NCWLIFE Evening News September 1st, 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, A brush fire late Monday along Highway 28 west of Trinidad burned about 49 acres before crews from several agencies were able to get it contained about 7:00 this morning. A Cashmere woman accused of murdering her elderly mother earlier this year has been found competent to stand trial. We have the results of the free, communitywide COVID-19 testing effort last week in Bridgeport, and, Animal Care and Control is looking for a dog that reportedly attacked a Pomeranian last month in Wenatchee.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Rock Island home was destroyed by fire Monday night. Kay McKellar spokeswoman for Douglas County Fire District 2 said firefighters initially received reports about 8:50 p.m. of a brush and house fire on Keane Grade Road.

Douglas District 2, Chelan Fire District 1 and firefighters from Orondo and Cashmere responded to find a single-story home fully engulfed in flames. Nobody was injured and the cause of the fire is under investigation. McKellar said the fire was finally knocked down about 1:15 this morning.

A brush fire late Monday along Highway 28 west of Trinidad burned about 49 acres before crews from several agencies were able to get it contained about 7:00 this morning.

Chelan and Douglas county crews both responded about 10:45 p.m. Monday to the fire just inside Grant County. Level 1 – be-ready – evacuations orders were issued for some homes in the Columbia View Drive and Desert Rose Place areas.

Aircraft from the state Department of Natural Resources assisted ground crews in getting control of the fire.

A Cashmere woman accused of murdering her elderly mother earlier this year has been found competent to stand trial.

70-year-old Anita Burgess Jones has been held at Eastern State Hospital since the January 11th death of her mother, 96-year-old Katherine Burgess Wiczai. Lawyers said at the time Jones was mentally disturbed and not able to participate in her own defense. Chelan County Judge Lesley Allan ruled Monday that Jones appears competent after psychiatric treatment.

Sheriff’s deputies found Wiczai dead from bludgeoning, knife wounds and strangulation in the Cashmere home the two women shared. Jones allegedly called police and admitted to the killing. She remains jailed on $1 million bond. Her trial is now set for October 20th.

Three people out of 303 tested positive for COVID-19 in a free communitywide testing effort last week in Bridgeport.

The voluntary testing last Tuesday through Thursday came after 12 of 32 Bridgeport residents tested positive at a testing event earlier in the month. Rachell Noll, a spokeswoman with the Chelan-Douglas Health District incident management team said the low number of positive tests last week still may not represent the prevalence of the coronavirus in the community of 1,500 people.

Communitywide testing moved to Rock Island this week, with free drive-up self-administered tests available today at the Rock Island Volunteer Fire Department until 7:00 p.m. Starting Wednesday and running through Friday, community health workers will be going door-to-door in Rock Island offering the testing.

Animal Care and Control is looking for a dog that reportedly attacked a Pomeranian last month in Wenatchee.

The Pomeranian is in critical condition at a veterinary office in Wenatchee after the August 15th attack in the 1500 block of Pershing Street. Animal Care and Control says the owners of the small Pomeranian reported a dark brown pit-bull type dog attacked their dog then ran down Pershing Street in the direction of Maple Street. Anyone with information on the dog or its owner is asked to contact Animal Care and Control at 662-9577, Option 1.

Coming up next, Central Washington conservancy groups are arguing in favor of a U.S. Forest Service project that would thin about 8,300 acres of forestland and selectively burn 10,000 more in the Methow Valley. It took numerous agencies working together, but on Monday a big pile of debris that included garbage and two vehicles was cleaned up on Worthen Street in Wenatchee and the owner arrested. COVID-19 regulations that had petting zoos and farm tour operators worried about their future have been softened by Gov. Jay Inslee, and, The federal government has extended waivers that allow free meals for all children during the pandemic, and the Wenatchee School District is already on the job. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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Central Washington conservancy groups are arguing in favor of a U.S. Forest Service project that would thin about 8,300 acres of forestland and selectively burn 10,000 more in the Methow Valley. The Mission Project was scoped and approved by the Forest Service in 2018, but last fall an environmental nonprofit based in Montana filed a lawsuit to stall the effort.

Here in Washington, the project has support from groups including the Methow Valley Citizens Council, Conservation Northwest, the counties of Chelan and Okanogan, and multiple conservation districts and stewardship associations. The supporters filed multiple briefs in the federal case, which will be heard by a Seattle judge. All say the Mission Project is crucial to reestablishing and maintaining forest health and watershed quality in the Twisp River area.

It took numerous agencies working together, but on Monday a big pile of debris that included garbage and two vehicles was cleaned up on Worthen Street in Wenatchee and the owner arrested. Wenatchee Police Captain Edgar Reinfeld said the city has been dealing with the unidentified homeless man for more than two years as he moved from place to place. . .

COVID-19 regulations that had petting zoos and farm tour operators worried about their future have been softened by Gov. Jay Inslee.

The governor’s office set heavy restrictions on agritourism Aug. 20th, but after an outcry from the Washington Farm Bureau and other advocates, he revised the rules Friday, to allow activities like animal viewing, hayrides, and children’s play equipment. Local fun-farms including the Leavenworth Reindeer Farm had warned the regulations could have meant the end of their businesses.

The federal government has extended waivers that allow free meals for all children during the pandemic, and the Wenatchee School District is already on the job. The district announced Monday pre-packaged meals would be available for distribution starting today, for kids as young as infancy and as old as 18, whether they’re students in the district or not. Distribution sites are at eleven schools throughout the district, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Superintendent Paul Gordon said the waiver from USDA is a huge relief to

the district and its residents. Other school districts are also prepping their free meal plans.

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. . .

Like a lot of educational institutions during the pandemic, the Wenatchee River Institute in Leavenworth has turned its energies toward online learning. Each week, WRI’s community programs manager Rachel Bishop hosts a virtual plant identification class focusing on different native local species. IN tonight’s feature story, here’s a sample from her latest adventure. . .

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.

Marco Gonzales may have pitched his best game as a Major Leaguer Monday as he and the Mariners topped Los Angeles 2-to-1…

The left-hander from Gonzaga (and former AppleSox) pitched his second complete-game in his career, allowing 1-run on 4-hits with 8-strikeouts and 1-walk.  He said it felt good…

Joseph Odom caught a brilliant game and came up with an RBI single.  Jose Marmolejos was 2-for-3 with a solo home run.  Manager Scott Servais said it felt good to string two-straight close wins together to end the road trip…

Seattle and Los Angeles split the 4-game series.

Now, Seattle was supposed to start a 3-game home series against Oakland tonight at T-Mobile Park, but everything’s on hold…

According to Mariner MLB writer Greg Johns, a member of the A’s tested positive Saturday for COVID-19.  Oakland is in Houston and were to remain there overnight last night after its final game with the Astros was postponed Sunday.

Major League Baseball made the move to postpone the Seattle series until at least Thursday “out of an abundance of caution.”  If the A’s get cleared to travel by Thursday, they’ll play a doubleheader that day and have to make the 3rd game up.

Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto met with reporters prior to the Mariner’s game at Los Angeles Monday to discuss all the trades that had occurred.  The latest was another trade with San Diego, sending closer Taylor Williams to the Padres for a player-to-be-named later.

Dipoto said it was quite a week leading up to the final few hours…

Dipoto is in his 5th season with the Mariners and in that time has rid the organization of high-priced, aging talent and replaced it with a young, vibrant farm system.  He says his plan is taking shape…

Seattle’s game in L-A was the only game played in the American League West on Monday, so let’s check the standings…

Oakland’s lead over Houston has shrunk to 2-and-a-half games.  Seattle remains in 3rd place, 8-and-a-half games back of the A’s.  By the way, Seattle is 6-games back in the Wild Card chase.

Over 20-thousand student-athletes in Washington have signed a petition, asking for fall sports to run this fall…

The group is called Student Athletes of Washington (or SAW).  Their petition was released Monday morning and surpassed 5,000 signatures by the afternoon.  It was at 17-thousand this morning and now has over 20-thousand signatures.

One of the movement organizers is Mount Si senior Cole Norah.  He said, “we feel that our voice is not one that is being considered or heard.  Those in position to make decisions on our behalf are not looking at things from our collective point of view.”

SAW is asking the governor and WIAA to allow sports and extracurricular activities that were originally scheduled this fall to go on as planned.  The fall football season, for example, was moved to the spring due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Student Athletes of Washington plan a rally at the state capitol Thursday at 4 o’clock.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, Washington State Patrol Trooper Chris Thorson found a gruesome sight on a highway onramp near Pasco last week. Someone had abandoned a box of kittens, three of which had been run over and killed. There was a kitten that survived but despite his best efforts, Trooper Thorson couldn’t catch it. On Monday, the trooper heard a sound coming from the engine of his cruiser and there was the kitten, noisy but OK.

When he posted his find with the words “Someone please adopt it!! there was immediate response and the kitten z

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.