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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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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.

Shelton woman airlifted from scene of Mason County collision

Washington State Patrol

A 68 year old Shelton woman was airlifted from the scene of a head-on collision on State Route 101 Saturday. The Washington State Patrol reports her 2014 VW Jetta was Southbound on 101 about 2 miles North of Hoodsport when it crossed the center line and collided with an oncoming 2001 Chevy Suburban just after noon Saturday. A 65 year old woman from Nordland, Washington driving the Suburban was uninjured. The Shelton woman was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center with undisclosed injuries, a cause and any charges from the accident remain under investigation.

Zombie Apocalypse Bike-Walk Your City Event In Hoquiam

Zombie bike-walk event

(Sponsored by CONNECT Grays Harbor & Revision Hoquiam)

It is a walking, and wheeling, event for the whole family on Saturday, October 4th, from 12-3 pm.  Show up with a barcode scanner app on your smartphone, a bike or walking shoes and get ready to explore Hoquiam on your own or in a critical mass group.  Historical neighborhoods, waterfronts and more can be discovered as you actively search out the various walking and biking signs around the city of Hoquiam. Come as a zombie, survivor or just yourself.  Group tours begin every ½ hour starting at 12:30 pm.  Don’t forget to stop by the waterfront booth on Levee Street and 8th Street to share your opinion on making walking and biking easier in Hoquiam.

Volunteer zombies will be needed for various tasks as parking bikes, flagging traffic and staffing walking/biking booths.  Check-out CONNECT Grays Harbor FACEBOOK for more information or Contact Catherine Corkery at 360-532-8631 x 4002 for biking volunteers and Jamie Brand at 360-292-8754 for waking volunteers.

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Dorothy Hoogeveen leaves unrestricted gift to Grays Harbor Community Foundation

Grays Harbor Community Foundation

Recently, the Estate of Dorothy Maude Hoogeveen provided the Grays Harbor Community Foundation a distribution that will allow approximately $10,000 – $12,000 annually for the benefit of Grays Harbor.

Dorothy had reached her 100th birthday. She remained independent in her home in Hoquiam, where she had resided since 1945 and where she passed on Thursday, December 19, 2013.

She was born on June 26, 1913, in Belgrade, Montana, graduated high school in McMinnville, Oregon, and received a B.A. Degree from Linfield College in 1935.  She worked in McMinnville until 1945 when she married Maarten Tommie Hoogeveen, and they moved to Hoquiam that same year. She was employed as business manager of Long Foundry Co. in Hoquiam for 31 years, retiring in 1978.

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FEMA Encourages Communities to Participate in National PrepareAthon! Day

FEMA

The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) encourages individuals, families, workplaces, schools and organizations across the nation to take part in America’s PrepareAthon!, a national day of action that will take place September 30. America’s PrepareAthon! is a community-based campaign to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through participation in hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises every fall and spring. To register, individuals and organizations can visit www.ready.gov/prepare.

According to a recent survey conducted by FEMA, 50 percent of Americans have not discussed or developed an emergency plan for family members about where to go and what to do in the event of a local disaster. Additionally, nearly 70 percent of Americans have not participated in a preparedness drill or exercise, aside from a fire drill at their workplace, school or home in the past two years.

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Grayland woman struck by car South of Westport

Washington State Patrol

A Grayland woman that was hit by a car yesterday was later airlifted to Harborview Medical Center. The Washington State Patrol reports the 52 year old woman was wearing dark clothing and walking in an undetermined lane of State Route 105 just North of the Grayland Beach Road around 8:40 last night when she was struck by a 1997 Oldsmobile 4 door, driven by a 64 year old Aberdeen man. A cause and any charges from the accident are pending investigation, the driver was not injured.

Cleaning supply mix up evacuates Aberdeen City Jail

Aberdeen WA Police Department

Chlorine gas made by a Jail trustee evacuated the Aberdeen City Jail yesterday. Police Captain John Green said that at about 8:21 P.M. the trustee was performing cleaning duties inside the jail. The Trustee accidently mixed a toilet cleaner into a container of bleach water. A chemical vapor resulted from the two substances being accidently mixed. The Aberdeen Fire Department was called to assist, the inmates were evacuated while fans were used to help clear out the vapor. Green said the inmates were placed under continual supervision for about 30 minutes until the jail was again suitable to place inmates inside.

Two inmates were checked by AFD and found to be in good condition. One Corrections Officer and an Aberdeen Corporal were exposed to the vapor during there response to it. They were checked by AFD and found to be in good condition.

WDFW tentatively schedules razor clam digs through Dec. 31

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)

The first razor clam dig of the season is tentatively scheduled next month with additional digs planned through New Year’s Eve.

 

In announcing the initial digging schedule, state fishery managers emphasized that final approval of all scheduled openings will depend on results of marine toxin tests that show the clams are safe to eat.

 

“We’re announcing this proposed schedule to give people time to makes plans,” said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). “However, none of the digs are confirmed until we announce the results of the toxin tests.”

 

During the first set of digs, scheduled Oct. 7 through Oct. 12, both Twin Harbors and Long Beach will be open all six days, with additional harvest opportunities at Mocrocks and Copalis. Through the end of the year, WDFW has tentatively scheduled a total of 41 days of razor clam digs.

 

Beach surveys indicate an average razor clam population at Copalis this year while Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Mocrocks show excellent numbers of clams, Ayres said.

 

“Overall, there are a lot of clams out there and we expect this to be another great season,” he said.

 

Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container. Diggers may not harvest any part of another person’s daily limit, unless they possess a designated harvester card.

 

Razor clam diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 fishing license to harvest razor clams on state beaches. Fishing licenses of various kinds are available on the department’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state. A new WDFW video, which demonstrates how to teach your kids to harvest razor clams, is available at youtu.be/gl9p_PparVk.

 

WDFW recently sought public comments on the upcoming razor clam season.  Ayres said he appreciates that so many people sent in comments.

 

“We have done our best to incorporate as many of those suggestions as possible in the months ahead,” Ayres said.

 

Below is the schedule of proposed razor clam digs, along with evening low tides and beaches:

 

  • Oct. 7, 2014, Tuesday; 6:26 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Oct. 8, 2014, Wednesday; 7:13 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Oct. 9, 2014, Thursday; 7:58 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Oct. 10, 2014, Friday; 8:43 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Oct. 11, 2014, Saturday; 9:28 pm, -0.8 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Oct. 12, 2014, Sunday; 10:15 p.m., -0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

 

  • Oct. 22, 2014, Wednesday; 6:31 p.m., 0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Oct. 23, 2014, Thursday; 7:07 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Oct. 24, 2014, Friday; 7:44 p.m., -0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Oct. 25, 2014, Saturday; 8:22 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Oct. 26, 2014, Sunday; 9:03 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Oct. 27, 2014, Monday; 9:47 p.m., -0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Oct. 28, 2014, Tuesday; 10:36 p.m., -0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

 

  • Nov. 4, 2014, Tuesday; 4:26 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 5, 2014, Wednesday; 5:14 p.m., -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 6, 2014, Thursday; 5:59 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 7, 2014, Friday; 6:42 p.m., -1.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Nov. 8, 2014, Saturday; 7:24 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Nov. 9, 2014, Sunday; 8:05 p.m., -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Nov. 10, 2014, Monday; 8:47 p.m., -0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 11, 2014, Tuesday; 9:31 p.m., 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

 

  • Nov. 20, 2014, Thursday; 5:06 p.m., 0.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 21, 2014, Friday; 5:45 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Nov. 22, 2014, Saturday; 6:24 p.m., -0.8 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Nov. 23, 2014, Sunday; 7:05 p.m., -1.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Nov. 24, 2014, Monday; 7:47 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 25, 2014, Tuesday; 8:32 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 26, 2014, Wednesday; 9:19 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

 

  • Dec. 3, 2014, Wednesday; 4:14 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 4, 2014, Thursday; 5:02 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 5, 2014, Friday; 5:45 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 6, 2014, Saturday; 6:26 p.m., -1.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Dec. 7, 2014, Sunday; 7:05 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 8, 2014, Monday; 7:44 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 9, 2014, Tuesday; 8:21 pm, -0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

 

  • Dec. 19, 2014, Friday; 4:41 p.m., 0.0.feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 20, 2014, Saturday, 5:23 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Dec. 21, 2014, Sunday, 6:06 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 22, 2014, Monday, 6:48 p.m., -1.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 23, 2014, Tuesday, 7:31 p.m., -1.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

 

  • Dec. 31, 2014, Wednesday, 3:05 p.m., 0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis

 

For more information on razor clam digging, visit the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html.

Hoquiam police arrest “persistent runner” after spotted in his mom’s car

Hoquiam Police Department

Hoquiam police arrested a “persistent runner” after getting an anonymous tip this week, Police Chief Jeff Myers tells us around noon on Wednesday, September 24th, Hoquiam officers received an anonymous tip that Ramon Barragan could be located in a vehicle near a convenience store on Lincoln Street in Hoquiam. Barragan was wanted on a felony warrant from Grays Harbor County Superior Court, a felony probation warrant from the state Department of Corrections as well as a misdemeanor Hoquiam Municipal Court warrant.
Officers set up surveillance in the area to await the vehicle. Sgt. Dayton spotted the described car and attempted to stop it in the 100 block of Lincoln Street; the driver failed to stop and continued northbound.
In the 300-block, the driver started to pull over. As Sgt. Dayton attempted to approach the passenger side to arrest Barragan, the driver pulled back out into traffic.
In the area of Lincoln and Chenault Avenue, officers were able to block the car, at which point Barragan jumped out of the passenger side and ran away on foot. Officer Peterson attempted to deploy his TASER to stop Barragan after Barragan jumped a fence of a nearby yard.
The TASER application failed and Barragan ran into a residence in the 900 block of Chenault Avenue.
Officers surrounded the residence and urged Barragan to surrender. The homeowner claimed she did not know Barragan and secured her dogs so officers could enter.
Barragan was located upstairs hiding in a closet and arrested; he was transported to the Hoquiam City Jail.
The driver of the car was located nearby and later determined to be Barragan’s mother.
After arriving at the jail sally port, Sgt. Dayton discovered Barragan had moved his handcuffed arms from behind his back to his front. As Sgt. Dayton opened the jail door, Barragan bolted and ran south from the station and under the Simpson Avenue Bridge.
A TASER was again deployed but had little effect. Sgt. Dayton tackled Barragan near the Sweatman Trucking shop and he was escorted back to the Hoquiam City Jail.
In addition to the felony warrant from the Department of Corrections and the felony warrant from Grays Harbor County Superior Court, Barragan will be submitted for charges for entering the home to evade capture and felony escape for running from the City Jail.
Barragan is currently in custody at the Hoquiam City Jail.