Archives for August 2019

Two Hazardous Waste Events In Grant County

Grant County is conducting household hazardous waste disposal events on Friday, September 13 at the Delano Regional Transfer Station and on Saturday, September 14 at the County Road District 2 shop on Wheeler Road near Moses Lake. Hours Friday are from noon until 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9am until 3pm. Only hazardous waste generated by households will be accepted. Those items include oil-based paints, paint thinners and solvents, household chemicals and items with mercury including CFL light bulbs and thermometers.

Cashmere Nursing Home Gets Low Rating

A U.S. Government organization ranks a Cashmere nursing home as one of the worst care facilities in the country. A report from the Long Term Care Community Coalition citing data from the government’s Nursing Home Compare website found Cashmere Care Center was one of 19 Washington State-based nursing homes that received a one-star rating.
and the only one in north central Washington. According to information released by the coalition, the provider was the subject of 10 formal complaints and was fined twice.

GCEDC Is Big On Boeing

Grant County’s Economic Development Council is predicting a positive outlook for the area and one reason is the influx of temporary Boeing workers to work on the parked 737-MAX jets at the Grant County International Airport. Director Brant Mayo says the hundreds of technicians, mechanics and electricians will add lots of value to the area economy as the aerospace giant is paying for lodging and meals. Mayo says this temporary growth could lead to more permanent expansions.

Advisory Issued After ML Sewage Spill

The Grant County Health District has issued a seven-day no contact advisory for portions of Moses Lake after Wednesday’s sewage spill in the 300 block of West Northshore Drive. Officials say not to swim, fish or have any contact with the lake water in the impacted area and do not irrigate using lake water. Warning signs are be posted in the affected areas. The exact amount of sewage released is not known.

Extra Paddleboarder Enforcement For Labor Day

Marine law enforcement agencies across the state are conducting safety emphasis patrols Labor Day weekend specifically targeting stand-up paddleboarders. Officials say there have been four paddleboard fatalities over the past two months and none of the victims wore a life jacket or leash. Paddleboarders are required to carry life jackets, a sounding device, a white all-around navigation light and a nighttime visual distress signal if on federal waterways. Failure to carry the equipment carries a $99 fine for each violation.

Railroad Historian Coming To ML

Author and railroad historian Dan Bolyard returns to the Moses Lake Museum and Art Center to explore the Great Northern Mainline through central Washington.
Bolyard is the author of “Big Bend Railroads,” part of Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series. This is his fifth presentation for the Moses Lake museum. The free presentation is set for 3 p.m. this coming Wednesday at the Moses Lake Civic Center auditorium on S. Balsam St.

Naloxone Now Available At WA Pharmacies

Thr medication that can reverse an opioid overdose will now be available for purchase without a prescription at Washington state pharmacies. On Wednesday State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy signed an order for over the counter sales of naloxone also known as Narcan. The drug is given as an injection or nasal spray to someone experiencing an overdose and temporarily blocks the effects of opioid drugs like prescription painkillers, heroin and fentanyl. The Department of Health encourages anyone who is at risk of experiencing or witnessing an opioid overdose to carry naloxone.

GCSO Posts Fines For School Zone Violations

With schools opening this week the Grant County Sheriff’s Office is reminding drivers on the fines levied for various school zone violations. It is a $231 ticket for failing to stop for a crossing guard and a $139 ticket for failing to yield to a pedestrian. The fine can be up to $234 for speeding in an active school zone for which the limit is 20 miles an hour. And it’s a $421 ticket for passing a school bus with its red lights flashing.

ML Officer Talks Down Suicidal Man

A Moses Lake Police sergeant convinced a man to come down from the South Division St. overpass on I-90 where he was threatening to jump. It happened Monday morning and the State Patrol shut down traffic while Sgt. Jeff Sursely talked to the man for about 30 minutes before he came back over the guardrail and to safety. The man was taken for evaluation to Grant County Mental Health .

Sheriff’s Deputy Shot With Arrow

A Kittitas County Sheriff’s deputy responding to a call on Tuesday is hit by a hunting arrow as he made contact with the suspect. It happened at a home near Ellensburg where a call came in about a man threatening residents on his property and the man used the arrow to injure Cpl. James Woody’s left shoulder. He was hospitalized then released. The suspect surrendered after a police standoff.