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What’s happening in Whatcom County for Nov. 18

Suzanne Barry carries her oriental longhair, Balimoor Cody Osnowdrift, after a round of judging at the My Furry Valentine cat show Feb. 11, 2012 in Ferndale. A new study says Seattle is the No. 2 cat lady city in America.
Suzanne Barry carries her oriental longhair, Balimoor Cody Osnowdrift, after a round of judging at the My Furry Valentine cat show Feb. 11, 2012 in Ferndale. A new study says Seattle is the No. 2 cat lady city in America. FOR THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

Road closures

With floodwaters receding, Whatcom County Public Works crews are spending part of Wednesday, Nov. 18, picking up signs warning drivers of water over roads. Still many remain closed or limited. Check the county list for updates.

Cat-lady city

Seattle ranks No. 2 in the country for single women living with cats, according to market data from Nielsen Scarborough. A Seattle Times story explains it’s not insanity but likely the popularity of low-maintenance pets among active people living in apartments.

Free film screening

Options High School is hosting a free screening of “Most Likely to Succeed” at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday in Bellingham High School’s Performing Arts Center. The film, which received critical acclaim at the Sundance and Tribeca film festivals, highlights how to meet the needs of 21st century learners and foster a culture in education that will lead to success in college and career.

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Jobs up, unemployment steady

The Washington state unemployment rate remained steady at 5.2 percent in October, according to the latest report from the state Employment Security Department.

Washington gained 9,800 private sector jobs last month and lost about 2,900 public sector jobs for a net gain of 6,900, according to the report. The biggest gains last month were in the retail and professional service industries.

Details on Whatcom County’s unemployment rate last month are scheduled to be released on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

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