Phone scams again targeting Grays Harbor residents, the Aberdeen Police Department tells us they’ve received reports on scams ranging from a man claiming to be from the IRS, or some other federal agency, to threatening arrest, or even offering lottery winnings. A new scam involves a soldier, claiming to be stranded somewhere and hoping that a patriotic mark will send them cash.
The formula is the same and should be getting easier to spot. The caller will threaten legal action, or that you will be arrested if you don’t pay up. They may claim to be in law enforcement, but police will tell you they will not call your home to resolve a debt or warrant.
Local naturalist, author and educator Julie Tennis will talk about earthquakes and tsunamis at the Westport Timberland Library, Saturday, September 6 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
On her website, Tennis writes, “my mission is to help people develop a deeper sense of connection and peacefulness in their lives.” Her talk will focus on how an understanding of earthquakes and tsunamis can help people become more resilient when disasters occur.
All programs at Timberland Regional Libraries are free and open to the public.
The Westport Timberland Library is located at 101 E. Harms Drive. For more information, contact the library at (360) 268-0521 or visit www.TRL.org.
Local veteran Bill Vandenbush lost his right eye in Vietnam, his wife surprised him recently for their anniversary with one of the more unusual gifts for a Seahawk fan.
The glass eye features the logo of Bill’s favorite team, the Seattle Seahawks, he adds “we can’t take these things too seriously, things happen to people as we grow and we experience life. Sometimes we become disabled, or ill, or loose our hair, but if you take things to seriously life can get very very difficult, and we have to laugh at ourselves sometimes.”
Bill lost his eye at age 19, along with his vocal cords during combat operations in Vietnam, his book “If Morning Never Comes” can be found on Amazon.com and through third party sellers.
Find his entire interview in our OnDemand section.
Drivers on US 12 in Aberdeen can expect daytime delays and lane closures next week.
From 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 27-28, crews will close the left lane of eastbound US 12 on the Heron Street Bridge while repair work is under way.
Washington State Department of Transportation crews will use a specialized Under-Bridge-Inspection-Truck (UBIT) to upgrade electrical equipment on the bridge.
The truck extends crew carriers over the side of the bridge to conduct the work.
Drivers may experience delays through the work zone, especially during the afternoon hours.
Grays Harbor’s two tall ships return to their home port of Aberdeen next month for public tours and sailings before heading to California for their 2014-2015 tour of Golden State ports. Hawaiian Chieftain arrives at Seaport Landing on Sept. 4 for brief stay through Sept. 7. In addition to making final preparations for California, she’ll offer public tours on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, as well as public Adventure Sails at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 and Sunday, Sept. 7. Tickets are $43 all ages.
Lady Washington arrives at Seaport Landing Sept. 16 for a 17-day stay in Grays Harbor, including two days at Westport Sept. 27-28. During her time at Seaport Landing, crews on Lady Washington will conduct routine maintenance and offer public tours and excursions. The ship is open for tours Tuesday to Friday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Here’s the excursion schedule:
9/20-21: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Adventure Sail, $43. (Seaport Landing)
9/27-28: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Adventure Sail, $43. (Westport Marina)
Purchase tickets at www.historicalseaport.org or call 800-200-5239.
Lady Washington is also booking K-12 educational programs for Grays Harbor County schools. One-hour dockside and three-hour sailing programs are available. Discounted pricing is also available for eligible schools. For information, contact Roxie Underwood, 800-200-5239, [email protected].
Lady Washington’s visit to Westport coincides with the third annual Salmon Tales Festival, a celebration of the region’s iconic fish and the local fishing industry. Festival information is at http://salmontales.info/.
Launched in 1989 as part of the Washington Centennial celebrations, Lady Washington was designed by Ray Wallace as a replica of one of the first U.S.-flagged vessels to explore the west coast of North America. She was named by state’s tall ship ambassador by the Legislature in 2007, and she sails to more than 40 ports a year in Washington, Oregon, and California offering K-12 education programs and excursions. Launched in 1988, Hawaiian Chieftain was designed by Raymond Richards and built at the Lahaina Welding Company in Hawaii. The vessel specializes in educational programs for young people.
Editors: Download high-res images of our ships at http://historicalseaport.smugmug.com. Click the “Media Images” category and select a gallery. We welcome media aboard to observe operations and interview crew. Contact (media only) Joe Follansbee, 360-589-0766, [email protected]. Information is subject to change without notice. Facebook: facebook.com/GHHSA; Twitter: @graysharborhist.
Last week, the week of August 11-15, 2014, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Marshal’s Service, Squaxin Island Department of Public Safety, Skokomish Department of Public Safety, the WA State Department of Corrections Shelton Field Office, and the Western WA US Marshal Fugitive Apprehension Task Force conducted operation “Knock & Talk”.
Nineteen personnel from the above agencies divided up into four teams and contacted registered sex offenders within Mason County in order to verify that they were complying with WA State law. A Sheriff’s Clerk also participated to help with the administrative side of the operation.
234 address verifications/or attempts were made, another 9 transient/homeless sex offenders were verified, 3 were arrested that had outstanding warrants for their arrests and 12 investigations for failure to register were started. As of today, that number is dropping as sex offenders are being verified that went on vacation, registered in other jurisdictions, and other reasons as to not being at their registered addresses.
During the operation, 20 different locations were also investigated in the attempt to apprehend fugitives living in Mason County that have outstanding warrants.
Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury stated that partnering with the US Marshal Service as well as our local Law Enforcement partners, provides a high level of safety and security to the citizens of Mason County. Coordinating sex and/or kidnapping offenders in Mason County is a very important part of our responsibilities that we take very seriously!
For questions regarding the Mason County Sheriff’s Office Sex and/or Kidnapping Registration Program, please visit the MCSO website at: http://so.co.mason.wa.us/ and click on “Sex Offenders”.
OLYMPIA – The public is invited to review and comment on proposed updates to Washington’s dangerous-waste regulations through Oct. 1, 2014. A public hearing will be held via webinar on Sept. 24 at 2 p.m.
The Washington Department of Ecology updates the dangerous-waste regulations every two to four years to improve waste management. These regulations establish requirements for generators, transporters, and facilities that manage dangerous waste in Washington state.
If approved, the updates integrate changes to federal hazardous waste regulations. These include:
- A rule simplifying waste management at university and college laboratories.
- Changes to import and export rules.
- Adopting technical corrections and a few other minor rules.
Some state requirements will also be updated, including a number of technical and editorial corrections and clarifications. Other state-initiated changes include:
- Clarifying rules for special waste, including a time limit for storing it at transfer stations.
- Updating financial-assurance rules, including new rules at corrective action sites.
- Adopting a federal rule that allows use of enforceable documents in place of a post-closure permit.
- Clarifying rules regarding professional engineers who certify facility construction projects.
- Updating the Chemical Test Methods guidance (Ecology publication #97-407).
Submit comments by Oct. 1, 2014, to:
Rob Rieck ([email protected])
Washington Department of Ecology
Hazardous Waste & Toxics Reduction Program
P.O. Box 47600
Lacey, WA 98504-7600
Fax: 360- 407-6715