Board of Natural Resources approves land purchase on Olympic Peninsula for Common School Trust

OLYMPIA – The Board of Natural Resources today authorized the purchase of an 80-acre parcel of forestland on the Olympic Peninsula. The parcel, which is zoned as commercial forest, will be purchased from a private seller for $250,000. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will manage the acreage for plant and wildlife habitat and as a working forest to produce long-term revenue for the Common School Trust, which supports public school construction statewide.

 

Known as the West Siebert Creek parcel, the new acquisition is adjacent to a larger block of state trust land that also is managed by DNR. Funds for the purchase will come from previous sales of other state trust lands that no longer met DNR’s revenue and habitat management goals.

 

Sustainable harvest calculation discussed

Also at today’s meeting, Board members discussed the Western Washington Sustainable Harvest Calculation, which determines the level of future timber harvests on more than one million acres of state trust lands west of the Cascade Mountains. Board members expressed their desire for public input and thorough environmental review of the calculation. The Sustainable Harvest Calculation is designed to ensure sustainable revenue is produced from trust lands while sustaining healthy forest ecosystems and habitat for threatened and endangered species.

 

Board of Geographic Names
During today’s meeting, the Board briefly adjourned to meet as the state Board on Geographic Names, a function assigned to it by the state legislature, to consider proposals from the public. The new official geographic names and locations are:

 

Meyer Creek in Pierce County (Township: 21N, Range 1E, Section 2): This previously unnamed 0.5-mile-long stream flows into Lay Inlet at the town of Rosedale, 2.5 miles west of the City of Gig Harbor.  The name commemorates R. B. Meyer, who purchased a 49-acre parcel in 1928 to establish a dairy farm.

 

Golden Point in San Juan County (Township: 34N, Range 3E, Section 11): This previously unnamed 8-acre cape is located along the southern coast of San Juan Island, just inside the boundary of San Juan Island National Park, and on the east side of Eagle Cove. The name is intended to describe how the point looks at sunset.

 

Lee Island in San Juan County (Township: 34N, Range 3W, Section 4): A previously unnamed island located at the mouth of False Bay, San Juan Island. The name commemorates Emelia “Lee” Bave, an active community member who owned the property across from this island from the early 1950s until her death in 2008 at age 97.

 

Dickenson Cove in Thurston County (Township: 19N, Range 1W, Section 6): A previously unnamed cove, east of Dickenson Point, three miles northeast of the community of Boston Harbor. The name commemorates Thomas Dickenson who was a carpenter’s mate on an 1841 United State exploration expedition to the area.

 

Greenfield Creek in Thurston County (Township: 19N, Range 1W): A previously unnamed three-quarter-mile-long stream that flows into Puget Sound, northeast of the community of Boston Harbor. The name refers to location of the creek’s headwaters at a home site known informally as Greenfield Farm.

 

Longs Pond in Thurston County Township: (18N, Range 1W, Sections 15 & 22): A previously unnamed lake of approximately 11 acres in Woodland Creek Community Park in the city of Lacey. The name designation, which was requested by the City of Lacey Parks and Recreation Department, fulfills a verbal commitment the city made to honor the family of the property’s previous owner, Gil Long.

 

Washington State Board on Geographic Names
The State Board on Geographic Names is authorized by state law to establish the official names for lakes, mountains, streams, places, towns, and other geographic features of Washington State. Names approved by the Board are published in the Washington Administrative Code and forwarded to the United States Board on Geographic Names for federal consideration.

Channel Point Village takes measures to prevent spread of norovirus

While they didn’t give exact numbers, a retirement and assisted living community in Hoquiam is working to prevent an outbreak of norovirus. In a press release this morning they said “Channel Point Village has responded to the recent outbreak of the norovirus. Staff is taking all necessary precautions to keep the virus contained, including serving meals to residents in their apartments to prevent contamination.

“We take this situation very seriously and are working diligently to ensure the health of our residents,” said Tracy Willis, director of corporate development of Village Concepts.

Families have been informed and are working with Channel Point staff to follow appropriate protocol and interventions as outlined by the Department of Health.

A source tells us they are allowing visitors, and are asking that they take extra precaution to help prevent the spread further.

Village Concepts is a third-generation family-owned business that owns and operates retirement and assisted living communities throughout Washington state, including Bothell, Burien, Covington, Enumclaw, Gig Harbor, Hoquiam, Issaquah, Marysville, Milton, Moses Lake, Oak Harbor, Port Angeles and Sedro-Woolley. For more information about Village Concepts, visit www.VillageConcepts.com.

Kilmer announces STEM competition for local high school students

Representative Derek Kilmer today invited high school students from Washington’s 6th Congressional District to participate in the first annual Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, “The House STEM App Challenge.” This new nationwide competition is designed to engage students’ creativity and encourage their participation in STEM education fields. Local high school students will compete against other students in the 6th Congressional District by creating and exhibiting a software application or “app” for mobile, table, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.

 

Students can submit their apps for consideration between Saturday, February 1 at 12 p.m. eastern time and Wednesday April 30 at 12 p.m eastern time. For additional details on how to participate, please see below or visit http://kilmer.house.gov/house-app-contest.

 

Throughout the completion period, participating students will be provided opportunities to engage with various STEM educational partners located throughout the community to mentor and assist them with their app development.  Students entering the competition must provide a YouTube video demo explaining their app and what they learned through this competition process.

 

The submitted apps will be judged by an appointed panel of individuals within the academic, software and entrepreneurial fields.  The winning student’s app in each participating congressional district will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website (www.House.gov), as well as on display in a U.S. Capitol exhibit.

 

Representative Kilmer said, “As a dad of two little girls who will one day be entering a workforce that needs skilled workers, and as a guy with a background in economic development, I know the increasing role technology is playing in the economy. We should always look for more opportunities to engage young people about the value of a STEM education. I’m looking forward to seeing the innovative apps created by students in our region.”

 

Hadi Partovi, Co-founder and CEO of Code.org said, “Increased education in STEM and computer science is essential to the future of our country. Every student, not just the ones who want to pursue a career in technology, will benefit from a broad understanding of the science and especially the computer technology that powers the world around us.”

 

Charles Keating, President of West Sound Technology Association said, “Programming and technology skills are as important as math, reading and writing for brain function lateralization and a 21st century economy. Everything from cake decorating to building houses will increasingly leverage technology, and students will need to be prepared for jobs that are quickly evolving. Code.org’s ‘Hour of Code’ initiative sparked tremendous interest, and events like the app contest will continue to build on momentum while engaging students.”

 

Karen Burns, a Teacher-Librarian at Gig Harbor High School said, “I am a firm believer in students getting the opportunity to use technology to create products. Technology is a wonderful tool for students in many areas of the school curriculum, but it is the higher order thinking skills that students can apply to projects such as this House App Contest that bring learning through technology to fruition.”

 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

 

  • The contest is open to high school students who reside in Washington’s 6th Congressional District.

 

  • Participants may compete individually or in groups of up to 4 students.

 

o   For groups of 2 students at least 1 must reside in the Washington’s 6th Congressional District.

o   For groups of 3-4 students at least 2 must reside in the Washington’s 6th Congressional District.

 

 

  • Students may submit their entries between the dates of February 1, 2014 at 12PM eastern time to April 30, 2014 12PM eastern time.

 

  • To submit an entry:

 

o   After February 1, 2014 create an account on http://challengepost.com/ and register for the House Student App Contest.

o   Create an App Demonstration Video of no more than 2 minutes that demonstrates the scope and quality of the app.

o   Create a Developer Video of no more than 1 minute in which the participant describes how they created the app and what they learned.

o   Upload both videos to YouTube or VIMEO and submit the links through http://challengepost.com/.

o   Submit an entry form through http://challengepost.com/.

 

  • Entries will be judged on:

o   Quality of the idea (including creativity and originality).

o   Implementation of the idea (including user experience and design).

o   Demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills.

 

  • The winning app will be featured on the US House of Representatives website www.house.gov and Representative Derek Kilmer’s website http://kilmer.house.gov/ and will also be on display in a US Capitol exhibit.

 

  • For more information please contact Rohan in Representative Kilmer’s office at (360) 373-9725.

Ocean Shores among town hall meetings with US Representative Derek Klimer

PORT ANGELES, Wash. – US Representative Derek Kilmer today announced that he will be holding three town halls around the region over the next several weeks. He’ll be in Sequim on Friday, Purdy on Monday, and at the Ocean Shores Elementary School on Friday November 8th.

Sequim Town Hall
Friday, November 1, 2013 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Guy Cole Convention Center
202 N Blake Ave. Sequim, WA 98382

Purdy Town Hall
Monday, November 4, 2013 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Peninsula High School Auditorium
14105 Purdy Dr. NW Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Grays Harbor Town Hall
Friday, November 8, 2013 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Ocean Shores Elementary School
300 Mt. Olympus Ave Ocean Shores, WA 95869

Doors open a half hour before the start of each town hall.

State Patrol seeking help to locate Gig Harbor hit-and-run vehicle

The Washington State Patrol is looking for a dark colored passenger car that was involved in a car vs. pedestrian hit and run collision that occurred just after 8pm on September 24, 2013.  The collision took place on State Route 302 just south of 154th Street NW in Gig Harbor.  The driver of the dark colored passenger car struck a pedestrian then fled the scene.  The vehicle should have a broken right passenger side mirror and possible damage to the right front area of the vehicle. 

If you have any information about this collision or know the possible whereabouts of the vehicle involved please call WSP Detectives at (253) 538-3174.  

Hoquiam head-on collision sends three to hospital, one to jail

On Saturday September 7th at about 6:52 pm, WSP and Grays Harbor Sheriff Deputies responded to a two vehicle head-on collision with injuries on SR 109 near mile post 10.  Upon arrival, deputies learned that a 2007 gray colored Ford Escape had been traveling southbound and crossed over the centerline striking a 2012 gray colored Toyota Scion that had been traveling north bound.  Both vehicles had two occupants.  Deputies also learned that the driver of the Ford Escape was a 63 year old male from Gig Harbor.  This subject apparently made statements to witnesses that he wanted to kill himself and intentionally crossed over the center line striking the other vehicle.  Once interviewed by a deputy, the man made the same statement, claiming voices in his head told him to do this.

 

WSP responded to the scene and assisted with the investigation.  All occupants had been transported to various hospitals for treatment however none of the injuries were life threatening.  Due to the fact that this was an intentional act (and not a accident/collision by definition) the driver of the Ford Escape was arrested and booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail for assault 2nd degree for intentionally trying to harm the two occupants in the Toyota Scion, in addition to his own passenger.  Investigators are obviously looking into the mental status of the 63 year old man.

KAHS Recognized at Washington State High School Radio Awards

ABERDEEN, Wash. – After being beat by Peninsula High School last year, Nathan Hale High School of Seattle recaptured the state title in overall radio excellence at the 2012 Washington State High School Radio Awards Thursday May 17th in Gig Harbor WA. Aberdeen High School’s very own KAHS placed second, while Peninsula placed third. Students from all over the state submitted their best of works and were judged by professionals from industry professional throughout Washington State including KJET’s very own Johnny Manson.

Leading the way for the KAHS was AHS Junior Jenna Prater. Jenna took second at state in “Best Feature Story,” “Best Underwriter Announcement” and was part of the second place “Team Newscast,” which also featured fellow classmates Nicole Tanselli, Bubba Mullikin and Sidney Fenn. Jenna also placed third at state in “Best Sports Broadcast.”

Also garnering honors were Bobcat freshman Daniel Sipe, who took second at state in “Best Commentary,” and Senior Karmen Ayres taking third at state in “Best Individual Newscast.” 

Whitney’s Auto Group Fireworks Extravaganza at Grays Harbor Raceway

Sprint car points leader Seth Bergman from Snohomish will be looking for his fifth win of the year in the Whitney’s Auto Group Sprint Car division. Bergman grabbed his fourth win of the year at the last race with a spectacular last lap slide job pass on Logan Forler from Orting. Bergman leads Enumclaw’s Henry Van Dam by 69 points 698 to 629, Shelton’s Jay Cole stayed in third position in the standings with 595 points, followed by Raymond’s Glenn Borden Jr the 2009 Champion 479 points. Tacoma’s Shawn Rice holds down the fifth position with 564 points.
In the Shipwreck Beads Modified division, 2009 Champion Josh Muller from Montesano gained 20 points on four time Champion Scott Miller from Shelton, and only trails Miller by 5 points 657 to 652. Muller won the main event last time out while Miller struggled a little and finished ninth. Craig Moore from Seabeck holds down third position with 595 points. Jim Oien Jr. from McCleary holds down fourth spot with 571 points, 2009 Modified Rookie of the Year Joe German moved back into the top five with 547 point..
The Triple X Ford Focus division has the closest point’s battle at the Raceway as the top five are separated by only 63 points. Seth Hespe the 2009 Triple X Ford Focus Midget Champion continues to the lead the Triple X Championship points battle by 12 points 549 to 537 over Springfield, Oregon’s Alison Journey. Lake Steven’s rookie driver Dustin O’Brien holds down third with 528 points, followed by fellow rookie Reese Goetz from Snohomish with 517 points, Goetz will be looking to make it three wins in a row . Poulsbo’s Garrett Johnson rounds out the top five with 486.
In the Cut Rate Hobby Stock division Aberdeen’s Zack Simpson continues to pull away in the point standings, as he has a commanding 70 point lead over team mate Jack Parshall Jr. 678 to 608. Olympia’s Eddie Blood dropped one position to third and has 600 points. Tom Sweatman, last week’s winner moved into forth 3 points behind Blood at 597. 2009 Hobby Stock Rookie of the Year Derek Junell from Gig Harbor rounds out the top five with 591 points.
There will be three big nights of racing next weekend July 15th , 16th and 17th as it is the 4th Annual Fred Brownfield Memorial Lucus Oil ASCS National Sprint Car Series presented by Little Creek Casino. Including an appearance by NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Greg Biffle, on July 16th. Reserved tickets are on sale now by going online or calling the office.
The front gates open at 4:30 pm, qualifying at 5:30 and racing to start around 6:30.
For more information please go to www.graysharborracewayway.com or call the Raceway
office at (360) 482- 4374

Grays Harbor Raceway is proud to be partnered with so many great partners that include Crown Distributing, Coors and Miller, Harbor Pacific Bottling, Pepsi and Mountain Dew, Hoosier Racing Tires, Triple X Race Co, Shipwreck Beads, Little Creek Casino and Resort, Cut Rate Auto Parts, Industrial Hydraulics, Our Community Credit Union, MASCO Petroleum, Turbo Blue, Bulldog Trailers, Lucky Eagle Casino Microtel Inn & Suites, Toads Deli, Great NorthWest Federal Credit Union, Sideline Auto Wrecking, Speedmart and Little Nickel.

93.7 Bigfoot Country Night at Grays Harbor Raceway

Three former Shipwreck Beads Modified Champions hold down the top three positions in the 2010 Championship standings. Four time Champion Scott Miller from Shelton, continues to lead the division with 562 points, 25 more than Montesano’s Josh Muller the 2009 champion who has 537 points. 2001 Modified Champion Craig Moore from Seabeck holds down third position with 486 points. 2006 Hobby Stock Champion Jim Oien Jr. from McCleary has moved into the fourth spot with 476 points, five more than Shelton’s Del Schnitzer, a former motorcycle champion who has 471 points.
Seth Hespe the 2009 Triple X Ford Focus Midget Champion continues to the lead the Triple X Championship points battle by a slim 3 points 440 to 437over Springfield, Oregon’s Alison Journey. Lake Steven’s rookie driver Dustin O’Brien holds down third with 419 points, closely followed by fellow rookie Reese Goetz from Snohomish with 402 points, Goetz won the last event and will be looking to make it two wins in a row. Poulsbo’s Garrett Johnson rounds out the top five with 392.
In the Cut Rate Hobby Stock division Aberdeen’s Zack Simpson continues to lead the point standings with 564, Eddie Blood from Olympia jumped up to second spot and currently has 503 points. Aberdeen’s Jack Parshall Jr. holds a one point lead 499 to 498 over Derek Junell from Gig Harbor, Cosmopolis driver Tom Sweatman rounds out the top five with 479 points.
The front gates open at 4:30 pm, qualifying at 5:30 and racing to start around 6:30.
For more information please go to www.graysharborracewayway.com or call the Raceway
office at (360) 482- 4374

Grays Harbor Raceway is proud to be partnered with so many great partners that include Crown Distributing, Coors and Miller, Harbor Pacific Bottling, Pepsi and Mountain Dew, Hoosier Racing Tires, Triple X Race Co, Shipwreck Beads, Little Creek Casino and Resort, Cut Rate Auto Parts, Industrial Hydraulics, Our Community Credit Union, MASCO Petroleum, Turbo Blue, Bulldog Trailers, Lucky Eagle Casino Microtel Inn & Suites, Toads Deli, Great NorthWest Federal Credit Union, Sideline Auto Wrecking, Speedmart and Little Nickel.

DAA Northwest Spec Motor Late Model Series This Weekend

Last year’s Northwest Spec Motor Series Champion Jason Wines from Lebanon sit is third place with 203 points, closely followed by Brady Sell with 202 points. Rounding out the top five is Scio, Oregon driver Steve Moore, Moore was one of the two winners last year at Grays Harbor Raceway. Other drivers expected to compete include Vancouver, Washington drivers Jerry and Jimmy Schram and the father son team of Jeff and Brandon Biffle, along with Oregon drivers, Terry Ferrando, Billy Workman Jr., Brett James, Britton Donahoo, Scott Puncochar, Kris Pickle and Brittany Ray.
The Cut Rate Auto Parts Hobby/Street Stock Challenge will be the first race of a four race series between Grays Harbor Raceway and Sunset Speedway in Banks, Oregon. Drivers from both tracks will be looking to win the series, local drivers heading up the charge include three time Track Champion and current points leader Zack Simpson from Aberdeen, Tom Sweatman from Cosmopolis, Aberdeen’s Jack Parshall Jr., Olympia Drivers Eddie Blood and Brian Izzi along with Gig Harbor’s Derek Junell. Sunset Speedway drivers looking for the win include Collen Winebarger a 14 year old Rookie who sits in second place in the point standings at Sunset Speedway, along with the Sayre brothers Sonny and Wes from Portland,and Dennis Krohling from Vancouver.
In the Shipwreck Beads Modified Division the first three positions are all held by former Modifed Champions. Shelton’s Scott Miller leads 2009 Champion Josh Muller by 25 points 562 to 537, Seabeck’s Craig Moore holds down third with 486 points. The next two positions are held by two drivers doing a outstanding job, Jim Oien Jr from McCleary with 476 points and Del Schnitzer with 471 points.

In the Hornet division Chehalis driver Aaron Rockey picked up the win last week in a great battle with Tyson Blood, Brian Izzi, Rory Clevenger and Cliff Gill. The Hornet class saw another great field of 16 cars start the main event last week.
For more information please go to www.graysharborracewayway.com or call the Raceway
office at 360 482- 4374

Grays Harbor Raceway is proud to be partnered with so many great partners that include Crown Distributing, Coors and Miller, Harbor Pacific Bottling, Pepsi and Mountain Dew, Hoosier Racing Tires, Triple X Race Co, Shipwreck Beads, Little Creek Casino and Resort, Cut Rate Auto Parts, Industrial Hydraulics, Our Community Credit Union, MASCO Petroleum, Turbo Blue, Bulldog Trailers, Lucky Eagle Casino Microtel Inn & Suites, Toads Deli, Great NorthWest Federal Credit Union, Sideline Auto Wrecking, Speedmart and Little Nickel.