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Grant County Jail cancels visiting hours for the week

From the Grant County Sheriff’s Office:


Due to staffing shortages this week at the Grant County Jail, inmate visiting hours have been cancelled. This cancellation is for the safety of inmates, visitors and jail staff.


Inmate visitation will resume again Mon. May 19 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

SGL to become world's largest carbon fiber producer

SGL to become world's largest carbon fiber producer

SGL Automotive in Moses Lake is set to become the largest producer of carbon fiber in the world and add 120 new jobs, after a recent announcement by the company.

KXLY4 featured SGL Automotive in this Made in the Northwest story in August 2013.

The $200 million in new investment is due to strong sales in BMW's new electric cars.

The expansion, announced on Friday, will add a third 110,000 sq. ft. building at the Moses Lake plant, which will increase its production to 9,000 metric tons of carbon fiber per year.  The new building will house SGL's fifth and sixth production lines.  The third and fourth were just recently completed.

“Because of the very fast-paced growth, and success of i3 and i8 (BMW electric cars) in the market, we basically went straight ahead and now are starting to construct building three for lines five and six,” said SGL managing director Joerg Pohlman.

The 120 new jobs will bring the total at SGL to about 200.

Helicopters move salmon fry in Columbia River

Juvenile salmon are flying over two Columbia River dams near Vantage.

The Grant County Public Utility District is using helicopters to release tagged salmon to track their movements through Wanapum and Priest Rapids dams.

Utility spokesman Chuck Allen told The Wenatchee World helicopters are being used to reduce the time it takes to transport and release the fish in the middle of the river.

The utility is required to study and mitigate juvenile salmon deaths as part of the license to operate the dams.

Grant County Sheriff announces re-election bid

Grant County Sheriff announces re-election bid

Grant County Sheriff, Tom Jones, announced Thursday that he will seek re-election for a second term. Jones was elected Sheriff in 2010.


“The input from citizens and the opportunity to solve problems together has been the highlight of being the sheriff,” said Jones.

Wanapum shoreline will remain closed for Memorial Day

Wanapum shoreline will remain closed for Memorial Day

From the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife:


With Memorial Day weekend drawing near, Grant PUD and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife remind those planning to recreate on the Columbia River that the Wanapum reservoir shoreline remains closed to the public.

 

Man proposes to girlfriend after Bloomsday

Man proposes to girlfriend after Bloomsday

Tom Curalli defines what it means to be a Bloomie.

"Today is a big day, it's my 35th Bloomsday," said Curalli.

Curalli said he would never miss a Bloomsday. He loves how the race brings the community and families together. The theme of togetherness inspired him to make this day about the most important person in his life.

"I'm going to propose to my girlfriend at the finish line in front of a lot of a lot of people," said Curalli.

Curalli has prepared for the big day since February. He chose not to share the plan with anyone, and the anticipation was starting to get the best of him.

"I'm pretty excited, a little nervous, had a bit of trouble sleeping last night,"said Curalli.

The couple have been dating for about a year, but have been close friends for nearly six.