Evening News October 31, 2018




Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Eric Granstrom. 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 search is on for a missing Everett hiker along the Pacific Crest Trail; snow in the mountains means its studded tire season; and tomorrow marks the first day Washington residents can sign up for a state health plan.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Threats of school violence resulted in the expulsion of two Chelan High School students. It happened Tuesday. Sheriff Brian Burnett says the principal received a screen shot of a snapchat conversation mentioning a school shooting. The conversation involved multiple students from the high school.

But the Sheriff said after contacting one of the involved students it was determined there were alarming statements but none were considered credible. There were no arrests. The Sheriff says the school’s resource officer was notified soon after the incident was reported and was working with the district to resolve the situation. One of the students was expelled Tuesday. A second student was expected to be expelled this morning.

The call is going out for a missing hiker who disappeared earlier this month while walking the Pacific Crest Trail.

Family members are asking for help locating 28 year old Gavin J Johnston, from Everett, who was last seen walking the trail near Snoqualmie Pass. A multi-County search was launched after a Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputy discovered Johnston’s abandoned vehicle near the summit of Stevens Pass. Sheriff’s Spokesman, Jason Reinfeld says a helicopter search has turned up nothing so far . . .

He reportedly told his father he wanted to hike the Pacific Crest Trail  for the next two months. Johnston is described as an inexperienced hiker without adequate gear for the conditions. If you have seen him or heard from him, call RiverCom at 663-9911.

This was the scene this morning on SR 20 Sherman Pass where traction tires were advised. Winter is fast approaching. But, Even if you don’t need them yet, as of Thursday studded tires will again be legal to have on your vehicle in Washington. They will continue to be allowed until March 31, though that deadline is sometimes extended.


Because studded tires are so much tougher on roads, the Washington Department of Transportation recommends motorists visit a tire dealer for non-studded traction options.

 You can sign up for health insurance through the Washington State Health Benefit Exchange starting tomorrow (Thu). The open enrollment period runs from November 1st to December 15th. The State Insurance Commissioner’s office confirms the resources and assistance options are available statewide to residents using Washington Healthplanfinder. Customers will be greeted with a more streamlined method for taking action related to their health insurance, including finding financial help. The website also remains the only place you can compare health plans offered in your county.  Customers may access over-the-phone assistance by calling a toll-free Customer Support Center (1-855-923-4633). A special sign-up event is planned in Wenatchee this Saturday at the Pybus Public Market.

Coming up next..Opportunity Zones that could qualify for tax breaks; Wenatchee City Hall is on the move; the public disclosure commission is looking into complaints in Grant County; and a political tour of a local dam.  I’m Eric Granstrom and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Several areas in the Wenatchee Valley have been identified as Opportunity Zones that could qualify for tax breaks under a new federal program to benefit economically distressed areas. The Opportunity Zone program was included in the tax cut legislation approved by Congress earlier this year. The new regulations allow financial institutions that invest in a qualified opportunity zone tract to defer its capital gains tax. Chelan County Commissioner, Kevin Overbay has been involved in the process of selecting the Census tract areas for Chelan and Douglas County . . .

Additionally, Overbay says Grant and Okanogan Counties have also expressed interest in joining with Chelan and Douglas Counties to partner up in a marketing effort to attract investors to the North Central Washington region.

Moving day will be November 26th, as the city of Wenatchee packs up City Hall and moves about a half block away into the former federal building.

Steve King, the city’s economic development director, said most city operations will be upstairs in the new city hall until a remodel of the ground floor entrance area, offices and council chambers is completed, probably in 2020.


The words Federal Building and Post Office on the building will be replaced with City Hall, though the city’s original white painting is still being painted black. Also by 2020, the Social Security Administration is expected to move its offices from the federal building to the vacated city hall building. The last council meeting in the current city hall will be Dec. 6th.

The state Public Disclosure Commission has received two complaints about donations made to races for Grant County Public Utility District commissioner.

The complaints, which the PDC has yet to review or make determinations about, involve a group called AG Power Users of Grant County.

The filings allege the group has contributed more than $55,000 to the campaigns of Judy Wilson and Nelson Cox, without disclosing the source of those funds or filing as a political action committee.

One complaint was made by Don Long of Soap Lake, an unsuccessful candidate for PUD commissioner in 2008 and a former PUD employee. The other complaint came from Emry Dinman, a reporter with the Columbia Basin Herald in Moses Lake. The PUD races also have seen an infusion of donations from data centers, who have been at odds with agricultural interests over power rate structures.

State Senator Brad Hawkins hosted members of the Senate’s Energy, Environment and Technology Committee for a tour of Chelan County PUD’s Rocky Reach Dam.

Committee Chair Sen. Reuven Carlyle, Vice Chair Sen. Guy Palumbo and Sen. Tim Sheldon also met with Link Transit officials to discuss transportation issues.

In particular, the committee members heard about vehicle electrification, grid reliability and climate impacts on the transportation and energy sectors. Attending the fielding meeting along with Hawkins were:

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Wake Up Wenatchee Valley host Dan Kuntz welcomed Washington Apple Blossom Festival Administrator, Darci Christopherson into the studio this morning to recap last weekend’s Festival auction which is the largest fundraiser of the year for the organization. Dan served as MC for the event . . .

Next up on the calendar will be the start of the Apple Blossom Royalty selection process. Darci says letters have been mailed out to senior girls in the Wenatchee and Eastmont School Districts inviting them to attend an informational meeting on November 27th.

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.

Last night, we featured the District 6 4A semifinal between Wenatchee and West Valley from Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl…

It was all Rams as West Valley would end Wenatchee’s season with a 3-nil win.  The visitors would score first in the 18th minute on a goal by Kendall Sharp and take a 1-nothing lead into the break.  The second half saw an even more aggressive Ram attack with Gracie Brownell scoring in the 63rd minute, followed by the game’s final goal by Shannon Curtis in the 78th.

Eric Granstrom had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…


Eastmont, meanwhile, travelled to Moses Lake and knocked off the Chiefs by a final of 1-nothing.  The game was scoreless until late when Eastmont finally broke through and ended the Big 9’s number one seed from the tournament.  The Wildcats were the number four seed heading into districts with 44-points while the Rams were the #3 seed with 50-points, so West Valley will host Eastmont for the District Championship Saturday at 1 o’clock.

Also in district soccer action last night in the Caribou Trail League, Okanogan advanced to the Glue Crossover with 3-2 win over Cascade in Leavenworth last night.

On the Les Schwab Prep Volleyball Scoreboard…

Wenatchee travelled to Eisenhower for its regular season finale last night and came away with a grueling, 5-game win 3-2.  The Panthers won the first 27-25.  Then dropped the second 13-25 before bouncing back to take the third 25-23.  Ike won the fourth 25-18 to set up a 5th and final game with the Panthers winning 15-11.  Wenatchee sits a half-game back of Eastmont for 2nd in the Big 9, awaiting the Wildcat’s final game, which has been moved to Friday, at home against Moses Lake.

In the District 6 1-A tournament last night, Cascade advanced with a 3-nil win over Omak.  After the Kodiaks edged the Pioneers in the first game 25-20, they eased through the rest 25-10 and 10.  Cascade heads to Lakeside for the Glue Crossover Saturday at 1 o’clock.  District Champion Chelan will host Colville Saturday at 1.

The Wenatchee Wild fell to 6-and-7 on their road-record in BCHL play last night with a 6-2 defeat at the hands of the West Kelowna Warriors…

The Wild came out strong in the first period, scoring just a minute-20 into the game on Murphy Stratton’s 3rd tally of the season.  But it was all Warriors from there as Lucas Cullen and Mike Hardman would score two goals each as West Kelowna built a 2-1 lead at the first intermission.  It would be 3-2 after the second period.  They’d add three more goals in the 3rd for the final score.

Wenatchee will try to bounce back Friday when West Kelowna comes here at 7 o’clock.  The Wild will then host Powell River Saturday at 7.


As we prepare for what is now a THURSDAY Bridge of Sportsmanship game between Wenatchee and Eastmont, let’s take a look back at least year’s 49th meeting between the two.

After a crazy, back-and-forth game that would be tied at 28 at the end of regulation, overtime would be required to settle it.  Ian Dunn and Mark Miller had the call for KOHO radio as seen on the NCWLIFE Channel a year ago…

It was only the 12th win for Eastmont out of 49 games between the two schools.  Tomorrow marks the Golden Anniversary of the rivalry and we’ll have it LIVE beginning with our pregame tailgate show at 6 with Eric Granstrom and hall of fame coach Phil Zukowski here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Before we go tonight, we asked you to submit some photos or video of your costumes for Halloween.  Let’s take a look…

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. I’m Eric Granstrom, thanks for joining us and have a great night.