NCWLIFE Evening News October 23rd, 2020


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

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, Washington state on Thursday surpassed 100,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the first case was confirmed back in February. As younger students make their way back into classrooms in Chelan and Douglas counties, the Chelan-Douglas Health officer says there’s no evidence so far of any COVID-19 transmission in schools, and, 9-1-1 service was out for about half an hour in much of the state Thursday afternoon, including North Central Washington.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A man was killed in an early morning house fire today in East Wenatchee. The fire was reported at about 5 a.m. in the 2500 block of Sunset Highway, just outside city limits. Douglas County Fire District 2 and Chelan County Fire District 1 responded.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said the man was the only person in the home. A portion of the highway was closed for about three hours while firefighters worked on the blaze. Kay McKellar, spokeswoman for the fire districts, said the fire burned a home and two-car garage. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

Washington state on Thursday surpassed 100,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the first case was confirmed back in February. The state Department of Health called it a QUOTE sad and sobering milestone. UNQUOTE

As of Thursday, the state was at 100,525 cases out of almost 2.3 million people who have been tested. 8,183 people have been hospitalized by the virus and 2,289 people have died from COVID-19 in Washington state.

As younger students make their way back into classrooms in Chelan and Douglas counties, the Chelan-Douglas Health officer says there’s no evidence so far of any COVID-19 transmission in schools. In fact, Doctor Malcolm Butler said kids may be safer in school than at home. . .

Later in the newscast in our feature story, we will have Butler’s thoughts on whether trick-or-treating is a good idea this Halloween.

9-1-1 service was out for about half an hour in much of the state Thursday afternoon, including North Central Washington.

The Chelan County Sheriff advised people to use RiverCom’s non-emergency line during the outage. In Grant County, the sheriff’s office said people could still text 9-1-1 for emergencies or use a non-emergency line during the outage.

9-1-1 service went out just before 4:30 Thursday afternoon and was restored just before 5 p.m. Washington state Emergency Management said it is investigating the cause of the outage, which was reported on both sides of the Cascades.

Coming up next.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Area Realtors are offering grant funds to help victims of this year’s wildfires with housing costs.

The grants from the North Central Washington Association of Realtors are for people affected by the Pearl Hill Fire in Douglas County, the Apple Acres Fire in Chelan County and the Cold Springs in Okanogan County. Qualified applicants can receive help with either monthly mortgages or rental costs.

The assistance is limited to no more than $1,000 per household and the deadline for applications is January 8th. Application information is available on the NCWAR website at ncwar-dot-realtor-dot-com, or by calling 509-663-1211.

Rep. Dan Newhouse will have a full day of meetings and tours with officials from Okanogan County this Monday, October 26th.

First at 1:00 p.m., he will host a meeting at Mid Valley Hospital in Omak with healthcare officials and hospital administrators from Okanogan County to discuss their ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19 and increase access to care.

Then at 2:30 he will host a wildfire recovery roundtable at the Elks Club in Omak with law enforcement, first responders, emergency management staff, local officials, tribes, and community leaders to discuss recovery efforts for the recent wildfires as well as preventative measures.

Newhouse will then end his day at 3:45 with a tour of the Cold Springs Fire damage alongside Okanogan County Sheriff Hawley. They will drive through the damage, including the Omak Mill, and end at a nearby ranch surrounded by burn damage.

As the season’s first winter storm hits much of the region this weekend, state officials have two pieces of advice for motorists: First, studded tires are not legal until November 1st. It would take a major snow event to move that date up, and nothing like that is in the forecast. Second, if you’re headed over a pass, practice putting on your vehicle’s chains ahead of time.

Chains were required on Stevens Pass this morning, the first such requirement of the season. Regional Washington State Patrol information office Trooper John Bryant says practicing will make things much easier later and potentially save you a $503 dollar fine. . .

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, tonight’s feature story and your complete local weather forecast. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

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The Chelan-Douglas Health District is urging parents not to let their kids go trick-or treating this year. In tonight’s feature story, in his weekly video update on COVID-19, Health Officer Dr. Malcom Butler said yesterday that kids going door-to-door is QUOTE, an incredibly bad idea, UNQUOTE. . .

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.

The man who was the catalyst behind the sports complex at Wenatchee Valley College will finally have his name attached to it…

Sandy Cooprider, who retired in 2015 after teaching, coaching and mentoring at WVC for 44-years, will have his name permanently attached to the fields he helped build.  The college’s Board of Trustees announced Wednesday that the complex that includes Paul Thomas, Sr. Baseball Stadium, North Rotary Fastpitch Field, Mike Hollis Soccer Fild and the multipurpose field will be known collectively as the Cooprider Sport Fields Complex.

There will be a naming ceremony when gatherings are safely allowed.  The complex will feature a plaque honoring Cooprider and detailing his legacy at Wenatchee Valley College.

For the first time in 244-days, the Wenatchee Wild played hockey.  OK, it was against themselves, but it’s still hockey!

The Blue’s played the White’s in a scrimmage at the Frontier Ice Arena in Coeur d’Alene yesterday with the Blue team coming out on top 6-5.

Maksis Brimanis scored two goals in a losing effort for the White team.  Also lighting the lamp were his teammate’s Luke Gallagher, Owen Bohn and Jack Lambert.  The winning Blue team got goals each from Copeland Fricker, Cy LeClerc, Tyson Shaw, Dereck Humphries, Bear Hughes and Aidan Cobb.

The teams will drop the puck again tonight at 7:15 in Idaho.

Here’s what we have on-tap for the weekend of sports on the NCWLIFE Channel…

It begins at 6:30 tonight with Big-9 football from last fall when the Wenatchee Panthers took on the Sunnyside Grizzlies.

Our 2 o’clock matinee tomorrow features girls soccer from last October when Wenatchee hosted West Valley.  Then at 6, it’s a rebroadcast of racing at WVSO from July 18th.

Sunday’s doubleheader is a girls-soccer special as Cashmere and Cascade play at 2 followed by Moses Lake and Wenatchee at 7.

Game 3 of the World Series is also on tap tonight in Arlington, Texas with things all knotted up at 1-1…

Tonight’s pitching matchup is a dandy as Walker Buehler goes for the Dodgers, who is 1-0 in the postseason with a 1.89 ERA.  He’ll go up against Tampa Bay’s Charlie Morton, who is 3-and-oh this postseason with a 0.57 ERA.  First pitch at Globe Life Field is at 5:09 and you can watch the action on FOX.

The Seahawks game against Arizona has been flexed by the NFL into a night game Sunday…

Seattle is 5-and-oh, while the Cardinals are 4-and-2 heading into the contest that was originally supposed to be a 1:05 kickoff.  The game that was originally in the night schedule included Las Vegas and Tampa Bay but several of the Raider’s offensive lineman had to be quarantined because of a positive COVID-19 test.

The Arizona offense is run by second-year quarterback Kyler Murray.  He’s thrown ten touchdown passes this year and ran for another six.  Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner says you have to be prepared for anything with Murray, especially in the red zone…

Defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Jr. says the bye week afforded he and his coaching staff to reevaluate their side of the football and see what could be done to improve…

The focus on Murray is often times about what he does with his feet in moving around in the pocket, extending plays and creating yardage on the ground.  But Seattle strong safety Quandre Diggs has a different perspective when it comes to Murray…

The Seahawks are beginning a stretch of four division games in the next five weeks.  Seattle and Arizona kickoff at 5:20 on Sunday Night Football on NBC. 

Thanks Eric.

It was a rather delicate job, but Department of Natural Resources workers were able to rescue a skunk with a bottle stuck on its head on Loup Loup State Forest Road in Okanogan County. DNR reported today that they were able to remove the jar with both human and skunk unharmed. DNR said the incident is a timely reminder about not dumping garbage on public land.

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Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up Monday 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 Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.