NCWLIFE Evening News August 31


Good evening and welcome to NCWLIFE News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top 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 WSU student vacates his leadership position after accusations of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes, a Wenatchee man is arrested for DUI after a two-vehicle accident and we’ll have recreation information for you this Labor Day holiday. Later on, we’ll have sports, your weather forecast and our feature story today. But first:

Opening arguments were presented yesterday in the murder trial of Bernard Swaim, the Sultan man accused in the cold-case murder of Stephen Smith. Swaim and his former wife Dawn Soles are charged with first degree murder in the death of Stephen Smith in 1982. Chelan County Prosecutor, Doug Shae told the jury in his opening statement, “This is an old case, a cold case, with a burning secret — Mr. Swaim’s secret,” Shae called Smith’s former dentist to the stand who testified that he recognized a broken tooth found at Smith’s Cashmere home as the same tooth he had previously treated.

Swaim’s attorney Nick Yedinak argued that his client should be acquitted based upon missing items from the crime scene, investigation missteps and questionable witnesses. The trial continues tomorrow in Chelan County Superior Court

A WSU student leader has resigned amid child sex sting allegations. Steve Hair has the story. . .




Police say A Wenatchee man was drunk when he caused a two-vehicle accident yesterday afternoon near Pioneer Middle School. Captain Edgar Reinfeld with the Wenatchee Police Department says officers responded to the accident at the intersection of Okanogan and Peachy Streets. . .


Reinfeld says no one was injured. He said it was fortunate that the accident occurred around 2:30 pm before students were released from classes.

The Labor Day holiday has arrived and many are headed to the forest for an end-of-summer vacation. The Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forest will be a popular destination for camping and hiking but, Robin Demario with the US Forest Service cautions visitors to be prepared for hot and dry weather conditions . . .


Demario says several trailheads and campgrounds are affected by the Diamond Creek, Norse Peak and Jolly Mountain Fires. She says developed campgrounds will likely fill up fast and she recommends visitors make alternative plans if your favorite campground is full.

Coming up, a small wildfire ignites on the North Shore of Lake Chelan, we’ll have updates for you on three of the largest fires burning throughout the region and Mariachi Huenachi continues its fundraising efforts. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.



Officials say a wildfire burning on the North Shore of Lake Chelan in the area of Safety Harbor has grown to about 50 acres, but no structures are threatened at this time. Brant Stanger with the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center (CWICC) at Pangborn Airport says the fire was first reported Wednesday evening. It’s burning in trees and grass below Uno Peak up-lake from Manson. The cause is under investigation. Stanger says a team of smoke jumpers were flown in and an air attack has been ordered with a fire retardant tanker from Moses Lake and two US Forest Service helicopters. Smoke is visible and may also settle into the lower Chelan basin leading to poor air quality.

Three of the state’s largest wildfires have now consumed over 75-thousand acres.


The largest of the three is the Diamond Creek Fire, burning in the Pasayten Wilderness and Eightmile drainage about 12 miles north of Mazama and 27 miles Northwest of Winthrop.


The human-caused fire began on July 23rd and has now burned 52,681 acres. The fire grew substantially on Tuesday increasing in size by 16,196 acres. Helicopter water drops are still being used to try to hold down the massive blaze and fire activity today through the weekend will remain active.


Thirteen fires were ignited by lightning on August 10th and 11th in the vicinity of the Norse Peak Wilderness area of the Wenatchee-Okanogan National Forest collectively called the Norse Peak Fires.


This complex of forest fires have burned 13,637 acres 11 miles west of Cliffdell, Washington and around 50 miles west of Yakima. The fire is moving to the north and east at a high rate of spread and is threatening the Crystal Mountain Ski area. As the fire progresses it also remains a threat to Highway 410 as it backs down to the roadway.


A little closer to home and the fire that’s been pushing much of the recent smoke into the Wenatchee Valley is the Jolly Mountain Fire near Cle Elum which has now consumed 9,386 acres. The fire began on August 11th due to lightning and is burning in the Cle Elum Ranger District 11-miles northwest of Cle Elum.


Fire activity increased significantly yesterday with strong westerly winds. On the Western perimeter, along Sasse Ridge, the fire will continue to move slowly down the slope towards the Cle Elum River. Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest officials extended its closure area all the way to Highway 97 and to the East. Local fire officials and representatives from the Incident Management Team will be on hand to discuss the current fire situation and answer questions tonight at 6:00 at the Walter Strom Middle School in Cle Elum.

Mariachi Huenachi is well on its way to raising enough money for a trip to the Nation’s Capital.


The group is pictured here with 5th District Congressman Dave Reichert who met with them last week in Wenatchee. The group’s director, Ramon Rivera, reports they were able to raise over 9-thousand dollars at a special benefit concert at the Snowy Owl Theater in Leavenworth last week. He says they still need to raise an additional 5-thousand dollars to achieve their goal. You can still donate on-line at

You’re watching NCWLIFE news. Coming up next, your sports update followed by today’s feature story. That and much more still to come on NCWLIFE News, stay with us.


Its Time for your Sports Update on NCWLIFE News, I’m Jay Seabeck filling in for Eric Granstrom

The Seattle Mariners are taking the night off as they Travel home. Last Night against the Baltimore Orioles the Mariners scored 6 runs in the third inning but the Orioles chipped away at that lead until they took the lead in the bottom of the 8th inning to win the game. .  Manager Scott Servais says he was happy with the offense but not happy with the end result.

Seattle finished the grueling road trip 5-and-7 and have dropped further back in the hunt for the Wild Card Playoff spot held currently by Minnesota.  Servais said they’ve had to lean too much on the bullpen to be successful on this trip

The Oakland A’s come to visit Safeco field for a 3 game homestand. Yovanni Gallardo is set to start the series on the hill for the mariners against A’s Pitcher Sean Manaea. Both Teams will be looking to rally after losses on Thursday night. The Mariners will be looking to snap a 5 game losing streak and the A’s will be looking to snap a 3 game losing streak.


Here’s your American League West standings.

Houston Astro’s are in first with 79 wins and showing no signs of giving up their lead heading into september, The Los Angeles Angels 11 games behind the Astros with 69 wins. The Texas Rangers follow the angels at 13 games behind, the mariners are 14 games behind and the Athletics are 21 games behind.


The Mariners are 4 games behind in the Wildcard hunt heading into September. They trail the Yankees, Twins, Angels, Orioles, Rangers and Rays.


Here’s whats coming up tonight and over the weekend here for NCWLIFE Sports…

Tonight is hockey night! Watch the 2016 Wenatchee Wild take on Chilliwack at 7pm. hopefully that helps get you ready for the 2017 Season when the Wild take on Vernon September 16th, Puck will drop at 7:05 at the Town Toyota Center. Tomorrow night it will be time for Friday Night lights. The weekend we have been waiting for all summer is finally here. Starting at 7PM you can watch Highschool football LIVE, your Wenatchee Highschool Panthers host the South Ridge Suns at the Apple Bowl. Meanwhile across the river, The Eastmont Wildcats host the Kamiakin Braves, where Grant Olsen and I will be broadcasting that game. Then Saturday I know it may be difficult to change the Channel as College Football Kicks off, we have LIVE highschool girls soccer. The Panthers host the Central Valley at the Apple Bowl, game starts at 3pm.

Moving on to football…

Tomorrow night at 5pm the University of Washington Huskies kick off against Rutgers at 5:00PM, you can watch that game on fox sports one and then switch to NCWLIFE in time for Panthers football at 7. If the huskies haven’t blown Rutgers out by 7PM, then I would expect husky fans to be very concerned. Saturday the Washington State Cougars go head to head with Montana State at 7:30PM watch that game on Fox Sports 1.

Your Seattle Seahawks Take on the Oakland Raiders Tonight in Oakland for the fourth and final game of the Preseason. Kickoff is set for 7:00PM. The Seahawks come into the game undefeated thus far in the Preseason at 3-0. The Raiders haven’t had as much success with a preseason record of 0-3. One thing worth to look out for tonight, this might be the only time we get the chance to see Marshawn Lynch run the football against the Seahawks defense. Both the Raiders and Seahawks are high caliber playoff teams, so it is entirely possible that these two teams could go head to head in February. After tonights game, it will be time to make the big roster cut. The cut will be finalized Saturday morning, this will take the Roster down from the current 90 man roster to the 53 man roster that we will see throughout the season.

That does it for your NCWLIFE sports report, I’m Jay Seabeck filling in for Eric Granstrom. Back to you Grant.



Thanks Eric…

12th District State Senator Brad Hawkins will host a Listening Tour this October to meet with constituents throughout the region. Earlier today he stopped by our NCWLIFE Studios to chat with Steve Hair about the tour. . .


We’ll be back in just a moment with a recap of some of today’s stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.