Searchers look for debris near the crater left by the downed jet. — Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office photo
Coulee residents are used to frequent low flights of military jets through the area, but not to the tragedy that occurred Monday morning when one of them crashed, killing all three on board.
On a training mission, the crew out of the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station died instantly as their EA-6B Prowler cratered a field near Harrington.
“This was a very difficult day for our local volunteers, my office and more importantly, our military families,” Lincoln County Sheriff Wade Magers said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Navy crewmen and their families.”
Prowler jets are used in electronic warfare, flying low and fast to destroy or jam enemy radar. The training flights out of Whidbey keep them ready for such missions.
Tired of all those leaves in your lawn and flower beds? There’s relief on the way. The community spring clean-up dates have been set by the Regional Board of Mayors.
The spring clean-up week when you can dump garden and lawn waste free is April 6-13.
Each town and city has different rules. Check with your respective city halls for details.
The household hazardous waste spring collection might be moved to fall, according to the area’s mayors. In prior years there have been collection dates for hazardous waste both in the spring and fall. Mayors are considering limiting the collection to just in the fall.
Donna Deckman, secretary for the Regional Board of Mayors, reported that the Delano Regional Transfer Station took in $26,317.98 in revenue for the month of February. That was $2,132.21, more than for the same month the previous year.
Grant County reported that the Ephrata Landfill took in 92,763 tons of garbage waste in 2012.
In making the report, Janice Goeden said that the amount of waste delivered to the Ephrata site has been pretty even over the years. She also stated, in her report, that the drop box system operated at a $106,000 loss in 2012. It was reported that the drop box collections were about 300 tons less than in 2011.