Archive for November 2011

Hundreds of Kids, Advocates to Deliver Special Session Children’s Proclamation

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The first week of Special Session will have a memorable closing day on Friday in Olympia, when hundreds of kids, parents, and advocates stand together at Children’s Alliance’s Have a Heart for Kids Day: 2011 Special Session. This will culminate in a rally with parent and youth speakers, and a Proclamation by the Children of Washington released and delivered to legislators.


The Children’s Alliance is asking lawmakers to think of new solutions to balance the budget so kids won’t lose State Food Assistance (SFA), child care, and Apple Health for Kids: programs that work for families in hard times. The Governor’s budget proposes significant cuts to Working Connections and Seasonal Child Care, and total elimination of SFA.

State Grants to Fund Twin-City Road Repairs

The City of Aberdeen and Hoquiam have received a combined $712,688 from the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board to repair and enhance city streets through the Expanded Preservation Program.


Specifically, Aberdeen will be receiving $307,150 for improvements on State Street while Hoquiam has been allocated $227,638 to repair 16th Street from Riverside to Broadway. 


Working together, the two cities have also received $177,900 to widen, repair and enhance Myrtle Street from Cherry to Port Industrial Road.  The Myrtle Street Project was a joint application submitted by Mayor Bill Simpson and Mayor Jack Durney back in August.  Aberdeen will function as the lead agency for the project by providing project engineering and management.  The cities will work together on traffic control, construction of new ADA ramps, new sidewalk, and utility adjustments. 


“While the cities and citizens often jest about the Myrtle Street divide, this project is a prime example of teamwork and combining resources during tough economic times,” said Mayor Jack Durney. 


Mayor Bill Simpson added that, “It is always a pleasure to work with our neighbors. It is very important especially in the economics of the World.”


Aberdeen and Hoquiam are great partners working together to improve our community.  Both cities have been struggling with adequate funding to improve our roads and these grants will make a significant positive impact.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Two residence had to be transported to Community Hospital yesterday when firefighters found them at a home in the 200 block of King street suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning. Captain Dave Golding with the Aberdeen Fire Department tells us the occupants stated they were running a generator indoors because they did not have power to the home.

Day 2: Eleven Arrests on Capitol Campus

Demonstrators in the Capitol Rotunda left at 5:30 p.m. when requested by the WSP Incident Commander, Lt. Mark Arras. One demonstrator stated “we need to leave now, so we can come back tomorrow.”

“We think that’s great advice,” Arras said. “If someone gets arrested, or has to be physically removed, they get a 30-day trespass admonishment and can’t come back to the Campus. They lose the ability to be part of the important legislative process.”

Trespass admonishments are not criminal charges. They reflect that someone hasn’t followed Campus rules and they are barred from the premises for 30 days. Those who subsequently return face criminal charges at that time, and the trespass admonishment is lengthened to a full year.

Westport Rates Rising to Brace For Infrastructure Repairs

WESTPORT, Wash. – Sewer and water rates could soon be on the rise in Westport, Mayor Michael Bruce tells us the council approved the first reading of both at their meeting last night “The %2.5 increase helps us keep money in reserves and on hand for our aging infrastructure that needs to be replaced.”
Bruce said the city also plans to discuss implications of state budget cuts at a meeting in December “We need to be prepared for what’s coming down the pipe, we want don’t want to be reactive, we want to be proactive. So we’ve got our ear to the radio on what the governor’s saying and what she plans.” The workshop will be 12:30 at Council Chambers on December 7th.

Mason County Death Ruled Accidental

SHELTON, Wash. – Mason County Deputies are investigating the death of a 27 year old man who was found on an Oakland Bay Beach off of the Swindlers Cove Road. The man is identified as Edward Charles Cultee, 27, who investigators say was a transient. Cultee was found by a couple walking on the beach who immediately called law enforcement. According to investigators there was no obvious cause of death found at the scene. An autopsy was performed today. According to Mason County Coroner, Wes Stockwell, the death was determined to be accidental, with the cause of death being salt water drowning.

Montesano Power Outage

Power outage in Montesano, Liz Anderson with the Grays Harbor PUD tells us the outage occurred around 4:30 this afternoon and is affecting customers in the Montesano, and Central Park areas as well as along Highway 107. Crews are responding now, no known time for power restoration has been released yet.

Artic Fire Department Aid Car Stolen, Stripped, Left on Logging Road

COSMOPOLIS, Wash. – Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a burglary at the Artic Fire Department overnight. Leutenant Stowers tells us sometime between 4:20 and 5:30 this morning suspect(s) broke in and stole some equipment. Thieves then stole the department’s aid car, drove it onto a logging road, ransacked it, then abandoned it. Stowers said the investigation continues.

Home Heating Fires – A Burning Issue

Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is another danger when using fuel burning heating equipment, and occurs most often when equipment is not vented properly. CO is known as the “silent killer” because you cannot see it, smell it or taste it. At lower levels of exposure, CO causes mild effects that are often mistaken for the flu. These symptoms include headaches, dizziness, disorientation, nausea, and fatigue. The effects of CO exposure can vary greatly from person to person depending on age, overall health, and the concentration and length of exposure.

Preventing Home Heating Fires:

Fireplaces and Wood Stoves –

Be sure the fireplace or stove is installed properly. Wood stoves should have adequate clearance (3 feet) from combustible surfaces as well as proper floor support and protection. Have your chimney inspected annually and cleaned, if necessary.
Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace opening to prevent embers or sparks from jumping out and unwanted material from going in. Keep flammable or combustible materials away from your fireplace mantel.
Never close your damper with hot ashes in the fireplace. Allow ashes to cool and dispose of them in a metal container.

Space Heaters –

Be sure your heater is in good working condition. Inspect for cracked, frayed or broken plugs or loose connections and exhaust parts for carbon buildup. Be sure the heater has an emergency shut off in case it is tipped over.
Space heaters need space. Keep all things that can burn, such as paper, bedding or furniture, at least 3 feet away from heating equipment.
Never use fuel burning appliances without proper room venting, burning fuel can produce deadly fumes. Use ONLY the fuel recommended by the heater manufacturer.
Plug power cords only into outlets with sufficient capacity and never into an extension cord.

Carbon Monoxide Safety:

· Have a trained professional inspect, clean and tune-up your home’s central heating system and repair leaks or other problems. Fireplaces and woodstoves should also be inspected each year and cleaned or repaired as needed.

· Never use an oven or range to heat your home and never use a gas or charcoal grill inside your home or in a closed garage.

· Do not run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if garage doors are open. Normal circulation will not provide enough fresh air to reliably prevent a dangerous buildup of CO.

Protect Your Home:

Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. For the best protection, interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home – when one sounds, they all sound. Test smoke alarms at least once a month.
Install a carbon monoxide alarm in a central location outside each sleeping area. CO alarms measure levels of the gas over time and are designed to sound an alarm before an average, healthy adult would experience symptoms.

For more information on home heating safety, visit the Office of State Fire Marshal website at or the United States Fire Administration site at

Port Celebrates Record Vehicle Export Year

“Pasha studied the Ports of the Pacific Northwest carefully before selecting Grays Harbor,” reports Michael Pasha, General Manager of Pasha Automotive Services. “We started in 2009 with a shipment of 3,194 Kia vehicles, 4 Pasha Hawaii Transport shipments and the introduction of Siem Car Carrier’s vessel service. The growth in the last two years is very encouraging. We shipped 21,162 Chryslers in 2010 and 32,000 metric tons of Ro Ro equipment. We are on target this year to ship over 37,000 Chryslers and more than 70,000 metric tons of Ro Ro equipment. As we predicted, Grays Harbor is the right fit for new vehicles, heavy Ro Ro equipment and neo bulk. The people, transportation partners and location make Grays Harbor a very attractive place for our business now and into the future. “
What makes Grays Harbor unique is the direct rail service to the marine complex, ample uplands for auto and equipment storage and warehousing facilities for processing of the automobiles. Served by both Class 1 railroads, Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific, the marine complex is positioned for growth. This combination has resulted in more than 85 new jobs for this rural Washington community, from the auto processors, to the longshore workers loading the vessels, to the pilots, tugs, rail and port operators directly involved with vessel handling.
“For Grays Harbor, our partnership with Pasha Automotive and Chrysler has created new jobs and investment on our waterfront,” reports Commission President Jack Thompson. “Our investment in rail and marine capacity is paying off for our partners and our community.”
Local job creation does not stop at the waterfront. This year Grays Harbor undertook the largest construction project in recent times with the addition of more than 37,000 feet of rail to the marine terminal complex. With the award of more than $18 million in construction contracts to the low bidder, Rognlin’s, Inc, the project has also created local construction jobs. Rognlin’s is headquartered in Aberdeen.
Founded in 1911, the Port of Grays Harbor is one of Washington State’s oldest port districts. The Port of Grays Harbor operates 4 deepwater marine terminals and hundreds of acres of marine industrial property. Only 1-½ vessel hours from open sea, Grays Harbor offers rail and highway access to markets throughout North America. More information and photographs are available at