Senate votes to give Washington residents more affordable health-care choices

OLYMPIA… Calling it a relief to citizens who have found themselves without affordable catastrophic health insurance, Sen. Steve O’Ban

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County eager to lease Grays Harbor Raceway, seeking promoters

ELMA, Wash. - The Grays Harbor County Commissioners are hoping to open the gates on the Race track in Elma by early next year, but for right now, they're under a red flag until they figure out what they own. County Commissioner Frank Gordon said last week "There's some issues going on now about who owns which." 
The commissioners canceled the contract with Great Northwest Promotions LLC in October, citing unpaid bills. Gordon said they have a more clear contract written up for future promoters. "So whoever we get in next we won't be having this problem, but things are kind of on hold - their lawyer is talking to our lawyer."
Meanwhile the county is looking for a promoter to lease the Grays Harbor Raceway "By the first of the year we're hoping to get this leased to somebody so they can start working out the races for the summer.” Anyone interested should email contact information to commish@co.grays-harbor.wa.us for details.

Imperium Renewables continues push to expand, create jobs in Grays Harbor

HOQUIAM, Wash. – Imperium Renewables will move ahead with plans to expand its business and create more jobs at the Port of Grays Harbor despite the Shoreline Hearings Board’s decision to require additional permitting work.
 
Although the board unanimously rejected many of the arguments that opponents sought to use to block the project, a majority did take the unprecedented position that the City of Hoquiam and the Washington Department of Ecology should have considered not only the potential cumulative impacts of Imperium’s bulk liquid project and a similar nearby proposal from Westway Terminals, but also a third project at another location that is in such early stages that no permit applications have even been filed.
 
“We respectfully disagree with the Board’s conclusion that any proposed project at another site -- anyone who can imagine doing something – provides the basis for denying our permit,” said John Plaza, CEO of Imperium Renewables. “Such an unfair standard if applied in Grays Harbor County and throughout Washington would effectively paralyze investment across the state.”

Tsunami Advisory for Washington, Warning for Oregon Coasts

...TSUNAMI WARNING IN EFFECT FOR THE OREGON COAST...
...TSUNAMI ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR THE WASHINGTON COAST...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A TSUNAMI WARNING FOR THE
OREGON COAST...AND...A TSUNAMI ADVISORY FOR THE WASHINGTON COAST.

A LARGE EARTHQUAKE WITH A PRELIMINARY MAGNITUDE OF 8.9 HAS BEEN
DETECTED IN EASTERN JAPAN.

 

Listen to 94.7FM or 1450 AM KBKW, 105.7 The Jet, Sunny 102.1 Bigfoot 93.7 or 107.9 The Quake for updates as they become available.


The expected tsunami wave arrival times are as follows:

 

Westport – 1.1 feet @ 7.25am

Moclips – 3.3 feet @ 7:10am (The highest expected wave on the Washington Coast)



All coastal jurisdictions have been notified of the situation.
The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department is mobilizing around the County to assist local jurisdictions in notification of citizens in areas of concern.
 

At this time we are not recommending an evacuation. All citizens are urged to stay away from the beaches, harbors and coastal lowlands. Although the initial wave times are indicated, the highest wave may not impact the area for a few hours after that time. Please listen to local officials and stay tuned to your radio for updates.

 

High Wind Warning CANCELED for North & Central Coast

The National Weather Service in Seattle has cancelled the High Wind Warning for the North & Central Coasts of Washington for Monday. High winds are still expected, the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management recommends that all citizens be alert for falling tree limbs and power lines and to be ready for possible power outages associated with strong wind gusts and rain conditions. Check your generators. DO NOT refuel portable generators or heaters indoors, and DO NOT run portable generators indoors.  NEVER go near downed power lines or tree limbs. DO NOT use your stove to heat your home. Become aware of the warning signs of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. 

High Wind Warning CANCELED for North & Central Coast

..HIGH WIND WARNING IS CANCELLED FOR THE NORTH AND CENTRAL COAST...

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS CANCELLED THE HIGH WIND WARNING FOR THE NORTH AND CENTRAL COAST.

 

THE COLD FRONT WHICH BROUGHT HIGH WINDS EARLIER TODAY HAS MOVED INLAND AND WINDS HAVE DIMINISHED.

Marine toxin prevents opening at Long Beach, delays decision on remaining beaches

OLYMPIA - Rising marine toxin levels have prompted the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to cancel a razor clam dig scheduled at Long Beach and delay final decisions about digs at Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks beaches until next week.

Olympic National Park will also wait until next week to decide on a dig at Kalaloch Beach, pending the results of further biotoxin testing.

Previous plans for a dig starting late next week were put on hold after routine testing found elevated levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) in clams collected on coastal beaches, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. 

Kreidler seeks ban on insurers’ use of credit information

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is calling for a ban on the insurance industry’s controversial practice of credit scoring. A hearing on the legislation, HB 2513, is scheduled for tomorrow, Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. in Olympia.
“Thousands of consumers have contacted my office over the last several years complaining about their insurance company’s use of credit scoring,” said Kreidler. “They say, ‘I pay my bills on time, I pay my premium, have never filed a claim or had a ticket – why is my premium going up?’”
Despite strong consumer protections enacted eight years ago by the Washington state legislature, insurers are relying more and more on credit scores. Today, some even consider your level of education. They take certain information in your credit history and other factors to create an “insurance score.”  The factors they consider and how much weight they assign them vary, making it extremely difficult—if not impossible—for you to understand what steps you can take to improve your score and get a better rate.
Today, your insurance credit score can impact your auto and homeowners rates by as much as 50 percent. 
“The industry’s reliance on this tool is startling,” said Kreidler.  “Today, your insurance score can have a bigger impact on your premium than an at-fault accident,” he said. “The insurance industry should be embarrassed that it’s using such an arbitrary and unfair tool like credit scoring.”

Eastside September Goose Season Canceled

Olympia, WA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) reminds hunters that there will not be a two-day September season for Canada geese in eastern Washington this year.

Instead, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission shifted those two days of hunting to the October-January season when migrant geese are present in the state.  

The commission, which sets policy for WDFW, took that action at its April meeting in response to ongoing declines in resident goose production on the east side of the state.
September goose seasons in western Washington were not affected by that action and will proceed as planned.