NCWLIFE Evening News May 14th, 2021


Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. Grant Olson will be back with you Monday; I’m Jefferson Robbins, filling in. 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:    A near miss in Grant County when one motorist on Highway 17 opens fire on another. Washington could fully reopen by the end of next month as the COVID-19 pandemic starts to wane. And Chelan County will soon have a new prosecuting attorney after Republican leaders narrow down the field.

But first, our top story tonight. . .

Grant County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for suspects in a shooting that injured a woman late Thursday on Highway 17 south of Moses Lake. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said just before 11 p.m. a vehicle was traveling south on the highway when a black four-door sedan exiting Interstate 90 came up alongside the victim’s vehicle and a passenger made a gun-pointing gesture.

The sheriff’s office said the sedan, with its headlights off, then followed the victim’s car on Highway 17 to about Road 3 Southeast where a bullet was fired, shattering the victim’s rear window. A female passenger was struck by glass fragments and was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The black sedan then continued south on Highway 17. The victims told deputies they didn’t know the people in the other car. A male passenger in the suspects’ car was described as a heavy-set Hispanic man. Kyle Foreman of the sheriff’s office said the shooters motives remain unknown.

Some good news today on the pandemic front:COVID-19 cases in Chelan and Douglas continue to fall, with the health district reporting Thursday that the two-week rate of new cases was just over 100 per 100,000 residents. That marks a month of falling numbers for new infections and by this morning the health district reported the rate had fallen to 97.2 new cases per 100,000 residents.

The Chelan-Douglas Health District also said Thursday that the number of people at least partially vaccinated for the virus in Chelan County has reached 48 percent, In Douglas County, just over 40 percent of the residents have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

like those ledGovernor Jay Inslee to announce yesterday the state’s economy will fully reopen by June 30. He said as of this week, the plateau in COVID-19 infections in the state of Washington has turned into a decline, thanks to vaccination and other health strategies. Inslee took off the face mask he normally wears to make the announcement in a press conference.

Business limitations could be imposed again if the state’s ICU beds reach 90 percent occupancy. Meanwhile, all counties have been moved to Phase 3 of the Healthy Washington strategy, which is the least restrictive phase of operation. And effective immediately, there are no  limits on the number of vaccinated people who can attend spectator events, both indoors and outdoors.

Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney was removed by a voice vote from House Republican leadership this week. One congressmember who hasn’t disclosed his vote is Representative Dan Newhouse of Sunnyside. The 4th District Republican hasn’t answered requests for comment from NCWLIFE or the Yakima Herald-Republic. The vote came after Republicans censured Cheney over her criticism of former President Donald Trump, for claiming without evidence that his election loss to Joe Biden was fraudulent. Newhouse has been on both sides of that issue: He was one of 10 GOP congressmembers who voted to impeach Trump, but prior to that, he joined more than 100 other Republicans supporting a lawsuit that sought to overturn election results in four swing states. When Congress returned to session in January, Newhouse was named assistant whip, a prestige job in the Republican caucus.

Coming up next: Washington Republicans meet in Wenatchee to plan their strategy for the next election cycle. And a Soap Lake playground becomes the victim of some creative vandalism. I’m Jefferson Robbins and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Stay with us.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The playground equipment at Paul Lauzier Park in Soap Lake has been closed until further notice after someone apparently stole specialty bolts out of the structure. Soap Lake Police say the equipment still appears to be structurally sound but the city is taking no chances with children safety. Police said the playground won’t be reopened until the specialty bolts can be replaced.

Chelan County Republican officials say they’ve made their choice for the three candidates to replace the retiring county prosecutor. Douglas Shae plans to step aside May 31st, after nine years in the position. The county’s GOP central committee has nominated lawyers Allen Blackmon, Robert Sealby, and Ryan Valaas, to be considered by the county commissioners. Valaas and Blackmon are both deputy prosecutors in Shae’s office; Sealby is in private practice. Under the state constitution, commissioners must choose a new prosecutor from the same political party as the departing prosecutor.

Leaders of the Washington State Republican Party will be gathering in Wenatchee this weekend to discuss their strategy going forward. With Democrats controlling both the state Senate and House, as well as the governor’s office, Republicans were often left on the sidelines during this year’s session of the Legislature.

About 140 party leaders are expected to attend the gathering at the Wenatchee Convention Center Saturday and Sunday. It’s the first such sizeable gathering at the Convention Center since the pandemic began in March 2020.

Toxic lead is an unfortunate part of our inheritance here in the Wenatchee Valley, due to the use of orchard pesticides that were finally banned in 1988. The state Department of Health will be screening children soon in the Manson area for exposures to lead from soil and other sources. The screening runs from 10am to 2pm May 22nd at the Manson Elementary School gymnasium. It’s open to Manson residents only, with children ages one to six.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, the North Central Educational Service District recognizes school nurses for their part in this tough academic year; and Dan Kuntz is on deck with your complete local weather forecast, plus the latest in sports from Eric Granstrom. That and more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .

There’s a lot of good news around schools as we start to turn the corner on the COVID-19 pandemic. School districts are planning for a full return to in-person classes next year. Wenatchee and WestSide High School students will be graduating in-person June 4th and 8th, albeit with limited public attendance. As Michelle Price with the North Central Educational School District told NCWLIFE’s Dan Kuntz, school nurses have been crucial to educating and caring for students throughout this crisis.

Now here’s a second look at our friend Dan Kuntz, back to fill you in on what to expect from North Central Washington’s weather this weekend. Dan?

And that is a look at your local weather forecast, coming up next, tonight’s sports report and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

The last time the Mariners played at T-Mobile Park, they were no-hit by Baltimore’s John Means.  Last night, Cleveland’s Zach Pleasac carried a no-hitter into the 8th inning as Seattle’s losing streak reached 5-games in a 4-2 loss…

J.P. Crawford broke up the no hitter to lead off the 8th and then Dylan Moore stopped the shutout…

Logan Gilbert took the loss in his Major League debut, going 4-innings and allowing 4-runs on 4-hits with 5-strikeouts…

Jarred Kelenic  also made his Major League debut in left field.  He went oh-for-4 at the plate with a strikeout.

Seattle will try to snap its 5-game losing streak tonight when Chris Flexin faces Aaron Civale at 7:10 at T-Mobile Park.

Boston broke through with 8-runs on 13-hits including a 2-run home run from Xander Bogaerts in an 8-1 win over Oakland. 

Myles Straw scored on a wild pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th to give Houston a 4-3 walk-off win over Texas.  Brett Martin intentionally walked Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman to load the bases before uncorking the wild pitch for the Rangers.

The spring season comes to an end this weekend for high schools around North Central Washington.  Here’s what’s on tap on the baseball diamonds today and tomorrow…

Wenatchee finishes with a doubleheader today at Moses Lake beginning at 4 o’clock.  Waterville-Mansfield ends its season at Ephrata today at 4.

Manson hosts Lake Roosevelt for a single game tomorrow morning at 10.  The rest are doubleheaders and all begin at 11 with Eastmont at Brewster; Chelan hosting Ephrata; Cascade’s at Cashmere; Quincy travels to Warden; and Okanogan hosts Liberty Bell.

A busy softball slate began yesterday with Bridgeport sweeping Manson 19-18 and 19-10.

Chelan plays at Cascade in a twin bill today at 3.  Bridgeport travels to Lake Roosevelt for a single game at 4.  Wenatchee finishes its season at Ephrata today with a doubleheader beginning at 4:30.

Coming up tomorrow, Eastmont travels to Manson.  Brewster hosts Cashmere.  Omak is in Quincy.  Bridgeport heads up to Waterville-Mansfield.  Eastmont’s JV hosts Manson.  And Tonasket plays at Oroville.  All the games tomorrow are doubleheaders and start at 11am.

The boys prep soccer season winds down with 7 games on tap, three of which today.  Manson plays at Tonasket at 4 o’clock this afternoon while Quincy visits Ephrata at 6 and Cashmere hosts Cascade at 7.

Tomorrow, Liberty Bell and Oroville kick off at 11.  Then at 1, Wenatchee tries to finish its first-ever undefeated season at Moses Lake.  Ephrata travels to Okanogan.  Eastmont will try to finish on a winning note at Chelan with a 1:45 start time.

Wenatchee Valley College swept a baseball doubleheader at Treasure Valley yesterday…

In the opener, Gavin Ayres hit a 3-run home run in the top of the 9th inning to give the Knights a dramatic 8-7 win.  Ben Leid and Drew Richardson each hit homers in the nightcap as WVC won 11-5.

The men’s soccer team is in action tomorrow at Mike Hollis Field when they host Treasure Valley at Noon.

The men’s baseball team hosts Treasure Valley Sunday for two games with the first getting underway at Noon.

It should be a pretty entertaining night Saturday at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval…

It’s Johnson Electric Bump 2 Pass Night as racers from throughout the Northwest will converge on the valley’s quarter-mile asphalt track.  Also featured will be the Holaday’s Custom Muffler B-Mods, Plumb Perfect Roadrunners and Outlaw Figure 8 Oval Challenge.

Looks like about 46-cars have pre-registered to race so far this weekend with the most being in the Bump 2 Pass field.  Eric Granstrom and Greg Rentz will have our play-by-play beginning at 5:30 here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Thanks Eric. Finally from us tonight:

We leave you tonight with a placid scene from Lake Wenatchee’s past. This photo, posted Thursday by the U.S. Forest Service to its social media channels, shows a forester looking out on the lake from the Glacier View Campground, in 1936. North Central Washington is awash in natural beauty of this kind, but if you go seeking it this weekend, please remember to recreate safely, and do your part to avoid the risk of wildfire.

Now one last word from our friend 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 Jefferson Robbins. Grant Olson will be back with you Monday evening. Have a great weekend.