Ocosta School District was named as a Green District Leader by the U.S. Department of Education for their environmental efforts.
Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, and Mike Boots, Acting Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality made the announcement of the 2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools on Tuesday.
Vancouver School District won a District Sustainability Award, and Shadow Lake Elementary in Tahoma and The Bertschi School, a private school in Seattle, were named 2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools.
In addition to the Green Ribbon Schools, Washington state has designated three schools and three school districts as Green School and District Leaders for their achievement in at least one of three Green Ribbon pillars:
- environmental impact and energy efficiency
- healthy school environments
- environmental and sustainability education
Ocosta, Issaquah, and Tahoma were named as Green District Leaders. Schools in Kirkland, Camas, and Seattle were also named as Green School Leaders.
The schools are being honored for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and energy costs, promote better health and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways.
“All of these schools and districts are doing a great job in two areas,” said Randy Dorn, state superintendent of public instruction. “First, they are reducing their environmental impact, which is providing a healthy place to learn and to work. Second, they are teaching students how to approach their futures in a ‘green’ way.”
This is the third year the awards have been given. Across the nation, nine school districts and 48 schools received awards.
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Washington’s razor clam season could continue as state shellfish managers plan to add digs starting on Sunday.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced a tentative schedule because updated harvest estimates show more than enough clams to support the additional openings.
“This has been a great year for razor clams,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW shellfish manager. “Clams this year have been bigger than average and abundant enough to add another series of digs.”
Final approval will be announced after toxin test results confirm the clams are safe to eat.
“Digging at Mocrocks has been fabulous lately,” Ayres said, noting that the upcoming series of digs includes three dates at that beach.
The upcoming digs are scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:
•Apr. 27, Sunday, 5:53 a.m., -0.3 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach
•Apr. 28, Monday, 6:39 a.m., -0.8 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach
•Apr. 29, Tuesday, 7:22 a.m., -1.1 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach
•Apr. 30, Wednesday, 8:03 a.m., -1.2 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach
•May 01, Thursday, 8:43 a.m., -1.0 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach
•May 02, Friday, 9:23 a.m., -0.7 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
•May 03, Saturday, 10:04 a.m., -0.3 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
•May 04, Sunday, 10:47 a.m., 0.1 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
WDFW shellfish managers will analyze harvest data after this series of digs is completed. If enough clams remain for more digs, the best tides are around the weekend of May 17, Ayres said.
A levy for the Taholah School District is passing by over 87% after votes were counted last night, but those votes almost didn’t count at all.
The M&O levy would bring an extra $150,000 in 2015 and another $150,000 in 2016 to the school, replacing an expiring levy within the district.
According to Grays Harbor County Auditor Vern Spatz, in order to qualify at least 10% of registered voters needed to be counted. Out of the 426 voters in the district, only 48 votes were counted, showing an 11.27% turnout. Of those votes, 42 were for and 6 were against, showing an 87.5% majority.
If 6 people had not voted last night, there would have only been a 9.8% turnout.
The Taholah levy was the only measure in the special election. The next ballot count will be on Friday, with votes certified May 6.
Grays Harbor unemployment dropped in March, and is no longer in the bottom 3 statewide.
According to the Employment Security Department, Grays Harbor now shows a rate of 11.4%, down from a seasonally adjusted 11.9% in February.
Pacific County also dropped, now sitting at 10.5% compared to 11.1% in February.
Ferry, Stevens, and Pend Oreille have to highest unemployment rates statewide.
Grays Harbor lost 100 people in the overall labor force within the month, but 50 more people were employed from February to March. The current labor force shows only 20 workers less between March 2013 and today, but an additional 380 are employed.
In March of last year, local unemployment was 12.9%, 14% in 2011-12, and 15.5% in 2009-2010. In 2008, when local unemployment was only 7.8%, our labor force was 3,550 workers larger.
Statewide, unemployment is 6.3%, with nearly 61,000 jobs added in the last year, including more than 18,000 since the start of the year.
The disagreement between local judges and Grays Harbor County is moving forward and the County Commissioners approved a service agreement yesterday that is a step forward for the criminal justice facilities.
The commissioners approved the agreement with KMB Design Groups to complete a study of the County’s Criminal Justice Facilities that will include the Courts, Jail and Sheriff’s Office, and the Juvenile Facility.
The study will analyze data on growth, population, caseloads, calls for service, and various other areas to find the needs of current service and the potential for expansion.
Commissioner Frank Gordon says this is a step in the right direction in an agreement that was made with the county’s judges.
The study will cost $24,048.
2 separate Level 3 Registered Sex Offenders are changing addresses. One is moving back into town after being released from prison, the other is becoming transient.
20 year old Maxwell Flynn was convicted in 2012 and 2013 of Communicating with a minor for immoral purposes in Grays Harbor County.
Flynn has been classified as a Level 3 Sex Offender with a High Risk to re-offend.
He has told the Aberdeen Police Department that he will be transient, with no permanent address.
40 year old Joseph H Steen was convicted in 2003 of Voyeurism, 2006 of Indecent Exposure, 2008 of Indecent Exposure and 2012 of Indecent Exposure in Grays Harbor County.
Steen has been classified as a Level 3 Sex Offender with a High Risk to re-offend.
He was recently released from Washington State Department of Corrections and told police that he will be living in the 400 block of West Wishkah.
Neither man is currently wanted by police.
On Friday, Aberdeen Police were sent to the 100 block of South Michigan Street after a 57 year old man was assaulted.
Officers were told that the victim had stopped breathing and a dispatcher was able to talk someone at the home through CPR until the victim began breathing on his own.
Officers discovered that the 57 year old was assaulted by man who allegedly hit him repeatedly in the head with a wood food tray.
The Aberdeen Fire Department responded and treated the man before transporting him to Grays Harbor Community Hospital.
A former Montesano man recently hired as a Pe Ell town marshal and accused of drunken driving in the patrol car has resigned.
The mayor told the city council this week that Anthony Corder resigned, saying, “He figured he wasn’t cut out to be a police officer.”
The Chronicle reports the 27-year-old former Marine from Montesano was hired in February as Pe Ell’s sole law enforcement officer and was scheduled for training.
According to the Chronicle, Lewis County Sheriff Steve Mansfield said Lewis County dispatch received a phone call about a suicidal subject in Pe Ell at about 1 am on April 11.
“We were advised it was the town marshal, Anthony Corder, and that he had been drinking,” Mansfield said.
Corder’s ex-girlfriend had called police and said he was “highly intoxicated” and told her he was going to burn her house down and shoot himself, according to the police report.
The woman told deputies she did not know where he was, but said the last time he called her when drunk, he was at his city office, where he later passed out, the report states.
Corder did a preliminary breath test that resulted in a .235 blood alcohol content, according to the report released to the Chronicle. About two hours later, at the jail, he submitted two additional tests that registered at .184 and .186.
Pe Ell’s former marshal, Steve Dawes, announced his resignation Jan. 2. He resigned after the mayor reportedly deemed the town’s patrol car unsafe and took it out of use, leaving Dawes to use his personal vehicle to travel to and from work.
The Chronicle previously reported that Corder, who recently moved to Pe Ell, was the sole applicant for the job.
Corder was not on duty at the time of his arrest earlier this month by a sheriff’s deputy. He pleaded not guilty last week to driving under the influence.
Pontoon A is the 2nd to be placed on Lake Washington, and built in April 2013. It floated out of Grays Harbor in June of last year.
The newest pontoon to be permanently placed on Lake Washington for the SR 520 Bridge, will be a pontoon built in Aberdeen in April of last year.
The 240-foot-long, 10,000-ton Pontoon A, was placed on the lake with large roadway-support columns mounted atop its deck. Pontoon A on the west and Pontoon W, now anchored near the lake’s eastern shoreline, will bookend the floating bridge’s 21 longitudinal pontoons.
“This pontoon placement essentially represents the start of bridge assembly,” said Julie Meredith, of the SR 520 Program Director. “In coming months, the public will start to see a new floating bridge take shape as we align and connect other pontoons in between A and W.”
On Saturday, crews towed Pontoon A to its permanent location about 50 feet north of the existing floating bridge. This week, the pontoon will be secured in place with steel cables attached to anchors secured to the lakebed.
Fifty-two of the new bridge’s 77 pontoons have been constructed so far, with 34 now on Lake Washington. 4 pontoons from cycle 3 left Grays Harbor this month and 6 more from cycle 4 left the casting basin last week. This means that two-thirds of the 33 pontoons constructed locally are now complete.
The new bridge is scheduled to open to traffic in spring 2016.
Tonight in Montesano, representatives from the Grays Harbor Public Hospital Steering Committee will be answering questions about what would come of the facility if residents vote to create Grays Harbor Public Hospital District #2 in August.
As a public hospital, Grays Harbor would qualify for additional funding under newly approved Sole Community Hospital legislation.
Taxes to residents would equal approximately $4.17 a month for every $100,000 in property value.
The hospital received over 3000 signatures to put a measure on the August ballot to possibly convert the facility into a Public Hospital District.
Tonight is the first in a series of local meetings to address any concerns from residents, and discuss the costs that would be associated with this new designation.
The forum tonight starts at 6:30 pm at Montesano City Hall, and is open to all residents of Grays Harbor.
For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/GraysHarborPHD
Monday, April 21st – 6:30 – 7:30 pm – Montesano City Hall
Tuesday, April 22nd – 6:30 – 7:30 pm – Hoquiam High School Commons
Wednesday, April 23rd – 6:30 – 7:30 pm – Aberdeen High School Commons
Friday, April 25th – 12:00 – 1:00 pm – Grays Harbor Community Hospital – Conference Room C
Monday, April 28th – 6:30 – 7:30 pm – North Beach High School Commons