Archive for July 2010

11th Annual Shipwreck Beads Modified Nationals

Top local drivers looking to win their first Modified Nationals include current Grays Harbor Raceway points leader Scott Miller from Shelton, 2009 Grays Harbor Raceway Champion Josh Muller from Montesano and former Champion Craig Moore from Seabeck. Out of town drivers expected to challenge for the win include, Scott Lenz from Eagle Point, Oregon, Lenz has already won a feature at Grays Harbor this year. Mark Wague from Medford, Dave Duste Jr from Central Point, Doug Davenport from Vernonia, Or, Shawn Dorie from St Helens, Or, Don Jenner and Kenny Miller from Vancouver, Wa, along with Canadian’s Jason Beaulieu from Campbell River B.C., Lawrence O’Connor from Port Hardy, B.C., and Graham Cook from Nanoose, B.C.

Friday’s highlight will be the 25 lap Pete Muller Logging Race of Champions, this event was open to all former Shipwreck Beads Modified Champions, any past Modified Track Champion and feature winners at Grays Harbor Raceway in 2010. The field will consist of 20 drivers that pre-entered and met the requirements. Drivers will draw numbers for their starting positions.

Saturday will feature the Shipwreck Beads Modified Nationals that will pay $2500.00 to win the 40 lap feature. The top 16 drivers in points from Friday Night will be locked into Saturday Night’s feature, four will transfer from the B-Main and two each will come from the Last Chance races to make up the 24 car field.

The front gates open at 4:30 pm, qualifying at 5:30 and racing to start around 6:30.
For more information please go to or call the Raceway office at (360) 482- 4374

Grays Harbor Raceway is proud to be partnered with so many great partners that include Crown Distributing, Coors and Miller, Harbor Pacific Bottling, Pepsi and Mountain Dew, Hoosier Racing Tires, Triple X Race Co, Shipwreck Beads, Little Creek Casino and Resort, Lindseyz Landscaping, Cut Rate Auto Parts, Elma Lanes, Industrial Hydraulics, Our Community Credit Union, ShuJacks Bar & Grill, MASCO Petroleum, Turbo Blue, Bulldog Trailers, Lucky Eagle Casino Microtel Inn & Suites, Toads Deli, Great NorthWest Federal Credit Union, Sideline Auto Wrecking, Speedmart and Little Nickel.

State and Local Taxes Drop to 30th Nationally

The report also compares property taxes.  Washington ranked 34th in property taxes per $1,000 personal income in 2008, improved from 32nd in 2007.  Washington’s 2008 property taxes of $28.82 per $1,000 bettered the national average of $34.49.  In property taxes per capita, Washington ranked 26th ($1,189), $57 less than the national average of $1,246.  In 2007, it ranked 27th at $1,143 per capita.

In states such as Washington that have relatively high personal incomes, the tax ranking on the basis of population tends to be higher than the ranking by the income measure.  Economists favor comparing taxes relative to income because it takes into account both willingness and ability to pay.

The Census Bureau is the only source of tax data for all states, and it takes the agency time to gather and publish the information. The FY2008 figures do not reflect the sharp drop in tax revenues that began in FY2009.

The full report is available here.

Hoquiam Farmers Market News – ROCK Edition

The Satsop River Festival opens the doors of the Olympic Stadium at 10am on Saturday, and the bands begin blasting at 10:45. This is your classic all day long and well into the night Rock Festival, complete with food and craft vendors plus a beer garden. If it’s been a while since you attended an event like this, let me refresh your memory as to necessary items to pack for the day. Sunscreen, wide brim hat, cash, sunglasses, pillows and a blanket are the core basics. Personally, I always stash some toilet paper in my bag too, just in case of a shortage. I’m sure that won’t be the case with this well-managed event, but old habits die hard.

Can you imagine if we’d had cell phones back in 1971 at the original festival? Somehow word still managed to get out about the magnitude of the event, because people kept pouring in until an estimated 150,000 hippie wannabes were rockin’ out in the valley. Mark Swanson showed us aerial photos that he took, showing tents littered on the ground like pebbles. I’m thinking that my toilet paper stash would have been as good a commodity as gold at that event! No, I cannot claim to have been there myself, but my dear husband was one of the guys with a tent set up. Oddly enough, he is somewhat mute on the subject. Probably trying to spare my feelings, because I can detect the glimmer of some really fine memories when the subject arises.

The lineup of bands for Saturday is impressive, and I’ve printed out and marked up the schedule so that I don’t miss hearing my favorites; Wishbone Ash and Eric Burdon are playing in the evening, but there is fabulous music all day long on 2 stages. R.A.F. is one that I won’t miss, because Hoquiams’ own Duke Erickson, bassist extraordinnaire from Metal Church is playing. To think that this guy used to mow my lawn! He shudders now when reminded of it. His brothers had passed the job along to him, I think it was a rite of passage for the Erickson clan. Another band I am anticipating is Drive. We heard them open for an act at the D&R and were astounded by their sound. The lead singer is amazing, a Hoquiam High School student with a voice and stage presence well beyond his years. Bet he already has groupies. And Randy Hansen, an amazing Jimi Hendrix tribute artist will be back in town. We saw him this Spring at the D & R, and what a performance he gave!

If you are concerned about having food to keep you going, fear not! Deidra will have her extraordinary custom built sandwiches and soups available, Nancy is bringing oodles of her rightly famous cinnamon rolls, cookies, pies, and jams (including a fresh batch of Little Wild Blackberry with special Satsop River Rock Festival labels!), and our own Anthony Stricevich is grilling his mouth watering sausages all day long. Shirley Teague has been working feverishly making plenty of Tie Dye shirts and dresses- her newest designs are light years better than anything that you wore back in 1971!

Barbara Bennett Parsons, manager of the Hoquiam Farmers Market- another Oldie but Goodie. More berries and produce arriving daily! 538-9747 for orders!

Skokomish River opens for salmon fishing Aug. 1

The recreational fishery was converted to a mark-selective fishery for hatchery chinook salmon – which are marked with a missing adipose fin – to help meet conservation goals for wild chinook salmon returning to the Skokomish River, said Thom Johnson, district fish biologist for WDFW.

Another change this year is that recreational fishing will be closed from the Highway 106 Bridge upstream to the Highway 101 Bridge on six Mondays to avoid potential gear conflicts with treaty tribal fishers, said Johnson. Those closures are scheduled for Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and Sept. 13. Recreational fishing downstream of the Highway 106 Bridge will remain open seven days a week through the fishing season.

Anglers fishing the Skokomish River also will be required to release any salmon not hooked inside the mouth and retain the first two legal salmon they catch. In addition, single-point barbless hooks are required and a night closure and anti-snagging rule will be in effect.

Anglers are expected to not only follow the fishing regulations, but also to properly dispose of trash and human waste, said Johnson.

Last year, WDFW warned Skokomish River anglers that the fishing season could be closed after an accumulation of trash and human waste created potential health and water quality problems. A cooperative clean-up effort by WDFW employees, anglers and Hunter Farms – a private landowner – helped to avert a closure by increasing the number of portable toilets and trash receptacles in the area and removing human waste and trash from the banks of the river.

Before the fishery opens this year, WDFW will increase the number of dumpsters and portable toilets along the river, and post signs asking anglers for their assistance in keeping the area clean.

“Our goal is to conduct an orderly and sustainable fishery on the Skokomish River,” said Johnson. “That can only happen if anglers follow the rules and do their part to keep the river clean and safe.”

Fishing regulations on the Skokomish River can be found in the 2010/2011 sportfishing rules pamphlet on WDFW’s website at

Newly Elected National SkillsUSA President is From Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Aberdeen High School Senior Katie Grimnes has been elected as National President of SkillsUSA. Earlier this year, she became Aberdeen High’s first ever National Officer when she was elected at the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City.

Grimnes was elected during the National Officer Training Conference in Virginia this week. She has been chapter president for Aberdeen High School the past two years and has also served in other leadership positions.

SkillsUSA was formerly known as VICA. This is the first time in the organization’s 45-year history that a National President has been elected from Washington State.

DNR sets open house meetings to discuss program that compensates small forest landowners for costs of regulation

Two of the meetings will discuss eligibility and prioritization requirements of the Forestry Riparian Easement Program (FREP).

The date, time and location of the initial input meetings are:

Open House Meetings

August 4, 2010 – Spokane
When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: WSU Extension – Spokane County Extension building
222 North Havana Street
Spokane, Washington 
August 9, 2010 – Centralia
When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Centralia Community College Science Center, Room NSC 121
600 Centralia College Blvd.
Centralia, Washington

DNR will take input from these meetings to draft a set of recommendations that will be reviewed at a third open house meeting, scheduled for late August.

Open House meeting to review recommendations

A third meeting will provide an opportunity to review and supply comment on the draft recommendations that were generated from the input meetings. DNR will deliver a final set of recommendations to the legislature by October 1, 2010.

The date, time and location of the review meeting is:

August 30, 2010, Olympia
When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Natural Resources Building, Room 172
1111 Washington Street, Olympia, WA
(Follow sign from visitors parking level P-1 to the meeting room).

Send comments to [email protected] or by phone at 360-902-1400.

Online Guides Available to Aide Washington Voters

“Certainly this 2010 primary is a pivotal one and I encourage all voters to bone up on the candidates and the issues, using these resources, media coverage, campaign literature, and websites, candidate forums and other opportunities to get informed.”

Although a handful of counties are producing a primary Voters’ Guide, state government typically does not publish one. Lawmakers did finance one in 2008, the first primary using the new voter-approved Top 2 system. But due budget constraints, the Legislature could not pick up the cost for this year’s primary guide. The cost would have been about $1.3 million.

A printed General Election Voters’ Pamphlet is in the works and will be mailed out in October.

A quick look at the electronic services available:

–My Vote.

In 36 of the state’s 39 counties, voters can go to and click on the My Vote icon and fill in your name and birthdate. There you’ll find a variety of information, including your customized Voters’ Guide, including U.S. Senate, U.S. House, legislative and judicial contests, and local government races and propositions. You can click on each race you’ll be voting on and drill down for further information by clicking on the candidates’ names. You’ll find the candidate’s information, campaign statement and phone number, web link and email address. Three counties host their own voter information links – King, Yakima and Kitsap.


–Online Voters’ Guide.

The Secretary of State’s official online guide includes the Top 2 contests for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, Legislature, and multi-county judicial races. Go to the Elections homepage, and click on the first item under Current Topics. Click on the materials you want to view. The online guide is available in Spanish and Chinese.

–Video Voters’ Guide.

The state Elections Division and TVW have video clips by U.S. Senate and Supreme Court candidates. You can click on

Deidra’ Deli at the Grays Harbor Public Market

The current Grays Harbor Public Market was begun by a handful of people in 1974 in the parking lot of the old hospital that was in the location of the current Pearsall Building on Sumner Avenue in Aberdeen.  When the hospital building was going to be demolished to make way for the Pearsall building we had to find a new location.  So we moved to an empty gravel and dirt parking lot on State Street near Marshalls  Garden and Pet Store.  That location lasted a few years but proved to be very dusty so we searched out a new location.  The city of Aberdeen allowed us to close down one side of Broadway between Heron and Market on Saturdays which proved to be the most popular location.  We were there for many years, however the weather began to tear at us.  Many a Saturday the vendors would show up with trucks and car loads of produce, bakery items, flowers, and plants and if the weather was rainy then sales would be poor and the folks would have to haul the products back home.  So the hunt was on to locate a building where we could be out of the rain and even go later into the season.  We rented a building on F street from Mr Isaacson where we lasted a few years.  We didn’t get rained on, however we were over the river with cracks so large that you could watch the river flow and it was quite cold.  We had some bottles of jams actually break during the freezing weather.  Again we were hunting for an indoor location that was a little more body and product friendly.  The old Wishkah Mall had many empty storefronts, though it wasn’t ideal, it was warm, so we moved in.  The mall didn’t prove to be a great location but at least we weren’t freezing to death, but the look was on.  Phyllis Shrauger was mayor of Hoquiam in the early 90’s and approached us with a old machine shop on the site of the current market.  We looked and decided it could be a good location but we could never get rid of the oil smell so opted out.  Then the next proposal came from her after she discovered that a new building could be constructed by the Americorp group for us to move into and rent from the city of Hiquiam and we’ve been there since the early 1990’s.

The market is open Wednesday though Saturdays from 9 to 5 officially, however once the bakery staff is there from the wee hours they will help anybody that walks in the door early, in fact they make espresso drinks early before any other stand is even open.  Sundays the market is open during the summer and just before the Christmas holiday.

Conservative Comments with Mike Yarmakovich

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Commentary from the Left with Gary Murrell

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