NCWLIFE Evening News January 31, 2022
Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I am Grant Olson. Before we get to what’s making the news, let’s take a look outside our weather window.
And now, A few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, Law enforcement teamed up last week to deliver life-saving anti-botulinum toxin to Washington Central Hospital in Wenatchee. The State Board of Health wants to know if vaccination against COVID-19 should be mandatory as part of standard vaccines for school children and testing materials to verify COVID-19 infections are missing in the Valley of Wenatchee, and health officials are taking steps to preserve the supply.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Fatal ID I-90 -The person killed while walking on Interstate 90 near George last week has been identified as a 44-year-old woman from Moses Lake. Washington State Patrol said Christina Schmelling was struck shortly after midnight Thursday in the eastbound lanes by a 2019 Subaru Accent driven by Leila Hepp, 43, of Granite Falls. Hepp was not injured. State Patrol has yet to determine why Schmelling was on the roadway, but Hepp will not face any charges.
Anti-toxin delivery -Law enforcement teamed up last week to deliver life-saving botulinum toxin inhibitor to Washington Central Hospital in Wenatchee. Washington State Patrol Trooper John Bryant said after receiving a request for emergency assistance around 4:45 p.m. Thursday from the hospital, a King County Sheriff’s Office deputy retrieved the anti-toxin from a Sea-Tac airport fire station. This deputy met Ellensburg State Patrol Private Chance Forman at the top of Snoqualmie Pass, who then led him to the top of the misty and icy Blewett Pass, where he was handed over to Wenatchee Private Jerimiah Matthews. Matthews then delivered the anti-toxin to Wenatchee Hospital around 7 p.m.
Kid Vax requirement -The State Board of Health wants to know if vaccination against COVID-19 should be mandatory as part of standard vaccinations for schoolchildren. Parents and carers can provide feedback on the council’s website through an online survey until the end of the day on Wednesday. A technical advisory group is currently reviewing the proposed requirement before making a recommendation to the board, and public feedback is a factor. Currently, Washington requires 11 vaccinations for children before they enter school, including polio, tetanus, measles and whooping cough.
Fewer COVID tests -Testing materials to check for COVID-19 infections are lacking in the Wenatchee Valley, and health officials are taking steps to preserve supplies. The Chelan-Douglas Health District says hospitals, clinics and other providers are prioritizing patients who have COVID-like symptoms, including fever, cough, body aches and fatigue. Testing at the Town Toyota Center drive-thru site has been reduced, but those with symptoms can still be tested by appointment, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Use the number or web address on your screen to book this appointment. Cascade Medical Center, Confluence Health, Columbia Valley Community Health and Lake Chelan Health are all reporting lower testing supplies. If you have serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing, racing heartbeat, temperature over 101 degrees, or severe weakness, do not go to the emergency room. Instead, visit the COVID-19 Triage Center at Saddlerock Church, 1400 South Miller Street in Wenatchee, for a health assessment.
TO TEASE -Coming soon, Okanogan County is again without a Chief Prosecutor. / Law enforcement across the state is supporting a bipartisan bill in the state senate that would strike down key parts of police legislation passed by the legislature last year, and , tribal chief Wanapum Rex Buck Jr. has been named a Fellow of the Burke Museum in Seattle. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.
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Okanogan Attorney -Okanogan County is without a chief prosecutor for the second time in just over a year. Melanie Bailey, appointed to the post last January, tendered her resignation to county commissioners, effective last Friday. She replaced former prosecutor Arian Noma, who resigned in early 2021, citing insufficient funding for her office, as well as political harassment for her support of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020. Noma only served half of his four-year term. On Friday, Okanogan County commissioners met to see if state law allowed them to appoint an acting prosecutor, who would in turn have the authority to appoint assistant prosecutors in the short-staffed office. No final decision has been made. Any full-time nomination would have to be drawn from candidates nominated by the county’s Republican party.
Police Reform Bill -Law enforcement across the state is supporting a bipartisan bill in the state Senate that would strike down key parts of police legislation passed by the Legislature last year. Senate Bill 5919 would reauthorize police officers to pursue vehicles when there is a reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed, relax the standard for holding a suspect in custody, and allow physical force when making arrests in certain circumstances. The Moses Lake Police Department is among the agencies urging people to show their support for the bill at a law and justice committee hearing tomorrow at 10 a.m. in Olympia. Senate Bill 5919 was introduced by Democratic and Republican lawmakers.
Rex Buck to Burke -A native chef from north-central Washington was honored last week by a major museum in the Northwest. Rex Buck Jr. of the Wanapum Tribe has been appointed associate curator of archeology at the Burke Museum in Seattle. The museum is home to many heritage pieces and research projects on Northwest tribal history, and Buck has assisted in repatriation efforts to return cultural artifacts and ancestral remains to these tribes…including the so-called Kennewick Man , the ancient human skeleton found in a Columbia River bank in 1996. Buck is also a founder of the Wanapum Heritage Center and a consultant to agencies such as the Grant County PUD.
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church shelters -In tonight’s report, a church in Wenatchee chose not to pursue a project to provide housing for homeless students. Grace Lutheran Church had considered a proposal to spend $700,000 to build small cottages for qualified applicants, as part of a remodeling of its property at Washington Street and Elliott Avenue. The idea went all the way to meetings with city development officials, as Mayor Frank Kuntz explained to city council on Thursday. . .
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Soap lake speed -Finally tonight, Soap Lake police say they don’t recommend people run at the department’s speeding signs, but they couldn’t help but enjoy a video of a brother and sister recently involved in a healthy little competition.
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