NCWLIFE Evening News January 14, 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, The 70-year old Cashmere woman who allegedly admitted to killing her 96-year-old mother in cold blood will remain jailed on $1 million dollars bond. The Wenatchee Valley College Faculty announces a vote of no confidence in college president Jim Richardson, and we will tell you about a pretty significant road closure in Douglas County.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A two-car accident this morning on highway 28 sent both drivers to the hospital with injuries.

Washington State Patrol says 33-year old Joshua Vines of East Wenatchee was traveling east on Highway 28 near Trinidad around 6:50 this morning when he crossed the centerline and struck a westbound car driven by 40-year old Wendy Nevarezmacias of Ephrata. State Patrol says Vines was trying to avoid hitting a deceased deer in the roadway when he crossed the centerline and hit Nevarezmacias’ vehicle. Both vehicles came to rest on the westbound shoulder of the highway. Both drivers were injured and transported to Central Washington Hospital. Nevarezmacias is in satisfactory condition while Vines was transferred to another hospital.

The 70-year old Cashmere woman who allegedly admitted to killing her 96-year-old mother in cold blood will remain jailed on $1 million dollars bond. NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins has the story. . .

The faculty at Wenatchee Valley College has voted no confidence in college President Jim Richardson and called for him to be immediately replaced. Richardson said today he takes the concerns of the faculty seriously and is disheartened by their vote. NCWLIFE’s Cal FitzSimmons has more on this developing story. . .

Coming up next, Snow and ice-covered roadways caused havoc on Interstate 90 this morning, with westbound lanes near Ellensburg closed after at least two wrecks about 6:00 a.m. We have dramatic video of a downed power line this morning on Sunset highway, and, The emergence of vapor products (also called electronic or E-cigarettes) and increases in access and use of cannabis products among youth has raised serious concern both nationally and here locally, we will tell you what’s being done. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Snow and ice-covered roadways caused havoc on Interstate 90 this morning, with westbound lanes near Ellensburg closed after at least two wrecks about 6:00 a.m.

In addition, a semi and two cars were involved in a collision about 8 a.m. near Vantage on I-90 that closed a westbound lane.

Even making it past the accidents didn’t ease the white-knuckle driving experience on Snoqualmie Pass, where snow and poor visibility meant chains were required on all vehicles except all-wheel drive. . .

Meanwhile, Stevens Pass remains closed as Washington State Department of Transportation crews deal with fallen trees, dangerously bending trees and downed power lines. The pass has been closed since Monday morning.

Cold weather was believed to be the cause after power was knocked out to about 900 Douglas County PUD customers in East Wenatchee this morning.

The PUD says a power line came apart at a connection point and that line fell, taking another line with it at Sunset Highway and 23rd Street. The outage started about 4:30 a.m. and power was restored to all customers by 9:20.

The emergence of vapor products (also called electronic or E-cigarettes) and increases in access and use of cannabis products among youth has raised serious concern both nationally and here locally.

In response to this growing issue, Wenatchee and Eastmont School Districts have come together to host a Youth Vaping and Drug Prevention Night for the public on Thursday, February 6th from 6:30-8:00 PM at Eastmont High School, 955 NE 3rd Street, East Wenatchee. Community experts, healthcare providers, and law enforcement officials will share information on the risks, identification, and prevention of drug use among youth in our valley.  Informational booths from community and state organizations will be open from 6:30-7:00 p.m. The panel presentation begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Eastmont High School Auditorium and will feature speakers from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, Confluence Health and the Washington State Patrol.

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. . .

Commissioners say one of Douglas County’s oldest roads may have to be permanently closed due to hazardous slope conditions.

Dezellem Hill Road was built in the 1880’s along a steep hillside in the Bridgeport area. Maintaining the road as a secondary access for about a dozen residents has been a longtime struggle according to Commissioner Mark Straub. Straub, along with Commissioners Dan Sutton and Kyle Steinburg have scheduled a public forum for tomorrow evening in Bridgeport to discuss the matter. In tonight’s feature story, Straub tells NCWLIFE News that it’s possibly reached the point of no return. . .

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.

Joe Burrow threw five touchdown passes and ran for another to lead LSU to the College Football National Championship over Clemson last night 42-to-25…

The 39th and final bowl game of the season came down to a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback playing better than the man who finished as the runner-up.  Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence did not have a good game, completing just 18-passes for 234 yards and no touchdowns.

LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase caught 9-passes for 221-yards and two touchdowns while Justin Jefferson had 9-receptions for 106-yards.  The Tigers finished a perfect 15-and-oh on the season and National Champions.

In other college football news, reporter Bruce Feldman broke the news that Washington State has hired Hawaii Coach Nick Rolovich to be its new head coach…

Rolovich comes to Pullman after coaching the Rainbow Warriors for four seasons, compiling a 28-and-27 record including a 10-win season last year and Hawaii Bowl win over BYU.

Rolovich’s deal is reportedly for 5-years and worth about 3-million dollars per year.

The Seahawks wrapped up the season officially yesterday with locker clean-out day at the team’s facility in Renton.  Coach Pete Carroll says this was a special team and it feels like they missed out on opportunities that they’ll begin to work towards in the off-season…

The Seahawks lost three of its four running backs to injuries down the stretch, which Carroll says they need

Carroll says if they learned one thing this year it’s that they need to tweak things defensively to get more pressure on the quarterback and shore up the outside game…

Several questions loom in the off-season for Seattle, particularly what will happen with their unrestricted free agents.  They include Jadeveon Clowney, Ziggy Ansah, Mychal Kendricks, George Fant and Quinton Jefferson.

Coming up on the prep sports schedule for today…

Wenatchee and Eastmont were hosting girls bowling matches at Eastmont Lanes earlier this afternoon.  The Panthers were entertaining Ellensburg while the Wildcats hosted Selah.  We’ll have results tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

In girls basketball tonight, Ephrata travels to Toppenish while Quincy’s at East Valley of Yakima at 5:45.  At the same time, Chelan hosts Cascade while Wilson Creek visits Entiat.  Manson and Lake Roosevelt tip off at 6 as will Waterville-Mansfield and Brewster.

On the boy’s side tonight, Toppenish hosts Ephrata at 7:15.  It’s also a 7:15 start time for Quincy at East Valley and Cle Elum at Cashmere.  Cascade travels to Chelan.  Lake Roosevelt hosts Manson.  Waterville-Mansfield plays at Brewster and Wilson Creek is at Entiat.  All those games start at 7:30.

And on the mats tonight, Ephrata wrestles a double-dual against Ellensburg at East Valley at 5.  Cascade hosts Lake Roosevelt at 6.  Wenatchee’s on the road at West Valley at 7.  And Moses Lake is under the lights tonight at 7:30 against Eisenhower.

Here’s our broadcast schedule this week on the NCWLIFE Channel…

It begins tonight with the replay of a boys basketball game from last January that went two overtimes between Davis and Eastmont.  That’s at 7 o’clock.

Then on Thursday, we have a double-feature with Hockey Night at 7 as the Wild entertain Trail.  Then at 9, we’ll bring you Thursday’s wrestling match between Moses Lake and Wenatchee from Wenatchee High School.

We’ll be at Eastmont High Friday night as the Wildcats host Sunnyside.  We’ll have the girls game at 6:30 followed by the boys at 8.  Grant Olson will be courtside with your play-by-play.

Then on Saturday, Eric will be at Wenatchee High School where the Panthers host Eisenhower.  The girls game tips up live at 5:30, followed by the boys at 7:30 right here on your home for LOCAL sports, NCWLIFE.

Thanks Eric.

As we say goodbye tonight, we bring you an unbelievable bear fight from British Columbia. Imagine the surprise for Cari McGillivray (mc GILL ih VRAY) while traveling down the Stewart Highway near Stewart, British Columbia to stumble upon two grizzly bears having a disagreement. She caught this amazing footage on her cell phone last September, take a look. . .

Cari’s video has over 5-and-a-half million views on Facebook.

If you have a video of the day, you’d like to see on the NCWLIFE Evening News, message us on our Facebook Page at the NCWLIFE Channel.

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.