Today’s News Headlines

KELA News Headlines for Wednesday, June 28, 2017

State Budget Negotiations Continue

State lawmakers are inching closer to a budget agreement that would avert a partial shutdown of state government. Negotiations have been going late into the night. A budget has to be passed and signed by the governor by Friday midnight or the state faces a partial shutdown. Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler says he “remains optimistic.  House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan says they’re making progress. Governor Jay Inslee says he’s encouraged, but says this is causing state agencies and workers a lot of anxiety with a Saturday shutdown still looming.

Telephone Scam

Law enforcement agencies in Lewis County are warning about an increase in the number of reports about telephone scams involving bogus collection calls. The Centralia Police Department says the calls are coming from numerous long distance phone numbers and some scammers are requesting your credit card information over the telephone. The callers are identifying themselves as the IRS or warrant service companies. In most reports, the callers are telling the victims that a warrant has been issued for their arrest or they are being sued. Police say never give your credit card information over the phone until you have confirmed that it is legitimate.

Legal fireworks sale and discharge begin

The sale and discharge of legal fireworks for the Fourth of July holiday begin June 28 in Lewis County and continue through July 5.  According to Washington state laws which have been adopted by cities and Lewis County for the unincorporated areas of the county, fireworks sales are allowed from Noon to 11 PM on June 28, 9 AM to 11 PM June 29 through July 4 and 9 AM to 9 PM on July 5. Legal fireworks can be discharged June 28 from Noon to 11 PM; 9 AM to 11 PM June 29 through July 3 and 9 AM to Midnight on July 4. Fireworks can also be discharged on July 5 from 9 AM to 11 PM.

Interviews for Thurston County Public Defense Director

The Thurston County Commissioners hope to be able to name a new Public Defense Director for the county by early August.  County officials say after a nationwide recruitment, the Commissioners have narrowed the list of 18 applicants for the position to five for initial interviews. The Commissioners have invited a number of community representatives to be part of the interview process and provide recommendations to the Commissioners. The initial interviews are expected to be completed by the end of June with the top two or three candidates to move on to a second interview with the Commissioners in mid-July.

Chamber Way Overpass project to begin

Work on the project to permanently replace the Chamber Way overpass over Interstate 5 in Chehalis is set to start in late July. The state Department of Transportation says the contractor will first build a temporary bridge over 1-5 just to the north of the current overpass that should be completed by this fall. Then the current overpass will be demolished and replaced with a wider and taller bridge in basically the same footprint as the current one. The new bridge, which will have two lanes in each direction, is expected to be completed by the fall of 2018.

Orientation Sessions for New Boys & Girls Club of Chehalis

The new Boys & Girls Club of Chehalis is holding parent orientation sessions Wednesday through Friday night in Chehalis. Director Chris Sampson says the sessions are at 6 PM in the Pacific Athletic Center Building 2 at 2091 Jackson Highway in Chehalis. He says they are an opportunity for parents to learn about the Boys & Girls Club and to sign up their kids. There are only 200 spots available for the new Boys & Girls which opens in September. It is open to all kids in Lewis County, but transportation to the site will only be provided for students in the Chehalis School District.