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Rollover accident lights small wildfire near Oakville

Washington State Patrol

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.

Enchanted Valley Chalet Moved Away from Eroding East Fork Quinault River Bank

Enchanted Valley Chalet Moved Away from Eroding East Fork Quinault River Bank

Work to lift the chalet off its foundation began on Saturday and continued on Sunday.  By Sunday afternoon, four steel sliding beams had been placed under the chalet and the chalet was moved an initial eight feet east of its original location and away from the eroding bank of the East Fork Quinault River. On Monday, contractors continued the move, sliding the chalet an additional 60 feet. Contractors expect to complete the temporary relocation within the next few days.

Stock and a helicopter will be used to transport materials from the site beginning Thursday, September 11.

Equipment and materials including hardware, tools, and camp supplies were transported the 13 miles from Graves Creek Trailhead to Enchanted Valley on mules beginning September 1.  Items like steel beams and cribbing that were too large to be packed in were flown by helicopter to the site. Read more

Grays Harbor PUD reminds residents of South Beach outage

Grays Harbor PUD

The Grays Harbor Public Utility District is reminding South Beach residents of a planned power outage which will impact over 4,000 PUD customers beginning at 10:00 PM on Thursday, September 11, 2014.  The outage is expected to last until 6:00 AM on Friday, September 12.

The outage will impact all Grays Harbor PUD customers from the Ocean Spray facility in Markham west to the ocean beaches and south to Tokeland.  In all 4,837 Grays Harbor PUD customers will be impacted.

During the outage, multiple PUD crews will replace three transmission poles and one distribution switch in addition to carrying out substation maintenance work.  This is the fourth planned outage undertaken by PUD crews this summer, as the District strengthens its infrastructure by replacing aging poles and carrying out line and substation maintenance.

In preparation for this outage, customers are advised to take precautions with any electronic equipment such as computers, televisions, and microwaves by unplugging those items.  You should leave them disconnected until after the power has been fully restored.

The outage time of eight hours is only an estimate and power could be restored at any time as work is completed.  Therefore, it is not safe to do electrical work or repairs during that period of time.

Hoquiam takes a step closer to banning fireworks

Hoquiam fireworks

The city of Hoquiam last night lit the fuse on an ordinance that would ban fireworks sales and use within city limits. The Public Safety Committee submitted a report suggesting the city not ban fireworks, noting that the state laws would suffice. Committee Chair Paul McMillan said “I know that there is people that are against fireworks, and there’s people that are for fireworks. Since I’ve been on the council we’ve gone from 7 days to only letting them off on the 3rd and 4th. so there’s been some compromises already.”

After some polarized debate, the council decided to table the matter until their second meeting in October to give time for public outrage.

Pacific Canna Clones LLC gets growing in Grays Harbor

Pacific Canna Clones LLC

New business is budding North of Hoquiam, although the menu may sound more like they’re growing ice cream at Pacific Canna Clones LLC. “Bubble Bomb, some Martha Washington, Granddaddy Purple, Harley Sue (which is a high CBD not a high THC.) These are Northern Lights 2, Sour Diesel, White Russian…” Caroline Perry tiptoes through multiple strains of plants at her facility, one of the first Tier 2 Licensed Producers of marijuana in Grays Harbor County.

Along with clones to sell to other producers, she tells KBKW the start-up is about to harvest their first 80 plants. This batch is Bubble Berry, Liberty Haze, and Sour Diesel, Parry said the plants will be sold to licensed processors to be bagged for individual sale then to a licensed retail store.

Nothing like Miami Vice, Parry said she’s not rich because she grows pot “We’re doing OK, just because we got into this business without overhead. We’re small, family owned, we’re go to go – we have patience.” Parry has been a card-holding medical marijuana grower for years, and was one of only 3 producers in Grays Harbor County granted a license from the state in the first round earlier this year.

State Auditor’s Office says Montesano math adds up at City Hall

City of Montesano

A recent audit of the city’s firing of former Public Works Lead Russ Burke in 2013 found that city staff needs to better monitor it’s employee spending, and keep better inventory records. The audit also agreed with the investigation by Hoquiam Police, that Burke may have used city resources to support his own business. The report noted that due to city policy at the time they were not able to determine exactly how much had been lost, or to support a criminal case against Burke.

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Hoquiam PD announces another DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back Day September 27

DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back Day  Please visit: http://kbkw.com/local-news/134514 for the complete story

The Hoquiam Police Department is again partnering with the DEA for the next free “Drug Take-Back Day” on Saturday, September 27, 2014. The lobby of the police department at 215-10th Street will be staffed from 1000-1400 hours (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) by evidence custodian Officer James Gaddis.

During this four-hour period, citizens from all around Grays Harbor are encouraged to dispose of unwanted over-the-counter and prescription medications.  There is no cost for this service as the DEA pays to incinerate all of the medications collected, last time in Hoquiam 76 people dropped off 166 pounds of prescription medication for disposal.

After seven previous Take Back Days spread over almost four years, 4.1 million pounds (2,123 tons) of prescription medications have been removed from circulation.

It only takes a moment to stop at the police station, located next to Swanson’s at the base of the Simpson Avenue Bridge, to toss unwanted medication into a large box inside the lobby.

All medications are accepted for destruction so long as the container will not leak.  There is no need to remove labels from prescription bottles and no one checks the origin of the medication.  Everything in the box is incinerated.

“This take-back day is a great opportunity to clean your medicine cabinet of unwanted, unneeded or expired medications.  Safe disposal prevents drugs from getting into the hands of children or drug abusers looking for a quick high.” – Chief Myers

 

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

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Child seat ejected, 6 transported from scene of Aberdeen traffic accident

Aberdeen WA Police Department

A young Aberdeen driver accidentally sped into a collision with a van over the weekend, Sgt. C. J. Chastain with the Aberdeen Police Department tells us on Saturday September 6th at 3:25 PM Aberdeen Police and Fire responded to a two vehicle collision at the intersection of Michigan and 4th St. A tan 2002 Honda CRV was being driven westbound on 4th St. by a 19 year old Aberdeen man. As he neared the intersection, the driver looked down to check his speed. In doing so, he did not observe the stop sign he was approaching. At the same time, a blue 2000 GMC Safari van was travelling southbound on Michigan, with no traffic control signage. The driver of the Honda CRV explained he attempted to brake hard, seeing the pending collision, but he believes his foot slipped off the brake and pressed the gas pedal. The GMC van entered the intersection first, and was struck by the Honda CRV at the driver’s side rear tire. The GMC van was spun 180 degrees counterclockwise and came to rest after striking the curb at the southwest corner of the intersection. The Honda CRV rotated 90 degrees counterclockwise and struck the curb and a power pole right next to the GMC van, coming to rest.

The driver of the Honda CRV was the sole occupant. The GMC van was occupied by the driver and seven passengers (age-sex: 26-F, 8-F, 8-M, 5-F, 4-F, 3-M, 1-M – all of Aberdeen). Six of the GMC van passengers were transported to the Grays Harbor Community Hospital by ambulance, with varying degrees of injury, and the 3 year old male was later airlifted to the Harborview Medical Center for advanced trauma care. Witnesses and evidence at the scene indicate that the 4 year old female was ejected out the rear window of the GMC van while still in her car seat.

The Aberdeen Police Department Collision Investigation Team responded to the scene, and had the roadway closed until 8:07 PM for a thorough investigation of the crash. Preliminary information indicates that speed and alcohol/drugs were not contributing factors to the crash. The investigation is on-going.

Found Hiker Kelly Hall was Well-Prepared for Unplanned Extra Days in Wilderness

Kelly Hall, 64 years old
6’5”, 220 pounds
Overdue from six-day hike from Obstruction Point, to Grand Pass, Cameron Pass, Dose Meadows, Gray Wolf Pass. Planned to be picked up at Slab Camp Trailhead on USFS Road 2875 on Thursday September 4.
• Blue backpack
• Blue ‘Mountain Hardware’ stocking cap
• Fishing pole and orange flip flops strapped to outside of pack
• Believed to be using a blue-gray tent
Anyone who has seen Hall since August 30, please call Olympic National Park at 360-565-3120.

Kelly Hall, who had been missing for nearly four days in the northeast section of Olympic National Park, walked out to the Whiskey Bend Trailhead in the Elwha Valley.  He is tired and has minor scrapes and bruises but is safe and well.

Hall was last seen by two other hikers in the Grand Valley area, about four miles from his starting point at Obstruction Point.  Hall explained to searchers that he lost the trail in very foggy, rainy conditions in the area of Grand Pass and found himself heading west into the Lillian River drainage rather than into the Cameron Creek drainage as planned.

He explained that once he realized his mistake and was able to determine his location, he decided to continue hiking downstream along the Lillian River, knowing that he would eventually find the Lillian River Trail which would lead him to the Elwha River Trail and the Whiskey Bend Trailhead.

His ad hoc Lillian River route involved eight miles of extremely strenuous off-trail travel, which was much more rugged, difficult and time-consuming than Hall had anticipated, taking nearly four days longer than he had originally planned for his hike.  He reached the Whiskey Bend Trailhead this morning, where he encountered a group of hikers who gave him a ride to the Elwha Ranger Station.

Hall was well-equipped with food, a water filter, maps and compass, the “Ten Essentials” and appropriate gear.

“Wilderness users should always be ready to experience the wilderness on its own terms. Mr. Hall was ready, and was able to successfully reach safety and the road system on his own,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum.

Hall began his hike on Saturday, August 30, setting out from the Obstruction Point Trailhead near Hurricane Ridge.  Family members expected to meet him at the USFS Slab Camp Trailhead on Thursday afternoon.

Searchers who contributed to the effort include National Park Service employees and volunteers, an aircraft and crew from Washington State Patrol, and volunteers from Olympic Mountain Rescue, Clallam County Search and Rescue, German Shepherd Search Dogs, Kitsap County Search and Rescue and numerous community members.

Search for missing hiker in Olympic National Park ends when hikers walks out Monday

Kelly Hall, 64 years old
6’5”, 220 pounds
Overdue from six-day hike from Obstruction Point, to Grand Pass, Cameron Pass, Dose Meadows, Gray Wolf Pass. Planned to be picked up at Slab Camp Trailhead on USFS Road 2875 on Thursday September 4.
• Blue backpack
• Blue ‘Mountain Hardware’ stocking cap
• Fishing pole and orange flip flops strapped to outside of pack
• Believed to be using a blue-gray tent
Anyone who has seen Hall since August 30, please call Olympic National Park at 360-565-3120.

UPDATE: Kelly Hall arrived in the area of the Elwha Ranger Station shortly before 10:00 a.m. Monday, safe and well and contacted a park employee.
“We are overjoyed to have this search reach a successful and happy conclusion,” said Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum.
Searchers who contributed to the effort include National Park Service employees and volunteers, an aircraft and crew from Washington State Patrol, and volunteers from Olympic Mountain Rescue, Clallam County Search and Rescue and German Shepherd Search Dogs.

 

 

A helicopter and tracking dogs have been added to the search efforts for a hiker overdue in Olympic National Park. Authorities say 64-year-old Kelly Hall is three days overdue from his planned six-day, 39 mile hike in the northeast corner of the park. Hall was scheduled to meet family members Thursday. When he didn’t show up, they reported him missing that night.
The second day of searching for 64-year old Kelly Hall of Bainbridge Island continued Sunday, but revealed few clues regarding the missing hiker’s location. Hall was reported overdue Thursday evening after failing to rendezvous with a family member as planned.

Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum renewed her appeal for the public’s assistance. “We are very interested in talking with hikers who were anywhere along Mr. Hall’s itinerary in the past week,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum. “Anyone who may have information helpful to the search is urged to call the park as soon as possible at 360-565-3120.”

Hall began his hike on Saturday, August 30, setting out from the Obstruction Point Trailhead near Hurricane Ridge. His planned itinerary was a 39-mile hike through Grand Valley to Grand Pass, continuing over Cameron Pass, through Dose Meadows, over Gray Wolf Pass and along the Gray Wolf Trail to the Slab Camp Trailhead on Forest Road 2875. He was reported overdue by a family member on Thursday evening when he did not appear as planned at the trailhead. Another hiking party reported having seen Hall on August 30 in Grand Valley, about four miles from his starting point.

Today’s search activities included:

· Sixteen ground searchers were in the field today, searching both trails and off-trail areas along or near Hall’s intended itinerary. About ten searchers are camped in the wilderness tonight and will resume search efforts Monday morning.

· Three search dog teams joined the search Saturday evening and continued their search today.

· An aerial search by helicopter was conducted this afternoon.

· Investigators attempted to make contact with the approximately 20 other hikers who had wilderness permits for about the same times and locations as Halls’ intended itinerary. One party reported having seen him on August 30 in Grand Valley, about four miles from his starting point.

An aircraft equipped with heat sensing forward-looking infrared (FLIR) equipment will fly over the search area before sunrise Monday morning. Continued ground and helicopter searching will begin shortly after.

Hall is described as being 6’5” tall and weighing 220 pounds. He has a blue backpack with a fishing pole and orange flip-flops strapped to the outside. An earlier description of his tent was inaccurate; Hall is believed to be using a dark gray netting tent with an orange floor and poles. It has a silver rain fly, so may appear either dark gray or silver, depending on whether the rain fly is in use.

Searchers include National Park Service employees and volunteers, and volunteers from Olympic Mountain Rescue, Clallam County Search and Rescue and German Shepherd Search Dogs.

Kelly Hall, 64 years old 6’5”, 220 pounds Overdue from six-day hike from Obstruction Point, to Grand Pass, Cameron Pass, Dose Meadows, Gray Wolf Pass. Planned to be picked up at Slab Camp Trailhead on USFS Road 2875 on Thursday September 4. • Blue backpack • Blue ‘Mountain Hardware’ stocking cap • Fishing pole and orange flip flops strapped to outside of pack • Believed to be using a blue-gray tent Anyone who has seen Hall since August 30, please call Olympic National Park at 360-565-3120.

Kelly Hall, 64 years old
6’5”, 220 pounds
Overdue from six-day hike from Obstruction Point, to Grand Pass, Cameron Pass, Dose Meadows, Gray Wolf Pass. Planned to be picked up at Slab Camp Trailhead on USFS Road 2875 on Thursday September 4.
• Blue backpack
• Blue ‘Mountain Hardware’ stocking cap
• Fishing pole and orange flip flops strapped to outside of pack
• Believed to be using a blue-gray tent
Anyone who has seen Hall since August 30, please call Olympic National Park at 360-565-3120.