• 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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  • Senate Passes Extension of Cantwell-Championed Rural Schools, Roads Program

    Secure Rural Schools program invested over $400,000 in Grays Harbor County in 2012

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate passed an extension of a key program championed by Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) that is critical for roads and schools in Washington state’s forest-dependent counties. The bill, as amended by the Senate and approved on Thursday by a 97-2 margin, would extend the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program.


    Cantwell called for the program’s extension during a March committee hearing and has long been a leader on continuing SRS payments to rural counties across Washington state and the nation.


    SRS helps compensate counties for revenue lost from declining U.S. Forest Service timber harvests on federal lands near forest communities. The Senate bill would extend SRS for one year and invest $263 million into the program. The legislation now heads to the House for a vote. Unless the House acts, counties will not receive any support from SRS this calendar year.

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  • Elk Foundation Grants Fund Research and Habitat Work in State

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – Enhancing over 10,000 acres of habitat and using GPS collars to research the Snoqualmie Valley elk herd top a list of Washington conservation projects slated to receive 2012 grants from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

    The RMEF funding commitment totals $189,960 and affects 11 counties: Asotin, Columbia, Garfield, Grays Harbor, King, Lewis, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, San Juan, Stevens and Yakima.

    Two projects have statewide interest. One has implications across the northwestern U.S.

    The research in Snoqualmie Valley will identify elk herd composition, habitat use and movement patterns, and the data will be used to identify highway crossings and improve management plans, we’re proud to work with the Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Washington Dept. of Transportation and other partners on this important project. – David Allen, RMEF president and CEO

    Allen added that prescribed burning, weed treatment and forest thinning projects will be used to enhance habitat in many areas of the state.

    RMEF’s mission is to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife and their habitat. Since 1985, the organization and its partners have completed 484 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects in Washington with a combined value of more than $106 million.

    Funding for RMEF grants is based on local membership drives and banquet fundraising by RMEF chapters and volunteers in Washington. Allen thanked RMEF supporters for their dedication to conservation both in Washington and all across elk country.

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  • West Nile virus activity unprecedented in Washington during 2009 season

    OLYMPIA ¾ The 2009 West Nile virus season was the most active on record. Most activity was on the east side of the Cascades, but Western Washington had its share.

    As of today 36 people have been confirmed with West Nile infection in the state during the 2009 season that recently ended. A Yakima County woman in her 70s was the state’s first death from the virus. Testing at the state Public Health Laboratories and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed West Nile virus as the cause of death last month.

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  • State disciplines health care providers

    OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in our state. The department’s Health Systems Quality Assurance Division works with boards, commissions, and advisory committees to set licensing standards for more than 80 health care professions (e.g., medical doctors, nurses, counselors). Information about health […]

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  • WDFW Commission approves land purchases for wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation

    OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has approved the purchase of a 5,497-acre property 35 miles northwest of Yakima that provides prime habitat for elk, northern spotted owls, bull trout and other native species.

    Also approved was a separate purchase by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to add a 598-acre property to the state’s Wenas Wildlife Area in Yakima County.

    The commission, a citizen board that sets policy for WDFW, approved both acquisitions during a public meeting Nov. 8-9 in Olympia, where members also heard public comments on a proposed management plan for Grays Harbor salmon fisheries.

    Commission Chair Miranda Wecker of Naselle commended the Nature Conservancy and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation – the two non-profit organizations that offered the properties for sale – for their dedication to wildlife conservation.

    “We applaud you for securing these properties for the public, and for the stewardship your organizations provide for lands under your care,” she told representatives of those groups who attended the meeting.

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  • Coroner Says Homicide Was Manner of Death For Montesano Woman

    MONTESANO, Wash. – The Grays Harbor County Coroner says Homicide was the manner of death for 58 year old Kornelia Engelmann of Montesano. Deputy Coroner Lane Yeomans tells us the Montesano woman died of “multiple blunt force injuries to the head and torso with internal bleeding.

    The man suspected of killing Englemann, 56 year old Eugene Elkins was booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail yesterday evening, after detectives retrieved him from Yakima County, where he was apprehended Wednesday.

    County Undersheriff Rick Scott said Engleman’s body was discovered in her home on Clemens road Wednesday morning, Elkins was captured by police in Yakima County that afternoon.

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  • Grays Harbor County organizations get salmon recovery grants from state

    OLYMPIA – The Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board today announced the awarding of $42.8 million in grants to protect and restore salmon populations to communities across Washington.
    “Salmon are an important part of Washington’s economy and culture. These grants are helping us reverse the decline in salmon populations we’ve seen over the past two decades,” said Steve Tharinger, chairman of the Salmon Recovery Funding Board. “These grants are not only good for salmon, the environment and the people of Washington, but they are good for the economy because much of this money will be awarded to local organizations to do restoration work in their local communities.”
    The grants in the Puget Sound area also work toward implementing Governor Chris Gregoire’s initiative to restore Puget Sound.
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