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A look at 2012 through top local stories

A look at 2012 through top local stories
LEWISTON, ID - It's been an eventful year here at KLEW News, and we'd like to invite you to reflect upon the top stories of 2012 with us.

2012 started off with a bang in the L.C. Valley, after the Lewiston Police Department confiscated 165 packets of synthetic marijuana during the raid of Lewiston's Bawa Smoke Shops. The two shops, located on Bryden Avenue and East Main Street, were raided in January after a three month long investigation into the sale of spice.

A local man made national headlines after getting bit by a snake at Walmart. Who knew going to the store to buy mulch for medicinal marijuana plants could land you a shout out on David Letterman?

Wildfires swept through the region this summer and burned acres upon acres of land. The closest one to the L.C. Valley occurred on Weissenfels Ridge near Asotin, burning 2,500 acres.

Construction for the Tenmile Bridge started up after years of litigation. All parties involved came to an agreement and it's expected to be fully completed in 2013. A lawsuit involving the Asotin County Commissioners, and a landowner near the Tenmile bridge is still in progress.

The First Idaho Territorial Capitol Building finally broke ground, following years of hard work from volunteers. A local family donated barn wood from the same era, committee members rounded up volunteer workers and supplies, and the rest is history.

A new Lewiston business opened it's doors to the public in August, bringing more than 800 new jobs to the L.C. Valley. Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories is the second manufacturing facility in the quad cities.

The City of Lewiston is no longer able to continue with some of its current financial practices after an initiative was approved by voters in this year's general election. An initiative passed by a large margin that prohibits the city councilors from adjusting certain areas of the city's finances without approval by vote from the general public.

The election brought the United States new elected officials, another term for incumbents and new ideas. Voters voted no on Proposition One, the Home Rule idea backed by Respect Asotin County. This made way for an initiative created by local attorney Scott Broyles, that'll be on the 2013 ballot.

The City of Clarkston rejected a proposal from the Lewiston Fire Department that sought a joint Emergency Management Service. This may affect mutual aid agreements in the future for the cities and their fire departments.

Construction teams working on the Fifth Street Renovation Project ruptured a gas line causing an explosion that could be seen from all over the Valley. No one was injured in the fire.

In Washington, same-sex marriages and marijuana was legalized. In Idaho, Proposition one, two and three, commonly referred to as the Luna Laws were all voted down with a significant majority.
Students march and collect donations for Mr. Chang’s medical expenses