NCWLIFE Evening News October 15th, 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, Royal City police say someone posing as a construction worker walked onto the work site at Royal High School yesterday afternoon and stole $3,500 worth of Dewalt tools. The Wenatchee School District has struck an agreement with Wenatchee police to host two school resource officers and A faulty power junction in East Wenatchee led to electrical outages yesterday afternoon along Valley Mall Parkway.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Car in House -A suspected drunken driver crashed into six vehicles and then a home last night in the 500 block of South Mission Street in Wenatchee. Wenatchee police say 22-year-old Dean Thompson of East Wenatchee was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in the 6:30 p.m. incident. There were no serious injuries. Police say the Toyota Tacoma pickup hit five unoccupied vehicles and another that was occupied before careening into the home, which was under renovation for use as an office. Mission Street was blocked or partially blocked for more than 2-and-a-half hours while crews dislodged the pickup from the home.
Royal High Theft -Royal City police say someone posing as a construction worker walked onto the work site at Royal High School yesterday afternoon and stole $3,500 worth of Dewalt tools. The Royal City Police Department said the suspect blended in with the rest of the construction crew in broad daylight by wearing clothing similar to what they were wearing. Police say much of what was taken were workers’ personal tools. The suspect was reportedly seen driving away in a Ford Super Duty pickup with K&M Construction decals on the doors and tailgate but police say have been unable to locate such a company. The high school is being renovated as part of districtwide $16.5 million bond issue approved by voters in 2019.
Wenatchee SROs -The Wenatchee School District has struck an agreement with Wenatchee police to host two school resource officers, working primarily in its middle school and high school buildings. East Wenatchee police entered a similar agreement with the Eastmont schools in September. The Wenatchee City Council approved the $151,000 contract last night. . .
Valley Mall Outages -A faulty power junction in East Wenatchee led to electrical outages yesterday afternoon along Valley Mall Parkway. The Douglas County PUD says a terminator, where overhead lines connect to underground lines, shorted out near 10th Street and Eastmont Avenue about 3:45 p.m. The outage affected about a thousand customers, including the mall and nearby businesses. The PUD was able to restore power to all areas by about 5:30 p.m.
TEASE -Coming up next, Starting one month from now, Washingtonians attending large public events will have to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination, or a recent negative test for the virus./ Speaking of vaccines, the Chelan-Douglas Health District has opened a drive-thru Pfizer COVID-10 vaccine booster clinic in East Wenatchee, and, With the fire precaution level now at 1, woodcutting is in full swing in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Inslee Vaccine Card -Starting one month from now, Washingtonians attending large public events will have to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination, or a recent negative test for the virus. The restriction, announced by Governor Jay Inslee yesterday, applies to indoor events of 1,000 or more people, or outdoor gatherings of 10,000 and up. The governor says it’s one more motivator for people to get their shots.
E. Wen. Vax Clinic -Speaking of vaccines, the Chelan-Douglas Health District has opened a drive-thru Pfizer COVID-10 vaccine booster clinic in East Wenatchee. The clinic is by pre-registration only and will be at the former Douglas County Law and Justice building at 110 2nd St. Northeast. The free booster shots will be offered Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Booster shots are currently available for people age 65 or older; and ages 50 to 64 with underlying medical conditions. Registrations can be made by going to event-brite-dot-com and searching for the Chelan-Douglas Health District.
Woodcutting Begins -With the fire precaution level now at 1, woodcutting is in full swing in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Permits are available through local Forest Service offices at a cost of $20, which is good for four cords of wood. Next year, permits will be free for personal-use dwoodcutters. The Forest Service is reminding people they should maintain a 1-hour fire watch after using a chainsaw and be mindful of hunters in the area by wearing brightly colored clothing.
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.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .
Salmon Drone -Wildlife biologists on the Upper Wenatchee River are using a new tool to track salmon populations. Aerial drones are now flying over the river to watch as Chinook salmon conduct their seasonal spawning ritual. In tonight’s feature story, NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins spent some time this week talking with the leaders of that project. . .

TEASE – And that is a look at your local weather forecast, coming up next, tonight’s sports report with Dan Kuntz and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

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 news@ncwlife.com, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.