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Camping restrictions at Moses Lake Sand Dunes in place over Memorial Day Weekend

In anticipation for the thousands of visitors expected to visit Grant County over Memorial Day Weekend, the Sheriff's Office has released public safety instructions on the Moses Lake Sand Dunes.

According to the Grant County Sheriff's Office, camping restrictions at the Moses Lake Sand Dunes will be put into place to allow access for emergency responders. This year, camping will not be allowed anywhere west of the third restroom building to the intersection of Sand Dunes Road and Powerline Road.

These camping restrictions are being put into place due to large amounts of campers near the roadway. The Sheriff's Office said that combined with day user traffic, camping in that area causes huge traffic issues, sometimes leaving only enough room for one vehicle to pass at a time. In 2014, there was nearly 11,000 people at the dunes throughout Memorial Day weekend, many of whom were located at or near the beach. Camping restrictions are designed to allow better access to respond to emergencies with a lesser amount of congestion in the beach area.

Costs to fix Wanapum Dam estimated at $86.5 million

The cost to the Grant County Public Utilities District to repair the crack in Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River, along with other expenses, is $86.5 million.

The Columbia Basin Herald reports that was the estimate reported by PUD staff at the last commission meeting.

That total is about $25 million over the original estimate of $61 million for repairs to Wanapum, mitigation and lost revenue due to the need to lower the water levels behind the dam.

PUD spokesman Chuck Allen says officials don't think the higher costs will have an impact on already planned revenue increases.

Allen says the original estimate was made before PUD officials really knew the extent of the damage.

Active shooter drill to take place at BBCC April 15

Active shooter drill to take place at BBCC April 15

 

Police officers, firefighters, and emergency vehicles will swarm Big Bend Community College's Nursing Building on Wednesday, April 15th during an active shooter exercise beginning at 1:15 p.m.

 

College officials say passers-by might hear an occasional fake gunshot during the drill. BBCC classes will be in session today, so students, faculty and staff have been notified of the drill.

 

According to Kyle Foreman, BBCC Director of Campus Safety and Security, students and staff members have volunteers to be actors in the drill. The exercise is meant to be an opportunity for local law enforcement agencies to practice a multi-hazard plan and incident command structure for an active shooter scenario.

 

$200k worth of malicious damage to cellular tower site north of Moses Lake

$200k worth of malicious damage to cellular tower site north of Moses Lake

 

Grant County Sheriff's Deputies are asking for the public's help with finding those responsible for causing up to $200,000 worth of damage to a rural cellular site building about 20 miles north of Moses Lake near the town of Stratford, Wash.

 

Inland Cellular, Inc. of Moses Lake called the Sheriff's Office on April 2 to report the damage. Deputies found extensive damage to three sides of the building at 10902 Road 22 Northeast which houses electronic equipment at the side. Deputies day the electronics inside were not damaged, and cellular service was not interrupted.

 

Investigators believe a vehicle caused the damage, and that vehicle should have noticeable rear end damage.

 

Anyone with information regarding this incident should call the Grant Country Sheriff's Office at 509-762-1160, or send info to crimetips@grantcountywa.gov. The case number is 15GS03481. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

Three injured in Ephrata gas station shooting

Ephrata police are investigating a shooting that left three people injured Tuesday night at the Tiger Paws Gas Station. 

The Ephrata Police Chief tells KXLY4 News that the shooting was gang related. The three victims were taken to the hospital, one of them had to be airlifted to another medical facility. Police say their wounds are non-life threatening.

Police have not yet tracked down the suspect or suspects. 

Settlement agreement between Grant PUD and Crescent Bar residents under review

Settlement agreement between Grant PUD and Crescent Bar residents under review

 

Grant PUD Commissioners and Crescent Bar Island residents are reviewing the terms of a proposed settlement agreement in relation to their ongoing federal lawsuit.

 

According to the Grant PUD, pending approval of the agreement by U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush, the residents will be allowed to remain in their existing residential areas as long as they pay fair-market rent to the utility retroactive to 2012. The terms of the settlement restore public access to 80 percent of what was formerly under lease. Under the agreement, future lease areas will be limited to the residential footprint of the condominiums and the north and south RV parks.

 

The lease term will coincide with Grant PUD's federal license to operate on the Priest Rapids Project which will expire in 2052. However, the utility retains the right to terminate the lease as early as 2027 with five year's notice given in 2042.  Grant PUD said island residents will pay annual rent, to be determined by two independent third-part appraisals.

 

Hoopfest 2015 registration is now open

Hoopfest 2015 registration is now open

 

Registration for the world's largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament is now live!

 

Entry forms for Spokane Hoopfest 2015 are available online at register.spokanehoopfest.net. Hard-copy entry forms are also available at any Bruchi's Cheesesteaks and Subs or Yokes Fresh Market northwest locations. 

 

This year Hoopfest will celebrate its 26th year as a Spokane institution. Every year the tournament brings approximately 28,000 players and 225,000 spectators to the streets of downtown Spokane.

 

Registration to the tournament is guaranteed to teams that register prior to May 11th. Forms and entries to those who register late are only granted based on space availability with an additional $20 late fee through May 25th. Nonetheless, Hoopfest organizers recommend playing it safe by registering early.