South Bend couple arrested on methamphetamine charges

South Bend, WA. – On January 1st, deputies with the Pacific County Drug Task Force served a narcotics related search warrant upon a residence located in the 100 block of Jackson Street in South Bend. Also assisting with the service of the warrant were deputies with the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office and officers from the Raymond and South Bend police departments. A male subject, identified as Randay Jimenez-Medina (age 28) and a female subject identified as Colby Watts (age 27) were arrested in conjunction with the investigation that led to the request for the search warrant.

The search warrant was granted as a result of an ongoing investigation involving the facilitation and delivery of methamphetamine by both people. During the searching and arresting process, investigators located a small amount of suspected methamphetamine and drug related paraphernalia.

Jimenez-Medina was booked into the Pacific County Jail on one count of possession of methamphetamine and four counts of delivery of methamphetamine. Watts was booked on two counts of delivery of methamphetamine, one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and for two counts of using a building for drug purposes. Jimenez-Medina’s bail was set at 25,000.00 and Watts’s bail was set at 20,000.00.

EPA will continue to recognize biomass as renewable

OLYMPIA – The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced its plan to defer, for three years, greenhouse gas (GHG) permitting requirements for carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from biomass-fired and other biogenic sources of emissions.

 

This action responds to Washington State, congressional leaders’ and scientists’ concerns that biomass would be treated the same as fossil fuel-based energy sources in EPA GHG regulations that took effect this month. Governor Chris Gregoire and Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark encouraged EPA to take a different approach in a letter to Administrator Lisa Jackson in September 2010.

 

EPA’s decision insures that the carbon-sequestering benefits of trees will be duly recognized, and provides more certainty for companies seeking to create jobs and make investments in biomass technologies.

 

“EPA is to be commended for committing to a science-driven process that can credibly distinguish renewable forest biomass from other sources,” said Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark. “Washington State’s has been well served by the efforts of Governor Gregoire and our federal congressional delegation in advocating for forestry and renewable energy jobs.”

Lady Washington to Offer Activities During Watershed Festival

Crews from the Historical Seaport will also take festival-goers on rides in the longboats Capt. Matt Peasley and Hewitt R. Jackson. Board the boats at Aberdeen Landing near Lady Washington. The rides are free. A donation is appreciated.

 

Lady Washington will also open for tours on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and she will offer an Adventure Sail on the Chehalis River at 2 p.m.

Associate Superintendent Appointed at Stafford Creek Corrections Center

Stafford Creek is home to some of the most progressive offender programs in the Department of Corrections prison system including its nationally recognized sustainability program. Jackson will oversee all programs at the facility including education, recreation, Family Friendly Programs, offender classification, and the residential Therapeutic Community.

“I feel fortunate to be going back to Stafford,” he said. “It’s a great facility with wonderful staff members who are supported by an outstanding community.”

Prior to his appointment as Associate Superintendent Jackson worked as a classification specialist at headquarters in Olympia and served as the DOC’s liaison to the Clemency and Pardons Board.

Stafford Creek houses about 2,000 male offenders in minimum-, medium-, and maximum-custody units.

Raymond – Community Emergency Response Team Training Offered May 7, 8, 15

Neighborhoods, homes and workplaces can become disaster ready by taking CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) classes . The free course begins on Friday, May 7 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and continues on Saturday, May 8, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and concludes on Saturday, May 15, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The class takes place at the Raymond Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 707 Jackson Avenue in Raymond.

CERT training helps individuals, families and other groups create and organize response teams. The teams receive basic training in disaster response skills such as fire safety, emergency medical techniques, light search and rescue operations and decision making. The hands-on, interactive training is designed to help citizens help each other when first responders such as police and firefighters are not immediately available during a disaster.

Taught by experienced emergency managers and first responders, the CERT course requires a minimum of 15 people. Call Karan Wade-James at 360-786-5207 (email: wadejak@co,thurston.wa.us) or contact Jason and Angel, 360-942-5483, angelunlmtd@yahoo.com for complete details and to register for the class.

NW Business Leaders Urge Stronger Clean Energy Policies

"There’s tremendous passion available in the Northwest, and capital as well, that can be deployed. What we’re looking for is some certainty in the policy arena that allows us and our customers to know where to invest our time and energy and resources, so that we can move the needle on energy efficiency and climate change."

According to Allen, 70 percent of the energy produced in the United States is used in buildings – and half of it is wasted through inefficient systems or construction. He says the knowledge already exists to improve those numbers, which could also improve the economy.

"This buys us a lot of time – for technology to catch up, for longer-term solutions to be vetted and put in place. It creates great opportunities for working folks to get out and make a difference, and earn a living."

Governors Gregoire and Kulongoski will attend the forum, along with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, both U.S. Senators from Washington, and U. S. Department of Energy officials.

The forum will include a tour of McKinstry’s new Innovation Center. It is being built to house small companies and start-ups in clean energy fields to prompt collaboration. The Center officially opens next year.