NCWLIFE Evening News March 22, 2019

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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,  It has been a week of slow but steady progress for Rea’Ana Rosenberg, the 6-year-old girl who fell into an icy Rock Island pond, and, over 500,000 new trees have been planted in the footprint of the Carlton Complex Fire.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Police swooped in on a house Thursday afternoon near Wenatchee High School that police say had a walk-up window for students to purchase illegal drugs.

Both Wenatchee High School and Pioneer Middle schools were put on “modified lockdown” about 2 p.m. while the Columbia River Drug Task Force served a search warrant on the home in the 900 block of Howard Street. Captain Edgar Reinfeld of the Wenatchee Police Department said there was no danger to the students or citizens nearby during the 25-minute shelter in place. He said several residents and other people at the house were detained and a 17-year-old boy was arrested on drug charges, including unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. Reinfeld said searchers found dozens of THC vape cartridges lined up inside the sales window, as well as cocaine, marijuana, dabs, and pills.

It has been a week of slow but steady progress for Rea’Ana Rosenberg, the 6-year-old girl who fell into an icy Rock Island pond. Thursday, surgeons were able to remove a clot near her heart and hope to soon take her off the ECMO currently being used to circulate her blood, according to her mother Becca Shelton. Last Sunday, she said her first word since the accident, responding “sure” when asked a question.

Rae’Ana has been at Seattle Children’s Hospital since February 21st when firefighters rescued her from the pond after she had been in the water at least 20 minutes. Efforts to help her family with expenses on GoFundMe and Facebook have raised more than $10,000.

Blue Spook Yogurt in Wenatchee will be aiding that effort next Tuesday night from 6:00 to 8:30 by donating 40 percent of all sales and tips to the family.

In July of 2014, the Carlton Complex Fire in Okanogan County consumed over 250,000 acres and became the largest wildfire in Washington State history.

Since that time, as part of the Carlton Complex reforestation project, U.S. Forest Service crews have planted over 580,000 conifer, douglas fir, ponderosa pine and western larch seedlings in the footprint of the fire. The Forest Service says the planting is critical to watershed health and function and without this planting effort, it would have taken centuries for trees to become re-established on the charred landscape. 

Coming up next, Awards were handed out last night at the annual Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce banquet. The agriculture based business Beta Hatch of Cashmere is one of six finalists recently selected to compete for a 100,000-dollar investment award at the Flywheel Investment Conference, and, We have the local winners of the National Scripps Spelling Bee. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Cashmere Valley Bank was named business of the year and Chelan Douglas Volunteer Attorney Services non-profit of the year Thursday night at the annual Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce banquet. The event at the Wenatchee Convention Center drew a packed house for an evening of community celebration.

The agriculture based business Beta Hatch of Cashmere is one of six finalists recently selected to compete for a 100,000-dollar investment award at the Flywheel Investment Conference coming up on April 18th in Wenatchee.

Thirty-Eight companies from across Washington State applied to compete at the Flywheel Conference this year. The Top Six companies were selected for their unique company and mission.

The Top Six represent different industries, company stages, and come from different areas of Washington State including Redmond, Spokane, Seattle and Richland.

The process offers an alternative to fishmeal, which is currently a favored source of protein for animal feed.

An 8th-grader from Chelan Middle School will be representing North Central Washington at the national spelling bee in Washignton, D.C. this spring. Olivia Strandberg correctly spelled Lahar, L-A-H-A-R, to win the regional competition at Eastmont Junior High this week. Lahar is a fluid mass of volcanic debris.

Sarai Roldan Pina, a 7th-grader from Clovis Point Intermediate School in East Wenatchee, finished second and 7th-grader Carter Lyman from Manson Middle School was third. 29 students, grades 4 through 8, competed.

Strandberg advances to the Scripps National Spelling Bee May 26th through the 31st in the nation’s capital.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, tonight’s feature story and your complete local weather forecast. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

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Central Washington University’s award-winning Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) detachment is dedicated to preparing its cadets for active duty. Detachment 895, known as the Cascade Cowboys, also gets cadets ready to successfully complete AFROTC field training. In tonight’s feature story, a new CWU-produced video highlights the detachment’s efforts, from the perspective of its cadets…

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.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs had no trouble playing the role of a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament last night…

The Zags cruised past Farleigh-Dickinson 87-49 as Rui Hachimura led five players in double-figures with 21.  Gonzaga led 53-17 at the HALF…an NCAA Tournament record for most-points scored in one half of basketball.

Gonzaga will face Baylor in the second round tomorrow at 4:10 after the Bears beat Syracuse 78-69.

Coming up today, Oregon plays Wisconsin at 12:30 on TBS followed by the Washington Huskies and Utah State at 3:50 on TNT.

The Wenatchee Wild take on Cowichan Valley tonight in Game 5 of their second-round BCHL playoff series at the Town Toyota Center…

The series is tied at 2-2 after the teams split two games in Wenatchee and two games in Duncan, B.C.  The puck will drop tonight at 7:05 in the Wolve’s Den.

After tonight, the teams will head back to the southern tip of Vancouver Island for Game 6 on Sunday.  Then, if necessary, Game 7 is back in Wenatchee on Tuesday night.

If you missed Game 2 of the series from last weekend, you can watch it tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel beginning at 7 o’clock.

We have a few scores to pass along on the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from yesterday…

Almira-Coulee-Hartline edged Chelan 5-to-3 at Mountain Goat Field.

In tennis, Wenatchee swept Moses Lake 7-nil on both the girls and boys side.  The Ephrata girls nipped Cascade 3-2.

And in boys soccer, Cashmere beat Omak 4-1 and Cascade shut out Toppenish 1-nil.

Mother Nature finally helped warm things up and melted the snow in the last week…

This is drone footage shot by our own Uriah Darby of Eastmont’s Stadium, track, soccer field and then over to Dan White Field.  On the left is the footage from last Friday, just a week ago.  On the right is the footage from yesterday.  Even though the snow is gone, it’s going to take another few days to dry things out enough to play on.

In the meantime up in Waterville…

They’re resorting to extreme measures to try to clear their baseball and softball fields.  Thanks to Kimberly Gormley for the video of a helicopter apparently spreading fertilizer to melt the snow and ice.  Kimberly posted with the video that they HOPE to play before the end of the season.

Coming up on the Prep Schedule, first in baseball…

Eastmont and Wenatchee WILL play their doubleheader today.  It was scheduled for Dan White Field, but instead will be in Recreation Park.  The Wildcats will be the “home” team with the first game beginning at 4 o’clock.

Coming up tomorrow, Manson hosts Oroville in a doubleheader at 11.  That’s the same start time for Waterville-Mansfield at Tonasket with a twin bill.  Cascade is at Sultan tomorrow at Noon for the first of two games against Clover Park.  Chelan travels to Quincy for a single game at 1.  And, the snows have finally cleared at Cashmere, so the Bulldogs will host Liberty Bell at 1 o’clock.

On the softball diamonds…

Today, it’s Ephrata at Chelan for two games starting at 3:30.  Quincy hosts Cascade in a single game at 4:30.  Tomorrow, it’s Cashmere at Omak; Okanogan hosting Cascade; Oroville at Manson; and Waterville-Mansfield at Tonasket.  All those games are doubleheaders and all begin at 11am.

There will be soccer both tonight and tomorrow…

Eastmont takes its unbeaten record to Davis tonight at 7 o’clock.  Wenatchee will try to bounce back from Tuesday’s loss to West Valley with a game at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl tonight at 7 against Eisenhower.

Coming up tomorrow, Cascade travels to Wahluke while Chelan hosts Zillah at 11am.  Eastmont has a tough road trip at Chiawana tomorrow afternoon at 1.

The Wenatchee Thunder boys lacrosse team has games tomorrow and Monday night…

They’ll host Southridge in a non-league game tomorrow at the Apple Bowl at 4:30.  Then on Monday, the Thunder will travel to Hanford for a league game at 7pm.

It’s a light tennis schedule…

Cashmere hosts Tonasket today at 4.  Then tomorrow, Chelan and Moses Lake are in Selah for the Viking Invite beginning at 9am.

The Ray Cockrum Relays that normally run on the Wenatchee High School track this weekend have been postponed…

But there will be other meets tomorrow.  Chelan and Cascade will be with a bunch of other teams in Ephrata for the Ray Cross Invitational beginning at 10am.  Eastmont will be in the Spokane area for the Central Valley Bears Invite at Whitworth beginning at Noon.

It’s been an interesting training camp for the valley’s expansion indoor football team, the Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks. 

Shortly after training camp begin earlier this month, Keith Evans’ title of Head Coach and General Manager was reduced to just Head Coach as owner Theo Hall took over the GM duties.  Then, Mickey White left the team as its Assistant Coach and Marketing person.  Mickey’s wife Susanna also left the team, leaving as its Director of Operations, Ticket Coordinator and Cheer Coach.  Now, Assistant Coach and Director of Recruiting Takashi Walker has left to take a job in Orlando.

Despite all the shakeups in the front office, Theo Hall tells NCWLIFE Channel the team is “fired up and ready to play” the Idaho Horsemen this weekend…

It is the kickoff weekend in the all-new American West Indoor Football Conference.  Tomorrow’s game kicks off at 5 in the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa.  The Skyhawks are scheduled to open the home part of its schedule next Thursday in the Town Toyota Center at 7 o’clock against the Reno Express.

The Mariners split squad earned a victory over Cincinnati in Spring Training yesterday…

Chris Mariscal went 2-for-4 with a 2-run home run as the Mariners won 6-to-3.  The Cactus League schedule continues today with Seattle hosting the Angel’s split squad at 6:40 tonight in Peoria.

Thanks Eric.

We leave you tonight with old video from the once-popular Leavenworth Ski Hill. From the 1940’s right through the 1970’s, the ski hill was enlarged several times and gained a reputation as the most known ski jump in the Western United States. Here’s a look at ski jumping on Bakke Hill, we believe from the early 1970’s.

The most famous ski jumper from Leavenworth is former United States Olympic team member Ron Steele who was the best placed American jumper in the 1972 Sapporo, Japan Winter Olympics.

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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. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.