Posted by David Havilandon June 13, 2013 at 10:06 am (214 social interactions)
ASTORIA, Ore. — Coast Guard Sector Columbia River responded to five recent suspected hoax distress calls made from April 28 - June 1, 2013 near Portland, Ore. and Longview, Wash.
Sector Columbia River launched a total of two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews from Air Station Astoria and three 25-foot response boat crews from Station Portland in response to the calls, searching for more than seven hours and costing taxpayers an estimated $50,000.
Sector Columbia River received a Mayday call “My boat is sinking I need help,” on VHF Channel 16, April 28, 2013, but received no replies to subsequent callouts to the vessel. The call was traced to an area near Kelly Point, where the Columbia and Willamette Rivers converge.
Sector Columbia River received a VHF Channel 16 call “Mayday, Mayday,” May 4, 2013, with no replies to callouts. The call was traced to Battleground Lake State Park, Wash.
Sector Columbia River received this VHF Channel 16 call “Help, I just turned my boat over, I need help, I need help, I need help, I just turned my boat over,” with no replies, May 18, 2013. The call was traced to Hayden Island near Portland.
Posted by David Havilandon June 13, 2013 at 8:52 am (129 social interactions)
South Bend, Washington – The Board of Pacific County Commissioners will be holding a Community Forum on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Naselle High School Cafeteria (793 State Route 4, Naselle, WA 98638). This will be the third of eleven Community Forums to be held throughout the county. The Commissioners will take questions and address important issues. All are welcome to attend.
Posted by David Havilandon June 13, 2013 at 8:43 am (132 social interactions)
SEATTLE (AP) — Heroin use and related deaths have increased significantly across Washington over the past decade. A new study released Wednesday say the increase is especially noticeable among people younger than 30.
Young people are finding it cheaper and easier to get heroin than prescription opiates, and both kinds of drugs offer a similar high and danger of addiction.
That's according to Caleb Banta-Green, author of the report and a researcher at the University of Washington's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute.
The largest increases in heroin use and abuse in Washington state were outside of metropolitan areas, where drug treatment and awareness are lowest.
Overdose deaths from heroin or related prescription drugs more than doubled in Cowlitz, Snohomish, Grays Harbor, Chelan, Lewis, Mason, Thurston, Benton and Kitsap counties between 2000 and 2011.
Posted by David Havilandon June 13, 2013 at 8:07 am (186 social interactions)
ABERDEEN, Wash. - The Port of Grays Harbor is looking to open up for public tours again this summer, as they wrap up tours of about 800 fourth grade students from Grays Harbor Schools, Kayla Dunlap with the port tells us "We want to open up the public tours, we didn't do it last summer and we're definitely hearing that the public wants to do that again. So I'm going to try to put together some dates and sit down with everybody, I'm hoping in the end of July.
Fourth grade students from AJ West will be touring the Port's facilities today, ...for details on dates and times of the upcoming public tours, keep an eye on their website www.portofgraysharbor.com
on June 13, 2013 at 7:44 am (283 social interactions)
Bridgeport, WA - The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation will host a First Salmon and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony to open a state-of-the-art hatchery June 20 in Bridgeport, Wash., near Chief Joseph Dam. The facility will significantly boost the availability of chinook salmon for the tribe and for sport fishing in the Columbia River as well as reintroduce spring chinook to the Okanogan River.
The $50 million hatchery will release up to 2.9 million chinook salmon. The construction and program implementation was a collaborative effort between the Colville Tribes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Bonneville Power Administration and Grant County Public Utility District. Additional partners include the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Douglas County Public Utility District and Chelan County Public Utility District.
“The opening of the Chief Joseph Hatchery is a cause for celebration for the tribe,” said John Sirois, chairman of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. “It commemorates both the return of the chinook salmon and serves as a testament to the important and meaningful work that can be accomplished when federal, tribal and state entities come together for the common purpose of restoring our Columbia River.”
The completed project is due in part to a historic 2008 agreement, the Columbia Basin Fish Accords, that enables a greater level of cooperation between the federal agencies in the Northwest responsible for salmon recovery efforts and the tribes, as well as providing assured funding for numerous projects over a 10-year period.