Beachwalkers and Bird Watchers needed for COASST survey

Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team
Help make a difference for the environment by collecting data for the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST).  COASST is a citizen science project dedicated to involving volunteers in the collection of high quality data on the status of coastal beaches, and trends of seabirds. Our goal is to assist government agencies and other organizations in making informed management and conservation decisions, and promote proactive citizen involvement and action. COASST volunteers systematically count and identify bird carcasses that wash ashore along ocean beaches from northern California to Alaska.  Volunteers need NO experience with birds, just a commitment to survey a specific beach (about 3/4 mile) each month.If you are interested in participating, join COASST staff for a full, 6-hour training session. Hear about how COASST started, learn how to use the custom Beached Birds field guide, and try out your new skills with some actual specimens.  There is no charge to attend a training, but plan to provide a $20 refundable deposit if you would like to take home a COASST volunteer kit complete with a COASST Beached Birds field guide. Training activities take place indoors.



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Comment Period opens on Grays Harbor Rail Terminal, LLC proposal in Hoquiam

Grays Harbor Rail Terminal, LLC

A comment period begins today on the proposed terminal to receive, store, and ship bulk liquids at the Port of Grays Harbor.

During the scoping period, between September 18 through November 3, the state Department of Ecology and the city of Hoquiam invite the public to comment on what should be studied in the environmental impact statement (EIS) being prepared for the proposal submitted by Grays Harbor Rail Terminal, LLC (a subsidiary of U.S. Development).

An EIS is a document that provides information about the effects on the environment of a proposal. It is neither a decision nor a permit. This information helps inform future decisions made by local and state permitting agencies. Permit decisions cannot be made until after the environmental reviews are complete.

This proposal is the first step in the EIS process – the scoping period. The purpose of the scoping is to gather input on what should be studied in the EIS. After considering comments received during scoping, the agencies will decide what to study in the EIS. Ecology and Hoquiam have already identified certain study areas that will be included in their determination of significance, to be published September 18 and available via the city of Hoquiam’s website. Study areas pre-identified include: vehicle and vessel traffic; rail traffic and safety; vessel safety; oil spill prevention, preparedness and response; noise; and potential impacts to air, water, marine life and animals.

Scoping comments may be shared orally at scoping meetings, submitted in writing via standard mail, or via an electronic comment form.

The mailing address is:

Grays Harbor Rail Terminal EIS
c/o ICF International,
710 Second Avenue, Suite 550
Seattle, WA 98104

Two public meetings with open houses are scheduled. No formal presentation will occur, so people may arrive and leave as they choose during the meetings.

  • October 16: Aberdeen Rotary Log Pavilion, Morrison River Front Park 1401 Sargent Blvd. Aberdeen, WA 1 p.m. open house, 1:30 p.m. public comment starts.
  • October 16: Elma, Grays Harbor County Fair and Event Center,  32 Elma-McCleary Rd, Elma, WA , 6 p.m. open house, 6:30 p.m. public comment starts.

All comments received will be considered for the environmental reviews of the proposal. Information about the environmental review and the project proposals is available on Ecology’s website.



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Fifth batch of State Route 520 Bridge Pontoons to float from Aberdeen Casting Basin

Aberdeen SR520 pontoon casting basin

The fifth cycle of pontoons for the State Route 520 bridge are complete, and will be floating out of their Aberdeen casting basin later this month. Port Executive Director Leonard Barnes told Commissioners this week “We’re going to have the pontoons floating out for Kiewit on the 26th, in the morning at about 0800 they’ll start moving. We’re going to take those to Terminal 1 and Terminal 3.” Adding that this is the next to last batch of pontoons to be built in Aberdeen “there will be six in this batch, like the previous ones. Then the next one will happen at the very end of March, for [float-out] the first of April 2015. There will be only 3 pontoons, half as many in that one, and that’s it.”

Barnes gave tips on how to view the giant concrete structures that morning “It’s a great opportunity I think, if you want to go see. I would suggest going to the 28th street boat launch, because you can see right there from the viewing tower, the one at T1 is right there, the one going to T3 are going to run right in front of you, so it’ll be a great spot to view.” The pontoons will hang around in the harbor for a while, and will later be towed to Lake Washington for construction of the new SR 520 floating bridge.

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Aberdeen police seek tips on shooting incident near high school

Aberdeen WA Police Department

A 17-year-old boy suffered a single gunshot wound to his leg Thursday near Aberdeen High School.
Detective Sergeant Art Laur tells us they were called to the area of East Second and North H Streets just after 4 p.m. to the report of a shooting near the high school. They found one victim and another juvenile at the scene, neither would cooperate with the investigation.

Witnesses reported the teens were walking on Second Street when they were approached by a green-colored vehicle, possibly a Chevrolet Blazer or similar vehicle. Laur said witnesses reported multiple gunshots as the vehicle approached, and the juveniles began to run. The vehicle fled the area and has not been located.

Laur also reported that the juvenile who was injured refused medical attention, and the case remains under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Aberdeen Police Department at (360) 533-3180 or the tip line at (360) 538-4450.

City of Montesano seeks Parks Board members

City of Montesano

The Montesano Parks Board has two open positions to fill. They meet on the first Wednesday of each month in the evening at 7:00 pm. The mission of the Parks Board is to develop and maintain a high quality, diversified parks and recreation system that preserves our existing opportunities, while creating new recreation and leisure time opportunities to support the growing needs of our community.
Parks Board members are appointed by the Mayor with Council confirmation. Candidates must have a Montesano address, an interest in the management and enhancement of the Montesano park facilities and recreation programs, and a lot of energy and commitment to serve. The position has no compensation and the term of appointment is for three (3) years.
The Parks Board currently has no city staff assistance. Councilor Tyler Trimble is the City Council liaison to the Board. The Board has the responsibility to:
1) make recommendations to the Council regarding parks, facilities, programs and budgets,
2) develop rules for use and management of the parks and facilities, and
3) coordinate and cooperate with user groups and other agencies such as the school district,
county and state.
If you are interested in providing this public service in Montesano as a member of the Parks Board, please submit a letter of interest along with a current resume to Mayor Ken Estes, City of Montesano, 112 North Main Street, Montesano, WA 98563 or submit the same information via email to: [email protected] Please respond prior to Friday October 24, 2014.
For more complete information about the City of Montesano, city facilities, staff and services, please visit the City of Montesano website at

“Love, Loss and What I Wore” performance to benefit Food for Thought assistance program

Grays Harbor College

A benefit performance of “Love, Loss and What I Wore” is planned for Friday evening, September 26, at the Bishop Center. Directed by Julie Skokan, the play by Nora and Delia Ephron ran this Summer at the Driftwood Theater.
Skokan and her cast planned this additional September 26 show as a fund-raiser for Grays Harbor College’s Food for Thought assistance program. There are three food drawer locations on the main GHC campus where hungry students can grab simple snacks. In lieu of tickets for the play, donations of healthy snack items, cash or grocery gift cards may be made at the Bishop Center.
The Grays Harbor College Foundation is handling monetary donations for food for Thought. For more information about the food program, contact Skokan at 360.538.4036, [email protected]

Log truck loses load on Hoquiam industrial route

Logtruck load

A semi truck lost it’s load of logs on the Hoquiam industrial route this morning, no injuries were reported. Hoquiam Sgt. Bryan Dayton tells us a 42-year-old Rochester man lost the load off his log truck when he was negotiating the turn onto airport way from Willis Enterprises. Dayton said “it appears he had an equipment malfunction on the trailer and is the reason of the collision at this time.”

The Washington State Patrol is investigating at the intersection of South Adams street and Airport Way, the truck’s logs are alongside the roadway.

Search warrant on familiar home nets two arrests in Aberdeen

Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Department

Drug Task Force agents served a search warrant on a familiar home in the 700 block of West First street in Aberdeen Tuesday morning.
Grays Harbor County Undersheriff Dave Pimentel tells us the multi-agency task force detained 11 people total, two were arrested on various charges. Pimentel said the investigation is ongoing.
Five people were arrested at the same home in April after a tip was submitted to the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office that drug activity was occurring there.


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Montesano wreck sends one to hospital

Washington State Patrol

A Wreck on State Route 12 yesterday sent a Hoquiam woman to the hospital. The Washington State Patrol reports a 98 Toyota Corolla turning onto the Monte Brady Road collided with an oncoming 2011 Toyota Tacoma truck just before 6 Tuesday evening.
The 79 year old Hoquiam woman was a passenger in the Corolla, she was transported to Summit Pacific Hospital with undisclosed injuries. The driver of the Corolla, a 58 year old Elma woman, was cited for failure to yield. The driver of the truck, a 23 year old Elma woman, was not injured.

Railway wants to build second bridge in N. Idaho

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad wants to build a second bridge in northern Idaho to handle an expected increase in traffic that includes coal and oil trains…. …read more

From:: AP Washington News