Archive for January 2012

Hoquiam Police Investigate Stabbing

HOQUIAM, Wash. – Police in Aberdeen were called to Les Schwab just after 11:00 today to investigate an apparent stabbing victim. Hoquiam Deputy Chief Don Wertanen tells us the victim was not forthcoming with information other than that he had been stabbed somewhere in Hoquiam.
When Wertanen found an apartment manager cleaning blood stained glass out of a room in the Snore & Whisker on Simpson Avenue, officers secured their crime scene around 2 today.
“I said what happened, and he says ‘there was a lot of blood in here’ so I told him to stop.”
Wertanen tells us the victim had been staying in the room with a 60 year old Aberdeen resident who officers would like to talk with. The victim was transported to community hospital with an apparent stab wound, the investigation continues.

Parks & Rec, D&R to Discuss Beach Prospecting

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) invite the public to participate in an open discussion about recently adopted state regulations regarding small-scale mineral prospecting and mining on the ocean beaches.

The public meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, February 16th, at the Montesano City Hall, 112 N Main Street, Montesano. The purposes of the meeting are to provide information about small-scale beach prospecting rules that were enacted last year to regulate the activity on Washington’s ocean beaches, and to hear public opinions and preferences about those rules.

From 2008 to 2010, State Parks, in concert with WDFW, conducted a two-year pilot program on small-scale mineral prospecting and mining on the ocean beaches. This pilot was mandated by the legislature. State Parks and WDFW reported their findings and recommendations on the activity to the legislature in December 2010. Based on the results of the pilot, State Parks adopted rules that allow this activity on a small, recreational scale, under certain restrictions. Large-scale commercial mining continues to be prohibited on Washington’s ocean beaches. The pilot program findings and the rules are available online at: If you have questions about the upcoming meeting, please contact Lisa Lantz, State Parks Acting Stewardship Program Manager, at 360-725-9777.

Aberdeen Seeks Northwest Artists For Weatherwax Project

Architectural sandstone blocks previously installed on the high school building’s facade were salvaged for re-use in the effort to recognize anew these “ordinary people who did extraordinary things,” and to inspire others to do the same.

A reminder of the Weatherwax legacy, the stones also serve as a symbol of strength and survival, rising from the ashes, and resilience; qualities that Aberdeen residents see within themselves. Some of the stones are permanently displayed in the new high school building which opened in 2007, while others await artistic re-use and interpretation with this public artwork opportunity.

This project is open to professional artists residing in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. An artist selection panel comprised of art and design professionals and community representatives will review all eligible applicant materials and select up to three finalists to develop proposals. The finalists will be paid $5,000 to attend a mandatory orientation in Aberdeen, develop a proposal, and present the proposal to the selection panel. The panel will review the finalists’ proposals and select one artist for the commission.

The finalists selected to create a proposal, will consider the available stones and determine how to best re-use them in a new artwork that may include additional materials. The artist will further consider the natural light, weather conditions, and landscaping, as well as the parallel experiences of motorists and pedestrians in designing a public artwork for the Simpson Triangle.


The City of Aberdeen will provide physical improvements to the Simpson Triangle site prior to artwork installation in consultation with the selected artist.

The consulting firm, 4Culture, King County’s cultural services agency, of Seattle, has been working with the Grays Harbor Community Foundation and the City of Aberdeen to ensure that this process is successful and models best practices in the field of public art. Together they have developed the specifications, selected the project site, and organized the artist selection process.

For more information and to see the full Call for Artists please visit WEBSITE URL Questions should be directed to Tamar Benzikry-Stern at [email protected] or (206) 296-8692.

The GHCF is a 501(c) (3) with a mission: “To improve the quality of life in the communities throughout Grays Harbor County.”

The public is encouraged to contribute to their favorite charities and may donate to the Grays Harbor Community Foundation for a variety of purposes. Tax deductible donations may be made to: Grays Harbor Community Foundation, P.O. Box 615, Hoquiam, WA 98520

Or you may find out more by checking the foundation website: or you may contact: Jim Daly at 532-1600 or by e-mail at: [email protected]

Homeless Offender Takes Opportunity to Change Life, Behavior

CCO John Ringener, Cory Kuder and CCO Kathi  Bulman celebrate Kuder’s graduation from an  adult culinary arts program in January. Kuder was enrolled in Getting It Right and Stress and Anger Management, two cognitive behavioral programs that have been proven to reduce recidivism. DOC uses offender–change programs to reduce risk to the community. The programs address the needs of offenders related to their history of criminal behavior including changing anti–social attitudes, increasing self–control, and learning how to deal with risky and stressful situations.

Initially, Kuder refused to engage in class discussions, but he eventually participated and received certificates of completion. Ford instructed him to continue with programming until he found employment. Kuder returned to T–ROC, this time, verbally expressing a resentful attitude toward having to continue with programming.

Staff at T–ROC encourage honest communication, delivered in a respectful manner. This creates an environment for the offenders to openly express their thoughts and feelings, while taking responsibility for them. Kuder’s new, expressed anger was an open door for this process to begin.

“We welcomed this change,” said Community Corrections Officer John Ringener. “It gave us an opportunity to work with him. As he was allowed to respectfully disagree in class discussions, Cory became open to change.”

In time, Kuder formed healthy positive working relationships with the entire staff at T–ROC. Support staff Radyna Cochran, encouraged Kuder’s sense of belonging, which prompted him to experience feelings of pride and acceptance. Community Corrections Officers Nan Borders and Toni Mohle were highly instrumental in his positive growth by giving him hope to believe he could achieve positive goals. He remained in T–ROC programs for 18 months and eventually became a co–facilitator for the classes.

“T–ROC helped me to accept what my life has become,” said Kuder. “John is very much the kind of person to have as a role model. Community Corrections Officer Kathi Bulman has been very helpful from the very beginning. It helps that she has a passion for people.”

Along with behavior–change classes, T–ROC staff offers community resource information. This is where Cory learned about the FareStart program, which is a free 16–week adult culinary program that combines hands–on food–service training with classroom instruction and job placement services. The program prepares homeless and disadvantaged men and women for jobs in the restaurant and hospitality industry and helps them to keep those jobs.

Kuder was accepted into the FareStart program while under DOC supervision. FareStart Employment Specialist Kelley Swanstrom noted that Kuder showed a great deal of dedication even before he was enrolled. He maintained his commitment to training through the program by showing up on time every day, working hard in the kitchen and challenging himself in the life–skills classes.

“When I think of Cory one word comes to mind: dedication,” says Swanstrom. “Initially, Cory had difficulty being around other people; however by the time he graduated, he was sharing his knowledge and experience freely with the other students. He has a lot to be proud of including exceptional knife skills to go along with his new set of professional chefs’ knives, and it will be exciting to see where this takes him.”

Kuder graduated from the FareStart program on January 12, about three months after completing supervision. Officers Ringener and Bulman were invited to attend the ceremony.

“As a team, the staff at T–ROC believes there is no greater investment then to invest in the human spirit,” said Ringener. “Cory was given both respect and the tools to make positive behavior changes. We were privileged to sit with Cory’s family at the graduation and share in his success.”

Submitted by Kathi Bulman, Community Corrections Officer 

Commissioners Oppose Wild Olympics

MONTESANO, Wash. – The letter has been signed, and will soon be sent to the offices of Patty Murray and Norm Dicks from the Grays Harbor County Commissioners.
“The proposal is not in the best interest of Grays Harbor and the Olympic Peninsula.”
County Commissioner Herb Welch read from the letter adopted today, opposing the Wild Olympics proposal. 

Robber Chased by Swanson’s Employees and Patrons

Aberdeen, WA – Patrons and employees helped one of their own chase down a strong-arm robber this afternoon at an Aberdeen grocery store. Police Captain John Green tells us the 33 year old Aberdeen man reportedly struck the victim and grabbed her wallet while in the checkout line of the South side Swanson’s store. Green said he fled into the parking lot, chased by other customers and the victim’s son just after 3 today. The suspect was caught in the Fire Station parking lot where responding officers took him into custody for Robbery in the 2nd degree.

Aberdeen Prostitution Emphasis Patrols Net 12

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The “oldest profession” appears to be returning to downtown Aberdeen. Police Captain John Green tells us after confirming reports of heightened prostitution, a weekend emphasis netted 12 arrests for both soliciting and conducting prostitution. Green said his department received complaints from citizens and local businesses about apparent prostitution occurring primarily in the downtown corridor. Officers arrested 5 for soliciting a prostitute and made 7 charges of conducting prostitution against four females. Green said officers were also able to clear a felony arrest warrant for drugs and three other misdemeanor arrests.

Steve Harbell Tsunami Debris Part 2

Steve Harbell Tsunami Debris Part 1

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