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People & Places

Community contributions D.A. Davidson & Co. of Wenatchee donated $1,000 to Columbia Valley Community Health’s Reach Out And Read pediatric literacy program. The investment firm, based out of Great Falls, Mont., donated more than $120,000 to nonprofit organizations in the West and Midwest as part of the company’s 75th anniversary.

Woman fleeing police runs over self

MOSES LAKE — A Moses Lake woman was in critical condition this morning after accidentally running over herself with a vehicle while fleeing from police. Jona R. Zeigler, 40, suffered internal injuries, police said. She is being treated at Providence Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, according to a spokeswoman.

Moses Lake woman drives car into Wenatchee irrigation canal

WENATCHEE — Maraim Sharpe of Moses Lake drove her Honda Accord into the irrigation canal at South Miller Street near Central Washington Hospital. Sharpe was uninjured and in good spirits, if a little embarrassed. She told authorities she was blinded by a brilliant sun that had just risen above the rooftops ahead of her as she drove south.

All spud diet earns Voigt potato award

MOSES LAKE — Sticking to an all-potato diet for 60 days has earned Chris Voigt the Washington State Potato Commission’s Potato Man of the Year honor. The Columbia Basin Herald reports the award was presented to the Pasco man last weekend at the National Potato Council’s annual meeting in Las Vegas. The award goes to someone who goes above and beyond the call of duty to represent the potato industry.

Icy roads close Moses Lake, Ephrata schools

UPDATE (8:58 a.m.): Ephrata schools also are closed due to icy conditions. MOSES LAKE — Moses Lake schools are closed Friday because of icy road conditions.

U.S. to pay $55 million for cleanup at Moses Lake

MOSES LAKE — The U.S. government and other parties have agreed to pay more than $58 million to clean up industrial contamination at the site of a former Air Force base north of Moses Lake. The bulk of the money — $55 million — is coming from the federal government. Boeing, Lockheed Martin and the city of Moses Lake will contribute an additional $3.3 million as part of a settlement filed in U.S. District Court in Yakima on Thursday.

Snow forecast for mountains, NCW

SEATTLE — Forecasters say a series of weather systems moving through the Northwest will dump 1 to 3 feet of snow in the Washington Cascades by Friday afternoon. The National Weather Service says heavy snow also will fall through Wednesday on the east slopes of the Cascades and northeast Washington. Snow accumulations are expected to be 2 to 4 inches, mainly north of Wenatchee and on the Waterville plateau. “The heaviest snow will likely fall in the Okanogan valley and the Okanogan highlands,” according to the weather service.

Moses Lake car part plant may double in size

OLYMPIA — BMW and a German manufacturing partner could double the size of a facility now under construction in Moses Lake as the need grows for more carbon fiber parts in cars, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Friday. Speaking on a conference call from Germany, where she had attended the debut of the electric vehicle that will use parts from the SGL Automotive factory in Moses Lake, Gregoire said discussions are already under way to expand the facility. Construction of the factory employs 200 workers and the factory will have 80 ...

Grant County woman pleads guilty to rape of child

EPHRATA — A Grant County woman accused of sexually abusing children and broadcasting it on the Internet has pleaded guilty. The 30-year-old Warden woman pleaded guilty Tuesday in Grant County Superior Court to four counts of first-degree rape of a child.

Teenage pregnancy rates still high in Grant County

KENNEWICK — While teen pregnancy rates are declining statewide, a handful of rural counties in central Washington continued to be among those with the highest rates last year, with some seeing an uptick in numbers. The state Department of Health on Thursday released data from 2009 showing the state average for pregnancies among 15- to 17-year-old girls had dropped to 24 pregnancies per 1,000 teens from 26.7 in 2008.

Rain may fall Friday through the weekend

WENATCHEE — Sigh. We all knew these sunny fall days couldn’t last. Today is it for a while. The National Weather Service predicts a 20 percent chance of rain tonight, Friday and Saturday. The chance of rain goes up to 40 percent on Sunday.

Air Force back at Moses Lake

MOSES LAKE — Fair-child Air Force Base will move operations to the Grant County Airport next year while runways and taxiways are rebuilt in Spokane. The Columbia Basin Herald reports the Port of Moses Lake has approved a one-year lease with Fairchild worth just over $1 million.

Crescent Bar’s golf course gets a mulligan

MOSES LAKE — The once-doomed golf course is back in the Grant County PUD plan for the future of Crescent Bar Island. A majority of Grant PUD commissioners Monday at the utility’s Moses Lake office reversed their Sept. 30 decision after scrutinizing cost-and-revenue estimates for an island plan with and without the nine-hole course beyond 2012.

Pine and sage pollen something to sneeze about

WENATCHEE — This year’s wet spring and warm fall have some species of pine, sage and weeds pollinating enough to make allergy sufferers sneezy and teary-eyed. “It does seem like the counts have been higher for sagebrush, and then we suddenly saw pine pollinating this week,” said Lori Sweet, a registered nurse at Wenatchee Valley Medical Center who tracks and identified pollen.

Share your best cold and flu remedies

It’s almost flu season. How will you cope? Some people find relief holding their face over a steaming vat of mentholated water. Some people swear by chicken soup. Still others swear by a hefty dose of hard liquor.

Bomb scare closes Moses Lake school

MOSES LAKE — A bomb scare has closed a school in Moses Lake for the day. The Columbia Basin Herald reports a tip early today led police to find what looks like either dynamite sticks or road flares taped together and placed under playground equipment at Larson Heights Elementary School.

La Niña winter shouldn’t amount to much here

Make sure those winter boots still fit. Wenatchee — along with the rest of the Pacific Northwest — will get more snow and colder weather than usual this winter if La Niña acts how she usually does.

Man accused of starting Moses Lake wildfire

EPHRATA — A man accused of starting a wildfire with a bottle rocket on the Fourth of July near Moses Lake has been charged in Ephrata with reckless burning. Grant County prosecutors say 25-year-old Ryan L. Altona of Renton told investigators he had been firing bottle rockets and saw the fire start in grass next to a driveway. It took off in high winds before he could put a hose on it.

Owner of funeral home wounded at cemetery

MOSES LAKE — The Grant County prosecutor says a Moses Lake man accused of shooting and wounding his estranged wife as she was driving away from a cemetery has been charged with attempted murder. Prosecutor Angus Lee said Wednesday that 55-year-old Mark Benson made an initial appearance Monday in Superior Court, where bail was set at $1 million and Benson requested a public defender. Arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday.

Panthers a bit shaky in Big Nine win over Chiefs

MOSES LAKE — The game was crying out for one big play. One foot-stomping, coffin-nailing stroke that would either cement a Wenatchee victory or turn the tide in plucky Moses Lake’s favor. Wenatchee quarterback Cooper Helm answered the call in chaotic fashion, sprinting 55 yards to paydirt with 3 minutes and 6 seconds remaining as a disjointed Panthers team finally put away the Chiefs 14-0 at Lions Field on Friday night.