NCWLIFE Evening News May 27th, 2020


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, Grant County Sheriff’s Office deputies are searching for the suspect in a shooting outside Moses Lake Tuesday night that left the victim in what is being described as grave condition. A body recovered from Moses Lake on Monday has been identified, and, The Chelan/Douglas Health Board has approved a coronavirus enforcement resolution.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Governor Jay Inslee relaxed rules today for religious gatherings under his Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, allowing outside services for counties in Phase 1 and limited inside services for counties in Phase 2.

In Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties, which remain in Phase 1, outdoor services can be held on a church’s property with up to 100 in attendance as long as they are practicing social distancing. For counties in Phase 2, like Grant County, indoor gatherings will be allowed at 25 percent of capacity, or with fewer than 50 people.

Law enforcement personnel entered their fifth day of a manhunt Wednesday for a fugitive off Blewett Pass.

34-year-old Jorge O. Alcantara-Gonzalez is suspected of stealing two vehicles, including one belonging to a missing man.

He is believed to be on foot in the Mineral Springs area after fleeing Kittitas County Sheriff’s deputies Saturday who were investigating two stolen vehicles.

One of those cars belonged to a Kent man who has been missing since May 16th. 41-year-old Ian Eckles was heading to meet to meet friends in the Liberty area for a turkey hunt when he disappeared. The search for Eckles continues.

Alcantara-Gonzalez is believed to have stolen a dome-style tent from a campsite in the area. He also is wanted for several burglaries and thefts in the First Creek area south of Liberty in April. Anyone using Blewett Pass is being warned not to pick up hitchhikers and to report any suspicious persons or activity in the area. Numerous law enforcement agencies are assisting in the search.

Grant County Sheriff’s Office deputies are searching for the suspect in a shooting outside Moses Lake Tuesday night that left a motorist dead.

The shooting happened about 9:15 p.m. in the area of Carswell and Schilling drives in the Larson Housing area. The sheriff’s office said they received reports of multiple gunshots, with a black sedan being struck several times.

The victim’s car went over a curb and into the yard of a resident as the suspect’s vehicle fled south, according to the sheriff’s office. The victim was transported to Samaritan Hospital. Officials are asking witnesses or anyone else with information to contact them at 762-1160.

A body recovered from Moses Lake on Monday has been identified as 61-year-old Myong T. Kim of Shoreline.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said Kim and a companion had been camping in the Moses Lake Sand Dunes area when Kim entered the water late Sunday evening and did not resurface.

The sheriff’s office and Grant County Fire District 5 crews searched for hours before suspending the search until Monday morning, when they recovered Kim’s body. The sheriff’s office described the drowning as a terrible accident with no foul play suspected.

The Chelan-Douglas Board of Health will not submit a new waiver request to move the counties into Governor Jay Inslee’s Phase 2 reopening. The state Health Department already turned down what’s called a Phase 1.5 proposal to allow some businesses back to work. In a special meeting Tuesday, the eight-member board said they need to review what their COVID-19 recovery numbers should be, under new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control. . .

Coming up next, Local lawsuits against Governor Jay Inslee over the COVID-19 emergency order moves forward. A Quincy man appears to be pulling through after a severe coronavirus infection, but his family seeks help as he prepares for rehabilitation, and, The Grant County fair, scheduled for August 18th through 22nd, has been cancelled due restrictions imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Lawsuits seeking to overturn Gov. Jay Inslee’s emergency coronavirus orders appear likely to leave Chelan and Douglas counties, to be heard in Thurston County. Douglas County commissioners Marc Straub and Dan Sutton traveled to Okanogan County today, where a judge agreed to relocate the lawsuit they’ve filed, along with fellow Commissioner Kyle Steinburg and five other plaintiffs. But Judge Henry Rawson said he might still reconsider the move. In Chelan County, a hearing on an identical case didn’t happen as planned Tuesday, because Judge Travis Brandt was disqualified from hearing the case, and Judge Kristin Ferrera is ill with COVID-19. Four Wenatchee city councilmembers, Ruth Esparza, Travis Hornby, Jose Luis Cuevas and Linda Herald, are plaintiffs in that action. The state Attorney General also wants that case, and two more just like it filed elsewhere, to be consolidated and heard in Thurston County, where the state capitol Olympia is located. In full disclosure, NCWLIFE host Cary Condotta is also a plaintiff in the Chelan County lawsuit.

A Quincy man appears to be pulling through after a severe coronavirus infection, but his family seeks help as he prepares for rehabilitation.

Inocencio Valverde suffered three days of fever before he was hospitalized in Wenatchee for two months, including ventilator treatment. The longtime Quincy resident and farmworker now expects to be released to long-term rehab.

The GoFundMe drive to help his family has passed its original goal, but more contributions are always appreciated. Inocencio is one of more than 200 Grant County residents diagnosed with COVID-19. Chelan and Douglas counties have seen more than 400 diagnoses. Thirteen people in the three counties have died.

Grant County fair, scheduled for August 18th through 22nd, has been cancelled due restrictions imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fair organizers had expected up to 100,000 people over the five days of the fair but said regulations for reopening made the fair QUOTE, financially unfeasible, UNQUOTE.

The fair typically is a break-even event but when they were notified by the health district that the carnival could not safely be part of the event and social distancing guidelines would be impossible to manage at the concerts, the decision was made to cancel the fair. The fair is still hoping to have some type of showing and judging for youth who have purchased animals.

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, thousands of Washingtonians are victims of a Nigerian scam ring that used stolen identities to pilfer unemployment benefits to the tune of millions of dollars. Among them, 8th District Congresswoman Kim Schrier, who found out when she followed recommendations and set up an account with the state Employment Security Department. She explained what happened in a Facebook Live video. . .

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.

The Pac-12 Conference announced Tuesday that it will allow voluntary, in-person athletic workouts for all sports to begin June 15th

Of course, the move is subject to the decision of each individual campus and where permissible by relevant governmental entities.  Under Governor Jay Inslee’s Safe Start plan, Washington state is using a staged approach to reopening.

Small gatherings of no more than five people are permitted in Phase 2.  Home counties for Pac-12 schools in Washington would have to reach Phase 4 before practice could resume.  So far, King County, home of the Huskies, hasn’t reached Phase 2 yet and isn’t expected to reach a phase to allow practice until July.  WSU is in Whitman County, which is already in Phase 2.

The phased-control in Washington could also put the Seahawks behind in a return to its facility in Renton…

Yahoo Sports reported Tuesday NFL sources said coaches could be back in team buildings as soon as next week.  That could lead to players on the field for team minicamps by late June.

This puts the Seahawks in a unique spot.  Under the current restrictions in Washington, Pete Carroll and his coaching staff won’t be allowed into the facility until later in June.

Up to now, the NFL has stated it won’t resume full, on-field training for players until every one of its 32 teams are permitted by local authorities to do reopen. The league has said it does not want a competitive disadvantage of, say, the Dolphins, Buccaneers and Jaguars fully operating again in reopened Florida while the Seahawks remain shut down in Washington.

ESPN has chosen Russell Wilson, US soccer star Megan Rapinoe and Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird to co-host the virtual ESPY Awards next month…

Normally the ESPYs are about celebrating and reliving some memorable sporting achievements over the past year, but as part of the tweaks to this year’s format due to the COVID-19 pandemic, “the show is celebrating heroism and humanitarian aid.”

Among the awards that will be presented are The Arthur Ashe Award for Courage, the Pat Tillman Award for Service, the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance, the Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award, and the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award.

The 2020 ESPY awards will be on ESPN on Sunday, June 21st.

Cashmere has announced its selection as the 2020 Wall of Fame addition to be Herb Lowers…

Lowers was a graduate of Cashmere High in 1944 where he played football and basketball and was a member of the band and orchestra.  He joined the Navy after graduating and served two years of duty in World War II in the South Pacific.

Upon his honorable discharge, Lowers enrolled at Washington State College where he was active in his fraternity and on campus.  He married his college sweetheart Roberta “Buddy” Frink in August of 1950 and the family returned to Cashmere.

Herb was employed in the fruit industry, served two terms on the Cashmere School Board and was a 50+ year member of Lions Club.   Mr. Lowers passed away in October of 2018 at the age of 91.

Major League Baseball made an economic proposal to the players’ union Tuesday that the players found “extremely disappointing.”

The plan included a sliding-scale proposal that would pay a greater percentage of salaries to the lower wage earners in baseball while the multimillionaires would get less.  The proposal was different than the 50-50 revenue-sharing plan that owners initially approved earlier this month.

Salaries in the major leagues range from 563-thousand-500 at the minimum to 36-million a year for Mike Trout and Gerrit Cole.  Players agreed to a deal in March in which they would receive prorated shares of their salaries based on the percentage of games played.

In addition, the union said the sides also remain far apart on health and safety protocols aimed at starting the pandemic-delayed season around the 4th of July.

And again, a quick reminder of our sports broadcast schedule this week…

It begins tomorrow night at 7 with Hockey Night featuring the Wenatchee Wild and Chilliwack Chiefs from the RBC Cup in May of 2018.

Friday night features Big-9 volleyball from last fall between Wenatchee and Moses Lake at 7.

Saturday’s double feature begins at 2 with Wenatchee and Eastmont boys soccer from 2018.  Then at 7 it’s more from the 2018 RBC Cup with Wenatchee facing the Steinbach Pistons.

Thanks Eric.

As we leave you tonight, how about a positive story. . .through June 30th, all donations to Wenatchee Valley Humane Society will be matched up to $2,500-dollars by the Petco Foundation to what they say will hopefully help save twice as many pets lives.

The matching grant from the Petco Foundation announced yesterday will double donation dollars to save shelter animals lives by paying for pet food, medical attention and supplies.

The grant is part of the Petco Foundation’s Pledge to Save Pet Lives during this COVID-19 crisis by distributing $1 Million dollars in product and cash donations and putting out a national call to implore animal lovers to take action to help save animal lives.

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.