NCWLIFE Evening News January 13, 2020


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, Heavy snow made it a bad weekend for travelers trying to cross Washington’s mountain passes and those troubles continued into today. A 17-year-old Moses Lake girl was arrested last week for stealing a moped and quad ATV from her grandparents, then trading them for marijuana and alcohol, and, The median sales price in the Wenatchee Valley housing market was up once again while total home sales last month was down.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A 70-year old Cashmere woman is in the Chelan County jail this morning after phoning police over the weekend to say she’d killed her own mother. Anita Burgess Jones faces a likely murder charge in the death of Katherine Burgess Wiczai, who was 96. Sheriff’s deputies say Jones admitted bludgeoning her mother with a statuette, strangling her, and stabbing her with a steak knife.

She called to report the murder about 2:00 a.m. Saturday. Deputies found the victim’s body in the home she shared with Jones in the 400 block of Pioneer Avenue. Jones allegedly admitted to painkiller addiction, and told deputies she heard voices in her head. She’s been held since Saturday without bond. She was due to make her first appearance in Chelan County Superior Court this evening.

Heavy snow made it a bad weekend for travelers trying to cross Washington’s mountain passes and those troubles continued into today. Chains were required on both passes for most of the weekend.

Stevens Pass remained closed much of Monday for avalanche control, then to deal with potentially dangerous trees.

Interstate 90 at Snoqualmie Pass was closed eastbound about 8 Sunday morning after multiple spinouts. Westbound lanes were closed Saturday for the same reason, after an early morning closure for avalanche control.

Traction tires were advised for Snoqualmie Pass today. The state Department of Transportation reported more than 41 inches of snow on Snoqualmie Pass in 48 hours over the weekend.

A 17-year-old Moses Lake girl was arrested last week for stealing a moped and quad ATV from her grandparents, then trading them for marijuana and alcohol.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office also arrested 42-year-old James Ward and 38-year-old Sandra Gleave for allegedly trading the pot and alcohol for the vehicles. Deputies reported finding about 8 and a half pounds of marijuana Thursday in Ward’s and Gleave’s motor home just outside Moses Lake. The 17-year-old faces two counts of motor vehicle theft and Ward and Gleaves face numerous drug charges, including distribution of narcotics to a minor.

The median sales price in the Wenatchee Valley housing market was up once again while total home sales last month was down.

The latest report from Pacific Appraisal Associates shows the median sales price in December of 2019 was 349,000 dollars up from 325,00 dollars in December 2018. There were 70 homes sold last month down from 74 sold during the same time in 2018. But, market volume was nearly identical, with 1,035 closed sales last year compared to 1,036 in 2018. According to the report, the 2019 also saw a few less total listings, 1,258, compared to the 1,267 in 2018. The real estate snapshot covers Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Malaga, Rock Island and Orondo.

I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Doctor Chio Flores, vice president of student services and enrollment management at Wenatchee Valley College, is one of five finalists for the job of president at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake.

Big Bend narrowed its list of 19 candidates to 10 in late December, then further whittled it down to five this morning. Flores has worked at WVC since 2015 and previously has worked at Washington State University, Eastern Washington University and Big Bend. The five finalists will be interviewed separately later this month, with Flores’ interview scheduled for January 22nd. The final three candidates will be named February 6th.

For the second year in a row, Attorney General Bob Ferguson plans to speak at the Wenatchee Women’s March, scheduled for January 18th. The march focuses not just on gender issues, but climate justice, immigrants’ rights, and reproductive freedom. It starts with a 10:00 a.m. rally at the Numerica Performing Arts Center, followed by a march through downtown. The event was first launched in 2017. The local march coincides with similar rallies planned nationwide on the same day.

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In tonight’s feature story, there was quite a stir in Cashmere Saturday around a girls high school basketball game. NCWLIFE Sports Director Eric Granstrom tells us what all the fuss was about. . .

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.

Seattle’s comeback bid fell short in Green Bay last night as the Packers beat the Seahawks 28-23 at Lambeau Field…

Seattle punted the ball away on 4th and 11 from its own 36-yard line with 2:41 left in the game, hoping its defense would give them one more shot.  It didn’t happen.  Green Bay converted two 3rd and long situations and ran the clock out for the victory.

Coach Pete Carroll said he’s heartbroken they didn’t win, but took heart in how they battled back…

Russell Wilson completed 21 of his 31 passes for 277-yards and a touchdown.  He also was Seattle’s leading rusher with 64-yards.  Despite the loss, he says the future is bright…

Davante Adams set a packer playoff record with 160 receiving yards and two touchdowns.  Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner says he hopes the younger players use this game to fuel their work to get back…

Aaron Rodgers completed only 16-passes, but they went for 243-yards and two scores.  The Packers advance to face San Francisco in the NFC Championship game.

In the other NFC Divisional game, San Francisco’s Tevin Coleman rushed for 105-yards and two touchdowns to lead the 49ers to a 27-10 win over Minnesota.  The Niner defense also had 6-sacks and forced two turnovers in earning a chance to host the Packers Sunday.

Tennessee shocked the world by going into Baltimore and handling Lamar Jackson and the Ravens 28-12 Saturday.  Titan running back Derick Henry rushed for 195-yards while Ryan Tannehill threw two touchdown passes.

The Titans will travel to Kansas City for the AFC Championship after the Chiefs came back from a 24-point deficit to beat the Houston Texans 51-31 Sunday.  Patrick Mahomes threw for 321-yards and 5-touchdowns.  Tight end Travis Kelse caught 10 passes for 134-yards and three touchdowns.

       So here’s the schedule this Sunday.  It begins with the AFC Championship between Tennessee and Kansas City at 12:05 on CBS.  That’s followed by Green Bay at San Francisco for the NFC Title at 3:40 on FOX.

The final college football game of the year is coming up tonight in New Orleans…

That’s where #3 Clemson takes on #1 LSU for the College Football National Championship.  It all kicks off tonight at 5 o’clock on ESPN.

Let’s take a look a the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from the weekend in girls basketball Saturday night…

Wenatchee won its 4th straight game with a 48-42 win over Eisenhower.  Davis beat Eastmont 45-21.  Prosser popped Ephrata 69-34.  Selah dumped Quincy 63-35.  Warden downed Chelan 61-47.  Omak beat Manson by 42.  And Waterville-Mansfield ran over Lake Roosevelt 62-27.

On the boy’s courts Saturday, Wenatchee beat Eisenhower 70-to-55.  Eastmont went on the road and beat Davis 75-62.  West Valley topped Moses Lake 57-45.  Ephrata edged Prosser 60-56.  Selah was 21-points better than Quincy.  Medical Lake topped Cashmere in overtime 55-50.  Omak took a non-leaguer from Manson 54-25.  Chelan beat Warden 72-66.  And Lake Roosevelt outscored Waterville-Mansfield 92-to-10. (ouch!)

Going back to Friday night, in a game you saw here on the NCWLIFE Channel, Wenatchee beat Eastmont 54-46 at the Town Toyota Center.  Moses Lake topped Eisenhower 73-34.  Ephrata edged Othello 62-57.  Toppenish topped Quincy 58-27.  Cashmere beat up Omak 69-43.  Okanogan caught Chelan 45-34.  And Highland squeaked past Cascade 34-32.

And on the Les Schwab Prep Boys Basketball Scoreboard from Friday, Eastmont topped Wenatchee 56-51.  Moses Lake stopped Ike 69-55.  It was Ephrata over Othello 53-45.  Toppenish quelled Quincy 83-47.  Cashmere edged Omak 51-47.  Cascade got a big win over Highland 47-19.  And Okanogan edged Chelan 58-54.

The Wenatchee Wild went .500 over the weekend on Vancouver Island…

Wenatchee powered past Powell River Friday 4-to-1 behind goals from Brett Chorske, Nicholas Chmelevski, Matt Dorsey and Sam Morton.  Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network.  Video courtesy of Hockey TV…

Then yesterday, Nanaimo clipped the Wild 5-to-2.  Wenatchee got goals from Sam Morton and Brett Chorske, but it wasn’t enough.

Wenatchee returns home to begin a 4-game home stand Friday against Cowichan Valley at 7:05.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight,Link Transit says it’s exploring ways to improve local public transportation for the Lake Chelan area starting this spring or early summer. Options could local service within the City of Chelan, including Wal-Mart, and possibly routes between Manson and Chelan. Link wants local users’ input. If you are a rider in the Lake Chelan region, there’s an online survey at the bus service’s website,

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.