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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.

 

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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.    

WDFW feeding deer to protect orchards near Pateros in Okanogan County

WDFW feeding deer to protect orchards near Pateros in Okanogan County

State wildlife officials are temporarily feeding deer to protect orchards in the Pateros area, but say widespread feeding of Okanogan County mule deer is not needed at this time.

 

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) northcentral regional director Jim Brown said most deer are faring well thanks to mild weather and below-average snow cover in the wake of the largest wildfire in state history in July.

 

The Carlton Complex fire scorched tens of thousands of acres of wildlife habitat, including some traditional mule deer winter range. But a mild, rainy fall has produced some of the best forage for deer in recent years, both inside and outside of the burn area, Brown said.

 

“Deer often concentrate during the winter near Pateros’ fruit tree orchards – independent of the effects of fire – and cause damage,” Brown said. “Until more deer fence is repaired, we are using feed to draw deer away from the orchards.”

 

Keller Ferry out of service for repairs Dec. 20-22

Keller Ferry out of service for repairs Dec. 20-22

Keller Ferry commuters will need to find and alternate route to cross the Columbia River this weekend as crews make permanent repairs to the ferry’s steering system.

 

The ferry will be out of service starting at 6:00 a.m., Saturday, December 20 with service anticipated to resume at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, December 22.

 

Over the weekend, crews from Rolls Royce will make permanent repairs to the vessel’s steering system. The rudder actuator has failed on several occasions, requiring temporary repairs.

 

Rolls Royce will complete the repairs under warranty. A team from the Washington State Ferries Vessel Engineering Division will monitor the work. Final approval of the repairs must be issued by the U.S. Coast Guard before the ferry can return to service.