Archives for February 2019

Grant County PUD Locks In Rates

Grant County PUD Commissioners agreed not to increase electric rates this year for most customers. The rate freeze gives commissioners a year to study potential rate-setting policy changes and the results of a new cost-of-service study expected to be finished by year’s end. The rate lock doesn’t apply to the new Rate Schedule 17 for “evolving industries”, which covers crypto currency operations. New changes to the wholesale fiber optic network and pricing were also approved. The changes will take effect on April 1.

Teenager Leading Police On A Chase Takes Plea Deal

A 19-year-old who led Moses Lake police on a pursuit in December takes a plea deal. Prosecutors say David Maybee pleaded guilty to attempting to elude and will be in jail for 30 days. According to authorities Maybee was spotted on North Stratford Road driving without headlights and as the officer tried to stop Maybee he took off at a high rate of speed evading capture. Maybee was eventually found at an East Cherry St. home.

Skone Is In More Trouble

A Warden man facing attempted murder charges is in more trouble for trying to pay off the victim so they would not testify. Prosecutors say Zachary Skone shot the victim in January of 2018 following a drug deal that went bad. Moses Lake Police investigators found that Skone had sent a message in December saying the victim would receive $10,000 if they didn’t show up for his trial. Skone remains jailed on $500,000 bail.

Boyd Not Leaving Quincy After All

Quincy’s schools superintendent takes himself out of the running for the same job in Yakima. John Boyd was one of three finalists for the job but said his gut told him he needed to stay in Quincy to finish the work they started. Boyd
became superintendent in 2014 after serving as instructional leadership executive director for Highline Public Schools. He also was a Seattle high school principal for eight years.

Fatal Crash In Adams County

An investigation is underway into a fatal collision Wednesday near Washtucna. Police say it happened on State Route 26 near milepost 87 when a car and a semi collided and the individual driving the car died after being taken to a Colfax hospital. So far there’s been no word on what led up to the accident and the identity of the person killed is being withheld. The accident shut down the roadway for several hours.

Dent Sponsores Wildfire Protection Bills

Moses Lake state representative Tom Dent is sponsoring a pair of bills for wildire protection. One bills calls for the formation of Rangeland Fire Protections Associations in rural areas which would foster a more organized approach to residential firefighting in remote locations. The other measure creates a sales and use tax exemption for rural fire districts for the purchase of fire and emergency medical equipment to prevent and suppress wildfires. Both bills are currently in committee.

Rock Island Drowning Victim Continues To Recover

The six-year-old girl rescued from Putters Lake in Rock Island last week continues to recover. According to authorities the girl was submerged in a pond off Parkway Drive and she was first taken to Central Washington Hospital then airlifted to Seattle Children’s Hospital where officials upgraded her condition from critical to serious. Investigators say the child wandered out on the icy pond surface then fell into the open water. Foul play is not being suspected.

Rock Island Drowing Victim Continues To Recover

The six-year-old girl rescued from Putters Lake in Rock Island last week continues to recover. According to authorities the girl was submerged in a pond off Parkway Drive and she was first taken to Central Washington Hospital then airlifted to Seattle Children’s Hospital where officials upgraded her condition from critical to serious. Investigators say the child wandered out on the icy pond surface then fell into the open water. Foul play is not being suspected.

Man Shot In Moses Lake

Police are looking for the gunman who wounded a man Sunday near Moses Lake. According to investigators the victim was shot Sunday afternoon in an alley near the 1100 block of Arlington Drive and told authorities the gunman was a Hispanic man who fled the scene on foot. The 32-year-old victim was hospitalized but the severity of his injuries was not disclosed. Call the Grant County Sheriff’s Office if you know of the shooter’s whereabouts.

Boyd Up For Job In Yakima

Quincy’s schools superintendent is one of three finalisxts for the same job in Yakima. John Boyd became superintendent in 2014 after serving as instructional leadership executive director for Highline Public Schools. He also was a Seattle high school principal for eight years. Boyd’s competition is Trevor Greene with the Highline School District and Fife School District assistant superintendent Ben Ramirez. The Yakima position is expected to be filled by July 1.