Archive for December 2010

Conservative Comments with Mike Yarmakovich

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Commentary from the Left with Gary Murrell

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Simpson Avenue Bridge Opening Projected for Early January

HOQUIAM, Wash. – The Washington State Department of transportation tells Hoquiam Businesses that the Simpson Avenue Bridge should be open between the first and second week of January. The department made the announcement at the Hoquiam Business Association meeting earlier this week. WSDOT closed the bridge to motorists in August after noticing unusual movement on the bridge and then discovering severe erosion and degradation of the timber piles that support the bridge’s concrete piers.

Sport Clam Season to Open at Belfair State Park in Mason County

OLYMPIA, Wash – The sport clam fishing season at Belfair State Park is re-opening.  The Department of Fish and Wildlife said the sport clam fishing season at Belfair State Park on Hood Canal in Mason County will reopen at the first of the new year. Alex Bradbury with the Department tells us surveys indicate that the clam population will support a year round fishery The recreational oyster season remains open in the designated portion of the park as well.  For further information, contact Alex Bradbury, WDFW Point Whitney Shellfish Laboratory, at (360) 586-1498, extension 208.

Washington at Center of DC Debate over Community Radio

Churches operate a lot of LPFM stations. Cheryl Leanza, policy advisor with the United Church of Christ, says 10 years ago, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) gave out just over 800 licenses. Since then, media lobbyists have done their best to stop the practice.

“And unfortunately, Congress responded to the pressure of large incumbent broadcasters and drastically cut back the program. Now, we’re working to expand the program back to its original size.”

Critics of the low-power FM stations have cited interference with other radio frequencies as a reason to stop issuing the licenses. But Flores says the FCC already has rules that prevent interference and has studied the issue, at the request of Congress.

“I think the study was done in 2003 – by independent contractors and engineers studying the interference question – and found there was nothing: No problems with low-powered FMs being on the dial close to big commercial stations.”

The legislation has bipartisan support, including Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and John McCain (R-AZ) as co-sponsors. Media watchdog groups are pushing for its passage before Congress adjourns for Christmas. They say it has been on the Senate calendar since March and fear it will be shelved without some action.

Burglary Interrupted in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Police are seeking the public’s assistance to locate a burglary suspect who was interrupted when the home he was in happened to be occupied. On 12/14/10 at about 1140 pm, Aberdeen police officers responded to a possible interrupted burglary that had just occurred in the 300 block of Park St.  The female resident told officers that she was in her bedroom when she heard the front door open.  She said she thought she had locked the door.  When she went to the front room she saw a male subject standing inside the house. She said she did not know the man and yelled at him.  The suspect pushed pass the female, knocking her to the ground, as he fled out the front door.

Responding officers were assisted by a deputy from the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office and a K-9 handler from the Hoquiam Police Department.  A male subject was located walking away from the area of the incident but was not identified.  That male was arrested on an unrelated Aberdeen Municipal Court arrest warrant.

The suspect was described as a white male, around 35 years old, 5-8 to 6-2, black hair and a black mustache with bushy eyebrows.  He was described as wearing a blue sweatshirt with a hood, dark blue sweat pants, possibly black or blue tennis shoes.  The victim said when she saw him in her house his hair and clothing was wet. 


Anyone with information is asked to call the Aberdeen Police at 360-533-3180 or the tip line at 360-538-4450.

Santa Claus comes to Ken Schoenfeld Furniture

Saturday, December 18th Santa Claus comes to Ken Schoenfeld Furniture from 1 until 5!

Get your leg lamp raffle tickets while visiting with Santa



Shopping discounts all over Hoquiam all day long!  Shop Hometown Hoquiam for a relaxed, old fashioned bargain hunters paradise.


 Restaurants are offering great specials; The Golden Dragon is giving a free order of their new appetizer, Crab and Cream Cheese filled Won-Tons, with every dinner entree; The Oriole will give a free beverage ( soft drink, coffee, tea hot chocolate) with every meal, except the Bridge Closure Special, and at Los Arcos if you buy two dinners you get a free appetizer valued at up to $9.95


Ralphie Look-alike Contest winner wins an official replica of the Red Ryder BB Gun, so get your pink bunny suit out of the closet!


Have a good dinner in Hoquiam, then stroll over to the 7th Street Theater for A Christmas Story!


Movie: A Christmas Story (1983)

Location:7th Street Theatre

Time:7:30PM Saturday, December 18th

Chehalis River Receding, Landslides Still a Concern

MONTESANO, Wash. – The Chehalis River has reached it’s flood stage at Porter, and is expected to recede by 2 this afternoon. Chuck Wallace with the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Agency tells us High tidal levels in Aberdeen will worsen flooding along the lower reaches of the Chehalis, with a high tide in Aberdeen Expected at 7:53 this morning we may still see some flooding in Aberdeen this morning.
Also still a concern is the likelihood of landslides. There have been several reports of Western Washington incidents, as well as one in Grays Harbor County. Wallace says areas of most concern are steep coastal bluffs and hillsides.

Enhanced Emergency Zone Law Will Help Protect Emergency Workers

“It is important for drivers slow down and move over when they see emergency crews working on the freeway; it is not just for the driver’s safety but for our crew’s safety,” said Warren A. Merritt, Deputy Chief Bellevue Fire Department and Washington Fire Chiefs.  “Awareness of this new law will help motorists and emergency works stay safe.”

Washington State passed the original “Move Over” law in 2007. However despite this change, the problem continued to get worse. Between 2006 and 2009, the Washington State Patrol alone had 80 collisions involving passing vehicles striking trooper vehicles parked alongside the highway.  The major contributing factor in these collisions were speeding or driving too fast for conditions, followed by DUI.

The new law also requires State Patrol to conduct an education period for the first 90 days.  During this time, troopers will focus on educating drivers about this new law and the need to slow down and move over when they approach and pass through emergency zones.

Go online to view see more information about the Emergency Zone Law at

Annual Audit Warns Oakville Government, Applauds Shelton

OAKVILLE, Wash. – A recent Audit of the City of Oakville had no findings, but did note certain matters that were communicated to City Management. The annual report by the State Auditor’s office said in most areas the City complied with state laws and regulations in their 2009 audit. Oakville had received findings in 2006 and 2007 over financial concerns.
For the 14 consecutive year, the city of Shelton was free of findings by the State Auditor’s Office. The independent accountability audits are conducted annually to review city and county government financial policies and procedures.