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10th Annual Senior Picnic brings the color, conversation and fun
June 14, 2024 3:05 a.m.

10th Annual Senior Picnic brings the color, conversation and fun

MOSES LAKE — The annual Senior Picnic has become something of a tradition for Bryce Newcomb and his wife Nancy Newcomb. There’s always a photo booth, and attendees are encouraged to stop by and pose for a picture. “We’ve been to many (senior picnics), and we always do that,” Bryce Newcomb said. “And every one is on display at the house.”

ROAD REPORT: Both lanes of Vantage Bridge will be open through summer
June 14, 2024 3 a.m.

ROAD REPORT: Both lanes of Vantage Bridge will be open through summer

MOSES LAKE — State Route 17 repaving project through Moses Lake is in the homestretch. Crews were working at the intersection of SR 17 and Wheeler Road Wednesday night. The project involves removing the top two to three inches of asphalt and replacing them with new asphalt, as well as repaving bridges, the Stratford Road overpass and its onramps and offramps. The road has been repaved from the bridge at I-90 to the intersection with South Pioneer Way, and now crews are working north to the intersection of Patton Boulevard.

Funds allocated, possible sites identified for new GC Animal Outreach shelter
June 12, 2024 6:30 p.m.

Funds allocated, possible sites identified for new GC Animal Outreach shelter

MOSES LAKE —There definitely is funding – and some tentative ideas about a design and location – for a new animal shelter to be operated by Grant County Animal Outreach. Animal Outreach board president Sara Thompson Tweedy said the project was awarded a $500,000 grant from the Paul Lauzier Foundation earlier this month, which will be paid over time, to buy new indoor-outdoor kennels for the facility when it’s built. The Moses Lake City Council voted May 14 to award $1 million from the city’s American Rescue Plan funding to the project, with the provision that the city would have space in the facility for 20 years. The Grant County Commissioners also are considering awarding $1 million in ARPA funding to the project. The GCAO board has a tentative design that would provide about 3,800 square feet of climate-controlled space for dogs and cats. Dogs would have kennels with outdoor access, with a separate room for cats.

Signs of summer — local swimming pools opening this week
June 12, 2024 3 a.m.

Signs of summer — local swimming pools opening this week

MOSES LAKE — It took a while but it’s finally here. Summer has arrived, and one way to tell is that the swimming pool is open. Opening day is different in different communities, but it’s usually tied to the day school is dismissed for the summer. Tuesday was the first day of daily operation at the Surf ‘n Slide water park in Moses Lake, which will be open through Aug. 27. Surf ‘n Slide, 401 W. Fourth St., is open from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Endurance, perseverance highlighted at Moses Lake High School graduation
June 12, 2024 3 a.m.

Endurance, perseverance highlighted at Moses Lake High School graduation

MOSES LAKE — The class of 2024 started high school in fall 2020, in what Moses Lake High School senior Alena Speed called “the blip.”

Quincy High School seniors overcome challenges on way to graduation
June 12, 2024 1:30 a.m.

Quincy High School seniors overcome challenges on way to graduation

QUINCY — Graduation ceremonies ended high school for the Quincy class of 2024, but co-valedictorian Allie Manly thought about how it began.

Wahluke graduates celebrate milestone
June 12, 2024 1:20 a.m.

Wahluke graduates celebrate milestone

MATTAWA — Class of 2024 graduates of Wahluke High School said it was an important day, both for them and their families.

Quincy plan to reduce water use may involve revised rates
June 11, 2024 1:30 a.m.

Quincy plan to reduce water use may involve revised rates

QUINCY — Quincy city officials will look at ways to reduce water use and clean and reuse water, while pursuing additional water sources. Water program manager Bob Davis told the Quincy City Council that the city is approaching the limits of its existing water permits. Davis presented an update to the council June 4.

Moses Lake updating development code
June 10, 2024 3 a.m.

Moses Lake updating development code

MOSES LAKE — The Moses Lake City Council and Moses Lake Planning Commission will meet for a workshop on the proposed updates to the city’s development code at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. It’s part of an ongoing process to review the existing code and make revisions where necessary.

Responsibility, taking risks themes at Quincy graduation
June 10, 2024 1:30 a.m.

Responsibility, taking risks themes at Quincy graduation

QUINCY — Quincy High School class of 2024 co-valedictorian Allie Manly reflected on the fact graduation means the seniors must assume responsibility. “After today, everything is completely up to you,” Manly said

Reflection, emotion themes at Wahluke High School graduation
June 10, 2024 1:30 a.m.

Reflection, emotion themes at Wahluke High School graduation

MATTAWA — Every school has traditions at graduation, some formal, some not. It’s a tradition at Wahluke High School graduation that the gym will not only be full, but so full it’s standing room only. That tradition continued when the class of 2024 graduated Friday night.

Son honors his dad at Brent Reese Memorial car show
June 10, 2024 1:30 a.m.

Son honors his dad at Brent Reese Memorial car show

MOSES LAKE — His son said Brent Reese loved vehicles that had some power. Of course he had cars, Jeremy Reese said, but it didn't have to have four wheels. A motorcycle, a boat - it didn’t matter.

‘It’s absolutely amazing every time’
June 7, 2024 3:05 a.m.

‘It’s absolutely amazing every time’

Chief for a Day event brings out the smiles

EPHRATA — The children chosen as Chief(s) for a Day get to do some pretty cool things. They get a ride in a fire truck or police vehicle, they get a badge, they get a uniform representing their agency in just their size - which in the case of Candace Shearer, chief for the Washington State Patrol, means she got one of those really cool hats.

Report suggests fixes for WA housing crisis
June 7, 2024 3 a.m.

Report suggests fixes for WA housing crisis

OLYMPIA — Alleviating the shortage of affordable housing in Washington will require a combination of more money for affordable housing, reducing the cost and complexity of the permitting and land use process, and looking for ways to expand the acceptable residential options. Those were among the conclusions from the “Housing Advisory Plan” issued by the Washington Department of Commerce in May.

ROAD REPORT: Paving crews head north on SR 17
June 7, 2024 2:55 a.m.

ROAD REPORT: Paving crews head north on SR 17

MOSES LAKE — The big asphalt paving machines are making the turn north at the intersection of State Route 17 and South Pioneer Way.

Grant PUD asks public for more input on rates
June 6, 2024 3:05 a.m.

Grant PUD asks public for more input on rates

MOSES LAKE — Grant County Public Utility District customers will have until July 31 to submit their ideas and opinions on future rate policy, and therefore future rates, in a survey available on the PUD website. Chief Customer Officer Ty Ehrman said Tuesday that options for a revised rate policy are scheduled to be presented to PUD commissioners July 23, although that date is subject to change.

Exhibits, activities on the schedule for local museums
June 6, 2024 3 a.m.

Exhibits, activities on the schedule for local museums

MOSES LAKE — A photo contest in Moses Lake, tractor rides and honeybees in Quincy and ice cream and Scoundrels Getting their Just Deserts in Ephrata are among the activities planned for Grant County museums this summer.

Marijuana moratorium extension requested in Grant Co.
June 5, 2024 3 a.m.

Marijuana moratorium extension requested in Grant Co.

EPHRATA — Grant County development officials are recommending a six-month extension of the moratorium on new marijuana production facilities in the county. If Grant County Commissioners agree, the moratorium will be in effect through the end of 2024.

Hispanic-owned businesses show power of hard work
June 5, 2024 3 a.m.

Hispanic-owned businesses show power of hard work

MOSES LAKE — Brothers Vincent and Ben Hernandez and friends Ulises Sanchez and Hector Guerrero all had pretty good jobs. They had different goals though, goals that required a willingness to take a risk and do some hard work. Sanchez explained why he and Guerrero decided to open Mattawa Fitness in 2022 in a building that had been vacant for about seven years.

Time for AC?
June 4, 2024 3 a.m.

Time for AC?

Columbia Basin to heat up later this week

MOSES LAKE — All of a sudden, serious summer is supposed to show up, just in time for the weekend. Jeremy Wolf, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Spokane, said temperatures in the Columbia Basin will warm up fast as the weekend approaches. Wednesday’s high is forecast to be 77 degrees.

Grant PUD meets most 2023 financial targets
June 4, 2024 2:59 a.m.

Grant PUD meets most 2023 financial targets

EPHRATA — The Grant County PUD expects to finish the buildout of its fiber network in 2024, along with a project to upgrade some of its transmission, distribution and substation components.That was among the information included in the PUD’s annual report, released Monday. The PUD met most of its financial targets in 2023, according to the report.

WDFW continues pygmy rabbit management
June 3, 2024 3 a.m.

WDFW continues pygmy rabbit management

OLYMPIA — The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking public comment on an updated recovery plan for pygmy rabbit populations in Central Washington. The “draft status report” recommends keeping the rabbits on the state’s endangered species list. Comments will be accepted through Aug. 27.

Mavs grads celebrate
June 3, 2024 1:30 a.m.

Mavs grads celebrate

MOSES LAKE — The Moses Lake High School class of 2024 wrapped up high school with graduation ceremonies Friday night at Lions Field.

MLSD board approves loan to general fund
May 31, 2024 3:05 a.m.

MLSD board approves loan to general fund

MOSES LAKE — Moses Lake School Board members will take out an interfund loan to ensure the district can meet its payroll and at least most of its expenses in June. Board members approved the loan from one fund to another at a special meeting Thursday.

ROAD REPORT: Stratford Road bridge to be resurfaced this weekend
May 31, 2024 3 a.m.

ROAD REPORT: Stratford Road bridge to be resurfaced this weekend

MOSES LAKE — Drivers will have to find alternate routes over the bridge at State Route 17 and Stratford this weekend - construction crews will be working to resurface it.

Grant County looking for new morgue site
May 31, 2024 2 a.m.

Grant County looking for new morgue site

MOSES LAKE — Grant County will need a new morgue, and county officials are looking for land to build one. Grant County Coroner Craig Morrison said the need for a new facility arose because the existing one is in Samaritan Hospital. A new Samaritan Hospital is under construction, but it won’t include a new morgue. Grant County Central Services Director Tom Gaines said that’s because there’s only so much space available at the hospital.

Almira Coulee Hartline takes ‘silver’ in state 1B baseball
May 30, 2024 2:30 a.m.

Almira Coulee Hartline takes ‘silver’ in state 1B baseball

EPHRATA — The Almira Coulee Hartline baseball team finished a successful season with an appearance in the state 1B final four, falling to DeSales Catholic 6-0 in the state championship game at Johnson-O’Brien Stadium Saturday. Warriors coach Hunter Lee said the day belonged to DeSales and winning pitcher Sal Sisk.

Spring Festival organizers plan future, celebrate success
May 30, 2024 1:20 a.m.

Spring Festival organizers plan future, celebrate success

MOSES LAKE — As anyone who was downtown - or in McCosh Park, or played 3 on 3, or went to one of the concerts, or ran in the fun run, or walked in the parade - can attest, the 2024 Moses Lake Spring Festival packed them in. In fact, there was so much going on the organizers were thinking about ways to accommodate more growth in the future.

‘Everybody that’s here loves cars’
May 29, 2024 3 a.m.

‘Everybody that’s here loves cars’

Spring Festival car show fills Moses Lake’s Third Street with cool cars

MOSES LAKE — The bass contest proved that none of the trucks at the Moses Lake Spring Festival car show had sound systems so powerful they could break windows. But anybody standing next to the orange 2005 Chevrolet Silverado felt their lungs vibrate when owner Santana Palacios turned up the volume. A lot of people were impressed.

Othello council considers pushcart rules
May 29, 2024 2:15 a.m.

Othello council considers pushcart rules

OTHELLO — In the age of mobile businesses and part-time side gigs, Othello city officials are working to ensure proper city regulation while promoting entrepreneurship. Othello City Council members passed an ordinance in April to regulate food truck operation and considered pushcart regulations at the regular council meeting Tuesday.

Adams Co. planning broadband infrastructure expansion
May 29, 2024 2:10 a.m.

Adams Co. planning broadband infrastructure expansion

RITZVILLE — Construction could start as early as August on a project to bring fiber optic cable to the Ritzville and Lind areas. Adams County Public Works Director Todd O’Brien said fiber installation in the two cities would be the first phase of a two-phase project. The second phase will be the addition of fiber in an area south of Othello.

No injuries in Wheeler Road fire
May 28, 2024 6:50 p.m.

No injuries in Wheeler Road fire

MOSES LAKE — No injuries were reported in a fire at an industrial facility on Wheeler Road in Moses Lake Monday afternoon.

MLHS grads set an example at Peninsula Elem.
May 28, 2024 2:45 a.m.

MLHS grads set an example at Peninsula Elem.

MOSES LAKE — Students at Peninsula Elementary School and Moses Lake High School seniors who once attended Peninsula had a message for each other. The Peninsula students wanted the seniors to know Peninsula was proud of the class of 2024; the seniors wanted Peninsula students to know they could be wearing that cap and gown someday.

Class of 2024 to say goodbye to high school
May 28, 2024 1:20 a.m.

Class of 2024 to say goodbye to high school

MOSES LAKE — The class of 2024 throughout the Columbia Basin closes out an eventful high school career with graduation ceremonies over the next two weeks at area high schools.

Work on Vantage Bridge expands to seven days per week May 31
May 24, 2024 1:20 a.m.

Work on Vantage Bridge expands to seven days per week May 31

MOSES LAKE — It being a holiday weekend - and bringing with it a lot of traffic - most road projects will be taking a break for Memorial Day, with many resuming Tuesday.

Moses Lake School Board hears from concerned community
May 23, 2024 10:05 p.m.

Moses Lake School Board hears from concerned community

MOSES LAKE — Decisions on a modified educational plan for the Moses Lake School District could be coming later today, although they may be delayed. Moses Lake School Board members have scheduled a workshop for 3 p.m. for further discussion on proposed spending and staff reductions for the 2024-25 school year. The discussions follow the rejection of the district’s educational programs and operations levy and the discovery of an accounting error. As of May 11, staff from the North Central Education Service District estimated that MLSD would have to reduce its 2024-25 budget by about $20 million. About 100 staff members, both teachers and support staff, could lose their jobs, and among other things, the district’s entire extracurricular activities program could be reduced or eliminated for 2024-25.

Customer opinion sought on future Grant County PUD rate structure
May 23, 2024 1:20 a.m.

Customer opinion sought on future Grant County PUD rate structure

MOSES LAKE — Grant County PUD electrical rates, relative power use and revenue and rates in the future were topics of discussion and questions during a “rate strategy” presentation from PUD employees Tuesday in Moses Lake.

Wallen to stay as Grant County PUD chief executive officer
May 22, 2024 1:20 a.m.

Wallen to stay as Grant County PUD chief executive officer

EPHRATA — Grant County PUD General Manager Rich Wallen will stay in that position, rather than resigning to take a job with the Chelan County PUD. Utility district commissioners announced Wallen would be staying during a workshop Tuesday, followed by a statement from Commissioner Terry Pyle warning against listening to rumors.

Bowfishers reap harvest of carp at Carp Classic
May 22, 2024 1:20 a.m.

Bowfishers reap harvest of carp at Carp Classic

MOSES LAKE — High winds affected participation, but bowfishers still removed about 2,600 pounds of carp from Moses Lake in the fifth annual Carp Classic Saturday.

National Holstein Convention set for June 24 through 27
May 21, 2024 1:30 a.m.

National Holstein Convention set for June 24 through 27

SALT LAKE CITY — Registration is open for the junior and adult National Holstein Convention, scheduled for June 24 through 27 in Salt Lake City.

Construction begins on new Habitat for Humanity house
May 20, 2024 6:09 p.m.

Construction begins on new Habitat for Humanity house

MOSES LAKE — Workers from Bailey and Sons Construction started clearing the site for a new Habitat for Humanity house in Moses Lake on Monday, about five years after the last house was finished. Executive Director Rebecca Mabius said there have been some changes, including almost all new board members, and some challenges since the last house was built. “It really has been a journey,” she said. “It’s definitely been a great learning opportunity for myself and our board members.”

‘That was great softball’
May 20, 2024 3:05 a.m.

‘That was great softball’

Moses Lake fastpitch softball wins Big 9 title, advances to state

MOSES LAKE — Moses Lake High School fastpitch softball coach Mike Hofheins assessed the game for his team after the Mavericks’ 7-0 win over West Valley (Yakima) Saturday. “That was great softball,” Hofheins said.

Quincy hosts Special Education Field Day
May 20, 2024 3 a.m.

Quincy hosts Special Education Field Day

QUINCY — Connie Martin, special education director for the Quincy School District, said she had a goal for the participants in the Special Education Field Day Friday. “I want them to be able to have their moment to shine,” she said. “To be able to participate in a sports event and get their moment in the spotlight. And for their parents to see it.”

Lane closures on SR 17 this weekend, other projects continue
May 17, 2024 3 a.m.

Lane closures on SR 17 this weekend, other projects continue

MOSES LAKE — Lane closures are scheduled for the State Route 17 bridge that crosses Interstate 90, starting at 8 p.m. today and lasting through Monday. Crews will be working 24 hours per day, from Friday night through 6 a.m. Monday.

Grant, Adams counties need more housing, Department of Commerce says
May 17, 2024 2 a.m.

Grant, Adams counties need more housing, Department of Commerce says

OLYMPIA — The state of Washington will need to build more than 1 million new residences over the next 20 years to catch up to current demand and accommodate new residents, according to a report released this week by the Washington Department of Commerce. The Housing Advisory Plan was issued by the Washington State Affordable Housing Advisory Board.

Sprucing up downtown
May 16, 2024 3:05 a.m.

Sprucing up downtown

Work of Moses Lake students yields colorful results downtown

MOSES LAKE — Samatha Underwood said one lesson she’s learned in three years of planting the flower boxes in downtown Moses Lake is that people really are paying attention. “People actually do appreciate this,” she said. “We actually had somebody in a truck roll down the window and yell, ‘Thank you.’”

Shoppers hunt for the good stuff at museum yard sale
May 16, 2024 2:10 a.m.

Shoppers hunt for the good stuff at museum yard sale

MOSES LAKE — The appeal of a yard sale is that hunt for treasure. Maybe the treasure is a 1930s radio in a handsome wood cabinet. Maybe it’s jewelry or artwork, maybe a vintage baseball mitt or even a 1970s sewing pattern catalog. The thrill of the hunt attracted shoppers to the Rusty Mammoth sale Friday night and Saturday at the Moses Lake Museum & Art Center.

Ephrata School District  hires two new campus leaders
May 16, 2024 12:30 a.m.

Ephrata School District hires two new campus leaders

EPHRATA — Ephrata School District officials have announced the selection of Ashlie Miller as the new principal at Ephrata High School. Levi Spencer has been hired as the new assistant principal at Ephrata Middle School.

‘Guaranteed maximum price’ accepted for jail construction
May 15, 2024 2 a.m.

‘Guaranteed maximum price’ accepted for jail construction

EPHRATA — The maximum cost for building the Grant County Jail and Grant County Sheriff’s Office - just for construction, not equipping it or paying construction fees - will be $131.56 million. The Grant County Commissioners approved an agreement for the “guaranteed maximum price” for construction Tuesday. That’s about $3 million less than the estimated cost for construction made in April, which was about $134.21 million. Grant County Central Services Director Tom Gaines said in a separate interview that reflects changes in the construction market.

Quincy tennis finishes season
May 15, 2024 12:45 a.m.

Quincy tennis finishes season

QUINCY — The Quincy High School tennis team ended its season Saturday at the boys Caribou Trail League championships and the girls District 6 championships in Quincy. Both were qualifiers to advance in state competition, and the Jacks failed to send any players to the next round.