KELA News Headlines for Monday, August 29, 2016
Thurston County Sheriff is improving
The Thurston County Sheriff's Office says Sheriff John Snaza is showing signs of improvement after he was hurt in a motorcycle crash in Montana last week. Undersheriff Tim Braniff said Friday Snaza remains in critical condition at a Coeur d'Alene, Idaho hospital and is still breathing with the help of a ventilator. But, he said Snaza is making strides toward breathing on his own. Snaza has a punctured lung, a lacerated kidney, a broken left arm and a damaged right hand. He underwent successful surgery Wednesday to fuse a bone in his neck. Braniff said he can move some extremities, but hasn't yet talked.
It's back to school this week for many area students
It’s back to school this week for students in many of our area schools. Local law enforcement agencies remind drivers that they need to obey the laws regarding school zones and school buses and be on the lookout for kids around schools. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says the speed limit in school zones is 20 miles per hour when the warning lights are flashing. If a school bus is stopped with its stop paddles extended and red lights flashing, in most circumstances you must stop for the bus. Authorities also say drivers must obey school safety patrol officers in school zones.
Students in the Boistfort and Oakville school districts will be back in the classroom today. The Adna, Morton, Onalaska, White Pass and Winlock start the new school year on Tuesday. They will be joined by Pe Ell and Rochester on Wednesday. The rest of the area school districts, including Centralia and Chehalis, go back to school after Labor Day.
Notification of oil trains now required
Emergency responders in communities along oil train routes in Washington state will start receiving advance notice of the shipments this fall. The Spokesman-Review reports that terminals, refineries and other facilities that receive crude oil by rail must begin notifying the state Department of Ecology in advance of shipments under a new rule adopted last week. The state will relay the information to local emergency responders. Gov. Jay Inslee says that following recent oil train disasters, the state is trying to improve public safety and protect the environment.
Centralia mayor, mayor pro-tem tie knot
Several hundred people gathered at Centralia’s Washington Park Sunday night to witness the wedding of Centralia Mayor Bonnie Canaday and Mayor Pro-Tem Lee Coumbs. Canaday says the couple researched the issue to ensure there are no legal complications with a married couple serving on the City Council. She says that despite the marriage they will continue to vote in a way that suits their constituents.
Hunting, fishing license sales resume
Hunting and fishing licenses are on sale again in Washington, after someone hacked or attempted to hack into an outside vendor's system, exposing several million records containing the personal information of hunters and anglers throughout the Northwest. Washington halted all license sales after the intrusion was discovered last week, but resumed them Saturday through its network of 600 dealers across the state. Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Bruce Botka says online sales remain suspended because officials still can't ensure the internet system's security.