NCWLIFE Evening News October 8th, 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, An East Wenatchee man has been charged for his part in a high-speed chase. Voters in Douglas County can expect to start casting their votes less than a week from now, and, Even though the 2020 fire season is winding down in Washington, there still will be smoke in North Central Washington as the U.S. Forest Service gets a jump on its prescribed burn program.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Moses Lake man and woman were attacked by their own dog this morning, hospitalizing both, with the man in critical condition.

Kyle Foreman of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office said the attack happened at the Harvest Manor mobile home park on Airway Drive Northeast at 11:20 a.m. He said the dog has been captured. The attacked happened inside the couple’s mobile home. They were transported to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake.

Meeting in their only debate before the November election, Governor Jay Inslee and his opponent, Republic police chief Loren Culp, painted sharp contrasts on everything from mandatory masks to responses to rioting to wildfires and climate change. Here are some of the highlights from last night’s debate. . .

Voters in Douglas County can expect to start casting their votes less than a week from now.

The county says ballots will be mailed to registered voters on Oct. 13th, next Tuesday, three days ahead of the statutory start for the 18-day voting period. Ballots from Chelan County and all others are due to be mailed by Oct. 16th, next Friday. There’s still time to check your registration through the Washington Secretary of State’s office, at The last day to register for this election is Oct. 26th.

Construction workers punctured a natural gas line Wednesday at a home in the 1000 block of Madison Street, leading to a neighborhood evacuation.  Emergency crews were called to the site and the road was shut down about 8:53 a.m. Chelan County Fire District 1 says a crew from Cascade Natural Gas was able to plug the leak about half an hour later. No one was injured.

Even though the 2020 fire season is winding down in Washington, there still will be smoke in North Central Washington as the U.S. Forest Service gets a jump on its prescribed burn program.

The Forest Service says the burns are a vital part of its wildfire prevention efforts as crews remove burnable fuels from the forest. First up are areas of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest near Twisp, Winthrop Mazama and the Loup Loup Ski Bowl.

Coming up next, A Moses Lake home and hardware store is among 11 businesses penalized by the state for failing to enforce COVID-19 mask rules. A new Health District survey shows 93% of visitors to stores in Chelan and Douglas Counties are wearing face masks, and, The city of East Wenatchee is looking for some holiday cheer in the form of a donated Christmas tree.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

A Moses Lake home and hardware store is among 11 businesses penalized by the state for failing to enforce COVID-19 mask rules. The Department of Labor and Industries says employees at Penhallurick’s Home & Building Center did not wear masks as required, and did not enforce mask rules among visiting customers.

The business also did not post mandatory signs warning customers of the requirement. Penhallurick’s must pay $1,500 for the violations, which were noted by L&I investigators between July and September. Other businesses cited were in Spokane, Ritzville, Auburn, Enumclaw, Chehalis and Olympia.

Speaking of masks, in the Wenatchee Valley, 93 percent of shoppers are observing mask rules when they go into local stores. That’s one finding of a survey conducted in late September by the Chelan-Douglas Health District. The sample was almost 2,500 people observed shopping in 12 cities.

The findings weren’t quite as good among store employees, where mask use was just 90 percent. Masks and social distancing are the recommended tools for slowing the spread of COVID-19 in public, and executive orders from Gov. Jay Inslee make masking mandatory for both retail workers and customers.

The city of East Wenatchee is looking for some Christmas cheer. If you have a good-sized fir or spruce tree growing on your property, and you’d like to get rid of it, the city will take it off your hands and use it as its own official holiday centerpiece. They’ll even get rid of the stump for you. Trees should be25 to 30 feet tall. If you can help, get in touch with the city at 884-9515 if you have a tree that fits the bill.

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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If you haven’t been to Cashmere lately, you might want plan a trip because the annual Scare Crazy displays are more imaginative than ever this year. You can then vote on your favorite scarecrow on the Scare Crazy in Cashmere Facebook page. Voting closes October 15th. In tonight’s feature story, here are just some of the displays you can see throughout town. . .

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 Pac-12 will start the 2020 season in a month and the schedules are now out for Washington and Washington State…

The league will play a brief, 6-game schedule beginning November 7th.  The Huskies kickoff at Cal, then host Oregon State and Arizona before traveling to the Palouse for the Apple Cup the day after Thanksgiving.  UW will return home to host Stanford December 5th before wrapping up at Oregon December 12th.

The Cougars play at Oregon State November 7th before hosting Oregon and then traveling to Stanford.  Following Washington’s visit November 27th, WSU will travel to play Southern Cal and finish December 12th against Cal.

The Pac-12 will host its championship game December 8th and for teams that don’t play in it, there will be a cross-over game to play North vs. South of the same seed.  So the No. 2 team in the North will play the No. 2 team in the South and so on.

The A’s were able to stave off elimination thanks to the long ball against Houston in the American League Divisional Series yesterday…

Oakland got home runs from Tommy La Stella, Mark Canha, Matt Olson, Marcus Semien and Chad Pinder to down the Astros 9-7 in Game 3 of the ALDS.  Oakland was trying to stay alive today in Game 4.

Kevin Kiermaier hit a 3-run home run and Michael Perez a 2-run shot as Tampa Bay edged a game-away from eliminating the Yankees 8-to-4.  Charlie Morton worked 5-innings on the mound for the win as Tampa Bay took a 2-1 series lead.  Game 4 underway on TBS.

Atlanta is a game away from moving on to the National League Championship after a 2-nothing win over Miami Wednesday.  Ian Anderson and 4-relievers combined on a 3-hit shutout as Atlanta took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.  The Braves had a big lead and looked to be sweeping Miami earlier today.

Things got heated at times in last night’s NLDS Game 2 between San Diego and Los Angeles.  The Padres came crawling back with 2-runs in the 9th before Joe Kelly finally coaxed the final out to preserve the 6-5 win.  Clayton Kershaw earned the victory on the mound, going 6-innings and allowing 3-runs on 6-hits with 6-strikeouts.  The Dodgers will go for the sweep tonight on the MLB Network.

The Seahawks made a move to bolster its defensive line Wednesday by signing Damon “Snacks” Harrison to its practice squad…

Harrison is a former All-Pro who played with Detroit last season.  Coach Pete Carroll says they were able to add him to the practice squad, which with the changes this year, means that he can play when he’s ready…

Seattle is preparing to take on the Vikings on Sunday Night Football.  Coach Carroll says the Seahawks will have to continue focusing on all aspects to remain unbeaten…

With all the injuries to the Seattle defensive side of the ball, rookies and no-names have had to fill in.  One that fits both those rolls in rookie Ryan Neal.  He was brought off the practice squad last-minute two weeks ago against Dallas and made the game-saving interception.  Then, he found himself on the roster again last Sunday in Miami and made another interception.  Neal said this has been a crazy few weeks in his life…

The Seahawks and Vikings kick off at CenturyLink Field Sunday at 5:20 on NBC.

Here’s our sports schedule on the NCWLIFE Channel…

It begins with Hockey Night tonight at 7 with the Wenatchee Wild taking on the Merritt Centennials at the Town Toyota Center.  Arch Ecker has the play-by-play.  Speaking of, Arch will be our guest on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley tomorrow so be sure to tune in for that as we preview a wacky season upcoming.

Friday night is high school football as Wenatchee takes on the Davis Pirates in Big-9 play.  Grant Olson and Eric Granstrom have your play-by-play starting at 6:30 tomorrow.

Then on Saturday, it’s Wenatchee and Eastmont girls soccer at 2 o’clock with Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen on the call.  And at 7, we’ll re-air our first-ever broadcast of racing at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval from June with Dick’s Heating and Air Conditioning Opening Night.  It’s all right here on your LOCAL TV station, NCWLIFE Channel.

Thanks Eric.

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.