Archives for July 2020

Local Coronavirus Update

The Grant County Health District reported 22 additional confirmed coronavirus cases on Thursday with the total case count at 1,223. The new cases are residents in Ephrata, Mattawa, Moses Lake, Rural Othello, Quincy, Royal City, Warden, and Wilson Creek. 9 patients remain hospitalized and just over 580 are listed as recovered. There have been 10 COVID-19 related deaths. Grant County’s coronavirus rate is 343 cases per 100,000; the goal is 25 per 100,000.

Home Destroyed In Franklin County

A natural cover fire destroyed a home in rural Franklin County near Palouse Falls on Thursday. According to the Southeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team multiple fire agencies from Adams, Columbia, and Franklin Counties responded to the the area of Highway 261 and Palouse Falls Rd. Firefighters got the blaze under control within a couple of hours. There’s been no word on if anyone was hurt.

Rental Assistance To Be Made Available

Renters in Washington State who can’t make their monthly payment may soon be able to get help from a new program funded by the federal CARES act signed into law in March. The program administered by the state Department of Commerce received $100 million from the federal government and comes as Governor Jay Inslee extended the moratorium on evictions that was to expire on Saturday until Oct. 15.

Fire In Douglas County

Firefighters from several jurisdictions, including the Bureau of Land Management are at a blaze north of Rimrock Meadows on Moses Coulee Road. The Central Washington Interagency Communication Center says the fire is traveling southwest. The blaze is torching brush and grass in what’s being called unaccessible terrain. Around 50 acres were reported consumed as of late Thursday night. No homes are threatened at this time.

Grant PUD Sees Record Fiber Customer Increase

Grant PUD officials are reporting the growth in the utility’s high speed fiber internet service is accelerating at rates never seen before. The reason is because more people are working from home and schools are providing distance learning. Officials the subscriber increase through June is almost at the goal for all of 2020. Expansion plans that were delayed this year are to be done by early 2021.

Quincy DV Suspect Arrested

Quincy Police apprehend a man wanted in domestic violence incident on July 8. 49-year-old Avel Beltran Leon was wanted for felony harassment and a search at his last known addresscame up empty. He was taken into custody Wednesday night with the assistance of law enforcement partners from Douglas County. Investigators say family and friends continued to help Beltan Leon to evade arrest even after the domestic incident occurred.

Local Coronavirus Update

The Grant County Health District reported 24 additional confirmed coronavirus cases with the total case count at just over 1200. The new cases are residents in Mattawa, Moses Lake, Quincy and Royal City. 9 patients remain hospitalized and just over 580 are listed as recovered. Adams County reported 9 new coronavirus cases since on Wednesday with the total at 379. All the new cases are in Othello. 3 patients remain hospitalized.

ML Holding Open House On Transportation Plans

Moses Lake officials are holding an online open house to go over transportation improvements and plans for a Love’s Travel Stop fuel station at
Pritchard Road and Sage Road along the eastbound lanes of I-90 at exit 174. The meeting is on Thursday, Aug. 13 from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and participants will be able to submit comments during the meeting. A link to register for the open house is posted at our website i fiber one dot com.

Waterville Wildfire Recap

Firefighters have the upper hand on a brush fire near Waterville in Douglas County. It broke out Tuesday in the area of Highway 2 at Milepost 151 and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reports all evacuation orders and road closures have been lifted. Over 1,500 acres were consumed. No one was hurt and no buildings were lost but a piece of farm equipment was destroyed. The cause remains under investigation.

SL Policeman Talks Man Out Of Suicide

What started out as a domestic disturbance call in Soap Lake on Tuesday turned into a tense situation where an officer stopped a man from taking his own life. According to Chief Ryan Cox the officer who had joined the department less than 2 weeks after graduating from the academy convinced the man to let them get him help. Chief Cox says the officer experienced the best and most up to date training possible for this type of situation.