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KELA News Headlines for Friday, January 30, 2015


Thurston County commissioners, sheriff reach agreement on new jail

The Thurston County Commissioners and Sheriff John Snaza have reached substantial agreement on issues regarding the county’s new jail, which will allow the facility to open.Recent talks between the Sheriff and Commissioners have resulted in a “Letter of Intent” outlining certain corrections-related funding and mutual solutions to other challenges, which will allow the jail, which has set vacant since its completion in 2010, to open. County Commission Chair Cathy Wolfe says she is very pleased that the recent discussions have proved fruitful and Sheriff Snaza agrees. The signing of the Letter of Intent will take place at 11AM Friday at the new jail in Tumwater.


County residents impacted by January flood eligible for loans

Lewis County residents impacted by the January 5, 2015, flooding are eligible for low-interest federal disaster loans from a disaster declaration of the Small Business Administration.  According to Lewis County Emergency Management, disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate.  Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application through SBA’s website. The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is March 30, 2015. The deadline to return economic injury applications is October 29, 2015.


Final voter registration deadline is Monday

The final registration deadline for Lewis County residents who would like to vote in the February 10 special election is Monday.  County elections supervisor Mariann Zumbuhl says people who never registered to vote in Washington can do so in person at the Auditor’s Office through Monday.  Zumbuhl says ballots must be returned or postmarked by February 10.  You can return them to either of the county’s two drop boxes. One is outside the Twin Cities Senior Center and the other is outside the Auditor’s Office at the County Courthouse, both in Chehalis. In Lewis County the election is for the Chehalis, Evaline, Toledo and Castle Rock school districts and the fire districts in Onalaska and Toledo.


State House passess supplemental operating budget

The State House of Representatives passed a bipartisan supplemental operating budget on an 83-15 vote Thursday, spending less in near general fund and total dollars than the governor's proposed budget. The plan would adjust state spending through June 30 and would pay for more mental health treatment capacity, the eastern Washington wildfires, the Oso landslide, the homecare shared living lawsuit and children's services. The early action supplemental budget addresses emergencies by tapping into the state's rainy day fund, which requires a 60 percent vote to access.












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