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And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, A federal grand jury in Spokane yesterday indicted a Moses Lake man on an illegal explosives charge./ Chelan-Douglas Health District Director Luke Davies talked at a press conference Tuesday about the health district’s role in the planning of this year’s Apple Blossom Festival and potential future problems, and, Washington’s move toward a possible capital gains tax has a number of Republican opponents, all of them saying it amounts to a state income tax.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Moses Lake firefighters were able to stop a wetland wildfire from reaching homes along the lake Tuesday night.
The fire in the 13-hundred block of Marina Drive was reported by numerous people about 5 p.m. Firefighters initially had difficulty accessing the blaze but still were able to get it suppressed in about an hour after it had burned 10 acres.
Grant County Fire District 5 assisted Moses Lake Firefighters in getting the fire suppressed. Fire officials said that assistance was vital as Moses Lake Firefighters were dealing with an unusually heavy call volume Tuesday, with 18 calls for help in a 24-hour period.
A federal grand jury in Spokane yesterday indicted a Moses Lake man on an illegal explosives charge. 32-year-old Timothy Richard Ray Riggins could face up to 10 years if convicted.
The indictment stems from this arrest by Moses Lake police in November 2019, when they investigated a domestic violence complaint, and found Riggins hiding in a washing machine. In the process, they allegedly recovered three improvised bombs, made from large commercial fireworks with nails taped to the outside. Riggins has been awaiting trial ever since. Last year he skipped bail, and was sought as a fugitive for two months. He remains held in the Grant County Jail.
Shortly after organizers of the Apple Blossom Festival announced plans to hold their annual event in June this year, Chelan-Douglas Health District Director Luke Davies talked at a press conference Tuesday about the health district’s role in that planning and potential future problems. . .
Washington’s move toward a possible capital gains tax has a number of Republican opponents, all of them saying it amounts to a state income tax. Among them, you can count 4th District Congressman Dan Newhouse, who gave remote testimony Monday in the state House of Representatives Finance Committee. . .
The capital gains bill is aimed at Washington’s wealthiest citizens. It would place a 7 percent tax on sales of stocks and bonds over a quarter-million dollars in value.
Coming up next, Chelan County is ahead of most others in the state in its rate of coronavirus vaccination./ Today marks a new day in Washington’s COVID-19 vaccination program./ Governor Jay Inslee made a visit to Wenatchee’s mass vaccination site today, about a month after an earlier planned visit had to be canceled due to weather, and, Wenatchee’s Pybus Public Market is in the running to be named one of 10 best public markets in the United States. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.
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Chelan County is ahead of most others in the state in its rate of coronavirus vaccination.
The state Department of Health reports more than 29 percent of county residents have received at least one of their two required shots. That puts Chelan third in the state, behind only Clallam and Jefferson counties. There are several reasons for this: The state-run mass vaccination site at Town Toyota Center has administered almost 27,000 doses alone. But Confluence Health and Columbia Valley Community Health together account for almost 20,000 shots given, since vaccines became available in December. All told, about 19 percent of Chelan County residents are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19 — that’s 15,500 people.
Today marks a new day in Washington’s COVID-19 vaccination program. Essential workers in agriculture, food processing, grocery stores and public transit are now eligible to receive their shots.
The Chelan-Douglas Health District says in the Wenatchee Valley, this means an estimated 8,000 to 12,000 more adults of any age can sign up through the state’s PrepMod scheduling tool to find a vaccine opportunity, or contact their healthcare provider. The state is asking workers in those fields to coordinate with their employers, and obtain proof of employment to show at their vaccination site.
Governor Jay Inslee made a visit to Wenatchee’s mass vaccination site today, about a month after an earlier planned visit had to be canceled due to weather. The Governor toured the Town Toyota Center inoculation center this afternoon, alongside First Lady Trudi Inslee. The drive-thru site is one of four throughout the state, run by the Department of Health and the Washington National Guard, which have successfully administered more than 111,000 vaccine doses against COVID-19. After their tour, the Inslees went on to visit a mobile vaccination clinic in Chelan, established by Chelan Fruit. You can expect our full coverage of the Governor’s visit tomorrow morning, on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with Dan Kuntz.
Wenatchee’s Pybus Public Market is in the running to be named one of 10 best public markets in the United States. USA Today announced 20 finalists for the honor Tuesday and now it’s up to online voters to pick the top 10.
You can vote for Pybus by going to the web address on the screen or by following the link from the Pybus Public Market Facebook page. You can vote once a day until Monday, April 12th.
The Top 10 will be announced April 23rd. Pike Place Market in Seattle is also one of the 20 finalists. Nominees come from some of the largest cities in the United States, including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, San Franciscoand Chicago. Like Pybus, many of the finalists occupy historic landmark buildings.
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Liberty Orchards, the Cashmere company that has been manufacturing Aplets and Cotlets candy for more than 100 years, will close in June, though the owners of the company continue to look for a buyer.
In tonight’s feature story, company president Greg Taylor, who has been with the business more than 40 years, explains what led to the decision to close and what the community has meant to the success of Liberty Orchards. . .
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 Eastmont Wildcats scored early and often in a 6-nil win over Quincy last night at Wildcat Stadium…
Jayden Brown would find the back of the net in the 9th minute of Tuesday’s game to give Eastmont an early lead it would never relinquish. Brown and Megan Chandler would each tally a hattrick on the evening for the Wildcats.
Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen had the call here on the NCWLIFE Channel…
Eastmont improved to 6-and-oh on the season with the win while Quincy dropped to 4-and-2 overall.
Here’s a look at what else happened around the region last night. Wenatchee traveled to Okanogan and came away with a 3-nil win thanks to a hattrick from Yareli Sanchez-Blanco. Tonasket edged Brewster 1-nothing. Bridgeport also beat Manson by the same score of 1-nil. Moses Lake at Cascade played at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl last night with the Chiefs coming away with a 4-2 win. And Cashmere traveled to Ephrata and tallied a 2-1 winning margin.
Speaking of Cashmere, NCWLIFE Channel will be making its way up the valley Friday night for live coverage of the Pear Bowl…
The Bulldogs are off to a 1-and-1 start to the season after defeating Quincy on opening night 38-to-9, the falling at Moses Lake last Friday 28-27. The Kodiaks are also 1-and-1 after falling to Chelan in the opener 43-13 and bouncing back for a 33-0 win over Quincy last Friday.
Cashmere is looking to win the Pear Bowl back after losing it to Cascade in 2019 by a score of 33-to-28. You have to go back to 2014 to find the last time the Kodiaks were able to top the Bulldogs in the rivalry.
Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson have your play-by-play Friday with our pregame beginning at 6:30.
For the first time this spring, the Mariners put it all together Tuesday in a 13-nothing win over Kansas City…
It all started with great pitching as Justus Sheffield and 4-relievers combined on a 3-hit shutout, Seattle’s first of Spring Training…
Sheffield went 4-innings with just 2-hits given up to improve to 1-and-1 in his best start of the spring. He got some offensive help from the likes of Sam Haggerty in the second and then played add-on from there…
Seattle would plate another run in the 7th for the 13-nothing win. Haggerty was 3-for-4 in the game with a double to add to his triple. Julio Rodriguez ended 2-for-3 while Evan White was also 2-for-3 with a couple RBI’s.
The Mariners are back in Peoria today to take on the Los Angeles Angels at 6:40.
In Seahawks free agency news, Seattle has re-signed a d-tackle and is close to signing a cornerback…
ESPN’s Tom Pelissero is reporting that Seattle has re-signed defensive tackle Poon Ford. He’s apparently agreed to terms of a two-year deal that can be worth close to 14-million with incentives.
In addition, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that Seattle is expected to sign former San Francisco cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon. The 6-foot-3 26-year old is expected to compete for the spot vacated by Shaquill Griffin. The Seahawks certainly cashed in on its last deal for a former 49er in D.J. Reed.
The final remnant of the old West Cashmere Bridge was removed Tuesday as workers used a crane to hoist a piece of steel weighing more than 100,000 onto a waiting trailer. Work on the $19.3-million-dollar bridge replacement project is expected to be completed by December.
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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 email@example.com, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.