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Healthcare providers reporting higher than normal number of flu cases in Grant County

Healthcare providers reporting higher than normal number of flu cases in Grant County

The Grant County Health District (GCHD) reported that they have received over 200 positive influenza lab reports in Grant County. Most of the cases are from the past two weeks, and were located in Moses Lake, Quincy, and Mattawa. Additionally, several Moses Lake schools are reporting 10% absenteeism.

 

Since early December, GCHD has been in communication with healthcare providers and schools as the reports are positive flu cases began to increase.

 

With the higher than normal number of flu cases, Grant County Health Officer Dr. Alexander Brzezny wants residents to know that the flu vaccine is still their best protection.

 

“The flu is in our communities year-long but is now increasing at significant numbers which tells us the seasonal epidemic of influenza has started,” states Dr. Brzezny.

 

With holiday travel quickly approaching GCHD urges all residents 6 months and older to get their flu shot as soon as possible. Currently, there is no shortage of flu vaccine and it is widely available through clinics and pharmacies.

 

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Judge rules Nathan Brooks trial will take place in Grant County

Judge rules Nathan Brooks trial will take place in Grant County

Nathan Brooks, the 16-year-old Moses Like Boy will face his two counts of attempted murder in Grant County Superior Court. The news comes after Brooks' defense attorney, Brain Gwinn, argued that the news coverage surrounding the allegations tainted the potential jury pool.

Spokane County SCRAPS provides tips for keeping your pet safe from holiday hazards

Spokane County SCRAPS provides tips for keeping your pet safe from holiday hazards

Spokane County SCRAPS wants to warn pet owners of the hazards the holidays can bring to your four legged friends.


 

"Things that make the holidays a great time of year - cookies, presents, and a house full of company - can actually be hazards to our four-legged friends," said Nancy Hill, Regional Director of SCRAPS. "We advise pet owners to take a minute to make sure their house is pet friendly."


 

According to SCRAPS, here are a few holiday items that can be particularly harmful to pets:


 

  • Holiday Lighting and Candles

SCRAPS said these are especially dangerous to pets that like to chew. Electrical shock can occur when a pet chomps down on an electrical cord, causing tongue lacerations and possible death. SCRAPS suggests using LED candles instead of actual flames and place them into hard-to-reach places so that pets can not access them.


 

  • Gift Wrap Ribbon

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3rd Annual Shop with a Cop event brings joy to Grant County families for Christmas

3rd Annual Shop with a Cop event brings joy to Grant County families for Christmas

The Grant County Sheriff's Office and Moses Lake Police Department teamed up with local businesses Wednesday night to host their third annual Shop with a Cop event in Moses Lake. 

This year, nine children and one family were selected for the program through suggestions made by the Moses Lake School District, Ephrata School District, and Serve Moses Lake. The children were served a pizza dinner, and given a $300 Walmart gift card. The kids were then taken on a shopping spree with the assistance of Grant County Sheriff's Deputies and Moses Lake Police Officers.

One area family was also gifted a $800 gift card to use for Christmas gifts, food, and household items. At the end of the evening, officers found a random family, and helped them by purchasing everything in their cart.

Public asked to weigh in on six shoreline programs designed to protect water's edges in Grant County

Public asked to weigh in on six shoreline programs designed to protect water's edges in Grant County

Programs to manage shorelines in six cities and towns within Grant County are open for comment through the Washington Department of Ecology.

 

Coulee City, Electric City, Grand Coulee, Krupp, Soap Lake, and Wilson Creek joined Grant County in 2011 in a regional planning process to update each community’s shoreline program.

 

Grant County’s program received final approval in September 2014. Each of the cities and towns share environmental studies and an inventory of current shoreline conditions with the county. The communities’ then tailored portions of individual shoreline programs to meet local needs.

 

Shoreline programs are designed to help protect the shoreline environment, reserve appropriate areas for water-oriented uses, and allow people access to public land and waters.

 

After approval from Ecology, the shoreline programs will become part of the overall state shoreline program.

 

Meeting regarding the Connell Rail Interchange held in Moses Lake

Meeting regarding the Connell Rail Interchange held in Moses Lake

Approximately 30 people attended an important meeting on December 15th in Moses Lake  to discuss the Connell Rail Interchange, a key rail interchange in Eastern Washington where the Columbia Basin Railroad line intersects with BNSF Railway’s Lakeside Subdivision line which runs between Spokane and Pasco, Washington.