NCWLIFE Evening News March 14, 2019


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 fire that destroyed a Blue Bird storage facility in Peshastin on March 3rd, apparently started outside the building. Grant County’s Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team arrested two Moses Lake residents yesterday as part of an investigation into cocaine sales, and, Washington State is closer to setting new vehicle fuel standards to address climate change.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A motor home fire along Lakeshore Drive in Chelan sent up a big plume of smoke about 3:00 Wednesday afternoon but firefighters were quickly able to contain the blaze. Chelan Fire and Rescue Chief Tim Lemon said the 1970s-era Dodge motor home was completely destroyed in the fire but there were no injuries and no other vehicles or structures were damaged. The cause remains under investigation.

Fire also destroyed a recreational Vehicle next to an Ephrata home Wednesday afternoon. The fire was reported in the 3:00 o’clock hour next to a residence at the Wagon Wheel mobile home park.

Officials say a fast response by City fire crews prevented the fire from extending to the home or nearby vehicles. A small heater was placed in the RV earlier in the morning and is the only known possible ignition source.

According to Bob Plumb, the Chelan County Fire Marshal, the fire that destroyed a Blue Bird storage facility in Peshastin on March 3rd, started outside the building.

He said the fire’s origin was traced to an area where pallets of cardboard and other combustible materials were stored under an awning. Plumb said they may have been ignited by a light but investigators still have not ruled out the possibility of arson.

Destroyed inside the 36,000-square-foot building were 250,000 boxes of packed pears worth about $9 million dollars. The building itself is valued at about $8 million dollars.

The fire continues to smolder with occasional flare-ups, will be torn down in the next two weeks. Plumb said the north wall of the building is unstable and the public is advised to stay away due to the possibility of collapse.

Grant County’s Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team or (INET) arrested two Moses Lake residents yesterday as part of an investigation into cocaine sales. 32-year old Jose P. Solis and 34-year old Karalyn Fithen were arrested when INET detectives served a search warrant at a home in the 3000 block of Lee Drive Northeast.

Investigators seized cocaine, digital scales, packaging materials, methamphetamine paraphernalia, cash and a semi-automatic handgun. Solis is in custody on suspicion of delivery of cocaine. Fithen was arrested for felon in possession of a firearm. Additional charges are pending review by the County Prosecutor.

Washington State is closer to setting new vehicle  fuel standards to address climate change with action taken by the House of Representatives this week.

Following an emotional floor debate the House passed a measure that would require fuel producers and importers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with gasoline and other transportation fuels. The bill directs the Department of Ecology to adopt a clean fuels program similar to ones in California and Oregon. Supporters argue it’s badly needed. . .

The measure would require fuel producers to reduce the carbon emissions associated with their products 10 percent below 2017 levels by 2028 and 20 percent below 2017 levels by 2035. Opponents argue that poor forest management is a bigger risk to the environment. . .

The measure passed on a 53-43 vote Friday night and now heads to the Senate for consideration. The program would begin by January 1st, 2021.

Coming up next, Inventory remains low, median sales price remains high and average sales price remains steady in the latest Wenatchee real estate snapshot. A heads up tonight for you folks in the Chelan area, next week, work will kick-off for the final phases of the Woodin Avenue Bridge Project, and, we will have our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Inventory remains low, median sales price remains high and average sales price remains steady. That’s the latest word from Pacific Appraisal and Associates regarding the real estate snapshot for February in the Wenatchee market.

Active home listings in the Wenatchee area in February was at 111, that’s down 14% from last month and 10% from last year when active home listings was at 123. The median sales price of a home continues to rise in the Wenatchee market at 338,000-dollars, a 10-percent increase over last year’s median price of 306,375-dollars. The good news is the average sales price of a home has remained steady between 346,000-dollars in 2018 to 348,000-dollars in February this year.

A heads up tonight for you folks in the Chelan area, next week, work will kick-off for the final phases of the Woodin Avenue Bridge Project.

Over the next couple of months, contractors plan to remove existing curbs and sidewalks from the bridge towards downtown, work on storm water improvements and start construction on the Landing Park. There are no bridge closures anticipated, only short stops in traffic to allow equipment and trucks in and out of the work areas. Pedestrian access continues to remain open at all times with bicyclists using the same area to cross. For safety, bicyclists are asked to walk their bikes due to the limited space and compromised condition of the roadway. Nearly all aspects of the project are expected to be completed before Memorial Day Weekend, the end of May.

Time now for our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Today, NCWLife’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Tormund the cat. . .

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In tonight’s feature story, we continue our series on the Chelan County Drug Court from this week’s NCWLIFE Magazine with Kaitlin Hetterscheidt. . .

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.

There’s only one local game that survived the snow-schedule upheaval…

And that would be a Wenatchee C-team game against Pateros’ varsity tonight at Lee Bofto Field in the Apple Bowl at 6 o’clock.  Any other soccer, softball, tennis or outdoor sport that was scheduled for today has either been postponed or cancelled altogether.

The Wenatchee Wild continue preparing for the next step of the chase for the Fred Page Cup…

Wenatchee is hosting Cowichan Valley in the 2nd round of the BCHL playoffs for Game 1 tomorrow and Game 2 Saturday.  The two teams played only twice during the regular season.  Wenatchee won convincingly at home 8-1 and on the road at the Island Savings Centre 4-3 in overtime.

Voice of the Wild Arch Ecker will be our guest to preview the series tomorrow morning here on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

Speaking of the Wild, its Hockey Night tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Tonight we’re featuring last Sunday’s Game 6 between Wenatchee and West Kelowna.  This was a must-win game for the Wild after falling behind in the series 3-2.  Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

Watch the game in its entirety tonight at 7 here on your exclusive television home for Wenatchee Wild Hockey, NCWLIFE Channel.

After being rained out Tuesday, the Mariners and Giants played a Cactus League game last night in Peoria with Seattle coming out on top 8-4…

The Mariners broke open a tie game in the bottom of the 7th with four runs, highlighted by Braden Bishop’s 2-run double…

Bishop will be on the 30-man roster that heads for Japan today.  The Mariners will next play Saturday in the Tokyo Dome against the Yomiuri (YOH-me-YER-ee) Giants at 8:05.  Seattle will spend the next week in Japan preparing for their season-opener next Wednesday and Thursday against Oakland.

The Washington State Cougars were knocked out of the Pac-12 Tournament yesterday…

Oregon had no trouble dispatching the Cougars 84-51. 

Today, the Washington Huskies survived a scare from USC, but advanced to the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament with a 78-75 victory.  Washington was led by the 24-points of Jalen Nowell and 18 from David Crisp.

Washington will face the winner of Oregon State and Colorado tomorrow at 6 o’clock.

The Seahawks are making more moves to solidify free agents with the re-signing of offensive guard DJ Fluker

In addition, Seattle picked up Mike Iupati from the Cardinals to replace J.R. Sweezy at left guard.  The Hawks are also keeping their linebacker tandem of Bobby Wagner and KJ Wright together.  The team reportedly is re-signing Wright to a two-year, 15.5-million dollar deal.

Seattle also extended a second-round tender off to backup tackle and tight end George Fant, which will pay the 26-year old roughtly 3.1-million dollars in 2019.

Thanks Eric.

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). Also, keep it right here on the NCWLIFE Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.