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Dept. of Natural Resources lifts statewide burn ban

Dept. of Natural Resources lifts statewide burn ban

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources announced Friday that the statewide burn ban on DNR-protected lands has been removed. Fire danger has been reduced by the recent rainfall and moderating temperatures.

Restrictions set by local authorities are not affected by DNR's actions. Additionally, while conditions no longer warrant a statewide burn ban, some local areas may still remain dry. Anyone who plans on burning should check with local authorities beforehand.

You can also always find the latest on your local fire restrictions here.

Bread Tie Challenge to raise awareness of depression/mental illness

Bread Tie Challenge to raise awareness of depression/mental illness

Two Central Washington Seniors are launching a campaign this fall to honor the memory of the teen who made their best friend duo into a trio.

Three years ago this October, Josh Martin took his own life. It was a complete surprise to everyone who knew him.

“There were no signs or anything,” said Donnie Santos. “He was going to be a shortstop for the Spokane Falls baseball team. We had everything going for us. We think he was afraid to come out and ask for help.”

That fear is what Donnie Santos and Dean Neilson are trying to get rid of with the Bread Tie Challenge.

It was Martin's father Joe who came up with the campaign to memorialize his son, then handed it off to Donnie and Dean to run.

The Bread Tie Challenge draws its inspiration from the Ice Bucket Challenge, an easy and visible way to show that your life has been impacted by someone struggling with mental illness or depression, and that you support ending the stigma of shame and weakness that can be associated with it.

WSP seeking witnesses to fatal Grant County crash

WSP seeking witnesses to fatal Grant County crash

Washington State Patrol is looking for witnesses following a fatal traffic collision Saturday between an on-duty Grant County Sheriff's deputy and a Jeep Cherokee.

The crash occurred around 9:35 am on Saturday, September 20th at the intersection of Dodson Road and Road 5-NW. The deputy was traveling south on Dodson in a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado pickup when he collided with the eastbound 1996 Jeep. The driver of the Jeep suffered fatal injuries while the deputy sustained non-life threatening injuries.

WSP's Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) is a specialty unit in the State Patrol that responds to collisions statewide from their office in Monroe. The unit is staffed with collision reconstruction detectives and will be investigating to recreate what happened.

Unsecured load causes close call for Spokane Valley woman

Unsecured load causes close call for Spokane Valley woman

It may not look like it at first glance, but this silver PT Cruiser is completely totaled. In fact, the driver Jenny Gossman is lucky to be alive.

Gossman was driving home from Newport to Spokane Saturday night when a large piece of wood from someone's unsecured load was hit by oncoming traffic and thrown airborne into her lane.

“I thought, 'This is it. This is the end of my life,'” said Gossman. “If I hadn't slammed on the brakes it would have gone straight through the windshield and into my head.”

Instead, her quick reflexes likely saved her life. The log hit the road directly in front of her, forcing it's way into the undercarriage of the car and wedging itself beneath the rear axle.

“You look at it and you're thinking, 'How can it be totaled?' The engine and everything has been shoved back. The radiator is toast,” she said. “It hit just underneath my bumper and caught the frame and compressed everything back.”

Vehicle theft suspect arrested after short chase

Vehicle theft suspect arrested after short chase

Grant County Sheriff's Deputies arrested an 18-year-old Moses Lake woman early this morning after she allegedly stole a car and led officers on a short chase.

Brittany Strong was arrested by deputies in the Larson neighborhood. She was driving a Chrysler 300 which had been reported stolen from a nearby home about 15 minutes before Sheriff Tom Jones spotted it and gave chase around 6:30 am.

During the chase Strong struck a curb, flattening the right front tire of the vehicle. A short time later Strong lost control and crashed into a fire hydrant at Mather Drive and Larson Boulevard.

Strong was arrested shortly thereafter and booked into the Grant County Jail on charges of theft of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle and felony eluding police.

USDA offering financial assistance for farmers impacted by wildfires

USDA offering financial assistance for farmers impacted by wildfires

The United States Department of Agriculture wants to help farmers impacted by this year's brutal wildfire season in central and eastern Washington.

The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Services is now accepting applications from agriculture producers in Kittitas, Grant, Chelan, Okanogan and Douglas counties impacted by wildfires in 2014. Financial assistance is offered through the Wildfire Initiative of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program to help resource concerns on private and tribal land.

NRCS will be offering two financial assistance options:

Option 1 – General EQIP

The key conservation practice available for assistance under this option is deferred grazing. This practice allows grasses time to recover while livestock producers seek alternate feed sources. And for the first time, NRCS is also offering broadcast seeding as part of this initiative.

Option 2 – Wildfire Special Initiative

1 dead in crash involving Grant Co. Sheriff's Deputy

1 dead in crash involving Grant Co. Sheriff's Deputy

One person is dead following a two car collision involving a Grant County Sheriff's Deputy on Saturday morning.

The crash happened just before 10 a.m. at the intersection of Dodson Road NW and County Road 5 NW, just ten miles south of Ephrata.

Ephrata resident McKenna B. Fuglie, age 22, was killed in the collision.

Tyson J. Voss, age 39 of Moses Lake, is the Grant County Sheriff's Deputy who was injured in the collision. Voss was treated and released from Samaritan Healthcare in Moses Lake.

Washington State Patrol is investigating the incident.