NCWLIFE Evening News January 19th, 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, Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday announced forward progress in Washington’s anti-COVID vaccination program, and, The Chelan County PUD wants to help its largest customers save thousands on their power bill through an energy audit and systems upgrades at little or no cost to the customer.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A cyberattack took out many systems used by the government of Okanogan County yesterday, delaying jury trials and limiting other county operations. The sheriff’s office said the incursion is affecting email, phone lines and vital computer systems. Information technology personnel are working to alleviate the problem.

County offices remained open but services were limited, and officials could not say when all services might be restored. Last month the city of Ellensburg fell victim to a

similar attack, this one involving ransomware that encoded the city’s data, while the thieves demanded money to restore operations.

Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday announced forward progress in Washington’s anti-COVID vaccination program. An additional 400,000 people statewide are now eligible to receive the coronavirus immunization, and with a target of 45,000 new vaccinations per day. Plus, Wenatchee next week will receive its own mass-vaccination site. . .

Dates and times for that Town Toyota Center vaccination site aren’t yet set, but all people 65 and older, and anyone 50 or older living with two or more generations in a single household, would have priority for the vaccine.

The Chelan County PUD wants to help its largest customers save thousands on their power bill through an energy audit and systems upgrades at little or no cost to the customer.

Jim White, senior energy efficiency engineer for the PUD, said one of its biggest power users, the Town Toyota Center is a perfect example of how the program can be a big win for both the customer and the PUD. The Town Toyota Center project began in 2016 and was completed in 2019. White says it was fully funded by the PUD, which sells the power it saves on the wholesale market. . .

Coming up next, The Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery will share in some $6.1 million federal dollars allocated for water infrastructure. New members are joining the Our Valley Our Future board of directors, and, 8th District Congresswoman Kim Schrier is getting some plum committee assignments. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery will share in some $6.1 million federal dollars allocated for water infrastructure.

4th District Congressman Dan Newhouse announced the appropriations late last week. Alongside the hatchery, reservoir and groundwater projects in the Columbia Basin will also share in the federal money. Another $7.7 million goes to water projects in the Yakima River Basin.

New members are joining the Our Valley Our Future board. The community engagement group this week welcomed Norma Gallegos, Alma Chacon and Ron Cridlebaugh to its board of directors.

Gallegos is an immigration services coordinator and a founding member of Our Valley Our Future.

Chacon is executive director of the nonprofit CAFÉ.

Cridlebaugh is economic and business development director with the Chelan Douglas Regional Port Authority.

Our Valley Our Future aims at helping create guidance for civic leaders in Wenatchee and East Wenatchee, and providing resources during the pandemic.

8th District Congresswoman Kim Schrier is getting some plum committee assignments. The second-term Democrat will serve on the Health, Energy and Oversight panels of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. That gives her a legislative role on questions of public health, Medicare, health insurance, fossil fuels and hydropower, as well as investigations of agencies that fall under the committee. In the last Congress, Schrier had seats on Agriculture, Education and Labor panels.

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The Manson Chamber of Commerce says over 26-thousand-dollars was raised for Lake Chelan Swim at the annual Polar Bear Plunge. Lake Chelan Swim offers free swim lessons to local kids.

The swim the icy waters was part of the weekend-long Winterfest celebration. In tonight’s feature story, video from the Chelan Chamber shows many of the brave souls who ventured into the frigid lake waters. . .

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.

For the first time in team history, the Louisville Cardinals are ranked Number 1 in the country by the Associated Press…

Louisville moved to the top spot Monday, a day after previous No. 1 Stanford lost to Colorado.  Coach Jeff Walz said, quote, It is really special.  It’s neat to be able to share with these young women, not only the ones here right now but the players who have played in the past to help build this where it is, end quote.

Cashmere grad Hailey Van Lith is in her freshman year at Louisville.  She’s averaging 12.8-points a game.  She leads the team in minutes played and is second on the team in rebounds (75) and steals (16).

Van Lith and the Cardinals host No. 21 Syracuse Thursday at 6 on ESPN-2.

Here’s a look at the upcoming college basketball schedule for the week…

The Gonzaga women, currently ranked 20th in the country, had its game against San Diego scheduled for Thursday postponed due to COVID in the SDU program.

On Friday, Washington State plays at No. 13 Oregon at 5 o’clock on the Pac-12 Network.  Washington plays at Oregon State Friday at 7.

Gonzaga will host BYU Saturday at 2 o’clock.

On the men’s schedule, Washington makes up its game with Colorado in Seattle Wednesday at 6 o’clock.  Washington State hosts Utah on Thursday at 7 on the Pac-12 Network.

Washington State hosts Colorado Saturday at 5 and then No. 1 Gonzaga hosts Pacific at 7 o’clock.  You can watch the game on Root Sports.

It was a busy Monday in the NHL as we check the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Pierre Luc Dubois scored what proved to be the game-winner at the 6:26 mark of the third period giving Columbus a 3-2 win in Detroit.

Semyon Varlamov made 27-saves in his second straight shutout for the Islanders as New York blanked Boston 1-0.

Mitchell Marner scored twice as Winnipeg topped Toronto 3-1.

Curtis Lazar and Sam Reinhart each scored two goals to help Buffalo to its first win of the season, downing Philadelphia 6-1.

Jordan Kyrou’s goal midway through the third lifted St. Louis over San Jose 5-4.

In other action, Carolina doubled up Nashville 4-2.  Anaheim shut out Minnesota 1-nil.  Calgary conked the Canucks 5-2.  Montreal skated past Edmonton 3-1. And Vegas improved to 3-and-oh with a 4-2 win over Arizona.

Eight games fill the slate today with the Rangers hosting the Devils.  The Sabres visit the Fliers.  The Panthers host the Black Hawks.  Washington skates at Pittsburgh.  The Senators welcome the Flames.  The Red Wings take on the Blue Jackets. The Hurricanes skate at Nashville.  And the late game has the Kings hosting the Avalanche.

The Seahawks have some interesting choices to make in the off-season regarding its running backs…

Both Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde are unrestricted free agents.  Carson led the team in rushing with 681-yards on 141-carries.  He missed four games due to a foot injury.  Hyde finished behind Russell Wilson, rushing for 356-yards on 81-carries.  He missed six games due to injury or illness.

Coach Pete Carroll said before the firing of offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer that he’d like to see more success in the running game next season…

Seattle continues to conduct interviews with potential offensive coordinators.  So far, no other coaching changes have been announced for the Seahawks this off-season.

Thanks Eric.

Some sad news to pass along as we leave you tonight, the woman the Seattle Times once called Soap Lake’s First Citizen has died. The death of lodging, entertainment and restaurant legend Marina Romary was announced Monday by her business partner at their resort in Mexico.

For decades, Romary owned and managed Don’s Steakhouse, the Soap Lake Businessman’s Club and the Notares Inn, a series of rustic cabins. Romary helped draw tens of thousands of visitors to Soap Lake by bringing big-name entertainers to her club.

For a few years in the 1980s, she had a mud-wrestling pit outside her club, with contestants grappling in Soap Lake’s famous muck. When she was serving as Soap Lake Mayor, Romary famously wrestled Police Chief Dick Robinson to a draw.

After selling her Soap Lake businesses in 2014, Romary spent her winters in Mexico’s California Baja Sur at the Kurt N Marina resort, which she owned with partner Kurt Graham.

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.