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Snow to linger in parts of Eastern Washington

Snow to linger in parts of Eastern Washington

Another 3-to-5 inches of snow could be added to snow blanketing the Bellingham area Monday before the precipitation turns to the rain falling in the rest of Western Washington.

The National Weather Service says the snow also will linger Monday over the mountains and parts of Eastern Washington.

Forecasters say Washington's weather should turn a little drier and milder by midweek.

After up to a foot of snow fell over the weekend in Whatcom County, schools are closed Monday in Bellingham, Ferndale and Lynden.

Drivers also can expect winter conditions Monday on Snoqualmie and Stevens passes and possible closures for avalanche control.

Washington brewers invite you to a special open house

Washington brewers invite you to a special open house

Local beer makers are inviting you inside their operation for a look at how they craft their specialty brews. The Washington Beer Commission is hosting a statewide open house on Saturday, and four local breweries are participating.


Iron Horse Brewery, River City Brewing, No-Li Brewhouse and Orlison Brewing are all participating in the the one day event.

 

Deputies investigate fatal rollover near state line

Accident response teams went to work Thursday afternoon, recreating a fatal rollover accident that went unnoticed for nearly 24 hours.

Investigators say the accident likely happened sometime Wednesday night. A young woman rolled her vehicle down an embankment near the 25800 block of E. River Road. She was not wearing her seatbelt and was ejected when the car flipped several times.

The crash wasn't reported until someone came across it Thursday afternoon and called it in.

The road was closed for several hours until crews could retrieve the vehicle. The driver was identified and her family notified, but a name has not been released.

Investigators aren't sure whether drugs or alcohol played a factor, or if she may have been distracted. Weather could also have played a part, but it's too early in the investigation to know for sure.

State pot revenue projections lower than anticipated

State pot revenue projections lower than anticipated

The long-standing question of how much the state can make off of marijuana has been answered and it's much lower than many expected.

Voters were originally told before the election once shops started selling pot the state could make up $1.9 Billion in tax revenue over five years. But now that number is expected to be much lower.

Last year, the Washington State Liquor Control Board hired a marijuana consultant to let us know what to expect and how many people might buy legal weed. In the consultant's thorough report the amount of projected revenue dropped.

The Washington Economic and Revenue Forecast Council released new estimates this week. Instead of $1.9 Billion over five years they say Washington could rake in $586 Million over four years. That money will come from excise, B&O and sales taxes as well as fees.

Most of the money is distributed to programs like drug rehab centers, research on the drug's affect on the state and the liquor control board for regulation.

Spokane County Libraries and AARP offering free tax services

Spokane County Libraries and AARP offering free tax services

The Spokane County Library District is teaming up with the AARP to provide tax help for our area’s senior citizens.


The AARP Foundation Tax Aide program helps low to moderate income seniors wade through the tax system in order to to receive all the deductions that apply in each individual case. Through the foundation, volunteers have helped seniors with their tax returns for over 40 years.

Voter's Pamphlet art contest open for Washington students

Voter's Pamphlet art contest open for Washington students

The Office of the Secretary of State is calling on Washington artists in the 4th & 5th grades to submit designs for the 2014 Voter’s Pamphlet. The winning design will be featured on more than 3.2 million copies of the pamphlet and will be sent to every house in the state during the General Election this fall.