Find clues during Street Scramble
The Gig Harbor Street Scramble, the largest Street Scramble in North America and the only free scramble in the Puget Sound region, will take place Saturday.
The event starts at 10 a.m. at Skansie Brothers Park, 3207 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor.
Much like a treasure hunt, participants walk, run or ride a bike to as many of the 30 checkpoints as they can before the time limit expires. Once at a checkpoint, they must answer a question. There will be entertainment, booths and more at the finish.
While the event is free, organizers ask participants to pre-register. The first 200 to pre-register will receive a T-shirt. Registration will be available the day of the event, but no T-shirt is guaranteed.
To register, pick up a brochure at the Tom Taylor Family YMCA, the Visitor Information Center at the Historic Skansie House at the park, at the Gig Harbor Visitor Information Center at the Chamber of Commerce at 3125 Judson St. or at ymcapkc.org/streetscramble. To learn more about Street Scrambles, go to streetscramble.com.
Vessel registrations due in June
South Sound boat owners are reminded that all vessel registrations will expire June 30.
Vessel owners can renew their registrations online at dol.wa.gov.
Renewals also can be done in person at the Pierce and Thurston County auditor’s offices. Owners will need their vessel’s registration (WN) number.
“I advise people to renew as early as possible if they are doing it in-person,” Mary Hall, Thurston County auditor, said in a news release. “As we get closer to the deadline, the lines can grow quickly.”
The Pierce County office is at 215 Garfield St. S., Suite 1A, Tacoma.
The Thurston County office is at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Building 1, Room 106, Olympia.
Grant will help keep waters clean
The state will receive more than $2.22 million from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for more than 100 projects on the state’s coastal and inland waterways.
The funds from the Clean Vessel Act grant program will allow the State Parks and Recreation Commission to install new pumpout facilities and maintain and replace aging units, according to a news release from the federal agency.
The 2016 grant coastal projects will focus on the San Juan Islands, South Puget Sound, city of Aberdeen and Port of Willipa Harbor, while inland water projects will focus on areas of the Columbia River, city of Aston and the city of Entiat.
Almost 110 existing public and private marinas throughout Washington will receive operational and maintenance support through the grant program.
The federal funds will be matched by $743,000 in state and private funds.
The grant funds are generated through excise taxes on certain fishing gear, boating equipment, and motorboat and small engine fuel.
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