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Free Boater Education courses to be offered throughout Grant County

Free Boater Education courses to be offered throughout Grant County

 

Grant County residents interested in obtaining their boaters license will have the opportunity to take a free boater education course in multiple locations throughout the county. Classes are provided and instructed by the Grant County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit.

 

These courses are free to attend and no registration is required at most locations; registration is required for the Quincy class listed below. All materials and testing supplies will be provided.

 

A boater education card is required to operate motor vessels and personal watercraft with 15 horsepower or more. The minimum age to obtain a Boater Education Card is 12 years old. 

 

Information on when and where the classes will be offered are listed below:

Grant County Sheriff's Office offering free Boater Education class March 21 in Moses Lake

Grant County Sheriff's Office offering free Boater Education class March 21 in Moses Lake

 

The Grant County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit will offer a free Boating Education Course on Saturday March 21st from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The class will take place at the Grant County Sheriff's Office Sub-Station at 1274 Lowry Street in Moses Lake. No registration is needed to attend.

 

A boater education card is required to operate motor vessels with 15 or more horsepower. The minimum age to obtain the Boater Education Card is 12 years of age, but those born before January 1, 1955 are exempt from the Boater Education Card requirement.

 

All materials and testing supplies will be provided. Questions can be directed to the Sheriff's Office at 509-754-2011, or mearney@grantcountywa.gov.

Washington State Patrol uses latest laser technology to quickly clear roadways after an accident

 

The Washington State Patrol released their newest edition of their Good to Know video series (view above), which features detectives using the latest laser technology to quickly clear roadways after an accident, ensuring driver and officer safety.

 

According to the WSP, the Trimble Laser Scanner does the work traditionally done by detectives, but in about half the time and with only one operator. The machine scans items at the scene in order to recreate a 3-D version of the surrounding area which helps investigators determine the cause of the collision.

 

WSP uses the Trimble to reduce road closure time while still conducting a thorough investigation of the incident. The device can also be used at other types of crimes such as homicides, to document the location of important evidence.

 

Keller Ferry out of service for repairs Dec. 20-22

Keller Ferry out of service for repairs Dec. 20-22

Keller Ferry commuters will need to find and alternate route to cross the Columbia River this weekend as crews make permanent repairs to the ferry’s steering system.

 

The ferry will be out of service starting at 6:00 a.m., Saturday, December 20 with service anticipated to resume at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, December 22.

 

Over the weekend, crews from Rolls Royce will make permanent repairs to the vessel’s steering system. The rudder actuator has failed on several occasions, requiring temporary repairs.

 

Rolls Royce will complete the repairs under warranty. A team from the Washington State Ferries Vessel Engineering Division will monitor the work. Final approval of the repairs must be issued by the U.S. Coast Guard before the ferry can return to service.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Vantage Bridge on I-90 closed

TRAFFIC ALERT: Vantage Bridge on I-90 closed

A multi-vehicle accident involving an estimated 15 semitrucks and 6 cars has prompted Washington State Department of Transportation to close part of Interstate 90 in central Washington.

I-90 westbound is closed at milepost 136 near the Vantage Bridge over the Columbia river, and eastbound at milepost 115 near Kittitas.

Drivers are being detoured onto local roads. There is no estimate for a reopening time. 

The collision occured just after 11 am eastbound near milepost 127.

Washington deadline to remove studded tires

Washington deadline to remove studded tires

Monday is the deadline for drivers to remove studded tires.

Drivers with studded tires after Monday could get a $124 ticket.

The Transportation Department wants studded tires off the road because they cause highway ruts and damage bridge decks.

Flooding closes several roads across Inland Northwest

Flooding closes several roads across Inland Northwest

Warm temperatures across the Inland Northwest have led to rapidly melting snow and flooding around the region.

There are reports of water over the roadway in Reardan, Davenport, Odessa, Harrington and Colfax.

The Washington State Patrol is reporting several road closures due to water over the roadway as a result of the snowmelt.

In Lincoln County, SR 231 has been closed between Interstate 90 and SR 2. State Route 23 has also been closed between St. John and Sprague. Between Sprague and Harrington SR 23 is open but flooding has been reported in numerous locations along the road and could be closed at any time as of 3:30 p.m.

Water has undercut part of the roadway on SR 27 five miles south of Oakesdale, with part of the northbound lane washed away, but the road remains open.

SR 25 has one lane open north from Davenport.

In Whitman County, water is also reported over the roadway in Colfax.

In Spokane County, water is reported over the roadway on SR 27 three miles north of Latah; water is also over the roadway on State Route 2 two miles west of Airway Heights.