NCWLIFE Evening News March 21, 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, Traffic on Stine Hill Road outside Dryden was shut down for a couple hours again today as the Chelan PUD continued repairs after a semi accident earlier this week. The newly released state revenue forecast says $860 million dollars of unanticipated money is available, and, 12th District state representatives Mike Steele and Keith Goehner will take a break from the legislative session in Olympia for a town hall in Wenatchee on Saturday.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The man who shot two law enforcement officers Tuesday night in Kittitas has been identified as 29-year-old Juan Manuel Flores Del Toro of Ellensburg.

Del Toro died in the shootout shortly after taking the life of Kittitas County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Thompson and wounding Kittitas Police Officer Benito Chavez. Thompson, 42, was a Walla Walla native who attended Central Washington University and had worked in law enforcement in Kittitas County since 2004. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Chavez, whose wife is expecting, is recovering in a Seattle hospital from a bullet wound to his leg. He has been with the department since last July.

Thompson was responding to a road rage incident in the Badger Pocket area of Kittitas County about 7:42 p.m., that led to a pursuit into Kittitas, where Del Toro exited his vehicle firing at Thompson and Chavez. The Ellensburg Police Department is investigating the shooting. Meanwhile, GoFundMe pages have been set up for both men. By Thursday afternoon, more than $30,000 had been raised for Thompson’s family and about $3,000 for Chavez.

Traffic on Stine Hill Road outside Dryden was shut down for a couple hours again today as the Chelan PUD continued repairs after a semi tipped over on an embankment and knocked out a power pole Tuesday.

About 500 Chelan PUD customers in the Peshastin/Dryden area lost power. It was one of two semis that wrecked in the area that day.

Earlier, a flatbed semi carrying pallets of cardboard on Highway 2 tipped over the Jersey barrier, closing traffic on the highway for several hours. A detour on Stine Hill Road was shut down by the second semi accident. The driver of the Highway 2 semi was injured when his arm was trapped between the cab and ground. He was cited for illegal lane crossing.

The newly released state revenue forecast says $860 million dollars of unanticipated money is available to invest in services and programs over the next two years. Republicans in Olympia now contend that with the extra revenue, a 50 billion dollar state budget can be passed without raising taxes, as Governor Jay Inslee has proposed. The legislature is currently working on a new two-year budget that needs to be passed before the end of the legislative session in April. or illegal lane crossing.

12th District state representatives Mike Steele and Keith Goehner will take a break from the legislative session in Olympia for a town hall in Wenatchee on Saturday.

The town hall will be from 10 a.m. to noon in the Grove Recital Hall at Wenatchee Valley College. Anyone is invited to ask questions or share concerns.

Coming up next, Our Valley Our Future was one of four groups statewide to be honored by Futurewise, a Seattle environmental group focused on preventing urban sprawl. The Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council recently launched a survey to gauge what kind of social and community services are needed by residents, and, NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson will be in to fill us in on some of the events going on this weekend.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Our Valley Our Future, a wide-ranging Wenatchee Valley effort to tackle community issues, was one of four groups statewide to be honored by Futurewise, a Seattle environmental group focused on preventing urban sprawl.

Housing problems are among more than 150 projects and programs Our Valley has tackled since being formed in 2015. At a Futurewise luncheon, Our Valley was praised for its collaborative approach to tackling the area’s challenges.

The Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council recently launched a survey to gauge what kind of social and community services are needed by residents.

Survey respondents are being asked to identify barriers they and/or family members encounter in accessing services in the two-county area; ways to eliminate those barriers; the challenges the community faces in providing services; and the community resources they consider to be the highest priority. The survey is one of several tools being used by the Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council to gather information for the needs assessment, which is required by federal law every three years. To access the survey go to www.cdcac.org. The Community Action Council will hold a community forum at 5:30 p.m. April 9th at the Wenatchee Community Center to unveil the survey findings.

Time now for NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson to fill us in on some of the events going on this weekend. . .

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Time now for our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Today, NCWLife’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Gator the dog. . .

If you are interested in adopting Gater, you can drop by the humane society and meet him.

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 Wenatchee Wild bounced back for a 4-1 victory over Cowichan Valley in Game 4 of their BCHL playoff series last night to even it up at 2-games apiece…

Wenatchee got on the board first less than two minutes into the first period as PJ Fletcher scored his fourth goal of the playoffs to make it 1-nothing.

The Wild scored the only goal in the second period at the 9:28 mark by Murphy Stratton to make it 2-nil heading into the third.  Even though the Capitals got a goal from Brady Lynn in the final frame, Blake Bargar and Marko Reifenberger made sure the series would be tied headed back to Wenatchee for tomorrow night.

Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network.  Video courtesy of Hockey TV…

Game 5 will be at the Town Toyota Center tomorrow night at 7:05.  Game 6 would be back in Duncan, B.C. Sunday.  If a Game 7 were necessary, it would be back in Wenatchee Tuesday at 7:05.

Turning to the Prep Sports Schedule for today…

In high school tennis this afternoon, Wenatchee plays at Moses Lake at 3 o’clock.  Eastmont has the long trek to Sunnyside, also at 3.  Cascade plays in Ephrata at 4 o’clock.  And Entiat hosts Tonasket, also at 4.

In a skimpy prep baseball schedule…

Almira-Coulee-Hartline will be the home team, but the game will be in Chelan today at 4 o’clock.  Manson is on the road at Pateros at 4:30.

There’s just one softball game to tell you about today…

Manson hosts Pateros at 4:30.

Ichiro Suzuki has played his last Major League Baseball game.  The 45-year old Japanese super star announced prior to today’s game against Oakland in Tokyo that he would retire following the game.  Manager Scott Servais let him have a final moment in the bottom of the 8th inning today…

Ichiro finishes his 18-year Major League career with a .311 batting average and 3,089 hits.  By the way, fans who arrived 2-hours early and sat through the 12-inning, 4-hour and 27-minute game, would not leave.  Finally, after another 20-minutes after the game’s final out, Ichiro emerged for one final lap around the Tokyo Dome…

Seattle beat Oakland 5-4 in 14-innings thanks to a fielder’s choice off the bat of Domingo Santana…

The A’s tried for a double-play, but Santana was safe at 1st while Dee Gordon scored the game-winner.  Ryon Healy was 2-for-5 with a 2-run home run and Mitch Haniger 2-for-4 with a solo homer.

Seattle’s split squad has a spring training game today against Cincinnati in Peoria beginning at 6:40 tonight.

Of course, today is Day 1 of the NCAA Tournament…

Gonzaga is taking on Farleigh Dickinson right now on TruTV.  Tomorrow, Oregon plays Wisconsin at 12:30 on TBS followed by the Huskies and Utah State at 3:50 on TNT.

And, I have to do a little shout out to our own Nate Harris…

That’s Nate officiating the NCAA Tournament game today between Michigan State and Bradley.

Thanks Eric. . .

The man who shot two law enforcement officers Tuesday night in Kittitas has been identified as 29-year-old Juan Manuel Flores Del Toro of Ellensburg.

Del Toro died in the shootout shortly after taking the life of Kittitas County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Thompson and wounding Kittitas Police Officer Benito Chavez. Thompson, 42, was a Walla Walla native who attended Central Washington University and had worked in law enforcement in Kittitas County since 2004. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Chavez, whose wife is expecting, is recovering in a Seattle hospital from a bullet wound to his leg. He has been with the department since last July.

Thompson was responding to a road rage incident in the Badger Pocket area of Kittitas County about 7:42 p.m., that led to a pursuit into Kittitas, where Del Toro exited his vehicle firing at Thompson and Chavez. The Ellensburg Police Department is investigating the shooting. Meanwhile, GoFundMe pages have been set up for both men. By Thursday afternoon, more than $30,000 had been raised for Thompson’s family and about $3,000 for Chavez.

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.