NCWLIFE Evening News September 18th, 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, An East Wenatchee man is charged with trafficking stolen property after allegedly trying to sell a table stolen from a nursing home to a Douglas County sheriff’s detective. Free COVID-19 testing will be offered next Tuesday through Friday in Cashmere, and, Since mid-August, the public health response to COVID-19 has been managed by outside teams. This week the second such team started its 30-day deployment.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Though now 85 percent contained the Cold Springs Fire in Okanogan County continues to see areas of growth.

The fire has burned almost 190,000 acres and destroyed about 78 homes since starting September 6th. That fire sparked the Pearl Hill Fire in Douglas County that has burned 223,000 acres and is 94 percent contained.

Cold Springs Fire section Chief Richard Elliot talked Thursday about areas of both concern and success as the incident management team handling the fire prepares to hand over firefighting operations to local agencies in the days ahead. . .

An East Wenatchee man is charged with trafficking stolen property after allegedly trying to sell a table stolen from a nursing home to a Douglas County sheriff’s detective.

Nicholous Valenzuela allegedly posted online to sell furnishings taken from Bonaventure Adult Care, where he formerly worked. Items for sale included a dining table, framed portraits, chairs, lamps, and even a washing machine. Police said they arranged to buy a table from Valenzuela in a operation last week before seeking charges, and found some stolen items in his home. He faces arraignment September 28th.

Free COVID-19 testing will be offered next Tuesday through Friday in Cashmere. The Chelan-Douglas Health District has been conducting door-to-door outreach this week in Cashmere to provide information on the testing.

Results of the self-administered tests are expected to be available within 24 to 48 hours for those who test positive and 5 to 7 days for negative tests. The testing will be from 2 to 8 p.m. at Riverside Park.

Since mid-August, the public health response to COVID-19 has been managed by outside teams. This week the second such team started its 30-day deployment — 13 personnel from Pierce County led by John Unfred now answer to interim Chelan-Douglas Health District director Nathan Weed. The two men introduced themselves and discussed the region’s pandemic status in a Facebook Live event yesterday. . .

Coming up next, The Wenatchee Valley pest expert who was hunting down maggot-infested apples handed out by Governor Jay Inslee now says all the tainted fruit appears to have been found. People using the Apple Capital Loop Trail will need to take a detour beginning Monday between Confluence State Park and the Odabashian Bridge, we will tell you why, and, With wildfire anxiety still high in the Upper Wenatchee Valley, the Icicle-Peshastin Irrigation District says it will delay its seasonal water shutoff until October 2nd.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The Wenatchee Valley pest expert who was hunting down maggot-infested apples handed out by Governor Jay Inslee now says all the tainted fruit appears to have been found.

Will Carpenter, director of the Chelan-Douglas Horticultural Pest and Disease Board, says he believes he’s tracked down all the apples Inslee brought from Thurston County to Bridgeport during a goodwill post-fire visit Sept. 12. The transport of fruit across the apple maggot quarantine zone violates state agriculture rules.

Carpenter asked for and got a lot of public help recovering the bad fruit this week, before it could contribute to an infestation in Wenatchee Valley orchards. For his part, Inslee said Thursday he regrets the mistake and he and his wife Trudi will be donating to food banks in Okanogan, Douglas and Whitman counties.

People using the Apple Capital Loop Trail will need to take a detour beginning Monday between Confluence State Park and the Odabashian Bridge. Chelan County PUD crews will be doing habitat improvement work and bank erosion prevention in the area.

The work, which includes bringing in boulders and cobble fill to stabilize the Columbia River shoreline, is expected to continue until November 10th. In addition, the PUD also announced that the Confluence boat launch will closed the entire month of October while a concrete ramp is replaced.

With wildfire anxiety still high in the Upper Wenatchee Valley, the Icicle-Peshastin Irrigation District says it will delay its seasonal water shutoff until October 2nd. The district had planned to end water service for the year on September 25th, but many of its 3,000 customers asked water access to continue in case of firefighting needs. The district draws water from the Icicle watershed to serve irrigation customers in the Leavenworth, Peshastin and Dryden areas.

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. . .

Governor Jay Inslee gave no indication Thursday that he’ll be lifting the pause on his phased Safe Start COVID-19 reopening plan any time soon.

Inslee ordered the pause in early July after positive cases of the virus spiked throughout the state. Chelan and Douglas are among five counties stuck in a modified version of Phase 1.

In tonight’s feature story, when asked about lifting the pause, Inslee acknowledged there has been a recent decline in cases but said there are concerns about other metrics and continued compliance with his face-coverings mandate. . .

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

The Mariners blew a 3-run lead and fell to San Francisco Thursday afternoon 6-to-4…

Seattle was the home team even though the game was in the Bay Area.  They plated four runs in the bottom of the 2nd on RBI singles by Tim Lopes, Phillip Ervin and J.P. Crawford.  But the lead wouldn’t hold as the Giants scored two in the 6th and another three in the 7th off Wendall Graveman.

Manager Scott Servais was happy with his starter and how Seattle jumped out on top.  He said they just couldn’t get the hits they needed late…

The Mariners learned prior to yesterday’s game that they would be headed to San Diego rather than home as scheduled.  Poor air quality lingering in Seattle forced Major League Baseball to switch the series to southern California.  The M’s will be the home team for all three games tonight at 6:40, tomorrow at 6:10 and Sunday at 1:10.

Checking the American League West Scoreboard, courtesy of Les Schwab…

Taylor Ward and David Fletcher each had 3-hits to help Los Angeles earn a 7-3 win over Arizona.

Houston edged Texas 2-1 to move three games ahead of Seattle for an automatic playoff spot in the American League West with 10-games to go.  Framber Valdez earned the victory, going 6-and-a-third and striking out 11.

Seahawks defensive tackle L.J. Collier earned a starting spot this year with hard work and determination.  The former number 1 draft pick spent his rookie season nursing injuries and ignoring outside pressure to perform.  He said he learned a lot between year one and two and it’s paying off with playing time…

Collier and the Seahawks defense will have its hands full with Cam Newton and the New England Patriots on Sunday. 

A former teammate of Newton is tight end Greg Olsen.  He caught his first touchdown pass as a Seahawk last Sunday in Atlanta.  He joked that he didn’t really have a choice BUT to catch it…

One big change this year relating to Seattle’s offense is physically where the plays are being called.  Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer is up in the booth this year rather than on the field, where he’s been the past two seasons.  He says it was pretty much a no-brainer…

Seattle and New England play on national television at CenturyLink Field Sunday night at 5:20 on NBC.  Both teams are 1-and-oh on the season.  This will be the 5th time Pete Carroll goes up against Bill Belichick.  Each coach has two wins against the other.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up on NCWLIFE as far as sports is concerned this weekend…

It begins tonight with high school football at 6:30 as the Eastmont Wildcats entertain the West Valley Rams.  This is a game from last September and provided a good glimpse into the type of season Eastmont would have.  Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson have the play-by-play.

Tomorrow at 2, re-watch the classic battle between Cashmere and Cascade in girls soccer from last October.  Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen tried not to freeze to death with the play-by-play.

Then, if you missed our coverage of last weekend’s Jerry Berschauer Memorial 100 at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval, we’ll re-air it tomorrow night at 6 o’clock.

Sunday’s all about playoff soccer as Eastmont hosts Moses Lake at 2 and then Wenatchee at 7 in girls action from last November. 

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.