OLYMPIA – Pacific County resident Russ Lewis is being honored with an Environmental Excellence Award for his exemplary efforts to keep Washington beaches clean and his tremendous support of Washington State Marine Debris Task Force efforts.
The Task Force formed to monitor and respond to marine debris from the tragic March 11, 2011, Japan tsunami along Washington coastal beaches. Before that time, Lewis already had been removing marine debris from beaches almost daily for years. In 2012 Lewis also assisted the
Task Force by:
- Stepping up his efforts and collaborating with others to remove marine debris and ensure it was put into a secured commercial trash bin for proper disposal.
- Supplying nearly daily reports on conditions along the coast, including information on both long- and short-range debris washing ashore, post-storm reports and weather patterns.
- Providing early reporting to Ecology about potentially hazardous materials such as oil drums or fuel canisters washing up on beaches, and taking steps to secure any area with hazardous debris until responders could arrive.
- Providing considerable assistance to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife in its surveillance efforts to monitor and respond to potential aquatic invasive species attached to incoming debris.
- Working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office near Leadbetter Point to help prevent debris from entering Snowy Plover nesting areas when these areas are closed to the public. Lewis also was the first one in to clean debris when the seasonal closure ended.
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RAYMOND, Wash. – On September 12th, deputies with the Pacific County Drug Task Force served a narcotics related search warrant upon a residence located in the 1100 block of Howard Street in the Riverdale neighborhood. Also assisting with the service of the warrant were deputies with the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office and officers from the Raymond Police Department. A 55 year old woman was arrested in conjunction with the investigation that led to the request for the search warrant.
The search warrant was granted as a result of a lengthy and ongoing investigation involving the alleged facilitation and delivery of methamphetamine by the suspect. During the searching and arresting process, investigators located suspected methamphetamine and drug related paraphernalia.
The woman was booked into the Pacific County Jail on one count of possession of methamphetamine, several counts of delivery of methamphetamine and for using a building for drug purposes. Bail has been set at 200,000.00.
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Grays Harbor County, WA – The results are in from the recent Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DUI enforcement campaign conducted from August 16 through September 2.
In Grays Harbor County, 27 motorists were stopped and arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) and statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 1,420 drivers for DUI. Last year in Grays Harbor County during the same time period, officers on routine and extra patrols arrested 16 people for DUI.
In Grays Harbor County, the Aberdeen, Cosmopolis, Elma, Hoquiam, Montesano and Ocean Shores Police Departments, the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department and the Washington State Patrol participated in the extra DUI patrols, with the support of the Grays Harbor Target Zero Traffic Safety Task Force. The extra patrols were funded by a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.
These patrols are important because August is one of the deadliest months on Washington’s roadways, including all causes of traffic fatalities.
These and all extra patrols are part of Target Zero—striving to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030. For more information, visit www.targetzero.com. Additional information on the Washington Traffic Safety Commission can be found on the website, www.wtsc.wa.gov.
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