Archive for March 2009

RESULTS of Grays Harbor County Child Car Seat Patrols!

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The Safety Restraint Coalition
Washington's Child Passenger Safety Program
- Safety Restraint Coalition





The results are in from the first round;


Total number of contacts made with motorists – 310

Total number of citations – 174

Child Passenger Safety – Child Restraint infractions – 42 

Child Passenger Safety – Child Restraint warnings – 31 

Under 13 in Front Seat Infractions – 48 

Under 13 in Front Seat warnings – 51 

Other citations that may be of interest: 

Speeding infractions – 30 

Total Seatbelt infractions – 8 

Suspended/revoked License – 18 

Uninsured drivers – 31

Felony Warrant Arrests – 2


The Grays Harbor Traffic Safety Task Force received an $83,500 grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission to conduct a pilot project to publicize Washington’s child car seat law and fund additional law enforcement patrols of the law.  To be in sync with the law and for the best protection for their children, parents should try to adhere to the following when buckling up their child:  

  • Child ages: 0 – at least 12 months and at least 20 pounds – use a rear-facing infant seat. Keep your child rear-facing as long as your child car seat allows. 
  • Age: 13 months to age four – use a child car seat with a five-point harness.
  • Age: four to 4’9” tall – use a booster seat. Boosters should only be placed with a lap and shoulder belt.
  • Age: up to age 13 – children must ride in the rear seat of the vehicle.

Participating in this first-ever effort to reduce child car seat violations and improve child passenger safety are the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office, the Aberdeen, Montesano, Hoquiam Police Departments, and the Washington State Patrol.

The local pilot project was coordinated by The Grays Harbor County Traffic Safety Task Force. Similar projects will be running concurrently in the Spokane, Moses Lake, and Wenatchee areas. The $508,500 total project budget will cover patrols, training, public service announcements, signage, car seats, printing and research to measure the effectiveness of the project.

Parents needing more information about correctly installing their child car seat or about this project can call Susan Bradbury at 360.249.3711 x576 or visit

Coast Guard medically evacuates injured logger

Air Station Astoria launched an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to assist. The man was taken to Bowerman Field in Hoquiam, Wash., where emergency medical personnel from the local area were waiting to transport him to Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, Wash.

House on Track to Pass Public Lands Package — Includes Cantwell Measures

Key components of Cantwell's package:


  • Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act:  Creates a comprehensive national ocean acidification research and monitoring program that will take a hard look at the devastating impacts greenhouse gas emissions are having on our oceans.  The world's oceans are absorbing roughly 22 million tons of carbon dioxide every day, causing seawater chemistry to become more acidic – possibly withholding the basic chemical building blocks needed by many marine organisms.  Warmer, more acidic oceans can destroy important fisheries and food chains in the Pacific Ocean, impacting Pacific Northwest icons like Pacific Salmon. Understanding ocean acidification is critical to Washington state's marine life and economy that depends on it.


  • Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act:  Develops and maintains an integrated system of ocean and coastal observations for the nation's coasts, oceans and Great Lakes.  This system could help improve warnings of tsunamis and other natural hazards, enhance homeland security, support maritime operations, and help scientists understand more about our fragile ocean environment.


  • Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Act:  Establishes a coastal and estuarine land protection program within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to protect coastal areas with significant ecological, recreational, or watershed protection values that are threatened by human development, and administers grants to coastal states for acquiring coastal land for conservation and recreational purposes.


  • Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Act:  Designates the 1,200 mile Pacific Northwest Scenic Trail as a National Scenic Trail and will promote its protection and maintenance.  National Scenic Trails provide recreation, conservation, and delight of significant scenic, historic, natural, or cultural qualities.  The 1,200 mile Trail, running from the Continental Divide to the Pacific Ocean, ranks among the most scenic trails in the world. The trail includes the Rocky Mountains, Selkirk Mountains, Pasayten Wilderness, North Cascades, Olympic Mountains, and Wilderness Coast and crosses three national parks and seven national forests.  The Trail has received National Recreation Trail status in the three national parks it crosses (Olympic, North Cascades, and Glacier) and has also received Millennium status from the Clinton Administration.


  • Snoqualmie Pass Land Conveyance Act:  Allows the Snoqualmie Pass Fire District to acquire an acre and a half of Forest Service land to build a new fire station that will support neighboring communities and address safety and security needs, while helping to preserve the environment. For decades, the Fire District has operated out of an aging building that was not originally designed to be a fire station and is structurally inadequate to meet the growing emergency response needs at the Pass.


  • Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail Designation Act:  Creates an Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail through portions of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana to tell the story of how a series of monumental floods created the unique geology of Central and Eastern Washington and boost regional tourism. The trail would be managed by the National Park Service in partnership with the Ice Age Floods Institute, participating states, tribes, and other local entities.  Interpretive centers, signs and markers, exhibits, waysides, and roadside pullouts would be used to tell the story of the floods, provide educational opportunities, and help enhance regional tourism.


  • Wildland Firefighter Safety:  To improve the accountability of the federal agencies that administer safety and training programs, Cantwell's legislation would require the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture to jointly submit a report on the implementation and efficacy of these programs.  The report must describe steps federal firefighting agencies are taking to make sure contract firefighters receive the same training as federal firefighters.  The legislation would also require a system to track the money spent on wildland firefighter safety and training. 

WSP Rapid Deployment Force Training in Hoquiam

Statewide, there are currently 5 RDF teams strategically located throughout the state with 145 troopers that volunteer.  The District 8 team consists of 2 squads comprised of 13 members – one Sergeant (Squad Leader), an Assistant Squad Leader, two Chemical Agent Responders, and 9 line members.    

District 8 covers Kitsap, Mason, Grays Harbor, Pacific, Wahkiakum, Clallam and Jefferson Counties.   

Morning razor clam dig starts Friday

Any 2008 Washington state annual shellfish/seaweed license or combination license is valid for the March opener, but diggers will need a 2009-10 license for digs scheduled after April 1. A license is required for anyone age 15 or older. Razor-clam only licenses are also available in annual or three-day only versions. Descriptions of the various licensing options are available on the WDFW website at .

Harvesters are allowed to take no more than 15 razor clams and must keep the first 15 they dig, regardless of size or condition. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container.

Ayres said more digs will likely be announced following the openers tentatively scheduled in April. "There's a good chance we'll have enough clams to offer additional digging opportunities on some beaches in May," he said.

March dates and tides:

  • Friday, March 27 (7:49 a.m. 0.0 ft.) Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Saturday, March 28 (8:29 a.m. -0.4 ft.) Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Sunday, March 29 (9:12 a.m. -0.6 ft.) Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks

Tentatively scheduled digs in April:

  • Friday, April 10 (7:45 a.m., -0.7 ft.) Twin Harbors
  • Saturday, April 11 (8:25 a.m., -0.7 ft.) Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Sunday, April 12 (9:05 a.m., -0.5 ft.) Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Saturday, April 25 (7:27 a.m., -1.3 ft.) Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Sunday, April 26 (8:10 a.m., -1.6 ft.) Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Monday, April 27 (8:55 a.m., -1.7 ft.) Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrock

Senator Maria Cantwell Speaks at Senate as They Confirmed Gary Locke to be Commerce Secretary

Governor Locke has also been involved both in public and private sector trade missions advocating open markets and promoting exports of U.S. products. 


At the International Trade Administration (ITA) within Commerce, this experience will be put to good use — part of the ITA’s mission is to provide advocacy for American companies competing abroad.


It can mean the difference whether major foreign sales go to U.S. exporters or their foreign competitors.


At NOAA, which is over half of the Department of Commerce’s budget,  Governor Locke’s prior experience with the complexities of Puget Sound, endangered salmon species, and the hazards of oil spills will also be invaluable.


As Governor of Washington, Gary Locke dealt with one of the nation’s most vibrant fishing industries appointing members of the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council. 


Fisheries in the North Pacific are among the best-managed fisheries in the world, a fact that has not gone unnoticed by the U.S. Oceans Commission and the Pew Oceans Commission.


In addition to commercial fishing, Governor Locke has dealt with the complexities of endangered salmon.


In December 2004, Governor Locke presented to the federal government the first locally developed regional salmon recovery plan for Washington state.


Finally, many of the challenges the Commerce Department faces in the near term are management challenges – from the set-top box program for digital television transition, to getting NOAA’s satellite program back on track, to wisely investing the $4.7 billion in broadband grants included as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.


Gary Locke has never shied away from difficult management challenges like crafting a state budget in his second term as Governor after the tech bubble burst. 


He worked with Democrats and Republicans in the State legislature to come up with spending reduction proposals, many of them unpopular at the time, but necessary, given the need to balance the State budget.


I know he will continue that bi-partisan spirit when working on these tough issues as Secretary of Commerce.


He is someone who understands the challenges many America’s face as we try economic policies to stabilize our economy.

 I look forward to working with Governor Locke on many of these issues and urge my colleagues to quickly confirm him.

Commissioner Goldmark appoints two deputy supervisors

The appointments make permanent their previous role as “acting” deputy supervisors through this transitional period in the new Goldmark administration. Sprague and Turley each have experience working in multiple program areas and parts of the state for DNR. Sprague, a 29-year veteran of DNR, will have management responsibility for the Asset Management & Recreation, Engineering & General Services, Land Management, and Product Sales & Leasing divisions. He will also oversee the Department’s Chief Appraiser and Law Enforcement offices. “I’m pleased to be part of Commissioner Goldmark’s leadership team and am excited to help bring the management of this state’s trust lands into the 21st century, including expanding opportunities in renewable energy and ecosystem services,” said Sprague. “I believe my long history and experience with the DNR positions me well to help the commissioner achieve his goals and best serve the people of the state.” Sprague completed his Bachelor of Science degree in forest management with an emphasis in Wildlife Habitat from Washington State University and holds a Master of Forest Resources degree in regional planning and resource policy from the University of Washington. Having served as an assistant region manager for land management and assistant division manager in land transactions, Sprague has a diversity of experience at the management level. He has also been charged with implementing a habitat conservation plan for 1.8 million acres of state trust lands and led the project team charged with developing sustainable forest policies for the Board of Natural Resources. Before his temporary appointment, Sprague served as a senior policy advisor. Turley, a 17-year veteran of DNR, will become the new deputy supervisor of regulatory programs and have his acting assignment as State Forester become permanent. His management responsibilities will include the Forest Practices, Resource Protection, and Geology & Earth Resources divisions. He will also oversee the Department’s Environmental Review & Analysis office.  “I am very excited to be part of the leadership of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and look forward to helping it realize its mission of sustainable management of our natural resources,” said Turley. “I am ready for the challenge of managing through these tough budgetary times.” Turley holds a Bachelor of Science in wildlife management and conservation and a secondary teaching certification from Southwest Missouri State University and attended a graduate program in raptor biology at Boise State University.  Among other duties at DNR, Turley has led survey efforts for spotted owls, served as a member of the Forest Practices Board’s Scientific Advisory Group for marbled murrelet rule-making and before his temporary assignment, he most recently held the position of assistant division manager for policy and services in the Forest Practices Division. Turley has been an active participant in with DNR’s wildfire program for eight years, most recently serving as a public information officer on one of Washington’s Interagency Incident Management Teams. Each new deputy supervisor will earn $103,000 per year. When Commissioner Goldmark took office, he restructured Executive Management by replacing four supervisors with one department supervisor and three deputy supervisors, and eliminating 11 funded exempt positions. The restructuring, coupled with reduced salaries for DNR’s leadership team, will save the Department over $600,000 in the next biennium. DNR: Managing your public resourcesDNR manages more than 5.6 million acres of state land: §  2.9 million acres of trust lands, including forest, range, agricultural land, and commercial properties that earn revenue to build public schools, universities, prisons, and other state institutions, and help fund Westside county services.§  2.6 million acres of ‘aquatic’ lands: the bedlands under Puget Sound and the coast, many beaches, and navigable natural lakes and rivers.§  130,000 acres of natural areas that protect rare and threatened species, as well as high-quality examples of the native ecosystems and landscapes of Washington.

Hoquiam Approves Review of Contract with Hometown Sanitation

After a few stalled motions to hold over the decision, the city council voted 4 to 3 to approve the report of the amendment of the contract with Hometown Sanitation, effectively extending it by 10 years, and reducing the Bond amount from 250 thousand to 100 thousand.

The two five year extensions would allow Hometown to amortize the cost of new 64 gallon cans similar to those used by Aberdeen residents, and will make a bi-monthly pickup the standard, while residents can still request a weekly pickup for an aditional fee, and those wanting smaller cans will still be accomodated.

Mayor Jack Durney spoke with Doug McDowell Tuesday morning and clarified that the amendment to the contract was not adopted Monday night, only the report on the amendment. The original call to motion and vote from Monday night's meeting is in the attached audio titled "Durney Clarifies Sanitation Vote".

Councilman Greg Grund asked for clarification on the new terms of the contract, to which City Administrator Brian Shay responded in the attached audio titled "Grund asks about the Contract Terms".

Mayor Jack Durney made a second call for a vote on the motion, with the intended wording the vote passed by 4 votes yes, and three votes no, councilman Ben Winkelman is heard abstaining from the vote as well, in the attached audio titled "Call to Vote On Adoption of the Report"

Gov. Gregoire announces certification for 138 transportation projects

Infrastructure project certifications enable the governor to confirm to the federal government that construction projects ― roads, water systems and others ― have received the review required by law and represent an appropriate investment of taxpayer dollars.

Washington expects to receive more than $4.5 billion from the federal stimulus package that will be used to modernize Washington’s infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, increase access to health care and provide tax relief. The White House estimates the package will sustain or create nearly 75,000 jobs in Washington state.

In addition to the certification of the 138 transportation projects, the governor announced that the Federal Aviation Administration has provided stimulus funds to four Washington airports:

-Bellingham International Airport ($800,000)
-Paine Field in Snohomish County ($11.3 million)
-Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake ($2 million)
-Pangborn in Wenatchee ($1 million)

Gregoire also announced that $38 million in economic stimulus funds will be distributed soon to make improvements to Washington’s water systems. To see the list of projects under consideration, visit:

To date, the state has distributed approximately $177 million of its federal economic stimulus money, most in Medicaid Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) funding.

Washington state is administering the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act investments with an unprecedented level of transparency and accountability. Gregoire created a new Web site,, so every Washingtonian can see where tax dollars are going and hold government accountable for the results. On the federal level, President Obama has appointed Vice President Biden to oversee all states’ recovery efforts and to root out waste and fraud. This combined oversight will ensure taxpayer dollars are put to good use and recharge the economy.

Contigious Consolidation for Hoquiam Property Owners (1+1=1 bigger)

Johnson explained to Councilman Greg Grund; that property owners have contacted him with a second lot that they would like to build a garage on, and are unable to under the current city code. [in the attacked audio]

The Draft ordinance now goes to the planning commission, which was asked at the meeting to get back to the council soon on this matter.