NCWLIFE Evening News October 7th, 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, The first day of communitywide COVID-19 testing drew a big response in Wenatchee and East Wenatchee on Tuesday. In an announcement yesterday, Governor Jay Inslee eased some Covid restrictions on Counties in Phase 2 or 3, and, The Chelan City Council has filled its vacant seat, we will tell you who it is.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

With criminal trials resumed in Chelan County, a trial date has finally been set for the two people suspected of starting the Colockum Fire back in July.

Wade Ryan Hawkins and Kristen Bree Horner are charged with first-degree arson, for allegedly setting the 3,000-acre fire on July 24th. On Monday, a judge scheduled their trial for Dec. 15th. Sheriff’s deputies say the couple set the fire near Colockum Road in order to distract police, who were en-route to arrest Hawkins over a trespassing dispute. Hawkins was released from jail last month on $105,000 bond. Horner remains held in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center.

The first day of communitywide COVID-19 testing drew a big response in Wenatchee and East Wenatchee on Tuesday.

In fact, the Chelan-Douglas Health District said so many people showed up at Wenatchee High School they exceeded their testing capacity and needed to tell some to come back another day this week.

Between the two cities, 386 people were tested. The free self-administered testing will continue in Wenatchee from 1 to 7 p.m. through Friday at the high school. There are no more communitywide tests scheduled in East Wenatchee but the health district said they’re working on more dates and venues for both cities.

Governor Jay Inslee on Tuesday announced some modifications to Washington’s Safe Start plan, but most only apply to counties in Phase 2 of COVID-19 recovery.

Chelan and Douglas counties remain in a modified Phase 1. The new rules affect school and non-school sports, movie theaters, libraries and many businesses, but again, only in Phase 2 or better. The Governor discussed the changes in a press conference. . .

In order to reach Phase 2 and benefit from the new rules, the Wenatchee Valley must lower its infection rate to at least 25 new cases per 100,000 people over a two-week period. Last week, that rate was 114 per 100,000.

Chelan businessman Chris Baker has been selected to fill a vacant position on the Chelan City Council. In his letter of application, Baker said he previously was a public school teacher for 8 years and has owned and operated a house painting business for the past 15 years, in addition to a home-watching business he started in 2018.

Baker replaces Ray Dobbs on the Council. Dobbs resigned this summer, saying he was moving to East Wenatchee.

Coming up next, The city of Wenatchee is seeking 250,000 dollar investment from Chelan County for Lincoln Park revitalization. Chelan County PUD is celebrating Public Power Week by highlighting some of its longtime customers including 66-year members Ray and Betty Lee Taylor. A local Washington State Patrol Trooper is remembered, and, Ted Nugent has taken his fame in rock-n-roll and turned it into a platform for local gun rights and conservative activism. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The city of Wenatchee this week asked Chelan County commissioners to share some cost to redevelop Lincoln Park. The 18-acre recreation site in South Wenatchee is due for vast upgrades, and Parks and Recreation director Dave Erickson hopes $250,000 set aside by the county for economic development can be made available for the project. . .

Erickson expects the total project to cost about $3.4 million Chelan County commissioners received the city’s quarter-million-dollar request Monday, but tabled it for future action.

Chelan County PUD is celebrating Public Power Week by highlighting some of its longtime customers. That includes Ray and Betty Lee Taylor.

The PUD says Ray was going through some boxes recently when he found a check he’d written to the PUD back in 1957 as treasurer for the First Baptist Church. The bill for two months of power totaled a whopping 1-dollar-and-80-cents.

Ray and Betty Lee have been PUD customers for 66 years. And Ray was also an employee of National Bank of Commerce when PUD leadership came in to arrange financing to buy Rock Island Dam from Puget Sound Energy.

The Washington State Patrol is marking its 100th year of service by remembering troopers lost in the line of duty.

This week, that includes Trooper Jim Saunders, a former Leavenworth resident killed by a gunman during a traffic

stop in 1999. Saunders was only 31 years old. He’d been a state patrol officer for nine years.

A decade after his death, he was remembered in Leavenworth with a memorial bench, designed by artist Ben Bark and placed along Highway 2. The State Patrol held a special dedication ceremony for the bench in 2013.

Ted Nugent has taken his fame in rock-n-roll and turned it into a platform for gun rights and conservative activism. He and his wife, Shemane, have gone to social media to promote Lauren Culp for governor of Washington. . .

Culp, the Republican police chief of Republic is facing the Democratic incumbent Jay Inslee for governor.  The two will face off tonight at 8 o’clock here on the NCWLIFE Channel in a Gubernatorial Debate presented by the Washington State Debate Coalition.     

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Community members will honor nine new Eagle Scouts from throughout the region with a parade at 2:30 Saturday afternoon in Town Toyota Center Parking lot. In tonight’s feature story, Wake up Wenatchee Valley’s Dan Kuntz talked with three of those Eagle Scouts this week about the community service projects they completed to help them earn Scouting’s highest achievement. . .

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 British Columbia Hockey League, or BCHL, is made up of 17-teams.  Only one of which is outside British Columbia…the Wenatchee Wild.  And with the border closed from the U-S to Canada because of COVID-19, Wenatchee is left on its own to figure out any type of pre-season activity.

Wenatchee coach Chris Clark says that means they have to be creative on formulating an exhibition schedule…

The Wild will have a mix of new players and returners to make up this year’s roster.  Clark says one thing for sure is that they will play Wenatchee Wild style hockey…

Wenatchee has made the playoffs in each season since joining the BCHL in 2015, winning it all in 2018.  Clark says the tradition of winning helps to continue stocking the shelves with good players season after season…

Support for the Wild has been unflappable since the team’s first season in 2008.  Last year, an average of 2,274 fans bought tickets for 28-home games at the Town Toyota Center.  That was second-only to Penticton in the entire BCHL.  Clark says he appreciates the support and can’t wait to be able to play in front of Wild Nation again…

Stay tuned for information soon on an exhibition schedule for the Wild.  Wenatchee is hopeful to be able to join the rest of the BCHL when the regular season begins in early December.

Opening up the Les Schwab Scoreboard on Day 2 of Major League Baseball’s Divisional playoffs…

Walker Buehler and four relievers held San Diego to 1-run on 3-hits with 14-strikeouts as the Dodgers topped the Padres 5-to-1.  Los Angeles broke a 1-1 tie with a four-run sixth inning as Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger each came up with RBI-singles.  Game 2 is tonight on FS1.

Atlanta came from behind with a 6-run 7th inning on home runs by Travis d’Arnaud and Dansby Swanson to beat Miami 9-to-5. 

Tampa Bay turned the tables on New York last night in Game 2 of their American League Divisional Series.  One night after the Yankees blasted four home runs, the Rays drove four of their own out of the park in a 7-5 victory.  Former Mariner catcher Mike Zunino was one of four Tampa Bay players to hit homers.  Giancarlo Stanton also went yard for the Bronx Bombers including a 3-run shot in the 4th.  Game 3 is on TBS.

George Springer hit two home runs and drove in 3 to lead Houston past Oakland 5-2 in their Divisional Series.  The A’s had an early lead on Khris Davis’ home run in the second.  But Springer’s first home run, a two-run shot, in the 3rd gave the Astros a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.  Houston was going for the sweep today.

And for the fourth time in franchise history, the Seattle Storm have won the WNBA Title…

Breanna Stewart scored 26-points and was a unanimous selection as the Finals MVP.  Seattle’s 33-point win was the largest-ever in WNBA Finals history.  The Storm add this year’s championship to those won in 2004, 2010 and 2018.  Sue Bird, who turns 40 next week, has been a part of four titles with the Storm.

Thanks Eric.

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Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at 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 Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.