One More Week For Middle Swanson’s, Talks Continue

ABERDEEN, Wash. - One more week for Swanson's employees and shoppers of the Simpson Avenue location in Aberdeen. Sources tell us employees will know more on Thursday of next week, but for now - the lights will come on Sunday morning at the "middle" Swanson's store. Store employees received word more than a month ago that the store's lease was up on New Years Day, and talks to sign a new lease had failed. With a letter of hope in their following paycheck, union staff continue the shuffle to accommodate a possible closure. The last word from management was that talks were continuing and Swanson continued to negotiate a possible lease agreement that could keep the store open.

Theatre Owner Offers to donate

ABERDEEN, Wash. - Multiple fund raisers have come forward contributing to Tabitha Kowal, the young woman whom we've covered previously, diagnosed recently with stage 4 cancer. A local theatre owner has put the donation power in the public's hands, offering $20,000 if friends of the mother with a 3 month old baby girl can sellout an upcoming show.
John Yonich, owner of the D&R Theatre, tells sources that he will donate $20,000 to her if volunteers can sell out the up-coming "THE MUSIC of ABBA" Concert on Jan.24th 2012. Tickets start at $15. $25. $35. and some at $40. With 1200 tickets total, 800 still need to be sold. For ticket info, visit

Aberdeen Mayor Scraps Insurance Question

ABERDEEN, Wash. - After seeing the costs involved in a city-paid medical plan, Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson has told Finance Director Kathryn Skolrood not to bother drafting a resolution for city council review "the only request I had to Eric [Nelson] to look and see if it's possible to have me take the city insurance. After seeing the figures and so forth, it's not worth the fight."
RCW 41.04.180 states that elected officials are eligible for the same medical benefits as other city employees, hearing this, Mayor Simpson asked his staff to investigate earlier this month.
Simpson said he didn't expect the backlash seen from the inquiry, and after knowing the cost to the city, decided to scrap the idea.

Planned Power Outage Next Week

ABERDEEN, Wash. - Grays Harbor PUD plans to conduct a planned power outage that will impact the Summit Village Apartments (about 47 customers) located at 212 North “F” Street in Elma on Wednesday, January 4, 2012. The outage is planned to begin at 10am and last approximately four hours. The purpose for the outage is to repair an underground wire.  


Customers within the planned outage area are advised to protect sensitive electronic equipment such as computers, televisions, and microwaves by unplugging those items and leaving them disconnected until power is fully restored.  In addition, customers are advised that the length of the outage (4 hours) is an estimate and power could be restored at anytime. Therefore, please take necessary precautions if there are plans to do electrical work or repairs during that period of time. 

Court Sides With County on Marijuana Dispensory Owner’s Allegations

MONTESANO, Wash. - The court has sided with the Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Department over allegations that a Sheriff's Deputy extorted the owner of a medical marijuana dispensary in Elma for sex. Marcus Searls sought $15-million from the county when he alleged that some of the 15 acts took place while the deputy was on duty, Sheriff Mike Wheelan tells us "Just within the last couple of days, that has been dismissed by the courts."
Wheelan said the court agreed with the sheriff's office in that the deputy's actions were of his own accord, and did not take place at the behest of the Sheriff's office. The deputy, whos name was not released because no charges were filed, has since retired.

Judge Orders Clean Water Act Compliance

VANCOUVER, Wash. - Salmon - and anything else swimming in waterways around Vancouver - could have a better new year after a court decision this week. On Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Leighton ruled that Clark County has to comply with federal clean water laws, which means doing more to prevent polluted stormwater runoff into creeks and rivers.
The county has faced off with a neighborhood association and environmental groups for several years over the issue. That battle isn't over, but the groups' attorney - Janette Brimmer with Earthjustice - says in the meantime, the judge is ordering Clark County to meet the same stormwater permit requirements as other counties.
"We're really talking about the county and developers having to comply with the most minimal standards here. It is not something that is onerous or unusual, relative to the rest of the state, the rest of the region - even nationwide."
The combination of Clark County's fast growth and proximity to the Columbia River has made water quality a challenge, adds Brimmer.
"Water pollution, and particularly water pollution from stormwater runoff, is a really big problem in Clark County. It's having a huge impact, for example, on a lot of Columbia River salmon species that spawn and live in those streams in Clark County."
The county created its own plan for managing stormwater runoff, an alternative that critics have said is weak because it exempts some developments and focuses on cleaning up pollution instead of preventing it. That plan is the subject of a separate court case. - Chris Thomas

State Patrol Says Have a Plan Before You Party This Weekend

The Washington State Patrol is asking motorists to plan ahead for safe travels this New Year’s weekend.

Trooper Troy Briggs tells us, the State Patrol is seeking the public’s help and cooperation in making this weekend safe for all who will be upon our local roadways. "If you plan on drinking, have a plan in place to get home safely, don’t drink and drive. Troopers will be aggressively locating, arresting and removing impaired drivers from the roadways, so please don’t risk it."


Here a few New Year’s celebration tips if you plan on drinking.

• Utilize a designated sober driver.

• Choose a location to drink where you can stay the night.

• Phone a sober friend or family member.

• Call a taxi.


The State Patrol said their goal is to prevent serious injury and fatality collisions. "We will continue to be proactive in our efforts to keep these tragedies from occurring but we can’t do it alone. If you encounter a dangerous driver please call 911 as soon as it is safe to do so. When you call, be prepared to provide the location and direction of travel, description and license of the vehicle and the driving behavior that brought your attention to the vehicle. Together with your help, we can all have a safe and enjoyable start to 2012."

Westport Library Turns This Many (5)

WESTPORT, Wash. - A public celebration will mark the fifth anniversary of the current Westport Timberland Library building. Events on three January weekends are planned by library employees with support from the Friends of the Westport Timberland Library.

The festivities begin on Saturday, January 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. Mayor Michael Bruce and library officials will open with brief remarks. Door prizes will be given away every 15 minutes, and there will be face painting for the children. Refreshments and prizes are being provided by the Friends of the Westport Timberland Library.

On Sunday, January 22 at 2 p.m. enjoy Brownsmead Flats in concert at the library. The well-loved Northwest group is known for its folk/bluegrass style and strong vocal harmonies. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library. The library is normally closed at this time and will be open only for the performance.

For the children: On Saturday, January 28 at 1 p.m., boys and girls will enjoy “Cinderella and the Bug Brigade,” a variation of the classic story, as told by Mary Shaver and her marionettes. The puppet show is complete with handcrafted stage, velvet curtains, creative costumes, stringed puppets, colorful lighting, classical music, detailed scenery, and intricate props made to scale.


The Westport Timberland Library is located at 101 East Harms Drive. For more information, people may call the library at (360) 268-0521. To view the library’s webpage, go to then select Locations and click on Westport.

Re-Tree This Weekend

MONTESANO, Wash. - Every year Grays Harbor County partners with local Scout troups to collect Christmas Trees. This event usually begins the weekend after Christmas and continues for the next two weekends after that. The Christmas trees can be dropped off at various locations around the County, or you may contact the Scouts to come and pick the tree up. This is a free community service event, but donations are appreciated. Donations pay for the Boys’ to attend Summer Camp, and participate in other activities.

Trees are used for local erosion control projects, or chipped up and sold for hog fuel.


Christmas Tree Recycling

Washington Grade School Jan 1-2, 2011 - 9am to 4 pm Jan 8-9, 2011 - 9am to 4 pm Jan 15, 2011 - 9am to 4 pm Contact Number: (360)591-9342


Napa Auto Parts Jan 1-2, 2011 - 9am to 4 pm Jan 8-9, 2011 - 9am to 4 pm Contact Number: (360)470-1651

Rain & Windy Conditions to Continue

MONTESANO, Wash. - Windy conditions will continue into Saturday morning. Winds will be 20-25 mph sustained and could gust to 35-45 mph along the coast.

During the next few days, steady rain will continue to fall. Grays Harbor County Emergency Management is reminding all citizens that high wind gusts along with rain saturated grounds are indicators for possible power outages from fallen trees, tree limbs and power lines. DO NOT venture near downed tree limbs or power lines. DO NOT USE PORTABLE GENERATORS INDOORS FOR ANY REASON!! There have been numerous incidents of Carbon Monoxide poisoning in the County in the last few weeks due to the faulty use of portable generators being used indoors.

All rivers in the County will run higher than normal, especially during high tide in the Harbor. No rivers are projected to flood at this time. A few low lying roads remain closed by County Road Crews due to water over the surface.

DO NOT drive over flooded roadways. Turn Around, Don’t Drown!