NCWLIFE Evening News October 13


Good evening and welcome to NCWLIFE News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:


For those watching on our Facebook, tune in to LocalTel channel 12 or Charter channel 19, or stream us live at for the full evening newscast tonight. And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight—a truck causes traffic delays on I-90 because of DOT Road Sealant, an officer involved in a shooting is back on duty and we’ll have your latest real estate snapshot for the Wenatchee Valley. Later on, we’ll have sports, your weather forecast and our feature story today. But first:

A local farmer says a lack of labor has set his family back a decade economically and farmers across the state of Washington are having the same problem—there are not enough laborers to harvest their crops. Nestled in the Wenatchee River Valley is a small pear farm that is struggling to harvest their fruit crop this season

Not only is it an aging population, Ray thinks the system to hire non-immigrants called H2A is too hard because there’s too much red tape. . .


The end result for you at home? In the long term, hire prices at the grocery store. Thank you to the news team at KHQ in Spokane for that story.

Both Eastbound lanes on the I-90 Vantage Bridge were closed for two hours yesterday after a Ford F250 lost control on a slick patch of sealant laid by the DOT in the eastbound lane. Tod Stowers of Moses Lake collided with a barrier, coming to a rest on the roadway. The State Patrol says the cause of the accident was the DOT sealant.

The Wenatchee Police Officer who shot and killed a 31-year old man outside the Albertson’s store in Wenatchee back in July returned to full-time duty earlier this week. 28-year old Albert Gonzalez has been on administrative leave since the July 27th shooting of Wenatchee resident Matthew Folden.


According to a Special Investigation Unit press release, Gonzalez shot Folden three times after he disobeyed commands to get to the ground after moving towards the officer with a three-inch folding knife. Even though there are still two on-going investigations into the shooting, Captain Edgar Reinfeld with the Wenatchee Police Department, says it’s not unusual for an officer who was placed on administrative leave to return to work while an investigation is still in progress. . .


Prosecutor Doug Shea has over 700 pages of documents to go over in the case along with hours of video and audio.

For the first time ever, the median home price in the Wenatchee market in September jumped to 290-thousand dollars. That’s up 8-percent from the same time last year where the average price was 268,750-dollars. There are 170 active home listings, which is slightly up from August of this year but down a whopping 24-percent from September of 2016 where active listings were at 225.


Of the current active listings and current pending sales, there are 188 homes between the price range of 200 to 400-thousand dollars. 26 homes per month are sold between 250 to 300-thousand dollars. Also, some positive news regarding current rental housing vacancy. Condo, single family homes and duplex availability are all up from September of 2016 and building permits for single family dwellings and apartment units are also way up from the same time last year. The monthly real estate snapshot is only for the Wenatchee market which includes: Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Malaga, Orondo and Rock Island and is provided by data gathered by the North Central Washington Association of realtors.

Coming up, the Wenatchee Downtown Association celebrates culture with downtown art made by elementary students, and we continue you’re candidate profile series from the Entiat City Council. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

As a way to celebrate culture, the Wenatchee Downtown Association, along with Lincoln Elementary students took part in a celebrating culture banner project. Linda Haglund, Executive Director of the Wenatchee Downtown Association, tells us how the idea came about. . .

As we continue our look at area candidates vying for political office, tonight we highlight the two candidates running for Position 2 on the Entiat City Council, John Alt and Ryan McDonald.


This race features pilot vs. pilot. John Alt is 62-years old and was a commercial pilot for 30 years. He earned a bachelors degree from the University of Washington and was also a former auto mechanic. He says the most pressing issue facing Entiat is finishing the development of the city’s waterfront, including the building of a marina. He says while the waterfront is a big attraction to visitors, he will focus on keeping Entiat a small, Quaint, visitor-friendly community. Ryan McDonald is 37-years old and is the owner and founder of North Wind Aviation Company. He was also a former racer with the U.S. Snowboarding team and was a former Army combat engineer. McDonald also believes the waterfront development is the city’s big focus but also says the city council needs members who are mindful of what is going on from a fiscal standpoint and to look at opportunities for outside investment in the community.

Wenatchee Valley College was recently selected as one of six Washington Community and Technical colleges to receive a Washington State MESA (me-suh) Community College Expansion Grant.


The MESA Community College program goal is to recruit 100 under-represented and minority students to pursue STEM majors, which includes science, technology, engineering and math. The state legislature along with Washington MESA and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges is providing 125-thousand dollars annually to WVC to fund these efforts. The grant will help fund a MESA student center which will be located in the Eller-Fox Science Center. The new facility will be renovated this winter and will provide a study space and computers designed to provide academic and support services to MESA students.

A recap now of a couple of recent Wenatchee Valley events…


The 7th Annual Young Life Taste of Wenatchee dinner last weekend was a huge success with 360 people attending the event. The benefit dinner featured 18 local restaurants and raised around 75-thousand dollars in gifts and pledges. The money raised provides support for high school and middle school ministries and sends around 200 kids to church camp each year.


Meanwhile, costumed bike riders and runners gathered at Walla Walla Point Park last weekend for the annual Knight Fright Ride and Run. Over 35-hundred dollars was raised from the community event to help WVC students facing homelessness, hunger and other barriers threatening their ability to complete their degree. The event is held each year to raise awareness and support for the Knights Care Fund at the Wenatchee Valley College Foundation.

You’re watching NCWLIFE news. Coming up next, your sports update followed by today’s feature story. That and much more still to come on NCWLIFE News, stay with us. 


On the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from last night…


In Soccer,
Wenatchee 3, Davis 0 (Panthers win 10
straight behind 2-goals from Allie Flynn)
Cascade 4, Cashmere 2 (Kodiaks win the CTL title with 3-second half goals to improve to 12-0)
Chelan 0, Quincy 0

On the Les Schwab volleyball scoreboard last night…


The Davis Pirates bus was delayed an hour and a half by an accident on I-90 at Vantage last night trying to get to Wenatchee for its volleyball match with Wenatchee.  But as the Big 9 Varsity tilt began, Davis showed no signs of bus fatigue, pushing Wenatchee to the limit in game one.  Eric Granstrom and LeAnne Brannam were courtside for the call for NCWLIFE Channel…


So there you have it, Wenatchee get the sweep to improve to 7-2 in Big 9 play with the win.  Also last night…


Chelan went on the road to down Zillah 3-nil
Entiat remained undefeated with a 3-1 win over Riverside Christian
Tonasket topped Waterville-Mansfield 3-0

Also on the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard yesterday…


Swimming & Diving
Wenatchee 122, Moses Lake 61
Eastmont 124, West Valley 62

Slow Pitch Softball
Moses Lake came into Wenatchee and handed the Panthers their first losses of the season, sweeping a

Eisenhower at Eastmont, 7pm LIVE with Grant Olson and Jay Seabeck on the NCWLIFE Channel
Wenatchee at Davis, 7pm
Cashmere at Cascade for the Pair Bowl at 7pm
Omak at Chelan, 7pm
Odessa at Entiat, 7pm
Liberty Bell at Waterville-Mansfield for the Shockers Homecoming, 7pm

Also on the schedule for today…


Wenatchee is hosting the 11-Dive meet at the high school today at 4 o’clock

And in Cross Country running, there’s a big meet today at Oroville at 4pm.

Coming up Saturday…


Wenatchee can just about wrap up the Big Nine League title with a win at West Valley…it’s at 2pm Sat.

Wenatchee hosts Southridge, Selah, Othello, Oak Harbor, Grandview, East Valley, Davis and Richland in the annual Wenatchee Invite.  It all gets underway tomorrow morning at 8 o’clock
Cashmere at Cascade, 6:30pm
Manson at Soap Lake, 6:30pm

The Wenatchee Wild have two games this weekend starting tonight…


Wenatchee’s on the road tonight in West Kelowna to take on the Warriors at 7 o’clock.  Then they’ll return home for a game tomorrow against Merritt at 7 at the Town Toyota Center.

On the College Football Schedule this weekend…


It begins tonight for the Cougars as #8 Washington State travels to Cal for a 7:30 kickoff on ESPN
Tomorrow, Central Washington plays in Monmouth, Oregon against Western Oregon at 1pm
Eastern Washington hosts Montana State in Big Sky football with a 1 o’clock kickoff on the red carpet
#5 Washington plays a late game Saturday at Arizona State with a 7:45 kickoff on ESPN

Cub fans are happy today and breathing a sigh of relief after Chicago won a crazy game against Washington to advance to the NLCS last night 9-8…


Addison Russell had four RBI’s and Wade Davis made a 7-out save in a game that lasted four hours and 15-minutes as the Cubs ended the Nationals season.  Game 1 of the National League Championship Series will start at 5 o’clock Saturday in LA against the Dodgers and can be seen on TBS.

The American League Championship Series begins today in Houston…


New York will give the ball to Masahiro Tanaka to face the Astros’ Dallas Keuchel in Game 1.  First pitch is at 5 o’clock this afternoon and is on FS1.

The Seahawks have a bye weekend but the rest of the NFC West will have games Sunday…


The 49ers are in Washington to take on the Redskins on FOX at 10am
Arizona will host Tampa Bay, also on FOX at 10am
The Rams have an afternoon kickoff in Jacksonville at 1:05, also on FO
Seattle returns to action next Sunday in New York against the Giants


Thanks Eric…

And now on to our feature story tonight, the Native Plant Society of Wenatchee recently held a special presentation at the museum. NCWLife’s Jay Seabeck has the story. . .

We’ll be back in just a moment with a recap of some of today’s stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

The 22nd Annual Apple Blossom Auction is slated for next Saturday, with a theme for attendees at the fundraiser. Darci Christoferson, administrator for the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival stopped by Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with Dan Kuntz to talk more about the social event. . .

Fall festivities are in full swing now with Halloween quickly approaching. If you’re looking for something to do with the family, Rocky Reach Dam is hosting a Fall Harvest Roundup at Rocky Reach Park on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event features hay rides, games, trick or treating, dog sled demonstrations and live music. Kids are encouraged to come dressed up in their costumes.


Also this Saturday the Oktoberfest Trail Runs will take place at the Leavenworth Ski Hill facility during the final weekend of Leavenworth’s famous Oktoberfest celebration. The race starts at 8:30 a.m., and the Oktoberfest parade starts at Noon followed by the keg tapping at 1 p.m. in the Festhalle.


You can also show your support for the Wenatchee Valley Technical Skills Center at this weekend’s Rev Your Engine Youth Car Show, raising awareness of children and youth with mental health needs. The free event starts at 11 a.m. at the Skills Center on East Penny Road in Wenatchee.


If you’re looking for some wine, its harvest season in the Lake Chelan Wine Country and with that—the final weekend of the Lake Chelan Crush event is this Saturday and Sunday. A number of wineries are participating in the multi-day event, for a full list visit For more events happening around North Central Washington, check out our community calendar on

Mariachi Huenachi has made the trek to Washington D.C., as you can see from this selfie they snapped with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan at the U.S. Capitol yesterday. The group raised money to pay for the trip to DC to play for our nation’s legistlators after Congressman Dave Reichert extended an invite in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Here is a clip of the group playing for Congress. . .

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

The cool and showery weather that we experienced yesterday is now moving into Idaho and Montana. Dry air behind the exiting trough today allowed for a steady clearing from west to east with a few lingering showers. With a weak area of high pressure out in the Pacific, we will see a slow warming trend and drier weather for the weekend and persist through at least Monday night. This weekend looks great with lots of sunshine and a light westerly breeze. But, the nice weather will be short-lived because our satellite is showing a large area of low pressure moving over the top of the ridge and down into British Columbia. As that system continues to head our direction, we can expect much wetter weather to arrive toward the middle to latter part of next week, along with potentially windy conditions and more snowfall for the higher elevations.

Since deer season opens tomorrow, we thought it would be good timing to bring you this video for those non-hunters in your life that ask you about your success over the weekend. . .


Be sure and let us know if you CATCH anything this weekend! If you have a video of the day, you’d like to see on NCWLIFE News, message us on our Facebook Page at the NCWLIFE Channel.

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, tune in to NCWLife Channel Monday morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and all the latest news with Steve Hair. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.