• Sound Community Bank

    Sound Community Bank Completes Acquisition of Three Columbia Bank Branches on the Olympic Peninsula

    SEATTLE, Aug. 25, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sound Community Bank (the Bank) (Nasdaq:SFBC) today announced the completed acquisition of three Columbia Bank branches on the North Olympic Peninsula. Sound Community Bank now offers banking services in Port Ludlow and expands its market share in Sequim and Port Angeles. The Port Ludlow branch marks the Bank’s […]

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  • Public invited to comment on Regional Transportation Plan

    OLYMPIA – The Peninsula Regional Transportation Planning Organization invites the public to attend any of four public meetings to learn more about a Regional Transportation Plan and to comment on the future vision of transportation for the Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas. 

    The Regional Transportation Plan (12 MB) is designed to promote and guide efficient and sustainable transportation systems on the Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas. It was developed as a shared vision of how strategic transportation planning can create a better future for residents and businesses on the peninsulas. 

    Anyone can participate by visiting one of the following public meetings or by electronically submitting comments by Dec. 31 to Patrick Babineau. The same materials will be presented at all locations. 

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  • FEMA Dollars Begin to Flow Into Washington

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – When the severe winter storms dubbed ‘Snowmageddon’ hit Washington State in January of this year, airports, roads and schools closed, cars crashed, and trees and tons of debris blocked roads and knocked out power to more than 275,000 customers across the state.

    Governor Christine Gregoire’s request for disaster funding after the storm estimated damage at more than $32 million.

    As of today, more than $354,800 has been approved for 21 of some 800 recovery projects. FEMA will pay 75 percent of that, nearly $266,000 in Public Assistance (PA) disaster relief dollars; the State and local governments will match 25 percent.

    Without a doubt, having these dollars begin flowing into these disaster-struck communities will help them with budget shortfalls, the massive January disaster response hit these already strapped local governments hard. – Kurt Hardin, Washington Emergency Management Division’s state coordinating officer
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  • Emergency Declaration Includes Grays Harbor County, 16 Others

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire declared an emergency Wednesday for storms that hit Washington in December.

    The declaration means state agencies can spend money beyond budget appropriations to offer aid. Emergency Management Division spokesman Rob Harper says the statement also may bring in federal money.

    The declaration covers storm damage Dec. 8-18 in Clallam, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Klickitat, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Thurston, Wahkiakum, and Whatcom counties.

    Snow, high winds and heavy rain caused flooding, landslides and power outages.

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  • McEntire Concedes, Tharinger Releases Statement

    Sequim, WA – Clallam County Commissioner and State Representative-elect Steve Tharinger has released the following message:

    “My opponent in the race for the 24th District’s second State Representative seat, Jim McEntire, has conceded. I commend him for a well-run, vigorous campaign. It is with great pleasure and humility that I thank the voters of the 24th District for entrusting me with the great responsibility of being their new representative in Olympia. I could not be more honored to be the successor of the great Lynn Kessler, whose distinguished service on behalf of our local communities will always guide and inspire my own conduct in Washington’s House of Representatives. 

    I am very proud of the sort of campaign we ran and the message we spread across the 24th District, so I would like to thank everyone who made it possible. First and foremost, I must once again thank the voters of the 24th District for their belief in me. Next, I must thank my wonderful campaign staff, from my campaign manager Sam Gibboney on down to all of the campaign’s tireless staff members and volunteers. This victory would not be possible without the support, friendship, and counsel of Lynn Kessler and Kevin Van De Wege. Last but not least, I must thank my wonderfully supportive wife Yvonne and the rest of my friends and family for standing by me through this long campaign.”

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  • Coast Guard rescues teenage hiker from Olympic National Park

    SEATTLE, Wash. – The U.S. Coast Guard medevac’d a 15-year old hiker after she fell from a 15-foot cliff north of the Hoh River in Olympic National Park, in Clallam, Wash., Monday.

    The hiker was reported in stable condition.

    At approximately 10:46 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle received a request from National Park Service employees to rescue a fallen hiker.

    The hiker, an Idaho native visiting the park on a school field trip, had reportedly fallen head-first onto a beach and was in-and out-of consciousness.

    The duty flight surgeon from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles, Wash., spoke with National Park Service rangers and agreed to perform the medevac.

    A HH-65 Dolphin crew arrived on scene and lowered a rescue swimmer. The girl was hoisted aboard the Dolphin at approximately 1:12 p.m. and taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

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  • State Representatives Tharinger and Van De Wege to Visit Grays Harbor

    OLYMPIA – On the heels of town hall meetings in Clallam and Jefferson Counties, state Representatives Steve Tharinger (D – Dungeness) and Kevin Van De Wege (D – Sequim) are coming to Grays Harbor to meet with constituents.

    The two legislators are planning to host a town hall-style meeting on Tuesday, March 29, at Beacon Elementary School in Montesano.  The event begins at 6:00 p.m. and is open to the public.

    Tharinger, who is the district’s newest representative, says most people can’t make the trip to Olympia to meet with their state legislators, so it makes more sense for legislators to go to them.

    “Part of being a state representative is being accessible,” Tharinger said.  “People need to be able to ask us questions directly, and know that we are listening to them.”

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    The results are in from the recent Drive Hammered, Get Nailed enforcement campaign conducted from Nov. 25, 2010 through Jan. 2, 2011.

    In Jefferson County, 23 motorists, (compared to 13 during the same patrols in 2009), were stopped and arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). There were 83 DUI arrests in Kitsap County, 57 in Grays Harbor County, 27 in Mason County and 26 arrests in Clallam County,. Statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 3,577 drivers for DUI, according to a Jan. 10 summary from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.


    During 2009, impaired drivers were responsible for more than half of the 491 deaths on Washington’s roadways. For additional information about the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, visit www.wtsc.wa.gov <http://www.wtsc.wa.gov/>

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