Evening News March 16

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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:
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And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, Douglas County fire crews were called to a grass fire north of East Wenatchee last night, and, The Three Fingers saga has finally come to a close at Lake Chelan.
But first, we begin tonight:

**Eight Mile Lake Emergency Declared** -Icicle and Peshastin Irrigation Districts have declared an emergency at Eight Mile Lake. The emergency pertains to damage to the area’s watershed from last Summer’s Jack Creek Fire and the threat of increased runoff above the lake and potential threats to the dam. The threat was brought to light by a Burn Area Emergency Response (BAER) report released by the forest service that investigated the severity of the conditions above the lake. Given the size of the lake and water shed above it, if the dam suffered a catastrophic failure, its estimated flows from the lake could be as high 10-million gallons per minute. The dam was built in the late 1920’s and is in poor condition. The districts have been planning to either repair or replace it for some time but now fear the dam is in jeopardy of a catastrophic failure and have decided to replace it. District manager, Tony Jantzer says they’re creating an Emergency Action Plan with assistance from Chelan County Emergency Management, The State DOE’s Dam Safety Office and the US Forest Service and will notify potentially affected property owners.
**Three Fingers** -The Three Fingers saga has come to a close after the state Supreme Court revised its July 2017 ruling in favor of GBI Holding, the owners of the artificial peninsulas on Lake Chelan. NCWLIFE’s Steve hair has the story. . .
[VIDEO: Story-Three Fingers Ruling-Voicer] (1:30)

**North Cascades Hwy** -Here’s a view you don’t get every day courtesy of the Washington State Department of Transportation. An eye-in-the-sky view of the SR-20 North Cascades Highway. DOT Crews will head out to the closed section between Mazama and Diablo on Monday to check avalanche chutes and measure snow depth and then begin developing a plan to clear the highway after its winter closure.

**Blue Grade Brush Fire** -A brush fire that started last night in the Blue Grade Road area North of East Wenatchee burned itself out after scorching about 10 acres of dry grass. Douglas County District 2 Captain, Seth Ellis says crews were called out to the fire at around 9:30. . .
[VIDEO: Story-Blue Grade Fire1] (:24)
Ellis says the area where the fire burned is deceptively dry. . .
[VIDEO: Story-Blue Grade Fire2] (:14)
No structures were threatened. Ellis says the fire may have been human-caused but did not appear to be intentionally set.
Coming up next, There is now a hat in the ring to fill the upcoming vacancy for the Douglas County District Court Judge position, and, Drugs or alcohol may be the cause of a one-vehicle car crash early Thursday morning on I-90 west of George that injured three people. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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Welcome back, and in other news…
**District Court Candidate** -There is now a hat in the ring to fill the upcoming vacancy for the Douglas County District Court Judge position. Longtime Douglas County Deputy Attorney, 56-year old Eric C. Biggar of Waterville has filed with the Douglas County Commissioners to fill the temporary vacancy when retiring Judge Judith McCauley leaves the seat on May 1st. Douglas County Commissioners must appoint a new District Judge to replace McCauley temporarily until the position goes up for regular election on November 6th. Biggar has also filed with the state to be put on that ballot as a judicial candidate. Biggar graduated from Gonzaga Law School in 1987 and served as Douglas County Deputy Prosecutor from 1991 to 2014. Biggar says his experience in both District and Superior Court gives him the over-all knowledge to sit as District Court Judge.
**George Accident** -Drugs or alcohol may be the cause of a one-vehicle car crash early Thursday morning on I-90 west of George that injured three people. Washington State Patrol reports that 29-year old Elisa Lewis of Camano Island was traveling east on I-90 nine miles west of George, lost control of her car, drove up an embankment and rolled with the vehicle coming to rest on its side in the roadway median facing west. Lewis was injured in the crash and was airlifted to Central Washington Hospital. A 20-year old male passenger and a 19-year old female passenger, both of Arlington, were also hurt in the accident and taken by ambulance to Central Washington Hospital. State Patrol says drugs or alcohol was involved in the crash and the official cause is still under investigation. Lewis was charged with 2 counts of vehicular assault.

**CWU Commons Project** -Central Washington University officials have unveiled plans for expansion of campus recreation facilities and upgrades to Tomlinson Stadium. It will include a new track-and-field facility featuring a lighted, artificial-turf infield for general recreation, intramural, and club sports. Tomlinson Stadium will also undergo its first major renovation since being constructed in 1959. CWU Athletic Director Dennis Francois says both are part of the first phase of the three-phase Wildcat Commons project. . .
[Video: Story-CWU Commons Project 1] (:14)
So far, 9-million dollars has been committed from campus recreation and through private donations for the nearly 10-and-a-half million-dollar effort. The goal is for the entire project to be funded in time for scheduled groundbreaking in June. CWU’s Vice President for University Advancement Scott Wade also commented during the unveiling ceremony on Wednesday. . .
[Video: Story-CWU Commons Project 2] (:22)
The first 250-thousand dollars toward the remaining 1-point-4 million-dollar goal will be matched dollar-for-dollar by two of the university’s Wildcat Club and C-W-U Foundation board members.

**Wenatchee’s Past** -65 years ago, three new generating units were placed in commercial operation at Rock Island Dam. Here Commissioner L.J. Richardson calls the control room to inform them the first new unit is successfully operating and ready to deliver power.
**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

We’ll start things off with a look at the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from yesterday…

In Tennis, the Wenatchee Panthers swept aside Sunnyside at the WRAC yesterday 7-0 for both the boys and girls teams. Chelan boys edged Pateros 3-2 (we didn’t get a girls score). The Lake Roosevelt boys shut out Entiat 4-0 while the Tiger girls earned a 2-1 victory over the Raiders.
In a wild, high scoring affair in Dryden yesterday, Cascade held on to beat Wenatchee 14-13 in girls, fast pitch softball.
Turning to the soccer pitch yesterday…

Okanogan blanked Manson 2-nil. Brewster shut out Cashmere 4-nil. And Cascade got by Quincy on the road 4-to-1.
We’ll begin the rundown of a very busy weekend in prep sports with the baseball schedule…

Today, Waterville-Mansfield is at Soap Lake for a doubleheader beginning at 3:30. Wenatchee will host Sumner tonight at 6 at Recreation Park.
Tomorrow features three doubleheaders as Manson hosts Lake Roosevelt; Naches Valley is at Cashmere; and Chelan hosts Okanogan; all beginning at 11am. Eastmont hosts two teams in a doubleheader with a 1pm game versus Sumner followed by a nightcap against Richland at 4. The Bombers will head to Dan White Field AFTER they’ve played Wenatchee at Rec. Park at 1. One o’clock is also the start time for Cascade’s game at La Salle.
On the softball diamonds this weekend…

Waterville-Mansfield has a twin bill in Soap Lake today beginning at 3:30. Cascade hosts Lynden Christian in a single game at 4 while Wenatchee hosts Sumner tonight at 6.
Saturday’s schedule starts at 11am with Chelan hosting Lynden Christian. Lake Roosevelt is at Manson for the first of two at 11. Chelan hosts Kittitas at 1pm while Eastmont will take on Curtis at Sterling starting at 3.
In high school soccer this weekend…

Eastmont hosts a non-league tilt tonight at Wildcat Stadium against Gonzaga Prep beginning at 7. 7 o’clock is also when Wenatchee will kick off at the always-tough Sunnyside Grizzlies. Only one game on the schedule tomorrow as Cascade will travel to Kings for a 1 o’clock game.
Ten teams will participate in the Wenatchee Valley Girls Golf Championships today at Highlander Golf Club…

That will tee off at 1 o’clock this afternoon.
On the tennis courts this weekend, Wenatchee is hosting Eastmont, University, Gonzaga Prep and Seattle Prep in an early season tournament at the WRAC beginning at 9am today and tomorrow. Also Saturday, Chelan hosts Ephrata while Cashmere is on the road at East Valley of Yakima.
In track tomorrow, the Wenatchee Panther team is in Yakima for the Papa Wells Invite beginning at 10am.
It seems like it’s been forever, but the Wenatchee Wild FINALLY begin their second-round playoff series with Vernon this weekend…

Game 1 of the best-of-seven BCHL series is tonight at the Kal Tire Place in Vernon, BC. The puck will drop at 7 tonight and then at 6pm tomorrow night in Game 2. The series will then shift to Wenatchee for Games 3 and 4 early next week. During the regular season, the two teams split six games with Wenatchee going 2-and-1 at home and the Vipers also going 2-and-1 at home. In the six meetings, Vernon outscored the Wild by a total of 17-to-12.
A game of sticks and nets will be center stage on the NCWLIFE Channel tonight…

As we’ll bring you high school boys lacrosse from the Apple Bowl at 7 o’clock. Eric Granstrom and Rod Higley will have your play-by-play as the Wenatchee Valley Thunder start the season against the Southridge Suns. If you want to get there a little early to watch in-person, the Wenatchee JV team takes on Gonzaga Prep first.
Here’s what we have on tap for our sports broadcast weekend with Wenatchee’s Game 2 and 3 hockey versus Merritt tomorrow at 2 and 7. Then on Sunday, we’ll begin with Eastmont/West Valley baseball at Noon followed by Wenatchee/Issaquah lacrosse at 2. Then at 5 it’s game one of a doubleheader between Wenatchee and Eisenhower. Game 2 will follow at 7pm.
Here’s what’s on tap for weekend sports events throughout the valley…

The Wenatchee Figure Skating Club’s Annual Winter Ice Gala is tonight at the Town Toyota Center at 6 o’clock.
The North Central Washington Volleyball Club is hosting its annual Fire & Rain tournament for U-14 teams from throughout the state tomorrow. It starts at 8am and is expected to wrap up around 7pm.
And Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort is the place for some fun with their 18th Annual Dummy Downhill. The antics begin at 4pm on the hill.
Gonzaga advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament today, but just barely!

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 Ohio State Saturday at 4:45pm on CBS.
Here you see some of the other scores from first round action yesterday…

Tons of people had their brackets busted yesterday with #13 Buffalo torching #4 Arizona 89-68 and #11 Loyola Chicago downing #6 Miami 64-62. The rest of the first round will be played today.
Taylor Motter’s grand slam home run capped a 6-run 3rd inning as the Mariners beat the Oakland A’s 6-2 yesterday in Mesa, Arizona…

Motter also slapped a double as he raised his Cactus League batting average to .326. Ariel Miranda pitched four innings of 5-hit, 2-run ball with four strikeouts to earn the victory. Seattle plays Texas in Surprise, Arizona today at 1:05 with Mike Leake getting the start.

Thanks Eric,
**ST PATRICKS PARADE** -Touted as the World’s Shortest Parade, the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is set for tomorrow in Wenatchee. Organizer and Parade Grand PooBah Dave Herald has your official invitation…
[VIDEO: Feature-St Patricks Day Invite] (1:35)
Our own Jay Seabeck will be there to film Saturday’s parade and bring it to you on a future NCWLIFE Magazine.

**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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**Eight Mile Lake Emergency Declared** -Icicle and Peshastin Irrigation Districts have declared an emergency at Eight Mile Lake. The emergency pertains to damage to the area’s watershed from last Summer’s Jack Creek Fire and the threat of increased runoff above the lake and potential threats to the dam. The threat was brought to light by a Burn Area Emergency Response (BAER) report released by the forest service that investigated the severity of the conditions above the lake. Given the size of the lake and water shed above it, if the dam suffered a catastrophic failure, its estimated flows from the lake could be as high 10-million gallons per minute. The dam was built in the late 1920’s and is in poor condition. The districts have been planning to either repair or replace it for some time but now fear the dam is in jeopardy of a catastrophic failure and have decided to replace it. District manager, Tony Jantzer says they’re creating an Emergency Action Plan with assistance from Chelan County Emergency Management, The State DOE’s Dam Safety Office and the US Forest Service and will notify potentially affected property owners.

**Three Fingers** -The Three Fingers saga has come to a close after the state Supreme Court revised its July 2017 ruling in favor of GBI Holding, the owners of the artificial peninsulas on Lake Chelan. NCWLIFE’s Steve hair has the story. . .

**WX** – We enjoyed typical mid-March weather today. That trend will continue right through the weekend and into early next week with mostly sunny skies and mild temperatures expected. There is still a large area of low pressure centered in southern Oregon, which will bring some scattered shower activity to parts of southern Washington today. Northcentral Washington will be under the influence of a weak area of high pressure that will keep us mostly sunny. The weekend weather looks great with dry conditions and lots of sunshine on both Saturday and Sunday right through Tuesday of next week. Afternoon high temperatures today through mid-week will be mainly in the mid-50’s with maybe some upper 50 readings for some locations. By Thursday of next week, we will be wet and potentially breezy under moist south to southwesterly flow ahead of an approaching weather trough. A strong cold front will also move through the region around late Thursday/early Friday, which will bring the most widespread showers. This will also drop our temperatures noticeably by the end of next week.

**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 Monday morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. Thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.