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Live Blog Sept. 18, 2015

Assessor’s hire request put on hold again

While Grays Harbor County Assessor Dan Lindgren has said filling an employee vacancy is necessary to keep his department functioning at its current service level, and hiring as soon as possible was necessary to ensure there are no lapses is customer service, the Grays Harbor County commissioners on Monday, Oct. 5, delayed his hiring request for the second time in as many weeks.

Ocean Shores Real Estate report

According to a real estate report compiled by Jeff Daniel, managing broker at John L. Scott Ocean Shores, third quarter residential home sales in Ocean Shores were up 19 percent over the same period a year ago and average sale prices increased almost 17 percent.

County joins five-county health organization

Grays Harbor on Monday teamed with four other counties to create the Great Rivers Behavioral Health Organization, which combines mental health and drug abuse services under one entity for all five counties and shares resources between the counties for more effective health resources.

Another suit aiming to take control of Lake Quinault from the Quinaults

Private property owners who unsuccessfully sued the Quinault Indian Nation in federal court earlier this year in a challenge to the tribe’s claimed ownership of Lake Quinault, are trying again, this time in state court. The Quinaults are not direct parties to the suit this time. Instead, the plaintiffs are suing the state, saying it should be in control of the lake.