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Traffic alternatives for East Aberdeen to be detailed at October Open House

East Aberdeen Mobility Project

Find out what the city of Aberdeen plans to do about traffic at the Gateway Plaza at a Community Open House later this month to detail the East Aberdeen Mobility Project. Vickie Cummings, Executive Director of The Grays Harbor Council of Governments, told Port Commissioners in August “The task is to figure out a way to improve the mobility of vehicle, general commerce, and freight, and [to] not impact businesses while you’re doing that.” Cummings said they’ve been talking with businesses affected by traffic “Nothing new, they’re very frustrated about the issue. Everybody’s excited that we’re having this discussion and that we’re going to involve the community to find a solution.”

Their consultant David Evans and Associates came up with 10 possibilities – some more drastic than others include closing one or more of the lesser-controlled intersections. “We kind of vetted the big ones out, and we’re coming down to a final few. So later this month [August] our team of the Port, the COG, and the city, will get together again and we’re going to get the six or seven we have left down to three to present to the community.” They plan to present a final plan by the end of the year.

The open house will be held Tuesday, October 14, from 5:00-7:00 PM, at the Port of Grays Harbor Commission Chamber 111 S. Wooding Street in Aberdeen.

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Pacific County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Apprehends fleeing Domestic Violence Suspect

Pacific County Sheriff's Office

Pacific County’sK9 “Ciko” tracked down a man accused of domestic violence who ran from police in Chinook this week. Chief Criminal Deputy Pat Matlock tells us at about 3:50 PM Wednesday, the Pacific County Communications Center received a 911 call from a female stating that she had been assaulted by her boyfriend. The female caller advised the communications center that she was bleeding and believed that her ribs were broken. The caller also provided a name of the suspect and a physical description of the suspect, as he had fled the scene.

Pacific County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the address that the caller was located at, in the 800 block of Bussone Lane. While responding to the scene, the deputies spotted the suspect in question a block away from the original address. Upon seeing the deputies, the suspect fled on foot through several backyards and over fences. One of the deputies responding, deployed the Sheriff’s Office apprehension K-9 “Ciko”, to locate the suspect. K-9 “Ciko” tracked the suspect and successfully located the suspect hiding in a neighboring back yard. The suspect, identified as Darrin P. Nichols, age 24 of Chinook, was taken into custody after suffering a small bite wound.

Nichols was transported to the Pacific County Jail where he was booked on charges of Domestic Violence Assault in the 2nd degree, Domestic Violence Assault in the 4th degree and Malicious Mischief. Nichols is being held on $30,000.00 bail.

Wildlife Commission approves Grays Harbor land purchase for wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission this week approved the purchase of nearly 132 acres of land in Grays Harbor County, which includes a 35-acre island and surrounding tidelands that will be added to the Johns River Wildlife Area. The Commission said on Monday that the property will provide some hunting grounds, and habitat for a variety of fish and wildlife, especially waterfowl and shorebirds migrating along the Pacific Flyway.
The Department secured an option to purchase the property which is about 1 mile Southeast of Westport for $108,000.

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Friends of Olympic National Park invite volunteers for Fall Clean-Up

Olympic National Park Visitor Info Center

The public is invited to participate in a work party hosted by the Friends of Olympic National Park (Friends) on Saturday, October 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center located at 3002 Mount Angeles Road in Port Angeles.

This event will focus on cleaning the area around the visitor center. Projects will include pruning, exotic plant removal, weeding, raking, and local trail maintenance.

Participants are asked to meet in the visitor center parking lot at 9:00 a.m. Some tools will be available, but participants are urged to bring their favorite hand tools and gloves.

This is the third in a series of bi-annual work sessions the Friends plan to host at the park.

“These events are designed to address park maintenance needs and provide an opportunity to bring together the Friends membership, park volunteers, and the public,” said Friends of Olympic National Park President David Morris. “We hope that as many people as possible can participate in this effort.”

Members of Friends of Olympic National Park, national park volunteers, and the general public are invited to attend both events. For additional information, please contact the Olympic National Park volunteer office at 360-565-3142.

Aberdeen Police Department awarded COPS grant to fund officer

Aberdeen WA Police Department

The Aberdeen Police Department is one of 7 Western Washington agencies to receive a Department of Justice grant to help fund police officers.
The Community Oriented Policing Services grants total 6.2 million for Western Washington, nearly $121 million will be awarded nationally. If accepted Aberdeen would receive $125,000 of that, Seattle and Tacoma get the lion’s share for 10 new officers.
The COPS Hiring Program offers grants to state, local and tribal agencies to hire or rehire officers, providing salaries and benefits for new hires for three years.

Aberdeen Police Department (1) $125,000
Auburn, City of (5) $625,000
Colville Confederated Tribes (1) $125,000
Federal Way, City of (4) $500,000
Fife, City of (1) $125,000
Quincy, City of (1) $125,000
Seattle, City of (10) $1,250,000
Skagit County Sheriff’s Department (2) $250,000
Spokane Police Department (5) $625,000
Tacoma, City of (10) $3,409,753

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Wildlife officials to discuss wolf management at Colville meeting

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

The public will have an opportunity to discuss wolf management activities in northeast portion of the state with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) leaders during a meeting Tuesday, Oct. 7, in Colville.

The meeting will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Colville Ag Trade Center at the Northeast Washington Fairgrounds, 317 West Astor Ave.

WDFW officials will provide information on recent wolf attacks on livestock in the region, and on the packs involved in those incidents – the Huckleberry pack in Stevens County and the Profanity Peak pack in Ferry County.

Meeting participants will be able to share their views on wolf management and recovery and to ask questions of WDFW Director Phil Anderson, Eastern Regional Director Steve Pozzanghera, and other department staff.

WDFW actions this summer to protect sheep from the Huckleberry pack are described in a question-and-answer document on the department’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/gray_wolf/huckleberry_faq.html .

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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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