Razor clam digs approved to start May 13, tentative dates listed through June 1

OLYMPIA – Clam diggers hoping for a few late-season razor clam digs on Washington beaches will have plenty of options to consider. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW

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Hoquiam City Council split 6-6, declines Marijuana zoning ordinance

The clouds almost parted over Hoquiam’s moratorium on marijuana businesses last night, as the city council adopted their revised zoning ordinance that would have allowed state licensed stores in some areas on a close 7-5 vote. But then they rejected revisions to their business licensing ordinance voting 6-6 against it – making it briefly legal to locate a store in some zones, but illegal to get a business license for a marijuana business. Mayor Jack Durney said after that vote “OK friends we’ll think about that huh? Kind of a contradiction in terms if we change our zoning but then we say we’re not going to license them.” City Attorney Steven Johnson explained “Our ordinance says that we cannot issue a business license if it violates federal law. By not passing this [and passing the other] they’re legally zoned, but we can’t issue a business license.” After councilwoman Kay Diehm said she was unclear on the issue, the council reconsidered the original vote and failed to pass it’s marijuana zoning ordinance 6-6 against. It took Mayor Durney to break that same tie on another vote to send the ordinance back to the public works committee “I don’t think we should have a moral discussion about this at this point. I think we need to deal with what the public has told us to do.” The council will revisit the same ordinance, with one line omitted that would have made medical marijuana collective gardens not only illegal in city limits, but also a public nuisance and subject to abatement by the city. Councilman Paul McMillan said the change wouldn’t sway his opinion on the matter, and felt that Hoquiam should wait for Colorado to pioneer the issue before challenging federal law. Councils John Pellegrini, Kay Diehm, Greg Grund, Paul McMillan, Darrin Moir and Bill Nelson all voted against allowing recreational marijuana businesses in Hoquiam.

Morning razor clam digs continue this week at Long Beach and Twin Harbors, more digs possible mid-May

Morning razor clam digs continue on the Long Beach and Twin Harbors beaches through Sunday, with a 3-day dig approved on Mocrocks beach May 2nd through the 4th.

WDFW

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Coast Guard, Grays Harbor emergency response crews rescue injured surfer from jetty

WESTPORT, Wash. – A Coast Guard Air Station Astoria helicopter crew rescued an injured surfer from the Grays Harbor, Wash., south jetty Saturday.

The Coast Guard Sector Columbia River

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Traffic Resumes Friday Morning After Grays Harbor Transit Collides With Semi

ABERDEEN, Wash. - A Semi and a Grays Harbor Transit collided this morning at the intersection of Heron and H street, On-Scene officers tell us it appears the semi truck driver could not stop for the flashing red light in time and was in the intersection when the Grays Harbor transit, travelling Eastbound on Heron street, collided with the front of the semi. The transit bus then veered into the parking area by the Olympic Candy Factory building, colliding with the building, doing significant damage to both the bus and the building.

The Aberdeen Fire Department tells KBKW that two passengers were on the bus at the time, one passenger and the driver of the bus were transported to Community Hospital with minor injuries, the bus driver may have a broken arm, the second passenger, and driver of the semi were both determined OK at the scene, the driver was cited for failure to stop at the stoplight.

Traffic resumes on H and Heron in downtown Aberdeen this morning, the semi truck has been towed to the nearby empty lot, the Transit bus remains at the scene.

The semi is totalled, the bus sustained $50,000 in damages and may be totalled, the building sustained $20,000 in damages.

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“Drive Hammered, Get Nailed” Program Returns to Grays Harbor County

Grays Harbor County -Between August 14 and September 7 extra DUI patrols will traverse Grays Harbor County roadways in search of impaired drivers.

Participating in this summer’s Drive Hammered, Get Nailed enforcement campaign are the Aberdeen, Cosmopolis, Elma, Hoquiam, McCleary, Montesano and Ocean Shores Police Departments, the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol, with the support of the Grays Harbor Target Zero Traffic Safety Task Force.

There are numerous myths surrounding impaired driving, chief of which is that one must have consumed alcohol in order to be arrested for DUI. Drivers can become impaired by the use of illegal, prescription, and even over-the-counter drugs, or some combination of these, with or without the presence of alcohol.