NCWLIFE Evening News January 16, 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, We will have reaction to Governor Jay Inslee’s State of the Union Address from Senator Brad Hawkins, and, Wisconsin-based Shopko filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from creditors on Wednesday.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

In his state of the state address Tuesday, Washington Governor Jay Inslee focused heavily on climate change, mental health reforms and a free college program, all part of his proposed $54.64 billion budget, a 21 percent increase in state spending. Inslee called on legislators to be bold in taking on the challenges the state faces.

12th District Senator Brad Hawkins said Inslee’s proposals sound good but paying for them is another matter. This year, he said, with Democrats having 28-21 advantage in the Senate and a 57-41 advantage in the House, the state could be looking at major tax increases:

Wisconsin-based Shopko filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from creditors on Wednesday. The retailer says it will close 105 stores nationwide. Shopko closures in Washington state include stores in Yakima, Lacey, Pullman and Spokane. The company said excessive debt and ongoing competitive pressures forced it to seek protection from creditors. It reported assets of less than $1 billion dollars and liabilities between $1 billion and $10 billion dollars. A pharmaceutical drug company says the retailer owes it $67 million dollars.

Shopko reported in December that it was closing 39 retail stores across the country including Washington. The closures do not extend to the store located at the Valley North Mall in Wenatchee. Shopko has struggled in recent years alongside national brands such as Sears and Toys R Us.

Coming up next, The future of law enforcement in Tonasket is still uncertain after the town’s embattled Mayor disbands the police department. 2018 was a record year at Pangborn Airport in terms of commercial airline passenger boardings, and, Waste Management will begin providing garbage service to the City of Leavenworth residents next month.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The future of law enforcement in Tonasket is still uncertain after the town’s embattled Mayor disbands the police department. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair has been following this story out of Okanogan County. . .

2018 was a record year at Pangborn Airport in terms of commercial airline passenger boardings. Total passenger volume of 127,563 is a record for the Airport.

Due to passenger growth in 2017, Alaska Air added additional flights during the summer and holidays in 2018. Chelan County Port officials say another major factor in the record passenger numbers was a significant reduction in cancellations in 2018.  The percentage of cancelled flights fell from 5.9% in 2017 to 2.7% in 2018.

Officials add that progress is also being made in efforts to secure additional service to San Francisco.  The Airport has held meetings with several interested airlines, including Alaska Air, United and Skywest with the goal of obtaining new service by mid-2020. The Airport is jointly owned by the Ports of Chelan and Douglas Counties.

Waste Management will begin providing garbage service to the City of Leavenworth residents on Monday, February 4th.

Residents may choose from three sizes of garbage containers at different prices. Cart sizes are 35, 64 or 96-gallons. Bear resistant carts and additional services including bulky waste collection and three-yard containers for small residential cleanups are available at extra cost. No action is necessary to begin garbage service. Recycling remains an optional service and no action is necessary for current recycling customers. The City handled garbage services prior to contracting with Waste Management

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…

For our feature story tonight, we take a look at a TVW documentary of incarcerated youth at Green Hill School detention facility in Chehalis, who travel to the state capital for the signing of a juvenile justice reform bill they helped pass into law. . .

Thank you to Teach With TVW for portions of the documentary, More Than Their Crimes: Reforming Juvenile Justice in Washington State. Visit TVW.org to watch that full-length feature.

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.

 

Eastmont Lanes was busy and loud yesterday afternoon as both the Wenatchee Panthers and the Eastmont Wildcat girls bowling teams held matches simultaneously and both teams emerged victorious.  The Panthers swept the Ellensburg Bulldogs and the Wildcats dispatched the Selah Vikings in non-league matches.  The Panthers are off for the rest of the week while Eastmont faces West Valley today and travel to Moses Lake tomorrow.

The Panther and Wildcat wrestling squads fell by the wayside last night.  The Sunnyside Grizzlies kept their perfect season intact by routing Wenatchee 61-12 while in Yakima the Wildcats dropped a close match to the Eisenhower Cadets 42-34.

High school basketball results from last night and the score you see there is NOT a typo as the Cashmere girls beat Cascade 62-6, Omak got the better of Chelan 55-33,  the Entiat girls edged Moses Lake Christian 45-42 and Bridgeport topped Manson 63-60.

Turning to boys basketball from last night, Cashmere swamped Cascade by 26 points, Omak improved to 4-4 in league play with a victory over Chelan and Moses Lake Christian scored a home victory over Entiat.

The Wenatchee Wild welcome the 1st place Penticton Vees to the Town Toyota Center tonight. The Vees are leading the interior division with 57 points while the Wild sit in 3rd. place with 52 points. Tonight is $1 beer and hotdog night with both items selling for just one dollar thru the first intermission.

The Mariner Caravan rolled into town yesterday for their annual visit to the Pybus Public Market.  Mariner broadcaster Dave Sims did the honor of introducing the two pitchers who made the trip:

Sims, Armstrong and Gonzales all spoke about a Mariner offseason that saw a huge turnover in the roster:

Armstrong told the crowd at the Pybus Public Market that despite the changes in personnel the goals for the 2019 Mariners remain the same:

The first Cactus League game for the M’s is February 21st with the season opener the earliest in Major League baseball history – March 20th – against the A’s in Tokyo.

Thanks Dan.

We leave you tonight with video of a rural rancher who, after calling for his black lab dog, realized his pet made new friends along the way. . .

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.