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Ocean Shores baiting their hook for the Northwest Outdoor Adventure Expo

Ocean Shores

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.

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Grays Harbor PUD reports total power outages down in 2013

Grays Harbor PUD

ABERDEEN – The Grays Harbor Public Utility District power infrastructure performed admirably in 2013. Working against recent trends, the total number of power outages and total number of customer hours without power were down in 2013, according to a report presented to the PUD commissioners on Tuesday.

“This is great news for the district and our customers,” said PUD Board President Russ Skolrood. “Having a reliable system is of the utmost importance and there are still improvements that can be made, but I am proud of the advances made by our maintenance crews in 2013.”

2013 saw PUD crews respond to 563 total outages, which is 11 percent lower than the five-year average and well below the 2012 total of 731. Those outages left customers without power for a total of 154,092 hours – 14 percent below the five-year average. September was the busiest month for PUD crews with 101 outages, while system burnouts (line fuse, transformer fuse or failed conductor) were the leading causes of outages with 87. Scheduled outages had the biggest impact on customer hours (53,045).

Weather related outages made up a large portion of the 2013 totals, with 49 outages attributed to broken or fallen trees, 35 attributed to lightning strikes, 24 attributed to storms and 19 attributed to wind.

“There are some power outages we can work to avoid through tree trimming and vegetation management,” said Skolrood. “Moving forward we will review these causes to ensure that we are improving data for tree trimming and asset management to build on system reliability.”

Some stations throughout the system were more impacted than others. The Montesano station suffered the highest number of outages with 68. Ocean Shores suffered 67, the Elma 12-Kv station had 64 outages and the Cedarville station reported 59.

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High Wind Watch in effect for the coast Saturday afternoon

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The National Weather Service In Seattle Has Issued A High Wind Watch…Which Is In Effect From Saturday Afternoon Through Late Saturday Night.

Note: The image may not reflect the current alert state for your county due to a several minute delay between the issuance of the alert and the map processing.

• Wind…Southerly 30 To 40 Mph With Gusts To 65 Mph Possible Saturday Afternoon And Night.
• Some Affected Locations…Westport…Ocean Shores…Hoquiam… Forks…And La Push.
• Timing…Very Strong…Possibly Damaging…Winds Are Expected To Develop Saturday Afternoon…With The Highest Speeds Anticipated Late In The Day Saturday Or Early Saturday Evening.
• Impacts…High Winds Can Down Trees And Power Lines As Well As Damage Property And Cause Power Outages.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions…

A High Wind Watch Means There Is The Potential For A Damaging Wind Event. Sustained Winds Of At Least 40 Mph And/Or Gusts Of 58 Mph Or Stronger May Occur.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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