke off Monday from the Cold Springs Fire in Okanogan County.

Twenty-six homes and buildings were destroyed in the fast-moving blaze, including a dozen in the town of Bridgeport.

The Cold Springs Fire remain more troublesome, at just 60 percent containment. Utilities are gradually being restored to areas that lost power and water during the fires. The causes of the fire remain under investigation.

One of the losses from the wildfires this year in Washington was one of only two covered bridges remaining in the state.

The 1918 Manning-Rye Covered Bridge over the Palouse River near Colfax was destroyed last week by a 3,000-acre fire that is still burning in Whitman County.

The bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. The only remaining covered bridge in Washington is in Wah-kai-a-kum County in Southwest Washington.

Coming up next, The Chelan-Douglas Health District is making changes to cope with its rate of COVID-19 infections, and getting more outside help. City, county and state emergency responders paid tribute over the weekend to Moses Lake firefighter and EMT Andrew Deering who died in a climbing accident Labor Day Weekend in Oregon. The Washington State Historical Society has honored one of Wenatchee’s local stewards of culture, and, A Brewster science teacher and an Ephrata School District maintenance director have received regional education awards from the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The Chelan-Douglas Health District is making changes to cope with its rate of COVID-19 infections, and getting more outside help.

Last week, the district approved Nathan Weed, director of community health system and an emergency response coordinator with the state Department of Health, as its new interim director. Today, an incident management team from Pierce County took over handling of coronavirus response in the Wenatchee Valley.

They’ll be the second outside group to work on controlling the virus here; a Department of Corrections incident team has been on the job since August 17th. The two-county health district has been disrupted by the pandemic, losing its longtime director amid acrimony with the local board of health back in June.

City, county and state emergency responders paid tribute over the weekend to Moses Lake firefighter and EMT Andrew Deering who died in a climbing accident Labor Day Weekend in Oregon.

As Deering’s body was returned to Moses Lake, a crowd awaited his arrival outside Moses Lake Dire Department Station Number 2. No details on the accident that claimed Deering’s life have been released.

The Washington State Historical Society has honored one of Wenatchee’s local stewards of culture. Randy Lewis has received the society’s Peace and Friendship Award.

Lewis, an elder of the Wenatchi Indian tribe, has spent years broadening understanding of the Valley’s Native people and heritage.  His book “Red Star And Blue Star Defeat Spexman” tells the origins of the valley’s geological features.  Randy has also worked as an activist for social justice, and served as a board member for the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation.

A Brewster science teacher and an Ephrata School District maintenance director have received regional education awards from the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The educator of the year awards were handed out Monday in a virtual ceremony. Brewster’s Jacqueline Hentges was a finalists for state teacher of the year. She has been teaching in Brewster for 25 years.

Rocke Witte, the maintenance and facilities director for the Ephrata School District was a finalists for classified school employee of the year. Among other things, he implemented a summer work program for students.

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. . .

Normally, the Wenatchee River Institute in Leavenworth has its community program manager Rachel Bishop hosting its virtual plant identification classes. But this week Rachel turns it over to a guest presenter, for a segment on one of the area’s most invasive plant species. Here’s tonight’s feature story. . .

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 Mariners split a makeup doubleheader with one of the best teams in baseball yesterday, the Oakland Athletics…

In the opener, Seattle was down 5-nothing before coming all the way back to win it 6-5.  Here’s how they did it in the bottom of the 6th in a 7-inning affair…

Seattle got home runs from Jose Marmolejos and the first career Major League dinger for Jose Torrens.  And, thank goodness for Kyle Lewis.  He continues to shine with a homer in Game 1 and a brilliant catch in Game 2…

Marco Gonzales earned the win in Game 1, lasting 6-innings and allowing 5-runs on 6-hits with 7-strikeouts and only his 5th walk of the season…

The A’s came back and won the nightcap 9-nothing as Mike Minor pitched all 7-innings, allowing just 2-hits with 8-strikeouts.  Mark Canha drove in 3-runs and had a homer.  Kyle Lewis’ double was one of just two Seattle hits.

The Mariners welcome San Francisco into town for the first of two games tonight at 6:40 as Ljay Newsome faces Tyler Anderson.

Checking the Les Schwab Scoreboard in the American League West…

Seattle and Oakland were the only teams playing last night, but here’s the updated standings.  The A’s lead is 6-and-a-half games over Houston and eight in front of Seattle.  The Mariners are 4-and-a-half games back in the Wild Card chase.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll met with the media Monday following Seattle’s 38-25 victory over Atlanta Sunday.  He was just as happy with his team’s ability to follow protocol as he was with the victory…

Matt Ryan threw for 450-yards and two touchdowns, but Carroll says he’s not worried about stats when it comes to Seattle’s pass defense in a game like that…

The Seahawks next prepare to take on the New England Patriots and new quarterback Cam Newton Sunday night on national television with a 5:20 kickoff on NBC.

Thanks Eric.

=On Sunday, the cast and creators of the beloved movie The Princess Bride held an online table read of the script, to raise money for the Wisconsin Democratic Party. Along the way some keen-eyed observers took note of Norman Lear’s jacket. Why was the veteran TV and film producer wearing a jacket that says Wenatchee Debate Club? Soon enough, acclaimed actor, playwright and Wenatchee native Heidi Schreck cleared up the mystery:

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On Twitter, she revealed Lear was wearing the show jacket from her award-winning play, “What the Constitution Means To Me”, which ran on Broadway last year. In the filmmaking business, would you call that an Easter egg, or an Easter apple?

Now let’s check back in with Eric Granstrom for a look at what’s coming up tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Eric. . .

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.