Evening News October 30, 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, a lawsuit in the Carlton Complex Fire has been thrown out; a restructure for the Chelan County Regional Jail may help their budget; and later, a game time and day change for the big Wenatchee-Eastmont football game.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Leavenworth area man who is accused to firing a gun at a BNSF work crew last week has been formally charged with four counts of second-degree assault. 44 year old James Carl Brown appeared in Chelan County Superior Court Monday and was released on bond pending an November 7th arraignment. Prosecutors allege in court documents that Brown fired three warning shots into the dirt in front of the BNSF railroad truck with four workers inside. Brown was arrested after a sheriff’s SWAT team was deployed to his Chumstick Road residence. Brown claims the railroad workers had trespassed onto his property when they used a driveway to access a rail crossing. No one was injured.

 The Associated Press reports a judge in Okanogan County has dismissed a lawsuit accusing Washington state of negligence for failing to contain one of the state’s largest wildfires in 2014.  Senior News Editor Steve Hair has the details…

Chelan County Commissioners say the County’s Regional Justice Center is being reorganized to address increasing security concerns. Last week Interim jail director, Bill Larsen presented the board with a proposal to increase and restructure staffing as well as to add more surveillance cameras and upgrade existing jail cell doors. The request follows grievances by jail staff concerning dangerous working conditions. NCWLIFE sat down with the Commissioners this week to discuss the proposed changes and why they’re necessary . . .

The Chelan County Regional Justice Center is a 383-bed correctional facility that was originally built to hold half that number. Commissioners say there’s also a larger percentage of the jail’s inmates who are being held on felony charges than in years past making for a more dangerous environment for jail staff.

Coming up next…taking pieces of history with them when Chelan County Fire District 1 moves; honoring veterans in Wenatchee with new banners hanging around downtown; and options for safe trick or treating for Halloween tomorrow.  I’m Eric Granstrom and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

When Chelan County Fire District 1 moves its downtown Wenatchee fire station to a new building they’re hoping to take some of the old station’s history with them. Specifically, a brass pole and the bell that sits atop the building.

But because Wenatchee Fire Station No. 1 at 136 South Chelan Avenue is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, certain processes, like a public comment period, must be followed before the bell and pole can be moved. Fire Chief Mike Burnett said they hope to take one of the two remaining poles to the new station.

The sound of the bell hasn’t been heard for many years and it will need to be refurbished before the move. The plan is to have it displayed in a courtyard outside the new fire station, which will be at the former Prospector Pies location on Wenatchee Avenue.

Wenatchee Fire Station Number One was opened in 1929. It was designed by Ludwig O. Solberg, the architect behind many of Wenatchee’s historic buildings and homes. The district hopes to have the new station open by next summer. What will become of the old station has yet to be determined.

No doubt you’ve seen the new banners hanging from street lamp posts in Downtown Wenatchee. The project undertaken by the Downtown merchants association honors local military veterans. WDA Executive Director, Linda Haglund comments on the project on an upcoming Life With Lisa program. . .

Each of the banners includes a picture of the veteran and their story. Each of those stories will be compiled in a book being published by the Wenatchee World. You can learn more about the project on an upcoming Life With Lisa program on NCWLIFE Channel.

Just a reminder that the streets will be crawling with ghosts, goblins, superheroes, princesses and who knows what else tomorrow night as youngsters head out on their annual Halloween quest for fun and candy. So if you’re driving around, do so with great care.

One place where traffic won’t be a problem is downtown Wenatchee for the annual Trick or Treat the Ave. event. From 3 to 5 p.m., Wenatchee Avenue will be closed between Second and Orondo.

In addition to a haul of sweet treats from downtown businesses, kids can see an array of emergency vehicles and construction equipment on the Ave.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, tonight’s feature story and your complete local weather forecast. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News…

In our feature tonight…Thanks to a group of volunteers, there will be fewer hazards to worry about for hikers and wildlife at Horse Lake Reserve. A crew was busy Tuesday helping remove barbed wire fencing in the popular hiking area on the north end of the Wenatchee foothills. Neal Hedges, stewardship director for the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust said it has been a years-long project.


Hedges had planned to have another work crew out Wednesday but there weren’t enough volunteers for a second day. To volunteer for future fence-removal opportunities you can contact him at neal@cdlandtrust.org or call 667-9708.

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.


By a unanimous vote, the District 6 Athletic Directors have voted to move the Wenatchee and Eastmont football game up to Thursday from Friday.  Russ Waterman is the AD in charge of football and says it’s a matter of adhering to a rule he and the rest of the Big 9 overlooked…

If Wenatchee beats Eastmont and Sunnyside defeats Moses Lake, a 3-way tie would exist for first place between the Panthers, Wildcats and Grizzlies.  Which would force the mini-tiebreaker.  Wenatchee Athletic Director Jim Beeson says it’s obviously not what they wanted, but what they must do…

So again, the Wenatchee vs. Eastmont Bridge of Sportsmanship game has been moved from Friday to Thursday night at 7 o’clock.  We will have our pregame tailgate starting at 6 right here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

The last time the Wenatchee girls soccer team faced West Valley, it was in Yakima and the Rams came away with a hard-fought, 2-1 win in overtime.  It marked the second loss that week as Wenatchee also lost at home to Moses Lake 3-nil.  Coach John Springer said it was a learning moment for his young team…


Wenatchee hosts West Valley tonight in the District 6 4A semifinals at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl.  The two teams met the past three years in a row in the playoffs, only it was for the district championship.  Kickoff is at 6 and we’ll have it LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel.  Eric Granstrom will be joined by Josten Giralde and Mauricio Sanchez on the play-by-play.

The other semifinal pits Eastmont at Moses Lake in a rematch of last week’s season finale where the Chiefs dominated in a 3-nil win.  They’ll kick off at 6 o’clock at Lions Field.

Also tonight, it’s a loser-out game in the District 6 1A soccer tournament in Leavenworth where Cascade hosts Okanogan at 5 o’clock.

While soccer is in its post-season, the Big 9 volleyball regular season reaches its final week…

Wenatchee ends the regular schedule on the road at Eisenhower tonight at 7 o’clock.  Eastmont plays its regular season finale Thursday at home against Moses Lake.

The District 6 1A volleyball tournament continues at Cascade tonight, where the Kodiaks face a loser-out game against Omak at 6 o’clock.  The winner will advance along with district champion Chelan to the Glue-Crossover playoffs with the Northeast A league this weekend.

In Seahawks news today…

Seattle has waived wide receiver Brandon Marshall.  The 34-year old was signed in the off season and made the opening day roster.  In 7-games, he made 11 catches for 136 yards and a touchdown.  The recent emergence of David Moore probably proved Marshall expendable.

Seahawks linebacker Michal Kendricks has been officially suspended for eight games for pleading guilty to insider trading.  He was suspended indefinitely by the league earlier this month but with a length now stipulated, it means Kendricks can rejoin the team in Week 10 as it prepares to play the Minnesota Vikings.  Kendricks appeared in three games with Seattle, making two sacks and 13 tackles and started two games in place of injured linebacker KJ Wright.

As we wrap it up tonight, a reminder…

There is snow forecast in the mountains overnight tonight with 3-inches possible on Stevens Pass.  The snow level will remain at about 3,000 feet tonight but then rise tomorrow with increased rain showers in the morning hours throughout the state.

As far as our Halloween forecast, it will be a little wet as the kids get on the bus tomorrow but should be nice and dry for Trick or Treating tomorrow night.

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.