Fireworks Impact Air Quality

Each year we celebrate our national birthday with colorful bursts of black powder—fireworks which ignite around American neighborhoods on the Fourth of July.
These pyrotechnical displays provide brilliant light shows each Independence Day, but they also cause spikes in air pollution levels that may be hazardous to the health of individuals. The Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) has noticed elevated levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) air pollution at many of its monitoring stations during previous Independence Days. In some cases, levels at the monitoring sites reached Moderate Air Quality for more than a full day after the Fourth.

Read more ...

Expect Paving On US 101 At Rock Crusher Hill

ARTIC – Drivers traveling on US 101 near Artic may encounter one-way alternating traffic while crews repave a section of highway at milepost 72.6 next week. The work is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 7. The work is weather-dependent and could be rescheduled. The road surface will be rehabilitated after heavy rains and earth movement last March caused a section of the roadway to slump about six inches. At that time, crews made temporary repairs to the slide-prone section of US 101.This section of highway is located on an active landslide and has a history of pavement settlement.

Work is underway to design a permanent repair, however construction funds have yet to be identified. Motorists should expect future roadway slumping to occur until permanent repairs are completed. Until then, WSDOT maintenance crews will closely monitor the road and perform spot repairs as needed.

WSDOT Press Release/July 1, 2014

Request for Veterans Remembrance Emblem Fund Proposals Now Open

Olympia – The Governor’s Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee (VAAC) is accepting grant proposals for veterans’ memorials in Washington State, beginning today, July 1. Applications must be postmarked no later than August 29, 2014 to be considered for this funding period.

Funding for accepted proposals comes from the Veterans Remembrance Emblem Fund. The fund – established in 1990 – is administered by the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, in partnership with the Department of Licensing.

The Emblem Fund permits eligible veterans to purchase and display approved decals on their vehicle license plates through the Department of Licensing, with net fees being deposited in a special account held by the state treasurer.

Read more ...