Archives for September 2018

Grant County PUD Holding Three Budget Hearings

The Grant County PUD will hold three hearings next month on its 2019 budget. Two of the hearings are on Oct. 9 with one at the Ephrata Headquarters Commission Room on C Street SW begininng at 2:00 p.m. and the other at the Moses Lake Fire Hall Multi-purpose Room on E. 3rd Ave. beginning at 6:00 p.m. The third is at 6:00 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Quincy Community Center on F Street SW. Attendees will hear about the PUD’s financial outlook and will have an opportunity to have questions answered and comments heard.

Third Man Take Plea Deal In SL Robbery

A third man facing charges in connection with a July robbery and shooting in Soap Lake takes a plea deal. Prosecutors say Logan Halliday who was a worker at Gas-N-Go pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment for firing shots at a vehicle occupied by two men who were fleeing from an attempted robbery of Halliday. He was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 352 suspended for two years and credit for 12 days time served. The other two men also took plea deals.

Congress Moves To Keep GCIA Tower Running

Congressman Dan Newhouse announces the House passed a measure that blocks the FAA from closing control towers at locations including Grant County International Airport which have military traffic. The provision was included in the legislation re-authorizing the agency for the next five years which now goes to the U.S. Senate. Newhouse said if the Terminal Radar Approach Control facility at the Grant County International Airport were to be closed or relocated the area could have lost the ability to blend important needs of the military and aerospace sectors.

GCRP Supports Manweller

The Grant County Republican Party is asking voters to cast ballots for 13th District representative Matt Manweller even though the Ellensburg lawmaker says he will resign at the end of his term over sexual abuse allegations and will not serve if re-elected. The committee says electing Manweller will mean another Republican legislator will be appointed to serve Manweller’s term. In a statement the party says it continues to support Manweller holding fast to the fact that all are presumed innocent until found guilty.

Burn Ban Lifted On Monday

Grant County’s outdoor fire ban is lifted as of Monday officials decided an extension is not needed. County law provides for an automatic ban in unincorporated areas from June 1 through Sept. 30 but that can be extended if conditions warrant. Residents are reminded that the use of burn barrels is prohibited and only natural vegetation may be burned. This does not change burning restrictions imposed by the state Department of Ecology for all cities and within the Urban Growth Areas.

Mobile Needle Exchange A Success

The operator of a needle exchange program in Grant County says they’ve been able to prevent four potential drug overdose cases since beginning operations in May. The Grant County Needle Exchange is run from a van operated by former Grant County Health District epidemiologist Shawta Sackett who says they’ve exchanged nearly 1,600 needles for 55 clients. In addition to the needle exchange Sackett’s program also offers Naloxone which is used to treat opioid overdoses and that’s what’s helped prevent the four cases.

Newhouse-Sponsored Gray Wolf Bill Advancing

Legislation co-sponsored by Congressman Dan Newhouse to make gray wolves no longer subject to the Endangered Species Act advanced in the House on Wednesday. Newhouse says the gray wolf is healthy and numerous in the United States, and should no longer receive federal species protection. There are at least 122 gray wolves in Washington and Department of Fish and Wildlife officials say one calf was killed and five others injured in Ferry County this month.

New Red Light Cameras In ML

Two more intersections in Moses Lake will have red-light cameras beginning on Monday. They are being installed at on North Stratford Road at the WinCo Foods and Walmart intersection, and on South Pioneer Way at East Hill Avenue. In January the City Council approved the cameras after receiving reports that more than 30 collisions occurred at each intersection in the past three years. City officials say a portion of the revenue from the new cameras is paying for additional school resource officers.

John’s Foods Gets A New Owner

Soap Lake’s only grocery store has a new owner. Quincy-based Akins Fresh Market announced on Facebook that they are acquiring John’s Foods on Daisy Street South. According to Akins officials it was apparent to them that John’s Foods owner David Asker cares deeply for the Soap Lake community, as he was very selective in which grocer he sold to. The new owners say they will be looking to the community for their input as they take over operations. Akins has another store in Oroville.

GC Jail To Get Body Scanners

Grant County commissioners approve a request from the Sheriff’s office to obtain a body scanner and mail scanner as a way to stop drugs from getting into the county jail. On Tuesday the commissioners approved a $371,000 budget addition to purchase both scanners. According to the sheriff’s office corrections officers are limited by state law as to when and how individuals entering the jail can be searched so the body scanner would help alleviate issues encountered by those restrictions.