Archives for April 2019

ML Water Conservation Kicks In July 1

The City of Moses Lake reminds residents that it is resuming water conservation throughout the city water distribution area July 1 through Aug. 31, 2019. During that time irrigating and washing of vehicles is restricted. Addresses with odd numbers are allowed to irrigate and wash vehicles on odd numbered days and those with even numbers are allowed on even numbered days. Any property with irrigation meters two inches and larger are restricted to irrigating from midnight to 8 a.m.

Quincy Man Facing More Charges In Child Rape

Additional charges are to be filed against a Quincy man accused of child sexual assault now that new evidence shows he fathered a child with a second underage victim. Prosecutors say DNA testing showed 22-year-old Ismael Arcenio Amaya Diaz is the father of a child born in 2017 to a 15-year-old girl. Amaya Diaz was arrested April 2 after an investigation found he arranged sexual encounters with a 13-year-old victim in 2018. The new charges were filed last Friday.

Whooping Cough Found In Grant County

The Grant County Health District is investigating a case of whooping cough in Moses Lake. The indiividual was at Confluence Health in Moses Lake on April 22 and April 24 and the Samaritan Clinic on April 23. Whooping cough is a highly contagious disease spread through droplets coughed or sneezed into the air or onto surfaces. Officials say those family members who came in contact with the individual have been treated.

Delays Continue In ML For Water Main Repairs

Work on replacing a water main on Division Street in Moses Lake could wrap up by Friday. The city contracted with an Othello company to replace the over 750 feet of pipe where three breaks occurred earlier this month resulting in a million gallons being spilled. Division Street reopened on Monday but the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Alder St. were closed along with a section of Balsam Street. Those closures are expected to be removed today.

Speeding Motorcyclist Arrested In Adams County

A high-speed motorcycle rider in Adams County gets shut down after trying to take to a field to evade capture. Police say Blake Lannoye was clocked at 95 miles an hour last Friday on Shrag Road in Ritzville and as officers tried to stop Lannoye he high-tailed it into a field. Lannoye then ditched his ride and took off on foot only to be arrested a short time later. He was charged with Attempting to Elude and Driving While License Suspended.

They Are Done

State lawmakers headed home Monday after completing their 105-day legislative session. Among the items accomplished was the passage of a two-year general budget along with transportation and capital budgets. Businesses will be paying more in state taxes and the real estate excise tax was revised with both part of an additional $800 million in revenue being generated. Other noteworthy actions included raising the smoking age to 21 and reinstating affirmative action.

Privacy Issue With Bump Stop Byback

There’s been a new development in the bump stop buyback program that took place in March. According to Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office the more than 300 people who took the $150 to turn in their stocks now have their information in a publically-accessible database which means it’s available to anyone who asks for the info. The State Patrol says it’s sending letters to all buyback participants telling them to file lawsuits to get their information removed from the database.

BBCC Sexual Assault Under Investigation

Authorities at Big Bend Community College are investigating a report of a sexual assault that happened late last year. According to campus security the incident involved forcible touching and happened between Nov. 24 and Dec. 12. Both peopel were reported to be Big Bend students and the person making the report chose not to contact law enforcement after the incident happened. So far there have been no arrests and college officials are warning that the suspect poses an ongoing threat to the community.

High Winds Blamed For Power Outages

Grant PUD officials say high winds caused several reported power outages Saturday afternoon. The first calls came in around 2 p.m. in the Knolls Vista area and shortly thereafter another report of power being out was received in the Mae Valley area of Moses Lake. The Knolls Vista outage was fixed in about a couple of hours and most of the the May Valley customers had service restored a short time later with all service reconnected by 7:30 p.m.

More On MLSD Budget Cuts

More details are emerging about the cuts coming to the Moses Lake school district. Superintendent Dr. Joshua Meek says the district executive director position will be eliminated along with the elimination of one Moses Lake High School assistant principal positionand one elementary assistant principal position will also be terminated as part of the reduction process. The communications coordinator position is also being cut. There are also a number of personnel changes taking place and we’ve detailed those on our website i fiber one dot com.