NCWLIFE Evening News September 30th, 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, Free communitywide COVID-19 testing arrives in Wenatchee beginning Sunday and lasting through Thursday at Wenatchee High School, and, A Wenatchee man who sold methamphetamine to police informants earned a roughly four-year prison sentence this week.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The Chelan-Douglas Health District on Tuesday announced the 24th death from COVID-19 in the two-county region — the second local male patient in his 40s to die of the pandemic disease in the last week.

The district says this brings the total number of deaths in Chelan County from the pandemic to 17, plus a total of seven in 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 2,100 lives in Washington, and 205,000 nationwide.

Free communitywide COVID-19 testing arrives in Wenatchee beginning Sunday and lasting through Thursday at Wenatchee High School. Anyone can be tested on those days from 1 to 7 p.m.

No ID is required and volunteers will be on hand to help people register. Anyone who tests positive will be notified within 24 to 48 hours. The Chelan-Douglas Health District has been offering self-administered community testing at towns throughout Chelan and Douglas Counties in recent weeks.

Today through Friday the testing is being offered at Entiat School from 3 to 6 p.m.

A Wenatchee man who sold methamphetamine to police informants earned a roughly four-year prison sentence this week.

Walter Alexander Bentley, who’s 49, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to distribute meth, as well as a count of identity theft. The Columbia River Drug Task Force says Bentley sold their informants heroin and meth in multiple controlled buys earlier this year. Bentley has previous convictions for drug possession, burglary and theft. Chelan County Judge Travis Brandt sentenced him to 50 months.

Coming up next, Douglas PUD and Fish & Wildlife agree to boost Chinook salmon rearing numbers at Wells Hatchery. One of the few remaining Civilian Conservation Corps structures in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is in the process of being restored, and, If in the next two days you find yourself wondering what those helicopters are up to, here’s the answer in advance: It’s the PUD inspecting power lines. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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As part of the effort to preserve the Southern Resident Orcas in Northwest waters, the Douglas County PUD is upping the production of chinook salmon at its Wells Hatchery. The hatchery operation near Pateros currently rears and releases about half a million juvenile chinook each year.

PUD commissioners voted Monday to increase that number to a full million in 2021, as part of their agreement with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. In exchange, the state will pay the PUD $297,000 annually, and take over the task of marking all the chinook before release. Those fish are the primary food source for all Southern Resident Orcas in the Salish Sea. The whales have suffered severe population declines attributed to lower chinook numbers.

One of the few remaining Civilian Conservation Corps structures in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is in the process of being restored.

The Forest Service said logs used for the kitchen at Silver Falls Campground in the Entiat Ranger District had been rotting, threatening the structure’s integrity. The kitchen was a gathering place for Depression-era CCC crews.

HistoriCorps, a group dedicated to saving historic structures, is partnering with the ranger district on the project using funds from a state grant. The Forest Service says CCC structures are an integral part of American history and the project ensures the kitchen will remain long into the future.

If in the next two days you find yourself wondering what those helicopters are up to, here’s the answer in advance: It’s the PUD inspecting power lines.

On Thursday and Friday, the Chelan County PUD will have a helicopter flying low and slow along transmission lines from Fancher Heights to Rock Island, then across the river near Alcoa and Palisades. The PUD says it is part of its continuing efforts to utilize new technologies. In this case, crews will be do a detailed inspection of lines and equipment using high-definition video.

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was 52 years ago today that about 3,000 people gathered to celebrate the opening of the North Cascades Highway, then known as the North Cross-State Highway. In tonight’s feature story, Washington State Archives shared images from the historic gathering and the dignitaries who attended. . .

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.

Former University of Washington and Seattle Seahawk star wide receiver Jermaine Kearse announced his retirement yesterday…

Kearse went to his Instagram account to make a brief announcement.  He said, quote, After 8years playing in the NFL, I’m leaving the game feeling extremely grateful and content with what I was able to accomplish out there on the field not only for myself, but my family as well. Going through some extreme highs and some extreme lows has taught me a lot about myself and by the grace of God he was able to pull me through the rough times and in the end all those experiences were all worth it, end quote.

After five years in Seattle and helping the Seahawks to its first-ever Super Bowl win, the Lakes High School graduate was traded to the Jets.  Then after two seasons in New York he was traded to Detroit, but a broken leg in the preseason ended his 2019 season before it ever got started. 

The Seahawks put together a Thank You video for Kearse, highlighting some of the most memorable catches and plays of his career as a Seahawk…

Kearse’s former team will be in Miami to play the Dolphins Sunday morning at 10 o’clock on FOX.

With injuries decimating Seattle’s defense, the Seahawks have signed a defensive back to help the cause…

Former Green Bay Packer and Cleveland Brown Damarious Randall was signed by the Seahawks yesterday.  Randall was a first-round pick by the Packers in 2015 and has made 56-career starts.

Seattle also signed defensive back Ryan Neal to their 53-man roster and linebacker Tim Williams to their practice squad.  Neal is the guy who intercepted Dak Prescott in the end zone of Sunday’s 38-31 win over Dallas in the closing seconds.

Seattle travels to Miami Sunday to take on the 1-and-2 Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. 

The baseball playoffs began with four games in the American League Wild Card yesterday…

Jose Altuve worked a bases-loaded walk in the top of the 9th off Twins reliever Sergio Romo to break a 1-all tie and help Houston take a 1-nothing lead in Minneapolis.  Michael Brantley added a 2-run single in the 9th to make the final 4-1.  Game two is this morning at 10:08 on ESPN2.

Adam Engel, Jose Abreau and Yasmani Grandal all homered and the White Sox pitching staff held Oakland to 1-run on 3-hits as Chicago topped the A’s 4-1.  Game 2 of their series begins at 12:10pm on ESPN.

Tampa Bay only had four hits in the game, but Manuel Margot’s was the biggest with a 2-run homer in the 7th as the Rays topped the Toronto Blue Jays 3-1.  Game two is today at 1:07pm on TBS.

The Yankees threw up some crooked numbers all over the board in a 12-3 thrashing of Cleveland in Game 1 of their A-L Wild Card Series.  Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, Brett Gardner and Giancarlo Stanton all hit home runs in New York’s 15-hit barrage.  Game 2 is today at 4:08pm on ESPN.

We already have several games in the books today…

Houston advanced to the American League Divisional Series with a 3-1 win over the Twins today.  Kyle Tucker drove in a couple runs for Houston and Carlos Correa hit a home run.  The Astros await the winner of Oakland and Chicago for their Divisional series.

Freddie Freeman’s walk-off, RBI single scored Christian Pache as Atlanta topped the Reds 1-nothing in 13-innings to take a 1-oh lead on Cincinnati in its National League Wild Card series.   The Reds left 13 on base and were 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

And in Chicago, Miami broke open a close game in the top of the 7th in a 3-run home run by Corey Dickerson and 2-run shot by Jesus Aguilar.  The Marlins hold a 1-nothing lead heading into Game 2 tomorrow at 11:08am on ABC.

Here’s the rest of the Wild Card action going on today with St. Louis at San Diego; New York at Cleveland; and Milwaukee at Los Angeles.  At least five more games will be played tomorrow.

Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval celebrated its season-finale last Saturday.  Unfortunately, we had all kinds of technical difficulties delivering it LIVE on TV.  We did have it live on Facebook thanks to Marion and her cell phone.  But if you’d like to watch it in its entirety, it’s now up on our website.

Just go to NCWLIFE dot com and click on Full Episodes and you’ll find it titled “WVSO on NCWLIFE 2020-09-26”.  We were able to capture all the footage with our cameras and the call with Eric Granstrom and Greg Rentz, so go there to watch it.  We’ve also shared that page link on our Facebook page.

In addition, we’ll air the race in its entirety this Saturday at 6 o’clock here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Thanks Eric.

As we leave you tonight, back in April, Chelan County and the Wenatchee Sportsmen’s Association won a grant to install cameras in the Stemilt and Squilchuck basins, to track the movement of wildlife there. That project has begun to pay off with some striking images, showing the migration of elk and their predators through the backcountry south of Wenatchee. Data gathered from the $14,000 study will help guide land use decisions in the two basins, including development, farming, irrigation and recreation. Sportsmen’s Association president Adam Neff says the cameras were put in place by a contractor back in late spring.

If you have a video of the day, you’d like to see on the NCWLIFE Evening News, message us on our Facebook Page at the NCWLIFE Channel.

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

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.