Archives for April 2020

No New COVID-19 Cases In Grant County

The Grant County Health District reported no new coronavirus cases on Wednesday but said that even though the number of cases of COVID-19 have declined, it is still important to protect those around you when you leave home. Up to 50% of people who have COVID-19 will not have any symptoms but they can still spread the virus to others. Practice physical distancing by staying 6 feet away from others and wearing a mask.

Stay At Home Order Being Extended

Governor Jay Inslee announced his Stay Home, Stay Safe executie order is being extended beyond next Monday but for how long isn’t yet known. At a news conferrence on Wednesday Inslee said they will provide more details on Friday for what is to be a phased-in approach. The governor also issued a clarification to allow elective medical procedures to resume on a limited basis following a number of regulations.

Investigation Continues Into DCSO Fatal OIS

The North Central Washington Special Investigation Unit continues to investigate a fatal shooting involving a Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy. It happened on April 21 when deputies responded to a domestic disbturbance call in the 2500 block of Norma Lane, just off Rock Island Road. A man identified as Thomas Mathes III brandished a firearm which resulted in Mathes being killed. The deputy’s name was not released and no deputies were hurt.

Two Grant County Fire Districts Merging

Grant County Fire Districts 10 and 11 will become one after voters overwhelmingly approved a measure during Tuesday’s special election. The districts cover Royal City and Rural Othello and the merger is to be completed by the end of July. The new district will be named Royal Slope Fire & Rescue and Fire District 10 & 11 Fire Chief Eric Linn will remain fire chief once the two agencies merge.

Drunk Semi Driver Rolls Over Rig

A semi truck hauling food supplies crashed Wednesday morning south of Lind. Police say the driver was on State Route 26 when he left the road resulting in the semi rolling over on the left side. It’s not clear if the truck’s load had spilled. The driver suffered what were described as minor injuries. An investigation determined he was driving while under the influence and was taken into custody.

SL Residents Reject School Levies

Soap Lake School District voters are so far choosing to reject a capital building improvements levy along with a replacement educations operations levy. The preliminary results show the capital levy turned down by 54 to 46 percent while the operation levy is rejected 52 to 48 percent. Both levies need simple majorities to pass. The district held an online parent’s meeting on Wednesday but the levy vote was not mentioned.

Grant County Taxes Still Due April 30

Grant County property tax payments are still due by April 30 according to the county treasurer’s office. No in-person payments are accepted but there is a dropbox in the courthouse parking lot. Payments can be mailed or made online with a service fee. Those who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak can apply for either a grace period extension or a current year payment plan. Information and application forms are posted at grant county wa dot gov slash treasurer.

Local Coronavirus Update

The Grant County Health District reports three new confirmed coronavirus cases making the total now 161. he new cases are residents of Electric City, Quincy, and Moses Lake. 9 people are hospitalized while 60 are listed as recovered with three deaths reported. In Adams County no new cases were reported Tuesday with the case count at 47. All but 5 of those cases are in the Othello area.

ACSO Searching For Gun Theives

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspects who stole firearms during a string of vehicle prowls and burglaries. It’s not clear exactly where these thefts occurred or what specific firearms were stolen. Tips can be called in to the sheriff’s office at 509-659-1122 or via the sheriff’s office’s Facebook page and you can remain anonymous.

Potato Giveaways This Week

The Washington State Potato Commission is offering free bags of potatoes on Wednesday in Ritzville and Thursday in Moses Lake. The Ritzville giveaway is outside Harvest Foods while the Moses Lake event will be at the Grant County Fairgrounds with entry through the Purple Gate. Both events begin at 9:00 a.m. and are drive-thru style to maintain social distancing and there is a limit of two 10 pound bags per family.