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Reckless Driving/Minor in Possession Incident Tuesday Morning in Hoquiam

Early Tuesday morning, 1:15 AM, (4/21/09), Sgt. Joe Strong was traveling northbound on Ontario to assist another officer in the 2500 block of Cherry Street.  As Strong stopped for the stop sign at the intersection of Sumner Avenue he saw headlights from a vehicle traveling westbound on Sumner.  It was slightly foggy with a visibility of about three blocks.  As Sgt. Strong crossed Sumner Avenue he saw the vehicle approaching him at an extremely high rate of speed and it had closed to approximately 200 feet of the intersection.  Strong had to accelerate rapidly in order to avoid being struck by the fast approaching vehicle.  As the vehicle passed behind him the officer saw that it was a dark colored Jeep traveling at a speed estimated to be in excess of 75 mph in the 30 mph speed zone.  There were no other vehicles in the vicinity on Sumner.

State Route 105 Bridge in Raymond to Reopen

RAYMOND, Wash. - Drivers and fish alike can plan for easier passage near Raymond as work wraps up on a new State Route 105 bridge designed for a smoother ride above, and easier passage below. Magan Reed with the WSDOT tells us tomorrow, the Washington State Department of Transportation will reopen SR 105 to two lanes of traffic and raise the speed limit from 25 mph to 45 mph on this stretch of highway.

Over the past nine months, a traffic signal directed SR 105 drivers across a temporary, single-lane bridge, while crews replace an undersized culvert with a new 87-foot-long concrete bridge.

The new bridge connects the Norris Slough to Willapa Bay and allows fish to pass freely upstream to their spawning grounds in the bay.

“This new bridge restores an important fish passage, but it also protects the roadway and taxpayer dollars,” said Project Engineer Colin Newell. “Our maintenance crews routinely repaired this patch of road, which was eroding because of the narrow culvert. The new bridge carries the roadway clear over the slough, which will reduce maintenance costs – it benefits everyone.”

Crews will return in spring when dry weather allows final paving work to be complete.

The $2.3-million project was funded through federal and state highway improvement funds. 

2-Day Razor Clam Dig Approved

OLYMPIA – Clam diggers today got a green light to proceed with a two-day razor clam dig starting the day after Thanksgiving Day at several ocean beaches.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig after marine toxin tests showed that the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.

Four beaches – Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks – will open to razor clam digging on evening tides on Friday, Nov. 25. Three of those beaches – Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks – will remain open to digging Saturday, Nov. 26.

No digging will be allowed either day before noon.

“Digging razor clams is a popular way to burn off a big Thanksgiving dinner,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. “Fortunately, we have some nice low tides for the holiday this year.”

For best results, Ayres recommends that clam diggers hit the beach an hour or two before the evening low tide. On Nov. 25, an evening low tide of -1.9 feet will occur at 6:27 p.m. The evening low tide Nov. 26 will be -1.8 feet at 7:14 p.m.

Kiwanis Club of Ocean Shores 2009 Scholarship Awards Banquet & Auction

The Kiwanis Club of Ocean Shores is having its 19th Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet & Auction on Saturday, May 30, 2009. The Awards Banquet will take place at the Shilo Inn in Ocean Shores. The social hour and silent auction start at 5:30pm and the dinner, awards, and live auction begin at 7:00pm.

The cost of the tickets is $20.00 per person, which includes a full dinner with dessert.  100% of the proceeds go to scholarships for North Beach High School Students.

Tickets may be purchased from any Kiwanis Member or at the Ocean Shores Chamber of Commerce at 289-2451, or you may contact Jim Sroke at 289-0460.

Grays Harbor Community Foundation Awards $17,900 through Small Grants Program

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation is pleased to invest $17,900 into our community through our Small Grants Program. The Foundation created this program in...

Contanda Pulls Crude Oil Application, Applies to Move Cleaner Fuels Through Hoquiam

The company Contanda announced today it has officially withdrawn its permit application to handle and store crude oil at the company’s Grays Harbor terminal....

City of Hoquiam to celebrate Arbor Day and Month in April

The City of Hoquiam has proclaimed April as Arbor Month and April 24th as Arbor Day. To kick off the celebration of Arbor Month, the City of Hoquiam will begin planting trees along Sumner Avenue beginning the week of April 6th. As the entrance to our community, the Urban Forestry Board identified Sumner Avenue as the perfect spot to begin a tree planting program that will "branch" out to the rest of the community over the coming years.

On April 24th the City of Hoquiam and Urban Forestry Advisory Board would like to invite the community to celebrate Arbor Day at the Hoquiam Farmer's Market. The celebration will begin at 3:00 p.m. with opening remarks by Mayor Jack Durney. The celebration will include planting of four ginkgo trees in front of the Farmer's Market by the local Brownies, Cub Scouts, Grays Harbor Young Professionals, and the Urban Forestry Advisory Board.

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Asphalt repair brings daytime lane closures to US 12 this week

If the weather cooperates, Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews will perform asphalt repairs on US 12/Pine Street in Oakville during...