NCWLIFE Evening News September 10th, 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, We will have an update on the fires burning in our area. A 59-year-old Othello man died Wednesday night after a vehicle collision on Highway 28 between Quincy and Ephrata, and, A Yakima man was arrested Wednesday in Okanogan after allegedly assaulting and attempting to kidnap a barista during a robbery.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Governor Jay Inslee today expressed sympathy at the death of a toddler in the Cold Springs Fire in Okanogan County.

1-year-old Uri Hyland of Renton was found dead Wednesday, three days after he and his parents were overtaken by the fire while camping on family property 15 miles east of Brewster. His parents, 31-year-old Jacob Hyland and 26-year-old Jamie Hyland, suffered serious burns, and are still being treated at Harborview Medical Center.

In a statement, the Governor said, QUOTE, “This child’s family and community will never be the same. And neither will countless others who are reeling from the utter devastation these wildfires are leaving in their wake. I send my deepest condolences to the family and friends of this child and am keeping their parents in my mind as they work toward recovery in intensive care.”

Here’s an update now on the fires burning in our area: The Pearl Hill Fire burning in Douglas County showed little growth overnight Wednesday as several evacuation levels were lowered and some roads were at least partially reopened.

The fire, which was sparked Monday by the Cold Springs Fire in Okanogan County, is listed at 41 percent containment after burning more than 177,000 acres and at least 17 homes. Mansfield has gone from Level 3 evacuation notices to Level 2. In addition, power has been restored in Bridgeport, where numerous structures were destroyed by the fire. Evacuation notices for McNeil Canyon Road from the top to Beebe Bridge were reduced to Level 2 and Bridgeport Hill Road has been reopened to local traffic only.

Meanwhile, the Cold Springs Fire is listed at 10 percent containment as fire crews in Okanogan County reported good progress Wednesday and overnight.

Firefighters are focusing on containment lines, especially in the Haley Creek area where the fire is most active. The fire, which started Sunday night, has burned 172,000 acres and destroyed several structures.

Fire managers said additional resources, including more aircraft, have arrived to help crews on the ground.

The Apple Acres Fire burning near Chelan is at 45 percent containment and several evacuation notices have been reduced as the fire showed minimal growth in the past 24 hours.

A 59-year-old Othello man died Wednesday night after a vehicle collision on Highway 28 between Quincy and Ephrata.

The Washington State Patrol says Tito Mendez failed to yield the right of way about 7 p.m. when he pulled his 2002 Nissan Maxima from Road K Northwest into the path of an eastbound Ford F-150 pickup.

The pickup was being driven by 45-year-old Simon Mendoza of Ephrata who was treated for minor injuries at the scene. Mendez was transported to Quincy Valley Medical Center where he died.

A Yakima man was arrested Wednesday in Okanogan after allegedly assaulting and attempting to kidnap a barista during a robbery.

The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office said at 3:10 p.m. 29-year-old Steven Mejia entered the Free Bird Coffee Stand on North 2nd Ave., first asking for water, then saying it was a robbery. The 17-year-old female barista reportedly hid in the bathroom before being dragged out by Mejia.

By the time deputies, Omak Police and the Washington State Patrol responded to the robbery report Mejia had fled. But the sheriff’s office said it took just four minutes before he was found in an alley behind the Okanogan Post Office. He was booked into the Okanogan County Jail awaiting charges for robbery, attempted kidnapping and first-degree assault.

Coming up next, A Chelan County man in his 60s is the latest victim of COVID-19. Total home sales in the Wenatchee Housing market were way up in August compared to the same time last year, and the Wenatchee Valley’s largest fruit and produce company has a new chief financial officer.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

A Chelan County man in his 60s is the latest victim of COVID-19.

The Chelan-Douglas Health District reports it’s the 19th known death from the coronavirus in the two-county region, since the pandemic reached Washington early this year. So far 12 Chelan County residents are known to have died from the virus, and 7 people from Douglas County. Health officials continue to encourage wearing facial masks and maintaining six feet of social distance in public. The pandemic has so far claimed more than 1,900 lives in Washington, and 191,000 nationwide.

Total home sales in the Wenatchee Housing market were way up in August compared to the same time last year. According to Pacific Appraisal Associates, total home sales in the Wenatchee market were up 27-percent or 333 homes sold last month compared to 95 in August 2019. Closed home sales are also up year-to-date and pending transactions stand at 183 compared to 76 last year. On the down side of the report, year-to-date listings are down by 4-percent and active home listings are way down from 141 in August 2019 to 73 this year, a 48-percent drop. As is still the trend, median sales price of a home in the Wenatchee Valley also was up, 4-percent, from 345,000-dollars last August to 359, 800-dollars last month.

The Wenatchee Valley’s largest fruit and produce company has a new chief financial officer. Cristian Wulf will take over as CFO for Stemilt Growers, replacing retiring executive David Millheisler.

Wulf, who was born in Argentina, was previously an executive with professional services company Accenture for 32 years. He calls the new CFO assignment, QUOTE, “an exciting new career chapter and challenge.”

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.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .

The Pearl Hill Fire, which has scorched 174,000 acres of land since Monday, made landfall in the Columbia River town of Bridgeport. NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins visited the town on Wednesday. In tonight’s feature story, he found residents and guest workers still struggling with lost homes and limited resources, while the fire burns its way deeper into Douglas County. . .

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 Seahawks start the season in Atlanta Sunday taking on the Falcons.  Seattle is coming off an 11-and-5 campaign in 2019 and within a win in its final game against San Francisco of wrapping up home field advantage through the playoffs.

Preparing for the 2020 season has been odd with COVID and no preseason games.  Coach Pete Carroll says getting ready for Sunday has been interesting…

Seattle was one of very few NFL teams who made it through training camp without a positive COVID test.  Carroll says staying safe throughout the season will be a challenge…

The Seahawks are hoping to improve on defense this season but a challenge to prepare has been the lack of live football to practice tackling.  Carroll says that’s always a focus heading into week 1…

For 9th year linebacker Bobby Wagner, he says he’s excited to get out with his fellow defenders on Sunday and see if their hard work pays dividends…

A key focus has been on improving Seattle’s pass rush and defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Jr. says he expects big things with the additions of Bruce Irvin and Benson Mayowa…

Seattle and Atlanta kick off Sunday morning at 10 o’clock on FOX.  The NFL season kicks off tonight in Kansas City where the Chiefs host Houston at 5:20. You can watch that game on NBC.

The Mariners got a tough lesson in San Francisco last night, where the Giants pounded Seattle’s starting pitcher for 7-runs in a 10-1 victory…

Nick Margevicius (mar-GAV-ish-ish) gave up 7-runs in 4-and-a-third innings, dropping his record to 1-and-3 on the season, as he struck out six and walked three.  Manager Scott Servais said the learning curve continues.

Seattle’s lone run came on a Kyle Seager sacrifice fly in the 8th inning.  The Mariners have a rare day off today before beginning a 3-game series in Arizona Friday at 6:40.

Let’s take a look at the Les Schwab American League West Scoreboard from last night…

Isiah Kiner-Falefa was 4-for-4 with two runs to lead Texas past Los Angeles 7-to-3.  The Rangers platooned 7-pitchers in the victory.

Ramon Laureano’s walk-off single scored Tommy La Stella as Oakland topped Houston 3-2.  The win helped the A’s extend their lead in the American League West to 5-and-a-half games over the Astros.  Their lead is 8 over the Mariners, who dropped to 19-and-24.

We have Hockey on TV tonight at 7 o’clock…

The Wenatchee Wild host the Merritt Centennials in BCHL play from last September 21st.  Arch Ecker has the play-by-play starting at 7 o’clock.

Wenatchee hosts Eisenhower in Big-9 football from last September 26th tomorrow at 6:30.  Join me and Grant Olson for the call there.

Then on Saturday, Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen have the call at 2 o’clock of last year’s first meeting between Wenatchee and Eastmont in Girls Soccer.  That’s followed by the Jerry Berschauer Memorial 100 race LIVE at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval…

I’ll join Greg Rentz will have the call Saturday night.  We’ll start our coverage LIVE on Facebook beginning at 5:30 and then here on TV at 6 o’clock.

Thanks Eric.

As we leave you tonight, a service that delivers nutritious meals to seniors in NCW is asking for your help.

Okanogan County Transportation and Nutrition delivers frozen meals to 3,500 seniors in Chelan and Douglas counties.

The nonprofit team is in the midst of a $50,000 fundraiser to buy equipment for delivery of hot, fresh meals. You can contribute to the effort by donating through their website,, or through their GoFundMe or Facebook pages.

Now let’s check in with Eric Granstrom for a look at what’s coming up tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, 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.