NCWLIFE Evening News May 13th, 2022


Good evening, and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to tonight’s top stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window,
Now, A few of the news stories we’re following for you tonight, The state released a report Thursday showing a sharp drop in routine childhood immunizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Confluence Health has hired a new chief medical officer, we’ll tell you who it is and First responders on Thursday paid tribute to RiverCom Operations Manager Molly Elliott who died April 18th at the age of 54.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Farmworker Bus Wreck -At least one person was killed and several others injured in an accident near Interstate 90 south of Quincy this morning involving three vehicles, including a bus carrying farmworkers. South Frontage Road at Adams Road was blocked throughout the morning after the 6 a.m. wreck. Grant County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Joe Kriete said the bus was northbound on Adams Road attempting to make a left turn onto South Frontage Road when a full-sized pickup traveling southbound on Adams Road over the top of I-90 hit the bus on the driver’s side. Both vehicles then slid and hit another car that was at the stop sign. The person killed was not on the bus but several people on the bus were injured. The injured were transported to local hospitals, with one person needing to be airlifted.
Childhood Immunizations -The state released a report Thursday showing a sharp drop in routine childhood immunizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Washington State Department of Health said the overall immunization rate dropped by 13 percent in 2021 when compared to pre-pandemic levels. DOH said it is working with health care providers and other agencies to help families catch up and stay current on immunizations. The rate fell the most in the 19- to 35-month age group, while the vaccination rate actually grew slightly in the 13-to-17 age range. Children need to be up to date on immunizations to attend pre-school, kindergarten, school, or childcare this fall.
Confluence New CEO -Confluence Health has hired the former chief medical officer at SCL Health St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colorado, as its new CEO. The Confluence Board of Directors announced Thursday they have unanimously agreed to hire Dr. Andrew Jones, who will replace retiring Dr. Peter Rutherford. Rutherford had planned to retire in the fall of 2021 but agreed to stay on when his designated replacement, Dr. Douglas Wilson, announced he was leaving Confluence Health instead. Jones also served as vice president of medical affairs for the health system in Grand Junction. Confluence said Jones and his wife, Ronya Anna, will move to North Central Washington next month after their two children finish the school year. Confluence said the hiring came after a six-month nationwide search for a new CEO.
RiverCom Dispatcher -As we go to break, first responders on Thursday paid tribute to RiverCom Operations Manager Molly Elliott who died April 18th at the age of 54. A memorial procession for Elliott began at Triangle Park in Wenatchee before making its way to Chapel of the Valley funeral home in East Wenatchee. She then was given an official sign-off by RiverCom. Elliott had worked with RiverCom since its inception in 2004 and prior to that was a dispatcher for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. In 2016, while a dispatch supervisor for RiverCom, Elliott was named Statewide Telecommunicator of the Year.
TEASE – When we come back, The Forest Service is proposing about 6-and-a-half miles of new non-motorized trail along the south shore of Lake Chelan. Electric scooters available for public rent will make their appearance in Wenatchee starting Monday and The state Board of Education is saying goodbye to a student member from North Central Washington who helped push big changes at the agency. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Lake Chelan Trail Proposal -The Forest Service is proposing about 6-and-a-half miles of new non-motorized trail along the south shore of Lake Chelan. The Chelan Ranger District said the proposed trail system near 25 Mile Creek State Park would include portions of the historic Civilian Conservation Corps-era Box Canyon Trail. The trail would parallel the lake. The Forest Service said the project will help meet one of the top goals of the Lake Chelan Community Open Space Vision by promoting community health through increasing access to trails, parks, and the lake.
City Scooters -Electric scooters available for public rent will make their appearance in Wenatchee starting Monday. Bird Scooters won a contract with the city last month to offer shared E-scooters for use around town. Users pick up a scooter at downtown kiosks, and pay with a phone app. The city earns 5 cents from each transaction. Up to 100 scooters may go into service in the coming months. It’s a one-year pilot program; after that, the city can choose whether to extend, modify, or withdraw from the agreement.
Okanogan Board of Ed. Kid -The state Board of Education is saying goodbye to a student member from North Central Washington who helped push big changes at the agency. McKenna Roberts is a senior at Okanogan High School. McKenna held a non-voting seat on the board, but she successfully lobbied for a new state law allowing student members to cast binding votes. She also advocated measures for comprehensive sex education, ethnic studies and mental health support for Washington schoolchildren during the COVID-19 pandemic. McKenna attended her final meetings of the state Board of Education this week. She’ll graduate from Okanogan High School in June.
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PUD G.M. at Congress -In tonight’s feature story, the general manager for Grant County Public Utility District went to Congress on Thursday, asking for a streamlined licensing process for hydropower dams. Rich Wallen addressed the House Energy and Commerce Committee, in a hearing organized by request of 8th District Representative Kim Schrier. She and other lawmakers hope to pass licensing reform, so hydropower projects can save time and red tape when they relicense through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. . .

NCWLIFE Channel Sports

As expected, last night’s District Championship soccer match between Wenatchee and Eastmont was windy, wet and wild as the Panthers came from behind to top the Wildcats 2-1…
Tyrell Malcolm put Eastmont up 1-nil in the 22nd minute. Then the skies opened up and during a monsoon, Alex Tovar put a header into the back of the net for Wenatchee in the 34th minute to tie it up at 1-1. It would remained tied until the 6th minute of the second half when Tovar put a rebound in for what proved to be the game-winner.
Sebastian Moraga and Neil Oyston had the exciting call here on the NCWLIFE Channel…
Wenatchee goes on to the State Tournament while Eastmont will host Sunnyside tomorrow for a final shot at State at 1 o’clock. The Grizzlies advanced with a 3-2 win over Eisenhower.
The District 6 A-B Soccer Tournament resumes at Quincy High School tomorrow. Okanogan faces Bridgeport in the first game at 1, followed by Brewster and Manson at 3. Cascade and Quincy will play for the District Championship at 5 o’clock.

The District 6 4A Baseball Playoffs resume today…
Wenatchee hosts Eastmont at 5 o’clock in a loser-out game at Recreation Park. Moses Lake plays at West Valley at 5 for the District Championship. The winner between the Panthers and Wildcats will travel to either Moses Lake or West Valley tomorrow at 1 o’clock for a last chance at regionals.
The District 6 2A Tournament is down at Yakima County Stadium today. Ephrata plays Othello in the first game at 1 o’clock. That’s followed by Ellensburg and Selah for the District Title. The winner of Ephrata and Othello will face the loser of Ellensburg and Selah for a last chance at regionals at 7 o’clock.
Liberty Bell edged Okanogan 6-5 to punch its ticket to the State Tournament. Brewster also advanced with a 10-nothing win over Tonasket at the District 6 2B Tournament.
Okanogan will face Tonasket at Noon tomorrow in Wenatchee at Recreation Park for a last chance at State. Liberty Bell and Brewster play for the District Championship at 3 o’clock.
Waterville-Mansfield’s baseball team has a date tomorrow at 4:30 at the Peshastin-Dryden complex against Riverside Christian for the District 6 1B Championship. The winner advances to State while the loser’s season is over.
Cashmere faces Quincy for a last chance at State tomorrow in Quincy in the final game of the District 6 1A Playoffs. The game gets underway at 11am.

Cascade celebrated a regular season Caribou Trail League Championship on a winning note in prep fastpitch softball yesterday…
The Kodiaks edged Cashmere 10-7 to finish the regular season. Cascade will host the District 6 1A Tournament a week from tomorrow, facing Quincy at 11am. Cashmere plays Omak at 1. The winners from the first two games will play for the District Championship at 3 o’clock.
Eastmont and Wenatchee have one more day of the regular Big-9 season today. The Wildcats can claim the regular season Big-9 title with a sweep of Davis on the road today at 4 o’clock. Wenatchee is home at Walla Walla Point Park against Eisenhower, also at 4.
The District 6 2B semifinals are tomorrow with Brewster traveling to Lake Roosevelt at 11am while Okanogan hosts Tonasket.

The Mariners begin a three-game weekend series in Flushing, New York today…
Seattle takes its 14-and-18 record into Citi Field to face the red-hot, 22-and-11 New York Mets. Marco Gonzales gets the start against Max Scherzer with first pitch at 4:10 on ROOT Sports Northwest.
The Mariners are currently tied with Texas for third in the American League West. Houston sits atop the standings at 21-and-11 after a sweep of the Twins yesterday. The Angels were idle and are 2nd in the A-L West at 21-and-12. Texas topped Kansas City 3-1 while Oakland, the cellar-dwellers of the West, beat Detroit 5-3.

It will be an action-packed night of racing at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval tomorrow night. The night features the Outlaw Oval Challenge, the Rockstar Energy B-Mods, the Northwest Pro 4 Truck and the Plumb Perfect Roadrunners. Gates open at 4:30 with racing starting at 6…
We’ll have all the action with Greg Rentz and Eric Granstrom here on the NCWLIFE Channel. You can watch locally on TV on LocalTel channel 12 or Charter channel 19. You can also watch on our website at NCWLIFE dot com or our Facebook page.

The NFL released schedules for all 32 teams, including the Seahawks yesterday…
Fittingly, the first game of the regular season has Russell Wilson returning to Seattle with the Broncos on Monday Night Football.
The rest of September has Seattle at San Francisco in week 2 and home against the Falcons in week 3. Five October dates begin in Detroit, then New Orleans before returning home against the Cardinals. They’ll travel to LA to face the Chargers before finishing the month at home against the Giants.
November finds Seattle with two road games at Arizona and in Germany against Tampa Bay before the bye week. They host the Raiders Thanksgiving weekend.
Thankfully, the Seahawks will play four of their final six games at home. After playing the Rams in L-A December 4th, Seattle hosts Carolina and San Francisco, then travels to Kansas City before hosting the Jets and Rams to end the regular season.

Thanks Eric.
Rainbow Slideshow -The splash and dash weather system that moved through the Wenatchee Valley Thursday evening left behind some spectacular rainbows that had people from throughout the valley quickly taking pictures.
Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up Monday 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 weekend.