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Log truck loses load on Hoquiam industrial route

Logtruck load

A semi truck lost it’s load of logs on the Hoquiam industrial route this morning, no injuries were reported. Hoquiam Sgt. Bryan Dayton tells us a 42-year-old Rochester man lost the load off his log truck when he was negotiating the turn onto airport way from Willis Enterprises. Dayton said “it appears he had an equipment malfunction on the trailer and is the reason of the collision at this time.”

The Washington State Patrol is investigating at the intersection of South Adams street and Airport Way, the truck’s logs are alongside the roadway.

Search warrant on familiar home nets two arrests in Aberdeen

Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Department

Drug Task Force agents served a search warrant on a familiar home in the 700 block of West First street in Aberdeen Tuesday morning.
Grays Harbor County Undersheriff Dave Pimentel tells us the multi-agency task force detained 11 people total, two were arrested on various charges. Pimentel said the investigation is ongoing.
Five people were arrested at the same home in April after a tip was submitted to the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office that drug activity was occurring there.


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Montesano wreck sends one to hospital

Washington State Patrol

A Wreck on State Route 12 yesterday sent a Hoquiam woman to the hospital. The Washington State Patrol reports a 98 Toyota Corolla turning onto the Monte Brady Road collided with an oncoming 2011 Toyota Tacoma truck just before 6 Tuesday evening.
The 79 year old Hoquiam woman was a passenger in the Corolla, she was transported to Summit Pacific Hospital with undisclosed injuries. The driver of the Corolla, a 58 year old Elma woman, was cited for failure to yield. The driver of the truck, a 23 year old Elma woman, was not injured.

Port of Grays Harbor expects to finish 2014 with big numbers

Port of Grays Harbor
Expecting good numbers for 2014 from the Port of Grays Harbor, Deputy Executive Director Leonard Barnes told Port Commissioners last week “we’re looking for a really strong finish to this year in the last quarter, very strong finish; all of our commodities are up.” Barnes said when exports in one area were low this year, another division seemed to fill the gap “You know even though the log business has been slow here in the last few months, the first half of the year was extremely strong so we’re still ahead of the curve.” The lulls kept the port from traffic jams on and off the water, as auto exports slowed when trains became hard to come by earlier this year. Barnes added “Even though we were hit hard with the auto [exports] the first half of the year with the winter storms and lack of engine power, we’re ahead of our projections and ahead of last years’ volume numbers. And we’re seeing some diversification with different types of autos now.”
In July, Pasha Automotive Services exported a record 17,109 automobiles, and they’re not just Chryslers anymore either, Barnes said the Port has been working with several car manufacturers; “May be small numbers from newer manufacturers, but that gives us opportunity to grow those businesses.” The cars are shipped by rail from production facilities in the eastern United States to Western Washington, then shipped to ports like Japan, China, Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

WDFW seeks public’s assistance to monitor hoof disease in elk

For more information on elk hoof disease, see WDFW’s recent news release at and the department’s wildlife health webpage at

OLYMPIA – State wildlife managers are seeking help from hunters and the general public in monitoring the spread of hoof disease among elk in 10 counties in southwest Washington.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) asks that anyone who spots an elk with hoof deformities in the area that is limping or dead report their observations at A map on that website shows the department’s primary focus of interest.

Sandra Jonker, WDFW regional wildlife manager, said the department is primarily interested in receiving reports outside the primary area of infection around Cowlitz County, where the disease is already well documented.

“Our focus now is on assessing the spread of the disease to other parts of the region,” Jonker said. “Gaining more information about the incidence and geographical distribution of the disease will help determine how best to manage it.”

She noted that the website is designed to accept reports from the field using a mobile phone. Once filed, those reports will immediately appear on WDFW’s website.

Diagnostic testing conducted over the past year indicates hoof disease in elk closely resembles a contagious bacterial infection in sheep. There is no evidence that the bacteria are harmful to humans, but there is no vaccine for elk that contract the disease, Jonker said.

To help prevent the disease from spreading, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission recently approved a new rule requiring hunters in 10 southwest Washington counties to remove the hooves of any elk they harvest and leave them on-site.

Enchanted Valley Chalet relocated away from East Fork Quinault River

Enchanted Valley Chalet Relocated

Work to temporarily relocate the Enchanted Valley Chalet in Olympic National Park to protect the East Fork Quinault River was completed Friday, September 12.

“I am very proud of our park staff, and appreciative of the contractor and his work,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum.  “We are very pleased to know that the chalet is now further from the river.”

Work to temporarily relocate the chalet began September 1. Contractor Monroe House Moving of Sequim, Washington, used hydraulic jacks to push the structure 100 feet along steel beams and away from the eroding river bank.

Once the move was complete, the building was lowered onto cribbing towers and secured. The building will remain closed to the public while in its current temporary location.

A planning and environmental analysis process will begin within the next year to determine the final disposition of the building.

The chalet relocation project was examined in the “Emergency Action to Temporarily Relocate the Enchanted Valley Chalet for the Protection of the East Fork Quinault River Environmental Assessment” (EA) and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) was issued on July 25.

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After anonymous complaint, audit finds two errors at City of Montesano

City of Montesano
The State Auditor’s Office has issued two findings to the City of Montesano after an anonymous tip about a recent property sale. City Administrator Kristy Powell said that State Auditors also agreed with the city that they properly advertised and sold 47 acres of property along the Chehalis River in 2012. Powell said last week “That anonymous caller that turned in the audit suggested that there was something wrong with the land sale. The auditors made a statement that there was nothing wrong with the land sale except that documentation of the sign was not there.”
The errors were found in the city’s accounting. Powell said one finding was the second in a row over the way they pay city employees from different departments, “Last year we were given a finding on the same thing, and we immediately adopted a resolution and started tracking time but the auditors didn’t feel that we did enough.” To address that issue, Powell said they’ll enforce daily time tracking and move to cost-based accounting.
Another finding was issued for the way they transferred funds from one department to another – an error on Powell’s part, she said she plans to review the complicated budgeting, accounting, and reporting manual to resolve.
The last finding to the city of Montesano was in 2011, when then-Police Chief Ray Sowers used a city credit card to make nearly $17,000 in purchases. Sowers pleaded guilty to theft and identity theft charges, and was sentenced to 6 months jail time.
Audits conducted by the State Auditor’s Office are available through their website at

Solid gold response to Hoquiam’s “Chief for a Day” Program

Hoqiuam Police Chief Dylan Ellefson
A big thank you to the families and businesses that contributed to the Hoquiam Police Department during their Chief for a Day program. Police Chief Jeff Myers said “I want to thank everyone out there in Grays Harbor. You know we may be a small community, we have a lot of challenges and we often focus on the negative. But when you see a program like this come together, and you see the love in the donations that come from us, it really shows you what a special kind of place this is.”
The department even received a mysterious donation for Dylan Ellefson, in an unmarked envelope. Myers said jokingly “It was thick and bulky I thought it was like a letter bomb. So I gave it to my Deputy Chief to open then I ran to my office. Inside of it was a piece of paper folded up, there were four coin sleeves taped to the paper. Each coin sleeve had a $100 bill in it, and when you unwrapped the $100 bill there were four solid gold coins.”
They don’t know who donated the coins but Myers adds “I’m hoping through getting the word out that whoever donated this wonderful, unexpected, and extremely benevolent gift will know that it was received, and greatly appreciated.” The 4 gold coins, two South African Krugerrands, and two American Eagles, will be sold, and the money used to setup a college fund for Dylan.

Changing music on phone likely cause of wreck North of Ocean Shores

Washington State Patrol

Changing music on a cell phone was the cause of an accident on State Route 109 North of Ocean Shores Saturday morning.
The Washington State Patrol reports a 19 year old Hoquiam girl’s 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee drifted across the center line into the ditch and rolled just before 10 AM Saturday. She was injured and transported to Community Hospital, her passenger; a 19 year old Taholah man, was not injured. The report says charges are pending.

Lauren Kuhn named as 4th Runner Up at Miss America Finals

Photo Credit: The Miss America Organization

Lauren Kuhn has been named 4th runner up at the Miss America Finals in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Sunday. The Aberdeen High School graduate was crowned Miss Grays Harbor’s Outstanding Teen 2008 and Miss Grays Harbor 2013, then Miss Massachusetts 2014 and to the Miss America 2015 stage, where she took 5th place over the weekend in Atlantic City.

Kuhn is a attending Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Boston where she holds the title of Miss Massachusetts, the 75th to hold the title.

Miss New York Kira Kazantsev was crowned Miss America 2015 at the birthplace of the legendary competition in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall Sunday. The Miss America Finals were broadcast live on ABC.

Kira’s acceptance of the highly-prized crown is just the beginning of a journey that will take her to every corner of the nation during her year of service as Miss America 2015. She will embark on her national speaking tour about her platform, Love Shouldn’t Hurt: Protecting Women Against Domestic Violence and act as the official National Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals, is the national platform partner of the Miss America Organization.

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