Northwest NEWS

July 3, 2000

Local News

Briefs

Beaches

beachgoers

Staff photo by Becky Nixon.

   Now that summer weather has finally arrived, locals can take advantage of the many sunny beaches along the Snoqualmie River. These two women are enjoying the warm sand at McCormick Park in Duvall.

Wanted:100-year-old farms

   Snohomish County and its Heritage 2000 Program are asking for help in the identification of farms that have been in continuous operation for 100 years or more under the ownership of the same family. Owners of these farms will be recognized and given Snohomish County Centennial Farm certificates at the opening ceremonies of the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe. They will also receive gift passes to the fair and be honored in a publication on each Centennial Farm. Call (425) 388-3311, ext. 2372.

Unemployment insurance benefits increase

   The maximum weekly unemployment insurance benefit in Washington state increased from $441 to $478 July 1. State law set the maximum weekly benefit amount at 70 percent of the average weekly wage for jobs covered by the Unemployment Insurance program. The average weekly wage in 1999 was $684. The minimum weekly benefit, 15 percent of the weekly wage, will increase from $94 to $102. The increases are effective with new claims beginning the week of July 1. Claims established before that date will be paid at the old rate.

Nominations sought for Governor's Arts and Heritage Awards

   Nominations are now being accepted for the Governor's Arts and Heritage Awards, which are presented by the Washington State Arts Commission. These awards recognize and honor outstanding artists, arts organizations, and cultural tradition leaders. Anyone may nominate an individual or an organization for these awards. Eligible individuals or organizations for these awards. Eligible individuals or organizations for either award must be current resident of Washington or have resided in the state during the time contributions were made. They should not be previous recipients of a Governor's Art or Governor's Heritage Award. The postmark deadline for nomination packets is July 7. Nomination information and forms are available by calling the Washington State Arts Commission at 360-586-2421.