The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport has started a crowdfunding campaign to help with some much needed upgrades. The Seaport says on their indiegogo page that recent Coast Guard inspections have found some of the fasteners are showing signs of corrosion. Lady Washington needs to be fitted with a corrosion protection system that would greatly extend the life of all her fittings and fasteners: the metal bits that hold her together. At the same time we would like to replace and upgrade the battery banks which provide power to the vessel when her generators aren’t running. The current batteries have done their duty for eight years, and they’re pretty tired.
We’ve started a crowdfunding project at Indiegogo to raise $14,113 for these upgrades. Please join other Lady Washington fans and supporters and help us keep this magnificent vessel sailing for the next generation! Watch our video and donate now! Our fundraising deadline is October 10.
The Aberdeen Police Department is looking for young adults, between the ages of 15 ½ to 20 years of age to join the Police Explorer Post. Explorers learn about law enforcement first hand through training and riding on patrol with officers. Explorers serve the department and community in a variety of ways, while developing a greater understanding of the criminal justice system. This is an exciting opportunity to develop skills that will help you whether or not you decide to pursue a law enforcement career.
To find out more information and sign up for the testing process, please contact Detective Jeff Weiss by calling (360) 538-4452 or sending an email to [email protected] by September 26, 2014.
Sirens in Cosmopolis are just a drill today, Bob Buchan with Cosmo Specialty Fibers tells us they will be conducting drills of the mill’s evacuation procedures. Starting Thursday, September 11, area residents could hear sirens at approximately 10:15 AM and 5:45 PM for a duration of about 15 minutes. For anyone hearing the sirens, please be assured that there is no cause for concern, it’s only a safety drill.
Corporal Bret Ellis of the Aberdeen Police Department has died after a long battle with cancer. Police Captain John Green said donations for the Ellis family are being taken by the Aberdeen Police Guild at their Twin Star Credit Union account.
A press release from the department Wednesday said all of the members and families of the Aberdeen Police Department are extremely saddened with the passing of Corporal Bret Ellis, one of our own.
Corporal Bret Ellis passed away during the night after a long battle with cancer.
He was a well respected member of the Aberdeen Police Department who represented his family, City of Aberdeen, and the Aberdeen Police Department at the highest level at all times. He was a wonderful man, Husband, Father, and Police Officer and will be sorely missed.
The Westport City Council this week extended their moratorium on marijuana businesses, Jim Eddy spoke on behalf of the Washington State Marijuana League during the public comment period, he told the council “Given that it expires tomorrow, asking you not to pass a moratorium would probably be a little unrealistic. But I’m disappointed that you have to pass another moratorium, you had a whole year to work on this [correction: six months] and you should have worked on it, and done something, and put it some place.”
The moratorium prevents collective gardens, along with licensing and operation of marijuana processing, producing, and retail sales inside the city of Westport.
After multiple moratoriums on the matter, the Hoquiam City Council passed a zoning ordinance in September, and earlier this week adopted their revised controlled substance ordinance – which mostly just added the phrase “other than marijuana.”
The fifth cycle of pontoons for the State Route 520 bridge are complete, and will be floating out of their Aberdeen casting basin later this month. Port Executive Director Leonard Barnes told Commissioners this week “We’re going to have the pontoons floating out for Kiewit on the 26th, in the morning at about 0800 they’ll start moving. We’re going to take those to Terminal 1 and Terminal 3.” Adding that this is the next to last batch of pontoons to be built in Aberdeen “there will be six in this batch, like the previous ones. Then the next one will happen at the very end of March, for [float-out] the first of April 2015. There will be only 3 pontoons, half as many in that one, and that’s it.”
Barnes gave tips on how to view the giant concrete structures that morning “It’s a great opportunity I think, if you want to go see. I would suggest going to the 28th street boat launch, because you can see right there from the viewing tower, the one at T1 is right there, the one going to T3 are going to run right in front of you, so it’ll be a great spot to view.” The pontoons will hang around in the harbor for a while, and will later be towed to Lake Washington for construction of the new SR 520 floating bridge.
A rollover accident caused a small wildfire off of US Highway 12 just outside of Oakville this morning. An infant in that wreck was uninjured.
It happened just before 2AM, the Washington State Patrol reports a 21 year old Oakville woman fell asleep at the wheel of her 2013 Toyota Scion before it drifted onto the shoulder, down an embankment and into a ditch, rolling onto it’s passenger side and into a tree. She was able to get a 6 month old baby out of the car before it caught on fire. The woman was transported to Centrailia Providence with undisclosed injuries, the child was not injured.
The WSDOT reports the road was fully blocked near Blockhouse Road for about 2 hours while the Washington State Patrol investigated. Chehalis Tribal Police, along with County and Fire District 1 responders were able to get the wildfire under control quickly.