OLYMPIA – Negotiators for Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire and the union that represents state government’s largest group of employees have struck a tentative pay deal. The proposed new contract would reverse the 3 percent pay cuts of the past two years.
The Olympian reports the two-year contract would also promise the possibility of a 1 percent raise in the second year of the contract if state revenue rebounds faster than expected.
Negotiations on health benefits for the coalition of unions representing about 60,000 workers are continuing separately.
The wage deal would affect about 30,000 employees from all over state government, including prisons and state parks.
Police seek man for alleged threat
Coeur d’Alene police are searching for a man who reportedly made threats to a North Idaho College counselor.
Police officers and Kootenai County sheriff’s deputies spent the day on the college campus believing the man, 33-year-old Patrick Ryan Budig, might show up for a 10 a.m. class.
A counselor said Budig was “upset over a discipline issue” and made a threat that mentioned “Columbine,” according to a police news release.
Budig is wanted in Washington on a charge of third-degree assault with a weapon, and has prior arrests for intimidating a judge, forgery and multiple assaults, the news release said.
Budig is 5-foot-11, 180 pounds and has brown hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call 911.
Helicopter rescues boy on mountain
SEATTLE – A King County sheriff’s spokeswoman said the sheriff’s helicopter has plucked an ailing 10-year-old boy from the 7,000-foot level of a peak in central Washington.
Sgt. Cindi West said Monday that the unidentified boy’s father called Chelan County officials Sunday night to say he, his young son and another man were near the top of Mount Stuart but the boy was sick and unable to hike down on his own. Chelan County officials said the trio spent the night on the mountain because the steep terrain was too dangerous for ground teams to attempt in the dark. The boy was still sick on Monday so Chelan County asked for help from the King County sheriff’s helicopter.
West said the helicopter hoisted the boy aboard Monday. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center and was reported to be in good condition.