DeBolt and Braun applaud $28.2 million allocation for flood protection

The funding will allow the Chehalis Basin Flood Authority to continue. It will also go towards engineering and design of a water retention facility in the upper Chehalis River, fishery enhancement and local flood projects for communities across the basin from Pe Ell to Aberdeen.

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Elma man allegedly forces ex-girlfriend to help him steal propane tanks from Warm company

Investigators contacted the 29 year old man and arrested him on an unrelated warrant.  The man appeared to be under the influence of drugs and became hostile.  While the deputies escorted him to the patrol car, the man head-butted the passenger door of the car causing minor damage.  The suspect was eventually secured in the car and transported to the county jail.  Deputies were able to obtain a search warrant for the man’s residence and located the stolen propane tanks.  The man was booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail for Burglary, Theft, and Malicious Mischief to the patrol vehicle.


The estranged female has since obtained a restraining order against the man.  Deputies were also able to verify the female’s account of threats by the estranged boyfriend.  At this point, the female is not looking at any charges.

Wrong way driver collides with Aberdeen police cruiser

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Police Officer Rathbun was not seriously injured yesterday after a wrong-way driver collided with his marked patrol car at the intersection of Wishkah and Alder streets in Aberdeen. Captain John Green tells us it happened just after noon Thursday, Rathburn had just entered the intersection from Wishkah when a 2011 Ford F150 truck drove into the front passenger side of his cruiser. 

A 64 year old Westport man was treated for chest pain at the scene, Officer Rathbun was checked at Community Hospital for upper back pain, his vehicle sustained serious damage to the front.

Hoquiam completes spray park at Art Pocklington, just in time for heatwave

HOQUIAM, Wash. – With the great weather in the forecast, the city of Hoquiam is opening their new spray park today at Art Pocklington Central Play Park, Mayor Jack Durney said the park has always been a favorite “I grew up a couple blocks away, so it’s always had this fence around it and now there’s a new one that’s absolutely gorgeous. We have paved walkways in there, [the] Hoquiam Rotary barbeque shed was constructed by some volunteers from the carpentry union. We’ve had city crew working on pouring concrete, doing different things, and the water spray park is ready to go.
City Staff, volunteers and contractors have been working steadily over the last three months to finish the park before July.

Recent work includes construction of the Rotary Picnic Shelter which was built thanks to a $10,000 donation by the Hoquiam Rotary Club, new fencing, walkways and landscaping improvements.

City Administrator Brian Shay tells us new benches donated by the Hoquiam Lions Club, picnic tables, lighting and other enhancements will be installed over the next month.

A formal grand opening celebration will be held later this summer to thank all of the volunteers, staff and donors, who contributed nearly $300,000 in grants and private donations to make this Hometown Hoquiam Project a reality.

Alleged Metal Theft Family Arrested in Oakville

Deputies and detectives eventually learned that the 40 year old man and his 44 year old girlfriend had stolen metal from a Quonset Hunt that had been located on property in the 100 block of Norton Road, not far from this location.  It was also learned that the 58 year old female normally would first go to various property’s to see what was available to steal and if contacted by property owners or witnesses, would claim that she was lost or disoriented.


The 40 year old man, his 44 year old girlfriend, and the 58 year old mother were all arrested and transported to the Grays Harbor County Jail where they were booked for Theft 1st degree.


Detectives eventually located the owner of the property on Norton Road.  The property owner was not aware of the theft at the time however advised that the value of the Quonset Hut was $10,000.00.  The hut was still in its new packaging and had not been erected yet.  The suspect’s had taken over half of the hut however received less than $200 for the value of the scrap.  It is believed however that the total loss in $10,000.00 as the property owner is not sure the various items can be separately replaced.

Copalis Crossing could lose ambulance service on Monday

COPALIS CROSSING, Wash. – The fire district that covers Copalis Crossing in North Grays Harbor is hoping a deal can be reached with the City of Hoquiam before ambulance service is cut off on Monday.
With a new commissioner on their board, Fire District 16 is looking for ideas to help pay off over $15-thousand in back bills. Commissioner Caroline Perry told the Hoquiam city council this week “We have a contract with the city of Hoquiam. Right now we pay 370 every time they come out into our district. We’ve been paying the current amount, we haven’t gone any further behind, we just haven’t been able to catch up.”
Perry said she is meeting with the city today to discuss payment options. They received a letter from the city of Hoquiam last month, stating that if they couldn’t pay in full by the end of the week service would be cut off July 1. If ambulance service is cut off on Monday, the city would only send out a crew for trauma-related calls.
The volunteer fire hall is funded by their tax base, and has held fundraisers like the Barn Bash in the past to fund everything from safety gear to ambulance services.
They’re also looking for volunteers from the North shore,  meetings are Thursday nights at 7 PM at the Copalis Crossing Fire Hall.

Ocean Shores teen to represent Washington at JDRF 2013 Children’s Congress

“Being selected for Children’s Congress is the highest honor I have received to date and an opportunity that is once in a lifetime. I know that after these next few weeks, my life will be changed forever, for the better. ”

For a video of highlights from the 2011 Children’s Congress, click here.

About Children’s Congress

The JDRF Children’s Congress program was inspired by then eight-year-old Tommy Solo from Massachusetts in 1999. He overheard adult JDRF volunteers talking about going to Washington, D.C. to talk to Congress, and thought it would be great if children could go, too, because their voice also needed to be heard. Children’s Congress inspires lawmakers to remember the children who live with T1D when making decisions about medical research and voting on other important federal issues relating to diabetes. The young delegates’ stories, told in their own words, are often more powerful than almost any other type of legislator education.

The idea quickly became a well-developed event, first held in 1999. Since then, seven successful Children’s Congresses have occurred, growing in sophistication, one every other year (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011).

Today, Children’s Congress brings 150 children with T1D, and one parent or guardian each, to Washington, D.C. Children’s Congress participants represent all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and several countries around the world. They come together as advocates to meet on Capitol Hill with Members of Congress and other key federal policymakers, to help educate them about the critical need for federal funding of T1D research.

To learn more about JDRF Children’s Congress, please visit our website at

About JDRF

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D.

As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF is currently sponsoring $530 million in scientific research in 17 countries. In 2012 alone, JDRF provided more than $110 million to T1D research. More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education. In 2012 Forbes magazine named JDRF one of its five All-Star charities, citing the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness.

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Quinault Nation to warn some Lake Quinault landowners by mail

First, we will preface these responses by saying that Quinault Nation owns and manages Lake Quinault. We have no obligation to explain this action, however we respond to your questions as a matter of courtesy and respect, and we will of course expect similar treatment in return. Closure of the lake was a decision made by the Quinault government after many years of disregard toward our resources, rights, regulations and policies.  A far better approach will be to realize the error of treating our lake as a sewer, building unpermitted docks, violating reasonable safety standards, etc. and committing in a formal sense to recognizing the jurisdiction of the Quinault Nation over its lands and waters.

1. Are tribal members also banned from activities on the lake?

No. The lake belongs to the Tribe and to Quinault Tribe members and as long as they follow Quinault rules and regulations they are within their rights to use the lake.

2. What is the extent of the ban on lake activity?

The ban involves all uses of the lake itself. That includes all boats and all non-tribal fishing. Tribal fishing is still allowed, as long as it is within tribal regulations. Yes swimming was recently banned, as well as boating. We don’t want people exposed to raw sewage. Boats can introduce invasive species to the lake and we don’t have the resources to do boat inspections at this time.

3. Will swimming in the lake also be banned, and if so when?

Quinault Business Council approved a resolution on June 4th, 2013, prohibiting swimming and boating. Also, please see answer number 2

4. Has the QIN been able to locate the source of the pollution, and is there any plan in place to eventually lift the bans?

That work is in progress. We are developing a more intense water quality sampling process, letters will be sent soon to land owners where intrusions have been detected, and we have planned for emphasis patrols on the lake. The lake is closed until further notice, and reopening is at the discretion of the Quinault Business Council. If the decision is made to reopen the lake to non-tribal use, it will be due to the cooperation of the non-tribal public and the remedial actions by lakeside property owners, e.g., in removing unpermitted intrusions, addressing sewage problems, etc.

Administrative Changes Announced at Aberdeen School District

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Aberdeen Superintendent Thomas Opstad announced today several administrative reassignments at the secondary level effective July 1.

Rocky Rockquin, principal at Aberdeen High School, and Sherri Northington, principal at Harbor High School, will become co-principals at Aberdeen High School. Derek Cook, currently an assistant principal at Aberdeen High School, will become the interim principal at Harbor High School. James Bowers, an assistant principal at Aberdeen High School, has accepted a position at Centralia High School. His position will not be filled.
Dr. Opstad also announced that he is adding a fourth counselor at Aberdeen High School. This will make it possible for each counselors to be assigned a class and remain with that class through their high school career. “In making these changes, I have reflected carefully on how to position our district for a financially secure future during this period of lower enrollment while also putting the needs of students and staff at the forefront of our planning,” Dr. Opstad said. “I look forward to working with Rocky, Sherri, and Derek as we transition into the 2013-2014 school year to meet the needs of all our students.”