Mason County Sheriff’s Office “Knock & Talk” verifies registered sex offenders

Last week, the week of August 11-15, 2014, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Marshal’s Service, Squaxin Island Department of Public Safety, Skokomish Department of Public Safety

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Results of retail marijuana store license lottery announced

The Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) today posted the results of marijuana retail store lotteries on the public records section of its website. Earlier this week applicants were notified of their standing on each ranked-ordered list produced by 75 lotteries. =&0=& The independent, double-blind process took place April 21-25, 2014, and produced ordered lists of applicants that the agency will use to continue its retail licensing process. If an applicant is within the maximum allotted number of stores allotted for that jurisdiction but fails to pass the licensing process, the WSCLB will withdraw the application and move to the next license application on the list.

Jurisdictions Requiring a Lottery
1,174 applicants were included in the lottery

o    75 jurisdictions required a lottery o    47 jurisdictions did not require a lottery

The agency contracted with the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center of Washington State University and

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Gregoire Challenges Successor: WA Needs New Revenue

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire challenged her future successor Wednesday to pursue new revenue in support of education, saying that she wished the state had committed more money to that this year.

The leading candidates to replace Gregoire - Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna - have both said they don't see the need for new revenue. But Gregoire said the budget they will have to adopt shortly after taking office is already in need of $1 billion for education.

To the candidates that are running: We can say, `No new revenue.' But the reality is, we cannot live up to our responsibilities without new revenue - Gregoire

Inslee and McKenna believe the state can save money through efficiencies and lower health care costs. And Inslee particularly said he thinks the state can grow its revenue with a strong economy.

Hoquiam Police Conduct Warrant Sweep Weekend

On Saturday, January 8, 2011, the police department conducted the first in a planned series of monthly warrant sweeps/jail openings for 201l.  The Hoquiam City Jail was staffed by six corrections officers from other agencies who were temporarily hired for this session. 

 

During this weekend jail session, twenty three prisoners were booked into the Hoquiam Jail.  Three of these bookings were jail commitments being served as ordered by the Hoquiam Municipal Court.  Nine of the persons arrested during the opening posted bail or bail bonds to secure their release. As a result, the court was able to collect $11,800.00 in bail. 

 

In a dedicated effort by Hoquiam Officers and officers arresting persons with Hoquiam warrants in their jurisdictions, a total of 40 warrants were cleared during this latest effort.  In addition, three defendants walked into court to surrender on their outstanding warrants; they were arraigned during the court session.  

 

Once again, persons who have outstanding Hoquiam Municipal Court warrants are urged to contact the Hoquiam Municipal Court in person to make arrangements to quash their warrants and arrange for a new court appearance date.  

 

The Hoquiam Jail will be opening once per month through 2011 and 2012.  The objective is to have the openings at various times during the year to avoid the evasive behavior on the part of persons who fail to obey the order of the court and have outstanding Hoquiam warrants. 

WSDOT, State Patrol develop additional strategies for snow, ice responses

OLYMPIA – The next time snow or ice covers roadways in the Puget Sound area, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and Washington State Patrol (WSP) will employ new tactics and strategies to keep traffic moving.

 

Two, new Joint Response Teams, coupling a WSDOT snowplow and a WSP patrol car, will be deployed to priority collisions involving buses, semi-trucks or other large vehicles. The teams will work in the King County area and if the concept proves useful, it may be expanded to other areas of the state.

 

Among many accidents during last week’s snow, ice and sub-freezing temperatures, a series of collisions involving semis and buses on I-5 in Tukwila blocked all southbound lanes, stalling traffic for hours. The problem was compounded by deteriorating road conditions, the absence of passable shoulders, the inability of large sanding rigs to get through the traffic, and a shortage of Class C tow trucks capable of moving buses and semis.

Chill, the Drill’s Over

MONTESANO, Wash. - Chuck Wallace, Deputy Director of the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Agency tells us "The “Chill it’s A Drill” AHAB Siren Activation Test in Grays Harbor County worked very well."

Results from the different sites all indicated a loud, clear voice message and a clear wailing siren.  It was the intention of Grays Harbor County Emergency Management, Local Emergency Management Agencies throughout the 5 County Region and Washington State Emergency Management Division to allow the citizens to hear the actual siren wail. This would assist them in the future if a severe emergency should occur. Remember, the AHAB Sirens can be used for emergency situations other than a Tsunami. The capability is there to provide notification and voice messages for any type of severe weather or disaster situation.

 

Website visitors can hear the siren in the attached .mp3, just click on the story title above.

Washington State Tsunami Test Is Overwhelming Success

evacuation route signCAMP MURRAY - Washington's April 6 test of 32 coastal tsunami alert and warning loudspeakers was an overwhelming success, according to John Schelling, manager, Washington Emergency Management Division's (WEMD) earthquake and tsunami program.

"Field reports indicated the satellite transmission successfully activated and played an audible test message at all 32 loudspeaker sites. The alert message was initiated from the WEMD's Alert and Warning Center at Camp Murray and was transmitted in seconds to sites that that were hundreds of miles apart along the Washington coast and Strait of Juan de Fuca," said Schelling.

April is Disaster Preparedness Month in Washington State

Camp Murray, Wash. - Washington State will observe Disaster Preparedness Month in April.

Disaster Preparedness Month activities will include a statewide earthquake drill between 9:45 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 22. Because Washington remains vulnerable to a variety of natural and human-made hazards, "Citizens of our state should prepare themselves to be self-sufficient for at least three days following a natural or man-made disaster," said Gov. Chris Gregoire.

A regular monthly test of the Emergency Alert System will initiate the statewide drop, cover and hold earthquake drill.

Washington State will observe Disaster Preparedness Month in April.

Disaster Preparedness Month activities will include a statewide earthquake drill between 9:45 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 22.

Because Washington remains vulnerable to a variety of natural and human-made hazards, "Citizens of our state should prepare themselves to be self-sufficient for at least three days following a natural or man-made disaster," said Gov. Chris Gregoire.

A regular monthly test of the Emergency Alert System will initiate the statewide drop, cover and hold earthquake drill. Flyers for the drill will be posted April 1 in multiple languages on the Washington Emergency Management Division's (WEMD's) Website, www.emd.wa.gov

Preparedness information materials for such hazards as earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes also will be made available to local jurisdictions. Disaster Preparedness Month activities will include the Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference, April 14-15, at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, as well.

All Hazard Mitigation Planning Meetings

South Bend, Washington – Two public meetings for All Hazard Mitigation Planning have been scheduled.

The purpose of the meetings will be to discuss the importance of mitigation planning, explain the process that is being used to develop the county-wide plan, and to answer any questions the public may have.  Hazard mitigation is a collaborative process whereby hazards affecting the community are identified, vulnerability to the hazards is assessed, and consensus reached on how to minimize or eliminate the effects of these hazards.