KELA News Headlines for Friday, July 1, 2016
Highway 6 crash
No one was injured in a collision between a semi-truck and a small pickup on Highway 6 near Curtis Hill Road west of Chehalis Thursday morning. Lewis County Fire District 6 reports they and the Chehalis Fire Department responded to the report of the collision just before 10 AM. The first crews on the scene found the semi blocking the road and the pickup in the ditch. None of the three occupants of the two vehicles was injured. About 45 gallons of diesel fuel spilled. The road was blocked for about two hours. The State Patrol is investigating the crash.
City Light to replace outside payment dropbox
Someone tampered with the City of Centralia utility payment drop box located outside the Customer Service Center at 500 N. Pearl Street last Sunday. City Light Manager M.L. Norton says surveillance video shows a man attempting to fish items out of the box using a string inserted into the payment slot. He says they have taken steps to prevent that from happening in the future by reducing the size of the slot. Norton says City Light is also planning to replace the drop box with one of a newer, more secure design.
Centralia passes emergency fireworks ban
After a change in some of the wording, the Centralia City Council on Tuesday passed an ordinance allowing the City to impose an emergency ban on the discharge of consumer fireworks within the city in the event of extreme weather conditions. The ordinance now says “extreme weather conditions” may include low fuel moisture as determined by the state Department of Natural Resources and/or extended periods of no rain and no change in weather conditions as predicted by NOAA or other reliable source as determined by Riverside Fire Authority. There must also be a county-wide burn ban in place.
Independence Day changes
Monday is the Independence Day Holiday. All city, county state and federal government offices will be closed and there will be no regular mail delivery. All Timberland regional Library branches will be closed as will banks and other financial institutions. Twin Transit will not be providing bus service in the Twin Cities while Intercity Transit in Thurston County will be operating on a Sunday schedule. There will be regular curbside garbage and recycling collection on Monday.
State fuel tax increases today
It will cost you a little more for gas and diesel starting July 1. That’s because the state fuel tax is going up by 4.9 cents to 49.4 cents a gallon. The increase is part of a transportation package passed by the Legislature to fund highway and transportation projects throughout the state.
Tim Eyman must turn over documents
A judge has told initiative sponsor Tim Eyman to turn over business, banking and tax records as part of an investigation of campaign-finance practices. A Snohomish County Superior Court judge on Wednesday ordered that the documents be disclosed by July 13. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson had filed petitions in Snohomish and Thurston County Superior Courts asking them to enforce subpoenas seeking documents pertaining to Eyman; his political committees; his for-profit company; and his for-profit signature gathering company.