Archive for May 2013

$20,000 in Merchandise and Cash Stolen From Aberdeen Home

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department is seeking public assistance to track down $20,000 in merchandise stolen from an Aberdeen home this week.
Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells us sometime Thursday, unknown suspect(s) burglarized a residence in the 6600 block of Central Park Drive (Aberdeen).
The homeowners were gone between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm when the suspect(s) forcible broke through an entry door and stole over $20,000.00 worth of jewelry, money, and computers. Nearby neighbors were contacted and one reported hearing noises coming from the residence at around 11:45 am.
Shumate said due to the amount of the theft, detectives were called to assist with the processing of the scene. Anyone with information regarding this burglary is asked to call the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office at 360-249-3711 or the Grays Harbor 911 center at 360-533-8765.

Come have a glass of wine and see local art during the Taste of Art

The Gallery Of Ocean Shores is located at 849 Point Brown Avenue NW in Ocean Shores and open Monday -Sunday 10:00 PM – 5:00 PM offering more than just the gallery but also drop in workshops by Roy Lowry are every Tuesday from 9am to 1pm there are multi media Saturdays 9am to 1 pm both classes are $15 each but be sure to check out the website for more specialty workshops happening soon at www.thegalleryofoceanshores .com
Currently showing artists and their mediums are; 
Roy Lowry Watercolor, Johnny Camp Glass, Patricia Smith Photograph, Terry DeHart Photography, Don West Photography, Pat Mason Watercolor, Melanie Knight Watercolor, Susan Swapp Pastels, Loni Lou LaQuill Jewelry Watercolor/mixed media/, Ardith Forsgren Watercolor/Pottery, Kristi Beitzel Watercolor/Scratch Board, Gary Ganz Pottery, Gary Iversen Photography, Lora Malakoff Oil, Acrylic, Sculpture, Geri Stubb Watercolor, Patricia Jollimore Photography, Ken Whitmire Photography, Karen Rasmussen Jewelry
Katherine Tipton Watercolor/Wood work, Brent Knott Wood Turner, Sharon Gochoel Glass Fusion/Stained Glass

For more information please contact us at 360-289-0734

Habitat For Humanity House 16 Ground Breaking

Habitat for Humanity of Grays Harbor would like to invite you to the groundbreaking ceremony for the newest Habitat family, Mike and Becky Gosser.  This important event is scheduled for Saturday June 8th at 10 am at 1606 Coolidge Rd, Aberdeen. Come and celebrate with us as another Harbor family starts to build a home for their family and joins the neighborhood. 

For more information please contact us at: (360) 533-8090 

Hit The Trails For Free Saturday in Washington State Parks

The State Parks and Recreation Commission selected most of its 2013 “free days” in conjunction with the National Park Service’s free days. State Parks’ free day schedule for 2013 follows:

• January 21 – in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
• March 30 – in honor of Washington State Parks’ 100th birthday month
• April 27 and 28 – in cooperation with National Parks Week
• June 1 – National Trails Day
• June 8 and 9 – National Get Outdoors Day
• August 4 – Peak season free day
• September 28 – National Public Lands Day
• November 9 through 11 – Veterans Day Weekend. 

The “free days” are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on state-managed recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources. The Discover Pass legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 “free days” when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. The free days apply only at state parks; the Discover Pass is still required to access DFW and DNR lands. 

Stay connected to your state parks by following Washington State Parks at, and Share your favorite state park adventure on the State Parks blog site at 

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. Washington State Parks turned 100 years old on March 19 and invites the public to join the celebration at events in parks all over the state, all year long. For more information, visit

Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit

Relay For Life of Grays Harbor Starts Friday Evening

HOQUIAM, Wash. – Thousands of walkers will hit the Seabreaze Oval at Hoquiam High School this evening for the 27th annual Grays Harbor Relay for Life. 

Opening ceremonies followed by a survivor lap begin at 6 p.m. events are planned throughout the night concluding at 6 tomorrow evening with the Fight Back Ceremony.
The American Cancer society reports that so far, 55 teams have raised over $200-thousand. organizers are hoping to bring in $425,000 by the end of the event.
Money raised at the event will go to the American Cancer Society to support cancer research.

Relay for Life of East Grays Harbor will begin on June 14th, starting at 6 at the Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds.

The Relay for Life of Willapa Bay is also scheduled for the 14th starting at 6 pm at Raymond High School.

Interested in Getting Involved?

Relay For Life is a celebration of survivorship – an occasion to express hope and our shared goal to end a disease that threatens the lives of so many people we love. There are many ways you can get involved with your local Relay For Life event:


  Sign Up Today

The journey to end cancer starts with a single step. The American Cancer Society invites you to take that step with us by joining the global Relay For Life movement. When you walk to end cancer at a Relay event, it’s your opportunity to not only honor cancer survivors and remember loved ones lost, but also to raise awareness about what we can do to stay well from cancer and raise money to help fuel the world’s largest walk to end cancer. 
Join us in the fight to end cancer and sign up today


  Become a Sponsor

By supporting the American Cancer Society through a Relay For Life event, you are sending the message that you care about the well-being of your community and are committed to saving lives by partnering with the world’s largest fight for more birthdays. There are a variety of sponsorship levels to choose from, but each level provides your company with valuable visibility.
Check out a full list of our event sponsors and learn more about becoming a sponsor.


  Become a Volunteer

By joining the American Cancer Society volunteer family, you can make even more of an impact in the fight to end cancer. Unite with people in your community who have been affected by cancer and use your passion to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.
Become a Relay For Life event volunteer

After Record Razor Clam Harvest WDFW Says See You Next Season

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The 2012-13 recreational razor clam season has come to an end. From October 2012 through May 2013, diggers harvested more than five million clams on Washington’s coastal beaches, the highest number in more than 20 years.

In the months ahead, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will conduct a coast-wide assessment of razor clam stocks and develop recommendations for the 2013-14 season.

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager tells KBKW the next season is expected to get under way sometime in October 2013.

Tests show no signs of ISA virus in Washington’s salmon

Elsewhere on the west coast, there have been no confirmed reports of ISAV in wild, hatchery or farmed salmon. In 2011, a Canadian researcher reported detecting the virus in some British Columbia Pacific salmon. However, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the federal agency with authority for fish health in Canada, tested fish tissue samples and found no ISAV present.

Bruce Stewart, Fish Health Program manager for the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, said the sampling and monitoring program is a great example of tribal, state and federal managers working together to address concerns about the health of salmon and steelhead stocks in Washington.

“While this first year’s results are encouraging, we hope to increase our level of confidence that the virus is not present in Washington by continuing our efforts and including testing of pink salmon,” said Stewart, who noted that most pink salmon return to Washington’s waters only in odd-numbered years.

Andy Goodwin, Fish Health Program manager for Region 1 of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said the ISAV surveillance program is an important addition to an already comprehensive fish health monitoring effort by the agencies.

“Protecting the health of Pacific salmon populations is a high priority for us,” Goodwin said. “This ISAV surveillance collaboration has really complemented the regular testing that we do on many thousands of fish every year.”

The tissue samples taken for the ISAV monitoring program were analyzed at the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Pullman, and at a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service laboratory in Idaho.

More information on the species and stock of salmon sampled is available on WDFW’s website at

The monitoring program – funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – is expected to continue for at least one more year. Participants include the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington State University, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Additional monitoring programs are under way in Alaska and Canada.

Montesano coastal advisory council meeting to focus on planning projects, new laws

Ecology formed the advisory council in 2011 to advise the State Ocean Caucus, a team made up of state agencies with management roles or expertise in ocean and coastal issues. The unpaid advisory council provides local perspectives about, and information on, solutions to marine resource issues, projects and conflicts.

At its June 5 meeting, the council will get status reports and ask questions about several marine spatial planning projects.

Members also will hear reports regarding a new state law that goes into effect July 28. The measure will establish the advisory council in the Governor’s office. The council’s current membership will remain onboard.

The advisory council meets four to six times a year and members represent a wide array of coastal and ocean interests including county-based Marine Resources Committees, commercial and recreational fishing, shellfish aquaculture, conservation, economic development, education, local citizens, ports, scientific research and maritime shipping.

Cantwell: New Farm Bill Provision Would Make School Meals Healthier

Cantwell’s Pulse School Pilot amendment would provide the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) $10 million through 2017 to purchase pulse crops to use in school breakfasts and lunches. This could include raw beans and lentils as well as foods made from pulse crops, such as hummus. Flours made from pulse crops could also be added to breads, tortillas and pastas to enhance their nutritional value.


At the conclusion of the Pulse School Pilot, the U.S. Department of Agriculture would determine the program’s effectiveness by measuring increases in student consumption of pulse crops, identifying pulse crops students prefer and determining how pulse crops change nutritional levels in school meals. The Pulse School Pilot is modeled after the successful 2008 Whole Grains Pilot program, which helped the USDA purchase five million pounds of whole grain pancakes and tortillas for schools.


Cantwell also highlighted her Pulse Health Initiative in the 2013 Farm Bill, which would support $25 million per year over five years in pulse crop health research grants to help increase public demand and drive job growth. The research would look into the health and nutrition benefits of pulse crops, including their ability to reduce obesity and associated chronic disease. The initiative would support technical expertise to help food companies use nutrient-dense pulse crops in their products as well as establish an educational program to encourage the consumption and production of pulse crops.


Washington state is the top chickpea producer in the nation – producing nearly half of the nation’s total – and third in the nation for pea and lentil production. Pulse crop production in the state supports thousands of jobs – including those in transportation, port facilities, equipment manufacturers, crop advisors, insurance, supplies and other services. Washington state has 1,000 farm families producing pulse crops. The value of pea, lentil and chickpea shipments handled via the Seattle/Tacoma Port District reached nearly $130 million in 2011 – up from roughly $5 million in 2001.


Chickpea acreage in Washington state has exploded from less than 10,000 acres in the year 2000 to nearly 80,000 acres in 2012. According to the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council, Washington state’s acreage of dry peas, lentils and chickpeas increased 20 percent from 2010 to 2011. A main driver of increased demand for chickpeas in the last decade has been increased demand for hummus. Retail sales of hummus are projected to increase to $250 million in 2013, up from $192 million in 2007 and $5 million in 1997. This increase has supported thousands of jobs in Washington state, including at 22 processors in Eastern Washington.


Other key provisions in the Senate Farm Bill for the state of Washington include:


  • Specialty Crop Research: The bill would increase investment in the Specialty Crop Research Initiative and the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. These programs have been used at sites like Washington State University (WSU), one of the nation’s leading agricultural research institutions. WSU has received Specialty Crop Block Grant investments to develop new planting and harvesting methods for tree fruit to increase crop yields, protect workers and reduce labor costs. The Economic Research Service estimates that for every $1 invested in publicly funded research, $10 of economic activity is generated.


  • Market Access Program: The Farm Bill would continue investment in export promotion programs like the Market Access Program (MAP) and the Foreign Market Access Development (FMD) program, which have helped increase overseas sales of Washington state agriculture products like apples, cherries and wine.


The Washington Apple Commission has used MAP to reach consumers and businesses in India. These efforts increased the number of Washington apples being sold there from a few thousand cartons to a record 3.3 million cartons worth over $61 million last season. MAP investments have also boosted exports of pears to markets like India, Russia and New Zealand from 380,000 boxes in 2008 to over 500,000 boxes in 2011. Cherry exports have also received MAP support that has produced a 41:1 return on every dollar spent.


Washington’s wine industry has also used MAP support to boost overseas sales. The Washington Wine Commission secured MAP investments that helped the commission bring around 65 international wine buyers to Washington state for tours, seminars and tasting. More than 15 countries are usually represented on this tour according to the Washington State Wine Commission. Participating wineries have developed export opportunities in Scandinavia, Canada and China.


  • Clean Plant Network: The Farm Bill would also fully invest in the Clean Plant Network at $60 million per year. The network provides pathogen-tested plant material for specialty crop growers to better protect their produce from disease and blight. Washington State University’s Prosser Research and Extension Center is the main Northwest center for the Network. The Prosser site sends clean plant material to thousands of grape and hop farmers in Washington state to help increase crop yields.


Cantwell has consistently supported these programs to help Washington state farmers and producers stay competitive. On July 8, 2012, Cantwell joined local farmers at a farmers’ market in Seattle to highlight the benefits of the Farm Bill for Washington state.


At today’s event in Seattle, Cantwell was joined by Richard Conlin, Seattle City Councilmember; Angela Sheffrey Bogan, Principal of Dearborn Elementary; Wendy Weyer, Director of Nutrition Services at Seattle Public Schools; and Tim McGreevy, CEO of the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council and chickpea farmer.

After One Final Wave of Signatures, Westport is Tsunami Ready

Westport, WA – The city of Westport, and the Washington State Emergency Management Division are finalizing the paperwork to be designated Tsunami Ready. Naomi Lachapelle with the State EMD said yesterday “They actually are all done with their application, we’re now routing it for signatures and they are Tsunami Ready.
Representatives from NOAA, as well as the state and county Emergency Management Divisions held a workshop yesterday, Mayor Michael Bruce said “What we’re doing today is the city of Westport has invited all of our local hotel/motel owners to be briefed on the NOAA Weather radio, and how they should direct their visitors if there is an emergency.
NOAA Weather radios, along with disaster response guidebooks and a copy of the disaster plan created by the Ocean Shores Shilo Inn were distributed to local leaders in Westport’s hospitality industry.

Schools, playgrounds, hospitals, factories and homes are often built in areas vulnerable to tsunamis. The TsunamiReady Program, developed by the National Weather Service, is designed to help cities, towns, counties, universities and other large sites in coastal areas reduce the potential for disastrous tsunami-related consequences.

Since June 20, 2001, TsunamiReady has helped community leaders and emergency managers strengthen their local operations. TsunamiReady communities are better prepared to save lives through better planning, education and awareness. Communities have fewer fatalities and property damage if they plan before a tsunami arrives. No community is tsunami proof, but TsunamiReady can help minimize loss to your community. Find out what’s involved in becoming TsunamiReady.