Public invited to comment on oil transportation study

The public is invited to provide feedback on a preliminary study assessing risks associated with increased transportation of oil through Washington state. Public meetings are scheduled next week in Spokane and Olympia to accept comments regarding the study and recommendations.


The Marine & Rail Oil Transport Study: Preliminary Findings & Recommendations, released Oct. 1, was developed at the direction of Gov. Jay Inslee and the Legislature. The study team is led by the Washington Department of Ecology, in collaboration with the Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC), the Washington Military Department’s Emergency Management Division (EMD) and several other agencies. The purpose of the study is to assess risks associated with oil transportation and outline recommendations to protect the health and safety of the people and the environment of Washington state.


Millions of gallons of oil move across Washington’s lands and waters each day. The state saw approximately 17 million barrels shipped in 2013 with a projection of 55 million barrels in 2014. The amount of Bakken crude oil transported from North Dakota by rail is expected to increase by more than 220 percent, depending on refinery expansion.


The public meetings are scheduled for:


5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
Double Tree Hotel Red Lion Inn
322 N. Spokane Falls Ct. 2300 Evergreen Park Drive SW
Spokane Olympia


From 5 to 6 p.m., there will be information booths with marine, rail, and spill response experts available to answer questions. The study team will make a presentation at 6 p.m. and public comments will be heard starting at 6:30 p.m.


Comments may also be submitted electronically or by mail. Address comments to Ecology Spills Program, PO Box 47600, Olympia, WA  98504-7600.

Summit Pacific Medical Center in Elma celebrates first year

Elma, Washington – The community is invited to join Summit Pacific Medical Center in celebration of their first birthday. Summit Pacific will be celebrating this milestone starting on Tuesday, February 18th through Friday, February 21st from11am to 1pm each day at the medical center at 600 East Main Street in Elma. Visitors will enjoy free tastes from Summit Pacific’s own Café Salute and can enter to win one of several great door prizes; including a chance to win two entries into the foundation’s Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament taking place at Salish Cliffs Golf Club in May. Guests will also be able to view a variety of displays created by staff to learn more about the medical center’s recent accomplishments and their goals for the future.

Summit Pacific Medical 1st patient
Renee Jensen, CEO, wheeling in Summit Pacific Medical Center’s first patient on February 17th, 2013

Summit Pacific Medical Center registered their first patient on Sunday, February 17th. The medical center operates a 24/7 emergency department; a ten bed in-patient wing; a swing bed program; a full service laboratory with in-patient and out-patient services; a diagnostic imaging department that provides x-rays, CT scans, digital mammograms, ultrasounds and MRIs; and three family medicine clinics: Summit Pacific Medical Clinic, Elma Family Medicine and Mark Reed Healthcare Clinic. The medical center’s cafeteria has expanded services from patient meals to being open for the public starting February 18th.

For more information about the birthday celebration, people can contact Lauren Day, Public Relations Manager at 360-346-2250 or by email at, or they can visit Summit Pacific’s website at

Craigslist rental scam comes to Grays Harbor

When the interested person asked to be shown the house they were told in an email that the “owner” had gone to West Africa with the keys to the house. The suspect wrote in the email, ” If you are interested in my property kindly drive by and get the application form filled and send it back to me via email so that we can start a lease.” 

It is believed that identity theft and an attempt to obtain $900 dollars in currency from an unsuspecting person was the intent of the fraudulent Craigslist rental home listing.

The Aberdeen Police Department has issued this information to warn and inform our citizens of this reported scam. Consumer scam protection information may be found on Craigslist and at the Federal Trade Commission website,

Below is an example of one letter that has been used for years in this scam.

Good hearing from you am Dr Eric Neville,the Leaders of (WHO) world health organisation appointed by the World Health Assembly on 9 November 2006..

We own the House and also want you to know that it was due to our transfer that makes me and my family to leave the property and was post on to give it out for rent. We are looking for a reputable person that can take very good care of it, as we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean at the time and the person that will rent it to take it as if it were its own.

We are a Multi-Million Organisation authorized by the UNICEF AND UNITED NATION HEALTH GROUPS. Our work is to travel around the world, we supply food, drugs, and shelter to the poor,our organisation is known worldwide due to our good work and faith. we want to know if you also have love for the sick and poor around the world.We are in conjuction with Susan Collins the Senator of United state of America.

So right now we are in West Africa. with the keys and the document of the House. We try to look for an agent that we can give the keys and documents before we left but could not see any trusted and responsible agent and the only person that we trust was dead last year on plane crash,so we have nobody that can give the keys and documents before we left and we are as well don’t want our house to be used anyhow in our absent that is why we took it along with us. You can drive by to view it from outside at 11761 Via Vera Cruz Ct Las Vegas, NV 89138.

So get back to us on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting home.please let us know If you are staying for a long period of time, We are okay with one month deposit payment of ($1,250) including the security deposit,looking forward to hear from you.Our rental form has been attached to you that you will have to fill to qualify for this rent.

Looking forward to hear from you with all the application details so that i can have it in my file incase of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you.

Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how the keys and documents would be ship to you via Fedex company.

Thanks Remain Bless

Grays Harbor Community Hospital acquires state of the art CT scan technology

Aberdeen, Washington – Grays Harbor Community Hospital has worked with Toshiba International in upgrading its CT Scanning equipment with new cutting edge technology and software, making GHCH one of the first hospitals in Western Washington to have this advancement available to its patients.

“This improvement offers physicians the ability to have a clearer quality image to assess their patients,” explained John J Simon III, Director of Diagnostic Imaging, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital. “It’s like going from standard television to high-definition. It’s really an amazing tool.”

Toshiba’s 128 slice CT scanner will enhance imaging and increase examination speed, while reducing radiation exposure to the patient by half.

Simon concluded by stating “This is another example of the Hospital’s investment in technology, ensuring our patients have the best quality care, close to home.”

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