NCWLIFE Evening News February 1st, 2021


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 fire late Saturday night caused extensive damage to the Moses Lake Liquor Store on North Stratford Road. Video from Moses Lake Firefighters shows crews responding to a motor home fire on East Broadway Avenue this morning. Crews spent about four hours Saturday afternoon rescuing an injured hiker on the Ancient Lakes Trail outside Quincy after she fell down an embankment, and, the two men accused of stealing a pickup in East Wenatchee have now been formally charges.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The body of an unidentified person was found inside a Twisp home that was completely destroyed by fire Saturday night. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Okanogan County Fire District 6 responded to the structure fire about 9:30 p.m. to find the home fully engulfed. Firefighters were able to stop the fire from spreading to the garage but the home was a total loss. The fire and death are being investigated by the Twisp Police Department with a fire investigator from the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office on the scene this morning assisting.

A fire late Saturday night caused extensive damage to the Moses Lake Liquor Store on North Stratford Road.

Moses Lake firefighters arrived at the store about 11 p.m. to find smoke billowing from the structure and flames shooting out the rear of the building.

Firefighters were able to quickly contain and extinguish the fire but not before it had done extensive damage. There were no injuries. Crews spent more than four hours at the scene and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Video from Moses Lake Firefighters shows crews responding to a motor home fire on East Broadway Avenue this morning. The fire was quickly suppressed and was stopped from spreading to adjacent buildings. . .

There were no injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Crews spent about four hours Saturday afternoon rescuing an injured hiker on the Ancient Lakes Trail outside Quincy after she fell down an embankment. Rescue crews from several agencies had to battle slippery, steep terrain before they were able to get the woman back to the trailhead.

Grant County Fire District 3 Interim Chief Tony Leibelt said the woman had to be lowered to the bottom of the plunge pool and back up the other side where a side-by-side vehicle was used to transport her about 2-and-a-half miles to a waiting ambulance.

The identity of the woman and her condition were not available Monday morning. Leibelt described her injuries as significant but not life-threatening. Grant County Fire District 5, the Moses Lake Fire Department and Royal Slope Fire Rescue assisted in the rescue.

East Wenatchee police say two suspects made it as far as Ritzville in a stolen pickup truck before it broke down.

19-year-old Alexus McElhaney is charged with first-degree theft and possession of a stolen vehicle while 21-year-old Cole Skyler Rapp of Spokane faces charges of vehicle prowling and stolen property possession. The truck was stolen from an East Wenatchee residence in October, and found disabled on Highway 90 near Ritzville. State troopers picked up both Rapp and McElhaney nearby. Rapp is charged in several vehicle prowls in the East Wenatchee area, and he and McElhaney are believed to have traveled together in the stolen truck.

Coming up next, More than 1500 people received COVID vaccinations at Town Toyota Center last week. More with Senator Brad Hawkins and his plan to vaccinate school teachers, and, for the first time, the Wenatchee Jazz Festival will go virtual in 2021. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. .

The state-run mass vaccination site at Town Toyota Center served up 1,550 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine last week.

The site opened Tuesday and ran for four days. This week, it’s running daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a target of at least 700 shots each day. Altogether, the four large-scale sites operating in Washington gave out almost 11,000 total doses last week. All vaccinations are by appointment only. If you are 65 or older, or 50 and older and living with multiple generations of family, go to, or call one of the numbers on your screen.

State Senator Brad Hawkins is the top Republican on the Senate Education Committee.

He’s praising decision by the state to vaccinate K-12 teachers and school workers in the next phase of COVID-19 inoculations. State Schools Superintendent Chris Reykdal announced last week his office is working with health firm Kaiser Permanente to get vaccine mechanisms in place for when educators become eligible. . .

Phase 1, Tier 2 of the state vaccination plan includes school employees. That phase is expected to open this spring.

And, before we go to break, the 21st annual Wenatchee Jazz Workshop takes an online form this year. Since 2001, the educational conference has helped young Valley jazz students learn from and even perform with some seasoned professional musicians. This year, the workshop can’t be hands-on due to coronavirus, but seven pro players will provide virtual instruction to jazz band students from five schools in online Zoom sessions Monday and Tuesday. Workshop organizers say they hope to get back to in-person instruction and live concerts in 2022.

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 tonight’s feature story, the city of Wenatchee acquired a portion of the former Federal Building in 2017, and since then, its struggled with how to remodel the exterior and its office space. They had $8 million dollars to work with, but bids came in at more than $11 million. The financial picture is rosier now, and Mayor Frank Kuntz wants to move forward with the renovation, while some city council members say the timing is wrong. 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.

No. 1 Gonzaga had 6-players in double-figures as the Bulldogs routed Pepperdine 97-75 Saturday…

Gonzaga used an 11-nothing run in the first half to take a lead it would never relinquish as Drew Timme led the way with 19-points while Andrew Nembhard came off the bench to score 17.

The Bulldogs remain unbeaten at 17-and-oh while improving to 8-and-oh on West Coast Conference play.

Isaac Bonton scored 18 of his 25-points in the second half while Noah Williams added 21-points as Washington State topped Washington 77-62 last night…

In the process, the Cougars snapped a six-game losing streak.  Coach Kyle Smith says it was his team’s best game of the year so far…

WSU improved to 10-and-7 overall, 3-and-7 in Pac-12 play with the win.  Washington dropped to 3-and-12 on the season, 2-and-8 in the Pac-12.

On the women’s college basketball Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Stanford jumped out to an early lead Friday and never looked back as the No. 6 Cardinal downed Washington State 77-49.  WSU’s Bella Murekatet (mer-eh-CAW-teht) lead the Cougars with a career-high 17-points while Ula Motuga had 10.

WSU dropped to 6-and-6 in the Pac-12 with the loss while Sanford improved to 11-and-2.

The Gonzaga women improved to 10-and-oh in West Coast Conference play Saturday by beating Saint Mary’s 79-52.  Okanogan’s Jill Townsend led the Bulldogs with 20-points while Jenn Wirth had 14.

The 18th ranked Bulldogs are now 15-and-2 overall on the season.

On Sunday, No. 6 Stanford held Washington to 9, first-quarter points en route to a 74-48 win over the Huskies.  Quay Miller was the only U-W player in double figures with 14.  Washington saw its overall record fall to 4-and-8 while the Dawgs are 1-and-8 in Pac-12 play.

Coming up this afternoon, Hailey Van Lith’s No. 1 ranked Louisville Cardinals have their toughest challenge of the season…

Coming into the weekend, NC State was ranked second in the country behind Louisville.  That is until it was upset Saturday by Virginia Tech in overtime.  No. 3 U-Conn was also upset Saturday, falling to No. 19 Arkansas.

The Cardinals remain the only undefeated team in the AP Top 25 and hope to remain that way today.  Louisville and NC State tip at 4 o’clock this afternoon on ESPN-2.

Pitchers and catchers are supposed to report to Mariners training camp in less than two weeks.  However, a proposal to delay camp and the regular season by Major League Baseball could change that…

Due to rising cases of COVID around the country, especially in Florida and Arizona where teams prepare for the season, MLB has proposed delaying the start of spring training until March 22nd and the regular season until April 28th.  This would also cut the regular season from 162-games to 154.

There’s probably no one more eager to start training camp than Seattle outfielder Mitch Hanniger.  He missed the entire 2020 season after having back surgery.  He says he’s taken that time away to work on his body and has a new appreciation for the game itself…

We’ll watch for a union response to a possible delay this week and let you know one way or another.

On the Les Schwab NHL Scoreboard from Sunday…

New Jersey won at Buffalo 5-3.  Carolina won its 4th straight in beating Dalls 4-3 in a shootout.  Florida edged Detroit 3-2.  Chicago topped Columbus 3-1.  Kevin Hayes won it in overtime with his 5th goal of the season as Philadelphia topped the Islanders 4-3.  St. Louis skated in Anaheim and came away with a 4-1 win.  Jonas Brodin’s goal 18-second into overtime lifted Minnesota over Colorado 4-3.  James Neal lit the lamp twice as Edmonton exploded for 5, first-period goals en route to an 8-5 win over Ottawa.

On the NHL Schedule today, the Penguins skate in New York.  The Bruins are in Washington.  The Lightning host the Predators.  Vancouver skates at Montreal.  The Jets and Flames drop the puck at 5.  The Golden Knights still have COVID problems, so its game in San Jose has been postponed.

Speaking with local athletic directors, today is a decision deadline on moving forward with sports here in North Central Washington…

Eastmont athletic director Russ Waterman says football will start practice February 16th and volleyball and soccer will begin practice February 22nd

In order for games to take place as scheduled now, our region would have to bump up to Phase 2.  Right now, games are scheduled to begin February 27th for soccer and volleyball and March 4th.  Waterman says if our region doesn’t make the metrics on February 12th, things will have to shift back a week.

The only caveat is that Cross Country and Swim & Dive are approved for competitions while still in Phase 1.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, Wenatchee’s newest grocery store opened this morning at Valley North Shopping Center to a packed house.

WinCo is an employee-owned warehouse-type grocery store. The Wenatchee store is 89,500-square-feet and the company says they have spent about 6-million-dollars converting the former ShopKo building. The new grocery store will be open until midnight tonight and then 24 hours a day beginning on Tuesday. A new store also opened in Bend, Oregon today and WinCo will soon open two more stores in Montana.

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Dan. . .

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). I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.