NCWLIFE Evening News October 2nd, 2020


Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. Grant Olson will be along later with this weekend’s weather forecast, I’m Jefferson Robbins. Before we get to today’s top news stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

The weather story today is largely the return of smoke to the North Central Washington valleys. Wildfires in California and elsewhere are contributing to that haze, but thanks to inversion, the worst of it is remaining high above the valley floors. Wenatchee, Chelan and elsewhere showed moderate rates of air pollution today. That’s likely to be the picture through the weekend. The other half of this is the return of summerlike temperatures. We got an early autumn reprieve for most of this week, but forecasts right now are calling for 80-plus temperatures all the way through Sunday. Grant will have the full story in a few minutes.

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight: Wenatchee Valley College decides to keep its winter classes online-only for now. There’s a bit of good news in the local fight against COVID-19. And a local doctor warns the coronavirus isn’t the only disease threat facing us with the approach of winter.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Chelan County sheriff’s deputies this week arrested the director of an Upper Valley Christian youth camp, on suspicion of voyeurism and domestic violence. 45-year-old David Saugen of Plain, director of Tall Timber Ranch near Lake Wenatchee, allegedly recorded video or images of a teen showering in his home on Sept. 20.

He’s also accused of shoving and injuring a family member who saw the alleged incident and confronted him. Deputies say he admitted elements of the crimes to his family, and was arrested Wednesday afternoon, after they contacted police.

Saugen has been executive director of Tall Timber Ranch since 2015. The camp is affiliated with the Northwest Coast Presbyterian Church, and hosts Bible-based retreats for children and young adults. As of this morning, he remained held in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center on $25,000 bond. Deputies are seeking charges of first-degree voyeurism and fourth-degree domestic assault.

Wenatchee Valley College announced Friday that most of its classes will remain online for the winter quarter, and its campus will continue to be closed to the public. The college said no decision has been made yet on spring quarter of 2021. Students need to register for winter quarter online by December 21st. The college said they will continue to offer a small number of hands-on classes that follow strict COVID-19 guidelines.

Statewide in Washington, after a steady six-week decline, new cases of COVID-19 have plateaued and are now starting to increase.

State medical officer Dr. Kathy Lofy said this week of all economic sectors, the greatest number of cases persist among those employed in food service and agriculture:

Full reports are available on the state Department of Health website.

The Chelan-Douglas Health District’s weekly thermographic shows good news in the local fight against COVID-19. The rate of new cases in the two counties continues to slow, from 162 new cases per 100,000 people in the population last week, to just over 114 cases as of Wednesday. That rate is important, because until the Wenatchee Valley reaches just 25 cases per 100,000, important sectors of the economy, like businesses and schools, won’t be deemed safe to reopen for public gatherings. The health district still encourages everyone to wear a mask and maintain six feet of social distancing when in public.

Coming up next, it’s safer now than it was a week ago to conduct outdoor burning, but authorities say use every caution to keep fire risks down. And Governor Jay Inslee says it soon might be a good idea to wear that mask inside as well as outside. I’m Jefferson Robbins and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Fire restrictions are being lifted throughout the state but state and local agencies are warning that people still need to be cautious about sparking a wildfire.

In addition to many county burn bans being lifted Thursday, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife lifted its fire restrictions as well as its temporary ban on target shooting. Fish and Wildlife is also urging people to be extra cautious in areas burned by this year’s wildfires. The agency warned that hazards such as unseen holes where roots have burned up or trees that could fall are possibilities in burned areas.

The campfire ban in the national forests was lifted last week.

With more than 100 new cases of COVID-19 discovered among University of Washington students, Gov. Jay Inslee says people of the state need to take pandemic precautions when gathering inside, during the autumn months and into winter. He had this to say at a Wednesday press conference:

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, a local physician says your flu shot is more important this year than ever. Your complete local weather forecast and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .

Doctor Rick Hourigan of Confluence Health says even though it could be a lighter flu season this year because so many people are using face coverings, washing their hands and practicing social distancing, it’s still vital that people get flu shots. Hourigan talked with Wake Up Wenatchee Valley’s Dan Kuntz about what to expect in the upcoming flu season.

Now with his daily look at our weather forecast, Grant Olsen. Grant?

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.

Carlos Hyde was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round of the 2014 NFL draft.  He played four seasons in the Bay Area and became quite accustomed to the rivalry with Seattle.  Now that he plays for the Seahawks, he says he can see why this team is successful…

Hyde could see more carries Sunday in Miami when the Seahawks take on the Miami Dolphins.  Chris Carson is questionable after having his knee twisted in a tackle in the fourth quarter against Dallas last Sunday.

Quarterback Russell Wilson has been selected the NFC Offensive Player of the Month for September.  The 9th year pro broke an NFL record with 14-touchdown passes through the first three games of the season.  He says while that’s all fine, he warns the season has just begun…

The Seahawks defense has had its challenges so far this season and ranks dead-last in many categories against the pass.  Coach Pete Carroll says they’ll have their hands full with Miami’s Ryan Fitzpatrick on Sunday…

Seattle tried to add more depth on defense this week after suffering more injuries against the Cowboys, including a groin injury to strong safety Jamal Adams.  Defensive Coordinator Ken Norton, Jr. says the injuries drives the message home that everyone up and down the depth chart needs to be prepared to play…

Seattle and Miami play at Hard Rock Stadium Sunday with kickoff set for 10 o’clock our time.  You can watch the action on FOX.

Let’s open up the Les Schwab Scoreboard on a busy Thursday across Major League Baseball…

Ian Anderson and three relievers combined on a 2-hit shutout of Cincinnati today as the Braves won 5-nothing to wrap up the Wild Card series.  Marcell Ozuna and Adam Duvall hit homers to play add-on in the 8th for Atlanta, who now awaits the winner of Chicago and Miami for Game 1 of the NLDS Tuesday.  The Cubs and Marlins were rained out yesterday and will try to make up Game 2 today at 11:08am on ABC.

Chad Pinder’s 2-run, 5th-inning single proved to be the game-winner as Oakland beat Chicago 6-4.  White Sox pitchers walked 9 batters, including two bases-loaded walks in a 4-run 4th inning.  The A’s will face Houston in the ALDS with Game 1 on Monday.

San Diego won a wild, back-and-forth, 7-home run affair over St. Louis 11-9 to even its National League Wild Card series at a game-apiece.  Trailing 6-2 in the 6th, Fernando Tatis, Jr. hit a 3-run home run followed by a solo shot from Manny Machado to tie it at 6.  Then in the 7th, Will Myers and Tatis, Jr. hit back-to-back homers to take a 9-6 lead.  The Cardinals came back with 2-runs in the 8th to make it 9-6.  Myers homered for the second tim in the bottom of the 8th to make it 11-8.  St. Louis’ Paul Goldschmidt homered in the 9th but that’s as close as the Cardinals could get.  Game 3 is today at 4:08pm on ESPN.

Los Angeles advanced to the National League Division Series with a 3-nothing win over Milwaukee last night.  Clayton Kershaw was dominant over 8-innings, allowing no-runs on 3-hits with 13-strikeouts and one-walk.  L-A’s scoring came in the 5th on an RBI-single by Austin Barnes and a 2-run double by Mookie Betts.  The Dodgers await the winner of San Diego and St. Louis for the NLDS beginning Tuesday.

Again, here’s a recap on what’s on tap today.  Miami and Chicago meet in Game 2 of their National League Wild Card Series at 11:08am on ABC.  Then at 4:08 on ESPN it’s Game 3 between St. Louis and San Diego.

Finally, here’s what we have on tap for sports this weekend on the NCWLIFE Channel…

It begins tonight with Big-9 football from last October 11th when Eastmont hosted Davis.  Tune in at 6:30 for the call with Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson.

Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen have the play-by-play Saturday at 2 for Cashmere and Eastmont girls soccer from last September 12th.  Then at 6, it’s the rebroadcast of last Saturday’s season finale at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval featuring the Neal Newberry 125 presented by Pepsi.  Eric Granstrom and Greg Rentz have the call.

There’s a couple volleyball matches on Sunday with Eric on the call as Wenatchee hosted Sunnyside last September 17th at 2 o’clock.  Then at 7, it’s Eastmont and Eisenhower from last September 19th.  It’s all right here on your local TV station, the NCWLIFE Channel.

Thanks Eric.

Concerts and theater events might seem like a thing of the past right now, but if you paid to attend an event through Brown Paper Tickets, the state attorney general thinks you might deserve arefund. AG Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit this week to recover about $760,000 for ticket buyers nationwide, and $6 million for event organizers. Brown Paper Tickets is accused of defrauding customers who sold tickets through the service, and denying refunds to buyers. Ferguson claims the company violated the Consumer Protection Act in the process.

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 night.