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All Hazard Weather Radios to be distributed at three locations in Grays Harbor later this month

Grays Harbor County Emergency Management

The Earthquake, Tsunami and Volcano Program of the Washington State Emergency Management Division and Grays Harbor County Emergency Management will be conducting All Hazard Weather Radio Programs at three locations this month.

Monday, April 14th Ocean Shores Public Library – 573 Point Brown Ave NW, Ocean Shores WA 98569 – 6:00 pm

Wednesday, April 16th Elma City Council Chambers – 202 W. Main Street, Elma WA, 98541 – 6:00 pm

Monday, April 28th – Aberdeen, St Andrews Episcopal Church – 400 E. 1stStreet. Aberdeen WA 98520  - 6:00 pm

All attendees will receive a 30 minute educational class on the hazards specific to Grays Harbor County such as: earthquake, floods, severe weather and tsunami. Following the class, all attendees will receive a FREE All Hazard Weather Radio which will be programmed as a group with Brynne Walker, the facilitator. (Only ONE Weather Radio Per Family) You must be a Grays Harbor Resident to receive the radio. All three events are open to everyone from the county.

Grays Harbor Community Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation celebrated their 20th Anniversary Friday night, March 28th, at the Aberdeen Museum of History.  The event included a dinner and a presentation detailing the work in Grays Harbor that the Community Foundation has accomplished over the years.

Tom Quigg, Chair of the Foundation, welcomed everyone and read the letter delivered by Nicholas Carr, “Recognizing the Service and Commitment of the Grays Harbor Community Foundation…” that was read into the 113th Congressional Record by Congressman Derek Kilmer.

Quigg said the giving nature of the community was a huge part of their success, but equally important is an earned reputation of good stewardship and consistent fiduciary responsibility.

The presentation showed history, though the main focus was on the accomplishments in 2013.  Examples of grants, endowments, initiatives, and scholarships were shown in videos that are on the Foundation website:  www.gh-cf.org.  Donors, grant recipients, and scholarship winners also delivered testimonials to the benefit of the Grays Harbor Community Foundation.

The GHCF recently released their annual report for 2013.  The report showed the Foundation started the year with $37.36 million in assets and ended the year $46.96 million all-the-while helping local nonprofits and schools, and providing scholarships to the tune of $1.6 million.  There were slightly over $400,000 in expenses which also helped to fuel the local economy.

The 2013 earnings of 19.60% on investments, with total expenses of 0.88%, contributions of $4.5 million, and 260 scholarships were also shown.  Several stories of donors and grant recipients are also included in the annual report.

Tom Quigg also said that a year and a half ago, Jim Daly, Executive Director, proposed a goal of $50 million in assets by their 20th year anniversary, which the Board thought was quite intimidating.  But, he said, we are confident now we will reach that goal in the next few months.

The foundation is even more committed than ever to its mission:  To improve the quality of life in the communities throughout Grays Harbor.

If you would like to know more, please see the foundation website:  www.gh-cf.org or you may contact:  Jim Daly at 532-1600 or by e-mail at:  [email protected]

Failor Lake in Grays Harbor will open for kids-only fishing derby

Failor Lake Grays Harbor County

HOQUIAM, Wash. – Failor Lake North of Hoquiam will be opening early for the annual Grays Harbor Poggie Club’s Fishing Derby. But put the pole down dads, the 4 hour opening on April 19th begins at 8 AM, and will allow only juveniles 14 and younger to participate.

Failor Lake Grays Harbor CountyThe lake will then close again until the regular trout season opens, on the fourth Saturday in April.

Public Comment period extended on Grays Harbor navigation improvement

GH Navigation Channel
SEATTLE – A public comment period for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Grays Harbor Navigation Improvement Project draft limited reevaluation report including a draft supplemental Environmental Impact Statement has been extended through April 8.
The draft reevaluation report, draft supplemental EIS and appendices are available to review on line at: http://1.usa.gov/MS6jUw  or through Seattle District’s main website: http://www.nws.usace.army.mil by clicking on “Grays Harbor Navigation” under the “Most Requested” column.
Background
The Grays Harbor federal navigation deep draft channel is 250 feet wide at Cosmopolis, increasing to 1,000 feet over the Bar at the mouth of Grays Harbor. The currently maintained channel depth is -36 feet Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW) from the South Reach to the Cow Point Reach, where Port of Grays Harbor Terminal 4 is located. The channel then decreases to -32 feet MLLW through Cosmopolis.
The Corps investigated the feasibility of dredging the channel from the South Reach upstream to Cow Point to its fully legislatively authorized depth of -38 feet MLLW. This project covers approximately 14.5 miles of the 27.5 mile channel.  Deepening of the relevant portion of the Grays Harbor navigation channel to -38 feet MLLW was authorized by Congress in 1986, but a 1989 economic evaluation found that dredging only to -36 feet MLLW was economically justified at that time. Through updated economic and environmental analysis the present study has evaluated implementing the previously authorized -38-foot depth through a Limited Reevaluation Report and a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), building on the original 1982 EIS and its 1989 Supplement.

The potential two-foot deepening being evaluated is neither designed nor intended to facilitate access for any new vessel classes or commodity types that could not currently utilize Port facilities.

The Corps maintains the waterway now by dredging the deep draft channel annually at an average cost of $9 million, removing an average annual volume of about 1.7 million cubic yards of material.
For additional information about Grays Harbor Navigation visit our website at:  http://www.nws.usace.army.mil
and click on “Grays Harbor Navigation” under “Most Requested.”

Coast Guard medevacs injured crewmember 30 miles west of Grays Harbor

SEATTLE — The U.S. Coast Guard medically evacuated an injured crewmember from a fishing vessel 30 miles west of Grays Harbor, Wash., Wednesday.

Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor in Westport, Wash., received a medevac request on VHF-FM Channel 16 at approximately 7:13 p.m for a crewmember who had reportedly suffered a head injury aboard the Shirley R.

A 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Station Grays Harbor and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria were launched to assist.

The Jayhawk crew arrived on scene and began hoisting the man at approximately 8:30 p.m.

The crewmember was taken to the Bowerman Airport in Hoquiam, Wash., where he was transferred to awaiting EMS.

The man was taken by ambulance to Grays Harbor Community Hospital in stable condition.

Special Weather Statement issued March 05 at 4:08PM PST by NWS

By [email protected] …HEAVY RAINFALL ON TONIGHT AND THURSDAY WILL LEAD TO AN INCREASED THREAT OF LANDSLIDES IN WESTERN WASHINGTON… THE RAINY PERIOD OVER THE LAST SEVERAL WEEKS AND THE RAINFALL OF 1 TO 6 INCHES OVER THE PAST 3 DAYS HAS INCREASED SOIL MOISTURE TO HIGH LEVELS ACROSS WESTERN WASHINGTON. HEAVY RAINFALL IS EXPECTED TO START THIS AFTERNOON AND TOTAL 1 TO 3 INCHES BY TOMORROW …read more

From: Grays Harbor ATOM WX

Special Weather Statement issued March 05 at 6:00AM PST by NWS

By [email protected] …WET AND WINDY TODAY THROUGH THURSDAY… A STRONG LOW PRESSURE AREA WILL MOVE FROM THE EAST PACIFIC TO NEAR VANCOUVER ISLAND OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS. THIS WILL BRING WINDY CONDITIONS TO THE COAST LATER TODAY AND THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING. ALONG THE COAST…RESIDENTS SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR WINDS GUSTING 50 TO 60 MPH LATER TODAY AND THIS EVENING. WINDS WILL EASE BACK FOR A …read more

From: Grays Harbor ATOM WX

Special Weather Statement issued March 04 at 7:49PM PST by NWS

By [email protected] …WINDY CONDITIONS AND PERIODS OF HEAVIER RAIN THIS WEEK… EXPECT WINDY CONDITIONS TO INCREASE ALONG THE COAST TONIGHT WITH WIDESPREAD WIND GUSTS LIKELY TO TOP OUT IN THE 45 TO 55 MPH RANGE BETWEEN 1 AM AND 6 AM. A SECOND LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL PRODUCE A STRONGER ROUND OF WIND LATE WEDNESDAY INTO THURSDAY. WIND GUSTS UP TO 65 MPH APPEAR LIKELY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY …read more

From: Grays Harbor ATOM WX

Special Weather Statement issued March 04 at 3:31PM PST by NWS

By [email protected] …HEAVY RAINFALL WEDNESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY WILL LEAD TO INCREASE RISK OF LANDSLIDES IN WESTERN WASHINGTON… SEVERAL INCHES OF RAINFALL OVER THE PAST COUPLE DAYS HAS INCREASED SOIL MOISTURE TO HIGH LEVELS ACROSS THE WESTERN WASHINGTON LOWLANDS. ADDITIONAL HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS THE LOWLANDS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES AND 2 TO 4 INCHES ALONG THE COAST AND FOOTHILLS …read more

From: Grays Harbor ATOM WX

Special Weather Statement issued March 04 at 3:21PM PST by NWS

By [email protected] …WINDY CONDITIONS AND PERIODS OF HEAVIER RAIN THIS WEEK… A PERIOD OF WET…MILD…AND OCCASIONALLY WINDY WEATHER IS IN STORE TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY FOR MUCH OF SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON AND NORTHWEST OREGON. A COMBINATION OF HIGH SNOW LEVELS AND HEAVY RAIN MAY BE ENOUGH TO BRING SOME FLOODING TO AREA STREAMS AND RIVERS BY THURSDAY. …read more

From: Grays Harbor ATOM WX