Archive for June 2012

Two Arrested After Vehicle Prowl in Hoquiam

HOQUIAM, Wash. – The investigation into a vehicle prowl complaint led to two arrests this week in Hoquiam. Detective Seargent Shane Krohn tells us around 10 Monday morning, a 20 year old Hoquiam woman told officers that her purse had been stolen from her vehicle overnight.
Investigators reviewed video surveillance of a local store after one of the credit cards failed to work. Krohn tells us that led investigators to multiple suspects. A search warrant on the home of one located the woman’s purse, but not it’s contents.
A 24 year old Hoquiam man was arrested for attempted theft and possession of stolen property, a 25 year old Taholah man also arrested on related charges.

Aberdeen Superhero?

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The city of Aberdeen may have a superhero, but at this point he’s evaded police detection.
Witnesses spotted a man wearing a blue suit and mask, running against traffic on Wishkah street in downtown Aberdeen around three this morning.
One startled driver told us the man appeared to be running at human speeds, although he did not appear to be tired.

Aberdeen Fire Crews Contain Structure Fire on Randall

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Fire crews worked to contain a structure fire this morning in the 100 block of Randal street. Battalion Chief Mark Dulin tells us the fire had a good head start, and an excess of fuel because the home was boarded up and was being used for storage.
21 personnel responded at 2:15, with assistance from Hoquiam Fire. No injuries were reported, the building was a total loss.
Dulin said the investigation is on hold at this time because the structure was leaning and threatened collapse.

County Adopts Road Plan That Focuses on Bridges

MONTESANO, Wash. – The Grays Harbor County Commissioners this week reviewed their 6 year Transportation Improvement Plan, County Engineer Russ Esses said the county has 36 projects identified as shovel-ready. The top project on the list was maintenance work on the Satsop River Bridge, followed by bridge replacements on Schmidt, Madison Keel, and Dillazine roads, as well as Pioneer Avenue West, Elma-Hinklin, and the Ocean Beach road.

Pontoon Repairs Complete in Aberdeen, More Work Needed

Hammond said the panel will review the design and construction of the pontoons and the repairs made to date. It will also consider additional repairs that may be necessary and possible design or construction changes for future pontoon cycles. While some cracking in concrete is expected, Hammond said WSDOT will ensure the cracks are repaired, as well as minimized in future cycles.
The review panel began its work Monday, with interim findings expected during the week of July 9. Panel participants have backgrounds in structural analysis, pre-stressed concrete and steel design, risk assessment and long-span bridges under seismic conditions. Individual panel members have worked on projects internationally, in the United States and in Washington state, including the Interstate 90 and Hood Canal floating bridges and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.
Panel members are Neil M. Hawkins, Ph.D., Dist. M. ASCE, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois, and former chair of the civil engineering department, University of Washington; Tom Sherman, specialist in floating bridge design and construction, TES Enterprises; and John H. Clark, P.E., Ph. D., a consultant in long-span bridges and heavy structures. The panel is chaired by John Reilly, P.E., C.P. Eng., with experience in management, risk assessment and pre-stressed concrete.
“WSDOT and our contractor, Kiewit-General, are committed to high quality in these pontoons so that they will form the foundation for the world’s longest floating bridge and serve the public well for many decades to come,” said SR 520 Program Director Julie Meredith.
Altogether, 77 pontoons are needed for the new SR 520 floating bridge: 21 longitudinal pontoons, each 360 feet long, that form the backbone of the bridge; two cross pontoons, each 240 feet long, that create the ends of the floating bridge; and 54 supplemental pontoons, each 98 feet long, that provide stability and flotation. In Aberdeen, Kiewit-General is building 33 pontoons: all the longitudinal and cross pontoons, plus 10 supplemental pontoons. In Tacoma, contractor Kiewit/General/Manson is building the remaining 44 supplemental pontoons. Post-tensioning is required on all the longitudinal and cross pontoons.
WSDOT and the contractor team are targeting July or August to float completed pontoons from Aberdeen, depending on the extent of repairs required and favorable tides. Pontoon assembly is slated to begin on Lake Washington this summer. Other floating bridge construction work continues on pontoons in Tacoma, anchors in Kenmore and bridge supports on the east side of Lake Washington in Medina.
More information about the pontoon construction project is at  

Body Washes Ashore in Ocean Shores

OCEAN SHORES, Wash. – At approximately 4 this morning, the Ocean Shores Police Department discovered a body that had washed to shore near the Ocean Lake Beach Approach. An officer on patrol saw the body near the tide line. The body was that of a male, clad only in red swim trunks. The body was severely decomposed, which has made initial identification impossible.

Deputy Chief Russ Fitts with the Ocean Shores Police Department tells KBKW the Grays Harbor County Coroner will be scheduling an autopsy to determine identity and cause of death.

On June 12th, 14 year old Chester Jellesed went missing in the surf near Westport. Jellesed was last seen wearing red swim trunks at the time. Jellesed’s family has been informed of this body discovery by the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office. At this time the identity has not been confirmed.

Celebrate an Old Fashioned 4th at Westport

The 4th will also mark the opening of a special exhibit commemorating the bicentennial of the “War of 1812.” The Naval History and Heritage Command has provided six free-standing graphic panels telling the history of the U.S. sea services during the War of 1812, which for the US Navy runs from April 2012 through June 2015. The Destruction Island Lens Building will be open, providing visitors an opportunity to examine a first order Fresnel lens up close. The Maritime Museum is located in Westport’s Marina District and is operated by the Westport-South Beach Historical Society. Museum admission will be $5 for adults and $2 for children under age 12. There is no charge for admission onto the grounds and access to the events.

When the Maritime Museum’s Old Fashioned 4th is over at 4PM, visitors can enjoy a dinner in one of Westport’s many restaurants or stroll on the waterfront, until dusk, when a spectacular 30-minute fireworks demonstration will kick off. The exhibition is co-sponsored by the City of Westport and Ocean Companies, which includes Ocean Cold and Ocean Gold of Westport and Ocean Protein of Hoquiam. The exhibition will beginning at approximately 10:30PM at Firecracker Point in Westport-where the fireworks will light up the skies.

Visit our website at for further information on the Westport Maritime Museum and the Grays Harbor Lighthouse.

Community Foundation Selects Artist for Weatherwax Project

Oriented towards drivers approaching on Simpson Avenue, the wave begins to swell from the left, cresting towards the middle, and then tumbling on the right. This unfolding movement works naturally with the directional flow of the traffic, and is designed to not impinge on any sight lines for driving visibility and safety.
The panel was particularly impressed with the scale of the proposed artwork and its potential to serve as a dramatic and iconic symbol for the community. The panel also felt that this work would captivate the imaginations of both local residents and visitors – perhaps even engaging passers-by to stop and pose for photos with the wave. The poetry of the piece and its smart and elegant use of the salvaged stone also appealed to the selection panelists.
Adam Kuby is an artist known for collaborations with the built and natural world that aim to foster a sense of connectedness in our increasingly fractured environment. In his art practice he strives to provide an opportunity to explore how human activity and natural systems can better coexist and how art can promote a deeper sense of place. Examples of his past work can be found on his website.
Approval to proceed with implementation of the artist’s proposal is scheduled for Wednesday, July 11th, with presentations to the Aberdeen Arts Commission, the Grays Harbor Community Foundation Board and the Aberdeen City Council. The Arts Commission review will occur at 4:00 p.m. at the office of the Grays Harbor Community Foundation. At 5:00 p.m. a special Community Foundation Board of Directors meeting will be held to present the recommended proposal including a scale model of the proposed artwork. At 7:00 p.m. the presentation will be made to the Aberdeen City Council.
The consulting firm, 4Culture, King County’s cultural services agency, has been working with the Grays Harbor Community Foundation and City of Aberdeen since May 2011 to ensure that this artist selection process is successful and models best practices in the field of public art. Cath Brunner from 4Culture will represent the recommended artist and present the artwork proposal at the July 11th meetings.
If approval is received by the Foundation Board, Arts Commission and the City, the project will begin this summer. The City of Aberdeen will provide physical improvements to the Simpson Triangle site prior to the artwork installation in consultation with the artist.
For more information about the project contact Cath Brunner at [email protected] or (206) 296-8680 or Tom Quigg, Chair, Aberdeen Arts Commission, [email protected] or (360) 533-6464.
The GHCF is a 501(c) (3) with a mission: “To improve the quality of life in the communities
throughout Grays Harbor County.”

Seven Inlets Spa to Open at Little Creek Casino

Little Creek Casino Resort is best known for its wide array of games including a vast mix of state of the art slot machines, and all of your favorite table games. During your stay enjoy luxury resort accommodations, award winning golf at the Salish Cliffs Golf Club, first class entertainment, delicious dining and all around customer service excellence. Little Creek Casino Resort is located in the great Pacific Northwest at the gateway to the Olympic Peninsula in Shelton, Washington just minutes north of Olympia on Highway 101.

Hoquiam Police Return Wallet Left at Scene of Burglary, Arrest Owner

HOQUIAM, Wash. – A burglar apparently left his wallet at the scene of the crime Monday morning, Hoquiam officers were happy to return it, and offer a night’s stay for burglary in the second degree. The 19 year old told officers that red and blue lights from a nearby traffic stop spooked him while on the third floor of a building in the 700 block of Simpson avenue in Downtown Hoquiam.
Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers tells us items stolen included clothing, movies, comic books and magazines. A juvenile found with the suspect was taken into custody on minor in possession charges, an 18 year old Hoquiam man was also implicated and arrested on related charges.