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WDFW: Master Hunter Permit Program will accept applications starting Jan. 1

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will accept applications for its Master Hunter Permit Program from Jan. 1 through Feb. 15, 2014. The program is designed to promote safe, lawful and ethical hunting, and to strengthen Washington’s hunting heritage and conservation ethic.

WDFW enlists master hunters for controlled hunts to remove problem animals that damage property. Master hunters also participate in volunteer projects involving increasing access to private lands, habitat enhancement, data collection, hunter education, and landowner relations.

"To qualify for the program, applicants must demonstrate a high level of skill and be committed to lawful and ethical hunting practices," said David Whipple, WDFW Hunter Education division manager.

Hunters enrolling in the program must pay a $50 application fee, pass a criminal background check, pass a written test, demonstrate shooting proficiency, provide at least 20 hours of approved volunteer service and meet other qualifications described on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/masterhunter/ .

Coast Guard to create Sector Columbia River Today

The Coast Guard will see the birth of Sector Columbia River when Sector Portland, Ore., combines with Group/Air Station Astoria, Ore., during a ceremony in Astoria, Monday.

The formation of Sector Columbia River is part of an initiative commonly referred to as "sectorization," part of a nationwide effort to consolidate the many responsibilities, missions and jurisdictions within the Coast Guard. The move is also aimed at increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of Coast Guard personnel and assets.

Anglers get extra day each week to catch spring chinook on the lower Klickitat...


Action:   Klickitat River anglers will be able to fish Sunday in addition to the Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday weekly schedule.   

Species affected:   Chinook and steelhead

Effective dates:   April 1 through May 31, 2009

Location:   Klickitat River from mouth to the Fisher Hill Bridge (located about 3 miles upstream from the mouth).

Winds, Flooding, and Storms Expected for The Harbor

   The National Weather Service has issued many warnings for the Grays Harbor Area. All Hazards Weather Radios were activated to all coastal residents, informing of the Coastal Flood Watch issued for Tuesday. Grays harbor Emergency Management has notified all Coastal authorities of the impending weather situation.

 1)       The first is a High Wind Watch which will actually happen in 2 stages. The first stage forecasted will likely give damaging winds to the coast and North interior and will be in effect from Sunday around midnight and lasting thru early Monday with winds expected to be sustained at 40-50 MPH with gusts up to 75 MPH. The second stage will  produce more widespread damage and begin around 12 hours later after midnight Tuesday morning thru Tuesday afternoon. These winds will be more intense, along the coast and felt inland also and will produce sustained winds of 50-60 MPH with gusts up to 85 MPH.
   Widespread damage can occur at either time as well as power outages and tree limbs breaking. Grays Harbor County Emergency Management is suggesting that all citizens prepare for potential power outages, secure items in their yard and to be aware of falling trees and power lines.
2)       The second is a Flood Watch for the Satsop River area. The projection is that the River will become Bank Full on Tuesday Morning. All residents are being advised to keep aware of the situation and monitor their radio stations. A flood watch means that conditions are favorable for flooding but flooding IS NOT imminent or occurring
3)       There is a flood watch for Aberdeen on Tuesday where the 12:45pm high tide could exceed 14’ due to a number of factors. All low lying coastal areas could see flooding over roadways then.

Mason County Sheriff’s Office To Purchase Mobile Data Terminals

SHELTON, Wash. - As previously announced in the Sheriff's press release dated April 29, 2009, the Mason County Sheriff's Office was allotted $77,445 through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG).

The uncertainty of the current budget revenue streams for the Sheriff's Office made a decision as to the best use of these funds difficult at best.  However, in a review of the Department's operations, Sheriff Salisbury has determined that an initial purchase of 12 mobile data terminals (MDTs) and 15 software licenses along with applicable hardware for installation in Deputies' patrol vehicles would be a solid investment.  This will not provide every vehicle with their own MDT but most vehicles will be outfitted with the mounts so that units may be transferred at the end of a shift.

Multi-county salmonellosis outbreak, possibly related to pork

State health officials are working with state and local partners to investigate several cases and clusters of Salmonella infections that appear to be linked...

Mayor Jack Durney says he’ll seek a fifth term in Hoquiam

Hoquiam Mayor Jack Durney says he plans to run for re-election. He said on Facebook over the weekend that "Making sure that our Hoquiam...

Grays Harbor Unemployment numbers improve, still worst in the state

The latest unemployment numbers from the state show Grays Harbor percentages climbed from a seasonally adjusted 8.4% in September to an unseasonably adjusted 9.9%...

Enrollment is Open for 2019 Leadership Grays Harbor Program

Leadership Grays Harbor offers a civic and professional development program based on key leadership principles. Since 2016, Greater Grays Harbor Inc. (GGHI) has partnered...