Evening News December 21

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Good evening and welcome to NCWLIFE News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

 

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight—East Wenatchee water customers are feeling sticker-shock after receiving their latest bills and three people were injured yesterday in a car crash near Quincy.

But first, we begin tonight:

A homeless camp located along the riverbank next to Wenatchee’s new Hale Park has become a source of irritation for users of the City’s new off-leash dog park. Steve Hair reports. . .

There may be some sticker shock for East Wenatchee Water customers when they get their bi-monthly bill. Rate increases over the next several years will pay for upgrades to the District’s aging system. Water district managers Jeff Johnston and Vince Johnston spoke with us following their board of commissioners’ meeting yesterday. . .

Three people were injured yesterday in a two-vehicle crash near Ephrata.

It happened around 7:20 last night on Highway 28 about 9 miles East of Quincy when 61 year old David Belton of East Wenatchee rear ended another car driven by 80 year old Vern Edwards of Ephrata. Belton and Edwards and Edward’s wife Patricia were injured and transported to Quincy Hospital for treatment. Hwy 28 was temporarily closed until the wreckage was cleared. Troopers say Belton will be cited for negligent driving.

A new Chelan County Superior Court Judge to replace retiring Judge Alicia Nakata will be selected next week according to Stevie Mathews with Governor Jay Inslee’s office. . .

Judge Alicia Nakata retires in January with Judge T.W. “Chip” Small retiring in February.

The Chelan/Douglas County Bar Association has forwarded the names of local attorneys Travis Brandt and Kristin Ferrera for consideration. Ferrera and Brandt out-polled several other attorney’s in a survey of bar association membership.

A local community will make its TV appearance tonight on the Hallmark Channel during its annual Countdown to Christmas programming. This year, Lake Chelan is subtly featured in the movie Christmas in the Air.

Producers of the movie seemed to pull inspiration from local Christmas celebrations such as the Small Town Christmas event hosted each year by the Historic Downtown Chelan Association. Although the movie was not filmed in Lake Chelan, a number of clips throughout make references to the town. Christmas in the Air plays tonight at 7pm on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

Coming up next, we’ll tell you the top five industries for employment in Chelan and Douglas Counties and affordable housing will be the topic of discussion at an upcoming Chelan town hall meeting. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

Agriculture, forestry and fishing continue to be the leading driver in employment in Chelan and Douglas Counties.

In a top five labor market profile released earlier this week, the Washington State Employment Security Department reports that just over 23-percent of all employment in Chelan County is agriculture, forestry or fishing related and that goes up to almost 26-percent in Douglas County.

The second largest employer in Chelan County is the health industry at 13.8-percent followed by local government, accommodation and food services and retail trade.

In Douglas County, local government is the second leading employer at 15-percent with retail trade, accommodation and food services and health services rounding out the top five. The Labor Department also says that although the Wenatchee market economy has expanded during each of the past six years from 2011 through 2016, the pace of non-farm job growth cooled between 2015 and 2016, from 5.7 to 3.1 percent, respectively.

Chelan Mayor Mike Cooney extended an invitation to residents for a town hall meeting to address the need for affordable housing. The meeting on January 16 will focus on finding solutions and setting a timeline for success, according to an invitation sent out on Wednesday. The meeting will be the first step for the city to gather key players such as land donors, developers, legal expertise, realtors, builders and cash donors. Starting at 6 p.m. at the Chelan Senior enter, residents and area-community members are invited.

Today is the Winter Solstice, the shortest, and as it turns out, also the coldest day of the year for some. In a nutshell, the solstice means the earth’s axis slightly tilts which consequently means our rotation around the sun is farther away bringing us more darkness and colder temperatures.

The Winter Solstice happened at 8:28 this morning, which means we only saw 8 hours and 27 minutes of daylight today. Our average temperature for today is 28.8 degrees, just slightly behind our coldest average of the year at 28.6 degrees, which is from December 23rd to December 30th. Some good news though, beginning tomorrow we will see an extra 3 seconds of daylight until we reach our peak amount of light on June 21st, 2018.

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Thanks Eric…

To get you in the holiday spirit here is a season’s greetings from the Washington State University School of Music. . .

We’ll be back in just a moment with a recap of some of today’s stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

Time now for a recap of some of our top stories…

A homeless camp located along the riverbank next to Wenatchee’s new Hale Park has become a source of irritation for users of the City’s new off-leash dog park. Steve Hair reports. . .

Three people were injured yesterday in a two-vehicle crash near Ephrata.

It happened around 7:20 last night on Highway 28 about 9 miles East of Quincy when 61 year old David Belton of East Wenatchee rear ended another car driven by 80 year old Vern Edwards of Ephrata. Belton and Edwards and Edward’s wife Patricia were injured and transported to Quincy Hospital for treatment. Hwy 28 was temporarily closed until the wreckage was cleared. Troopers say Belton will be cited for negligent driving.

According to Stevie Mathews with Governor Jay Inslee’s office, a new Chelan County Superior Court Judge to replace retiring Judge Alicia Nakata will be selected next week. . . Judge Alicia Nakata retires in January with Judge T.W. “Chip” Small retiring in February.

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

A quiet and dry ridge is in place over the region today but satellite is showing a weak short wave weather system coming down the British coastline, which will bring increasing chances of light snow to the forecast area tomorrow and for Friday night. We have a 30% chance of snow tomorrow and a 30% chance tomorrow night. This storm system looks to be our best chance for a white Christmas in the Wenatchee Valley. On Saturday, a polar air mass begins to bleed into the region from the north. This will be a seasonably cold period with overnight lows in the teens and daytime highs only approaching 20-25 degrees. By Christmas Eve on Sunday and into the middle of next week, another system makes its way toward the Inland Northwest with the next threat of precipitation. At least for now, we only have about a 20% chance for snow throughout that forecast period.

Closing out our newscast tonight, many of you will hit the slopes this Christmas weekend, as if you needed extra motivation, here’s a look at what it’s like skiing at the Summit at Snoqualmie with 15 inches of new snow on the slopes. . .

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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, make sure you tune in to NCWLIFE Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.