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REC lays off 100 employees in ‘long-term shutdown’

REC lays off 100 employees in ‘long-term shutdown’

July 15, 2019 at 6:05 pm

MOSES LAKE — Roughly 100 REC Silicon employees have received layoff notices as a result of the company shutting down production at its facility in Moses Lake. “We worked very hard to avoid this,” sa...

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Powerline Fire smolders Monday, scorched 7,800 acres

July 15, 2019 at 6:01 pm | Columbia Basin Herald MATTAWA — The scene of the Powerline Fire, which sparked Sunday afternoon near Mattawa and burned 7,800 acres, had largely settled by Monday afternoon, with the majority of the fire's fuel havi...

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Homemade pita bread for sandwiches or chips

July 15, 2019 at 6:00 pm | Columbia Basin Herald Pitas can be easy to make, though the first time you look at the recipe, you’d wonder if this would really work. I had my doubts the first time I made them. The key to making pitas is make sure your...

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Ephrata board approves 2019-2020 school budget

July 15, 2019 at 5:59 pm | Columbia Basin Herald EPHRATA — At an early Monday morning meeting members of the Ephrata School Board unanimously passed the district’s $43.4 million operating budget for the 2019-20 school year. Overall revenue for 201...

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Adams County unemployment increases in May

July 15, 2019 at 5:54 pm | Columbia Basin Herald RITZVILLE — The unemployment rate in Adams County rose seven-tenths of one percent between May 2018 and May 2019, but dropped 1.1 percent between April and May 2019. The May 2019 Adams County unemplo...

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Algae toxin found in Moses Lake

July 15, 2019 at 5:00 pm | Columbia Basin Herald MOSES LAKE — The Grant County Health District has issued an advisory about contact with Moses Lake water following the discovery of microcystin toxins created by blue-green algae in the lake water....

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West Nile Virus found in Grant County

July 14, 2019 at 5:44 pm | Columbia Basin Herald MOSES LAKE — Residents are being urged to wear bug repellent and clean up potential mosquito breeding sites on their property after West Nile Virus was discovered in a mosquito trapped in Grant Count...

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Summerfest has all the ingredients for success

July 14, 2019 at 5:43 pm | Columbia Basin Herald ROYAL CITY — There’s a recipe for a successful town celebration, and Royal City Summerfest had most of the proper ingredients over the weekend. Good weather helps, and Summerfest benefited from sunn...

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Othello Relay for Life raises over $15,000

July 14, 2019 at 5:28 pm | Columbia Basin Herald OTHELLO — Many of the teams participating in the Othello Relay for Life-Heart of the Basin Saturday afternoon had a story. E.J. Guerra and his wife Linda were running Team Chuck. “We have a friend ...

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