Archive for January 2013

Next razor clam dig set to begin February 7th

“I don’t know whether people are shaking off cabin fever or what, but thousands of diggers turned out for the last opening,” Ayres said. “Most of them went home with their 15-clam limit.”

The schedule for the upcoming dig and evening low tides is:

  • Feb. 7, Thursday, 4:22 p.m., -0.5 ft., Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 8, Friday, 5:11 p.m., -0.9 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Feb. 9, Saturday, 5:56 p.m., -1.0 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Feb. 10, Sunday, 6:37 p.m., -0.9 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • Feb. 11, Monday, 7:17 p.m., -0.5 ft., Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 12, Tuesday, 7:54 p.m., 0.0 ft., Twin Harbors

Ayres noted that the best digging occurs one to two hours prior to low tide.

By law, clam diggers are limited to 15 razor clams per day, and are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2012-13 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at and from license vendors around the state.

Information about current and proposed digs, as well as the location of Washington’s razor clam beaches, is available at .

Hoquiam Couple Spot Burglar in Vacant Home

HOQUIAM, Wash. – A Keen eye and helpful neighbors stopped a daylight burglary Tuesday that Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers says would not have been detected otherwise.
Myers said a Hoquiam couple were walking their dog past a vecant home in the 300 block of Karr Avenue when they noticed a crawl space panel appeared to have been kicked in. As they called 911, the couple said they heard noises coming from underneath the home and saw someone crawling around in the attached garage.
Hoquiam officers arrived and spotted the same thing, a 44 year old Hoquiam man trying to get scrap metal from the home’s water heater. The man complied to officer commands to get on the ground, the problem arose when officers realized they’d have to break into the garage to take him into custody. Myers said “It was clear the man had broken into the crawl space under the main house area and crawled all the way under the house to the adjacent attached garage through an access hatch.”
Officers eventually ordered the man to crawl back out where he was taken into custody without incident. The convicted felon, was booked into the county jail for one count of felony residential burglary. Officers are now attempting to identify the owner of the residence or the mortgage lender who has taken possession of the home.

“I commend the neighbors for keeping an eye on this property for the safety of their neighborhood. This was a daylight burglary which would not have been detected had it not been for their vigilance and willingness to check on their suspicions.” – Chief Jeff Myers

The residence will likely be added to the list for the volunteer CRIME WATCH residence check program.

Large Turnout Derails Crude By Rail Workshop in Aberdeen

After the meeting Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson said they plan to find a bigger venue for the next meeting “This was put on by the mayors and sponsored by the port,. We’ll have another one, we want to hear what people have to say.”
If all 3 projects were to break ground, Nelson said it would bring over 100 permanent jobs to the port, plus additional temporary jobs during the construction phases. Nelson encouraged the public to visit the port’s website at to provide further input and watch for future meetings.

Grays Harbor Suicide and Homicidal Deaths On The Rise

There were 22 Accidental deaths in 2012. This is one less than the prior 5 years average     (2007 – 2011) of 23 accidental deaths per year. Of the 22 accidental deaths, 14 were due to alcohol and/or drug intoxication.


There were 7 Traffic deaths within our jurisdiction in 2012.  Technically these are accidental deaths,  but  are reported separately.  Of significance, 6 of the 7 traffic deaths, or 86% had alcohol  or drugs present in their system at the time of their death. As a comparison, over the past 8 years about 2 out of 3, or 66 % had alcohol or drugs in their system at the time of their death.  This comparison applies to all traffic related deaths regardless of whether they were the driver, a passenger or a pedestrian.


We had a very dramatic increase in suicide deaths in 2012.  There were 20 Suicides for the year.  This is almost twice the number of the prior 5 year average (2007 – 2011) of 10.2  deaths per year.  The last time we had 20 suicides in a year was in 1997.  Generally speaking we have been seeing an overall decline in suicide deaths the past 15 years.  As a comparison in the 5 year period from 1997 – 2001 we averaged 14.8 suicide deaths per year.  In the years 2002 – 2006 we averaged 12 suicide deaths per year.


Finally we had 5 Homicide deaths in 2012.  This is even more of a dramatic increase over the prior 5 year average (2007 – 2011) of 1.4 homicide deaths per year. The last year we had 5 homicides was in 2002 and prior to that in 2000. Our homicide rate on average had been decreasing the past 15 years. As a comparison we averaged 3.6 deaths per year from 1997- 2001 and 2.0 deaths per year from 2002 -2006.  This large number of homicides in 2012 will impact our yearly average homicide rate for at least a few more years.

New Child Exploitation Task Forces Signal Enhanced FBI Effort to Combat Crimes Against Children

The three CETFs in Washington state are based in Seattle, Everett, and Tacoma.

  • The Seattle CETF is a partnership between the FBI; the King County Sheriff’s Office; the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) directorate; and the Seattle, Kent, SeaTac, Port of Seattle, and Bellevue Police Departments.
  • The North Sound CETF is a partnership between the FBI, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, and the Everett and Mt. Vernon Police Departments.
  • The South Sound CETF is a partnership between the FBI, the Tacoma and Lakewood Police Departments, the Internal Revenue Service, and ICE-HSI.

The FBI combats the range of crimes against children. In addition to working to end the exploitation of children, the FBI often investigates child abductions, international parental kidnappings, and other violations of federal statutes related to minors.

Marine debris item found in Seaview being examined

SEAVIEW, WASH. – State officials are examining a large, metal cylinder that washed ashore Monday at Cape Disappointment State Park to determine if it came from Japan as a result of being swept out to sea by the 2011 tsunami.

possible tsunami debrisThe cylinder is longer than a small pickup truck. While no markings have been detected yet, some algae and other sea life were attached to the item. View photographs on Flickr.

As a precaution, a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife official will check it for potential invasive species. A Washington Department of Health official examined the cylinder Tuesday and, as expected, found no radioactive contamination above normal background levels.

State revokes, suspends licenses, certifications, registrations of health care providers

Cowlitz County

In January 2013 the Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Program indefinitely suspended the credential of paramedic Marla Fleming-Nixon (ES00122562). In 2011 Nixon gave morphine to patients without medical authorization on several occasions. On about four occasions she forged witness signatures on documentation forms for controlled substances.

In January 2013 the Secretary of Health reprimanded and indefinitely suspended the credential of paramedic Stephen Pitts (ES00113043). He falsified training and evaluation records that were required for licensure.

Franklin County

In January 2013 the Board of Pharmacy indefinitely suspended the credential of pharmacy assistant Francisco J. Leyva-Gonzalez (VB60090180). While working as a pharmacy assistant between December 2011 and May 2012, he diverted about 150 hydrocodone tablets and four pints of promethazine-codeine, controlled substances.

King County

In January 2013 the Secretary of Health ended the probation of chemical dependency professional trainee Robert C. Greer (CO60150101).

In December 2012 the Osteopathic Medicine Board indefinitely suspended the credential of osteopathic physician Mark A. Scott (OP0001683) for not complying with an agreed order to participate in a substance abuse monitoring program.

In January 2013 the Secretary of Health ended a probation order for registered nursing assistant Yun-Chang Chu (NA60157664).

In January 2013 the Secretary of Health indefinitely suspended the credential of chemical dependency professional trainee Earlesia Glenda-Ziehe Dipietro (CO60196954). She formed personal relationships with juvenile clients, falsified a urinalysis report for a client, discussed information about clients with other clients and in Facebook posts, and persuaded a drug-addicted patient to obtain a controlled substance for her.

Pierce County

In December 2012 the Massage Practitioner Program indefinitely suspended the credential of massage practitioner Kelly Kolleen McEvoy (MA60269949). She didn’t comply with an agreement to participate in a substance abuse monitoring program.

In January 2013 the Nursing Commission suspended the credential of licensed practical nurse Michelle R. Wenzel (LP00053632) for at least two years. She took oxycodone from a patient’s supply for her personal use.

In December 2012 the Nursing Commission immediately suspended the credential of licensed practical nurse Cary Frese Sneberger (LP60139250). In July 2012 the Pennsylvania nursing board suspended her nursing credential based on a finding that she’s addicted to alcohol or other drugs.

In January 2013 the Medical Commission indefinitely suspended the license of physician Kimberly M. Chan (MC00046109) for not complying with terms of her probation to complete continuing medical education. She was also required to write and submit a paper on laparoscopic hernia surgery. The commission earlier found that she practiced below the standard of care during hernia repair surgery on two patients.

In January 2013 the Secretary of Health ordered Yanfang Kong to cease-and-desist the unlicensed practice of massage.

Spokane County

In January 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program indefinitely suspended the credential of registered nursing assistant Ashley D. Muzatko (NA60258332) for not complying with an order to submit quarterly performance evaluations.

In January 2013 the Nursing Commission immediately suspended the credential of registered nurse Robin Marie Pena (RN60219122). In October 2012 she surrendered her Alaska nursing license to the Alaska Board of Nursing.

In January 2013 the Secretary of Health suspended the credential of registered nursing assistant Angela Hope McClain (NA00170193) for at least four years. In May 2012 she was owner of Heaven Sent, an adult family home. A patient was transferred to another adult family home and should have arrived with 50-60 oxycodone tablets. McClain delivered 60 tablets a week later but they were for a different dose and were packaged in a bottle with a homemade label, not a pharmacy label.

In January 2013 the Secretary of Health ordered Jason Swanson and Tyler Arnold, owners of a Spokane tattoo business, to permanently cease-and-desist the unlicensed practice of medicine and pay a $1,000 fine. The business advertised “tattoo removal” using a laser device. Although a health care license isn’t required for tattooing services, a health care license is required for tattoo removal using a laser.

In January 2013 the Secretary of Health ordered Anissa D. Jenkins to cease-and-desist the unlicensed practice of massage and pay a $1,000 fine.

In January 2013 the Secretary of Health ordered Larry Shepard to cease-and-desist the unlicensed practice of medicine and pay a $1,000 fine. He advertised and admitted to performing laser tattoo removal services, which requires a health care license.

Out of State

California: In December 2012 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the credential of registered nurse Jody H. Fossell (RN00079757).

California: In January 2013 the Medical Commission immediately suspended the credential of physician Lana Lechabrier (MD00027048). In August 2012 the Medical Board of California suspended her license in that state based on convictions for health care fraud and conspiracy to commit health care fraud. A federal court found that Lechabrier defrauded the Medicare program by billing for services not medically necessary, services not performed, and services not performed as billed.

North Carolina: In January 2013 the Nursing Commission immediately suspended the credential of registered nurse Fulani Tammy Michelle (RN00167230). In April 2011 the Iowa Board of Nursing indefinitely suspended her credential based on a criminal theft conviction for breaking into her former workplace to steal narcotics.

Oregon: In January 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program indefinitely suspended the credential of registered nursing assistant Francisca Cruz (NA60167072). She didn’t comply with an agreement to submit quarterly performance reports.

Texas: In January 2013 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the credential of registered nurse Karen Y. Schumann (RN60156559). In August 2011 the Montana Board of Nursing suspended her nursing license in that state.

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Aberdeen Officers Serve Search Warrant, Close Street

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Officers from Aberdeen and Hoquiam closed off a block of 8th street in Aberdeen this morning to serve a search warrant in the 100 block. Aberdeen police captain John Green said from the scene this morning “We’ve had a lot of complaints on activity from the neighbors at this residence. Aberdeen police patrol, and detectives have been doing a lot of emphasis work on it. That work resulted in the application and granting of a search warrant for that residence and that’s what we’re doing here.”
Green said detectives had information that up to 9 people had been staying in the 3000 square foot home. “All of them are well known to law enforcement, many of them are convicted felons.”

Aberdeen Author Releases Sid Snyder Biography

The book on Snyder is available for purchase ($25) after Feb. 4 in the State Seal store, located in the Office of Secretary of State on the second floor of the Legislative Building and online, and at after Feb. 13. It was printed with private funds. A free electronic version is available online on The Legacy Project website.

Snyder was born in 1926 in Kelso, raised by a widowed mother who instilled a work ethic that he brought to each of the many jobs he had. In elementary school, he hauled his wagon around town to deliver the laundry his mother cleaned for area bachelors. In junior high, he worked seven days a week at the corner grocery store. In high school, he pumped gas, stacked lumber in a mill, and mopped the floors of his brother’s barbershop.

Snyder bought his first grocery store in 1953 in Seaview, four years after he started his 53-year run of employment at the Capitol by accepting a job as an elevator operator. As Snyder grew his store, a community bank he founded in 1969, and other business ventures on the Long Beach Peninsula and beyond, he also grew his career in Olympia. He worked in and supervised the bill room, served as assistant chief clerk of the House and as secretary of the Senate.

In 1990, Snyder became the 19th Legislative District’s senator following the death of Arlie DeJarnett (D-Longview). Before retiring from the Senate in 2002, Snyder served as Democratic Caucus chair, Senate majority leader and Senate minority leader. After leaving the Senate, Snyder continued to work at his Seaview grocery store well into his 80s. His retirement from politics came the same year he was chosen national legislator of the year. Today, streets in Snyder’s hometown of Long Beach and leading onto the Capitol Campus in Olympia bear his name.

The biography about Snyder is The Legacy Project’s ninth printed book. Other biographies are available of former Governor Booth Gardner, former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton, former U.S. Rep. Jennifer Dunn and Native American activist Billy Frank Jr.

The Legacy Project has published a number of oral histories in print. Subjects include former first lady Nancy Evans, longtime political reporter Adele Ferguson and civil rights pioneer Lillian Walker. Additionally, the program released a book on the historically close gubernatorial contest in 2004.

The program also has produced oral histories on astronaut Bonnie Dunbar, State Supreme Court justices Carolyn Dimmick, Charles Z. Smith and Robert F. Utter, and rocker-turned-political-activist Krist Novoselic.

The next book by The Legacy Project will be “John Spellman: Politics Never Broke His Heart,” written by John C. Hughes, who edited the book on Snyder. It is scheduled to be released Feb. 22 in Seattle.

Burlingame is the Image Award-winning author of more than 20 nonfiction books.

The Legacy Project e-book series is available free of charge online.    

Meet GHUnders – “Hardest Working Underwear in The Pacific Northwest” Made in Hoquiam

HOQUIAM, Wash. – The Hoquiam Business Association this morning is meeting GHUunders, a new product line of underwear designed and manufactured in Hoquiam by Tri Monte Group, Inc.
GHUnders LogoAt their monthly forum today local business owners will meet at LD Comfort where they’ll get practical demonstrations and will be some of the first to see the product trademarks and logos of GHUnders, who’s website ( touts “From riding 4 wheelers in the mud, to logging in the woods, to sitting at a desk, these will be the best underwear you’ll ever have.”
LD Comfort will also detail recent “green” upgrades made to the historic facility at 717 K Street in Hoquiam.

A press release from the company said “Tri Monte Group is providing local jobs for those who enjoy making the very finest product for the most demanding physical challenges.