Wishkah, Wash. - The Wishkah road is closing just North of the Wynoochee Wishkah crossover road for a couple of days to accomodate culvert replacement beginning Thursday. Bruce Clevenger with the counto tells us traffic will be detoured to the East Hoquiam road from 9 a.m. Thursday, to 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning.
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington’s employment picture brightened in January, as the unemployment rate fell to a seasonally adjusted, estimated rate of 8.3 percent and the state enjoyed an estimated gain of 13,200 jobs, according to the state Employment Security Department.
Employment Security also announced that December’s previous estimate of 11,700 job losses has been reversed to a gain of 100 jobs, and the previously announced unemployment rate of 8.5 percent has been revised to 8.6 percent.
Earlier this week, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics completed its annual benchmarking effort, which uses employers’ wage reports and other data sources to firm up the previously estimated unemployment rates and job numbers for each month of 2011. That research shows Washington gained more jobs last year than previously estimated, and unemployment rates in the latter half of 2011 were slightly better than initially estimated.
OLYMPIA, Wash. - State health officials closed Samish Bay to shellfish harvest due to pollution for the second time this month and recalled shellfish harvested from the area since Tuesday.
The closure was imposed after high levels of fecal bacteria were found in the Samish River by Skagit County. The Department of Health protocols require that when fecal bacteria levels are high in the river, the bay must be closed to assure that contaminated shellfish are not marketed.
Shellfish harvested from Samish Bay on Tuesday and Wednesday have been successfully recalled. All of the shellfish harvested on those days have been accounted for and kept out of retail markets and restaurants.
This closure is unusual because it wasn’t triggered by heavy rains or high water flow as were the recent pollution closures on March 10 and April 5. The bay is closed until further notice. The source of the pollution is under investigation.
OLYMPIA, Wash. - State Representatives Kevin Van De Wege (D-Sequim) and Steve Tharinger (D-Dungeness) are holding two town hall meetings on Wednesday, April 10th. The first will be at the Port Townsend Community Center from 4:00-5:00 PM. The second will be held at the Sequim Library from 6:30-7:30 PM. Both events are open to the public.
“We have tough decisions in front of us on issues ranging from education to health care to public safety,” said Rep. Van De Wege. “It’s important that we hear from the people we represent before we take critical votes in the coming weeks.”
Van De Wege and Tharinger will deliver brief introductory remarks before taking questions from constituents.