Evening News December 1


Good evening and welcome to NCWLIFE News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:


For those watching on our Facebook, tune in to LocalTel channel 12 or Charter channel 19, or stream us live at NCWLIFE.com for the full evening newscast tonight. And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight— a two-car accident injures five on Orondo Avenue this morning, the department of ecology issues a burn ban and Chelan County Volunteer Search and Rescue purchases a new van with donations.

But first, we begin tonight:

Douglas County’s Undersheriff says he’s ready to move up the command ladder. Kevin Morris has announced his intentions to file for the position next year. He says it’s been his ambition since he first joined the force in 2000. . .


The 44 year old Morris is the only candidate thus far to file candidacy papers with the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission. Harvey Gjesdal announced last month his decision to retire from law enforcement next year.

A two vehicle crash sent five people to the hospital this morning in Downtown Wenatchee. It happened at Orondo and Wenatchee Avenue shortly after 6:30 AM. The collision involved a GMC Denali pickup and a 16 passenger bus. One of the vehicles ran a red light, causing the t-bone collision. Captain Edgar Reinfeld with the Wenatchee Police Department says the streets were deceptively slick this morning which may have been a factor. . .


The injured were transported to Confluence Health but Reinfeld described the injuries as minor.

The weather forecast next week of cool, dry, stagnant air has prompted the Washington State Department of Ecology to issue a Stage 1 burn ban beginning this Monday, December 4th at 9 a.m. through 9 a.m. Wednesday, December 6th. All outdoor burning and use of uncertified stoves and fireplaces will be prohibited in Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas and Okanogan Counties due to expected poor air quality throughout the region. The Stage 1 ban prohibits all outdoor burning including residential, agricultural and forest burning. Use of any wood-burning devices are prohibited unless they are a home’s only adequate source of heat. Fine particles from wood smoke can get into people’s lungs causing possible heart and breathing problems.   

Thanks to King County Explorer Search and Rescue, the Chelan County Volunteer Search and Rescue now has a new van. Matt Kozma with Chelan County Search and Rescue gives us a little history on the new communications van. . .


Kozma says the new communications van cost 4,250-dollars, which was paid for using the Search and Rescue General Fund which is completely funded by donations.

Coming up, we visit the Madrigal Feast at Wenatchee High School last night, we’ll preview the Leavenworth Christmas Lights Festivities and the Wenatchee Humane Society receives a grant. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.


Wenatchee High School’s auditorium was transformed into a medieval castle for last night’s Madrigal Feast Dinner hosted by members of the high school choir. The annual event, which continues tonight and Saturday night, is a re-enactment of a traditional holiday feast as celebrated 500 years ago in merry old England. The event features music and performances by the choir and money raised benefits the choir and music departments. Contact the high school for ticket information.

The town of Leavenworth kicks off its month of celebrations tonight with the arrival of Saint Nikolaus followed by several music performances for the 51st annual Christmas Lighting Festivities. The events continue into the weekend with Santa, live music and the famous Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The tree lighting events continue for two more weekends. Find more information and a schedule of events at Leavenworth.org.

Wenatchee Valley Humane Society has received a 1000-dollar grant the Petfinder Foundation. The grant is used to cover tuition cost for one person, from the Petfinder member’s organization, to attend a Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship session. The purpose of the program is to enhance  shelter dogs’ quality of life by allowing them to engage in natural social behaviors.

The non-profit Petfinder.com Foundation assists the 12,000+ animal shelters and rescue groups that post their adoptable pets on Petfinder.com. Since its founding in 2003, the Petfinder Foundation has given more than $20 million in cash and product grants to shelters and rescue groups in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Wenatchee Valley Humane Society posts its adoptable pets on their website.

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On the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from Thursday…


Boys Basketball
Ephrata stopped Cascade 69-34 while Omak blitzed Manson 72-32, and it was Tonasket topping Chelan in a high-scoring affair 85-80.

On girls score from last night, Cascade dropped to 1-and-1 with a 52-30 loss to Ephrata and Chelan beat Tonasket 63-31.

In girls bowling last night…


Wenatchee and Eastmont kept the unblemished records in tact down in the Yakima Valley yesterday with the Panthers and Wildcats coming up with 4-0 wins over Davis and Eisenhower respectively.  High rollers for Wenatchee were Holly Shipley with a 174 and Emilee Groth with a 172.  Meanwhile, a couple Eastmont bowlers had really good games as Alicia Hastings rolled a 223 while Rylee Cox had a 201.  Both teams are on a collision course for next Wednesday.

So coming up this week in the WIAA State Championships…


On Friday…
Sunnyside Christian faces Almira-Coulee-Hartline in the State 1B title game at 4 o’clock, followed by O’Dea and Rainier Beach for the 3A championship.

On Saturday…
Hockinson vs. Tumwater in the 2A title game at 10am
Royal vs. Meridian at 1 o’clock for the 1A championship
Kalama and Liberty face off in the 2B finale at 4pm
Richland faces Woodinville for the State 4A championship at 7:30pm

On the prep schedule for tonight…


In boys basketball
Wenatchee at Mead, 7pm
Cascade at Toppenish, 7:15pm
Eastmont at Hanford, 7:30pm
Waterville-Mansfield at Entiat, 7:30pm

In girls basketball tonight…


Eastmont at Hanford, 5:45pm
Kennewick at Wenatchee, 5:45pm
Cascade at Toppenish, 5:45pm
Waterville-Mansfield at Entiat, 6pm

Now as we turn our attention to Saturday…


Cashmere hosts Wahluke.  Kamiakin is at Eastmont.  Chelan takes on Granger.  And Waterville-Mansfield hosts Brewster.

On the girls side tomorrow…


Kamiakin at Eastmont, 5:45pm
River View at Cashmere, 5:45pm
Granger at Chelan, 6pm
Brewster at Waterville-Mansfield, 6pm

Also on Saturday in Wrestling…


Chelan at Deer Park Invite (12-teams), 9am
Wenatchee at Kennewick Invite (8-teams), 10am
Eastmont at Davis Invite (10-teams), 10am
Cashmere & Cascade at Omak Invite (6-teams), 10am

The Seattle Sounders FC will once again play for the MLS Cup…


Victor Rodriguez scored in the 22nd minute against Houston, which really gave Seattle the title with the aggregate scoring in the series.  But Clint Dempsey added to it with a tally in the 53rd minute and Bill Bruin finished it off with a goal in the 73rd minute as Seattle won 3-nil.  The Sounders will once again face Toronto for a chance to repeat as MLS Champions.

The Wenatchee Wild continue their road trip north of the border tonight…


Wenatchee is in Salmon Arm to take on the Siverbacks tonight at 7 and then face West Kelowna Saturday at 7.

Here’s what’s on tap for the NFC West this weekend…


San Francisco is at Chicago for a 10am kickoff on CBS.  The Rams are in Arizona to take on the Cardinals at 1:25 on Fox.  Finally, the Seahawks host Philadelphia on Sunday Night Football on NBC with a 5:30 kickoff.

Thanks Eric…

The 100th Anniversary of the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival is soon approaching in 2019. Officials at the Festival Office would like to share various stories from the past century as a way to honor those who made the festival what it is today by producing a documentary film about the history of Apple Blossom. But, is a documentary film something YOU would watch? Apple Blossom Festival Administrator Darci Christoferson explains how your input will determine if a documentary is made. . .


Once again, go to www.appleblossom.org/100th to express your opinion. 

We’ll be back in just a moment with a recap of some of today’s stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

For all of you skiers out there that wanted to ski at Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort last weekend but couldn’t because of warm, wet Thanksgiving Day weather, you’re in luck.


Mission Ridge officials announced yesterday that the ski and board resort will be open on both Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Ridge received three new inches of snow on Tuesday night and have been making snow, when conditions have been right, for the past three days on primary runs.


Ideal snowmaking temperatures are around 28 degrees and below. Chairs 1 and 2, as well as the Pika Peak rope tow, will be in operation and the Chair 5 Pub, the Kawham Café and the Midway Lodge will also be open for business. Also open this weekend will be the rental and retail shops as well as the Mission Ridge Ski School and the child care center.

If you’re not a skier and you’re looking for something to do this weekend NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson has you covered…

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

Today will be a relatively dry weather day over most of the Inland Northwest thanks to a weak ridge of high pressure over the central Rocky mountain states. The weather pattern will become much more active by early Saturday and into Sunday as a strong low-pressure system moves into the area. Since most of the precipitation will start during the afternoon hours tomorrow, we suspect most of it will fall as rain over the lower elevation locations south of Highway 2. We have a 60% chance of rain mixed with snow tomorrow, which goes up to 70% on Saturday night. In the Wenatchee Valley, we might see around an inch of snow in some locations by Sunday morning. For the upcoming work-week, we will have a strong ridge of high pressure over the entire western US. This weather pattern usually means we will see a prolonged period of fog, low clouds, and very small change in temperatures. Next week we will see high temperatures in the mid-30’s with overnight lows in the mid 20’s.

Closing out the news tonight… an up and coming country star performs for a sold out show… kind of…


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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). Also, tune in to NCWLife Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.