KELA News Headlines for Thursday, May 28, 2015
Centralia City Council repeals medical pot garden codes
The Centralia City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve on first reading an ordinance repealing the current city codes regarding collective medical marijuana gardens within the city limits. City attorney Shannon Murphy-Olson told the Council she was proposing the action as a result of the state Legislature passing a law this session that will do away with collective medical pot gardens as they have existed under state law. Murphy-Olson says the Council can revisit the issue once the state issues its rules and regulations.
New Chehalis-Centralia Airport manager appointed
Dave Fleckenstein was appointed Wednesday as the new Chehalis-Centralia Airport manager by Chehalis City Manager Merlin MacReynold. He was chosen from an initial pool of 22 applicants which was narrowed down to four finalists. Fleckenstein has over 23 years of aviation experience with the U.S. Army and is currently the Director of Aviation Operations for I-Corps at Joint Base Lewis McChord. He will begin work at the airport on July 13 after he retires from the Army.
State House passes transportation budget
It’s the final day of the 30-day special session of the legislature in Olympia. While lawmakers have still not reached agreement on a two-year state operating budget, the House approved a final transportation budget Wednesday. The $7.6 billion budget pays for preservation and maintenance of roads, and operation of ferries, the State Patrol and the Department of Licensing for the next two years. The transportation budget passed the House on a 74 to 20 vote.
One Olympia shooting victim released from hospital
One of two young men injured in an officer-involved shooting in Olympia last week, has been released from the hospital. Andre Thompson is now recovering at home. Thompson and his stepbrother Bryson Chaplin are suspected of trying to steal beer from a grocery store, assaulting a police officer and staff at an Olympia Safeway store. The Thurston County Sheriff’s office says Thompson and Chaplin won't be arrested or charged until the investigation into the shooting is over. They add that Thompson is not considered a threat. Chaplin remains hospitalized at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.