Evening News March 15

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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, Link Transit recently announced a big milestone in its commitment to transitioning to battery electric transit vehicles, and, The local organization, Our Valley Our Future, was a big winner when the state Legislature recently adopted a final supplemental operations budget.
But first, we begin tonight:

**Chamber Awards** -The Wenatchee Valley Chamber Awards Banquet was held last night. Wenatchee business leaders gathered at the convention center to celebrate the accomplishments of local businesses. The theme of this year’s awards banquet was “Honoring the Past and Looking to the Future” which seemed fitting as presenting sponsor Local Tel celebrates its 35th birthday this year. . .
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**Our Valley Our Future** -The local organization, Our Valley Our Future, was a big winner when the state Legislature recently adopted a final supplemental operations budget. The adopted supplemental budget includes 140-thousand dollars for the Our Valley Our Future community development initiative. The budget awaits Governor Jay Inslee’s signature. The Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce’s newly formed Advocacy Committee and the Port of Douglas County led the efforts to secure the funding in the 2018-19 Supplemental Operating Budget. State Representative Mike Steele of Chelan successfully hung a floor amendment to include funding for the project in the House budget. Representative Cary Condotta of East Wenatchee then worked with budget negotiators to keep the funding in the final budget. Our Valley Our Future will leverage the state funds virtually dollar-for-dollar with contributions from local public agencies, businesses and nonprofits.

**Link Buses Wireless Charging** -In a press release Wednesday, Link Transit announced a big milestone in its commitment to transitioning to battery electric transit vehicles. A newly developed wireless 200-kilowatt on-route battery charger from Momentum Dynamics was installed at Columbia Station and successfully transmitted 208 kW to Link’s new 2017 electric coach bus. This use of automatic wireless charging represents the first time in the country that a 200-kW wireless charging system has been placed into routine revenue service with a public transit agency. The higher power of the new system will allow much faster charging of the bus each time it stops for just a few minutes along a circulation route. The ability to wirelessly charge a municipal bus is important in transit operations because faster charging allows the buses to achieve driving ranges that make them viable for most daily services. Previous charging installations have achieved charging rates of only 25% of this new power level.
**Wellness Fair** Seniors wanting to learn more about healthy aging are encouraged to visit the Pybus Public market this Saturday for the 5th annual Health & Wellness Fair. NCWLife’s Dan Kuntz reports. . .
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**TEASE** -Coming up next, An Ephrata man was forced to spend the night in a cave in the Palisades area after becoming stranded, and, State Representative Cary Condotta claims the Legislature failed to ade quately address the issue of school violence. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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Welcome back, and in other news…
**Palisades Cliff Hanger** -An Ephrata man was forced to spend the night in a cave after his SUV became stuck on a steep ledge in the Palisades Canyon area of Douglas County Tuesday night. Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal reports Deputies responded to a reported injury accident about two miles up the grade from Palisades. When they arrived, they contacted the driver at a residence at the bottom of the Douglas Creek Grade. He told investigators that the previous evening he was on his way to his home in Ephrata from Leavenworth. He thought Douglas Creek would allow him to bypass Quincy. Douglas Creek is washed out and impassable and has been so for years. He got off the road and began slipping down a side hill. His vehicle stopped inches from dropping off a cliff into a ravine. The driver was able to safely get out of his vehicle. There is very little communications in the canyon and the driver sought shelter in a cave in the canyon. He reported to Deputies that during the night, coyotes were tugging on his feet and took one of his shoes. When the sun came up he walked to the bottom of the canyon to a residence where he was able to call for help. He was transported to Confluence Hospital to be treated for exposure. The Sheriff advises motorists that North Central Washington has many remote areas with dubious access and spotty cell service. PLEASE know where you are going. Carry a basic survival kit in your vehicle in case you are forced to spend the night.

**School Safety Bill** -State Representative Cary Condotta claims the Legislature failed to ade quately address the issue of school violence. He mentioned two bills that didn’t get any traction on this week’s “The 12th District” program. . .
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Instead, Condotta said gun control took center stage with the passage of the bump stock ban measure. . .
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Condotta recapped the recently concluded session on the latest episode of The 12th District program which is accessible on demand on NCWLIFE.com

**TEASE** -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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NCWLIFE CHANNEL SPORTS

Gonzaga advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament today, but just barely!
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The Bulldogs shot miserably from the field, and the free throw line, but led it by nine at the break. But UNC Greensboro came all the way back and took the lead with just under a minute to go. That’s when Josh Perkins drained a bucket from the top of the key with 51-seconds left to tie it at 64. Then Zack Norvell drained a three from the right side with 21-seconds left to give the Bulldogs a 67-64 lead and Gonzaga would survive and advance with a 68-64 victory. They’ll play the winner of Ohio State and South Dakota State Saturday.

On the Prep Schedule for this busy Thursday…
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In boys golf, Cascade is on the road to Quincy today at Colockum Ridge to take on the Jackrabbits with a 2:30 tee time.
In boys and girls tennis, Wenatchee hosts Sunnyside in its first match of the season at the WRAC today at 3. Also in tennis, Chelan welcomes Pateros at 4 and Entiat’s on the road at Lake Roosevelt, also at 4.
And in fast pitch girls softball today, Wenatchee is on the road to Ray Rice Memorial Field in Dryden to face the Cascade Kodiaks in a single game at 4:30pm.
The Caribou Trail League and North Central Washington B’s get together in boys soccer today…
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Manson is at Okanogan at 4. Chelan has a 4:30 start time at home against Tonasket. Cashmere hosts Brewster at 4:30. And the Cascade boys will be on the pitch at 6 tonight in Quincy.

It’s Thursday, so that must mean its Hockey Night on the NCWLIFE Channel…
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Since the Wenatchee Wild have been off since last Wednesday and don’t play again until tomorrow, we’ll bring you the first game of their first-round playoff series against Merritt tonight at 7 o’clock.
Also on the NCWLIFE Sports Broadcast schedule, we’ll bring you our first LIVE lacrosse game of the season tomorrow at 7 when Wenatchee Valley hosts Southridge. Then on Saturday, you can watch Game 2 at 2 and Game 3 at 7 of the Wild’s series against Merritt. We’ll bring you games from Wenatchee’s second round series against Vernon starting a week from tonight.
Washington blew a 15-point halftime lead but hung on to beat Boise State 77-74 in the first round of the Men’s NIT Tournament last night…
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As we open up the Les Schwab Scoreboard…the Huskies were led by the 25-points of Jaylen Nowell. Washington advances to the second round of the tournament Monday night with a game at Saint Mary’s at 8 o’clock.

The Big Dance begins today across the country with the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament getting underway…
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You’ll have to excuse your employees if they’re glued to their phones or computers or TV’s if they’re lucky to have them today. We saw Gonzaga advance with a thrilling, first-round win. The only other Pac 12 school, Arizona, plays tonight.
Guillermo Heredia’s RBI double and Taylor Motter’s RBI single in the bottom of the 8th helped the Seattle Mariners down San Francisco in Cactus League play Wednesday 5-4…
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As we turn back to the Les Schwab Scoreboard…Motter finished the game 3-for-4 with that RBI. Mitch Haniger was back in the lineup, going 2-for-3 with a home run. Mike Marjama (MAR-juh-muh) also delivered a solo home run. Unfortunately, both Ichiro Suzuki and Jean Segura left the game with leg injuries. Ichiro had a tight calf and left in the 1st while Segura had tightness in a hamstring and left in the 3rd. Seattle will send Ariel Miranda to the mound tonight at 7:05 in Mesa, Arizona against the Oakland A’s.

**Don’t Wait** -In tonight’s feature story we highlight the Don’t Wait Project Tour as Lisa Bradshaw, host of Life with Lisa Bradshaw, travels six states in seven weeks while she interviews people about their Don’t Wait Story. What is the Don’t Wait Project? Bradshaw explains in the first of a series of videos from her journey. . .
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For more on Lisa and the tour, visit don’t-wait-project-dot-org or follow the tour on Facebook and Instagram.
**TEASE** -We’ll be back in just a moment with a recap of some of our top stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

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**Palisades Cliff Hanger** -An Ephrata man was forced to spend the night in a cave after his SUV became stuck on a steep ledge in the Palisades Canyon area of Douglas County Tuesday night. Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal reports Deputies responded to a reported injury accident about two miles up the grade from Palisades. When they arrived, they contacted the driver at a residence at the bottom of the Douglas Creek Grade. He told investigators that the previous evening he was on his way to his home in Ephrata from Leavenworth. He thought Douglas Creek would allow him to bypass Quincy. Douglas Creek is washed out and impassable and has been so for years. He got off the road and began slipping down a side hill. His vehicle stopped inches from dropping off a cliff into a ravine. The driver was able to safely get out of his vehicle. There is very little communications in the canyon and the driver sought shelter in a cave in the canyon. He reported to Deputies that during the night, coyotes were tugging on his feet and took one of his shoes. When the sun came up he walked to the bottom of the canyon to a residence where he was able to call for help. He was transported to Confluence Hospital to be treated for exposure. The Sheriff advises motorists that North Central Washington has many remote areas with dubious access and spotty cell service. PLEASE know where you are going. Carry a basic survival kit in your vehicle in case you are forced to spend the night.

**Weekend Events** -This is the last weekend of winter but you wouldn’t know it by all the activities happening around the Wenatchee Valley. NCWLife’s Megan McPherson gives us a rundown on just some of what’s on tap this weekend. . .
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**WX** – Our big weather feature today was the Polar Jet, which is carving a deep trough over the Western U.S. bringing much needed rain and mountain snow over portions of California and Oregon over the next 48 hours. Northcentral Washington will be un-touched by this weather system as we can expect mostly sunny and dry conditions through Friday. High temps today reached the low to mid 50s along the East Slopes of the Cascades into the Columbia Basin. By Saturday, all weather models suggest that an upper level disturbance will emerge from the low in northern California and produce scattered showers over mainly southeast Washington and the southern Idaho Panhandle. Here in the Wenatchee Valley we have a 20% chance of scattered showers Saturday, Saturday night and early on Sunday with high temperatures in the low to mid-50’s. By Monday, the trough-like pattern weakens and splits while a ridge of high pressure noses in from the southwest. A slow drying trend is also forecast for Monday into Monday night before the ridge strengthens on Tuesday and into mid-week with afternoon high temperatures in the mid to upper 50’s.
**Here’s a look at your forecast**
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**CLOSE** -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.