SR410 SR123 pass closures

Chinook and Cayuse passes close for the season

Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews made the decision on November 24th, to close Chinook and Cayuse passes for the season. WSDOT determined the avalanche risk is too great to allow traffic to safely cross State Route 410/Chinook Pass and SR 123/Cayuse Pass. In addition, the National Park Service expressed concern about debris and […]

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  • Cantwell speaks on CBR

    Bipartisan Tsunami Bill Unanimously Passes Senate, Strengthens Coastal Disaster Preparedness

    U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), and Brian Schatz (D-HI) announced their tsunami detection and warning systems legislation unanimously passed the Senate. The bill reauthorizes and enhances tsunami preparedness and increases investment in research to protect coastal communities. The Tsunami Warning, Education and Research Act of 2015 would strengthen the National Oceanic and […]

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  • Nirvana among 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – Local band Nirvana has been elected into the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. New inductees were announced last night, and include Cat Stevens, Hall and Oats, Kiss, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Andrew Loog Oldham, Brian Epstein, and The E Street Band.
    Their website, says artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. Criteria include the influence and significance of the artists’ contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll.
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  • Aberdeen School District to Honor 19 Retiring Employees

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – A reception honoring a principal, 10 teachers and eight members of the support staff who are retiring from the Aberdeen School District is set for 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, in the Commons at Aberdeen High School.
    Community members, family, friends and students, both past and present, are invited to stop by as the district thanks the retirees for their years of service to our community.
    The reception is co-hosted by the Aberdeen School District and the Aberdeen Education Association.
    “I have been honored these past two years to work with the fine staff members who are retiring this year in the Aberdeen School District,” Superintendent Thomas Opstad said. “They have given much to our schools and the community, and we wish them the very best in their retirement.”
    “I look at this list and we have a huge hole to fill,” Joan Lesman, president of the Aberdeen Education Association, said. “There are hundreds of years of experience here. We might be able to fill their positions, but we are not going to be able to replace them.”
    The high schools, in particular, are saying good-bye to a wealth of institutional knowledge, Mrs. Lesman observed. “But again, when I look at the whole list – all of these people have given so much,” she said. “Our community is so much better for having them. They’ve dedicated their lives to making Aberdeen a better place and I am so grateful.”

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  • Preschool and Kindergarten Registration Opens Soon for Aberdeen

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – Aberdeen School District preschool and kindergarten registration will begin April 19, 2011, at all elementary schools.  Parents of preschool students may also register at the Hopkins Preschool Office.  Preschool and kindergarten classes are available to all Aberdeen School District families.


                Parents should be sure to bring their child’s birth certificate and immunization records.  Registration will take place during regular school hours.


                Preschool offers several options for four-year-old children born on or before August 31, 2007.  Options include two half-days per week at no cost, an additional two half-days with tuition of $50 per month or four half-days at no cost for families that qualify by income.


                Kindergarten is available for five-year-old children born on or before August 31, 2006. Classes are located at Central Park (538-2170), Stevens (538-2150), McDermoth (538-2120), Robert Gray (538-2140), and A. J. West (538-2130).


                Parents who are unsure about where their child should attend, or who have other questions, please call your neighborhood school or Hopkins Preschool (538-2190).

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  • Hoquiam Farmers Market News

    Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved to lie in bed listening to the wind & rain.  The phrase ‘snug as a bug in a rug” applied perfectly as I wrapped my quilt a little closer.  It never occurred to me to worry about the roof blowing away or trees falling down.  I was safe and loved.  My quilt was made just for me by my Grandma Bennett, a flashlight was hidden under the covers ( I always read a book, thinking I was being sneaky, but the flashlight mysteriously appeared on the bed stand in the morning).  I still revel in the snugness of my cozy bed on a stormy night!
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  • Time to trade those sunglasses and sandals for ice scrapers and chains

    OLYMPIA – As state highway crews shift into winter gear, they have a few words of advice for drivers: be prepared and slow down.

    Those simple words of wisdom could be the difference between a long wait on the highway or more time for family and fun.

    “The last thing we want to do is see a car in the ditch,” said Mike Krahenbuhl, maintenance supervisor on Interstate 90 at Hyak. “That usually means the driver was going too fast or had to avoid someone else going too fast.”

    Krahenbuhl has spent more than 40 years clearing snow and ice from Washington’s roadways. He said it takes just one person driving too fast or forgetting to prepare their vehicle for cold weather to cause a chain-reaction collision.

    And it’s not just in the mountains, said Monty Mills, snow and ice program manager for the Washington State Department of Transportation.

    “Prepare your car and prepare yourself for the conditions you will be driving into,” said Mills. “When the temperature drops, drivers all over the state need to be ready. We’re working to keep the highways open but need drivers’ help.”

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  • Anglers Enjoy Big Trout, Nice Weather on Opening Day of Lowland Lakes Season

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – Good weather and big trout helped to boost catch rates on opening day of this year’s lowland lakes fishing season.

    Based on creel checks conducted at 112 lakes around the state, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) estimates that anglers caught an average of 3.99 trout on opening day Saturday, April 28.

    The weather was good and so was the fishing, we saw a lot of limits taken at lakes around the state. – Chris Donley, WDFW’s Inland Fish manager

    For most lakes, the daily limit is five fish. Donley said the 5,129 anglers contacted by WDFW on opening day retained an average of 2.6 trout – up from 2.3 fish in recent years. The rest were released.

    One reason for the higher retention rate may be that three million of the “catchable-size” trout WDFW planted before the opener averaged 11-13 inches, about a third larger than before. Many lakes were also stocked with thousands of triploids, broodstock and other large trout weighing up to 11 pounds apiece.

    Lots of folks noticed those larger fish, with bigger fish and cool but sunny weather, it was all in all a good opener. – Mark Downen, a WDFW fish biologist for Mason and Kitsap counties
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  • Meetings scheduled to discuss fishery management on 13 lakes with loons

    OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will hold two public meetings later this month to discuss proposed fishery-management alternatives on 13 Washington lakes where common loons nest.

    The meetings are scheduled on:

    July 27 – From 6-8 p.m., at the WDFW Eastern Regional Office, 2315 N. Discovery Place, in Spokane Valley.
    July 29 – From 6-8 p.m. at the WDFW North Puget Sound Regional Office, 16018 Mill Creek Blvd., in Mill Creek.

    During the meetings, WDFW staff will explain fishery-management alternatives developed with an 11-member ad hoc citizen advisory group. The alternatives are expected to include options ranging from status quo to prohibiting the use of small lead fishing tackle in recreational fisheries on lakes with loons, said John Whalen, regional fish program manager for WDFW.

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