Archive for April 2011

Citizens Apprehend County Escapee in Montesano

MONTESANO, Wash. – Two Comcast employees stepped up and helped Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Officers yesterday when they spotted an escaped inmate wearing an orange jumper and handcuffs running through a Montesano alley. The two tackled the escapee and held him while they contacted police, who were already close to the County Courthouse. Sheriffs Detective Dave Pimental said the man was being transferred from court to the jail just after 3 yesterday, when he ran from the officer who also had a female in custody. The man has now been returned to County jail, with a charge of escape in the first for his 13 minutes of freedom.

Flood Authority Excersises Authority at Monthly Meeting

MONTESANO, Wash. – An inter-local agreement on flood control between Grays Harbor and Thurston Counties and the Chehalis Tribe was the heated topic at a meeting of Chehalis Basin Flood Authority. Cosmopolis Mayor Vicky Raines tells us, 7 of the 8 attending members voted to not recognize the new pact “in a sense, they really don’t have a lot of acting authority, unless the state were to sign on with them.”

Raines said the primary topic at yesterday’s monthly meeting was to be trust issues “They may say that it’s not setting up a taxing district, but I think that it points in that direction.”

Special meetings were held by Grays Harbor and Thurston counties, and the Chehalis Tribe earlier this week to sign the agreement prior to discussion with the Flood Authority.

(Click the story title to hear an April 21st interview with Cosmopolis Mayor Vickie Raines on this issue)

Changes Coming for Aberdeen’s Highly Capable Kids Program

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Aberdeen School District may be restructuring it’s highly capable program for gifted students. School Superintendent Dr Tom Opstad presented alternatives to the School Board this week, a full copy of the presentation can be viewed at, with a link to a survey requesting parent’s input on proposed changes, such as shifting from a 1-day-a-week program currently taught at Robert Gray, to a more ongoing program in each elementary building. Opstad’s proposal also seeks to expand the availability to 12th grade instead of 6th where the program stops currently.

Hoquiam High School Students Discuss Distracted and Impaired Driving

HOQUIAM, Wash. – Hoquiam High School Students read the obituaries of their best friends from trembling pages today over the school’s PA system “She was a daughter, a sister, a great student, a friend, and my best friend..”
Students also witnessed the scene of a dui-involved accident, and watched as one of their fellow students was declared dead, and yet another student arrested for driving while under the influence. Student Haily Adams said it felt real enough “When I first saw it you know, I knew, it wasn’t real. But then they turned my friend over and I saw his face it hurt me a lot.”
It’s all part of the 32-minute program presented by the Grays Harbor Traffic Safety Task Force to raise awareness of driving while intoxicated. Local Coordinator, Susan Bradbury, tells us they tweaked their version of the national program, adding texting while driving “We also added the component of arresting someone because we thought that was another valuable aspect that they could learn from.” At an assembly tomorrow Hoquiam students will hear from an Olympia man who killed his best friend in a dui-involved accident last year.
Next week, the program moves to Elma, Thursday and Friday in Aberdeen, then Montesano and North Beach the following week.

Hoquiam Farmer’s Market News – Organic Local Produce Edition

The Hoquiam Farmers Market is a member of the Olympic Culinary Loop Association, whose quickie mission statement is FLOSS- Fresh, Local, Organic, Sustainable, Seasonal.  Another commitment we share with every other member of ‘the Loop’ is to ‘provide excellent service and hospitality to create an unforgettable experience’.  Ta-da!!  That’s us!
Check out the website at; 

Don’t forget, Nancy starts baking Hot Cross Buns Friday morning, and we have fresh tulips and daffodils arriving daily.  An Easter tradition for many folks here in Grays Harbor is Keilbasa Sausage, and Anthony has been extra busy trying to make sure that we have enough to offer.  

Now that my Veggie Issues have been resolved, it’s time to start planning for our next event, which takes place on Saturday, April 30th.  You are invited to give of yourself when the Puget Sound Blood Center arrives with the Bloodmobile!  We plan on making this a festive day, doing everything possible to take the sting out of giving blood.  Unlike other mass blood donor events, you are ensured complete privacy and the full attention of the nurse by having individual appointments.  You may visit the website  
click on Make an Appointment, then click on April 30th.  You may then choose a time between 11:30 and 4:45.  You will see that this Blood Drive is dedicated to the memory of Deanna April Johnson, and is sponsored by her friend Brooke Heikkila.   Deanna was only 36 years old when she died, and April 30th would have been her 37th birthday. 

The scourge of cancer has touched most of our lives, either directly or indirectly.  Perhaps you or someone you love has gone through the agony of struggling to purge the cancer.  If so, you know that the treatments are grueling and wreak havoc on the body.  Blood transfusions are often needed in order to replenish the red blood cells which have been destroyed.  Sometimes transfusions are needed many times a week. Perhaps there has been a traffic accident or catastrophic on the job injury- without the life saving infusion of blood, lives cannot be saved. 

In order to give blood, you must be in good health, at least 18 years old and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds.  The other criteria are listed on the PSBC website, under Donating Blood.  

The Hoquiam Farmers Market plans to invite the Bloodmobile to visit us 4 times a year.  We would be honored to have you sponsor the event in memory of a loved one. Call or stop by if this is something you want to do.  The gift of life is the sweetest gift of all.

Of course, here at the Hoquiam Farmers Market, we strive to help you keep your blood in good health.  Our fresh organic vegetables will provide oodles of vitamins, ensuring that your energy and vitality will soar to new heights.   Soon you’ll feel such boundless enthusiasm that your day won’t be complete without a brisk walk or jog.  Good health makes all things possible!

Barbara Bennett Parsons
manager- over 18 and in good health- of the Hoquiam Farmers Market and Deidra’s Deli        located at 1958 Riverside      ph.538-9747 fax 538-5821

Open 6 days a week, market is closed on Tuesdays, but Deidra is open on Tuesdays!

County Commissioners Sign Inter-Local Co-Op

MONTESANO, Wash. – The Grays Harbor County Commissioners yesterday signed the Chehalis Watershed Cooperative inter-local agreement at a special public meeting. County Commissioner Terry Willis tells us the other members are the confederated tribes of the Chehalis and Thurston county. Commissioner Herb Welch was the only no vote yesterday morning.

Bath Salts Banned in Washington…Not The Kind You May Think

On April 7, the board unanimously voted to write emergency rules to ban sale and possession of substituted cathinone products in Washington; the rules were filed April 15. The board voted to classify the products as Schedule I controlled substances in Washington, making it illegal to make, sell, deliver, or possess them. Idaho and Oregon have also banned these substances.

A state rule banning these substances is an effective tool for local law enforcement. The ban is also intended as a deterrent to substituted cathinone use and sale in our state.

The Washington State Board of Pharmacy website ( has more information.

Maggot Paintings in The KBKW Studio

Maggot Paintings

Mason County Courthouse to Begin Weapons Screening

The implementation of this program comes after years of discussion among Mason County’s criminal justice officials and Mason County Commissioners.  The additional security measures include metal detectors and an X-Ray machine installed in the main lobby Mason County Courthouse.  The program is being administered by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.


The new procedures will include a weapons screening station at the 4th Street entrance to the court house to screen people from bringing weapons and other restricted items into the building.  Two officers will conduct the screening using state of the art equipment.  The screening measures are similar to those used in airports around the nation.  Access to the court house will be restricted to the one entrance.


The new screening procedures will create some small delays in entering the court house especially at peak times.  Visitors to the courthouse are advised to allow extra time for the screening process.  They can help themselves considerably by leaving weapons and other questionable items at home or secured in their vehicle.


Firearms and other weapons are prohibited from the court house by law.  Other items which may be lawful to possess but nevertheless pose an unacceptable security risk for the court house are also prohibited.  Some examples of other prohibited items include (1) sharp instruments such as knives, box cutters, utility knives, knitting needles (2) clubs, martial arts weapons, sling shots (3) tools such as hammers screwdrivers, chains (4) chemicals such as mace, pepper spray, tear gas, flammable liquids and (5) miscellaneous items such as skateboards, baseball bats, etc.


Additional information on restricted and prohibited articles will be posted on the Mason County Sheriff’s Office website at,0,0,1,0,0 .  Questions regarding prohibited items can be directed to the Mason County Sheriff’s Office at (360) 427-9670 Ext 313.

Tall Ship Sailors Wanted

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport says they are in need of qualified sailors for a number of paid positions in their upcoming Puget Sound sailing Season. As the Seaport’s tall ships Lady Washington and The Hawaiian Chieftain near St. Helens this week, they head to Vancouver Washington on Monday, for more details on employment with the Port visit