Archive for June 2012

Coast Guard Rescues 4 Off Grays Harbor Coast

WESTPORT, Wash. – The Coast Guard rescued four people from the water 17 miles west of Westport, this morning.

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River tells KBKW they received a distress call from the crew of the 52-foot fishing vessel Quest at approximately 11:10 p.m., Thursday, stating the boat was quickly taking on water. The crew reported they could not dewater the vessel fast enough to keep it afloat and were told to don survival gear and abandon the boat while a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Station Grays Harbor in Westport and an MH-60 helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria were sent to assist.

WESTPORT, Wash. - Crewmembers of the fishing vessel Quest abandon ship as their boat sinks 17 miles west of Westport, June 29, 2012. A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria hoisted the men from the water and took them to Bowerman Airfield in Hoquiam, Wash., where they were left with emergency medical personnel. Coast Guard video by Air Station Astoria.The helicopter crew arrived on scene at approximately 12 a.m. to find three people in a life raft and one in the water. A rescue swimmer was deployed to assist the crewmember in the water and then all four were hoisted into the helicopter. The crew was taken to Bowerman Airfield in Hoquiam, Wash., to be examined by emergency medical personnel. There were no reported injuries.

The 47-foot motor lifeboat crew arrived to locate the vessel, assess the risk of pollution and collect the vessel’s EPIRB from the water. The Quest sank with an estimated 250 gallons of diesel fuel on board, but there were no signs of pollution.

Summer Raises Risk For Bacteria in Oysters

Also at increased risk are people who take medication to reduce stomach acid, heart or diabetes medication, or have had recent antibiotic treatment or cancer therapies; these people should not eat raw or undercooked shellfish.

Cooking shellfish until the shells just open is not enough to kill Vibrio bacteria. Shellfish should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145°F for at least 15 seconds. As a general guideline:

· If boiling, continue to cook for 3 to 5 minutes after shells open.

· If steaming, continue to cook for 4 to 9 minutes after shells open.

In addition to monitoring for Vibrio the Department of Health monitors for biotoxins such as paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP), amnesic shellfish poisoning (ASP), and diarrehtic shellfish poisoning (DSP) that have also been found in Washington waters. These biotoxins are not destroyed by cooking.

People who eat shellfish contaminated with biotoxins can become seriously ill or even die. A person cannot tell if the toxin is present by looking at the water or the shellfish. Biotoxins such as PSP, also known as “red tide,” can only be detected by laboratory testing.

People who are harvesting shellfish can protect themselves from illness:

· Before gathering shellfish in the state people should call our toll-free, Biotoxin Hotline (1-800-562-5632) or check our shellfish safety website to see if there are any beach closures for vibrio, biotoxins, or pollution.

· Harvest shellfish from the beach as soon as possible after the tide recedes. Don’t harvest shellfish that have been exposed to the sun for more than two hours.

· Refrigerate or put shellfish on ice immediately after harvest.

· Cook shellfish to an internal temperature of 145°F for 15 seconds.

Aberdeen Man Shot While Cleaning Guns With Relative

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Police are investigating a shooting after officers were  dispatched to the 2300 block of W. 2nd Street for a male who had been shot in the arm while cleaning guns.  Aberdeen Police arrived on scene and found the 55 year old male resident in the garage with a gunshot wound to his right foreman.  Officers spoke to the 55 year old male and his 26 year old nephew who was also in the garage.  They stated they were in the garage cleaning their firearms.  The 26 year old nephew was beginning to disassemble his pistol when he pulled the trigger, unaware that the pistol was loaded.  The pistol discharged striking the 55 year old male in the right forearm.  The 55 year old male was transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The incident is still under investigation.  

Ocean Shores Liquor Store Sells at Auction

Successful bidders earned the exclusive right to apply for a liquor license at the current location within its current footprint. All state store properties are below the 10,000 square foot threshold established by the initiative. Successful bidders will need to secure a lease with the property landlord. If they are unable to secure a lease, they may re-sell their right or request an alternative location within a one-mile radius of the existing location.

The live auction was hosted at the Washington State Liquor Control Board Distribution Center, and conducted by Stokes Auction. Located in Port Orchard, Stokes has been conducting auctions in the Pacific Northwest since 1975.  

State Seeks Stay on Roll Your Own Tobacco Injunction

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The State of Washington has asked the Washington State Supreme Court for an immediate stay of a lower court’s preliminary injunction barring implementation of a law requiring operators of roll-your-own cigarette machines to collect the same taxes due on other commercially manufactured cigarettes.

In a motion for a stay filed with the Supreme Court, attorneys for the Washington State Department of Revenue and Liquor Control Board argued that the order signed by Franklin County Superior Court Judge Bruce Spanner earlier today would cause irreparable harm to the state by allowing customers of the machines to continue to avoid paying cigarette taxes on the cigarettes made with commercial, roll-your-own machines. The state estimates that it faces losing between $12 million and $55 million a year.

Judge Spanner’s order doesn’t actually go into effect until the plaintiffs in the case post a $200,000 bond, which they have yet to do, but the state is seeking swift action from the Supreme Court because the legislation is scheduled to take effect on Sunday, July 1.

Judge Spanner’s order is based on his view that the legislation creates a new tax subject to a two-thirds vote of the Legislature under Initiative 1053. But for decades, the cigarette tax has been due on all cigarettes handled, possessed or consumed in Washington. The State contends in its motion to the Supreme Court that the legislation, 3E2SHB 2565, simply created a more effective enforcement mechanism to stop evasion of the cigarette tax.

More information on the issue, including the order and motion for stay, is available at http://dor.wa.gov/RYO.

Affordable Care Act Upheld, Washington Sits at Front of The Line


The millions of Washington state consumers benefitting from the Affordable Care Act’s early reforms include:

  • · More than 2.4 million people who no longer face lifetime caps on their health benefits.
  • · More than 52,000 young adults up to age 26 who have stayed on their parents’ health plans.
  • · More than 1.2 million people who now have coverage for preventive care with no co-pays or deductibles.
  • · More than 60,000 people in Medicare who have saved hundreds on their prescription drugs.

Washington state also leveraged millions in federal funds available under the Affordable Care Act to create:

“The Affordable Care Act is not perfect, but it moves us in the right direction and is the only meaningful reform that’s passed in decades,” said Kreidler. “The debate was clearly contentious, and I’m grateful to have it behind us. But, now it’s time to focus on the work ahead – more than a million uninsured people in our state are counting on us.”

Ocean Shores Body Identified

WESTPORT, Wash. – The Grays Harbor Coroners Office has identified the body found on the beach at Ocean Shores on Tuesday, June 26 as that of Chester “Lee” Jellesed, 14, of Westport. Mr. Jellesed disappeared in the surf at Westport on June 12th. Deputy Coroner Lane Yeomans tells us an autopsy conducted on Tuesday concluded that Jellesed died as a result of salt water drowning.

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A memorial will be held for Lee on July 8th at the Ocosta Rec Hall beginning at 6PM.

State Patrol Responds to Accident on Highway 12

Montesano, WA- Traffic was reduced to one-lane alternating in the Eastbound lanes of Highway 12 yesterday afternoon near the Wynochee River bridge in Montesano, after the Washington State Patrol reports a two vehicle accident blocked the westbound lanes for several hours.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Russ Winger tells us a 1994 Ford truck was rear ended by a 1991 Chevy Prism when it slowed pull to the shoulder. Both drivers and the passengers of the Prism were transported to Community Hospital for various injuries. The driver of the Prism was cited for Following to Closely.

Hoquiam Adopts Resolution Against Wild Olympics

HOQUIAM, Wash. – The City of Hoquiam this week took a stance of opposition and inquiry to the Wild Olympics Campaign, Councilman Darrin Moir said the resolution adopted sends a strong message.
While we disagree with portions of the legislation, we also are here to open a dialog and keep that dialog open. This is a good resolution, it leaves the door wide open for dialog. – Hoquiam Councilman Darrin Moir
Al Carter, who now works for the Wild Olympics campaign, spoke against each item on the resolution before it’s adoption. “It won’t close roads, it won’t affect access, and it won’t cost a single timber job. It will permanently protect our natural heritage for future generations.”
Councilwoman Brenda Carlstrom said she represented the residents that openly supported Wild Olympics when she was the only nay vote.
After a very tame debate over the resolution, and it’s adoption, Mayor Jack Durney praised all in attendance “I think it’s something we can all be very proud of, tonight’s meeting is something that I think is one of the greatest things I’ve witnessed in this room in nine years. Knowing a lot of the folks who are here have very oposite feelings about different things.”
The Hoquiam resolution did not directly cite legislation proposed last week by Norm Dicks and Patty Murray’s office, rather it stated that the city opposed many of the ideals therein, and encouraged residents to remain involved in the discussion.

Legal or Not, Fireworks Will be Examined on State Ferries

You can view the Washington State Patrol Fire Marshal’s fireworks education campaign kit at www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/fireworks.htm and the enforcement campaign kit at www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/educamp.htm.

 

The State Fire Marshal’s office maintains an up-to-date list of legal and illegal fireworks at www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/docs/fwlicensing/lglfwrks.pdf. Fireworks can be legally sold in Washington from June 28, 2012, at noon and ends July 5, 2012 at 11 pm. 

 

For specific information about fireworks and fireworks safety contact: Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Dan Johnson, WSP Office of the State Fire Marshal at 360-596-3913.