Archive for April 2009

Collision with Washington State Patrol Car in Clark County

The investigation is on-going, but Zhao reported to investigators that he fell asleep. Trooper Gates, 39 years of age, was transported by ambulance to Southwest Washington Medical Center (SWWMC) with head lacerations and bruises to his shoulder. Kelibner complained of neck pain, but refused treatment by emergency personnel. Zhao was transported by ambulance to SWWMC complaining of soreness to his neck and back. The WSP would like to remind the public that Washington State law requires motorists to pull to the right when being motioned to stop by a police car. One of the most dangerous places for police officers during the course of their work day is the inside shoulder of the roadway.
Motorists often pull to the left rather than the right as required by law, jeopardizing everyone's safety.
The crash remains under investigation and no citations have been issued at this time.

DNR releases first report of compliance with forest practices rules on state and private forestlands

During the compliance surveys, which were conducted on a random basis across the state, landowners, forest scientists, and foresters sometimes had difficulty understanding the precise meaning or exact requirements of certain forest practices rules. For example, compliance monitoring teams sometimes needed an entire day just to measure a riparian buffer zone ­- the area of trees around various types of streams that loggers with approved forest practices applications are required to leave uncut as buffer zones. In fact, about 10 percent of the compliance inspections found loggers had left more trees around streams and other riparian areas than the rules required.

The report, Forest Practices Compliance Monitoring Summary Report, 2006-2007, summarizes two-years of random assessments of compliance with state forest practices rules. The monitoring was conducted by more than 90 professional foresters, geologists and biologists from DNR, the Department of Ecology, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, several tribes and private natural resources consultants in survey teams of four or five members. Landowners were invited to attend the assessments.

The study sample represented 174 randomly selected approved forest practices applications (FPAs). Landowners complete FPAs and submit them to DNR to convey their intent to harvest timber, build roads or other activities on non-federally owned forestland in Washington state. An application may include more than one type of activity. The FPAs studied included 289 riparian and 234 road activities related to forest work.

In seven cases, the monitoring teams found the noncompliance at a site was serious enough to refer it to a DNR region office for possible enforcement consideration.

The Forest Practices Compliance Monitoring Summary Report is available on the DNR website at:

Monitoring is collaborative effort

The monitoring program is gathering information to strengthen implementation of the Forest Practices rules. The rules are intended to improve and protect riparian habitat on non-federal forestlands in Washington and are part of the state's salmon recovery strategy. The monitoring information was not intended for specific enforcement actions, but rather to point out areas of need and to make improvements in forest practices education, application review and processing of applications.

DNR manages and protects natural resources

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:

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

Goldmark is Washington's 13th Commissioner of Public Lands since statehood in 1889 and the first commissioner from Eastern Washington.

Weyerhaeuser to Close Bay City log export facility in Aberdeen

"This decision was necessary for the long term and is not a reflection on the hard work and commitment of the people involved in this operation," Wininger said. "Our first priority is supporting the people who will be affected by this decision."

The company will meet with union officials representing employees to discuss transition benefits.

About Weyerhaeuser

Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world's largest forest products companies, was incorporated in 1900. In 2008, sales were $8 billion. It has offices or operations in 10 countries, with customers worldwide. Weyerhaeuser is principally engaged in the growing and harvesting of timber; the manufacture, distribution and sale of forest products; and real estate construction and development.

Source: Weyerhaeuser Company

Grays Harbor County Fair Concert Tickets Go On Sale Soon

Golden Circle reserved seating tickets will go on sale Saturday, May 9th at 9 am at the Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds for the fair concerts. Act fast if you want to get your reserved Golden Circle Seat for one of our concerts, or just come out to the fair, pay your admission, and see the concert for FREE!!


2009 Fair Concerts are:

Wednesday, August 5hDAVID CASSIDY – 8 pm on the Pepsi Stage ($30.00 – Golden Circle)

Thursday, August 6hJAKE OWEN- 8 pm on the Pepsi Stage ($30.00 – Golden Circle)

Friday, August 7thJamie's Rock and Roll Legends – Featuring: Tina Turner, Elton John, and Elvis. 8 pm on the Pepsi Stage (All seating free with fair admission)

Saturday, August 8th - Bull Blast – VIP Seating $15.00 (includes fair admission)

 Check out the fair website at for ticket information and complete artist biographies, or call 360-482-2651.  Tickets can be purchased at the Grays Harbor County Fair Office only     Cash, money orders or checks are accepted – Sorry NO credit or debit transactions

WSDOT continues delivering stimulus projects, supporting local jobs

WSDOT plans to award the construction contract for this project by mid-May. Construction will begin in June and be complete by September. Crews will repave nearly 12 miles of US 97 through Goldendale and over Satus Pass. Satus Pass carries an average of 3,900 vehicles per day, providing an essential link between central and southwest Washington. Resurfacing the roadway will repair the existing pavement and extend the life of the roadway, in addition to providing a smoother and safer ride for motorists.  For more information about the US 97 – Centerville Road to Bickleton Road and Satus Pass paving project, please visit the project Web page at:  Washington State is administering the Recovery Act investments with an unprecedented level of transparency and accountability. Gov. Gregoire has created a new website,, enabling every Washingtonian to see where their tax dollars are going and hold government accountable for the results. On the federal level, President Obama has appointed Vice President Biden, a proven and aggressive Inspector General, to oversee all state’s recovery efforts and root out waste and fraud. This combined oversight will ensure taxpayer dollars aren’t wasted.  ### WSDOT keeps people, businesses and the economy moving by operating and improving the state's transportation systems. To learn more about what we're doing, including pictures, videos, news and blogs go to Get real time weather, traffic, construction alerts, pass conditions, ferry, railroad, and airline information at or dial 5-1-1. TTY users – call 1-800-833-6388.

United Way of Grays Harbor to Host Annual Drive-Thru Breakfast

Brought to you by: Anchor Bank, Dennis Company, Suzie's Cakes, Sunny 102.1, Jodesha Broadcasting, Ocean Spray, Starbucks, Jays Fruit Stand, and the United Way of Grays Harbor, come by, grab breakfast on the go and support your local United Way!  

All donations to United Way of Grays Harbor stay here in Grays Harbor.  Together we are local people helping local people. 

United Way of Grays Harbor is helping meet the most critical needs in our County; from "at risk" youth to seniors, domestic violence to hunger and hospice care to daycare.  Donations support 23 local health and human service agencies.  Our mission is to unite people and resources to build a stronger, healthier Grays Harbor. 

County Health Department Monitoring Swine Flu

People infected with this new swine flu have looked very much like people who have other types of influenza A.  The illness is characterized by fever and sore throat or cough, and may also include body aches, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.  Health officials recommend that all people with influenza, regardless of the type, stay home from work or school to avoid infecting others.  Cover your nose and mouth when you need to cough or sneeze and throw tissues in the trash when you are done with them.  Wash your hands in warm water and soap often, especially after you cough or sneeze.

"We would like people with influenza symptoms who have recently been to Mexico or affected areas in the U.S. to contact their health care provider and discuss their symptoms and travel history," says Bausher.  "Depending on the individual circumstances, some testing or treatment may be appropriate."

The same medications that help reduce the length and severity of typical influenza are effective against this new virus.  The medicine is typically used to prevent serious flu complications and is given in the first two days of the illness.

Public Health has posted information about the swine flu on their website at and will be soon post a way for people to ask questions via email.  Additional information is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at

Task Force Examining Mental Health and Substance Abuse Impacts

The April 30 meeting will focus on therapeutic courts.  These special courts are designed to improve the outcomes of persons with mental illness or substance abuse disorders who are  involved in the criminal justice system.  Therapeutic  courts keep people out of jail if they engage in treatment as directed by the therapeutic court.

The task force plans to meet two more times and will host an evening community forum on May 12, 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the "Dennis Nichols" PUD conference room; 220 Myrtle St; Hoquiam to solicit input from YOU, the citizens of our community .  A complete meeting schedule is available on the web at (click on the Community Task Force link) or in an alternate format by contacting Margi Slabaugh at (360) 532-8631 ext. 278.

Abandoning a boat is expensive – to the owner and Washington’s waters

      Boating can be a great way to relax. But in this economy and with the high fuel prices, if it becomes unaffordable, consider making any needed repairs and putting it up for sale. While the market for new boats may be slipping, boats in good condition may still find a home.

      Consider doing some basic maintenance to get it ready to sell or sail. With boating season just days away, there are buyers looking for affordable boats that are well maintained.  A small investment in maintenance could make the difference between sinking and sailing.  

      "There is no such thing as a maintenance-free boat of any size," said Ecology's Spills Prevention Section Manager Chip Boothe. "The integrity of a boat depends entirely on a regular program of inspection, maintenance and repair."

      Boothe said the time for a maintenance check up is now, BEFORE you launch your boat for the season.

      Here are some steps you can take to get your boat ready to sell or use in the coming season:

  • Start with a basic tune-up by replacing spark plugs, checking for oil and fuel leaks, and examining the clamps for rust or corrosion. Replace any old, stiff or cracking hoses that might fail. Failed hoses can cause fuel spills too.
  • Drain used oil using a pump to prevent drips or spills into the bilge. Contain the waste and take the used oil to an oil recycling location.
  • Check the bilge area for oily residue, and clean thoroughly with absorbent materials. Never use detergents on oily bilge water. Detergents make the problem worse and it is illegal to discharge the soapy water. Insert an oil-absorbent bilge pillow in the area as a safeguard for future leaks.
  • Check the bilge pump, and make sure both the automatic and manual operation work. Test the warning alarm system.
  • Check the battery for water level and for corrosion on the terminals. Recharge or replace your battery. When replacing batteries, turn the core into the dealer or use a hazardous waste recycling center. (Do not discard batteries into a dumpster. Most batteries contain lead and/or cadmium, both of which are harmful to the environment.)
  • Inspect the cockpit drains to make sure they are clear and will drain rain water or spray from boats or waves.
  • Check fuel tanks for leaks, damage or corrosion.
  • For major repairs and all bottom paint work, including bottom cleaning, pull the boat out of the water and take it to a permitted boatyard that captures any discharges. Anti-fouling paints contain toxic materials such as copper, zinc and lead that are harmful to marine life.
  • Check the hull for punctures or cracks – and repair.

      As little as a quart of spilled oil, diesel or gasoline can contaminate acres of water and can prove deadly to marine life, particularly in shallow waters. Juvenile fish, shellfish larvae and other essential sea life are extremely sensitive to even small amounts of oil or fuel products. 

      There are several boating fairs coming up that could prove to be a great advertising opportunity for boat owners. Here are a few:  

  • Tacoma – Clean, Green Boating Fair, May 2, 2009, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Delin Docks Marina, Thea Foss Waterway, Downtown Tacoma
  • Seattle – Seattle Yacht Club Opening Day Races and Parade, May 2, 2009, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Seattle
  • Sequim – Boat Parade, May 2, 2009, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., Sequim
  • Mukilteo – Boat Parade, May 2, 2009, Mukilteo Yacht Club, Mukilteo

      Be a good steward of our waters and report all fuel and oil spills by calling 800-OILS-911 and the U.S. Coast Guard at 800-424-8802. Reporting is mandatory and fines can increase for failing to notify state and federal authorities about a spill.

Public invited to propose rule changes for 2010-11 recreational fisheries

The commission will take final action on the 2010-11 sportfishing rule changes during a public meeting next February.

Information about the sportfishing rule change process and forms needed to submit proposals are available at A rule-change packet also can be requested by calling (360) 902-2700.

Proposals must be received by June 1 to be considered in this process.

The website and rule change packet both include a timeline for rule adoption, a proposal form with instructions, and information about standard seasons and other season-setting processes, such as the annual North of Falcon salmon-season forum.