Archive for September 2013

Strong weather expected Sunday into Monday on the harbor

 
A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS DAMAGING WINDS ARE OCCURRING OR IMMINENT. SUSTAINED WINDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH…OR GUSTS OF 58 MPH OR STRONGER ARE LIKELY OR OCCURRING.
 
4)  A FLOOD WATCH has been issued for Grays Harbor County until Monday morning, due to the heavy rainfall. Western Washington Rivers are expected to rise to near or just above flood stage although all Grays Harbor County rivers are very low at this point. No Grays Harbor County rivers are expected to flood at this time. Roadways may become flooded during periods of heavy rain and cause dangerous driving conditions.
 
A FLOOD WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR FLOODING BUT FLOODING IS NOT IMMINENT OR OCCURRING. MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND BE READY TO ACT QUICKLY IF FLOODING IS OBSERVED OR A WARNING IS ISSUED.
 
5)  A HIGH SURF WARNING has been issued for the Coast from 5pm Sunday thru 11am Monday with surf building to 27-30 feet.Seas will rapidly build behind the storm front and subside Monday morning.
 
A HIGH SURF WARNING MEANS THAT DANGEROUSLY HIGH SURF WILL BATTER BEACHES IN THE WARNED AREA... PRODUCING DEADLY RIP CURRENTS AND SOME BEACH EROSION.
 
6)  Grays Harbor County Emergency Management is urging all residents to prepare for the severe weather arriving today:
1)    Prepare for high winds and the possibility of down trees and power lines resulting in power outages throughout the county. 
2)    Use extreme caution while driving in heavy downpours as roadways may become flooded. 
3)    Use caution along the beaches. DO NOT TURN YOUR BACK TO THE SEA. Waves will run up the beaches much farther and be strong enough to pull a person into the sea. Use extreme caution on rocks and jetties as debris can be thrown about in the surf. Considerable beach erosion will occur. DO NOT venture into the water.
4)    NEVER USE PORTABLE GENERATORS INDOORS. Please make every effort to keep any gas or propane powered equipment far away from the interior of your home due to the possibility of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. If you suspect you or any family member may be ill due to Carbon Monoxide poisoning, CALL 911 and LEAVE THE PROPERTY IMMEDIATELY

NOAA Looking for coastal lands to purchase through Land Acquisition Grants

The CELCP helps advance the national goals and priorities of the Coastal Zone Management Administration, including:

  • Protection of coastal ecosystems, including wetlands, corals, and natural shorelines;
  • Preservation of natural features that provide storm protection such as dunes and barrier islands;
  • Minimizing loss of life and property by directing development out of high risk areas;
  • Safeguarding coastal water quality;
  • Preservation of historic, cultural, and archaeological features;
  • Protection of aesthetic coastal features such as scenic vistas; and
  • Providing opportunities for public access to the coast.

A couple of highlights:

  • A total of about $3 million is anticipated nationwide.  Individual applications are expected to be between $100,000 and $1 million.
  • Ecology can “sponsor” two applications.
  • There is a 50% match requirement.
  • The grants start date is expected to be July 1-Oct 1 2014, and projects are expected to be able to complete in 18 months (although extension is possible under certain conditions).
  • Applications must be submitted by November 15, 2013.
  • Eligible entities are local governments, tribes, DNR, DFW, State Parks and Padilla Bay.

That is a very brief synopsis of the extensive announcement.  Anyone interested please contact Chris Hempleman, WA Dept. of Ecology at 360-407-0239. Visit NOAA’s website for additional information.

Grays Harbor College to host career fair October 15

Participating Businesses & Agencies: 

Aiken and Sanders Inc

Barene/DenAdel CPA

Beyond Survival

Bonell Photography

Business to Business

Coastal Community Action Program

Cosmo Specialty Fibers

Dispute Resolution Center

Earley Tire Factory

Express Employment Professionals

Reed Acupuncture

GHC Continuing Education Programs

GHC Workforce Education Programs

Grays Harbor Radio Group (KDUX 104.7FM, an Aberdeen radio station 1320AM, KIX 95.3FM)

Grays Harbor Youth Program – ESD 113

Great Northwest Federal Credit Union

Greater Grays Harbor Inc.

Harbor Home Health and Hospice

Home Depot

Liberty Tax Service

Newrizons Federal Credit Union

Polson Museum

Port Blakeley Tree Farms

Stafford Creek Corrections Center

U.S. Navy

Washington State Small Business Development Center – Aberdeen

Washington National Guard

WorkSource – Employment Security Department

Xerox Commercial Services

Helium bill floats “Secure Rural Schools Program” for another year

Secure Rural Schools program invested over $400,000 in Grays Harbor County in 2012

WASHINGTON D.C. – A bill meant to prevent a worldwide helium shortage will also keep a federal subsidy to timber-dependent counties afloat for another year.

The Federal Helium Program, which provides about 42 percent of the nation’s helium, was set to shut down Oct. 7th. The Senate passed the bill Thursday, a day after the House. Attached to that bill was an extension of the Secure Rural Schools Program.

Twenty-Seven Washington counties will receive $22 million through the extension, counties in 41 states will receive an estimated $329 million total.

Rep. Derek Kilmer to host third telephone town hall

 

Residents who sign up before the deadline will receive a phone call at 6pm on Wednesday, October 2nd inviting them to the town hall.

 

WHO:             Representative Derek Kilmer, Residents of the 6th District

 

WHAT:           Telephone Town Hall

 

WHEN:           Wednesday, October 2nd at 6pm PT

 

WHERE:         Residents of the 6th District who would like to join can sign up at http://kilmer.house.gov/contact/townhall or send an email with their phone number to [email protected]. The deadline to sign up is noon on Tuesday, October 1st.

 

                        Residents who sign up before the deadline will receive a phone call at 6pm on Wednesday, October 2nd inviting them to the town hall.

 

In nine months since taking office, Representative Kilmer has held seven in-person town halls across the region, in addition to town halls via phone and internet.  He also frequently meets face-to-face with constituents and takes their questions at forums and Kilmer at Your Company events. This will be the third telephone town hall held by Representative Kilmer.

Copalis Crossing Fire District 16 irons out payment plan for service-stopping city debt

COPALIS CROSSING, Wash. – The fire district that covers Copalis Crossing has reached a deal with the City of Hoquiam to pay off back bills and restore ambulance service to the North Grays Harbor area.

Commissioners from district 16 met with Hoquiam officials and representatives from Senator Jim Hargrove’s office this week to iron out a payment plan for about $12-thousand owed. City Administrator Brian Shay tells us the arrangement should have them caught up within a year and a half. Shay commended the current leadership team of 16, and said that city staff are working on a new formal agreement to provide EMS service to the area.

Fire District 16 has two levies on the November ballot, one for EMS, and one for Fire.

PCEMA seeks “victims” for Community Emergency Response Team training

SOUTH BEND, Wash. – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency is seeking individuals interested in volunteering to play victims for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) disaster simulations. The CERT simulations will take place on Saturday, October 5, 2013 in Surfside. Volunteers will be put into moulage makeup to appear injured and some may be asked to act out disaster scenarios. Volunteers under the age of 18 must have parent/guardian permission.

 

For more information or to volunteer, contact Denise Rowlett at (360) 642-9338 or email [email protected].