Grays Harbor County Commissioners

Former Clerk of the Board of commissioners files wrongful termination claim in Grays Harbor

Former Clerk of the Board Donna McCollum has filed a $350-thousand wrongful termination claim against the county. The claim has been forwarded to the county’s risk pool for review. The Grays Harbor County Commissioners terminated McCallum in January after she refused to work with newly-elected commissioner, Vickie Raines. Commissioner Wes Cormier said yesterday “the charges against […]

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  • Olympic National Forest to Begin Prescribed Fires

    Olympia, WA – Fire managers at Olympic National Forest will soon begin their annual schedule of prescribed fire activities on both the Hood Canal and Pacific Ranger Districts.  Prescribed fires are planned ignitions designed with specific objectives in mind.  They are implemented only when environmental conditions such as wind, fuel moisture levels, and relative humidity are favorable.  Safety, for firefighters as well as the public, is the top priority at every prescribed fire.  

    This year’s planned ignitions are pile burns designed to reduce hazardous fuels in areas that have experienced recent logging activity.  The fires can begin as early as next week and may continue as late as November this year, depending on local weather conditions.  The fires will be monitored closely by qualified personnel.  Local authorities will be notified prior to ignition and kept informed throughout the burn.  

    Residents and visitors may see or smell smoke and glowing embers may be visible at night.  Smoke may settle into lower elevation areas, particularly at night and in the early morning hours, and visitors are advised to use extreme caution at these times since visibility may be impacted.

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  • County Commissioners to Go Live Soon

    The Grays Harbor County Commissioners on Monday approved the purchase of an audio and video recording system for the Commissioner meeting room, County Commissioners’ Administrative Assistant Donna Caton is quoted in the attached audio.

    A subscription fee will cost the county $340 per month, plus a $5,571 camera installation fee, which includes software, and support, as well as the webspace and storage fees associated. The letter seeking authorization also states that funds are available through the Facilities Improvement Fund.

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  • Washington health exchange ready to launch – regardless of federal government shutdown

    SEATTLE (AP) – Politicians and administrators launching Washington’s new health care exchange on Tuesday say nothing will stop the state from signing people up for health insurance.

    They’re not concerned about technical glitches or being overwhelmed by consumer phone calls and web traffic. They are prepared to take comments and complaints from the public. And they say the debate in the other Washington won’t affect Washington Healthplanfinder, even if there is a federal government shutdown.

    State Sen. Karen Keiser says the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land and nothing that happens in Washington, D.C., this week will change that. She doesn’t expect protests to disrupt the launch. She adds, however, that the first open enrollment period will last six months, so early protests will not stop what she calls this landmark in history.


    Associated Press

    Starting today, uninsured residents in Grays Harbor County can enroll in quality, affordable health plans simply by calling or visiting Coverage begins on January 1, 2014.

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  • Hoquiam Celebrates Art About and the Rain Festival

    Art-about…Hoquiam’s progressive art stroll is October 23rd from 2-8  and October 24th from 10-6. Enjoy local art, free  refreshments and visit with artists displaying their talents. 

     Many artists will be available both friday and saturday for questions and sales.  

    The Harbor Art Guild invites you to vist their Six Rivers Gallery at 210 6th street. Many artists on display featuring  Robin Harlow and David Quamme. Visit the giftshop for handmade wooden boxes, fabric art, cards and more. enjoy the festivities in Hoquiam as the friendliest city celebrates Art About and the Rain Festival. 

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