Hoquiam City Council Approves “Non-Travel” travel expenses

The Hoquiam City Council on Monday night adopted the policy for Incidental Business Reimbursment it establishes guidlines for eligibility and payments of expenditures for meals, snacks, and incidental expenses not related to out-of-town business travel, City Finance Director Mike Folkers explained to some of the questioning councilmembers.
The City does still require approval by either an administrator or a superior.

Aberdeen Police Department Gets a “Car Seat Technician”

As a technician Officer Weiss will be a resource for fellow officers in any child passenger issues, participate in regular car seat check clinics, and serve as team leader for the child passenger team.  The Child Passenger team is comprised of 16 officers, deputies, and troopers in Grays Harbor County.  The team is invovled in a pilot program and will be conducting emphasis patrols next month ensurring children in Grays Harbor are properly restrained. The fine for an unrestrained child or misused child seat is $124.00. 

Aberdeen Ax Men Redefining “Water-Logged”

Ax Men Season 2 Premieres March 2nd

Never mess with a man and his wood. Isn’t that a saying? If not, it probably should be. Anyway, if you’re a fan of the History channel’s Ax Men, mark your calendars for March 2nd because that’s when the series is returning for its second season. This season introduces three new logging companies to the mix as the loggers hit the trees during logging’s most dangerous season.


An ironworker who was fatally injured on the Microsoft campus in Redmond on Thursday has been identified by his family as a 23-year-old Hoquiam man. Carrie Beutel, also of Hoquiam, says her brother, Randy Beutel, was a 2004 graduate of Hoquiam High School who had worked in construction for about two years. She said her brother was single. Emergency workers said Beutel died when thousands of pounds of rebar collapsed on him. He was working on a below-ground parking garage, which is intended to have an office building on top of it. Beutel was employed by Auburn-based RPM Steel, a subcontractor to Turner Construction. The state Department of Labor and Industries is investigating the accident. Microsoft recently had announced it plans to temporarily halt the project once it reaches the ground level because of the downturn in the economy.


Air Force Staff Sgt. Timothy P. Davis, who grew up in Montesano, has been killed in the Oruzgan province of Afghanistan as the result of injuries received from an improvised explosive device. The Daily World of Aberdeen reports that Davis’ mother, Sally Sheldon of Aberdeen, was notified of her son’s death on Friday. Davis’ father, Mike Davis, lives in Ocean Shores. Davis had just turned 28 and would have been married for five years next month. He met his wife, Meagan, while training at Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane. They have a 1-year-old son. Davis was assigned to Florida’s Hurlburt Field. He was with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron

Grays Harbor PUD Outage affecting 100 overnight

The Grays Harbor PUD worked overnight on a power outage in Northeast Aberdeen affecting about 100 customers, 11:30 last night a vehicle hit a pole on Young street, knocking out power to residents from Bear Gulch to the Gateway Plaza – power was restored to the Gateway plaza area within about half an hour, Liz Anderson from the Grays Harbor PUD tells KBKW power was restored to all residents by 7:05 Friday morning. Thursday night’s outage was in parrallel to the planned outage on the South side of Aberdeen.

Lake Sylvia Meeting

A short presentation from Joe Orth – of the Grays Harbor PUD, on a possible Hydro Generator – REbuilt, on the dam at the Lake. Orth said that the previous generator was removed, but the access on the dam was merely “capped off” Orth noted that Hydro generation on the dam could potential provide 1 to 2 megawatts of green power, under the current legislation; the size of the project would award double credits to the Grays Harbor PUD, and since the dam does not affect fish runs, it WOULD qualify for green power credits. The State Parks department was notably absent from the meeting, they are holding their own meeting NEXT Thursday, February 26th 7pm at Montesano’s City Hall, to provide information on the Centennial Vision 2013 plan, as well as their plans with Lake Sylvia and Schaffer state park. […] City Parks and Rec manager Mike Bruner talked about montesano’s current levy request that residents will be seeing in the mail today; the measure asks the voters to approve a general operations levy totalling 135 thousand dollars for the next two budget years. Under the levy, the owner of a 100thousand dollar home would pay about 3 dollars and 65 cents per month. which Mayor Ron schillinger made clear; ballots are expected to be seen today in the mail on that Levy