NCWLIFE Evening News August 21, 2019


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 price you pay for Chelan County PUD electrical service will be going up as early as next year, and, 4th District U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse will have a very busy day in Okanogan County tomorrow, we will tell you his itinerary.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A professional fishing guide is credited with saving the life of a child who fell into the Columbia River Tuesday. The rescue was reported on Facebook on Sam Baird’s Wenatchee Fisherman’s Forum Page.

Brad Wagner of Bobber Down Guide Service was reportedly fishing with a group of clients when he heard cries for help coming from the shore. The child’s mother was trying to swim after her child but could not catch him as he floated down river and away from the shoreline. Wagner approached and his clients threw the child a float tied to a rope and pulled him on board. The fishermen then helped the mother to safety. It appears that all are okay.

The price you pay for Chelan County PUD electrical service will be going up as early as next year according to General Manager, Steve Wright. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair has the details. . .

4th District U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse will have a very busy day in Okanogan County on Thursday.

First he will participate in a breakfast roundtable with healthcare professionals to discuss the successes and challenges facing rural healthcare providers in Okanogan County.

He will also be given a tour of Mid Valley Hospital and the new Washington Department of Natural Resources Fire Base in Omak. At noon, Newhouse will have lunch with a group of stakeholders from the Methow Valley, where he will receive an award for his work to protect the Methow Valley Headwaters from mining and will wrap up his visit with pinning ceremonies in Okanogan to honor the heroes of the Vietnam War.

Coming up next, Information regarding the 2020 Washington State Apple Blossom Festival has been announced. We will tell you the story of a police officer who turned an old police car into a tribute to fallen officers, and, Ohme Gardens is putting its 59 stone benches up for adoption. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Lori Reed of Mitchell, Reed Schmitten Insurance will be heading up the 101st Washington State Apple Blossom Festival as Director General. Festival Administrator Darci Christoferson says Reed has been involved with the Apple Blossom Festival Royalty Pageant and was Royalty Chaperone in 2014 & 2015. She has also served on the Board and Executive Committee many times throughout the last 10 years and her two daughters were Top Ten Candidates. 

Also, following the 100th festival last year, Bloomin’ Fun 101 is the theme for the 2020 Apple Blossom Festival. The Festival’s largest fundraiser, the 24th Annual Auction, is coming up and scheduled for October 26th.

In April, Officer Mike Bogenreif of the Liberty Lake Police Department had an idea for paying tribute to law enforcement officers who had died in the line of duty. His idea began with a plain white Crown Victoria police car.

Since then, others have joined that effort, recruiting sponsors and raising money to make the tribute car happen. In just four short months the Tribute Car, with the names of the fallen officers displayed on the hood, has become a popular attraction at car shows, parades and other events throughout Eastern Washington. This week, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office expressed its thanks to Liberty Lake police for including Grant County Deputy John Bernard, who was killed in the line of duty January 3rd, 2010.

Ohme Gardens is putting its 59 stone benches up for adoption. The Chelan County-owned attraction is offering the 10-year adoptions for anywhere from $10,000 for a stone picnic table and four benches to $500 for some of the single benches. The stone benches were hand-crafted by the Ohme family. Those adopting a bench will have a plaque on a sponsorship board at the entrance to the gardens. They’ll also receive free entrance to the gardens, depending on the sponsorship level. The money raised will go toward preservation and enhancement of Ohme Gardens. Thus far, five of the benches have been adopted.

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.

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Do you want a permanent position in firefighting work with the U.S. Forest Service right here in Wenatchee ? Applications are being accepted through August 28th for positions located across 17 national forests in Oregon and Washington including rappellers, engine captains, helitack, dispatch, hotshots, prevention, fuels and more. In tonight’s feature story, here’s more on how you can become a forest service firefighter. . .

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

The Eastmont Wildcats claimed their first Big-9 Title since 2012 last year and played in the State Tournament for the first time ever.

I had a chance to sit down with Eastmont Coach Michael Don and ask how much his team can revel in the successes from last year…

Don and his players have been attending summer camp at Eastern Washington University for the past several years.  He says it has really helped with team chemistry…

We’ll continue with more of our preview of Eastmont coming up tomorrow as we get ready for another season of Big-9 football on the NCWLIFE Channel.

A Wenatchee High School graduate has become a member of the WIAA Executive Board…

Blakney is the Principal at Wapato High School and will fill the position of District 5 Representative. Blakney was a graduate of Wenatchee High School before earning his undergraduate degree from Eastern Washington University and his Master’s degree from Central Washington University. Before taking the role of Principal at Wapato, Blakney was the Athletic Director for two years and has experience coaching basketball, football and softball at the high school and middle school level.

The WIAA Executive Board is comprised of 13 school or athletic administrators from WIAA member schools around the state, including one representative from each of the nine WIAA Districts.

The Mariner’s four-game winning streak came to an end today, as Tampa Bay walked off on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 9th to win 7-6…

It spoiled a great comeback in the top of the 9th, as Daniel Vogelbach homered and Mallex Smith had a 2-run triple to take a 6-5 lead.

Kevin Kiermaier homered to lead off the bottom of the 9th to tie it at 6-6.  Mariner reliever Matt Magill was then allowed to load the bases before firing a wild pitch to Tommy Pham that allowed Willy Adames to score easily from 3rd base with the winning run.

J.P. Crawford went 3-for-5 at the plate and scored a run for Seattle who finishes the road trip 6-and-3.  The Mariners return home Friday to host Toronto in the first of a 3-game weekend series.

Last night, Kyle Seager continued swinging a hot bat, hitting a 2-run home run in the 1st and an RBI double in the 7th.  Tom Murphy also belted a 2-run homer in the 6th as Seattle erased an early 4-2 deficit and won 7-4…

Tommy Milone earned the victory on the mound, going 5-innings and allowing 4-runs on 6-hits with 4-strikeouts.  He improved his record to 3-and-7 on the season.

On the Les Schwab American League West Scoreboard…

Mike Trout was 2-for-4 with his career-best 42nd home run to lead the Angels over the Rangers 5-to-1.  Andrew Heaney went 8-innings on the mound with 14-strikeouts to earn the win.

In the nightcap of the day-night doubleheader, Delino DeShields scored the winning run in the bottom of the 11th for Texas in a 3-2 victory on a fielding error by first baseman Albert Pujols.

Jose Altuve was 3-for-5 with a home run and 2-RBI’s to lead Houston past Detroit 6-to-3.

Matt Olson and Mark Canha hit back-to-back homers in a 3-run first inning and Oakland went on for a 6-2 win over the Yankees.

Thanks Eric.

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 And, remember, if you see news happening we’d like to hear from you.  You can send us an email at, 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 Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.