NCWLIFE Evening News November 18th, 2021

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to what’s making news, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:
And now, A few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, A Wenatchee man suspected of firing gunshots at another man in the 200 block of Boodry Street back on November 3rd was formally arraigned yesterday on a charge of first-degree assault. The Okanogan River reached minor flood stage at Tonasket this week. . .a fact the National Weather Service says is highly unusual, and, Washington continues to make progress in the fight to vaccinate all eligible residents against COVID-19.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Douglas Deputy Wreck -The Washington State Patrol is investigating a collision Wednesday morning involving a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office cruiser and another vehicle. Both Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Groseclose, 54, and the driver of the other vehicle, 35-year-old Matthew Michelsen of East Wenatchee suffered minor injuries that did not require hospitalization. According to the State Patrol, about 10:15 a.m. Groseclose was driving his marked vehicle with its lights and siren on north on Highway 28, Sunset Highway, when he entered the intersection with Eastmont Avenue on a red light. His 2016 Ford Explorer hit the driver’s side of Michelsen’s 2020 Chevrolet Equinox, which was crossing the intersection on a green light heading toward the Odabashian Bridge. Trooper John Bryant said the sheriff’s office requested that WSP investigate. The results of that investigation will be turned over to the sheriff, who will determine what, if any, action will be taken.
Shooting Arraignment -A Wenatchee man suspected of firing gunshots at another man in the 200 block of Boodry Street back on November 3rd was formally arraigned yesterday on a charge of first-degree assault. Chelan County sheriff’s deputies say 26-year-old Jesus Garibay fired a handgun at the intended victim but missed about 6:30 p.m. that evening, and the victim escaped on foot to safety. A local SWAT team was called up to arrest Garibay at his home on Terminal Avenue. He remains jailed on half a million dollars bond.
Okanogan River High -The Okanogan River reached minor flood stage at Tonasket this week … a fact the National Weather Service says is highly unusual. The river hit nearly 15 and a half feet yesterday, thanks to rains last week on top of mountain snow that fell in southern British Columbia in late October. Previous high levels for this time of year only got as high at 13.7 feet. The Similkameen River also caught a lot of that runoff, and the Okanogan County Emergency Management department captured this drone video of the Similkameen running high with muddy water and debris at Enloe Dam. The water level in both rivers is already diminishing, and not expected to rise again soon.
COVID Briefing -Washington continues to make progress in the fight to vaccinate all eligible residents against COVID-19. Michele Roberts, assistant secretary with the state Department of Health, says those numbers are improving among both adult and now pediatric vaccine recipients. . .
TEASE -Coming up next, The state Department of Ecology says a Grant County farm must pay $2,000 for using water it had no rights to. The Douglas County PUD has decided to keep the current boundaries as they are for commissioners running to head the utility. You may not have been aware, but today is Worldwide GIS, or Geographic Information Systems Day, we’ll tell you more, and, Dan Kuntz visited the Town Toyota Center Wednesday and talked with Cori Bautista of the Women’s Service League about the return of My Girlfriend’s Closet. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Water Fine -The state Department of Ecology says a Grant County farm must pay $2,000 for using water it had no rights to. Metro Farms of Quincy legally sold its irrigation rights last spring, but illegally continued to divert water from that irrigation source to 22 acres of agricultural land well into the summer. Ecology says the illicit water use was detected in June. The department reported the fine as part of its roundup of enforcement actions carried out between July and September.
PUD Boundaries -It’s the season of redistricting, and the Douglas County PUD has decided to keep the current boundaries as they are for commissioners running to head the utility. A proposal was put on the table in October to remap the PUD districts to match those represented by Douglas County’s commissioners. The county’s elected board of commissioners encouraged that option, saying it would be helpful to voters and ratepayers. But the PUD board decided at their November 8th meeting to maintain commissioner districts as they are, saying Douglas County’s population hasn’t shifted enough in the 2020 census to require new district maps. The current districts will remain in force for at least the next 10 years.
DNR GIS Day -You may not have been aware, but today is Worldwide GIS, or Geographic Information Systems Day. The state Department of Natural Resources was aware and used the occasion to share some Light Detecting and Ranging images of some of the state’s most iconic landforms. Included were Spencer Canyon in Chelan County, Frenchman Coulee near Quincy and an alluvial fan along the Columbia River in Douglas County. Enjoy. . .
Girlfriend Closet Interview -With My Girlfriend’s Closet preparing to return tomorrow, Wake Up Wenatchee Valley’s Dan Kuntz visited the Town Toyota Center Wednesday and talked with Cori Bautista of the Women’s Service League about the group’s biggest annual fund-raiser. . .
TEASE -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.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .
Paws for Pets -Time now for our weekly Paws for Pets feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, we meet four guinea pigs. . .

TEASE – 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.

NCWLIFE Channel Sports

The Seattle Kraken lost their 5th-straight game last night in a 4-2 decision to Chicago…
For the 3rd-straight game, Seattle found itself behind early. The Blackhawks scored in the 1st and 2nd periods and led 3-nothing before the Kraken finally got on the board…
Seattle will try to get back on the winning track when they host Colorado Friday at 7 o’clock at Climate Pledge Arena.

On the Les Schwab Women’s College Basketball Scoreboard…
Hailey Van Lith only scored 2-points but was happy to feed the ball to Emily Engstler, who had 20, to lead Louisville over UT Martin 62-30. Next up for Van Lith and the Cardinals is a trip to Seattle Saturday to face Washington at 2 o’clock.

On the Men’s College Basketball Schedule tonight…
Washington State plays at Idaho at 6 o’clock on ESPN-plus. Washington will host Wyoming tonight at 8 o’clock on the Pac-12 Network.

The Seahawks have no room for error as they prepare to take on Arizona Sunday in Seattle…
Following last weekend’s loss to Green Bay, Seattle’s record is just 3-and-6 and if they hope to have any shot at the playoffs, they can’t afford another loss.
Bobby Wagner says there’s frustration in the locker room, but not enough to dismantle the team’s goals…
Wagner says an easy way for Seattle to turn around its fortunes is to not commit so many costly penalties…
As the defense continues to improve, a standout is second year linebacker Jordyn Brooks. Defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Jr. says his success comes from the work he puts in…
The struggle has been more on the offensive side of the ball so far this season. First year coordinator Shane Waldron is not taking the blame, however. Coach Pete Carroll says you have to weigh what’s happened in the injury department…
Seattle and Arizona kick off Sunday at 1:25 at Lumen Field. The game will be broadcast on FOX.

The State volleyball tournaments get underway tomorrow morning for teams in our area in Yakima…
The Wenatchee Panthers have an 8:45am game against Mount Rainier in the first round at the SunDome. After an undefeated Big-9 season and district title, coach Marni McMahon will take her girls down to try to earn Wenatchee its 4th trophy at State.
The SunDome will be packed with the 4A, 3A and 2A tournaments all going on over the next two days. The larger schools had to move to Yakima when an agreement between the WIAA and Saint Martin’s College fell through.
That will mean a 7am game for Ellensburg tomorrow morning against White River. Ephrata will face Anacortes at 8:45.

The State 2B Football Playoffs will begin for Okanogan tomorrow night here in Wenatchee…
The Bulldogs will take on Columbia-Burbank in the quarterfinals at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl at 7 o’clock.
Liberty Bell has a quarterfinal 1B playoff game at Lions Field in Moses Lake Saturday at 3 o’clock against Odessa.

Thanks Eric.
Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Dan. . .
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). I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.