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Newly exposed shoreline closed to public

That new shoreline exposed by the drawdown of cracked Wanapum Dam is being closed to the public.

The Grant County Public Utility District announced the closure Thursday. The district owns the shoreline.

Utility officials say people have been drawn to the area and are even driving on the newly exposed shoreline, which is south of Vantage.

From now on, only authorized personnel will be allowed access to the shoreline below the high-water mark of the reservoir.

The utility is posting signs and is actively patrolling the shoreline. They say law enforcement agencies will be notified whenever anyone is observed trespassing on PUD lands.

The utility is also trying to determine the best way to repair a 65-foot long crack in a spillway of the dam that was discovered last week.









Storm blankets Inland Northwest with snow

Storm blankets Inland Northwest with snow

The National Weather Service says the Spokane area will see more snow Monday morning before it turns to freezing rain and just rain later in the day.

The Weather Service recorded nearly 5 inches of snow at Spokane International Airport from the storm.

The city of Spokane declared a Stage 1 snow event over the weekend and asked residents to move parked cars off arterials and bus routes to help snow plows.

Significant snow also fell elsewhere in Eastern Washington and northern Idaho with amounts varying by location and elevation.

Forecasters warn that roads will remain icy and slushy before warmer air moves into the region Monday.

Victims' families angry with Inslee death penalty decision

Victims' families angry with Inslee death penalty decision

Washington Govenor Jay Inslee's decision to suspend executions of death row inmates has prompted a new senate bill, introduced by State Senator Steve O'Ban of Tacoma that has gained the support of the families of murder victims whose killers are on death row.

Three of the nine men on death row are from Spokane: Byron Scherf, who killed prison guard Jayme Biendl, Spokane serial killer Robert Yates, who killed 13 people, and Dwayne Woods, who beat two Spokane women to death.

Families of their victims are joining O'Ban to show Inslee his decision is not in favor of the victims. The bill will require Inslee to gather input from the state clemency and pardons board before signing a reprieve that would halt executions.

"Everyone here sees a name, but they don't get faces. This is Telisha," Sherry Shaver said.

Shaver is Telisha Shaver's mother; Telisha was one of two women beaten to death in 1997 by Dwayne Woods. She addressed the Senate Law and Justice Committee pleading on behalf of her daughter.

FDA considering revamping food labels

FDA considering revamping food labels

For the first time in 20 years, nutrition labels on the food you buy could get a big makeover.

Many people have walked through the grocery store, picked up something, tried to read the label and been totally confused. The print is very small, the information not cut and dry. Now the FDA wants to make shopping easier by changing these labels.

"They can be misleading," dietitian Natalie Tauzin said.

But for the first time in two decades, a major makeover, with new labels make calorie count bigger and highlight added sugars.

"So it would spell out how much sugar was added to this versus what was naturally in the milk," Tauzin said.

Tauzin, who works for the Spokane Health District, pointed out the new labels to help consumers decide what to grab from the shelves during a visit to Bargain Giant Foods.

"So it's 38 grams of sugar in this but there is nothing that would be a naturally sugar in this that is inherently in water so it's all added sugar," Tauzin said.

Aside from the larger calorie count print and added sugars column, the new labels will try to reflect what we actually eat, not what's ideal or recommended.

Winter reasserting itself in Washington

Winter reasserting itself in Washington

Winter is reasserting itself this weekend in Washington.

The National Weather Service says there's a chance of lowland snow in Western Washington while a surge of Arctic air will blow into Eastern Washington with the wind chill feeling as if it's well below zero.

Forecasters say the best chance of snow in Western Washington is in the Bellingham area where the cold air pushes through the Fraser River Valley.

The Weather Service expects wetter, milder weather to return next week in Western Washington. Below-normal temperatures will likely persist into early next week in Eastern Washington.

Consumers could see higher liquor prices at restaurants, bars

Consumers could see higher liquor prices at restaurants, bars

The price of alcohol could be going up again, this time in restaurants and bars, the latest change as a result of the privatization of liquor sales in Washington.

This is a going to be a new problem for consumers, but it's one that local businesses have been dealing with for some time.

Come April, customers will be paying up to 15-percent more for alcoholic beverages at restaurants if the Washington State Liquor Control Board moves forward with making restaurants and bars pay the same tax that independent liquor stores are required to dish out.

While this may be another headache for consumers, it's been a problem for independent liquor stores much longer.

Greenacres Liquor Store on East Appleway has been in business for nearly 30 years, but business is not the same as it was before privatization went into effect in 2011. Owner Keith Peterson said before privatization his store was the distribution site for 50 restaurants in the area; after privatization he's down to six.

He said the fallout is due to restaurants going straight to the main distributor to avoid higher prices from independent stores required to pay the tax.

Location change for Moses Lake meeting on recent violence

Location change for Moses Lake meeting on recent violence

The location for the Moses Lake town hall meeting to discuss recent gang violence has been changed to accommodate more people. The meeting, called by Sheriff Tom Jones, will be held at North Elementary on Wednesday, February 26th, rather than at the Grant County Sheriff’s substation.


The meeting was called on Friday, following a drive-by shooting on Thursday. The incident is the fourth shooting in the Larsen Housing area in the last month. Two of those shootings targeted 16-year-old Brandon Mende, who was injured in one shooting and killed in the second.