Archive for March 2013

Hoquiam Standoff Continues, Neighbors Asked to Contact E911 Dispatch Before Leaving This Morning

Hoquiam, WA- The standoff continues in Hoquiam this morning after an officer was shot while trying to arrest a man who later barricaded himself in the second story of a home in the 2800 block of Aberdeen Avenue.
The officer involved in the shooting has since been released from the hospital and is on paid administrative leave, he suffered minor injuries from two gunshots sustained during the initial confrontation.  
Police have not had verbal contact with the man since 4 hours into the standoff, when he fired several shots at the State Patrol’s SWAT vehicle while members fired tear gas into the home. Hoquiam Sergeant Brian Dayton has since confirmed that he has a gas mask and a Kevlar helmet in his possession. Dayton said he is still active, and refusing to communicate this morning, and has placed a mattress in front of one window.
Officers from multiple agencies evacuated neighboring homes and are still on scene assisting. Dayton this morning is asking that if residents in the cordoned off area need to leave their homes to please contact the E911 Dispatch center at 533-8765, and to be prepared for the possibility that they may not get back into their homes this evening.
Including, the Critical Incident Team which consists of officers from Mason, Thurston, Lewis, and Pacific counties, as well as State Patrol.
There is still a traffic diversion from the Simpson Avenue Bridge to the port industrial route past 22nd street, with 27th to 29th street still closed.
The police department is in contact with the Hoquiam school district, to figure out how to accommodate a temporary new school bus route for the surrounding area. Pick up and drop off locations have yet to be announced.
We will have more details as they become available to us.

School Buses Being Detoured This Morning as Hoquiam Standoff Continues

Hoquiam, WA- The standoff continues in Hoquiam after a officer was shot yesterday morning while trying to arrest a man who has since barackaded himself in the second story of a home in the 2800 block of Aberdeen Avenue.
I spoke personally with the officer involved before he was transported to Community Hospital, his injuries appeared minor.
Following that shooting, the suspect barricaded himself inside in the second-story part of the home. Police later secured the bottom floor.
Police have not had verbal contact with the man since 4 hours into the standoff, when he fired several shots at the State Patrol’s SWAT vehicle after members fired tear gas into the home. Hoquiam Sergeant Brian Dayton has since confirmed that he has a gas mask and a Kevlar helmet in his possession. Dayton said he is still active, and refusing to communicate this morning, and has placed a matress in front of one window.
Officers from multiple agencies around Western Washington evacuated neighboring homes and are still on scene assisting. Including, the Critical Incident Team which consists of officers from Mason, Thurston, Lewis, and Pacific counties, as well as State Patrol.
There is still a traffic diversion from the Simpson Avenue Bridge to the port industrial route past 22nd street, with 27th to 29th street still closed.
The police department is in contact with the Hoquiam school district, to figure out how to accommodate a temporary new school bus route for the surrounding area. Pick up and drop off locations have yet to be announced.
We will have more details as they become available to us.

Standoff Update

Hoquiam, WA- The standoff carries on from the 2800 block of Aberdeen Avenue in Hoquiam; following shots fired involving a Hoquiam Police Department Officer, which began around 11 am Wednesday morning.

Hoquiam Police Department officers were attempting to serve a warrant from out of state, when the suspect, a 49 year old male, began firing at them. One HPD Officer was shot and was taken to Grays Harbor Community Hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. Following the shooting, the suspect barricaded himself inside in the second-story part of the home. Police have secured the bottom floor.

The suspect fired several shots at the State Patrol’s SWAT car after members fired tear gas into the home. The suspect is confirmed to have a gas mask and a Kevlar helmet in his possession. Officers from multiple agencies around Western Washington and have evacuated neighboring homes and are still on scene assisting. Including, the Critical Incident Team which is officers from Mason, Thurston, Lewis, and Pacific counties, as well as State Patrol.

Police have tried to establish contact with the suspect and are being met with no response. At this point officers are still trying to keep people away from the house. There is still a traffic diversion from the Simpson Avenue Bridge to the port industrial route past 22nd street, with 27th to 29th street still closed.

The police department is in contact with the Hoquiam school district, to figure out how to accommodate a temporary new school bus route for the surrounding area. Pick up and drop off locations have yet to be announced.

We will have more details as they become available to us.

Hour 10: State Route 101 Remains Closed Due to Police Standoff

A neighbor snapped shots of the bullet holes left in his second story bedroom wall, and window. In the background of the window you can see the home where the suspect began his standoff.

Hoquiam Standoff 1

Hoquiam Standoff 2

Armed Suspect Barricaded in Home

Hoquiam, WA- A home has been surrounded in the 2800 block of Aberdeen Avenue in Hoquiam, following a shooting involving a Hoquiam Police Department Officer. Hoquiam Police Department has confirmed that shots were fired and that an officer was injured.

The officer, who remains un-named, has been taken to Grays Harbor Community Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The officer was shot while trying to serve a warrant to the Hoquiam man. KBKW News Director Dave Haviland spoke with the officer and has said the officer’s injuries appear to be minor.

The police department has confirmed that the bottom floor of the two-story home has been secured and officers are inside and negotiating with the man. The suspect is currently held up in the 2nd story part of the home.

At this point officers are trying to keep people away from the house, and that 28th street and Aberdeen Ave. have been blocked off.

Clamtastic Razor Clam Festival Announces Cooking Contest Winners

The Chamber and all of their sponsors awarded ribbons and prizes in five clam and seafood related contests:

Professional Clam Chowder Cook-Off – Sponsored by Timberland Bank

Judges Choices

 

1st Place – North Shore Grill

2nd Place – Shilo

3rd Place – Bennett’s Fish Shack

 

The winner gets bragging rights for Ocean Shores and the North Coast until next year.

 

Amateur Clam Chowder Cook-Off – Sponsored by Timberland Bank

Judges Choices

 

1st Place – Danny Warren – Gig Harbor

2nd Place – Thara Eang – Ocean Shores

3rd Place – Randy Himes – Kent

 

(Note: two of this year’s winners were not from the hometown entries – they were from Gig Harbor and Kent!) This year’s winner can be a judge on next year’s professional judging panel.

 

People’s Choice Clam Chowder – Sponsored by Exact Heated Storage & U-Haul

 

1st Place – Ocean Crest Resort

2nd Place – Bennett’s Fish Shack

3rd Place – Galway Bay

 

The festival participants chose the winners. Bragging rights are also part of this one.

 

Professional Creative Clam Entrée – Sponsored by Timberland Bank

1st Place – Jess Owen – Ocean Crest Resort

2nd Place – Daniel Economides – North Shore Grill

 

This is the third year for this judge’s favorite. The chefs really go all out to impress.

 

 

Professional Creative Seafood Entrée – Sponsored by Timberland Bank

 

1st Place – Bennett’s Fish Shack

2nd Place – Ocean Crest

3rd Place – North Shore Grill

 

This is the first year for this one and it was really popular with the judges and chefs alike.

 

Cooking demonstrations dominated Sunday’s lineup and they offered tastes of the dishes the chefs demonstrated as well as recipes.

 

Clam Gun & Shovel Art Contest – Sponsored by Jessie Ellis & Donna Jones – John L. Scott Realty

 

1st Place – Milliman & McHenry Families

2nd Place – Mrs. Rocky’s class – Ocean Shores Elementary

3rd Place – Judy Horn

 

Gun and shovel decoration is 90% inspiration and they were all inspired!

 

The 8th Annual is only a year away. We’ll see you then. In the meantime remember Ocean Shores is Clamtastic!

March 27th Marks 49 Year Anniversary of Alaska Earthquake

The tsunami generated by the March 27, 1964 Alaska earthquake was the largest and best-recorded historical tsunami on the southern Washington coast. Tsunami wave heights generally were greatest on the south coast, and smaller on the north coast; additionally, the tsunami was recorded inland in the Straight of Juan de Fuca (Friday Harbor), Puget Sound (Seattle), and the Columbia River (Vancouver). 115 deaths are associated with the event. Observations were made of the tsunami in Grays Harbor County at Westport, Joe Creek, Pacific Beach, Copalis, Grays Harbor City, and Boone Creek.


Damages included debris deposits throughout the region, damage to two bridges on State Highway 109, a house and smaller buildings being lifted off foundations in Pacific Beach (the house was a total loss).

Recorded Height of Tsunami Wave from 1964 Alaska Earthquake

Wreck Creek Grays Harbor County 4.5 Feet

Taholah Grays Harbor County 0.7 Feet

Moclips Grays Harbor County 3.4 Feet

Ocean Shores Grays Harbor County 2.9 Feet

(Information from the Washington State Hazard Mitigation Plan 2004)

March 24-30 is Tsunami Preparedness Week

The entire West Coast of Washington is susceptible to tsunami and there is much evidence of numerous large tsunami events that impacted our coastal counties. Learn the risks you face at home and at work. Learn the plan the school has for your children. Family preparedness will help reduce the impact any significant severe weather and/or disaster event will have upon all members of your family.

Westport Shipyard Announces Layoffs at Four Locations

WESTPORT, Wash. – The Westport Shipyard over the weekend laid off dozens from it’s Western Washington locations. When asked exactly how many, Human Resources Manager Jennifer Swogger said from the company’s Port Angeles office “We have no comment, I can tell you that we did reductions at both of our Port Angeles facilities, as well as Hoquiam and Westport.
Swogger said the reductions spanned the companies’ Washington locations, and cited market conditions as the reason for the layoffs “The reduction is reflective of the current market conditions for premiere luxury yachts.”
Westport ShipyardAt the height of a market that ebbs and flows with the tide Westport Shipyard has employed nearly 1000. Since it’s founding in 1964, has completed a total of more than 120 yachts and many commercial vessels. The most recent yacht from the company, the Westport 112, was featured in the December edition of Yachts International.
While those numbers won’t be reflected in numbers released today, Unemployment went up in February for Grays Harbor, while Pacific County saw a decrease last month. Grays Harbor reported the 3rd highest unemployment rate in the state behind Ferry and Pend Orielle.

Planned Power Outage to Affect Some Oakville Residents

OAKVILLE, Wash. – The Grays Harbor PUD will conduct a planned power outage tomorrow (Wednesday) in the Garrard Creek Road area outside of Oakville. The outage, which is expected to last up to four hours, is necessary to transfer power lines to a new pole that was installed to replace a deteriorated pole.

The power outage will affect approximately 95 customers on Garrard Creek Road, Mattson Road, Harp Road, Forrest Road, Brooklyn Road, Wilderness Road, Western Lane, Dahl Road, and Coyote Crest. Customers within the planned outage area are advised to protect sensitive electronic equipment such as computers, televisions, and microwaves by unplugging those items and leaving them disconnected until the power is fully restored. 

In addition, customers are advised that the length of the outage is an estimate and power could be restored at any time. For that reason, it is not safe to make repairs to your electrical system without having the power disconnected at your specific location.

Hoquiam to Host Another Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Shortly after DEA’s first Take-Back Day event two years ago, Congress passed, and President Obama signed, the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amended the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), allowing DEA to develop permanent, ongoing, and responsible methods for disposal. Prior to the passage of the Disposal Act, the CSA provided no legal means for transferring possession of controlled substance medications from users to other individuals for disposal. On December 21, 2012, DEA published in the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Disposal of Controlled Substances.  These regulations would implement the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-273) by expanding the options available to collect controlled substances from ultimate users for purposes of disposal to include: Take-Back events, mail-back programs, and collection receptacle locations.

However, until these regulations become permanent, DEA will continue to hold Take-Back Days.