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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers annouce show at Gorge

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers annouce show at Gorge

The summer concert announcements keep coming, and now Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers have marked a date on Washington’s calendar. The prolific band will play the Gorge at George on Friday, August 15th.

The tour coincides with the band’s first new album in four years. Hypnotic Eye will drop on July 29th, just days before the North American tour begins. Every 2014 concert ticket sold will include a copy of Hypnotic Eye.

Hoopfest registration deadline extended

Hoopfest registration deadline extended

If you missed the Hoopfest registration deadline you’re in luck. Hoopfest has extended the deadline through Monday and will allow up to 150 more teams to register.

New laser light show at Grand Coulee Dam

There's a new laser light show at Grand Coulee Dam.

The Bureau of Reclamation will start using the new show next Saturday at the giant Columbia River dam.

The show tells the story of how the land was formed, the original inhabitants of the area, why Grand Coulee Dam was built and the numerous effects the dam has had on local communities and the nation.

The new show replaces a version that ran for 25 consecutive summers, beginning in 1989.

The agency says the old show was inaccurate and needed to be updated. A spokeswoman for Grand Coulee says the new show presents a more balanced story, told from many perspectives.

Worker finds body believed to be Scott Kolves near Summer Falls Dam

Worker finds body believed to be Scott Kolves near Summer Falls Dam

An irrigation district employee discovered a body above Summer Falls Dam that is believed to be Scott Kolves, who was missing and presumed drowned in a March 29 accident.

The employee found the body around 8 a.m. Monday not far from where Kolves and his three sons were driving in his pickup truck when it crashed into the canal. Kolves' eight-year-old son Korey also died in the accident while his two other sons, ages 10 and 12, survived.

Kolves' next of kin has been notified and the body is in the care of the Grant County Coroner, who will confirm the identity.

"Scott Kolves' family and loved ones have suffered while awaiting this recovery, and I pray they can find peace knowing we have found Scott's body," said Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones.

Lawmaker wants $1 fee on Gorge tickets

A state legislator is proposing to new $1 fee to tickets at The Gorge Amphitheater to help pay for emergency services on concert weekends.

State Rep. Matt Manweller, R-Ellensburg, says the money raised would be split between the small hospital and fire districts that serve the area.

The Columbia Basin Herald reports that last year, concert and festival goers racked up more than $400,000 in unpaid bills to the Quincy Valley Medical Center.

Manweller says his bill will be introduced later this year. He says his bill would allow the Grant County commissioners to impose the surcharge, but not require it.

From Seattle to Clayton, marijuana stores getting ready to open

From Seattle to Clayton, marijuana stores getting ready to open

Each day Washington grows closer to legal marijuana sales and some business owners are now setting up shop as the liquor control board pushes forward with its investigations.

The success of potential pot store Savage THC in Clayton could all depend on traffic. Not trafficking but traffic on Highway 395, which connects Spokane to Canada.

"I'm trying to suck in the Canadian visitors by telling them it's only 138 clicks (kilometers)," owner Scott Dekay said.

Dekay is currently building the infrastructure for his pot business.

"I'm thinking like a bank style window, maybe with bars or plexiglass, I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet," he said.

Dekay is excited since receiving this letter from the liquor control board stating his application is moving forward.

"My daughter is here for a visit, I don't see her very often, and I just told her, 'This is the best day of my life since you were born,'" he said.

If he passes a background check and financial investigation he could be awarded a license, but there's still a lot of work to do. Counters, signs, security cameras, everything built to the specifications he presented in his application.

Inslee stops release of inmate who nearly killed Richland police officer

Inslee stops release of inmate who nearly killed Richland police officer

A man who stabbed a Richland police officer seven times and then shot him twice nearly 32-years-ago will remain behind bars.

Jerry Lain, who has been jailed for the last three decades, was up for parole in 2010 but then-Governor Christine Gregoire exercised a rarely used executive power stopping his parole. Now Governor Jay Inslee has done the same.

In 1982 Lain, 56, was on the run from parole in Iowa. He was caught prowling cars in Richland by Police Officer Mike Fitzpatrick. Initially Lain told Fitzpatrick to shoot him but when the officer got close enough Lain stabbed him multiple times then shot him twice using the officer's own gun.

Fitzpatrick survived the assault and Lain was given a maximum sentence of life in prison. Lain was eligible for parole in 2010 and then again in 2014 and both times his release has been stopped, first by Gregoire and now by Inslee.

State Representative Kevin Parker, who has been working with the Fitzpatricks to block Lain's release, said it was the right choice.