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City of Hoquiam awarded $900,000 Community Development Block Grant to preserve Olympic Stadium

The Washington Department of Commerce has awarded the City of Hoquiam a $900,000 Community Development Block Grant to preserve Olympic Stadium. City Administrator Brian Shay said yesterday that the grant builds on the $504,000 grant the Washington Legislature in 2018 and future funding to complete all of the repairs, restoration work and future enhancements.

WDFW seeks comment on periodic status reviews for Gray and Humpback Whales

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking public input on its draft periodic status reviews for Gray and Humpback Whales. WDFW prepares recovery plans to guide conservation and recovery efforts and periodically reviews the status of protected species in the state. Recommendations in the reviews include...

Cantwell Announces $1.37M Grant for Puget Sound and Pacific Railroad for Elma Junction Project

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, this week announced that Puget Sound and Pacific Railroad (PSAP) will receive $1,374,399 from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for the Elma Junction Safety, Capacity, and Efficiency Project. The federal funding will be used construct a new double-ended...
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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 recently graduated from Grays Harbor College with his General Associate in Arts.

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Do Not Park In The Middle of The Road.. Signs

No Parking signs will soon be seen on the Wynoochie Valley Road near Carter Creek, where it's become a hazard that some boaters and fisherman are parking along narrow parts of the shoulder and at times across the traveled roadway.

County Commissioner Terry Willis explained the need for these restrictions in that area, while talking with Doug McDowell after Monday's County Commissioner's meeting.

The impromptu boat ramp has formed near milepost 14, and in this case "no parking" means don't park in the road.

Forestry crews at three camps will no longer be funded, three other camps will see a reduction

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today took the first step to address its budget crisis by alerting affected employees of pending expenditure reductions to the forestry program in correction camps.  

“The budget situation has impacted the entire state and DNR, like any family or business, has been forced to make some very difficult decisions,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. “We must move forward quickly to reduce expenditures and maintain fund balances in our operating accounts that are not tied to the state’s general fund.”  

DNR files the State’s answer and counterclaim in Taylor Shellfish lawsuit

OLYMPIA – Yesterday, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) filed its answer to a lawsuit filed by Taylor Shellfish in Thurston County Superior Court.


Taylor Shellfish Co. is suing DNR for not carrying forward a combined settlement and issuing a lease agreement that would have allowed the company to harvest geoducks on state land on which they were illegally trespassing. The terms of the controversial lease were negotiated by outgoing Commissioner Doug Sutherland and signed a day before he left office.

Agencies respond to reported hydraulic spill in Puget Sound – Update

SEATTLE — The Coast Guard, Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology), and Washington State Maritime Cooperative (WSMC) are wrapping up their response Tuesday night to a hydraulic fluid spill in Puget Sound.

Investigators learned through interviews with the crew that the ship, the Hyundai Republic, likely lost most of the contents of a hydraulic reservoir, potentially spilling up to 158 gallons of hydraulic oil, into the Blair Waterway in Commencement Bay near Tacoma, Wash.  

Ecology Department Seeking Public Input for Geoduck Aquaculture Guidelines

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is asking the public for ideas to help city and county governments throughout Puget Sound address how geoduck aquaculture could be regulated under local shoreline management regulations.

Ecology is conducting two public workshops in Lacey on Thursday, March 26, to gather comments from the public. The first workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and the second from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Ecology headquarters, 300 Desmond Dr., downstairs auditorium.

The workshops are designed to build on recommendations of the state Shellfish Aquaculture Regulatory Committee regarding how geoduck aquaculture operations might be managed through state shoreline management guidelines.

DNR firefighter Albert Kassel receives Pacific Northwest Excellence in Dispatching Award for 2008

OLYMPIA – Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark announced today that Albert Kassel, manager of the Emergency Coordination Center of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has been named to top honors by the Northwest Wildfire Coordination Center.

“To achieve such recognition after only two years in the position is a testament to Albert’s leadership, dedication, and stellar performance at DNR, in the region, and nationally,” said  Goldmark, congratulating Kassel on behalf of the department.

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