High wind warning issued, Grays Harbor Emergency Management warns clam diggers

CLAM DIG ALERT – HIGH WIND WARNING ISSUED

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a HIGH WIND WARNING for much of Western Washington, including Grays Harbor County from 5pm Saturday afternoon to 11pm Saturday evening.

Some Affected Locations, Westport, Aberdeen, Hoquiam and Montesano.

*** CLAM DIG ALERT ***

*** DO NOT TURN YOUR BACK TO THE SEA. ***

LOW TIDE IS EXPECTED @ 8:22 PM SATURDAY EVENING. LOW TIDE WILL OCCUR DURING THE MOST VOLITILE PART OF THE STORM IMPACTING THE COASTAL REGION. CLAM DIGGERS NEED TO BE ALERT FOR WAVES SWEEPING UP THE BEACHES FARTHER THAN USUAL DUE TO HIGH WIND AND STORM SURGE CONDITIONS.  WAVES WILL BE STRONG ENOUGH TO SWEEP A PERSON, PET OR CHILD OUT TO SEA.

The wind will begin from the South 15 to 25 mph this afternoon, switching to West or Northwest 25 to 40 MPH with to Gusts to 60 mph along the coastal regions. Strong gusts may continue into the early morning hours on Sunday. These are the highest forecast wind gusts so far this year.

Winds this strong can snap small tree branches topple small or shallow rooted trees, and cause local power outages.

A High Wind Warning Means That a Hazardous Wind Event is Imminent or Occurring.

Also associated with this storm may be thunderstorms with heavy rain. Minor flooding could occur in low lying areas as well as create major puddling on highways and streets making driving extremely hazardous, especially at night.

Grays Harbor County Emergency Management is urging all residents to prepare for the severe weather that has been forecast. When the strong winds and rain arrive, power outages are likely to occur. Do not approach fallen trees, branches or power lines. Check your generators. Do not use generators indoors. Do not refuel portable space heaters indoors. Never use your oven or barbeque grill to heat your home. Grays Harbor County Emergency Management will continue to monitor the forecast with the National Weather Service.

Remember to call 911 ONLY in a true emergency. During severe weather events, 911 receives a high increase of calls. Please do not call 911 to receive weather updates or for road conditions. You can receive the most up to date information from Grays Harbor County Emergency Management on Facebook, Twitter and on the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Website at http://www.co.grays-harbor.wa.us/info/DEM/Index.asp

 

Hoquiam credit union receives coveted Northwest award

Left to Right: Photo (L-R) Denise Gabel, COO, Northwest Credit Union Association Richard Hein, CEO, OSU Federal Credit Union (2013 winner)   Ynette Gibbs, CEO, Newrizons Federal Credit Union Troy Stang, CEO, Northwest Credit Union Association
Left to Right:
Photo (L-R)
Denise Gabel, COO, Northwest Credit Union Association
Richard Hein, CEO, OSU Federal Credit Union (2013 winner)
Ynette Gibbs, CEO, Newrizons Federal Credit Union
Troy Stang, CEO, Northwest Credit Union Association

Newrizons Federal Credit Union located in Hoquiam for nearly 50 years was recently awarded the highly competitive 2014 Credit Union Innovation and Impact award by the Northwest Credit Union Association. “This is like getting an Oscar. It’s a very big deal,” said Ynette Gibbs, CEO. “Of all the great work that credit unions do in Washington and Oregon, Newrizons was chosen for what we naturally do in Grays Harbor County.” What they do is amazing according to those who know Newrizons. Last year their IRS-certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program returned over $600,000 in tax refunds to 375 Grays Harbor low-and-moderate income families for free.

Newrizons started GHC IDA raising $75,000 in community funds and receiving a $75,000 federal grant.This program rewards savers with $1 of federal and $1 of community for every $1 they save for first time home ownership, college or trade school. “People work for this, stick to a savings plan for at least 6 months and take financial education.” Another reason why Newrizons received the innovation and impact award is their homegrown credit and financial counseling program. Newrizons’ 3 full-time, certified financial counselors help Grays Harbor County residents rebuild poor credit and pay collections or garnishments.

Ynette credits the Newrizons’ team who work confidentially one-on-one to jointly build realistic and manageable plans paying old and current bills in a way that really works. People increase their credit score an average of 62 points in just 6 months. Sometimes this includes negotiating settlements or debt consolidation loans but the real secret is the ongoing support for new choices achieving what at first feels impossible.

Newrizons, located at 120 Firman Street in Hoquiam, is a US Treasury-certified, community-development financial institution dedicated to the credit union philosophy of “People Helping People”.

No foul play expected in Hoquiam death investigation

Hoquiam police do not expect foul play in the investigation of a death yesterday. Several neighbors in the 2000 block of Broadway Avenue reported a woman outside of a trailer screaming about a man laying in bed with a gun.
Police Chief Jeff Myers tells us they discovered the man in the home, he appeared to have been dead for a while, a weapon was also recovered.  Patrol officers located the female down the road and transported her to the station for an interview. She was apparently a friend of the victim.

Myers said at this time, the police department is not considering this to be a homicide investigation. The Grays Harbor County Coroner’s Office will notify next of kin and determine the official manner of death.

Flood Watch issued for Western Washington

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a Flood Watch to include portions of Western Washington including Grays Harbor County from late tonight through Wednesday afternoon.

The Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Agency reports  heavy rainfall amounts of 5 to 8 inches are possible tonight into early Wednesday along the Southwestern and Western Olympics. This amount of rainfall could cause the Quinault, Clearwater, Bogachiel, Hoh, and other rivers flowing off the Olympics to flood late tonight Into Wednesday.

A Flood Watch means conditions are favorable for flooding but flooding is NOT imminent or occurring.

Wind Advisory for Grays Harbor, Warning for Pacific County

Strong winds forecast for Western Washington have prompted two separate alerts from the National Weather Service.

Pacific County and Southwestern Washington:

The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a high wind warning near beaches and headlands…which is in effect from 3 pm this afternoon to 9 am pdt wednesday. this replaces the high wind watch which was previously in effect.

* winds: near beaches and headlands…south winds of 35 to 45 mph with gusts 60 to 70 mph at times. coastal communities…south winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts 45 to 55 mph at times.

* timing: beginning late this afternoon and continuing until just after sunrise wednesday morning.

* locations include: cannon beach…netarts…pacific city… long beach…cape disappointment.

* impacts: the winds will likely cause difficulties for beachgoers and those accessing beach and headland areas…including causing tree damage in headland areas.

precautionary/preparedness actions…

a high wind warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.

 

Grays Harbor County and Northwest Washington:

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a Wind Advisory in effect from 5pm this afternoon to 8 am Wednesday morning.

South wind 20 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph will increase this evening and peak overnight.

Impacts, winds this strong can snap small tree branches, topple small or shallow rooted trees, and cause
local power outages.

A Wind Advisory is issued when sustained winds of 30 to 39 mph and/or gusts of 45 to 57 mph are likely.

Additional trout releases to focus on lakes in Seven Western Washington counties

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is stocking 47 western Washington lakes with 340,000 catchable-size trout this fall.

This is nearly four times more fish than were released last fall in western Washington.

WDFW is currently stocking lakes in Grays Harbor, Island, King, Pierce, Snohomish, Thurston, and Whatcom Counties.

Those lakes, which are scheduled to be stocked between Oct. 12-19, include:

  • Grays Harbor County: Vance Creek ponds 1 and 2;
  • Island County: Cranberry Lake;
  • King County: Angle, Bitter, Deep, Rattlesnake, Shadow, Green, Langlois, Walker, Holm, Fish, Fivemile and Fenwick lakes;
  • Pierce County: Harts, Kapowsin, Bonney and Bradley lakes;
  • Snohomish County: Tye Lake and Gissburg Pond North and South;
  • Thurston County: Long’s Pond, Offutt, Black, St. Clair, Lawrence, Long and Ohop Lakes; and
  • Whatcom County: Fazon Lake.

Other waters that were recently stocked include Island, Lost, Nahwatzel, and Spencer lakes in Mason County; Kitsap Lake in Kitsap County; Rattlesnake Lake in King County; Cascade Lake in San Juan County; and Gibbs, Leland and Teal lakes in Jefferson County.

Additional stocking efforts will focus on different lakes and counties in western Washington and will continue through October and November.

Bonus bag limits will also be allowed on some lakes, doubling angler’s catch limits from five to 10 trout.

A list of lakes to be stocked, those offering the bonus bag limit, and the department’s recently updated stocking plan is available for viewing at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/fall-into-fishing/.

Chris Donley, inland fish program manager, said he expects angling to be great throughout the fall and winter months at all of these lakes. “Most of the trout are 11 to 13 inches long, with a few larger ones in the mix,” he said.

The fall fish plants are in response to anglers’ requests to increase fall and winter trout fishing opportunities in western Washington, said Donley. That effort also includes stocking lakes in southwest Washington for the Nov. 28 Black Friday opener, which offers anglers the opportunity to skip the shopping malls, get outside and enjoy fishing on the day after Thanksgiving.

For those fishing closer to the Puget Sound area, there are thousands of trout available in lakes that can be pursued throughout fall and winter, said Donley. “We encourage anglers young and old, inexperienced or well-seasoned, to get out and take advantage of these great fisheries,” he added.

For up-to-date stocking information this fall, anglers should follow the department on Twitter or Facebook, accessible from http://wdfw.wa.gov, or see the department’s weekly catchable trout stocking report at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/.

Anglers must have a current Washington freshwater fishing license valid through March 31, 2015, to participate in these events.

Licenses can be purchased online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov; by telephone at 1-866-246-9453; or at hundreds of license vendors across the state. For details on license vendor locations, visit the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors/.

FEMA to review Grays Harbor County Risk Report at October meeting

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has completed a detailed risk assessment for Grays Harbor County to include all Cities within the County which has been summarized in a report which can be downloaded here. The risk assessment includes a detailed assessment on every building in each community and determines losses due to flood and earthquake, and also assesses impacts from tsunami and landslides. In addition to the risk assessment, a mitigation action section highlights potential mitigation projects as identified through the risk assessment and also includes an overview of actions in the current mitigation plan for each jurisdiction.

They will be holding a meeting to discuss the report and have a detailed discussion with the community on mitigation and resiliency. The meeting will be held on October 23rd at the Log Pavilion in Aberdeen, WA located at 1401 Sargent Blvd from 1:00-3:30pm.

FEMA will be attending along with various state agencies to include Washington Department of Ecology, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Washington Emergency Management Division and Washington Sea Grant.

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Elma man arrested on child pornography charges

A 29-year old Elma man has been arrested for possessing depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct first degree on the evening of Friday October 17.

Elma Police tell KBKW they began investigating when they received a complaint that an 8-year old female had been possibly sexually assaulted by her babysitter. The Children’s Advocacy Center assisted in the investigation due to the girl’s age.

Police retrieved a cell phone from the suspect and applied for a search warrant of his phone which was believed to be used to photograph the girl. A search of the phone revealed several hundred images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct that had been previously deleted by the suspect. The images were recovered by the Washington State Patrol High Tech Crime Unit using special equipment.

The suspect was booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail with no bail.

The family received support from Beyond Survival throughout the investigation. Beyond Survival is a useful resource center for sexual assault victims in Grays Harbor County.

Coastal Flood Hazard Study for Grays Harbor County enters appeal period

UPDATE: A meeting on October 23rd will detail the maps to the public.
The 90 day appeal period has begun for flood hazard determinations in Grays Harbor County on FEMA’s Coastal Flood Hazard Study. During the appeal period property owners can view the proposed risk maps and submit appeals or corrections in data. After 90 days, and once all appeals have been resolved, a Letter of Final Determination will start a 6 month compliance period before the new Flood Risk Maps take effect.

View the proposed maps here.

Any owner or lessee of real property who believes his or her property rights will be adversely affected by the proposed flood hazard determinations may appeal to the county.  It is important to note, however, that the sole basis for such appeals is the possession of knowledge or information indicating that the proposed flood hazard determinations are scientifically or technically incorrect.  The appeal data must be submitted to FEMA during the 90-day appeal period.  Only appeals of the proposed flood hazard determinations supported by scientific or technical data can be considered before FEMA makes its final flood hazard determination at the end of the 90-day appeal period.  Note that the 90-day appeal period is statutory and cannot be extended.  Minor, non-technical comments such as road name changes, typographical errors, or omissions can be received  up until 90 days prior to the Letter of Final Determination (LFD) date.

Continue reading Coastal Flood Hazard Study for Grays Harbor County enters appeal period

New to be artwork unveiled at Hoquiam Timberland Library

On Wednesday, October 15, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Hoquiam Timberland Library, artist Jenny Fisher will unveil her latest work – two large murals depicting many of the most beloved icons from children’s and teen literature.

 

Library staff members anticipate a large turnout for the public unveiling and members of the Friends of the Hoquiam Timberland Library, who commissioned and paid for the murals, will be present to celebrate the occasion.

 

Each mural measures 87 by 72 inches and is installed on either side of the Library’s signature stained glass windows, forming a wall of color and fantasy.

 

“This is what I know,” writes Jenny Fisher, “I have been an artist since … 6th grade … and an avid reader since 4th grade when a librarian toured me around the school library. These two identities have enriched my life.”

 

A native of California, Fisher attended college in her home state and in Oregon, majoring in art.  She has lived in Grays Harbor since 1985, establishing herself as a mural artist through Washington State’s 1989 Bicentennial mural project.  Since that time, Fisher has painted numerous public murals in Grays Harbor County.

 

“Through my own childhood, my children’s childhood, and now my grandchildren’s, I have experienced many delightful authors and artists in the children’s section of the library,” Fisher reminisced.  “Of the books depicted on these panels,” she continued, “my favorites include To Kill a Mockingbird, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Jungle Book, Peter Rabbit, Bread and Jam For Francis, The Golden Compass, and Charlotte’s Web … I could have painted on and on.”

 

All programs at Timberland Regional Libraries are free and open to the public.

 

The Hoquiam Timberland Library is located at 420 7th Street. For information, contact the library at (360) 532-1710 or visit www.TRL.org.