NCWLIFE Evening News October 22, 2019


Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. Grant Olson is away; I’m Jefferson Robbins. A lot of news today, but before we get to it, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

We got a sunny but slightly gusty picture today, a pleasant day for a walk as long as you could hold onto your hat. The clouds and rain that persisted into Monday after this weekend have faded away, but the National Weather Service today blessed us with a wind advisory. Windspeed as measured at Pangborn Memorial Airport, ranged anywhere from 25mph to gusts of 33mph. At least the sun felt nice. Eric Granstrom will be along later with the full weather picture plus everything you could ever want to know about NCW sports.

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight: Friends and family of a Moses Lake woman are hoping for the best after she didn’t return from a North Cascades hike. A new tax could mean a new jail for overburdened police and corrections officers in Grant County. And Washington’s education chief makes a visit tomorrow to Wenatchee Valley schools.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Police are investigating a fatal head-on crash near Brewster as a case of vehicular homicide. Traffic was detoured around the scene of the wreck 9:30am on US Highway 97 at 17th street about 5 miles North of Brewster. State Trooper John Bryant says the accident was caused by an impaired driver . . .

The crash left one lane blocked for much of the morning. The name of the deceased person and the suspect driver have not yet been released.

A Moses Lake woman is missing and believed to have taken shelter from the storm during a wilderness hike in Skagit County. Rachel Lakoduk is 28 years old, and hasn’t been seen since Thursday, when she hiked toward Hidden Lake Lookout in the North Cascades National Park on what was supposed to be a seven-mile overnight trip. Bad weather set in, and local search and rescue agencies haven’t been able to reach the lookout cabin, which sits at 6,800 feet elevation. More efforts, including helicopter searches, are planned as weather allows. Rachel’s family holds out hope that she’s safe inside the lookout cabin.

Voters in Grant County will decide in the November election on a three-tenths of one-percent Law and Justice sales tax. The county would get 60 percent of the money collected, with the rest distributed to cities. For the county, the plan is to build a new jail to deal with overcrowding at its current facility. With its $3.3 to $3.6 million collected each year from the sales tax, the county hopes to build a $60 million jail in Ephrata with a 20-to-30-year bond repayment. Soap Lake Police Chief Ryan Cox talked about what passage of the measure would mean for his city.

Washington residents can dispose of unused medications throughout the state as part of a federal drug takeback effort this weekend. The Drug Enforcement Administration wants to collect prescription and over-the-counter medications so they can’t be lost or misused. Saturday is the official day for the takeback event, but many sites offer drug drop-off services year-round. In the Wenatchee Valley, those takeback locations are Central Washington Hospital and the Wenatchee Valley Clinic, Washington Valley Pharmacy, Doane’s Valley Pharmacy in Cashmere and Cascade Medical Center in Leavenworth.

This morning State Superintendent Chris Reykdal was in Wenatchee where he was immersed in the dual-language program at Lewis & Clark Elementary.

In Wenatchee’s Dual Language classrooms half the day is taught in English and half the day is taught in Spanish. At Lewis & Clark, students who speak English at home and students who speak Spanish at home are in the same reading class.

Reykdahl said Wenatchee is “blazing the path that other districts around the state are trying to figure out.” Reykdahl says his vision for Washington education is to have all students learning a second language beginning in kindergarten, if not earlier.

Coming up next: The Chelan PUD looks at ways to fireproof its electrical infrastructure; and Wenatchee Valley College starts the long process of constructing a new flagship building. I’m Jefferson Robbins and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Stay with us.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFe Evening News. I’m Jefferson Robbins in for Grant Olson. .

Making Chelan County’s electrical grid more resilient to future wildfires will not mean planned rolling blackouts such as California is experiencing lately. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair reports . . .

Wenatchee Valley College will break ground next Tuesday on its 37 million-dollar Wells Hall replacement building. The groundbreaking ceremony will be at 5 p.m. with a reception to follow in the Music and Art Center. Construction of the new 70,000-square-foot building will begin next month and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2021. In addition to classrooms, the building will house the Chelan County Emergency Operations Center and a conference center available for public use. Demolition of the old Wells Hall will begin November 4th.

Next week, the state will begin the process of requiring that all non-residential commercial buildings over 50,000 square feet meet new energy efficiency standards. The so-called Clean Buildings Law is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing buildings. On Oct. 30th at 2 p.m., the state Department of Commerce will hold a webinar to explain how that process will work. They’ll then hold in-person meetings in November and December. The standards they come up with will be voluntary until 2026, when they’ll become mandatory. Building owners will be offered incentives to help them meet the requirements.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, we sit down with a Dryden woman who was on the front lines of Wenatchee’s polio outbreak. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News. Stay with us.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .

polio swept through the Wenatchee Valley starting in 1952, one Dryden woman was a fighter on the front lines. NCWLIFE’s Kaitlin Hetterscheidt and Jefferson Robbins visited with her, and learned she’s still active in the fight today.

And that is a look at your local weather forecast, coming up next, tonight’s sports report and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

Game 1 of the World Series is tonight in Houston where the Astros host the Washington Nationals…

It’s the first time in history as either Washington or their prior location in Montreal that this franchise has qualified for the fall classic.  Houston enters the World Series for its third time, the last being in 2017 when they beat the Dodgers in 7-games.

The Nats will send 11-game winner Max Scherzer to the mound against Houston’s 20-game winner Gerrit Cole.  You can watch the game on FOX.

The Seahawks coaching staff constantly preaches the importance of possessing the ball.  Keeping it on offense and taking it away on defense.  Neither of these keys went well in Sunday’s 30-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, and Coach Pete Carroll is well aware…

The Ravens intercepted Russell Wilson and returned it 63-yards for a touchdown and later picked up a fumble from DK Metcalf and raced for an 18-yard score.  Carroll is quick to focus on the positive and move forward…

Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson gouged Seattle’s defense for 116-yards and was only sacked once.  That gives the Seahawks a total of 11-sacks through 7-games that ranks Seattle 27th in the league.  Carroll says he’s not concerned about it…

Seattle heads to Atlanta Sunday to take on the Falcons and former Seahawks defensive coach Dan Quinn, who’s team is struggling at 1-and-6.  Kickoff is at 10am.

Let’s take a look at the prep sports schedule for today, first in girls soccer…

Brewster hosts Bridgeport while Omak’s in Chelan today at 4.  Tonight at 6, it’s Selah at Ephrata; Quincy hosts Prosser; and Wenatchee travels to Moses Lake.  Cascade will host Okanogan at 6:30.  Then at 7, it’s Eastmont and Sunnyside at Wildcat Stadium in East Wenatchee.

On the volleyball courts tonight, Entiat hosts Pateros at 5:30.  Okanogan is in Leavenworth to face Cascade at 6:30 while Chelan’s at Omak.  The 7 o’clock games feature Ephrata at Ellensburg; Quincy’s in Selah; Eastmont’s on the road at Sunnyside; and the Wenatchee Panthers host the Moses Lake Chiefs.  We’ll have that LIVE on NCWLIFE tonight with Eric Granstrom.  Our pregame show begins at 6:45.

And in cross country action today, the Big-9 has its second meet of the season in Moses Lake at Blue Heron State Park at 3:30.  At 4, Cascade will host Cashmere at Enchantment Park.

Here’s a reminder of what’s coming up this week on NCWLIFE in the world of sports…

As we mentioned, it begins tonight with Moses Lake and Wenatchee volleyball from Wenatchee High School at 7 o’clock.  Hockey Night Thursday features Wenatchee and the West Kelowna Warriors at 7.  Then, Friday Night Lights features the Big-9 Game of the Week between Wenatchee and Sunnyside at 7.

Now you see on here that we’re airing the West Valley-Wenatchee girls soccer game Saturday at 1.  The game will actually be played Thursday night at 7.  It was moved to Thursday because of a death of a student at West Valley and the funeral is Saturday. 

Wenatchee Athletic Director Jim Beeson tells us all of the soccer games (c-team, JV, etc.) have been moved to Thursday.  It being homecoming week and there being a dance Saturday, this actually worked out well for all those planning to attend Saturday night’s festivities.

So again, for all you parents and others who were planning to attend West Valley at Wenatchee soccer Saturday, all the games have been moved to Thursday.  We were planning to broadcast Saturday’s game LIVE on NCWLIFE, but now we’ll just record it Thursday and air it Saturday in its original time slot of 1 o’clock.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce has produced a voters’ guide with information on every race in Wenatchee and East Wenatchee. The online guide is available in both English and Spanish on the chamber’s website Wenatchee-dot-org. The chamber sent three questions to every candidate for every race in the upcoming election, from school board to sewer district races. Election Day is Tuesday, November 5th.

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a check on 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 night.