U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reopens comment period on proposal to list West Coast Fisher populations

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has reopened the comment period on a proposal to list the West Coast population of fisher as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  The Service has also extended its deadline to make a final decision whether to list the species to April 7, 2016.

The Service is opening a 30-day public comment period to solicit additional information to more fully inform the final listing decision. Specifically, the agency is seeking additional information on threats to the fisher population.

The fisher is a large, stocky, dark brown member of the weasel family, and is related to the mink, otter and marten. About the size of a house cat, the fisher has a long bushy tail, short rounded ears, short legs, and a low-to-the-ground appearance.

During the reopened comment period, the Service seeks information related to toxicants and rodenticides used at marijuana grow sites, including law enforcement information on the scope and severity of this problem, and trend data related to the use of toxicants/rodenticides. Previously submitted comments are in the record and they do not need to be resubmitted.

The Service is also seeking additional information for West Coast fisher population surveys, which will help assess fisher distribution and population trends. The Service is particularly interested in the surveys in which no fishers were found.

Additional guidance on submitting public comments can be found in the Federal Register notice at https://www.federalregister.gov (search for key word “fisher”), or on the agency website at: http://www.fws.gov/cno/es/fisher/.

Comments and information can be submitted by one of the following methods:

• Electronically at http://www.regulations.gov. In the Search box, enter FWS–R8–ES–2014–0041.  You may submit information by clicking on “Comment Now.”

• Paper copy, via the U.S. mail or hand delivery, to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS–R8–ES–2014–0041. Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: BPHC, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041–3803.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws.gov/cno. Connect with our Facebook page, follow our tweets, watch our YouTube Channel, and download photos from our Flickr page.

Sheriff’s office seeks tips on overdue hunter

The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office is requesting any assistance in locating a 65 year old, overdue hunter.  Joe Calimlim was last heard from his spouse at 0900 hours on Friday morning (10-24-14) when he telephoned her saying that he had just arrived at the “Donkey Creek Area.”  Joe did stop at a Hoquiam gas station earlier that morning.  Joe is driving a silver, 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche, WA Plate – B52448G.  The pick-up is lifted and is a “No Fear” dealer package with No Fear decals.  There is also an NRA decal on the back.  The truck has a cover over the bed (no canopy).

Joe indicated that he planned to spend Friday night in a Hoquiam hotel but did not do so.  It is unlike Joe not to call his spouse daily.  Joe is 5-6, 190 pounds, brown eyes and very short black hair (shaved bald on Thursday).  Joe is of Philippine descent.

Bishop Center for Performing Arts receives ArtsWA Innovation grant

The Bishop Center for Performing Arts at Grays Harbor College is among several Washington State arts organizations who have been awarded grants as part of ArtsWA’s inaugural Innovations Incentives Program. Arts organizations applied for the Incentives awards as part of the annual competitive Grants to Organizations projects support process.

The Bishop Center was awarded $2,000 in the Level B catagory, according to their website, they received a Project Support grant of $2,400 last year to increase access to, and participation in cultural opportunities. “This year we offered professional arts organizations a chance to compete for an extra $1,000 to $3,000 for innovative projects that will increase art participation with young adults and diverse audiences,” said Mayumi Tsutakawa, ArtsWA Grants Program Manager. “As a result, Innovations Incentives grants were awarded in each of the project support levels for fiscal year 2015. These incentive awards were in addition to the amount ArtsWA granted to the organizations for their FY 2015 project support funds.”

The Innovations Incentives awards are an outgrowth of ArtsWA’s Arts Participation Leadership Initiative (APLI), a five-year project funded by The Wallace Foundation that investigates methods arts organizations can use to broaden, deepen and diversify their participating audiences, supporters and artists. This subsequent pilot program focused on projects that addressed young adults and racially diverse demographic groups, and emphasized projects that employed new uses of social media and technology.

 

$1,000 –  Level A (Arts Organizations with an annual budget of $200,000 or less)

Mid Columbia Mastersingers / Richland
The grant will be used to introduce dramatic staging elements and operatic treatment in the “All Creatures Great and Small” performance of Benjamin Britten’s “Noye’s Fludde” (Noah’s Flood). Mid Columbia Mastersingers are working to draw a larger and more diverse audience to this project which will help to increase the interest in choral music.
Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra (SWOJO) / Seattle
To initiate an online music publishing division for SWOJO’s unique jazz ensemble composition contest for women composers. The purpose is to expand participation in, awareness of, and access to, the contributions of women composers in jazz.
Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia / Olympia

To pilot “Media on the Mezz.” This program dedicates the mezzanine level in the Washington Center for the Performing Arts for audience members who will use their phones and cameras to post comments, photos and video clips on social media during the concerts. The goal is to attract and encourage young audience members to use social media as an integrated approach to audience development.

$2,000 – Level B (Arts Organizations with an annual budget between $200,000 to $1 million)


Earshot Jazz / Seattle

Incentives funds will be used to involve young professional artists to help curate the 2015 Earshot Jazz Festival. The goals are to create a more diverse range of content and also to build future presenters and audiences.

 

Richard Hugo House / Seattle
Richard Hugo House plans to use Innovations Incentives funds to videotape its Lit Series and Word Works readings, making them available on its website and e-newsletters. The project will help writers investigate craft and help Richard Hugo House expand audiences.

Seattle JazzEd / Seattle

Seattle JazzEd plans to partner with Odessa Brown Clinic, presenting youth music classes and concerts at the inner city health center. Funds will also be used for the JazzEd staff to receive training to help them better serve the social/economic needs of its students.

$3,000 – Level C (Arts Institutions with an annual budget of over $1 million)

On the Boards (OtB) / Seattle

OtB will strengthen diversity in its community with the Ambassador Project, convening 15 individuals from a cross-section of Seattle’s creative industry and arts community to serve as ambassadors. It envisions the project will create conversations about aesthetics and community issues. These new ambassador voices will help interpret performances, lead artist questions & answers and broaden attendance; including curating the 12 Minutes Max performance lab; creating artist-to-artist dialogues; and producing workshops and collaborative performances that contextualize mainstage pieces.

Tacoma Symphony Orchestra (TSO) / Tacoma

Tacoma Symphony will create the Mini Maestros Program in partnership with Lakewood Boys & Girls Club, targeting low income families in the South Tacoma area. Its goal is to inspire and provide access to quality live music and education events, working to reduce psychological barriers to classical music programs. TSO plans to use the Innovations Incentives grant to improve overall academic fitness by involving children in the arts.

Mason County Superior Court seeks candidates for Third judicial position

The Legislature has statutorily authorized a third Superior Court position as provided for by RCW 2.08.063. Governor Jay Inslee is now seeking interested and qualified members of the Washington State Bar Association to submit applications to fill this position. The Governor’s application for judicial appointment, the Uniform Judicial Evaluation Questionnaire, is accepted by several minority bar associations for evaluation purposes. It can be downloaded below.

Nicholas W. Brown, General Counsel
Office of the Governor
Legislative Building
P.O. Box 40002
Olympia, WA 98504

http://www.governor.wa.gov/office/judicial/default.aspx

 

To be considered for this vacancy, applicants are strongly encouraged to promptly submit complete applications, along with a short resume and the Waiver and Authorization to Release Information, and schedule judicial evaluations with the statewide minority bar associations. All applications must be completed and submitted to the Governor’s Office by September 5, 2014, with all judicial evaluation ratings submitted to the Governor’s Office of General Counsel by October 3, 2014.

Superior Court Judge Gordon Godfrey stepping down, local attorney stepping up

On August 4, 2014, Hon. Gordon L. Godfrey announced his resignation from the bench effective October 1, 2014. Governor Jay Inslee is now seeking interested and qualified members of the Washington State Bar Association to submit applications to fill this position. The Governor’s application for judicial appointment, the Uniform Judicial Evaluation Questionnaire, is accepted by several minority bar associations for evaluation purposes. It can be downloaded below.

Nicholas W. Brown, General Counsel
Office of the Governor
Legislative Building
P.O. Box 40002
Olympia, WA 98504

http://www.governor.wa.gov/office/judicial/default.aspx
To be considered for this vacancy, applicants are strongly encouraged to promptly submit complete applications, along with a short resume and the Waiver and Authorization to Release Information, and schedule judicial evaluations with the statewide minority bar associations. All applications must be completed and submitted to the Governor’s Office by August 25, 2014, with all judicial evaluation ratings submitted to the Governor’s Office of General Counsel as soon as possible.

 

Jean Cotton

Local attorney and Elma native, Jean Cotton, has announced that she is seeking appointment to the vacancy. A press release from Cotton Wednesday said it will require closing her private practice in Elma to pursue full-time the work she has come to love since she began working in the Superior Courts as a Commissioner Pro Tem and Judge Pro Tem more than 15 years ago. Ms. Cotton has taken her judicial service seriously as she is cognizant that decisions made by Superior Court judges affect the very fabric of our lives. She appreciates being from a family with a long history of judicial service in Grays Harbor.
According to Ms. Cotton, our county has been well served by Superior Court Judges who have held their elected positions for extended periods of time and who have been actively involved in their community and judicial stewardship.
Judge Gordon Godfrey announced his resignation after serving as a Grays Harbor Superior Court Judge since 1992. The vacancy created by the announced resignation of Hon. Gordon L. Godfrey will be filled with an appointment made by Governor Jay Inslee. Jean has submitted her application to the Governor for the appointment and looks forward to the opportunity to serve the citizens of Grays Harbor County as its next Superior Court Judge.
Jean is a solo practitioner and owner of Cotton Law Offices, in Elma, Washington. She obtained her JD from the University of Puget Sound School of Law, now Seattle University School of Law.
Jean has been a member of the Washington State bar Association Family Law Section Executive Committee since 2001 having served as Chair in 2007-2008. She has on many occasions acted as a faculty member training and informing practicing attorneys at the Family Law Midyear Section and/or the Skills Training programs as well as for the Solo and Small Practitioner Midyear, various Court Facilitator training, and other programs for Continuing Legal Education requirements for attorneys in Washington. She is currently a member of the WSBA Local Court Rules Task Force and has also served on the Washington Supreme Court Dissolution Task Force and as a Washington Delegate to the Family Law Council of Community Property States. Jean was the recipient of the WSBA Family Law Section Attorney of the Year award in 2008.

Candidate Filing Week wraps with 39 vying for 21 offices in Grays Harbor

Candidate filing week finished Friday afternoon with a total of 14 filing for the commission of the proposed hospital district. Elections Supervisor Katy Moore tells us the proposed district is not in their system yet so the information is not available on the auditor’s website yet.

We’ll see a couple of races in the August Primary so far, Congressman Derek Kilmer will face 3 others for his re-election. Also facing more than one other are incumbent State Representatives Brian Blake, and Steve Tharinger

County Assessor Rick Hole, and PUD Commissioner Russ Skolrood each face two others for their re-election

County Commissioner Herb Welch is not seeking re-election, we have 4 political parties vying for his District 3 seat with Democrat Al Smith, Republican Keith Olson, Independant Jim Heikel and Vickie Raines of the no party party.

The November General election will finally pick a County Prosecutor for Grays Harbor, between Katie Svoboda and Mike Spencer.

Incumbent State Representatives Dean Takko faces one other for his seat, while Representative Kevin Van De Wege is unapposed.

Sheriff Rick Scott, Auditor Vern Spatz, Clerk Cheryl Brown and Treasurer Ron Strabbing have filed to seek re-election, unapposed. With County Coroner Dan Burns retiring, Deputy Coroner Lane Youmans is running unapposed.

Arrest made in attempted Oakville home invasion robbery, one remains at large

One of the suspects in an Oakville home invasion has been arrested, Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells us Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Deputies and Chehalis Tribal Police located the 24 year old Oakville man on Balch Road in Oakville around 2 Wednesday afternoon.
He was booked for Attempted Robbery 1st degree, Burglary, and assault. Police are actively pursuing the second suspect, a 28 year old man, also from Oakville.

Leonard M. Young, a 28 year old Oakville man. Young is approximately 5-08 tall, 190 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. Anyone with information is asked the call the Grays Harbor Communications Center at 360-533-8765
Leonard M. Young, a 28 year old Oakville man. Young is approximately 5-08 tall, 190 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. Anyone with information is asked the call the Grays Harbor Communications Center at 360-533-8765

Both are suspected of breaking into an Oakville home on May first and assaulting the man and woman who lived there, they fled when a mask was removed from one man’s face.
Investigators are continuing to develop information to determine if these suspects were also involved in the Robbery to the Marijuana dispensary a month prior.

Shumate said this morning that 24 year old Derrick D. Klatush remains in custody and has been formally charged with Attempted Robbery, Burglary, and Assault.

The second suspect in this case has also been charged and a warrant issued for his arrest.  His name is Leonard M. Young, a 28 year old Oakville man.  Young is approximately 5-08 tall, 190 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair.  Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked the call the Grays Harbor Communications Center at 360-533-8765 or the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office at 360-249-3711.

YMCA of Grays Harbor celebrates Healthy Kids Day® with free event April 27

To kick-start physical activity and learning throughout the summer, a critical out-of-school time for kids, the YMCA of Grays Harbor is celebrating Healthy Kids Day® with a free community event on April 27th for kids and families. Summer is the ideal time for kids to get up, get out and grow, but for some kids, exposure to activities that stimulate the body and mind ends with the school year. In fact, research shows that kids are more prone to gain weight and fall behind academically over the summer months.

“At Healthy Kids Day, we’re helping parents take on summer by taking steps to ensure that their kids stay physically and intellectually active,” said Dan Brown, Associate Executive Director at the YMCA of Grays Harbor. “With summer just around the corner, there is no better time than now to begin developing a healthy routine that helps kids be healthier and sharper for when the next school year begins.”

A leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y holds Healthy Kids Day to improve the health and well-being of kids. As part of this initiative, the Y – along with hundreds of thousands of parents and kids nationwide – is taking on summer by addressing critical gaps in health and education that cause kids to be at increased risk for childhood obesity and suffer summer learning loss.

The YMCA of Grays Harbor’s FREE event will take place at the Y from 12-2pm and will feature activities such as family aerobics, healthy hands on education, and drawings for prizes and free memberships.

For more information contact the YMCA of Grays Harbor at 360-537-9622 or www.ghymca.net

 

Healthy Kids Day® A YMCA Initiative

 

(Nationwide) Saturday, April 26, 2014

Summer is the time for kids to get up, get out and grow. But for some kids, exposure to activities that stimulate the body and mind ends with the school year. In fact, research shows that kids are prone to gain more weight and fall behind in studies. On April 26, the Y will celebrate Healthy Kids Day®, our national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids.

Message from NBA Legend Rip Hamilton

Listen in as NBA legend and father, Richard “Rip” Hamilton, encourages kids and families to be active and participate in the YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day. This event is supported by NBA Cares.

Channel Point Village resumes normal operation after norovirus outbreak contained

Operations are back to normal at Channel Point Village in Hoquiam. Staff at the retirement and assisted living facility acted quickly to stop an outbreak of the norovirus earlier this month.
Stuart Brown, COO of Village Concepts said in a statement that they “were able to quickly stop the spread throughout the community and significantly limit the number of residents that were exposed. In a very short time all residents were free of symptoms and normal operations resumed. Residents are again able to enjoy their friends and favorite activities in the community.”

Founded in 1975, Village Concepts owns and operates residential and assisted living communities throughout Washington state and provides property management and consulting services for owners of assisted living communities. Village Concepts is a third generation family-owned business, drawing upon 40 years of experience and a proud tradition of providing personalized care to more than 1,400 residents in 14 senior living communities throughout Puget Sound, the Olympic Peninsula and Central Washington.

Burglary suspect with multiple felony warrants sought in Mason County

BLAINE WILLIAM “BILLY” WHITEHEAD DOB: 12/26/1963 – 6’-00” – 168 LBS. WHITE MALE – BROWN HAIR – BROWN EYES
BLAINE WILLIAM “BILLY” WHITEHEAD
DOB: 12/26/1963 – 6’-00” – 168 LBS.
WHITE MALE – BROWN HAIR – BROWN EYES

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Blaine Whitehead, 50, who is a burglary suspect and who has multiple bench warrants for his arrest.  Whitehead is known to frequent the north Mason County areas and the south Kitsap County areas.  There are no known associated vehicles.  Anyone having information regarding the whereabouts of Blaine Whitehead are requested to call the Mason County Sheriff’s Office at 360-427-7761, or 911.  (Case #13-12785)