NCWLIFE Evening News March 28, 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, The $4.6 billion dollar capital budget proposed by the House this week includes $34 million dollars for replacement of Wells Hall at Wenatchee Valley College, and, Washington is about to become the seventh state to raise the legal age for buying tobacco products from 18 to 21.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Kittitas County said goodbye today to fallen Deputy Ryan Thompson. An overflow crowd estimated at over 4,000 filled Nicholson Pavilion on the campus of Central Washington University in Ellensburg for the memorial earlier this afternoon. The 42-year old Thompson was shot and killed after a traffic stop in Kittitas last week. He leaves behind a wife and three children. Deputy Thompson’s family released a statement regarding the shooting and how grateful they are with the outpouring of love they have received from all across the state. . .

The $4.6 billion dollar capital budget proposed by the House this week includes $34 million dollars for replacement of Wells Hall at Wenatchee Valley College. Wells Hall was built in 1951 and has numerous problems, including accessibility issues. Early estimates were for a $37 million replacement building, requiring a local commitment of money. The proposed capital budget also includes $2 million for the Winthrop Library and $200,000 for the design of a substance-abuse facility in Chelan County.

12th District representative Mike Steele, who sits on the House Capital Budget Committee said he is QUOTE, happy to see so many worthy projects, UNQUOTE in the budget.

Included in House capital budget is: $34 million dollars for the replacement of Wells Hall at Wenatchee Valley College, $1.28 million for the Twisp Civic Building and Emergency Operation Center, $2 million for the Winthrop Library, $1 million dollars for the Wenatchi Landing sewer extension, $400,000 for the Manson School District’s early learning facilities, $200,000 dollars for the design of a substance use disorder facility in Chelan County, $52,000 for Heritage Senior Housing and $52,000 dollars for revitalization in historic downtown Chelan.

Washington is about to become the seventh state to raise the legal age for buying tobacco products from 18 to 21. Both the state House and Senate have approved the change and Governor Inslee has indicated he will sign the bill.

The law also applies to vaping products. The Senate approved the bill Wednesday by a 33 to 12 vote, with the House having earlier approved it by a 66 to 30 vote. 12th District Legislators, Sen. Brad Hawkins, and Reps. Mike Steele and Keith Goehner all voted in favor. The change will go into effect next January.

Coming up next, The Washington Department of Transportation began clearing snow on State Route 20, the North Cascades Highway, and, We will have our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Earlier this week, the Washington Department of Transportation began clearing snow on State Route 20, the North Cascades Highway. Crews are clearing both the western and eastern closure points and hope to meet between Rainy and Washington passes in about 4 to 6 weeks.

WSDOT has no set date just yet on when they will swing open the gates to open the highway connecting the Methow and Skagit valleys to traffic. Once crews clear the snow, they will make necessary repairs to the highway, including guardrails, signs, stripes and pavement patches. Last spring, crews needed seven weeks to clear the highway. Clearing started on March 26th, and the highway reopened on May 11th.

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

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Radarstation is known for bringing a unique vibe to the downtown Wenatchee corridor. With its pop surrealist art lining the walls, Radar has been the host of events like open mic nights, burlesque and drag shows along with movie screenings. In tonight’s feature story, we visit with owner Ron Evans to talk about the recent changes to his local business. . .

And that is a look at your local weather forecast, coming up next, tonight’s sports report with Dan Kuntz and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

There’s still plenty of tickets available for tonight’s inaugural home game of the Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks…

The new indoor football team hosts the Reno Express at 7 o’clock in the Town Toyota Center.  As of this morning, approximately 15-hundred tickets had been distributed for tonight’s game.  Ticket prices range from $10 for limited general admission seats to $25 for a sideline view. 

The Skyhawks are oh-and-1 after falling to Idaho last weekend on the road 33-22.  The Express are 1-and-oh after beating the Tri-Cities Fire last weekend 42-24.  Again, kickoff tonight is at 7 o’clock.

The Sweet 16 Round of the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament gets underway today…

The Gonzaga Bulldogs will be first out of the box, taking on Florida State at 4:09 on CBS.  That will be followed at 4:29 by Tennessee and Purdue on TBS.  The secondary games of the night feature Michigan and Texas Tech at 6:39 on CBS and Virginia and Oregon at 6:57 on TBS.

Coming up tomorrow…

It’s Michigan State and LSU at 4:09 on CBS followed by North Carolina and Auburn at 4:29 on TBS.  Then it’s Duke and Virginia Tech at 6:39 on CBS and Kentucky and Houston on TBS at 6:57.

Closer to home on the prep boys soccer schedule today…

Cashmere hosts Highland at 4:30.  Cascade travels to Chelan and Manson hosts Bridgeport, also at 4:30.

There’s plenty on tap for softball viewing today…

Cashmere hosts a doubleheader with Quincy at 3 o’clock this afternoon.  Wenatchee, trying to just play some games after all the cancellations due to weather, will be in Othello today for a doubleheader with the Huskies at 3:30.  Brewster hosts Chelan in a single game at 4:30.

Wenatchee is at Eastmont today in tennis…

Those matches will begin at Eastmont High School at 3 o’clock.  Entiat is hosting Lake Roosevelt later on a 4.

We’ll have the NCWLIFE cameras at Lee Bofto Field in the Apple Bowl for some LIVE lacrosse tonight…

The Wenatchee Thunder host the Selah Vikings in a league contest.  Wenatchee’s coming off a 19-nothing shellacking of Hanford Monday and are 2-and-oh in league play, 4-and-1 on the season.  Selah is off to a 2-and-1 league start, 3-and-1 overall and coming off a 10-1 loss to Richland last Saturday.  Faceoff tonight is at 7 o’clock with the pre-game beginning at about 6:50 on the NCWLIFE Channel with Rod Higley and Jimmy Sherril on the play-by-play.

The Mariners home opener against the Boston Red Sox is today at T-Mobile Park…

Seattle is 2-and-oh after sweeping a two-game set against Oakland in Tokyo last week.  This will be the second time in history the Red Sox, last year’s World Series Champions, will open against the Mariners.  The last time was in 2000 when Pedro Martinez outdueled Jamie Moyer in a 2-0 victory in Seattle.

Today’s starters are Chris Sale for Boston and Marco Gonzales for the Mariners.  Newly elected Hall of Famer Edgar Martinez will threw out the first pitch prior to the game, which is underway on ESPN.

Thanks Dan.

We leave you tonight with NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson to fill us in on some of the events going on this weekend. . .

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.