FBI seeks information on bank robber nicknamed the ‘Quick-Change Bandit’

The Seattle Safe Streets Task Force is seeking information about a bank robber nicknamed the “Quick-Change Bandit.”

The unidentified bank robber is believed to have

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$11 million in grants from Ecology to help prevent flood damage upriver

OLYMPIA – Floods cause more damage than any other natural disasters in Washington. The Department of Ecology has awarded nearly $11 million in grants to recipients across the state to help

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Harbor Manor in Hoquiam among statewide housing purchase

TUKWILLA, Wash. - When a portfolio of nine privately owned Section 8-assisted housing complexes located in five counties scattered across Washington state was offered for sale last spring, the King County Housing Authority spearheaded a collaborative effort to purchase it. The housing authorities of Bremerton, Grays Harbor County, Yakima, and Chelan County and the City of Wenatchee participated in assuring the preservation of a total of 337 homes within the various communities.

“If they lost their housing because it got too expensive, they couldn’t take a second job to pencil it out. Now they can sleep at night in a safe, stable place to live, which is what anybody would want for their mom or dad, grandma or grandpa.”

The unusual collective strategy – which represents the most wide-ranging state initiative to date to preserve existing subsidized housing – was necessary because the seller wanted to dispose of the portfolio as a single sale. Failure to acquire even one of the nine properties would have resulted in failure to preserve any of the properties. The current owner, who was also the initial developer and long-term owner of the properties, worked with the housing authority to try to assure long-term preservation of these apartments as affordable housing.

“Preserving existing subsidized housing is the most cost-effective way to maintain the supply of affordable rental apartments,” said Stephen Norman, executive director of the King County Housing Authority. “Working with the state Department of Commerce, King County government and housing authorities across the state, we have been able to protect 337 low-income households, the vast majority of them senior citizens, from being forced from their homes – and at the same time, have preserved for the long-term, crucial local housing resources.”

Three more Haagan stores closing, Aberdeen Top Food & Drug not among them

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - The Haggen grocery chain is closing three more stores in Washington, but the Aberdeen location will remain open. The Bellingham company announced this week that they are closing" TOP Food & Drug" stores in Kent, Auburn and Yakima.
Earlier this year Haggen announced plans to close stores in Tacoma, Lacey, Federal Way, Bellevue and Shoreline. The company says the closures are part of a long-term plan to improve competitiveness. They currently operate more than 20 stores in Washington and Oregon under the Haggen Northwest Fresh and TOP Food & Drug names.

Cantwell Announces $37.7M for Washington State Homelessness Programs

SPOKANE, WA – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) announced that 68 Washington projects will receive a total of $37,700,917 in grants for the development of Continuum of Care programs from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Continuum of Care programs are coordinated community-based efforts to address homelessness by examining needs and building programs that address those needs. Grants under this program were competitively awarded to applicants across the nation. 


“I applaud the Department of Housing for these critical investments towards in addressing homelessness in Washington state,” Senator Cantwell said.  “During hard economic times, it is critical we insure that the neediest in our communities have somewhere to turn.”


Programs awarded today include the Supportive Housing Program (SHP) that provides housing in a supportive environment with a service component; the Shelter Plus Care (S+C) program that provides grants for rental assistance for homeless persons with disabilities; and the Single Room Occupancy (SRO) program that provides rental assistance on behalf of homeless individuals in connection with moderate rehabilitation of SRO buildings.

NorthWest Wingless Sprint Tour at Grays Harbor Raceway

ELMA, Wash. - This Saturday at Grays Harbor Raceway a ASA Member Track located at the Fairgrounds in Elma, Industrial Hydraulics will present the first of four appearances by NorthWest Wingless Sprint Tour (NWWT) based out of the Portland, Oregon area. This will be the second time in recent history than Wingless Sprint Cars have raced at Grays Harbor Raceway, the first time being in September of last year. Over 20 drivers from all over the Northwest will be on hand to compete as well as some of our local drivers, who will also compete without the wings. Other classes that will be in action include the Pacific Hardtop Racing Association Dwarf Cars, Cut Rate Auto Parts Hobby Stocks and Hornets.

Grays Harbor County Listed to Receive Grant Funding for Shoreline Policies and Development Regulations

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is providing $6.3 million in legislatively approved grants to 70 cities and counties in the Puget Sound region to help modernize their existing shoreline policies and development regulations, also called "shoreline master programs." To view the full list of grants: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/sma/SMPgrants_10012009.pdf


Shoreline master programs are the cornerstone of the Shoreline Management Act passed by voter referendum in 1972. Under the act, communities develop master programs to guide local decisions about shoreline uses such as ports, ferry terminals, residential neighborhoods, and public access to waterfront areas.

The local regulations are also designed to protect water quality and critical habitat, control beach and stream bank erosion, and increase flood protection along marine shorelines and shoreline areas around larger lakes and streams.

Mountain Dew/AMP Energy 50 Warriors Of Dirt Invade Grays Harbor Raceway

This Saturday Night at Grays Harbor Raceway located at the Fairgrounds in Elma.  The Oregon based Warriors of Dirt Late Model Tour will make their second and final appearance of the year at t Grays Harbor Raceway, for the running of the Mountain Dew/AMP Energy 50. Running in conjunction with the Warriors of Dirt will be the Shipwreck Beads Modifieds, Triple X Ford Focus Midgets, and the Cut Rate Auto Parts Hobby Stocks.  With only one point race after this weekend, the racing should be hot and heavy as the point leaders in the Modifieds and Midgets are 3 and 1 point ahead respectively. Grays Harbor Raceway is a ASA Member Track.
A full field of Warriors of Dirt Late Models will be in action, lead by current points leader by Lebanon, Oregon  driver Jason Wines, Scott Puncohar from Hillsboro, Oregon, former Fast Track Series and Sunset Speedway Champion Greg Walters from Banks, Oregon.  Vancouver’s Jeff  & Brandon Biffle, the Schram Brothers Jimmy and Jerry also from Vancouver,  Rob Ireland from Banks and brothers from Aloho, Oregon Doug and Bob Trout.

Toads/Microtel Night at the Races

ELMA, Wash. - It’s Toads Deli/ Microtel Inn & Suites Night at Grays Harbor Raceway this Saturday Night.   There will be lots of great prizes given out to lucky fans including three, one stays at any of the three Microtel Inn and Suites located in Elma, Seaside and Sutherlin, Oregon. Five classes will be in action including the Whitney’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Cars, Shipwreck Beads Modifieds, Triple X Ford Focus Midgets, HiLine Homes Hornets and the Cruisers.   Grays Harbor Raceway is a ASA  Member Track.
The Whitney’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Cars point standings tightened up a little last Saturday as points leader  Glen Borden of Raymond had a very rare DNF in the feature allowing Shelton’s Jay Cole to close within 33 points 1034 to 1001 of the three time and defending champion. Tacoma’s Shawn Rice moved up one spot to third  68  points behind the leader at 966.  Kirkland’s Steve Vague moved up one spot to fourth  with 957 points, JJ Hickle from Quilcene dropped two spots to fifth with 874 points. You can except to see a bigger car count this weekend as this is the last Sprint Car race before the Big E Weekend, already confirmed to be here on Saturday include Roger Crockett from Medford, NASCSAR Camping World Truck driver Tyler Malsam from Snohomish along with Puyallup’s Mitch Olson and Enumclaw’s Henry Van Dam.

Local Revitalization Financing Project Application Now Online

Olympia, WA - The Department of Revenue today activated an online application that cities and counties must use to apply, on a first-come, first-served basis, for $2.5 million in state money to help finance Local Revitalization Financing (LRF) projects.
While local governments can begin filling out applications beginning today, they will not be able to press the submit button until 9 a.m. Sept. 1.  The Department will then accept completed applications in the order received.
Second Substitute Bill 5045 authorizes cities and counties to create revitalization areas for local public improvements and allows the state to contribute toward the bond payments.