NCWLIFE Evening News November 9th, 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.
Microclimates in North Central Washington mean that weather really depends on your location. Today at my house it was snowing and raining. When I got to work, boom, damp and sunny. The temperature was about the same though – no higher than the 40s. And that’s going to remain a constant throughout the week, as we see in the 7-Day Forecast. Some slight warmup by week’s end, but otherwise, rain and sun, rain and sun. Dan Kuntz will be along a little bit later with your full weather outlook.
And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight: Newly counted votes have decided the new member of the Eastmont School Board. Two Wenatchee Valley men now in prison for manslaughter owe thousands in restitution for the life of their victim. And friends are raising money for the family of a young Wenatchee woman killed in a Blewett Pass accident.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Eastmont board elex – The race for an at-large Eastmont School Board seat is all but over. After a new count of ballots Monday, Joy Dawe holds a winning lead over John “Stew” Steward Jr. Dawe was in a close race for the open seat, but she now leads Steward by just over 100 votes, with only 60 ballots left to be counted at the Douglas County Auditor’s Office. The election is due to be certified November 23rd.
Gunshot plea – An accidental gunshot wound means an East Wenatchee man must spend 26 months in jail after police and EMTs saved his life back in May. 26-year-old Juan Antonio Cerda-Martinez pleaded guilty Monday in Douglas County court to possessing a firearm illegally. East Wenatchee police found Cerda collapsed and bleeding from his leg May 14th, at Ninth Street near Valley Mall Parkway. He was injured when his .22 caliber pistol discharged in his waistband. Police found the handgun in a nearby garbage can. Cerda has prior criminal convictions for robbery and burglary, and was barred by law from possessing a gun.
Manslaughter liability – Two men who pleaded to manslaughter for fatally shooting a third in a Wenatchee apartment last year now must pay restitution in his death. Shane Earl Hagen and Brendyn Cain Ripper exchanged gunfire on December 23rd with Jesus Manuel Garcia of Toppenish, leaving Garcia dead and Hagen wounded. On Monday, a Chelan County judge said the men owe about $6,600 each to the Washington Crime Victims Compensation Fund. Hagen and Ripper brought handguns when they went to the Idaho Street apartment to retrieve items from Garcia belonging to Hagen’s daughter. All three men fired shots in the altercation, with Ripper fatally wounding Garcia. Ripper is serving an eight-year sentence; Hagen was sentenced to two and a half years.
Kyra Nelson gofundme-A Go-Fund-Me account to assist the family of a Wenatchee High School graduate who was killed in a two-vehicle collision Saturday on Blewett Pass had raised more than $17,000 by this morning. 23-year-old Central Washington University student Kyra Nelson was on her way from Ellensburg to visit family in Wenatchee when she lost control of her Toyota Camry, and spun into the path of a southbound pickup about five miles north of the summit. Nelson was a 2017 graduate of Wenatchee High School and was a member of the Central Washington University Cheer and Stunt Team. Organizers of the fund-raiser say all donations will go to Nelson’s family to help cover expenses related to her death.
TEASE -Coming up next: On the jobs front, the Wenatchee Valley continues its economic recovery from last year’s COVID-related shutdowns. And from Scotland, Governor Jay Inslee says Washington has a lot to teach the rest of the world when it comes to battling climate change. I’m Jefferson Robbins and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Stay with us.

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10 million doses– Washington health officials celebrated what they’re calling a significant milestone Monday when the state’s 10 millionth dose of a COVID-19 vaccine was administered. For the occasion, state Secretary of Health Doctor Umair Shah and Department of Health leaders gathered at a vaccination clinic in Walla Walla where children ages 5 to 11 were receiving their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine recently approved for their age range. DOH is asking for the public’s patience as the initial supply of the pediatric vaccine is limited.
Unemployment – The Wenatchee Valley continues its economic recovery from last year’s COVID-related shutdowns.
September 2021 saw a 3.3 percent rate of unemployment in Chelan and Douglas County, compared to 6.4 percent in September of last year. State economists say in a month-to-month comparison, the area’s nonfarm employment increased by 5.7 percent, from 44,100 jobs to 46,600. But the local economy has not yet recovered all the jobs lost since the onset of the pandemic; about 1,000 more jobs must be regained to match the number from 2019.
Inslee in Glasgow – Governor Jay Inslee is in Glasgow, Scotland this week for the 26th United Nations Conference of Parties on climate change. While there, the Governor issued an executive order requiring all motor vehicles in the state’s fleet be transitioned to electric power over the next 19 years. In a remote press conference yesterday, Inslee said with initiatives like that one and the cap on greenhouse emissions passed this year, Washington sets a good example for the rest of the world:
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TEASE -You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, Dan Kuntz meets with the incoming and outgoing managers of Pybus Public Market, to find out what to expect in the market’s next year. That plus weather and sports still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

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Pybus interview-Incoming Pybus Public Market general manager Travis Hornby is currently training with current GM Leslie Freytag as he prepares to take over management of the market. Hornby also happens to be a Wenatchee City Council member. Both he and Freytag sat down with Wake Up Wenatchee Valley’s Dan Kuntz to talk about the transition and the busy days ahead for Wenatchee’s riverfront marketplace.

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.

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Washington football coach Jimmy Lake has been suspended without pay for a week after a sideline altercation with a player during last Saturday’s loss to Oregon.
Lake was asked about the incident in his post-game press conference, where he denied striking his player…
But after reviewing tape and interviewing coaches and players, Washington athletic director Jen Coen decided to suspend Lake for one game. Defensive Coordinator Bob Gregory was asked by Coen to step in to run the program for this week as Washington plays Arizona State…
In other news, Washington offensive coordinator John Donovan and promoted Junior Adams to the roll. The Huskies have been underwhelming on offense so far this season.

Rumors are swirling in Seahawks camp that Seattle may be in the market for the services of wide receiver Odell Beckham, Junior. The veteran was released by Cleveland last week and said he’d be interested in playing in Seattle. Coach Pete Carroll says Beckham is a unique talent…
Seattle is preparing to travel to Green Bay to face the Packers at Lambeau Field this Sunday. And while the Packers are unsure if COVID-stricken quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be available, coach Carroll says Russell Wilson was back at practice Monday after recovering from finger surgery on his throwing hand…
Seattle and Green Bay kick off at 1:25 Sunday on CBS.

The Wenatchee Wild FINALLY return home this week to host West Kelowna in BCHL hockey…
The Warriors will be in town Thursday and Friday at 7 o’clock. Wenatchee’s coming off a sweep of Vernon last weekend, including an overtime win Friday to earn the Wild its first victory of the season.
Wild radio “voice” Sean Zears says it was great to see Wenatchee finally get into the win column after so many close chances…
After spending the first 8-games of the season on the road in Canada because of COVID restrictions, Zears is excited to see Wenatchee finally play hockey on its home ice…
Tickets are available for the Wild’s first two games this week, just go online to Wenatchee Wild Hockey dot com for more information.

For the first time in its inaugural NHL season, the Seattle Kraken will face a team its already seen…
Seattle is in Vegas to face the Golden Knights tonight at 7 o’clock. Of course, the Kraken’s first-ever NHL game was against Vegas in October. Seattle comes into tonight’s game with a 4-7-and-1 record while the Golden Knights are 6-6-and-oh. The game can only be seen on ESPN-plus.

The Eastmont Wildcats begin the State 4-A Soccer Tournament tonight…
Eastmont will takes its 13-and-4 record into Issaquah to face an Eagles team that finished 10-3-and-1. Kickoff is set for 7 o’clock tonight at Issaquah High School.

Thanks Eric.
Finally from us tonight.
Chinook Pass — In a taste of the weather sure to come our way, the Washington DOT has called it a season for the North Cascades Highway. The Highway 20 route over the mountains was due to remain open until Monday, but now deep snowfall will require it to close for the season at 6 p.m. tomorrow night. On the west side of the Cascades, Highway 410 at Chinook Pass and Highway 123 at Cayuse Pass are also closed. That’s thanks to 30-plus inches of snow and much more in the forecast. Those western Washington passes typically reopen in late May.
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 weekend.