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Ecology Seeks Input on Updating The Aquatic Noxious Weed Permit

The public is invited to comment on updates being proposed for the state’s aquatic noxious weed control permit, which allows the use of herbicides...

Community Invited to Help Plant Trees at the New Medical Center

Elma, Washington – Local boy scout troops and students from Elma High School’s FFA Club are working with Summit Pacific Medical Center project leaders and Mark Reed Health Care District staff to coordinate a large community wide volunteer effort to help plant over 3,000 tree seedlings at the site of the new hospital. Anyone who is interested in volunteering to plant trees is invited to attend Saturday, October 13th starting at 9am. All those who plan to volunteer need to bring their own work gloves and shovels. People with questions can call Lauren Day, Community Relations, at 360-495-3244. Weyerhaeuser donated 3,000 of the tree seedlings.

“This is a great opportunity for community members, staff, and patients to show their support for both the hospital and the community,” shared Renee Jensen, CEO, “by volunteering to come out and plant a tree, members of the community are leaving their permanent mark on the hospital site for current and future generations to enjoy.”

Summit Pacific Medical Center is slated to open February 2013. The new medical center will replace Mark Reed Hospital, and add a third healthcare clinic to the District’s service line. Grays Harbor County Public Hospital District #1, dba Mark Reed Health Care District, currently owns and operates Mark Reed Healthcare Clinic and Elma Family Medicine. When the hospital moves from McCleary to Elma, Mark Reed Healthcare Clinic will remain open and operating out of its current offices in McCleary. 

WDFW Invites Washington to Free Fishing Weekend June 8-9

Each year, thousands of Washingtonians go fishing legally without a license on "Free Fishing Weekend," scheduled for June 8-9.

Ladies Aid Annual Dinner & Sale

Homemade Holiday Dinner & Bake Sale 4pm to 7pm 

***Wednesday, December 4th***

at the Ladies Aid Hall, 2nd & Central

Baked Goods, Decorative Items, Stocking Stuffers
Hand Embroidered Items & Crafts

Adults 18yrs & older $10 Kids over 3yrs $5

Turkey, Ham, Potatoes, Veggies,
Rolls, Desserts, Tea & Coffee
Quilt Raffle & Door Prizes Included!
(Raffles benefit the Pacific Beach Ladies Aid Hall Renovation Fund)

Commissioner asks for another list to appoint Grays Harbor County Prosecutor

MONTESANO, Wash. - Grays Harbor County Commission Chair Frank Gordon has given the Democratic party a deadline of Dec. 18th "What we would like to have from the Democratic party is a list of three names, of good democrats that would like to take the office for the one year left.
The county has yet to appoint a Prosecutor, after Stew Menefee retired in September. Gordon said yesterday that if they don't have a list of candidates on the 18th, "we're going to go for a list of democrats that would be interested in filling this seat without the use of the democratic party if it comes down to that.
The commissioners appointed Vini Samuel from their first list of three supplied by the Democrats, although everyone on that list was asking them to appoint Deputy Prosecutor Katy Svoboda. Samuel later declined the appointment, and spliced opinion on where we go from here, either the Commissioners choose from the remaining two, or they ask for another list.

Grays Harbor College to host career fair October 15

Grays Harbor College will host its second annual Career Fair on Tuesday, October 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the HUB on the main campus in Aberdeen. It will provide students and the public the chance to network with professionals in their career field, gather information about career requirements and expectations and explore career opportunities in Grays Harbor. Bonell Photography will be offering free head-shot photographs. This is an informational event, not a hiring event.  Admission is free and parking is available. For more information, call 360-538-4165.

Hoquiam Farmer’s Market News – Spring Madness Edition

I’ve had it with trying to grow plants that just plain do not like to grow in Grays Harbor! This must be the beginnings of wisdom. I will plant only those botanical wonders which I know to thrive in my garden. It seems like a simple concept, but last year’s non-summer really drove the point home. On top of that, I’m tired of buying expensive plants that the deer figure is their picnic lunch. It is with great sadness that I walk away from my valiant efforts to grow roses. Deer food. I’ll visit the Polson Museum rose garden instead. They have a really good fence around theirs.
The past 3 weekends have given gardeners high hopes for a good season, and we’re ready at the Hoquiam farmers market to provide the plants that you need. We have plants for the soul and plants for the tummy- yours, not the deers. You may recall that I made a vow to uphold the Bennett family honor and grow Artichokes- my new plants arrive Friday morning, good size artichoke plants that are sure to provide me with good eating for many years to come. Deer hate artichoke plants! Deer also ignore Hosta, Foxgloves, Hellebores, and Lupine. Consequently, those are my favorite plants now. I also love the plants that thrive in our less than scorching temperatures; pansies, violas, fuschias, begonias, mosses, primroses, campanulas, columbine, forget-me-nots, astilbe, strawberries, and sedum. My first crop of lettuce is in the ground, seeds for my favorites flowers have been sowed, and I’m ready to fill in with our new shipment of starter plants and herbs.

Drivers take note: studded tires need to be off by Tuesday, March 31

OLYMPIA - The last day drivers can legally use studded tires this season in Washington is Tuesday, March 31.

"We looked at the weather forecasts for the first two weeks of April. Based on what we're seeing, the likelihood of significant ice concerns on a majority of Washington state routes is minimal," said Chris Christopher, WSDOT Director of Maintenance Operations. "We also consulted with our colleagues in Oregon and they are keeping the April 1 deadline as well."

Christopher said the weather forecasts do call for possible snow in the mountains and drivers should be prepared for possible roadway snow and ice if they travel into the higher elevations.

"The mountains will likely get snow. However, we anticipate the snowy conditions will be confined to relatively small segments of the highways in the mountain pass areas. Our crews will be ready to respond."

Aberdeen Fireworks Safety

The Aberdeen Fire Department wishes everyone to “Celebrate Safely.”

With July 4th celebrations near, the Aberdeen Fire Department would like to remind the public about fireworks and safety. Fireworks can be discharged in the City of Aberdeen between the hours of 9 AM and 12 Midnight on July 4th.

On June 28th the sale of legal fireworks has begun in many areas.  In the City of Aberdeen, fireworks regulations are more restrictive than the state regulations. 

Fire Departments and Hospitals in Grays Harbor County reported a total of 7 Fireworks related injuries in 2011. Fireworks-related incidents most often occur on July 4.  This has remained constant over the past years. Bottle Rockets, Firecrackers and homemade Explosive Devices lead the list of illegal devices causing injuries.