• One arrested after man stabbed in Ocean Park

    OCEAN PARK, Wash. – The Pacific County Sheriff’s office this week arrested a man at the scene of a severe stabbing incident this week. Sheriff Scott Johnson tells us just before 9 Tuesday night, officers arrested Burton L. Rosgen at the scene of a stabbing, in the 25000 block of Vernon Avenue in Ocean Park. Rosgen allegedly stabbed a 29 year old transient male, who was transported to Ocean Beach Hospital with a severe knife wound to the stomach. Rosgen remains in the Pacific County Jail on a charge of 1st Degree Assault. 

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  • Capitol State Forest closed to off-road riding until May 1

    OLYMPIA – Even though the weather is warming up, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wants to remind off-road vehicle (ORV) riders that Capitol State Forest is closed to ORVs for the season and will re-open May 1.

    “We have received reports from people who have witnessed ORV riding in areas that are clearly marked as closed for the season,” said Larry Raedel, chief law enforcement officer for DNR. “Riding on these trails too early in the season can cause damage to natural resources.”

    Capitol State Forest is closed to ORV riding during the winter and early spring months, because the clay-based soils are still saturated and can’t support the weight and constant wear and tear from motorized vehicles. Additionally, ORV riding on muddy trails can cause sediment to enter nearby streams. DNR provides recreational access to the public on state trust lands, but it must also manage the lands sustainably to protect these areas’ natural resources and be in compliance with clean water laws.

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  • Washington draft wolf management plan – meeting Thursday night in Aberdeen

    A three-month public comment period on a draft state wolf conservation and management plan has begun, and will include a dozen public meetings held by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

    The meetings will take place from Oct. 20 through Nov. 10 at locations around the state. An earlier schedule of meetings, posted on WDFW’s website, has been revised to allow more time for public review of the draft plan.

    The draft plan is the preferred alternative among four presented in a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), as required by the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). The DEIS and draft wolf plan are available on the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/wildlife/management/gray_wolf/. Desk copies of the DEIS will be available at WDFW regional offices and public libraries by Oct. 9. Those unable to view or download the DEIS on the website can request paper or compact disc copies by calling (360) 902-2515.

    Comments can be submitted through Jan. 8 electronically at http://wdfw.wa.gov/wildlife/management/gray_wolf/mgmt_plan.html, by FAX to (360) 902-2946, or by U.S. Mail to: WDFW SEPA Desk, 600 Capitol Way N. Olympia, WA 98501-1091.

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  • WSDOT Stimulus News of the Week

    Bellevue-based Tri-State Construction, Inc. recently landed a $31.1 million WSDOT contract to extend the Interstate 5 high occupancy vehicle (HOV) network south from the King County line. This two-year project adds about three miles of carpool lanes on northbound and southbound I-5 from the King County line to the Port of Tacoma Road interchange in Fife. Total construction costs on this project in Pierce County are about $42 million – about $35 million of which is paid for by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding.

    "The federal stimulus dollars have allowed us to advance our Pierce County HOV construction, which enhances the movement of people and goods, and help get our economy back on track by putting people to work," said Washington State Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond. "We continue to live up to our end of the bargain by having our projects and our state's contractors able to take full advantage of the ARRA funds."

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  • Aberdeen Among 50 School Districts to Receive OSPI Grant

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – Aberdeen School District is among a total of 50 school districts have been selected to receive grants of $4,500 each to help with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English language arts and mathematics during spring and summer 2012.
    The money will be used for travel and other costs related to participation in standards workshops that are hosted by Educational Service Districts (ESDs) throughout the state.

    The grants are funded by Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR-UP!), a federal grant program that helps increase the number of low-income students preparing for college. OSPI partnered with the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board to provide these resources.

    The Office of Superintendant of Public Instruction tells KBKW a total of 75 districts applied for the grants. Priority was given to districts with 49.5 percent or more than of its students qualifying for free and reduced-priced meals and to district size so that districts of all sizes were represented.

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  • Pacific County (PACNET) Nets Two on Drug Charges Near School

    Ocean Park, WA – Thursday, October 29th, PACNET arrested two Ocean Park area subjects on Felony Narcotics Charges in the Ocean Park area.

    Johnny W. Hartley, age 60, was arrested on three counts delivery of a controlled substance, to wit: Methamphetamine, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, to wit: Methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into the Pacific County Jail.

    Dianne C. Hartley, age 58, was arrested on three counts delivery of a controlled substance, to wit: Methamphetamine, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, to wit: Methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was booked into the Pacific County Jail.

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  • Ecology penalties total $629,740 in the third quarter of 2009

    The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) issued $629,740 in penalties of $1,000 or more in the third quarter months (July, Aug. and Sept.) of 2009.
    Ecology issues individual news releases for penalties of $10,000 or greater, and links to the news release are included in the table. A particular penalty may be fully satisfied at this time or in the process of an appeal or settlement discussions.
    Ecology works with thousands of business and individuals to ensure compliance with laws written to protect Washington’s air, land and water resources. Penalties are issued in cases where non-compliance continues after Ecology has provided technical assistance or warnings, or for particularly serious violations.
    The money owed from penalties may be reduced from the issued amount due to a ruling by the Pollution Control Hearings Board or a negotiated settlement. Ecology doesn’t benefit from penalty payments. The final penalty amount owed and collected is deposited in special accounts that pay for:
    • Environmental restoration and enhancement projects.
    • Research and development.
    • Permitting and regulatory programs.
    • Education and assistance.
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  • Free Services Available at Upcoming Citizenship Day

    SEATTLE – Voting rights, safety and job opportunity are just a few of the benefits that citizenship brings. On April 18th, Citizenship Day will provide free services to legal permanent residents in Washington state who are seeking the American dream.

    The Washington New Americans program — administered by OneAmerica (formerly Hate Free Zone) in partnership with the Washington Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) — will present Citizenship Day in Centralia, Wenatchee, Tukwila, and Yakima. This is the second of three Citizenship Day's offered in 11 Washington cities. The first Citizenship Day on Feb. 28, 2009 served 165 people.

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