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Centralia Chronicle (Newspaper) - December 28, 2001, Centralia, Washington Tigers Roll Centralia never loses a step in non league Victory by 50 cents Union members satisfied with Deal concerns pay raise delay changes in pension plan make workers nervous by Paul Ali Eva the chronicle members of the Washington federation of state employees Are satisfied with what they gained from the settlement of last Spring s strike but they Are concerned about what gov. Gary Locke has proposed for his 2002 budget. A we were pretty Happy with the package that we got a said Russ Armitage president of Wise local 862, which represents 300 state employees who work in Chehalis and Centralia. A but now they re talking about holding Back the second part of our pay raise from july i to sept. I because of budget shortfalls. A a they re also talking about going from Sio for co pays to $20,�?� Armitage said. A we gained a lot from the strike a said Wise Public affairs director Tim Welch. A we got a pay raise equal to the Cost of living Index and equal to teachers a he said. That pay raise was 3.7 percent. State employees also gained ground concerning their health care benefits Welch said. Quot Premium costs were kept Down the rate of co pay stayed the same for prescriptions the office visit co pay stayed at $10, and the mental health Benefit copay was Given parity with office visit copay Quot he said. Welch also said the number of layoffs that were projected was lowered another bit of Good news for state employees. Despite these Gams however employees Are anxious about proposed cuts in the governors 2002 budget Welch said. A your Mission is to not see those gains eroded a he said but they May be eroded by lockers proposals. Quot the governor wants to increase premiums and out of pocket expenses a Welch said. Office co pays would go up by too percent from to percent to 20 percent and the mental health Benefit co pay would probably go up by the same percentage he said. Locke also wants to restructure the prescription co pay by 15 percent or pass along 15 percent of the Cost to employees Welch said. A if it goes to a percentage system that would be a dramatic step Back from what we gained from the strike a he said. Please see Deal Page a 7 outdoors smelt season opens but fish Arentt there / cd chronicle Friday dec. 28,2001 serving the greater Lewis county area since 1889 Toni l Salley / the chronicle Tony Lasalata a millwright for web Joist in Chehalis works on window trim for a fire window in the new open web production facility being constructed after last years getting Back on track web joists few workers lose jobs after Blaze destroys buildings equipment by Amy Emerson the chronicle operations at web Joist Northwest a factory South of Chehalis Are closer to returning to Normal after a devastating fire at the Plant last May. One of the two manufacturing buildings at the Plant was destroyed in the Blaze and an investigation into the cause of the fire has garnered no answers. A the cause was never pinpointed Quot said production manager Kevin Sweet. According to reports from last Spring the total Cost of the damage to the Plant was estimated at about $6 million a $1 million in damage to the building and $5 million for the contents including equipment and inventory. Sweet did not have updated figures available but did say the company was Undene sure for the damage. Aside from the financial loss no one was seriously injured. Another bit of Good news in the Wake of this calamity was that few workers lost their jobs As a result of the fire. Roughly 30 to 35 people Are currently employed at the Chehalis Plant. About 25 of these people were employed in the area of the web Joist Plant that was destroyed. This included the division that produced i beam joists and Light series open web pin connected joists using 2-by-4 dimensional lumber. A building on the site that was not affected by the fire is where heavy series open web chronicle fun photo firefighters work to douse flames during a May conflagration that caused millions of dollars in damage to the web Joist Northwest Plant South of Chehalis. Pin connected joists Are manufactured. This building was altered to produce both the heavy and Light series of open web joists. Though the i beam product line had to be temporarily Cut most of the 25 affected employees were Able to be placed in other jobs at web Joist. A we were Able to find work at the Plant for the employees who have been Here Long term a said Sweet. A we did have to let a few employees go but ones who had been Here Only a month or two. We suffered quite a bit of damage but luckily that did no to have to to coincide with big regarding the construction of the new facility Sweet said it is a going Good and night on schedule thanks to Mark Crawford construction a the building is 27,700 Square feet roughly the size of the original building and Sweet said that a a few Small changes have been made. Please see factory ,pagea7 republicans meet to pick Pennington replacement decision precinct committee officers to chose three finalists at saturday meeting by Paul Ali Eva the chronicle about too precinct committee officers from Clark Lewis and Colwitz counties 22 of whom represent Lewis county will meet saturday morning in Kelso to select three candidates for a vacant Washington House of representatives seat. They will gather at to . At the red lion hotel. John Pennington a Carrolls Republican who for the past seven years held the 18th legislative District Post resigned dec. 17 to accept the Bush administrations appointment As a regional director for the Federal emergency management Agency. He is responsible for Femat a Region to which covers Alaska Idaho Oregon and Washington. The 18th District includes parts of Clark Lewis and Colwitz counties. Ron Averill who leads the Lewis county Republican Central committee said commissioners from the three counties in the 18th District will select one of the three candidates to fill the vacancy. That person will serve the remainder of the term. District voters will then cast their ballots in 2002 for the representative of their Choice. Once the decision is made the new representative will be sworn in As soon As possible Averill said. Because the appointed representative must be voted in to retain the right to represent District voters he said the process becomes politically charged. A your concern is that of the nine county commissioners six Are democrats a Averill said. A it they can put a weak candidate in they might do that so they can defeat him in the general by Meyers of Winlock a gop state committeeman for Lewis county agreed with Averill but remained optimistic about the Quality of service the new representative will provide. A we Are going to be Able to select three excellent candidates a Meyers said. Choosing three from the seven who Are running will be difficult for him he said a because they Veall got their one of those seven candidates is Mike Gaston from Clark county a political activist and state committeeman who has served two terms As chairman of that county a Republican party according to Meyers. Also being considered is Laura Carter Woodland a former political adviser to former . Rep. Linda Smith who now works for state sen. Don Benton from the 19th District he said. De Orcutt Kelso is a precinct committee officer in Clark county and a Friend of Pennington a Meyers said. Orcutt works for a Timber management firm and is Active within the Republican party. Other candidates Are Steve Sanders a businessman from Vancouver and Jan laes a building contractor from Woodland neither of whom have held a political office before he said Rick Homer a businessman from Woodland who served As a precinct committee officer in Yakima county who Meyers described As a conservative activist and Stalwart party worker and Don Ayers a teacher from Clark county and a former member of the state Republican party a platform committee who spearheaded the party a adoption of a Plank calling for the abolition of the growth management act. Fox theatre remains on the Market by Amy Emerson the chronicle the Fox theatre a Centrepiece of downtown Centralia since 1930, is still awaiting a buyer but according to Centralia downtown economic development coordinator David Eatwell it is just a matter of when not if a buyer will be found. The City of Centralia purchased the theater for $170,000 almost two years ago As a a Way to preserve it As a mainstay in the revitalization of downtown Centralia Quot reports a promotional flier for the theater. The City is currently in the midst of transforming the downtown into a replica of a Tum of the Century hospitality and shopping District. According to City officials and the Majenty of downtown merchants the Fox theatre is a key piece of the Puzzle. Though the City has conducted some significant maintenance work particularly to the roof the City does not plan to renovate and operate the theater. Instead it is hoping to find an investor who will turn it into a renovated combination operating motion picture theater live action theater performance Hall and possible restaurant. The City bought the building so As to please see Fox. Page a7 David Eatwell Centralia downtown economic development coordinator explains some of the changes being planned at the Fox theatre. Do do Abrahamson / the chronicle Index classifieds. Comics. Crossword Horoscope. .c9 dear Abby. .c5 .c5 news in Brief. .a4 obituaries. .a4 opinion Page. What s happening. Outdoors. Man admits trying to hire Everett apr a Man who admitted trying to murder his sex girl fiend has been charged with trying to hire someone else to kill her while he was awaiting sentencing. Bail was set at $500,000 thursday for David Vav. Kay Lor 25, who appeared briefly in Everett District court a Day after being charged with solicitation to commit first degree murder. He remained in isolation at the hit Man to kill sex Girlfriend Snohomish county jail. Kaylor pleaded guilty earlier to an attack in which he slashed Chanty Scott a Throat outside her apartment aug. 20 and could face 44 years in prison if convicted on the latest charge. Prosecutors said they would seek up to 22 years on the guilty plea and a similar sentence to be served consecutively for murder solicitation. Weather tomorrow mostly Cloudy Iki lit tomorrow Low 35 High 40-45 weather picture by Alex Suhon sixth Grade Toledo Middle school see details Page Ai mall marriage nearly a year later couples Happy with decision / a3

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