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Coast Guard Monitors Oil Spill Near Sunken Fishing Vessel

SEATTLE – The U.S. Coast Guard, Washington Department of Ecology and the Islands’ Oil Spill Association (IOSA) continue to monitor the area for oil spills where the fishing vessel Anna J capsized and sank about a half-mile south of Eagle Cove, San Juan Island, Friday evening.

The most recent fly-over at approximately noon Saturday did not note any sheen in the water. A two-mile long, light-colored sheen was reported during a flight earlier that morning. Small drops of diesel and other oil have been floating to the surface slowly. 

The agencies have assessed the beach and have found no spill impact. Hazardous debris from the vessel have been retrieved.

At this time, the agencies will continue to monitor the situation and had another over-flight planned for first light Sunday morning. Wave action, wind and sunlight are helping dissipate the oil drops naturally with minimal environmental impact.   

Raymond Fire Department Receives FEMA Grant

Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded $40,375 from the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) for Operations and Safety to Raymond (WA) Fire Department.
Nationally, the fiscal year (FY) 2008 AFG awards will provide approximately $500 million to fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations throughout the country.
“This direct funding is essential to train and equip our first responders who protect lives and property against all hazards in our communities each day,” said U.S. Fire Administration Acting Administrator Glenn A. Gaines. “The USFA and FEMA will continue to remain steadfast in our commitment to support America’s firefighters through these critical grant funds.”

Westport to Receive Ecology Funds to Prevent Flood Damage

WESTPORT, Wash. - The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is providing nearly $1.4 million to help 12 Washington communities fund projects to prevent future damages from floods.

During the 2009 legislative session, state lawmakers created a special account to help local towns, cities and counties fund targeted flood damage prevention activities.

The Legislature directed Ecology to give priority to communities least able to fund flood mitigation projects and those projects most ready to proceed.

Historical Seaport Sending Hawaiian Chieftain Out, Lady Washington Stays in Aberdeen

Lady Washington to remain in Aberdeen for extensive planned maintenance

Aberdeen, Wash. – The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport is pleased to announce the ports of call for its 2009-2010 California tour of the tall ship Hawaiian Chieftain. The tour theme is “California 2009-2010: Hands-on History for Youth.” The tour emphasizes the Hawaiian Chieftain’s mission of delivering valuable—and in some cases, life-changing—educational experiences for young people, many of whom go on to careers in the maritime trades, the Navy, and the Coast Guard.

Scheduled ports of call include: San Francisco (October [tentative] and February), Sacramento, Antioch, Rio Vista, Santa Cruz, Newport Beach, Oxnard, Ventura, Oakland, Redwood City, Eureka, and Crescent City. At each port, Hawaiian Chieftain will host groups from K-12 classrooms for hands-on living history programs. Educators interested in scheduling one-hour dockside or three-hour sailing educational programs should contact Reasa Shuck, 360-589-2299, [email protected]

Mason County Sheriff’s Dept. Seeks to Create K9 Unit

SHELTON, Wash. - The Mason County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to create a patrol K-9 team to assist in the effort to combat crime in Mason County. The K-9 team is a valuable asset to deputies and other law enforcement officers who are working diligently to protect the citizens of this County. The addition of a Patrol K9 team will enhance this agency’s ability to track down, locate and capture wanted offenders in rural and urban environments. The deployment of a Patrol K9 will greatly enhance the safety of the citizens and law enforcement officers of Mason County.  The Sheriff’s Office currently relies on the generosity of other agencies for K9 assets. These extended response times and limited availability often lead to the escape of offenders, increasing risk to officers and citizens.

September is National Preparedness Month

Camp Murray, Wash. – Washington State will observe National Preparedness Month and NOAA Weather Radio Awareness Month in September. Special events and promotions are scheduled across the state to focus individuals and businesses on the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies.

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio is an important preparedness tool for homes, businesses, government offices and schools.

Bank of the Pacific Completes a Private Funded Raise in Capitol

Pacific Financial Corporation, the parent company for Bank of the Pacific, recently completed a $12.6 million private placement offering of common stock. “The common equity will be used to take advantage of growth opportunities within our geographic markets,” according to Dennis A Long, President and CEO of the holding company. “While these are troubled times for many within the financial services industry, we view this as a unique opportunity for those with a strong capital base. The capital raise will result in Pacific having a Tier 1 capital ratio of 9.5% and a total Risk Based capital ratio of 13.6%,” Long said.
Board Chairman, Gary Forcum, indicated the Board of Directors had steered away from government TARP money in favor of the common equity. He stated, “The board’s conclusion was that common equity was more beneficial for shareholders. The board firmly believes public companies should rely on private equity rather than government assistance,”

September Is Weather Radio Awareness Month in Washington

An “all-hazards” warning system, used not only for flood and weather events, but also immediate life-threatening hazards like tsunamis, volcanic activity, AMBER child abduction alerts, and secondary hazards from terrorism and earthquakes.

  • Has a warning alarm feature, instantly alerting you to fast-breaking, potentially life-saving warning messages around the clock.
  • Is a key element of the Emergency Alert System (EAS), providing broadcasters and you with initial and immediate emergency warning information.
  • Programmable radios available permitting site and event specific selected warnings.
  • Weather radios have a battery backup in case of power outages.
  • Broadcasts the latest area weather forecasts and conditions 24-hours a day. Operates on special frequencies not found on regular AM/FM bands.

Mountain Dew/AMP Energy 50 Warriors Of Dirt Invade Grays Harbor Raceway

This Saturday Night at Grays Harbor Raceway located at the Fairgrounds in Elma.  The Oregon based Warriors of Dirt Late Model Tour will make their second and final appearance of the year at t Grays Harbor Raceway, for the running of the Mountain Dew/AMP Energy 50. Running in conjunction with the Warriors of Dirt will be the Shipwreck Beads Modifieds, Triple X Ford Focus Midgets, and the Cut Rate Auto Parts Hobby Stocks.  With only one point race after this weekend, the racing should be hot and heavy as the point leaders in the Modifieds and Midgets are 3 and 1 point ahead respectively. Grays Harbor Raceway is a ASA Member Track.
A full field of Warriors of Dirt Late Models will be in action, lead by current points leader by Lebanon, Oregon  driver Jason Wines, Scott Puncohar from Hillsboro, Oregon, former Fast Track Series and Sunset Speedway Champion Greg Walters from Banks, Oregon.  Vancouver’s Jeff  & Brandon Biffle, the Schram Brothers Jimmy and Jerry also from Vancouver,  Rob Ireland from Banks and brothers from Aloho, Oregon Doug and Bob Trout.