Archives for June 2020

Local Coronavirus Update

The Grant County Health District reports an additional 33 coronavirus cases since Friday with the total now at 577. The new cases are from Ephrata, Grand Coulee, Mattawa, Moses Lake, Quincy and Royal City. 14 people are currently hospitalized which is 4 more than Friday. 6 people have died from COVID-19 complications. Adams County officials reported 6 new coronavirus cases since Friday with the total at 136. All were from Othello.

COVID-19 Cancels Leavenworth Oktoberfest

The COVID-19 outbreak results in Leavenworth’s Oktoberfest being cancelled this year. Officials say they had exhausted all options in an attempt to keep the event from cancellation but they decided to cancel the event to protect our patrons from losing their deposits for hotels and travel agendas. The event is an annual tradition drawing scores of people from all over the world since the mid-90s and will be back for 2021.

Two Arrested In Police Pursuit

A pair of Grant County car thefts and 2 high-speed chases land a duo of suspects in jail. Police say it started in George early Sunday morning wyhen the two suspects were spotted pushing what was later identified as a car stolen from Moses Lake. The suspects then took a car from George and that’s what led to the pursuits one on Dodson Road and the other on Road 5 and Division Road North. The suspects were 21-year-old Tomie Gonzalez and a 16-year-old boy.

Rail Project Gets The Green Light

The Northern Columbia Basin Rail Project gets the go-ahead from federal administrators after a three-year-long environmental review. The project creates rail access to land designated and zoned for industrial use along Wheeler Road and the Grant County International Airport. State funding was awarded in 2015 and 2016 so with the federal approval those funds can be released to begin the project. There’s been no completion date made available.

ML Officer Involved In Crash

A Moses Lake police officer responding to a fight call collided with a private vehicle on Monday at the five corners intersection along South Pioneer Way. According to investigators the officer had the lights and siren activated and slowed to let traffic clear but a driver on Pioneer Way failed to yield. The officer was not hurt but the car’s driver was taken to Samaritan Hospital as a precaution.

Driver In Othello Crash Dies

A 74-year-old man injured earlier this month in a two-car crash near Othello has died. Police say Felix Rodriguez-Martinez was heading easbound on Cunningham Road when he failed to stop at the intersection wth State Route 17 resulting in his car being hit by a southbound pickup truck that was towing a trailer. Rodriguez-Martinez was airlifted to Sacred Heart Medical Center where he died on Friday. One passenger in each vehicle was hospitalized.

Stratford Road Work Starts July 6

Get ready for delays on Stratford Road starting a week from today as a resurfacing project will take place between Broadway Avenue to state Route 17. The nearly $1.7 million project includes widening on the east side of the road to add an additional traffic lane through the West Valley Road intersection. Traffic signals will be replaced along with pedestrian crossing upgrades and stormwater improvements. The project is scheduled to be completed in late November.

Driver Charged In Orondo Wreck

A driver is injured in a head-on collision on Highway 2 Thursday afternoon near Orondo. Police say Patrick Brighton, of Chelan Falls was heading eastbound when hecrossed the centerline and struck a westboundpickup truck with both vehicles blocking the westbound lane. Brighton was taken to Confluence Health-Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. The pickup’s driver wasn’t hurt but his passenger was and was also taken to Central Washington Hospital.

Missing Person In Ritzville

Ritzville Police issued an alert for a missing person believed to be in danger. 40-year-old JoAnn Day disappeared Friday night in a 2016 silver Dodge Dart with Washington license plate BDT8901. No one has heard from her since and she did not take her phone, money, dentures or medications. Day is white, five-three and around 130 pounds with hazel eyes and red dyed hair. She was wearing a black sweater with yellow and orange stripes along with yellow pajama pants.

Blue-Green Algae In ML

The Grant County Health District reports toxic blue-green algae is back in Moses Lake. Samples collected on Tuesday near Blue Heron park and Connelly Park tested well above state recreational guidelines and officials say it is reasonable to assume the toxic algae is present in all parts of the lake.
Warning signs have been posted around the shoreline. The signs will remain until the lake is clear of the toxic algae. Testing will continue every two weeks throughout the summer.