No injuries, minor damages after small electrical fire at North Beach High School

A small electrical fire at North Beach High School this afternoon apparently started in a motor used to move the wall in their gym. The Ocean Shores Fire Department reports they responded after 1 P.M. Tuesday to the report of smoke at the school. The Grays Harbor PUD also reported a power outage in the area at the same time. Ocean Shores Fire crews checked the area and found only minor damage to the motor, no injuries were reported. The Grays Harbor PUD restored power just after 2:30 today.

‘Kilmer at your Kontinental Breakfast’ in Ocean Shores

The City of Ocean Shores and the Ocean Shores/North Beach Chamber of Commerce are hosting a continental breakfast with Derek Kilmer @ the Home Port on Friday, August 29th at 8:30AM – 9:30AM — Hosts are providing Coffee-Tea-Cinnamon Rolls — Please join us.

Derek Kilmer will discuss our coastal erosion and climate change. There is a new effort by the Federal Government to help with the effects of climate change. He would like to hear concerns about coastal safety issues facing businesses. Suggestions on mitigation are welcome. He will outline some current plans and legislation.

Community Foundation awards $128,900 in Discretionary Grants and $40,000 in After School Program Fund Grants

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation is pleased to be able to invest $128,900 into the community through its third quarter discretionary grants cycle. The Foundation has long been a resource to Grays Harbor County nonprofit organizations by offering a quarterly discretionary grants cycle. This quarter, the Foundation awarded 13 grants that totaled $128,900 in discretionary funding. “This is the largest discretionary grants cycle, in terms of number of applications, as well breadth of organizations requesting funding,” Program Officer Cassie Lentz said. “We were pleased to see the extensiveness of programs and projects that were seeking funding, from all corners of our county and beyond.”

The organizations that were funded through this discretionary grants cycle include: Montesano Community Outreach for summer art camps, Our Aberdeen for mural restorations, Grays Harbor College for making ballet performance accessible to children, Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services for legal advice clinics in Grays Harbor County, Nonprofit Leaders Conference of Southwest WA for their 2014 conference, Artic Community Association for roof repairs, Child Care Action Council for their “Raising A Reader” program, Aberdeen Revitalization Movement for phase one of their operations, Catholic Community Services for the Grays Harbor Youth Center, Beyond Survival for the “Where We Live” program, McCleary School District for STEAM education, Northwest Justice Project for an employment opportunities legal fellowship in Grays Harbor, and Montesano School District for the field turf project at Jack Rottle field.

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation was also able to award $40,000 to four After School Programs here on the Harbor through a designated fund set up specifically for that benefit. Supported programs included: McCleary School District, Montesano Community Outreach, North Beach School District, and the YMCA of Grays Harbor for Harbor After-School program sites in Hoquiam, Elma and McCleary.

Grays Harbor Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission “to improve the quality of life in the communities throughout Grays Harbor County.” This is accomplished through many projects and processes that work through or in support of other non-profit organizations, including a quarterly discretionary grants cycle with applications accepted on the first business day of January, April, July and October.

Tax deductible donations may be made to:
Grays Harbor Community Foundation, P.O. Box 615, Hoquiam, WA 98550
You may find out more by checking the foundation website: www.gh-cf.org or you may contact the Foundation staff at 532-1600 or by e-mail at: info@gh-cf.org.

Joan Brewster and Dennis Morrisette – proposed Public Hospital District #2

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The League of Women Voters is sponsoring a debate tonight (Wednesday, July 23rd) on the formation of a second public hospital district at the Rotary Log Pavilion in Aberdeen. It starts at 6, but video statements from commissioner candidates of the proposed district’s board will begin at 5:30. The meeting, and statements will also be airing on Eagle TV and North Beach TV.

David Quigg – Support formation of Grays Harbor Public Hospital District No. 2

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The GH Public Hospital District II Steering Committee will be holding it’s first series of Community Forums over the next two weeks!

Please attend to learn more and ask questions.

Monday April 21st – 6:30 to 7:30pm
Montesano City Hall

Tuesday April 22nd – 6:30 to 7:30pm
Hoquiam High School Student Center

Wednesday, April 23rd – 6:30 to 7:30pm
Aberdeen High School Commons

Friday, April 25th – 12:00 noon to 1pm
Grays Harbor Community Hospital – Conference Room C

Monday, April 28th – 6:30 to 7:30pm
North Beach High School Commons

Local schools get continued Levee support as February special election results certified

Election results were certified last night for the February special election, locally all replacement Maintenance and Operations levies passed, with Oakville’s multi-county race passing by only 4 votes, 210 to 206 with 13 Lewis County voters.
Grays Harbor’s voter turnout ended at 36.3%, while Pacific County reports 53.76% and Lewis 38.7% voter turnout.

Hoquiam is among 12 area school districts showing support for their levies School Superintendant Mike Parker said last week “I’d like to thank the Hoquiam community for supporting our school levee again. With a strong 66% ‘yes’ vote, we’ll continue to make you proud, thank you.

School Districts in Aberdeen, Hoquiam, North Beach, McCleary, Elma, Quinault, Cosmopolis, Wishkah, Ocosta, and Mary M Knight all passed their M&O Levies.

Elma Voters rejected the 8.4 million bond measure to replace the grandstands at Davis Field.

Ocean Shores baiting their hook for the Northwest Outdoor Adventure Expo

You might see a familiar booth at the Northwest Outdoor Adventure Expo, February 28 to March 2, at Century Link Field Center. The city of Ocean Shores will have staff in a booth under the banner “Ocean Shores, Something Fun!”

Dozens of businesses and organizations have come together to re-introduce Ocean Shores as a vacation destination to people in western Washington. “Whenever we gather any kind of statistics on who is visiting Ocean Shores, the Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia areas always top that list,” says Charlie Baer, Executive Director of the Ocean Shores/North Beach Chamber of Commerce.

“Many of our businesses and associations have come together to let people know that Ocean Shores is here to provide memories and smiles,” say Mike Doolittle of Playtime family fun. Some of these include Hotels such as the Canterbury Inn, the Polynesian Resort, Ramada Inn, and the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino and the people who work with travelers every day such as Ginny Hill, Ken Elgin, Julius Kazen and Melissa Davis.

“We know that people meeting people with real smiles and a friendly attitude are the real keys to creating fun and excitement,” say Dianne Hansen of the Dusty Trunk. Shops like hers and Buddy and Howie’s Old Fashioned Sweet Shoppe often go the extra mile to create great experiences. And restaurants like Bennett’s Fish Shack, the North Shore Grill, Sipping Serendipity Wine Shop, and Alec’s By the Sea provide great places and good food to eat, talk, and plan the next step in your vacation. Those next steps could well include the Ocean Shores Cinema, the Ocean Shores Bowling Alley, the singular experience of the Ocean Shores Golf Course or even a drive on six miles of sandy beach.

“Don’t forget the large and talented artist community,” reminds Judy Horn of Horn Fine Art. Art of all kinds is on display in three galleries and many of our other business establishments in town. Dennis Irby and Darla Skrei from Puget Sound Trade Shows are often helping to manage some of the great festivals and trade shows in Ocean Shores. Ena and Marty Myers of Mojovation and the Plackett’s of Plackett Enterprises are also part of this supporting cast that provide up to date information and social media that means you can find out what is going on before you even get to Ocean Shores. For more information call Charlie Baer at 360 289-2451.

So join us that booth with the banner “Ocean Shores, Something Fun!” at the Northwest Outdoor Adventure Expo at the Centurylink Field Event Center from February 28 through March 2. Enter a chance to win a fun-packed two-night stay worth over $850. You can choose where to Shop, Dine, Play or Stay on your next Trip to Ocean Shores.

All local school levies now passing as Oakville pulls within 1 vote

With a new batch of ballots counted Thursday, the Grays Harbor County Auditor’s Office reports Oakville School District is now passing their multi-county M&O Levy, by one vote. In Lewis County, the levy is failing 8-3, but Grays Harbor’s stronger support pushed yes votes over the top; 207 to 206 – total for the two counties.
The new ballots brought Grays Harbor’s voter turnout up to 36% for the February Special Election. Hoquiam is among 12 area school districts showing support for their levies School Superintendent Mike Parker said “I’d like to thank the Hoquiam community for supporting our school levy again, with a strong 66% “Yes” vote, we will continue to make you proud, thank you.”
School Districts in Aberdeen, Hoquiam, North Beach, McCleary, Elma, Quinault, Cosmopolis, Wishkah, Ocosta, and Mary M Knight are all passing their M&O Levies.
Elma Voters are rejecting the 8.4 million bond measure to replace the grandstands at Davis Field. Election results will be certified on the 25th.

Christmas Eve adoption saves family plans

OCEAN SHORES, Wash. – A North Beach resident was able to play a pretty big part in one family’s celebration of the holidays, after an overnight tragedy sent them looking for a last minute puppy replacement.
North Beach Paws reports on Christmas Eve they received a call from local dispatchers that a Christmas Miracle was needed. A mother and grandmother had lost her K-9 companion of 14 years and the family planning to surprise her with a new puppy woke to find the puppy had passed away overnight.

Actual Pug may or may not be shown in photo.
Actual Pug may or may not be shown in photo.
(They have a lot of Pugs)

One of two Pugs being fostered by North Beach PAWS staff was later reported to be a perfect fit, and mutual love at first sight. Maggie the Pug was adopted from Harbor Rescue, and saved Christmas in time for one family. Her brother Max was adopted on Saturday.

Celebrate New Year’s Day with a hike at Lake Sylvia State park

MONTESANO, Wash. – The 3rd Annual “First Hike” will hit the Lake Sylvia trails at 1 P.M. this Wednesday. Remember to bring your Discover Pass for all day parking, or carpool to the 2.5-mile hike along Sylvia Creek in Montesano.

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Nice dogs on leashes are allowed, the event is sponsored by the Friends of Schafer and Lake Sylvia State Parks group.

“First Day Hikes are a great way for families and individuals to enjoy, appreciate and support their Washington state parks,” said Don Hoch, Washington State Parks director. “We’re thrilled to participate in this nationwide effort that encourages Americans to get outdoors from the very beginning of the new year. This is a way that families can create a new memorable New Year’s Day tradition.”

Hikes are Washington state parks are scheduled as follows. Participants of all ages are welcome, unless otherwise noted:

Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island: Discover winter flora and fauna on Camano Island, and enjoy views of Saratoga Passage during a 1.5-mile hike. Meet at the welcome center near the park entrance at 1 p.m. A free shuttle is available to return hikers to the Cama Beach State Park welcome center after the event.

Camano Island State Park on Camano Island: Hike on West Rim and Cross Island trails at 1 p.m. for a two-mile trek from Camano Island State Park to Cama Beach State Park. Meet at the Lowell Point kitchen shelter. A free shuttle is available to return hikers to Camano Island State Park after the event.

Deception Pass State Park in Oak Harbor: Participants have two hiking options at Deception Pass. Hike out to North Beach on Discovery Trail at 10 a.m. Then either return on the same trail for a two-mile hike, or continue to Goose Rock Trail for a view of Strawberry and Ben Ure islands on a three-mile trek. The hike starts at Cornet Bay Retreat Center; meet there at 10 a.m.

Ebey’s Landing State Park on Whidbey Island: Explore Bluff Trail at Ebey’s Landing State Park within the Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve. Meet at 10 a.m., at the picnic tables just beyond the parking lot on the way to the trailhead. Participants of all ages are welcome, though small children may need assistance. On-leash pets are allowed.

Fort Flagler State Park on Marrowstone Island: Hike a full two miles along Bluff Trail, or enjoy a shorter, ¾-mile walk that includes views of North Puget Sound and historic military structures. Meet at 1 p.m. in front of the park museum. On-leash pets are welcome. The park museum is open on New Year’s Day.

Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend: Take a stroll up Artillery Hill and walk through multiple coastal defense bunkers for a 1.5-mile hike. Meet at 12:30 p.m. at the “Memories Vault. Those unfamiliar with the park may wish to arrive 30 minutes early and ask for directions at the Coastal Artillery Museum, located next door to the park office. Children ages 10 years and older are welcome. Those who want to explore the bunkers are advised to take along a flashlight.

Goldendale Observatory State Park in Goldendale: This event starts with an evening hike, followed by a stargazing session in the Observatory, led by the park’s interpretive specialist. Meet at 6:30 p.m. in the state park parking lot. Pets on leash are welcome.

Lake Sylvia State Park in Montesano: Hike along Sylvia Creek/Forestry Trail while learning about area logging history, wildlife and plant life. Meet at 1 p.m., at the day-use area parking lot. On-leash pets are welcome.

Lake Wenatchee State Park near Leavenworth: Snowshoe on North Lake Loop for a one-mile excursion of moderate difficulty. Meet at 10 a.m. at the North Park Sno-Park. A Seasonal Sno-Park Permit and a Special Groomed Trail Permit – or a One-Day Sno-Park Permit and Discover Pass – are required for vehicle access to this event. Sno-Park permits are available for purchase online at parkswa.reachlocal.net/winter. Participants must be 10 years of age or older to participate. Please leave pets at home. Snowshoes are required.

Millersylvania State Park in Olympia: Walk or run 3.8 miles of fitness trails through Pacific Northwest old-growth forest. Meet at 9 a.m. at Kitchen Shelter 1. Participants are asked to leave pets at home for this one.

Mount Spokane State Park in Mead: Snowshoe along Trail 130 for a 2- to 4-mile, round-trip hike. Meet at 10 a.m. at the snowmobile parking lot. A Seasonal Sno-Park Permit and a Special Groomed Trail Permit or a One-Day Sno-Park Permit and a Discover Pass are required for vehicle access to the event. (Purchase Sno-Park permits online at parkswa.reachlocal.net/winter/) Snowshoes are required, and pets are allowed, as long as they are on leash.

Nolte State Park in Enumclaw: Explore the forested 1.25-mile-loop around Deep Lake at this 11 a.m. hike through the Green River Gorge. Meet at the state park parking lot. On-leash pets are welcome.

Riverside State Park in Spokane: Take the swing bridge over the Spokane River for a hike on the Bowl and Pitcher River Trail. Participants will see the unique basalt rock formations cut by the Spokane River known as the Bowl and Pitcher. Meet in the Bowl and Pitcher Swinging Bridge parking lot at 1 p.m. Participants should be prepared for any weather conditions; snowshoes may be required. Pets on leash are allowed.

Twanoh State Park on Hood Canal: See the interior of a Puget Sound coastal forest on a 2.25-mile hike. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the park office in the lower parking area. The trail may be muddy; boots or weather-proof shoes are recommended.

Wallace Falls State Park in Goldbar: Hike on Woody Trail to Middle Falls for a 2.3-mile journey to multiple waterfall viewpoints. Meet at 11 a.m. at the Wallace Falls Trailhead. Pets on leash are welcome.

For more information about specific First Day Hikes at Washington state parks, visit parkswa.reachlocal.net/events. The First Day Hikes program is part of the America’s State Parks First Day Hikes national initiative organized by the National Association of State Park Directors. The nationwide event first started at Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in Milton, Mass., more than 20 years ago. The National Association of State Park Directors and America’s State Parks strives to promote and advance the state park systems of American for their own significance, as well as for their important contributions to the nation’s environment, heritage, health and economy. For a second year in a row, all 50 state park systems are participating in the First Day Hikes program. For more information about hikes across the country, visit www.americasstateparks.org.

Stay connected to your state parks by following Washington State Parks at www.facebook.com/WashingtonStateParks, www.twitter.com/WAStatePks, www.youtube.com/WashingtonStateParks and www.foursquare.com/WAStatePks. Share your favorite state park adventure on the State Parks’ blog site at www.AdventureAwaits.com.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit discoverpass.reachlocal.net.