NCWLIFE Evening News September 8th, 2021

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to what’s making news, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window
And now, A few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, In July of last year, COVID-19-related layoffs drove the Wenatchee Metropolitan Statistical unemployment upwards to 9.2 percent, but in July of this year, the rate dropped to 3.7 percent, we’ll tell you more. A new Moses Lake radiation treatment facility is now fully funded as Columbia Basin Cancer Foundation and the Confluence Health Foundation reached its goal of raising $3.5 million dollars, and, A public memorial service for longtime Grant County Sheriff’s deputy Jon Melvin will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, September 16th at Cave B Estate Winery outside Quincy.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
58 COVID Patients -Central Washington Hospital logged a record Tuesday for the number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19, and then broke that record today. Yesterday, the hospital was treating 49 patients … five more than its previous highest number during the pandemic. Today, the total number hospitalized is 58. 52 of the patients reside in the hospital’s four-county service area, but others were transferred from more distant counties, including one patient from Wyoming. The vast majority of those patients are unvaccinated. Central Washington Hospital’s previous high-water mark for COVID patients was 44, back in December 2020.
Unemployment -In July of last year, COVID-19-related layoffs drove the Wenatchee Metropolitan Statistical unemployment upwards to 9.2 percent, but in July of this year, the rate dropped to 3.7 percent, a five and five-tenths percentage points decline which is good local economic news. Not seasonally adjusted total nonfarm employment across the Wenatchee MSA rose by 8.4 percent in July 2021, as employment rose to 47,700 from the 44,000 jobs tallied in July 2020. The downside to the report, the local economy has still not quite recovered all jobs lost since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Two years ago, in July 2019, total nonfarm employment in the two-county MSA provided 48,000 jobs, 300 more than the 47,700 jobs tallied in July 2021.
Radiation Treatment Facility -A new Moses Lake radiation treatment facility is now fully funded as Columbia Basin Cancer Foundation and the Confluence Health Foundation reached its goal of raising $3.5 million dollars. The radiation facility includes a linear accelerator that can administer the latest cancer treatment protocols and decrease the hours spent by cancer patients traveling outside the Columbia Basin to receive care.The remaining $3.5 million of the $7 million project will be funded by Confluence Health.
Grant Deputy Memorial -A public memorial service for longtime Grant County Sheriff’s deputy Jon Melvin will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, September 16th at Cave B Estate Winery outside Quincy. 60-year-old Melvin was found dead in his home last December 11th and it later was determined he died of complications from COVID-19. He had been with the sheriff’s office for 35 years and had planned to retire this year. He served as a school resource officer, community deputy for Desert Aire, and as a member of the Search and Rescue Unit, Off-Road Vehicle Unit and Marine Unit.
TEASE -Coming up next, Corrections Deputy Jacob Lewis has been nominated for a professional award for his efforts in building the K-9 narcotics detection program at the Chelan County Regional Justice Center and you can help him win./ This Saturday on the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, a special guests will speak at the 9-11 Spirit of America Memorial at Riverside Park in Cashmere, and, A herd of sheep, guided by ranchers and dogs made their semi-annual crossing of Highway 97 Blewett Pass on Tuesday. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Police Drug Dog -Corrections Deputy Jacob Lewis has been nominated for a professional award for his efforts in building the K-9 narcotics detection program at the Chelan County Regional Justice Center. Now it’s up to the community to help Lewis become a finalist. The community can vote for Lewis, who has been nominated for a 2021 RISE Award, until Sept. 17th. Deputy Lewis was nominated for the award for showing exemplary service in his field. Lewis is the handler of K-9 Kait, the narcotics detection dog used at the justice center. People can vote once a day and the site can be found on the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office web page.
911 Memorial -This Saturday on the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, a special guests will speak at the 9-11 Spirit of America Memorial at Riverside Park in Cashmere. The memorial will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tom Green and Doug Jones appeared on NCWLIFE’s Street Talk and Other Stuff with Mike Magnotti to talk about the special event. . .
Sheep Crossing -As we go to break, a herd of sheep, guided by ranchers and dogs made their semi-annual crossing of Highway 97 Blewett Pass on Tuesday. The Washington State Department of Transportation said the crossings near the Liberty turnoff happen quickly with minimal traffic impacts, thanks in large part to the sheep dogs who keep the flock on task.
TEASE -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. . .
Chelan Co. Fair -The Chelan County Fair returns tomorrow at the fairgrounds in Cashmere and runs through the weekend. In tonight’s feature story, Wake Up Wenatchee Valley’s Dan Kuntz visited with Fair Manager Karen Welch about daily specials and entertainment visitors can expect. . .
TEASE – 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.

58 COVID Patients -Central Washington Hospital logged a record Tuesday for the number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19, and then broke that record today. Yesterday, the hospital was treating 49 patients … five more than its previous highest number during the pandemic. Today, the total number hospitalized is 58.
52 of the patients reside in the hospital’s four-county service area, but others were transferred from more distant counties, including one patient from Wyoming. The vast majority of those patients are unvaccinated. Central Washington Hospital’s previous high-water mark for COVID patients was 44, back in December 2020.
Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Dan. . .
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). I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.