Archive for April, 2012

4 local parks search for volunteers to serve as hosts

April 26, 2012 Comments off

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is seeking volunteers to serve as hosts at state parks throughout Washington.

These openings include host positions at Ocean City, Pacific Beach, Schafer, and Twin Harbors parks.

The Washington State Parks Host Program offers volunteers the chance to stay in the park while gaining experience in park operations and visitor services. Hosts are needed year round in state parks all across Washington.

Hosts represent state parks by greeting the public and helping set the tone for visitors. They assist park staff and perform a variety of tasks depending on the park and the type of host assignment. Hosts receive free camping and hookups in exchange for performing these duties. A typical host assignment is 30 days, but may be extended up to 90 days at the park manager’s discretion. Hosts must provide their own RV and camping equipment.

For a complete list of volunteer and host openings, visit or stop by the State Parks booth from May 3 through 6 at the Puyallup Fair and Events Center in Puyallup.

Camp Host Opportunities. This file will be updated weekly.

Categories: Harbor News, KXRO Outdoors

FOSLS to hold grassroots event for Discover Pass

April 26, 2012 Comments off

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Friends of Schafer and Lake Sylvia State Parks announced grassroots sales events for the Discover Pass in and around Grays Harbor, beginning this weekend.

Staff and volunteers will be on hand to sell the $30 annual Discover Pass at the following locations:

Saturday and May 5 and 12: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pick Rite Thriftway store in Montesano
May 5 and 6: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Old Timer’s Fair, Mary Knight School

The Discover Pass, which is now transferable between two vehicles, allows visitors to enjoy millions of acres of Washington state-managed recreation lands, including state parks, water-access points, heritage sites, wildlife and natural areas, trails and trailheads.

“Washington state parks are a treasure, and we all need to do our part to help keep them available for generations to come,” said Gregory Johnson, president of the friends group. “We hope the public will come out and show their support by purchasing a Discover Pass.”

In addition to these special sales events, the Discover Pass may be purchased where state fishing and hunting licenses are sold, online at or by phone at (866) 320-9933.

For more information, visit the FOSLS page on Facebook.

Hunters wanting special permits have until May 18

April 26, 2012 Comments off

Hunters have through May 18 to apply for special hunting permits for fall deer, elk, mountain goat, moose, bighorn sheep, and turkey seasons in Washington.

Winners will be selected through a random drawing conducted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in late June. The special permits qualify hunters to hunt at times and places beyond those authorized by a general hunting license.

Applications may be purchased from license vendors or on WDFW’s website at

Applications must be submitted on that website or by calling 1-877-945-3492.

Before applying for a special-hunt permit, hunters must purchase an application and any necessary hunting licenses and transport tags for each species they wish to hunt. All are available online, by phone, or from a licensed dealer.

Most special hunt permit applications cost $6.60 for residents, $110.00 for non-residents, and $3.30 for youth under 16 years of age.

Winners will be notified by mail by mid-July.

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Final clam dig of the season proposed for May 5-7

April 26, 2012 Comments off

Twin Harbors beach will be the site of the last razor clam dig of the season on May 5-7, provided that marine toxin tests show the clams there are safe to eat.

All other beaches in Washington will be closed to digging until a new season is announced in the Fall, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

“Twin Harbors is the only beach with razor clams still available for harvest after the two openings in April,” Ayres said. “Assuming the marine toxin tests are favorable, this will be the last chance to dig fresh razor clams until fall.”

The proposed opening is scheduled on morning tides; no digging will be allowed after noon.

Morning low tides will be:

May 5, Saturday, 6:32 a.m., -1.5 feet – Twin Harbors
May 6, Sunday, 7:19 a.m., -2.1 feet – Twin Harbors
May 7, Monday, 8:07 a.m., -2.3 feet – Twin Harbors

“With digging restricted to one beach, I’d recommend arriving early and getting your clams before it gets too crowded,” he said. “That may leave time to go fishing for spring chinook salmon on the Chehalis River or catch some shrimp in Puget Sound.”

Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day, and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container. Diggers need a valid 2012-13 fishing license to participate in the upcoming opening, since all 2011-12 licenses expired March 31. The exception is young people under age 15, who may fish for free.

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Wilson announces he will again run for County Comissioner

April 25, 2012 Comments off

Commissioner Mike Wilson announced that he will once again run for County Commissioner in the November election. Wilson says that his experience working in local government for over 20 years is what voters should be looking for.

Despite the recent redistricting of Grays Harbor County, Wilson will once again be running for District 2, representing the southeast portion of Grays Harbor. Westport Mayor Michael Bruce and Aberdeen City Council member Frank Gordon have also expressed their interest in the position.

Former Mayor of the City of Aberdeen, Wilson is currently in his second term as Grays Harbor County Commissioner.

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Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties have yet to see whooping cough epidemic

April 25, 2012 Comments off

The number of pertussis, or whooping cough, cases in Washington State continues to climb, surpassing 1,000 cases so far this year. On April 3 the Secretary of Health declared a statewide epidemic of pertussis.

Grays Harbor has seen only 3 cases reported so far in 2012. Pacific County has seen no reported cases.

Health officials say the state is on pace to reach more than 3,000 cases for the year, a level that hasn’t been seen in decades.

Figures released Tuesday show 1,008 cases have been reported as of April 21, compared to 110 cases in the same period last year.

Whooping cough is highly contagious and spread by coughing and sneezing.

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“Drop, Cover & Hold On” drill this morning

April 25, 2012 Comments off

Grays Harbor will join the statewide “Drop, Cover & Hold On” Earthquake Drill this morning at 9:45am. Deputy Director of Emergency Management Chuck Wallace says that all citizens, schools, businesses and city and county governmental agencies are encouraged to participate.

Japanese authorities say that participation in earthquake and tsunami drills saved countless lives during the magnitude 9.0 Earthquake & Tsunami in March of last year.

In March of this year, Pacific County residents saw a 3.3 magnitude earthquake 15 miles outside of Raymond. Earthquakes occur daily along the entire West Coast of the United States. In Grays Harbor County, they happen along the fault lines which travel across the county, and along the Cascadia Subduction Zone, just a few miles off the coast and near the volcanic mountain ranges.

For more information, contact Grays Harbor County Emergency Management at (360) 249-3911 x 290 or email

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