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Last weekend to catch the bus in Grays Harbor

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Today begins the last weekend of transit service for Grays Harbor. Despite the need to drum up support for a sales tax increase on the November ballot, after the Labor Day weekend, Grays Harbor Transit will eliminate weekends, holidays, transfers, and the route to Centralia, but keeping the College Sticker Program for students.
The transit will ask the public for a .01% sales tax increase on the November countywide ballot to upright an $800-thousand budget deficit. General Manager Mark Carlin says if the tax passes it will return them to a state-approved budget. He hoped to see a return to weekend service by 2015.

DNR: Public encouraged to heed fire safety this Labor Day weekend

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is urging campers, recreationists, woods workers, and other forest visitors to be especially careful with fire this weekend. Despite some recent regional precipitation, fire danger remains high in Washington.

 

In an effort to reduce human-caused wildfires, DNR has issued a statewide burn ban on all lands under DNR protection, effective through September 30. The ban applies to all forestlands in Washington State, except federal lands. While campfires are allowed in approved pits west of the Cascade Mountains in all state, local and private campgrounds, they are not allowed east of the Cascade Mountains.

 

DNR suggests always checking to see if there are additional local restrictions on campfires before leaving home to go camping or hiking. Because campgrounds may choose to ban campfires, it’s best to check with the campground host before considering a campfire.

For daily updates on burn restrictions, call 1-800-323-BURN or visit DNR’s webpage showing fire danger and burning restrictions by county: http://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/firedanger/BurnRisk.aspx 

Old Fashioned Labor Day Picnic and Paddle A Thon in Ocean Shores

OCEAN SHORES, Wash. – Saturday, August 31st the city of Ocean Shores kicks off the “Old Fashioned Labor Day Picnic and a Paddle A Thon.” The Action Committee for Tourism and local business sponsors host this picnic and human powered boating event for all ages at North Bay Park near the Ocean Shores Airport. The Paddle A Thon kicks off at 9 a.m. with registration for the human powered boating events. The Old Fashioned Labor Day Picnic starts at 11 a.m.

 

The Paddle A Thon requires participants to register and pay a $5 insurance fee, provide their own life jacket and a whistle, for safety. Once that is accomplished several races and events await the Human Powered Boat participants. These include: the 10 a.m. 6-Mile race, the Noon 2-Mile race, the 12:30 Poker Paddle. The racing day ends with a 3 p.m. Wacky boat race. Events will wind up at 3:30 p.m.

 

The Old Fashioned Labor Day Picnic features live music, an old fashioned soap box for the “politically minded,” as well as a “Shower Splash” for those who want to comment on the state of the shower victims by splashing them with cold water. The Lighthouse Family Clinic is sponsoring the Shower Splash and will be on hand to offer free blood pressure checks and other health information for all ages. Raffle drawings will be held each half-hour for prizes and surprises.