Tourism to Olympic National Park creates over $365 million in economic benefits

Report shows visitor spending supports 3,592 jobs in local economy

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 3,243,873 visitors to Olympic National Park in 2014 spent $ 263,953,300 in communities near the park. That spending supported 3,592 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $ 365,559,900.

“Olympic welcomes visitors from across the

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The use of wind-powered vehicles has been approved on Washington beaches

The use of wind-powered vehicles on some of Washington’s beaches has been approved by the Washington State Parks and Recreations board. A letter sent to area mayors informed them that the decision was made at the March 26th meeting of the board to change the list of vehicles that are not allowed on the beaches.

The

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Grays Harbor County Commissioners campaigning for budget solutions

As the County continues to work out a functioning budget for the coming year, the commissioners are campaigning for their own ideas. Commissioner Frank Gordon spoke at the Aberdeen City Council meeting last night. “What we’re trying to do, to present to the public for the November ballot, a 3/10ths

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U.S. Coast Guard, WA Ecology to hold spill preparedness conference in Seattle

The Coast Guard and Washington Department of Ecology will host a spill preparedness conference May 20 – 21 at the Jackson Federal Building in Seattle.

The two-day seminar is an opportunity to discuss the latest in spill-recovery theory and technology. The sessions focus on topics including remote oil sensing technology

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Grays Harbor Community Foundation hires Eric Potts as new Executive Director

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation has announced the hiring of Eric Potts as their new Executive Director.  He is a 1998 graduate of Aberdeen High School and a 2002 graduate of Washington State University.  Eric has spent the last seven years at Grays Harbor College, most recently as the Director of Admissions and

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Worksource Grays Harbor prepares for May First move into Elliott Building

WorkSource Grays Harbor will move at the start of the month to the top floor of the recently renovated Elliott Building at 415 W. Wishkah St. in Aberdeen.

The center’s current location will be closed from 12-5 p.m. on Friday, May 1, during the move. WorkSource Grays Harbor will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, May 4, in the

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No injuries, several affected, at apartment fire in Aberdeen

Unattended cooking may have been the cause of an apartment fire in Aberdeen Wednesday. No injuries were reported, two pet cats were saved, one was treated for smoke inhalation. Captain Jr. Streifel with the Aberdeen Fire Department tells us they responded to a fire in an Apartment complex in the 1200 block of Arthur

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World’s longest floating bridge gets in the swing with giant hinge

The new State Route 520 floating bridge will get a critical component this week. Contractor crews for the Washington State Department of Transportation today began to install a massive, hinged

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U.S. Coast Guard helicopter lands safely after laser incident near Port Angeles

A Coast Guard helicopter crew conducting a training flight over Clallam County Airport in Port Angeles reportedly suffered a laser strike from an unknown ground source Monday night.

The crew of the MH-65

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Washington Department of Ecology seeks comment on updated oil spill plan for Nisqually River

The number of trains carrying crude oil along Washington rivers is increasing rapidly. To keep up with this trend and other changes in how oil is transported, the Washington Department of Ecology is updating contingency response plans in case of an oil spill. The most recently updated plan outlines strategies for responding

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