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Coast Guard Auxiliary to be honored for 70 years service Tuesday

PORTLAND, Ore. – Coast Guard Sector Portland will honor the Coast Guard Auxiliary for 70 years of service Tuesday, June 23.

The Auxiliary is a civil organization that Congress authorized to support all Coast Guard missions except engagement in law enforcement or military activity.

The lineage of the Auxiliary in Coast Guard history can be traced back several decades with this organization being vital members of Team Coast Guard since before World War II. Without doubt, had it not been for the unwavering commitment of the Auxiliary during the 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s, the Coast Guard could not have achieved all of its responsibilities. The Auxiliary continues to be the leading factor in the success of many Coast Guard led programs such as Recreational Safe Boating.  

WSDOT paves the way for early reopening of SR 103 in Long Beach

LONG BEACH – Drivers will notice a smoother ride through the city of Long Beach as the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) announces the successful completion of resurfacing work on SR 103. The highway had been closed since the early morning hours of Monday, June 15 for paving operations and was reopened at 6 p.m. June 17, nearly two days ahead of schedule.

US 101 SR 103 Ft. Columbia to Long BeachWSDOT’s contractor, Morse Bros., Inc. dba Knife River, was given an early completion incentive to encourage prompt and efficient work. Crews worked around-the-clock for three consecutive days, minimizing traffic impacts to local businesses and the community.

Strategic planning and favorable weather contributed to the success of this project. WSDOT also coordinated closely with the City of Long Beach, the Long Beach Visitors Bureau and local businesses to provide traffic impacts and detour information prior to the closure.

Washington State warns of refrigerated cookie dough products

  OLYMPIA - State health officials are warning Washington residents not to eat Nestle Toll House refrigerated cookie dough products.     The products have been linked to at least 66 E. coli O157:H7 infections in 28 states, including five cases in Western Washington, a state Department of Health announcement said.     Two of the five Washington cases were King County residents. Single cases were reported in Grays Harbor, Pierce, and Thurston counties.     All occurred in May. Two of the five people infected in Washington were hospitalized.     There have been no reported deaths.     The department recommends that consumers check their refrigerators and freezers for any of the recalled products, which should be thrown away.

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 visit Grays Harbor Raceway for the first time ever.  For the running of the Mountain Dew/AMP Energy 50. Running in conjunction with the Warriors of Dirt will be the PHRA Dwarf Cars also based out of the Portland/Vancouver area, the local Shipwreck Beads Modifieds and the Cut Rate Auto Parts Hobby Stocks.  As a added bonus anyone who brings a AMP Energy can to the races will get a two dollar discount off an adult admission. 

The Grays Harbor Public Health Department Warns Influenza A is Circulating on the Harbor

 In recent weeks, the Grays Harbor County Public Health and Social Services Department has received several reports of influenza A in school-aged persons and young adults.  Influenza A includes both typical seasonal flu and A/SWH1 or ‘swine flu.’  To date, only 1 case of swine flu has been confirmed on the Harbor.

Influenza A viruses are circulating widely throughout the state.  Flu season can run into late spring, but it is not typical to see this much flu activity so late in the season.

Influenza symptoms include fever, cough, and sore throat.  Fatigue, lack of appetite, runny nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea can also occur.  Fever of 100 degrees F or above and cough are key.  Influenza is not like the common cold. 

Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain in Westport June 25th Through 28th

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Aberdeen - Grays Harbor's tall ships, the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, return to Grays Harbor June 25 after nearly nine months of touring California and Columbia River ports. The vessels will participate in Rusty Scupper's Pirate Daze June 26-28 at the Westport Marina in Westport, offering walk-on tours June 26, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., and June 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Three-hour Battle Sails are scheduled for June 27 and 28 at 2 p.m. A three-hour family-oriented Adventure Sail takes place June 28 at 10 a.m. For tickets, visit www.historicalseaport.org or call 800-200-5239.

Lady Washington Launch 1989 : Photos of Lady Washington undergoing preparations for launch on March 7, 1989.The ships then transit to Aberdeen for the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Lady Washington's two decades of service to the Grays Harbor community. Featuring VIP tours of the ships, food, drink, and entertainment by Northwest musicians, the event begins at 4 p.m. Monday June 29 at Aberdeen Landing, 701 E. Heron St., Aberdeen. Tickets are $50 per person. A table may be reserved for $500, which includes two tickets to the July 4 evening sailing. To reserve space for the anniversary party, call 800-200-5239 or visit www.historicalseaport.org.

2010 Little League State Tournament to be Hosted in East Grays Harbor

Thursday East Grays Harbor Little League was awarded the 2010 Washington State 11-12 year old Little League tournament to be held starting around July 24th, 2010.  EGHLL President, Ian Osgood's response was, "This is a huge honor for our league and our community.  It is a way to say thanks to those in our community who have sponsored Little League for so many years."

Task Force Recommends a Local Tax to Tackle Substance Abuse and Mental Health

The Grays Harbor Task Force on Substance Abuse and Mental Health released its report today, recommending that the County Commissioners adopt a 1/10th of 1% retail sales tax. The amount is equivalent to 1 penny on a $10 taxable purchase.

Task Force Chair Larry Kahl commented, "We understand that ‘no new taxes' is a common refrain. No one wants added tax burden in an economic downturn. But we have studied the issues carefully and we believe this measure is affordable and that the benefits to our community far outweigh the costs. "

Stepped Up Law Enforcement Patrols to Focus on Grays Harbor County Child Car Seat...

Between June 19 and July 2, Grays Harbor County law enforcement will once again commit extra patrols for Child Car Seat Violations. The law enforcement officers who are participating in the emphasis patrols have been through intensive child passenger safety training, some of whom are certified car seat technicians.

With summer upon us, the timing coincides with more kids riding in cars, perhaps improperly. As they ramp up for another round of child car seat-focused patrols, law enforcement officers want parents to know that kids up to age 13 need to ride in the back seat or it's a substantial ticket: $124.