Archives for April 2018

Area Nail Shops Fined By DOL

Three nail salons in Othello and one in Mattawa are fined by the state department of licensing. According to the department The Trendsetter, Pro Hair and Nails and The Headquarters in Othello along with Beauty Salon Even Ezer in Mattawa were fined $500 each for not having a proper license and Pro Hair and Nails received another $500 fine for having an unlicensed operator. Over 100 similar establishments were fined statewide with some also facing sanitation violations.

CBHA Dentist Accused Of Sexual Misconduct Now Off The Job

A Columbia Basin Health Association dentist who is the subject of a sexual misconduct investigation by the State Department of Health has left his job. The association confirmed on Monday Dr. Alvin Thien no longer works at the Othello clinic but didn’t disclose if Thien was terminated or resigned. The investigation began in March when the allegations were first brought to light. Details of the state’s investigation weren’t made available.

Military Traffic Center Bill Goes To US Senate

The House of Representatives passed a bill that will keep the Terminal Radar Approach Control facility at the Grant County International Airport. Last month the FAA it would not recommend closure of the TRACON facility as part of a consolidation effort. Congressman Dan Newhouse said if TRACON had relocated or closed the area could have lost the ability to blend important needs of the military and aerospace sectors. The bill now goes to the Senate.

Grant County Jail Inmate Ends Up In More Trouble

A Grant County jail inmate ends up in more trouble when he tried assuming another inmate’s identity to get out of prison. Jail officials say Manuel Rodriguez Meza was jailed last month and put on an immigration detainer but two days later Rodriguez Meza impersonated another inmate who was being released by the court. Rodriguez Meza now is facing criminal impersonation and attempted escape charges.

Stratford Road Project Complete

Grant County Public Works announced the Stratford Road project in the Town of Stratford is now open for traffic. According to officials this project improved the railroad crossing and created a new intersection with State Route 28. This joint project with Bureau of Reclamation will now pass the 100 year flow event for Crab Creek and water for the Potholes Reservoir Supplemental Feed Route. Authorities say there are some traffic revisions in the area with the new alighnment so drivers should be extra cautious.

WSP Warns Drivers To Watch For Motorcyclists

The State Patrol is warning motorists to exercise extra attention to the increasing number of motorcycles on the road. The agency says while motorcyclists make up less than 5 percent of registered vehicles they are involved in 15 percent of fatal accidents. There’s already been two fatal crashed in North Central Washington this month. Riders are required to obtain a motorcycle endorsement but the State Patrol says their research shows nearly a third involved in fatal crashes weren’t endorsed.

Grant County Candidacy Forms Now Available

The Grant County elections office announced today is the first day candidate declaration of candidacy forms can be received by mail. The candidacy applications will be accepted beginning May 15 and Grant County offices up for grabs include county assessor, county auditor, county proseccutor and county clerk. Two PUD commissioner seats are also up for vote. Filing deadline is May 18 and candidates have until May 21 to withdraw. The primary is August 7.

Water Main Work Begins In Ephrata

The 2018 construction season in Ephrata starts today with work to replace the city’s oldest and largest water main. City officials say the project will run from the intersection of state Route 28 and Alder Street to about Oasis Park. The area between Third Avenue Northwest and Nat Washington Way will not be impacted. The project was to have been done last year but was delayed due to the state Legislature not passing a capital budget.

Man Accused In Moses Lake Stabbing Is Sentenced

A man accused of a stabbing in Moses Lake last November will be in jail for less than two years. According to court papers Aaron Pfaltzgraff-Miller of Coulee Dam pleaded guilty to third-degree assault in the incident where he got into a fight with the victim in the 11000 block of Road 14 NW stabbing the victim several times in the neck. Pfaltzgraff-Miller was sentenced to 22 months in jail followed by a year of community service.

Manweller Holding Open House Meeting

State Rep. Matt Manweller is hosting an open house meeting on Tuesday in Moses Lake. It takes place at the offices of Sen. Judy Warnick and Rep. Tom Dent and begins at 10:00 a.m. In a statement Manweller says the meeting is an opportunity for citizens in the Moses Lake area to come visit about the legislative session and issues affecting the communities and the district. Those with questions prior to the meeting can call Manweller’s district office at 509-925-3028.