Archives for June 2018

Grant County Fairgrounds Director Resigns

Grant County is looking for a new Fairgrounds director after Mickey Webb submitted his resignation. County Commissioner Cindy Carter says it’s not clear why Webb stepped down and the search is underway for his replacement with the position expected to be filled shortly after this year’s fair that starts August 14. According to Carter the county commissioners will serve as interim fairground directors. Webb started with the county in 2016.

Driver Hurt In Car-School Bus Collision

A car-school bus collision Wednesday in Moses Lake results in the car’s driver being hospitalized. Police say Brandon Esparza hit the back of the school bus after it had stopped for a railroad crossing in the 1500 block of West Broadway resulting in the front of Esparza’s car going under the back of the bus. According to authorities Esparza was taken to Samaritan Hospital and two of the 29 bus passengers suffered minor injuries but medical treatment was not needed.

ORV Pursuit Ends In Wanted Man’s Arrest

A man wanted on outstanding warrants is arrested in Othello after leading officers on a chase while driving an off-road vehicle. Police say they spotted Patrick Pearson the ORV Wednesday afternoon and as they tried to stop Pierson in the 1900 block of West Atkinson Road he took off going into a field where he was eventually taken into custody after being hit with a stun gun. Pearson had an outstanding Department of Corrections warrant and now faces a number of new charges.

Open Door Program Starts September 1

Big Bend Community College and the Moses Lake School District are partnering in a new program providing individualized and flexible educational opportunities for those ages 16 to 21 that have faced challenges in traditional school environments. The Open Doors Program was approved by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to begin September 1. It customizes education based on outcome and performance to help students meet their specific goals. Classes are conducted either online or in traditional instructor-led sessions.

Othello Police Searching For Pursuit Suspect

Othello Police are seeking tips to find the suspect in a high speed pursuit that took place earlier this month. According to the department Joey Anthony Reyes led officers on a high speed chase on June 9th. He is the suspect in at least 3 pursuits in Othello this year. Authorities say Reyes has an extensive criminal history that includes 19 arrests and he has a suspended drivers license. Call Othello Police if you know of his whereabouts.

Dry Lake Wildfire Said To Be Under Control

A wildfire on the northwest shore of Dry Lake near Manson is now said to be under control. Authorities say the fire broke out Wednesday and fighting the fire on the reed beds was made difficult by a lack of access to the area. There were no reports of evacuations being ordered and no structures were damaged. The fire’s cause remains under investigation.

Mandatory Water Conservation Approved In ML

Moses Lake officials have implemented mandatory water conservation measures for the months of July and August. Under the new regulations residential address with odd numbers are only be allowed to irrigate, which includes watering lawns, and wash vehicles on odd-numbered days. Even numbered addresses can irrigate and wash vehicles on even-numbered days. Those violating the rules would first receive a warning then residents could be fined $100 for a second violation and $200 for a third.

Movie At Splash Zone On Friday

Ephrata’s Splash Zone will be turned into a “dive-in” movie theater on Friday with the showing of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at the water park on A Street Southeast. Attendees can watch the movie while in the pool or bring a chair or blanket to view the movie poolside. Splash Zone admission is $9 for adults, $7.75 for children ages 6 to 17 and seniors over 60, and kids five and under get in free. Season passes will be accepted.

PUD Holding Hearing On New Rate Class

The Grant County PUD is holding a public hearing about its newly created rate class which will apply to what they called “emerging industries” including cryptocurrency. According to the PUD the hearing will take place at the July 10 commissioner’s meeting. The PUD created the class to address the increased power demands by cryptocurrency industries while protecting service for the PUD’s core customer groups including residential, commercial and irrigation users.

Wenatchee Man Takes Plea Deal In Cyberstalking Case

A Wenatchee man charged in a cyberstalking case takes a plea deal. Prosecutors say Paul Taylor’s plea didn’t have him admitting to the allegations he threatened and cyberstalked a VA Doctor in May but acknowledged he would have been found guilty had the case gone to trial. Taylor was initially charged with felony syberstalking but his deal resulted in a 30-day sentence with time served.