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KELA News Headlines for Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Tenino mayor under fire for police chief firing

Tenino’s Mayor Bret Broderson continues to be in the firing line from residents of the town. They are outraged at the sudden firing of Tenino’s Police Chief John Hutchings, and annoyed there has so far been no explanation. Tenino’s Facebook page has been inundated with messages from residents, as has the Mayor’s election page calling for his resignation. Cameron Demestre, spokesperson for REINSTATE OUR CHIEF says residents will not be silenced. There will be a march in Tenino Wednesday starting at 1pm. Tenino’s residents are also asked to sign a petition online and file complaints.


Arson suspected in Centralia business fire

Firefighters responded to the report of a commercial structure fire in the 1000 block of Johnson Road in Centralia Sunday night.  According to Riverside Fire Authority, when the first units arrived just after 11 PM they found smoke coming from the roof of the building.  The fire was located inside the building on the main floor and was quickly extinguished.  The building sustained moderate fire and smoke damage. Authorities say it appears someone forced entry into the building and the fire appears to have been intentionally set. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.


Another slight drop in gas prices

There was another slight drop in gas prices last week.  According to, the average retail price in Washington dropped just under 2 cents a gallon to $2.76.  This compares with the national average which saw about a half cent increase in the past week to $2.43 a gallon.  Including the change in prices in Washington in the past week, were paying 90 cents a gallon lower than last year at this time but prices are 11 cents a gallon higher than a month ago. For a check of local gas prices, go to our website, (


Chehalis may be home to a recreational pot business

Chehalis may soon be home to Lewis County’s first recreational marijuana businesses.  The Chronicle reports a production facility and a retail business will be opening in the same warehouse on Northwest State Street.  The storefront is likely to open within the next few weeks, with the grand opening on April 20.  The date is a counter-culture holiday for those who enjoy smoking marijuana.


Adna High robotics team raising money for regionals

The Adna Pirates First FRC Robotics team placed 39th out of 152 teams from Oregon and Washington in competition over the weekend in Auburn which qualifies them for the regional championships this Thursday through Saturday in Cheney, Washington.  Robert Case, a junior at Adna High School, says it creates a different type of challenge for the robotics team. They must raise $4,000 for the entry fee for the competition.  Donations to help the Adna Pirates robotics team can be made by calling the high school at 748-8552.  They have also set up a go fund me account at




































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