Japan earthquake/Miyagi

Changes Made to Earthquake and Tsunami Planning since the 2011 disaster in Japan

Last month, the anniversaries of the March 27th 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake and Tsunami, (M 9.2, which impacted Grays Harbor County), and the March 27th 2011 Japanese “Tohoku” Earthquake and Tsunami, (M9.0), passed without much fanfare.  I contacted John Schelling, the Earthquake/Tsunami/Volcano Programs Manager at Washington Emergency Management Division to ask the question, “Have any […]

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  • Increase in vehicle thefts, prowls, prompts local warning

    HOQUIAM, Wash. – An increase in vehicle thefts and prowls in Aberdeen and Hoquiam has prompted local authorities to warn their residents.

    Hoquiam Officer James Gaddis tells us so far there have been a total of six vehicle prowls, five of which have occurred within a few block radius in the west side of the city, including O street, Eklund, 3rd and Spruce streets.
    All but two of the vehicles prowled were left unlocked. Items taken include two firearms, stereo equipment, and GPS system. All incidents appear to have occurred overnight.

    Police Chief Jeff Myers said they are asking residents to make sure they lock their doors, do not leave valuables in the car and immediately report suspicious persons or activity.

    Hoquiam Crime Watch Volunteers will be going through the neighborhoods today posting flyers on parked vehicles in the impacted area to spread the word.

    Crimereports.com shows 26 incidents this month, and 11 vehicles recovered in Aberdeen and Hoquiam.

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  • Elk Foundation Grants Fund Research and Habitat Work in State

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – Enhancing over 10,000 acres of habitat and using GPS collars to research the Snoqualmie Valley elk herd top a list of Washington conservation projects slated to receive 2012 grants from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

    The RMEF funding commitment totals $189,960 and affects 11 counties: Asotin, Columbia, Garfield, Grays Harbor, King, Lewis, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, San Juan, Stevens and Yakima.

    Two projects have statewide interest. One has implications across the northwestern U.S.

    The research in Snoqualmie Valley will identify elk herd composition, habitat use and movement patterns, and the data will be used to identify highway crossings and improve management plans, we’re proud to work with the Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Washington Dept. of Transportation and other partners on this important project. – David Allen, RMEF president and CEO

    Allen added that prescribed burning, weed treatment and forest thinning projects will be used to enhance habitat in many areas of the state.

    RMEF’s mission is to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife and their habitat. Since 1985, the organization and its partners have completed 484 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects in Washington with a combined value of more than $106 million.

    Funding for RMEF grants is based on local membership drives and banquet fundraising by RMEF chapters and volunteers in Washington. Allen thanked RMEF supporters for their dedication to conservation both in Washington and all across elk country.

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  • Sexually Violent Predator to be Released in Shelton Without Conditions

    Sexually Violent Predator, Gary E. Cherry, 50, Shelton will be released into the City of Shelton without restriction if a Mason County Superior Court hearing goes his way. His petition for release will be held at 8:30 AM on September 1st before Judge Amber Finlay.

    Gary E. Cherry, 50

    Cherry was declared a sexually violent predator by Mason County Superior Court in 1999. Cherry was placed in the Special Commitment Center (SCC) at McNeil Island. There he participated in a 6 step sex offender treatment program where he advanced to the 6th step in September, 2002. In February, 2003, Cherry was released, by court order, to a less restrictive alternative (LRA) placement at the McNeil Island Community Transition Facility. Cherry’s therapist has stated, “he has been able to consistently demonstrate an ability to meet all of the goals and expectations for phases 1-5. . .” On November 4, 2003, Cherry was conditionally released by Mason County Superior Court to an LRA placement to his private residence in Shelton. Since that time he has been under intensive supervision by the Department of Corrections, and has continued with sex offender treatment. Under this LRA Cherry has complied with all court ordered conditions. 

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  • GPS leads lost driver up curvy Aberdeen road, where he gets stuck for hours

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – A semi truck high-centered on the sidewalk along Stewart Boulevard in Aberdeen Thursday, right next door to where a house slid from the hillside last November.
    Aberdeen police where in the area, tracking down recent black bear sightings on B street when they discovered the truck, half way up the windy road.
    The semi trailer had one large piece of equipment, weighing about 36,000 pounds, headed for the Port of Grays Harbor. The driver told authorities that he got lost, and his GPS system lead him up the hill. Aberdeen crews closed off the street while the truck, registered to Dubno Express INC. out of Tacoma, was removed.

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  • Mason County Sheriff Offers Safety Tips For Hikers

    SHELTON, Wash. – The forest trails in Mason County attract many hikers of various skill levels each year. These trails offer some of the finest hiking and scenery in the world. Each year however, Sheriff’s Deputies and Emergency Search and Rescue workers are called upon to search for lost hikers, and rescue hikers that have been injured. Accordingly the Mason County Sheriff’s Office offers a few basic tips that will assist hikers if an emergency should befall them while enjoying the scenic beauty of our mountains and forests.

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  • WDFW Recognizes Volunteers for Fish and Wildlife Stewardship

    OLYMPIA – Five state residents received Volunteer of the Year awards from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) this month for their work in areas ranging from habitat restoration to animal husbandry.

    WDFW also presented separate awards to landowners, educators and an eastern Washington land trust for their own contributions to fish and wildlife stewardship.

    "Our department, perhaps more than any other in state government, relies heavily on volunteers for help in meeting our objectives," said Phil Anderson, WDFW interim director.  "Fortunately, we have a strong network of support, as evidenced by the people we are honoring this year."

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