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Flu outbreak kills 2 in Grant County assisted living home

The Grant County Health District is working closely with Garden Oasis Assisted Living staff to control a flu outbreak that has killed two residents.

“We are deeply saddened to learn about the deaths of the two residents,” states Dr. Alexander Brzezny, Grant County Health Officer. He adds, “The staff and hospital administration have been extremely cooperative and have put measures in place to contain the outbreak.”

2 drivers killed in collision near Moses Lake

Two drivers were killed in a collision Thursday night on Highway 17 about 10 miles north of Moses Lake.

The Washington State Patrol says a car driven by 58-year-old Peggy A. Dubey of Moses Lake was southbound in the northbound lane when she collided with a car driven by 42-year-old Terri J. Vannoy of Ephrata.

Troopers believe drugs or alcohol was involved.

911 service restored to Washington state

911 service restored to Washington state

911 services have been restored to Washington state after they went down Thursday morning.

CenturyLink spokeswoman, Kerry Zimmer, said the problem began about 1:30 a.m. Thursday at Sheridan, Ore., and Oregon was affected for a time. The problem then spread to Washington.

CenturyLink says the outage affected dispatch centers statewide because they are all connected.

16 E. Washington cities earn Tree City USA title

16 E. Washington cities earn Tree City USA title

In honor of Arbor Day, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources is recognizing several Eastern Washington cities that have been chosen as a Tree City USA.

To be acknowledged as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, a city needs to have either a tree board or a city department that is responsible for tree care and management, establish a tree ordinance, spend at least $2 per capita on tree care, and celebrate Arbor Day.

Water pressure may have caused crack

The Grant County Public Utility District says pressure from the water behind Wanapum Dam may have contributed to the big crack that has disrupted operations at the dam.

The utility said Wednesday that it has ruled out four other causes for the crack. Ruled out were seismic activity, foundation settlement, operation of spillway gates, and explosions at the nearby Yakima Training Center operated by the U.S. Army.

The 65-foot-long fracture was detected by divers on Feb. 27, three days after a dam worker noticed that the top of a spillway pier had shifted slightly. When the reservoir behind the dam was drawn down, the pressure on the spillway was reduced and the fracture closed, stabilizing the spillway pier.

Inslee names April National Poetry Month in honor of Oso

Inslee names April National Poetry Month in honor of Oso

Governor Jay Inslee has declared April National Poetry Month in Washington and is hoping the state will use poetry as a way to send solace and well wishes to the communities affected by the mudslide in Oso.

10-year-old boy learning to drive in canal crash that killed father, brother

Grant County sheriff's detectives have determined that a 10-year-old boy was behind the wheel of a pickup truck that crashed into a canal south of Coulee City, killing his father and 8-year-old brother.

The sheriff's office says Scott Kolves was teaching his 10-year-old son to drive when they were on a fishing trip March 30.

The man grabbed the wheel when the boy had trouble but couldn't prevent the truck from leaving the canal road.

Nearby fishermen saved the 10-year-old and his 12-year-old brother. Eight-year-old Korey Kolves was found downstream and could not be revived. His funeral was Saturday.

Authorities are still looking for Scott Kolves' body.

The 45-year-old worked as a security guard at Ephrata High School and also worked with special needs children.