Archive for November, 2012

Speed reduction on SR 105 during bridge construction

November 29, 2012 Comments off

Drivers on both directions of State Route 105 west of Raymond will see a speed limit reduction starting at 7 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3.

The speed limit will be temporarily reduced from 55 mph to 25 mph just south of the Smith Creek Bridge to just north of the North River Bridge (mileposts 9.7 to 10.9).

The reduction will be in place while crews working with the Washington State Department of Transportation replace the existing timber trestle bridges over Smith Creek and North River with wider, safer crossings.

This speed reduction will be in effect around the clock until bridge construction is complete. The project is scheduled for completion in summer 2014.

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Full scale disaster exercise planned in East County

November 29, 2012 Comments off

Northwest Pipeline and Grays Harbor County have scheduled a large full scale disaster exercise on Wednesday Dec 5th at 10am at the Grays Harbor Energy facility. This exercise will test their response on earthquake, leak, explosion, and the possible injuries.

There will be equipment and fire apparatus moving throughout the area during the exercise. Chuck Wallace, Deputy Director at Grays Harbor Emergency Management reminds residents that this is just an exercise.

Some closures on low traveled roads in East County will be needed during the exercise.

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City of Aberdeen moves forward with 2013 budget

November 29, 2012 Comments off

The Aberdeen City Council is moving along on the 2013 budget, passing the second of three readings of the 2013 budget last night, but not without some discussion. Councilman Tim Alstrom brought a late amendment to the floor asking that the budget be lowered by 200,000 dollars.

Other council members commented that after all of the meetings they have had on the budget, this should have been brought up sooner. Others agreed that they too think less should be spent.

City Attorney Eric Nelson said that if the bottom line changed and they did not remove the 200 thousand from within the budget that it would not be balanced and could not be passed.

The second reading passed with a 7 to 3 vote with Alice Phelps and Jim Cook joining Alstrom in voting no.

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New study shows Wild Olympics will impact jobs

November 28, 2012 Comments off

A new study shows that the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 2012 would show a loss of jobs and economic impact on the peninsula.

The Port of Port Angeles, Clallam County, and the City of Forks, funded the study.

The study includes impacts on harvest capacity, jobs, wages, taxes and also presents an alternative “Third Way”.
The impact of the wilderness designation would be a reduction in harvest capacity on Olympic National Forest that would annually yield 439,000 board-feet.

The impact of designating proposed rivers as wild or scenic would be a reduction of 641,000 board-feet. The study says that a dozen direct forest jobs would be impacted.

This translates to more than half a million dollars in annual wages and benefits.

The study also shows that any reduction in available fiber may have an adverse effect on the Forest Products Industry. The scenario shown involves the shutdown of a saw mill which leads to the shutdown of a paper mill. This would have a job loss of over 1100 jobs in Clallam County and labor income cost of $70 million a year.

Throughout the peninsula, this means a potential of 5 thousand lost jobs.

The Northwest Forest Plan envisioned an annual yield of 900 millions of board-feet (MMBF). Half of this was expected to come from stands older than 200 years. The sale of timber from older stands has not been realized in the past decade, reaching only 54 percent of Plan goals.

They say that if their “Third Way” scenario were implemented, 49.4 MMBF would be added into harvestable wood.

The study says that with updates to the plan, a yield of 15.5 MMBF could be added in Grays Harbor, creating an additional 84 jobs and $5.4 million in wages.

This is the second economic impact study for which the Port has commissioned. An earlier study also showed potential job loss in the region.

Analysis of the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 2012

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Planned power outage today near Bel Aire

November 28, 2012 Comments off

Grays Harbor PUD will be conducting a small outage today. The outage will impact approximately 20 homes located around Bel Aire Avenue and Montview Dr. in Aberdeen.

The outage will begin at 1pm and expected to last up to 4pm.

The PUD notified customers in the outage area with door hangers and direct contact when possible. The PUD will be upgrading and replacing equipment in the area.

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Ocean acidification response to see $3.3 million in 2013

November 28, 2012 Comments off

Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed an executive order directing state officials to work on the problem of ocean acidification.

“A healthy ocean is critical to our health and our coastal economies,” said Gregoire.

In her budget to be released in December, Gov. Gregoire will reallocate $3.3 million to fund priority actions on acidification. She made the announcement Tuesday with the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other officials.

The problem known as acidification is caused when oceans absorb human-generated carbon dioxide. It has hit the shellfish industry in the Northwest hard.

The panel recommended 42 actions in Washington’s response and selected 18 “key early actions” as essential next steps. It’s unclear how much traction the ideas will have as a new governor takes office in January and where the state would find the money to pay for them.

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Election results certified

November 28, 2012 Comments off

Election results in Grays Harbor have been certified, and show no change from early this month.
Your Grays Harbor County Commissioners in 2013 will include current Commissioner Herb Welch and newcomers Frank Gordon and Wes Cormier.

Final results show Gordon defeating challenger Allan Shores by just under 4000 votes, while Cormier defeated Commissioner Terry Willis by 932 votes.

Arie Callaghan will be filling the seat left vacant by Tom Casey on the Grays Harbor PUD Board of Commissioners. Casey’s retirement is effective at the first of the year.

175 votes left the levy for Grays Harbor Fire District #5 failing. This levy was the only fire or city levy that did not show support from voters.

Senators Jim Hargrove, Brian Hatfield, and Representatives Brian Blake, Dean Takko, Steve Tharinger, and Kevin Van De Wege all retain their offices.

76% of voters in Grays Harbor were counted, falling short of the percentage seen in 2008 and just short of 30 thousand total voters.

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