Friday, December 04, 2020


Keep up with all the fast-moving novel coronavirus news, particularly as it impacts the Columbia Basin.

Updated 14 hours, 40 minutes ago

Sign company adjusts to meet changing needs during pandemic, and to help

MOSES LAKE — Printed stickers on floors and “masks required” signs have become common sights since the coronavir...

Updated 4 days, 14 hours ago
Wahluke School District delays return to campus

Wahluke School District has put off on-campus instruction until January.

Updated 4 days, 14 hours ago
Othello schools cope with quarantines

During an Othello School District board meeting Nov. 23, it was reported that on Nov. 20, 30 teachers and 42 classified staffers were quarantined.

Updated 1 week ago
GCHD announces four more COVID-19 deaths

The Grant County Health District Wednesday announced the deaths of four more residents as a result of COVID-19.

Updated 1 week ago
First details on new round of business grants

OLYMPIA — Small businesses seeking help to defray costs incurred because of the most recent round of COVID-19-related restrictions and closures can apply for state aid next week.

Updated 1 week ago
Outbreak in Moses Lake nursing home grows to 80 cases

An additional 19 staff members at a Moses Lake nursing home have tested positive for the coronavirus since an outbreak was reported Friday, a spokesperson wrote in an email Tuesday.

Updated 1 week, 2 days ago
Care centers, shelters may be eligible for federal food aid

Qualifying child care centers, emergency shelters, and adult care centers in Washington state are encouraged to participate in the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program, which reimburses some costs associated...

Updated 1 week, 2 days ago
Wahluke School District revises plan

MATTAWA — Wahluke School District officials have decided to delay the start of on-campus instruction at least until January.

Updated 1 week, 2 days ago
Grant, Adams counties COVID-19 numbers rising quickly

In the past month, COVID-19 cases have almost doubled in Grant County and risen by almost 400 cases in Adams County.

Updated 1 week, 2 days ago
Othello School District scrambles with more of staff in quarantine

In the Othello School District, the number of staffers unavailable to be at work rose last week.

Updated 1 week, 2 days ago
Moses Lake Food Bank distributes Thanksgiving baskets

MOSES LAKE — Even in the midst of a pandemic, Thanksgiving 2020 is approaching, and some people need a little help getting a Thanksgiving dinner.

Updated 1 week, 2 days ago
Seven COVID-19 cases linked to 300-person wedding

COLUMBIA BASIN — As of Tuesday, seven cases of the coronavirus in Adams County were linked to the Nov. 7 Ritzville-area wedding reported to have had around 300 attendees, according to health officials.

Updated 1 week, 3 days ago
Senior project-turned-fundraiser trots into its 10th year

On a cold November morning, Kelsie Eddie stood in the parking lot of a local church wearing a splay-eyed turkey hat she bought from Amazon, jumping up to han...

Updated 1 week, 3 days ago
Samaritan offers drive-through coronavirus testing

MOSES LAKE — Samaritan Healthcare is offering drive-through COVID-19 tests, a service that began Monday.

Updated 1 week, 3 days ago
Local businesses uncertain as Inslee announces more aid

When COVID-19 hit, Bruce Russell said Papa’s Casino, Ten Pin Tap House and Ten Pin Inn & Suites were having a record year.

Updated 1 week, 4 days ago
Schools keep going despite COVID-19

With Gov. Jay Inslee imposing a wave of new restrictions on social and commercial activity statewide in response to the rapid rise in new COVID-19 cases, there is one place the governor did not include in this la...