NCWLIFE Evening News September 4th, 2020


Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. Grant Olson will be with us later on for the weather; I’m Jefferson Robbins. We’ve got a lot of news this Friday before Labor Day, but 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 man who threatened Washington sheriffs over their reluctance to enforce a new state gun law is likely to receive just five years probation.

The effort to gather more information about coronavirus in Chelan and Douglas Counties needs your volunteer help.

And the luckiest drunk driver in Soap Lake meets his city’s police chief on the way home.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

In Orondo, where a Cashmere woman and two children were treated for injuriesThursday after a rear-end collision with a semi truck.

The Washington State Patrol says 57-year-old Tammra Bailiff was driving south on Highway 97 near Brays Landing Road just before 11 a.m. when she failed to stop for a semi and a pickup truck, both of which had paused for another vehicle making a left turn. B

ailiff’s Lincoln sedan missed the pickup, but struck a guardrail and then hit the stopped semi. Orondo Fire Chief Jim Oatey said rescuers had to extricate one occupant from the Lincoln. Bailiff and two children onboard, who were 2 and 3 years old, were taken to Central Washington Hospital. No one in the other vehicles was injured.

The Omak man who threatened Washington sheriffs over the state’s new firearms law is likely to receive federal probation.

24-year-old Jaydin Ledford is due to be sentenced next week in U.S. District Court in Spokane. In 2019 he made threats on Facebook to Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and other sheriffs who questioned the legality of I-1639, the voter-approved law that expanded background checks and created other mandates for firearm purchases.

Ledford pleaded guilty in February to one count of making threats by interstate communication. He could face up to five years in prison, but his attorney says Ledford lives with mental health and disability issues that would make him vulnerable during incarceration. Federal prosecutors agreed and also recommended probation. His sentencing is scheduled for Wednesday.

The Chelan-Douglas Health District is seeking help as it moves its communitywide COVID-19 testing efforts to Peshastin and Dryden. The district is looking for community members to help canvas neighborhoods sharing information about the virus and the upcoming testing efforts.

Volunteers will be compensated for their time and be given a lunch. Peshastin and Dryden are the latest towns targeted after previous testing efforts in Chelan, Manson, Bridgeport, Rock Island and Leavenworth, where testing is wrapping up today. Two more deaths in the Wenatchee Valley were attributed this week to COVID-19. One was a woman in her 60s living in Douglas County, the other a woman in her 70s from Chelan County. Eighteen people in the two counties are known to have lost their lives to the virus so far.

Though the Palmer Fire south of Oroville is mostly contained, fire managers say it is likely to continue burning and creating smoke until fall rains in October or November.

The fire has burned almost 18,000 acres since starting August 18th. Steve Young of the Department of Natural Resources gave the incident management team’s final briefing on the fire Thursday.

Coming up next, the Evans Canyon Fire has grown larger and demanded more state resources to fight it; and the state Department of Corrections says it’s doing all it can to keep a lid on coronavirus in Washington prisons.  I’m Jefferson Robbins and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Stay with us.

Welcome back, in other news tonight …

While driving home after his shift Tuesday night, Soap Lake Police Chief Ryan Cox says he spotted a vehicle traveling more than 80 miles per hour on Highway 28 just east of Road B Northwest. Cox says the 26-year-old driver tested at more than twice the legal limit for drunken driving. There was also extensive damage to the man’s vehicle. But Cox said the driver claimed not to know anything about the damage.

Cox put out a call for the public’s help, and later that night he got it when a witness said he saw a vehicle blow through the intersection of Alder Street Northwest and Highway 28. There, officers found skid marks showing the car had taken a perilous journey across the highway and down an embankment before resurfacing on the highway, narrowly avoiding a steep descent into the ditch.

Firefighters gained their first bit of control Thursday night over the state’s largest wildfire, the Evans Canyon Fire burning northwest of Naches in Yakima County. The fire has consumed almost 70,000 acres, burned at least five homes and led to widespread Level 3 evacuation notices since starting Monday. The incident management team on the fire reported Thursday that they had achieved 10 percent containment as 734 fire personnel have been dedicated to the fire. Burnout operations have added to the smoke from the fire, some of which has drifted into the Wenatchee Valley.

Three people have died and 449 people have been infected with COVID-19 in Washington’s prison system since the outbreak began last winter.

The deaths include two prisoners and one correctional worker. But in a Wednesday news conference, Department of Corrections Secretary Stephen Sinclair said the state is in the lowest one-third of total COVID cases among prison systems nationwide.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, the Catholic Church in the Upper Valley prepares for a new church center that will unite two parishes. That plus weather and sports still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News…

The Upper Wenatchee Valley took a ceremonial step last weekend toward the creation of a new Catholic Church center.

Our Lady of the Assumption Parish is currently divided between two church buildings, one in Cashmere and one in Leavenworth. A new church center near Dryden is planned to bring hundreds of parishioners under one roof.

A windy groundbreaking ceremony on the Dryden property took place on Saturday:

Now it’s over to Grant Olsen for a look at this long weekend’s weather forecast. Grant?

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.

Thanks Eric.

Finally from us,If you’re up real early on the first day of your three-day weekend … and why wouldn’t you be? … there’s a new chance to see the International Space Station as it zooms by in the North-northeastern sky.

The website tracks the movement of this human-made satellite, and for just one minute starting at 4:16 a.m. tomorrow, the station should be visible from Wenatchee. You’ve got nothing else going on until Tuesday, so why not take a look.

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 Jefferson Robbins. There’ll be no newscast on Labor Day, but we’ll see you back here Tuesday for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley and our evening newscast. Thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.