KELA News Headlines for Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Chehalis City Council passes pot facilities ordinance
The Chehalis City Council unanimously passed an amended ordinance regarding marijuana production and processing facilities in the city on Monday. The ordinance limits the number of such facilities within the city limits to one.It also has odor control requirements as requested by the Council and outlines what the city can do if a facility has an odor issue. The ordinance also allows applications for pot production and processing facilities in the city that are already vested to continue. In addition to two facilities that are currently in operation, there are three other applicants that are vested.
WSDOT demolishes part of Chamber way overpass
A contractor working for the state Department of Transportation demolished the portion of the Chamber Way overpass in Chehalis over southbound I-5 overnight after DOT inspectors determined that part of the structure was too severely damaged in last week’s crash to be repaired. Bart Treece with DOT says so far no decision has been made concerning a short-term solution for the bridge. The Chehalis City Council is holding a special meeting Thursday night at 5 PM at Chehalis City Hall to discuss both short-term and long-term solutions which will include an update from DOT.
Lewis County jobless rate rises
Lewis County’s unemployment rate rose to 8.4 percent in June after several straight months of declines. The state Employment Security Department says the June figure is up from 7.8 percent in May and also up slightly from the June 2015 rate of 8.2 percent. Other Southwest Washington counties saw similar increases with Thurston County’s jobless rate rising to 6.1 percent, Cowlitz County was up to 7.6 percent, Grays Harbor County rose to 8.6 percent and Pacific County’s unemployment rate was 8.2 percent.
Illegal Thurston County medical pot store raided
The Thurston County Narcotics Task Force seized a large amount of marijuana and marijuana products Monday from an illegally operating medical marijuana business. The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office says detectives raided Sonshine Organics Network in Olympia. The business had received warnings from both the Sheriff’s Office and the state Liquor and Cannabis Board after thenew state law that took effect on July 1prohibiting medical marijuana businesses without proper licenses from operating in Washington. No one was arrested.
Highway 99 paving project complete
The much needed highway repaving project on Highway 99 in south Thurston County is now complete. The Thurston County Public Works Department says the project to repave more than 6 miles of the highway was completed last Friday about 10 days ahead of schedule and under budget. The project repaved the sections of the roadway from the Lewis-Thurston County line to Old Highway 9, from Ivan Street to Tilley Road and from Violet Prairie Road to the Tenino city limits and included driver safety improvements.