Public Open House On Options To Improve Traffic At SR 3/ SR 304

BREMERTON – Commuters, residents, and local businesses that rely on State Routes 3 and 304 in Bremerton are invited to learn more about proposed alternatives to help relieve traffic congestion.

The Washington State Department of Transportation will host an open house at the Kitsap Square Dance Association Dance Hall. Participants will see options being explored and give input on WSDOT ideas to improve traffic flow at the SR 3/SR 304 interchange.

No formal presentation will be provided. Attendees are welcome to come and go at their leisure during the three-hour event.

What: Congestion relief open house
When: 4 p.m. -7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
Where: Kitsap Square Dance Association Dance Hall
6800 W. Belfair Valley Road
Bremerton, WA 98312

Accommodation requests for people with disabilities can be made by contacting the WSDOT Diversity/ADA Affairs team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling toll-free, 855-362-4ADA (232). Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may make a request by calling the Washington State Relay at 711.

Hanford Reach Steelhead Fishery Opens Early For Hatchery Steelhead Retention

Hanford Reach steelhead fishery opens early for retention of any hatchery steelhead; additional area opened upstream to Priest Rapids Dam

Action:     Open the Columbia River to retention of any hatchery steelhead between the Highway 395 Bridge at Pasco and Priest Rapids Dam

Species affected:  Hatchery steelhead

Locations and Dates:

      Area 1: Highway 395 Bridge upstream to old Hanford townsite wooden powerline towers; Oct. 8, 2014 – Oct. 31, 2014.

      Area 2:  Old Hanford townsite wooden powerline towers to Vernita Bridge; Oct. 8 - Oct. 22, 2014.

      Area 3:  Vernita Bridge to Priest Rapids Dam; Oct. 8 – Oct. 22, 2014 and Nov. 27, 2014 – until further notice.

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Harstine Island Community Club - Second One Hundred Years Building Fund

The Community Club of Harstine Island has launched an ambitious effort to create a fund to serve expansion needs for its second one hundred years. The Club, with its locally iconic 100-year old Hall, anticipates that the population of the Island will continue to grow and that, eventually, additional meeting and recreational space will be required. No thought is being given at this time to replacing the hall, which is a wonderful vestige of the Island’s history, but the time will very likely come sometime in the second hundred years when, in order to accommodate more people and more activities, the hall may need to be expanded or replaced. The idea is to get a running start to position the Club for decisions that may not be taken for some time yet. A decision to use the funds will require a two-thirds affirmative vote of both the Club Board and the membership at large.

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Thurston Commissioners Extend 2015 Budget Comment Period

Extension lasts through October 24. OLYMPIA – After hearing from constituents at a public hearing Tuesday evening, Thurston County Commissioners have extended the deadline for comment on the preliminary 2015 county budget. County residents now have through Friday, October 24 to comment on next year’s spending plan.

Thurston County Commission Chair Karen Valenzuela says the additional comment period is warranted after a citizen pointed out that the on-line version of the preliminary budget had some problems. “Apparently, some figures in the on-line budget document displayed improperly, making it hard to understand those parts of the budget. County staff are revising the tables and we want to make sure people have time to review the corrected budget and comment if they would like."

Revisions should be completed by the close of business on October 10 and at that point, the on-line budget book will be posted on the county web site at - http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/budget/

There are several ways to make comments-

Commissioners will review input as it is received and a work session scheduled for the afternoon of Monday, October 27 to discuss any possible modifications to the proposed budget. The 2015 budget is now scheduled for adoption on October 28.