NCWLIFE Evening News April 7, 2022


Good evening, and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I am Grant Olson. Before we get into tonight’s main stories, let’s take a look outside our weather window.
Now some of the stories we’re following for you tonight, the Douglas County Planning Commission will attempt again next week to hold a public hearing on a proposed 290 unit apartment complex just outside from the city limits of East Wenatchee. U.S. Representative for the 8th District Kim Schrier said on Wednesday that with U.S. oil companies reaping huge profits while consumers struggle to pay record prices at the pump, it looks like quote abuse and although it’s still the first week of April, wildfires are already becoming a problem in north-central Washington.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Confluence Class Action -84 former Confluence Health employees who were fired for refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19 have filed a class action lawsuit against Confluence Health in Douglas County Superior Court. The lawsuit, filed yesterday, claims the former employees were not permitted to prove to Confluence Health that they possessed natural immunity to COVID-19 due to their work around COVID patients at Central Washington Hospital and that the various COVID-19 vaccines were neither safe nor effective. The plaintiffs are asking a jury to award them the return of their jobs, lost wages and unspecified damages. The group is represented by Steve Lacy with former Confluence employee Rebecca Lancaster as the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit. Another plaintiff in the lawsuit is former Eastmont School Board member Joy Dawe, who resigned from the board just months after being elected to seek employment outside the area.
E. Wenatchee Apartments -The Douglas County Planning Commission will attempt again next week to hold a public hearing on a proposed 290-unit apartment complex just outside the city limits of East Wenatchee. The planning commission will resume Wilkinson’s development proposal at its Wednesday meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the County Utilities Building on 19th Street. The hearing was originally scheduled for the commission’s March meeting, but after an overflowing crowd showed up and the county couldn’t get its Zoom video setup to work, it was rescheduled for this month- this. Neighbors of the former orchard property on Fifth and Lyle Streets raised numerous objections, saying the complex would cause noise, parking and traffic issues, among other issues. The just over 24-acre property is zoned for low-density residential, but county staff recommended a 40% increase in density to accommodate the project. The development would include a swimming pool, sports field, dog park and connecting trail.
Schrier oil price – U.S. Representative for the 8th District Kim Schrier said Wednesday that with U.S. oil companies making huge profits while consumers struggle to pay record prices at the pumps, it looks like a scam. UNQUOTE Schrier directed his comments to oil company executives during a House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing. . .
First forest fires -Although we are still in the first week of April, wildfires are already becoming a problem in North Central Washington. This week, firefighters had to respond to several wildfires in Okanogan and Chelan counties. The state Department of Natural Resources said the Nespelem Creek Fire north of Nespelem burned about 200 acres on Monday. On Tuesday, the Chesaw Cemetery Grass and Shrub Fire south of Chesaw burned 15 acres. And on Monday, the Tarpiscan fire outside Malaga scorched just over an acre and a half. This fire is believed to have been started by the remains of a legal burn over the weekend. High winds pushed the Tarpiscan Fire toward the Columbia River where Chelan and Douglas county firefighters were able to quickly contain it.
TO TEASE – As we return, the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its Behavioral Health Unit by saying the number of mental health crisis responses has increased rapidly in the past three months alone. / The Washington State Parks Department will hold a dedication Friday for the renovated Beverly Bridge connecting the west side of the Palouse to Cascades State Park to the east, and Grant County will hold a free dedication event tire cleaning on April 22 and 23 in Quincy. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Behavioral health workers -The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is celebrating the first anniversary of its behavioral health unit by saying the number of responses to mental health crises has increased rapidly in the past three months alone. BHU program manager Ana Gonzales told Chelan County commissioners on Monday that she and fellow crisis worker Erika Hamilton made 36 mental health calls in January; 98 in February; and 154 calls in March. Both accompany sheriff’s deputies most days of the week and cover calls in nearly every area of ​​the county. She said the goal was to divert people with mental health issues from the county jail so they can get the help they need. Gonzales said the unit will also develop mental health response training for the sheriff’s office and the jail.
Opening of the Beverly Bridge -The Washington State Parks Department will hold a dedication Friday for the renovated Beverly Bridge connecting the west side of the Palouse to Cascades State Park to the east. The deck of the old Milwaukee Railroad bridge over the Columbia River was destroyed by fire in 2014. The Palouse to Cascades Trail runs along a railroad corridor that stretches over 285 miles from Cedar Falls to the Idaho border. As part of this trail project, the Tekoa Trestle was opened last month. The Beverly Bridge grand opening tomorrow will air live on TVW, LocalTel Channel 95 beginning at 1 p.m.
Grant County Tires -Grant County will host a free tire cleaning event April 22-23 in Quincy. Grant County residents may bring up to 12 tires per load to the Grant County Road District Store at 4718 Road P Northwest between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day. The county will accept tires without rims and tires with rims. Rims alone cannot be removed. Proof of current Grant County residency is required, showing either a state-issued ID or utility bill. No commercial tires will be accepted.
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Pet break -It’s time for our weekly feature Pause for Pets from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight we are introduced to a backyard friend to adopt, a rooster named Hey Hey. . .

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The Wenatchee Wild tied their playoff series with Salmon Arm by winning Game 4 last night in a 5-1 final. Quinn Emerson and Cade Stibbe each scored two goals and Andy Vlaha was again excellent in goal, stopping 37 of 38 shots.
Arch Ecker called on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…
We caught up with Coach Chris Clark, Quinn Emerson and Andy Vlaha after the game for their response to the 2 game apiece series night…
Chris Clark’s son Cooper helps the Wild with a little cheer at the end as Wenatchee now returns to Salmon Arm Friday at 7 a.m.
No matter what happens on Friday, there will be a Game 6 return to Wenatchee on Saturday at 6 p.m. Game 7, if needed, would return to Salmon Arm on Monday night.

The Seattle Kraken failed on the road in St. Louis last night 4-1…
Jordan Eberle was the only Seattle player to find the back of the net as the Blues outscored the Kraken 36-29.
No time to rest for Seattle, which plays again tonight in Chicago at 5:30 p.m. You can watch the action on ROOT Sports Northwest.

The Mariner’s season opener in Minneapolis scheduled for today was postponed by inclement weather…
The unfavorable weather forecast for the Twin Cities means they will try to have the opening day tomorrow at 1.10am. IF the game happens, Robbie Ray will get the start for Seattle with Julio Rodríguez in center field on ROOT Sports Northwest.

Eric Granstrom has our latest installment in his series on East Wenatchee boxer Devontae McDonald. His trainer, Mickey White, suggested that Devontae make a move after just three amateur fights. Here is part 4 of “The fighter who became a boxer”.

Thanks Eric.
Now, let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a preview of what’s happening tomorrow morning on Wake-Up Wenatchee Valley, Dan. . .
And that’s going to do it for our newscast tonight. To learn more about these stories and other news from North Central Washington, you can find us on Facebook or on our website at ncwlife.com. And, remember, if you see any news happening, we’d love to hear from you. You can email us at [email protected], or call us at 888-NCWL (6295). I’m Grant Olson, thank you for joining us and have a great evening.