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Grant County Cracks Down Boater Safety

Grant County Cracks Down Boater Safety

Grant County Sheriff's marine enforcement will be cracking down on boating under the influence (BUI) offenders for the annual Operation Dry Water campaign June 28, 29 and 30, .

The campaign will increase patrols at Grant County lakes and the Columbia River. Patrols will not only include serious penalties for boaters under the influence, but deputies will also check for proper boater education cards.

"There will be arrests this weekend, and some boaters will face the consequences of boating under the influence," says Sheriff Tom Jones. "We want boaters to enjoy themselves, but there will be zero tolerance for BUI.”

Operation Dry Water, coordinated by Washington State Parks, began in 2009 by state and local marine law enforcement agencies in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard. The campaign will put marine law enforcement officers on the water around the nation in hopes of reducing the amount of boating under the influence accidents.

The goal of Operation Dry is to reduce the number of fatalities by increasing the visibility of BUI enforcement during the last weekend in June.

Get nonstop from Spokane to L.A.

Get nonstop from Spokane to L.A.

Getting to Los Angeles just got quicker and easier. Spokane International Airport will accept the first passengers to embark on a nonstop flight from GEG to LAX on Tuesday. They're doing it in style.

Passengers will be given a celebrity welcome, complete with chair massage and breakfast. Paparrazi will be on hand, capturing the headlines and taking photos of the travelers against a backdrop of the golden California sand and surf. Each person also can participate in a raffle for California-themed prizes.

Motorcycle Crash Leaves Moses Lake Man in Critical Condition

Motorcycle Crash Leaves Moses Lake Man in Critical Condition

A Moses Lake man is in critical condition after crashing his motorcycle on Tuesday night.

 

Cliff Nicholas, 67, lost control of his 2005 Yamaha motorcycle while taking a curve. Nicholas suffered life threatening injuries when he was thrown from his motorcycle and into a nearby field. He was traveling northbound on Stonecrest Road Northeast, just west of Neppel Road Northeast.

 

Following the crash, he was taken first to Samaritan Hospital and was then flown by MedStar to Providence-Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. Nicholas has head and chest injuries and is listed as being in critical condition.

 

Nicholas was wearing a DOT approved helmet, but investigators believe that alcohol was a factor in the crash. Grant County Deputies and the Grant County Motor Traffic Unit are investigating.   

Runway renovation underway at Port of Moses Lake

Runway renovation underway at Port of Moses Lake

A Grant County International Airport runway that has been unusable for decades is getting a $4.2 million upgrade. The newly paved runway will be completed by the end of June.

 

“We're really excited about this,” said Rich Mueller, Director of Facilities and Maintenance for the Port of Moses Lake, which owns Grant County International.

 

The new runway will allow the airport to keep up with the new technology, larger aircraft and demand they are seeing the aerospace industry. The area has essentially been a vacant lot for the airport and with new pavement it will bring new revenue because it will be able to support larger aircraft.

 

Mueller said the Port of Moses Lake pushed for the upgrade so that they could continue to be used by some of their biggest clients; the U.S. Air Force and Boeing. The project will enable Boeing to test their new 747-8 aircraft, which when fully loaded would approach the one million pound mark.

Safety tips for a safe drive on Memorial Day

Safety tips for a safe drive on Memorial Day

Many families take to the open road over Memorial Day to take advantage of the long weekend and to celebrate the unofficial start of summer. Idaho State Police wants to remind all drivers to remain safe.

 

Last year there were 129 crashes in Idaho with 81 injuries and two fatalities. Idaho State Police has provided these safety reminders which are great for both Idaho and Washington drivers:

 

Wear Your Seatbelts: Police in both Idaho and Washington will be strictly enforcing seat belt laws and drivers with children are reminded to make sure all children are in age appropriate safety seats and that children under 12 are in the back seat.

 

Designate a Driver: Nearly 30 people a day die in an alcohol related crash. Make sure to designate a driver before anyone in your party drinks.

 

ATV safety courses provide valuable skills to keep you safe

ATV safety courses provide valuable skills to keep you safe

In last two weeks Eastern Washington and North Idaho have seen over five ATV accidents including one death in the LC Valley last week. While ATV riding is fun, it's important to learn proper technique to remain safe.

 

“We think it takes special skills to ride an ATV,” says Dale Stevens, a licensed ATV safety instructor with the ATV Safety Institute. ASI is a non-profit sponsored by the all the major ATV manufacturers. Instructors like Stevens teach regular safety classes to educate riders on proper technique, safety skills and the responsibilities that come with owning and riding ATVs.

 

After taking his course many riders tell Stevens that they didn't know what a work out riding is and that they expected it to be easier. Stevens says that a lot of people expect ATVs to be like riding a couch on wheels but it that it takes a lot of physical effort and knowledge of how ATVs operate to remain safe while riding.

 

Concrete Spill On Roadway

Concrete Spill On Roadway

Motorists on Dodson Road North are advised to use extreme caution following a concrete spill. The spill extended onto the road way between the 9000 and 12000 blocks. Some vehicles were damaged during the spill.

If your car was damaged by the concrete please contact AAA Ready Mix at (509) 765-5674.