KELA News Headlines for Friday, November 21, 2014
No Injuries in Napavine Train vs Truck Crash
No one was injured when a train struck a pickup truck towing a utility trailer in Napavine about 6 PM Thursday night. Lewis County Fire District 5 reports the pickup had stalled on the railroad tracks in the 100 block of Washington Street. The crew of an approaching train was notified but the train was unable to stop in time and collided with the pickup. The tracks were closed for more than three hours while Burlington Northern Santa Fe crews cleared the scene. No other details are available at this time.
Prather Road to Reopen Friday
The section of Prather Road in south Thurston County that was heavily damaged after a mudslide in February is scheduled to reopen to traffic by noon today (Friday). The portion of the road near Grunenfelder Road was closed on February 18 after heavy rains caused a steep hillside under Prather Road to give way. Water, mud and debris slid down the hill, clogging the culvert and stream below and destabilizing the roadbed above. According to the Thurston County Public Works Department, crews had to replace the stream culvert at the bottom of the ravine and reconstruct the road, which was no small task.
Burn Ban, Air Stagantion Advisories Lifted
Due to the change in the weather and improving air quality conditions, both the Stage One burn ban for Thurston County and the air stagnation advisory for Lewis and Cowlitz counties have been lifted. The Olympic Region Clean Air Agency cancelled the burn ban effective at 9 AM Thursday. Later in the day, the Southwest Washington Clean Air Agency ended the air stagnation advisory that had called on residents to voluntarily postpone wood burning activities.
Salmon Returning to Cowlitz Hatchery in Record Numbers
Monday was a banner day at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery in Lewis County, where a record number of Coho salmon have already returned for the season. Tacoma Power reports from August 16 through November 17, employees handled more than 87,000 Coho adults, topping the previous record of a little over 85,600 set in the 2002-2003 season. The Coho run is still going strong and the utility anticipates the total for the 2014-2015 season will exceed 95,000 adult fish. The season ends in March 2015.