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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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Coast Guard announces public meetings

SEATTLE - The Coast Guard is re-opening the period for public comment on its proposed rule to establish Regulated Navigation Areas along the Oregon and Washington coasts by holding two public meetings.

The first meeting will be held in Astoria, Ore., April 14, 2009, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at:

The Loft at the Red Building
20 Basin Street
Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 325-2223.

The second meeting will be held in Newport, Ore., on April 15, 2009, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at:

The Embarcadero Resort Hotel & Marina
1000 SE Bay Blvd
Newport, OR 97365
(541) 265-8521 or 1-800-547-4779

UNITED WAY 2008-2009 CAMPAIGN RECIEVES A GENEROUS BOOST

The United Way of Grays Harbor received a very generous gift at their monthly Executive Committee meeting on Thursday, March 26, when Jim Daily, from the Grays Harbor Community Foundation, presented the United Way of Grays Harbor with a check for $76,020.29 as a one time donation from an anonymous donor.

Carl Jonsson 2008-2009 Campaign Chair stated "This is a wonderful donation to our campaign and our community.  I was floored to hear about the gift from the anonymous donor.  This is a prefect example of how great our community is and how they step up in the times of needs for members of our community."

This, along with other donations, brings the 2008-2009 Campaign total to $455,870.98, which is 86.8% of the overall goal of $525,000.  "Although we are extremely appreciative of this donation, we cannot stress enough that we need everyone's help to make this goal a reality.  Big or small, every bit counts and makes a difference. We challenge the community to help us with our last months' push to meet our goal," urged Lynsi Polanco, Executive Director of the United Way of Grays Harbor.

Drunk Driver Arrested in WSP VIN Lanes

Normally the Washington State Patrol has to go find DUIs, but in one case this week they didn't have to go very far.

Drivers wishing to register new vehicles in Washington are required to visit a WSP office for inspection. Trained personnel check identification numbers to make certain the vehicle isn't stolen or wanted in another state.

At the patrol's Tacoma office on Monday an inspector, who is a 30 year veteran trooper, smelled intoxicants on two subjects who were there with a car. The inspector alerted a trooper, who ended up arresting 53 year old Thomas Meehan of Federal Way for DUI.

"This is about the shortest distance I've ever gone to catch a DUI," said Trooper Gooch. "All I had to do was walk across the parking lot."

Meehan had driven the car there as a favor to a friend.

The moral: Helping a friend is a good thing. Drinking and Driving is not. Don't Drink and Drive

County Auditor Talks Cuts With County Commissioners

Proposals for a 6% cut across the board were discussed at yesterday's county commissioners meeting Monday, County Auditor Vern Spatz explained (in the attached audio)

 

More details are expected this afternoon.

New Trail Highlight of 2009 Season at the Ocean Shores Interpretive Center

The Ocean Shores Interpretive Center will open seven days a week for the summer season starting April 1 at 11 am.  On April 7, starting at 4:30 pm will be the dedication of the new Interpretive Trail, and small child Play & Learn Courtyard.  After which, the public is invited to enter the Interpretive Center and enjoy refreshments while viewing the new exhibits on Wind, Waves  & Weather and local Ocean Shores history.

Ocean Shores Interpretive CenterThe trail has been designed, and constructed by Senior High School students of North Beach, Aberdeen and Hoquiam High Schools as their senior culminating project.  The students include Will Hara and Armondo Lugo of North Beach; Jordana Davis and Amanda Smith from Aberdeen and Amanda Anderson and Moriah McMichael from Hoquiam.  Their Mentor for this project is Erica Baker of the Pacific Education Institute.  The Interpretive Trail is a cooperative project between the Ocean Shores Interpretive Center (and the City of Ocean Shores), Pacific Educational Institute, Grays Harbor College, Grays Harbor Weed Control, NOAA (Be-Wet Grant) and Grays Harbor County.    The project, designed to be ongoing, features a short walking trail through a small coastal forest with a wetland area that is protected by a boardwalk.  The students have identified various trees and vegetation for the visiting public, which will have signage at a later date. It has been designed as a family and disabled person friendly walking trail.

Washington’s single biggest fishing season opener April 25 is still one of the best bargains in local family recreation.

Several hundred lakes, stocked by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) with millions of hatchery-reared fish, open on April 25 for a four-to five-month-long fishing season. 

"It's our biggest fishing season opener because it traditionally draws more than 300,000 anglers of all ages," said WDFW Director Phil Anderson. "With the annual freshwater fishing license still under $22 for adults and free for kids 14 and under, it's a great bargain in outdoor recreation."

With waters in every county of the state well stocked before the big opening day, Anderson noted that families can also keep travel costs down with good fishing close to home.

"This may be the best time ever for those who used to fish to get back into it with family and friends," Anderson said. "Costs remain low and our hatchery stocking is at a peak."

WDFW Inland Fish Program Manager Jim Uehara reports more than 19.8 million trout are stocked in lakes and streams throughout the state for this year's fishery, including those planted in waters that opened earlier this spring or are open year-round. Most trout will be stocked before the lakes season gets under way the last Saturday of April.

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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

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

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Washington L&I Will Cite Employers Violating Gov. Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order

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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...