The Lead: Heavy winter damage in Spokane, WA Sec of State diagnosed with cancer

(Compiled by Brandon Hansen/Chewelah Independent)

Spokane County road damages expected at $9 million

This winter has not been kind to Spokane streets.

The Spokesman-Review is reporting that Spokane County officials expect the total cost of repairing roads and bridges affected by flooding to reach $9 million. A month ago, the newspaper said, the cost was estimated at $1 million.

The county has a winter road-maintenance budget of $3.5 million and the maintenance budget for the year is $20 million. Spokane County has declared a state of emergency twice and hopes to get FEMA disaster reimbursement. Asphalt resurfacing projects will also be delayed because of the winter damage, the Spokesman reported.


Secretary of State Kim Wyman diagnosed with curable cancer

Kim Wyman, the Washington Secretary of State has been diagnosed with a curable case of colon cancer and is undergoing treatment.

Wyman said in a public statement that she expects to have a full recovery after going through chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Wyman is 54 and will continue to perform her job during the recovery process.

Wyman was first elected in 2012 and won relection last November. During that period she was the only Republican in a statewide office on the West Coast.


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