NCWLIFE Evening News September 12, 2019


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 Chelan City Council voted 4-2 Tuesday to move forward with the purchase of 9.8 acres of lakefront property on Spader Bay, just north of town. Mixed economic news tonight in the Wenatchee job market as more people are working this year than last year, but the number of new jobs being created has slowed, and, we will let you know how a shipping closure on the Bonneville Lock and Dam could impact Waterville Plateau wheat farmers.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

An Edmonds man crashed a stolen vehicle near Warden on Wednesday, then stole the car of the Good Samaritan who stopped to help him.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office says 25-year-old Jaret Hester wasn’t done yet. With a Grant County Sheriff’s deputy in pursuit, Hester made his way to Interstate 90 in the stolen Ford Excursion.

He then was spotted by a Moses Lake police officer exiting onto Highway 17 and speeding through the parking lot of Shari’s Restaurant and into a field where the Ford got stuck in more than a foot of water.

Hester then took off on foot to nearby West Coast Auto Sales, where the sheriff’s office reports he was arrested by pursuing deputies while trying to steal a third vehicle.  He was jailed on multiple charges. The Sheriff’s Office says drug use is suspected.

The Chelan City Council voted 4-2 Tuesday to move forward with the purchase of 9.8 acres of lakefront property on Spader Bay, just north of town.

The city will offer $400,000 for the undeveloped land, currently owned by former state Sen. Linda Evans Parlette and her sister, Terrie O’Neal. The property has been for sale for some time and is currently listed at almost $2 million. If their offer is accepted, the city has 120 days to complete studies of the property. Access currently would be limited to walking or by water, with the city hoping to make it part of a trail system from Don Morse Park.

Mixed economic news tonight in the Wenatchee job market as more people are working this year than last year, but the number of new jobs being created has slowed.

According to the latest economic report from the State Employment Security Department, the region had 900 more nonfarm jobs in July 2019 than July 2018. The 1.9% increase is down from the 2.9% increase from 2017 to 2018, which was ahead of the state’s growth rate at that time.

The number of people living here and looking for work also grew, resulting in an increase in the unemployment rate to 4%, up from last year’s 3.2%. The number of unemployed in the two-county region this July climbed by 657, for a total of 3,197, while the labor force expanded by 525 people to 79,626. The jobless rate has been creeping upward during each of the past eight months.

A shipping closure on the Bonneville Lock and Dam shouldn’t have much impact on most Waterville Plateau wheat farmers.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it must replace a concrete wall section in the Bonneville navigation lock; river traffic should resume by Sept. 30. Many Washington growers ship their produce by river barge through Bonneville, but HighLine Grain Growers, the co-op which represents about 3,000 farmers and landowners north of I-90, ships most of its product by truck or by railroad. CEO Paul Katovich says harvest is wrapping up, with about 95 percent of yields already brought in.

Coming up next, Wenatchee High School students plan to march next week on an international day of climate action. Over 250 veterans are expected to take part in Saturday’s Stand Down event at the Wenatchee National Guard Armory, and, we will let you know about some of the events happening around the valley this weekend for you to enjoy.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Wenatchee High School students plan to march next week on an international day of climate action. On September 20th, organizers say students will march from WHS to the Wenatchee City Hall, as one of more than 500 “climate strikes” planned for that day nationwide. The march is set to proceed about 11:15 a.m., featuring public speakers and a documentary presentation at the Wenatchee Community Center.

Over 250 veterans are expected to take part in Saturday’s Stand Down event at the Wenatchee National Guard Armory. Its partly organized by the group, Vets Serving Vets of North Central Washington. Spokesman, Ron Bruno says the event is held to help honorably discharged veterans in need with donated clothing, boots, blankets and other items. . .

Organizers were faced with some challenges after the rain storm earlier in the week threatened to put a damper on the Stand Down, Bruno explains. . .

Bruno says the Veterans can get free health care screening at the VA Health Van as well as get a free haircut and massage. The event is from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday. Veterans are required to bring proof of service documents for admission.

Time now to find out what’s happening around the valley for you to enjoy this weekend. Here’s NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson. . .

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Make that two hits for Kyle Lewis in his 2-day-old Major League Career, both of which home runs…

The rookie came through with a three-run home run last night to help Seattle beat Cincinnati 5-3 at T-Mobile Park.  Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the 7th with Sunny Gray cruising on a 1-hitter through six, Seattle put two aboard for Lewis.  The 24-year old from Snellville, Georgia swung at the first pitch and drove it over the right-center field wall.

Marco Gonzales was the beneficiary, picking up his 15th win of the season by going 7-innings and allowing 2-runs on 5-hits with 7-strikeouts.

Seattle goes for the sweep tonight with No. 5 prospect Justin Dunn making his Major League debut.  He’s expected to pitch 2 or 3 innings and give way to Tommy Milone.  Tyler Mahle will go for the Reds at 7:10.

On the Les Schwab American League West Scoreboard from last night…

Rougned Odor’s 3-run home run in the bottom of the 7th gave Texas a 10-9 win over Tampa Bay.

Francisco Lindor’s 2nd inning 2-run home run helped Cleveland jump out early to stay as the Indians dropped the 4-to-3.

Sean Murphy homered and Matt Olson had a 2-run double in a 4-run 6th inning as Oakland topped Houston 5-3.  The A’s remain a half-game in front of Cleveland for the final American League Wild Card playoff spot.

Coming up on the Prep Sports Schedule for today…

In Girls Prep Soccer, Chelan hosts Quincy at 4:30.  Ephata plays at Cascade at 6:30.  And, tonight at 7, it’s Eastmont entertaining the Cashmere Bulldogs.  You can watch it LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel with Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen on the play-by-play.

On the volleyball courts tonight, Wenatchee travels to Chelan; Manson hosts Lake Roosevelt; and Entiat is at Waterville-Mansfield.  All those games start at 6:30. At 7, it’s Eastmont taking on Ellensburg at Eastmont High’s gymnasium.

In the pool this afternoon, Moses Lake is the sight for a 4 o’clock Pentathlon.  The Chiefs will entertain Eastmont, Wenatchee, Eisenhower, Davis and West Valley.

And the weekend of high school football gets underway tonight, believe it or not.  Entiat plays host to Wilbur-Creston tonight at 6 o’clock.

Coming up tomorrow, it’s Brewster at Quincy.  Tonasket hosts Manson. Liberty Bell travels to Waterville-Mansfield. Cashmere’s on the west side facing Sultan.  Ephrata plays host to Cascade.  Warden is up in Chelan.  Wenatchee hosts Lewiston in the Apple Bowl.  And the game we’re featuring here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Eastmont takes it’s 1-and-oh record up against the 1-and-oh Pasco Bulldogs.  Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson have your play-by-play with the pregame starting at 6:45 here on your home for local sports.

Also tomorrow night, Moses Lake travels to Mt. Spokane at 7:30.

Wenatchee Coach Scott Devereaux says if his team hopes to bounce back from last week’s loss to Mount Si tomorrow night against Lewiston, they have a lot to improve upon…

Quarterback Camden Sirmon says he had trouble getting in sync with his wide receivers…

Wenatchee and Lewiston kick off at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl starting tomorrow night at 7 o’clock.

Bobby Wagner says the Seahawks defense will have to do better against the pass Sunday in Pittsburgh, especially against the likes of Ben Roethlisberger…

Seattle and Pittsburgh kickoff on Fox Sunday at 10am.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, there were a lot of tickets handed out to Bridgeport High School students as they drove to school Wednesday, which was a good thing.

The tickets were given by Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Sam Tonseth to students who were wearing their seat belts and were not talking on their phones.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Sam Tonseth issued the tickets Wednesday in Bridgeport, while Wenatchee police officers Jared Reinfeld and Rheid Cline singled out Wenatchee students Tuesday. The tickets at both schools were then entered into a drawing for a gift card.

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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. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.