Passed out Ocean Shores visitor gets mouth-to-mouth, falls off of balcony

Too much alcohol and some bad luck lead to a rough Saturday for a 34-year old Everett man visiting Ocean Shores.

At about 2pm on Saturday the 6th, the Ocean Shores Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to a report of a man down on the beach at the Chance ala Mer beach approach. The caller reported that the man was unconscious and they were unable to rouse him.

Believing that the man had stopped breathing, one of the bystanders started performing CPR. This woke the man up and he leapt to his feet and ran into the surf. An Ocean Shores Police Officer was able to coax the man out of the water, and he was then checked out and released by paramedics. The man was highly intoxicated, but otherwise uninjured.

The officer gave the man a ride to his motel in Ocean Shores and left him in the care of his girlfriend.

Just two minutes later, the girlfriend called 911 to report that the man had fallen off the second-story balcony of their motel room. He was found unconscious, face down in the grass behind the motel. Witnesses at the scene confirmed that the man was alone on the balcony when he fell.

He was transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital by ambulance.

Washington State seeks to purchase forest conservation easements

Landowners with threatened species habitat on their property may apply

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking landowners who wish to apply for permanent conservation easements through its Rivers and Habitat Open Space Program (RHOSP). Since 2002, the state of Washington has invested $3.9 million to purchase easements through the program.

“The program is about finding ways to achieve endangered species protections in partnership with economically viable forest management,” said Washington State Forester Aaron Everett. “This year’s program funds will be targeted in areas where recent science shows us that Northern spotted owls can benefit from strategic habitat protection.”

This year marks the first time funding has been provided by the state legislature since RHOSP was revised in 2013 to include habitat for species protected by the state as threatened or endangered. RHOSP also allows DNR to purchase easements from willing sellers whose property includes areas where a river’s active channel meanders – known as channel migration zones. These islands of timber have high ecological value to species like salmon and steelhead.

Interested landowners must apply by 5 p.m. on September 30, 2014.

Qualifications and priorities

To qualify for a conservation easement purchase through RHOSP, a property must be:

  • Located on forestland with critical habitat for state threatened or endangered species designated by the state Forest Practices Board, or include a channel migration zone;
  • Identified as either “designated forest land” (Chapter 84.33 RCW) or “current use forest land” (Chapter 84.34 RCW) on county assessor records; and
  • Free of unacceptable liabilities such as hazardous substances or other site conditions that may jeopardize the fisheries or environmental quality of the project area.

Applications will be prioritized for funding based on each property’s unique values, such as:

  • Ecological value to strategic Northern spotted owl emphasis areas, with special priority on the I-90 corridor and Klickitat County;
  • Habitat quality, biological characteristics, and significance;
  • Connectivity to other protected lands and areas with conservation agreements; and
  • Viability for conservation management.

 

Instructions and applications have been prepared for both the channel migration zone and critical habitat categories and are available on DNR’s RHOSP web page: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/BusinessPermits/Topics/OtherIndustryLandownerResources/Pages/riparian_open_space_program.aspx

Properties accepted into the program are ranked in priority for funding. Landowners whose easements are not purchased during the 2013-2015 state budgeting biennium will be offered the opportunity to be considered when future funding becomes available. RHOSP also accepts donations of conservation easements.

Landowners who wish to learn more about the program may reach Dan Pomerenk, RHOSP director, at 360-902-1427 or by email at dan.pomerenk@dnr.wa.gov

U.S. Coast Guard recovers boat of missing Canadian near Ocean Shores

The Coast Guard says a sailboat that was reported missing July 11 off of British Columbia was found capsized Thursday about five miles northwest of Ocean Shores.

There was no sign of 69-year-old Paul Clark, who sailed alone out of Prince Rupert, British Columbia, earlier in July on his way to Port Hardy, British Columbia.

A helicopter and Coast Guard vessels from Washington and Oregon searched for the Canadian for three hours without success.

The Coast Guard says a fishing vessel found his 16-foot sailboat. It’s being transferred to Canadian officials.

Clark was last seen in the vicinity of Aristazabal Island, about half-way through his planned trip. He was reported missing after he failed to check in with his family.

 

A U.S. Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Grays Harbor in Westport, Washington, recovered an unmanned boat about five miles northwest of Ocean Shores, Washington, Thursday.

The 16-foot non-motorized boat is believed to be that of Paul Clark, a 69-year-old Canadian citizen who left Prince Rupert, British Columbia, earlier this month on a solo sailing trip to Port Hardy, British Columbia. 

Clark was reported missing July 11 after he failed to check in with a family member. He was last seen in the vicinity of Aristazabal Island, British Columbia, about halfway to his intended destination.

The fishing vessel Tally Ho came across the capsized vessel and reported it to watchstanders at Station Grays Harbor around 7:30 a.m. Station crewmembers launched a 47-foot Motor Life Boat in response. 

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River watchstanders in Warrenton, Oregon, launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Oregon, and diverted the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Blue Shark, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Everett, Washington, to assist. A Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife crew also responded.

The crews of the MLB and Blue Shark arrived on scene around 8:30 a.m. They overturned the vessel and found all oars and sails secured. Crewmembers found the identification of Paul Clark in the vessel.

Coast Guard boat and air crews searched the area for approximately three hours and found no signs of distress. The search was subsequently suspended pending any further information.

Coast Guard officials notified Joint Rescue Coordination Center Victoria, British Columbia, and are coordinating the transfer of the vessel to Canadian officials.

New study says Worksource pays off for job seekers in Washington

“This study shows that taking a little time up front to get help with your job-seeking skills can actually help you return to work faster and at a better wage,” said Employment Security Commissioner Dale Peinecke.  

WorkSource customers were less likely to be employed in the first quarter while participating in workshops and other employment services and, thus, their earnings were lower in the first two quarters of the study. However, the pattern shifted for the remainder of the study period, with WorkSource clients enjoying more sustained employment and greater earnings than non-clients. 

“It’s a competitive job market out there, and I was getting absolutely nowhere with my job hunt,” said Dave Wallace, who sought help from WorkSource Everett. “WorkSource staff showed me how to look for work, create a targeted résumé and interview with employers. It made all the difference for me.”   

The study also investigated whether the federal funding spent on the WorkSource system produced benefits to society as a whole. Assuming costs ranged from $100 to $500 per customer, the study calculated an average “social return on investment” of 14 to 23 percent. The return was most dramatic for woman, ranging from 16 to 34 percent, while the return for men was 12 to 18 percent.  

Other benefits to Washington’s government and taxpayers, such as reduced unemployment-benefit payouts as well as increased spending and higher tax revenue from the re-employed workers, were not factored into the social return on investment. 

“There’s no doubt that taxpayers’ investment in WorkSource is really paying off,” said Peinecke.

WorkSource is a partnership of state, local and nonprofit agencies that deliver a wide array of employment and training services throughout Washington. Nearly 280,000 people in Washington received assistance from WorkSource in 2012.

For more information, visit a local WorkSource career center or read about it online atgo2worksource.com.

Users help Forest Service rethink its road system

Eberlien adds with the public’s help, the Forest Service can decide which roads to maintain or close. 

The goal is to balance public access to the backcountry with environmental protections, and make it all fit the constraints of the Forest Service budget and maintenance backlogs.

Every forest is making its own plan, and the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie managers decided to partner with The Wilderness Society and the Washington Trails Association to get input. 

In turn, Kitty Craig, The Wilderness Society’s North Cascades program manager, says the organization has reached out to others – and ended up creating a process that other forests could use.

“We’ve developed this group of about 25 different organizations,” she explains, “from off-road vehicle users to bird-watchers and other recreation users, to come in and help open up their networks, to bring them into this process. And I think that’s certainly a model that can be developed in other places.”

Craig says engaging such a wide audience will also benefit forest managers in the longer term. 

The next public meeting is Wednesday evening at Everett Community College.

By: Chris Thomas

Grays Harbor College named one of Washington’s 27 most military friendly

Washington community and technical colleges on the Military Friendly Schools list are: Bates, Bellevue, Bellingham, Big Bend, Cascadia, Centralia, Clark, Clover Park, Columbia Basin, Edmonds, Everett, Grays Harbor, Green River, Lake Washington, Lower Columbia, North Seattle, Olympic, Peninsula, Pierce, Renton, Shoreline, Skagit Valley, South Puget Sound, South Seattle, Tacoma, Walla Walla and Whatcom.

For a complete list of schools in Washington and across the nation, visit www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/mfslist.aspx.