NCWLIFE Evening News January 24th, 2022


We now know who one of the drivers were in the head-on crash near East Wenatchee last Friday . .

A man who assaulted 2 Wenatchee Police officers 7 years ago may be spending more time behind bars .

And COVID rates in our area continue to skyrocket

A 43-year-old Tonasket man walking along State Route 97 seven miles south of Tonasket was struck and killed by a pickup truck Sunday night.  According to the Washington State Patrol, Douglas K. Sanders was walking southbound along the shoulder of the highway when he wandered onto the highway where he was struck by a 1994 Mazda pickup being driven by 21-year-old Ethan J Smith, also of Tonasket. Sanders was pronounced dead at the scene.  Smith was not injured and does not face any charges in the accident. This is the third fatality in the past year involving a pedestrian being hit by a car along Highway 97 in Okanogan county.  Last Dec. 11th a 33-year-old Yakima woman was struck and killed while walking along the highway about four miles north of Okanogan. In July, a 34-year-old Springdale, Wash., man was killed when he walked against the light into the path of a vehicle at the intersection of the highway and Dayton Street in Omak.

The twopeople injured in a Highway 28 head-on crash outside East Wenatchee on Friday have been identified as Wenatchee men. The Washington State Patrol says that at 10:21 a.m., a 2017 Ford Focus being driven by 21-year old Jamie Ramirez-Pacheco of Wenatchee was traveling westbound on Highway 28 when he crossed the centerline and struck a 2002 Pontiac Bonneville being driven eastbound by an unidentified 17-year old East Wenatchee man. Trooper John Bryant said both drivers were transported to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee with serious injuries. Updates on their conditions were not available today. Authorities say Pacheco was impaired and that charges against him are pending.

A man serving 22 years in prison for assaulting two Wenatchee police officers was apparently sentenced to less time than he should have received. In 2015, Jake Van Wyk broke the wrist of one officer and shot another in the eye with her own Taser when they confronted him for breaking into an abandoned house. He pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree assault and one of attempting to disarm a police officer, and he’s been in prison ever since. But lawyers recently found Van Wyk’s offender score – the numerical formula that determines the length of a criminal sentence – was calculated too low. In Chelan County court this month, Van Wyk told Judge Travis Brandt he might seek to withdraw his plea and ask for a trial. Another hearing on the issue is scheduled for February 23rd.

As further evidence the omicron variant of COVID-19 is rapidly sweeping through the community, the infection rate in Chelan and Douglas counties today topped 3,000 new cases per 100,000 population over the past two weeks. The Chelan-Douglas Health District reported today the rate is now at 3,151 per 100,000 residents over the past two weeks. It was just two weeks ago that the new case rate exceeded 1,000, then quickly topped 2,000 for the first time during the pandemic. As recently as late December the rate was at 214 per 100,000 residents over the previous two weeks. The health district said there are 12 Chelan County and nine Douglas County residents currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

Congresswomen Kim Schrier will visit the campus of Stemilt growers tomorrow . .

The North Central Educational Services District has a new board member

The Apple Blossom royalty selection process ramps up this week

And the Colville Tribe may be hosting a munitions plant in the future . .

U.S. Representative Kim Schrier will visit Wenatchee tomorrow, and she’s bringing a guest: An undersecretary from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The 8th District congressmember and Undersecretary Jenny Lester Moffitt will tour the Stemilt Growers warehouse in north Wenatchee. They also expect to announce new funding available to farmers through the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, which offers funding for growers of fruit and nursery crops to stay globally competitive. In the past, the program has funded research into pest and disease control, as well as the development of new fruit varieties. The visit takes place around noontime.

The North Central Educational Service District welcomed a new member to its board of directors last week. Cathi Nelson will represent school districts including Brewster, Bridgeport, Orondo, the Methow Valley, and Waterville. Nelson was formerly the superintendent of Waterville schools, after a career as teacher and principal. She was elected by school board members of the districts within her service area. The NCESD covers just over 12,600 square miles and provides services and support to 29 public school districts in Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan counties.

Selection of the Top 10 candidates for 2022 Apple Blossom royalty began today with the current 30 candidates  participating in a getting to know you session in front of five judges at the Wenatchee Convention Center. Tomorrow, the candidates will be narrowed down to the Top 10, with the royalty selection pageant February 19th. Festival Administrator Darci Christopherson spoke with Wake Up Wenatchee Valley’s Dan Kuntz about how the top 10 selection process will work tomorrow.

NCWLIFE will be broadcasting the Top 10 selection process beginning at 6 p.m. tomorrow then have live television coverage of the pageant February 19th   beginning at 6:30 p.m. Both will also be streamed live on our Facebook page.

The Colville Tribes are looking at whether to situate a munitions manufacturing plant on or near their reservation land. The tribes received a $50,000 grant last week from the Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board to help study the proposal, matched with more than $16,000 in local funds. C.E.R.B grants are meant for community development projects and public infrastructure improvements. The grant to the Colville Tribes is among $5 million handed out to local governments in four Washington counties.

A set of bills moving through the Washington Legislature would change the way we vote on educational bond measures. Right now, a 60 percent supermajority is required to approve construction bonds larger than a school district’s debt limit. House Bill 1226 and an accompanying constitutional amendment would change that to a simple majority. Local educators were among those speaking in favor of the bill last week:

Sunday night capped one of the most incredible NFL playoff weekends in league history, with Kansas City knocking off Buffalo in overtime 42-36…

Prior to overtime in the final two minutes of regulation, the lead changed hands 3-times and both teams combined for 25-points.  Josh Allen chose “tails” in the overtime coin toss and it came up heads.  He and the Bills would never touch the ball again as Patrick Mahomes found Travis Kelce for an 8-yard touchdown pass to end the game and put the Chiefs in the AFC Championship for the 4th season in a row.

Earlier Sunday, Yakima’s Cooper Kupp came up with two, dramatic catches in the final 42-seconds to set up a game-winning, 30-yard field goal as the Rams beat Tampa Bay 30-to-27.  The late-second heroics foiled a dramatic comeback by Tom Brady.  Trailing 27-3, Brady led the Buccaneers all the way back to tie the game with 42-seconds left.  As it turned out, it was too much time for Matthew Stafford and Los Angeles.

Saturday’s games were no less dramatic as San Francisco surprised Green Bay, winning 13-10 on Robbie Gould’s 45-yard field goal as time expired.  The 49ers won despite not scoring an offensive touchdown in the game.  San Francisco tied the game with 4:41 left on a blocked punt recovery and return 6-yards for a touchdown.

The weekend began with Cincinnati rookie kicker Evan McPherson hitting a 52-yard field goal as time expired to give the Bengals an upset 19-16 win over Tennessee.  Despite being sacked an NFL-record tying 9-times in the game, Joe Burrow led his team into position for the game-winning kick.

That sets up the Conference Championships this Sunday as Cincinnati travels to Kansas City for the AFC title at Noon on CBS.  The Rams will host San Francisco at 3:30 on FOX.

The Seattle Kraken beat one of the best teams in the NHL Sunday, downing the Florida Panthers 5-3 at Climate Pledge Arena…

Seattle was held silent in the first period as Florida took a 1-nil advantage into the second.  That’s when Marcus Johansson woke up the arena with his 5th goal of the season and it was a battle from there on out…

Sunday’s win helped heal the wounds of a 5-nothing pounding by St. Louis on Friday.  Coach Dave Hakstol was very pleased with his offensive attack against the Panthers…

Seattle’s back on the ice Tomorrow night against the Nashville Predators.  The 7 o’clock game can only be seen on ESPN-plus.

The Wenatchee Wild followed Thursday night’s 3-2 win over Cranbrook with another 3-2 win Friday…

Newly-acquired forward Parker Murray got Wenatchee on the board 2:20 into the second period to break a scoreless tie.  Garrett Szydlowski added another just over a minute later.  The Bucks would come back to tie it heading into the third.  That’s when Quinn Emerson gave Wenatchee the win…

Things would not go so well for Wenatchee the following night at West Kelowna, as the Warriors got out to a big early lead and held on for the 7-4 victory.  It was a good night, however, for Parker Murray…

Parker Murray has 4-goals in his first three games as a Wild.  Wenatchee hosts Penticton this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Games Thursday and Saturday start at 6 with Friday’s game at 7:05.  Get your tickets at Wenatchee Wild Hockey dot com.

Turning to the Les Schwab College Men’s Basketball Scoreboard from the weekend…

Northern Colorado edged Eastern Washington in a shootout Saturday 87-83.  Washington was no match for Oregon Sunday in Seattle as the Ducks came out on top 84-56.

The Les Schwab Women’s College Basketball Scoreboard had Washington falling to Oregon Friday 68-61.  Northern Colorado downed the Eastern Washington women Saturday 62-54.  Gonzaga remained unbeaten in West Coast Conference play with a 66-53 win at Saint Mary’s.

On Sunday, Hailey Van Lith led 3rd-ranked Louisville with 17-points as the Cardinals beat Wake Forest 72-60.  Oregon State edged Washington 47-41.

Backing up to Friday to start the Les Schwab Prep Basketball Scoreboard…

Quincy took care of Cascade 91-45.  Brewster bounced Tonasket 82-53.  Riverside Christian popped Pateros 55-22.  Manson beat Liberty Bell 60-44.  Okanogan edged Omak in a thriller 78-76.  Chelan caught Cashmere 64-33.  Ellensburg eased by Ephrata 84-52.

In girls basketball Friday, Okanogan topped Omak 72-26.  Cashmere edged Chelan 39-30.  Brewster beat Tonasket 56-49.  Waterville-Mansfield stopped Soap Lake 58-12.  Liberty Bell bobbed Manson 47-36.  Ellensburg crushed Ephrata 73-18.

On the boy’s side Saturday, despite 15-points from Rivers Cook, Wenatchee fell to West Valley 60-to-50.  Moses Lake stopped Sunnyside 69-57.  Liberty Bell rang Entiat 63-21.  Quincy quieted Wapato 71-63.  Lake Roosevelt beat up Bridgeport 80-41.

In girls play Saturday, Cashmere crushed Cle Elum-Roslyn 61-to-13.  Waterville-Mansfield ran by Manson 49-26.  Liberty Bell beat Entiat 52-39.  Moses Lake got 17-points from Meagan Karstetter and held off Sunnyside 58-51.  Lake Roosevelt ran over Bridgeport 94-37.

We are scheduled for a Big-9 basketball doubleheader Friday here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

The Wenatchee Panthers will host the Davis Pirates at Wenatchee High School.  We’ll have the girls game LIVE on Facebook at 5:45 followed by the boys game on TV LIVE at 7:30. The girls game will air on TV later at 10:30 on Friday.  Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson will be courtside with your play-by-play.