Archive for May 2012

Community Hospital to Close Diabetes Outpatient Program

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Grays Harbor Community Hospital has announced the closure of their outpatient Diabetes & Nutrition Education Department on its East Campus, effective today.
Vice President of Public Relations David Quigg tells us the services were well received by participants, however there were an insufficient number of outpatients utilizing them to permit continued operation. Diabetes
education and nutrition services will continue to be provided to inpatients on the Hospital’s West Campus.

The Hospital is currently working with other area agencies to ensure that diabetic education services are available on the Harbor.

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Visit Grays Harbor : June Events Calendar

Grays Harbor Tourism


Straddleline Off-Road Vehicle Park – McCleary
Weekly Car Races – Grays Harbor Raceway, Elma

2-3 International Kite Challenge – Ocean Shores
Annual event showcasing kites & kite flying.
Contact: (360) 289-4103

9 Flag Day Parade & Street Dance – Ocean Shores
Salute the stars and stripes with this parade and dance.
Contact: (360) 289-2314

Fleur de Lis Festival & Art in the Vines – Westport
Westport Winery hosts a French themed art market.
Contact: (360) 648-2224

22-24 Rusty Scupper’s Pirate Daze – Westport
Fun, family festival celebrating pirates & ships.
Contact: Westport/Grayland Chamber (800) 345-6223

29-7/1 Five Star Sand & Sawdust Festival – Ocean Shores
Master & amateur sand and chainsaw competition.
Contact: (360) 289-3797

Grays Harbor Tourism
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Lake Quinault Fishing Derby June 9

QUINAULT, Wash. – Tickets are on sale now for the Lake Quinault High School Boys Baseball and Girls Basketball Fishing Derby. In conjunction with the Quinault Indian Nation, the derby offers prizes ranging from a $1000.00 Adult grand prize to bikes and other prizes for the kids. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for Youth under 13, and can be purchased from members of the baseball and basketball teams as well as at the Rain Forest Resort and the Amanda Park Merc. The event, Headquartered at the Rain Forest Resort Village, starts at 6AM June 9th. Lake Quinault is located just off Highway 101 on the west side of the Olympic Peninsula. Drive 42 miles north of Aberdeen, or 120 miles south of Port Angeles through Forks.

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United Way of Grays Harbor to Honor Lynn Daneker

Aberdeen, WA- The United Way Grays Harbor will hold its annual Board of Directors and Membership meeting at the Grays Harbor Country Club, Tuesday, June 12, 2012 from 12 Noon- 1:30 p.m. Plate lunch and beverages will be served, followed by the short business meeting and recognition ceremony.

The board and membership will elect new board members/officers and review the annual budget for approval, which includes agency program funding for 2012-2013. A report on the results achieved from last year’s funding will also be given. The Joel Wolff Lifetime Community Service Award will be presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to our community, along with the United Way of Grays Harbor’s Business of the Year award. Lynn Daneker will also be recognized with an award named in his honor, The Lynn Daneker Outstanding Service Award, presented to a Board Member that has exemplified Lynn’s example of caring, commitment and dedication to the United Way of Grays Harbor Board of Directors.

All persons who contributed to the United Way in the 2011-2012 fundraising campaign are members of the organization and are invited to this meeting. The cost will be $25 at the door or $20 in advance.

More information is available by calling the United Way office at 532-6260.

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AHAB Siren Testing Monday June 4th

Montesano, WA – Washington State Emergency Management Division will conduct its monthly countywide AHAB (All Hazard Alert Broadcast) Siren test on Monday, June 04, 2012, at noon.

AHAB sirens are located in Pacific Beach, Copalis Beach, Ocean City, Ocean Shores, Hoquiam, Aberdeen, Moclips, Westport and Grayland. All Grays Harbor County sirens will be included in the test beginning at noon.

AHAB sirens have a range of about one mile in radius depending on topography and weather. The activation will be Westminster Chimes followed by a test voice message.

These sirens are meant to provide emergency notification to people who are OUTDOORS! Citizens, businesses and local and tribal governments are encouraged to obtain and maintain a working NOAA Weather Radio for indoor notification.

Please DO NOT CALL 911 regarding this testing. If you have any questions or reports regarding the test, please contact Grays Harbor County Emergency Management at 360-249-3911 or [email protected].

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Area Sheriff Departments Sign Inter Local Agreement

From Left clockwise around the table, (Lewis County Sheriff Steve Mansfield, Grays Harbor County Sheriff Mike Whelan,Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza, Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury,Mason County Chief Deputy Osterhut,Mason County Undersheriff Barrett,Thurston County Undersheriff Braniff,Pacific County Sheriff Scott Johnson and Grays Harbor County Undersheriff Rick Scott).This agreement formalizes the purpose, services, and authority. This agreement is similar to the one signed by Sheriff Johnson in May of 2011 with Wahkiakum & Cowlitz counties in Washington, and Columbia and Clatsop counties in Oregon. That agreement also gave mutual police powers between each county, and it has allowed Drug Task Force deputies to make arrests on persons trafficking narcotics interstate.

“We are making great strides in developing relationships with other agencies that significantly benefit our local communities”, Sheriff Johnson said. “Sharing resources and personnel, often at no cost, are huge during these tough economic times”. The Sheriff’s were careful to note that they would not invoke the agreement on everyday routine calls, but would feel free to call on one another when a major incident occurs and local staffing was inadequate.

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Simpson Avenue Bridge to Close 4 Weeks to Wrap Repairs

Simpson Bridge Pier Repair Detour Map

Due to the US 101 Simpson Avenue Bridge closure, motor vehicle traffic is being detoured onto the nearby Riverside Bridge, which has been reconfigured to accommodate two-way traffic.

Below: Downtown Hoquiam is open for business and can be accessed via SR 109 during the closure.  Click here for a downloadable PDF version of the map.

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