Evening News March 13

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening 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,.

But first, we begin tonight:

An off-duty Chelan County Jail Deputy helped catch an alleged shoplifter Monday in Wenatchee. Police Department spokesman, Captain Edgar Reinfeld says the deputy was at the Albertson’s grocery store at around 5:25 in the afternoon when he apparently witnessed the shoplifting and followed the 62 year old suspect out of the store and into the parking lot. .

Reinfeld says the deputy appeared to be uninjured in the scuffle with the suspect, 62 year old Marcus Jaramillo of Wenatchee. He says its not uncommon for an off-duty cop to intervene when they observe a crime in progress. He says the Wenatchee Police Department sets guidelines for how officers should handle such situations. . .

A three-vehicle minor-injury crash resulted in a serious traffic crunch Monday afternoon in Wenatchee. Captain Edgar Reinfeld with the Wenatchee Police Department says it happened around 2:50 PM at the intersection of Fifth and Miller Streets. He says only one person had to be transported to the hospital for treatment. The cause is under investigation. Traffic was blocked in all directions for an hour and a half.

This year’s recipient of the 2018 Trail Blazer Award presented by Camp Fire Northcentral Washington is a familiar name,  Doctor Garn Christensen, Superintendent at the Eastmont School District. The Trail Blazer Award honors volunteers and community advocates helping youth across the region to develop healthy lifestyles. Christensen received his award at the annual Wohelo Luncheon on March 7th for his sustained service to youth. At the luncheon, Christensen spoke of the vital role all of us can play in the lives of children by being interested and involved. He is the 18th community leader recognized as a Trail Blazer with the annual award.

Coming up next,. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

A recent purchase by the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust will create a new trailhead and protect the land near Hay and Nahahum Canyon. The 500-thousand dollar purchase permanently protects the land near Cashmere. Curt Soper, Executive Director of the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, says the 1800-acre land purchase took years of planning and would not have been possible without the co-operation of the private landowners. . .

After receiving the half-million dollar payment from the Land Trust, the landowners then purchased 400 acres of adjacent property four miles up Nahahum Canyon a put a conservation easement on that land as well. Soper says with the purchase, the public will now be able to enjoy the diverse habitat, shrub steppe and forest that the area has to offer. . .

Mark Straub has thrown his hat into the ring for an open seat on the Douglas County Board of Commissioners. As longtime Executive Director for Building North Central Washington Straub says he has a good grasp on issues such as growth and economic development . .

Straub, who’s running as a Republican, will be looking to replace District Three Commissioner, Steve Jenkins who is retiring at the end of his current term. You can view the entire interview with Mark Straub on our website at ncwlife.com

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update with Eric Granstrom and our feature story tonight. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

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On the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard in girls golf from Monday…

The Eastmont girls golf team started the season with a match Monday at Moses Lake Country Club.  Eisenhower finished first at 123.  Mead was second at 168 and Pasco 3rd at 170.  Eastmont tied for fourth with Mt. Spokane at 184.

On the Prep Schedule for today in boys soccer…

Chelan is at Brewster today at 4:30.  Cashmere hosts Granger at 4:30.  Cascade is in Western Washington against Sultan at 6.  And, Wenatchee will host Quincy tonight in the Apple Bowl at 7.  We’ll have that LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel with Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen.

Also on the Prep Schedule today in girls fastpitch softball…

Cashmere hosts Zillah in a doubleheader beginning at 3 o’clock.  Wenatchee takes on Southridge at Walla Walla Point Park beginning at 4.

The early-season track schedule gets underway today for several schools in North Central Washington…

Ephrata hosts Wilson Creek, Wilbur-Creston, Royal, Quincy, Connell, Chelan and Cashmere at 3:30.  At the same time, Waterville, Tonasket, Entiat and Chelan will be at the Bridgeport Jamboree.

And in Prep Tennis today…

Chelan hosts Liberty Bell while Okanogan visits Entiat.  Those matches both begin at 4 o’clock.

A reminder of what’s coming up on the NCWLIFE Channel this week…

Beginning tonight with soccer between Wenatchee and Quincy at 7.  That will be followed by Wenatchee Wild Hockey Thursday night at 7 in its series with Merritt.  Then on Friday, we have LIVE lacrosse action when Wenatchee Valley hosts Southridge at 7.

Mariners left-hander Marco Gonzalez was removed from Monday night’s game with Chicago in the second inning after being hit on the right hand by a line drive.  Gonzalez was diagnosed with a right hand contusion.  Gonzalez later said the ball hit him at the base of his thumb, right below his glove.  The ball club said he would be re-evaluated today.

The MRI on Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano on Monday revealed a Grade 1 strain on his left hamstring, and it will keep him out of action for the next five to seven days.  On Sunday, Cano was removed from the Mariners’ 6-5 Cactus League loss to the Reds in the top of the second inning due to tightness in the hamstring after chasing a popup.

Meanwhile, the game didn’t go the M’s way either…

As Chicago came out with a 4-2 victory as Adam Engel (like ANGLE only with an “Eh”) smacked two, solo home runs.  Jean Segura chipped in a triple while Kyle Seager doubled for Seattle as the Mariners fell to 6-and-11 in Cactus League play.  The M’s are in Scottsdale today for a 1:10 start with the Rockies as Rob Whalen gets the start on the mound.

Thanks Eric,

For our feature today we highlight the Eastmont Drama Club’s rendition of Little Women, opening this week. Here’s an episode of Eastmont’s video series that talks with each of the characters in the production…

For more information on Little Women or for another episode of the video series, check out the Eastmont Drama Club Facebook page.

We’ll be back in just a moment with a look at what’s on tap around the Wenatchee Valley for you to enjoy this weekend and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

The warm and sunny weather conditions we’ve recently experienced will begin to deteriorate today from west to east as a fairly potent weather system moves into the region. Precipitation is expected to begin along the Cascades late this morning and slowly move into the Columbia Basin this afternoon, then across Northcentral Washington tonight and Wednesday. The heaviest precipitation can be expected tonight and early Wednesday morning as the front moves through the Wenatchee Valley. This weather system is very wet and will result in most locations receiving 12-18 hours of light to moderate rain. Precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch will be likely with some areas in the Cascades looking at up to an inch. There is an 80% chance of rain in the Wenatchee Valley late today, a 90% chance tonight and a 40% chance of scattered showers on Wednesday. The large weather trough and upper level low will push south down the west coast and into California, which will bring us sunny skies on Thursday and partly cloudy skies Friday. An easterly flow develops on Saturday, which could create more instability. We have a 40% chance of showers on Saturday and a 30% chance Saturday night. Late Sunday and into Monday, weather signs point to a decrease in the clouds and shower activity with hints of another high pressure ridge returning.

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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 ncwlife.com. And, remember, if you see news happening we’d like to hear from you.  You can send us an email at news@ncwlife.com, 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 and news with Steve Hair. Thanks for joining us and have a great night.