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Medical Lake Officials ‘insulted’ by Pine Lodge jail proposals

John Craig And Jim Camden
Staff writers
The Spokesman-Review

MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. - Medical Lake city officials said Friday they want the Pine Lodge Corrections Center for Women and no other prison.

If state officials close Pine Lodge as suggested by Gov. Chris Gregoire, Medical Lake will "take every action available, including legal, to prevent any other corrections facility from occupying that building," city officials said in a press release.

The statement, prepared by Mayor John Higgins and City Administrator Doug Ross, said city officials were "insulted and outraged by the state of Washington's lack of communication on the proposed closing of this facility."

Neither Higgins nor Ross could be reached for comment.

Their press release complains that Medical Lake was blind sided when both Spokane County and the city of Spokane expressed interest this week in using Pine Lodge for their own programs.

"The city of Medical Lake has not been contacted by any officials from the state of Washington, the city of Spokane nor Spokane County to discuss this matter," the press release states.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Chris Gregoire said the Corrections Department had discussions with Medical Lake city officials throughout the process that led to Pine Lodge being placed on a list of facilities recommended for closure.

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