Archive for April 2011

Hoquiam Police Investigate Vehicle Prowling Incidents

On April 23rd and 24th, 2011, Hoquiam officers were dispatched to at least eight separate vehicle prowl reports, mostly on the east side of town.


Among the items taken from the vehicles were car stereos, I-pods, camera, knife, woman’s purses (to include ID, bank cards and contents), make-up, perfume and change.


Of the vehicles prowled, two were reportedly locked while the others were unlocked. There were no signs of forced entry to the locked vehicles.


As the department pursues a possible suspect, we would like to still remind people to remove any valuables from view and to always lock the vehicle.


Persons with information on these incidents are asked to contact Detective Sergeant Krohn at 360-532-0892 ext. 102 or Detective Jim Gaddis at ext 109.

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Hoquiam Plywood Dispells Rumors

HOQUIAM, Wash. – Hoquiam Plywood has had the conversation, but says they have NOT decided to shutdown temporarily due to market conditions. Rumors have started flying surrounding a second shutdown in it’s 55 years of operation, a mill spokeswoman said yesterday that they are considering all options, but have not made any final decisions.

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Hoquiam Receives Arbor Day Foundation Accolades

“Communities that are honored with a Tree City USA designation and a Growth Award make a strong commitment to planting and caring for trees, and we applaud their efforts,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation.  “We also commend a community’s elected officials, volunteers and its citizens for providing needed care for its trees.  They recognize that trees provide numerous environmental, economical and health benefits for the community every day.” 

Mayor Jack Durney accepting the award.

Linden L. Mead, Urban & Community Forestry Specialist with the Washington Department of Natural Resources presented Mayor Jack Durney with the awards on April 15th at Hoquiam’s annual Arbor Day Celebration.


This year, the celebration was highlighted by planting trees, rhododendrons  and other shrubs  along Prospect Avenue.  This task was accomplished with the assistance of Brandon Kelly of the Hoquiam Boy Scouts, Taylor Strom, Jenifer Parks of the Hoquiam Girl Scouts, and Alex Tomko, Hayden Layng, Sage Chesterman, Brandon Emry, Cameron Webster, Josh Burgher and Michael Volkman of the  Hoquiam Cub Scouts Pack 23.

Planting Trees

In 2011, the City will be planting additional trees along Levee, 6th and J Streets as part of the downtown sidewalk replacement project, in Sunset Memorial Cemetery and along Emerson Avenue.  


“I am very proud of the progress our council, staff and the Urban Forestry Board have made to beautify our City with street trees fulfilling one of the goals from Hometown Hoquiam,” said Mayor Jack Durney.   By building and maintaining our urban canopy, we are leaving a legacy for future generations to enjoy.

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Clean Out The Medicine Cabinet The Right Way

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high–more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined, according to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

“Taking the time to clean out your medicine cabinet can be a matter of life and death,” said DEA Acting Special Agent in Charge Mark Thomas.  “The Prescription Drug Take Back program provides a safe way to dispose of unused and expired medication that can lead to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse.  DEA and its partners are committed to keeping our communities safe.”

Collection sites in every local community can be found by going to and clicking on the “Got Drugs?” banner at the top of the home page, which connects to a database that the public can search by zip code, city or county.  Additionally, the public can call 1-800-882-9539.

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County Commissioner Terry Willis

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Grays Harbor County to Discuss Hazard Mitigation Plan

MONTESANO, Wash. – Grays Harbor County will hold a public meeting to present and take comment on its draft of the 2011-2016 Hazard Mitigation Plan.  The meeting will begin at 6 PM, May 11, 2011, in the Commissioner’s Meeting Room at 100 West Broadway in Montesano.
The 2011-2016 Hazard Mitigation Plan focuses on programs and projects aimed at reducing the impacts of disaster events before they happen.  The disasters covered in the plan include floods, severe storms, earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, wildland fire, volcanoes, and hazardous materials incidents.  

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Conservative Comments with Mike Yarmakovich

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