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Aberdeen Downtown Revitalization Project Plans: A Three Year Action Plan

July 10, 2014 Comments off

The Aberdeen City Council heard a report from Cary Bozeman about their revitalization project, talking about what is needed to get the job done.

The City of Aberdeen hired Cary Bozeman 4 months ago to turn around the downtown and he spoke to the council last night about their three year action plan.

“I know money is the issue here. Everybody’s worried about money, but let’s not be worried about money right now.”

He said that our local unemployment rate is a double edged sword, “with demographics we have that say we’re the highest unemployment in the state, or one of them. That’s a good news/bad news thing. The good news is, people understand we have economic challenges and they’re willing to help. The bad news is, we have a high unemployment rate. But, good news is, people are willing to help.”

Bozeman also read sections of a report about revitalizing Aberdeen from 1968, and he says it was on point even back then.

He said the report points to issues of many travelers just passing through the town without stopping on their way to the beaches or Olympic National Forest.

“The city has the advantage of being so situated that all roads lead through from Southwest Washington, Northwest Oregon, and the densely populated Puget Sound area. It’s so true. It’s amazing that everyone comes over to that one area.

Bozeman said the City has to do something.

“I know people are scared about the risk, the financial risk, but there’s more risk in not doing anything.”

The three year action plan includes a downtown riverfront park, gateway center, and traffic opportunities. Each project has a list of potential partners to help with funding,

Click here for a look at the Aberdeen Downtown Revitalization Project Plans: A Three Year Action Plan

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Governor Inslee says you eat fish daily, and water quality should reflect that

July 10, 2014 Comments off

Gov. Jay Inslee wants to toughen the state’s clean water rules by increasing the estimate of how much fish Washington residents eat. On Wednesday he announced his proposed update to the state’s water quality standards, saying that he found a solution that “advanced the values of human, environmental and economic health.”

How much fish people eat is part of a complicated formula that determines how clean waters should be. A higher rate theoretically would mean fewer toxic chemicals would be allowed in waters and tougher permitting rules for facilities that discharge pollutants into state waters.

Current standards assume Washingtonians eat 6.5 grams of fish per day, or about one serving per month. There is widespread agreement that many people in the state consume much more fish than this, but disagreement about whether the new rule should account for the highest-consumers, such as Native Americans or those who fish for recreation. The higher the fish consumption rate, the more stringent water quality rules become for businesses and local governments.

Inslee’s proposal updates Washington’s water quality standards to be more protective of those who consume 175 grams of fish per day — an increase from one serving per month to one serving per day. Of the 96 chemicals regulated under the rule, about 70 percent will have new, more protective standards.

“Many people have seen the mandate to update our water quality standards as a choice between protecting human health or protecting the economy. I reject that choice because both values are essential to our future,” Inslee said.

Business such as Boeing and others had worried too-stringent rules would hurt jobs and economic growth because costly technologies would be required to keep certain levels of toxic chemicals out of state waters.

Washington’s current standards were set in 1992 and focus on controlling pollution coming out of large pipes from large facilities. Inslee said the standards are out of date and the federal approach to clean water is inadequate to address today’s threats to clean water.

A separate approach will be used for arsenic, a naturally occurring element in waters throughout the state. Because the current standard for arsenic is set below levels that occur naturally, the governor proposes using the federal drinking water standard for arsenic.

 

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Ocean Shores Fire Department calls the 4th of July weekend a success

July 10, 2014 Comments off

The Ocean Shores Fire Department told KXRO that it was a busy 4th of July weekend with a total of 64 calls between July 3rd and July 6th. They said, while they did not have many fires this year due to the cool, moist weather, they did have a large volume of EMS calls.

OSFD ran 52 medical calls and transported 22 patients to the hospital. Four of those with firework related injuries, and some of them were fairly severe. OSFD also responded to a variety of calls including multiple vehicle accidents, a near drowning on the beach, tent fire, propane explosion, jelly fish stings, and the two pipe bombs found at the Shilo Hotel.

OSFD said that they had had fire crews staged at many of the beaches to perform fire watch and advise people to keep fireworks and campfires at least 100 feet from the dunes. OSFD did respond to several calls of smoke in the dunes, but by the time crews arrived on scene, the fire was out.

Captain Matthew Krick said, “All in all, I would consider the Ocean Shores Fire Department’s fire prevention efforts a success. With the added crews, we were able to handle the additional call volume without calling the Hoquiam Fire Department for mutual aid. It was a busy weekend, but everybody went home safe, and we did not have any dune fires. “

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No retail, but the Twin Harbors has more marijuana licenses active

July 9, 2014 Comments off

Marijuana is now available for sale through retail stores across the state; and now more local licenses are being added to grow the product.

As of their latest update, the Washington State Liquor Control Board announced that 2 marijuana producer/processers now have active licenses in Grays Harbor. Typhoon Yolanda in Copalis Crossing and Growth Industries in Porter can now both grow and package legally for the recreational market.

There are 2 producers with active licenses in Pacific County, with Green Labs in South Bend and BMF Washington at the Port of Willapa Harbor industrial park in Raymond.

There are no active retail licenses for either Grays Harbor or Pacific County out of over 50 applications.

24 retail stores had their licenses approved to begin selling yesterday.

The first purchase at Top Shelf Cannabis in Bellingham was two grams of pot for $26.50.

Before the store opened at 8 a.m., several dozen people were lined up outside.

An Associated Press survey of the 24 licensees showed only about six planned to open Tuesday. Others said it could be a month or more before they could acquire marijuana to sell.
 

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22 year old Aberdeen woman survives after being stabbed over 10 times

July 9, 2014 Comments off

The Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office told KXRO that a call came in around 10 pm on Tuesday that a man was assaulting a woman outside Grays Harbor City.

When deputies arrived, they found a 22 year old Aberdeen woman who had suffered what Undersheriff Dave Pimentel calls a “brutal beating” as well as numerous stab wounds. Pimentel says that the exact number was not known, but it was “in the teens.”

The woman was taken to Grays Harbor Community Hospital for her injuries, and was able to tell Deputies that she was called by a 19 year old Hoquiam teen who said that he “had a surprise for her”. The teen is the uncle to the woman’s child.

The man and woman were driving outside of Grays Harbor City along with a 48 year old Aberdeen woman when the teen asked that the car pull over, and the woman says that’s when he attacked. The woman was able to get out of the car, but the teen chased her and began to stab her.

Deputies found the 19 year old and took him into custody, where Pimentel says he confessed to trying to kill the woman.

He is currently booked into Grays Harbor County Jail.

Anyone who may have witnessed the alleged assault or knows any more information is asked to contact Detective Sgt. Brad Johansson at (360) 249-3711 X1723.

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House fire in Hoquiam has both HFD and AFD on scene

July 8, 2014 Comments off

A house fire in Hoquiam on the 2800 block of Aberdeen Avenue has both Hoquiam and Aberdeen Fire Departments responding this morning.

Hoquiam Fire Chief Paul Dean says that the residents were able to evacuate the building.

Dean says the fire is under control and at this time there are no injuries.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

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Foster Farms recalls chicken due to Salmonella

July 8, 2014 Comments off

Foster Farms has issued a recall on some of their chicken because of a salmonella risk.

The recall comes after a request from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The recall includes products with a “use or freeze by” dates ranging from March 16, 2014 to March 31, 2014 and Sunland frozen chicken products that have a “best by” date of March 7, 2015 to March 11, 2015. Only products made in California within that specific timeframe are impacted.

Individually frozen bags of chicken sold at retail and Fresh Foster Farms branded chicken currently in stores are also not involved, and local grocery stores have been notified to remove any product that might be impacted.

Products recalled:

  • Fresh chicken products sold by retailers under Foster Farms or private label brand names, with varying “use or freeze by” date ranges of March 16 to March 31, 2014, and a Plant code of P-6137, P-6137A or P-7632
  • Sunland Frozen Chicken products with “best by” dates from March 7, 2015 to March 11, 2015

Individually frozen bags of chicken sold at retail and Fresh Foster Farms branded chicken currently in stores are also not involved, and local grocery stores have been notified to remove any product that might be impacted.

“This recall is prompted by a single illness associated with a specific fresh chicken product, but in the fullest interest of food safety, Foster Farms has broadened the recall to encompass all products packaged at that time. Foster Farms regrets any illness associated with its products.”

The recall involves products that were distributed in Washington, and throughout the Western US. Foster Farms advised consumers to discard or return affected product to where they purchased it.

For a complete list of the Foster Farms products involved in the recall click here.

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