Archive for August 2012

WDVA Seeking VSO Contractor for Grays Harbor County

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking an Accredited Veteran Service Organization Representative and/or Veteran Service Organization to provide veterans and the public with VA claims and benefits assistance in Aberdeen, WA under a client services contract.
This contract opportunity involves maintaining regular business hours one day each week at  the Aberdeen WorkSource office and the contractor is responsible for maintaining  commercial general liability insurance and incurring all costs associated with providing  services (personal computer, telecommunications, postage, office supplies, etc.). The annual  contract value shall not exceed $9,528.00.
Interested parties should submit their resume or CV (Curriculum Vitae) to the Administrator  of the Veteran Services Division, Steven Gill, at [email protected]
Review of eligible candidates and/or organizations will begin October 1, 2012 and work may
begin as soon at November 1, 2012. This opportunity will remain available until a contractor
is selected. For further inquiries please contact Steven Gill by email or phone at 360-725-

Van Decorated By Kurt Cobain Sells For $24k on eBay

MONTESANO, Wash. – Would you pay 24,000 for a 1972 Dodge Van, what if it was decorated by Nirvana front man and Aberdeen native Kurt Cobain? After multiple attempts to auction the rolling piece of music history, the “Melvan” sold on eBay Tuesday for a $24,701 after 64 bids.

The van featured a Kiss mural drawn by Kurt Cobain – reportedly with markers stolen from the Pickrite Thriftway in Montesano. The seller said “The Nirvana front-man also drove the van while working as a roadie for the Melvins.”


WSDOT Offers Traffic Tips for Labor Day Weekend

Real-time travel information is available via WSDOT’s online and on-the-road tools:

  • · 511 travel information hotline. For out-of-state callers, it’s 1-800-695-ROAD (7623).
  • · Mobile devices: Go to for travel info via email alerts, Twitter, Facebook and smartphone apps.
  • · Overhead and roadside electronic signs.
  • · Highway advisory radio – 530 AM and 1610 AM.

Travelers whose weekend plans include a trip by ferry, train, personal aircraft or bus, should also make plans to avoid holiday delays:

  • · Washington State Ferries expects heavy traffic; ferry riders should consider traveling outside of peak times. Holiday schedules and other ferry information can be found at, or by calling toll-free 888-808-7977.
  • · Amtrak Cascades trains sell out quickly on holiday weekends. Visit or call 800-USA-RAIL for more information.
  • · Visit or call 800-552-0666 for information on state-operated airports.
  • · Most public transit systems will follow a holiday schedule, and some transit systems will not operate fixed-route or Dial-A-Ride service on Labor Day. 

American Ghandi, Bernie Meyer, To Speak at Aberdeen Timberland Library

Meyer began his justice and peace career as a Catholic priest in Cleveland, Ohio in the 1960s. Taking to heart Gandhi’s teaching, “Be the change you want to see in the world,” Meyer has focused on the study of human motivations for violence and methods for pursuing nonviolent relations. In December 2007 he received an Individual Lifetime Achievement in Human Rights award from the Thurston Council on Cultural Diversity and Human Rights. Meyer lives in Olympia. His website is

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Aberdeen Timberland Library. The library is located at 121 E Market Street. For more information, contact the library at (360) 533-2360 or go to

Back to School: Pay Attention in Class and Behind The Wheel


The Pacific County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind you to be especially cautious in and around our neighboring schools and as a part of our effort to educate the public, motorists are reminded:

•To be aware of the posted school zone speed limits in and around our schools.

•Pedestrians must use the designated crosswalks when crossing the street and bicyclists must obey the rules of the road which include; using designated bicycle lanes, traveling the same direction as traffic, and obeying all posted stop signs and signals. In addition, all bicyclists under the age of 18 must wear an approved bicycle helmet.

•Motorists must obey the direction of school crossing guards.

•Motorists are required to stop for flashing red lights on school buses unless traveling the opposite direction on a divided or multilane highway.

Parents and students are encouraged to allow extra time dropping off or picking up students. The increase in traffic and those persons unfamiliar with pick up and drop off procedures are likely to cause unsafe issues.

The Pacific County Sheriff’s Office takes a proactive approach to keeping county residents and visitors safe by enforcement and education of traffic laws, pedestrian laws, and bicycle laws. We wish each and every student and faculty member returning to the Willapa Valley, Raymond, South Bend, North River, Ocean Beach and Naselle Grays River school districts good fortune and a fun filled school year.

Winlock Man Arrested For 2007 Rape of A Child

WINLOCK, Wash. – Detectives from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office arrested twenty-four year old Reginald L. Juntunen of Winlock for a 2007 east county rape case involving an eight year old female victim.

On September 22, 2007, deputies from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office were called to a campground in the 200 block of Ajlune Road outside of Mossyrock to a reported rape. The girl told the deputies she was riding her bike in the campground when she was approached by an adult male. He told her he wanted her to come look at something. When she came closer to him he told her he had a knife and forced her into a public bathroom. Once inside he threatened her with the knife and sexually assaulted her, he then fled on foot. Physical evidence was gathered at the scene by the deputies and submitted to the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab.

On July 2, 2012, detectives received notification from the crime lab they had identified a suspect through the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). That information led detectives to develop probable cause to arrest Mr. Juntunen. We had information Mr. Juntunen was to be at a court hearing in Lewis County Superior Court this morning at 9:30 on an unrelated matter. Detectives arrested him without incident. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for Rape of a Child 1st degree, Rape 1st degree, Child Molestation 1st degree, Kidnapping 1st degree, Unlawful Imprisonment and Assault 2nd degree.

“This is an excellent example of the technology that exists today and how we are utilizing it to solve crimes, make arrests and send people to prison. Without the CODIS System this arrest would not have been possible,” said Sheriff Steve Mansfield.

Hospital District Selects Name for New Hospital Campus

“We believe the term medical center reflects more accurately the scope of services we provide now and those that we will most likely be able to add in the future. We aren’t just a hospital or just a healthcare clinic, we are all of those and more,” Brent Meldrum, Board Chair, commented, “In addition, we don’t just serve those living in one city or another; we serve those living in our Hospital District and beyond; therefore, wanted our name to be inclusive of everyone.”

The Board of Directors unanimously approved a motion for a committee to move forward with researching and identifying names for the new facility at their July Board Meeting. The Board identified several key guidelines that they wanted the committee to keep in mind as they worked. The Naming Committee worked over three weeks and discussed options, many of which were submitted by the community. The committee also worked with various graphic designers to develop options for a logo. Renee Jensen, CEO, presented the board with “Summit Pacific Medical Center” at their last meeting, and the name choice was approved pending that the name was not trademarked or used by a nearby organization. The criteria set forth have since been met.

Mark Reed Hospital will close on a Sunday in February 2013 and Summit Pacific Medical Center will open in Elma that same day. The current Mark Reed Campus in McCleary consists of both Mark Reed Healthcare Clinic and Mark Reed Hospital. When Mark Reed Hospital closes in February 2013, Mark Reed Healthcare Clinic will remain open and operating out of its current offices. The District hopes to fill the space that will be vacated when the hospital moves with third party medical vendors.  

West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health seeks a Project Coordinator

WCGA Coordinator Request For Proposal

States Throw The Book at Publishers Over e-book Price-fixing

The lawsuit and today’s settlement come from a two-year investigation conducted by the Connecticut and Texas Attorneys General and U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division.

Under the proposed agreement, which the court must approve, the three publishers will compensate consumers who purchased e-books from any of the Agency Five between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012. Payments will begin 30 days after final court approval of the settlement. In addition to paying restitution, the settling defendants will also pay to the states approximately $7.5 million in fees and costs.

The three publishers have agreed to terminate their existing agency agreements with certain retailers, requiring the publishers to grant those retailers – such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble – the freedom to reduce the prices of their e-book titles. For two years they will be prohibited from making any new agreements limiting retailers’ ability to offer consumer discounts or other promotions which encourage the sale of e-books.

The proposed settlement agreement also precludes the three publishers from further conspiring or sharing competitively sensitive information with their competitors for five years. Also for five years, Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster will be forbidden from entering into any agreement that could undermine the effectiveness of this settlement.

Another case against non-settling publishers-Penguin Group, Inc. and Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC (doing business as Macmillan) and Apple, Inc., remains pending in the Southern District of New York.

Coast Guard Rescues Injured Hiker, Stranded in Olympic Mountains Since Saturday

PORT ANGELES, Wash. – The Coast Guard rescued an injured hiker, Wednesday, that had been stranded in the Olympic Mountains near Port Angeles, Wash., since Saturday.

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received a request from Olympic National Park for a medevac of a 32-year-old male hiker near Aurora Ridge in the vicinity of Crescent Lake at approximately 4 p.m.

The hiker, who reportedly fell 150 feet and suffered a broken left ankle and possible head injuries, was located by a helicopter crew, Wednesday, that had been privately contracted by the missing hiker’s family.

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Port Angeles.

The helicopter crew arrived on scene and located the hiker at the reported location at an approximate elevation of 3500. Four Olympic National Park rangers were on scene with the injured hiker and were prepared to carry him out if necessary.

The helicopter crew lowered an aviation survival technician, commonly referred to as ‘rescue swimmer’. The AST, with the help of the rangers, prepared the injured hiker for a hoist. The crew then successfully hoisted the hiker approximately 160 feet to the helicopter.

The hiker was transported to Air Station Port Angeles where an awaiting ambulance took the man to Olympic Memorial Hospital in Port Angeles. He was last reported to be in stable condition.

In addition to the Coast Guard, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., launched a Navy helicopter crew and was prepared to assist the Coast Guard with the hoist if necessary.