Archives for September 2020

More Smoke Over Eastern WA

Fires over northern California are sending smoke northward and forcasters say they will produce hazy skies over Eastern Washington for today and likely for some of the following days. The smoke will mainly be aloft so the Department of Ecology is expecting minor smoke impacts in the valleys but nothing like the levels earlier this month. A lack of wind will keep the smoke in place.

Local Coronavirus Update

The Grant County Health District reported 10 new coronavirus cases as of Tuesday with the total just over 3,100. Cases are residents of Moses Lake, Quincy, Royal City and Warden. 18 people remain hospitalized which is up 2 from Monday. Officials say the daily case count and incidence rate over the last 14 days is continuing to drop
Adams County reported 4 new COVID-19 cases for a total of 868. 3 people are hospitalized.

ML DP Workers Get COVID-19

2 workers at the Moses Lake Domino’s Pizza tested positive for the coronavirus. Management said those employees worked one to two days a week and the first worker went on quarantime 10 days ago with the second testing positiv last Friday. The remaining workers are being tested. The store is closing early at 5:00 p.m. so a deep cleaning can be conducted.

Free Parks Day On Oct. 10

Washington State Parks is offering a free day on Saturday, Oct. 10 in observance of World Mental Health Day. The free day is the 10th of 12 free days in 2020, when visitors do not need a Discover Pass for day-use visits by vehicle. The free days do not include overnight stays. This is the 10th of 12 free days offered in 2020. The others are Wed. Nov. 11 and Friday, Nov. 27.

Stratford Road Closing For Construction

Moses Lake’s Stratford Road bridge crossing will be completely closed to all traffic between 6:30 PM to 6:30 AM Monday through Friday nights for construction. This work will close Stratford Road between Broadway Avenue and Valley Road. Allow for extra travel time and plan to use an alternate route. From 6:30 a.m. on, Stratford Road will be open, but access will be limited. The project is to be completed by Oct. 23.

ML Offering COVID-19 Bill Relief

Moses Lake residents who are struggling to pay their city utility bill can apply for assistance offered through funding supplied by the federal CARES Act passed earlier this year. The benefits are available to those impacted by COVID-19 and proof of the impact is required to qualify for up to a $250 bill credit. Log on to for application details and requirements.

Sinkhole In Cashmere

A road in Cashmere is shut down due to a developing sinkhole. Binder Road in Cashmere is closed between Regan Road to Tigner Road. Officials say it appears the sinkhole was caused by a hand-dug irrigation well on nearby private property. The county does not have a timeline for when the sinkhole will be fixed. The landowner will be responsible for fixing the situation causing the sinkhole.

Local Coronavirus Update

The Grant County Health District reported 50 new coronavirus cases as of Monday with the total just under 3,100. Cases are residents of Ephrata, Mattawa, Moses Lake, rural Othello, Quincy, Royal City and Warden. 16 people remain hospitalized. 52 positive tests resulted from the recent events in Moses Lake and Quincy out of more than 760 tested. Adams County reported 14 new COVID-19 cases for a total of 864.

Crago Leaves Spokane Job

Former Ephrata City Administrator Wes Crago announced he has left the same position in Spokane that he took less than a year ago. Crago tells the Spokesman-Review he found his heart lies with smaller organizations and more involved on the operational side of things. Crago was with Ephrata for more than 15 years. He was succeeded by former police chief Mike Warren. Crago didn’t say what his next career move will be.

Fire Training On Oct. 17

Multiple Grant County fire agencies will conduct a training session on Saturday, Oct. 17 using a donated building for the fire. Grant County Fire District 5 Capt. Travis Svilar said the district was able to acquire a structure at 10301 Road 7 Northeast which is being used for search and rescue and firefighter survival skills. Prior to the live fire training, firefighters will also be working on ventilation tactics.