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20th Annual AG Appreciation Parade and Street Party Dec. 5th in Moses Lake

20th Annual AG Appreciation Parade and Street Party Dec. 5th in Moses Lake

The 20th Annual AG Appreciation Parade and Street Party will happen in downtown Moses Lake on Friday, December 5th.

The festivities will begin with a street party at 5:00 p.m. During the street party, those in attendance can expect to enjoy all kinds of fun and attractions including carolers, hot cocoa, treats, Santa, and entertainment. The Agriculture Appreciation Holiday Lighted Parade will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Those interested in getting more information on the different entertainment and activities scheduled can view the event flyer by visiting http://mlbacares.org/ag-parade.

 

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Grant County Sheriff's Office warns of Green Dot Scam

Grant County Sheriff's Office warns of Green Dot Scam

The Grant County Sheriff's Office is warning of scam phone calls by someone claiming to be from a law enforcement agency.  The scammer calls a potential victim saying they have outstanding bench warrants for their arrest.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the caller says to avoid jail time, the person must buy a Green Dot card and upload money on to it. This is a scam. People should not to buy the card or give out credit card information.

Grant County residents who have been a victim of the scam should call 509-762-1160 to report the incident.

Moses Lake man dies in crash near Warden

A 19-year-old Moses Lake man died this morning from injuries suffered during a one vehicle collision north of Warden.

Tanner Justin Gonsalez was driving a 1991 Ford F-150 southbound on County Road U-Southeast around 7:30 a.m. Preliminary evidence suggests Gonsalez lost control on the icy roadway and crashed in the 6700 block of U-Southeast. Gonsalez was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected. He died at the scene.

“As winter approaches and the temperatures drop, I’m asking all motorists to be extra careful for icy road conditions,” said Sheriff Tom Jones. “This is a terrible thing to happen right before the holiday season, and I ask everyone to keep the Gonsalez family in thoughts and prayers.”

The investigation is continuing and it is not yet known if drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash.

Gonsalez’s body is in the care of Grant County Coroner Craig Morrison whose staff will conduct and autopsy. Gonsalez’s family has been notified.

INBC and PSBC host Apple Cup Blood Drive competition

INBC and PSBC host Apple Cup Blood Drive competition

Cougar and Huskies fans have yet another reason to get competitive this week. This year, the Inland Northwest Blood Center (INBC) and the Puget Sound Blood Center (PSBC) have teamed up host an Apple Cup Blood Drive to see which fan base can donate the most blood for Washington.

 

Along with providing one group of fans additional bragging rights, donors will have a chance to win one of two $500 Visa Gift cards. INBC's Marketing Communication Officer, Elizabeth Giles, said as of Friday, Husky fans led by 100 donations, but the Cougs still have plenty of opportunities to catch up this week.

 

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Gonzaga accounting students need votes to make national finals

Gonzaga accounting students have made the PWC National Accounting Case Competition Semi-Finals, but they need the public's help to move on to the national finals.

Gonzaga's team was selected as one of five schools given the chance to move on to the competition's national finals via a social media competition. The other teams competing in this competition are Villanova University, University of Texas, University of Connecticut, and University of Arizona.

Each of the teams had two days to post a video to the PWC Facebook page. At the end of the week, the video with the most votes will move on to the national finals competition in New York City.

Wanapum Reservoir begins filling over coming weeks

After nearly 10 months of working around the clock to repair and strengthen Wanapum Dam’s spillway, Grant County PUD will soon be able to raise the reservoir behind the dam.

Subject to the approval of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the river level will begin to gradually fill sometime between November 24 and December 11 based on river flows and structural-integrity measurements. When complete, the river will be restored approximately 17 feet above current levels.

This partial refill will take between six and 18 days to reach the target elevation. This increased reservoir level will allow fish ladders to resume normal operations and allow the utility greater flexibility in managing hydroelectric generation over the winter months.

While the reservoir increases, shoreline enforcement patrols will remain in effect and the Wanapum shoreline will remain closed. Once engineers, law enforcement, and cultural resource workers have determined it is safe to restore access to the shoreline, the utility will notify the public.

Big Bend to offer workshops for those interested in winter quarter classes

Big Bend to offer workshops for those interested in winter quarter classes

Two workshops will be held  at Big Bend Community College library on November 21 and December 5 for those interested in starting classes at BBCC during winter quarter 2015.

The “Start Next Quarter” workshops will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in room 1802 of the library. Winter quarter classes start January 5.

“Some students are not prepared or are unaware of the process to get started,” said Rita Ramirez, BBCC Coordinator of Student Recruitment and Outreach. “The ‘getting started’ workshops help potential students understand the process and prepare them to enroll.”