NCWLIFE Evening News September 21


Good evening and welcome to NCWLIFE News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight — campfire restrictions are lifted by several agencies, several earthquakes rock Mount Rainier and an Ellensburg representative is elected to the Pension Policy committee. Later on, we’ll have sports, your weather forecast and our feature story today. But first:

With rain and cooler temperatures coming into Washington, DNR is now permitting campfires in designated campgrounds on DNR-protected lands.


The statewide burn ban instituted Sept. 6 still prohibits all other outdoor burning is banned. For a fuller description of activities prohibited by the burn ban, go to

The US Forest Service reports Campfire restrictions have been reduced on the Chelan, Entiat, Wenatchee River, Cle Elum and Naches Ranger Districts. Campfires will now be allowed but only in designated campgrounds. Campfires are still prohibited district-wide on the Methow Valley and Tonasket Ranger Districts.

Mount Rainier’s been rocked by a series of small earthquakes over the past week, but seismologists say there’s no need for concern.

Paul Bodin with the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network says its not unusual to see swarms of tremors lasting for a couple of days and then die out.


The first of the 23 quakes struck on Sept. 11 near the volcano’s summit. The largest of the quakes registered magnitude 1.6.

Representative Matt Manweller of Ellensburg has been elected chair of the Select Committee on Pension Policy or (SCPP). Manweller has been a member of the SCPP for four years and chaired his first meeting on Tuesday. Manweller was a prime sponsor of House Bill 2202, which corrected a discrepancy in the Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters pension system related to the eligibility of EMT’s. The SCPP is made up of 20 members who study issues and policies affecting the state’s public employee retirement systems.

Coming up, a work party on the Peshastin Mill Trail honors a longtime advocate and the St. Joe’s hosts its 18th Harvest Festival this weekend. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.


A work party is planned for this weekend on the new Peshastin Mill Trail. NCWLIFE Steve Hair reports that Saturday’s event is organized by the Central Washington chapter of the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance.

St Josephs Church hosts the 18th annual Harvest Festival this weekend in Wenatchee. It’s a major fundraiser for the Church and school and it’s an all-volunteer effort according to organizers. The festival features music, food, games and a beer garden, so there’s something for everyone . . .


The Harvest Festival is an all-day event starting at 10 am on the school grounds and admission is free although wristbands for kids games and inflatables are 18 dollars but its half-off the price, if you bring a non-perishable food donation.

You’re watching NCWLIFE news. Coming up next, your sports update followed by today’s feature story. That and much more still to come on NCWLIFE News, stay with us.



Thanks Eric…

We’ll be back in just a moment with a recap of some of today’s stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.


And now a recap of our top story…


And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.


Tonight through Friday, the stubborn upper level trough will continue to influence the weather over the Inland NW. Currently, our satellite loop shows the main low center is over the Canadian prairies with its trough axis stretching back across western MT, southeast WA and into central Oregon. The scattered showers we saw in some locations today are expected to dissipate tonight.  Temperatures will cool into the 30s and mid 40’s overnight and some patchy frost is possible in some higher elevation cold spots. No major changes to the extended forecast as the upper level low will slowly move east of the area Friday night and Saturday. Meanwhile a flat ridge of high pressure will nose into western Washington, which will set up a mainly dry, warm northerly flow over the Inland Northwest. On Sunday and into early next week that high-pressure ridge will slowly slide east of the Cascades. Temperatures will warm about 2-3 degrees each day with high temperatures finally making it back to the lower to mid-70s by Wednesday and Thursday, which is right at seasonal highs for this time of the year.

Our kicker video today comes from Colorado but could have easily happened here in the Colockum.  Chris Burandt and his buddy Clay Hill of Hill Guides & Outfitters were archery hunting for elk when they had a close encounter…


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