• Washington Vying For New National Monument

    Anacortes, WA – The San Juan County Council is asking Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to champion the idea of making about 1,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land on Washington’s scenic San Juan Islands into a new national monument. If that happens, it would be the culmination of three years of work by local volunteer groups, who already help the BLM maintain the property.

    Jamie Stephens, a member of the San Juan County Council, says it isn’t a single parcel of land, and includes some popular hiking trails, wildlife habitat and three historic lighthouses.

    Some of the reefs and rocks just provide valuable habitat. But, for instance, Lopez Island and the lighthouses, those are also important recreational areas. We’re a tourism economy, so it’s important to be able to keep them maintained and conserved. – Jamie Stephens
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    OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Patrol announced today that it will not offer a grace period when texting while driving and failure to use a hands-free device become primary traffic offenses on June 10.

    It is common for the state patrol to offer an educational grace period when a new law requires drivers to change long-standing behavior.

    “Drivers have already had nearly two years to adjust their driving habits,” said WSP Chief John R. Batiste. “We will fully enforce this law from day one.”

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  • PUD Honored Nationally as “Reliable Public Power Provider”

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Grays Harbor PUD is one of 176 of the nation’s more than 2,000 public power utilities to earn Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®)[1] recognition from the American Public Power Association for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service.  Brent McKinney, manager, electric transmission and distribution at City Utilities of Springfield, Mo., and chair of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel, presented the designees on April 16 during the association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference held in Cleveland, Ohio.

    RP3 utilities are serving their customers at the very highest level, these utilities have demonstrated that they are providing excellent service now as well as keeping their eyes forward on improvements for the future. – Brent McKinney

    The RP3 designation recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement. 

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  • Applications Begin for Pontoon Construction Site

    ABERDEEN, Wash. (KBKW) – The Pontoon Project in Grays Harbor is one step closer, the Washington State Department of Transportation has applied to perform work in Grays Harbor waters, including construction of the casting basin, excavation of an access channel across uplands and through inter-tidal and sub-tidal portions of Grays Harbor, as well as designation and construction of a pontoon storage area.

    The public notice issued by the Department of Ecology and the Army Corps of Engineers also details mitigation plans to compensate for a total wetland fill of .90 acre. Ecology is accepting public comment on the application until January 22nd.

    For more details, see the notice at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/fed-permit/pdf/200800151_JPN.pdf

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