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  • Wes Cormier

Grays Harbor Scanner Playing Politics?

Recently, a citizen posted a fairly interesting correspondence between himself and Grays Harbor Scanner on 6/28/2021 at 7:20 pm.

In the message, Grays Harbor Scanner was made aware by the citizen that the City of Hoquiam lifted the initial firework ban.

There is speculation on why they reversed course. The likely scenario is that the City of Hoquiam may not have enacted an Ordinance in time that would have allowed them to outright ban fireworks.

State law defines how a county or city can enact stricter regulations regarding fireworks.

(4) "The chief of the Washington state patrol, through the director of fire protection, shall adopt those rules as are necessary to ensure statewide minimum standards for the enforcement of this chapter. Counties and cities shall comply with these state rules. Any ordinances adopted by a county or city that are more restrictive than state law shall have an effective date no sooner than one year after their adoption."

What is more interesting in the message is that Grays Harbor Scanner seems to be pushing for a particular policy outcome and will exercise its own response for not getting that desired outcome.

In the message, GH Scanner says, "We will just have to make sure that we post every single fire response call that Hoquiam has to go to throughout the entire weekend that way it can enforce a stronger ban in the future and just make a permit one."

Is Grays Harbor Scanner playing politics? Nudging policy?

You decide.


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