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Grays Harbor Results of the Drive Hammered, Get Nailed Campaign

GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY, Wash. - The results are in from the recent Drive Hammered, Get Nailed enforcement campaign conducted from August 14 through September 7.

In Grays Harbor County, 44 motorists were stopped and arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), and statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 2818 drivers for DUI.

In Grays Harbor County, the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office, the Aberdeen, Cosmopolis, Elma, Hoquiam, McCleary, Montesano and Ocean Shores Police Departments, and the Washington State Patrol, participated in the extra emphasis patrols, with the support of the Grays Harbor Target Zero Traffic Safety Task Force. The extra patrols were funded by a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

Impaired driving is the leading cause of traffic deaths in Washington. During 2008, impaired drivers killed nearly half of the 522 people who died on Washington’s roadways. The 251 impaired driver-involved deaths last year represent a decrease of 22 fatalities compared to the previous five-year average.

Wynooche Shooting Deemed Self Defense

MONTESANO, Wash. - The Grays Harbor County Sherrif's department reports the County prosecutor has declined to file criminal charges against 38 year old Gary Bowers from Port Orchard concluding that the shooting of 25 year old Weston Wolff of Olympia at Lake Wynoochee was justifiable Homicide. Bowers was camping with his wife and two sons, ages 7 and 11, August 28th when a visibly drunken Weston Wolff stumbled into Bower's campsite. Bowers at first thought that an animal was in his campsite, so he left his tent and fired a warning shot into the air.
Bowers then heard Wolff, along with as 17 year old who was with Wolff, near his vehicle. Thinking the two had been trying to steal from him, he fired a warning shot into the air, scaring off the 17 year old, the 25 year old left after another warning shot was fired.

The 17 year old had returned to his campsite and was about to leave with his group to locate Wolff, when Wolf returned, said nothing to his friends, stripped down to his underwwear and t-shirt, grabbed a machette and left in the direction of Bower's campsite.

Wolff returned to the Bower's campsite, with the machete, and continued to threaten Bowers. Bowers fired a single shot at the man, killing him. Scott said that according to the Prosecutors office, the case and investigation are closed.

Historical Seaport Announces $100,000 SAILING GREEN Capital Campaign

ABERDEEN, Wash. - The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority has announced its SAILING GREEN capital campaign to raise $100,000 by December 31, 2009 for the purchase of a new fuel efficient diesel engine for the tall ship Lady Washington. The new engine, as well as electrical system upgrades, will reduce the vessel’s carbon footprint.
Wind–the greenest energy source on earth–is Lady Washington’s preferred power source. But she also needs an engine to maneuver in small marinas and keep up with a 21st century schedule. Although the ship’s current 1950s-era engine has been dependable, its carbon footprint is no longer acceptable. As caretaker of the Official Ship of the State of Washington, the Historical Seaport believes Lady Washington should operate under the greenest power possible.

Grays Harbor PUD Restores Power to 175 Customers in the Ocean Shores and Oyhut...

ABERDEEN, Wash. - Power was restored at 9:04pm to about 175 Grays Harbor PUD customers in the Ocean Shores and Oyhut area impacted by an outage earlier Tuesday, September 8. A downed power line on Ocean Shores Boulevard was the cause of the outage.

The outage occurred at about 6:40pm (Tuesday, September 8, 2009). 

As summer vacation ends, long-term lane closures on I-90 begin

EASTON, Wash. - Just when you thought construction was winding down for the season, crews are getting ready to kick it into high gear on I-90 after Labor Day. As part of an $18.4 million Recovery Act-funded project, WSDOT and contractor crews will replace several miles of deteriorating concrete panels in the right lane of westbound I-90, between Easton and Bullfrog Road (www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/i90/lkeastontobullfrogwb), about 20 miles east of Snoqualmie Summit.
WSDOT waited until heavy summer travel volumes subsided to help reduce delays and congestion for travelers on this critical cross-state route. The work and lane closures are still expected to add an up to an hour to drivers’ commute times across the pass.

Farmers will have two ways to buy agricultural materials tax-free

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington farmers will have two ways to continue buying certain agricultural materials tax-free after a new reseller permit system takes effect Jan. 1, 2010.
Farmers registered with the Department should use the reseller permit to make qualifying purchases – feed, seed, seedlings, fertilizer and pesticides – without paying sales tax. Farmers not required to be registered with the Department can use the Farmers’ Certificate for Wholesale Purchases and Sales Tax Exemptions. The certificate is available at http://dor.wa.gov under Get a form or publication and at any local office. The certificate is only for farmers who produce agricultural products for sale on land they legally control.

Spent Labor Day weekend home? You weren’t the only one

OLYMPIA, Wash. - It could have been the rain, wind, economy or school calendar. Whatever the reason, the result was clear. There were fewer vehicles on the road in most places for Labor Day 2009.

WSDOT collects and provides data on its Web site on routes that typically see an increase in travel over holiday weekends to help drivers have the information they need to know before they go on holiday trips.

On I-90 across Snoqualmie Pass, WSDOT counted nearly 187,000 vehicles during the Labor Day weekend, a 9 percent decrease from Labor Day 2008.

Most areas in Washington showed a similar decrease, with traffic on US 2 over Stevens Pass even lower, with 29,900 vehicles on US 2 over Stevens Pass from Friday through Monday. That’s down 6,500 vehicles (or 22 percent) from 2008.

Traffic on I-5 near the U.S./Canadian border showed a small increase from 2008. WSDOT counted 129,700 vehicles on this stretch of highway from Friday through Monday, an increase of 3,400 vehicles (or 3 percent) from Labor Day weekend 2008.

How to avoid a repo when you can’t make a car payment

Consumer: “I cannot make my car payment. If I pay the interest and a little towards the principal, can I keep the car until I get back on my feet?”

Attorney General Rob McKenna: Unfortunately, if you don’t make your payments, your lender may repossess your vehicle – and your blemished credit history can make it difficult for you to obtain another loan in the future. Plus, you will still owe the remaining balance on the vehicle you no longer have. Here are some options that may help you avoid a repo:

·       Contact your lender as soon as possible. Be honest about the situation and why you aren’t able to make the payment. If you’ve been a good customer and made your payments on time in the past, your lender may be willing to defer a payment and allow you to keep the car. If you can reach an agreement to change your original contract, get those new terms in writing. Don’t wait until your loan has been turned over to a debt collector. By then, your lender has given up on you and it’s too late to negotiate.

·       Refinance. You may be able to negotiate a lower interest or spread out the payments over a longer period of time, resulting in lower payments. The downside to a longer-term loan is that you’ll pay more interest. Compare loans from your current lender and others.

·       Sell the car to pay off the loan. Determine how much you owe on the vehicle then check its market value on a site such as Edmund's or Kelley Blue Book. If you owe less than the car is worth, sell it and use the cash to clear your debt. Before selling, review your financing agreement to see if the lender charges prepayment penalties for paying off your loan early.

·       Look for ways to save more money. Are you positive you can’t make your payment? You may be able to cut household expenses by eliminating other services you don’t need. You might qualify for assistance programs to help cover groceries, utilities or prescription drugs. Check out our Recession Survival Guide for resources at www.atg.wa.gov/economy.aspx.

Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain to Return to Harbor, Offer Three Hour Tour

ABERDEEN, Wash. - The tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain return to their home port of Grays Harbor Wednesday Sept. 16 after a summer-long tour of Puget Sound celebrating 20 years of changing people’s lives. The ships are scheduled to arrive at Aberdeen Landing, 701 E. Heron St., in Aberdeen in the afternoon after firing a cannon salute to the city near the Chehalis River Bridge. Planned activities include public tours and sailings.
At noon on Sept 17, the Hawaiian Chieftain will take guests on a three-hour Adventure Sail up the Chehalis River. A second Adventure Sail featuring both vessels is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sept 20. Tickets for each Adventure Sail are $55 adults, $45 students/seniors/active military, and $35 children under 12. Purchase tickets at www.historicalseaport.org or call 800-200-5239.