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Recreational clam, mussel, and oyster fishery scheduled to open June 8 on most Puget Sound and Strait of Juan de Fuca beaches

Most beaches in Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca are scheduled to open for recreational clam, mussel, and oyster harvest on June 8, while other areas will open later in the summer as previously planned by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). Opening this year has taken...

Mayor and Police Turn out for Hoquiam Solidarity Rally Sunday

Hoquiam residents reached out to their city over the weekend to organize a show of support for their police department and the black lives matter movement on Sunday in the wake of riots and unrest across the nation following the death of George Floyd. A crowd of people and a couple of officers stood at...

Grays Harbor County Identifies New Case of COVID-19, Count at 17, Eligible for Phase 3 on June 12

Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday announced the expansion of Safe Start - Washington’s Phased Reopening plan as the current Stay Home, Stay Healthy order ends. "Now this does not mean obviously that we're returning to normal. It means that three months to the day after we've declared a state of emergency we're successfully moving forward."
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News Director of Jodesha Broadcasting since October 2007. Dave Haviland moved to Grays Harbor in 1979 and graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1993, and is proudly attending Grays Harbor College with his children.

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WSDOT uncovers at least $67,000 in unearned overtime

OLYMPIA - The Washington State Department of Transportation this week announced that an internal payroll audit uncovered at least $67,000 in unearned overtime and compensation time charges by an employee over the past two years. WSDOT continues its audit and has referred the case to the Washington State Patrol and Pierce County Prosecutors Office to investigate potential criminal charges.

"We work hard to be highly accountable in our use of taxpayer's dollars. We are disappointed in our employee's actions and have taken steps to ensure this kind of abuse won't happen again," said Steve Reinmuth, WSDOT's Chief of Staff.

The Humane Society Offers Tips to Ensure Healthy and Happy Pets this Holiday Weekend

While a booming fireworks display maybe the perfect culmination to Fourth of July festivities, The Humane Society of the United States reminds people that many pets are frightened by such activities.

"Pets are family members, and most people include them in their holiday plans, but on a holiday full of activities like our nations' birthday, most pets will be more comfortable at home with their normal everyday routines," said Adam Goldfarb, director of the pets at risk program at The Humane Society of the United States. "So on this Fourth of July, spare your pets the stress of fireworks and crowds and ensure that everyone has a safe and happy holiday."

4th of July in Ocean Shores – Rules to Remember

The Ocean Shores Fire Department and the Ocean Shores Police Department would like you and your family to have a fun and safe 4th of July in Ocean Shores. Below is a list of safety ideas and laws which you should follow in order to enjoy your holiday.

Fireworks can only be discharged on the beaches from Marine View Drive north to the Damon Road beach approach and not in town. Fireworks can not be discharged south of Marine View Drive.
Fireworks can not be used within 100 feet of the dune grass or fired into the dunes.
Fireworks can not be discharged from decks or balconies of hotels, motels, or any residential properties.
Absolutely no beach fires within 100' of the dunes or in large pieces of driftwood.
Please completely extinguish your campfire.

Fireworks can only be discharged during the following hours:

  • June 28th 12:00 noon - 11:00 PM
  • June 29th - July 3rd 9:00AM -11:00 PM
  • July 4th 9:00AM-12:00 midnight
  • July 5th 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Budget realities force DNR to reduce services at many recreation facilities across Washington

OLYMPIA - As the Fourth of July holiday weekend approaches, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wants the public to know that it will be reducing services to many facilities at DNR-managed recreation sites.

DNR begins reducing services this week. A list of recreation sites affected by reductions in service is available at: www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/amr_rec_sites_list_reduced_services_063009.pdf. A map of these sites is at www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/amr_rec_sites_reduced_services063009.pdf (1.9 MB PDF file).

The public can still recreate on state trust lands that have reduced services; however, there will not be any amenities such as outhouses, picnic tables, signs, or garbage service at these sites. In addition, gates to some of these sites may be locked and the only way in may be on foot. DNR asks that people visiting these areas pack out whatever they pack in and observe other principles of outdoor stewardship such as ‘Leave No Trace'. (http://www.lnt.org/programs/principles.php)

Paving work, ADA improvements on US 101 start July 6

RAYMOND - The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) begins construction Monday, July 6 on a project to pave US 101 and improve Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) facilities in Raymond.

The US 101, SR 6 to Grays Harbor County Line paving project was awarded May 26 to Granite Construction Company with a bid of $2.8 million. The project resurfaces nearly nine miles of US 101 between SR 6 in Raymond and the Grays Harbor County line (mile posts 58.49 to 67.18) and brings sidewalk ramps in Raymond up to current ADA standards.

Statistics Reveal Fires Caused by the Improper Use of Fireworks

Celebrate Safely CampaignState Fire Marshal Michael G. Matlick announced today that in 2008 there were 518 fires caused by fireworks over the Independence Day holiday. 

Persons using fireworks must remember that there are legal consequences to damages caused by the irresponsible use of fireworks. Consequences range from being charged with malicious mischief to assault or a gross misdemeanor for possession of illegal explosive devices such as fireworks that have been tampered with or altered.  A gross misdemeanor can bring a fine of up to $5,000 and/or one year in prison. Possession of illegal explosive devices, such as M-80's, M-100's and larger, altered fireworks, and public display mortars, is a federal offence.

Summer weather conditions make grasses and other vegetation dry and susceptible to fire.  A person found responsible for a wildland fire started by a firework device can be required to pay restitution for the fire suppression costs.  Fire suppression costs of a wildland fire can be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties Open for Business Over Memorial Day Weekend

Grays Harbor and then Pacific County’s requests to enter Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start Plan were approved over the...

Missing Aberdeen Man Located Walking on Highway

A missing Aberdeen man was found on the highway by an Aberdeen officer reporting for duty this morning. Police Commander Dale Green...