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WA State Parks celebrates 101 years with free park entry

WA State Parks celebrates 101 years with free park entry

From the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission:


Washington State Parks turns 101 years old on Wednesday, March 19, and visitors are invited to help celebrate by getting out to enjoy a state park for free that day.

Gov. Inslee joins Washtucna students to sign Palouse Falls bill

Gov. Inslee joins Washtucna students to sign Palouse Falls bill

An exciting day for the students of Washtucna School as Governor Jay Inslee joined them at the Palouse Falls to sign the bill the students penned making the landmark the official state waterfall.

The students started working on the bill as part of a class lesson on how government works in the fall. At the end of January, five of the students, in grades three through six, made their way to the state Capitol to make their case before the House Government Operations and Election Committee.

Drill to probe crack in Wanapum Dam for repair

A contractor is erecting a platform on Wanapum Dam for drilling to explore the size of the crack that was discovered Feb. 27 in a spillway pier.

While the Grant County Public Utility District decides on a repair plan, the reservoir behind the dam near Vantage remains lowered to reduce pressure.

The exposed shoreline is closed to the public. The utility says it's working with affected irrigators and making plans for fish ladders to start working by mid-April.

While the crack is being repaired, the dam is producing about half the electricity it would normally produce.

Hard to stay away from lowered Wanapum shoreline

Much of the Columbia River shoreline in Washington is open to the public. One big exception is the new shoreline exposed by lowering the reservoir behind the Wanapum Dam while the Grant County Public Utility District repairs a crack.

Sheriff's deputies and state Fish and Wildlife agents are enforcing the shoreline closure between the Wanapum and Rock Island dams -- a stretch generally between Vantage and Wenatchee.

The Wenatchee World reports the closure is necessary to protect archaeological sites from looting and to prevent visitors from getting stuck in the muck.

Two ancient skeletons exposed by low water have been found near Crescent Bar.

Officers are giving warnings but trespassers on the shoreline could be fined up to $1,000.

Altercation sends one man to hospital with gunshot wound to abdomen

Altercation sends one man to hospital with gunshot wound to abdomen

One man received a gunshot wound to the abdomen late Friday night during an altercation in a residence north of Moses Lake. He was transported to Samaritan hospital and then later Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. His condition at this time is not known.

Grant County Sheriff's Deputies and Moses Lake Police Department responded to a call for shots fired around 11:45 p.m. to 4007 Airway Dr NE, Moses Lake. Upon arrival, the gunshot victim was found on the floor. The suspected shooter was still at the scene and was questioned by responding officers.

No arrests have yet been made. Both the victim and the shooting suspect?s names have not been released pending further investigation.

At this time, deputies do not believe this was a gang-related shooting.

Failed medical marijuana bill could mean D.O.J. intervention

Failed medical marijuana bill could mean D.O.J. intervention

It may have been quiet inside Cured Collective medical marijuana shop Friday, but the owner Joseph Corcoran was celebrating a win. Corcoran says the bill to regulate medical marijuana (SB 5887) was "a disaster for patients."

The bill would have limited the amount of weed patients can possess, raise taxes, and finally provided oversight on this unregulated industry.

Corcoran even put a computer up in the shop for patients to email lawmakers and show opposition to the bill.

"We actually became part of the political system and it's kind of cool," Corcoran said.

Representative Kevin Parker says differences between legislators on how to split the future tax revenue killed the bill.

"There's a lot of ways in which people are proposing that money get spent, but Olympia also has a habit of spending money it doesn't yet have," Parker said.

The U.S. Department of Justice was likely watching a key part of the bill that deals with regulation. The DOJ sent a memo in August to Washington lawmakers that stated they would not intervene if the state followed eight guidelines. Regulating medical pot was also included in the memo.

New bill regulates THC production

New bill regulates THC production

A new bill passed by lawmakers will help make your neighborhood safer.

The bill focuses on hash oil, a highly concentrated liquid form of THC, the part of pot that makes you feel high. While some oil may sound harmless, the process to make it is anything but.

Last December, a Spokane man allegedly tried to make the oil in his car. Police say when he lit a cigarette, the car burst into flames, burning the man and his daughter.

Then, on January 31st, an apartment exploded because a person was allegedly using butane to make hash oil

"We were extremely fortunate in this case that nobody was killed," said Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer.

KXLY spoke to a medical marijuana dispensary owner who says he only buys from Seattle-area manufacturers dedicated to safely making hash oil.

"We don't take any donations from vendors who come in and have randomly made the stuff in their kitchen," said Joseph Corcoran, owner of Cured Collective. Corcoran said patients use the oil for extended pain relief.

"It lasts anywhere from four to 12 hours versus a shorter effect when you're smoking it," Corcoran explained.