Several local schools to receive Washington Achievement Award for 3-year growth

Hoquiam High School has received an award from the state for their growth in reading, School Superintendent Mike Parker says “Just recently I was notified that the High School is one of only 5% of schools across the state to receive a very prestigious Washington Achievement Award for the work that they’ve don in improving reading scores at the High School.”

Also being recognized for High Progress is Stevens Elementary in Aberdeen, and Beacon Avenue and Simpson Avenue elementary in Montesano.

Pacific Beach Elementary was recognized for both High Progress, and Math Growth, also recognized for their growth in Math was Cosmopolis Elementary and North River School.

The growth is measured by the State Superintendant’s office over a 3-year period. The schools will be recognized at a ceremony on Saturday April 24th in Olympia.

2013 Washington Achievement Awards

WDFW asks public’s help to generate leads in shooting of radio-collared wolf

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WFDW) is seeking the public’s help to identify the person or persons responsible for shooting and killing a gray wolf last month in Stevens County.


A 2-year-old black female wolf from the Smackout Pack was found dead Feb. 9 near Cedar Lake in northeast Stevens County. The condition of the carcass indicated it had died between Feb. 5 and Feb. 7, and a veterinarian’s examination confirmed it had been shot.


Wildlife managers had captured the wolf about a year ago and fitted it with a radio collar so they could track its movements and those of her pack members.


WDFW, with the help of three non-profit organizations, is offering a reward of up to $22,500 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.  Conservation Northwest, the Center for Biological Diversity, and The Humane Society of the United States, have each pledged $7,500 to create the reward.


Gray wolves are protected throughout the state.  WDFW is responsible for management of wolves and enforcement of laws to protect them. The illegal killing of a wolf or other endangered fish or wildlife species is a gross misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.


Sergeant Pam Taylor of the WDFW Northeast Washington Region is leading the investigation.  She urged people with knowledge of the crime to report it confidentially by calling WDFW’s poaching hotline, 877-933-9847, or by texting a tip to 847411.

Senate Democrats sign Cost of Living bill for teachers

OLYMPIA – Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens and Sen. Brian Hatfield, D-Raymond, today released the following statement on their co-sponsorship of a Senate bill signed by all 22 members of the Democratic caucus allowing cost of living allowance (COLA) raises for Washington state teachers:


“For the past two years, we have been talking about the importance of our education system and the need to meet our obligation to fully fund K-12 education.  With the recent Supreme Court decision, it’s time we meet our obligation to our citizens and fulfill their desire to see our teachers paid like the hardworking professionals that they are.


“With the economy turning around and the positive news of the 777X contract it’s time now to give the teachers a COLA increase.


“Teachers are some of the hardest workers in our state.  Yet increasingly, they are being asked to do more with less or, in this case, do more for less.  It’s time we reverse this trend, listen to the people of Washington, and pay the men and women charged with broadening and enlightening our children’s minds the salaries they deserve.


“We are grateful that this bill has received the support of all 22 members of the Democratic Caucus and invite all members of the Senate to join us in showing Washington’s teachers that we appreciate their hard work and dedication.”

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.


Time to trade those sunglasses and sandals for ice scrapers and chains

WSDOT asks drivers to always “know before you go” and get the most recent roadway information, winter-driving tips, car-preparation advice and information on the department’s winter driving Web page.

Here’s what drivers can do to prepare for wintry roadway conditions:

  • Download, print and carry the WSDOT Winter Driving Guide.
  • Download the WSDOT mobile app for smartphones.
  • Sign up for news and social media tools, such as Twitter at
  • Get your car ready and plan extra time to cross all mountain passes, including heavily-traveled routes such as Snoqualmie Pass, Stevens Pass and White Pass.
  • Carry chains and know current traction and chain requirements. Mountain-pass traction and chain requirements are available on the WSDOT website, highway advisory signs and highway advisory radio.
  • Preset 530 AM and 1610 AM on your vehicle’s radio before traveling.

Some vehicle manufacturers recommend against the use of tire chains. The Washington State Patrol provides a list of approved, alternative traction devices that are acceptable when chains or traction tires are required.

Studded tires are legal for use only between Nov. 1 and March 31 in Washington state. Motorists are encouraged to visit a tire dealer to learn more about tires that provide traction and are legal for year-round use.

The WSP also reminds all drivers and freight haulers that state law requires commercial vehicles and combinations of vehicles more than 10,000 pounds (GVW) rating to carry sufficient tire chains between Nov. 1 and April 1, including some larger passenger trucks, SUVs, recreational vehicles and trucks hauling trailers. Failing to carry chains could lead to a $124 fine for heavy-truck drivers.

When highway advisories call for chains, drivers who don’t chain up will face a $500 penalty. The WSP will have a special chain-emphasis patrol to ensure drivers are carrying the appropriate number of chains, including spares. 

Aberdeen School District to Honor 19 Retiring Employees

The retirees are listed below.

Aberdeen High School: Anne Bennett, English; William “Doc” Carter, English; Patricia King, special education; Greg Pier, history; Pat Wilhelms, choral music, and June Moore, Counseling Center secretary.
Harbor High School: Elizabeth Wheeler, special education teacher, and Alice Whittaker, career and technical education teacher.
A.J. West Elementary School: Bill O’Donnell, principal; Bonnie Bouch, office coordinator; Ruth Braack, cook, and Shari Maki, para-educator.
McDermoth Elementary School: Sue Ann Durney, Title I teacher; Kay O’Donnell, kindergarten teacher, and Sharilyn Everitt, para-educator.
Robert Gray Elementary School: Terry McGiveron, cook, who retired earlier in the school year.
Stevens Elementary School: Mary LaForest, first-grade teacher.
Hopkins Building: Barbra Chenault, family service worker.
Maintenance Department: Pete Wintrip, who retired earlier in the school year.

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

The 10 lakes with the top catch-and-keep rates were:

  • Ellen Lake, Ferry County (5)
  • Warden Lake, Grant County (5)
  • Panther Lake, Kitsap County (4.6)
  • Clara Lake, Mason County (4.4)
  • Crabapple Lake, Snohomish County (4.3)
  • Mudgett Lake, Stevens County (4.1)
  • Steel Lake, King County (4.1)
  • Devereaux Lake, Mason County (4.1)
  • Mission Lake, Kitsap County (4)
  • Sixteen Lake, Skagit County (4)

“It’s important to remember that we stock lakes with trout for the whole season, not just opening day,” Donley said. “Trout fishing should be highly productive in lowland lakes through June, and then again in September.”

Anglers looking for information about where to fish can find it on WDFW’s new Fish Washington! Online look-up tool at .

The following is the entire opening day creel report. (The column showing “average number of fish caught” includes fish released.)

County Lake #Anglers Checked Average # fish caught/angler Average # fish harvested/angler
Chelan Beehive 37 3.6 2.73
Chelan Clear 36 3.4 2.92
Chelan Lily 32 2.4 2.38
Chelan Wapato 65 2.7 2.58
Douglas Jameson 5 2.6 2.00
Ferry Lake Ellen 11 5.4 5.00
Grant Warden 80 4.95 4.09
Grant Blue 66 1.88 1.88
Grant Park 148 3.34 2.91
Grant Deep 64 5.48 3.13
Grant Vic Meyers 29 1.34 1.21
Grays Harbor Aberdeen 134 2.88 1.31
Grays Harbor Sylvia 34 1.26 1.09
Grays Harbor Vance Ponds #1 27 1.50 1.18
Grays Harbor Vance Ponds #2 39 2.95 2.62
Grays Harbor Failor 58 5.44 3.01
Jefferson Anderson Lake 75 4.3 3.1
Jefferson Horseshoe (Jef) 10 1.9 0.4
Jefferson Ludlow 14 0.5 0.5
Jefferson Sandy Shore 65 4.5 3.9
Jefferson Silent Lake 8 8.4 3.5
Jefferson Tarboo 39 1.8 1.8
King Cottage 70 4.3 1.43
King Geneva 27 4.9 2.41
King Langlois 51 6.3 3.75
King Margaret 55 3.1 1.36
King North 12 3.5 3.50
King Pine 75 5.1 3.07
King Steel 23 4.7 4.13
King Walker 33 5.4 4.18
Kitsap Buck 16 3.4 1.4
Kitsap Horseshoe (Kit) 49 6.0 3.0
Kitsap Mission 39 6.5 4.1
Kitsap Panther 40 5.6 4.6
Kitsap Wildcat 65 3.9 2.8
Kitsap Wye 31 4.3 3.9
Klickitat Rowland 47 5.36 2.21
Klickitat Spearfish 30 3.87 2.93
Klickitat Horsethief 36 3.89 3.28
Lewis Plummer 28 2.82 1.32
Lewis Ft. Borst Pk.Pd. 291 1.34 0.95
Lewis Carlisle 33 13.06 0.82
Lewis Mineral 87 8.07 3.11
Lincoln Fish Trap 27 4.4 3.00
Mason Aldrich Lake 7 6.9 3.9
Mason Benson 36 4.8 3.7
Mason Clara 13 5.3 4.4
Mason Devereaux 36 4.1 2.8
Mason Haven Lake 10 13.7 3.2
Mason Howell Lake 18 5.0 4.2
Mason Limerick 22 4.0 2.7
Mason Phillips Lake 28 6.8 4.8
Mason Robbins Lake 15 4.7 3.8
Mason Stump 39 1.6 1.4
Mason Tiger Lake 70 4.5 3.5
Mason Wildberry Lake 1 7.0 3.0
Mason Wood Lake 6 3.5 2.7
Mason Wooten Lake 49 3.8 3.5
Okanogan Alta 95 3.8 2.80
Okanogan Fish 45 2.9 2.07
Okanogan Wannacut 15 3.4 3.40
Okanogan Pearrygin 59 1.4 1.27
Okanogan Conconully Res. 40 2.0 2.00
Okanogan Conconully Lake 51 0.8 0.84
Pacific Black 32 1.66 1.34
Pend Oreille Diamond Lake 44 3.5 1.68
Pierce Bay 114 4.65 3.82
Pierce Carney 27 4.78 1.89
Pierce Clear 41 5.88 3.41
Pierce Jackson 4 2.50 2.50
Pierce Ohop 55 2.67 2.29
Pierce Rapjohn 29 3.34 3.07
Pierce Silver 38 1.89 1.55
Pierce Tanwax 49 3.71 2.82
Skagit Heart 112 4.1 2.95
Skagit McMurray 65 3.9 3.06
Skagit Sixteen 56 4.0 2.96
Skamania Swift Reservoir 40 3.30 2.25
Skamania Kidney 42 3.52 2.17
Snohomish Armstrong 26 1.5 0.58
Snohomish Bosworth 31 3.9 3.23
Snohomish Crabapple 16 4.3 2.13
Snohomish Ki 76 2.8 1.47
Snohomish Martha (AM) 46 3.3 2.02
Snohomish Riley 72 4.4 2.72
Snohomish Serene 18 6.2 2.56
Snohomish Stickney 11 6.3 1.73
Snohomish Storm 53 3.4 2.47
Snohomish Wagner 10 6.5 1.10
Spokane Badger 28 2.5 2.40
Spokane Williams 61 5.5 3.90
Spokane Fish Lake 49 3.3 2.00
Spokane West Medical 88 4.6 3.10
Spokane Clear Lake 37 3.4 2.10
Stevens Cedar Lake 25 4.4 3.28
Stevens Mudgett Lake 22 4.2 4.14
Stevens Rocky Lake 17 2.8 2.71
Stevens Starvation Lake 19 3.7 3.68
Stevens Waitts Lake 28 7.0 2.68
Thurston Clear 88 5.18 3.81
Thurston Deep 62 1.92 1.81
Thurston Hicks 35 2.74 2.06
Thurston Long 46 5.09 3.98
Thurston McIntosh 84 3.85 2.96
Thurston Pattison 36 3.03 1.47
Thurston Summit 65 5.55 4.05
Thurston Ward 39 4.56 2.15
Whatcom Cain 42 6.4 3.81
Whatcom Padden 58 4.8 3.88
Whatcom Silver 132 4.9 3.04
Whatcom Toad 65 7.6 3.34
TOTALS 5129 3.99 2.60

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).

Meetings scheduled to discuss fishery management on 13 lakes with loons

Earlier this year, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission requested that the department seek additional public input on the impacts of small lead fishing tackle on common loons, which could be harmed by ingesting small lead weights and jigs lost by anglers.

“After we receive input from the public at the two upcoming meetings, we plan to meet again with the advisory group and develop a final set of recommendations,” Whalen said.

WDFW fishery managers are scheduled to brief the commission — a nine-member citizen panel that sets policy for WDFW — on the final set of proposed fishery-management alternatives during the commission’s meeting in October. The public also will have an opportunity to provide comments on the alternatives during that commission meeting.

The lakes where loons breed include Ferry, Long and Swan lakes in Ferry County; Calligan and Hancock in King County; Bonaparte, Blue and Lost lakes in Okanogan County; Big Meadow, South Skookum and Yocum lakes in Pend Oreille County; Pierre Lake in Stevens County; and Hozomeen Lake in Whatcom County.

Hoquiam Farmers Market News

The Hoquiam Farmers Market wants you to stay warm & cozy & happy all winter long.  Gramma Shirley decided to put her hand crocheted afghans on sale for $50.00!  In case you want to sew your own quilt and create lifelong memories for some lucky little girl, she has her ‘fat quarters’ on sale for only $1.50.  I hear you thinking.  I could come up with a long list of what a ‘fat quarter’ might be, but don’t let’s go there.  Stay focused- we’re talking about fabric here!  I’m guessing that this means a generous 1/4 yard of fabric, don’t you think?
Shirley and Jean both make quilts of all sizes and pretty designs.  My Grandma made her own, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t buy one!  Put the ‘I can make it myself’ mentality away for now.  You’re far to busy doing other important things, you can make a quilt when you retire.  Little girls and boys need quilts now, not after they’ve moved into their own apartment.
Here’s a startling tidbit of news that flitted across my radar this week; Americans spend more money per capita on Debit card overdraft fees than they spend of vegetables!  Good Heavens!  This horrifies me.  Now, I don’t want to offend you bankers out there, but this is ridiculous.  Debit cards didn’t even exist until very recently, and now they make more money due to poor usage than all the farmers and stores and all the farm stands and farmers markets and grocery stores combined make from selling something that is delicious, nutritious, and necessary to sustain life!!!!!  Vegie eaters unite!  I thought that Bernie Madoff was an abomination, but this really gets my goat.  Speaking of, maybe I should!
Goats.  Makes me think of the County Fair.  Which leads me right into another subject!  The 31st annual Country Christmas Bazaar comes to the Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds in Elma this weekend!  If you haven’t ever attended, put this on your list for Saturday & Sunday.  Handcrafted, homemade, fresh baked- all from local people, all at incredible prices.  I know I’ve said it before, but- why go to a Mall and buy factory made items shipped over from China when you can buy far superior unique, long-lasting quality crafts right here at home?
Well, Mr. Bear has now been safely transported to a new home in the wilderness, and I’m waiting for the Game Dept. to bring the big culvert trap back for Big Bubba Bear.  Now, we enjoy being good neighbors and hosts, but Bubba is way to big to invite inside for Thanksgiving dinner.  We’re pretty sure he’s still our guest, because our usual herd of deer are remarkably absent.  Over the years we’ve had deer, racoons, snakes, birds, and other critters wander thru our doors thinking that this would be a perfect new home.  Once a Pileated Woodpecker pecked his way into my fathers art studio, seeing it as a grand nesting place.  He was set to bring in the entire family!  We had to put cement board up in that spot to discourage him.  Makes me think of the old Woody Woodpecker cartoons.
As families make plans to travel and gather for the upcoming holidays, I always look forward to running into old friends.  The lure of coming to mom’s for Thanksgiving brings familiar faces into the market.  The faces may be a bit older now, the body not quite as svelte, but what joy there is in the unexpected reunion!  Have you ever wondered what became of so & so?  Anthony ( sausage maker of highest esteem) mentioned that he is frequently lured up to Lake Stevens to be the star attraction at sausage cookouts at Hawkeye’s Pub & Grill.  His old buddy Steve Aiken & wife Shirley run this establishment.  Obviously their parents taught them well- keep in touch with your friends, make them a part of your world even when you’ve grown past the kick-ball stage.  
When you stop by The Market this week, be sure to greet us as old friends too!  And please admire our new fence!  We worked long & hard to raise money for this new addition, and it will save us hours of mindless toil.  All summer long we hauled plants, produce, furniture and various doo-dads in & out, in & out- now they can stay outside in safety.  We can finally have Christmas Trees available at The Market!!!  Look for them next week.  I refuse to allow them prior to Thanksgiving, but the day after, they become legal!
Have a truly wonderful week.  Stop by for a warming bowl of soup, a hearty sandwich, and lots of happy chatter.  Take a good look at the craft booths, because you can take care of a heck of a lot of gift shopping needs in one stress-free visit!
Barbara Bennett Parsons, manager of the Hoquiam Farmers Market located at 1958 Riverside.
Open Wed & Thu. 9-5, Fri. & sat. 9-6, and Sunday from 10-4