NCWLIFE Evening News May 28, 2019

NCWLIFE Evening News May 28, 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,  A motorist was fortunate to escape injury Saturday on Belwett Pass when a falling rock went through the driver’s-side windshield of the vehicle. Grant County Firefighters put out a wind-whipped wildfire Sunday afternoonnear Ephrata, and, Heavy rains damaged Stemilt Creek Road over the weekend, delaying planned roadwork.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The death of a Wenatchee Valley College student leader early Sunday morning has the campus in mourning. Rachel Odima of Clearfield, Utah, was killed in a three-vehicle collision North of Wenatchee Sunday morning. It happened shortly before 2:00 a.m. about 10 miles South of Entiat on Highway 97-A. State Troopers say it was caused when 20 year old Odima was driving Southbound in the Northbound lane.

Her vehicle collided with two Northbound vehicles leaving one person injured. Odima was disceased at the scene. She was a sophomore and member of the WVC Student Senate and Knight Women’s Basketball team. She was on track to graduate from WVC this spring. College President, Jim Richardson announced that the WVC Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Center will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

WVC counselors and staff will be there during that time for anyone who would like to talk. In addition, a celebration of Odima’s life will be held around the fountain on the WVC Campus tonight at 6:00 pm. College students, employees and members of the community are welcome to attend. Odima’s family will also be in attendance.

A motorist was fortunate to escape injury Saturday on Belwett Pass when a falling rock went through the driver’s-side windshield of the vehicle. Trooper John Bryant of the Washington State Patrol said the rock Missed the driver’s head by inches.

It was one of several rocks that fell onto the roadway at milepost 177. Bryant said there vehicles suffered tire damage running over the rocks before state cleanup crews could get there. The rain over the weekend loosened the hillsides and Bryant warns motorists to be especially mindful of those dangers.

Grant County Firefighters put out a wind-whipped wildfire Sunday afternoon. An out of control debris burn spread to vegetation in the 16000 block of RD B.5 NE. Grant Ccounty Fire District 7 requested mutual aid and we responded with Your Ephrata Firefighters to assist.

The fire ultimately spread to a mobile home and several outbuildings before being extinguished. Officials say the fire spread quickly fueled by erratic winds and light flashy vegetation.

Heavy rains damaged Stemilt Creek Road over the weekend, delaying planned roadwork on nearby Stemilit Loop Road as county crews are diverted to do repairs. Upper Stemilit Creek Road, beginning at milepost one and continuing for about a half mile, is limited to one lane during the repairs, with flaggers directing traffic. The work is expected to last most of today and potentially into Wednesday. Chelan County Public Works crews then will concentrate on preservation work on Stemilit Loop road, which will mean delays there.

Coming up next, Wenatchee’s Lighthouse Christian Ministries has a new home base to serve the area’s poor and homeless. Tomorrow is your opportunity to sound off on plans to consolidate Chelan and Douglas County Port Districts into a regional port authority, and, The work you may have noticed outside of Pybus Public Market in the round about area is the much anticipated construction of what will known as the Pybus Plaza, we will tell ya about it. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Wenatchee’s Lighthouse Christian Ministries has a new home base to serve the area’s poor and homeless. A new soup kitchen and chapel are located in a repurposed warehouse on Columbia Street. That’s where Steve Hair caught up with Lighthouse Ministries director, Shawn Arrington. . .

Wednesday is your opportunity to sound off on plans to consolidate Chelan and Douglas County Port Districts into a regional port authority. Commissioners with both districts have set a special joint board meeting for Tuesday evening at the Confluence Technology Center. The so-called functional consolidation of the two ports is expected to save about 500-thousand dollars a year in operational costs. A task force of local elected and business leaders recommended the action as a way to address port costs as well as future improvements at pangborn airport. Chelan Port Commissioner, Rory Turner says he anticipates a smooth transition if the consolidation goes forward. . .

The Wednesday public hearing starts at 5:30 at the CTC. Written comments are also accepted into the record. A final vote by the two respective boards will follow at a later date.

The work you may have noticed outside of Pybus Public Market in the round about area is the much anticipated construction of what will known as the Pybus Plaza.  The work will eliminate the dirt, mud and potholes that have plagued the area since the market opened in 2013. The new plaza will feature European-style pavers, new sidewalks, lighting, landscaping, a water fountain and future art sculpture. The end result will be the creation of a mini public square or community thoroughfare that provides easy pedestrian access to the Apple Capital Loop Trail and Pybus Market. 

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.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .

Morel Mushroom hunting is in full swing on the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forest. Sherry Schneider-Means is an experienced expert in the field of mushroom hunting and cooking. In tonight’s feature story, Schneider-Means offers some tips on where and how to find them in a recent interview with NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair. . .

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 Mariners snapped a six-game losing streak with a Memorial Day win over Texas 6-to-2…

Malex Smith stole home in the bottom of the 8th to cap a club-record-tying 4-stolen base night for Seattle.  Daniel Vogelbach also clubbed his 15th home run of the season, a towering two-run shot in the 7th that helped the Mariners feel happy to return home.  The M’s had lost 9 of its past 10 games prior to Monday.

Former AppleSox Tommy Milone earned the victory on the mound, going 5-and-two-thirds innings, allowing 2-runs on 4-hits with 7 strikeouts.

Seattle and Texas play again tonight at 7:10 with Marco Gonzales going up against the Ranger’s Adrian Sampson.

To the Les Schwab Scoreboard we go to see what else happened in the American League West Monday…

Gerrit Cole struck out 12 to help Houston down the Cubs 6-to-5.  Yuli Gurriel also helped out at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI as the Astros continued to hold on to first in the AL West.

Matt Chapman homered in his 3rd consecutive game as Oakland won its 10th straight, downing the Angels 8-5.

The A’s have come storming into second in the American League West, trailing Houston by 6-and-a-half games.  The Mariners continue to remain on the bottom looking up at 24-and-32, 12-and-a-half games out of first.

Turnovers and field position proved costly for Wenatchee Valley Saturday, as the Skyhawks fell to visiting Idaho 47-45…

The Horseman ride out of town having taking two in a row over Wenatchee Valley, as the Skyhawks have now lost four straight.

Wenatchee will try to snap the string against winless Tri-Cities this Sunday at 6 o’clock.

For the third-consecutive year, the Washington Husky women’s softball team is headed to the College World Series…

Washington shut out Kentucky Friday 5-nothing Saturday to complete a two-game sweep in the Super Regional.  The Huskies will face Arizona in Oklahoma City Thursday at 9am.

Let’s turn our attention to the final weekend of the high school spring sports season in Washington…

At the 4-A Track and Field Championships at Mt. Tahoma, Wenatchee’s Skyler Walton placed 6th in the 100-meter dash.  Nolan Such placed third in the discus and 5th in the shot put.  Elizabeth Ferrell was 6th in the Long Jump.

At the 1B/2B/1A meet in Cheney, Entiat’s Colby Crutcher was 5th and Jordy Medrano 7th in the javelin.  Cashmere’s 4×100 relay team of Ali Ball, Carley Diaz, Sydney Smith and Chloe Diaz were second. 

Entiat’s Drew Duncan was 3rd in the 800-meter run.  Manson’s Connor Torgeson finished 4th in the 800-meter run in the 2B race. 

Cascade’s Lauren and Kascia Muscutt were 3rd and 4th respectively in the 1-A 800-meter run.  Entiat’s Blake Duncan took 3rd in the 110-meter hurdles.  Chelan’s Elly Collins was 5th in the 100-meter hurdles.

The Tiger’s Faith Southard was 2nd in the 100-meter dash.  Entiat’s 4×100 team of Josh Peterson, Tai Tran, Blake Duncan and Case Crutcher placed 2nd.

Chelan’s 4×100 girls team of Molly Oswald, Elly Collins, Aliya Villasenor and Matea Ivory placed 4th.  Cashmere’s team of Hailley Larson, Brianna Hughes, Ali Ball and Chloe Diaz were 6th.

Manson’s Connor Torgeson took 4th in the 400-meter dash.  Cascade’s Jace Seely was 5th in that same event on the 1-A side.

Entiat’s Case Crutcher placed 2nd in the 300-meter hurdles.  His school-mates Blake Duncan and Jordy Medrano were 4th and 5th in that race respectively.

Entiat’s Faith Southard took 3rd in the girls 1-B 200-meter dash.  Chelan’s Matea Ivory was 6th in that event in the 1-A meet.

The Tiger’s 4×400 relay team of Tai Tran, Blake Duncan, Dale Segel and Case Crutcher took 6th in the 1-B race.

Cascade’s 4×400 girls relay team of Kascia Muscutt, Julia Armstrong, Zoe McDevitt and Lauren Muscutt took 2nd place.

Waterville-Mansfield’s August Koulouris placed 3rd Saturday in the boys triple jump.

Entiat’s Rebecca Giacomazzi placed 4th in the girls Javelin throw.

Waterville-Mansfield’s Alex Poppie is a state champion in the girls long jump.

Cashmere’s Jonathan Ramey was 3rd in the boys high jump.

In the team’s standings, the Cashmere boys placed 6th while Cascade was 7th.  The Cashmere girls were 9th with Chelan and Cascade tied for 10th.  The Entiat boys finished 4th while the girls were 13th.

Turning to State Tennis…

Wenatchee’s Luke Andrewjeski finished 8th in boys singles.  The doubles team of Kaylynn Noyd and Kara Nelson took 4th.

In Yakima at the 1-A Tournament, Chelan teammates Wyatt Habich and Tobin Wier played each other for 5th and 8th, with Habich coming out on top 2-6, 7-6, 6-2.

Doubles team Ryan Cooper and Huber Farias of Cashmere took 4th.

Chelan’s Emma McLaren took 6th and Cascade’s Molly Wiser 8th in the 1-A girls singles tournament.

And the Kert sisters, Aleah and Lauren, were dominant in sweeping their way to a State 1-A Doubles Championship.

The Chelan baseball team wound up taking 3rd at the State 1-A Championships…

The Goats beat Colville in Saturday’s consolation game 7-2 to finish 3rd.  The team that beat Chelan in Friday’s semifinal, University Prep, went on to beat Seattle Christian 8-7 for the State Title.

Brewster was also a 3rd place finisher in the State 2-B Championships by beating Rainier 11-to-6 in Saturday’s consolation.  Asotin is the State 2-B Champs after blanking Kalama 2-0.

Almira-Coulee-Hartline is again the State 1-B Baseball Champs after beating Odessa 10-0 in Saturday’s title game. 

And how about the Moses Lake Chiefs!  Moses Lake beat Olympia 5-3 to win the State 4-A Championship Saturday.  In four State games, the Chiefs allowed a total of four runs while racking up 16 runs on offense.

Finally, hats off the Almira-Coulee-Hartline softball team.  They repeated as State 1-B Champs with a 2-1 win over Colton..

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.