Large number of salmon return to Columbia River

By By GOSIA WOZNIACKA PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of salmon are making their way from the ocean up the Columbia River this month, a windfall for salmon eaters, and for tribal and recreational fishermen in the Pacific Northwest…. …read more

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Bull Trout Swim Past Glines Canyon; Migratory Fish Return to Upper Elwha River for the First Time in Over a Century

Fisheries biologists have confirmed that two radio tagged bull trout have migrated through Glines Canyon and are now upstream of the former Lake Mills in Rica Canyon. http://www.nps.gov/olym/parknews/bull-trout-swim-past-glines-canyon.htm …read more

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Windows broken in more than 50 cars in Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) — More than 50 cars parked near Lake Union in Seattle overnight had windows and mirrors smashed…. …read more

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Fire destroys Ferndale fiberglass boat business

FERNDALE, Wash. (AP) — A fire Thursday night in Ferndale destroyed the building that housed Northwest Marine Industries, a business that manufactured about three fiberglass sports boats a month…. …read more

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Group cites police killings in support of I-594

By By GENE JOHNSON SEATTLE (AP) — A group pushing an initiative that would require background checks for private gun sales in Washington state is citing a new study that finds many of the police deaths here since 1980 have come at the hands of people legally prohibited from having firearms…. …read more

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Reminder: Drivers strongly urged to avoid I-5 in Olympia over next two weekends

WSDOT Travel Advisory

OLYMPIA – The busy Interstate 5/US 101 interchange in Olympia will be the focus of vital bridge structural repair work over the weekends of Sept. 12 and Sept. 19. Preparations for the two weekends will require lane and ramp closures each Thursday night, Sept. 11 and Sept. 18.

 

During the two weekends, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will replace a 171-foot-long bridge expansion joint that spans the width of the roadway. The 28-year-old expansion joint has deteriorated to the point that temporary repairs no longer are effective, and it must be replaced to keep drivers safe and traffic moving.

 

Both weekends include day and night lane and ramp closures for both directions of I-5 near Capitol Lake. Over a typical weekend, more than 276,000 vehicles use this stretch of I-5. Roughly 190,000 vehicles travel on US 101 approaching I-5. WSDOT traffic engineers warn that drivers likely will face lengthy backups and delays because no convenient alternate state routes are available. Even with traffic volumes decreasing by 30% over the two weekends, traffic models show backups reaching 14 miles, with especially heavy congestion expected on southbound I-5.

 

“The I-5/US 101 interchange is one busy interchange, and it’s a tough place to work,” said WSDOT Project Engineer Ricky Bhalla. “We need drivers to change their normal driving habits to help prevent miles of backups over the next two weekends while our contractor completes this important work.”

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Enchanted Valley Chalet Moved Away from Eroding East Fork Quinault River Bank

Work to lift the chalet off its foundation began on Saturday and continued on Sunday. By Sunday afternoon, the chalet was moved an initial eight feet east of its original location and away from the eroding bank of the East Fork Quinault River. http://www.nps.gov/olym/parknews/enchanted-valley-chalet-moved-away-from-eroding-east-fork-quinault-river-bank.htm …read more

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Grays Harbor Community Foundation announces Donor Advised Fund Distributions

Grays Harbor Community Foundation

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation had, for many years, a Board member who was very supportive of our activities and programs through a private family foundation he controlled. When Dr. Scott Weatherwax passed away, he left control of this family foundation to his stepdaughter, Paige Hounsley, who has never lived in Grays Harbor, and now lives in southern California. Her only connection to the Harbor was her stepfather.

As trustee for the family foundation, Mrs. Hounsley is required by law to make distributions of a percentage of the foundations assets each year. While not required to support Grays Harbor, she is determined to continue her stepfather’s intentions, and continues to employ the Community Foundation to provide information and data to help her make those annual distributions.

Each year, she contacts the Community Foundation staff with a couple of issues or activities she would like to know more about, then the staff researches Grays Harbor nonprofits and projects to provide her the requested information. She then sends a donation to the Grays Harbor Community Foundation with a distribution request including instructions on how to distribute those funds.  She also provides significant support for scholarships in Grays Harbor through the Community Foundation, the Abel-Weatherwax Memorial Scholarships.

This year, several local nonprofits have benefited from the unrestricted gifts and the generosity of this donor. Those organizations are Grays Harbor Young Life, Keystone Learning Center, Beyond Survival, the Lyle P. Smith Fund at Coastal Community Action Program, Grays Harbor Court Appointed Special Advocates, the Dislocated Workers fund at WorkSource of Grays Harbor, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Grays Harbor, the Arc of Grays Harbor, and the Domestic Violence Center.

“It is a pleasure to provide information to this donor, so that she is able to continue her good work in Grays Harbor;” says Executive Director, Jim Daly.  “It is a wonderful experience to provide these surprise checks to organizations and people with a passion for the work they are doing.”

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation with a mission “to improve the quality of life in the communities throughout Grays Harbor County.”  This is accomplished by many projects and processes by working through or in support of other non-profit organizations.

The public is encouraged to contribute to their favorite charities and may donate to the Grays Harbor Community Foundation to support any of these projects or for a variety of other purposes.  Tax deductible donations may be made to:

Grays Harbor Community Foundation, P.O. Box 615, Hoquiam, WA 98520

You may find out more by checking the foundation website:  www.gh-cf.org or you may contact Jim Daly at 532-1600 or by e-mail at:  [email protected].

Jumbo digital graphic at Boeing Everett factory

By By DAN CATCHPOLE EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The world’s largest digital graphic is coming together slowly, strip by strip at the Boeing Co.’s plant at Paine Field…. …read more

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Fight over World War II-era tank goes to court

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — A company headed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has filed a lawsuit in the San Francisco Bay Area over a World War II-era German tank it says it paid $2.5 million for but never received…. …read more

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