NCWLIFE Evening News September 3rd, 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, Authorities are trying to identify two young men shown on camera in the Lake Chelan School District office early Wednesday morning. The state of Washington is suing the nation’s number-one maker of e-cigarette products, and, Two people from Tennessee were injured when a tree fell on their vehicle on Highway 2 west of Leavenworth Wednesday night.     

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Even with communitywide COVID-19 testing ongoing in towns throughout North Central Washington the number of cases is falling in most counties.

Though still far from meeting state guidelines for a county to change phases under Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start reopening plan, all counties in the region are showing declines in positive tests. The goal established by Inslee is 25 positive cases per 100,000 population over a two-week period.

The numbers for Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan counties were more than 500 cases per 100,000 as recently as two weeks ago.But the numbers has been declining steadily since and by Tuesday had fallen to 256 cases per 100,000 over the past two weeks.

The improvement is even more promising in Okanogan County, where cases spiked severely in late July and early August. Okanogan County, after reporting no new positive tests Tuesday, is at 161 cases per 100,000

Grant County’s decline in cases has not been as rapid, with the county currently at about 457 cases per 100,000 residents. But that still is marked improvement over August numbers. We will have more on our improving COVID numbers coming up in our feature story a little later on in the broadcast.

Authorities are trying to identify two young men shown on camera in the Lake Chelan School District office early Wednesday morning.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office has released two still images of the men that were taken from surveillance video about 3:30 a.m. Jason Reinfeld of the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office said the two and possibly a third person apparently broke into the office through an open window, did minor damage and stole a food item. Anyone who can identify the two men or remembers seeing them is asked to call RiverCom’s non-emergency line at 663-9911 or the sheriff’s tip line at 667-6845.

The state of Washington is suing the nation’s number-one maker of e-cigarette products. Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed suit yesterday against Juul, saying the vaping manufacturer illegally designed and marketed its products to appeal to underage consumers, and deceived the public about the addictiveness of its product. . .

In addition, the lawsuit says Juul operated in Washington without proper licenses, meaning every sale of a Juul product between 2016 and 2018 was illegal. The case was filed in King County Superior Court.

Two people from Tennessee were injured when a tree fell on their vehicle on Highway 2 west of Leavenworth Wednesday evening. Washington State Patrol Trooper John Bryant said the Jeep Wrangler was traveling west at 5:15 p.m. about 10 miles outside Leavenworth when the tree fell.

Injured were the driver, 49-year-old Joseph Kustelski and his 38-year-old passenger Anne Ortmeier, both of Nashville. Bryant said they were alert and conscious when aid crews arrived but Ortmeier had suffered a head injury. Both were transported to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee where Kustelski was treated and released and Ortmeier was listed in stable condition.

Coming up next, The intensive effort to test Wenatchee Valley communities for COVID-19 is continuing, this week in the Bavarian Village. Eastmont Lanes says the generosity of the community gives them a fighting chance of staying in business, and, Chelan residents interested in serving on the City Council have until September 16th to apply for the seat being vacated by Councilman Ray Dobbs who is moving to East Wenatchee. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The intensive effort to test Wenatchee Valley communities for COVID-19 is continuing, this week in the Bavarian Village.

The Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery is the site of drive-through community testing like this, carried out Tuesday in Rock Island. State medical resources are on hand there from 2 to 7 p.m. today and Friday, and they plan to return during the same hours Tuesday through Friday next week at Cascade High School.

It’s part of an effort to get a clearer picture of viral spread in Chelan and Douglas counties, where a state incident management team is now handling the pandemic response.

Eastmont Lanes says the generosity of the community gives them a QUOTE, fighting chance, UNQUOTE, of staying in business.

A yard sale, silent auction, raffle and vendor booths raised almost $30,000 for the East Wenatchee bowling alley last weekend. One Girl Scout raised $426 by herself.

The bowling alley has been closed for five months after Governor Jay Inslee ordered all non-essential businesses closed and ownership has said they are struggling to keep up with expenses as the days and weeks go on.

On Aug. 20, Inslee eased restrictions on bowling alleys, allowing establishments in counties in Phase 2 or better of his reopening plan to offer league play. But Douglas and Chelan counties remain in a modified version of Phase 1 and were not included in Inslee’s revised plan.

Chelan residents interested in serving on the City Council have until September 16th to apply for the seat being vacated by Councilman Ray Dobbs who is moving to East Wenatchee.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and live within the Chelan city limits. Interested people are being asked to submit a letter of interest stating their background and qualifications to serve on the council. Dobbs announced in August he will be stepping down effective September 25th.

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.

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Out of more than 3,000 agricultural workers tested for COVID-19 at Gebbers Farms recently, fewer than 1 percent showed evidence of the virus.

That’s the word from the state Department of Health, which ordered full-scale testing at the Okanogan County farm corporation after a major outbreak in July that killed three people. Secretary of Health John Wiesman says only 22 people tested positive for coronavirus in that study. In tonight’s feature story, Wiesman also says Washington will be ready to distribute any eventual vaccine for COVID, but the federal rush for a cure needs a thorough medical review process. . .

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.

Today is the day Student Athletes of Washington will rally at the state capitol to demand fall sports be played this fall…

A petition campaign has gathered close to 27-thousand signatures of supporters who want the WIAA to reconsider its decision to push fall sports to the spring out of concern for the coronavirus. 

The rally today at 4 o’clock on the capitol steps will feature Cole Norah, a senior football player at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie who felt student athletes weren’t being heard.

Besides the desire to play football, soccer and volleyball this fall, the student athletes point to youth depression, increased stress on single-parent households, and the inability to obtain college scholarships as reasons to proceed with sports in September.

Another group of athletes hoping to play this fall include the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Team.  As part of the BCHL, Wenatchee had its season halted in March just as the playoffs were about to begin and this season has been delayed until December because of the coronavirus.

The pandemic has also prevented the Town Toyota Center from being able to open, which has meant no ice since March and none for the foreseeable future.  That makes it difficult for Wild general manager Bliss Littler because he has 25-players coming in early October to prepare for the upcoming season.  That’s not to mention the two other programs operated by the Wild.

Littler says that with other states being open, the players who committed to come to Wenatchee are being deluged with calls to opt out and go elsewhere…

Littler says he’s not blaming the Town Toyota Center or its general manager Mark Miller on there being no ice.  He says it’s the governor and Washington’s Safe Start plan that is preventing them from moving forward…

Littler says the hope is to get Chelan County to the next phase in the Safe Start plan so they can get ice down in time for training camp to start October 10th.

In the meantime, he says the organization is moving forward with plans for their 3rd annual golf tournament to raise money for Seattle Children’s Hospital…

And the phone number for the Wild office is 888-7825.  You can also register online by going to the Wild’s website at Wenatchee Wild Hockey dot com.

As the Seahawks continue to prepare for their first game of the season at Atlanta in 10-days, several questions remain on personnel.  Will Chris Carson be able to start at running back?  Will the offensive line be better than last year?  Will the defense be able to get pressure on the quarterback?  What will CenturyLink Field sound like with no fans?

Defensive tackle Jarran Reed says he hopes the stadium folks turn the volume up high when the Hawks play at home…

The Seahawks ranked towards the bottom of the league last year in putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks.  Reed says they are definitely going to do better this season…

A pleasant surprise in training camp this year has been rookie running back DeeJay Dallas.  Drafted in the fourth round out of Miami, Dallas is working behind Carlos Hyde and Chris Carson on the depth chart but has impressed coaches and teammates so far.  Carson said he feels like Dallas is part of the family…

Seattle plays at Atlanta a week from Sunday.

The Mariners are back to baseball tomorrow at T-Mobile Park to play the first of a four-game series against Texas…

Texas will give Kyle Cody his first Major League start.  Seattle has yet to announce its starter for game 1 of the series.  First pitch at T-Mobile Park is at 6:10 tomorrow and you can watch it on Root Sports or listen locally on ESPN AM900.

We start our week of sports tonight with Hockey Night on the NCWLIFE Channel…

We’ll air the Wenatchee Wild and Trail Smoke Eaters game from last September 20th tonight at 7 with our ole buddy Arch Ecker on the play-by-play.

High school football returns tomorrow night with last year’s matchup between the Eastmont Wildcats and Pasco Bulldogs from Wildcat Stadium.  We’ll kick off our coverage tomorrow at 6:30.

Then on Saturday, we’ll feature last September’s first meeting of Eastmont and Wenatchee in girls soccer at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl at 2 o’clock.  Then it’s a rebroadcast of Johnson Electric Night at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval starting at 6.

Speaking of the Super Oval…

The next race at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval is the Ron Berschauer 100 presented by Jerry’s Auto Supply.  According to WVSO manager Jeremy Anders, a huge field of Pro Late Models is expected for this race.  In addition, they’ll have the Shepherds Oil Wenatchee Legends Cup for Tri State Legends; Mountain Dew Jr. Late Models; Bandoleros; and the Plumb Perfect Roadrunners.

We’re going to start our LIVE coverage a little early at 5:30 on Facebook and then join coverage on TV at 6.  That’s all next Saturday, September 12th.  Grant Olson and Greg Rentz will have your play-by-play here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Thanks Eric.

Finnaly tonight, if you’re planning to go camping over the Labor Day Weekend you can scratch the Wish Poosh Campground off your list of potential destinations.

The U.S. Forest Service closed the campground north of Cle Elum Wednesday after several recent aggressive encounters between bears and camper.

The Forest Service said the campground had been scheduled to close after Labor Day for a construction project but heavy bear activity forced the early closure.

Now let’s check in with Eric Granstrom 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.