Record setting rainfall across Western Washington

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Saturday’s rain set records across Western Washington, from Olympia to Bellingham. And the National Weather Service says the rain isn’t over yet.

Record rainfall of 1.71 inches was recorded at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Saturday. The weather service says that is more than double the old record of 0.83 of an inch set in 1948.

A record rainfall of 2.93 inches was set in Olympia, breaking the old record of 0.82 set in 1971.

A record was also set at the Hoquiam airport, where 1.78 inches fell on Saturday. The old record of just over an inch was set in 1962.

Another record was set at the Quillayute airport, with 1.93 inches of rain. That broke the previous record of 1.32 set in 1971.

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  • WA Taxpayers Asked to Sound Off on State Budget

    TACOMA, Wash. – Washingtonians are being asked to sound off about the state budget at a series of four hearings beginning tonight in Tacoma. You don’t have to be an economist or a labor leader to add your two cents’ worth – or, in this case, two minutes’s worth – of testimony. Each meeting starts with a one-hour overview of the state budget. In the second hour, citizen comments will be taken.

    Marty Brown, director of the governor’s Office of Financial Management, says he knows the panel will hear a lot of complaints, but he hopes there are also some good ideas for navigating the budget crisis.

    "We’re going to get down to some very tough decisions about what to spend taxpayer dollars on and what not to. We need to hear from folks about what they think is important to receive from the state, from the taxpayer’s perspective and from some people who receive those services."

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  • UW Tacoma coming to Satsop

    SATSOP – Would you like to learn more about project management or contract management? If so, you can now do so closer to home.

    The University of Washington Tacoma KeyBank Professional Development Center will offer project management and contract management certificate programs at the Regional Education and Training Center’s (RETC) Satsop campus starting in August. The new collaboration between the RETC and the UW Tacoma’s KeyBank Center will bring high-demand professional certifications to the region, targeting Grays Harbor, Centralia, Shelton, Olympia, Tumwater and surrounding areas.

    The RETC and UW Tacoma’s KeyBank Center hosted a fact-finding forum May 5 attended by community members representing local manufacturers, small business, government agencies, healthcare, labor and education.

    “The strong show of support at that forum demonstrated a demand in the area for continuing education opportunities,” said Ryan Davis, executive director of the RETC. “In today’s fast-paced economy, education is an ongoing process. This recession has impacted workers at all levels. Earning these certificates can provide a pathway to employment or advancement in the workplace,” Davis said.

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