NCWLIFE Evening News October 4, 2019


Happy Friday and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. Grant Olson is out this week, I’m Jefferson Robbins, filling in and learning the ropes as I go. Today’s top news stories are coming up, but first, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window…

The pleasant temperatures continued today, sunny with a high in the 60s. Looks like much the same is on tap through the weekend. Ereic Granstrom will be along later with the full weather forecast. But now here’s some of the stories we’re following tonight.

The Chelan County budget looks like it might be another tight one for the coming fiscal year. Boaters need to beware around Rocky Reach Dam while PUD crews do some tidying up. And Soap Lake spent a day living with water that wasn’t as clean as the town’s name implies.

But first up in news …

Two Grant County men are charged with carrying out a series of thefts and burglaries last month in the Chelan area. Travis Hintz and Nicholas Anardi of Moses Lake were arrested September 25th during a traffic stop. The two men are suspected in several thefts and car prowls reported in the two days prior.

Deputies said some of the stolen property was found in their vehicle during the stop. Hintz and Anardi face charges including burglary, vehicle prowl, possessing stolen property. Some of the stolen items have been returned to their owners.

TheChelan County PUD says a contractor will use a helicopter Saturday to place new buoys below Rocky Reach Dam. Officials say the long-planned project will reestablish the buoy line that keeps boats 400 feet below the spillways and the end of the fish bypass.

The contractor will install five new buoys designed to withstand high flow and have reduced drag. A solar-powered light on each one will make them more visible at night. Boaters are urged to avoid the area for safety. Cost of the project is about $300,000. Rocky Reach Discovery Center will be open as usual on Saturday.

Chelan County Commissioners say they expect more belt tightening in 2020. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair met with the Commissioners this week as they prepared to set next year’s operating budget.

The Wenatchee Waste Transfer Station reopens after being closed for several weeks due to a small fire. Waste Management District Manager Curt Kazen says the South Wenatchee Avenue facility is open on its regular schedule after making necessary repairs. The August 6th fire broke out from a fault in a hydraulic pump. Customers dropping off waste were temporarily re-routed to three other disposal points.

Some small communities got a little juice for their vital projects with the latest round of federal grants.

And a major break in the pipes break forces Soap Lake to temporarily boil its tapwater.

That’s all just ahead. I’m Jefferson Robbins, and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Stay with us.

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Residents of Soap Lake are under a boil order for their home water use after a main city line broke in four places on Thursday afternoon. The line breaks, in the Main Avenue area were repaired by Thursday night, but as of tonight, the boil order remains in effect for everyone on the city water system. The Soap Lake Police Department helped out Friday morning by donating bottled water to the town’s three schools, as well as a long-term care center.

NCW communities including
Omak, Okanogan, and Bridgeport got some good news this week with hundreds of thousands of dollars in Community Development Block Grants.

The town of Okanogan now has $24,000 to study improvements to its levees, to protect against flooding like that shown here; Bridgeport gets more than $275,000 to spend on fire protection equipment and a downtown revitalization plan; and $458,000 to Omak to upgrade its stormwater system. Overall about $10.5 million from the federal grant program was distributed to 25 rural communities statewide.

This Saturday the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society will be participating in the Statewide Shelter Open House from 11 – 3. NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson has more:

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, Eric Granstrom’s got this weekend’s weather forecast. And Kaitlin Hetterscheidt tells us how the Cashmere museum is making something old seem new again. Stay with us.

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A cherished piece of Cashmere history got some tender loving care just in time for this weekend’s Apple Days festivities at the Cashmere Museum and Pioneer Village. NCWLIFE’s Kaitlin Hetterscheidt has more:

Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.  The Seahawks had a little luck and some good plays last night to outlast Los Angeles 30-29 at CenturyLink Field…

On a night when the late Paul Allen was inducted into the Seahawks Ring of Honor, it seemed maybe he provided one more breath of wind in Seattle as a potential game-winning field goal for Los Angeles missed just wide-right in the closing seconds.

Seattle clawed through five lead-changes to go ahead on a 12-play, 75-yard, nearly 7-minute drive when Russell Wilson found Chris Carson on a 5-yard touchdown throw to take a 30-29 lead with 2:34 remaining.  Wilson had an MVP-caliber night, completing 17-of-23 passes for 268-yards and 4-touchdowns as the Seahawks improved to 4-and-1.

Pete Carroll was blown away at the tenacity of his team to hang in and come through…

Wilson was quick to credit his teammates for helping him provide yet another comeback win for the Seahawks…

Seattle is off until October 13th when it will travel to Cleveland to take on the Browns.

We have high school football coming up tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel as the Cashmere Bulldogs host the Omak Pioneers…

Omak is 4-and-oh and is coming off a forfeit last Friday from Oroville, who said they didn’t want to put their kids at risk by playing a much-bigger Pioneer team.  Cashmere is 3-and-1 having lost at Cheney last Friday 22-15, turning the ball over 5-times in the contest.  I asked Coach Bryan Bremer if his team is meeting his expections…

Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson will have your play-by-play with the pregame at 6:45 tonight here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Wenatchee will be on the road for the first time this season tomorrow in Moses Lake.  The Panther defense will try to contain the Chief’s offensive attack with the help of senior linebacker Jax Tucker.  He says Wenatchee’s fortunes hinge on togetherness and communication…

Kickoff at Lions Field is at 7 o’clock.

The Eastmont Wildcats take a 4-and-oh record on the road to West Valley to take on the 1-and-3 Rams.  For senior defensive end Dom Torres, he says what he’s learned at home has helped him with his teammates in treating everyone like family…

Eastmont and West Valley kick off at Zaepfel Stadium at 7 o’clock.

So let’s run down the rest of the schedule for tonight across the gridirons in North Central Washington.  Chelan is at Okanogan while Cascade hosts Cheney in Caribou Trail League play.  The CWAC has Ephrata at Othello while Quincy’s at Wapato.  In North Central Washington B League play tonight, it’s Brewster hosting Manson while Almira-Coulee is at Entiat.

Turning to the Les Schwab Scoreboard from last night in prep soccer…

Cascade edged Okanogan 3-2.  Cashmere beat Pateros 9-nil and then Omak 8-nil.  Quincy blanked East Valley 4-nil and Ephrata was a 5-nothing winner over Wapato.

In prep volleyball action last night, Wenatchee topped Eisenhower 3-0.  Quincy swept Toppenish 3-0.  Ephrata was also a 3-0 winner over Grandview.  Okanogan topped Cascade 3-2.  Omak downed Cashmere 3-1.  And Entiat swept Easton 3-0.

Wenatchee swept Davis and Eisenhower in girls swimming yesterday at Lions Pool in Yakima.  The Panthers beat the Pirates 134-to-42 and the Cadets 123-to-49.

Coming up tomorrow in high school sports…

In girls soccer, Manson travels to Omak at 11.  Cascade hosts Kiona-Benton while Chelan’s at Wahluke at 11.  Then at 1 o’clock at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl, Wenatchee hosts Eisenhower.

In girls volleyball, Eastmont continues playing in Phoenix at the Nike Tournament of Champions.  Bridgeport plays at Waterville-Mansfield at 12:30.  Wenatchee is on the road at Central Valley at 2:30.  And Wilson Creek hosts Manson at 4pm.

And tomorrow at 10am, Wenatchee and 7 other schools will run cross country at Eisenhower.  Cashmere, Eastmont, Moses Lake, Quincy and four other schools will be up in Leavenworth for the Leavenworth Ski Hill Invite at Noon.

The Wenatchee Wild are in Penticton at the BCHL Showcase this weekend…

They’ll face Salmon Arm today at 1 and then Penticton tomorrow night at 7.  You can hear the games with our good friend Arch Ecker on 560 KPQ.

Central Washington is in West Texas for a 5 o’clock kickoff.  Eastern Washington plays at Sacramento State at 6.  Then tomorrow night on ESPN, it’s #15 Washington at Stanford at 7:30.  Washington State has a bye this weekend.

Walker Buehler and two relievers held Washington to 2-hits in the Dodger’s 6-nothing win in Game 1 of the NLDS last night…

Max Muncy led the way offensively, going 2-for-3 with 3-RBI’s while Gavin Lux and Joc Pederson added some power with solo home runs.  Game 2 is tonight at 6:37 on TBS.

It was a much different story in Atlanta, where St. Louis won a 7-6 contest after a wild 9th inning.  The Cardinals broke a 3-all tie with two, two-run doubles by Marcell Ozuna and Kolten Wong.  Then in the bottom of the 9th, the Card’s Carlos Martinez had to hold on for dear life as the Braves hit two home runs but couldn’t do any more.

Game 2 of that series is today at 1:37 on TBS.

The American League Divisional Series get underway today with Tampa Bay play at Houston at 11:05 this morning on FS1.  Then at 4:07 it’s Game 1 of the Yankees and Twins in New York on the MLB Network.

Thanks Eric.

Finally from us tonight, on September 5th, Grant County Sheriff’s deputies spent the better part of the morning looking for a cougar roaming through Ephrata. Cameron Quist was able spot the wayward animal as soon he stepped out of his home in the northwest part of town. He also got a first-hand look at a deputy in pursuit. The cougar eluded capture and made its way back into the wild.

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, keep it right here on the NCWLIFE Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, with host Dan Kuntz. Filling in for Grant Olson, I’m Jefferson Robbins. We’ll see you here tomorrow night.