Archive for February 2013

Ocean Shores Razor Clam Festival & Seafood Extravaganza Gets Second Day

Our traditional Pancake Breakfast opens the festival at 7 a.m.  Craft vendors open at 9:00 a.m. and food vendors open no later than 10:30.  Admission to the festival is $3.00 per person/per day or $5.00 for a two day pass with children 12 years old and under admitted free of charge. The People’s Choice award for the “Best Clam Chowder on the Washington Coast” will be determined by your vote. You can purchase a ballot which allows you to taste all of the professional clam chowders and vote for your favorite.

Throughout the weekend, there will be a variety of events for your entertainment. Professional and amateur (adult and junior) cook-offs will be judged by a variety of professionals from around the northwest.

The “Creative Clam Entrée” competition is always a spectacular event where chefs truly show off their culinary talents.  This year a second competition on Sunday will include the “Creative Seafood Entrée.”  While the public won’t get an opportunity to taste these gourmet delights at the festival, the professional chefs’ might just add them to their restaurant menus.

The winners of the professional clam chowder cook-off will have bragging rights for a whole year in Ocean Shores and the North Coast. You’ll be able to taste these chowders at the festival and at their restaurants.

Other activities will include awarding the “Best Decorated Clam Shovel;” a salute to the businesses of Ocean Shores; the Artisan Craft Marketplace featuring over 40 Northwest artists and crafters with unique and indigenous works; children’s activities and games; entertainment; information about coastal heritage, conservation and cultural exhibits; cooking demonstrations, two adult beverage bars; and great food.

Kids and family activities include our fun-loving pirates, a pirate ship, pony rides, face painting and the “Magic Hand.” If weather permits, we will also have the Big Purple Slide for kids and adults alike.  Musicians will entertain with live music on stage on Saturday and our magician will provide two stage shows—one in the morning and one in the afternoon. We have pony rides, chain saw carved artwork, scroll saw artwork, a great yard art vendor, along with barbeque and Cajun food vendors, and more outside.

We thank our Presenting Sponsors, Jodesha Broadcasting and the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino for their strong support in making this event so successful each year.  Many businesses throughout the community have sponsored events this year and will be a strong presence at this year’s festival.

For more information call the Ocean Shores / North Beach Chamber of Commerce at 360 289-2451 – visit

Aberdeen Students Testing New Nationwide Assessments

In the coming weeks, some schools in Washington state will participate in the pilot test of the new “Smarter Balanced” assessments. The pilot test, which is expected to involve more than one million students across the country in grades 3–11, is being conducted inSmarter Balanced member states now through late May. Aligned to the new evidence-based, rigorousCommon Core State Standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics, the Smarter Balanced assessment system is designed to measure student progress toward college and career readiness.

The pilot test will allow the test developers to evaluate the assessment items and the online test-delivery system under real-world conditions. This information will be used to make adjustments during the next 18 months in preparation for full implementation. These new assessments will be administered in spring 2015. They will replace our current Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) for reading and math in grades 3–8 and writing in grades 4 and 7, and the High School Proficiency Exams (HSPE) for reading and writing.

“As we prepare to implement fully the Common Core State Standards, it’s important that we have next-generation assessments that reflect this change,” said State Superintendent Randy Dorn. “We need to get this right. The successful implementation of Smarter Balanced assessments is a critical part of our goal to ensure all students are ready for college and careers by the time they graduate from high school.”

Schools’ participation in the pilot test is voluntary and school recruitment is ongoing. So far, approximately 162 Washington schools are participating in the pilot. Schools will administer one content area (either ELA/literacy or mathematics) in up to two grades during a pre-determined two-week window under secure conditions. Because the pilot test is designed to be a test of the items and performance tasks — not an opportunity to report on student learning — schools will not receive student scores and the test will not replace other statewide assessments.

As a Smarter Balanced member state, Washington plays a key role in the development of next-generation assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Educators from our state have participated in the development and review of assessment items, achievement-level descriptors and test specifications.

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is developing a balanced system of assessments — with formative, interim and summative components — that measure achievement and growth toward college and career readiness. The work of the consortium is guided by the belief that a high-quality assessment system can provide information and tools for teachers and schools to improve instruction and help students succeed — regardless of disability, language or background.


About OSPI
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.

Gerry Raines Housing Authority Part 1

Gerry Raines Housing Authority Part 1

Second Resident Located After Artic House Fire

ARTIC, Wash. – Investigators have located the second person thought to be involved in a house fire this morning, unharmed and one county over. Deputy Don Warnock with the County Sheriff’s department said this morning that initially two people were reported missing from the fire in the 200 block of Lund Road in what Warnock described as a detached shop with an apartment above.
Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells us the person was later located in Pacific county. Fire investigators are now combing through the rubble to determine a source and cause of the blaze, the heat from which kept rescue crews from determining the fate of the second occupant for several hours this morning.

WSDOT: Airport Investment Study Tackles Funding

The study also will:

  • Evaluate current funding levels for airport preservation and safety projects
  • Assess short-term and long-term airport improvement needs
  • Determine consequences of doing nothing in terms of economic and aviation system impacts
  • Discuss funding options to address airport investment needs

“At the end of the day,” Atkins added, “this study should tell us what projects are needed at our state’s airports, determine how much they will cost and identify some practical ways to fund them.” 

The airport investment study will kick off this spring with stakeholder meetings and conclude with the publication of a comprehensive report in time for the 2014 legislative session. 

One Occupant Unaccounted For From Artic Fire

LOCATED: Second Resident Located After Artic House Fire

ARTIC, Wash. – Fire crews from Artic and Cosmopolis are waiting for the scene of a fire to cool down enough to search for one occupant who remains unaccounted for this morning. Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Deputy Warnock tells us the fire was reported around 1 in the 200 block of Lund road, initially two were reported missing from what Warnock described as a detached shop with an apartment above. 
The Fire Department cleared the fire before 5 this morning, Warnock said Sheriff’s Deputies would be back to search the home for the missing person once the fire department determines the structure safe to enter.

Evergreen Tedx Event to be Simulcast at Grays Harbor College

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Electric Vehicle Tourism, Energy Efficient Homes, Ocean Acidification, and Prison sustainability are just a few of the topics to be covered during a simulcast Tedx event at the Grays Harbor College later this month.
The second TEDxTheEvergreenStateCollege event Monday February 25th in Olympia will be simulcast in room 2250 at the Grays Harbor College Campus beginning at 4pm. The live streaming event will feature speakers Kim Gaffi of GRuB, Ron Johnson-Rodriguez of Plug-in North Central Washington Scott Bergford of Scott Homes Inc., Shallin Busch of the Northwest Fisheries Science Center and Dan Pacholke with the state Department of Corrections. For details visit online.

The independent TEDx event in Olympia is operated under license from TED, and will include one or two TED videos.

Food Justice High
Kim Gaffi, Executive Director of GRuB (Garden-Raised Bounty)

Electric Vehicle Tourism
Ron Johnston-Rodriguez, Plug-in North Central Washington, LLC

Energy Efficient Homes
Scott Bergford, Scott Homes, Inc. and Northwest Energy Team

Addressing Ocean Acidification in Washington State
Shallin Busch, Research Ecologist, Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Coast Guard Responds to Listing Barge in Commencement Bay

The Coast Guard and Washington Department of Ecology are responding to a listing barge in Commencement Bay near Tacoma, Wash., Sunday.

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received a report at approximately 1:15 p.m., stating a 750-foot Amix Marine Services barge, from Canada, anchored in Commencement Bay was listing and possibly taking on water.

Schnitzer Steel hired Global Salvage and Diving to inspect the barge’s hull. Divers located a crack in the hull and were successful in making repairs and stabilizing the barge. Canadian company Amix Marine Services, which owns the barge, has retained Global for further work as needed. The items on the barge are owned by Schnitzer Steel.

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound launched a 25-foot response boat crew from Station Seattle to investigate, while Ecology dispatched spill responders to the area. The Coast Guard boat arrived on scene with a Tacoma Fire Department boat to find the barge, which had stacks of crushed cars on it, to be listing. An undetermined number of cars fell into the water, causing oil sheen. The barge reportedly contains no pollutants and the crushed cars were reportedly drained of all fluids prior to being crushed and loaded. Even though the cars have been drained of fluids, residual amounts of oil are present in the vehicles.

The Coast Guard established a 200-yard safety zone around the barge. A Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Port Angeles conducted an overflight just before nightfall and reported a light sheen in the vicinity of the barge.

The Coast Guard and Washington Department of Ecology will continue to work with the Canadian barge owner and contractors to mitigate any pollution threats or navigational hazards associated with the barge.

Suspect Sought After Providing False Name, Running From Sheriff’s Deputy

WISHKAH, Wash. – Last night at approximately 7:50 pm, a patrol deputy stopped a red colored 1990 Dodge Colt for a traffic violation near mile post 10 on the Wishkah Road. Upon contact with the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, the deputy was verbally given a name for identification. The driver was a Hispanic male and supposedly had no other form of identification. The deputy ran the name given however there was no computer record for the name. The deputy recontacted the driver and was preparing to arrest him when the subject started to resist arrest and struggled with the deputy. The driver was able to get back into his vehicle and drove a short distance before abandoning his the vehicle and fleeing into the woods. The deputy’s uniform was damaged during the struggle however did not receive any injuries.

Additional officers arrived on scene however were not able to locate the driver. No K-9 units were available at the time to assist with the search. The deputies were able to determine the identity of the fleeing driver and have since requested a warrant for his arrest. The suspect was described as being 5’-06” tall, about 160 pounds, brown eyes, black hair, and 43 years of age. It is believed the suspect resides in the Aberdeen/Hoquiam area. The immediate residents of where the suspect fled were contacted and given a description of the driver.