The Legislature on Thursday passed and sent the governor a bill that will give Washingtonians an alternative to traditional tire chains when it comes to improving traction in winter snow. The alternative is called tire socks, a tire traction device that originated in Scandinavia and is now used in 35 countries. The socks slide over the surface of the tires and grip the roadway, allowing a safer drive on slippery roads.
State lawmakers on Wednesday spoke in tribute to slain Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu. Both the Senate and the House passed resolutions to honor Radulescu who was shot Feb. 23 near Gorst by a driver who later took his own life. Six people have been charged with rendering criminal assistance.
Mason County PUD No. 3’s new Operations Center on John’s Prairie is substantially complete. Tuesday morning, Nicole Brown from OAC reported to the PUD 3 Commissioners that the utility took ownership of the facility from the general contractor on Friday, February 24 and has temporary certificate of occupancy since all buildings are substantially completed.
A little more snow is possible through Thursday. The National Weather Service says rain and snow showers will continue for the next couple of days but little snow accumulation is expected for most areas. Lilliwaup, Matlock and areas at higher elevations have the greatest possibility to see additional accumulations of up to two inches.
Officials expect thousands of people to attend the memorial service for slain Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu Thursday in Kent, a 1 p.m. at the ShoWare Center. The state Patrol says a procession of law enforcement and emergency services personnel who worked with Radulescu will begin at 7:30 at the Kitsap Mall in Silverdale.