NCWLIFE Evening News October 20


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—the Central Washington Burned Area Emergency Response team releases its findings from this year’s fires, Moses Lake Police shuts down a teen party in an abandoned house and Excessive speed causes a two car accident in Quincy. Later on, we’ll have sports, your weather forecast and our feature story today. But first:

The first major snowfall of the season triggered traction tire advisories on some Cascades passes this morning. Washington State Patrol Trooper Brian Moore described the scene as he drove up US 2 Stevens Pass this morning.

The wildfires are out but the job of restoring the forest landscape is just beginning on the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forest. Steve Hair reports . . .

In what may be a warning to young adults as the Halloween holiday approaches…an underage party in a vacant house went up in smoke last weekend as Moses Lake Police officers responded to a report of more than 50 teens and young adults in a foreclosed home. Steve Hair has the story . . .

Excessive speed was the cause of a two-car accident that sent three people to the hospital yesterday afternoon near Quincy.


Washington State Patrol reports that around noon Thursday, 20-year old Lindsey Blackwell of Cashmere was attempting to turn off State Route 28 south onto White Trail Road when she crossed into the northbound lane and hit an oncoming Peterbilt Semi truck driven by 50-year old Joseph Collier of Mabton. Blackwell, along with passengers Malakiah Blackwell of Cashmere and Alfonso Pena of Federal Way were all injured in the crash and transported to Quincy Valley Medical Center. Blackwell was charged with speeding.

A single vehicle accident late yesterday afternoon near Mazama sent a Marysville man to the hospital.


40-year old Joel Bacon was traveling east on State Route 20 about a half mile west of Mazama when he failed to negotiate a curve and left the roadway coming to rest in the ditch. Because of his injuries, Bacon was airlifted to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. The cause of that accident and possible charges are pending following an investigation.

Coming up, we continue our series of candidate profiles for Leavenworth City Council, the Wenatchee Mini Maker Faire takes over the Wenatchee Convention Center tomorrow and the Humane Society hosts a free spay and neuter clinic for cats. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

In a press release earlier today, the Wenatchee Police Department reports that 33-year old Nathaniel Gregg of Quincy was arrested Tuesday on several felony charges including, a felon in possession of a loaded firearm. Captain Edgar Reinfeld with the WPD explains how the puzzle pieces fit together in this case. . .


Gregg was charged with: Violation of a Harassment No Contact Order, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, 1st Degree Burglary, Domestic Violence, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and three counts of Possession of Stolen Property 2nd degree.

As our candidate profiles continue, tonight we take a look at the race for Leavenworth City Council Position 5.


The two candidates are incumbent Sharon Faye Waters and challenger Gary Planagan. Waters is 73-years old and was appointed to the city council last November. She holds a bachelors degree from Pacific Lutheran University and a masters from the University of California-Davis. Waters says she is community-minded and does not want to see the residential area in Leavenworth over-run by the tourist industry.


Her challenger, Gary Planagan, is the owner of Osprey Rafting Company. He is a board member on the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce and is also a Rotary Youth Exchange program board member. He feels the fabric of Leavenworth is starting to erode a bit and says he will try to rebuild the symbiotic relationship between businesses and residents. Monday on the NCWLife Evening News, we finish our look at the Leavenworth City Council as we profile the candidates for Position 6, Tibor Lak and Clint Strand.

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 last night in soccer…


Wenatchee 1, Moses Lake 0 (Panthers win 1st-ever Big 9 Title on Ariana Escobedo’s goal in 61st minute)
Cascade 9, Omak 0 (Kodiaks improve to 13-and-0 with the win)
Tonasket 5, Manson 0

On the volleyball courts last night…


Wenatchee hosted Moses Lake and came out a little ragged with the Chiefs leading most of the first set.  After a timeout, the Panthers straightened things out and went on for the three-set sweep.  Eric Granstrom and LeAnne Branam had the call for NCWLIFE Channel…


Also last night…


Eastmont 3, Sunnyside 0 (with the sweep, the Wildcats ensure a home-court play-in game Nov. 1st)
Chelan 3, Okanogan 0
Cascade 3, Omak 0
Entiat 3, Pateros 1 (Tigers remain undefeated and wrap up at least a share of regular season league title)
Waterville-Mansfield 3, Bridgeport 2

In slow pitch softball yesterday…


Wenatchee swept Eisenhower at WVC Softball Field 11-1 and 12-0.

Coming up today in High School Football…


Entiat at Columbia, 2pm
Moses Lake at Wenatchee, 7pm – its homecoming for the Panthers, watch LIVE on NCWLIFE
Eastmont at Davis, 7pm
Chelan at Cashmere, 7pm – its homecoming and the Battle for the Bronze shoe tonight in Cashmere
Cascade at Okanogan, 7pm
Manson at Liberty Bell, 7pm – the Trojans will try to remain unbeaten
Waterville-Mansfield at Brewster, 7pm

Coming up Saturday…


Naches Valley at Cascade, 11am
Chelan at Wahluke, 11am
Eastmont at Cashmere, 11am
Omak at Manson, 6pm

Manson at Pateros Varsity Tournament, 8am
Okanogan at Cashmere, 12:30pm

Cross Country
CWB League Championship at Liberty Bell, 11am

The Wenatchee Wild start a two-night run at the Town Toyota Center tonight in BCHL Hockey action…


The Surrey Eagles are in town tonight at 7:05 and the Penticton Vees follow tomorrow night at 7:05.  Arch Ecker will be in later to talk about the games and promotions this weekend, including a diaper toss Saturday and the Pink at the Rink painting party on Sunday.

On the College Football gridiron Saturday…


Central Washington hosts North Alabama at 1 o’clock
Eastern Washington is at Southern Utah for a 4pm kickoff
Colorado’s at Washington State as the Cougars try to bounce back from last week’s loss to Cal at 7:45
Washington has a bye

The Seahawks return from a bye last weekend and will be in New York Sunday…


Kickoff for Seattle’s game with the Giants is set for 1:25 and will be on CBS.  The rest of the NFC West has Arizona in L-A for an early, west coast kickoff of 10am on FOX.  The 49ers host Dallas for a 1:05 kick, also on FOX.

The Dodgers are back in the World Series for the first time since 1988…


Enrique Hernandez had an historic night for Los Angeles, hitting three home runs and driving in 7 RBI’s as the Dodgers shut down Chicago 11-to-1.  Clayton Kershaw got all the run support he’d need with 1 in the first, 1 in the second, 5 in the 3rd and 2-more in the 4th as he gave up just one-run through six innings.  Justin Turner and former Mariner Chis Taylor shared NLCS MVP honors.

We may know whom Los Angeles will face in the Fall Classic by tonight…


New York has a chance to clinch the American League Championship in Game 6 tonight in Houston.  Up 3-games-to-2, the Yankees will send Luis Severino to the mound to face the Astro’s Justin Verlander.  If Houston wins, Game 7 would be Saturday night at 5 o’clcok at Minute Maid Park.  Tonight’s and, if necessary, tomorrow’s games are on FS1.



If you would like to honor friends or loved ones affected by cancer, once again the paint the rink event is this Sunday from 11-2 at the Town Toyota Center.

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.


Time now for other news around the Wenatchee Valley…

Wenatchee’s mini maker faire is tomorrow morning. Wenatchee High School Student leaders Emi Kolde and Layne Knipfer (Nip-fer) joined Jay Seabeck on the NCWLife Magazine this week to talk about mini maker faire and importance of student Leadership from previous years to help them along their way. Mini Maker Faire Starts at 9AM and is free to all ages. . .

Tomorrow morning at the Wenatchee Community Center, the Wenatchee Valley Humane society will host a free Spay and Neuter clinic for cats in the Wenatchee area. Due to increase in homeless and wild cats in the area, the humane society hosts up to four of these free clinics throughout the year. We spoke with veterinarian Brad Crauer (Cr-ow-er) and Tamara Hively about tomorrows event…

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

The active weather will continue through the weekend as one storm system moves through the region today and another follows quickly on Saturday. Satellite imagery is very clear in showing an upper level low moving into the region today as a cold front continues to move east. As the low moves through, expect southwest winds to increase to 20-30 mph with gusts 30-40 mph. There will only be at best a 12-24 hour break in the weather as the next storm system moves into our area from the southwest Saturday morning. Another atmospheric river of moisture will increase precipitation chances above 200 percent of normal by mid-day Saturday.  Through the day and into Saturday night, 4-7 inches of rain will be possible above about 3500 feet on the Cascade Crest in Chelan County. The Plain, Stehekin and Lake Wenatchee areas could see over two inches of rain. The large storm system will bring widespread precipitation with a half inch of rain or more expected in the Wenatchee Valley. Some lingering shower activity can be expected Sunday morning and then as the storm system passes, winds will pick up Sunday afternoon and evening. By Monday and through most of next week, an upper ridge builds in bringing a drying and warming trend with temperatures in the lower 60’s.

Closing out our newscast tonight, we hope you have an explosive weekend…


That video comes from our news producer Uriah Darby. 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.