Archive for August, 2013

Final days for 2013 Relay for Life fundraising

August 30, 2013 Comments off

It is the final work day for local Relay for Life teams to bring in money for it to count in the 2013 total.

Over 100 teams and 1000 people participated in local Relay for Life events this year in Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties, and according to the American Cancer Society, over $440,000 has been raised.

The team from St. Andrew’s Church brought in the most funds locally so far this year with just under $72,000 in Hoquiam .

The events in Hoquiam, Elma, and Raymond have until August 31 to submit their fundraising in order for it to count for 2013.

Starting on Monday, teams will begin their work to prepare for Relay for Life 2014 and a continued effort locally to raise money for cancer research.

Relay for Life

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Federal officials will not block Washington marijuana laws

August 29, 2013 Comments off

Washington’s legal marijuana laws can continue, according to the federal government.

Governor Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued a statement regarding the implementation of Washington’s voter-approved marijuana law

Ferguson said, “Today we received confirmation Washington’s voter-approved marijuana law will be implemented. We received good news this morning when Attorney General Eric Holder told the governor the federal government would not pre-empt Washington and Colorado as the states implement a highly regulated legalized market for marijuana. Attorney General Holder made it clear the federal government will continue to enforce the federal Controlled Substance Act by focusing its enforcement on eight specific concerns, including the prevention of distribution to minors and the importance of keeping Washington-grown marijuana within our state’s borders.”

According to the statement, Attorney General Holder expressed a willingness to work with the states on a financial structure that would not work against federal law.

Today’s announcement from Attorney General Holder is a confirmation that the process started following the passage of Initiative 502 can continue to move forward as planned.


Suspect in custody after Shelton man dies following assault

August 29, 2013 Comments off

Shelton Police have a suspect in custody following an assault turned homicide.

On Tuesday evening, 27 year old Talon Newman of Shelton was found unconscious near 1st Street and Railroad Avenue. Witnesses told officers that a group of males were seen leaving the area on foot.

Newman was transported to Mason General Hospital and then airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition. Sometime after 1 pm on Wednesday, he died due to injuries sustained in the assault.

Following reports from residents, detectives identified a suspect and placed him into the Mason County Jail. The 20 year old Shelton man was booked on charges of Assault 1st Degree. It is expected that the Mason County Prosecutor’s office will amend the charges from assault to a homicide related charge in court later today.

Detectives believe that both the suspect and the victim knew each other, and the assault followed an argument between the 2.

The investigation is ongoing.


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Washington State Parks and Subway restaurants partner together

August 29, 2013 Comments off

In honor of the Washington State Parks Centennial and National Public Lands Day, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and Subway restaurants have partnered to launch No Family Left Inside. Running the entire month of September, the program will reward park visitors by honoring their Discover Pass in Subway restaurants throughout Western Washington.

Anyone who visits participating Subway restaurants and shows their Discover Pass during the month of September can receive a free six-inch sandwich with their purchase of a six-inch. Subway restaurants also will distribute the Washington State Parks brochure – Adventure Awaits – at all locations throughout the region.

“Encouraging families to lead healthier, active lifestyles is very important to us,” said Paul Armour, Subway Advertising Board Chairman.

Subway restaurants in Grays Harbor, Pacific, and Mason counties are participating.

On Sept. 28, the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day, the Discover Pass requirement is waived at Washington state parks. National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands. Volunteers will plant trees, remove trash and build trails in Washington.

Subway restaurants will help celebrate this day by giving away $5,000 in cash cards to the first 100 people to visit designated state parks on Sept. 28, this includes Twin Harbors in Grays Harbor.

The parks also include Larrabee near the city of Bellingham, Deception Pass on Whidbey Island, Lincoln Rock in Douglas County, Lake Sammamish in Issaquah, Millersylvania near Olympia, Belfair in Mason County, Dosewallips on the shore of Hood Canal in Jefferson County, Fort Worden in Port Townsend and Saltwater in King County.


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West Nile Virus still a concern across Washington

August 29, 2013 Comments off

As people head outside to enjoy Labor Day Weekend, the Department of Health urges everyone to avoid West Nile virus by protecting themselves from mosquito bites. Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus have already been found in Yakima, Spokane, Grant, Franklin, and Benton counties this year.

Although there have been no reports of human cases acquired in our state this year, they say that it’s important to be aware that the virus is here and can cause very serious illnesses.

Most people bitten by a mosquito carrying the virus won’t get sick. Some people will develop mild symptoms including headache and fever that go away without treatment. West Nile virus infection can be very serious and even fatal. Severe disease can include meningitis or encephalitis, and some neurological effects of the disease may be permanent. People over 50 and those with weak immune systems are at higher risk for serious illness.

It’s important to avoid mosquito bites to prevent infection. The best strategy is to wear pants and long sleeve shirts and use bug repellant when outdoors during times when mosquitoes are active. It’s important to carefully follow the instructions on the repellent label — especially when using repellent on children. The strength of the repellant and the application method may be different.

Tracking and monitoring shows that most West Nile virus is found in south Central Washington. Liz Dykstra, public health entomologist for the Department of Health, says the combination of warm weather and standing water created by irrigation, along with trees and other vegetation, provides ideal habitat for mosquitoes and birds that carry the virus.

You can find updated West Nile virus information, prevention tips, and testing information at The Department of Health website (


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Wild Olympics debate continues locally

August 29, 2013 Comments off

As Loggers’ Playday approaches, both sides of the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act debate have increased their efforts.

The Working Wild Olympics campaign say that new “STOP Wild Olympics” signs have appeared on local roads thanks to donations from Hoquiam Plywood and a group lead by Representative Brian Blake.

In July, proponents of the bill said that more groups on the Olympic Peninsula have come out in support of the measure to permanently protect more than 126,000 acres of wilderness and designate 19 rivers as “Wild and Scenic”.

First introduced in June of last year following years of discussion, the measure would expand the wilderness area in the Olympic National Forest by about 200 square miles, creating a buffer around Olympic National Park.

Senator Patty Murray has said that she plans to reintroduce the legislation that did not get a vote in the last session of Congress.

The Grays Harbor County Commissioners, Aberdeen City Council, and Cosmopolis City Council have all voted in opposition to the legislation.

The Hoquiam City Council have voted saying they opposed the legislation as it was, but said they were willing to consider a revised plan.

Wild Olympics

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Wishkah Road closure begins today

August 29, 2013 Comments off

The closure of the Wishkah Road for work to straighten a sharp corner and replace a culvert begins today and runs until Saturday.

Replacing the culvert at the corner includes tearing up a deep section of the roadway, which required the 48 road hour closure. The road is scheduled to re-open Saturday morning at 8am.

Drivers looking to access anywhere beyond the construction site will need to use the East Hoquiam Rd to access the area.


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