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Grays Harbor Community Foundation announces Donor Advised Fund Distributions

Grays Harbor Community Foundation

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation had, for many years, a Board member who was very supportive of our activities and programs through a private family foundation he controlled. When Dr. Scott Weatherwax passed away, he left control of this family foundation to his stepdaughter, Paige Hounsley, who has never lived in Grays Harbor, and now lives in southern California. Her only connection to the Harbor was her stepfather.

As trustee for the family foundation, Mrs. Hounsley is required by law to make distributions of a percentage of the foundations assets each year. While not required to support Grays Harbor, she is determined to continue her stepfather’s intentions, and continues to employ the Community Foundation to provide information and data to help her make those annual distributions.

Each year, she contacts the Community Foundation staff with a couple of issues or activities she would like to know more about, then the staff researches Grays Harbor nonprofits and projects to provide her the requested information. She then sends a donation to the Grays Harbor Community Foundation with a distribution request including instructions on how to distribute those funds.  She also provides significant support for scholarships in Grays Harbor through the Community Foundation, the Abel-Weatherwax Memorial Scholarships.

This year, several local nonprofits have benefited from the unrestricted gifts and the generosity of this donor. Those organizations are Grays Harbor Young Life, Keystone Learning Center, Beyond Survival, the Lyle P. Smith Fund at Coastal Community Action Program, Grays Harbor Court Appointed Special Advocates, the Dislocated Workers fund at WorkSource of Grays Harbor, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Grays Harbor, the Arc of Grays Harbor, and the Domestic Violence Center.

“It is a pleasure to provide information to this donor, so that she is able to continue her good work in Grays Harbor;” says Executive Director, Jim Daly.  “It is a wonderful experience to provide these surprise checks to organizations and people with a passion for the work they are doing.”

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation with a mission “to improve the quality of life in the communities throughout Grays Harbor County.”  This is accomplished by many projects and processes by working through or in support of other non-profit organizations.

The public is encouraged to contribute to their favorite charities and may donate to the Grays Harbor Community Foundation to support any of these projects or for a variety of other purposes.  Tax deductible donations may be made to:

Grays Harbor Community Foundation, P.O. Box 615, Hoquiam, WA 98520

You may find out more by checking the foundation website: or you may contact Jim Daly at 532-1600 or by e-mail at:  [email protected].

WDFW seeks public comment on razor clam season options

Beaches in Washington with razor clam fisheries include:

Long Beach, which extends from the Columbia River to Leadbetter Point.

Twin Harbors Beach, which extends from the mouth of Willapa Bay north to the south jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor.

Copalis Beach, which extends from the Grays Harbor north jetty to the Copalis River, and includes the Copalis, Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis areas.

Mocrocks Beach, which extends from the Copalis River to the southern boundary of the Quinault Reservation near the Moclips River, including Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Seabrook, Pacific Beach and Moclips.

Kalaloch Beach, which extends from the South Beach Campground to Brown’s Point (just south of Beach Trail 3) in the Olympic National Park. (This beach is closed to harvest until further notice)

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is accepting public comments on digging days, catch limits and other management options for the upcoming razor clam season.

Suggestions for the 2014-15 season, which is tentatively set to begin the second week of October, can be sent by email to [email protected] or by postal mail to: Razor Clams, 48 Devonshire Road, Montesano, WA 98563.

An overview of the just completed 2014 coastwide razor clam stock assessment and a look back at the 2013-14 season are available on WDFW’s website at

Comments regarding fall digging opportunities must be received by Sept. 23, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager.

“Based on our assessments, the razor clam populations on some beaches exceed the near record levels found in 2013,” Ayres said. “We expect the 2014-15 season to be just as good – if not better than last year.”

To learn more about how WDFW assesses razor clam populations, watch the department’s video at

Crews find broken water main under Main Street in Cosmopolis

Broken water main in Cosmopolis

A leak under main street near Lions Club Park in Cosmopolis could have washed out U.S. Route 101 this morning. An 8 inch water main that runs underneath US 101 broke and spilled about half a million gallons almost directly into Mill Creek. Cosmopolis Public Works Director Darrin Raines said Aberdeen saw an alarm at about 2 AM. Crews from both cities searched along the lines until his crew found the leak under the little-known bridge on State Route 101 through Cosmopolis.

An 8 inch water main that runs underneath US 101 broke around 2AM Thursday and spilled about half a million gallons almost directly into Mill Creek.
The pipe was exposed and the brunt of the 1,400 gallons per minute that leaked out seemed to have been directed between two concrete piers. The leak washed away mud nearby but did not seem to do any damage to the bridge. Raines said they would consult with the Washington State Department of Transportation to verify no damage to the road.

Cosmopolis City crews repair a broken water main under Main Street Thursday

Historical Seaport crowdfunding for Lady Washington upgrades

Lady Washington at sunset

The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport has started a crowdfunding campaign to help with some much needed upgrades. The Seaport says on their indiegogo page that recent Coast Guard inspections have found some of the fasteners are showing signs of corrosion. Lady Washington needs to be fitted with a corrosion protection system that would greatly extend the life of all her fittings and fasteners: the metal bits that hold her together. At the same time we would like to replace and upgrade the battery banks which provide power to the vessel when her generators aren’t running. The current batteries have done their duty for eight years, and they’re pretty tired.

We’ve started a crowdfunding project at Indiegogo to raise $14,113 for these upgrades. Please join other Lady Washington fans and supporters and help us keep this magnificent vessel sailing for the next generation! Watch our video and donate now! Our fundraising deadline is October 10.

Aberdeen Police Department seeking Explorers

Aberdeen WA Police Department

The Aberdeen Police Department is looking for young adults, between the ages of 15 ½ to 20 years of age to join the Police Explorer Post. Explorers learn about law enforcement first hand through training and riding on patrol with officers. Explorers serve the department and community in a variety of ways, while developing a greater understanding of the criminal justice system. This is an exciting opportunity to develop skills that will help you whether or not you decide to pursue a law enforcement career.

To find out more information and sign up for the testing process, please contact Detective Jeff Weiss by calling (360) 538-4452 or sending an email to [email protected] by September 26, 2014.

Cosmopolis sirens are just a drill

Cosmo Specialty Fibers

Sirens in Cosmopolis are just a drill today, Bob Buchan with Cosmo Specialty Fibers tells us they will be conducting drills of the mill’s evacuation procedures.  Starting Thursday, September 11, area residents could hear sirens at approximately 10:15 AM and 5:45 PM for a duration of about 15 minutes.  For anyone hearing the sirens, please be assured that there is no cause for concern, it’s only a safety drill.

Aberdeen Corporal Bret Ellis loses battle with cancer

Aberdeen WA Police Department

Corporal Bret Ellis of the Aberdeen Police Department has died after a long battle with cancer. Police Captain John Green said donations for the Ellis family are being taken by the Aberdeen Police Guild at their Twin Star Credit Union account.
A press release from the department Wednesday said all of the members and families of the Aberdeen Police Department are extremely saddened with the passing of Corporal Bret Ellis, one of our own.
Corporal Bret Ellis passed away during the night after a long battle with cancer.
He was a well respected member of the Aberdeen Police Department who represented his family, City of Aberdeen, and the Aberdeen Police Department at the highest level at all times. He was a wonderful man, Husband, Father, and Police Officer and will be sorely missed.

Westport extends Marijuana moratorium another 6 months

WA 502

The Westport City Council this week extended their moratorium on marijuana businesses, Jim Eddy spoke on behalf of the Washington State Marijuana League during the public comment period, he told the council “Given that it expires tomorrow, asking you not to pass a moratorium would probably be a little unrealistic. But I’m disappointed that you have to pass another moratorium, you had a whole year to work on this [correction: six months] and you should have worked on it, and done something, and put it some place.”

The moratorium prevents collective gardens, along with licensing and operation of marijuana processing, producing, and retail sales inside the city of Westport.

After multiple moratoriums on the matter, the Hoquiam City Council passed a zoning ordinance in September, and earlier this week adopted their revised controlled substance ordinance – which mostly just added the phrase “other than marijuana.”

Gary Nelson – Port of Grays Harbor

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Rollover accident lights small wildfire near Oakville

Washington State Patrol

A rollover accident caused a small wildfire off of US Highway 12 just outside of Oakville this morning. An infant in that wreck was uninjured.
It happened just before 2AM, the Washington State Patrol reports a 21 year old Oakville woman fell asleep at the wheel of her 2013 Toyota Scion before it drifted onto the shoulder, down an embankment and into a ditch, rolling onto it’s passenger side and into a tree. She was able to get a 6 month old baby out of the car before it caught on fire. The woman was transported to Centrailia Providence with undisclosed injuries, the child was not injured.
The WSDOT reports the road was fully blocked near Blockhouse Road for about 2 hours while the Washington State Patrol investigated. Chehalis Tribal Police, along with County and Fire District 1 responders were able to get the wildfire under control quickly.