Evening News November 7, 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 Congressional 8th District Race between Dino Rossi and Kim Schrier; the US Senate race between Maria Cantwell and Susan Hutchison; too close to call between Smith and Bugert; and the 12th District races.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Washington voters approved Initiative 1639 yesterday, which will put in place sweeping new gun regulations that include raising the legal age to buy a semi-automatic weapon from 18 to 21 and make it a crime for gun owners not to secure their weapons with a trigger lock or in a safe. The measure drew strong opposition in most rural counties but was passed by King County voters with almost 77 percent in support.

Initiative 1631, the so-called carbon tax proposal, did not fare so well, finding support only in King and Jefferson counties while being soundly rejected in the rest of the state.

Initiative 1634, which prohibits local sales taxes on food and beverages was approved by voters. It prevents cities from imposing things like Seattle’s so-called pop tax.

Initiative 940, was approved, requiring extensive training for law enforcement officers and making those officers more vulnerable to criminal charges in deadly force cases.

The reality of Central Washington’s place in the still-young Eighth Congressional District hit home Tuesday as Dr. Kim Schrier, a Democrat, defeated Republican Dino Rossi. Created in 2012 by the state’s redistricting committee, the Eighth District includes parts of Chelan, Douglas and Kittitas counties on the east side of the Cascades and parts of King and Pierce counties on the west side. Republican U.S. Representative Dave Reichert has held the seat since its inception.

But Tuesday, King County voters flexed their muscle, handing Schrier the victory, though she lost in every other county in the district.

In fact, Rossi received more than 55 percent of the vote in all counties not named King.

In Douglas County, he was favored by almost 62 percent of voters.

But the nearly 58 percent of the vote Schrier received in King County propelled her to the relatively comfortable victory.

Washington U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, a Democrat, was re-elected to a fourth term in the U.S. Senate, handily beating Republican challenger Susan Hutchinson. Once again showing our state’s political divide, Cantwell did not win a single county east of the Cascades.

Chelan County Commissioner candidates Shon Smith and Bob Bugert are locked in the closest race in the county, separated by just 314 votes with well over ten thousands of ballots left to count.  Smith, a business owner, currently has the edge but Bugert, the former director of Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, remains optimistic.

For his part, Smith told NCWLIFE’s Dan Kuntz Tuesday evening that he likes his chances.


In 12th District Legislative races, Chelan County Commissioner Keith Goehner, defeated Dr. Ann Diamond by more than 3,000 votes for the Position 1 seat. Goehner replaces state Rep. Cary Condotta in the state House. Condotta did not seek re-election.

In the Position 2 House race, incumbent Republican Rep. Mike Steele easily defeated Democrat Valerie Sarratt for his second term in the Legislature.

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Incumbent Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett easily won re-election over Deputy Jennifer Tyler, who made the ballot after first successfully suing the Sheriff’s Office, then running as a write-in candidate in the primary. Burnett said he is heartened by the victory.

For Jennifer Tyler it’s back to work on the night shift as a Chelan County Sheriff’s deputy after losing her bid to unseat her boss, Sheriff Brian Burnett. Tyler was a longshot to win the race after barely qualifying for the ballot as a write-in primary candidate. Burnett has an overwhelming lead and appears to be headed to re-election but Tyler says she’s not deterred by the loss. Tyler was at the courthouse last night to watch the ballot count and told NCWLIFE News she has no intentions of leaving the sheriffs department and is ready to run again…

In regional judicial races, Kyle Mott was elected to the Chelan County District Court, defeating Allen F. Blackmon.

Kristin Ferrera was elected as a Chelan County Superior Court judge, defeating Charles R. Steinberg.

Travis Brandt also won election to the Chelan County Superior Court, defeating Robert McSeveney, who announced last month he had taken a position with a federal immigration court and would not serve if elected.

Eric Biggar was elected Douglas County District Court judge, defeating Robert Hunter.

It appears Douglas County voters have elected Marc Straub to replace Steve Jenkins as Commissioner of the County’s third District. Straub garnered 64 percent of the vote in last night’s returns to Norman Tupling’s 36 percent. Straub commented on his campaign and how he intends to represent the mostly rural third district that he represents . . .

Sheriff Kevin Morris held off Leeon Leyde for Douglas County Sheriff with 67 percent of the vote. In the race for Douglas County District Court Eric Biggar leads Robert Hunter with 71 percent of the vote. Two ballot measures appear to be passing in Douglas County. The Cemetery District levy proposal is passing with 55 percent approval as is the Fire District 4 Levy with 51 percent yes vote. Auditor Thad Duvall says there are an estimated 6500 ballots remaining to be counted.

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Saturday is the annual Wine Walk and Open House in downtown Wenatchee. After buying tickets, either at the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce or the Wenatchee Downtown Association website, participants can visit 18 locations hosting wineries and cideries from throughout the region. Linda Haglund, director of the Wenatchee Downtown Association, talked with Dan Kuntz about the event on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

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.


We now know that we’ll be able to broadcast Friday’s Eastmont at Puyallup State 4A playoff football game LIVE on NCWLIFE Channel…

It’s been quite a process of lots of hoops to jump through this week with four different organizations, including the WIAA, NFHS Network, West Central District 3 and the Eli Sports Network, but we got it!

A huge thanks to Apple Valley Honda for stepping up to underwrite our ability to bring you this broadcast.  Again, we’ll have that LIVE at 7 Friday from Sparks Stadium here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Eastmont has advanced into the semifinals of the Big 9 District Volleyball Tournament…just barely!

After dropping the first two game to the visiting Eisenhower Cadets 25-19 and 25-21, the Wildcats were on the verge of being bounced out of the post-season.  But then Eastmont rallied to win the third game 25-22 and then the fourth 25-22 to force a fifth and deciding game…

The Wildcats continued its run and downed Ike 15-13 in the finale to advance to the semifinals of the tournament.

The win means a match with the undefeated West Valley Rams Thursday at 5 o’clock.  Wenatchee will face Moses Lake in the other semifinal after the Chiefs ended Sunnyside’s season last night by a score of 3-0.

Even though the fall sports season is still wrapping up, the winter season is underway in girls bowling…

As the Wenatchee Panthers opened up the 2018-19 campaign yesterday with a win in the Moses Lake Invite.  Totaling 2,354 pins, the Panthers topped rival Eastmont by 153 pins. Leading by just 37 pins after the first two games, the Panthers got into gear with Baker scores of 171, 182, 190, and 203. Top individual Panther scores went to junior Jaiden Thompson (193), senior Jessica Holbrook (192), and senior Emilee Groth (177).

The Panthers are in action Thursday when they open league play in Yakima against Eisenhower.

As a coach, you always want to have your team playing its best at the end of the season when the playoffs come around.  Eastmont Coach Erin Redal (REE-DOLL) will have to have her soccer team playing its best when they face the Central Valley Bears tonight at Wildcat Stadium…

Central Valley was the regular season champions of the Greater Spokane League, finishing the regular season undefeated at 13-oh-and-1.  The Bears beat Walla Walla and Chiawana en route to the District Championship where they lost for the first time this season to Gonzaga Prep 3-nil.

Eastmont, meanwhile, has had to show resilience.  After falling in the regular season finale to Moses Lake 3-nil, the Wildcats found themselves as the #4 seed in the Big 9.  They fought past a District Play-in game against Davis 3-1.  Then, facing the same team they’d just lost to a week earlier on Moses Lake’s home pitch, the Wildcats ended the Chiefs season 1-nil.  Eastmont next travelled to Yakima and won it’s first-ever District Championship 2-nil over West Valley.

Tonight marks the first time in school history that Eastmont will play in the State 4A Tournament.  They’ll kick off with Central Valley at 5 o’clock and our crew will be there with cameras ready.  Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen have the play-by-play on the NCWLIFE Channel at 7 o’clock.

The college basketball season began last night…

Gonzaga had no trouble with Idaho State, 120-79.  Washington beat back Western Kentucky 73-55.  And Eastern Washington stumbled on the road at Syracuse 66-34.

The Mariners have hired Paul Davis at their new pitching coach…

Davis, who spent the past five seasons in the Cardinals’ organization as a Minor League coordinator, has been hired to replace Mel Stottlemyre Jr.  According to Greg Johns of MLB.com, Davis is well-regarded for his use of technology and video in a Cardinals Minor League system that has developed an impressive line of young talent, including Mariners lefty Marco Gonzales.

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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 Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.