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Moses Lake Health District Office closed on Monday

Moses Lake Health District Office closed on Monday

The Grant County Health District office in Moses Lake will close it's doors early on Monday. Public Health Staff will be out of the office hosting a flu shot clinic in Royal City.


The office, located at 1038 W. Ivy Street, will be closed to the public form 12pm-5pm on Monday, October 7th. However, the Ephrata Health District office, located next to the Grant County Courthouse, will remain open to the public until 5pm.  

Shutdown forces Guard, Reserve units to cancel, postpone training

Military units across the Pacific Northwest have canceled or postponed training scheduled for this weekend as a result of the government shutdown in Washington, D.C.

The cancellation impacts thousands of Guardsmen and Reservists serving in Washington and Idaho.

The Washington Military Department confirmed Wednesday morning that both the Washington Army National Guard and Air National Guard has canceled training for all units for the weekend of Oct. 5-6.

The cancellation of the upcoming drill weekend impacts approximately 8,000 Guardsmen across the state.

The Washington Military Department reports that the canceled drills will be made up at a later date.

Idaho National Guard commander Maj. Gen. Gary Sayler announced Wednesday morning the postponement of monthly training for Idaho Air and Army Guard members.

?Due to the uncertainty caused by the current government shutdown, we have no choice but to postpone this important monthly training,? Seyler said.

Farm equipment stolen near Moses Lake

Farm equipment stolen near Moses Lake

The Grant County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to be on the look out for farm equipment that was stolen from Eckenberg Hay Company. The John Deere 3400 Telehandler was stolen on Saturday, September 28th, and is one of only four in the Grant County Area.


The Telehandler was stolen from the 9000 block of Stratford Rd. NE north of Moses Lake. It is used to picking up large bales of hay and is valued at $32,000. Eckenberg Hay Company owns three of the four John Deere 3400 Telehandlers in the area.


Inmate seriously injured during possible suicide attempt

Inmate seriously injured during possible suicide attempt

A Grant County Jail inmate was taken to Harborview Medical Center after being seriously injured during an apparent suicide attempt.


Tina I. Mandelas, 47, fell 20 feet from a second story balcony tier inside the jail on Monday afternoon. Surveillance video shows that Mandelas took a jail-issued jumpsuit from an inmate's bed and tied one end to the railing of the balcony.


Another inmate saw what Mandelas was doing, but was unable to reach her before Mandelas threw herself over the railing. Mandelas hit a concrete floor and was rushed to Columbia Basin Hospital in Ephrata before being flown to Harborview in Seattle. The extent of her injuries is not known, but Mandelas did undergo surgery on Tuesday morning.


“Incidents resulting in serious injury rarely happen in the Grant County Jail,” said Sheriff Tom Jones. “Nonetheless, this is a tragic incident and we all hope for Ms. Mandelas' recovery.”


Washington WIC not impacted by shutdown

Washington WIC not impacted by shutdown

Washington residents who are a part of the Women, Infants and Children program, known as WIC, will not be impacted by the government shutdown. A spend it forward contingency plan is providing the program in Washington enough funding to stay open for the next nine days.


Over 20,000 low income families benefit from WIC which provides vouchers for healthy food options and formula for families as well as other health care services. Kim Papich with the Spokane Regional Health District said that they don't anticipate the closure of any clinics at this time.


This isn't the first time this year the WIC program has faced closure for budget reasons. This summer, WIC encouraged participants to use checks early in the case of a shutdown on the state level. The state shutdown never materialized, but to avoid having to stop services with the federal shutdown WIC is using emergency funds from last year.


Washington named a top state for business

Washington named a top state for business

Forbes has listed Washington as one of the top 10 Best States for Business for 2013. The Evergreen State came in at number nine on the annual list, that's two spots higher than the number 11 place the state was given in 2012.


In it's eighth year the study ranks the top 25 states based on costs, labor supply, regulatory environment, current economic climate, growth prospects and quality of life. Washington's ninth place was due in part to the large companies that are based here. The success of companies like Microsoft, Amazon, Nordstrom, Starbucks, Boeing and Costco has left investors wanting more.


Headed to Seattle for the game? Prepare for delays

Press release from Washington State Department of Transportation:

Thousands of fans will be attending a variety of sporting events in Seattle this weekend and having a game plan to get over Snoqualmie Pass is a must if you want to be in the stands for kick-off.

Drivers traveling westbound Friday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 28 should plan ahead for congestion to start building at 11 a.m. and remain steady through 8 p.m. on Interstate 90 near Easton. Drivers traveling back on Sunday, Sept. 29 should prepare for congestion in the eastbound lanes starting at 8 a.m. and continuing until 8 p.m. Based on typical traffic volumes, drivers could experience up to two extra hours of travel time Friday westbound and Sunday eastbound.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is urging drivers to plan ahead by leaving early, coordinating carpools or taking a different route to avoid delays.