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Outdoor gas leak quickly capped after closing some Hoquiam streets

A gas leak in Hoquiam yesterday blocked some areas of O street with neighbors sheltering in their homes. Captain John Bickar with the Hoquiam...

AHAB Siren Testing Monday

Montesano, WA – Grays Harbor County will conduct its monthly countywide AHAB (All Hazard Alert Broadcast) Siren test on Monday, December 07, 2009, at noon.
AHAB sirens are located in Pacific Beach, Copalis Beach, Ocean City, Ocean Shores, Hoquiam, Aberdeen, Moclips, Westport and Grayland.  All Grays Harbor County sirens will be included in the test beginning at noon.
AHAB sirens have a range of about one mile in radius depending on topography and weather. The activation will be Westminster Chimes followed by a test voice message. These sirens are meant to provide emergency notification to people who are outside.  Residents and businesses located within a tsunami inundation area are encouraged to maintain a working NOAA Weather Radio.
Please DO NOT call 911 regarding this testing.  If you have any questions or reports regarding the test, please contact Grays Harbor County Emergency Management at 360-249-3911 or [email protected].

Hoquiam Water Main Break

Hoquiam, WA- The City of Hoquiam has suffered a major water line break on Simpson Avenue at 7th Street. We are told city staff, with the assistance of Rognlin’s are on scene, and are preparing to repair a 10 inch waterline. There are several blocks and many businesses out of water.

The City of Hoquiam is anticipating it will take 6 or more hours to make the repair. The staff on scene was able to maintain water service to Emerson Manor by making a temporary connection off Levee Street.

There is a road closure on US 101 blocking southbound traffic. The detour starts at 6th street.

First Storm System of The New Year Brings Alerts for Western Washington

A strong frontal system will move into the area this afternoon and affect the area through Friday. It will bring with it windy conditions,...

DNA Testing Could Link Two Recent Burglaries

The Hoquiam Police Department is hoping that DNA testing will show a connection between two burglaries of churches, one in Aberdeen, and another in...

Free Tsunami Training: Training the Trainers

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) will be offering a free tsunami public education course on February 14, 2013 at the Grays Harbor College Columbia Education Center (208 Advent Ave. S.E.) in Ilwaco. The course will begin at 1:00 p.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. Workbooks will be provided.

Topics for the course include: near and far source tsunami events and scenarios, the Cascadia Subduction Zone, tsunami modeling, inundation mapping in Washington State, local vulnerabilities, emergency management systems, tsunami response, how to reduce risks, and community training.

The Train-the-Trainer program aims to develop an educational curriculum to train qualified tsunami public education instructors. It is a joint effort of the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program and the Washington State Emergency Management Division (WAEMD), and has been organized locally by PCEMA. Participants will gain skills and knowledge regarding: local hazards, risk reduction, tsunami response, and community assessment. The goal of this course is to better prepare the citizens and communities of Pacific County by developing and coordinating disaster preparedness public education programs.

Anyone interested in participating must pre-register with AmeriCorps Member Kirsten Harvill by calling (360) 875-9409 or (360) 642-9409 or email [email protected].  

New Report Says Olympic Peninsula is Shifting From Labor to Service Jobs

Bozeman, MT - A new report released today by Headwaters Economics says that the draft watershed conservation proposal would have little or no impact to the Olympic Peninsula's existing timber industry, but could provide a significant economic benefit to the broader economy.
The report’s author, Ben Alexander of Headwaters Economics in Bozeman, MT tells us the economy of the Olympic Peninsula has changed significantly= "The decoupling happened in the early 1980's when we saw timber employment declining in net terms, and the rest of the economy growing. That kind of decoupling, or shift is happening across the rural, or non-metro, West and it's indicative of that shifting competitive space that American businesses occupy."
Alexander said that shift means that the area no longer relies on goods producing sectors to grow. "The report found that the natural amenities [like] clean water, rivers, recreational opportunities, are one of the reasons why the region is growing quickly from a population perspective." The full report, produced at the request of the Wild Olympics Coalition, can be viewed at headwaterseconomics.org 

Health Board to hold hearing on sewage tank design rules, reconsider eye treatment for...

At its October 14 meeting, the state Board of Health will hold a public hearing on a new rule that would govern sewage tank design and construction.

It will also reconsider rule language concerning preventive eye treatment for newborns. This reconsideration is prompted by a national shortage of Erythromycin eye ointment. Proposed amendments would allow health care providers to use other treatments recommended by the CDC. Public testimony will be taken.

The board will also discuss several other rules: water recreation facilities; HIV counseling, testing, and partner services; school immunizations; and birth certificate information requests. It will also decide whether to adopt a proposed strategic plan for the 2009-11 biennium.

DNR Proposes More Money to ‘Timber Counties’

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark yesterday urged Governor Christine Gregoire to distribute $10-million to 20 cash-strapped "timber counties." Goldmark pointed to dwindling budgets and tight wallets at the county level when he said "I believe that we can afford to redistribute $10-million to the counties..." The Department of Natural Resources has twice lowered the management percentage this year from 25 down to 21 percent, increasing the revenue to counties from timber sales.