Evening News December 29

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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—A Grant County Fire Batallion Chief was seriously injured on Wednesday and Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue was busy on Thursday rescuing snowmobilers.

But first, we begin tonight:

Chelan County Fire District 1 responded to a house fire at 301 River Park Avenue around 10 this morning. The home is a single family dwelling and all the residents were out of the house at the time of the fire. No word yet on the cause of that fire or the extent of the damage.

Grant County Fire District 13 Battalion Chief Dan Dishon was seriously injured Wednesday in an industrial accident at his part time job at Moses Lake Industries. The agency posted on it Facebook page that Dishon is currently in critical condition at Harbor View Medical Center in Seattle. Dishon has volunteered for the fire department since 2011 and is also a paid Captain for Grant County Fire District 5 in Moses Lake where he’s volunteered for 15 years. An account has been established at Granco Federal Credit Union in both Moses Lake and Ephrata if you’d like to help. Any help from the community will assist the family immensely.

Four groups of snowmobilers, all with various sets of circumstances, kept Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue officials busy yesterday afternoon near Fish Lake. The first call regarded a beginner rider who lost control of the machine and ran into a tree. That person was transported by private vehicle for medical care. The next two calls involved snowmobilers who were lost, one group near the Alder Creek area and the other near the Lake Wenatchee Rec Center on Chiwawa Loop Road. The final call of the day took a much more intensive rescue operation. Two riders, who were reported missing, rode over a slope and into a ravine. It took 20-25 rescuers from the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Emergency Management and Cascade Ambulance three hours to get both riders out. They were transported to Central Washington Hospital. Rescue officials say this could be the start of a very busy weekend.

In an effort to prevent unhealthy air quality, the Washington Department of Ecology is issuing a stage 1 burn ban limiting indoor and outdoor burning in Asotin, Ferry, Pend Oreille, Okanogan and Stevens counties. The burn ban begins at 8 a.m. Monday, January 1st and will continue until further notice.

Cold, stagnant weather forecasted for early next week is expected to create poor air quality conditions in Eastern Washington. Current air quality monitors show elevated levels of air pollution, and the levels are expected to increase further because of weather conditions. This puts communities at risk because fine particles from wood smoke can easily get into people’s lungs and cause heart and breathing problems. Under a Stage 1 ban, all outdoor burning is prohibited, including residential, agricultural and forest burning.

In partnership with Chelan County Public Works, Wenatchee Boy Scout Troop 7 is taking care of the disposal of your Christmas tree. Coming up on Saturday, January 6th, drop off your Christmas tree at the Chelan County shop in Wenatchee located at 210 Easy St., between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Scouts will be collecting the trees for recycling. A 5-dollar donation is suggested and donations will go to Troop 7 to support its programs. Trees also can be dropped off for recycling at the Dryden Transfer Station at 9073 Highway 2, or at the Entiat brush yard, located off Highway 97A behind the fire interpretive center. When dropping off your tree, make sure it is free of all tinsel and decorations. For more information, call Chelan County Public Works at 667-6341

Coming up next, we will continue our look at the top news stories of 2017, tonight highlighting the purchase of the federal building and wildfires—and—we’ll introduce you to the Chelan County Superior Court’s newest judge. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

 

Our parent company, LocalTel Communications, was involved in one of the biggest business news stories for 2017. The local telecom company’s purchase of the Wenatchee Federal Building made the news last spring after a very competitive auction. Here’s a time lapse of how the bidding occurred. . .

After the sale was finalized, LocalTel entered into negotiations to sell off a portion of the building to the City of Wenatchee. The City is considering relocating some of its departments from City Hall.

2017 was another active season for wildfires with several wind-driven blazes in Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Kittitas Counties. These stories also made our list of top stories in 2017. It started in June when smoke from a series of large fires in British Columbia drifted into North Central Washington causing air quality problems. In July crews corralled a large brush fire that broke out along the side of the highway North of Wenatchee. The Mitchell Canyon Fire scorched about 660 acres of grass and sagelands. . .

This past summer also saw several large wildfires including the Jolly Mountain, Diamond Creek, Jack Creek, Norse Peak, and Uno Peak fires. The continuing onslaught of summer wildfires has also prompted Congress to take action with legislation intended to make forests more fire resistant. Structure fires also made the news in 2017 with two major commercial buildings destroyed including the Philippi Fruit Warehouse blaze and the Sports Liquidator  Warehouse fire in Wenatchee.

Newly appointed Chelan County Superior Court Judge Kristin Ferrera says she’s ready to begin work next week. NCWLIFE sat down with her yesterday for an exclusive interview where she talked about her diverse background and court experience. . .

You’re watching NCWLIFE news. Coming up next, your sports update followed by today’s feature story. That and much more still to come on NCWLIFE News, stay with us.

 

The Holiday bowl was last night, The Washington state cougars took on the Michigan State Spartans in San Diego…..

And YES! THE COUGS COUGD it! I don’t even want to talk about this game anymore, my cougs got smoked by the Spartans 42-17 were moving on to hockey…

Tonight the Wild start their weekend series against Penticton. Puck drops at 7:05 Tonight at the Town Toyota Center. As is usual with the wild, there will be a special event for fans following tomorrow nights game. Fans are invited to stay after to attend an auction to get their hands on a Washington Amateur Hockey Association specialty jersey. The jerseys were custom made by Wenatchee Wild Kids! The wild are 23-9 on the season and are sitting in 2nd place in the interior division of the BCHL, trailing the Vernon vipers by two games.

Seattle Linebacker Bobby Wagner was awarded the Steve Largent Award yesterday. The Largent Award, which is voted on by Seahawks players, is given to the player who best exemplifies the spirit, dedication and integrity of the Seahawks. The award was first handed out in 1989 to its Hall of Fame namesake.

Already selected for the Pro Bowl, Wagner has been leading an injury plagued Seahawks defense through this roller coaster ride of a season. With a final chance to make it to the post season the Seahawks will take on the Arizona Cardinals on New Year’s eve at Century Link Field, kick off is at 1:25.

The Chelan Holiday Tournament wraps up tonight, Chelan and Adna have been battling through the tournament and now find themselves playing each other in the championship. Tipoff is at 7:30 tonight at the Chelan Community Gym.

That wraps up our sports for December 28th!

 

Thanks Eric…

2018 will be a year of change for the Chelan County PUD as the District embarks on a plan to relocate some of its facilities. General Manager, Steve Wright says the plan for developing the new facilities is a work in progress. He discussed it in an exclusive NCWLIFE Interview. . .

2018 will also include the modernization of hydroelectric facilities at Rock Island and Rocky Reach Dams.

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…

Chelan County Fire District 1 responded to a house fire at 301 River Park Avenue around 10 this morning. The home is a single family dwelling and all the residents were out of the house at the time of the fire. No word yet on the cause of that fire or the extent of the damage.

Grant County Fire District 13 Battalion Chief Dan Dishon was seriously injured Wednesday in an industrial accident at his part time job at Moses Lake Industries. The agency posted on it Facebook page that Dishon is currently in critical condition at Harbor View Medical Center in Seattle. Dishon has volunteered for the fire department since 2011 and is also a paid Captain for Grant County Fire District 5 in Moses Lake where he’s volunteered for 15 years. An account has been established at Granco Federal Credit Union in both Moses Lake and Ephrata if you’d like to help. Any help from the community will assist the family immensely.

Four groups of snowmobilers, all with various sets of circumstances, kept Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue officials busy yesterday afternoon near Fish Lake. The first call regarded a beginner rider who lost control of the machine and ran into a tree. That person was transported by private vehicle for medical care. The next two calls involved snowmobilers who were lost, one group near the Alder Creek area and the other near the Lake Wenatchee Rec Center on Chiwawa Loop Road. The final call of the day took a much more intensive rescue operation. Two riders, who were reported missing, rode over a slope and into a ravine. It took 20-25 rescuers from the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Emergency Management and Cascade Ambulance three hours to get both riders out. They were transported to Central Washington Hospital. Rescue officials say this could be the start of a very busy weekend.

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

A complex weather pattern has been over the Pacific Northwest for the past 24 hours and will continue for at least another 24 hours or so with anything from rain, a rain/snow mix or all snow expected. The mountains will see quite a bit of additional snow today and tonight with upwards of 40 inches could fall. Winter Weather Warnings for heavy snow have been issued and will be continued for these areas for heavy snow until tomorrow morning. Freezing rain amounts between a tenth and two tenths of an inch will be possible in Northcentral Washington before the precipitation turns to all rain for the remainder of Friday. We have a 90% chance of precipitation today and a 70% chance tonight. By Saturday, a cold front will move down from Canada bringing warmer temperatures, sunny skies and windy conditions with gusts between 25-30 mph. High pressure will arrive by late in the weekend and early next week which will deliver a drier and colder weather pattern for the start of the New Year.

As we leave you tonight, two local residents decided that cold weather isn’t going to spoil a little winter paddle boarding on the partially frozen Wenatchee River. . .

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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 Tuesday morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and from all of us at the NCWLife Channel, have a very Happy New Year.