Workers allege racism at Seattle tunnel site

SEATTLE (AP) — A group of African American workers is suing the companies hired to dig Sound Transit’s light rail tunnel between the University of Washington and Capitol Hill in Seattle, saying they were assigned demeaning tasks and quickly fired because of their race…. …read more

From:: AP Washington News

Illegal burn pile in Elma prompts structure fire response

Grays Harbor Fire District 5

Crews quickly dowsed an illegal burn pile near an Elma home this morning. Grays Harbor Fire District #5 Chief Dan Prater tells us it was reported as structure fire, responding units found that a neighbor had lit a rubbish pile near the home on 18th street around 7:30 this morning.
No injuries were reported, and the home was not damaged. Prater said they warned the neighbor about the continued burn ban, and about the proximity of the burn pile to a structure.

CEO of China-based Company pleads guilty of fraud

By By MARTHA BELLISLE SEATTLE (AP) — The CEO of a China-based energy company headquartered in Washington has pleaded guilty to two counts of securities fraud…. …read more

From:: AP Washington News

Grays Harbor PUD to celebrate Public Power Week

Grays Harbor PUD

Public Power Week is October 5th through the 11th, Grays Harbor PUD General Manager Dave Ward told the Hoquiam City Council last night “There are over 2,000 Public Utilities across the nation, these include public utility districts like the Grays Harbor PUD. Public Power week is a chance for us to talk to [our] customers about public power, and to emphasis our mission; serve our customers with high value utility service at the lowest practical cost.”

The public owned utility will celebrate with a drive-through event in front of their building at 2720 Sumner Ave in Aberdeen from 6-10 Wednesday October 8th.

Pacific Beach Fire District seeks mock victims

Pacific Beach Fire District 8

The Pacific Beach Fire District is performing a mass casualty training this Saturday and they need mock-victims of all ages.
Community Liaison for District #8, Stephanie Allestad tells us kids will needs parents signature, and wear some old clothes because you’re going to get mock-bloody. You can download the permission form here, or call Stephanie for details at 360-276-0009.

Grays Harbor Fire District #8 serves Moclips, Pacific Beach, Aloha and Seabrook, Washington.

A few tips for volunteers

 Wear old clothing and shoes. You may be wearing adhesives, stage make-up and fake blood. The blood will stain.
 If you have any physical issues, i.e.: no long term standing, please note it on the form.
 You may be asked to role play a severe injury or mental status, if this makes you uncomfortable please indicate so.

Campaign sign theft is against the law in Washington, and Pacific County

Pacific County Sheriff's Office

South Bend, WA. – The Pacific County Sheriff’s Office has been notified by some alert citizens that many political campaign signs seem to be disappearing in various areas within our county. The Sheriff’s Office would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that stealing political campaign signs in the state of Washington is indeed a crime.

RCW 29A.84.040
Political advertising, removing or defacing.
A person who removes or defaces lawfully placed political advertising including yard signs or billboards without authorization is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable to the same extent as a misdemeanor that is punishable under RCW 9A.20.021. The defacement or removal of each item constitutes a separate violation.

Beyond being punishable by law, stealing or defacing campaign signs really thwarts democracy. Civic minded people work hard to install these signs to ensure there freedoms of speech are heard. If you see any suspicious activity involving this type of crime, please report it to the Sheriff’s Office.

Grays Harbor Transit holding public hearing on changes to service

Grays Harbor Transit bus

The Grays Harbor Transit Authority will hold a public hearing this afternoon on proposed changes to their Specialized Van Service.
As we reported in July, they would like to drop the monthly and daily passes for SVS service, and stop automatically qualifying seniors by January. General Manager Ken Mehin said “We need to get a handle on that, and do what we can to bring back the service we lost,” adding that by April of next year they’d also like to offer training for qualified SVS patrons to be able to take the main line bus for free.
The first of two hearings starts at 2 PM Tuesday September 23rd in the board roam at 705 30th Street, the second meeting will be a part of their regular meeting next month.

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Body found near Leavenworth identified as Utah man

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — A body found by hunters 15 miles north of Leavenworth has been identified as a Utah man, 26-year-old Yannick Chancey Periou of St. George…. …read more

From:: AP Washington News

Unlocked vehicles targeted, prowled, in Westport

Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Department

The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department received 6 vehicle prowl complaints from the Westport area on Saturday. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells us all of the vehicle prowls appeared to have occurred sometime during Friday night or early Saturday morning. The prowled vehicles were located at residences in the 1500 block of Aberdeen Street South, 1700 block of Hoquiam Lane South, 600 block of Chehalis Street West, and the 1700 block of Forrest Street South.

It appears that the vehicles were left unlocked and valuables taken in 5 of the 6 vehicle prowls. Items taken included wallets, MP3 player, Sony Cassette Player, and money.

As with any crime, anyone with information on these crimes are asked to contact the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office at 360-249-3711.

Simpson Lumber Company offered for sale

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Simpson Lumber Co. says it has hired a consultant to explore a sale…. …read more

From:: AP Washington News