Dan Hammock

Dan posted 78 stories to South Beach Bulletin.
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Photo by DAN HAMMOCK | GRAYS HARBOR NEWS GROUP
                                The Willapa Bay Oyster Company was two years in the making. From left: Tom Madsen, owner of TJ Mariculture, provides consulting services to the oyster operation; Kenny Lewis, oyster manager, handles to the day-to-day operations of the facility; Michael J. Rasmussen, Chief Financial Officer of the Shoalwater Bay Casino, who pitched the oyster facility idea; and Johnny Winokur, CEO and General Manager of Willapa Bay Enterprises.

Oyster seed operation takes root on Shoalwater Bay Reservation

About 2.5 million tiny Pacific oysters are growing in the new Willapa…

  • Aug 22nd, 2019 11:45am
Photo by DAN HAMMOCK | GRAYS HARBOR NEWS GROUP
                                The Willapa Bay Oyster Company was two years in the making. From left: Tom Madsen, owner of TJ Mariculture, provides consulting services to the oyster operation; Kenny Lewis, oyster manager, handles to the day-to-day operations of the facility; Michael J. Rasmussen, Chief Financial Officer of the Shoalwater Bay Casino, who pitched the oyster facility idea; and Johnny Winokur, CEO and General Manager of Willapa Bay Enterprises.
COURTESY ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
                                An aerial view taken after the sand spit connecting the South Jetty to the mainland was breached in 1993.

Army Corps proposes placing sand at South Jetty to prevent potential breach

The Army Corps of Engineers is proposing shoring up the sand spit…

  • Aug 8th, 2019 9:30am
COURTESY ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
                                An aerial view taken after the sand spit connecting the South Jetty to the mainland was breached in 1993.

In initial count, incumbent mayors trail in Hoquiam and Ocean Shores

Hospital races will match Csernotta vs. Thompson, and Sturgeon vs. Dilley

  • Aug 8th, 2019 9:30am
Rods are rigged as a boat heads out at dusk during the 2018 Washington Tuna Classic.

Tuna derby and street fair for veterans in Westport

Veterans are being honored this week at the Mission Outdoors Washington Tuna…

  • Aug 8th, 2019 9:30am
Rods are rigged as a boat heads out at dusk during the 2018 Washington Tuna Classic.
photos by DAN HAMMOCK | GRAYS HARBOR NEWS GROUP
                                A film crew from National Geographic shoots footage of emergency vehicles from the South Beach Regional Fire Authority and the Shoalwater Bay Tribe at the Yellow Brick Road Tsunami/Health Walk on the reservation Tuesday.

Hello Yellow Brick Road: Shoalwater Tribe Tsunami/Health Walk

The Shoalwater Bay Tribe’s success at promoting the health and safety of…

  • Jul 25th, 2019 10:30am
photos by DAN HAMMOCK | GRAYS HARBOR NEWS GROUP
                                A film crew from National Geographic shoots footage of emergency vehicles from the South Beach Regional Fire Authority and the Shoalwater Bay Tribe at the Yellow Brick Road Tsunami/Health Walk on the reservation Tuesday.
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                                Lee Shipman, Emergency Management Director for the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe, speaks at least year’s Tsunami/Health Walk.

Health, preparedness take center stage at Shoalwater Tribe Yellow Brick Road Tsunami/Health Walk

It’s a fun and educational stroll when the annual Yellow Brick Road…

  • Jul 19th, 2019 2:35pm
FILE PHOTO
                                Lee Shipman, Emergency Management Director for the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe, speaks at least year’s Tsunami/Health Walk.
DAN HAMMOCK | GRAYS HARBOR NEWS GROUP
                                Trish Thompson stands between Port of Grays Harbor Executive Director Gary Nelson, left, and Port Commission President Stan Pinnick at the dedication of Jack Thompson Way in Aberdeen Tuesday afternoon.

Port road dedicated to former commissioner Jack Thompson

East Terminal Way at the Port of Grays Harbor gained the honorary…

  • Jul 19th, 2019 2:35pm
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                                Trish Thompson stands between Port of Grays Harbor Executive Director Gary Nelson, left, and Port Commission President Stan Pinnick at the dedication of Jack Thompson Way in Aberdeen Tuesday afternoon.
DAN HAMMOCK | GRAYS HARBOR NEWS GROUP
                                A maintenance and operation levy for the South Beach Fire Authority appears on this year’s primary election ballot.

South Beach RFA maintenance and operation levy on ballot

South Beach voters will see a levy for the South Beach Regional…

  • Jul 19th, 2019 2:35pm
DAN HAMMOCK | GRAYS HARBOR NEWS GROUP
                                A maintenance and operation levy for the South Beach Fire Authority appears on this year’s primary election ballot.
COURTESY WESTPORT WINERY
                                Westport Winery co-owner Kim Roberts is designing mermaid-themed labels for the varieties that will be produced at the craft distillery she and her family plans to open this fall.

Pirates and scalawags welcome: Westport Winery working to add craft distillery

Ocean’s Daughter Distillery and Mermaid Room tasting lounge set to open in the fall

  • Jun 20th, 2019 10:30am
COURTESY WESTPORT WINERY
                                Westport Winery co-owner Kim Roberts is designing mermaid-themed labels for the varieties that will be produced at the craft distillery she and her family plans to open this fall.
DAN HAMMOCK | GRAYS HARBOR NEWS GROUP
                                Westport Marina Business Manager Molly Bold stands on the freshly-paved surface of the Westport boat launch parking area. Behind her construction continues on new restrooms and a fish cleaning station.

Westport boat launch parking area paved, other marina improvements near completion

The much-improved asphalt parking lot at the Westport Marina boat launch is…

  • Jun 20th, 2019 10:30am
DAN HAMMOCK | GRAYS HARBOR NEWS GROUP
                                Westport Marina Business Manager Molly Bold stands on the freshly-paved surface of the Westport boat launch parking area. Behind her construction continues on new restrooms and a fish cleaning station.

Harbor homeless report: Many issues, limited funding

At any given time there are as many as 3,000 residents of…

  • May 30th, 2019 5:30pm

Candidates list grows, especially in Ocean Shores

Still few contested races in county

  • May 14th, 2019 3:27pm
DAN HAMMOCK | GRAYS HARBOR NEWS GROUP
                                Jaimie Green has worked at the Grays Harbor Communications Center for nearly 18 years, starting when she was just 18 years old.

Answering the call

Grays Harbor 911 needs dispatchers

  • Apr 25th, 2019 12:30pm
DAN HAMMOCK | GRAYS HARBOR NEWS GROUP
                                Jaimie Green has worked at the Grays Harbor Communications Center for nearly 18 years, starting when she was just 18 years old.
COURTESY VISUAL ENGINEERING RESOURCE GROUP
                                The latest visualization of the Shoalwater Bay tsunami evacuation tower. The structure would stand at least 50 feet tall and is designed to hold 486 people. Design work is underway and the permitting process is expected to start this spring, with hopes of completed construction by October 2020.

Design work underway for Shoalwater tsunami evacuation tower

With a lot of hard work by the Shoalwater Bay Tribe, a…

  • Apr 25th, 2019 12:30pm
COURTESY VISUAL ENGINEERING RESOURCE GROUP
                                The latest visualization of the Shoalwater Bay tsunami evacuation tower. The structure would stand at least 50 feet tall and is designed to hold 486 people. Design work is underway and the permitting process is expected to start this spring, with hopes of completed construction by October 2020.
DAN HAMMOCK | GRAYS HARBOR NEWS GROUP
                                Clare Conlan, left, Master of North Willapa Harbor Grange, explains how dynamic revetment protects shorelines from erosion with the help of an interactive model.

Dynamic revetment revealed as top choice for North Cove shoreline preservation

Dynamic revetment — the placement of cobble rock along coastal shorelines to…

  • Apr 25th, 2019 12:30pm
DAN HAMMOCK | GRAYS HARBOR NEWS GROUP
                                Clare Conlan, left, Master of North Willapa Harbor Grange, explains how dynamic revetment protects shorelines from erosion with the help of an interactive model.
DAN HAMMOCK | GRAYS HARBOR NEWS GROUP
                                Flames consume the Coast Seafood processing plant off State Route 105 behind the Ocean Spray plant Tuesday afternoon.

Seafood processing facility in Markham burns Tuesday

A fire ripped through the Coast Seafood processing facility off State Route…

  • Apr 25th, 2019 12:30pm
DAN HAMMOCK | GRAYS HARBOR NEWS GROUP
                                Flames consume the Coast Seafood processing plant off State Route 105 behind the Ocean Spray plant Tuesday afternoon.
COURTESY WESTPORT SOUTH BEACH HISTORICAL SOCIETY
                                There are still almost 200 Japanese glass fishing floats left to be found along the coast. A drawing for a premium 16-inch float will be held during the Whale of a Sale Saturday at noon.

Crab races, derby and more in Westport this weekend

A seafood feast, crab races, crab and clam derbies with cash prizes, and the annual Whale of a Sale are all on tap this weekend in Westport.

  • Apr 18th, 2019 11:00am
COURTESY WESTPORT SOUTH BEACH HISTORICAL SOCIETY
                                There are still almost 200 Japanese glass fishing floats left to be found along the coast. A drawing for a premium 16-inch float will be held during the Whale of a Sale Saturday at noon.

Grays Harbor, Mason counties explore possibility of shared regional detention center

Grays Harbor County is studying the development of a regional criminal justice…

  • Apr 18th, 2019 11:00am
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                                The Morck Hotel in Aberdeen is among the dozen buildings in downtown Aberdeen listed on a state database of structures that may be dangerous in the case of an earthquake.

Scores of buildings on Harbors may not be safe in quake, according to database

UPDATED APRIL 1, corrected link to database website A new interactive database…

  • Apr 11th, 2019 10:15am
DAN HAMMOCK | GRAYS HARBOR NEWS GROUP
                                The Morck Hotel in Aberdeen is among the dozen buildings in downtown Aberdeen listed on a state database of structures that may be dangerous in the case of an earthquake.
DAN HAMMOCK | GRAYS HARBOR NEWS GROUP
                                Congressman Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, with microphone, talks about the recent passage of the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area Act outside the Grays Harbor Lighthouse in Westport Saturday. With him, from left, are State Rep. Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen; Grays Harbor County Commissioner Randy Ross; Ocean Shores Mayor Crystal Dingler; and Aberdeen Mayor Erik Larson.

Kilmer calls Maritime Heritage Act ‘a powerful tool’ for local economic development

The passage of the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area Act has created…

  • Mar 21st, 2019 10:30am
DAN HAMMOCK | GRAYS HARBOR NEWS GROUP
                                Congressman Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, with microphone, talks about the recent passage of the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area Act outside the Grays Harbor Lighthouse in Westport Saturday. With him, from left, are State Rep. Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen; Grays Harbor County Commissioner Randy Ross; Ocean Shores Mayor Crystal Dingler; and Aberdeen Mayor Erik Larson.