Archives for July 2018

Chelan Hills Fire Update

An update now on the Chelan Hills Fire. Authorities say it is at 97% containment and remains at just over 1800 acres. Nearlty 250 personnel are working on fire activities, including eliminating hazard trees and improving containment lines. Two primary residences, one seasonal home, and several outbuildings were confirmed as damaged. Some corn and approximately 80 acres of wheat fields were also damaged. The temporary flight restriction has been lifted. There are no road closures or evacuation notices in effect at this time.

Microsoft Applies For More Generators

Microsoft wants to add over 70 diesel-powered backup electricity generators to its Quincy data center. The company applied to the state Department of Ecology for an updated air quality permit for the new generators and for an additional 136 evaporative air coolers. The department is accepting public comments and is holding a public hearing on August 27 at the Quincy Community Center on F. St. SW in Quincy beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Ritzville Man Killed In Crash

A Ritzville man was killed in a crash Monday near Spokane. Police say Jacob Harder IV was on I-90 westbound when his car collided with another vehicle resulting in Harder’s car going into the center median, rolling over and ending up in the eastbound lanes where it was hit by a semi pulling two trailers. The driver and passenger in the car that initally collided with Harder were hospitalized and the semi-truck’s driver was not hurt.

State Of Emergency Declared For Fire Danger

Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a State of Emergency as a results of the hundreds of wildfires that have stretched firefighting resources to the limit. The declaration was made at the request of the state Department of Natural Resources which says so far they have responded to 891 fires, already more than the 853 fires DNR responded to in all of 2017. Officials are projecting weather and fire fuel conditions for August and September will continue to present a high risk of wildfires across the state.

Sundberg Murder Defendant Takes Plea Deal

One of the two suspects in the death of an Ellensburg woman takes a plea deal. Prosecutors say Julio Cesar Albarran Varona pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the 2016 death of Jill Sundberg whose body was found on Old Vantage Highway near Quincy. Albarran Varona will be in jail for just over 18 years and he is required to testify against co-defendant Gustavo Tapia Rodriguez in this case and the 2016 death of Arturo Sosa along state Route 26.

Two Hurt In East Wenatchee Collision

A two car-crash Monday north of Wenatchee results in two people being hurt. Police say a driver slowed down on US-97A because of a deer in the road and his car was rear-ended by a motorcycle ridden by Wyatt Heinz of East Wenatchee. Heinz was taken to Confluence Health for unspecified injuries and the car’s driver was also hurt but it’s not clear if he was hospitalized. Heinz is to be ticketed for following too close.

EDC Holding County Port Meeting On Friday

The Grant County Economic Development Council holds its annual county-wide port districts meeting on Friday at the Port of Ephrata beginning at 10:00 a.m. This is the fourth year for the session bringing together all 10 port districts to to talk and learn about needs of local communities. Topics for this year’s meeting include an update on Grant County PUD’s infrastructure and new rate schedules along with information on Foreign Trade Zone #203 plus a presentation from the state Department of Commerce.

18-Year-Old Scooter Thief In More Trouble

An 18-year-old scooter thief is in more trouble when he pulls a knife on the scooter’s owner trying to retrieve his property. Police say Kainen Bone was seen Saturday riding the scooter near West Peninsula Drive in Moses Lake and when the owner saw it he confronted Bone and took the scooter. That’s when Bone made the knife threat then taking off on foot. Bone remains at large and anyone knowing his whereabouts is asked to call Moses Lake Police.

HFH Starts 14th ML Area Home

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Moses Lake begins construction of its 14th home. Students with Columbia Basin Job Corps helped raised the walls of the home where Madison Jennings and her two children will be living by the end of the year. The charity started building homes in Moses Lake 20 years ago and those projects are done in partnership with the new homeowners who have to contribute at least 450 hours of work on the home’s construction.

Charges Pending In Rock Island Murder

Charges may be filed this week in the case of a Rock Island man arrested in the death of his wife. Police say Peggy Teulilo was found dead last Wednesday in a fifth-wheel travel trailer parked next to their Riverside Place home with a gunshot wound to her head. According to a probable cause affidavit Teulilo’s husband had made threats against her months before the fatal shooting last week. Douglas County prosecutors are still reviewing the case.