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.

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.  

Exploding Water Injury in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, Wash. – An Aberdeen man received burns yesterday from an accident that’s unbelievable enough it has it’s own snopes page. Exploding water. You may have seen the email warning about using a Microwave to heat water, only to have it explode in a burst of energy when picked up. The Food and Drug Administration warns that it requires near perfect conditions, if water is heated in a clean cup and super heating has occurred, the slightest disturbance can cause the explosion. Apparently that’s what happened Sunday afternoon in Aberdeen, the Fire Department reports the local man suffered only first degree burns and was treated at the Police Department after he walked there from his downtown home.

Feed The Ducks, Wait For The Seals

 WESTPORT, Wash. – The seals could one day return to The Westport Aquarium, Owner Marc Mercell says they won’t be the same seals, and it might not be JUST seals. Mercell said the Aquarium hasn’t had seals since around 2002, now after two years, the new owners have an uphill battle to get seals back in the building “The issue at hand is that the seal facilities are circa:1956 and do not meet current federal standards.”
Improvements would include a seal-only kitchen, larger containment area, and a staff bathroom “It’s a monumental project, but we have a plan of attack.” The Aquarium has been working closely with the state’s Marine Mammal stranding network, and hopes to one day become a regional location for storage and of stranded sea life. It could take three years with proper funding to get the permits required to house marine mammals again, in the meantime, the’ve been working to restore those circa 1950 hand-built aquariums, the touch tank, and Mercell says you can always stop by and feed the ducks instead.

Aberdeen High School Scores Big at SkillsUSA


Also, Aberdeen High Freshman Erika Nelson was re-elected as a state SkillsUSA officer for the 2011-2012 school year. Erika served this past year as the Olympic Region Representative. Also being elected as a SkillsUSA State Officer was Aberdeen Sophomore Jenna Prater. Jenna has served this past year as Aberdeen High School’s chapter Secretary.


Aberdeen Junior and current SkillsUSA State President, Karmen Ayres announced that she will be running as a National Officer Candidate this June in Kansas City. Karmen is hoping to follow fellow classmate Katie Grimnes (2010-2011 SkillsUSA National President) as the second Bobcat in as many years to serve the SkillsUSA National Team.



State Champions are;


Karmen Ayres – Prepared Speech

Michael Vanairsdale – Residential Wiring

Tommy Ryan – Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration


Silver Medalists;


Michael Vanairsdale – Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration


Bronze Medalists;


Tim Hackney – Residential Wiring

Dakota Madtson – Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

Jenna Prater – Radio Broadcasting

Sierra Fenn – Radio Broadcasting



Aberdeen’s Quiz Bowl Team placed fourth and was made up of the following students;

Selena Alvarado

Nicole Tanselli

Alisha McCue

Sydney Henderson

Robbie Kenagy


Other students who attended and competed at the state conference are;


Cory Jensen – Residential Wiring

Mick Butcher – Residential Wiring

Erika Nelson – Residential Wiring

Robbie Kenagy – Job Demo

Kayla Shelton – Job Demo

Sydney Henderson – Job Interview



The Aberdeen High School Chapter of SkillsUSA will be hosting a Cowboy Bar-B-Que Wednesday May 18th in the commons at Aberdeen High School from 6PM to 8PM. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from any SkillsUSA member. The Aberdeen Chapter of SkillsUSA will be trying to raise $10,000 to send six students and two advisors to the national conference in Kansas City MO. If you are interested in helping to make this goal a reality, please send any donations to; Aberdeen High School attn: SkillsUSA National Fund, 410 North “G” Street Aberdeen WA 98520.


The Aberdeen High School chapter of SkillsUSA would also like to congratulate Hoquiam Senior Bianca Marie for placing second at state in the Job Interview competition.

Forks Man Rear Ended, Cited for DUI, 2 Year Old Daughter Suffers Head Injuries

AMANDA PARK, Wash. – A 28 year old Forks man was cited for DUI, Driving While Revoked, Reckless Endangerment, and not using an interlock device Friday in Amanda park, when his 1991 Toyota pickup slowed to make a left turn and was rear-ended by a 1993 International on Highway 101. The man’s 2 year old daughter was seat belted but not in a booster seat, she suffered head injuries and was transported to Community Hospital. The other driver was cited for failure to stop.

Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival Takes Off, April 29 – May 1

HOQUIAM, Wash. – April of each year hundreds of thousands of shorebirds stop to rest and feed in the Grays Harbor estuary on their northern migration. Flying from as far south as Argentina, these Arctic-bound shorebirds are among the world’s greatest migrants.

Some birds travel more than 15,000 miles round trip. Shorebirds feed on the open mudflats in the estuary and offer an impressive show. This concentration of birds offers visitors a great chance to view a dazzling range of shorebird species. Observing the birds fly together in dramatic formations is a rare and wonderful event.

Another local bird and the fastest creature on earth, the Peregrine falcon, also find the shorebirds attractive. Falcons are natural their predators and use the migration as an opportunity to feed.

Noted wildlife artist, author and scientific illustrator, Bart Roulon, will be the keynote speaker at the Friday night kickoff event at Hoquiam High School.

For more information, contact Grays Harbor Tourism at 800-621-9625 or visit the Web site at For a complete calendar of events, bird walks and registration, go to