Published on Fri, Jul 31, 2009
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Northbound I-5 lanes to open Aug. 27

The revised northbound lanes of I-5 at the Peace Arch border crossing are now scheduled to open on Thursday, August 27, according to Robin Graf, acting regional administrator for the General Services Administration. The southbound lanes through the new facility, however, are now being delayed again and won’t open until after next year’s Winter Olympic games in Vancouver.

“We didn’t want to be working on the project with all that anticipated traffic,” Graf said Monday while visiting the Peace Arch with a number of local, state and federal officials, “so we will use the eight southbound lanes we’ve always had, and then once the project is complete we’ll be able to add two more.”
Graf said that the scheduled opening includes the D Street northbound on-ramp to I-5.

Dan Newell moves to new position

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn has shifted former Blaine high school principal Dan Newell’s position with his department from that of directing a department to what Dorn calls a cabinet level position in his agency.

Essentially a change in administrative status for his role, Newell moves from being director of secondary education to assistant superintendent for secondary education, reporting directly to Dorn’s chief of staff Ken Kanikeberg.
Newell’s primary responsibility will be to oversee dual enrollment programs such as running start and over-all graduation requirements, administer Navigation 101, a life skills and planning program for kindergarten through high school students, provide liaison with various state agencies and the state board of education and is expected to make regular visits to high schools throughout the state.

State enforces rules for CDL holders

New legislation treats entry into a DUI deferred prosecution program as a conviction for Commercial Driver License (CDL) holders, effective July 26.

The changes come after a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration CDL Compliance Audit cited Washington state as non-compliant by allowing CDL holders to enter a deferred prosecution program. The new legislation only affects a driver’s eligibility for a CDL and records available for CDL purposes only.  It does not affect individuals who do not hold a CDL, nor does it affect a CDL holder’s eligibility for a personal driver license.

Cash for Clunkers offers federal rebate

The Washington state Department of Licensing (DOL) has designated a phone and fax number for customers wishing to participate in the federal Cash for Clunkers program.

To qualify for the federal rebate program, the car must have been registered for one continuous year to the customer. More information about Cash for Clunkers is available at

Marine mammal network needs help

The Marine Mammal Stranding Network is looking for volunteers. Organizers say one job that would require minimum training is providing crowd control in the event of a major stranding. Staying approximately 50 yards from any marine mammal is the law and it makes good sense for human and animal safety. Having helpers explain that to curious onlookers would help MMSN responders work with the animal. For more information, contact Bob Ryerson at 758-4124.