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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.”

 

Jaywalker struck by car in Ephrata, Basin Street closed for investigation

Jaywalker struck by car in Ephrata, Basin Street closed for investigation

Update: Basin Street reopened following the investigation at 10:36 a.m. Tuesday.

 

A jaywalker in Ephrata was struck by a northbound car on Basin Street near the intersection of Basin and 13th SW. at approximately 6:48 a.m. Tuesday morning.


Ephrata Police responded to the incident at 6:49 a.m. and performed CPR on the pedestrian before
EMS arrived. American Medical Response transported the pedestrian to Columbia Basin Hospital.
The pedestrian was wearing dark clothing and was crossing the highway while not in a crosswalk.
There is no other information on the pedestrian at this time.


The city of Ephrata asks citizens to exercise great caution while walking and driving, especially during the dark when it is snowing.


Ephrata Police were assisted by the Ephrata Fire Department, Ephrata Public Works, and deputies
from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

Ephrata pedestrian hit by car while jaywalking

A pedestrian was taken to the hospital Tuesday morning after being hit by a car near the intersection of Basin and 13th SW.�

Ephrata police say Basin will be closed into early Tuesday afternoon.�

Police responded to the scene just before 7 a.m. and performed CPR on the pedestrian.�

Police say the person was wearing dark clothing and was not in a crosswalk. There is no word on that person's condition.�

Grant County Sheriff's Office announces upcoming holiday closures

Grant County Sheriff's Office announces upcoming holiday closures

The Grant County Sheriff’s administrative offices Ephrata will be closed Wednesday, December 24th in accordance with the contractual agreement with sheriff’s office support staff.

The sheriff’s office will also observe the Christmas holiday December 25th and 26th and the courthouse will be closed.

The sheriff’s office will resume normal business hours Monday December 29th.

Grant County Health Officer declares gonorrhea outbreak

Grant County Health Officer declares gonorrhea outbreak

Grant County Health Officer, Dr. Alexander Brzezny, has declared a gonorrhea outbreak due to the sharp increase in the number of gonorrhea cases in Grant County. Public Health nurses are working closely with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and health care providers to increase testing, reporting, and treatment for gonorrhea. According to Grant County Health, the more people that are tested and treated will reduce the disease being spread between people.

Gonorrhea is a treatable, sexually transmitted disease (STD) that rarely has symptoms in its early stages, especially in women. Gonorrhea can be found through a simple urine test and is treated with inexpensive antibiotics. Because this STD has so few symptoms, testing is extremely important.

Moses Lake man dies in crash near Warden

A 19-year-old Moses Lake man died this morning from injuries suffered during a one vehicle collision north of Warden.

Tanner Justin Gonsalez was driving a 1991 Ford F-150 southbound on County Road U-Southeast around 7:30 a.m. Preliminary evidence suggests Gonsalez lost control on the icy roadway and crashed in the 6700 block of U-Southeast. Gonsalez was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected. He died at the scene.

“As winter approaches and the temperatures drop, I’m asking all motorists to be extra careful for icy road conditions,” said Sheriff Tom Jones. “This is a terrible thing to happen right before the holiday season, and I ask everyone to keep the Gonsalez family in thoughts and prayers.”

The investigation is continuing and it is not yet known if drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash.

Gonsalez’s body is in the care of Grant County Coroner Craig Morrison whose staff will conduct and autopsy. Gonsalez’s family has been notified.