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.

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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

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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 

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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