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KELA News Headlines for Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Chehalis City Council Says No to Pot Ban

Medical and recreational marijuana facilities will be allowed within the city limits of Chehalis.  The Chehalis City Council Monday night took no action on a proposed ban on all pot facilities in the city.  Instead they chose to let the current moratorium expire on September 11.  Community Development Director Dennis Osborne says what that means is that if the city has an applicant that goes through the state Liquor Control Board to have a retail marijuana facility, either recreational or medical, the city would process that application as a retail business.  Osborne says the restrictions would be those imposed by the Liquor Control Board.


Vietnam Traveling Wall Arrives in Chehalis Wednesday

The Vietnam Traveling wall, an 80-percent scale replica of the monument on the National Mall in Washington D.C., arrives in Lewis County Wednesday afternoon at 3 PM.  Chip Duncan from the Veterans Memorial Museum says the semi carrying the wall will be escorted through the Twin Cities by several veterans’ motorcycle groups.  Duncan says the groups will begin their escort at Bethel Church in Chehalis. He says the Traveling Wall will be set up at the Museum Thursday morning and it will remain in place through Sunday.


Spots Still Open for Chehalis STEM Academy

The Chehalis School District’s STEM Academy starts on Monday and there are still a limited number of spots available for area high school students who would like to attend. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  The one week academy is August 4 through 8at W.F. West High School in Chehalis.  Assistant Superintendent Mary Lou Bissett says the STEM Academy is open to all area students who will be in grades 9 through 12 in the fall.  The cost for the Academy is $85.  You can find more information or register at


Car-Semi Collision Blocks Busy Centralia Intersection

A collision involving a semi-truck and two passenger cars at the intersection of Summa and Kresky in Centralia Tuesday morning sent three people to the hospital.  According to Riverside Fire Authority, a Toyota Prius that was westbound on Summa went through the intersection and collided with the semi that was northbound on Kresky. The second car then collided with the first car.  The driver of the Prius and the two occupants of the second car, a man and a woman, were all transported to Providence Centralia Hospital.  The driver of the semi was not injured.  The collision completely blocked the intersection.










































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