NCWLIFE Evening News June 15th, 2021


Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to what’s making news, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

And now, here a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight,

But first, our top story tonight. . .

Two people were killed in separate Grant County accidents Sunday, including a 2-year-old Moses Lake girl.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said the first fatal accident was about 8:20 a.m. on North Frontage Road Northeast outside Moses Lake. 43-year-old Christopher Raymond Zufall of East Wenatchee was driving east on Frontage when his vehicle drifted into the westbound land and collided head-on with a vehicle being driven by 74-year-old Rosario Ramos Dominquez.

Dominquez was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake where he died. Zufall also was hospitalized with unspecified injuries.

The second accident happened about 3:30 p.m. on Dodson Road North. The sheriff’s office 22-year-old Edgar Alba of Moses Lake was driving south when he attempted to turn left on Road 4 Northwest but crossed into the path of a vehicle being driven northbound by 34-year-old Lurie Buza of Maple Valley. Buza’s vehicle hit the other car on the passenger side, where 2-year-old Evalee Sanchez was sitting in the back. The girl was taken by air ambulance to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee where she died. Suffering non-life-threatening injuries in Buza’s vehicle were an adult passenger and two children ages 6 and 4. A woman and 6-month-old child in Alba’s vehicle also suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Wenatchee police say there has been a QUOTE, huge increase UNQUOTE, in vehicle thefts in the city the past month. Residents are being reminded to lock their doors and not leave any keys or valuables inside.

Last week, the Wenatchee Police Department says officers took one stolen vehicle off the streets with the arrest of 46-year-old Adrian Gregory Dillard. In addition to a possession of a stolen vehicle charge, Dillard also faces charges of DUI and driving with a suspended license.

Douglas County Commissioner Kyle Steinburg was arrested for drunken driving early this morning at the McDonald’s on Valley Mall Parkway in East Wenatchee.

East Wenatchee Police Chief Rick Johnson said police received a call at 1:27 a.m. about a driver who was believed to be intoxicated in the McDonald’s drive-thru. Johnson said Steinburg provided two breath samples, one that recorded his blood alcohol content at 1.54 and the other 1.52, almost double the .08 legal limit.

Steinburg was processed at the East Wenatchee police station and released. He was to appear in court this morning. Steinburg was elected to the three-member Douglas County Board of Commissioners in 2016, representing District 2. He ran unopposed for re-election last November.

Traffic on Highway 97 near Orondo had to be diverted for about an hour Monday afternoon as Douglas County PUD crews dealt with downed power lines. PUD Public Information Officer Meaghan Vibbert said a private truck snagged an overhead line about 2:30 p.m., knocking out power to about 13 PUD customers and leaving lines on the highway. The Washington State Department of Transportation set up a short detour and advised travelers between Wenatchee and Chelan to use Highway 97A in Chelan County. Power was restored and the highway fully reopened within an hour.

Coming up next, The Chelan-Douglas Health District will offer three COVID-19 vaccine clinics this week./ The Washington State Patrol has been holding a series of secure load emphasis patrols this year and says they found a good example of what not to do in Chelan County over the weekend./ The Moses Lake Air Show returns this week after a year’s absence caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and, A new app to help hikers, bikers, equestrians and other outdoors fanatic is using NCW as its testing ground. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The Chelan-Douglas Health District (CDHD) will offer three COVID-19 vaccine clinics this week. The first is tomorrow in Waterville at Fire District 1 from 1:00-5:00, Then on Thursday the clinic will shift to Malaga with vaccinations administered at Malaga Market from 1:00-5:00 and then on Saturday residents in East Wenatchee will be able to get a shot at the Chelan-Douglas Health District from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The Health District will administer the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine to anyone 18 years of age and older. Pre-registration is not required and walk-ins are welcome.

The Washington State Patrol has been holding a series of secure load emphasis patrols this year and says they found a good example of what not to do in Chelan County over the weekend.

Trooper John Bryant said this truck was pulled over on Highway 2 near the Chelan County Dryden Transfer station and the driver at first told the trooper his load was not a problem.

The trooper thought otherwise. Drivers could face a citation ranging from a $228 fine to criminal charges if unsecured items cause property damage or injuries.

The Moses Lake Air Show returns this week after a year’s absence caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to a wide variety of airplanes taking to the skies at the Grant County International Airport, there also will be an attempt at a world record.

The air show begins Thursday and continues through Saturday.

Featured air attractions include the A-10 Demonstration Team from Arizona, Navy and Air Force jets, aerobatics and skydivers.

A new app to help hikers, bikers, equestrians and other outdoors fanatic is using NCW as its testing ground. The outdoor nonprofit TREAD has launched its TREAD Map pilot project, mapping trail in Kittitas, Grant, Douglas, Chelan, and Okanagan counties. The project is meant to provide users with geolocations and real-time recreation data. Developers say it could help recreationists find their way during the busy summer months. The app will eventually expand to map outdoor opportunities throughout all of Washington.

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.

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In tonight’s feature story, the sage steppe: We live within it, it’s all around us, but what is it? Back in February, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Conservation Northwest set out to answer that question in a video featurette, called “This Land Is Part of Us.” Now that film has won a People’s Choice selection at the prestigious Telly Awards, which recognize the best in video and television production. Here’s a sample. . .

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 earned a come-from-behind win against Minnesota last night at T-Mobile Park 4-3 thanks to Jake Bauers’ 8th-inning home run…

Marco Gonzales got the start and lasted 5-innings, giving up 3-runs on 8-hits, two of which home runs.  Seattle’s offense would make sure Marco wouldn’t take the loss as they tied the game in the bottom of the 5th

Dylan Moore followed with a shot to deep right-center to tie the game at 3…

The game remained tied at 3 until the bottom of the 8th when Jake Bauers hit his first home run as a Mariner…

Drew Steckenrider earned his first save since 2018 by working a 1-2-3 9th.  The Mariners and Twins go at it again tonight at 7:10 with Chris Flexin facing J.A. Happ.

Mitch Moreland’s 2-run single highlighted a 5-run 3rd inning for the A’s as Oakland beat the Angels 8-to-5.  The loss for Los Angeles ruined 4-hit nights for Jose Iglesias and David Fletcher.  It also ended the Halo’s 6-game winning streak.

Those were the only two games in the American League West last night, so Oakland’s lead in the west is 2-and-a-half games over Houston.  The Angels are one game in front of Seattle for 3rd in the division.

There were no games in the West Coast League Monday, but play resumes with a full-slate tonight…

The 6:35 games include Bellingham at Port Angeles; Bend hosts Ridgefield; Corvallis is in Walla Walla; Yakima Valley entertains the Northwest Star Academy; and Highline is at Cowlitz.  At 7:05, the Gherkins and Pickles battle it out in Portland.

The Seahawks finished what they termed a successful OTA last week at their facility in Renton.  A large question looming over the practices was whether veterans would show up or not.  Linebacker Bobby Wagner says he and his fellow NFL vets just wanted to make sure showing up would be worth it…

Wagner says the weird thing about going through practice last week was not seeing his fellow linebacker KJ Wright out there with him…

Wright is a free agent who has not been offered a contract yet by the Seahawks or any other team.  There’s currently cap space if Seattle chooses to bring Wright back in time for training camp.

The Wenatchee girls bowling team polished a regular season Big-9 championship with a sweep of Eisenhower yesterday at Eastmont Lanes…

Coach Jeremy Anders tells us the 2,175 pin count was the Panther’s highest of the season.  Kylah Hankins led the way with a 235 and 203.  Mackenzie Munro and Kayla Musgrove both rolled 201’s.

Eastmont celebrated senior day with a 3-0 win over Ellensburg.  Madelyn Eaton rolled a team-high 183 while Alivia Ellington’s high game was a 178.

Wenatchee will host the district tournament Thursday at Eastmont Lanes.

In girls high school basketball Monday…

Ephrata bounced Brewster 68-39.  Omak quieted Quincy 52-35.  Liberty Bell beat Bridgeport 58-32.  It was Warden over Okanogan 63-51.  Moses Lake Christian cleared Cascade Christian 55-35.  Almira-Coulee/Hartline edged Pateros 47-45.

Coming up tonight, Chelan hosts Cascade.  The other 6 o’clock games feature Okanogan at Brewster; Liberty Bell hosts Tonasket; Cascade Christian travels to Waterville-Mansfield; and Pateros hosts Entiat.

In boys basketball action Monday…

Brewster beat Ephrata 81-73.  Quincy downed Omak 59-47.  Liberty Bell bombed Bridgeport 80-to-40.  Warden walloped Okanogan 85-28.  Moses Lake Christian came out on top of Cascade Christian 64-24.  Almira-Coulee/Hartline beat up Pateros 70-to-40.

Coming up tonight, we’ll have Wenatchee and Eastmont here LIVE on NCWLIFE Channel.  Grant Olson will be courtside with the play-by-play.  Our pregame begins at 7:20 with the tip at 7:30 at Wenatchee High School.

Other 7:30 games tonight feature Cascade at Chelan; Brewster hosts Okanogan; Tonasket travels to Liberty Bell; Waterville-Mansfield hosts Cascade Christian; and Entiat visits Pateros.

Coming up on the wrestling schedule for today…

ACH, Cascade, Cashmere, Quincy, Royal, Warden and Wahluke gather at Ephrata for the North Central Region South Qualifier beginning at 1 o’clock.

Wenatchee is hosting Eastmont, Eisenhower, Moses Lake and Sunnyside today at 1 o’clock.

Chelan, Lake Roosevelt, Manson, Okanogan, Oroville and Tonasket meet at Omak in the North Central Region North Qualifier starting at 4:30.

Thanks Eric

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.