Westport Winery earns gold in New York Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

Westport Winery brought home five medals from the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition in Rochester, New York. This is the competitions 15th year with 73 judges from around the world

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“U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” distracted driver emphasis patrols underway in Washington

For the second year in a row, more than 100 law enforcement agencies in Washington State will be cracking down on distracted drivers as part of the national distracted driving campaign.

Between

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Vehicle of missing Seattle woman found abandoned near Neilton

The vehicle of a missing Seattle woman was located last week in the Olympic National Forest, 33 year old Donna Van Zandt was not. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells KBKW last Friday

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Imperium Renewables returns to Umpqua Bank for expansion capitol

Imperium Renewables, Inc., a leader in next-generation biofuels, announced a new lending agreement with Umpqua Bank, a subsidiary of Umpqua Holdings Corporation (UMPQ), that will provide Imperium

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Washington joins emphasis patrols on 5,600 miles of road with the I-90/94 Challenge

Motorists will notice an extra law enforcement presence when driving on two of the country’s most highly traveled interstates during a four-day enforcement campaign in early August.

The Washington

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Ocean City gas station burglars grab beer, Swisher Sweets, and change

A couple of burglars made off with two 18 packs of beer, Swisher Sweets, and a handful of change from the Sunshine Deli & fuel station at Hogan’s Corner on State Route 109 on Tuesday.<br

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Lindsey Baum semi-trailer heads to Tumwater Wal-Mart for National Missing Children’s Day

Proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan and honored by every administration since, May 25 is recognized nationally as the day 6-year-old Etan Patz disappeared from a New York City street corner

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U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to hold public discussions on the future of America’s waterways

The U.S. Coast Guard, along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will hold nationwide public discussions on

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Aberdeen “travel advisory” worries residents, no official advisories in effect

ABERDEEN, Wash. - A Travel Advisory for the city for Aberdeen? It was issued by a one-man website called Montesanotoday, and it riled up a few citizens who attended the Aberdeen city council last night. "It purports to expound on topics raised here at the last meeting, and I was just recently told it's full of B.S. Be that as it may, a lot of people's perception is their reality." Homeowner Tory Kovach detailed the article, which features images stolen from other websites like that of a zombie-like addict from crystalmetheffect.com and a photo of spent needles taken three years ago by a New York City blogger.
Montesano residents are well familiar with the site's author, Tom Fredriksen, Ssince last year he's used the platform to promote everything from political agendas to football games.
 
Ocean Shore Mayor Crystal Dingler may have put it best last month when the city took heat for their handling of an animal cruelty investigation. "You can't believe everything you read on the internet."

Grays Harbor Kitsap and Mason County Law Enforcement Leaders Join National Child Abuse Prevention Campaign

160 Washington law enforcement leaders join national colleagues on letter speaking out about abuse/neglect fatalities; Report shows half of child abuse and neglect can be prevented though voluntary home-visiting. 

SEATTLE, Wash. - As millions of Americans recognized National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, one hundred and sixty law enforcement leaders from across Washington, including six from Kitsap and Mason Counties, joined a nationwide letter calling on Congress to support proven child abuse prevention strategies.

At least 6,500 Washington children suffered abuse or neglect in 2010—nearly 18 children every day and 125 every week, on average. Child abuse and neglect also claimed the lives of at least 1,560 children nationwide in 2010, including 12 Washington children. More than 1,560 law enforcement leaders and survivors—one for every child who lost their life to abuse or neglect—have signed the letter urging Congress to protect and expand funding for evidence-based home visiting services (see a list of all Washington law enforcement leaders who signed the letter).

Grays Harbor, Kitsap, and Mason, County law enforcement leaders who signed the letter are:

H. Steward Menefee, Grays Harbor Prosecuting Attorney
Mike Whelan, Sheriff Grays Harbor County

Sheriff Steve Boyer, Kitsap County
Chief Michael Evans, Squaxin Island Tribal Police
Chief Jon Fehlman, Bainbridge Island
Chief Craig Rogers, Bremerton
Sheriff Casey Salisbury, Mason County
Chief Alan Townsend, Port Orchard

The letter emphasized the benefits of voluntary home visiting services, which help new parents cope with the stresses of raising a young child. Research shows quality, voluntary home visiting programs can cut child abuse and neglect by up to 50 percent, significantly reduce later crime and save taxpayers money. They say that evidence-based home visiting can save as much as $21,000 for each family served by reducing abuse, neglect, juvenile crime and other negative outcomes. Washington recently received a multi-year, $25 million dollar federal grant to expand home visiting services statewide. And the 2012 supplemental budget signed by Governor Gregoire includes nearly $1 million dollars per year in state general funds for home visiting.

The signatories, members of the anti-crime organization Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, pointed to hundreds of thousands of cases of abuse or neglect that occur every year and said that the scope of the problem should “shock the conscience of every American.”

“From a fiscal, moral and public safety perspective, we have an obligation to invest in home visiting and protect children from the harm caused by abuse and neglect,” the leaders agreed.