Archive for January 2011

How Much Do Your Beaches Cost?

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Faced with deep budget cuts, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Department is considering closing or charging for access to beaches in Westport and Ocean Shores, among others. An idea not favored by Grays Harbor Chamber of Commerce President Leroy Tipton “It would be a bureaucratic nightmare, we believe, for there to be a  charge for people to go onto the beach.”
Tipton said multiple alternatives are being researched, some less favorable may include tolls, or user-based fees to access a state beach. While there is no proposed law change, nor a bill before legislators, Tipton tells KBKW that staff at the Parks Department are warning local government that changes are coming.

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Conservative Comments with Mike Yarmakovich

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Commentary from the Left with Gary Murrell

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Historical Seaport Launches Contest

The Team Leaders who submit the greatest number of donations, and the largest donated amount, each win monthly prizes, including a selection from the online Seaport Store or free sailing opportunities aboard Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain. All monthly prize winners will be automatically entered into the grand prize drawing, which will take place on February 21, 2012 at a Historical Seaport board meeting.


As an interim goal, Float the Fleet will focus on raising $168,000 to help fund a Lady Washington frame and planking restoration project that the Seaport plans to complete by the fall of 2012. Although previously approved for funding though a competitive Washington State Heritage Capital Projects grant program, the project was cut from the State budget due to Washington State’s current financial difficulties.

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Governor Chris Gregoire to Visit Aberdeen for 520 Pontoon Project Ground Breaking Event

Groundbreaking celebration

When:             11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12


Where:           SR 520 pontoon construction project site

(former Aberdeen Log Yard; directions and map below)


Who:               Confirmed event speakers include Gov. Gregoire, Paula Hammond and former House Majority Leader Rep. Lynn Kessler (D–24th District).


Equipment:    Boots or sturdy shoes are required.



From I-5, take exit 104 to US-101 N.

Travel approximately 40 miles to Aberdeen.

Continue on US-101 N through Aberdeen (US-101 N is also called E. Wishkah Street once you enter Aberdeen).

Continue on E. Wishkah through Aberdeen.

Take a slight right onto W. Wishkah Street, and then an immediate left at S. Division Street. Signs will lead you to the event entrance at the former Aberdeen Log Yard.


More information about the SR 520 program is available at

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Hoquiam Police Officer Assaulted


Hoquiam police responded to the report of an unknown problem at an apartment in a building located in the 500 block of 28th Street at 1:40 am on Friday 1/28/11.


When the officers arrived at the door to the apartment they could hear voices coming inside the apartment that sounded like a male and a female arguing. After the officers knocked on the door it was opened by a male who told the officers that he was having an argument with his girlfriend.


Three officers entered the apartment in an attempt to determine whether or not an assault had occurred during the argument. While one officer remained in the living room with the female involved in the argument another officer took the male into the kitchen to speak to him.


The lone officer who remained in the living room heard what sounded like someone hitting a wall or a door behind him. The officer went to a closet door and found another male hiding inside the closet. The officer ordered the man to come out of the closet and when he did so he appeared as though he was posturing to fight with clinched fists. When the officer ordered the man to turn around to face the wall the man quickly lunged at the officer. As the man moved toward the officer, the officer pushed him back into the wall behind him. The suspect pushed the officer away with hands and then lunged at the officer a second time. The officer grabbed the man and threw him to the floor. As the man continued to struggle and resist the officer’s attempts to subdue him another officer warned the man that a Taser would be applied if he did not quit resisting. The suspect did not comply and as the officer who had a hold of the man moved away the Taser was applied to the suspect.


While the Taser was being applied the girlfriend of the man jumped between the two officers and onto the man who was still on the floor. The officers had to pull her away to get back to handcuff the suspect. Once he was handcuffed he stopped resisting.


The 23 year old Hoquiam man was arrested for Assault 3rd Degree for assaulting the officer and for Resisting Arrest. He was booked into the Grays Harbor County jail. The suspect told officers that he was only trying to protect his sister (the female in the apartment) and that he did not mean any harm to the police.


The man’s 21 year old girlfriend and the 2nd man (a 46 year old Hoquiam resident) who was in the apartment will be charged in Hoquiam Municipal Court for Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer.


During the struggle to subdue the man the officer sustained a minor injury to his left hand. The suspect was apparently not injured.

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Hoquiam Celebrates New “Welcome” Sign

Welcome to Hoquiam


Welcome to Hoquiam

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