MOSES LAKE — Police are trying to determine why a man killed himself during a traffic stop in Moses Lake. Capt. Dave Ruffin says an officer pulled over a car for an equipment violation Monday afternoon, but before the officer approached, the driver pulled out a handgun and shot himself.
Weather perfect for a kick in the park is expected to continue past the weekend with highs in the low 80s, well above the mid-70s normal for time of the year, says forecaster Steve Bodnar of the National Weather Service in Spokane.
EAST WENATCHEE — A tiny kitten hiding in the undercarriage of a big pickup took a long trip Thursday and lived to meow about it. A 6-week-old female tabby with a bum leg but lots of spunk “rode 70 miles at 70 mph” while huddling behind a skid-plate that protects the truck’s transmission, said the vehicle’s owner and driver Rod Thomas. “I never knew she was there till I heard the faintest, tiniest meow-ing. It was a real surprise.”
WENATCHEE — It sounds pretty far-fetched, but the general manager for the area’s new phone company swears it’s the truth. Phone on the fritz? Internet won’t connect? TV picture fuzzy? Then call him directly, even on weekends, and tell him the problem. That’s right, no outsourcing to New Delhi — your call can go directly to the guy in charge right here in Wenatchee.
WENATCHEE — A relatively mild fire season may be winding down as rain this week dampens fuels. But U.S. Forest Service officials caution the fire season could quickly return once the weather warms, and grasses dry out. “I don’t know if it’s over, exactly. But I’d say it’s definitely taking a strong vacation right now,” Bobbie Scopa, fire management officer for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, said this morning.
MOSES LAKE — Officials in Grant County issued a whooping cough health alert to hospitals and walk-in clinics Friday following investigation of a fourth — and perhaps fifth — case of the highly contagious disease.
SEATTLE — The Wenatchee girls’ soccer team opened its 2010 season with a bang on Friday, dispatching two-time defending Class 1A champion Seattle Academy 3-1 on the Cardinals’ home field. The Panthers scored two goals in the first 12 minutes of the game, and notched their third midway through the second half.
MOSES LAKE — The third case of whooping cough in nine days has been reported by Grant County Health District officials. The third case is an infant. “With a third confirmed case, Grant County is at risk of entering into a full pertussis outbreak,” Dr. Alexander Brzezny, Grant County health officer, said in a news release.
NCW — A windstorm that blew through North Central Washington on Thursday resulted in the closure of two roads in the Mansfield area. The Washington state Department of Transportation closed Highway 172 through Mansfield and Highway 17 from Coulee City to Highway 174 because of blowing dust and zero visibility Thursday afternoon. The roads were reopened by 8:20 p.m. The peak wind gust in Mansfield reached 43 mph, according to Greg Koch, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Spokane.
MOSES LAKE — One Grant County baby has died from whooping cough and another is recovering from the highly contagious bacterial disease, Grant County health officials say. The infant died Tuesday night at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Seattle, according to Theresa Fuller, public information officer for the Grant County Health District. The other child is recovering at home.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory throughout North Central Washington, where winds are forecast to reach 25 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 45 mph. Peak winds are expected from 3 to 7 p.m.
MOSES LAKE — The American Cancer Society is seeking cosmetologists, estheticians and general volunteers to help teach their “Look Good … Feel Better” classes. A volunteer training session is planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday in the fourth-floor conference room at Samaritan Hospital, 801 E. Wheeler Road.
WENATCHEE — With a heated Chelan County sheriff’s race and 15 people running for U.S. Senator, today’s primary election has voters going to the mailboxes with ballots filled. Ballots must be dropped off at a ballot box by 8 p.m. today or postmarked with today’s date. In Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan counties between 33 and 35 percent of ballots had been returned as of this morning.
MOSES LAKE — Tom Jones of Moses Lake, a candidate for Grant County sheriff, is cancer-free after treatment at Central Washington Hospital, according to a news release from his campaign workers. Jones said he is continuing his campaign for sheriff. He was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia July 1. He received chemotherapy at Central Washington Hospital July 2-28 and has since returned home, the release states.
WENATCHEE — Expanding powers of federal government, lack of fiscal responsibility, ever-growing taxes and not listening to conservative constituents is what pushed many in this area to organize or join Tea Party movements. Nationally, the Tea Party has been getting some negative press lately; but for local people fed up with the current state of the country, the Tea Party is serving as a way to finally have a voice in what their government does.
MOSES LAKE — Funding for an industrial railroad project here just keeps chugging along. Following $2 million in state funding last year, the Northern Columbia Basin Railroad Project could receive another $2 million in federal funds if a new Senate appropriations bill for rail investments and improvements is approved.