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Centralia Chronicle (Newspaper) - December 19, 2001, Centralia, Washington Tigers Roll new Job Marge Skold leaving Centralia College / a3 Chromik 50 cents wednesday dec. 19,2001 serving the greater Lewis county area since 1889 unemployment numbers on the Rise Normal economist says rate reflects typical seasonal pattern but numbers Are not encouraging by Amy Emerson the chronicle Lewis county a unemployment rate worsened again in november rising from an already High figure of 8.1 percent in october to a current figure of 9 percent unemployment. The states total unemployment rate by comparison is 6.8 percent. Regarding Lewis county a High figures William Dillingham a senior economist with the state employment Security department said a the numbers Are not seasonally adjusted a and therefore do reflect the Normal seasonal patterns of cutbacks in agriculture and construction numbers that can boost unemployment figures. A thus although the rates Are up significantly from last month that jump is misleading a he said. A a better measure of the state of the local Economy is to compare it to november rates for previous for example according to esd reports the november average for Lewis county unemployment for the past decade is 9.1 percent and the november 2000 rate was 8.8 percent. Still the Lewis county numbers Are not encouraging. Regarding the state As a whole the Economy has lost 38,000 jobs since january 35,000 of which were in the greater Seattle area noted state economist Roberta Pauer in an interview with the associated press. In november alone the state lost a net amount of 2,400 jobs. Said Dillingham a there have been very Large drops in unemployment in King county Over the year a King county which accounts for 45 percent of the state s total employment has been highly impacted by the states recession As the nature of the recession mostly in manufacturing and High tech manufacturing imposes its costs on the puget sound area. A and Clark county too a added Dillingham. According to esd reports. King county a unemployment rate has shot up 2.4 percent since november 2000, compared to a 0.2 percent Rise for Lewis county. Also Clark county a numbers compared to last year Are up 3.3 percent and Pierce county is up 1.9 percent. However Dillingham asserted that As the slowdown has primarily been in High tech manufacturing Lewis county a already High please see rate Page a6 Blaine set to retire at end of school year Tough decision Centralia superintendent hands Over letter of resignation to school Board says he wants to try Quot something new Quot by Julie m. Graham the chronicle Centralia superintendent Bruce Blaine will retire permanently As the districts top administrator at the end of this school year. He gave school Board members his letter of resignation during an executive session at their meeting tuesday evening. No action from the Board was needed As he has a one year contract with the District. A a it a been a Good tenure Here and i want to leave on an upbeat note a Blaine told the chronicle outside the meeting. A this has not been an easy decision for me because i believe so strongly in the education Reform Agenda that is underway and i thoroughly enjoy being a part of the redesign of the Centralia school District a he wrote in his letter to Board members. A most of All however i will miss the daily and weekly Contact with the wonderful people who make up the school District he told the chronicle he had discussed the matter with his wife for some time and came to his decision about three weeks ago he wanted to have the time to try something else for a while before he reaches an age where he wants to be fully retired. He said he did no to have anything specific in mind. Blaine in his mid-50�?Ts, technically retired at the end of june then was rehired on a one year contract in August under the a retire re hire Law passed by the state legislature last Spring. It allows educators and other state employees under certain retirement plans after serving 30 years to receive their full pensions about 60 percent of an average of recent years salary while working up to 1,500 hours per year for Public schools and other state agencies. Its intent is to provide More educators and administrators to districts facing shortages. Please see Blaine Page a6 $3.4 million Levy to go to die voters by Julie m. Graham the chronicle voters in the Centralia school District will consider a two year replacement maintenance and operations Levy request in february. The proposed Levy would authorize collection of $3.4 million in 2003 and 2004, the same amount currently collected but the Levy rate per $1,000 of assessed property value would drop about 56 cents. School Board members approved a Resolution to place the request on the feb. 5 special election ballot at their meeting tuesday evening in the District office. The Levy rates would be about $2.10 per $1,000 of assessed property values in 2003 and $2.09 per $1,000 in 2004. The current rate is $2.66. Please set Levy Page a6 Scott Davis 10, hops off his Bike and turns it around As the water begins to deepen on Moon Road off . Highway 12 in Rochester. Davis says he does no to know what he a going to do if his House floods but he said he would try to save the Christmas presents. Cars turn around on Moon Road As they approach the Section of . Highway 12 in Rochester that is closed due to flooding. Flood water returns to riverbanks no real damage Dot superintendent says Highway 12 looks Good and is open for traffic by Brian Mittge the chronicle the highest Waters have returned to their riverbanks and . Highway 12 Between Rochester and Oakville reopened this morning after a 24-hour closure As flooding in the Chehalis River Basin appeared to be ending at least for now. A a we re looking real Good a said it. Steve Mansfield head of the Lewis county department of emergency management. Flood warnings have been cancelled in Lewis county but there is still a lower level flood watch for the time being he said. The warning remains in effect for Thurston and Grays Harbor counties As water makes its Way Down the main Stem of the Chehalis River. On monday night flood Waters reached their highest Levels since december 1999, the National weather service reported. . Highway 12 reopened just before Dawn this morning said Aberdeen Dot assistant maintenance superintendent Tom Gibbs. A there does no to seem to be any real damage to the Roadway or Road sides so its open to traffic Quot Gibbs said. The flood danger should be Low through Christmas said warning coordination meteorologist Ted Buehner of the National weather service. A a we be got a break in the action which is the Good news a Buehner said. Quot that a going to permit the Rivers to recede Back within their he expects More rain Over the weekend but a just another typical rain event. Nothing the Lucky Eagle Casino on the Chehalis Indian reservation has been closed since monday but a representative of the gaming House said it will hopefully reopen late this afternoon. There was still a foot and a half of water Over the Anderson Road Access this morning according to the representative. The last time flood Waters closed the Casino was almost exactly two years ago on dec. 17,1999, he said. The Chehalis River fell below flood stage in Centralia at about 8 . Tuesday and was projected to drop below flood stage at grand Mound this morning about to of clock. It crested at 2.3 feet Over flood stage Early this morning in grand Mound according to the National weather service. Rifle Lake on the Colwitz River measured 745.3 feet of water Tacoma Power reported leaving More than 30 feet of flood control capacity compared to its maximum level of 778 feet. Inside a a county finds another sinking Road near Morton. Page a6 a a tips on what to do when the Rivers Rise. Page a6 Road closed prosecutor needs More time in shooting death by Sharyn l. Decker the chm Nice the Man arrested and jailed monday in connection with a shooting death near Cinebar was in court tuesday when Lewis county prosecutor Jeremy Randolph asked the court he be kept in custody until this afternoon while a charging decision is being made. Samuel Glen Douglas 39, is expected to be in Lewis county Superior court again today. The victim was identified As John Thomas Mcmahon 39, according to Lewis county Coroner Terry Wilson. A a he a from Back East we think Quot Wilson said noting he Hasni to yet found the victims family but believes none lives in this area. Lewis county sheriffs deputies responded to a shooting about i . Monday at a Home in the too Block of Thompson Road near Cinebar according to a sheriffs office spokesman. The sheriff s office reported the victim died at the scene after he was shot in the lower Abdomen following an argument. The sheriff s office initially reputed his age As 40. An autopsy was performed monday night Wilson said. Mcmahon died from a single Shotgun blast to the Abdomen at approximately 12 55 . Monday he said. Please see shooting Page a6 Toni l Bailey / the chronicle crossword Horoscope. D4 dear Abby. Movies.85 news in brief.a4 obituaries.a5 opinion Page.a10 what a happening 85wood stove Sparks Morton fire displaces family by the chronicle the local american red Cross is helping a Morton family of three and its dogs with temporary housing food and clothing after a fire at their Home. Fire investigator Pete Mcchord of the Chehalis fire department said today it appeared an improperly installed Wood stove sparked the Blaze which occurred about 8 45 monday night on first Street in Morton. A 19-year male occupant was asleep at the time of the fire but got out safely with the help of either firefighters pm his Mother according to Mcchord and the Lewis county chapter of the red Cross. Nobody was injured he said. Mcchord said most of the damage was in the living room but the older Wood Frame Home sustained smoke and heat damage. The emergency services Agency said donations to help this family and other victims like them can be mailed to to. Box 787, Chehalis a 98532. Tomorrow mostly Cloud tonight tomorrow Low m is ugh 4045 weather picture by Justin Roberts second Grade Fords Prairie see details Page Al Bench comes through As the tigers dominate the Tornado / by recipes chronicle employees share their favorite food formulas / cd

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