KELA News Headlines for Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Trump tells supporters he'll win Washington
Donald Trump told thousands of supporters at a rally that he would winWashington state, which hasn't voted for a Republican presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan in 1984. Trump spoke at Xfinity Arena in Everett Tuesday evening. He noted Washington's reputation as a tough place for GOP candidates. "You know a Republican would never come to the state of Washington," he told the crowd. "We're gonna’ win it, that's why I'm here." Trump last visited the state in May, when he held rallies in Spokane and Lynden.
Former Chehalis Tribal official sentenced for fraud
A former official from the Chehalis Tribe has been sentenced after pleading guilty to allegations that he defrauded a tribal housing program. The U.S. Attorney's Office says 55-year-old Hector Ray Canales Sr. was the chairman of the board of the Chehalis Tribal Housing Authority. He was sentenced Monday in federal court to a month in jail and more than $37,000 in restitution. He acknowledged that in 2009 he applied for down-payment assistance, knowing that he didn't qualify because he already owned a home. Prosecutors say he has already repaid $24.000.
Rochester woman wants impounded dog back
A Rochester woman has filed a theft report after her family’s 12-year-old dog was impounded over accusations of neglect. The Olympian reports Krystle Osgood said that her dog Ginger had been walking Aug. 18 near the gravel road at the edge of her property on Danby Drive in Rochester. When the dog couldn’t be found, Osgood searched the area and posted information online. As it turns out, the dog was picked up and brought to the county’s Martin Way animal shelter as a stray with no identification, and has been at the shelter ever since. Osgood has petitioned to get her dog back and is awaiting word from the county.
Port Blakely closes forest lands to public
Port Blakely Tree Farms has closed its forest lands in Washington and Oregon to public access due to dry weather and increased fire danger. In a press release, Port Blakely officials said “While we regret any inconvenience this may cause to recreational users, our decision to prohibit access reflects our priorities: public safety and the protection of our forests.” The closure went into effect on Monday and will remain in effect until further notice.
Rochester Middle School science teacher honored
Rochester Middle Schoolteacher Pete Duranceau has been named this year’s Science Teacher of the Year for middle school education by the Washington Science Teacher Association. Rochester Superintendent Kim Fry says Duranceau has taught science for 30 years. He pursued the teaching profession because he was interested in having an impact of people and making a difference. Rochester Middle School Principal Will Maus says Pete is passionate about kids and science, in that order.