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Rains Continue to Push Rivers in Grays Harbor County to Alert Stage

A Flood Watch issued for rivers in Grays Harbor County through this afternoon expired this morning (01/24/2020). A previous Flood Warning has ended for the Satsop River Near Satsop affecting Grays Harbor County. The Flood Warning continues for the Skokomish River At Potlatch affecting Mason County The National Weather Service in Seattle...

Wes Cormier Announces 19th District Candidacy for Washington State Senate

Elma resident, Wes Cormier, has announced his candidacy for the Washington State Senate’s 19th Legislative District, as a Republican. Cormier is currently serving his eighth year as an elected County Commissioner for Grays Harbor County.  His Senate campaign will focus on Property Rights, Fiscal Responsibility and Transparency.  Wes is committed to bringing...

WDFW approves permit to farm sterile rainbow trout/steelhead in Washington waters

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) on Tuesday approved an application from Cooke Aquaculture to farm all-female, sterile (triploid) rainbow trout/steelhead in Puget Sound. The five-year permit applies to existing net pens in Puget Sound where Cooke holds valid aquatic land leases with the Washington Department of Natural Resources. This...
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Potential State Park Closures Discussed In Montesano

The Washington State Parks and Recreations Department met with nearly 200 concerned citizens Thursday night in Montesano to discuss the state's intentions with Lake Sylvia and Schafer State Park.
 
Foreseeing a large State budget deficit, the Parks department has been asked to trim ten percent of it's budget, equating to 10 million dollars, State Parks planner Brian Hovis told the crowd "Parks has already cut $3.5 million out of headquarters and regional office budgets, and it has come down to reducing state parks." The department is also considering extending seasonal closures, and shelving needed repairs. The 3.5 million dollars trimmed so far does not help for the 2009-2011 budget, that covers shortfalls in the Parks department's budget ending in 2009.

Hovis, and Regional Director Steve Brand answered hand-written questions after a short presentation on the department's budget. Handouts explained how over 800-thousand dollars in operating expenses would be saved if the state were to either transfer or mothball both Lake Sylvia and Schafer State parks.

State Parks Commission to discuss budget reductions at Olympia meeting

OLYMPIA – Feb. 26, 2009 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will hear public comment on proposed 2009-11 budget reductions that could result in park transfers or mothballing at its regular meeting in Olympia next week.

The regular Commission meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 5, at Commission Headquarters, 1111 Israel Road S.W., Olympia. The budget proposal agenda item and public comment are scheduled for no earlier than 1 p.m., beginning with a budget report. A full meeting agenda is available online at www.parks.wa.gov/commtg.asp.

The Commission will hear a report on the status of agency work to potentially transfer 13 parks to other public operators as part of the Governor’s proposed 2009-11 budget, announced in December. The budget proposal, based on revenue forecasts predicting a state revenue shortfall of approximately $5.7 billion, would require State Parks to reduce expenditures by 10 percent or $10 million in General Fund support.

State Parks participated in the Governor’s freeze in August and early autumn expenditure reductions to save money in the current budget. To meet requirements of the Governor’s budget proposal for next Biennium, the Commission will make other cuts first in order to mitigate park transfers or closures.

Attorney General tells promoters of calorie-burning drink to shape up

Washington State has announced a settlement with the makers of Enviga, a green tea that was advertised as a kind of weight-loss elixir. Attorney General Rob McKenna says Enviga’s claims didn’t quite pan out.

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“They said that if you drank three cans a day you could burn 60 to 100 calories and start to lose weight. But you probably won’t be surprised to hear that those claims are bogus. If you want to lose weight, it’s better to take a brisk walk. “


The Attorney General says that a study cited by the drink manufacturer was a little questionable.

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“There was a three day study of 31 people who were already in pretty good shape. We raised serious questions about the validity of the study because even if the results can be realized by average people, you’d have to drink 105 bottles of Enviga over 35 days to burn a single pound.”

Level 1 Sex Offender Arrested for Assault In The Fourth Degree in Hoquiam

After responding to the report of an assault at a residence in the 900 block of Monroe Street at 1:35 PM on Wednesday 2/25/09 Hoquiam police arrested 24 year old Christopher E. M. Richardson for Assault 4th degree and for Failing to register as a sex offender.  He was booked into the Grays Harbor County jail on those charges.

 

The 20 year old girlfriend of the man told officers that she had not been assaulted on Wednesday but that she was afraid of the man because he had assaulted her several times recently.  The most recent assault had taken place on Tuesday 2/24/09.  On Tuesday the man had grabbed her by the throat and chocked her but she did not call police at that time.  She was not injured and did not request medical attention.

Le Mays Garbage Truck Rolls Over in Hoquiam

On Wednesday 2/25/09 at about 1:00 PM Hoquiam police responded to the report of an overturned truck at Bay Avenue and 23rd Street. When officers arrived on the scene they saw a 1997 Le Mays garbage truck on his side against the fence on the south side of the roadway.

The driver of the Mack Truck, 51 year old William Karr of Cosmopolis, told officers he was rounding the corner from 23rd Street onto Bay Avenue when he felt the truck “jolt” and it began to slowly tip over.  Several witness told officers that the truck was not traveling very fast when it began to roll over. The truck was fully loaded with garbage at the time it rolled over.

Gov. Gregoire’s and Attorney Gen. McKenna’s statement on Oregon support of Hanford lawsuit

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire and Attorney General Rob McKenna issued the following statement today on the decision by Oregon to join Washington in litigation to compel the U.S. Department of Energy to complete the cleanup of the Hanford nuclear reservation “We’re pleased that Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski has joined us in this important lawsuit. The federal cleanup at Hanford has been far too slow in achieving the critical environmental results mandated in the three-party cleanup agreement, which the federal government committed to.  Washington and Oregon depend on clean, safe water to support their economies and the health and well being of their citizens. In the Washington and Oregon counties south of Hanford, 57,000 companies rely on water to provide 780,000 jobs.

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