NCWLIFE Evening News May 7th, 2020 | #schoolshooting

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 man in his 60s was reported this week as Okanogan County’s second
COVID-19 death. In a ruling yesterday, a Moses Lake police officer was
justified in the February 28th shooting death of a suspect, and, An Okanogan
County couple will get a new trial in their lawsuit against the rural electric
co-op they blame for the loss of their home.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Wenatchee police are investigating an apparent arson on
the athletic fields at Wenatchee High School, believed to be the second such
arson at a neighborhood sporting facility in the last month. Firefighters were
called to the baseball dugout behind WHS shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday
morning. Police Captain Brian Chance said a fire in the dugout burned up a
support post and scorched the wall panel. It’s reminiscent of an April 10th
fire police investigated in another dugout at nearby Morris Little League park.
Damage was relatively minor in both cases. Chance says evidence and photos from
both scenes, including security footage from the high school, are being
reviewed.

A man in his 60s was reported this week as Okanogan County’s
second COVID-19 death.

Okanogan County Public Health said the man died at
Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee after being transferred there in early
April when his condition worsened.

A 44-year-old Okanogan County woman died at her home
April 18th. Five people in Chelan County have died from the virus, two in
Douglas County and three in Grant County.

A Moses Lake police officer was justified in the February
28th shooting death of a suspect and QUOTE “acted with the highest level of
professionalism as a trained police officer, UNUOTE, that announcement from Grant
County Prosecutor Garth Dano on Wednesday. Officer Nick Stewart shot and killed
22-year old Jose L. Rivera after a vehicle and foot chase in the Cascade Valley
community.

Rivera, a suspect in several robberies, turned and fired
a handgun during the foot chase, hitting K9 Chief in the eye. It started with
Rivera being pursued in his pickup by Moses Lake Police and Grant County
Sheriff’s deputies. After Rivera’s vehicle was disabled by spike strips he
started running. Chief has since recovered, though he lost his eye and suffered
a broken jaw. He was retired from the police force last month. The Columbia
Basin Investigative Team investigated the shooting, which led to Dano’s
announcement that there would be no charges against the officer.

An Okanogan County couple will get a new trial in their
lawsuit against the rural electric co-op they blame for the loss of their home.
A fire in 2015 destroyed the property near Omak owned by Edwin Wells and Ann
Minor.

Its cause was traced to equipment owned and maintained by
Nespelem Valley Electric Cooperative. The homeowners first lawsuit failed when
an Okanogan County judge issued a verdict in favor of the co-op, but the state
Court of Appeals said Tuesday the case should have gone to a jury.

Coming up next, Town Toyota Center plans to feed some of the community’s most essential public servants. The state of Washington has unveiled a new way to keep tabs on its pandemic-fighting progress. Citing social distancing concerns, the U.S. Forest Service has cancelled all overnight permits in the Enchantments area of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, and, A rare plant only known to grow in Chelan County will have more protection after a state land swap. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Town Toyota Center plans to feed some of the community’s
most essential public servants. On Friday, the sports and concert venue will
deliver more than 800 lunches to local first responders and healthcare workers.
It’s part of a Mother’s Day outreach to those helping to manage the COVID-19
pandemic.

General manager Mark Miller said TTC reached out to its
business partners hoping to offer just 500 lunches … but response from almost
40 donors made 800 boxed meals possible.

TTC caterers will prepare the meals, and they’ll be
delivered by staff and volunteers to 15 locations including local hospitals,
clinics, fire and police departments, and skilled nursing facilities.

The state of Washington has unveiled a new way to keep
tabs on its pandemic-fighting progress.

The online COVID-19 Risk Assessment Dashboard tracks the
state’s preparedness in five categories, including testing capacity, where
Washington still falls short, and overall disease activity, which as of this
week is low and falling. The data used to create the dials is the same as that
used to guide progress in the governor’s Safe Start reopening plan.  You can check out weekly updates to the measurements
every Wednesday at the state’s main COVID-19 webpage, coronavirus.wa.gov.

Citing social distancing concerns, the U.S. Forest
Service has cancelled all overnight permits for May 15th through 31st in the
Enchantments area of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

The permits were won through a lottery system and will be
refunded. The Forest Service said it will reassess its permits going forward
every two weeks.

In addition, a daily walk-up lottery system for permits
has been cancelled for the rest of the year, with those permits added to the
online reservation system.

A rare plant only known to grow in Chelan County will
have more protection after a state land swap. Whited’s milk-vetch is a
flowering shrub that can only be found within a 10-square-mile region near
Malaga.

To preserve it, the Department of Natural Resources said
this week it’s exchanged almost 2,200 acres of state trust land for roughly the
same acreage owned by Ravenwing Ranch near Malaga.

The new land will become part of the Upper Dry Gulch
Natural Area Preserve, and help protect the plant from further habitat loss.
Whited’s milk-vetch is on the state endangered species list, and it’s a species
of concern for federal authorities.

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. . .

Wenatchee civic leader Steve Maher will join an advisory
board to help guide social services while the state recovers from coronavirus.

Maher is executive director of Our Valley Our Future, a
group that’s studied economic and housing inequality in the Wenatchee Valley
since it was founded five years ago. Gov. Jay Inslee, who appointed Maher to
the group, says the new Social Supports advisory board will help make sure the
state’s most vulnerable residents aren’t left behind in a recovery. The team
held its first virtual meeting today. In tonight’s feature story, Maher joined
NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins to talk about its mission. . .

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 NFL’s complete 2020 game schedule will be announced
today on the NFL Network.  Seahawks fans
who want a sneak peek at Seattle’s schedule can get it on Seahawks dot com…

Seattle’s opponents for this season include home games
against Arizona, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, New York Giants, New
England, New York Jets and Minnesota. 
The road games will be against the Cardinals, Rams, 49ers and in
Washington, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Miami and Buffalo. 

Details are available at Seahawks dot com or by
downloading the Seahawks app.  The NFL
Network will have the entire league’s schedule announced in a program beginning
at 5 o’clock.

ESPN is reporting that Major League Baseball expects to
offer a proposal to bring back baseball in the next two months…

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the plan would have
players begin a “spring training” by June 10th with a season
beginning by July 1st
Several hurdles would have to be overcome before anything could be
finalized, including approval by the Player’s Union, national public health
officials and even the White House.

As with what’s planned in many parts of the country,
baseball’s return would be a ramp-up proposition.  Play would begin without fans and possibly in
regions such as Arizona and Florida. 
Then slowly return to home parks as COVID-19 numbers allow.  It’s also suggested the season would be
reduced from 162 games to between 80 and 100.

Hockey Night tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel features a
Great Game of our Past as we reach back to that magical playoff run for the
Wild in 2018…

It’s Game 6 of the BCHL Playoffs between Wenatchee and
the Vernon Vipers from the Town Toyota Center. 
The Wild were up 3-2 in the series with each team winning on home
ice.  Wenatchee desperately wanted to end
the series at home and not have to make a return trip to Vernon.

Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey
Network…

Watch the dramatic finish tonight at 7 here on your home
for the Wenatchee Wild, the NCWLIFE Channel.

And again, here’s a reminder of the rest of our sports
schedule this week…

We have AppleSox baseball tomorrow night at 6:30 from
last July as the ‘Sox host the Bellingham Bells.

The first of two Great Games of our Past Saturday
features girls basketball from the NCW Showcase from December of 2017 between
Rogers of Puyallup and Eastmont at 2 o’clock. 
Then at 6:30, it’s Eastmont and Sunnyside football from October of 2018.

Sunday’s doubleheader features Eastmont and Wenatchee
volleyball from October of 2018 at 2 followed by the Wild and Vernon Vipers
from this year’s playoffs at 7.

Fishing reopened in Washington Tuesday, but with great
weather in the forecast, tons of anglers will be headed for the water this
weekend.  The Department of Fish and
Wildlife are warning anglers to maintain social distancing or face the
potential of having the season shut down again.

In an effort to remind anglers of the does and don’ts,
Addicted Fishing came out with a helpful video…

It’s funny, but true.  Maintain a six-foot separation.  No overnight trips.  And fish only with those from your household.  We all want to continue having access to our favorite pastime.

Thanks Eric. Recapping tonight’s top story. . .

Wenatchee police are investigating an apparent arson on
the athletic fields at Wenatchee High School … believed to be the second such
arson at a neighborhood sporting facility in the last month. Firefighters were
called to the baseball dugout behind WHS shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday
morning. Police Captain Brian Chance said a fire in the dugout burned up a
support post and scorched the wall panel. It’s reminiscent of an April 10th
fire police investigated in another dugout at nearby Morris Little League park.
Damage was relatively minor in both cases. Chance says evidence and photos from
both scenes, including security footage from the high school, are being
reviewed.

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.


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