Posted by David Havilandon February 14, 2011 at 7:40 am (628 social interactions)
ABERDEEN, Wash. - Would you "Round up" your purchase to save Washington parks? An Aberdeen idea could make it to the House to do just that, and provide a voluntary alternative to an idea that seeks to charge a $30 annual fee to access the lands.
Aberdeen Resident, Dan Boeholt says his idea would ask every shopper if they would like to round up their purchase to the nearest dollar. "The clerk would ask you if you want to round [your purchase] up to keep public access open on state land." Boeholt brought the idea, that even includes methods to administer the program, to State Representative Brian Blake. He also collaborated with the manager of JC Penny's in Aberdeen where a similar program is used to provide assistance to the YMCA of Grays Harbor.
The plan had a cloudy day in the House already, failing to get support from the state retail marketing association. It may get a revival tomorrow, as retired House Majority Leader Lynn Kessler will testify to the house ways and means committee in support of alternatives to bills in the House and Senate that seek to charge a $30 annual fee for access to state lands. Kessler is proposing a $15 opt-out alternative, and tells Boeholt that she will also speak in favor if his plan to "Round Up."
Posted by David Havilandon February 14, 2011 at 6:30 am (865 social interactions)
ABERDEEN, Wash. - Supporters cheered through the rain in Aberdeen Saturday as Governer Chris Gregoire and state officials celebrated the start of the Pontoon Contruction project in Aberdeen. "No matter how tough the times are today ladies and gentlemen, we're going to work here in Aberdeen." Flanked by local, government and tribal leaders, Gregoire thanked everyone involved in getting the project to this point; "This is a major milestone for all of us, it's going to keep Washington state moving into the 21st century."
Video Provided by Washington State Department of Transportation
State Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond said the weather was a perfect example of the neccesaty of replacement pontoons for the State Route 520 bridge. "We are so proud that we can begin the construction to replace our vulnerable bridge, it's a windstorm like this that might take it out of play."
Phil Wallace, Project Director with Kiewit-General said at the groundbreaking that construction could begin on the site as early as Thursday, beginning with the casting basin on the property near the intersection of South Division and West Heron Street.
(Click The Story Title to listen to the entire groundbreaking from Saturday)
Posted by David Havilandon February 11, 2011 at 11:05 am (1669 social interactions)
GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY, Wash. - Because motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office, Aberdeen, Hoquiam, and Montesano Police Departments, joined forces to educate and enforce child passenger safety in Grays Harbor. The Target Zero Task Force received grant funding from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission to conduct these specialized patrols.
on February 11, 2011 at 11:00 am (696 social interactions)
Brrrrrrr. When I see the weather that all points east of Washington State are getting, I instinctively reach for a down vest. Our normal winter weather looks like mid-summer in stark contrast! It reminds me of my favorite line from the PBS documentary ‘Alone in the Wilderness’ , when Mr. Proenneke brags about his Alaskan cabin being ‘a toasty forty degrees’. Ouch! Here we have the very first early Rhododendrons in bloom, tiny Jonquils and Snowdrops uncurling their petals, and Pussy Willows ready to pop into a vase. My idea of the perfect Valentine’s Day bouquet!
The promise of Spring has me envisioning balmy days, when the reality is that I still have to bundle up in all of my cold weather gear in order to be comfortable spending several hours outside. Once again I must remind myself to embrace the moment and not to wish away the chilly weather. So last week I made Stew. I love this basic old-fashioned meal. Served with home-baked rolls, winter food doesn’t get any better than Stew.