KELA News Headlines for Wednesday, February 10, 2016
School district, fire levies passing
All of the measures on Tuesday’s Special Election ballot in Lewis County are passing after the first count of votes, with the exception of the Oakville School District maintenance and operations levy which is dead even at 50 percent in favor and 50 percent against.
The Chehalis schools M & O levy received a 61 percent yes vote. The Morton levy has a 67 percent approval rate and for the Napavine school district 57 percent of the voters are giving a “thumbs up” to the levy. The Onalaska M & O levy is getting a 63 percent approval and for Pe Ell schools its 70 percent.
The Packwood Fire District replacement EMS levy has passed with a 75 percent “yes” vote.
In Thurston County, the Rochester school district M & O levy is passing with 62 percent “yes” and voters in the Tenino school district are passing the levy with a 56 percent approval rate. The West Thurston Regional Fire authority M & O levies for Rochester and Littlerock are passing with 75 and 71 percent respectively.
The next count of ballots in Thurston County is today and Thursday for Lewis County.
Missing hiker found safe
Search and rescue teams have found a Thurston County man who missing after leaving on a hike several days ago. KIRO TV reports 52-year old Brian J. Wallace was last seen Friday by his daughter, the day before he left for hike in the Capitol State Forest. Authorities say a search team combed the area Monday and Monday night but found no sign of Wallace. The search resumed Tuesday and Wallace was found alive and well sometime after noon when he flagged down an officer with the Department of Natural Resources.
Centralia to run its own special ed program
Centralia School District Superintendent Mark Davalos is proposing a big change to the district’s special education program. District spokesman Ed Petersen says the proposal calls for an end to Centralia’s participation in the Centralia-Chehalis Student Support Services Cooperative, which has overseen special education programs for both districts since 1958. Petersen says Davalos told the School Board last month the decision is not out of any dissatisfaction with the work the Cooperative has performed but because of a desire to bring the programs back in house.
State Medicaid data breach reported
State officials say a data breach has affected 91,000 Washington Medicaid clients. Two state employees have been fired for improperly handling personal information of people enrolled in Washington Apple Health. The information includes Social Security numbers, dates of birth, Apple Health client ID numbers and private health information. According to the Washington Health Care Authority, they don't believe the client files went beyond the two individuals, but privacy laws were violated.
Gas prices continue to fall
Gas prices were down another seven cents a gallon in the past week in Washington. According to GasBuddy.com, the average retail price in the state was $2.07 a gallon, down from $2.14 a week ago. This compares with the national average which dropped six cents in the past week to $1.72 a gallon. Including the change in prices in the past week in Washington, we’re paying 36 cents a gallon less than a month ago and prices are 16 cents a gallon less than last year at this time.