Archive for March 2012

Flood Watch in Effect for Chehalis at Porter

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for a portion of Western Washington…including Grays Harbor County, through this evening.
Rainfall this morning could be enough to drive the chehalis river at porter above flood stage, this afternoon.

Any Flooding That Does Occur Will Be Minor.

NOAA Prediction

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions…

A Flood Watch Means Conditions Are Favorable For Flooding But Flooding Is Not Imminent Or Occurring. Monitor The Latest Forecasts From The National Weather Service And Be Ready To Act Quickly If Flooding Is Observed Or A Warning Is Issued.

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DNR to Close Access to Illegal and Unauthorized Mountain Bike Trails in Northeastern Whatcom County

Beginning Monday, DNR crews will be removing user-built structures and restoring the areas where the unauthorized trails were built. In addition, DNR law enforcement officers will monitor the area and issue citations to anyone observed trying to build illegal trails or structures or attempting to ride these trails.

Thoughtful planning provides sustainable recreation

DNR is committed to providing recreation opportunities that are compatible with its obligation as steward of nearly 3 million acres of state trust lands. The agency is interested in pursuing safe and sustainable trail-based recreation in the county through a thoughtful planning process that involves input from citizens and recreation user groups.

“We welcome the opportunity to partner with the public to get funding and to plan and develop new recreation areas,” Mauren said. “Once developed, these areas will also need adequate funding to maintain and provide enforcement protection.”

In addition, DNR recreation planning relies on the best available science to help determine the most suitable locations for siting trails and facilities. To develop a new recreation site, DNR must also obtain all state and county permits and have adequate resources to maintain trail systems once they are built.

For the past five years, DNR has been developing recreation plans on state lands. Designated mountain bike trails are included in each of these landscapes, including Reiter Foothills Forest in eastern Snohomish County; Yacolt Burn State Forest, in southeast Washington; and Ahtanum State Forest west of Yakima. To date, DNR has developed or is in the process of developing recreation plans on 314,000 acres of state forested trust lands.

Other mountain bike options

Nearby mountain biking opportunities on DNR-managed lands include Blanchard Forest, which has some designated mountain biking trails and Walker Valley ORV Trail System, east of Mount Vernon.

Many of the ski resorts in the area, such as Stevens Pass and Whistler Mountain, offer summer mountain biking opportunities. Duthie Hill Bike Park near Issaquah provides year-round riding.

Recreation on DNR-managed lands
DNR manages 5.6 million acres of state-owned forest, aquatic, agricultural, conservation and urban lands. Most recreation on these lands takes place in the 2.9 million acres of forests that DNR manages as state trust lands. By law, state trust lands are managed to produce income for schools, universities, prisons, state mental hospitals, community colleges, local services in many counties, and the state’s General Fund. State trust lands are also managed to provide fish and wildlife habitat and educational and recreational opportunities.

DNR-managed lands provide 1,100 miles of trails, 143 recreation sites, and a variety of landscapes throughout Washington State. Recreational opportunities include hiking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, camping, motorized vehicle riding, mountain biking, and boating.

DNR’s main recreation focus is to provide trails, trailhead facilities, and a primitive camping experience in a natural setting.

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Bank Of The Pacific Welcomes Residential Real Estate Lender

 In his free time, Kerry enjoys golf and other sports and spending time with his 5 children and 19 grandchildren.

Bank of the Pacific has over $650 million in assets with 17 branch locations, serving Grays Harbor, Pacific, Skagit, Wahkiakum and Whatcom counties in Washington and Clatsop County in northwest Oregon. The Bank offers retail services, commercial banking and residential mortgage origination in all these markets. Bank of the Pacific is a member of FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender. More information on the bank is available at their website

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Mason County Assault Victim Dies

When the victim arrived at the public fishing access, he exited his car with cash in hand.  He went over to the Baze vehicle to conduct the transaction.  As the victim talked to Baze, Churchill exited an outdoor toilet and approached the victim from behind.  Churchill is alleged to have struck the victim in the head at least twice with a metal baseball bat, critically injuring him and knocking him to the ground.  Churchill retrieved the $45.00 in cash from the victim then Churchill and Baze left the scene.


Investigators say the victim was able to make his way to his vehicle and drive himself across the street to the Bayshore Grocery where he was discovered by passers-by who called law enforcement. 

Investigators located Baze and Churchill at a residence in Lake Limerick where they were arrested.   Both Churchill and Baze have made a court appearance.

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Community Hospital Announces Restructure

 “To continue providing healthcare in our community, we must face this transition head on and adjust our operations,” said CEO Tom Jensen. “The team at Grays Harbor Community Hospital has made significant steps to become a more efficient organization.  Everyone is tightening their belts, but we have to do more. The next step is a system-wide restructure that will involve a difficult but necessary workforce reduction.”

As part of this plan, Grays Harbor Community Hospital board members and administrators are carefully evaluating approximately 6 percent of its workforce, which will impact nearly 50-60 people. There has also been a 10% salary cut for all administrators, managers, and salaried staff—a total of 63 team members. This restructure affects union and nonunion jobs.  “These cuts will not affect patient care.  We will continue to provide our customers with the highest quality care and service right here in Grays Harbor,” according to Sharon Schermer, chairman of the GHCH Board of Directors.

Hospital directors will be working with impacted individuals and departments to make certain they are treated fairly, respectfully, and according to GHCH policies and procedures. In those areas with union employees, GHCH will follow all applicable contract language and will work collaboratively with the union.

 “As the largest nonprofit healthcare provider in Coastal Washington, the community depends on us.  Despite how difficult the past year has been, we are committed to providing quality care for all people, regardless of ability to pay” said Tom Jensen. “This is not an easy decision for our organization, but in this extremely challenging environment it is necessary to ensure Grays Harbor Community Hospital is able to provide quality care in our community for generations to come.”

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Aberdeen Police Investigating Coffee Stand Burglaries

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Police are investigating a rash of burglaries at area coffee stands that appear to be escalating. Police Captain John Green tells us A window was broken at Harbor Coffee on Oak street twice, on March 7th and the 23rd. Surveillance video picked up two running from Coffeeman on Heron street after an alarm was activated early Tuesday morning. Then Wednesday morning Green says it appears power was disrupted from Spill The Beans espresso stand on Wishkah before a window was broken and an undisclosed amount of money stolen.

Anyone with information is asked to call the APD Tipline at (360)538-4450

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Ocean Shores Chamber Selects Executive Director

Wright is also a past president of the Puget Sound Association of Professional Mortgage Women, a non-profit organization created in 1964 to develop business, personal, and leadership qualities and to advance women in mortgage-related professions.


“The primary goal of the chamber is to promote and support the business community.” states Wright. “We have a stable and viable chamber that can be strengthened by building on the programs currently in place and further enhanced by embracing and developing new ideas. I am looking forward to talking to everyone and hearing their perspective on what their chamber can and should be.”

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