NCWLIFE Evening News September 29


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:


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And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight— a big rig overturns on I-90, spilling a load of potatoes, the State department of agriculture recalls an organic milk brand due to salmonella, and Wenatchee School District prepares a $120 million dollar bond for voters next spring. Later on, we’ll have sports, your weather forecast and our feature story today. But first:

Confluence Health and the Wenatchee Eye and Ear Clinic will become affiliated according to terms of an agreement announced recently. The two health care organizations decided changes needed to be made to build a more secure future for their employees and the local community.


In a news release issued by Confluence Health its reported that recent circumstances such as difficulties in replacing the anticipated retirements of two out of the five physicians at the Eye and Ear Clinic plus challenges to its continued operation have diminished the clinic’s ability to assure its long term viability. No layoffs are expected as a result of the affiliation.

A semi-truck lost its brakes early this morning as it tried to exit off of I-90 which caused the truck to tip over sending his load of potatoes spilling into the ditch. According to the Washington State Patrol, the accident happened on I-90 around 8:00 as the truck was exiting onto Huntzinger Road. Fortunately, the driver of the big-rig was not injured in the accident.

The Washington State Department of Agriculture is advising consumers not to drink Pride and Joy Dairy organic retail raw milk because it may be contaminated with salmonella, an organism that can cause serious illness.


The public health notice was sent out earlier today after random sampling by the WSDA found salmonella in bottled organic raw milk collected from the Pride and Joy Dairy in Toppenish. Locally, the Pride and Joy Dairy distributes their products to: Bear Foods in Chelan, Settler’s County Market in Ephrata and Moses Lake, Sage Mountain Natural Foods in Leavenworth and both the Rhubarb Market and Wenatchee Natural Foods in Wenatchee. The milk product in question has a best-by date of October 4th. The WSDA continues to investigate the source of the problem and so far, there has been no reported cases of human illness associated with this product.

An October arraignment is set in connection with a longtime Wenatchee broadcaster who’s accused of sexual abuse of two children who lived in his home between 1998 and 2000. Steve Hair reports for NCWLIFE News. .

Coming up, Wenatchee School District prepares a $120 million dollar bond for voters next spring, the county hosts a free hazardous waste disposal, a family of a missing hiker offers a 10,000 dollar reward for information and prescribed burning begins in the region. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

In 1972, Wenatchee High School was built to accommodate around 16-hundred students. Latest enrollment figures show the school currently has around 21-hundred students.


Next April, a 120-million dollar bond will go to voters that would pay for the renovation and expansion of Wenatchee High School. Earlier this summer, the Wenatchee School Board approved a plan that would include building a three-story classroom wing behind the gym, a new kitchen and commons area, a new music room and a remodel on every classroom in the facility. If approved, the bond, and subsequent remodel, would increase available space in the school by almost 60-thousand square feet. The bond would also pay for updates to the track and possibly new restrooms and concession stand.

Today and Saturday Chelan County residents have the opportunity to dispose of household hazardous waste. The waste collection is free for Chelan County residents and includes hazardous materials such as; drain and oven cleaners, wood strippers, paint thinner, gasoline, pesticides, herbicides and bleach.


There are four area waste drop-off locations, two on Friday and two on Saturday. Friday’s locations include, the Wenatchee Forest Service office located at 215 Melody Lane in Wenatchee from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and at the Entiat Fire Station #1 from 10 a.m. to noon. On Saturday the drop-off locations are the Chelan Fire Station at 232 East Wapato Avenue from 9 a.m. to noon in Chelan and at the Peshastin Elementary School from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For a complete list of acceptable hazardous waste go to

The family of a missing Pacific Crest Trail hiker is now offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information in his disappearance. Kris Fowler, who also goes by the name Sherpa, was last seen in Central Washington almost a year ago hiking more than 2,000 miles with the last confirmed sighting on Oct. 12 in Packwood. According to officials two bear hunters may have seen Fowler 10 days later at Blowout Mountain. The family runs a Facebook page, Bring Kris Fowler Home where people can submit tips and find more information.

Nearly 1,700 runners from all over the northwest and the country will participate in Saturday’s Leavenworth Oktoberfest Marathon and Half Marathon.


This marks the 13th year of the popular running event which has grown from 250 in its first year to near capacity fields each year. The Marathon is set to begin at 7:00 am at the top of Icicle canyon with a mass start of almost 300 runners who are transported to the start line by bus. Half-marathoners are expected at more than1,400 and will launch at 9:00 am from a new start line created in the Fish Hatchery Pond area off of East Leavenworth Road. The Leavenworth Marathon is one of a select few across the nation that is certified as a Boston Marathon Qualifier.

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.




On the Les Schwab Scoreboard from last night in soccer…


Wenatchee 7, Eastmont 1
Jaden Griggs scores a hat trick with three goals for the Panthers and Alli Rader added two as Wenatchee remained unbeaten in Big Nine play.  Maddy Chandler scored the lone goal for Eastmont.

Cascade 3, Kiona-Benton 2 (Ashley Parton 2-goals and an assist for the Kodiaks)
Cashmere 9, Chelan 0 (Grace Erdman 4-goals and an assist for the Bulldogs)
Manson 1, Bridgeport 0 (OT) (Trojans earned their first win in four seasons)

On the volleyball court last night…


Wenatchee 3, Eastmont 1
It was a hard-fought rivalry type of game between the Panthers and Wildcats last night at Eastmont High School.  Eric Granstrom had the call with LeAnne Branam here on the NCWLIFE Channel…


Also on the Les Schwab scoreboard from last night…


Chelan 3, Cashmere 0

In Swimming and Diving, Wenatchee had no trouble downing West Valley 149 to 33.

On the Prep Football Schedule for tonight…


West Valley at Eastmont, 7pm – Wildcat’s homecoming LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel w/Grant Olson
Post Falls, Idaho at Wenatchee, 7pm
Omak at Cascade, 7pm
Chelan at Zillah, 7pm
Okanogan at Cashmere, 7pm
Manson at Tonasket, 7pm

On the Prep Schedule for the weekend in Soccer…


Chelan at Brewster, 11am
Cascade at Selah, 1pm
Cashmere at Prosser, 1pm
Manson at Mabton, 1pm

In volleyball…


Wenatchee, Eastmont, Chelan at Cascade are at the Linda Sheridan Classic Tournament at Ferris High School today and tomorrow.
Cashmere at Sunnyside Saturday, 1pm

The Leavenworth Marathon and Half-Marathon start at the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery tomorrow morning.  The marathon gets going first at 7 with the half-marathon to follow at 9.

It’s also the 3rd Annual Dark Side Festival at Squilchuck State Park.  The event features a mountain bike race, a beginner skills clinic, live music, beer garden and food.  It begins tomorrow morning at 10am and goes until midnight.


On the college football schedule for the weekend…


The big clash in the Pac-12 is tonight in the Palouse as Washington State hosts USC.  Kickoff on ESPN is at 7:30.
Simon Fraser at Central Washington, 1pm
Sacramento State at Eastern Washington, 1:30pm
Washington are Oregon State, 5pm – Pac-12 Network


The Mariners begin their final series of the season tonight in Anaheim…


Former AppleSox pitcher Marco Gonzalez (1-1, 6.25 ERA) will face Tyler Skaggs (2-6, 4.48 ERA).  First pitch at the Big A is 7:07pm.


Seahawks fans will be able to get all their honey-do’s done during the day Sunday because the Hawks

Seattle hosts Indianapolis on Sunday Night football with a 5:30 kickoff on NBC.  Earlier in the day, the rest of the NFC West has the Rams in Dallas at 10am on FOX and the 49ers are in Arizona to play the Cardinals at 1:05, also on FOX.

Thanks Eric…

The documentary SHE STARTED IT gives a new face to the popular image of the tech entrepreneur—a female face. This Thursday, a number of local community tech organizations are co-hosting a free documentary night and panel focusing on females in the tech industry and their struggles, which Dr. Sue Kane of the Apple STEM Network says are systematic. . .


The free event starts at 6:30 p.m. with the documentary showing at the Numerica Performing Arts Center on Thursday.

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 stories…

Les Schwab will have their Grand ‘Re-opening’ today and Saturday.  They are inviting everyone to stop on by and see their beautiful new showroom!  They’ll celebrate their customers with a lunch  Barbeque starting around 11am tomorrow. Enter to win prizes including a $700 Les Schwab gift certificate. You do not need be present to win. Nothing under the ‘hood’ has changed, they offer the same great service with the same great employees, just a new look and feel inside!

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.


Clouds were on the increase today from west to east over Washington as a cold front moved in. There were some scattered showers associated with front but not much activity once the weather system crossed into eastern Washington.  Temperatures stayed above normal throughout the area and today could very well be the last day we see this year of temperatures in the 70’s. Expect windy conditions to develop tonight and continue into Saturday. Winds will blow 15-25 mph on Saturday with higher gusts in some locations. Cold air aloft moves over the region on Sunday, destabilizing the atmosphere. This should be a good day for afternoon/evening showers, a lot like a spring day. Temperatures through next week will be 5 to 10 degrees below normal readings for the first week of October. Also keep in mind that under this cool weather pattern, frost or freezing temperatures will be possible for sheltered locations on any given night throughout the forecast.

As we leave you tonight, the start of the hunting season is underway. Check out this video of two Bull Elk fighting each other in Montana…


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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 night.