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DISTRICT TWO CHIEF MOVES TO EAST COUNTY

March 30, 2011 Comments off

The Chief of Central Park’s Fire District Two is headed east.  Dan Prater has announced that he will be taking over as Chief of District Five in East Grays Harbor County.  Prater says he will take take on his new job at the beginning of the month, but will still serve in Central Park until the end of April, wrapping up the obligations to a district he says he will miss.  District 5 is one of the larger districts in the county, covering Bush Creek, rural Elma, Satsop, Porter and Malone along with paramedic service in McCleary, Elma and Fire District 12.

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EDUCATION, PENSIONS MAIN CONCERN AT 24TH DIST TOWN HALL

March 30, 2011 Comments off

24th District Representatives Steve Tharigner and Kevin Van De Wege didn’t sugarcoat their message to a Montesano open house on Tuesday night: filling a $5-billion budget gap is going to have an impact on the Harbor with cuts in healthcare and education. Tharinger’s first year in the Legislature comes as the House and Senate grapple with some of the most sever spending issues the state has ever seen. However, the over 80 people who came to Beacon Elementary School wanted to see there areas of interest preserved. That included Montesano attorney Vini Samuels plea for a stop to tuition hikes in higher education and Montesano Superintendent Marti Haruff beating the drum for K-12 education and the state’s responsibility to fund basic education program. Van De Wege says despite those pleas he knows voter initiatives like I-728 and 732 will be suspended and new programs to help kindergarten through fourth grade enhancements will be threatened, although he is hopeful that cuts to levy equalization funding can be limited. College and school concerns were the most talked about issues, but they weren’t the only ones. Speakers also plugged for cost of living adjustments to pensions, efforts to save state parks and a request for an investigation into the federal Wild Olympics effort.

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APRIL CLAM DIG AWAITS TOXIN TEST RESULTS

March 29, 2011 Comments off

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) plans to open ocean beaches for a second round of razor-clam digging in April if marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.  In addition to the dig tentatively scheduled April 7-9 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors, WDFW also hopes to open those beaches for clam digging April 19-23 and two others April 21-23. Final word on those digs – all scheduled on morning low tides – will be announced about a week ahead of time, once the results of the marine toxin tests are available. “The weather was pretty rough during the March opener, so diggers didn’t get as many clams as we thought they would,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. “That gives us an opportunity to schedule a second dig in April.”  If the toxin results are favorable, Long Beach and Twin Harbors will reopen for digging April 19 through April 22, until noon each day, plus April 23 until 1 p.m. Two other beaches – Copalis and Mocrocks – will be open for digging April 21-22 until noon and April 23 until 1 p.m. under that plan.  Fishery managers agreed to an extra hour of digging Saturday, April 23, because

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ECOLOGY GRANT WILL KEEP HARBOR ROADS CLEAN

March 29, 2011 Comments off
Grays Harbor County has received funding to cover supervisory and supply costs for the county litter control program from the Department of Ecology. The grant will bring the county just under $64-thousand for the litter patrols that will run from July 2011 to June 2012 clearing some staggering numbers of trash from county roads including 200-thousand pounds of trash. Commissioner Terry Willis says the grant will cover over 12-hundred miles of roads and 12-thousand hours of serviced crew work.

 

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M’S OVERCOME VARGAS STRUGGLES, EDGE ROCKIES

March 29, 2011 Comments off

On the day Seattle set its starting rotation for the regular season, left-hander Jason Vargas struggled. The No. 2 starter gave up five runs and 11 hits in five
innings before the Mariners rallied with two runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat Colorado 7-6 yesterday (Monday).  The M’s open the season on Friday in Oakland.  Catch all 162 games of the 2011 season on KXRO Newsradio.

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GRAYS HARBOR AIDS COSI IN 101 IMPROVEMENTS

March 29, 2011 Comments off

The Grays Harbor County Commissioners have approved sending $97-thousand to Cosmopoilis for the third phase of the US 101 Corridor Improvement project. The funding will aid the city in this summers work to replace sidewalks and storm drains and add ADA ramps and bulbout crossings along US 101 as it moves through the city. Combined with the reopening of the city pulp mill, Commissioner Mike Wilson says the timing is just right for the city. In addition to the county money, Mayor Vickie Raines says the city is also receiving two federal grants totaling $750-thousand each and money from Weyerhaeuser totaling $45-thousand. Raines says the total project cost will come to $1.65-million.

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EMERGENCY PREP EFFORTS CONTINUE

March 28, 2011 Comments off

Due to the recent events in Japan, the Aberdeen Walmart will be hosting a Disaster Preparedness Event on Saturday, April 09, 2011 from 11-3pm. Members from local response groups will be present to distribute free information and to answer questions. All Hazards Weather Radios will be available to purchase and will be programmed on site by members of the Grays Harbor Amateur Radio Group. Walmart will have a display of various emergency preparedness items for purchase.

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