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Hydrologic Outlook issued January 16 at 12:00AM PST until January 18 at 10:00AM PST by NWS

...Rain and snowmelt may cause localized flooding issues this week... A change in the weather pattern this week will bring above freezing temperatures to much of the region and the potential for significant rainfall to far eastern Washington and the Idaho Panhandle. With widespread low elevation snow across the Inland


Lo9° Isolated Flurries and Patchy Freezing Fog

M.L.King Day

Hi19° Slight Chance Wintry Mix and Patchy Freezing Fog

Monday Night

Lo16° Chance Wintry Mix


Hi29° Wintry Mix Likely

Tuesday Night

Lo26° Rain


Hi36° Rain

Wednesday Night

Lo29° Rain Likely then Slight Chance Rain


Hi36° Cloudy

Thursday Night

Lo27° Slight Chance Rain/Snow


Hi34° Rain Likely

Alison Detjens | Each of us can help feed NCW’s hungry

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Who gets to eat? This is a question many of us may never consider; those of us lucky enough only have to consider “What am I going to eat for dinner?” instead of, “Am I going to eat dinner?”

In order to adequately address hunger issues in a regional sense, we as a community really need to start paying attention to the fact that a little over 13 percent, or about one in seven residents in Chelan and Douglas counties, are food insecure.

Our culture tells us to be generous and thoughtful around the holidays. This is wonderful and inspirational; but what about the months that follow this influx of thoughtful giving? Many of us go back to our everyday lives and those on the margins of our society are again in our periphery.

Often those unable to adequately provide food to their families are meant to feel it is their fault. The population of “working poor” who struggle to make ends meet are often invisible, not counted among the unemployed but also not making a wage high enough to take care of basic needs. Nationally, 1 in 3 working U.S. families struggle to meet basic needs, including food.

I simply want to ask you to consider being kind and generous to your fellow community members throughout the whole year. How can we as a community be our best if a large percentage of us do not have our basic needs met? Are we doing everything possible to be a compassionate community and helping each other the best we can?

If you have the ability to donate food, not just the leftovers from your pantry, but good, nutritious whole foods, please consider making a weekly/monthly contribution to one of our many food pantries here in Wenatchee. Check out the Community Action Council’s food bank list or your local church for the food pantry nearest you. Be sure to call and find out the best time to drop off donations.

Thank you for reaching out — however you are able.

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”

— Charles Dickens

Alison Detjens manages the garden and greenhouses at Wenatchee Valley College. She can be reached at