KELA News Headlines for Thursday, July 2, 2015
County fire marshal urges no personal fireworks this year
The office of the Lewis County Fire Marshal has heard the requests from some of the citizens of the county to ban fireworks this year. However, even immediate action by the Board of County Commissioners would not allow the ban to go into effect in time for this 4th of July. Considering, the current extreme weather conditions, the office of the Lewis County Fire Marshal asks everyone in unincorporated Lewis County to refrain from personal discharge of all fireworks and to find alternative ways to celebrate this 4th of July.
Campfire restrictions for Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Beginning Friday (July 3) the Gifford Pinchot National Forest is restricting open campfires throughout the forest except in metal fire pits or rings in developed recreation sites. A park official says campfire restrictions are put into place when the risk for potential wildfires increases due to higher temperatures, lower humidity levels and dry vegetation. In addition, Industrial Fire Precaution Level 2 also remains in effect on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Campfire and IFPL restrictions will remain in effect until there is significant moisture to lower the fire danger.
Monday is registration deadline for Primary Election
The Primary Election is August 4. Lewis County elections supervisor Mariann Zumbuhl says the first voter registration deadline for the election is Monday, July 6 for online or mail-in registrations and for people updating their voter registration information. She says people who are not currently registered to vote in Washington have until July 27 to register in person at Auditor’s Office at the Lewis County Courthouse. Ballots for the Primary Election will be mailed on July 15.
Friday is the legal holiday for Independence Day
Although Independence Day is Saturday, the legal holiday is Friday. That means all city, county, state and federal government offices will be closed. An exception is post offices, which will be open Friday and there will be regular mail delivery. Post offices will be closed on Saturday with no mail delivery. All Timberland Regional Library branches will be open Friday but will be closed Saturday. Twin Transit will provide regular bus service Friday but will not be operating Saturday. Most banks and financial institutions will be open Friday but not Saturday.