KELA News Headlines for Friday, December 19, 2014
Lewis County PUD approves larger budget for 2015
The Lewis County PUD Commissioners approved a budget of $71.2 million for 2015. That’s an increase of 7.1 percent over 2014. PUD manager Bob Geddes says there are several factors affecting the increase including a raise in power and transmission costs from the Bonneville Power Administration. PUD receives a large portion of its electricity from BPA. Geddes says they have also opted to add an additional tree trimming crew to supplement the existing one tree trimming crew in an effort to stay ahead of outages caused by storms like the ones recently experienced in Lewis County.
Governor Inslee unveils his two-year budget
Saying “it is time to reinvest in Washington,” Gov. Inslee unveiled his 2015-2017 budget Thursday that makes a bold commitment to education and protects important services hit hard by budget cuts during the recession. The governor’s $39 billion, two-year budget includes a new $2.3 billion education plan with the largest-ever state investment in early learning, and follows through on the state’s commitment to fully and sustainably fund the Legislature’s commitment to basic education and does so a year ahead of schedule.
Suspect in offier-involved shooting makes court appearance
Phillip A Pinotti of Adna made his initial appearance in Lewis County Superior Court on Thursday. Pinotti drew gunfire from a Centralia court security officer Tuesday morning while trying to escape and tried to run down the officer with his vehicle. According to The Chronicle, Judge Richard Brosey set Pinotti’s bail at $50,000 and his arraignment is scheduled for December 31. The 22-year old Pinotti is charged with first degree felony assault, third degree escape and tampering with physical evidence.
Toledo School Board picks search firm for new superintendent
The Toledo School Board has selected Northwest Leadership Associates to conduct the search for the next superintendent of the Toledo School District to replace Sharon Bower who is stepping down at the end of the school year. According to the district, over the next four to six weeks the company will be working closely with the Toledo staff and community to identify the desired characteristics for the next superintendent. It will include focus groups, community forums, and online surveys and they request the public’s input to help hire the best superintendent possible.