Evening News September 07, 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:

Our weekend forecast has changes in store with some cloudiness and mountain showers Saturday, and more cool, fall-like temperatures.

The good news is that the cold front moving in will decrease the smoke in the valleys and make our air more enjoyable, even though the smoke will be replaced with clouds and some rain by the first of next week.  More on your forecast coming up later in our newscast.

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight,

Ferry County folks are upset with fish and wildlife about a possible wolf attack;

A slime fundraiser to help a K-9 cause in Grant County;

And a closure of a major highway in our region begins Sunday night.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Ephrata Police are investigating a shooting that occurred last night in the Basin Street area. The incident forced the closure of State Route 28 for several hours.  Police say they responded in the six o’clock hour to reports of multiple gunshots at the Short Stop Gas Station and at the Tienda Mexicana Veracruz Restaurant.

The shooting had ended when officers arrived but one person had been wounded. The scene was secured and the injured person was transported to the hospital but the extent of injuries is not known. No names have been released at this point as police continue their investigation. Information is being sought on possible suspects and the Ephrata Police Department is your contact, if you have any to share. Cattle ranchers in Ferry County are angered after two calves are found injured in a possible wolf attack. They’re also upset about the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife’s response. Steve Hair reports:

It might be slime to you but a little nine year old girl has used the sticky gooey substance to raise over 20-thousand dollars for the Moses Lake Police Department’s K-9 program. Kenna Morrison, who does business as Slime by Kenna, decided a few weeks ago that she was going to donate the sales of slime from the Farmer’s Market to charity. Since she loves dogs (her mom is a veterinarian) and cops (two MLPD officers live on her street), she decided on the Moses Lake PD K9 program.

The sales raised a thousand dollars and she also went around to over 60 local businesses asking them to match her donation. It was an overwhelming success. Yesterday, Kenna swung by the police department with a donation of $20,275 toward the purchase of a second K9.

If work or pleasure means travelling over Blewett Pass next week, you will have to change routes.

Beginning at 9:00 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 9th, the road will close for five days while contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation replace three culverts under the highway. Highway 97 will be closed from Mineral Springs Campground to Swauk Creek. With an average of 6,100 vehicles crossing Blewett Pass each day, travelers will need to use alternate routes such as Interstate 90 or U.S. 2. There will be no detours available around the work zone. Work began this week which means if necessary, both directions of U.S. 97 will alternate through a single lane during daytime hours with delays of up to 20 minutes expected.

Coming up next,

It’s fair time in Cashmere..we’ll check in on the Chelan County Fair;

We could have a state teacher in our midst, if you live in Manson;

And Steve Hair sits down with Senator Brad Hawkins.  I’m Eric Granstrom and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

It’s day two at the Chelan County Fair in Cashmere.

The fairgrounds open at 10:00 a.m. each day. The FFA and 4H livestock barns will also be open with showings and judging each day. The kids put a lot of work into raising their livestock in preparation for the Saturday’s auction. The Eastmont School District has posted a video on their Facebook page that explains their FFA program . . .


The Pro-West rodeo is the featured attraction this weekend with start times at 7:00 p.m. Saturday and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. Tonight, country music star Colin Raye takes the stage with a performance at 7:30.

Manson School District music teacher Matt Brown has been selected as a finalist for Washington State Teacher of the Year. The award will be announced by State School Superintendent Chris Reykdal at an award ceremony at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle on September 10th. Brown is one of nine finalists from across the state. Each finalist was recently chosen as the Teacher of the Year for their individual regions of the state. Brown graduated from the University of Washington in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in music education. He teaches sixth through 12th grade band, as well as guitar and piano. He also teaches jazz band and choir. The nine finalists will meet in Olympia this weekend Sept. 7th-10th to give speeches and conduct interviews. Good luck to Mr. Brown!!

State Senator Brad Hawkins is preparing to hit the road this month for a series of listening sessions around his 12th Legislative District which includes Chelan, Douglas and parts of Grant and Okanogan County. He tells NCWLIFE News Director Steve Hair that he’s found the listening sessions to be very useful in helping him identify and act on the issues and concerns within the district. . .

His tour this year will include some of the same stops as last year, such as Leavenworth, Wenatchee, and Chelan along with a mix of new locations, including Cashmere, Coulee City, Soap Lake, Waterville, Bridgeport, and Twisp. Log on to our website (ncwlife.com) for the dates and locations.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update and our feature story tonight. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

We’ll start things off with a look at the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from last night, first in soccer…

Quincy defended the home pitch with a 4-1 win over Chelan in non-league play.  The Cashmere/Eastmont game was postponed due to poor air quality throughout the Wenatchee Valley yesterday.  So far, no makeup date has been set.  We’ll keep a close eye on air quality today and tomorrow to see if it affects anymore outdoor sports.

Indoors last night in early-season volleyball…

Eastmont traveled to Selah and fell to the Vikings 3-1.  The Wildcats were able to rebound from a first-game loss to win the second but were edged 26-24 in the third and 25-14 in the 4th.  Cascade fell on the road at LaSalle 3-1.  Manson came up with a win over Lake Roosevelt 3-1 and Chelan blanked Wenatchee 3-nothing.

A very busy prep football schedule gets underway tonight across the region…

Entiat hosts Selkirk tonight at 6.  The rest of the games kick off at 7 o’clock with Eastmont at Pasco; Wenatchee’s on the road at Lewiston; Cascade hosts Ephrata; Cashmere is also home against Sultan; Chelan’s on the road at Warden; Manson hosts Oroville; and Curlew pays a visit to Waterville-Mansfield.

The Eastmont Wildcats opened the season with an impressive 20-to-nothing shutout of Wilson last Friday.  Going back to last season, it’s the 6th consecutive win for Eastmont.  Senior linebacker and Captain Jaron Schneider says the team rally’s around their covenant…

Eastmont Coach Michael Don was pleased with his defense and wants to see improvement on offense tonight when his club travels to Pasco.  Don says while they enjoyed the win last Friday and the six wins in a row going back to last season, it doesn’t mean the program has ARRIVED yet…

Eastmont will go for its 7th straight win tonight at 7 o’clock.

Wenatchee, meanwhile, is taking its 46-man roster to Lewiston, Idaho tonight to try to earn their first victory this season, a snap a 4-game losing streak that stretches back to last season.  Coach Scott Devereaux says that means improving on pass defense after the Panthers surrendered 5 touchdown passes last week…

We asked senior linebacker Jaden Christoferson if you just try to forget a 52-nothing loss on opening night?

Wenatchee at Lewiston tonight at 7 o’clock.

Also on tap this weekend in prep sports…

On the prep soccer pitch tomorrow, Cascade hosts University Prep while Wahluke is at Chelan at 11am.  Cashmere hosts Prosser; Hazen’s at Eastmont; and Wenatchee travels to Ingraham at 1 o’clock.

There are a couple volleyball matches tomorrow…

Cashmere hosts Cle Elum at 12:30 while Central Valley is at Wenatchee at 2:30.

And in the first cross country meets of the season…

Eastmont and Wenatchee are at the Shadle Park Invite at 9am while Cashmere at Cascade travel to the Moses Lake Invite at 10.

The Wenatchee Wild begin defense of their BCHL Championship tonight…

They’ll be in Vernon to take on the Vipers at 7 o’clock.  Following tonight’s game, they’ll play at Surrey against the Eagles tomorrow night at 7.

There’s plenty going on around the area this weekend…

Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval features Les Schwab night at the races tomorrow night.  Racing action includes the Pro Late Models; Vintage Modifieds; Thunder Cars; Street Stocks; and Roadrunners.  Gates Open at 5 with racing at 6:30.

Leavenworth Golf Course is the site for the 10th Annual Cascade Couples Championship Saturday and Sunday.

And, the 46th Annual Lake Chelan Sailing Regatta is tomorrow and Sunday on Lake Chelan beginning at 10am Saturday and 2pm Sunday.

Here’s what we have to watch on the college gridiron this weekend…

Central Washington is on the road at Monmouth, Oregon to play Western tomorrow at 1:05.  The Huskies will try to bounce back from their opening-night loss to Auburn at home tomorrow against North Dakota at 2pm on the Pac 12 Network.  Eastern Washington travels to Northern Arizona at 3 and Washington State opens at home against San Jose State tomorrow night at 8pm, also on the Pac 12 Network.

The Mariners host New York in the first of three games tonight at Safeco Field…

The Bronx Bombers are, of course, in the middle of a wild American League Wild Card race with Oakland and Seattle.  First pitch is at 7:10 tonight with James Paxton going up against Masahiro Tanaka.

The Seahawks start the NFL season Sunday in Denver against the Broncos.  Quarterback Russell Wilson says preparations this week were bolstered by the return of Safety Earl Thomas…

Seattle and Denver kickoff at 1:25 Sunday on FOX TV.

Four times a year volunteers from across the valley gather clothes for children and give them away to those in need.  In tonight’s feature story, Dan Kuntz and Shauna Larsen talk about God’s Closet:

We’ll be back with a recap of some of our top stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

Before we get to our forecast, let’s again look out our weather window


A cold front is arriving tonight, with gusty winds and isolated to scattered light showers. Expect cooler, fall-like temperatures for the weekend and through the middle of next week, with more showery and breezy weather.

A cold front will sweep through the region tonight with a band of light showers and gusty westerly winds. Isolated thunderstorms are possible with the front this evening in the lee of the Cascades and decreasing to a small chance near the Canadian border overnight.

So here’s our Forecast for the Wenatchee Valley and North Central Washington.

Tonight – Isolated showers and possible thundershowers, 60

Saturday – Mostly sunny and cooler with a high of 77

Saturday Night – winds picking up with clouds moving in, Low 57

Sunday – Mostly sunny and breezy, high of 78

Monday – Mostly sunny high of 75

Tuesday – 20-percent chance of rain – high 73

Wednesday – Cloudy with showers possible, high 74

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 Monday morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. Thanks for joining us and have a great night.