Public invited to comment on Regional Transportation Plan

OLYMPIA – The Peninsula Regional Transportation Planning Organization invites the public to attend any of four public meetings to learn more about a Regional Transportation Plan and to comment on the future vision of transportation for the Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas. 

The Regional Transportation Plan (12 MB) is designed to promote and guide efficient and sustainable transportation systems on the Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas. It was developed as a shared vision of how strategic transportation planning can create a better future for residents and businesses on the peninsulas. 

Anyone can participate by visiting one of the following public meetings or by electronically submitting comments by Dec. 31 to Patrick Babineau. The same materials will be presented at all locations. 

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  • Lady Washington Seeks Land Lovin Volunteers For Hull Restoration

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Historical Seaport has issued a call for volunteers to help with a major restoration of Lady Washington’s hull which will take place over the summer of 2012. On June 14, Lady Washington will go out of service in Aberdeen for approximately eight weeks, starting with the removal of most of her rig. A team of professional shipwrights will then remove portions of Lady Washington’s exterior hull planks above the waterline to expose rot-infected planks and frames. The deterioration is considered normal for a wooden ship of Lady Washington’s age. She was launched in 1989. Damaged frames will be repaired and new planking milled by the Spar Shop at the Seaport Learning Center will be installed.

    To expedite the work, the Historical Seaport needs you and other volunteers at all skill levels. You’re needed on ship projects Monday through Saturday. On Sundays, you can help prepare for the following week’s work and give the public guided tours of the project.

    If you have any time between June 14 and early August, and you plan to be in the Aberdeen area, please call 800-200-5239 or fill out the volunteer form at

    The hull restoration project is scheduled to pause in early August when work above the waterline is completed. Lady Washington will then sail with Hawaiian Chieftain in Puget Sound through early September, when she’ll head to Port Townsend for her biennial haulout. At that time, shipwrights will replace the vessel’s hull planks below the waterline. The project is financed by a $167,000 capital improvements grant approved by the Legislature in 2011.

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  • Biomass Facility Protested in Olympia

    Olympia, WA – On October 25, activists from Olympia Rising Tide hung two banners at the Evergreen State College in opposition to a proposed biomass gasification facility. Olympia Rising Tide opposes biomass because it is a false solution to climate change and would lead to a massive resurgence of clear-cut logging in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere.

    The Evergreen State College is considering a biomass gasification facility as a replacement for the current natural gas facility that heats the school. The Washington Department of Natural Resources claims that biomass is carbon-neutral because emissions from the gasification process contribute to the already cycling stock of carbon that is being exchanged between the biosphere and the atmosphere as part of the earth’s carbon cycle. Using this logic, even burning coal is carbon-neutral because the emissions contribute to the already cycling stock of carbon.

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  • Lady Washington to Arrive Aberdeen Wednesday; Hawaiian Chieftain Delayed

    Aberdeen – The tall ship Lady Washington has set sail from Port Townsend on a three-day voyage to her home port of Aberdeen, Wash. She is scheduled to arrive at Aberdeen Landing, 710 E. Heron St., Aberdeen, on Wednesday afternoon. The exact time of arrival is undetermined.
    Lady Washington will participate in the annual Chehalis Watershed Festival on Saturday, opening up for public tours from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., followed by a three-hour public sailing at 2 p.m. (Lady Washington will remain at Aberdeen Landing during the festival. Most festival activities are at Morrison Park in Aberdeen.)
    Lady Washington’s companion ship, Hawaiian Chieftain, will remain in Port Townsend undergoing routine maintenance. Hawaiian Chieftain was scheduled to depart Port Townsend today, but she will delay her departure to later this week. The crew is waiting for a replacement part for the starboard propeller assembly, which must be shipped from the manufacturer in Europe. Starting Sept. 22, both ships will  close to the public for further maintenance in preparation for their next activities.
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  • WSDOT offers trip-planning resources during SR 104 Hood Canal Bridge closure

    Hood Canal Bridge Project getting underwaySHINE – In just two weeks, the way people travel two and from the Olympic Peninsula will temporarily change. The SR 104 Hood Canal Bridge closes for approximately six weeks May 1.  WSDOT wants to remind drivers that the Olympic Peninsula will remain open for business, even though the trip there will take a little longer. WSDOT has developed resources, including a hotline (1-877-595-4222) and a Web site (, to help travelers know their travel options, The Web site now features videos on how to get around, transit schedules and an interactive online map to plan trips to and from the peninsula. 

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  • State Parks Asks “Would You Like Flies With That?”

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – Should the State Parks system operate more like an enterprise-based hospitality industry, a public conservation asset based mostly on grant and tax funding – or perhaps a system of parks freely standing as community non-profit entities? What do people love about their park system, and what improvements need to be made?

    These and other questions will be considered and discussed as part of a broad public outreach effort by Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission staff. Ideas are being sought through e-mail and in meetings with legislators, stakeholders and in public meetings scheduled around the state in May and June.

    Information gathered will be used to create a transformation strategy that will guide the park system through the next five years and beyond. The strategic transformation plan is to be used as a successor plan to the State Parks Centennial 2013 Plan, which provided guidance for parks improvements during the past 10 years.

    At the public meetings, parks staff will present the “state of state parks” and ask for ideas and comments about three “thematic alternative” visions for the future. Each of the “themes” will be explored by using a local park as an example. Participants at each meeting will have an opportunity to discuss the themes and share their ideas. Attendance is free, and a Discover Pass is not required to attend meetings held at a state park.

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  • Lady Washington & Hawaiian Chieftain Return to Grays Harbor This Month

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – The tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain return to their home ports of Aberdeen and Westport this month after a successful four-month season of visits to ports in Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. While in Grays Harbor, both ships will offer walk-on tours, three-hour public sailings, and K-12 educational programs.


    The nearly complete summer season included the successful addition of special value-priced Evening Sails on Hawaiian Chieftain or Lady Washington. The ships’ crews proposed the Evening Sails early in the season as a way to increase revenue for the Seaport and offer crew members more sea time. The Historical Seaport introduced the products in July. Both vessels conducted 19 Evening Sails, mostly on Wednesdays and Fridays. (One is scheduled for this evening in Port Angeles. Three are scheduled for next week.) Of all 20 sails through tonight, four were sold out (including tonight’s in Port Angeles), and in eight cases, a second boat was added due to high ticket demand. The Historical Seaport is pleased with the performance of this new product, and the organization is considering the addition of more Evening Sails next summer.

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  • PACNET Arrests One on Drug Charges

    On 04-14-09, The Pacific County Narcotics Enforcement Team arrested a Raymond area resident for Felony narcotics related charges. Deputies from the Pacific County Sheriff's Office and officers from the Raymond Police Department assisted in the apprehension of the suspect.

    Damon D. Townsend, age 34, was arrested for two counts of delivery of a controlled substance to wit: heroin, one count of possession of a controlled substance to wit: methamphetamine and one count of possession of a controlled substance to wit: heroin. Townsend was booked into Pacific County Jail.

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  • State Parks Commission to discuss budget reductions at Olympia meeting

    OLYMPIA – Feb. 26, 2009 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will hear public comment on proposed 2009-11 budget reductions that could result in park transfers or mothballing at its regular meeting in Olympia next week.

    The regular Commission meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 5, at Commission Headquarters, 1111 Israel Road S.W., Olympia. The budget proposal agenda item and public comment are scheduled for no earlier than 1 p.m., beginning with a budget report. A full meeting agenda is available online at

    The Commission will hear a report on the status of agency work to potentially transfer 13 parks to other public operators as part of the Governor’s proposed 2009-11 budget, announced in December. The budget proposal, based on revenue forecasts predicting a state revenue shortfall of approximately $5.7 billion, would require State Parks to reduce expenditures by 10 percent or $10 million in General Fund support.

    State Parks participated in the Governor’s freeze in August and early autumn expenditure reductions to save money in the current budget. To meet requirements of the Governor’s budget proposal for next Biennium, the Commission will make other cuts first in order to mitigate park transfers or closures.

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