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Mason County Sheriff’s Office “Knock & Talk” verifies registered sex offenders

Mason County Sheriff's Office

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”.

State seeks public input on dangerous waste handling regulations for colleges, transfer stations, imports

Washington Department of Ecology Energy Department

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

Passenger ejected from car wreck that sends two to hospital

Washington State Patrol

Two young men were injured yesterday when their 2007 Mazda 3 collided with a utility pole on the East Agate road and ejected the passenger. The Washington State Patrol reports a 22 year old Centralia man and his 21 year old passenger from Shelton were transported to Mason General Hospital just before 11 Thursday night. Trooper Salverson reports the passenger was not wearing a seat belt when their Northbound car left the road to the right and hit the pole.

‘Kilmer at your Kontinental Breakfast’ in Ocean Shores

Congressman Derek Kilmer

The City of Ocean Shores and the Ocean Shores/North Beach Chamber of Commerce are hosting a continental breakfast with Derek Kilmer @ the Home Port on Friday, August 29th at 8:30AM – 9:30AM — Hosts are providing Coffee-Tea-Cinnamon Rolls — Please join us.

Derek Kilmer will discuss our coastal erosion and climate change. There is a new effort by the Federal Government to help with the effects of climate change. He would like to hear concerns about coastal safety issues facing businesses. Suggestions on mitigation are welcome. He will outline some current plans and legislation.

Intermittent SR 12 closures scheduled for pole replacement work

Grays Harbor PUD

All lanes of State Route 12 east of Aberdeen at Baila Dip will be closed intermittently between 10pm on Thursday, Aug. 28th and 4am on Friday, Aug. 29th.  The closures are part of ongoing line maintenance and pole replacement work by Grays Harbor PUD line crews.

The intermittent closures will be between milepost 1.6 and milepost 2.07 and are expected to last 10 to 20 minutes each.  Drivers are advised to use alternate routes during the impacted time.  The closures will not impact Thursday evening or Friday morning commutes.

Registered Sex Offender Working For Carnival at Pacific County Fair Arrested

South Bend, WA. – This morning a registered sex offender identified as Jason A. Miner, age 38, and of Yakima was arrested by Pacific County Sheriff deputies at the Pacific County Jail. Miner was reporting to the Sheriff’s Office to register within our county as required by state law. Miner was in Pacific County working for the company contracting carnival rides and activities at the Pacific County Fair.

Miner was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant out of Yakima County for failing to register as a sex offender. Miner was booked into Pacific County Jail for the warrant. Bail is set at 10,000.00.

Community Foundation awards $128,900 in Discretionary Grants and $40,000 in After School Program Fund Grants

Grays Harbor Community Foundation

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation is pleased to be able to invest $128,900 into the community through its third quarter discretionary grants cycle. The Foundation has long been a resource to Grays Harbor County nonprofit organizations by offering a quarterly discretionary grants cycle. This quarter, the Foundation awarded 13 grants that totaled $128,900 in discretionary funding. “This is the largest discretionary grants cycle, in terms of number of applications, as well breadth of organizations requesting funding,” Program Officer Cassie Lentz said. “We were pleased to see the extensiveness of programs and projects that were seeking funding, from all corners of our county and beyond.”

The organizations that were funded through this discretionary grants cycle include: Montesano Community Outreach for summer art camps, Our Aberdeen for mural restorations, Grays Harbor College for making ballet performance accessible to children, Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services for legal advice clinics in Grays Harbor County, Nonprofit Leaders Conference of Southwest WA for their 2014 conference, Artic Community Association for roof repairs, Child Care Action Council for their “Raising A Reader” program, Aberdeen Revitalization Movement for phase one of their operations, Catholic Community Services for the Grays Harbor Youth Center, Beyond Survival for the “Where We Live” program, McCleary School District for STEAM education, Northwest Justice Project for an employment opportunities legal fellowship in Grays Harbor, and Montesano School District for the field turf project at Jack Rottle field.

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation was also able to award $40,000 to four After School Programs here on the Harbor through a designated fund set up specifically for that benefit. Supported programs included: McCleary School District, Montesano Community Outreach, North Beach School District, and the YMCA of Grays Harbor for Harbor After-School program sites in Hoquiam, Elma and McCleary.

Grays Harbor Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission “to improve the quality of life in the communities throughout Grays Harbor County.” This is accomplished through many projects and processes that work through or in support of other non-profit organizations, including a quarterly discretionary grants cycle with applications accepted on the first business day of January, April, July and October.

Tax deductible donations may be made to:
Grays Harbor Community Foundation, P.O. Box 615, Hoquiam, WA 98550
You may find out more by checking the foundation website: www.gh-cf.org or you may contact the Foundation staff at 532-1600 or by e-mail at: [email protected]

Hoquiam’s new Chief of Police tours jail, pilots tug

Hoqiuam Police Chief Dylan Ellefson

On Monday, August 19, 2014, Hoquiam Police Department’s “Chief for a Day”, Dylan Ellefson, was sworn-in at City Hall by Mayor Jack Durney.
Chief Ellefson took the oath of office to include a promise to enjoy the time with his family and new law enforcement friends while representing the Hoquiam Police Department at “2014 Chief for a Day” at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission this Thursday, August 21st.
In addition to a station tour, walk-through to check on his prisoners in the City Jail and visit to the Hoquiam Fire Department, Chief Ellefson was escorted in a Hoquiam fire engine to the Levee Street docks. Dylan and his family were treated to a private ride on a Brusco tractor tug-boat, including time at the controls of the $11 million vessel.
Since the tug is “drive by wire technology” and acts like a giant jet-propelled watercraft, Chief Ellefson maneuvered the vessel up the river. Being a kid with great familiarity with video games, Dylan was a natural and drove the tug like a pro!
The day ended with a table full of thoughtful gifts for Dylan and his family- gifts and funds all so graciously donated by our friends and neighbors here in Grays Harbor. Monday was just the first of several events for Chief Ellefson and his family.

 

Dylan is a 12-year old from Grays Harbor who is being treated for leukemia for the second time after being cancer free for seven years. Dylan has been chosen to be CHIEF FOR A DAY of the Hoquiam Police Department; he will participate in the Chief for A Day Celebration with 34 other chiefs and sheriffs from around the state at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission on Thursday, August 21, 2014.

Mason County Sheriff swears in new Jail Officer

Sheriff Salisbury congratulating Officer Diaz after reciting the oath of office.

On Monday, August 18, 2014, in front of family, friends and fellow co-workers, Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury gave the oath of office and swore in Hector Diaz, the newest Jail Officer of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Salisbury stated that we are very fortunate to have been able to hire Officer Diaz and that he will be a worthy addition to our agency!  Officer Diaz also fills a much needed position within our short handed Jail staff ranks.

Officer Diaz lives in Olympia with his girlfriend and is looking forward to working within the Mason County Jail and serving the citizens of Mason County.  Officer Diaz is a former United States Marine and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Forest Service Road improvement could block access on the West Fork Humptulips River

Blake ponders whether fish could even get to this small stream flowing across the current access road to the 'upper gravel bar' on the West Fork of the Humptulips River
The National Forest Service plans to block vehicle access to a popular gravel bar on the West Fork of the Humptulips River through proposed improvements to Forest Service Road 2203040 that include a turnaround and parking lot. State Representative Brian Blake is opposed to some of those changes, he tells KBKW “There’s a small rivulet that has been diverted and now runs down the access road to the gravel bar, and they’re using it as an excuse to cut off access, and that’s what I’m opposed to.”
The $12,000 Forest Service grant application says they need to block the access to restore fish habitat for salmon and trout apparently seen in the mud puddle for the past three years. “Oh no I’ve never seen salmon there in my life, no. Why would they do that?” I spoke with Jerry Lillybridge in front of his 24 foot camper responsibly parked on the gravel bar Sunday. He said he and his family have camped there for years, and while he hasn’t run over any fish that he can recall “Here’s what I’ve seen in the last three days, the otters, we’ve seen the ducks, yesterday I was up here getting firewood and I saw a red hawk take a grouse out and I’ve never seen nothing like that in my life, right in front of us.”
Lillybridge worked in the Grays Harbor County Auditor’s office for years, and for years he passed State parks, camp sites, and groomed fishing outlets on his way out here. “You can’t go nowhere and enjoy this without a big fee, or having a lot of people around you. I’m 41 miles from my house in Aberdeen to right here, and look at this – this is remote. There’s nothing more beautiful than here,” adding that most campers clean up after themselves, but; “If they don’t and most of them always leave it clean, I clean it up anyway because I don’t want the Forest Service to ever shut something down because I was messy.”
Meanwhile Blake worries “When we loose that gravel bar, and they won’t commit to preserving access to the downstream gravel bar – and I believe personally that’s critical for the launching of the drift boats especially because they can be anywhere from 300 to 600 pounds. So I think it’s important that we preserve that public access, for those boats, to the public river.” Blake added that “Not everybody can afford a forest pass, not everybody can afford a travel trailer. But having the public be able to pull out there and have a picnic, or spend the night in the summertime, I think is one of the reasons we live here.
While it won’t be specifically addressed at these meetings, the public has a few more chances to provide their input on a sustainable roads plan for the Forest Service this month.  The next meeting starts at 4 this afternoon in the Shelton Civic Center. They’ll be at the Aberdeen Rotary Log Pavilion Thursday afternoon.