Archive for July 2012

Mark Reed Seeks Name for New Hospital

Hospital District Administrators, Commissioners, and Staff are looking for a name that will be representative of the entire region they serve and services they provide. The community is encouraged to help by submitting ideas. The deadline for submitting names will be noon, Sunday, August 5th.
“This decision wasn’t taken lightly,” Renee Jensen, CEO shared, “We will continue to operate a rural health care clinic in the McCleary location with the name of Mark Reed. We felt it was important to uniquely identify these two locations to avoid confusion. It is important to be respectful of and preserve the history of the McCleary site while allowing the new campus to create its own identity.”
The current Mark Reed Campus in McCleary consists of both Mark Reed Healthcare Clinic and Mark Reed Hospital. When Mark Reed Hospital closes in February 2013, Mark Reed Healthcare Clinic will remain open and operating out of its current offices. The District hopes to fill the space that will be vacated when the hospital moves with third party medical vendors.

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Aloha and Albacore Festival at Westport Winery in August

The winery’s new solar array is fully functional and the perfect place to enjoy the Hawaiian music outside while taking in the incredible gardens. Come and discover the Aloha spirit for yourself at Westport Winery.

Westport Winery and Vineyards By-the-Sea with the outdoor sculpture garden, grape maze, and bakery, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The winery’s Farm to Fork restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dinner is offered on Friday and Saturday from 4p.m. to 8 p.m. Dinner reservations are recommended. For more information call 360-648-2224.

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Contract Worker Rescued Under Power Lines

ABERDEEN, Wash. – First responders had to get a man hoist working again before they could get to an electrocuted contract worker semi-conscious just below active lines on 1st street today. Captain Jr. Streifel tells us crews were able to get the motor to the man hoist working and get the patient half way from the power lines to the ground, rescue was accomplished with a 24 foot ladder and the patient’s safety harness.
The Aberdeen Fire Department transported the man to Community Hospital with life threatening injuries, he was later airlifted to Harborview Medical Center.
Liz Anderson with the Grays Harbor PUD tells us crews were called to the area in response to an outage impacting about 40 customers around 11 Saturday morning. The PUD’s preliminary investigation indicated that a contractor working on a lift in the area came into contact with a power line.
Power was restored to the area just before 2pm.
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Paint The Corridor Kicks Off With WET PAINT

Paul Stritmatter, a local attorney, offered the idea for the program and has been a major donor since its inception. “I love this community and want us to put our best face forward for those of us who work, live, and visit Grays Harbor County,” said Stritmatter. “It is a matter of pride in our place.”

“We have Teams representing banks and businesses, churches and non-profit organizations; it is a real community effort,” says Dave Murnen, Director of NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor.

Opportunities are still available if you would like to lend a hand to prep and paint homes. For more information on how you can help, please contact NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor at 360-533-7828.

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Copalis Crossing Couple Located in Clallam County

COPALIS CROSSING, Wash. – The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department has cancelled the attempt to locate Roy and Bonnie Buchanan, the couple was located in Clallam County this morning.
Chief Criminal Deputy Dave Pimentel tells us Roy and Bonnie Buchanan went missing yesterday evening, after asking for directions 5 miles from their home.
Pimentel said after the couple were seen in Copalis Crossing around 5 last night asking for directions to their home, their vehicle was seen once more in Hoquiam, around 6pm.
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Westport To Open For Daily Salmon Fishing

Fishery managers will continue to monitor the ocean salmon fishery throughout the season, and announce any other changes on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/ .

Additional information on the ocean fishery, including minimum size limits and area catch guidelines, is available in WDFW’s Fishing in Washington rules pamphlet, available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations .

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Army Corps. of Engineers to Rebuild Willapa Dune

During dredging, crews will trawl the borrow site to determine Dungeness crab population density. Crews will return to the area next year and add empty oyster shells to the subsurface as a mitigation measure to create habitat and help repopulate the area more quickly.

Once the berm is reconstructed, the crest and landward side will be planted with American dune grass as an erosion control measure.

This portion of the two-phase dune restoration project is expected to be complete by late October. The next phase, ecosystem restoration, is scheduled to begin in 2014, allowing time for earthwork to settle.

“We want to give the area a couple of years to settle in, see how things change behind the berm, what processes take over, and then we’ll look at what we want to do for the restoration effort,” Jackson said. In addition, the berm will need to be renourished about every five years, dependent upon storm damage.

The Corps consulted with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on critical habitat needs for plover. Throughout the planning process, the Corps also coordinated with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Washington Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Department of Natural Resources.

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