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February 22, 2018

Armored truck involved in SR 904 accident

Icy conditions due to the heavy snowfall last Wednesday led to a one-vehicle accident on State Route 904 involving a lot of money.

At approximately 11:30 a.m. a Loomis armored truck heading towards Cheney slid off the roadway near the SR 904 intersection with Meadow Lake Road, about three miles north of Cheney and rolled. Washington State Patrol officials said one of the occupants in the truck experienced non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local medical center for treatment.

The roadway was partially blocked for a period of time while the vehicle was prepared for towing. Another Loomis armored truck was called to the scene in order to transfer the first vehicle’s monetary cargo.

Public invited to help plan for recreation and other land uses at Steptoe state parks

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to participate in long-term recreation and land-use planning for Steptoe Butte and Steptoe Battlefield state park heritage sites in Whitman County. 

Parks staff will host two workshops in this second phase of the public planning process:

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, Whitman County Library, Main Branch, 102 S. Main St., Colfax and 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, Rosalia Elementary and High School, 916 S. Josephine Ave., Rosalia.

The workshop in Colfax will primarily focus on Steptoe Butte. The workshop in Rosalia will focus on Steptoe Battlefield.

The initial workshop in this planning effort was held on March 7, 2017. Parks staff provided background information on the two parks and explained State Parks’ Classification and Management Plan (CAMP) process.

This second phase of the public planning process considers options for future management of the parks. While both heritage sites are included in this planning process, each park has its own distinct features that require different management strategies.

Interstate 90 accident claims life of Yakima woman

Treacherous conditions from last Wednesday’s early morning snowfall and excessive speed likely contributed to a one-car accident on Interstate 90 that claimed the life of a Yakima woman.

According to a Washington State Patrol Feb. 14 press memo, at approximately 8:30 a.m. a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by 45-year-old Tamara L. Wilkins was westbound on I-90 about five miles southwest of Medical Lake near milepost 260. Wilkins attempted to change lanes to the left, lost control and left the roadway to the right where the vehicle struck a rock, rolled and came to rest on its side.

Emergency medical personnel pronounced Wilkins dead at the scene. Her two passengers, Barbara M. Proffitt, 64, and Virginia C. Hass, 88, both of Spokane were transported by ambulance to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center with injuries.

State patrol listed the cause of the accident as speed too fast for conditions.


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