Archive for May 2009

Candidate Filing Week starts June 1

Reed said his call for more people to run for public office is part of his "Find Your One Thing" program in which students and citizens are encouraged to find one thing in which they become more civically involved. 

Candidates have several options to file for office. They may use the Internet, file in person or submit the paperwork by mail. 
 

For the second time since the U.S. Supreme Court last year upheld the Top 2 Primary system adopted by citizen initiative in 2004, the Declaration of Candidacy form will allow candidates to self-describe their political preference, but this will not mean that the person is nominated by or supported by a party.

The form candidates submit will allow up to 16 characters to provide the name of the party a candidate prefers. Candidates cannot include profanity or imply or state that they are nominated or endorsed by a political party or that a party approves of or associates with them.

The regulations don't rule out candidates trying to wedge in additional information about themselves, such as "Anti-war Dem" or "Pro-life G.O.P", "Evans Republican" or "Jackson Democrat." But Reed, the state's chief elections officer, said he hopes candidates will simply list the actual name of a political party and not try to cram in personal or political information.

"Washingtonians take great pride in our elections, and they expect those who run for office to take this process seriously," Reed said. "Although very few candidates last year used silly names in stating their party preference, I hope that all candidates this year play it straight when it comes to this. If candidates expect to get elected, they need to show they are not playing games."

Three seats in the state House of Representatives are up for election this year to complete an unexpired term: 9th Legislative District, Position 1; 15th Legislative District, Position 2; and 16th Legislative District, Position 2. Because each of these legislative districts is located in more than one county, candidates for these three legislative positions this year must file with the Office of Secretary of State. 

Two judicial positions will be on the ballot this year: Court of Appeals, Division 1, District 1, Judge Position 3 in King County; and Judge Position 10 of the Clark Superior Court in Clark County.   

Although Filing Week runs June 1-5, candidates have had the option of submitting their Declaration of Candidacy form and filing fee since May 15.

In-person filings will be accepted during regular business hours June 1-5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Office of Secretary of State's Elections Division, 520 Union Avenue SE in Olympia, and at the main office in the Legislative Building in Olympia. The in-person filing deadline is 5 p.m. on June 5.

An increasingly popular way to submit a Declaration of Candidacy for office is online at http://www.vote.wa.gov/. Filings will be accepted after 9 a.m. on Monday, June 1, until 4 p.m. on Friday, June 5. The secure filings may be submitted at any hour of the day or night this way. Of the 332 candidates who filed with the Office of Secretary of State last year, 180 candidates filed electronically, or about 54 percent.

For a list of County Auditor Offices where candidates may file for local offices on the 2009 ballot, please visit www.secstate.wa.gov/elections.

After the close of Filing Week, the Office of Secretary of State will conduct a lot drawing to determine the order of candidates for each race on the 2009 ballot.

Candidates are free to publicize party endorsements, their incumbency or other descriptions in their campaigns and in voters' pamphlet statements, but Reed said the actual ballot will be free of this material.

The party information will be displayed on the ballot as:

John Smith (Prefers Democratic Party)

Jane Doe (Prefers Republican Party)

Michael Martin (States No Party Preference)

Parties are no longer allowed to fill any vacancies, because there are no more major party tickets in a Top 2 Primary. All candidates are treated the same. A race can be reopened for a special filing period if nobody files during the regular filing period.

In the Primary Election, voters choose their favorite for each office without regard to party, and the top two vote-getters advance to the General Election. As approved by the voters and upheld last year by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Top 2 Primary is a winnowing election to narrow the field for the November General Election, and not a nominating election. Parties may hold their own nominating conventions to pick a favorite for each office. That information won't go on the ballot for the state-run primary or general elections.

Filing fees for offices with annual salaries of $1,000 or more are 1 percent. For instance, it costs $421.06 to run for the Legislature.

This is the third year that candidate Filing Week has occurred in the first week of June. In previous years, candidates filed for office in the last week of July, but that changed after the Washington State Primary date was moved in 2007 from September to August.

The Primary Election is August 18. All counties but Pierce County are voting entirely by mail and ballots must be postmarked by August 18. The General Election is November 3.

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Ocean Shores man arrested on charges of embezzling in excess of $80,000

A 67 year old Ocean Shores man was arrested on Memorial Day for Theft in the First Degree for allegedly embezzling in excess of $80,000 from the Port Hole Pub during a 3 year period. John Butschky was arrested by Det. Chris Iversen after a 12 month investigation revealed that Butschky, a bookkeeper for the Port Hole Pub, had taken money from the business and gambled at the Quinault Casino. The investigation disclosed that during this 3-year period Butschky had losses totaling more than $148,000 at the Casino. Butschky admitted to a gambling addiction that had increased in severity over the past several years. Butschky currently is in custody at the Grays Harbor County Jail with a bail amount set at $30,000.

The Ocean Shores Police Department wants to remind individuals that if they have a gambling problem they are encouraged to contact the Gamblers Anonymous hotline at 888-GA-HELPS (888-424-3577)

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Coast Guard medevacs 24-year-old man near Grays Harbor

In this video released by the Coast Guard, a 24-year-old man is airlifted from the 46-foot fishing vessel Pacific Girl Wednesday May 27, 2009, 15 miles offshore of Grays Harbor, Wash.

In this video released by the Coast Guard, a 24-year-old man is airlifted from the 46-foot fishing vessel Pacific Girl Wednesday, May 27, 2009, 15 miles from Grays Harbor, Wash.   The man had an unknown medical condition at the time and was transported to the Port of Grays Harbor Airport in Hoquiam, Wash., where he was met by awaiting emergency medical services. (U.S. Coast Guard video/ Petty Officer 3rd Class Kelly Parker)

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Nighttime Seat Belt Patrols Apprehend Two Armed Robbery Suspects

On Saturday evening, May 23, while out on Nighttime Click It or Ticket patrols, Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s officers pulled over a vehicle with an unbelted passenger in the back seat. When retrieving identification of this passenger and others in the vehicle, the officers recognized that the unbelted passenger and one other passenger in the vehicle were the two suspects being sought for the armed robbery.  Both were arrested on unrelated warrants and taken to jail and have since been and charged with First Degree Armed Robbery. The driver was also issued a number of violations including a suspended license and unregistered vehicle.

Also on Saturday evening while out on the Click it or Ticket patrols, in the near vicinity, other Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s officers spotted a vehicle traveling at an excessive rate of speed and radared it at 104 MPH, then 126 MPH and finally 129 mph!  When stopped by a deputy, the driver was cited for two Reckless Driving violations, based on the two earlier radar reports.

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Coast Guard medically evacuates Hoquiam, Wash., man from vessel offshore of Grays Harbor, Wash.

In this video released by the Coast Guard, an HH-60 helicopter crew performs the medevac of Lawrence Lorton of Hoquiam, Wash., May 26, 2009. Lorton injured his hand while working aboard the fishing vessel Melissa Lynn. (U.S. Coast Guard video/PA2 Shawn Eggert)
In this video released by the Coast Guard, an HH-60 helicopter crew performs the medically evacuated of Lawrence Lorton of Hoquiam, Wash., May 26, 2009. Lorton injured his hand while working aboard the fishing vessel Melissa Lynn. (U.S. Coast Guard video/PA2 Shawn Eggert)

In this photo released by the Coast Guard, Lt. j.g. Julie Adams, a flight surgeon from Coast Guard Group Astoria, Ore., treats the hand of Lawrence Lorton of Hoquiam, Wash., aboard an HH-60 helicopter from Air Station Astoria, May 26, 2009.  Lorton injured his hand while working aboard the fishing vessel Melissa Lynn.  (U.S. Coast Guard Photo/PA2 Shawn Eggert)
In this photo released by the Coast Guard, Lt. j.g. Julie Adams, a flight surgeon from Coast Guard Group Astoria, Ore., treats the hand of Lawrence Lorton of Hoquiam, Wash., aboard an HH-60 helicopter from Air Station Astoria, May 26, 2009. Lorton injured his hand while working aboard the fishing vessel Melissa Lynn.  (U.S. Coast Guard Photo/PA2 Shawn Eggert)

In this photo released by the Coast Guard, Lt. j.g. Julie Adams, a flight surgeon from Coast Guard Group Astoria, Ore., treats the hand of Lawrence Lorton of Hoquiam, Wash., aboard an HH-60 helicopter from Air Station Astoria, May 26, 2009.  Lorton injured his hand while working aboard the fishing vessel Melissa Lynn.  (U.S. Coast Guard Photo/PA2 Shawn Eggert)
In this photo released by the Coast Guard, Lt. j.g. Julie Adams, a flight surgeon from Coast Guard Group Astoria, Ore., treats the hand of Lawrence Lorton of Hoquiam, Wash., aboard an HH-60 helicopter from Air Station Astoria,  May 26, 2009. Lorton injured his hand while working aboard the fishing vessel Melissa Lynn.  (U.S. Coast Guard Photo/PA2 Shawn Eggert)

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ASCS Northwest Memorial Day Weekend at Grays Harbor Raceway

Other local drivers expected to challenge for the win include track champions Glenn Borden Jr. from Raymond and Jay Cole from Shelton.  Tacoma's Shawn Rice will be hoping for a little luck this weekend, as he has been very fast this year and is on the verge of hitting victory square.  Kirkland's Steve Vague,  sporting a new paint job this year could surprise a lot of people with a very good finish. The new young guns that include JJ  Hickle from Quilcene,  Jared Peterson from Stanwood,  both who have feature wins at Grays Harbor Raceway this year, along with  JJ Dishneau from Maple Valley and Logan Forler from Orting will all be looking for their first ASCS feature win.  Renton's Dan Dunlap will be looking to follow up on his best ever finish at GHR last weekend.

Other Oregon drivers expected to run include Medford driver's Chad Nolan and Phillip De Rosa,  along with Bend's Chad Groves.

In the Triple X Ford Focus Midget division, Auburn's Jonathan Jorgenson leads the point standings with 230 points, on the strength of two feature wins in a row,  in the first two events.  Springfield's Allison Journey holds down second place with 205 points, followed by Aberdeen's Brandon Daniels and Snohomish driver Seth Hespe tied at 202,  Edmonds Tony Carabello rounds out the top five with 197 points.  Rookie driver, fourteen year old Ariel Biggs from Aberdeen who set fast time at the last race,  sits in eighth position in points.

 

The front gate will open at 4:30 pm on both Saturday and Sunday Nights, with racing to start at 7:00 pm.

For more information please go to www.graysharborracewayway.com or call the Raceway office at 360 482-4374.

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Wildfire prevention tips for this Memorial Day Weekend

Here are some steps to ensure a fire-safe holiday weekend: 

  • Make sure all off-road vehicles have a properly functioning catalytic converter
  • Dispose of lit smoking materials appropriately
  • Only build campfires when and where authorized
  • Remember that discharging fireworks is illegal on public lands

 

Outdoor burning

In Washington, outdoor burning is a leading cause of wildfire ignitions. Greg Sinnett, DNR Chief Meteorologist, says, "As we transition into late spring, the westside can experience strong eastwinds, and the eastside can have fast moving, dry cold fronts. So be aware of rapidly changing weather conditions, especially if burning outdoors."

Before burning, call 1-800-323-BURN (2876) or log onto http://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/firedanger.

Home survival of wildfire

Holiday weekends are a good time to look at the structure survivability of your home, business or other buildings. How well a structure resists fire ignition and can suppress any fire ignition that might occur will depend on: 

  • Structure survivability performance: Are the roof and any decking made of fire resistant materials?
  • Fire exposure: Are there tree limbs, wood piles, or vegetation close to the structure that could easily ignite? Is vegetation growing close to the structure well maintained, low growing, and not dried out?
  • Safe Access: Are your house or other structures in a place that firefighters can locate, reach, and safely remain to fight a fire?

 

To prevent fire ignition around structures, improve the structure's survivability. Remember, ‘Only You Can Prevent Wildfire.'

 

DNR's wildfire mission

Administered by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, DNR is responsible for preventing and fighting wildfires on 12.7 million acres of private, state and tribal-owned forestlands in Washington. DNR is the state's largest on-call fire department. During fire season, this includes more than seven hundred DNR employees who have other permanent jobs with the agency and about 375 seasonal workers. DNR also participates in Washington's coordinated interagency approach to firefighting.

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