Archives for March 2019

WorkSource Hiring Event April 12

WorkSource Central Basin is hosting their annual Spring Hiring Event on April 12 at their offices on E. Fifth Ave. in Moses Lake between 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Employment opportunities include part- and full-time jobs in multiple areas including food processing, farm equipment suppliers and government agencies. Those planning to attend should pre-register at Bring a resume to the event and come dressed professionally.

State Hiring Teens For Summer Litter Crews

The deadline is approaching for applying for positions on the state Department of Ecology Youth Corps summer work crews. There are two sessions planned with the first starting at the end of June through the middle of July and the second from then until the middle of August. Hours are 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Fridays. Pay is $12 an hour. Applications are due by Monday and to get an application log on to

Assembly To Vote On Transportation Budget

Today the state asembly will vote on a multi-billion dollar plan to improve transportation statewide. The transportation budget is one of the three main spending plans produced every two years by the Legislature and this year’s budget was crafted in a bipartisan process that included lawmakers from throughout the state and across the political spectrum. In addition to infrastructure projects, the Transportation Budget is also the chief source of funding the Washington State Patrol. This year additional funding is allocated to recruit and train new troopers.

Large Crowd For Thompson Memorial

Over a thousand people turned out Thursday at the memorial for Kittitas County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Thompson who was killed in the line of duty last week. The service at Nicholson Pavilion on the campus of Central Washington University in Ellensburg was preceded by a procession with law enforcements agencies throughout Washington participating along with several from outside the state and from Canada. Kittitas Police Officer Benito Chavez was injured in the shooting and he is now home recovering.

Mudslide Shuts Down SR 173

A mudslide shuts down a section of State Route 173 on Douglas County. According to the state DOT it happened Wednesday evening between the towns of Bridgeport and Brewster. The closure is expected to remain in effect through at least Friday morning because of concerns that the debris flow may still be shifting. Detours are posted and drivers should expect delays to get around the area.

Two Injured In I-90 Crash

A one-car crash Thursday on I-90 near Ellensburg results in two people being airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Police say 20-year-old Michael Davis of Tacoma was heading westbound when for an unknown reason his SUV left the roadway and rolled over several times. It came to rest on its wheels blocking a lane. Davis was not wearing his seat belt but his 20-year-old passenger was. There’s been no word on the severity of either individual’s injuries.

Smoking Age Goes To 21 Jan. 1

Beginning January first the minimum age to buy cigarettes and vaping products rises from 18 to 21. On Wednesday House Bill 1074 passed the State Senate by a sizable margin with bipartisan support. Gov Jay Inslee is expected to sign the measure. Attorney General Bob Ferguson is a vocal proponent of the legislation and says by passing this bil, the Legislature is saving thousands from a lifetime of addiction and smoking-related illnesses.

Grant And Adams Unemployment Higher Than State Rate

The February county-by-county unemployment numbers are in from the Employment Security Department and Grant County has a 9.4 percent rate which means just over 4,500 people are looking for work. Adams County is at 8.3 percent with a little more than 750 people looking for a job. King County had the lowest percentage of unemployed at 3.5 percent but that translates to around 45,000 people out of work. The state unemployment rate is 4.5 percent.

Fundraiser For Rock Island Girl Collected $3200

A fundraiser for the six-year-old girl who nearly drowned last month in Rock Island collects more than $3,200. The benefit for Rae’Ana Rosenburg was held Tuesday at Blue Spoon Yogurt in East Wenatchee. Rosenburg’s doctors at Seattle Children’s Hospital were able to remove her from the life support unit used because of breathing problems and she has spoken for the first time since she’s been hospitalized.

ML Hit And Run Suspect Takes Plea Deal

The driver who hit a man riding a horse in Moses Lake earlier this month takes a plea deal. . Police say 22-year-old Cooper Wilson borrowed a friend’s father’s car when the accident occured on Frontage Road resulting in the man being critically injured and the horse killed. According to prosecutors Wilson pleaded guilty to felony hit-and-run and driving with a revoked license. Sentencing is set for April 8 and Wilson could be in jail anywhere from 90 days to a year.