Tuesday, September 24, 2013


By John Dodge - Staff writer
Originally from theolympian.com
Read the original article here
Photo courtesy San Juan Islands Tourism and Jim Maya

Sea World contractor Don Goldsberry made a huge tactical error on a Sunday afternoon in March 1976.
He herded a family of transient killer whales into Budd Inlet with airplanes, power boats and underwater explosives dropped in the shadow of the state Capitol and not far from The Evergreen State College, which was hosting whale scientists and biologists at the first-ever International Orca Symposium.

His high-powered pursuit also occurred right in front of former Secretary of State Ralph Munro, who was sailing in lower Budd Inlet with his wife and two other couples.

The Munro party didn’t like what they heard or saw as Goldsberry corraled six of the orcas in a net. Killer whales on each side of the net, near Athens Beach, cried out to each other in distress. They were victims of a federal permit that allowed Goldsberry to capture orcas and sell them into captivity so they could be trained to perform tricks for paying customers at marine parks and aquariums.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


The Department recently announced that the:

The July 1, 2013 cost of living adjustment is slightly more than a 3.4% increase, and

The new maximum time loss rate is $5,159.50/month or $171.98/day

Cost of living adjustments are not effective until the second July 1st following the injury.  So the cost of living adjustment does not apply unless the date of injury is prior to July 1, 2012.

Williams, Wyckoff & Ostrander, PLLC

Sunday, March 24, 2013


On January 10, 2013, Governor-Elect Jay Inslee announced he was appointing a new Director of the Department of Labor and Industries.

The Director is Joel Sacks, who was previously Deputy Commissioner of the State Employment Security Department.  Prior to that, Mr. Sacks had worked for five years for the Employment Security Department as an Assistant Commissioner.

Before working for the Employment Security Department, Mr. Sacks served as Deputy Director of Field Services at the State Department of Labor and Industries, and he had also served for four years in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in the US Department of Labor.

Mr. Sacks has degrees in both political science and public administration.

Obviously, Mr. Sacks is very familiar with the workings of state government, and we look forward to him settling in and improving the Department of Labor and Industries.

Wayne Williams
Williams, Wyckoff & Ostrander, PLLC