NCWLIFE Evening News, February 7, 2020


Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. Grant Olson is away this evening; I’m Jefferson Robbins. We’ve got a lot of news for you as we start the first weekend of February, but before we get to those stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

The overall picture is a snowy one for the higher elevations around the Wenatchee Valley. Some of our mountain communities are under a winter storm warning until Saturday morning. Eric Granstrom will be along later with your full weather outlook.

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight: A weeklong health scare at Central Washington University comes to a fortunate conclusion. School officials ask for an outside look at their changing student population. And a veteran living with the injuries of war looks ahead to a new chapter. But first, our top story tonight. . .

A Douglas County dog owner is in custody tonight after allegedly admitting his animals mauled a jogger two weeks ago up Number 2 Canyon. Timothy Dale Houston, who’s 62, told police he parked on the canyon road outside Wenatchee on Jan. 23rd, and let his four dogs out while he took a nap.

He awoke to find his dogs attacking a woman who had jogged past his car. Chelan County sheriff’s deputies said the dogs badly mauled the victim, and Houston drove her to Central Washington Hospital, but refused to stand by while she received treatment.

Once they identified Houston, on Jan. 28 animal control officers seized all four dogs from his home on Badger Mountain. He faces a likely criminal charge of owning a vicious dog. The attack victim required at least 60 stitches for multiple bite wounds, and nearly lost one ear. Houston was booked into jail Thursday in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center.

A Central Washington University student has tested negative for the much-feared 2019 novel coronavirus. The Kittitas County Health Department announced last week that the student, who recently traveled to China, was being isolated and tested after displaying flu-like symptoms at the Ellensburg campus. There have been 638 deaths attributed to the virus in China, with most in the Hubei province. There have been 12 confirmed cases in the United States but no deaths.

Wenatchee School District may hire a demographic consulting firm to get a handle on its student population.

A proposal at the board’s Feb. 11 meeting will ask whether to hire Davis Demographics of Riverside, California, on a $19,500 contract. In a board workshop last week, business and finance director Larry Mayfield said the district has been making assumptions about its future student population, based largely on historical trends.

If approved, Superintendent Paul Gordon says the Davis contract could help inform strategic planning for Wenatchee schools, including how much money to ask for in future bond proposals.

An unidentified elderly man was killed in an early-morning travel trailer fire in Royal City this morning. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office says firefighters responding about 4 a.m. to the blaze in the 3100 block of Road 13-Southwest found the trailer fully engulfed. They found the man’s body inside after the fire was extinguished. The county coroner is working to confirm the identity of the man, while the Grant County Fire Marshal investigates the cause of the blaze.

Coming up next, a lawsuit that spun out of the destructive Sleepy Hollow Fire has come to an end; a pedestrian can sue over traffic injuries she suffered more than a decade ago; and a local center serving the elderly makes its way to a new home. I’m Jefferson Robbins, and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Stay with us.

Welcome back, in other news tonight. . .

The packaging company that burned in the 2015 Sleepy Hollow Fire was not at fault for damage to a neighboring fruit warehouse.

That decision from the Court of Appeals upholds a 2018 Chelan County verdict, in which insurers for Blue Bird sued Michelsen Packaging. Embers from the fire in the Wenatchee foothills ignited cardboard that was stored at Michelsen, and the flames then spread to destroy the neighboring Blue Bird warehouse. Both courts ruled that Michelsen was not negligent, and took all required precautions against a fire hazard.

On Thursday, a higher court reinstated a lawsuit against the city of East Wenatchee, brought by a woman who was struck by a car 11 years ago.

Jennifer Curtin was just 14 and suffered major injuries when a motorist struck her, while she was walking across Grant Road near North Georgia Avenue. The city installed a crosswalk at that point a year later. Curtin and her family sued in 2016, saying the city knew of the hazards and should have acted sooner for pedestrian safety. Chelan County Superior Court Judge Kristin Ferrera dismissed the lawsuit, based largely on the seven-year gap between the accident and the time it was filed. But the state Court of Appeals now says Curtin can sue to recover damages. The case will come back to Chelan County for further review.

Aging and Adult Care of Central Washington is moving to a new East Wenatchee location. The state-funded agency that provides services to seniors and vulnerable adults with disabilities, says they have outgrown their current offices at 50 Simon Street. On March 16th, they’ll be moving into the renovated Eastmont Plaza on Ninth Street across from East Wenatchee City Hall. Aging and Adult Care of Central Washington has been serving the Wenatchee Valley for about 20 years.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, Steve Hair sits down with a veteran navigating life after the loss of his legs; and Eric Granstrom’s here with your complete local weather forecast. That and much more still to come, stay with us.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News…

Michael Buyas [BOOyas] knows about perseverance. The wounded US Army Ranger, who lives in Orondo, continues a long and arduous recovery after losing both legs in a roadside bomb attack in Northern Iraq. On a new segment of In Focus With Steve Hair, Buyas talks about his memories of that blast, and his hopes to raise seed money to develop a line of clothing for disabled vets.

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.

Filip Petrusev scored 21 points as No. 2 Gonzaga beat the Loyola Marymount 85-67 on Thursday night for its 16th consecutive victory…

Admon Gilder and Drew Timme each scored 17 points for Gonzaga (24-1, 10-0 West Coast Conference), which also won its 36th consecutive home game, the longest active streak in the nation.

Sayeed Pridgett finished with 24 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals to propel the Montana Grizzlies to a 92-82 victory over Eastern Washington on Thursday night.

Jeryn Lucas came off the bench to score 27-points to lead Central Washington over visiting Montana State Billings 67-56 last night.

On the women’s side last night, despite getting 13-points from Kennedy Dickie, Eastern Washington fell at home to Montana 77-56.

Kassidy Malcolm pumped in 24-points and Samantha Bowman chipped in 18 off the bench as Central Washington beat Alaska Fairbanks 91-69.

Jill Townsend scored 17 points, Jenn Wirth had a double-double and No. 11 Gonzaga pulled away in the second half on Thursday night to defeat Pacific 83-65 for its 21st straight victory.

Coming up on the women’s college basketball schedule this weekend, it begins tonight in the Pac-12 where Washington State hosts Colorado and Utah visits Washington at 7 o’clock.

Saturday, Eastern Washington plays at Montana State at 1.  #11 Gonzaga is on the road at Saint Mary’s at 2.  The Wenatchee Valley Lady Knights also have a 2 o’clock game at Blue Mountain Community College.  Central will host Alaska-Anchorage Saturday night at 6.

Then on Sunday, Colorado plays at Washington while Washington State hosts Utah at Noon.

On the men’s college basketball schedule Saturday, Eastern hosts Montana State at 2:05.  Wenatchee Valley tips at Blue Mountain at 4.  Then at 7 on ESPN, #2 Gonzaga plays at Saint Mary’s.

In high school girls basketball last night…

Hailey Van Lith scored 27-points and Grace Hammond pumped in 17 as Cashmere beat Cascade 73-14.  Also in girls play, Wilson Creek edged Entiat 48-41.

On the boy’s side last night, Sam Phillips scored 19-points while Carter Alberts had 12 to lead Cashmere over Cascade 61-41.

Coming up on the prep schedule for today…

Wenatchee is over at University Place for the State Bowling Championships at Narrows Plaza Bowl.  They’ll start with the regular games today at 12:30. The Baker games begin Saturday morning at 8. 

The Panthers are trying to keep the State Championship here in the Wenatchee Valley after Eastmont won it each of the past three years and Wenatchee won it in 2016.

Bowling for Wenatchee are Kylah Hankins, Jaiden Thompson, Kayla Musgrove, Mackenzie Munroe, Elisha Ferguson and Kalee Rich.  Best of luck to the Panthers!

It’s District Wrestling time across the region with four tournaments today and tomorrow.  The CWAC Boys District Tournament is in Ellensburg today at 4 and tomorrow at 11.  The Big-9 Districts are at Davis today at 5 and tomorrow at 10am.  The District 6 Girls Tournament is taking place at Wenatchee High School today at 5 and tomorrow beginning at 10am.  And the Caribou Trail League Championships are being held at Cascade High School tomorrow beginning at 10.

Coming up on the girls prep basketball schedule today…

Eastmont hosts Davis at 5:45 and we’ll have that LIVE on our NCWLIFE Facebook stream.  It will be on television tonight at 6:30.  Also in Big-9 play tonight, Wenatchee is at Eisenhower and Moses Lake travels to West Valley at 5:45.  In the CWAC, Ephrata is at Wapato while Quincy visits Toppenish at 5:45.  Omak hosts Chelan at 5:45.  Then at 6 in Central Washington B League play, Manson hosts Brewster while Waterville-Mansfield welcomes Bridgeport.

Ephrata and Othello gets things started at 7:15 while Quincy visits Toppenish.  Also at 7:15 it’s Omak hosting Chelan.  Eastmont celebrates senior night tonight at 7:30 with Davis in town.  We’ll have it LIVE on our Facebook feed at 7:30 and then on TV at around 8.  Wenatchee’s at Eisenhower while Moses Lake visits West Valley at 7:30.  Also at 7:30, it’s Brewster at Manson and Waterville-Mansfield hosts Bridgeport.

Coming up Saturday, Entiat travels to Wilbur-Creston at 4:30.  Manson hosts Oroville at 6 while Waterville-Mansfield travels to Lake Roosevelt.

And on the boys schedule tomorrow, Entiat and Wilbur-Creston tip at 6.  Oroville plays at Manson at 7:30.  That’s the same time for Waterville-Mansfield at Lake Roosevelt.

The Wenatchee Wild continue its road trip north of the border tonight…

Wenatchee visits Surrey to face the Eagles tonight at 7 o’clock.  Tomorrow, the Wild are in Langley with the puck dropping against the Rivermen at 7:15.  Wenatchee returns home next week for its final two games of the regular season on home ice Friday against Vernon and Saturday against Chilliwack.

And even though it’s the middle of winter, the AppleSox are thinking baseball Sunday.  Joe Norman has more on the AppleSox Hot Stove Party…

Thank you Joel.  Again, that’s at Abby’s Pizza in Wenatchee on 5th and Western Sunday from 2 to 4pm.  Go to AppleSox dot com for more information.

Thanks Eric.

Finally from us tonight, don’t forget to tune in tomorrow night for NCWLIFE’s live coverage of the Apple Blossom Royalty Selection Pageant. The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with a special Countdown to Coronation, which will then be followed by the pageant.

It’s the official kickoff to the 2020 Apple Blossom Festival, but another special event, Chief For A Day, is taking shape as well. On Thursday, the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office announced their chief, or sheriff in this case, for the April 23rd event, will be 6-year-old Carlos Bravo Villegas, a first-grader in Megan Springer’s Sunnyslope Elementary class.

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 Jefferson Robbins. Grant Olson will be back on Monday. Thanks for joining us and have a great night.