NCWLIFE Evening News November 8, 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, The Chelan City Council this week finalized the purchase of 9.8 acres of lakefront property on Spader Bay. A Wenatchee theft case is now the subject of a state Supreme Court decision, and, Okanogan County Fire District 6 has lost another of its leaders.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The final tally is in and Washington apple growers have produced a near record crop this year.

According to the Washington State Tree Fruit Association an estimated 138.2 million 40-pound boxes were harvested which exceeds last year’s 116.7 million dollar crop. The record of 141.8 million boxes was established in 2014. In terms of varieties Gala apples continue to be the most popular for growers representing almost a quarter of the total harvest volume. Red Delicious comes in second at 19.7%.

The Chelan City Council this week finalized the purchase of 9.8 acres of lakefront property on Spader Bay for $400,000 dollars. The land acquisition is part of the city’s goal to preserve and protect public access to Lake Chelan. The property is being bought from Linda Evans Parlette and Terri O’Neal. After voting last month to go ahead with the purchase, the council heard from several citizens opposed to buying the steep property with limited access. But the council voted 6-1 Tuesday to finalize the deal.

A Wenatchee theft case is now the subject of a state Supreme Court decision, which could clarify standards for proving criminal guilt. A jury convicted Jose Barboza-Cortes on nine criminal charges in 2016 including identity theft and unlawful firearm possession.

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that neither of those crimes are what’s called “alternative means crimes,” in which individual jurors can decide a defendant’s guilt based on different factors in the crime. The decision won’t affect Barboza’s three and a half-year prison sentence. But it led Justice Steven Gonzalez to say when it comes to alternative means crimes: “Our current system is unworkable and results in the vacation of fair convictions after fair trials.”

Okanogan County Fire District 6 has lost another of its leaders, this time former Fire Chief Don Waller. Waller died at his Winthrop home Wednesday after a battle with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.

On October 2nd, Assistant Fire Chief Christian Johnson died in a Seattle hospital from injuries sustained fighting the Spring Coulee Fire. Waller had a long history with the fire department, having first started as a volunteer when he was 16. He continued to volunteer after retiring as chief in 2017.

Coming up next, Enrollment continues to decline at Wenatchee Valley College, with fall quarter numbers down 2.1 percent from last year. It was on this date in 1910 that Washington’s all-male voters ratified the right of women to vote in our state, and, Starting this week, you can make your reservation for a high-mountain stay in the newly renovated Steliko Lookout in the Entiat Ranger District.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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Enrollment continues to decline at Wenatchee Valley College, with fall quarter numbers down 2.1 percent from last year.

Because state funding for colleges is tied into enrollment, the college faces a $1 million deficit for this year. A task force has been formed to review the scope of the college’s budget challenges. The number of students at the college has been falling for the past 10 years. There are 6,289 students projected to be enrolled at the school, down from 7,710 in 2009. WVC President Jim Richardson said low unemployment and smaller high school classes account for much of the enrollment decline. More people are choosing work over college, he said. This is also the first time students in the Running Start program has declined since it was first offered in 1993.

It was on this date in 1910 that Washington’s all-male voters ratified the right of women to vote in our state. By a 63 percent majority, the state became the fifth in the nation to enfranchise women voters. It wasn’t until 10 years later that the 19th Amendment passed, recognizing women’s right to vote nationwide.

Starting this week, you can make your reservation for a high-mountain stay in the newly renovated Steliko

The ranger district and volunteers have been remodeling the lookout for the past year. It is available for rent for a $50 donation per night. It holds up to four people but pets are not allowed.

The lookout is accessible by a high-clearance car or SUV during the summer and fall but the road is closed during the winter, so visitors will need to walk, ski, snowmobile or snowshoe 1.6 miles from the Steliko Work Center. To reserve a stay in the lookout, call the Entiat Ranger Station at 509-784-4700.

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Time now to find out what’s happening around the valley for you to enjoy this weekend. Here’s NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson. . . 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

In a game full of drama, big plays, and last-minute heroics, the Eastmont Wildcats defeated the Wenatchee Panthers 28-24 in the Bridge of Sportsmanship last night…

The game saw 7-lead changes with the Panthers heading into the locker room with a 16-14 lead.  Eastmont rallied in the second half to take a 21-16 lead late in the 3rd quarter.

Wenatchee’s next series of downs would eat up over 4-and-a-half minutes and take us into the 4th quarter.  That’s where we’ll pick up the highlights as I had the call with Grant Olson here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Eastmont finished with 260-yards of total offense with Talley leading the way on 11-carries for 98-yards and a touchdown.  Wenatchee had 396-yards of offense led by Nate Blauman, who carried 23-times for 148-yards and a touchdown.  Camden Sirmon was 19-for-25 for 225-yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

Both teams will advance to play Saturday at Moses Lake.  Sunnyside, by the way, beat the Chiefs last night 56-to-nothing.  So it will be Eastmont and Sunnyside playing at 1 o’clock in two, ten-minute halves.  The winner gets the Big-9’s No. 1 seed to State.  The loser will face Wenatchee 20-minutes later in the same format with the winner of that game getting the Big-9’s No. 2 seed to State.

By the way, if you missed last night’s game, or maybe you were THERE, it will be rebroadcast tonight at 6:30 here on the NCWLIFE Channel. 

Opening up the Les Schwab Soccer Scoreboard from yesterday…

Liberty Bell is the District 6 2-B champions after a 6-5, 3-2 shootout win over Tonasket last night.  Brewster advanced with a 5-1 win over Lake Roosevelt.

Here’s a reminder of the schedule ahead in playoff soccer.  Wenatchee will host Moses Lake tomorrow at Noon at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl for a last-chance-at-State. 

Ephrata hosts West Valley of Spokane in the CWAC-GNL Glue Crossover at Noon.

Cashmere faces Freeman in the CTL-NEA Glue Crossovers at Gonzaga Prep tomorrow at 2.  Cascade plays Deer Park in the other game in the Apple Bowl at 3 o’clock.

In the District 6/7 2B Glue Crossovers, Brewster plays at Northwest Christian at 1 while Tonasket hosts Davenport.

Quincy High School was the site for yesterday’s District 6 1-B Volleyball Tournament…

Wilson Creek beat Pateros 3-1 to win the District Title.  Riverside Christian ended Entiat’s season 3-1.  Then Pateros advanced to State with a sweep of Riverside Christian.

In the District 5/6 2-B Glue Crossovers at Wenatchee High School, Kittitas stopped Waterville 25-15, 8 and 20.  Tri-Cities Prep blanked Brewster 25-20, 23 and 18 with both heading to State.

On a crowded playoff volleyball schedule tomorrow, the District 6 4-A tournament is at West Valley High School.  Moses Lake plays Eastmont in a loser-out game at Noon while Wenatchee takes on the Rams for the District Title.  The Moses Lake/Eastmont winner will face the loser of Wenatchee and West Valley for a last chance at State at 3 o’clock.

Wenatchee High is the site for tomorrow’s District 6 1-A tournament.  Chelan takes on Okanogan for the District Championship at 3 o’clock.  Cascade and Omak play a loser-out game at 5.  Then the Okanogan/Chelan loser faces the Cascade/Omak winner for a last chance to State at 7pm.

Ephrata is in Pullman tomorrow for a 1 o’clock game in the CWAC-GNL Glue Crossover with the winner advancing to the State 2-A Tournament.

There are still some football games to be played tonight across the region…

Cascade wraps up the season at home tonight against Newport at 6.  Okanogan hosts Riverside at 6 while Chelan and Freeman kick off at 7 o’clock.

The CWAC and Great Northern League play their crossover games tonight as Toppenish travels to Clarkston; Othello hosts Pullman; and Ephrata is at East Valley of Spokane.

And in the B’s tonight, Almira-Coulee-Hartline hosts Soap Lake.  Bridgeport is at Waterville-Mansfield.  And Entiat hosts Odessa.

The State Championship in boys and girls cross country will be settled tomorrow at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco…

The first flight for the 1B/2B girls starts at 9:30 with the last flight for the 4A boys beginning at 3.

The college football weekend starts tonight…

Washington travels to Corvallis to face Oregon State with a kickoff at 7:30 on FS1.  Tomorrow, Central Washington hosts Southwest Baptist at Noon.  Eastern Washington is at Idaho State at 1:30.  And Washington State plays at Cal at 4 on the Pac-12 Network.

The Wenatchee Wild will try to extend their winning streak at home with a couple games against Penticton tonight and tomorrow at the Town Toyota Center…

The puck drops at 7:05 tonight during Faith and Family Night, complete with live music and bingo.  Then tomorrow, it’s Youth Hockey Night with a jersey auction with the game starting at 7:05.  We’ll have a preview with Assistant Coach Chris Clark and Trevor Griebel later here on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

And last but not least, the Seahawks won’t play until Monday…

As they’ll be under the lights of Monday Night Football in Santa Clara, California to take on the undefeated San Francisco 49ers.  Kickoff on ESPN is at 5:15.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, much to the excitement of her kindergarten class, Cascade Elementary School teacher Kylie Nelson held a gender reveal outside the East Wenatchee school this week. She is due with her second child. And it’s a. . .

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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 night.