Mark Nichols, Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney on Coffee with Colleen & weekly updates

Join us Wednesday, July 21st at 8am to hear from Mark Nichols, Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney as we Discuss the Numerous Changes to our State Laws Regarding Policing and a Proposal for a County Mental Health Court:

Twelve bills were passed in this last legislative session which reformed law enforcement policies. Most went into effect June 25th. Mark will discuss the implications of those new statutes on Clallam County.

Mark will also cover the landmark decision of State v. Blake decided by the Washington Supreme Court in February. This decision voided all convictions for simple possession of drugs back to the time that the drug possession statute was enacted decades ago. The court held that the statute was unconstitutional.

Courts and county prosecutors have to address the magnitude of convictions affected by Blake.

The new replacement law criminalizes possession of a controlled substance as a gross misdemeanor — not a Class C felony like it was under the original law — and prioritizes behavioral health prevention, treatment and related services for individuals using or possessing controlled substances, counterfeit substances and legend drugs.

Lastly, Mark will outline the reasons for creating a Mental Health Court, similar to the county’s drug court.

Please join us tomorrow morning:
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Lifeboat 3 Applications Will Open Early August:

The Clallam County Commissioners have agreed to begin the process to distribute up to $3 Million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to small businesses that have been the hardest hit and/or unable to receive federal or state funding for different reasons.

Your EDC is working with our partners, the Chambers, United Way and the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship on the metrics and process.

You’ll be able to find more information about the grant program in the Clallam EDC newsletters and on our Grant website.

We hope to be issuing checks to Clallam County businesses in September. Check back here for updates.

Record Job Vacancies, Increased Wages Equals an Ideal Time to Get Back Into the Workforce:

The ongoing labor shortage facing small businesses and record highs in compensation bodes well for unemployed workers looking to return to the workforce, according to the Washington State director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

“The ongoing labor shortage is a big problem for small businesses finally able to resume full operations,” according to Patrick Connor, NFIB’s Washington State director. “It should come as good news, however, to unemployed workers whose job-search requirements kicked back in July 4. Basically, the record number of unfilled positions and rising compensation mean there are plenty of good-paying jobs available for those willing and able to work.”
Connor’s comments are in response to the release of NFIB’s monthly jobs report, which showed only a tiny drop in the percentage of small business owners finding it difficult to attract qualified employees. It also showed record highs in compensation being offered.
Some highlights of the nationwide report in June found:

  • 46% of small business owners reported job openings they could not fill in the current period, down two points from May but still above the 48-year historical average of 22 percent. 
  • 39 % of owners reported raising compensation to a record high. 
  • 26% plan to raise compensation in the next three months.

Read the full report Here.

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