Wildlife Commission approves Grays Harbor land purchase for wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission this week approved the purchase of nearly 132 acres of land in Grays Harbor County, which includes a 35-acre island and surrounding tidelands that will be added to the Johns River Wildlife Area. The Commission said on Monday that the property will provide some hunting grounds, and habitat for a variety of fish and wildlife, especially waterfowl and shorebirds migrating along the Pacific Flyway.
The Department secured an option to purchase the property which is about 1 mile Southeast of Westport for $108,000.

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Friends of Olympic National Park invite volunteers for Fall Clean-Up

Olympic National Park Visitor Info Center

The public is invited to participate in a work party hosted by the Friends of Olympic National Park (Friends) on Saturday, October 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center located at 3002 Mount Angeles Road in Port Angeles.

This event will focus on cleaning the area around the visitor center. Projects will include pruning, exotic plant removal, weeding, raking, and local trail maintenance.

Participants are asked to meet in the visitor center parking lot at 9:00 a.m. Some tools will be available, but participants are urged to bring their favorite hand tools and gloves.

This is the third in a series of bi-annual work sessions the Friends plan to host at the park.

“These events are designed to address park maintenance needs and provide an opportunity to bring together the Friends membership, park volunteers, and the public,” said Friends of Olympic National Park President David Morris. “We hope that as many people as possible can participate in this effort.”

Members of Friends of Olympic National Park, national park volunteers, and the general public are invited to attend both events. For additional information, please contact the Olympic National Park volunteer office at 360-565-3142.

Aberdeen Police Department awarded COPS grant to fund officer

Aberdeen WA Police Department

The Aberdeen Police Department is one of 7 Western Washington agencies to receive a Department of Justice grant to help fund police officers.
The Community Oriented Policing Services grants total 6.2 million for Western Washington, nearly $121 million will be awarded nationally. If accepted Aberdeen would receive $125,000 of that, Seattle and Tacoma get the lion’s share for 10 new officers.
The COPS Hiring Program offers grants to state, local and tribal agencies to hire or rehire officers, providing salaries and benefits for new hires for three years.

Aberdeen Police Department (1) $125,000
Auburn, City of (5) $625,000
Colville Confederated Tribes (1) $125,000
Federal Way, City of (4) $500,000
Fife, City of (1) $125,000
Quincy, City of (1) $125,000
Seattle, City of (10) $1,250,000
Skagit County Sheriff’s Department (2) $250,000
Spokane Police Department (5) $625,000
Tacoma, City of (10) $3,409,753

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Wildlife officials to discuss wolf management at Colville meeting

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

The public will have an opportunity to discuss wolf management activities in northeast portion of the state with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) leaders during a meeting Tuesday, Oct. 7, in Colville.

The meeting will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Colville Ag Trade Center at the Northeast Washington Fairgrounds, 317 West Astor Ave.

WDFW officials will provide information on recent wolf attacks on livestock in the region, and on the packs involved in those incidents – the Huckleberry pack in Stevens County and the Profanity Peak pack in Ferry County.

Meeting participants will be able to share their views on wolf management and recovery and to ask questions of WDFW Director Phil Anderson, Eastern Regional Director Steve Pozzanghera, and other department staff.

WDFW actions this summer to protect sheep from the Huckleberry pack are described in a question-and-answer document on the department’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/gray_wolf/huckleberry_faq.html .

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Firefighting, timber harvest rules and landslide mapping lead DNR budget priorities

Money to fight wildfires, regulate timber harvests, and map Washington’s geological hazards are key requests in Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark’s budget for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), published by the state’s Office of Financial Management last week.

 

“The firestorms and landslides we experienced in 2014 remind us how important it is to prepare for disasters, prevent them when we can, and fight them when we must,” said Goldmark. “This budget will give us the tools we need to improve public safety for the people of Washington.”

 

The agency is seeking some $4.5 million to restore numbers of trained firefighters to pre-recession levels. This will increase the agency’s ability to respond quickly to fires on the 13 million acres it protects. DNR will request $3.2 million to boost oversight of timber harvests, ensuring forestry activities meet clean water standards, do not harm salmon, or increase natural landslide dangers. DNR also is asking for $6.6 million to expand LiDAR mapping of geological hazards and provide technical support to counties, cities, and the public to help them understand the data.

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1 dies in Tacoma apartment fire

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — One person has been killed in a fire at a Tacoma apartment building for seniors…. …read more

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Raymond driver spins out on wet pavement

Washington State Patrol

A Raymond teenager was injured Monday when her pickup spun out on wet pavement just South of Cosmopolis. The Washington State Patrol reports her 1998 Toyota Pickup was Southbound on 101 at the top of Cosi hill just after 10 Monday morning, when she lost control and struck the oncoming guard rail coming to rest partially blocking the Southbound lane. The girl was transported to Community Hospital with undisclosed injuries. Trooper Hendrickson cited the cause as speeding to fast for conditions, and said that charges could be pending.

State Rep. Don Benton plans Cambodia trade mission

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — State Sen. Don Benton of Vancouver plans to lead a weeklong trade mission to Cambodia to promote trade and governmental ties…. …read more

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Olympia criminal hotspot: the library

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — One of the places frequently calling the police for help in Olympia is the library…. …read more

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Jail escape in Washington not detected for 2 days

MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — An inmate’s escape from a jail in Washington state went undetected for two days last week until the man’s defense lawyer stopped for a visit and he couldn’t be found…. …read more

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