KELA News Headlines for Friday, August 28, 2015
Pipe bomb found, detonated in Centralia
A pipe bomb was found and safely detonated by authorities near Centralia on Wednesday. Stacy Brown with the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says the device was found shortly after 11:30 AM by a person walking on Lundberg Road. She says deputies arrived and secured the area and the State Patrol bomb squad was called. The bomb squad safely detonated the device about 2:30 PM and it was disposed of properly. Riverside Fire Authority also responded to the incident.
Prosecutor to begin eminent domain proceedings on Highway 603
The Lewis County Commissioners on Monday approved a resolution instructing the county Prosecutor's Office to begin eminent domain proceedings against four property owners along Highway 603 outside Winlock to acquire right-of-way needed for a stabilization project on the roadway. County Public Works Director Tim Elsea says they have been negotiating with 21 property owners and 17 have agreed to sell. Elsea says they need to be under contract for the project by March 2016 or they will lose their funding. He says they will continue to negotiate with the four property owners.
Centrlia College Foundation announces record year
The Centralia College Foundation has wrapped up another record-setting year, beating both its 2014-15 fundraising and scholarship goals. Amanda Haines with the College says the Foundation raised more than $554,000 during its recently concluded campaign year. In addition, more than $746,000 in scholarships will be awarded to 242 Centralia College students. That’s an increase of more that $5,000 from 2013-14, which was also a record-setting year.
Evacuation notice for Mineral area still at Level One
Lewis County officials say the evacuation notice for people living in the Pleasant Valley Road area near Mineral remains at Level One this morning. This means that danger exists and residents should begin making arrangements to evacuate. The evacuations are currently voluntary. If the Alder Lake fire advances to level 2 there will be further evacuation notifications. Forest Service officials say at last report the fire was at about 173 acres.
It could be a wet, windy weekend
We could have a wet and windy weekend. Southwest Washington will get its first substantial rain since April, with an inch or more rain expected to quench the region’s wildfire hazards for at least a while. KELA/KMNT weatherman Dean Dahlin says in addition to heavy rain a pressure gradient means we could have some strong gusty winds, especially tonight. Dean says we could have south to southwest winds up to 30 miles per hour overnight. He says the forecast for the coast is for gale force winds for tonight.
We’re already seeing rain in much of the local area and that could mean some slick roads due to the oily film on the roads as a result of the long dry spell, so drive carefully.