Hoquiam turns on the spray park, Weather Service warns of cold rivers in hot weather

The city of Hoquiam has energized the spray park for the next couple days so kids can enjoy some early summer.  The park will be active from about 12-7 today and tomorrow, and will re-open again around Memorial Day weekend.

Pacific Northwest residents are being warned to be careful around rivers and lakes as temperatures rise into the 70s and 80s today and tomorrow. The National Weather Service says rivers fed by melting snow are around 45-to-50 degrees. People who jump or fall in could be immobilized by cold water shock or suffer from hypothermia. They also could be swept away in fast-moving currents. Warming has raised the avalanche danger for the west slopes of the Washington Cascades and the Mount Hood area.

Grays Harbor Volunteer Search and Rescue now a 501c3 non-profit

GHVSARAlmost two years after their formation, the Grays Harbor Volunteer Search and Rescue is now officially a non-profit 501c3 recognized by the IRS. Current president, Sara Owen tells us “We were so excited to get that determination letter from the IRS. It means we’ll be able to fundraise, and ask companies for donations for gear and equipment and so many things that we really need.” The all-volunteer group consists of about 75 first responders, police, and community members throughout the county.
A 9-member crew from the group rescued a woman with a leg injury that had hiked 9 miles into the Olympic National Park over the Memorial day weekend. She had to be transported about seven miles on a one-wheeled stretcher.Owen recounted “I can’t even describe the level of difficulty that it took for those people to bring her out in a stokes basket. These people are incredibly dedicated individuals who train really hard and really take it seriously. I couldn’t be more proud to be associated with this group.”
The GHVSAR team will elect new leadership at their regular meeting tonight. Owen said they are always looking for new volunteers from first responders to loud-mouthed radio personalities, for details visit www.ghvsar.org

Man Breaks Into Radio Station to Change The Channel

ABERDEEN, Wash. – A man tried to reprogram a radio station on the South side of Aberdeen for a Memorial Day treat to his listeners yesterday. Police Captain John Green tells KBKW on May 28th just before 4 PM officers were called to the report of a suspicious person in the 1300 block of Coolidge road. Green said the responding officer found a broken window, and circled the building. The suspect was found attempting to climb out of the broken window carrying food and a glass award of some kind.
The 26 year old man later admitted to entering the empty radio station to “find some food and to change the channel,” he told officers he may have talked on the radio, and was trying to program a “full on rock block” Memorial Day weekend.

Wildfire Prevention Tips For Memorial Day Weekend

Before leaving home, always check to find out what the campfire restrictions are for the area you plan to visit.

If campfires are allowed; extinguish it properly before leaving:

· Never leave a campfire unattended at anytime.

· Drown fire thoroughly with water.

· Stir until cold.

· Drown fire again and stir.

· Never leave a campfire until it is completely out and cool to the touch.

For those people remaining at home, this is a good time to help reduce wildland fire hazards around the home and property by clearing excess debris, creating defensible space around the home, and following Firewise practices. For information about protecting homes and property from wildfire, visit www.firewise.org.

Also, a Discover Pass is required to access state lands managed by DNR, Washington State Parks, and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. For more information visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

**Attention Radio Editors: Download audio Public Service Announcements on wildfire prevention from Commissioner Goldmark. Scripts also are available.

· PSA for Memorial Day Weekend

http://www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/em_goldmark_firepsa_memorialday.mp3

http://www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/em_goldmark_firepsa_memorialday.pdf

DNR’s wildfire mission

Administered by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, DNR is responsible for preventing and fighting wildfires on 12.7 million acres of private, state and tribal-owned forestlands. DNR is the state’s largest on-call fire department, with over 1,000 employees trained and available to be dispatched to fires as needed. During fire season, this includes over 700 DNR employees who have other permanent jobs with the agency and about 375 seasonal workers. Additionally, Department of Correction inmates participate in the DNR correctional camps program. DNR also participates in Washington’s coordinated interagency approach to firefighting.

Washington State Patrol Prepares for Memorial Day Weekend

Although Washington State roadways are currently enjoying the lowest fatality rate since 1955, driving a car is still one of the biggest threats to the public’s safety. The three biggest contributors to serious injury and fatality collisions are impaired driving, speed, and lack of seatbelt usage. It is for these reasons that all available troopers will be out looking for these dangerous violations during this holiday weekend.

The WSP wants everyone to do their part this weekend – buckle-up, don’t drink and drive, slow down and share the road.

Opening Night at Grays Harbor Raceway

Grays Harbor Raceway

The 2009 season will see a number of firsts for the fast high banked 3/8's mile dirt oval considered by many as the top facility on the West Coast.  The new Lucas Oil ASCS National Sprint Dirt Series will debut for the first time ever west of the Rockies,  for a two day show at the end of Speedweek Northwest on July 17th and July 18th during the running of the 3rd Annual Fred Brownfield Memorial race.  You will see the top ASCS drivers in the country battle the best that the Northwest has to offer.  The Rolling Thunder Big Rig Racing Series will hit town on July 25th, this event will see the Big Rigs run on the dirt for the first time ever in the state. This is one show that fans will not want to miss.  The Warriors of Dirt Late Models will grace the Raceway for two shows, the first on June 20th and the second on August 29th.
The highlight of the year as always will be the BIG E Weekend on Labor Day Weekend, staring off on Saturday,  September 5th with another first, the North West Wingless Sprint Cars Series debuting at Grays Harbor Raceway for the first time. Sunday, September 6th will see the ASCS Northwest Region event named the Night Before The Big One along with the Ford Focus Midgets and on Monday, September 7th the race everybody waits for all year along, the World of Outlaws, featuring the best 410 Sprint Cars Drivers in the world.
Other highlights include the two day ASCS Northwest Region event on Memorial Day weekend, Saturday May 23rd and Sunday May 24th, this will be a big tune up as the top ASCS drivers in the Northwest will have their only stop at GHR before the National event in July.  The 10th Annual Shipwreck Beads Modified Nationals will run on Friday July 31st and August 1st, ,  that will see the top Modified drivers on the West Coast vie for the biggest Modified event in the Northwest.  2008 Modified Nationals Champion and defending Grays Harbor Raceway Champion Blair Shoemaker will be looking to make it two National wins in a row,  as he became the first local driver to ever win the Nationals. The annual Cut Rate Hobby Stock Challenge will  run during the fair, Saturday August 8th along with the Sportsman cars from St. Helen's.

Triple X will be the class sponsor for the Ford Focus Midget Division at Grays Harbor Raceway, which will be referred to as the Triple X Ford Focus Midgets.
As part of their sponsorship, Triple X will give a new chassis away at the 2009 Championship Awards Banquet, to be eligible to win the chassis, competitors must run a Triple X sticker on their car, finish in the top ten in points or compete in 80% of the scheduled races and attend the 2009 Championship Awards Banquet.