Archive for January 2013

Crude By Rail Workshop Tonight in Aberdeen

The Port of Grays Harbor is hosting a public workshop to introduce the concept of crude by rail and discuss the opportunities and challenges it may present to the community.

There are currently three companies considering projects that would invest $100 million in the construction of storage facilities at the Port of Grays Harbor. Combined, the companies would potentially hire 100 permanent workers, and generate additional longshore, rail and marine service jobs.

This is an opportunity to learn more and ask questions of representatives from Imperium Terminal Services LLC, U.S. Development Group LLC/Grays Harbor Rail Terminal LLC, Westway Terminal Company, Port of Grays Harbor, Puget Sound & Pacific Railroad, Washington State Regulatory Offices, City of Hoquiam, U.S. Coast Guard, and Greater Grays Harbor, Inc.

When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 30. Presentation starts at 6 p.m., there will be information booths with representatives from the various companies, public safety and governmental entities.

Where: Rotary Log Pavilion, 1401 Sargent Ave., Aberdeen.

Ecology and Coast Guard Continue Monitoring Grounded Boat Near Willapa Bay

The high-energy surf and other weather conditions caused the oil that did spill to dissipate quickly.

Genesis

Responders inspected inside Willapa Bay from the shore side and did not observe any oil.

Light sheen was observed on the beach near the vessel Monday, Jan. 28, but no sheen has been observed on the beach today by the salvage contractor.

Ecology and the Coast Guard continue to actively monitor the Genesis A salvage operation by local company Hill and Son Excavating Inc.

Ballard Diving and Salvage, the oil spill response contractor hired by the responsible party, has demobilized.

On Friday, Jan. 25, the Coast Guard rescued four people and their dog from the vessel about 3:37 a.m. after it ran aground. No medical attention was needed.

The Coast Guard is the lead agency investigating the cause of the grounding.

All oil spills cause environmental damage, regardless of size. Oil is toxic to the environment and the damage starts as soon as the oil enters water. A single quart of oil has the potential to foul more than 100,000 gallons of water.

Prompt reporting of oil spills is important because the sooner responders are notified, the sooner they can work to remove this toxic pollutant from the environment. Oil spills can be reported to 1-800-OILS-911.

Bank of the Pacific to Purchase Sterling Bank Branch in Aberdeen

The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval and other customary conditions of closing, is expected to be completed during the second quarter of 2013. Upon completion of the acquisition, the three Sterling Bank branches will operate under the Bank of the Pacific name, and will become part of the Bank of the Pacific’s branch network of locations in the Washington and Oregon coastal regions.

Graham & Dunn, PC served as the legal advisor to Bank of the Pacific.

About Pacific Financial Corporation

Pacific Financial Corporation of Aberdeen, Washington, is the bank holding company for Bank of the Pacific, a state chartered and federally insured commercial bank. Bank of the Pacific offers banking products and services to small-to-medium sized businesses and professionals in Washington and Oregon. As of December 31, 2012, the Company had assets of $644 million and operated 16 branches in the communities of Grays Harbor, Pacific, Whatcom, Skagit and Wahkiakum counties in the State of Washington, and one branch in Clatsop County, Oregon. Visit the Company’s website at www.bankofthepacific.com.

Pacific Financial Corporation                                                Pacific Financial Corporation
Media contact                                                             Investor contact

Dennis Long                                                                Sandra Clark

360-537-4053                                                              360-537-4061

[email protected]                                     [email protected]

Detectives Seeking Additional Victims After Child Porn Arrest in Graham

Graham, WA – Detectives from the Washington State Patrol (WSP) Missing and Exploited Children’s Task Force (MECTF) arrested a 43 year old Graham resident Monday morning January 28, 2013 on allegations of Possession/Distribution of Child Pornography.

MCTEF detectives initiated the investigation in mid-January based on a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Detectives discovered the suspect had engaged in the trading of sexually explicit images and videos involving underage children. The images depicted young girls ranging in age from 6 to 14 years old and were traded using email and social media accounts.

Detectives traced the suspect to a residence in Graham. A search warrant was executed early Monday morning on the suspect’s vehicle and residence. During the search, additional images and videos were located. Teryle C. Smith, age 43, was arrested without incident and booked into the Pierce County Jail. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected

Detectives have reason to believe, based on images discovered during the search warrant, that there are additional underage victims that have not been identified. Detectives encourage anyone believing their child may have been victim of Mr. Smith to contact MECTF detectives at 360-704-2400.

State Rep. Kilmer Swings Listening Tour Through Grays Harbor

Representative Kilmer brings his Listening Tour to Grays Harbor and the northern Olympic Peninsula this week to discuss jobs, education, and maritime issues. This is his first major tour of the area since his swearing in.

On Tuesday, Kilmer will participate in a small business roundtable hosted by Greater Grays Harbor Inc., visit Grays Harbor College, and receive briefings from the Westport Shipyards, Reed Composites, and Pasha Automotive. In Clallam County over the next two days, he’ll address the Forks Chamber of Commerce, hold his third “Kilmer at Your Company” event at Magna Force, and take a tour of the Port Angeles Coast Guard Air Station.

“While home this week, I’ll be travelling around our neck of the woods to talk to folks and listen to their ideas,” said Representative Kilmer. “This week of events around our region focuses on important issues – growing our economy, providing great educational opportunities for everyone, and protecting our nation.”

Over the last month, Representative Kilmer has attended many Listening Tour events with local military and small business leaders. Magna Force will be his third “Kilmer at Your Company” event following SAFE Boats in Bremerton and Evergreen Fire and Security in Tacoma.

Arresting Officers Find Military Ordnance

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Arresting officers last night found military ordnance at a house in the 600 block of Polk Street. Captain John Green with the Aberdeen Police Department tells us at 8:40 last night they assisted Cosmopolis officers in arresting a subject for vehicle theft.and arrest warrants out of the county. While doing a sweep of the Aberdeen home, three pieces of military ordinance were located; an 81mm mortar round, a 3″ artillery warhead, and a 35mm round, with its casing attached.
Green said officers secured the residence and contacted the Explosive Ordnance Disposal division of Joint Base Lewis McCord. An Aberdeen officer secured the house and stayed on scene until the US Army officials arrived and took custody of the items for disposal.
Green added “It is our understanding that one of the three rounds was still live.”

Vehicle Theft Complaints On The Rise in East County

SATSOP, Wash. – The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department is warning of an increase in vehicle thefts around East County.
Last Friday deputies investigated a vehicle theft in the 1100 block of Monte Elma Road near Elma. The vehicle, a dark blue Mazda pickup, had been stolen sometime overnight, Shumate said it appeared that the vehicle was pushed out of the driveway and then driven or towed away.
Yesterday morning, deputies responded to two different Satsop homes regarding one theft, and one attempted vehicle theft. In the 500 block of Market, someone attempted to steal a 1985 Chevrolet Blazer. The suspects had punched the ignition and then towed the vehicle out of the driveway however they were not able to unlock the steering wheel and left the vehicle in the roadway. Shortly thereafter, Shumate said a gray colored Chevrolet pickup was stolen from the 300 block of 4th Street.
Anyone with information pertaining to the recent thefts is asked to call the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department, who also remind drivers to lock your vehicles and night and secure your personal belongings.

Rick Scott Second Amendment and Firearms Registration

Rick Scott Human Remains and the Resident Deputy Program

Aberdeen Man Busted With Drugs at Drug Trial

MONTESANO, Wash. – A man on trial in Montesano forgot to leave his stash at home when in court yesterday and was taken into custody adding a second charge of possession. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells us the 30 year old Aberdeen man was in Grays Harbor District Court # 1 in Montesano for violation of the uniformed controlled substance act when the judge in the case decided to place the subject into custody. As a Correctional Officer searched and arrested the subject, the officer found what was believed to be illegal narcotics. The subject was escorted to the Grays Harbor County Jail and booked on additional charges for VUCSA.