Washington Dept. of Ecology grant to fund Shellfish Protection District

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The state Department of Ecology has selected 72 clean water projects to receive a share of $152 million in loans and grants during the state’s next fiscal year, which began on July 1.

The projects include upgrades and expansions of sewer plants and collection systems; septic system improvements; water re-use facilities; water cleanup projects; stormwater and groundwater projects; stream-side restoration projects…to name a few.

Grays Harbor County will receive $56,000 to implement a North Beach Shellfish Protection Dist. Prgm, and monitoring plan for areas including the Moclips River and Joe Creek. The City of McCleary will receive $65,000 to prepare a General Sewer Plan.

In Mason County, Belfair will receive $250,000 for a Stormwater Basin Plan

For more information, or to learn how to apply for the next round of funding, visit Ecology’s website and search “water quality grants and loans.”

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  • Man Arrested in Kelso for Brandishing a Weapon and Harrassing Another Driver on I-5

    KELSO, Wash. – On 9/23/09 at 11:30 a.m. the Washington State Patrol responded to a report of a weapon brandishing on I-5 near Hwy 12. John Francis Damazio a 50 year old, Enumclaw resident was driving a 2004 Chevrolet pickup pulling a flat bed trailer. Damazio was I-5 southbound traveling in the fast lane.

    Lloyd Feldman a 51 year old, Huntington Beach, California resident was driving a 2008 Pontiac. Feldman was I-5 southbound traveling in the slow lane. Feldman made a lane change into the fast lane. Damazio reportedly started to tailgate Feldman, and displayed a pistol. Feldman accelerated in an attempt to get away from Damazio. Damazio reportedly pursued Feldman reaching speeds of 90 mph. At one point Damazio reportedly pulled along side Feldman and displayed the pistol a second time.

    Troopers from the Washington State Patrol took Damazio into custody on I-5 near Allen Street in Kelso. At the time of his arrest Damazio had a loaded pistol on his person as well as a concealed weapons permit. Damazio stated “I didn’t point it at anybody”.

    Damazio was booked into the Lewis County jail on charges of Displaying a weapon and Harassment.

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  • Elk Foundation Grants Fund Research and Habitat Work in State

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – Enhancing over 10,000 acres of habitat and using GPS collars to research the Snoqualmie Valley elk herd top a list of Washington conservation projects slated to receive 2012 grants from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

    The RMEF funding commitment totals $189,960 and affects 11 counties: Asotin, Columbia, Garfield, Grays Harbor, King, Lewis, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, San Juan, Stevens and Yakima.

    Two projects have statewide interest. One has implications across the northwestern U.S.

    The research in Snoqualmie Valley will identify elk herd composition, habitat use and movement patterns, and the data will be used to identify highway crossings and improve management plans, we’re proud to work with the Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Washington Dept. of Transportation and other partners on this important project. – David Allen, RMEF president and CEO

    Allen added that prescribed burning, weed treatment and forest thinning projects will be used to enhance habitat in many areas of the state.

    RMEF’s mission is to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife and their habitat. Since 1985, the organization and its partners have completed 484 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects in Washington with a combined value of more than $106 million.

    Funding for RMEF grants is based on local membership drives and banquet fundraising by RMEF chapters and volunteers in Washington. Allen thanked RMEF supporters for their dedication to conservation both in Washington and all across elk country.

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  • Olympia Man Missing after Pe Ell River Run

    Pe Ell, WA – On April 16, 2012, at approximately 4:25 p.m., deputies from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a missing person who was last seen participating in the Pe Ell River Run on Saturday, April 14th. The deputies learned Daniel Kuhn, a 24 year-old Olympia man, was rafting with several other people. He was last seen in a small rubber raft in the Chehalis River near the Elk Creek Road Bridge around 4:30 p.m. He fell behind the rest of his group and indicated he would meet them downriver near the Chandler Road Bridge. When he did not arrive by 8:00 p.m. Saturday, the rest of his group departed. They thought he may have left with other friends and did not realize he was missing until Monday afternoon when they made the report.

    The Lewis County Sheriff’s Department said yesterday that searchers from the Chehalis Fire Department’s Swift Water Rescue Team were navigating a three-mile stretch of river with kayaks attempting to locate any sign of the missing man. Deputies from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office are also following other potential leads to determine whether he may have left the area.

    The Pe Ell River Run is an annual event held on the second Saturday of April. Participants navigate the river from Pe Ell to Doty utilizing various means of flotation devices.  

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  • Human Remains in Lewis County Identified as 1986 Cold Case

    Mineral, WA – Human remains found near Mineral in late March have been identified as Michael Lloyd Riemer, a man who went missing in 1985 along with his significant other, Diana Robertson, both from Pierce County. The couple’s two year old daughter was found wandering alone at a Spanaway K-Mart on the same day they went missing. Lewis County investigators said Tuesday that Reimer’s body was located within 1 mile from where Robertson’s body was found in 1986. Information from the case aired on the TV Show Unsolved Mysteries in 1989. Reimer was a person of interest in the death of Robertson as his location remained a mystery until this year, the case remains unsolved.

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  • Buoy 10 Columbia salmon season highlights a great month of fishing

    Anglers are reeling in chinook salmon off the coast, pulling up pots full of crab in Puget Sound, and casting for trout in alpine lakes on both sides of the Cascades.  Summer fisheries are in full swing, and anglers can look forward to even more great fishing opportunities in the days ahead. 

    A prime example is the Buoy 10 salmon fishery, which opens Aug. 1 at the mouth of the Columbia River. A big run of 664,900 fall chinook is expected to return to the big river this year, and fishery managers predict that anglers will catch approximately 12,500 of them between Buoy 10 and Rocky Point, 16 miles upriver.

     WDFW Weekender:


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  • Lewis County man sentenced to 90 days for workers’ compensation fraud

    TUMWATER, Wash. – Joseph Woolf of Onalaska has been sentenced to 90 days in jail and 12 months of community supervision for illegally collecting workers’ compensation pension benefits while working on his family owned farm.

    Woolf was also ordered to repay the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) more than $200,000 he illegally collected, plus penalties and court costs.

    Woolf, 54, was receiving pension benefits based on a lower-back injury from working on the family farm. While claiming that the injury left him permanently unable to work, he continued to perform all of his normal activities on the farm.

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  • Double Homicide Suspect Arrested

    SHELTON, Wash. – A man suspected of fatally shooting two people in Shelton is now in custody.

    Police say 22-year-old Charles Longshore of Shelton was arrested around 2 a.m. Friday on a highway near Shelton. He’s accused of killing 19-year-old Tyler Drake and 37-year-old Anitrea (Roxy) Leigh Taber over a debt. Their bodies were found Monday.

    Two others accused of rendering criminal assistance are also in the Mason County Jail.

    Les Watson with the Shelton Police Department tells us with the assistance of information developed by the US Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force and the Department of Corrections Community Response Unit, Charles Sydney Longshore was located and taken into custody around 1:45 Friday morning.
    He is currently at the Shelton Police Department and will soon be transferred to the Mason County Jail.
    The black Hyundai Santa Fe mentioned in an earlier press release was located in Centralia and stopped by Officers from the Centralia Police Department and Lewis County Sheriff’s Deputies. Although Longshore had been in the Hyundai for much of the past two days, he was not in it at the time that vehicle was located in Centralia.
    Further information was developed that led Officers to believe that Longshore might be in a black Mitsubishi. The Mitsubishi was spotted traveling N/B on Hwy 101 just south of Shelton by a Mason County Deputy. Deputies, along with Troopers from the Washington State Patrol, affected a traffic stop on the Mitsubishi and took Longshore into custody without incident. The female driver of the Mitsubushi is being detained for questioning.
    Watson said the successful apprehension of Longshore was accomplished with assistance and interaction by a number of agencies to include the US Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force, Department of Corrections Community Response Unit, Mason County Sheriff’s Office, Shelton Police Department, Washington State Patrol, Skamania County Sheriff’s Office, Portland Police Bureau, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, Centralia Police Department, Squaxin Island Police Department, McCleary Police Department, WESTNET and the Skokomish Department of Public Safety.

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  • Child Drowns in Chehalis River

    Boistfort, WA – Lewis County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 100 block of Ceres Hill Road, in Boistfort, at approximately 1636 hours on May 4, 2012, after an 8 year old boy’s mother reported him missing from their residence.
    Deputies trained in swift water rescue located the boy approximately an hour later 1/4 of a mile down river on a gravel bar in the middle of the river. Lewis County Fire District’s 6, 13, and AMR (American Medical Response) also assisted in the rescue.
    CPR was immediately initiated and continued while the boy was transported to Centralia Providence Hospital. He was pronounced deceased at approximately 1905 hours.
    An investigation into the incident is being conducted.

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  • Lewis County DTF Investigation Leads to Winlock Arrest

    The Lewis County Regional Drug Task Force, Lewis County SWAT, and DOC executed a search warrant last week in the 700 block of Winlock Vader Road, south of Winlock, resulting in an arrest.

    The Lewis County Sheriff’s Department tells us the search warrant resulted from a lengthy drug investigation where narcotics were sold at the residence. A 51 year old Winlock man was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail on two counts of Delivery of Methamphetamine and one count of child endangerment. A nine year old child was removed from the residence and placed with Child Protective Services due to living conditions within the home.

    Four other persons at the residence were detained as detectives worked to determine their involvement in the case.

    Additional information will be forthcoming after the investigation is completed.

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  • Human Skeleton Found Near Mineral

    Lewis County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating a partial human skull found in a wooded area near Mineral on Saturday, March 26, 2011.

    The skull was located by someone hiking in the area. Detectives, with the assistance of Lewis County Search and Rescue, are continuing to search the area for potential evidence.

    At this time, identification of the skull is unknown. The skull will be sent to a forensic pathologist for further examination.

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  • Opening day of lake-fishing season expected to draw 300,000 anglers

    The state’s most popular fishing season opens April 24, when hundreds of thousands of anglers will head to lakes and ponds stocked with millions of trout by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

    Although many lakes are open year round, the last Saturday in April marks the traditional start of the lowland-lakes fishing season, which extends through October.

    "This is our biggest fishing season opener and it traditionally draws more than 300,000 anglers of all ages," said WDFW Director Phil Anderson. "It’s a good time to gather family and friends at local waterways to cast off winter and celebrate spring."

    With lakes in every county of the state well stocked, anglers can keep travel costs down by enjoying good fishing close to home, said WDFW Inland Fish Program Manager Jim Uehara. He reports that more than 20.5 million trout will be stocked in lakes and streams for this year’s fishery, including those planted in waters that opened earlier this spring or are open year-round.


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