NCWLIFE Evening News November 23rd, 2020


Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. Grant Olson is away tonight, I’m Jefferson Robbins. Before we get to today’s top news stories, let’s

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight: A 26-year-old Wenatchee man is dead after a four-car collision Saturday south of the city. COVID-19 outbreaks in Grant County adult care homes have been linked to nine deaths. And Chelan County violated growth management rules when it approved a Wenatchee River subdivision.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A young man was killed in a Saturday morning wreck on the Malaga-Alcoa Highway.

Chelan County Coroner Wayne Harris says Ignacio Molinero Mendoza, age 26, of Wenatchee died after his car crossed the centerline near the Appleyard about 6:45 a.m. Chelan County sheriff’s deputies say Mendoza was driving a Subaru Impreza northbound when he struck a southbound Subaru Legacy and went into a spin, colliding with a third southbound vehicle.

A fourth car had a minor impact while trying to avoid the wreck. One other driver received nonfatal injuries and was taken to Central Washington Hospital for treatment. The deadly wreck remains under investigation, by both the sheriff’s office and the Washington State Patrol.

County health officials called in an Isolation and Quarantine Strike Team after nine COVID-19 deaths were linked to a Soap Lake senior care and rehab facility. It is one of at least three major coronavirus outbreaks reported at senior homes in Grant County. The Grant County Health District said Friday it has confirmed the deaths of five residents of McKay Healthcare and Rehab Center, with four additional deaths pending. The strike team from the state Department of Health has been onsite at McKay to help prevent further spread of the virus.

In addition, the health district says Lake Ridge Center in Moses Lake, which houses Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, has had 49 residents and 12 staff members test positive for the virus, Columbia Crest care facility, also in Moses Lake, has had 25 residents and 22 staff members test positive, with one resident hospitalized. The confirmed deaths at McKay were a woman in her 60s, two women in their 80s, a woman in her 90s and a man in his 80s.

A Chelan County decision to rezone a large orchard area for a proposed subdivision did not comply with the Growth Management Act. That’s the determination of the Washington Growth Management Board, handed down Thursday.

The property is 63 acres between Leavenworth and Peshastin, dubbed Riverstone Ranch, which the county last spring recategorized as rural-residential. That would have allowed developers to build new homes there with 2-and-a-half-acre lot sizes along the Wenatchee River. The city of Leavenworth and the Friends of Leavenworth advocacy group asked the state board to review the decision.

That board invalidated the county’s action, saying it did not adhere to the GMA or the county’s own Growth Management Plan. Chelan County has 10 days to ask the board for reconsideration.

Grant County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a shooting outside Moses Lake Saturday afternoon that seriously injured a man. The sheriff’s office said shortly after receiving 911 reports of a vehicle being shot several times in the Stratford Road area, a man showed up at Samaritan Hospital with a gunshot wound. He subsequently was airlifted to a hospital outside the area. Sheriff’s department public information officer Kyle Foreman said the victim has not yet been identified and detectives are still piecing together details on the shooting.

Coming up next, Senator Maria Cantwell wants to make room for more women in wildland firefighting. And the Wenatchee Valley Museum wants you to know parts of it are open for business, with special pandemic preparations. I’m Jefferson Robbins and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Washington Senator Maria Cantwell is pushing for a bill to update the country’s approach to prescribed fire, and to modernize its hiring practices. The National Prescribed Fire Act would expand the use of prescribed fire to prevent large wildfires on federal lands …

… but in addition, it would help former convicts who serve on fire crews to find careers in at Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service; and expand training and leadership opportunities for women in firefighting. Cantwell spoke with agency heads about the proposal in a Senate hearing on Wednesday:

The Senate adjourned last week without taking action on the bill.

Every year, Douglas County’s solid waste program offers a used-tire dropoff event where residents can safely dispose of their old rubber. This year, thanks to coronavirus, it’s structured a little differently. Residents must call 886-0899 to set up an appointment, but the appointment is at your convenience. Only passenger vehicle tires, please, and no more than 10 tires per customer.

The Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center can’t open all its exhibits due to COVID-19, but it can offer some visits by appointment. Call ahead to the museum and you can enter their gift shop, as well as the Women Painters of Washington exhibit.

It’s the 90th anniversary of that art event. The gift shop and featured art gallery are following health and safety guidelines, so expect to wear masks and socially distance if you attend. You can make reservations through the museum’s website,, or by calling 888-6240.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, whatdoes it take to keep track of Washington’s growing wolf population? You’ll find out, plus Dan Kuntz will be along with the weather and sports. That’s all still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .

Washington state is home to an estimated 145 wolves.

We only know that through the persistent efforts of biologists, wolf trackers and spotters with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. The agency last week issued a feature video showing the ins and outs of the wolf-counting process. Here’s an excerpt:

You can view that full video on Fish and Wildlife’s Facebook or YouTube page.

Now with this evening’s weather outlook we turn to Dan Kuntz. Dan?

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.

** No Cup** -The Apple Cup will not be played as scheduled on Friday.

The game is being called off because Washington State will not have “the minimum number of scholarship players available for the game as a result of a number of positive football student-athlete COVID-19 cases and resulting isolation of additional football student-athletes under contact tracing protocols.”

In a statement, Washington State athletic director Pat Chun said WSU will be below the limit of 53 scholarship players on Friday. WSU’s scheduled game against Stanford on Saturday was also canceled.

Both schools said they will work with the Pac-12 to reschedule the game for a later date this year. The two programs have met 112 times.  The last time the Huskies and Cougars did not play each other in football was 1944, when WSU did not field a team because of World War 2.

Washington AD Jennifer Cohen said that Washington will work to find another opponent this upcoming weekend in Washington State’s place. On Thursday, the Pac-12 announced that it will allow its members to schedule non-conference games should a Pac-12 team’s conference game get canceled.

According to ESPN, Washington has already reached out to No. 8 BYU. The Cougars are 9-0 and have only one more game scheduled, a Dec. 12 home game against San Diego State. BYU has “resisted” Washington’s overtures “so far,” per ESPN.

The Pac-12 has moved Arizona State’s home game against Utah to Sunday in the hope that the Sun Devils can play this weekend.

Arizona State hasn’t played since the Pac-12’s opening weekend on Nov. 7 because of COVID-19 cases within the program. Utah played for the first time on Saturday night in a loss to USC. The Utes missed their first two games of the season because of COVID-19.

** Huskies**Dylan Morris threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns, Washington got rushing touchdowns from three different running backs, and the Huskies routed Arizona 44-27 on Saturday night.

Washington was thoroughly dominant, jumping to a 24-0 halftime lead and led 37-0 before Arizona finally found the end zone early in the fourth quarter.

While the Huskies defense stifled the Wildcats for three quarters, it was Morris and the Washington offense that showed efficiency and explosiveness that was absent in last week’s opening win over Oregon State.

It started on the opening drive when Morris hit Puka Nacua on a 65-yard catch-and-run touchdown. He added a 20-yard TD pass to Cade Otton midway through the third quarter to give the Huskies a 37-0 lead. And in between, the Huskies got TD runs from Kamari PleasantSean McGrew and Richard Newton.

Newton added a second TD early in the fourth quarter on a 54-yard run.

Morris finished 15-of-25 passing and his numbers would have been significantly higher if not for a handful of dropped passes. His TD strike to Nacua was his first career TD pass, but his favorite target was Otton. The Huskies tight end had a career-high seven catches for 100 yards and spent the rest of his time throwing key blocks for the running game while earning the game ball from head coach Jimmy Lake:

Arizona lost its ninth straight game dating back to last season — a streak that started with a home loss to Washington — and took a step back from last week’s loss to USC.

The Wildcats managed only 66 yards of offense through the first three quarters before waking up during garbage time, finishing with 331 for the game. That enabled Grant Gunnell, who was sacked five times and also lost a fumble, to pad his stats and finish with 259 yards and three fourth-quarter touchdowns on 27-of-39 passing.

The Wildcats managed to reach UW territory on just one of their first eight possessions, going 2 for 13 on third down for the game.

Washington finished with 472 yards, rushing for 233 while quarterback Dylan Morris threw for 230 yards and two TDs.  After the game, coach Jimmy Lake heaped praise on his freshman starting quarterback:

Thanks Dan.

In a possible violation of Governor Jay Inslee’s travel advisory, Santa Claus will soon be making his way from the North Pole to North Central Washington communities.

Among his early stops will be Manson on November 28th where he’ll arrive in his traditional yellow helicopter, then jump on a sleigh for a ride through town.

On December 5th, the jolly guy will be in Cashmere for a drive-by parade that starts at Riverside Park at noon and winds through town before making its way back to the park.

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 Jefferson Robbins, thanks for joining us and have a great night.