• Department of Natural Resources

    Wildfire season in Washington State begins today

    Wildfire season officially begins April 15, as specified by state law, and already the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has had more than 60 forest fires reported this year on lands protected by the agency. “This year, we have ominous predictions for a hot, dry summer,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. […]

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  • Grays Harbor Transit bus

    Grays Harbor Transit among 18 awarded $5.2M in federal grants to improve transit services

    More than $5.2 million in newly awarded federal grants for new buses and facility improvements means service improvements are coming to 18 public transportation providers in Washington. The Washington State Department of Transportation this week announced the Federal Transit Administration grant recipients, each of which will use the funds to purchase or refurbish buses, equipment […]

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  • State revokes, suspends licenses, certifications, registrations of health care providers

    OLYMPIA ¾ The Washington State Department of Health has revoked or suspended the licenses, certifications, or registrations of health care providers in our state. The department has also immediately suspended the credentials of people who have been prohibited from practicing in other states. The department’s Health Systems Quality Assurance Division works with boards, commissions and […]

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  • Westport Winery Earns Gold, Double Bronze at Seattle Wine Awards

    SEATTLE, Wash. – The largest and most influential independent wine recognition program in the state, the Seattle Wine Awards (SWA), announces the winning wines in 26 categories spanning three retail price ranges and comprised exclusively of Washington state appellation wines. 

    Seattle Wine Awards Executive Director, Christopher Chan, launched the awards as a wine-recognition program focused on Washington-grown grapes and wine in 2006. The inaugural event garnered only 274 entries. This year, however, the program received nearly one thousand bottles of Washington’s highest quality wines for consideration. A top-tier panel of experienced local and national wine-savvy professionals committed to tasting and evaluating this year’s entries.

    Westport Winery’s voluptuous red blend Bella earned a gold medal at this year’s Seattle Wine Awards in April. A portion of the proceeds from Bella, a blend of Tempranillo, Refosco, Barbera, Primitivo, Merlot and Syrah, benefits the Mt. Rainier Chapter of the American Red Cross’s blood bank. This wine’s label is in homage to the region’s fame as home to the Twilight book and movie series.

    Westport’s other red blends, Jetty Cat and Boom Runner, each earned bronze medals in this competition. Jetty Cat, a scrappy blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Franc, benefits the Harbor Association of Volunteers for Animals (HAVA). Boom Runner, a bold blend of Syrah and Merlot aged in French oak, benefit Hoquiam’s Polson Museum. Founded in 2006 by Christopher Chan the Seattle Wine Awards is the largest wine competition in Washington State.

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  • Volunteers needed to count bicyclists and pedestrians for annual statewide survey

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – Volunteers are needed in communities across the state to help count the number of people who walk or bike to their destinations. The information gathered this fall will be used to track progress toward the state’s goal of increasing bicycling and walking in Washington and reducing the number of vehicle miles driven.


    The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the Cascade Bicycle Club are enlisting volunteers and organizations like FeetFirst and the Bicycle Alliance of Washington to count the numbers of people bicycling and walking on paths, bike lanes, sidewalks, and other facilities on Oct. 5, 6 and 7.


    “We are working on ways to reduce the number of miles we drive each year, and counting bicyclists and pedestrians at specific locations can help us more accurately measure demand and the benefits of existing paths and trails,” said Washington Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond. “The counts also help us identify where future bicycle and pedestrian facilities are needed.”

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  • Cough and fever are common symptoms of valley fever

    Valley Fever fungus poses new health risk to Washington

    Public health officials are teaming up to fight a new public health threat in Washington – Valley Fever. Valley Fever, also called coccidioidomycosis, is an infection caused by a fungus, Coccidioides, found in some environments. Since discovering the fungus that causes Valley Fever in South Central Washington last year, health officials have been monitoring for […]

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  • Grays Harbor College named one of Washington’s 27 most military friendly

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – On the heels of its ranking as top community college in Washington state last month, Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen has again made a national list.
    Twenty-seven Washington community and technical colleges are among the top military friendly schools in the nation according to Victory Media, a media entity for military personnel that are transitioning to civilian life.

    The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list released this week honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that do the most to ensure the success of military service members, veterans, and spouses. Grays Harbor College offers many programs and support staff to help local military students be successful.

    Victory Media compiled the list through research and data-driven analysis of surveys from more than 10,000 federal Department of Veterans Affairs-approved schools nationwide, along with a survey of more than 4,000 student veterans. The results were independently audited by national accounting firm Ernst & Young. Washington’s community and technical colleges were among 1,818 schools nationwide to make the list.

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  • Correctional Workers March on State Capitol

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – Hundreds of Teamster correctional workers, their families, community allies, and other Teamster members rallied on the steps of the state Capitol in Olympia yesterday in an effort to stop the cuts that they say are endangering the lives of prison workers and our communities.  Teamsters Local 117 represents more than 6,000 correctional workers throughout the state.

    Waving signs reading, “Safety, Dignity, and Respect for Correctional Employees,” prison workers from 13 Washington state institutions, many of whom traveled on buses from cities as far away as Monroe, Walla Walla, Spokane, the Tri-Cities, and Clallam Bay, marched from Sylvester Park in Olympia and around the Capitol before assembling for a noontime rally. 

    Contingents of corrections workers met with legislators in their offices throughout the day on Thursday to inform them of the dangers of the cuts. They also presented the governor with a list of proposed cost-saving measures that the state can implement at the Department of Corrections (DOC) without compromising safety.

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