Northwest

Bridgeport On 'Pins And Needles' For President's Decision

Bridgeport High School in Central Washington will have to wait a few more days to find out if President Barack Obama will deliver the commencement speech at their school.Bridgeport expected to hear the answer on Friday, but Superintendent Scott Sattler said that because of how busy The White House has been following the killing of Osama Bin Laden, the President has not had ample time to decide on a school.Sattler says he and the students will be on pins and needles all weekend as they await word from Washington D.C.

Cool April In Moses Lake and Ephrata

It's been a chilly Spring in the Columbia Basin, and in Moses Lake and Ephrata, April has been especially cool.  At the Moses Lake airport, it was officially the 3rd coolest April on record.  The average high temperature was 45.1, which is 5.2 degrees below average.  The record for the coolest April is 44.2 degrees set back in 1955. Ephrata, meanwhile, set an all time record for the coolest April, with an average high of 45.0 degrees.  That's 6.6 degrees below average.  The previous record for Ephrata was 45.1, also set back in 1955.

Body Recovery On Clearwater River A False Alarm

Nez Perce County deputies, while attempting to recover a body that was discovered in the Clearwater River just south of Lenore along Highway 12, discovered later it was a pile of floating debris.

Arrest Warrant Issued For Moses Lake Drive-By Suspect

Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones today announced an arrest warrant has been issued for the man suspected of killing a Joaquin Serrano of Moses Lake during a drive-by shooting last month.Gilberto Valdovinas Medina, 22 of Moses Lake, is wanted for first degree murder and drive-by shooting.Valdovinas Medina is 5' 8" tall, weighs 170 lbs., and has brown eyes, a shaved head and a goatee. He has several tattoos, including on both sides of his neck and arms. He may also go by the aliases "Diablo" and "Pedro".Valdovinas Medina is considered armed and dangerous, and citizens should not attempt to detain him. If spotted, citizens should call 9-1-1 immediately.Anyone wishing to give anonymous information can email crimetips@co.grant.wa.us

Elementary School Teacher Wins National Honors

Things like this don't come around every day. Barb Franz, is one of eighty-five math and science teachers from across the nation to be honored by President Barack Obama during a reception and ceremony later this year in Washington D.C.She's been with North Elementary in Moses Lake teaching kindergarten since 1984. Her career started in 1981 teaching in Kennewick at the Bethalem Lutheran School.She received the news recently that she was selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators across the State of Washington.

Big Bend Community College's State of the College Address

No layoffs occurred this year at Big Bend Community College, though unfilled positions will stay vacant. This was stated at the school's annual State of the College by the institute's president, Bill Bonaudi, on Tuesday. Budget cuts have been an issue at the school, but Bonaudi says, "there's still a lot of student success stories."

Whooping Cough Outbreak Continues

The Grant Count Health District said another case of whopping cough was reported in the area on Monday.The Health District said in a press release that the most recent case of whopping cough was found in a 3-month-old infant.  As of Thursday, 29 people who have been in close contact with Whopping Cough patients are now taking antibiotics.According to the Health District's press release, people who were exposed to whooping cough include those in a child care facility, pregnant women and a health care worker and all cases are from Quincy, Ephrata and Moses Lake.

Beer and Wine Tasting Endorsement Pending at Grocery Outlet

Like many grocery stores in the state of Washington, Moses Lake's Grocery Outlet may join the ranks of stores that can feature beer and wine tastings. Their application is currently pending and is waiting the twenty-day waiting period for local authorities and the public. If no local objection has been submitted, the endorsement will be approved. 

Learn to Prevent Fraud With Moses Lake PD

Moses Lake Police want you to be safe from fraud and embezzlement. Tonight, April 27th, they're holding an educational seminar, designed to keep you from becoming a victim.Detective Juan Rodriguez will host tonight's seminar at 7 pm in the city council chambers. Police say they're seeing more cases where unsuspecting people are becoming victims of fraud through identity theft, internet fraud and phone scams.This is the first of a series of seminars police are offering throughout the spring and summer. Other topics include self-defense and how to understand the gang problem in Moses Lake and Grant County.

Power Boats Coming to Moses Lake

If you like fast boats, Moses Lake is the place to be this weekend.  The Moses Lake Regatta begins Saturday at 10am and continues on Sunday at 10am.  There will be 10 different classes of racing, from smaller 1-litre hydroplanes to the big boys, Grand Prix hydroplanes.  There will even be practice runs on Friday at noon.  For more information, click here. 

Dave Matthews Heading Back to the Gorge

The Dave Matthews band is only playing one show on the west coast in 2011 - and that show is at the Gorge Ampitheater near George, Wash.The Dave Matthews Band Caravan will play the Gorge September 2, 3 and 4th. It's the last of four music festivals the band is playing this summer. The caravan features not only the popular band, but also a rotating group of established bands and up-and-comers on the music scene. The bands acompanying Dave Matthews at the Gorge include Dispatch, The Roots and Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band.Playing the Gorge Labor Day weekend has become a tradition for the band. The 2011 dates mark the 37th shows they've headlined there since 1997.

Grant County Spring Fair

Moses Lake has the best fair around April 30 - May 1 so bring the family out to the Grant County Fairgrounds for the Grant County Spring Fair.

Detectives Investigating Suspicious Death

Grant County Sheriff's Detectives are Investigating a Suspicious death in Moses Lake.  Neighbors reported hearing gunshots around 3AM Sunday Morning in the area of Market St and Sun Drive, just outside of the Moses Lake city limits.  Deputies responded, checked the area but were unable to locate anything suspicious or out of the ordinary.  Twelve hours later someone reported finding bullet casings on the ground outside a home in the area.  Deputies responded and discovered bullet holes in the residence at 4324 Sun Drive. Deputies knocked but received no answer at the home's door. Fearing someone may be hurt, deputies forced entry into the home and discovered a dead adult man inside. Detectives have not released the identity of the victim.

Wolf Hunts Could Resume This Fall

The wolf hunt is about to make a comeback in Idaho and Montana as wolves are being removed from the endangered species list under a policy rider attached to Congress' budget bill.

Moses Lake Native Named As Bishop Of Yakima Diocese

The Catholic church has named Most Rev. Joseph J. Tyson as bishop of the Yakima Diocese.  Tyson takes over for Bishop Carlos A. Sevilla, who has been bishop since 1997. Tyson was introduced on Tuesday morning, April 12, at Holy Family Parish in Yakima.  The 53-year-old Tyson was born in Moses Lake and grew up in Seattle.  He's a University of Washington graduate and was ordained in 1989.  Tyson will be officially installed as Yakima's bishop on May 31 at a special mass that will be held at Holy Family Parish.

Moses Lake Marathon to benefit Boys and Girls Club

Are you ready to race for a good cause? The first ever Moses Lake Marathon and Family Fun Run is scheduled for this Saturday at 8 a.m. The race consists of a full marathon, a half marathon, a 10k and 5k run and a family 5k walk. The marathon is USA Track and Field certified, which means marathon participants can use your race results as qualifying times for other races. Marathon registration is $60 per person, while the half marathon and 10k are $40. The 5k run and the family 5k walk are bout $25. Children 10 and under can participate for no charge, though they will not receive a t-shirt.

Grant County Detectives Want Your Help

Grant County Sheriff's detectives are looking for your help to solve a cold case from the rural Quincy-area from the summer of 2009. Sheriff Tom Jones sent out the following information hoping that you might know who this guy is or have any information that might lead to a suspect: "On the morning of June 26, 2009, a woman living on County Road 11.5-NW said she heard a noise in her home. When she went to see what caused the noise, she interrupted a burglary. Startled, the lone suspect allegedly punched the woman, breaking her jaw. The suspect then fled the home, driving away in an older, silver-colored vehicle. That vehicle may have been a smaller SUV, minivan or small pickup with a canopy," said Jones.

Contractors making progress on Fairchild runway

Contractors working on Fairchild Air Force Base's runway are on schedule and making steady progress."The project is on schedule and coming along as planned," said Mr. Wayne Musselwhite, 92nd Civil Engineering Squadron chief of construction management. "It's been a very active time with all the demolition taking place, and will be getting busier next month when concrete placing begins." The need to replace the runway, which has forced the displacement of Fairchild's tanker fleet to other airfields, is a factor of age. The runway is 50-years-old and the useful life of a runway is typically 25 years.

A New Business Is Opening in Ellensburg

If you are out and about this weekend, make sure to check out Real Deals on Home Decor in Ellensburg.  The store had its Grand Opening on Thursday, April 7.  Real Deals on Home Decor is located at 400 W. 5th Avenue.  It will be open on Thursdays from 10 am - 6 pm and on Saturdays from 10 am - 3 pm.

Marathons and Mathematics

The days until the Moses Lake Marathon are counting down. This is the first year for this race that benefits the Boys and Girls Club for Columbia Basin. Earlier this week we talked about how you can sign up for the race, but now we're getting into the details of what makes this marathon cool.