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GCSO offering boating education courses

GCSO offering boating education courses

From the Grant County Sheriff’s Office:

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office will be offering two Boating Education Courses in June.

1) Mon. June 2 and Tues. June 3, from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day at the Quincy Jr. High Library. (Must attend both days).

Waspocalypse! How to protect your home against pests this summer

Waspocalypse! How to protect your home against pests this summer

A very nice looking forecast for the Memorial Day weekend but some uninvited guests could disrupt your party or picnic as yellow jackets are already showing up in record numbers.

Experts say there are an unprecedented number of yellow jacket queens flying around this spring and they threaten to breed clouds of offspring. If you don't like having your barbecue buzzed it's time to start your battle against yellow jackets now.

The people who put out their yellow jacket traps early this year are seeing some disturbing results.

Queens are emerging in record numbers after fattening up during a long and mild fall.

"Well the large number of queens that we're seeing right now kind of really adds up to a perfect storm for hornets and yellow jackets this summer," Stephanie Cates with Rescue Pest Products said.

Right now queens are looking for nesting spots. If they find a suitable throne in your yard, your trouble with yellow jackets will multiply.

"Each yellow jacket queen can represent 200 to 2000 yellow jackets later on this summer depending on the colony size," Alyssa Ando with Rescue Pest Products said.

Moses Lake parents convicted of mistreatment

A Moses Lake couple accused of starving their 2-year-old son were convicted Wednesday of criminal mistreatment.

Grant County prosecutors said Robert and Michelle Staats ignored advice and warnings and used herbal and homeopathic treatments for the boy who kept spitting up most of his food.

Judge Evan Sperline says the boy starved because the parents clung to an approach that wasn't working.

The website iFIBER One News reports the boy suffered a heart attack in May 2012. He's now 4 years old and suffers from brain damage.

He weighed less than 10 pounds when he was airlifted to a Spokane hospital.

How to protect yourself from the eBay data breach

How to protect yourself from the eBay data breach

If you use eBay, change your password. That's the message from the company after hackers broke into the online retail site and now have customer names, passwords, email addresses and other sensitive information.

The online marketplace says there is no evidence financial information was stolen, but if you are one of the 145 million people with an account on eBay... Some of your personal information, like your date of birth and address, could be in the hands of hackers, but there are things you can do to ward off hackers, according to Chelsea Maguire with the Better Business Bureau.

"It's very important that people change their passwords regularly, we often just get very used to it and we don't want to try to remember something new but when you do change your password regularly it reduces your risk of any hacker going through and find that information," Maguire said.

If you're changing your password, make it something difficult to thwart hackers.

"Simple numbers, your child's birth date, name, those are easily guessed and found, make sure it is very complicated, has uppercase, lowercase, numbers and symbols," Maguire said.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers annouce show at Gorge

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers annouce show at Gorge

The summer concert announcements keep coming, and now Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers have marked a date on Washington’s calendar. The prolific band will play the Gorge at George on Friday, August 15th.

The tour coincides with the band’s first new album in four years. Hypnotic Eye will drop on July 29th, just days before the North American tour begins. Every 2014 concert ticket sold will include a copy of Hypnotic Eye.

Hoopfest registration deadline extended

Hoopfest registration deadline extended

If you missed the Hoopfest registration deadline you’re in luck. Hoopfest has extended the deadline through Monday and will allow up to 150 more teams to register.

New laser light show at Grand Coulee Dam

There's a new laser light show at Grand Coulee Dam.

The Bureau of Reclamation will start using the new show next Saturday at the giant Columbia River dam.

The show tells the story of how the land was formed, the original inhabitants of the area, why Grand Coulee Dam was built and the numerous effects the dam has had on local communities and the nation.

The new show replaces a version that ran for 25 consecutive summers, beginning in 1989.

The agency says the old show was inaccurate and needed to be updated. A spokeswoman for Grand Coulee says the new show presents a more balanced story, told from many perspectives.