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DNR updates public land maps

OLYMPIA – The state Department of Natural Resources Monday announced the publication of three updated maps detailing roads, property boundaries, trails, recreation sites, and other information about public lands.

Man presumed drowned in Ocean Shores

OCEAN SHORES — The official search has been called off, but authorities in Ocean Shores ran extra patrols Monday aimed at finding the body of Paul Alimoren, 18, of Pomona, Calif., missing and presumed drowned when he apparently was swept away in a riptide while trying to save companions Saturday evening.

Oil trains crowd out grain shipments to NW ports

A surge in oil trains hauling North Dakota’s energy bonanza is interfering with grain shipments to Pacific Northwest ports, prompting fears of a chronic crisis in which railcars carrying fossil fuels crowd out other products and disrupt exports.

24th District candidates discuss jobs, crude oil and education

Grays Harbor voters should have their primary election ballots by now, and have until Aug. 5 to get them in the mail or drop them off. Both Grays Harbor legislative districts have state House of Representatives members up for election, with local residents still discussing crude oil shipping and the economy, and state lawmakers focused on K-12 education.

Monte rape trial ends in hung jury

MONTESANO — A 36-year-old Montesano man, charged with first-degree rape, got a reprieve Thursday afternoon after a jury was unable to come to a verdict following five hours of deliberations.

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Forum focuses on taxes, hospital debt

Hospital debt and property taxes got most of the attention at a League of Women Voters forum Wednesday night regarding a ballot measure that would make Grays Harbor Community Hospital a public entity. Voters are deciding the issue now and ballots will be counted Aug. 5.