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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 2:00p.m. The Montesano Fire Department and Grays Harbor Volunteer Search & Rescue will be hosting a spaghetti feed benefit in memory of the late Shane Nebel.
Shane spent his life selflessly giving back and serving his community. Shane coached youth sports, was a cub master for troop 16 and was an active member of the Grays Harbor Volunteer Search and Rescue team with his dog Belle. In March, he and Belle spent time assisting with the Oso Mudslide efforts. Shane passed away on September 8 2014, leaving behind two children and his loving wife.
Please come and show your support and solidarity on Sunday September 28th at the Montesano Fire Department, 310 E Pioneer Ave. in Montesano, for a spaghetti feed dinner. Donations are gladly accepted and all proceeds will go directly to the Nebel Family.
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sea Lion, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Bellingham, Wash., rescued two people and a dog in the water near the entrance to Westport, Wash., Saturday.
Sea Lion crew safely recovered the 52-year-old man, 50-year-old woman, and their dog, treating them for signs of hypothermia while transporting them to Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor.
The crew of the Sea Lion, while on a routine patrol, discovered the two people and dog clinging to their overturned 22-foot vessel. The Sea Lion crew notified Sector Columbia River watchstanders and launched their small boat to recover the individuals. The Sea Lion remained on scene to monitor the overturned vessel and ensure the safety of boaters in the area while Station Grays Harbor launched to tow the overturned vessel into port.
“A big Bravo Zulu to the alert crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Sea Lion,” said Mark Dobney, a command duty officer at Sector Columbia River. “This case illustrates the importance of having proper safety equipment and communications devices while at sea. Without the excellent professionalism of the Sea Lion crew, these survivors may not have been found.”
A small boat crew from Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor recovered the overturned vessel and towed it into the harbor.
The weather at the time of the incident was reported as 12 to 16 mph winds and 6-foot seas.
The survivors were reported to be wearing their lifejackets. Despite signs of hypothermia, no injuries were reported and emergency medical services were declined.
A Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew rescued two people from a capsized vessel near Long Beach, Wash., Sunday.
The two people were safely recovered by the Motor Life Boat crew and taken back to Station Cape Disappointment with no medical concerns.
Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received a report from Pacific County dispatch stating that a 21-foot pleasure craft was disabled off Long Beach. Sector watchstanders contacted the crew of the disabled vessel and determined that the vessel was taking on water and they could not keep up with flooding, at which point they were advised to don lifejackets. Sector Columbia River directed the launch of the MLB crew and an Air Station Astoria MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew in response.
The MLB crew arrived on scene to find the vessel capsized. A 46-year-old man and a 52-year-old man from the capsized vessel were quickly located nearby by the MLB crew.
“This case illustrates the importance of having lifejackets and other life saving emergency equipment aboard a vessel while boating in the Pacific Northwest,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin Zariczny, an operation specialist at Sector Columbia River. “Weather and sea states can be unpredictable and it is best to ensure you are prepared for any type of emergency situation.”
The pleasure craft reportedly sank with no signs of pollution and is not a hazard to navigation.
The weather at the time of the incident was reported as 18 mph winds and 6-foot seas.
A comment period begins today on the proposed terminal to receive, store, and ship bulk liquids at the Port of Grays Harbor.
During the scoping period, between September 18 through November 3, the state Department of Ecology and the city of Hoquiam invite the public to comment on what should be studied in the environmental impact statement (EIS) being prepared for the proposal submitted by Grays Harbor Rail Terminal, LLC (a subsidiary of U.S. Development).
An EIS is a document that provides information about the effects on the environment of a proposal. It is neither a decision nor a permit. This information helps inform future decisions made by local and state permitting agencies. Permit decisions cannot be made until after the environmental reviews are complete.
This proposal is the first step in the EIS process – the scoping period. The purpose of the scoping is to gather input on what should be studied in the EIS. After considering comments received during scoping, the agencies will decide what to study in the EIS. Ecology and Hoquiam have already identified certain study areas that will be included in their determination of significance, to be published September 18 and available via the city of Hoquiam’s website. Study areas pre-identified include: vehicle and vessel traffic; rail traffic and safety; vessel safety; oil spill prevention, preparedness and response; noise; and potential impacts to air, water, marine life and animals.
Scoping comments may be shared orally at scoping meetings, submitted in writing via standard mail, or via an electronic comment form.
The mailing address is:
Grays Harbor Rail Terminal EIS
c/o ICF International,
710 Second Avenue, Suite 550
Seattle, WA 98104
Two public meetings with open houses are scheduled. No formal presentation will occur, so people may arrive and leave as they choose during the meetings.
- October 16: Aberdeen Rotary Log Pavilion, Morrison River Front Park 1401 Sargent Blvd. Aberdeen, WA 1 p.m. open house, 1:30 p.m. public comment starts.
- October 16: Elma, Grays Harbor County Fair and Event Center, 32 Elma-McCleary Rd, Elma, WA , 6 p.m. open house, 6:30 p.m. public comment starts.
All comments received will be considered for the environmental reviews of the proposal. Information about the environmental review and the project proposals is available on Ecology’s website.
**Please note that the attached photo was one of the preliminary photos supplied by the firm, and inaccurately points to Westport in the direction of Ocean Shores.