Missing child found walking in Ocean Shores by two ten year old girls, reunited with family

A 4-year old that wandered into the dunes in Ocean Shores was returned to his family with the help of a couple 10 year olds Friday evening. Sgt. Don Grossi tells us around 5:20 Friday, they were called to the report of a missing child near the Polynesian Resort.
A search ensued involving Ocean Shores Fire Department, Fire District #7, and Ocean City State Park Rangers. About a half an hour later the child was found on the beach by two ten year old girls from Edmonds that were playing at the Pacific Beach Approach. They had located the child walking in the surf, wet and cold. He was looked at by Ocean Shores Fire Department paramedics, then reunited with his parents.

DNR says groundbreaking research could save Washington Douglas fir

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the publication of an important new scientific report on root rot diseases in Douglas fir trees by a Study Committee of the Washington State Academy of Sciences. DNR requested the report to better understand and address root rot diseases that threaten Douglas fir, which are a vital economic and ecological resource in Washington.


The commercial harvest of Douglas fir on DNR-managed, state-owned public land in the 2011-2013 biennium accounted for  an estimated 800 million board feet of harvested timber and $250 million in non-tax revenue for DNR’s trust beneficiaries, which include public schools and universities.


“We thank the Washington Academy of Sciences and the esteemed scientists working under its auspices for completing this groundbreaking report,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. “With the leadership of Study Committee Chair Dr. R. James Cook of Washington State University, they have produced an important road map to guide scientific inquiry and the response to tree parasites and disease that threaten the ecological health of Washington’s forests and the economic vitality of the communities that rely upon them.”


The Study Committee’s report, entitled Opportunities for Addressing Laminated Root Rot Caused by Phellinus Sulphurascens in Washington’s Forests, recommends consideration of several approaches to manage laminated root rot. The Committee also stressed the need for further molecular biology research, noting that a robust understanding of the full life cycle of tree-root pathogens and their host interactions can lead to innovative ways to exploit deviations in disease infection and tree mortality.


“The importance of molecular research on tree-root pathogens to our state and region cannot be overstated, and we urge research universities to devote resources and expertise to developing this emerging area of study,” said Dr. Cook. “I look forward to continued work with DNR on this issue, and I am pleased that the agency is under the effective leadership of Commissioner Goldmark, himself a molecular biologist with a keen interest in cutting-edge research.”


A copy of the report is available at the Academy website: http://www.washacad.org/initiatives/files/WSAS_Laminated_Root_Rot_%202013.pdf.


Washington State Academy of Sciences Study Committee

Members of the Study Committee include: R. James Cook, Chair, University of Washington; Robert L. Edmonds, University of Washington; Ned. B. Klopfenstein, USDA Forest Service; Willis Littke, Weyerhaeuser Company; Geral McDonald, USDA Forest Service; Daniel Omdal, DNR; Karen Ripley, DNR; Charles G. “Terry” Shaw, New Zealand and US Forest Services; Rona Sturrock, Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Pacific Forestry Centre; and Paul Zambino, USDA Forest Service.


Commissioner Goldmark would like to thank all of the Study Committee members and their collaborators on behalf of the citizens of Washington.


About the Washington State Academy of Sciences

The Washington State Academy of Sciences provides expert scientific and engineering analysis to inform public policy-making, and works to increase the role and visibility of science in the State of Washington. Learn more at: http://www.washacad.org.

Lady Washington Returns To Service, Greener

The project was financed by the Historical Seaport’s SAILING GREEN capital campaign, which has brought in more than $100,000 in donations and grants. Major donors include Ken Birdwell, the Ben B. Cheney Foundation, Ed Scripps, Dr. Price and Barbara Chenault, the Cottrell family, the Google Matching Fund, and the Washington State Department of Ecology Clean Diesel Program. Most donors gave small amounts ranging from a few dollars given at a January 9 work party in Aberdeen to $500. The Historical Seaport would also like to specifically thank Precision Pipe Fabricators, Bergstrom Foundry, Fastenal, Harbor Tool Rentals, Sierra Pacific Industries, Westport Diesel, Crowley Marine, Grays Harbor Computer, as well as volunteers Dick “Tinker” Toy, Jim Rich, Bill Hagara, and many others for time, materials, and equipment.

The Lady Washington will now prepare for its spring and summer schedule of visits to Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound ports. The vessel will join its companion ship Hawaiian Chieftain when the latter vessel arrives at Westport on April 9. After a schedule of public visits and three-hour sails, the pair will depart for Port Angeles on April 12. The current list of stops includes Sequim, Port Towsend, Friday Harbor, Seattle, Anacortes, Bellingham, Coupeville, Everett, Edmonds, and Port Orchard. A detailed schedule and ticketing information is available at the Historical Seaport website, www.historicalseaport.org.

WSDOT offers trip-planning resources during SR 104 Hood Canal Bridge closure

 “People using these resources to plan ahead can determine which of the transportation options make the most sense for them,” said Dave Ziegler, principal engineer for the project. “Traveling to and from the peninsula won’t be easy, but we hope people will be patient and are reassured by the fact that in about six weeks they’ll have a wider, safer, more reliable bridge.”Transportation options include:

  • A fare-free, passenger-only water shuttle between Jefferson and Kitsap counties with fare-free transit connections, and nearby park and rides
  • A Sunday through Thursday reservation-based car ferry between Port Townsend and Edmonds to assist freight haulers and drivers
  • A fare-free, reservation-based medical bus service that will transport people to and from the Olympic Peninsula, Kitsap County and Seattle
  • Driving around on US 101 and SR 3
  • Ridesharing
  • Booking flights on local airlines, and rides on buses and boats

WSDOT is helping travelers “know before they go” by regularly updating its Web site, blog and project information line 1-877-595-4222, sending regular e-mail updates, and providing the latest views of the highways via traffic cameras. Drivers can get up-to-the-minute information on incidents that affect traffic by calling 511, listening to WSDOT’s highway advisory radio, getting text message updates, or viewing signs along the highway.The Hood Canal Bridge retrofit and replacement is now 91 percent complete. For more information, visit www.HoodCanalBridge.com.

CONSUMER ALERT: Door-to-door magazine seller pretending to be a charity

Consumers have paid between $50 and $295 for subscriptions which, according to the company’s site, may take up to 120 days to arrive. Calls to the company’s phone number and letters sent to its Seattle address are ignored.

The company has ignored inquiries from the Secretary of State’s Office concerning its failure to register as a charity. It also hasn’t responded to the many complaints received by the Attorney General’s Office and the Better Business Bureau.

A 19-year-old man working for Fresh Start Opportunities was arrested in October after he allegedly broke into an Edmonds home, attacked the owner and stole her purse. The man was also a suspect in burglaries in Sammamish and Tumwater. Incidents of theft by Fresh Start Opportunities employees have also been reported in California.

Always check out a charity with the Secretary of State prior to making a donation. Ask solicitors for the need of the charity that they are representing, as well as the name of their employer. Request paperwork. Then search www.secstate.wa.gov/charities or call the office’s charities program at 1-800-332-4483. You can whether a charity is registered and how much of each dollar raised is used to help.

If you gave money to Fresh Start Opportunities, contact your local police department.