Archive for July 2013

Derek Kilmer Telephone Town Hall July 31, 2013

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Dead whale washes ashore near Grayland

GRAYLAND, Wash. – The body of a gray whale washed up on the beach in Grayland on Monday, you can visit it’s 40 foot skeleton at the Westport Aquarium later this summer. Store owner Marc Myrsell tells us they assisted crews from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Cascadia Research Center with the necropsy on Tuesday, and will begin stripping the whale to it’s skeletal frame today. He plans to put the skeleton on display in his aquarium once it’s been prepared.

The dead gray whale washed up Monday on the beach at Grayland, just south of Westport on the Washington coast.

The state Fish and Wildlife Department and Cascadia Research took tissue samples Tuesday to investigate what may have caused the whale to die. A few gray whales wash up on state beaches each year.

Myrsell said NOAA has approved the acquisition, and the Parks department was gracious that they wanted to remove it for them. However the clock is ticking, they have three days to help move the body parts to a piece of nearby property, where it can be prepared. The property is about 1000 feet away and the private landowner is donating the use of it to the Aquarium, pursuant to  preparing the skeleton.
Courtesy Westport AquariumCourtesy Westport Aquarium
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Aberdeen home burgled last week, burned this week

ABERDEEN, Wash. – No one was home this morning while firemen walked through a house in the 2100 block of Cherry street in Aberdeen. Aberdeen Fire Department Captain Sam Baretich said their part was easy “We had a 1 1/2 story wood-framed residential dwelling with light smoke and flames showing from one side. [We] made entry, put it out.”
Flames were visible from a downstairs window when first responders got to the scene just after 3 this morning. Adding insult to non-injury, this house was also the victim of a recent burglary. Aberdeen police confirm the home was broken into last Thursday, the residents are away on vacation.
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Ecology to test oil spill readiness in Strait of Juan de Fuca

MSRC will deploy oil-skimming vessels, response boats and oil barrier booms during the exercise. Local commercial fishing vessels and crews also will be safely integrated into the response as appropriate.  

The drill is designed to test several geographic-based response plans designed to help reduce environmental damage if spill were to occur. This includes setting out boom to help prevent oil from entering the Waatch River.

Since state law requires companies have the capability to extend the hours of oil cleanup operations in darkness and poor visibility, MSRC will also deploy special tracking devices in the vicinity of the spill to help determine how and where the oil is located when visibility is low.
  
Washington law mandates that all oil tankers and oil barges, large commercial vessels, oil refineries, liquid fuel pipelines and oil-handling facilities that transfer high volumes of oil over water have spill readiness – or contingency – plans to operate in state waters. Oil spill contingency plans help ensure companies are prepared to respond if they have a spill.

Since Harley Marine, Alaska Tanker Co., BP Shipping, ConocoPhillips Polar Tankers, and SeaRiver Maritime all regularly transport and transfer large volumes of oil over state waters, Ecology requires the companies to have spill contingency plans for their operations.

By participating in the drill, the five companies will fulfill part of Washington’s oil-spill preparedness requirements.

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Bill Simpson Aberdeen Mayor Part 2

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Bill Simpson Aberdeen Mayor Part 1

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Grays Harbor College breaks ground on Gene Schermer Instructional Building

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Grays Harbor College broke ground on their newest building yesterday. President Ed Brewster introduced the building’s namesake “Gene Schermer has worked for, and with, the college now over 30 years. We are proud to have named this building after Dr. Gene Schermer.”
Dr. Schermer himself was a little surprised when he learned that the 70-thousand square foot building would be named after him “More than a little bit surprised, I never anticipated that at all. I was just overwhelmed, and very humbled, by that.”
Construction begins with demolition of the 400 building, and once complete, The $41.5-million Gene Schermer Instructional Building will be visible from the highway, it should be open for class by September of 2015. 

Brewster said it was kismit that they were able to get construction funded by state legislature this year, after they cut 11% of the building’s funding, the engineers came back with an estimate that was 11% less than the 44-million expected.

GH College New Building

New CampusThe 70-thousand square foot building will cost around $41.5-million, and should be open by September of 2015.

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