Grays Harbor County Commissioners choose not to submit stance on crude by rail

The County Commissioners yesterday decided not to weigh in on the current scoping of two projects that seek to export crude oil through Grays Harbor. Cosmopolis Mayor Vickie Raines advised the commissioners against adopting a resolution “I think at this particular time we don’t have all the information that is necessary to be making a judgment call and passing a resolution on something that is more interstate.” The proposed resolution also called on updates to the county’s incident response plans, Commissioner Wes Cormier said it was just too specific. “I went through this and you know one of the points says that railroad company restriction of petroleum transport through Grays Harbor County and then section 2 weighs in heavily on phasing out older model tank cars. I don’t know much about this type of thing. Like I said I wouldn’t mind sending a more general letter, in support of safety, given that we have had 3 derailments. Commissioner Frank Gordon said he’d like to call for a moratorium on the trains, but said the best they could do was urge the state and federal authorities to tighten restrictions. The next commissioners meeting will be after the deadline for public comment on the scoping phase of two projects proposed to export crude oil from Hoquiam terminals.

Results of retail marijuana store license lottery announced

The Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) today posted the results of marijuana retail store lotteries on the public records section of its website. Earlier this week applicants were notified of their standing on each ranked-ordered list produced by 75 lotteries. =&0=& The independent, double-blind process took place April 21-25, 2014, and produced ordered lists of applicants that the agency will use to continue its retail licensing process. If an applicant is within the maximum allotted number of stores allotted for that jurisdiction but fails to pass the licensing process, the WSCLB will withdraw the application and move to the next license application on the list.

Jurisdictions Requiring a Lottery
1,174 applicants were included in the lottery

o    75 jurisdictions required a lottery o    47 jurisdictions did not require a lottery

The agency contracted with the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center of Washington State University and

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Washington Attorney General warns of scams targeting Washington State Employees Credit Union members

The fraudsters are at it again. Members and non-members have reported receiving texts that appeared to come from Washington State Employees

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State disciplines health care providers

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in our state.

The department’s Health Systems Quality

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State revokes, suspends licenses, certifications, registrations of health care providers

OLYMPIA ¾ The Washington State Department of Health has revoked

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Local projects among 70 statewide, proposed $202 million in loans/grants to protect Washington waters

The Washington Department of Ecology proposes to spend $202 million in dedicated grants and loans to help pay for 70 local projects across the state to protect the health of Washington waters. Included is a low interest loan for a new waste water collection system in the Oyehut/Illahee area that will eliminate 130 existing on-site sewage systems, as well as a loan to replace the outfall diffuser at the City of Aberdeen’s waste water treatment plant. There is also a proposed loan to complete the Shelton Basin 3 Sewer Rehabilitation Construction Project.The funding is contingent on a final state supplemental budget and final federal appropriations. It becomes available at the start of the state’s next fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014.   State financial managers calculate that 11 jobs in Washington are created for every $1 million spent for construction and design funding. That would make this proposed round of funding support more than 2,200 jobs. Over half of these are likely to be local construction jobs.   The funding will be directed to water protection on agricultural lands; upgrades and expansions of sewer plants and collection systems; septic system improvements; water protection and cleanup projects; efforts to manage stormwater; streamside restoration projects; and more.   Here are highlights of the proposed funding:   Port Angeles, Spokane, and King County are proposed to receive $62 million in Revolving Fund loans to correct combined sewer overflows (CSOs). CSOs are discharges of untreated sewage that overflow directly to nearby streams, lakes, and harbors when wastewater collection systems are overloaded by large stormwater flows.   Ecology proposes $1.1 million in grants for projects on both sides of the Cascades to protect clean water on agricultural lands. Of this funding:

The Palouse Rock Lake Conservation District proposes to enhance streamside areas of the

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