NCWLIFE Evening News October 7, 2019


Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. Grant Olson is out today, I’m Jefferson Robbins. I hope you had a great weekend. Today’s top news stories are coming up, but first, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window…

… at what might be our last glimpse of truly pleasant weather for some time. Things are going to change quickly from here on out. The National Weather Service is calling for windy conditions and rapidly dropping temperatures, along with new snow on the valley floors materializing later this week. Eric Granstrom will be along midway through our report to catch us up on the latest weather news. That’s after we get to tonight’s news stories:

An apple truck tips its load at an East Wenatchee highway intersection. The Chelan County PUD remembers one of its longtime leaders. And an unlikely ATM robbery takes the cash and the machine that was holding it. But first up in news …

A Chelan County judge says crucial steps were not followed when the city of Wenatchee approved a controversial housing development in the midst of mule deer habitat.

Superior Court Judge Travis Brandt ruled last week that Blackrock Terrace, a 17-homesite neighborhood planned for the Wenatchee Foothills, must conduct scientific site analysis of how its new construction might disrupt local mule deer populations.

The lawsuit was brought by 12 neighbors of the proposed 13-acre development. Brandt’s decision says that Blackrock developers Steven and Tanya Tramp “did not comply with the provisions of the City of Wenatchee’s Critical Areas Ordinance.” One plaintiff in the case, Suzanne Hartman, tells NCWLIFE the lawsuit was about asking the city to enforce its own rules:

Hearing examiner Andrew Kottkamp must now reopen the case. The Blackrock developers have an option to appeal.


Traffic was disrupted on the ramp at Third Street and Highway 28 in East Wenatchee late Saturday morning when a truck loaded with Granny Smith apples tipped over, spilling its just-picked cargo. Ray Caveness with Randy’s Towing said they first wanted to get the apples off the roadway, so they wouldn’t roll back into the interchange when the truck was moved. The trucking company will be working this week on picking them up. That’s a job that will need to be done by hand, Caveness said, because they don’t want to disrupt the soil, and impact drainage.

Chelan County PUD Commissioners paid tribute this morning to former General Manager Jerry Copp, who died in September. Copp served as GM from 1982 to 1992. Commission Chairman Garry Arsenault described Copp as a leader, gentleman and intellectual who could “relate to Wall Street at the highest levels, but also to each and every employee at the PUD.” Commissioner Dennis Bolz commented on Copp’s advice to him as a candidate when he ran for election. . . .

Copp died of natural causes at the age of 86.  He was survived by his wife, Barbara.

The Grant County Sheriff’s office is asking for your help in tracking down a suspect in the theft of an ATM machine from a Coulee City convenience store. In a Monday morning Tweet deputies reported they were seeking two burglars who stole the ATM from inside Big Wally’s in Coulee City early this morning. Authorities say the male and female used a cutting torch to break into the store then loaded the ATM into this white SUV. Call 509-762-1160, if you have information to share.

Coming up next:

A major highway incline could be a little safer and a little saltier this winter.

And Facebook is facing fire for the way it handles political advertising in Washington.

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

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The Chelan County PUD is preparing to expand its fiber optic network in the coming year. At present 76 percent of the County has access to the PUD’s broadband network. Mike Coleman, Fiber and Telecom managing director, says the District is committed to reaching up to 90 percent of the County by 2026 as part of the Utility’s Public Power Benefit project. Coleman says the PUD fiber network is among the most advanced in the State . . .

Coleman is inviting the community to three open houses to talk about what goes into deciding where to build access next.

The open houses are slated for tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday in Leavenworth, Entiat and Manson from 4:30-6 p.m. Chelan PUD provides wholesale broadband access to local providers offering retail internet, TV and phone service.

Trinidad Hill on Highway 28 west of Quincy is known for often being a winter-driving challenge. But the Washington State Department of Transportation says it will be more ready than ever for snow and ice this year after installing a new salt shed near the hill. The new site should allow crews to respond more quickly when the highway gets bad.

Not for the first time, Facebook is in trouble with the state of Washington. The Public Disclosure Commission, which oversees political spending in the state, filed administrative charges against Facebook on Friday, saying the social-media monolith repeatedly violated a campaign finance law that requires transparency in local election ads. After settling a lawsuit last year brought by Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Facebook said last it would no longer sell political ads in Washington. But the practice has continued, and the PDC now says Facebook could be fined up to $10,000 per violation.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, Eric Granstrom’s got this weekend’s weather forecast. And the Port of Douglas County’s chief executive talks about her next steps. Stay with us.

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Lisa Parks, who has been executive director of the Port of Douglas County since 2011, will announce her resignation at Tuesday’s port meeting. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair and Jefferson Robbins have this report:

What didn’t work out, she said, was a huge cryptocurrency mining facility at Pangborn Airport. That developer, Giga Watt, filed for bankruptcy in 2018, leaving huge debts and empty buildings behind.

Major League Baseball’s post-season continued with high drama in St. Louis Sunday, where the Atlanta Braves rallied for three runs in the top of the 9th to beat the Cardinals 3-1…

Trailing one-nothing and down to their last out, Atlanta’s Dansby Swanson doubled in Billy Hamilton to tie it at one.  Adam Duvall followed with a 2-run double and the Braves lead the series 2-1.

Not so much drama in Washington, where the Dodgers took a 2-1 series lead over the Nationals with Sunday’s 10-4 win.  Justin Turner led the way at the plate, going 3-for-6 with a 3-run home run while David Freese was 3-for-3 with 2-runs.

Tampa Bay stayed alive today by teeing off on Zack Greinke in a 10-3 win over the Astros.  Of the four home runs hit by the Rays, three came off the Houston starter.  Game 4 of the series will be tomorrow in Florida at 1:15 on FS1.  Houston still leads the series 2-1.

Let’s head back to Friday on the Les Schwab Prep Football Scoreboard and see how our teams did under the lights…

First, in a game you saw right here, Omak held on to beat Cashmere 44-36.  The Pioneers raced out to a 30-14 halftime lead, so we’ll pick up the highlights to start the 3rd quarter.  Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson had the exciting call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

In the rest of the Caribou Trail League, Okanogan got by Chelan 20-to-17 and Cascade won its homecoming game over Cheney 21-14.

Nate Blauman had 229-yards and 3-touchdowns to lead Wenatchee over Moses Lake 42-13.  The Panther defense forced six Chief turnovers.

Carson Everhart scored twice on the ground and Austin Popoff added another as it took two overtimes for Eastmont to beat West Valley 23-20.

In the C-WAC Friday, Othello beat Ephrata 27-8 while Quincy was a winner over Wapato 34-nothing.

In Central Washington B league football, it was Brewster over Manson 35-21.  Oroville topped Northwest Christian 13-11.  Almira-Coulee-Hartline had no trouble with Entiat, winning 74-36.

Coming up this Friday under the lights on the NCWLIFE Channel…

We’ll be back at Wildcat Stadium for the Eastmont Wildcats and Davis Pirates.  It’s Eastmont’s homecoming game as they try to remain undefeated on the season against an upstart Pirate’s team that’s 3-and-2 so far.  Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson will have your play-by-play with the pregame at 6:45 here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

It was not a good weekend for our college football teams…

The #15 Washington Huskies laid an egg in Palo Alto, falling to unranked Stanford 23-13.  Cameron Scarlett rushed for 151-yards and a touchdown while Davis Mills threw for nearly 300-yards and a score to lead the Cardinal to the win.  Washington was held to just 88-rushing yards in the game.

Sacramento State’s Kevin Thomson threw for three touchdowns and ran for two others as the Hornets beat Eastern Washington 48-27.  This despite 309-yards passing and 103 yards rushing by Eric Barriere.

West Texas A&M ran out to a 34-10 halftime lead and cruised past Central Washington 48-41.  The Wildcats made it closer, scoring 16-points in the final three minutes.

On the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from Saturday…

Wenatchee beat Eisenhower in girls Big-9 soccer 3-1.  Moses Lake shut out Davis 1-nil.  Cascade clobbered Ki-Be 11-nil.  Omak shut out Manson 6-nil.  Quincy doubled up East Valley of Yakima 4-2.  And Ephrata kept on rolling with a 5-nothing win over Wapato.

In prep volleyball Saturday, Wenatchee swept three games from Central Valley.  Waterville-Mansfield won 3-0 over Bridgeport.  And Manson swept three from Wilson Creek.

The Cascade boys were victorious in their own Invitational Cross Country meet Saturday.  Eastmont was 3rd.  The Eastmont girls won the Leavenworth Invite while Cashmere was 3rd.

In Yakima, Kamiakin swept the boys and girls sides of the Sunfair Invitational.  The Wenatchee boys placed 5th while the Wenatchee girls were second.

Here’s what we have on the NCWLIFE Sports Schedule for this week…

It begins with volleyball tomorrow night where the Eastmont Wildcats return home from Phoenix and the Nike Tournament of Champions to host Moses Lake at 7.  Then Hockey Night Thursday features the Wenatchee Wild and Merritt Centennials.  And, as we mentioned, we’ll help Eastmont celebrate homecoming with Friday Night Lights between the Wildcats and Davis at 7 o’clock.

Speaking of the Wenatchee Wild, they dropped two heartbreakers over the weekend at the BCHL Showcase in Penticton…

Wenatchee got goals from Luke Ormsby and Harrison Scott Friday, but fell short to Salmon Arm 3-2.  Then on Saturday, Nick Caferelli, Quinn Emerson and Matt Dorsey did what they could to put the Wild back on the winning track.  But Penticton would have none of it as the Vees won 5-3.

The Wild return home this Friday and Saturday to host the West Kelowna Warriors at the Town Toyota Center.  Both games start at 7:05.

Thanks Eric.

Finally from us tonight, back in March our producer Kaitlin Hetterscheidt told you about Chelan County’s drug court, aimed at helping nonviolent offenders with narcotic addictions turn their lives around. Last week, participant Jerome Dillon became the program’s first graduate. After a year of treatment, supervision and regular check-ins with Judge Kristin Ferrera, he’s found sobriety, gotten a job and won back custody of his children … and avoided the possibility of prison time. Good luck to you, Mr. Dillon, and your five fellow enrollees in the program.

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.