Archives for November 2019

Most ML School Zone Beacons Going Away

Some changes will be coming to the school speed limit signs in Moses Lake. The city will be removing the flashing lights that signal when the reduced speed limits are in effect and replacing them with signage to show when the zones are active. Lights will remain on South Pioneer Way, near the high school and Chief Moses Middle School aliong with on Patton Boulevard near Endeavor Middle School. City officials say rising maintenance costs are behind the decision to remove the beacons.

ML City Council Approves Budget

The Moses Lake City Council signed off this week on the 2020 budget which carries a spending increase of over 15 percent. The $92.6 million spending plan provides funding to construct a new recreation center and additional money for the police department. That revenue is being provided from the recently-passed sales tax increase which was certified earlier this week. A public hearing was held before the budget vote.

GCSO Says To Protect The Four P’s

With colder temperatures settling in the Grant County Sheriff’s Office reminds residents to Protect the 4 P’s: People, Pets, Pipes, and Plants. Check on the elderly and those who may have functional or access needs to make sure that they have sufficient warmth. During extremely cold weather, pets should be kept indoors. While pipes generally do not freeze until the temperature drops into the 20s, pipes exposed to windy areas could experience cracking. And plants should be covered with fabric to help keep them insulated during a freeze.

Suspect In Cashmere Threat Takes Plea Deal

An 18-year-old from Wenatchee whose online threat caused Cashmere schools to go into lockdown earlier this year takes a plea deal. Prosecutors say Jerry Tovar Medina pleaded guilty to making a threat of violence after being found competent to stand trial following several months in state mental health care. Medina received a 90-day jail sentence and is barred from any Cashmere school until November of next year.

ML Firemen Hand Out Coats

Moses Lake firefighters were busy Wednesday not with putting out blazes but by handing out new coats to students as part of the department’s Operation Warm campaign. A total of 100 coats were handed out to students between North, Larson Heights, Peninsula and Knolls Vista elementary schools. They were purchased with proceeds from the Moses Lake Firefighters Charity Golf Tournament held in August.

Neighbors Helpiing Neighbors Is Saturday

KDRM invite you to help pay it forward by making a donation to the Neighbors Helping Neighbors community food drive in partnership with the Home Center on West Boradway in Moses Lake. Bring non perishable food and new or gently used coats, boots, socks and other clothing items to the center through Saturday. On Saturday there will be a live broadcast between noon and 4:00 p.m. Santa will be making an appearance between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Grant PUD Approves Budget

Grant PUD signed off on the 2020 budget during their meeting on Tuesday and the $291 million spending plan includes no rate hike for most customers. Those who will pay more are in the “emerging industry” rate class which includes cryptocurrency mining businesses which consume large amounts of electricity to power their computers. The budget includes full funding for deploying the utility’s high-speed fiber optic network in 10 new areas along with completing delayed work from this year.

$15,000 Reward For Arson Suspect

A total reward of $15,000 is now offered to catch whoever is setting haystack fires in Grant County. The Arson Alarm Foundation added $10,000 to the $5,000 offered by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects responsible for the string of fires with the most recent one set Tuesday near Ephrata. Grant County Fire Marshal Bruce Gribble says at least 12 of the 15 fires this year were intentionally set.

QPD Hands Out Turkey Dinners

This week the Quincy Police Officer’s Association handed out Turkey Dinners to families in need. The department issued a statement thanking the Association along with Eric Perez with Apache Trucking and Justin with Quincy Auto Parts for their generosity and support. There are now 24 families who will have Thanksgiving meals so they can share the happiness of the holiday season with one less thing to worry about.

Slow Down For Poor Weather Conditions

Law enforcement agencies are warning drivers to be prepared for hazardous driving conditions throughout the Thanksgiving weekend as heavy snowfall along with additional traffic will make for slow going. The warning comes after Tuesday’s I-90 crash in Spokane which State Police say involved between 50 and 100 vehicles. Drivers should also pack an emergency kit including bottled water, non perishable snacks and a blanket. Those using chains for the first time are adivsed to test-fit them before hitting the road.