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Five years later Roanoke Conference in Ocean Shores continues to thrive

Roanoke Conference 2013

Ocean Shores, Washington – For the fifth year in a row right-leaning elected officials, young professionals, campaign operatives, policy advisers and grassroots activists will gather in Ocean Shores for 2014 Roanoke Conference. Organizers tell us early registration numbers are on track to beat 2013’s record-breaking conference which boasted over 500 participants.

“I’m pleasantly surprised by the initial registration numbers this year,” said Board President Don Skillman. “We’ve managed to create something really unique and fun with the Roanoke Conference. It’s a great combination of networking, policy discussions and civil political debate. There’s no other event like it in Washington state.”

This year’s program will include a keynote speech by North Carolina Congresswoman Renee Ellmers. Ellmers has taken a prominent role in uncovering the incompetence surrounding the national health insurance exchange website. Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellsperman, a key player in her state’s “right-to-work” reform effort, is scheduled to give the Friday night welcome address.

“This year’s the conference has a running theme of ‘Women Making a Leadership Difference,’” said Lisa Shin, Vice President of the Board. “Cultivating strong women leaders — like Secretary of State Kim Wyman and Congresswomen Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Jaime Herrera Beutler — is not only important to conservative-leaning groups, but also to our state. I’m really looking forward to the discussion and where it leads us after the conference.”

The conference will begin Friday evening at the Ocean Shores Conference Center and will continue with a variety of events through Sunday. Events include two evening programs, issue floor debates, and several panels featuring local elected officials, community leaders and activists. An agenda can be found at RoanokeConference.org/agenda.

Reporters planning to attend are encouraged to register with Brad Harwood at [email protected] Only credentialed press will be admitted into the conference floor. Reporters who want to speak with a Roanoke Conference spokesperson, but are unable to attend, may call (206) 915-7067.

The original concept for the Roanoke Conference was hatched as all good ideas should be – between close friends who share a passion for politics. Their idea: To create a retreat-like atmosphere in which the up and coming generation of people passionate and interested in public policy and politics could form bonds that might knit together frayed coalitions in a dominantly “blue” state. Thanks to steady attendance growth and a fun atmosphere, The Seattle Times has dubbed Roanoke the “must-attend event for … Republican leaders” in Washington State. For more information visit: RoanokeConference.org.

Variety of weather hazards likely to affect western Washington through Saturday night


Two strong and fast moving frontal systems will move across Western Washington tonight and early Saturday morning. These fronts will be followed by a period of strong westerly flow to the south of a storm system moving into British Columbia Saturday afternoon and Saturday night. There is a threat of strong winds, heavy rainfall, minor flooding on more flood-prone rivers, heavy mountain snowfall, and coastal flooding over portions of the area tonight through Saturday night.


1. A High Wind Watch is in effect for tonight through Saturday for the north and central Washington coast and for the Admiralty Inlet area.

2. A winter storm watch is in effect late tonight through Saturday night for the Cascades and Olympics above 2000 feet.

3. A flood watch is in effect for Mason, Snohomish, King and Pierce counties late tonight through late Saturday night.

4. A coastal flood watch is in effect for the north and central Washington coast Saturday afternoon through late Saturday night.

Chuck Wallace with the Grays Harbor Emergency Management agency tells us some of the watches may be converted to Warnings or Advisories during the day on Friday, so keep a close eye on latest forecast updates from the National Weather Service.


1. Concerning the threat of strong wind: South winds will increase tonight across all of western Washington and will turn to the west on Saturday. Across most of the lowland areas, winds are expected to range from 20 to 35 mph with gusts to 50 mph. Damaging winds to 40 mph with gusts to 55 mph, from both the south and the west, are possible on the coast and around the Admiralty Inlet area.

2. Concerning the threat of heavy rainfall and possible flooding: Rain will develop today and will become heavy at times tonight through early Saturday. The snow level in the mountains will increase from around 3500 feet to over 6000 feet tonight then will fall back to 3000 feet on Saturday. During the warmer period tonight, rainfall amounts of 4-6 inches are likely in the Olympics and 3-5 inches in the Cascades. This amount of rain will cause rapid rises on area rivers, and more flood prone rivers like the Skokomish, Stillaguamish, Tolt, and Puyallup could see minor flooding late tonight into Saturday or Saturday night.

3. Concerning the threat of heavy mountain snow: Precipitation in the mountains above about 3000 or 3500 feet will begin as snow today. Snow levels will rapidly rise to 5000 feet in the northern Cascades and to around 6500 feet in the central Cascades and Olympics. Snow levels will fall back to 3000 feet on Saturday and 2000 feet Saturday night. Five to ten inches of snow are likely Saturday with another foot on Saturday night. The mountain snow will be accompanied by windy conditions. It will be particularly windy on exposed mountain ridges in the back country.

4. Concerning coastal flooding: An area of storm force winds offshore will produce 25 to 30 foot waves that will move onto the Washington coast Saturday afternoon and Saturday night. While tides are expected to be relatively low during the large wave event, there is a potential that large and energetic waves will give some flooding to low-lying coastal communities like Westport, portions of Ocean Shores, and La Push. The large waves will produce dangerous surf and beach erosion.


Concerning strong wind: confidence is high that very windy conditions will develop across the area. Confidence in the potential for damaging wind on the coast and in the Admiralty Inlet Area tonight and Saturday is slightly lower. If a weaker low, as forecast by some forecast models, tracks north of Vancouver Island, it will get windy but the wind speeds will remain below 40 mph.

Concerning heavy rain: Confidence is high that around 4 inches of rain will fall tonight into early Saturday in the Olympics and up to 3 inches will fall in the Cascades. If the air mass remains cooler over the northern Cascades, minor flooding will be less likely north of King County. If rainfall amounts overnight are higher, some rivers could see moderate flooding.

Concerning heavy mountain snow: Confidence is high that a period of heavy snow will occur in the Cascades Saturday afternoon and Saturday night. The confidence of heavy snowfall in the Olympics around Hurricane Ridge is lower. If the air mass remains slightly cooler tonight in the northern Cascades than what is currently expected, there is a threat of heavy snowfall around Mount Baker tonight in addition to the heavy snowfall Saturday and Saturday night.

4. Concerning coastal flooding: At this time it appears that the highest threat of big waves hitting the coastline is late Saturday afternoon and Saturday night during a period of lower tides. There is a risk that the offshore storm will be stronger and farther south than currently expected, waves will move in a few hours sooner, and that waves will be bigger than currently expected. If this occurs, the threat of coastal flooding in low lying beach communities will be higher.

Coastal Flood Watch & High Wind Watch issued for Western Washington

Grays Harbor Emergency Management is urging all residents be prepared for possible power outages due to downed tree limbs and power lines during two significant weather events approaching Friday and Saturday night.  Please DO NOT venture near downed tree limbs and power lines. DO NOT operate a portable generator indoors or near open windows or doors. Use extreme caution while driving since heavy rain will be associated with the storms. Roadway flooding could occur making driving extremely hazardous.

*** Coastal Flood Watch ***

The National Weather Service in Seattle has Issued a Coastal Flood Watch, Which is in effect from Saturday Afternoon Through Late Saturday Night.
* Waves, Large Swell of 26 to 29 Feet are Forecast to reach the coast Saturday night. The Largest Waves will Arrive Between 4 Pm
Saturday and 4am Sunday
* Impacts, Waves of this size Can Overtop Levees and Cause Local Flooding Problems. The towns of Ocean Shores and Westport Are most at risk of Coastal Flooding.
* Time and Height of High Tide, the Largest Waves are Forecast to Arrive During a Period or Relatively Low Tides. The Highest High Tides are Predicted to Occur at Westport at 853am Saturday And 944am Sunday, and the High Tides are Predicted to be around 9 Feet. However During the Time of Big Waves the Tides Are Forecast to be 7 Feet or Lower. Sea Level Pressure will Be Rising During this Period and the Tidal Anomaly is Forecast to be Minimal. The Upshot is That Tides will Not Contribute Much to Any Coastal Flooding, the Main effect will be from the Giant Waves Themselves.

Precautionary/preparedness Actions

A Coastal Flood Watch Means Flooding or Beach Erosion will Occur if Weather Conditions Develop As Predicted. Residents and Local Officials Should Monitor the Situation Closely and be Prepared to Take Appropriate Action if a Warning is Issued.



*** High Wind Watch ***


The National Weather Service in Seattle has Issued a High Wind Watch, Which is in effect from Friday Evening Through Saturday Afternoon.


* Some Affected Locations, the North and Central Washington Coast Including Westport, Ocean Shores, La Push and Neah Bay.


* Timing, a Strong Frontal System will Move Through the Coast Friday Night and a Strong Low Pressure Trough will Move Through the Coast on Saturday.


* Wind, South Wind 20 to 40 MPH with Gusts to 50 MPH Friday Night will Turn to Westerly Saturday Afternoon. There is a Chance Of Strong damaging winds.


* Impacts, Downed Trees and Power Outages are Possible.

Robber caught 3 blocks away from Bank of The Pacific in Ocean Shores

A man walked into the Bank of the Pacific in Ocean Shores this afternoon and handed the teller a note that said he wanted all of the $100 bills, or he was going to “blow the place sky high.
Deputy Police Chief Russ Fitz tells KBKW the 23 year old Ocean Shores man walked out of the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash around 4:30 Wednesday afternoon. He walked about three blocks down the road to Point Brown Avenue where he surrendered to Officer Chris Iversen, and is now held on bank robbery charges. The man was later transported to the Grays Harbor County Jail and booked for Robbery 1st Degree.

Cosmopolis police replace stolen present, with support from friends

COSMOPOLIS, Wash. – A Cosmopolis police officer did more than just file a report over the holidays when a child’s Christmas present was stolen from their carport overnight. Deputy Chief Heath Layman tells us the boy was still wearing his helmet when they arrived to file a report on the stolen bicycle.
Knowing there was little hope to find the bike, Layman turned to his friends list on Facebook. Within about 20 minutes he said he had more than enough for a new bike, helmet, and heavy duty bike lock from friends and family -mostly local firefighters and fellow officers.
Cosi police delivered the bike to a very gracious family, and hung around long enough to help them write down the serial numbers for future reference. Layman thanked Cosmopolis Volunteer Firefighters, as well as off-duty Ocean Shores officer Chris Iverson who helped to deliver the bike.

Missing person found safe in Ocean Shores

OCEAN SHORES, Wash. – An 85 year old man with dimentia was found early this morning after he apparently wandered from his Ocean Shores condo overnight. Sergeant Grossi with the OSPD tells us he was discovered missing at around 5 this morning, although his family was unsure of when he left overnight with the dog. Officers found the man at another condo complex about a 1/4 mile North of his rental just before 7 this morning. He was cold and disoriented but otherwise unharmed and returned to his family.

GH PUD plans power outage in Ocean Shores November 7th

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Grays Harbor PUD will be conducting a planned outage on Thursday, November 7, 2013 from 10:00p.m. The outage is expected to last approximately 10 hours, and is necessary for system repairs to improve reliability.
Customers that will be affected are those located in Ocean Shores from the intersection of SR109 and SR115 to the south. Residents in Hogan’s Corner will not be affected.
In preparation for this outage, we recommend you take precautions with any electronic equipment such as computers, televisions, and microwaves by unplugging those items. You should leave them disconnected until after the power has been fully restored.

In addition, customers are advised that the length of the outage is an estimate and power could be restored at any time. For that reason, it is not safe to make repairs to your electrical system without having the power disconnected at your specific location.

Ocean Shores among town hall meetings with US Representative Derek Klimer

PORT ANGELES, Wash. – US Representative Derek Kilmer today announced that he will be holding three town halls around the region over the next several weeks. He’ll be in Sequim on Friday, Purdy on Monday, and at the Ocean Shores Elementary School on Friday November 8th.

Sequim Town Hall
Friday, November 1, 2013 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Guy Cole Convention Center
202 N Blake Ave. Sequim, WA 98382

Purdy Town Hall
Monday, November 4, 2013 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Peninsula High School Auditorium
14105 Purdy Dr. NW Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Grays Harbor Town Hall
Friday, November 8, 2013 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Ocean Shores Elementary School
300 Mt. Olympus Ave Ocean Shores, WA 95869

Doors open a half hour before the start of each town hall.

United Way announces distributions sites for Coat & Blanket Drive

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Community Distribution Sites for the 2013 Coat & Blanket Drive by the United Way/Les Schwab will open on Nov 5. All locations will be open Tuesday, November 5th from 10 am – 3:00 pm. Families, children and individuals in need are welcome to go to the following locations to get a coat or blanket at no charge while supplies last. 


Harbor City Church

1700 Cherry Street


Hoquiam Library

420 7th St


Simpson School, RM #22

519 W Simpson Ave


Elma Senior Center

100 W Main St

Ocean Shores

Church of Latter Day Saints

228 Albatross St


South Beach Fire & EMS

170 W Spokane St


United Way is working directly with elementary schools in our area to deliver coats and new tennis shoes to  the demand is overwhelming as many children are wearing shoes that no longer fit or are so worn that their feet are getting soaked.  We are still looking to fill those school ‘wish lists’. We will need 200 children’s coats and almost 300 pairs of new children’s tennis shoes to meet the need.


Donations are being accepted until Oct 31, there are boxes at many participating merchants including all Les Schwab, Dennis Company, Anchor Bank and Timberland Bank locations, Jodesha Broadcasting, Grays Harbor Radio and the Daily World .

For more information or to make a cash donation call United Way at 360.532.6260

5th Annual Non Profit Leadership Conference in Ocean Shores

“Many of these non-profits are small, all-volunteer organizations that are trying to go good in our communities, with little or no training and few if any resources,” according to Jim Daly, Executive Director of the Grays Harbor Community Foundation. “We have teamed with other funders and sponsors such as the South Puget Sound Community Foundation, United Way of Grays Harbor & Pacific Counties, OrgSupport LLC. to fund the conference to reduce costs and in-kind donations by local companies like Ace Hardware, Safeway, Top Foods and Anchor Bank help make it affordable.”

The team has worked hard to involve many of the Pacific-Northwest leaders is philanthropy, such as: Medina Foundation, Ben B. Cheney Foundation, and USDA Rural Development, as well as several professional consultants, the partners, and others. The schedule is set up to provide access for all to something interesting during the entire two days. There will also be many opportunities to network and have one-on-one conversations with experts in the field. Light breakfasts and Tuesday’s lunch are included, plus a wine and cheese social that allows participants a chance to informally network.

For the third year in a row there will be a grant awarded to a non-profit present at the conference. $1,000 will be presented to the winning application, and all applications will be used to guide a discussion on what to do and what not to do when writing and submitting grants. Applications must be submitted prior to the conference so that a panel may read and offer feedback during the session. The public discussion will take place during lunch on Tuesday and there will be time afterwards for organizations to discuss their individual grants with the panel of judges. Application guidelines and materials are available on the website www.nonprofitleaders.info or by e-mailing [email protected]

There will be a special dinner session on Monday evening available for an additional fee that aims to include Board Members in learning and networking. Ken Ristine from the Ben B. Cheney Foundation and Dave Coleman, now of BoardTrek Consulting and formerly of the M.J. Murdoch Trust will be covering Board Governance during the dinner session.

“We recognize that in these difficult economic times many local Non Profits have been pushed to their breaking point” noted Cassie Lentz, Program Officer for the Grays Harbor Community Foundation. “This is a great way to find that new, innovative idea or hone grant writing skills, and also to get your Board Members involved and let them see what’s happening behind the scenes”.

Daly says: “Working through or supporting other non-profit organizations helps the Grays Harbor Community Foundation accomplish their mission: “To improve the quality of life in the communities throughout Grays Harbor County.”

For the full program schedule or registration contact: Conference Coordinator, P.O. Box 852, Ocean Shores, WA 98569, call 360-289-1211, check out Nonprofit Leaders Conference for Coastal and SW WA on Facebook or visit www.nonprofitleaders.info.