Lady Washington to Celebrate 20th Year With Party in Aberdeen June 29th

On June 29, individuals who contributed to Lady Washington's success will gather to pay tribute to the ship and her activities. Guests are expected to include past and present board members of Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority, shipwrights, captains and crews, elected officials, volunteers, former and current staff, donors, and supporters. Here's a schedule of activities:

  • 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Lady Washington opens for public tours.
  • 6 p.m. – Dinner
  • 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. – Program on the past, present, and future of Lady Washington
  • 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Maritime music by Washington State musicians
  • 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Community bonfire

Door prizes donated by Grays Harbor-area businesses will be awarded throughout the evening. Maritime music performers include shantyman Hank Cramer & Friends, folk musicians Burt & Di Meyer, and singer/songwriter Matthew Moeller. The audience will be encouraged to participate. Lady Washington will be joined by her companion ship, Hawaiian Chieftain, which will also be open for tours during the celebration.

Tickets for the Lady Washington 20th Anniversary Celebration are $50 each. Purchase tickets online at, or call 800-200-5239. Table sponsorships are available for $500, which includes signage, recognition in the program, and two free tickets to the Lady Washington's July 4th SPLASH Fireworks Cruise. Businesses interested in a sponsorship should contact Les Bolton, 800-200-2539,

Celebrating 20 Years of Changing People's Lives: 1989-2009 – The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) public development authority based in Aberdeen, Wash. that owns and operates the tall ships Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington, launched March 7, 1989, now the Official Ship of the State of Washington. GHHSA's mission is to provide educational, vocational, recreational and ambassadorial activities and experiences that promote and preserve the maritime history of Grays Harbor, the Pacific Northwest, and our nation while serving the needs of the community.

Fraudulent Check Cashing Scam

Checks that accompany these scams may appear to be from legitimate banking institutions and often range from $1,000 to $5,000.  If you receive such a check, DO NOT CASH IT!  Legitimate companies that utilize mystery shoppers do not send out such checks for that type of work.  An Astoria man recently reported receiving such a check, and investigation quickly determined that this was a scam operation operating out of Quebec, Canada.   This particular scam was using the business name of MERRITS RESEARCH, Inc.  There are many others as well.  Use good common sense and don't become a victim of such scams. 


For further information, you may visit:

Consumer Watch –

Better Business Bureau – BBB

OCC – Washington, DC

Mason County Sheriff Applies For Grants

If awarded, these grants would be used to reinstate staff laid off on December 31, 2008, and to offset anticipated future cuts in staff so that badly needed existing programs could be maintained.

Sheriff's Officials received conformation just yesterday from the Washington Association of Sheriff's and Police Chiefs (WASPC) that the 2008-2009 Registered Sex Offender Address and Residency Verification Program has been extended two more years. Between June 30, 2008 and July 1, 2009, Mason County received a grant in the amount of $91,814.65 to physically verify addresses provided to law enforcement by registered sex offenders.  The purpose of this grant is to assist smaller jurisdictions in monitoring registered sex offenders by having sheriff's deputies physically verifying their addresses as often as quarterly depending on the level assigned to the offender. 

The grant is provided by the State of Washington and administered by WASPC.  Funding amounts for the next two years starts on July 1, 2009, and will increase because the number of registered sex offenders in the county has increased. Presently Mason County has 120 level I sex offenders, 63 level II offenders, and 44 level III offenders.  Level III offenders are the ones considered most likely to re-offend.  Mason County currently has 11 registered sex offenders incarcerated and 5 are considered missing with warrants issued for their arrest. 

Sheriff Casey Salisbury said "Our Office is doing everything possible to maintain the highest level of public safety in the county.   Regardless of funding levels our office remains committed to providing our citizens with the most value for their tax dollars."

Hoquiam Police Seek Assistance in Strong Arm Robbery Incident

The victim told officers that Jessie grabbed hold of his jacket and threw him to the ground and kicked him several times in the leg.  While the victim was on the ground the suspect pulled the 100 dollar bill from his hand and ran southbound toward Aberdeen Avenue.

During the incident the suspect did not say anything to the victim.  The victim stated that he believes he knows the suspect only from attending Hoquiam high school with him.  He described Jessie as being about 16 years old, 5'9-6' tall and wearing a blue shirt, with the word "Famous" on the front of it, blue jeans and skate shoes.

There were several witnesses to the incident and the victim was not injured during the assault.  At this time suspect "Jessie" has not yet been identified.  The victim did not know if Jessie still attends Hoquiam high.  Anyone who may have any information as to the identity of Jessie is asked to call Detective Shane Krohn at 532-0892 Ext. 109.

State to receive federal shipment of medications to treat swine flu

"The best thing people can do to avoid spreading any type of flu or respiratory illness is to stay home when you're sick, cover your cough, and wash your hands often," said State Health Officer Dr. Maxine Hayes. "It's especially important for people with flu-like symptoms to stay home, limit their contact with others, and see a health care provider if they become seriously ill."

Symptoms of swine flu are similar to regular "seasonal" flu and include fever, muscle aches, cough, and sometimes trouble breathing. State and local health have notified health care providers around the state that a new strain of swine flu has been identified so they're on the look out for it.

Antiviral medications – Tamiflu® and Relenza® – can be used to treat flu. These medications must be prescribed by a health care provider. They're commonly available through commercial pharmacies.

The Department of Health is asking all clinical laboratories to send all samples that test positive for type A flu to the state Public Health Laboratories for further testing. If samples can't be specifically identified they'll be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – the only U.S. public health laboratory that can positively identify this new type of flu.

The CDC has issued a "travel health warning" ( recommending people avoid non-essential travel to Mexico. They're the best source for the latest travel information (

The Department of Health has a swine flu fact sheet in multiple languages ( on our Web site. You can also find information there on how to prevent the spread of germs (

Car Rear Ends Battle Ground School Bus at Railroad Crossing

Delgado received minor injuries and complained of back pain. He was transported to Southwest Washington Medical Center for treatment. Millard was not injured and was the only occupant in the bus.

The investigation by the Washington State Patrol determined that Delgado was traveling at a speed too fast for conditions for which he was cited. Units from the Washington State Patrol, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Fire District 3, American Medical Response, and Washington Department of Transportation responded to the scene.

New Law Expands Habitat Open Space Program

A special work group of public, private, environmental and forestry interests appointed by the Washington State Forest Practices Board endorsed this legislation as a measure that will allow a way for non-federal lands in Washington to make strategic contributions to spotted owl conservation.

The work group wants to thank the legislature for unanimously endorsing this incentive to protect critical habitat for threatened and endangered species.  Also the group acknowledges the leadership of Senator Bob Morton of Kettle Falls and Representative Kevin Van De Wege from the Olympic Peninsula for sponsoring the bill. 

"This collaborative effort is an example of positive steps that can be taken when we all work together," said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark.

Shawn Cantrell, Executive Director for Seattle Audubon said, "This provides a valuable tool for protecting Northern Spotted Owls.  Conservation easements can help on private forestlands with habitat for endangered species."

Mark Doumit, Executive Director of the Washington Forest Protection Association stated, "This is landmark legislation. It creates an incentive for private landowners to enhance survival of an endangered species on their land."

Robert Meier, Manager for Rayonier said, "This bill recognizes the value of wildlife habitat and private property in a way that brings people together to protect the environment."

Dave Whipple, Forest Policy Coordinator, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife stated, "The Department believes incentives for forest landowners are very important, so the presence of threatened and endangered species can be an asset, not a liability."

Miguel Perez-Gibson, Representative for National Audubon said, "During these tough economic times, we are encouraged the legislature increased safeguards for endangered species.  This legislation is a good example of the market-based solutions we need."

The Forest Practices Board Policy Working Group will make progress reports to the Forest Practices Board throughout the year. The group is scheduled to complete its work by November 2009.

DNR managing your public lands

Administered by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, DNR manages more than 5.6 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural, conservation, and aquatic lands. DNR also:

  • Provides wildfire protection for 12.7 million acres of private and state-owned forestlands.
  • Administers Forest Practices rules and surface mine reclamation on state and private lands.
  • Gives technical assistance for forestry and mining.
  • Provides financial and grant assistance to local communities and individuals.



Pacific County Prepares for Swine Flu

Information received from the Center for Disease Control states that Swine Flu symptoms are similar in nature to regular human influenza that happens each year.  The virus is transmitted through coughing, sneezing, and on contact surfaces.   Residents are encouraged to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, wash hands with soap and water frequently, particularly after coughing or sneezing, and avoid contact with sick people.  In addition if you are sick, see your health care provider, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.  For those exposed to swine flu illness may develop anytime during the following seven days, infectiousness precedes symptoms by about one day.

The Pacific County Health and Human Services Department has placed a fact sheet for local residents on the county website at  Updated information will be placed on the website as the situation develops.  Information may also be obtained through the Center for Disease Control website at

Pacific County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES) Volunteer Honored

Frank began this effort in 2000, and continues to build out the network in 2009 reaching further and providing additional coverage areas.  Frank has also developed a website that provides information in regard to the BeachNet radio network

Frank continually makes trips to the mountain tops to install, service, and maintain equipment, in all areas of southwest Washington.  He does so entirely on a volunteer basis, in his own vehicle, and at his own expense.  Frank volunteered a total of 446 hours and drove in excess of 6,300 miles in support of emergency communications in 2008 on behalf of Pacific County.  He has worked hard to serve the citizens of Pacific County and southwest Washington and is deserving of recognition of his efforts.

Washington Insurance Commissioner Warns: Guard Your Insurance Card to Avoid Scams

To avoid issues, consumers should treat their health insurance cards like they would other sensitive personal information, Kreidler advises.

They also should review all information they receive from their insurance companies or health care providers to make sure they aren't being billed for services they did not receive. If they find an issue, they should call their insurer right away.

Insurance fraud drives up costs for everyone. To learn more about how to avoid scams and help prevent fraud, visit the Insurance Commissioner's Web site at and click on Fraud in the left-hand column.