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Most of WA remains in drought conditions
July 15, 2024 12:40 a.m.

Most of WA remains in drought conditions

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Ecology has announced that most of the state remains in a drought despite a wetter-than-average June. A drought was declared for most of the state in April.

Local styling
July 12, 2024 3 a.m.

Local styling

Restyle Home Staging & Design owner looks at elevating home visions

MOSES LAKE — DeeDee Clune is looking to make sure locals have their homes set up in a way that works for them and wants homebuyers to see what living in the homes they shop for might look like. That’s the point of being an interior designer, and why she operates Restyle Home Staging & Design.

Bridging the digital divide
July 12, 2024 3 a.m.

Bridging the digital divide

NCW Tech Alliance works to ensure access to digital opportunities

MOSES LAKE – In today’s digital world where farmers use GPS systems to operate combines, artificial intelligence runs machines to sort apples by grade and banking and health care are both accessed online, digital access matters, said Sue Kane, CEO of NCW Tech Alliance. Bridging the gap between tech and people is vital for quality of life and economic growth, she said.

Columbia Basin Hospital Foundation supports hospital mission
July 11, 2024 3:05 a.m.

Columbia Basin Hospital Foundation supports hospital mission

EPHRATA – As a public hospital district operates, it needs community support to keep its mission of serving the community’s health needs. That may be purchasing chairs, organizing volunteers or working to fund upgrades to medical equipment said Susan Scheib, the hospital’s director of communication and development.

Auto theft suspect pleads guilty, sentenced to jail time
July 10, 2024 1:45 a.m.

Auto theft suspect pleads guilty, sentenced to jail time

EPHRATA – Patrick Hoffman, 32, of Moses Lake was sentenced Tuesday after entering guilty pleas for two felonies and one gross misdemeanor before Grant County Superior Court Judge Tyson Hill.

‘A pre-party before the party’
July 3, 2024 3 a.m.

‘A pre-party before the party’

Purple Party set to fight Alzheimer’s on July 18

MOSES LAKE – Losing your grip on memories is not only frustrating for Alzheimer’s Disease patients and their families, but it’s something that impacts the community in multiple ways. On July 18, the Columbia Basin community will have a chance to come together to support the fight against the condition by participating in the Purple Party, a precursor to the local Walk to End Alzheimer’s set for September 14.

Beyond Wonderland drug suspect arraigned
July 3, 2024 1:20 a.m.

Beyond Wonderland drug suspect arraigned

EPHRATA – Chriss U. Wright, 31, of Puyallup was arraigned Tuesday in Grant County Superior Court on four charges associated with his arrest at the Beyond Wonderland EDM festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre on June 20.

July 3, 2024 1:15 a.m.

Suspect in hospital indecent liberties case arraigned

EPHRATA — A former Samaritan Hospital employee, Mitchell Dee Jones, was arraigned in Grant County Superior Court Tuesday morning facing two charges of indecent liberties with someone who was unable to consent. Jones entered not-guilty pleas for both charges.

Newhouse focused on momentum in reelection bid
July 2, 2024 3:30 a.m.

Newhouse focused on momentum in reelection bid

MOSES LAKE – Rep. Dan Newhouse, R–Wash., said he’s running for reelection because he feels like he still has work to do and because his time in office has connected him with the resources he needs in Washington D.C. to take action.

Vendor fair fun
July 1, 2024 1:24 a.m.

Vendor fair fun

EPHRATA – Grant’s Lumber held its first-ever vendor fair Saturday at 1085 A Street SE in Ephrata. Organizers said 28 vendors showed up to show off wares including jewelry, welded sculptures and a variety of services. The family-friendly event also included goats and ponies for children – of all ages – to meet and food to enjoy. Grant’s Lumber staff said the event may be repeated with the amount of interest received.

Smiley addresses priorities in congressional race
July 1, 2024 12:40 a.m.

Smiley addresses priorities in congressional race

MOSES LAKE – Tiffany Smiley decided to run for Congress again, this time for the U.S. House of Representatives 4th Congressional District, after she said residents of the district expressed concerns about incumbent Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., and encouraged her to run.

FIRE REPORT: Multiple large fires burning in WA, local incidents quickly controlled
July 1, 2024 12:35 a.m.

FIRE REPORT: Multiple large fires burning in WA, local incidents quickly controlled

CHELAN – The largest wildfire burning in Washington as of Saturday afternoon was the Pioneer fire which had burned about 4,700 acres on the eastern shore of Lake Chelan, near the Cascade Creek Hike-in Campground.

NCW Tech Alliance ribbon cutting
July 1, 2024 12:25 a.m.

NCW Tech Alliance ribbon cutting

MOSES LAKE – Sue Kane, CEO of the NCW Tech Alliance, a nonprofit that works to help its members and the communities it serves leverage technology for better quality of life, among other things, cuts the ribbon at the organization’s new location on the Big Bend Community College campus located at 1000 Bolling St. NE in Moses Lake. For more information on the organization, visit ncwtech.org. The ribbon cutting was hosted by the Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce (moseslake.com).

GCSO, horse owner disagree on horse’s level of care after seizure, euthanization
June 28, 2024 1:20 a.m.

GCSO, horse owner disagree on horse’s level of care after seizure, euthanization

MOSES LAKE– The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is seeking animal cruelty charges against the owner of a neglected horse that was euthanized this past week. However, the horse’s owner says the horse, Buddy, likely suffered from cancer which had caused a rapid decline in his health.

McConihe area fire caused by welding accident
June 27, 2024 4:05 p.m.

McConihe area fire caused by welding accident

MOSES LAKE – First responders are asking the public to avoid the area near McConihe Road Northeast in on the north end of Moses Lake due to a roughly 100-acre fire in the area. Grant County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Kyle Foreman is on the scene and said the fire is very wind-driven and spreading quickly. At least one structure is burning as of 4 p.m. A Level 3 evacuation order has been issued for the area.

Batcopter creator’s home destroyed
June 27, 2024 3:30 a.m.

Batcopter creator’s home destroyed

SOAP LAKE – Looking at what is now left of his home after a structure fire Tuesday evening, Gary White of Soap Lake, known for his community involvement with his passion for all things Batman, including his replica Batcopter, admitted that he was still in shock from the events that took his home in the 500 block of Main Avenue East in Soap Lake and two of the family dogs’ lives.

Hospital foundation-farm cooperation helps children learn, play
June 27, 2024 2:05 a.m.

Hospital foundation-farm cooperation helps children learn, play

EPHRATA – Children played under a tree near a swing at Cloudview Farm in Ephrata Wednesday morning after picking radishes that morning and learning about pond ecosystems earlier in the week. They’re participating in Lil’ Sprouts, a camp hosted by the farm and funded this year by grant money through the Columbia Basin Hospital Wellness Foundation.

Ephrata High FBLA to compete nationally
June 27, 2024 2 a.m.

Ephrata High FBLA to compete nationally

EPHRATA – Several Tigers are headed to Florida. Not the four-legged kind, but the kind that have a fascination with professionalism and wander the halls of Ephrata High School. Ephrata High Future Business Leaders of America club advisor and EHS media teacher Ryan Shannon said he’s very proud of this year’s FBLA team.

Family fun set for Neppel Landing this weekend
June 26, 2024 3 a.m.

Family fun set for Neppel Landing this weekend

MOSES LAKE – To further support their members with shops adjacent to Neppel Park and to just simply have the community out for a good time, the Moses Lake Downtown Association is having a family picnic day at the park this Saturday.

Sentenced defendant thankful for arrest
June 26, 2024 3 a.m.

Sentenced defendant thankful for arrest

Long-term opiate addiction led to poor choices, woman says

EPHRATA – Melissa Shelby Mattingly, 48, of Moses Lake was sentenced after entering guilty pleas on six felony charges – and thanked the court for compassion and said that her arrest was a blessing. “I think my arrest probably saved my life, and although I am facing an exorbitant amount of time away from my children and my parents, I know that I am lucky to still have my life, and I hope that I can at least use my experiences to let other people know that this is the result of fentanyl,” Mattingly said prior to sentencing.

Fuhr retires as city manager after resigning from MLSD Board
June 25, 2024 3:15 a.m.

Fuhr retires as city manager after resigning from MLSD Board

MOSES LAKE – Moses Lake City Manager Kevin Fuhr has decided to retire as of June 30, citing health reasons, according to a press release from the city of Moses Lake. He also recently resigned from his post on the Moses Lake School District Board of Directors for the same reason.

FIRE REPORT: MLFD sees busy weekend, Soap Lake-area fire shuts down Hwy. 28
June 25, 2024 2:35 a.m.

FIRE REPORT: MLFD sees busy weekend, Soap Lake-area fire shuts down Hwy. 28

MOSES LAKE – Moses Lake Fire Department staff said the weekend was busy on both the fire and medical side over the past few days. Grant County Fire District 7 also responded to a fire that forced Highway 28 to close for a time Sunday.

Sessler discusses priorities if elected to Congress
June 24, 2024 3:20 a.m.

Sessler discusses priorities if elected to Congress

PROSSER – Jerrod Sessler, a Republican from Prosser, is running for the U.S. Congress against incumbent Dan Newhouse, R–Wash., and Tiffany Smiley, among others. Sessler said he feels he is a unique candidate.

Fuhr resigns from MLSD board, cites health
June 24, 2024 1:30 a.m.

Fuhr resigns from MLSD board, cites health

MOSES LAKE – The Moses Lake School District announced that Moses Lake School Board Member Kevin Fuhr has resigned from the board, citing health concerns, as of Friday.

One arrested in sexual assault incident at Samaritan
June 24, 2024 12:10 a.m.

One arrested in sexual assault incident at Samaritan

MOSES LAKE – Mitchell Jones, 37, of Cashmere, Washington was arrested Thursday after witnesses said he had assaulted an unconscious 29-year-old female patient at Samaritan Hospital, according to a Moses Lake Police Department press release.

2 Central Washington day trips for photography, nature lovers
June 21, 2024 3 a.m.

2 Central Washington day trips for photography, nature lovers

EPHRATA – Since moving back to the Pacific Northwest, my wife and I have rekindled our love of photography and have regularly made it a point to go on various adventures in and around the Columbia Basin to play with our cameras and explore.

Bluebird Boutique now open in Ephrata
June 20, 2024 3:35 a.m.

Bluebird Boutique now open in Ephrata

EPHRATA – When you walk into The Bluebird Boutique in downtown Ephrata, the variety of products offered is immediately apparent. Shop owner BreAnna Bridges said that’s because it’s a reflection of her own tastes and several vendors she works with and everyone brings something unique into the mix.

MLSD seeks help to provide extracurriculars in ‘24-25 school year
June 18, 2024 7:33 p.m.

MLSD seeks help to provide extracurriculars in ‘24-25 school year

MOSES LAKE — The Moses Lake School District hosted a meeting Monday night to get community members’ input on how the district might fund sports and other extracurricular activities given the school district’s financial situation.

Law enforcement prioritizing safety after pursuit restrictions lift
June 17, 2024 3:15 a.m.

Law enforcement prioritizing safety after pursuit restrictions lift

EPHRATA – As of June 6, Initiative 2113 took effect and walked back restrictions on when law enforcement can pursue suspects that were set by legislation passed in Olympia in 2021. The initiative allows broader officer discretion and local and state authorities say they’ve updated policies to reflect the new law.

Phone scammers still prevalent, but can be stopped
June 17, 2024 1:30 a.m.

Phone scammers still prevalent, but can be stopped

EPHRATA – Grant County Sheriff Joey Kriete said his staff received at least six calls on June 5 alone from area residents saying someone had called posing as a deputy and demanding they deposit money into an account to avoid being arrested. Those calls, he said, are scams.

‘Old Ephrata’ spirit
June 13, 2024 3 a.m.

‘Old Ephrata’ spirit

Live music, family fun highlights of Sage-N-Sun 2024

EPHRATA – The annual Sage-N-Sun festival for 2024 featured a lot of music, a lot of food and a lot of people enjoying an outing on the Grant County Courthouse lawn Thursday, Friday and Saturday. “I was just very excited that we had such good music,” Ephrata Chamber of Commerce Board President Jenni Bates said after the event.

Miller to take the reins at Ephrata High
June 12, 2024 6:56 p.m.

Miller to take the reins at Ephrata High

EPHRATA — The Ephrata School District has selected Ashlie Miller to take over as principal of Ephrata High School after Aaron Cummings, her predecessor, was selected to take on the assistant superintendent role for the Ephrata School District. “I just want you to know, we're ecstatic to have (her) join our team. She's going to push us with some innovative thinking, innovative ideas, and Ephrata is better off because Ashlie is joining us and we're just super, super excited to have her,” said Ken Murray, incoming superintendent for Ephrata schools. Miller, who will be the first female principal at EHS, said she was excited to make the move from Dallas, Oregon – just west of Salem – to Ephrata. The move is a solid fit for her, she said, because she enjoys working in smaller school districts and at the high school level so that she can have deeper interactions with students. High schoolers have a different level of academic thought and social experiences, and that appeals to her.

Faith, accomplishment, contributing themes for MLCA graduation
June 12, 2024 1:30 a.m.

Faith, accomplishment, contributing themes for MLCA graduation

MOSES LAKE – Moses Lake Christian Academy celebrated its four-person graduating Class of 2024 Saturday with pomp, circumstance and prayer as Dennis Fountain, Caleb Jones, Maria Lynch and Jonah Robertson walked across the stage to collect their diplomas.

Tigers walk with a little something extra
June 12, 2024 1:20 a.m.

Tigers walk with a little something extra

EPHRATA – The Class of 2024 Tigers walked onto the field to graduate with a bit more pizzazz than some other graduating classes. Backflips, leg sweeps, “proposals,” tons of confetti cannons and even some heavy metal devil horns marked the opening of the ceremony that celebrated Ephrata High School’s most recent graduates. “Today marks a monumental moment in our lives as we gather here to celebrate years of hard work, dedication and learning,” said opening speaker Harper Grizzel. “Thank you for being a part of our journey, for standing by us through the highs and lows and for making this day even more special with your presence.”

Eagles encouraged to reach for their dreams
June 12, 2024 1:20 a.m.

Eagles encouraged to reach for their dreams

SOAP LAKE – The gymnasium was decked out with school colors and balloons, and filled with excited graduates, their families, and community members as the Soap Lake High School Class of 2024 received their diplomas. Valedictorian Anthony Beregovoy stood tall as he encouraged his classmates to reach for their dreams.

2024 Cougars seek to make a positive impact
June 11, 2024 1:30 a.m.

2024 Cougars seek to make a positive impact

WARDEN – On a verdant lawn with families, friends, teachers and hundreds of other community members out to celebrate with them, the Warden Cougars graduating class walked the stage on Friday. Warden High School Principal Katie Phipps started the ceremony on a high note. “You are prepared, you can conquer all of the firsts life will throw at you. Your future is bright. Your future holds endless possibilities. Your future is yours for the taking,” she said.

Lions show pride, faith in MLCA grad ceremony
June 10, 2024 1:30 a.m.

Lions show pride, faith in MLCA grad ceremony

MOSES LAKE – The Moses Lake Christian Academy Class of 2024 may not have been large – four now-former students walked the stage – but it made a loud roar.

Cougs walk in Warden
June 10, 2024 1:30 a.m.

Cougs walk in Warden

WARDEN – The sun was bright and the field was green as the Warden Cougars celebrated this year’s graduates. Dozens of students walked onto the stage at the field beneath Warden High School.

Sheriff urges safe driving as summer fun begins
June 10, 2024 1:30 a.m.

Sheriff urges safe driving as summer fun begins

EPHRATA – Grant County Sheriff Joey Kriete has something he wants to say to the people of the Columbia Basin – slow down. “I’ve been working collisions for a long time in Grant County and the top factors that we have in our collisions that we investigate are speed, inattention and alcohol,” Kriete said. “And it’s not necessarily in that order, because it does change. And of those things, the only thing that’s really measurable for us is speed, and if we can address the speed issue that we have, then that’s a big win for us.”

Eagles soar into the future as grads are celebrated in Soap Lake
June 8, 2024 5:43 p.m.

Eagles soar into the future as grads are celebrated in Soap Lake

SOAP LAKE – The gymnasium at Soap Lake Middle and High School was full of students, community members, family and friends of grads, and the graduates themselves on a sunny June 1 afternoon.

Tease photo
June 7, 2024 1:30 a.m.

COLUMN: The ups and weirds of home ownership

EPHRATA – In February of 2022 my wife and I embarked on a new adventure – home ownership.  Prior to marrying my wife, I’d never really been interested in home ownership. I liked having all the maintenance be the landlord’s responsibility to manage and I usually lived in apartment complexes with amenities like pools, gyms and hot tubs.

Soap Lake Community and Senior Center looks to be community hub
June 6, 2024 8 a.m.

Soap Lake Community and Senior Center looks to be community hub

SOAP LAKE – Perry McClellan wants the Soap Lake Community Center to be a place where people gather to enjoy events and time with one another. McClellan, who serves as the center’s director, said he’s aware that there aren’t enough seniors participating in events at the center to really utilize the facility to its full potential. As a result, he and his team of volunteers are working to make sure that the community knows everyone is welcome to walk through the nonprofit’s doors and enjoy time with neighbors from around the area.

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: Let’s stand together
June 5, 2024 2:26 p.m.

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: Let’s stand together

The Moses Lake School District is facing some challenges. They’re not the only district in our area to have some difficulties. The Wahluke, Soap Lake, Quincy and other districts in the area are facing challenges too.

Senior Picnic celebrating 10 years of fun
June 5, 2024 3:15 a.m.

Senior Picnic celebrating 10 years of fun

MOSES LAKE – The venue is booked. The menu is prepared. The band is scheduled. It must be time for another Senior Picnic at the Grant County Fairgrounds. This year sees the annual event celebrating a decade of fun for the Columbia Basin Senior Forum’s signature event, said Karisti Cox, chairperson for the event.

Ephrata celebrates Class of '24
June 3, 2024 1:30 a.m.

Ephrata celebrates Class of '24

EPHRATA – Tigers roamed marched in line down the central aisle to show off and collect high school diplomas Friday evening at 7 p.m.

Fire prompts evacuation on north end of Moses Lake
June 1, 2024 4:33 p.m.

Fire prompts evacuation on north end of Moses Lake

MOSES LAKE – The Grant County Sheriff’s Office has put out an advisory of a Level 3 evacuation associated with a wildfire in the intersection of Road 6.6 NE and Road E.5 NE in the area near the shore of Moses Lake.

Ephrata Class of ‘54 gathers for reunion, scholarship ceremony
May 30, 2024 3:05 a.m.

Ephrata Class of ‘54 gathers for reunion, scholarship ceremony

EPHRATA – This year’s class of graduates includes 277 students at Ephrata High School. In 1954, that number was only 66 or so, said Gary Osborn, a representative for the class.

Tigers to walk the stage Friday
May 30, 2024 2 a.m.

Tigers to walk the stage Friday

EPHRATA – Ephrata High School’s Class of 2024 will celebrate graduation at Kiwanis Field at 7 p.m. this Friday, per Ephrata School District staff.

The Basin honors its heroes for Memorial Day
May 30, 2024 2 a.m.

The Basin honors its heroes for Memorial Day

SOAP LAKE, EPHRATA, QUINCY – Community members gathered at Valley View Memorial Park, the Ephrata Cemetery and Quincy Valley Cemetery on Monday to honor those who have served the U.S. and preserved its way of life. “Veterans made a promise to defend our country with their life if necessary. It is up to the living to ensure their promise is remembered,” said American Legion Art Semro Post 28 Commander Mike Montaney during the Ephrata event.

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: Honor and hope
May 30, 2024 1:45 a.m.

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: Honor and hope

I had the privilege of attending three Memorial Day events Monday wherein area residents visited the cemeteries in Soap Lake, Ephrata and Quincy to honor those who served our country and are no longer with us. Some of those soldiers died in combat or in the course of military service away from the front lines. The lifestyle associated with putting on a uniform isn’t easy and there are all sorts of reasons we lose those in the service. Training accidents, helicopter crashes and way too many more. All too often these days, it isn’t the bullet of an enemy that takes down a service member or veteran – it’s mental health issues related to the things people have seen and done in service to our great nation. I spoke with one veteran at the Ephrata event who said he’s lost 11 of his brothers and sisters in arms to suicide after getting out of the military.