KELA News Headlines for Friday, July 29, 2016
Temporary bridge to be installed at Chamber Way
Drivers could be crossing over Interstate 5 at Chamber Way in Chehalis again in about two weeks. The Washington Department of Transportation announced Thursday that they will be installing a 50-foot temporary bridge to replace the section of the bridge that was demolished earlier this week. DOT says how quickly they can design and fabricate special parts needed to attach it to the existing bridge piers will determine when they will be able to reopen the bridge to traffic, but they are shooting for sometime in early August. When it is open, the temporary bridge will be able to handle all legal loads. the contractor will start working on the bridge this weekend.
Burn ban issued for all DNR-protected lands
The state Department of Natural Resources has issued a burn ban on DNR-protected lands throughout the entire state. DNR officials said in a news release that due to warm temperatures and below normal precipitation in western Washington, the burn ban issued previously for eastern Washington will apply to the entire state starting Friday, July 29. The ban will be in effect through Sept. 30.The ban applies to all outdoor burning on state forests, state parks and forestlands under DNR fire protection. It does not include federally-owned lands.
Attorney General seeks to prevent sex offender release
The state Attorney General’s Office wants to prevent the release of a Lewis County sex offender into the community. Authorities say 50-year old Darnell Harris was convicted of first-degree child molestation, first-degree burglary and second-degree kidnapping in Chehalis in January 1990. After serving his sentences, Harris was due to be released but the A-G’s sex predator unit filed a petition in Lewis County Superior Court seeking to have him civilly committed as a violent sex offender. A Lewis County judge on Tuesday found probable cause to detain Harris pending a trial on the State’s petition.
Gas prices continue to drop
It continues to cost you a little less at the gas pump. The GasBuddy.com survey shows the average retail price in Washington was down two cents in the past week to $2.63 a gallon. This compares with the national average which dropped four cents a gallon in the past week to $2.13. Including the change in prices in the past week in Washington, we’re paying a penny a gallon less than a month ago, while prices are 55 cents a gallon lower than last year at this time.
Central Park in Centralia gets a facelift
Central Park in downtown Centralia has recently received a facelift. Teva Youngblood with the Centralia Downtown Association told the Centralia City Council on Tuesday that they were approached by local resident Dan Duffy to partner with him in cleaning up the park. She says the city’s public works department replaced the old benches in the park with new metal benches. Calypso Window Washing also provided and installed new lighting in Central Park which will be on for two hours nightly beginning at dusk.