KELA News Headlines for Tuesday May 24, 2016
Correction ordered for pocket gopher review process
The Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board has ruled that a portion of Thurston County’s permitting process on potential pocket gopher habitat was out of compliance with the state’s Growth Management Act. The Olympian reports the board found that the county’s Interim Screening Process resulted in de facto amendments to the county’s Critical Area Ordinance by placing controls on land use activities that differ substantially from the current Critical Area Ordinance adopted in 2012. Thurston County officials say the county expects to resolve its area of non-compliance before the beginning of the gopher review season on June 1.
Suspects release young salmon at Mayfield Lake
The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the release of about 100,000 fall Chinook salmon into Mayfield Lake over the weekend. The Sheriff’s Office says unknown suspects cut the loops to the nets holding the fish in pens sometime between 4:30 PM Saturday and Noon on Sunday. Authorities say the fish could overwhelm fish traps at Mayfield Dam when they head out to sea. Damage is estimated at over $5,000. Anyone with information on the crimes iasked to call the Lewis County Sheriff's Office or Lewis County Crime Stoppers.
Man admits to two Lewis County home burglaries
A man who was arrested in Thurston County has reportedly admitted to the burglary of two homes in the Independence Valley in Lewis County last week. According to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, 34-year old Jeremy R. Bunting of Olympia was arrested by Olympia Police Thursday night on unrelated charges. He reportedly told authorities he broke into a home in the 100 block of Smith Road and another in the 200 block of Nelson Road last Wednesday and stole items to get money to buy drugs. Bunting is being referred to the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office on a variety of charges.
Presidential Primary is today
Today is the Presidential Primary in Washington state. Lewis County Elections Supervisor Mariann Zumbuhl says ballots must be returned by 8 PM tonight or postmarked by today, May 24, in order to be counted. She says it is important for voters to mark a party preference for this election only and then vote for a candidate from that party. Ballots can be returned to any of the county’s four ballot drop boxes which will be open until 8 PM.
Centralia to consider community foundation
The Centralia City Council is scheduled to begin considering the formation of a Centralia community foundation at its meeting tonight. According to City Manager Rob Hill, city staff has been exploring the feasibility of forming and operating a foundation in the image of the successful Chehalis Foundation for about a year. It is envisioned that the non-profit foundation would support city and school district projects and programs. The Centralia City Council meets tonight at 7 PM at Centralia City Hall.