Evening News November 2, 2018


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, the City of Leavenworth will be looking for a new administrator soon; we’ll learn why a Yakama Nation leader was denied access to the US Supreme Court; and it looks like weather caused an accident early near Rock Island.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Washington State Apple industry official says shipments thus far have eclipsed last year’s crop movement numbers. John DeVaney is the Chairman of the Washington State Tree Fruit Association in Yakima . .

This season the State produced about 116 million boxes of fruit which was down from last year’s 137-million box crop. DeVaney says there’s a lot of uncertainty over the ongoing trade dispute with China which could impact export sales but he said growers are hopeful that stability will be restored in a potential new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico.

We’ll have more next week when the updated shipping numbers will be released.

Leavenworth city administrator Joel Walinski says he will be leaving his post at the end of January to tend to out-of-state family matters.

Walinski, 63, was hired by Leavenworth in 2010 after serving as city administrator in Northfield, Minnesota. He said he has enjoyed his time in Leavenworth city government.

Walinski said he has no immediate plans to move out of the city but will be out of town for a time.

A Yakima Nation leader was denied entry into the US Supreme Court chambers this week when he refused to remove his head dress. The Tribe has expressed its objections in a news release. Chairman, JoDe Goudy was at the court to attend a hearing concerning fuel taxes and whether the tribe must pay them when fuel is delivered onto the reservation. But when he attempted to enter the court room he was stopped by a security officer. Goudy captured the incident in a video he shared on his Facebook page . . .

Afterwards Goudy said he refused to take off the traditional regalia. Had he made it inside the hearing room, Goudy would have watched the justices debate a number of issues affecting his people’s way of life. Their questions focused on whether the state of Washington can impose a fuel tax on a business owned by a tribal citizen.

State Trooper, John Bryant shared this photo of a box truck that crashed on State Route 28 near Rock Island Dam earlier today. He described it as a non-injury accident. Traffic was slowed after the roadway narrowed down to one lane until the wreckage was removed

Coming up next…today’s storm is helping snowmaking at Mission Ridge; the 8th Congressional race in Washington has become the country’s most expensive; and an interesting approach to the 13th District house seat race.  I’m Eric Granstrom and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The Winter weather has arrived at Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort. Ski hill spokesman, Tony Hickok says they fired up the snow cannons at midnight last night and were receiving some natural snow fall today . . .

Mission Ridge traditionally opens for the season on Thanksgiving holiday weekend. But, he adds that their permit allows them to open earlier if conditions warrant.

With control of the U.S. House of Representatives potentially hanging in the balance, money has been pouring into Washington’s Eighth Congressional District race between Republican Dino Rossi and Democrat Dr. Kim Schrier.

In fact, MarketWatch.com, which tracked spending in all federal races, says the Rossi-Schrier race is the most expensive House race in the nation at $25.6 million spent thus far. Of that, $16.3 million has been spent by outside groups.

The Eighth Congressional District was created in 2012 by the Washington State Redistricting Commission and stretches across the mountains to include traditionally Republican counties Chelan and Kittitas and parts of traditionally Democratic counties Pierce and King. Republican Rep. Dave Reichert has held the seat since its inception but decided not to seek re-election this year.

Republican State Rep. Matt Manweller says he’ll resign if he’s elected to another term but that hasn’t stopped the Republican Party from campaigning for him.

Manweller’s campaign website automatically redirects visitors to the Kittitas County GOP site, where voters are urged to “Check the Manweller box” in the race for the 13th Legislative District seat. Manweller was fired from his teaching job at Central Washington University after an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations.

His opponent on the ballot is Democrat Sylvia Hammond. If Manweller wins, then resigns, Republicans will choose his replacement.

They’ve already begun that process by narrowing a finalist list down to three, The Ellensburg Daily Record reports. The party’s first choice is Danny Stone, a wheat farmer and pastor. Also being considered are Alex Ybarra, a Quincy School Board member, and Ian Elliott, a former state lawmaker.

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The Wenatchee Valley is blessed with a number of small mom and pop businesses that often go about their daily work unnoticed. Bud’s Barbershop is one of those businesses. The little two-chair shop located on South Wenatchee Avenue harkens back to a simpler time in life as NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair learned when he stopped in for a little off the top.  . . .

And that is a look at your local weather, coming up next, tonight’s sports report with Eric Granstrom and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.


The Eastmont Wildcats are the Big 9 Champions after a 14-13 win in the 50th Bridge of Sportsmanship game with the Wenatchee Panthers last night…

A packed Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl was treated to a classic, as Eastmont grabbed a 14-nothing lead.  Wenatchee came back to close to within 7 at halftime.  And after a scoreless third quarter, the Panthers looked as though they were going to tie it to start the fourth quarter, but after Camden Sirmon’s second rushing touchdown of the night, the extra point sailed wide left and Eastmont held a one-point lead.

Following an Eastmont turnover, Wenatchee moved into position for a 37-yard field goal attempt, but it also missed and the Wildcats ran out the clock to secure its first League Title since 2012.

Eric Granstrom and Phil Zukowski had the exciting call on the NCWLIFE Channel…


Nate Blauman led the Panthers with 116-yards rushing on 31-carries.  Caelen Massey had 58-yards on 14-carries while Carson Talley rushed 18-times for 64-yards and a touchdown for Eastmont.  Massey also collected that 63-yard touchdown reception.  Camden Sirmon scored both Wenatchee touchdowns and was 7-of-18 passing for 40-yards.

Eastmont improved to 9-and-1 on the season with the win and now awaits its seeding Sunday to find out whom they’ll play in the first round of the State 4A Tournament.  Wenatchee finishes the season 6-and-4.

We’ll have the post-game show from last night later on this morning here on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, including player interviews and a talk with Eastmont Coach Michael Don.

Coming up on the prep football schedule tonight…

Cashmere is on the road at Lakeside, Nine Mile Falls while Cascade plays at Deer Park at 6.  Chelan has a 7 o’clock kickoff at Medical Lake while Entiat hosts Republic.

On the prep volleyball schedule…

Eastmont celebrates senior night tonight against Moses Lake at 7o’clock.  Tomorrow, Chelan hosts Colville while Cascade travels to Lakeside, Nine Mile Falls at 1 o’clock in the CTL/Northeast A Glue Crossover games.

Eastmont plays for the Big 9 District Championship tomorrow at West Valley at 1 o’clock.  Cascade has a Noon kickoff at Lakeside, Nine Mile Falls and Freeman plays at Cashmere at 1.  These are the CTL/Northeast A Glue Crossover games with the winner going on to state and the loser’s season done.

The Wenatchee Wild look to bounce back tonight against the West Kelowna Warriors…

They’ll drop the puck at the Town Toyota Center at 7 o’clock and then host the Powell River Kings tomorrow night at 7.

On the college football slate tomorrow…

Eastern Washington travels to Northern Colorado while Central Washington’s at Southwest Baptist.  Both of those games kick off at 11am.  Washington limps home to face Stanford at 6 o’clock on the Pac-12 Network.  And, the #8 Washington State Cougars host the upstart Cal Bears in Pullman with a 7:45 kickoff on ESPN.

The Seahawks are home Sunday…

Hosting the Los Angeles Chargers.  Philip Rivers and the Boltz are off to a 5-and-2 start while the Seahawks are looking very good at 4-and-3.  Kickoff Sunday at CenturyLink Field is set for 1:05 on CBS.

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, keep it right here on the NCWLIFE Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. I’m Eric Granstrom, thanks for joining us and have a great night.