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Wild Olympics still a heated topic


Posted 7/17/2013

Olympic Peninsula, WA – The Wild Olympics debate has continued locally.

Following the announcement by the Grays Harbor Wild Olympic Campaign that 84 local businesses support the legislation, the opponents to the measure have responded.

After the list of local supporters was released, at least one local business has come out to say that they do not support, and are not aware how they got onto the list.

Supporters of the measure recently sent a letter to Senator Patty Murray and Congressman Derek Kilmer, urging the reintroduction of The Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. In February, Representatives Kevin Van De Wege and Dean Takko, as well as Senator Brian Hatfield, sent a letter to Kilmer asking that he does not move forward with the legislation. Over the past few years, they say that they have met with several groups that are not in support of its passage.

Senator Patty Murray said in February that she plans to reintroduce the legislation that was first introduced in June of last year following 3 years of discussion.


Wild Olympics campaign says more local businesses are supportive


Posted 7/12/2013

According to the Grays Harbor Wild Olympics Campaign, more than 80 local businesses have announced their support for Wild Olympics.

Former Grays Harbor County Commissioner Al Carter with the campaign says that nine CEOs and nearly 100 new business endorsers from the Olympic Peninsula and South Puget Sound Region are the latest who endorse seeing the passage of the legislation to permanently protect the Olympic National Forest.

In a letter to Senator Patty Murray and Congressman Derek Kilmer, the group urges the reintroduction of The Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

Senator Patty Murray said in February that she plans to reintroduce the legislation that died in the 2012 session of Congress.

First introduced in June of last year following 3 years of public meetings and discussion, the plan would expand the wilderness area in the Olympic National Forest by about 200 square miles, create a buffer around Olympic National Park, and designate 19 rivers as Wild and Scenic.

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

The Hoquiam City Council voted last June to say that they opposed the legislation as it was, but they were willing to consider a revised plan.

Grays Harbor Wild Olympics Campaign Endorsements

Incorrectly Attributed

Game Freaks Videogames (Aberdeen) – Owner Brian Morrill told KXRO that the store does NOT support WO

Current and Former Elected Officials (7)

WA State Representative Steve Tharinger (Dist.24)
Grays Harbor County Commissioner Frank Gordon
Ocean Shores City Councilmember Ed Engel
Ocean Shores City Councilmember Dan Overton
Westport City Councilmember Desiree Dodson
Westport City Councilmember Louis Summers
Former Grays Harbor County Commissioner Al Carter
Former Ocean Shores Mayor Garland French

Business Endorsements (84)

Michael Pasha, Pasha Automotive Services (Aberdeen)
North Coast Surf Inc. (Ocean Shores )
A Natural Approach (Aberdeen)
Amore Restaurant (Aberdeen)
Arlan’s Oven (Westport)
Backstage Café (Hoquiam)
Backstage Espresso (Aberdeen)
Beach Boutiques (Ocean Shores)
Books on 7th (Hoquiam)
Brady’s Oysters (Aberdeen)
Christian Kazimir Construction (Ocean Shores)
Coastal Serenity (Ocean Shores)
Coastline Signs (Aberdeen)
D-L Summers Inc. (Westport)
Dennise Wells, Premier Realty Westport, LLC (Westport)
Dolores’ & Fay’s (Ocean Shores)
Econolodge Inn & Suites (Hoquiam)
Elton Bennett Art (Hoquiam)
Emerson Grocery (Hoquiam)
Emily’s Confections (Pacific Beach)
Everybody’s Store (Hoquiam)
Frank Gordon Electric (Aberdeen)
Fusions Art Gallery (Hoquiam)
Gallerie Timbuktu (Ocean Shores)

Give Me Paws (Ocean Shores)
Gordon’s Antiques & Collectibles (Ocean Shores)
Grays Harbor Dance (Hoquiam)
Gray’s General Store (Hoquiam)
Hair by Nancy G (Ocean Shores)
Half Moon Bay Bar & Grill (Westport)
Handcrafter’s Hideaway (Ocean Shores)
Harborwood Designs (Montesano)
Heartland Handicrafts (Aberdeen)
Hoquiam’s Castle (Hoquiam)
Hoquiam Chiropractic (Hoquiam)
Impact Studios (Hoquiam)
Islander Resort and RV Park (Westport)
Jackson Street Books (Hoquiam)
Jaiwa Web Design & Consulting (Aberdeen)
JLS Partners LLC (Hoquiam)
Laurie Christian Real Estate (Ocean Shores)
Little Hoquiam Childcare (Hoquiam)
Lorna Valdez – Realtor (Ocean Shores)
Lytle Seafood (Hoquiam)
Ma and Pa’s Kettle Corn (Montesano)
Museum of the North Beach (Moclips)
North Beach Community TV (Aberdeen)
North Beach PAWS (Ocean Shores)
Ocean Companies (Westport)
Ocean Shores Electric Boats (Ocean Shores)
Ocean Shores Kites (Ocean Shores)
Olympic Inn (Aberdeen)
Pat’s Style and Trim Inc. (Aberdeen)
Peabody’s Paradise Pizza (McCleary)
People’s Emporium Antiques (Aberdeen)
Pic-A-Roon Pelican Gift Shop (Westport)
Plackett Enterprises (Ocean Shores)
Porthole Pub & Grill (Ocean Shores)
Pure Clothing (Hoquiam)
Queen B Quilts (Hoquiam)
R. Vanyi Photography (Hoquiam)
Roberta Myers, Premier Realty Westport, LLC (Westport)
Roy Nott, Business Leader (Hoquiam)
Running Wolf Studio (Moclips)
Sandcastle Restaurant (Ocean Shores)
Scoops Ice Cream (Aberdeen)
Seashore Ceramic Café (Ocean Shores)
Seagulls Nest Motel (Westport)
Silver Sands Motel (Westport)
Simonson Miller Flowers (Hoquiam)
Simply Said Flowers (Hoquiam)
Snore & Whisker Motel (Hoquiam)
Sucher and Sons Star Wars Shop (Aberdeen)
The Dusty Trunk (Ocean Shores)
The Reppery (Aberdeen)
The Strip Steak House (Shelton)
Tijssen Designs (Ocean Shores)
Top of the Cork (Allyn)
Treasure Way Antiques (Hoquiam)
Tsunami Gems & Beads (Ocean Shores)
Vogue Café (Hoquiam)
Westport Inn (Westport)
Woofs Dog Boutique (Ocean Shores)

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