NCWLIFE Evening News November 8th, 2021


Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. Grant Olson is away this week; I’m Jefferson Robbins. We’ve got a lot of news for you tonight, but before we get to that, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:
Bright and very cool all day in the Wenatchee Valley. As I like to call it, cardigan season. The kind of weather that’s nice for houseplants and cats that enjoy sitting in the window.
The sunbreaks we saw today are likely to repeat themselves a few times in coming days, but it is certainly not going to be spring like Clouds and 40-degree temperatures remain the norm, with some more rain impending later in the week. Dan Kuntz will be along a little bit later with the complete weather picture. And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight: A fatal accident leaves one woman dead after ahead-on collision this weekend at Blewett Pass. The Wenatchee School Board will greet a new member as election tallies now favor challenger Katherine Thomas over her incumbent opponent. And a Lake Chelan school board race features one candidate winning by only four votes, even after her opponent dropped out of the race. But first, our top story tonight. . .
Blewett Fatal – A 23-year old Wenatchee women is dead after a 2-car accident Saturday afternoon five miles north of the summit of Blewett Pass. According to the Washington State Patrol, Kyra Nelson was driving a 2007 Toyota Corolla northbound shortly before 4PM when her car crossed the centerline, spun 180 degrees and was struck in the rear by a 2014 Ford F150 pickup being driven southbound by 52-year old Robert J Spraggon of Cle Elum. Nelson was pronounced dead at the scene. Spraggon and his passenger, 60-year old Stephanie T Spraggon – also from Cle Elum – were transported to Central Washington Hospital with unknown injuries. The cause of the accident is under investigation but authorities say the highway was not icy. Traffic was delayed until 7:30 Saturday night.
Odabashian Rollover – A single car rollover accident on the eastside of the Odabashian Bridge sent 2 Wenatchee residents to the hospital about 7:45pm last night. The Washington State Patrol says a 2002 Hyundai Accent was headed westbound when the car left the highway to the right, rolled over and came to rest on its wheels. The driver – 23 year-old Jose A Valenzuela -and his passenger – 27-year old Marvin Ciciliano Herrera, had to be airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with unknown injuries. The state patrol said impairment was likely a factor in the wreck.
School board elex2 – The count of about 2,100 new ballots in the very narrow Wenatchee School Board elections gives a further edge to one challenger. Katherine Thomas will likely be the board’s newest member, after she improved her lead over incumbent Michele Sandberg, with about 50.7 percent to Sandberg’s 48.9 percent. That’s a difference of 213 votes, with only an estimated 98 ballots left to count, giving Thomas the likely victory when the election is certified. Another board incumbent, Maria Iñiguez, will keep her seat after fending off a challenge from Matt Van Bogart, 51 to 48 percent. Finally, boardmember Julie Norton appears likely to hold her seat with just over a 1 percent margin, or 127 votes, over challenger Miranda Skalisky. Norton, Thomas and Van Bogart all ran on a ticket that was supported by the Chelan County Republican party, even though the school board race is officially nonpartisan. In the election for a wide-open board seat in the Eastmont School District, Joy Dawe gained heavily on John “Stew” Steward Jr., racking up 51 percent to Steward’s 48.5 percent. However, an estimated 1,700 ballots remain uncounted in Douglas County, keeping the race still too close to call with its margin of 168 votes.
The final count of ballots takes place on November 23rd, the same day the election must be certified to the Washington Secretary of State.
Other close races-Ballots counted Friday did not change the leaders in other races that were too close to call after Tuesday night in Chelan and Douglas counties. The two closest races had Stephanie Fuller leading Cole Soreano by just 4 votes for a Lake Chelan School Board seat. After additional votes were counted Friday, Fuller had extended her lead to 62 votes, 1,150 to 1,088. Soreano in October announced he was dropping out of the race but his name still appeared on the ballot. The difference Tuesday night between Brad Hampton and Ysabel Busch for a Rock Island City Council position was just 3 votes after Tuesday’s count but Hampton extended his lead to 22 votes Friday with a 54-32 lead.
TEASE -Coming up next: Investigators close in on the cause of the Cub Creek 2 Fire, which burned more than 70,000 acres back in July. And a Seattle deputy fire chief remains lost in the Kittitas County wilderness after six days of searching. I’m Jefferson Robbins and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Stay with us.

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Cub Creek Fire cause – One of the several large fires that plagued NCW this summer was caused by a property owner using a propane torch to seal an irrigation line. That’s the finding of a Department of Natural Resources report on the Cub Creek 2 Fire, which started July 16th and burned more than 70,000 acres. Brush was dry, the day was hot, and winds were high when the property owner used a propane torch to make the repairs, near Chewuch Road and Cub Creek Road in Okanogan County. The fire caught in dry underbrush and quickly spread. DNR has forwarded the report to the state Attorney General’s office for possible civil action.
Kittitas search update — Today is Day Six since since Seattle Deputy Fire Chief Jay Schreckengost disappeared in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest while hunting for elk. Schreckengost went missing Tuesday in the Cliffdell area of Kittitas County; his family located his vehicle parked on a Forest Service road the next day. Hundreds of Search and Rescue volunteers and other emergency workers have been searching since then alongside the missing man’s family. Whistlin Jack’s Lodge near Naches has become a base of operations. Search organizers say their teams continue to comb the forest ahead of potential snowfall. The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Department is also seeking information from the public. Anyone with information about Schreckengost’s disappearance is asked to call the Kittitas County emergency communications department at 509-925-8534.
Infra bill – The $1.2 trillion Invest In America Act is now law. That infrastructure bill was finalized the House of Representatives on Friday, by a vote of 228-206. North Central Washington’s Democratic Representative, Kim Schrier of the 8th District, voted in favor. Republican Dan Newhouse of the 4th District voted no. An analysis from Senator Maria Cantwell’s office says the bill will provide major benefits for Washington, including a $5.2 million grant for improvements to Pangborn Memorial Airport; more than $5 billion for statewide highway upgrades, plus repairs to the 416 bridges in Washington that are rated in poor condition; and $71 million to expand the state’s charging network for electric vehicles. There’s also $8 billion dedicated to battling and preventing wildfires nationwide.
Mansfield practice burn-Firefighters from four fire districts converged on Mansfield Saturday for some live-action structure fire practice. A home and garage in the 200 block of Simpson Street that was once occupied by the late Gene and Lydia Goll were ignited for the training. Gene was known locally as Fireman Gene and served many years with Douglas County Fire District 5. The current owners, K & L Homes, provided the firefighting opportunity to Mansfield, Waterville, Orondo and Bridgeport firefighters. Take a look:
TEASE -You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, hydrologists take a look at the aftermath and the mudslide risks from one of last summer’s biggest wildfires. That plus weather and sports still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

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25Mile fire report – Public lands agencies are closely watching the regions scarred by last summer’s wildfires. Heavy burns from events like the Twentyfive Mile Fire above Lake Chelan can leave the landscape vulnerable to erosion, and sometimes, to severe landslides. Last week a Burned Area assessment team used some computer modeling, and gave a townhall on what heavy rainfall could do in the Twentyfive Mile Creek basin.

TEASE – 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.

NCWLIFE Channel Sports

The Wenatchee Panthers are the District 6 volleyball champions after sweeping Eastmont Saturday at Wenatchee High School…
The final scores were 25-16, 22 and 16. Panther coach Marni McMahon was thrilled with how her girls performed…
Eastmont tried to bounce back for a last chance at State, but fell in three sets to West Valley 25-18, 22, and 20 to have their season come to an end.
Turning to the crossover games for our local Caribou Trail League teams, Chelan advanced to the State 1A Tournament with a sweep of Colville Saturday while Cashmere fell in straight-sets to Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls).
The Goats will face King’s Way Christian in the first round of the State 1A Tournament at the SunDome Friday at 3:15 in the afternoon.
Manson is the District Champions for the 2-B’s with a sweep of Okanogan in the title match Saturday at Chelan High School. Lake Roosevelt ended Brewster’s season and then gave Okanogan all it could handle for a last chance at state, but the Bulldogs prevailed 3-2.
Manson faces Tri-Cities Prep in the first round of the State Tournament Thursday at 9:45 in the morning. Okanogan’s first-round opponent is Toutle Lake with the match starting at 11:45.
Waterville-Mansfield is the District 1B Champs after sweeping Pateros Saturday. Wilson Creek ended Entiat’s season 3-2 before Pateros advanced to State with a 3-2 win.
Pateros has an early, play-in game for the State 1B Tournament Thursday at 8am against Shoreline Christian. Waterville-Mansfield will face Neah Bay in its first-round match at 1:30.

The Eastmont Wildcats are headed to the State 4A Girls Soccer Tournament after a narrow win Saturday…
The Wildcats edged Moses Lake 4-3 to advance to the tournament…
Eastmont received an 11th seed to the tournament and will face Issaquah tomorrow night on the road at 7 o’clock.
Cashmere and Cascade had their soccer season ended in crossover games Saturday. The Bulldogs fell at home to Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls) 2-to-1. The Kodiaks fell on the road to Freeman 4-to-2.
Okanogan is the District 6 1B/2B soccer champions after blanking Tonasket Saturday in the Apple Bowl 5-nothing.
Tonasket will face Saint George’s in a first-round game with the day and time to be announced. Okanogan awaits the winner of Cle Elum-Roslyn and Adna later this week.

The Moses Lake Chiefs completed an undefeated Big-9 regular season with a 30-to-13 win over Wenatchee Friday night in the Apple Bowl…
Wenatchee made it a pretty close game for three quarters, but penalties and turnovers proved costly for the home squad. Eric Granstrom and Paul Collard had the call here on the NCWLIFE Channel…
Eastmont received a 15th seed into the State 4A Tournament and will travel to #2 Eastlake Friday at 7 o’clock. Moses Lake, an 11-seed, will travel to play at #6-seed Gonzaga Prep Friday, also at 7.
The Season came to an end for all Caribou Trail League teams except Omak Friday. The Pioneers edged Newport 33-28 to advance to the State 1A Tournament. Cashmere fell to Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls) 28-to-8. Freeman crushed Cascade and Riverside clobbered Chelan. Deer Park dispatched Quincy Saturday 50-to-16.
Omak received a 13th seed to the state tournament and will travel to Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls) Friday at 7pm.
Brewster advanced to the State 2B Tournament with a 41-6 win over Liberty Friday. Soap Lake topped Bridgeport 70-to-50. On Saturday, Okanogan remained unbeaten with a 59-nothing win over Northwest Christian. Lind-Ritzville beat Manson 41-nothing and Waterville-Mansfield was a 54-6 winner of Entiat…
Brewster will face Columbia Burbank on the road in its first-round State game Friday at 6 o’clock. Okanogan will wait two weeks for the winner of Brewster and Columbia-Burbank.
Liberty Bell has a first-round State 1B playoff game at home against Cusick Saturday at Noon. Waterville-Mansfield will travel to Naselle Saturday at 1 o’clock.

Turning to the Les Schwab College Football Scoreboard…
Washington gave up a 9-3 early lead and fell to Oregon Saturday 26-16 at Husky Stadium. The Ducks were led by Travis Dye’s 211-yards rushing and two touchdowns. Washington had 6, 3-and-outs on offense and didn’t generate a single first down in the first quarter.
Montana State’s Isaiah Ifanse rushed for 217-yards and a touchdown as the Bobcats knocked off Eastern Washington 23-20. Montana State’s defense held Eagle quarterback Eric Barriere to 214-yards and two scores through the air and only 17-yards rushing.
Quincy Glasper threw for 442-yards and 5-touchdowns to lead Central Washington over Western New Mexico 54-29.

The Wenatchee Wild not only won their first game of the season over the weekend, they swept the Vernon Vipers…
On Friday, Wenatchee’s Cade Stibbe scored just 26-seconds into overtime to give Wenatchee a 3-2 win. It was the Wild’s first victory in 7-tries and also the first win since Chris Clark was named head coach in 2020. He carried the “interim” title for the remainder of the 2019 season.
Quinn Emerson and Owen Bohn also scored in the win for Wenatchee wild goalie Tyler Shea stopped 28-of-30 shots.
On Saturday, Wenatchee was 3-for-4 on power play opportunities in downing Vernon 4-to-1. The Vipers scored first but Wenatchee countered on Landon Parker’s redirect of a shot by Ean Somoza. Owen Bohn scored two goals in the second to give Wenatchee a 3-1 lead and Somoza capped the scoring in the fourth.
Wenatchee FINALLY returns home this week to host the West Kelowna Warriors Thursday and Friday at the Town Toyota Center.

The Seattle Kraken lost a heartbreaker Saturday to Arizona 5-4…
The game was tied 4-4 and looked to going into overtime but Seattle surrendered a goal with 1:05 left in regulation. Jordan Eberle scored his 6th goal of the season to put Seattle up early. Yanni Gourde, Nathan Bastian and Mark Giordano also lit the lamp for the Kraken.
Seattle will visit Vegas on Tuesday at 7 o’clock.

Thanks Eric.
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 weekend.