Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

More than 125,000 trout destined for area lakes

With some 125,000 trout scheduled for stocking in western Washington lakes, area anglers should have an excellent chance at phenomenal fishing this fall and through the holiday season. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will stock 44 western Washington lakes with catchable-size trout this fall. “Fishing at lakes throughout the region should be […]

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  • Two vehicle wreck sends one into corner of Aberdeen business

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – A truck crashed into the corner of Oceana Day Spa on Wishkah street in Aberdeen Friday. Police tell us a 74 year old Cosmopolis woman was charged with Failing to Yield the Right of Way after she crossed at Jefferson and struck the 1991 Chevrolet S-10, driven by a 65 year old Montesano man. Both vehicles ended up on the sidewalk near the business, the woman was transported to Community Hospital for neck and back pains.

    Police Captain John Green said at about 1:37 P.M. Friday Aberdeen Police Officers responded to the intersection of Wishkah and Jefferson street on the report of an injury accident at that location.

    Responding officers found a white 1991 Chevrolet S-10 PU that had hit the front of the business in the Southwest corner of the intersection. A red 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan was on the East side of the same business. The driver of the van was complaining about back and neck pain. AFD arrived and treated the female driver and transported her to GH Community Hospital.

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  • Local Car Warriors Compete

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – A couple of locals will be building cars on TV tonight, Billy Bob Customs will be featured on SpeedTV’s “Car Warriors” at 6pm. The team consists of Aberdeen natives Chris Mull, and Scott Heller, Ben Neal, Nathan Kahler, Elma resident Rod Emerson, and Ryan Craighead of Olympia. Chris Mull, or Billy Bob himself, tells us the show pits two teams of 6 to build a complete car from the ground up in 48 hours. Billy Bob’s Customs is located at 115 South Jefferson in Aberdeen, The show can bee seen at 6 tonight on SpeedTV, check with your cable provider for local listings.

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  • Emergency Declaration Includes Grays Harbor County, 16 Others

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire declared an emergency Wednesday for storms that hit Washington in December.

    The declaration means state agencies can spend money beyond budget appropriations to offer aid. Emergency Management Division spokesman Rob Harper says the statement also may bring in federal money.

    The declaration covers storm damage Dec. 8-18 in Clallam, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Klickitat, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Thurston, Wahkiakum, and Whatcom counties.

    Snow, high winds and heavy rain caused flooding, landslides and power outages.

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  • Salal Permit Sales to Begin at Olympic National Forest

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – Forest Supervisor Dale Hom announced today that permit sales for salal will begin at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, September 15, for a harvest period that runs from September 15 through November 9.  Permits will be issued from the Olympic National Forest offices located in Quilcene, Forks, and Quinault.  Salal (Gaultheria shallon) is an understory shrub commonly used in the floral industry.  It grows in dense thickets throughout forests in western Washington and Oregon.

    A limited number of permits will be issued.  A lottery will be used if the demand for permits exceeds the supply.  Each permit will cost $150 and can be used for up to two months.  A valid United States picture identification will be required at the time of purchase and those buying the permits must be at least 18 years of age.  Cash or checks will be accepted, but no credit cards or debit cards will be accepted.

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  • 60,000 large rainbow trout stocked on westside, part of WDFW’s “Fall into Fishing”

    OLYMPIA – With tens of thousands of large rainbow trout recently stocked and more on the way, Puget Sound and Southwest Washington anglers can cross an early item off holiday wish lists.

    The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has now stocked most of 33 Western Washington lakes scheduled to receive a total of 75,000 large rainbow trout by Thanksgiving.

    Chris Donley, WDFW’s inland fish program manager, said he expects angling to be very good throughout the winter months at all of these lakes.

    “Most of the trout stretch 12 to 17 inches, but some tip the scales at 5 or 6 pounds,” said Donley. “These are very nice trout, and they’re ready to be caught now.”

    A list of these lakes – as well as the department’s recently updated stocking plan for Fall into Fishing and Black Friday – is available for viewing at http://1.usa.gov/1gusSdq. For up-to-date stocking information, see the department’s weekly catchable trout stocking report athttp://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/.

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  • State Representatives Tharinger and Van De Wege to Visit Grays Harbor

    OLYMPIA – On the heels of town hall meetings in Clallam and Jefferson Counties, state Representatives Steve Tharinger (D – Dungeness) and Kevin Van De Wege (D – Sequim) are coming to Grays Harbor to meet with constituents.

    The two legislators are planning to host a town hall-style meeting on Tuesday, March 29, at Beacon Elementary School in Montesano.  The event begins at 6:00 p.m. and is open to the public.

    Tharinger, who is the district’s newest representative, says most people can’t make the trip to Olympia to meet with their state legislators, so it makes more sense for legislators to go to them.

    “Part of being a state representative is being accessible,” Tharinger said.  “People need to be able to ask us questions directly, and know that we are listening to them.”

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    The results are in from the recent Drive Hammered, Get Nailed enforcement campaign conducted from Nov. 25, 2010 through Jan. 2, 2011.

    In Jefferson County, 23 motorists, (compared to 13 during the same patrols in 2009), were stopped and arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). There were 83 DUI arrests in Kitsap County, 57 in Grays Harbor County, 27 in Mason County and 26 arrests in Clallam County,. Statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 3,577 drivers for DUI, according to a Jan. 10 summary from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.


    During 2009, impaired drivers were responsible for more than half of the 491 deaths on Washington’s roadways. For additional information about the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, visit www.wtsc.wa.gov <http://www.wtsc.wa.gov/>

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