• Suspicious Package Prompts Bomb Squad Response in Ocean Shores

    OCEAN SHORES, Wash. – A briefcase left in a restroom was reported as suspicious Saturday night prompting a bomb squad response from the Washington State Patrol in Olympia. Trooper Russ Winger tells KBKW the package, found in the West Chance A La Mer approach restroom, was cordoned off Saturday night and x-rayed. The bomb squad determined that the breifcase was not a threat, and turned the lost property over to the Ocean Shores Police Department.

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  • Hoquiam Farmer’s Market News – Double Recipe Edition

    What an abundance of good local food- I still have razor clams in the frig from the weekend digs, hard-boiled Easter eggs, and a ham bone. It’s time for some of my all time favorite foods!
    I have waited for months to indulge in some of my most favorite comfort foods. Number one in my hit list comes from my great grandmother’s tattered cookbook. Sometimes I wonder if I shouldn’t give away all my other cookbooks and stay with this classic tome. 
    We have fresh tulips and daffodils arriving Thursday morning, Puyallup rhubarb came in this morning, and right now is the height of artichoke season, so guess what we have! Um-hm, great big luscious artichokes. A new crop of organic potatoes came in, both yellow and red, and the organic Kale is looking really fine.
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  • Fishing seasons for halibut reflect higher catch quota

    OLYMPIA – This year’s recreational halibut seasons will be similar to 2010 in Puget Sound, but may allow for more days of fishing off the coast under new catch quotas adopted by the International Pacific Halibut Commission.

    This year’s quota for Washington, Oregon and California is 910,000 pounds, up 12 percent from 2010. In Washington, sport anglers will be allowed to catch 216,489  pounds of the big flatfish compared to 192,699 pounds last year.

    Those increases will improve fishing opportunities in coastal waters of Washington and other West Coast states, said Heather Reed, coastal policy coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

    In Puget Sound, where the sport catch has exceeded area harvest guidelines for the past two years, this year’s higher sub-quota also helped to avert further cutbacks in fishing opportunities, she said.

    “This year’s quota, together with shorter seasons adopted last year, will bring the catch more in line with the allowable harvest,” Reed said. “We took a big step toward stabilizing the fishery last year, and the higher quota will help to accommodate the growing popularity of halibut fishing in Puget Sound.”

    This year’s catch quota for Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca is 58,155 pounds, up from 50,542 pounds in 2010.  Like last year, most areas of the Sound will be open for halibut fishing three days a week – Thursday, Friday and Saturday – except as noted below.

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  • Cantwell Announces $37.7M for Washington State Homelessness Programs

    SPOKANE, WA – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) announced that 68 Washington projects will receive a total of $37,700,917 in grants for the development of Continuum of Care programs from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Continuum of Care programs are coordinated community-based efforts to address homelessness by examining needs and building programs that address those needs. Grants under this program were competitively awarded to applicants across the nation. 


    “I applaud the Department of Housing for these critical investments towards in addressing homelessness in Washington state,” Senator Cantwell said.  “During hard economic times, it is critical we insure that the neediest in our communities have somewhere to turn.”


    Programs awarded today include the Supportive Housing Program (SHP) that provides housing in a supportive environment with a service component; the Shelter Plus Care (S+C) program that provides grants for rental assistance for homeless persons with disabilities; and the Single Room Occupancy (SRO) program that provides rental assistance on behalf of homeless individuals in connection with moderate rehabilitation of SRO buildings.

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  • Ocean sport anglers allowed up to two chinook daily

    OLYMPIA – Sport anglers fishing for salmon off the coast of Washington will be able to take up to two chinook a day as part of their daily limit, effective tomorrow (July 8).

    Patrick Pattillo, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) salmon policy coordinator, said the department initially set catch limits for the season to ensure that the fishery would not have to close early.

    “With the predictions of chinook stocks nearly three times last year’s numbers, we were concerned that we could see very high chinook catch rates, and seasons could be closed early,” said Pattillo. “From what we’ve seen in the early part of the season, we no longer have that concern.”

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