Archives for December 2019

WSTC Adopts Pay Per Mile Recommendations

The Washington State Transportation Commission adopted recommendations on ways the state can transition from a per-gallon gas tax to a per-mile-driven system. Among the recommendations is to make the change in a gradual transition starting with moving state-operated vehicles to the new system then switch private owners of hybrid and pure-electric vehicles. The commission is looking at a transition that would take 10 years at least and could even go for decades.

Kriedler Bans Insurer From State, Orders FIne

A company marketing itself as a health insurer is banned from operating in Washington State. According to
Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s office Trinity Healthshare made customers believe they had health insurance but the company which is a health care sharing ministry didn’t meet the state’s legal definition of an insurer. Sharing ministries are nonprofits where costs are paid by members who have common medical or ethical beliefs. Kriedler also fined Trinity Healthshare $150,000.

Two Killed In Lind Collision

Two women are dead from a two-car crash Sunday in Adams County. Police say Ramona Gonzalez of Spokane was on State Route 395 driving southbound in the northbound lanes when she hit a mini-van head-on. Gonzalez along with a minivan passenger identified as Jessica Cody of Ritzville were both killed. The minivan driver another passenger were taken to East Adams Rural Hospital while three other passengers were taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.

Plea Deal Taken In Staples Burglary

One of the two 18-year-olds busted as they tried to break into Staples in Moses Lake takes a plea deal. Prosecutors say Joseph Babek pleaded guilty to attempted burglary and retail theft with a sentence of 30 days in jail under a first time waiver. Police say Babek and an accomplice were spotted on the roof of the North Stratford Road store back in April and the teens tried to hide behind an airconditioning unit. Babek’s accomplice previously pleaded guilty.

Free Movie Day At MLMAC

2020 starts out with the first Free Family Saturday event at the Moses Lake Museum and Art Center. It features the showing of 2019’s “The Lion King” at noon at the Moses Lake Civic Center Auditorium, located at 401 S. Balsam St. The movie is rated PG for sequences of violence and peril and some thematic elements. Admission is free but registration is required and we’ve posted registration details at our website i fiber one dot com.

Snowpack Lower Than Normal

The drier-than-normal fall and early winter in Washington is already causing concerns over the snowpack. The Natural Resources Conservation Service reports snowpack levels in the lower Columbia Basin are only 46% of normal. That could spell trouble for Chelan and Douglas county farmers.
Grant and Adams rely on water from the Columbia Basin Project which gets its water from the Columbia River. Snowpack in the Rocky Mountain range in British Columbia.

Kittitas County SO Restructuring

The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office is making some operational changes beginning Jan. 1. Sheriff Clay Myers tells the Daily Record the changes affect the department’s behind-the-scenes structure and do not affect the department’s patrol or emergency management operations. In addition the department will begin implementing informal meetings with the community to provide a realistic view of services the office can provide and to hear firsthand what residents would like to see from the office.

Man Running From Police Takes Plea Deal

A 23-year-old man charged with leading Moses Lake Police on a foot chase abandoning his three-year-old child in the process takes a plea deal. Prosecutors say Michael Cera Barajas pleaded guilty to obstructing law enforcement with a partially deferred sentence meaning he is being released after time served. Police say Cera Barajas was the subject of a drug investigation when the incident occurred in August. His child was turned over to Child Protective Services.

\New Laws In 2020 And A Pay Raise

Wednesday marks the beginning of several new laws in Washington and a pay raise for those making minimum wage. The minimum age for purchasing tobacco and vaping products goes to 21 and there are new regulations for child seats and booster seats. The minimum wage goes from $12 an hour to $13.50 and is the final increase under I-1433 which passed in 2016. Benefits under the state’s paid family leave program will become available starting Wednesday.

POML Commissioner On Committee For Commercial Hub

Port of Moses Lake Commissopner Stroud Kunkle and state Rep. Tom Dent of Moses Lake are helping to decide the site of Washington’s next commercial aviation hub. The two are members of the state’s Commercial Aviation Coordinating Commission who are tasked with recommending sites for the state to locate a new commercial aviation hub. Dent says while Grant County International Airport is a possible site it’s a long shot for the new location to be here. Final recommendations are due to the Legislature in January 2022.